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Mickey Mouse Monday 

November 21 — It's a short holiday week for most, but one that will certainly be long on Hollywood drama as Disney announced that former CEO Bob Iger will return to lead the entertainment behemoth.

🌞 Sunny and 56° today after a dip below freezing overnight. This week is a mix of sun and clouds.

🚨 Atlanta Police are investigating a spate of fatal shootings that happened over the weekend. 

🗳 A court ruling will allow Saturday early voting on Nov. 26 for the U.S. Senate runoff.

🏠 The Blank Family Foundation has donated $2.4 million to keep legacy residents in their homes in English Avenue and Vine City.

🏥 Two Sandy Springs schools will be testing a "CrisisAlert" system to reach first responders and administrators.

🎨 SCAD has unveiled its new student residence hall in Midtown.

🏀 Goodie Mob will perform at halftime when the Atlanta Hawks host the Miami Heat on Nov. 27. 


 A shooting left five people dead and 25 injured at an LBGTQ+ club in Colorado Springs on Saturday night. Club patrons subdued the shooter before police arrived. 

❄️ Buffalo and Western New York are digging out from a record-setting six feet of snow

⏱ Today's newsletter is  stories.

• Clifton Corridor transit
• Global headlines
• Turkey Day options

• Look & Listen

Have a good day,
Collin, Sammie & Sophia
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1. MARTA narrows Clifton Corridor options

🚉 MARTA has narrowed its options for the Clifton Corridor project to three from ten, with both bus rapid transit and light rail on the table.

The long-discussed route would connect Lindbergh Station to Avondale Estates, crucially connecting the Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control campuses to MARTA. 

"Now that we're down to three, we're going to get a little bit more in depth to what we're looking at," said Bryan Hobbs, Clifton Corridor project manager, during the Nov. 17 Zoom meeting. 

A final option is expected to be presented to the public in early 2023 for input. The plan would then be for the MARTA board to vote on the final recommendation in the spring to apply for federal funding. Completion of the project is not expected until 2036.

➡️ See maps and read Dyana Bagby's full report on the transit project.
Community of Giving: A virtual gathering

🔮 Join JF&CS for our Third Community of Giving on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29 from Noon-1 p.m., with an encore at 8 p.m.

Host Mara Davis will share the journeys of our clients and feature three impactful stories from individuals and families who received services from JF&CS.

🌟 Be inspired as you hear how they were empowered through the programs of Jewish Family & Career Services. Learn how you can make an impact on the lives of so many in our community!

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2. World Cup begins; Ukraine energy crisis

Each Monday, Rickey Bevington of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta updates us on what's happening around the world. 

As the COP27 climate summit wraps up, nearly 200 countries made a historic agreement to establish a fund for climate "loss and damage," however, there were no agreements to phase out fossil fuels or cut greenhouse gas emissions

 🇺🇦 As Russian attacks threaten to cripple Ukraine's energy grid, the leader of Ukraine's largest private energy company is advising people to leave the country if they have the means. DTEK chief executive Maxim Timchenko told the BBC "if they can find an alternative place to stay for another three or four months, it will be very helpful to the system." 

🇳🇱 In the Netherlands, a court convicted three men with ties to Russia for shooting down a passenger airplane over Ukraine in 2014 that killed 298 people. All three are believed to be living in Russia and are unlikely to be captured
🇸🇦 In Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was granted immunity by the Biden administration over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

➡ President Joe Biden reportedly told bin Salman that he believes the Crown Prince is responsible for ordering the killing, but the State Department points to long-established legal precedent that shields heads of state from prosecution in U.S. courts.


⚽ Today's matches include England v. Iran at 8 a.m. (TV: FS1), Senegal v. Netherlands at 11 a.m. (TV: FOX), and the U.S against Wales at 2 p.m. (TV: FOX).  

🇪🇨 Qatar became the first host country ever to lose its first match, falling to Ecuador 2-0 in yesterday's opener.

🇶🇦 Off the pitch, here’s why Qatar, a conservative Muslim nation smaller than Connecticut, is a controversial host for the World Cup. For starters, Qatar can prosecute rape victims under its penal code which criminalizes sex outside of marriage. And, homosexuality is effectively outlawed.  

🇻🇪 From Venezuela: a heartwarming World Cup story. Watch this video of a 12-year-old blind boy named Sebastián who translated a World Cup sticker album into braille.   
3. A different kind of Turkey Day

🍽️ While traditional turkey and dressing will be on many menus this Thanksgiving, the bird is not the last word.

Why not try Japanese, Turkish, Persian, or French food? And top it off with cocktail flights and sumptuous desserts.

Many metro Atlanta restaurants will be open for the holiday, offering something for all tastes. Be sure to check or your favorite restaurant to see what their plans are for Thanksgiving.

⏰ Time is almost up to make a reservation.

➡️ Click here to see a full list of Thanksgiving options. 
4. Look & Listen: Thanksgiving edition

With everyone looking forward to eating lots of good food and wearing elastic waistband pants on Thanksgiving, we wanted to share some of our favorite podcasts and lists from our food-focused, email newsletter, Side Dish.  
🎙️ Hosted by award-winning food writer, Francis Lam, The Splendid Table celebrates the intersection of food and life. 
🥡 Atlanta restaurant critic and food writer Jennifer Zyman chats about food, restaurants, and relationships with people from the food industry in The Food that Binds.
😋 From Southern Foodways Alliance comes the duo podcast and journal Gravy looking at how traditionally southern food is appreciated around the world and how it travels from farm to table.
🍲 Black Girls Eating is a humorous and informative podcast that discusses Black contributions to the culinary world, cooking tips, and more.
🍸 A Couple Cooks share their top 15 Fall Cocktails
😋 Hungry for more food news? Side Dish is our weekly dining newsletter that comes out every Thursday at 4 p.m. Subscribe here. 
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