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World Champs, Wednesday!

November 3 — Chad, Collin, and Amy here. Lots to cover.

☁️ It'll be cloudy with a high of 57° today. Fall is in the air.

🎉 For the first time since 1995, and for only the second time in the franchise's Atlanta history, the Braves captured baseball's crown jewel, beating the Astros 7-0 in Game 6 last night at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The Braves won the series 4-2.

The Braves were propelled by home runs from Dansby Swanson, Jorge Soler, and Freddie Freeman. Atlanta's Max Fried was sensational on the mound, picking up the win, going six innings and allowing four hits, striking out six, and walking none.  

Soler was named World Series MVP, becoming the second Cuban to win the award.

It's only the third professional sports title for Atlanta.

1995 - Atlanta Braves (MLB)
2018 - Atlanta United (MLS)
2021 - Atlanta Braves (MLB)
 

Now, the pressing question is where will Friday's parade be? In Atlanta or in Cobb County? Let us know what you think over on Insta. 

📸 And our weekly IG shoutout goes to @Braves who delivered the above pic of hometown hero Dansby Swanson, who was one year old in 1995, after he homered in the fifth inning last night

⚖️ In the Brunswick, GA trial of three men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery, a jury is almost seated, but defense attorneys are posturing for a possible change of venue. The town's civic leaders are "projecting optimism, but residents are uneasy as the trial approaches."

💥 Via 285 South, Indian communities are celebrating Diwali this week. The five-day festival of lights honors the triumph of good over evil. Khabar Magazine’s event calendar has a rundown of events.

📚 Decatur's Charis Books turns 47 this month. The shop is hosting an all-day party and sale on Nov. 6. No Big Whoop! bakery will be there with free pies. 

🕖 Today's Draft is ④ stories ➼

• Election results are (mostly) in
• Cheshire Bridge is still closed
• Weekend music picks

and
• We shine our coffee shop spotlight on FiNCA to FiLTER

Have a great day! See you Friday.

1. There were also elections yesterday

Across the region, there were important municipal elections and we will have ongoing updates the results on our website.

Runoffs will be held on Nov. 30 with early voting dates to be announced

Here is what we know as of 7 a.m. on Wednesday. These results are unofficial until certified by the Georgia Secretary of State's office.


Atlanta Mayor and City Council

ATLANTA MAYOR
As widely expected, the next mayor of Atlanta will be decided in a runoff that includes Felicia Moore. What was less widely expected is that it appears a late surge by Andre Dickens has him leading former Mayor Kasim Reed by about 612 votes, which would put Dickens in the runoff against Moore. We have continuing coverage of this race

ATLANTA CITY COUNCIL 
‣ The race for City Council President is headed to a runoff. Doug Shipman will face Natalyn Archibong. Courtney English is in third place in a race that was back and forth all night.

‣ District 1 will be a runoff between Nathan Clubb and Jason Winston. 

‣ District 3 will be a runoff between Byron Amos and Ericka Estrada.

‣ District 4 will also be a runoff between incumbent Cleta Winslow and Jason Dozier.

‣ In District 5, Liliana Bakhtiari is leading at the moment, but not by enough to avoid a runoff against Mandy Mahoney. Too close to call. 

‣ In District 6, Alex Wan won. 

‣ District 9 was won by incumbent Dustin Hills.

‣ District 10 was won by incumbent Andrea Boone.

‣ District 11 was won by incumbent Marci Collier Overstreet.

‣ District 12 will be a runoff between the incumbent Joyce Sheperd and challenger Antonio Lewis.

‣ Districts 2, 7, and 8 were uncontested.


AT-LARGE SEATS
‣ Michael Julian Bond and Matt Westmoreland won to reelection in their At-Large seats.

‣ Keisha Waites and Jacki Labat are headed to a runoff for At-Large Post 3. 



Sandy Springs Mayor and City Council

It was a good night for incumbents in Sandy Springs.

SANDY SPRINGS MAYOR
Rusty Paul is headed to another term as mayor. Paul led challenger Dontaye Carter with more than 69% of the vote. 

SANDY SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL
John Paulson (District 1), Jody Reichel (District 4), Tibby DeJulio (District 5), and Andy Bauman (District 6) were all projected to win.

In the open City Council seats:
‣ District 2: Melody Kelley and Linda Trickey were too close to call with Kelley leading by 32 votes. 


‣ District 3: Melissa Mular led Leslie Mullis and was slightly above the threshold to avoid a runoff. She has 50.27% of the votes.

Our Sandy Springs recap is here.  



Brookhaven City Council

District 1: John Park was reelected to his City Council seat. He had 64% of the votes, defeating challenger Katie Dugan.

District 2: John Funny was the runaway winner with more than 80% of the votes, beating Dale Boone in the race to fill a seat being vacated by Joe Gebbia. 


Our Brookhaven recap is here.


Dunwoody City Council

Catherine Lautenbacher beat Terry Nall in District 1 for the seat Pam Tallmadge held before moving out of the district. 

District 2 will have a new council member as Rob Price defeated incumbent Jim Richter. 

In District 3, Tom Lambert retained his seat, defeating rival Brian Sims.


Our Dunwoody recap is here

Visit our site for more election news and results, including Atlanta Board of Education and other ballot measures.   
2. Cheshire Bridge: Road to nowhere

🚧 Three months after a fire damaged the bridge that crosses Peachtree Creek, Cheshire Bridge Rd. remains closed indefinitely between Woodland and Faulkner roads.

The closure has taken a toll on businesses on either side of the bridge while residents continue to be inconvenienced, but there is still no concrete timeline for the asphalt repairs.

Now that the holiday season is here, businesses are concerned the road closure is going to mean their closure as well. A “Shop Cheshire Bridge Road” event is being planned for Nov. 27 to try and help boost holiday sales.

Sachi Takahara, owner of Nakato Japanese Restaurant, said businesses along Cheshire Bridge are struggling, and called the response by the city a “fiasco.” Daniel Dailey, owner of Johnny’s Pizza, has started an online petition demanding action from the city.

We reached out to District 6 City Councilwoman Jennifer Ide to get an update on when repairs might begin, and were referred to the Atlanta Department of Transportation. The Atlanta DOT promised an update two weeks ago, but we’re still awaiting a response. 

DOT Commissioner Josh Rowan's ballpark estimate for rebuilding the bridge was “at best one year.”
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3. Rough Draft's weekend music pics

There's a metric ton of live music happening this weekend, with an especially stacked list of Sunday shows.

Fri., Nov. 5
💀Mass Destruction Metal Fest IV (Nov. 5-7) @ The Loft at Center Stage
🖤 Hybrid Moments (playing "fiendish" covers) w/ Parlour Club @ Arches Brewing

Sat., Nov. 6
💥 Upchuck 7-inch release party w/ It's About Time @ Eyedrum Art & Music Gallery (Above)
🤘Metallica, Cage the Elephant, and Greta Van Fleet @ Mercedes-Benz Stadium
🎙️ Mayer Hawthorne with India Shawn @ The Masquerade (Heaven)

Sun., Nov. 7
🎸 Anxious, Koyo, TNT, and Playytime @ Masquerade (Purgatory)
🥁 Silver Synthetic, Uneven Lanes, and Cougar Sweat @ The Earl

🎤 Shakey Graves w/ Sun June @ The Eastern
🎵The Lemonheads, Heyrocco, and the Preakness @ Terminal West
4. Coffee Spotlight: FiNCA TO FiLTER

☕ For morning folks, one of the most user-friendly components of the West End's Lee & White development along the BeltLine is the FiNCA to FiLTER coffee bar tucked away inside Wild Heaven (1010 White St., SW).

When you're out for a sunrise bike ride, jog, or stroll, the waving FiNCA flag beacons like a siren.

Inside, the corner pastry case and the coffee selection focus on tried-and-true staples of coffee and quick breakfast bites.

Sweet and savory pastries compliment the unpretentious menu of espresso, cappuccino, free-drip coffee, and cold brew, all made using beans from local favorites Radio Roasters, Portrait Coffee, Firelight, and Ebrik.

The star of the menu, however, is the To the Moon canned cold brew, a collaboration with Portrait, made from Guatemalan single origin beans.

The patio that FiNCA shares with Wild Heaven and Monday Night Brewing is one of the best spots in town for sipping on a coffee or two while taking in some of the best people watching the West End has to offer.


You can also find FiNCA at the Oakhurst Farmers Market every Saturday.

Be sure to check out Rough Draft's guide to local coffee as we continue to profile the metro area coffee scene. What’s your favorite coffee shop? Drop us a line on Instagram and let us know!
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