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Monday, Monday 

November 14 — New week, let's jump in. 


🌤 Mostly sunny, windy, and a high of 55° today. Expect overnight lows in the 20°s later this week as temperatures struggle to break 50°.  

🗳️ Democrats will keep control of the U.S. Senate after incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada was declared the winner on Saturday night. The Nevada win takes some of the intensity out of Georgia's Dec. 6 runoff between Sen. Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker.  

➡ Early voting in the runoff will be Mon., Nov. 28 - Fri. Dec. 2, with some optional dates still to be determined by individual counties. 


🙏🏼 Fans and family of late rapper Takeoff gathered at State Farm Arena on Friday for a memorial service

👁 A public "visioning session" for the future of the 17th Street corridor in Midtown is on Nov. 16. 


🏛 Georgia Senate Republicans selected their new leadership team at a post-election meeting in the General Assembly on Friday.

👟 SCAD has a new program that allows students to study the art and design of sneakers. 


🏆 The Atlanta Press Club inducted six new members into its Hall of Fame on Thursday.

🦇 Kevin Conroy, the iconic voice behind the animated Batman, has passed away. He was 66. 

⏱ Today's newsletter is  stories.

• A family kidney donation
• Jane Fonda fights abortion laws in Georgia 
• Global News

AND 
• Look & Listen

Have a good day,
Collin + Sammie
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1. Atlanta family makes anonymous kidney donations


🩺 Within the last year, an Atlanta mother and her two sons have donated their kidneys to strangers, and all agree it’s the best thing they’ve ever done. The donors, Amy Parker Zupancic, and her sons Caleb, 29, and Daniel McCracken, 31, came about their decision to donate altruistically through separate paths that had, in retrospect, a strange symmetry.


The McCracken brothers, independently of one another, had read the same Twitter article about the shortage of anonymous kidney donors, which led them to investigate the steps needed to become donors. 

➡ According to a 2020 article in Penn Medicine News, more than 90,000 patients are waiting for kidney transplants, yet only 20,000 are performed each year. More than 5,000 people on the waiting list die yearly without receiving a new kidney, the article said.

The process, known as living non-directed organ donation, is one that rarely happens, despite a significant backlog of people who are in critical need of a new kidney.

⚕️ For more on this story, click here.

2. Jane Fonda v. The Supreme Court
VIA WABE


🎀 Jane Fonda says the work of the Georgia-based nonprofit she founded to prevent teenage pregnancies has become “far more important” in the months since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion it guaranteed to American women.

The activist and Oscar winner has been an outspoken critic of the court’s decision, previously calling it “unconscionable.”

➡ Fonda was recently in Atlanta for a fundraiser to celebrate the 27th anniversary of the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential. She founded the organization in 1995 when she lived in Atlanta and Georgia had the highest teenage birth rate in the United States.


In 2012, the organization changed its name and expanded its mission beyond teenage pregnancy prevention to include nutrition and physical activity.

To read the original article from our friends at WABE, click here.

🇫🇮 Join the World Affairs Council of Atlanta for "Nordic Defense: Countering Russian Aggression" with Finish Major General Pekka Toveri, Dec. 6 at 8 a.m. Register here.
3. Biden meets Xi; Zelensky visits Kherson

🇹🇷 An explosion rocked central Istanbul on Sunday. At least six people were killed and more than 81 injured in what President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said was a terrorist attack, although nobody has yet claimed responsibility. According to the BBC, "Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag told Turkish media a woman had sat on a bench in the area for more than 40 minutes, leaving just minutes before the blast took place."


🇺🇦 Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky visited the liberated city of Kherson today as Ukrainians celebrate the recapture of the city that Russian troops had occupied since March.

After Russian troops withdrew from the area, Ukraine vowed to take back all annexed land from Russia, including Crimea in the south. Kherson was the first - and only - regional capital to fall into Russian hands after it invaded Ukraine in February.

📍A new Banksy mural has appeared on a bombed-out building in Borodyanka, a town northwest of Kyiv ((photo above via the artist on Instagram

🌎 In Bali, leaders of 20 major economies known as the “G20” are meeting for their annual strategy session beginning tomorrow. G20 members represent more than 80 percent of the world's GDP, 75 percent of international trade, and 60 percent of the world's population.

🇺🇸 On the sidelines of the G20, President Joe Biden is meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping this morning, while Russian President Vladimir Putin will skip the Bali summit. 

🇦🇺 In Australia, a private funeral will be held this week for 15-year-old Cassius Turvey, an indigenous boy believed to have been beaten to death while walking with friends after school. The tragedy sparked national outrage over violence against indigenous peoples.   

🇧🇷 Brazilians are mourning legendary singer Gal Costa. Costa popularized Tropicalia music, a mix of Brazilian pop and avant-garde, starting in the 1960s. She was 77.  
4. Look & Listen

The holiday season is a time for celebrations and festivity for many, but it can also be a somber time for those mourning the loss of a loved one. We reached out to our friends at local nonprofit Kate’s Club to help us compile podcasts for people dealing with grief during the holidays. 
 
 😞 All There Is with Anderson Cooper takes listeners on a personal exploration of grief after losing his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.
 
🤯 Terrible, Thanks for Asking helps real people get real honest about how they’re really doing.
 
 🫶 Good Mourning is a grief support group in a podcast using honesty, hope, and humor to help people.
 
👪 The Widowed Parent Podcast offers advice from experts for “only parenting” after the loss of a spouse.
 
😢 The Mourning Meeting focuses on helping young adults grieving from loss. 
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