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October 11 — It's Chad Radford, fresh from the weekend, telling stories alongside Amy Wenk and Collin Kelley. Banks, the Post Office, and government offices are closed today for Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day. The stock market is open.

☀️ Blue skies with a high of 81° today. The rain's dark spell seems to have lifted.


Sports Flash: For the first time since 1982, Georgia occupies the top slot in the college football rankings during the regular season (they were pre-season #1 in 2008, but quickly stumbled). UGA beat Auburn this weekend, and got a big assist from Texas A&M, who knocked off Alabama.
 
⚾ The Braves split the first two games of the National League Divisional Series in Milwaukee. Game 3 of the best-of-five series is today at 1:07 p.m. at Truist Park. (TV: TBS)
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🚑 Four people died on Friday afternoon, when a single-engine Cessna 210 crashed and caught fire at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. PDK has an unfortunate history of crashes.

✈️ What would George Orwell say about this? Delta Air Lines plans to begin using facial recognition software in the domestic terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. 

🎶 Disorder Vinyl, a new record shop in Summerhill, has a grand opening party from noon - 7 p.m. this Friday. Iced coffee will be served with a whole bunch of vinyl LPs in the crates.

🍖 The Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival returns to Dunwoody's Brook Run Park on Sat., Oct. 17, with a silent auction, fun run, and a whole lot of food. Check out this documentary about the 2019 fest, "No Pork on the Fork."

🕖 Today's Draft is five stories:


• Early voting begins Tuesday
• Decatur's retail incubator

• A film industry strike could be days away
• Finding fall colors in your garden
• Look & Listen: Atlanta stories

See you on Wednesday! 
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1. Early voting begins Tuesday

🗳️ Early voting for local municipal elections in several cities and counties begins tomorrow. This election is the first big one since Georgia's controversial Senate Bill 202 went into effect.

Here are some things to know:

🅐 Weekday voting:
Tues., Oct. 12 - Fri., Oct. 29

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday voting:
Oct. 16 & Oct. 23

9 a.m.-6 p.m. 

Sunday voting
Oct. 17 & Oct. 24

9 a.m.-6 p.m.

🅑 Even if you think you know, it's a good idea to confirm where you can vote. If you used drop boxes at odd hours last time, those rules have also changed. They are only available inside early voting locations during early voting hours. Plan accordingly. 

🅒 Learn more about the candidates:

Atlanta City Council and Atlanta Mayor
- Atlanta Board of Education (via Atlanta Civic Circle)
- Brookhaven City Council
- Dunwoody City Council
- Sandy Springs City Council
- Decatur & Tucker (via Decaturish)


🅓 Still undecided over who deserves your vote?

WSB-TV's Mayoral debate got feisty last night.

There are more candidate forums scheduled, including one where students will grill candidates tonight. The Loudermilk-Young Debate Series hosted by the 
Atlanta Press Club is tomorrow.

St. Luke's, The Temple, and Ebenezer Baptist Church host a forum on Oct. 21. The focus will be gun violence. 


➡ Collin also has a more complete round-up here.

🅔 Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2.
*Partner Message* 🧀🍸 Gather 'round: A Celebration of Southern Food, Drink, Music & Art is Oct. 14 - 17 at the Epicurean Atlanta hotel. More than 60 of the region's top culinary talent will be on hand with proceeds benefiting The Giving Kitchen. Rough Draft has partnered with Gather 'round to give away free tickets.

Use your personal referral code and refer just one person by 11:59 p.m. tonight to be entered to win free tickets! Your code is 
<<RH_REFLINK>>  🍸🧀
2. Developing local brands in Decatur

💼 The Decatur Downtown Development Authority has selected three businesses as part of its inaugural retail recruitment incubator, which opens Oct. 15.

Businesses that met the requirements and signed leases with the DDA:

ABETTERBUZZ Brand Goods
➡ Dope Coffee Company
➡ Royal Thanaka Natural Skincare

The Decatur Retail Incubator Program (DRIP) provides each of these online-only businesses the opportunity to test their concepts in a brick-and-mortar shop at 431 W. Ponce de Leon Ave. for a six-month period.

The program also includes mentorship from established business owners Sean Crotty (Kelly’s Market), Lisa Bobb (Squash Blossom), Raj Mehta (Tres Jolie Boutique), and Lori Ronca (Homegrown Decatur).
📅 Check out our Event Calendar! 📅
If you're an event planner, you can register and upload your events.
3. A film industry strike could be days away

🎥 Over the weekend, contract negotiations continued at a feverish pace between the IATSE, the union that represents crew members working on film and television productions and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, but an agreement between the two has yet to materialize.

As reported by Deadline, IATSE president Matthew Loeb said on Friday night, that if a deal is to be reached, and a strike is to be averted a deal will have to be made soon. "It’s a matter of days, not weeks,” Loeb said.

Last week, 98% of IATSE’s union members voted in favor of granting a strike authorization if a deal cannot be reached. Talks are ongoing, but stay tuned for more news to hopefully arrive today.
*Partner Message* 🧀🍸 Gather 'round: A Celebration of Southern Food, Drink, Music & Art is Oct. 14 - 17 at the Epicurean Atlanta hotel. More than 60 of the region's top culinary talent will be on hand with proceeds benefiting The Giving Kitchen. Rough Draft has partnered with Gather 'round to give away free tickets.

Use your personal referral code and refer just one person by 11:59 p.m. tonight to be entered to win free tickets! Your code is 
<<RH_REFLINK>>  🍸🧀
4. Finding fall colors where you may not expect them

🍁 Our regular gardening columnist, Trees Atlanta's Greg Levine, recently had a conversation with renowned landscape architect and former dean of UGA's School of Environmental Design, Darrel Morrison.

Their conversation hovered mostly around the topics of fall color and landscape designs that mimic native plant communities.

Morrison's wisdom: "... we can do better than using native plants simply as chess pieces in a landscape. Instead, gardeners can create more successful and interesting designs by noticing which plants grow together in nature, then matching those communities with the corresponding manmade conditions."

Continue reading in "Environmental Gardener."
5. Look & Listen: Atlanta stories

📺 Activist and rapper Killer Mike of Run the Jewels (above) was a weekend guest on HBO's “Real Time With Bill Maher,” alongside the Washington Post's Robert Costa. They discussed everything from the January 6 commission, to police reform and the fragile state of democracy. Michael Render, as he prefers to be known in that setting, used Atlanta as a reference point several times.

🎧 WABE's new daily podcast "The Brief" rounds up local news stories in a succinct 10-minute format. Friday’s episode includes news about an EPA push for Vine City and English Ave. residents to get their soil tested for lead and an update on receiving COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy.

🎙️ This week, The Black Effect Podcast Network will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a live taping at Variety Playhouse. The Atlanta-based "85 South Show" will host the event. Tickets to attend in-person are sold out, but streaming tickets are still available.

🍑 Executive Director of the Atlanta Regional Commission Doug Hooker joined "On Leadership" with the Atlanta Business Chronicle to talk about his life, his career, and how Atlanta has changed since he joined the Commission in 2011.
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