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Monday briefing

September 12 — Atlanta native Kenan Thompson hosts the 74th Emmy Awards tonight at 8 p.m. HBO's Succession has the most nominations of any show, but local productions Rick & MortyOzark, and Stranger Things are also up for awards, as is Donald Glover for his performance in Atlanta.

🌧 A 70% chance of rain with a high of 87° today. The rest of the week is looking sunny with highs in the 80s and the slightest touch of fall in the evenings.

⭐️ Little Five Points landmark Star Community Bar could be demolished to make room for a new mixed-use development. 

🚜 The Atlanta BeltLine is seeking bids for the construction of two segments of the Southside Trail between Boulevard and Glenwood Ave.

🏳️‍🌈 Atlanta's historic gay bar The Eagle is reopening in a new location after a two-year hiatus.

🖥️ The Black is Tech conference runs today through Friday with both virtual and IRL events for Black and Brown tech professionals, entrepreneurs, and students.

🧹 A local nonprofit is hosting a "Clean Walk" to help straighten up the city while getting you active.

🎾 Iga Świątek of Poland and Carlos Alcaraz of Spain won the U.S. Open. Alcaraz, 19, becomes the youngest ATP No. 1 ranked player ever.

🏈 The Georgia Bulldogs are back atop the college football rankings after they handily beat Samford. Georgia Southern embarrassed Nebraska, who had paid the Eagles $1.4 million to travel to Lincoln to play the perennial powerhouse. Nebraska fired its coach the day after the loss

🎓 Emory (22), Georgia Tech (44), and UGA (49) are all in the top 50 of the U.S. News & World Report annual top college rankings, which were released today. 

⏱ Today's newsletter is  stories.

• Atlanta Medical Center closure
• Arabia Mountain celebration
• Out on Film festival
• Global News

AND 
• Look & Listen

Have a good day!
Collin + Sammie


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*SPONSOR MESSAGE* 🍷 The Dunwoody Wine Stroll is BACK! Dunwoody Parks & Rec and the Atlanta Sport & Social Club present an afternoon of wine tasting at Pernoshal Park, Sept. 17, from 3-7 p.m. Food and drinks from local faves Gilly’s Sports Bar, Lazy Dog Restaurant, Moondog Growlers, and more. 21+ to attend. Click here for more info and to purchase tickets.
1. Atlanta Medical Center closure reverberations
 

🏥 The imminent closure of Atlanta Medical Center, a fixture in Old Fourth Ward for more than a century, is expected to create a strain on the city’s already overtaxed healthcare system. 

"Wellstar needs to provide immediate answers to the community about what you are doing to mitigate the harm to the community of this closure," Mayor Andre Dickens said in a letter sent Friday to the hospital parent company's CEO Candice Saunders. 
 

The Fulton County Board of Commissioners announced last week that it would expedite an already approved one-time payment of $11 million to Grady Health System to offset the financial pressure anticipated by AMC’s closure.

Calling Wellstar's decision "shocking," Commission Chair Robb Pitts said there was no legal recourse to stop the closure.  


➡️ Read the full story and Mayor Dickens' letter here. 

2. Arabia Mountain anniversary

🥾 Thousands of yellow daisies are bursting into bloom at Arabia Mountain in south DeKalb County this month, just in time to celebrate the Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve’s 50th anniversary.

To mark the occasion, the preserve is hosting a number of hikes and walks both during the week and on weekends in September to explore the mountainside.

A Founder's Day Hike is set for Sept. 25 and a 50th anniversary walk will take place on Sept. 28. 

➡️ See the dates for the mountain hikes and walks here. 
3. Out on Film opens Sept. 22


🎥 Atlanta’s LGBTQIA+ film festival Out on Film will screen more than 140 films from 27 countries for its 35th Anniversary edition from Sept. 22 through Oct. 2.

The festival opens with “Bros” – the first romantic comedy about two gay men from a major studio (pictured) – and closes with the dark comedy “Chrissy Judy,” about two drag queens looking for their big break.  

“Our 35th-anniversary presentation will hit all the notes that Out on Film has become noted for over the past four decades, with a wonderful combination of films from around the world, as well as from our amazing city of Atlanta,” said festival director Jim Farmer.  

➡️ Find out more about festival screening and events here.

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4. Global News Update

🇺🇳 The 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly opens this morning in New York City. Above, Queen Elizabeth II addresses the United Nations General Assembly in Oct. 1957 (Credit: UN Photo/Albert Fox).

🇬🇧 With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the controversial Kohinoor Diamond of India passes to Camilla the Queen Consort. 

🇺🇬 More than a dozen people are dead in Uganda after heavy rains trigger mudslides.  

🇨🇳 China has sentenced five speech therapists accused of "brainwashing" children with cartoons. 

🇦🇺 Scientists are working to resurrect the Tasmanian tiger, which went extinct in 1936
5. Look & Listen: Political Edition

With the midterm elections less than two months away, we wanted to share some of our favorite local political podcasts and programs that keep us in the know on Georgia’s political happenings.
 
🗣 The Georgia Gang, a weekly public affairs program, airs Sundays at 8:30 a.m. on Fox 5 with former journalist Lori Geary moderating a group of political consultants and experts discussing the latest happenings in Georgia.
 
🍳 Political Breakfast drops on Wednesday mornings and is hosted by WABE’s Lisa Rayam with political strategists Tharon Johnson (D) and Brian Robinson (R) providing their analyses of local politics. (Attend a live event at Georgia State University on Sept. 20.)

🎙 Friend of the Draft Saba Long hosts Where the Party At?, a weekly podcast to educate and engage Georgians.

🗳 Georgia Public Broadcasting’s daily Political Rewind with Bill Nigut and a rotating panel of guests provides insight on what’s impacting Georgians on the local and federal levels.
 
🗞 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Greg Bluestein and Patricia Murphy host Politically Georgia on Wednesdays and Fridays.

🎙There's a new podcast from Republican commentator Janelle King. Let's Talk About it with Janelle King debuted last week. 

🗣 The Georgia Politics Podcast with Preston Thompson focuses on what’s going on in the state capitol and around Georgia.

🗳 Georgia Votes 2022, hosted by WABE's Rahul Bali, Sam Gringlas, and Susanna Capelouto, with Axios Atlanta’s Emma Hurt. This weekly podcast helps drops on Fridays and aims to help voters understand what’s happening in Georgia’s 2022 elections and its national implications.
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