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November 15 — Here we go again! Chad, Collin, and Amy here, well-rested and ready to take on the week.

☀️ Blues skies with a high of 59° today. Sunny & warmer tomorrow.

💊 Last week, Ira Katz, owner of the quirky, yet beloved, Little Five Points Pharmacy received the Independent Pharmacist of the Year Award.

🏫 A National Parks Service study showed that the Sweet Auburn Historic District has lost 47% of its buildings since being designated a National Historic Landmark District in 1976.

💼 President Joe Biden has nominated Ryan Buchanan to be U.S. attorney for North Georgia. Buchanan, a federal prosecutor with expertise in national security, follows Byung “BJay” Pak, who abruptly resigned in January under pressure from former President Trump to investigate false claims of election fraud.

🧰 From broadband to bridges, find out how Georgia will fare in the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which President Biden will sign into law today.  

🧈 Pop-Tarts® and Atlanta-based Banner Butter
have released a limited-edition collaboration. Banner is a small-batch butter maker run by husband and wife duo Drew and Elizabeth McBath.

🕖 Today's Draft is ⑤ stories ➼

Brunswick murder trial update
Murals, murals everywhere! 
Filming at Lake Allatoona
At 98, a ref’s ref still keeps an eye on the game
• Look & Listen: Atlanta stories

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1. Update on the Brunswick murder trial

Via our content partnership with The Current.

⚖️ The first full week of the Brunswick trial in which three white men are being prosecuted for killing Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black jogger, ended Friday. Here is an update: 

The Cobb County prosecution team, led by Senior Assistant DA Linda Dunikoski (above), called witnesses to support the case that Greg McMichael, his son Travis, and their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan are guilty of murder through “bad assumptions” and horrible “driveway decisions."

In his original police statement, Greg McMichael said Arbery: “[Was] trapped like a rat. I think he was wanting to flee and he realized that he was not going to get away.”

Defense attorneys say their clients reasonably suspected Arbery was a burglar, and were trying to hold him for police. They say Travis McMichael fired his gun in self defense when Arbery attacked with his fists.

Prosecutors called several witnesses to undercut defense arguments that the defendants were attempting to detain Arbery under Georgia’s former citizen’s arrest law.

Kevin Gough, Bryan’s attorney, has made multiple objections to Judge Timothy Walmsley about the presence of Al Sharpton and other activists in support of Arbery’s family — asking the judge to ban them. Gough says their presence is an attempt to influence and intimidate jurors. Walmsley has continuously denied the request and Gough was forced to apologize.

The Current has a
case web page where you’ll find a live feed to the courtroom, a timeline of events, and various stories that give context and background to the case.
2. Murals, murals everywhere! 

🎨 ‍In 2012, the nonprofit Living Walls commissioned French artist Pierre Roti to paint a mural in Southwest Atlanta. Roti spent more than a month painting a hybrid creature that was part human, part alligator, and part fish.

Many in the community found the painting repulsive.

Soon, residents who didn’t like the mural painted over it with gray paint. Those who liked the mural removed the gray paint.

In 2017, Atlanta’s street artist community questioned the City of Atlanta’s public art on private property ordinance. The ordinance outlined a process that artists had to follow to have their murals approved, and it involved city council. Many saw this as an infringement of their First Amendment rights — particularly as it related to private property — and sought legal action.

Ultimately, the case was settled, and the city didn’t enforce the ordinance.

These experiences helped city stakeholders understand the differing viewpoints to consider regarding murals.

In her latest Inside the Arts, Camille Russell Love, executive director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, examines the differences between street art, graffiti, tagging, and
how they affect the community.
3. What's filming at Lake Allatoona? 

🎥 If you’re wondering what all of those “WALTTG” signs posted north of the city are all about, they're to mark locations for a film that's currently in production, titled “Where All Light Tends to Go.”

According to
IMDB, the film is “[s]et in North Carolina's Appalachian Mountains, eighteen-year-old Jacob McNeely is torn between appeasing his meth-dealing kingpin father and leaving the mountains forever with the girl he loves.”

The film is being directed by Ben Young (“Hounds of Love,” “Extinction,” and “Bush Basher”), and is based on the crime fiction novel written by author David Joy. Robin Wright, Billy Bob Thornton (above, via Facebook), and Hopper Penn are signed on to play the lead roles. 

Over the last two months, crews were spotted filming around Lake Arrowhead near Waleska, but have since moved on to Lake Allatoona. Filming is also taking place in the nearby small town of White, GA.
4. At 98, keeping an eye on the game 

🏈 ‍It’s been quite some time since Bobby Gaston refereed SEC football games, but he’s still making judgment calls.

At 98, the longtime former head linesman (1955-1981) for conference games and overall officiating coordinator for SEC football (1988-2007) still cheers from the stands for his beloved Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, devours TV football, and plays golf every chance he gets. 

Gaston retired from an officiating career that saw him judging a quarter century of regular-season contests, 19 bowl games, and five national championships. As officials’ chief, he ushered several key innovations in refereeing into SEC conference play.

Our colleague Mark Woolsey
caught up with Gaston to talk about the state of the college football game and the quality of officiating.
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5. Look & Listen: Atlanta stories

🎖 NPR's "Fresh Air" remembers the life, legacy, and struggles of U.S. senator Max Cleland. Cleland died last week at the age of 79 and was also the subject of Scott Simon's commentary on "Weekend Edition Saturday." 

🎧 Archive Atlanta delves into the city's lesser-known
amusement parks, from Walton Springs in the 1840s to the Funtown of 1961.

🥋 Cops in Marietta are
learning jiu-jitsu as a de-escalation technique.

🎤 Atlanta-bred pop and R&B artist Señoj (above) teamed up with two-time Grammy Award-winning producer Slikk Muzik to release her latest single, "Flex."
Check out the video, which was shot at the Plaza Theatre.
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