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November 8 — Chad, Collin, and Amy here with Rough Draft.

☀️ It'll be sunny with a high of 70° today. Enjoy this beautiful weather while we have it. 

💉 Vaccines are now available to everybody over age 5. Boosters can also be scheduled for those eligible.  

🚌 The Atlanta part of the Atlanta Braves’ World Series victory parade was over before it began, as the caravan of cars, buses, and trollies seemed to set land speed records for that stretch of Peachtree St.

The Grand Prix race, er parade, took I-75 to Cobb County for a sold-out Ludacris and Big Boi concert at Truist Park.

📸 Holiday gift alert: Athens-based photographer Christy Bush has a new photo book titled "FAMILIAR: 30 Years of Photographs. Rock ‘n’ Roll, Fashion & Coming of Age in the South." The book features a forward by former R.E.M. vocalist Michael Stipe.

🚧 Crews will begin removing the bridge over the South Fork Peachtree Creek on Cheshire Bridge Rd. this week. The bridge closure has wreaked havoc on local businesses and residents.

🏨 The shuttered Ramada Plaza hotel on Capitol Ave. in Summerhill is set for conversion into micro-unit apartments with a food hall and co-working space.

🕖 Today's Draft is stories ➼

• Brunswick murder trial brings international scrutiny
• Senate committee holds hearing on fate of Buckhead
• Film news: Casting
• Quick Bites

• Podcasts we like

Have a great day! See you Wednesday.
1. Brunswick murder trial brings international scrutiny

Via our content partnership with The Current.

⚖️ Opening arguments began Friday in the trial of three white men accused of killing 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery while he was out jogging in their neighborhood.

Racial considerations have been on the table from the first day through questions to potential jurors and motions by the defense attorneys and prosecutor. A jury of 11 white residents and one Black was seated in a flurry of defense moves that the judge even called into question as discriminatory.

However, Judge Tim Walmsley acknowledged that current law restricted his ability to do anything about it. The jury’s racial disparity sparked a number of stories discussing “the Old South,” but others were clear that racism has played a role in trials across the country.

🎙️ The press gaggle in Brunswick is so large that it’s taken over Veterans Park across the street from the Glynn County Courthouse. And most of the broadcast and print journalists you see reporting from there don’t ever go into the courthouse. They watch the court video feeds and receive notes from a pool reporter inside the courtroom.

The Current has a case web page where you’ll find a live feed to the courtroom, a timeline of events, stories that give context and background from The Current and other outlets.

Bookmark this page to visit each day.
2. Senate committee holds hearing on Buckhead cityhood

🏙️ A Georgia Senate committee held a hearing Nov. 4 about the proposed “Buckhead City,” laying the groundwork for a high-profile discussion next year.

During the three-hour hearing, cityhood advocates centered their testimonies on violent crime in Atlanta, saying an independent Buckhead would hire its own police force.

Opponents said breaking Buckhead off would be financially disastrous to Atlanta, citing impacts to its economic development, bond ratings, and national reputation.

At the hearing, Sen. Brandon Beach (R – Alpharetta) said he would be pre-filing a bill on Nov. 15. Beach is among a dozen state legislators who have expressed support of the cityhood effort, although none represent the city of Atlanta.

Cityhood supporters hope to get legislation passed by the Georgia General Assembly next year, which would place a referendum on the November 2022 ballot allowing Buckhead residents to vote on whether to form a new city.
3. Film news: Casting calls galore

🎬 In local film news, production on "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" is on hold while actress Letitia Wright recovers from an injury sustained on-set.

Other productions around town are moving forward at full steam ahead. Over the weekend, Pierce Bronson' Netflix movie "The Out-Laws" was spotted filming on Freedom Pkwy.

The Now Filming site lists a total 60 film and television projects currently in production throughout the state. With holiday schedules looming, work is moving at a feverish pace.

Multiple casting calls for extras are cropping up all around the metro area:

➡ A new FX/Disney FBI-themed series is looking to hire men and women of any ethnicity to play firefighters. Actors must be available for shooting on Nov. 10. More details here.

➡ Tyler Perry’s series “The Oval” is hiring extras to portray a camera crew, sports bar patrons and staff, and female streetwalkers for shooting on Nov. 11. More info.

➡ A new TV show called “Candy!” will start filming in Atlanta mid-November, and they need babies for filming Nov. 15- Feb '22. Twins are preferred but open to singles as well. Details here.

➡ A new FX/Disney series is hiring both males and females of any ethnicity (ages 18-45) to work as police officers. Filming takes place Nov. 15 - 16.
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4. Quick Bites

A Virginia-Highland staple prepares for winter, while new collaborations, new products, and more are spicing up November’s food scene.

🍧 Paolo’s Gelato in Virginia-Highland is closing shop for the winter. In the meantime, owner Paolo Dalla Zorzo will focus on his Little Taste of Italy Food Truck and catering partnership, Atlanta Dessert Catering. A batch of Paolo’s Gelato can be ordered for pickup through the catering service.

🍺 Wild Heaven Beer and The Cork Bros. have collaborated on a new beer called DoppelDiggity Doppelbock. A German-style Doppelbock made with a traditional Ghanaian street food called "Kelewele" – fried super-ripe plantain with strong flavors of cloves, ginger, and African spices.

🍬 Slutty Vegan has unveiled a line of CBD Gummies, available in mango margarita and piña colada, containing 10mg of CBD in each piece.

☕ BRASH Coffee Roasters has parked the BRASH Beast, a 1968 Citroën converted into a full-service coffee truck, at The Veranda in Buckhead Village. 

Read more food news in this week’s Quickbites.
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5. Look & Listen: Atlanta stories

🎹 The Rolling Stones' musical director, pianist, and Macon, GA tree farmer Chuck Leavell (above) spoke with the AJC about the loss of drummer Charlie Watts, and keeping the music moving forward. The Stones play Mercedes-Benz Stadium this Thursday.

🌎 On last Thursday’s “Closer Look,” Atlanta-based British Consul General Andrew Staunton talked about COP26, climate change, and how nations across the world can work together to make the world cleaner and safer for generations to come.

🎧 In the latest episode of the Beyond Bizarre True Crime podcast, Emily Thompson of Morbidology explores the perplexing and unsolved murders of Lake Oconee residents Russell and Shirley Dermond in 2014.

📺 Ludacris and Gunna got together recently for a one-on-one conversation for Rolling Stone’s “Musicians on Musicians” series. The two spoke about the love they have for Atlanta’s hip-hop scene.
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