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This week, Atlanta Police investigators will hand-deliver DNA samples of some victims of the Missing and Murdered Children cases to a private laboratory for further analysis.
- The move comes nearly 40 years after police and prosecutors closed more than 25 murder cases of missing Black children and teens in Atlanta after Wayne Williams was convicted in 1982 of murdering two of the victims.
Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told Axios that it's time for a bipartisan commission on federal election reform, like the one co-chaired by former Democratic President Jimmy Carter and former Republican Secretary of State James Baker in 2005.
Why it matters: Raffensperger refused former President Donald Trump’s request last year to "find" the votes to overturn Georgia’s election results and defended the state's 2020 vote count from members of his own party.
A federal court judge has rejected parents’ request for a temporary injunction in their lawsuit against the Cobb County School District over its mask-optional policy.
Why it matters: Approval of the request would have required the district to follow CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools, including universal masking while indoors.
Eviction notices loom for thousands of Atlanta residents, but a proposal would allow the city to help these tenants keep their homes.
Under the proposal, the Office of the Public Defender would provide eviction defense services to people classified as indigent. The office’s staff would also assist clients with administrative hearings stemming from eviction notices.
Why it matters: Helping Atlanta residents stay in their homes should be one of the city’s priorities since the federal eviction moratorium imposed at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic was blocked in August by the U.S. Supreme Court, said City Councilman Michael Julian Bond, who introduced the legislation.
Atlanta’s nearly empty Detention Center could become a place where people living with substance abuse, mental health or homelessness issues can find help and avoid jail under a proposal from Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
Why it matters: The year before the pandemic and protests over police killings and systemic racism, Bottoms announced the city would close the Atlanta City Detention Center.
A month after swastikas were found drawn on bathroom walls at two of its high schools, the Cobb County Board of Education approved a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and racism.
Flashback: Bathrooms at Pope and Lassiter high schools were vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti in September, an act the school district said stemmed from a social media prank, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Late next year, MARTA will break ground on one of the most important projects the transportation agency will build in the coming decades: a $61.5 million bus rapid transit line connecting South Downtown to the southern arc of the Beltline, and all the neighborhoods, restaurants, and shops in between.
Why it matters: The so-called Summerhill BRT is metro Atlanta's first foray into bus rapid transit, MARTA says. Think of them as extra special buses that run in dedicated lanes and free of car traffic.
When Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms struck a nearly $2 billion incentives package with a Los Angeles-based developer to develop a mixed-use mini-city in Downtown’s “Gulch” called Centennial Yards, the company promised tens of millions of dollars in return to combat inequity.
- Yesterday, that developer literally handed Bottoms a $33.5 million check — and the Mayor knows how she wants to spend it.