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Mega Tuesday

July 26 —  If you happen to win tonight's $790 million Mega Millions lottery and take the cash option, your payout will drop to $464 million, which made us think of this scene from "Raising Arizona." 

⛈ A 40% chance of rain and 89° today. 

⚖️ Fulton DA Fani Willis has been barred from questioning lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Burt Jones for his role as a Trump fake elector, but he's not off the hook yet. 

🗣 DeKalb County Commissioner Ted Terry said he would introduce a resolution in August to decriminalize abortion in the county.

🔋 Hyundai will get $1.8 billion in tax breaks and state incentives to build its first U.S. plant dedicated to electric vehicles near Savannah

🍑 Georgia peach growers are testing new varieties in response to rising temperatures. 

🚗 German discount grocer Lidl will close its Sandy Springs store due to lackluster sales. A new store is opening in August on Memorial Dr.


🌟 Steven Lopez, a co-defendant in the 1989 Central Park Five rape case, was exonerated yesterday. In 2002, five other men were cleared and received a $41 million settlement from the city. 

🎗️ Actor Paul Sorvino died yesterday. He was 83. Sorvino starred in "Law & Order," and as Paulie Cicero in "Goodfellas." 

📉 Walmart shares slid as the retailer warned inflation is causing consumers to spend more on necessities and less on items like clothing and electronics. 

Today's Draft is  stories ➼

• Suan Booth leaving the Alliance
• Intown Stars expands

• Visiting Georgia gardens
• Lee + White restaurants

Have a good day!
Amy + Collin
📩 Make today the day you tell one friend about Rough Draft: Text them your personal link: <<RH_REFLINK>> 
1. Booth to depart Alliance

🎭 Alliance Theatre artistic director Susan V. Booth is departing to take on a similar role at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.

Booth, who has been with the Alliance for 21 years and directed more than 40 productions, will finish her tenure by co-directing the regional premiere of the acclaimed play, Everybody, which begins previews on Sept. 2.  

“Atlanta and The Alliance have been the most extraordinary artistic home,” Booth said in a statement. "I so look forward to watching The Alliance’s next big adventure and know my colleagues – quite simply the finest staff of theatre practitioners I know – will take the theatre to greater and greater heights of service, inclusion, and excellence.”

➡️ Find out more about Booth's award-winning tenure – including a Tony Award – here. 

*SPONSOR MESSAGE* 📍Parking at Ponce City Market. Here are some insider tips: Enter from North Ave. There are two decks to the right of Pancake Social. There is plenty of lower-level parking by Sweetgreen and Binders Art Supplies. Additional overflow parking is available across North Ave. at Southern Dairies. Click here to plan your visit to PCM.
2. Gymnastics growth

🤸‍♀️ Intown Stars will open its new multi-sport facility at 421 DeKalb Industrial Way in August following the $4 million renovation of a former storage and manufacturing space. 

“This exciting new expansion will be done in two phases,” Intown Stars owner Anna Santiago said.

“Half of the 75,000 square-foot building will open for gymnastics, parkour, camps, parties, community events, and our newest program, Intown Stars Dance. I really want this place to be about sports and bringing the community together.”  

➡️ Find out more about the new Intown Stars here.

3. Visiting Georgia gardens

🌺 There’s nothing quite like a stroll through a garden to engage the senses and let the world melt away. Atlantans are lucky to have a myriad of local and statewide public garden spaces to visit for a weekend getaway.

Our contributing writer Logan C. Ritchie takes a closer look at 16 of those gardens, from the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in Midtown (pictured) and Gainesville to picturesque Barnsley Gardens and Gibbs Gardens further afield. 

➡️ Read more about each garden and the best time to visit here.
*PARTNER MESSAGE* 🍽️ Get your forks ready! Food That Rocks, Sandy Springs’ signature tasting event for 21+, returns August 19 & 20 at City Springs. Your all-inclusive ticket provides unlimited bites, bottomless beverages, fab live music, and chef demonstrations. Sandy Springs has a diverse and unique restaurant scene and the best way to try them all is at this year’s Food That Rocks! Click here to buy yours today! 
4. Lee + White fills up

🍧 The West End adaptive reuse development Lee + White is filling up with new tenants. Already a launching pad to explore the Atlanta BeltLine, the development has quickly become a drinking and dining destination.

The Original Hot Dog Factory, Gekko Sushi, Mochinut, and Pastaholics will join Lake & Oak Neighborhood BBQ and Honeysuckle Gelato in the growing 19-vendor food hall.

Beya Salon Studios, which rents spaces to beauty professionals, and Team Rehab, which offers physical therapy treatments, will also open soon. 

➡️ Find out more about the businesses coming to Lee + White here. 


👔 L+W anchor Monday Night Brewing's "Tie One On" 11th-anniversary party is on Aug. 6 & 7.  
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