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🌤️ Today's weather: Mostly sunny. High around 75.

Situational awareness: Landlords must give tenants a three-day grace period before filing for eviction and ensure their residential unit is "fit for human habitation," under a new law signed yesterday by Gov. Brian Kemp.

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1 big thing: Atlanta's pollening won't end soon

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If you're counting on pollen season to end soon in Atlanta, then we have bad news for you.

Why it matters: Atlanta recorded its third-highest pollen count this year ever since Atlanta Allergy & Asthma, the area's largest allergy practice, began tracking that data in 1991.

  • And Atlanta Allergy & Asthma's Lily Hwang says "we're not in the clear" anytime soon: The tree pollen will persist through May, and grass pollen could last into June.

State of play: Hwang says climate change is making pollen seasons start earlier and last longer, and more severe as well. Plus, rain and warm weather are essential for trees and pollination, and Atlanta has lots of trees.

  • The weird yellow dust blanketing your car is pine tree pollen, Hwang says. She also said oak, mulberry, sycamore, and sweetgum trees are pollinating at the same time.

Threat level: Around a quarter of all adults and 1 in 5 children suffer from seasonal allergies, according to the CDC.

  • Pollen allergy symptoms include chronic congestion, nasal drainage, difficulty breathing, and watery, red, or itchy eyes. Prolonged congestion could cause sinus infections.
  • Atlanta recorded an 8,740 pollen count on April 2. Hwang says a count above 90 alone could trigger allergies.

Yes, and: Spring allergies suck for pets too, particularly dogs, who are increasingly being treated for itchy skin and allergies, Axios' Carly Mallenbaum reports.

What's next: Hwang says Atlanta's allergy sufferers should begin using over-the-counter medication by mid-February. Visit a doctor for prescription medication if you already have symptoms.

  • Folks with allergies should go outdoors between 4am through noon when the pollen count is at its lowest.
  • You can also use saline rinses with distilled water, take nightly showers before bed, keep windows closed and run your vehicle's air conditioning.
  • Also consider wearing goggles outdoors, and using OTC allergy eye drops. Just avoid the brand marketed "for red eyes," Hwang says.
  • Pet owners should wipe the paws and fur of their pets after they go outside.

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2. School voucher bill signed into law

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Gov. Brian Kemp signed a controversial bill into law yesterday that will allow parents to use tax dollars to enroll their children in private schools.

Zoom in: The Georgia Promise Scholarship Act provides a $6,500 voucher per year to parents to help cover the cost of enrolling their children in participating schools.

  • Students have to be enrolled for one year in public schools ranked among the lowest performing in the state.
  • A parent's income can't exceed 400% of the federal poverty level, or around $120,000 for a family of four.

What they're saying: Kemp said the "best gift we can give our next generation is a quality education that opens the doors for new opportunities."

The other side: David Schaefer, vice president of research and policy for the left-leaning Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, said the bill takes "crucial public money away from public K-12 schools."

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3. 🏀 The Dream is alive in Atlanta

Atlanta Dream players during a game at Gateway Center Arena last year. Photo: Adam Hagy/NBAE via Getty Images

The Atlanta Dream is sold out of season tickets, thanks to record high demand.

Why it matters: The Dream is the second team in WNBA history to sell out their season ticket allotment after the defending champion Las Vegas Aces sold out last month.

Driving the news: All eyes are on the Dream team after the team made the playoffs last season for the first time in five years. The upcoming season begins May 14.

  • The Dream team said on social media that they experienced "unprecedented demand" before the single game ticket presale went live on Sunday.

State of play: The team said in a press release that they saw their largest single day of ticket sales that day, with five games already sold out in Gateway Center Arena.

  • As a result, the team implemented location restrictions to prevent brokers from buying large quantities of tickets. Only residents in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, and North Carolina can buy presale tickets.

What's next: Single tickets for all remaining games will go on sale at 8am on Thursday. The team's first ever waiting list for future additional season tickets is already underway.

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4. Phoenix 3000 need not worry

Credit: Thomas Wheatley/Axios

Well, it's a first. No one correctly guessed that Phoenix 3000 was sitting on Hapeville's "Worry Rock" outside the city's visitor center.

Catch up quick: The granite slab where people could wallow in their worries — the brainchild of Courtland Gilbert, the editor of the Fulton County Review newspaper — was dedicated to much fanfare outside Hapeville's train depot on Jan. 1, 1938.

  • Several days later, according to news reports from the time, a judge sentenced a Hapeville resident who had too much to drink over the Christmas holiday to spend several hours sitting and repent.

Today the rock sits, waiting for any local area worriers in need.

5. Five-ish Points: All the ATL is a stage, the bard said

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

☀️ Georgia received $156 million to install rooftop solar panels in low-income communities in Atlanta, Decatur and Savannah. (Capitol Beat)

ğŸŽ­ Teens took over Cobb Energy Centre this past week for the annual Shuler Awards, the prestigious prize for high school musical performances. (Saporta Report)

🍃 Opponents of a controversial bill requiring the testing of CBD and other hemp products say the measure would essentially "legalize the sale of marijuana." (Georgia Recorder)

ğŸŽï¸ The owners of Carroll County land where drivers spin out and lay drag are contesting police's claims that the events are illegal street racing. (WSB)

🏠 Atlanta Habitat for Humanity plans to build its first in-town duplex in southwest Atlanta's Sylvan Hills neighborhood later this year. (Atlanta Civic Circle)

🛜 Thomas loved reading The Verge's story about giant underwater cables linking the internet and the companies that maintain them.

😩 Wil still wants advice for these pesky carpenter bees.

🙏🏽 Kristal is pleading for someone to help Wil!

This newsletter was edited by Jen Ashley and copy edited by Natasha Danielle Smith and Anjelica Tan.