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It's Thursday

July 28 — Today marks the one-year anniversary of the murder of Katherine "Katie" Janess, who was brutally stabbed along with her dog in Piedmont Park. APD will hold a press conference today at 3 p.m. with updates on the case. 

🌤 Mostly sunny with a high of 94°. 

🏳️‍🌈 Georgia has joined a lawsuit against the Biden administration over LGBTQ+ school guidance aimed at prohibiting discrimination in meal programs. 

🚧 What's the deal with local bridges? Now, Brookhaven
 residents are wondering how long it will take to replace a local bridge on W. Nancy Creek Dr.

🏗 Toro Development will build a 186-unit apartment complex on the site of Reid's Body Shop – a longtime institution on Memorial Dr.

📌 Atlanta Young Republicans will host an event called "Combating Liberal Media Bias" this evening from 7-9 p.m.

⚕️GPB reports that abortion clinics on the Florida-Georgia line have received an influx of patients as bans go into effect in neighboring states.

✈️ JetBlue Airways is buying Spirit Airlines


🕓 Today's Draft is 3️⃣ stories ➼

• John Lewis' legacy
• Going geothermal 
AND 
• Quick Bites

Rock on!
Amy + Collin
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1. The enduring legacy of John Lewis

🌟 On Saturday, Central Atlanta Progress will celebrate the life of late civil rights leader and congressman John Lewis with a rededication of the "Hero" mural, tributes from family and colleagues, a bell-ringing ceremony, and more.

As part of the Reimagine the Legacy event, Atlanta Intown partnered with Central Atlanta Progress to produce a program for the event, which you can read here.

Along with an introduction by A.J. Robinson, there's also a feature on Lewis' favorite Downtown haunts – including the Hyatt Regency, Ebenezer Church, and Busy Bee Cafe.

The event starts at 10 a.m. at 219 Auburn Ave. NE

*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. Going geothermal 

⚡️ Above the Waterline columnist Sally Bethea sojourned to Iceland this summer and was not only wowed by the rugged beauty of the country, but also its embrace of geothermal energy. 

Geothermal energy heats 90% of Icelandic homes through an extensive network of pipes, which begs the question why can't the U.S. become less dependent on fossil fuels and more on innovative thinking?

Putting profit over people and electing politicians not beholden to energy lobbyists is just a first step, Bethea says.

➡️ Read the full column here.

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3. Quick Bites

☕️ Banjo Coffee is now open in a vintage Airstream in front of Park Tavern where 10th St, Monroe Dr., and the Atlanta BeltLine intersect (pictured). Thursday - Sunday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

🍜 UK noodle house Wagamama is now open at Star Metals District in West Midtown. 

🍷 
Lucian Books & Wine in Buckhead will begin offering lunch service beginning Aug. 2 from 11:30 a.m. to  2 p.m., Tuesdays - Saturdays. 

🍔 Former Westside restaurant Bocado is back, but now at Avalon in Alpharetta. 

🥗 Gypsy Kitchen in Buckhead is now offering Mediterranean fare for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

👨🏼‍🍳 Jay Swift, formerly of 4th & Swift, is the new executive chef at TWO Urban Licks in Poncey-Highland.


🍖  Memphis BBQ Co. on Ashford-Dunwoody Rd. has closed and the building is for lease.

TODAY

🇵🇪 Tio Lucho's in Poncey-Highland is celebrating Peruvian Independence Day beginning with dinner at 4 p.m. and a patio party at 8 p.m.

COMING SOON

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