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October 20 — We're back! Chad Radford here alongside Amy Wenk and Collin Kelley. Special guest Molly Knight joins us today to talk baseball.

☁️ Overcast skies with a high of 73° today. 

💰 On Monday, the Atlanta City Council approved legislation amending the 2022 fiscal year general fund budget in the amount of $2 million by transferring funds to support greenspace improvements.

The City Council also passed a resolution urging the mayor to study establishing an "Office of Nighttime Economy," aka "Night Mayor."

🏎️ After a video of cars spinning in circles blocking a Peachtree Street bridge early Sunday morning went viral, 11 Alive reports on concerns that street racing is getting out of hand again.

Meantime, Georgia State Patrol and and APD's aviation unit coordinated efforts to bust several drivers who were fleeing a shopping center in East Point after doing donuts in the parking lot.
📸 Today's photo shoutout (above) goes to muralist Alea Hurst and her "Together We Bloom," winner of this year's AMPLIFY art installation contest at Dunwoody's Spruill Center.

🕖 Today's Draft is ⑥ stories:

• Buckhead cityhood opposition begins to gel
• DNA in the infamous Atlanta Child Murders case goes to Utah
• Molly Knight on the Braves / Dodgers
• Trick-or-Treat for a cause 

• Shaky Knees + weekend music picks

• Coffee Spotlight: Créma

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1. State Legislators oppose Buckhead cityhood

✍ A group of state legislators came together Oct. 18 to oppose the Buckhead cityhood movement, citing education and economic impacts as major factors.
The four legislators who attended the Monday press conference represent constituents in Atlanta, including parts of Buckhead. They plan to send a letter to Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and House Speaker David Ralston to ask that they “follow the precedent”  allowing local delegations to make decisions on issues of annexation.

“It is unprecedented for elected representatives and senators who do not live in a jurisdiction … to be the ones trying to pass legislation to incorporate the city,” said State Rep. Betsy Holland. “Leave this in the hands of the people who actually represent Atlanta.”
She was referring to the fact that the 12 state legislators who have expressed support for the effort for Buckhead to break off from Atlanta do not actually represent the city.
The Buckhead City Committee, which is spearheading the cityhood effort, contends that support is growing for the split. The group conducted a poll that claims 64% of Buckhead voters would support the creation of a new city. According to the committee’s feasibility study, the Buckhead area has around 100,000 residents, meaning the survey accounts for under 1% of the neighborhood’s population.

Holland also raised issues about education, saying Atlanta Public Schools would have no obligation to serve students in a new “Buckhead City.”
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2. Utah lab to examine DNA from Atlanta Child Murders

🔬 According to Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and the Atlanta Police Department, DNA evidence from the Atlanta Child Murders is headed to a specialized lab in Salt Lake City for testing.

The case:
• More than 25 African-American children, teens, and young adults were found dead in areas around metro Atlanta between 1979 - 1981.

• The case was closed when Wayne Williams was convicted of murdering two adults, and was suspected by authorities of committing most of the killings related to the child murders.

• Williams is serving two life sentences in state prison, but was never charged in any of the child murders. He maintains his innocence.


Mayor Bottoms remains committed to building a permanent memorial on the grounds of City Hall.
3. A word from LA: Molly Knight on the Braves v. Dodgers

We caught up with Molly Knight, one of the leading baseball minds in the country, and author of The Long Game, a must-read newsletter for casual observers of life and obsessive baseball fans alike.

The Braves blew a three-run lead yesterday in Los Angeles. They now lead the Dodgers 2-1 in the NLCS. Game 4 is tonight at 8:08 p.m. at Dodger Stadium (TV: TBS).

🧢 Here are Molly's thoughts on yesterday and the rest of the best-of-seven game series 

I can’t believe what I just saw.

There are not enough words to describe how weird it’s been to watch 2019 MVP Cody Bellinger hit below .200 this year.

Braves’ fans probably can’t believe he was that bad either, not after he hit the home run to deliver game 7 of the NLCS to the Dodgers last year and crush Atlanta’s dreams, and certainly not after Bellinger whacked a dramatic game-tying three-run homer in Game 3 of this year’s NLCS to help the Dodgers avoid falling in a three-games-to-nothing hole. 

As Dodger Stadium shook to its foundation while Bellinger rounded the bases yesterday, I realized this whacky series is probably destined to go seven games, not because we want it to, but because we need it to.

The Dodgers are set up nicely to even the series at two games apiece tonight with Julio Urías on the mound and a bullpen game for the Braves—but nothing in this series has gone according to plan.

It’s possible the Braves win game 4 then the Dodgers win the next three just like last year. 

The Dodgers have gone to the World Series three of the last four seasons, but their two most exciting wins at Dodger Stadium in the last 33 years have both come against the Braves: the first was Game 4 of the 2013 NLDS, the second took place Tuesday afternoon.

Braves fans must hope Bellinger’s homer was just a one-off. These kind of soul-crushing losses can be tough to shake off. 

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4. Trick-or-treat for a cause

🎃 A Halloween event that honors the life of a Dunwoody woman is on a mission to raise $90,000 this year for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.

Emily’s Trick or Treat is set for Sat., Oct. 23 at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church in Sandy Springs.

The event was created to honor Emily Moore, who fought colitis for half her life. In 2017, at age 35, Emily passed away following a battle with appendiceal cancer.

“Emily had an incredible, magnetic personality and tons of friends who want to celebrate her life. She also happened to love Halloween,” said Dunwoody resident and “Em’s Crew” member Stacey Rothberg. “We put all of those things together to create this event.”

Since Emily’s Trick or Treat started, it has already raised more than $250,000 for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. 

While tickets for this year’s Emily’s Trick or Treat have sold out, people are still encouraged to help the cause. An online silent auction launched today, and anyone is invited to donate.

Allison Boaz, a member of Em’s crew and a Brookhaven resident, said the annual event also gives Moore’s two children, Hallie and Jordan, a legacy to carry on for their mother “that makes everybody smile and keeps her memory relevant.”
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5. Chad's weekend music picks

🔊 Shaky Knees returns this weekend (Oct. 22-24), bringing top acts to Central Park, including St. Vincent, Foo Fighters, and Run the Jewels (above). Of course, there are also a slew of after parties happening around town.

Plenty of other shows to check out as well.

Fri., Oct. 22
🎤 The Pay Back feat. Psyche Origami, Wasted Potential Brass Band, Ultra Beast, DJ Sky, and DJ Fudge @ 529
🎶 Idles w/ Gustaf @ Masquerade, Heaven
🎷 Joe Gransden w/ Robin Latimore "Jazz on the Lawn" @ Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Sat., Oct. 23
🎸 Field Day (feat. Peter Cortner & Doug Carrion of Dag Nasty) @ Bogg's
📺 Kaki King’s "Data Not Found" @ Georgia Tech's Ferst Center
🥁 NRCSSST, The Cancellations, Ladrones @ 529
🎙️ Delta Spirit w/ Michigander @ The Earl
🎤 Modest Mouse @ Masquerade, Heaven

Sun., Oct. 24
🖤 Yves Tumor @ Terminal West
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6. Coffee Spotlight: Créma 

☕ As the motto for Dunwoody's Créma Espresso Gourmet proudly boasts, every sip and every sandwich is made with “a strong passion for high quality.”
Located at the intersection of Jett Ferry and Mt. Vernon roads, Créma has a full selection of hot and iced coffees, lattes, espressos, cortados, and teas. The pastry case is stocked with prize-worthy blueberry scones, almond biscotti, and a mulitcolored array of sweet and savory treats.

There’s also a fully loaded brunch and lunch menu featuring soups, salads, bagels, and a signature chicken salad sandwich that's the talk of the neighborhood.
Créma offers dine-in, take-out, and drive-thru for when you need a pick-me-up or a quick bite on the go. 

Be sure to check out Rough Draft’s guide to local coffee as we continue to profile the metro area coffee scene.
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