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October 25 — And we're back, ready for the week to begin.

☁️ After a beautiful weekend, it will be cloudy with a high of 75° today. There is a slight chance of storms this afternoon.  

💉 The Georgia Department of Public Health announced that Moderna and Johnson & Johnson Covid booster shots will be available starting tomorrow.

🎉 For the first time since 1999, the Braves are in the World Series after beating the Dodgers 4-2 on Saturday night. They play the Astros beginning tomorrow night in Houston at 8:09 p.m. (TV: Fox)

Games 3, 4, and 5 (if necessary) will take place at Truist Park. Tickets go on sale tomorrow.

📉 Georgia’s unemployment rate reached an all-time low of 3.2% in September. The previous all-time low unemployment rate of 3.3% was in January 2020.

🏛️ The Community Stakeholder Advisory Committee for the controversial police and fire training facility in Southeast Atlanta will meet Tues., Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. Interested parties can watch the meetings via this link.

🗳️ Election Day for several local mayoral and city council races is one week from tomorrow. In most cases, early voting is open through Friday, but check your local listings

🕖 Today's Draft is five stories:

• A spider story for Halloween week
• Change is afoot at Atlanta Symphony
• Q&A with Santiago Marquez
• What's filming in Atlanta?

• Podcasts we like

See you Wednesday!
- Chad, Collin, & Amy
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1. A spider story for Halloween week

🕷️Giant Joro spiders! The non-native, invasive species that is currently all the buzz on mainstream and social media outlets has arrived.

Seven years ago, these strikingly colorful Asian spiders that “look like Halloween decorations come to life” were discovered in Hoschton, Georgia; they likely arrived via a shipping container from China or Japan. Since then, they have moved rapidly throughout northeast Georgia and into metro Atlanta suburbs – and more recently into the Carolinas.

They travel long distances (50 to 100 miles) by ballooning — using wind power by catching a breeze with the silk threads that they spin — and probably use powerlines to traverse roadways and rivers.

On a recent walk in Chicopee Woods in Gainesville, Above the Waterline writer Sally Bethea observed her first Joro: a palm-sized female on a bright yellow, three-dimensional web of silk that was amazingly strong — reportedly strong enough to capture hummingbirds, and massive enough to capture pollinating bees that help maintain genetic diversity in plants and ensure seed production for crops.

How these new arachnids will impact our environment remains to be seen.

➡ A personal note from Chad: I recently encountered one of these formidable creatures near West View Cemetery. My wife's comment: [Expletives deleted] "It looks like a big, scary Halloween spider!"
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2. Passing the baton

As we reported a couple of weeks ago, there is a changing of the guard at the Atlanta Symphony. Nathalie Stutzmann (above right) has been named as the first woman to hold the title of music director with the ASO. Stuzmann has been appointed to the position on a four-year term, and will conduct a program of Mozart and Strauss next March.

Long-time music director of the Atlanta Symphony and veteran chamber music specialist Robert Spano (above left) has taken up a new music directorship role with the Ft. Worth Symphony beginning in 2022. 

In Atlanta, he’s become Music Director Laureate and serves as co-artistic advisor for the ASO’s 2021-2022 season, which kicked off in September. Spano took time from his many commitments to chat with our contributor Mark Woolsey.

“When I came to the ASO in 2000, I was looking forward to a long-term commitment,” Spano says. “I had been guest conducting a great deal and running the Brooklyn Philharmonic, a wonderful orchestra at that time, but one that presented only a limited number of concerts.”

He adds: “The opportunity to work with an orchestra such as the ASO, for whom I already had great admiration, was tremendously exciting. After 20 years, I can say it was a promise fulfilled.”
3. Santiago Marquez of the Latin American Association

➡️ Brookhaven's Latin American Association has become a staple in the metro Atlanta community, offering myriad services to the area’s growing population.

According to the 2020 U.S. Census, the Hispanic and Latino population in Georgia is about 1.1 million people. That number represents a 31.6% increase, or an increase since 2010. In DeKalb County, where the LAA is based, the population grew by 20.1% – or 13,647 people – since 2010. 

When the LAA began in 1972, the state’s Latino population wasn’t nearly this size, said CEO Santiago Marquez.

While on the road in Dalton – where the LAA has another center – Marquez spoke with our colleague Sammie Purcell about what the LAA has to offer, what the organization learned during the pandemic, and why he believes it is the premier organization for Latinos in the state.
4. What's filming in Atlanta?

🎥  The Now Filming in Georgia site boasts some 62 film and television productions operating across the state this month.

A host of international celebrities, including Pierce Brosnan, Kevin Bacon, and Ralph Macchio have been spotted around town.

The 4th Season of Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” rolls out Dec. 31, while a 5th Season is already being filmed — locations are popping up near the Lakewood Heights neighborhood along Langford Pkwy. and Metropolitan Ave.

Actor Brian Tyree Henry (above left), best known for playing the role of Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles alongside Donald Glover in the FX series “Atlanta,” has landed a role in a locally made new series, titled “Class of ‘09.” 

Co-starring “House of Cards” actress Kate Mara (above right), the eight-episode, sci-fi drama reportedly takes place in a not-so-distant future where artificial intelligence plays a dominant role in redefining the American criminal justice system. A group of friends who graduated from Quantico, class of 2009, are reunited following the death of a mutual friend. The series unfolds over three decades.

The show will air exclusively on FX on Hulu.
5. Look & Listen: Atlanta stories

🔪 Turner Classic Movies' Program Director Millie De Chirico and writer Danielle Henderson (above) — two film lovers who are well-versed in the dark side of cinema — discuss "I Love You to Death" and "River's Edge" in the latest episode of I Saw What You Did: "The Bouncer at the Pumpkin Patch."

🎃 Cocktail Party Takeaways is a podcast for anyone with regrets about the books they slept through in high school. Grab a drink and enjoy a lively and fun tour of the classics, led by seasoned English teacher and former journalist Anne Rochell Konigsmark, who embraces the Halloween spirit while diving into "The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson.

✈️ For this week's episode of Archive Atlanta, host Victoria Lemos delves into the history and legacy of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport: The story behind the original piece of land, how it expanded, the neighborhoods it eclipsed, who it was named after, and more.

🚨 Last week, retired Atlanta Police Department Deputy Chief Lou Arcangeli spoke with WABE's Emil Moffatt about how the police who handled the Atlanta Child Murders have been portrayed in the media, using fiber evidence to make a conviction, and the fragility of 40-year-old DNA evidence.
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