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Fútbol Friday

November 18 Lawmakers are investigating Ticketmaster after the company canceled public ticket sales for Taylor Swift's Eras tour. With secondary market tickets reaching $35,000, you may want to save your money and just buy a piece of the Atlanta Braves

🌞 It's below freezing as we send this newsletter. Expect sun and 52° today. Same for the weekend.
🚉 Southwest Atlanta native Solomon Caviness, IV has been appointed commissioner of the Atlanta Department of Transportation. 

🚨 Atlanta Police have identified a silver Honda Pilot as the car that struck and critically injured a teen in Virginia-Highland on Nov. 7.

⚠️ The former Atlanta Life Insurance Co. building in Sweet Auburn made the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation's 2023 list of Places in Peril.

💻 Central Atlanta Progress has launched an official website for the Downtown Connector capping project called The Stitch

😢 Alon's Bakery in Dunwoody and Hodgepodge Coffee in Decatur are both closing their doors. 

✏️ Sandy Springs City Councilmember Melody Kelley talks about how being a PTO member helped prepare her for public office

🎒 Local nonprofit The Backpack Project is distributing 1,500 backpacks full of essential goods to Atlanta’s homeless community.


🏛 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday she will not seek a leadership position in the new Congress.

⏱ Today's newsletter is  stories.

• World Cup preview 
• The Sports Section
• 'Cobra Kai' pool party

• Film Review: 'The Fabelmans'
• Week in Review
• A correction 

Stay warm, and don't miss Punk Foodie, too! 
Collin, Sammie & Sophia
1. Are you ready for some fútbol?

⚽ We asked local high school student and savvy soccer observer Eloisa Bloom to give us a preview of the 2022 World Cup, which begins this weekend. She writes:

🇶🇦 The 2022 World Cup begins Sun., Nov. 20, with host country Qatar playing Ecuador at 11 a.m. An event normally played during June and July, the 2022 World Cup will be the first in the tournament’s history to be played during the winter to combat the blazing Qatar heat. Of course, for Southern-hemisphere fans, the 2022 World Cup will be the first true summer tournament. 

🇺🇸 After failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the U.S. Men’s National Team (above via Instagram) is back with a mission of redemption. In the Yank’s last World Cup outing in 2014, the team narrowly made it out of the Group Stage, but unfortunately lost to Belgium in the Round of 16. 

The U.S. kicks off its campaign against Wales on Mon., Nov. 21 at 2 p.m., then play the other Group B teams England and Iran on Nov. 25 and Nov. 29.


🤔 This year’s tournament is not without controversy, both about the manner in which Qatar was selected to host, and about the country’s human rights record. Some fans will choose not to watch at all as a result. Others will watch, but will also make donations to groups like Amnesty International that seek to strengthen human rights around the world. 

I will be making a donation to PEN International, an organization that defends freedom of expression worldwide, including in Qatar. The U.S. team is displaying a rainbow-colored crest at its training center and media areas to show support for LGBTQ communities in a country where same-sex relationships are illegal. 

➡ Read Eloisa's full preview, including which players have Atlanta connections, here.


🍺 Qatar announced that beer sales will be banned in and around all World Cup stadiums. 
Let’s honor our veterans

🎖️ In honor of Veteran’s Day, throughout the month of November 2022, all veterans get $10 OFF our SCENTHOUND Basic Hygiene Package.

This package includes a bath, ear cleaning, nail clip and grind, and teeth brushing with a towel dry.

🐕 Already a SCENTHOUND Member? Veterans will get $10 OFF add-on services when they come in for a monthly visit.

Services are offered by appointment only and are based on availability.  Limited to one use and one dog per person. Valid I.D. required. The offer expires on Nov. 30, 2022.

📞 Call to schedule an appointment at one of our locations today: 

Buckhead: (470) 607-5100
Dunwoody: (678) 990-1900 
Tucker: (770) 538-1790
2. The Sports Section

It’s a good weekend to be indoors watching sports. In addition to the World Cup kicking off this weekend, we’ve got you covered with your favorite local teams. 

🏈 In college football, the top-ranked Georgia Bulldogs are on the road facing the Kentucky Wildcats tomorrow (3:30 p.m., TV: CBS). 

➡ Georgia Tech will be in North Carolina facing the Tar Heels on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. (TV: ESPN2).

➡ Georgia State travels to play James Madison tomorrow at 2 p.m. (TV: ESPN+).

🍑 In high school football, the playoffs continue tonight with the Drive for the GHSA State Title as the 9-2 Walton Raiders travel to take on the undefeated Buford Wolves in the second round, live on Peachtree TV at 8 p.m. Stream it here.

🖋️ Three Midtown High student-athletes signed letters of intent to play college sports yesterday. Hayley Chamberlain (Soccer, pictured) at the University of Georgia, Rodrigo Fernandez (Fencing) at Notre Dame University, and Jory Richardson (Swimming) at the University of Miami.

🏀 The Atlanta Hawks play host to the Toronto Raptors tomorrow at 6 p.m. Catch the game in person or on TV: BSS. 

🏈 The Atlanta Falcons host the Chicago Bears on Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets are still available (TV: FOX).

⚾ Braves outfielder Michael Harris, II was named the 2022 Jackie Robinson National League Rookie of the Year

3. Pool party at the LaRusso's!

🥋 You could spend your next pool day at the LaRusso family home. 

The grounds of the mansion (pictured) used for the Netflix show “Cobra Kai,” the sequel to the original “The Karate Kid” films, are available for rent on an app called Swimply, which is an Airbnb-type service for swimming pools. 

In the show, the Marietta mansion serves as the house of the Karate Kid himself, Daniel LaRusso. In real life, the home is known as “Villa Flora,” and has been around since 1969. 

Villa Flora can be rented by the hour, allowing access to the pool, gardens, greenhouse, and indoor/outdoor master shower. More information can be found online. 

4. Film Review: 'The Fabelmans' 

🍿 Towards the end of “The Fabelmans,” Sammy Fabelman (Gabriel LaBelle) makes a film that causes quite the stir during its premiere at prom. 

The short film, about his high school’s senior ditch day, stars Logan (Sam Rechner), the most popular guy in school. Sammy glowingly highlights all the aspects of Logan that give him his popularity. His good looks and his athletic prowess are on display as he dominates at volleyball and handily wins a footrace on the beach. 

Logan bullies and beats Sammy up on a regular basis, so why portray him in such a flattering light? An aspiring filmmaker, Sammy suggests that it could be because he wanted Logan to be nice to him, or maybe he just wanted to make a better movie. 

Steven Spielberg’s new semi-autobiographical film is based on his childhood, and the film draws heavily from his difficult relationship with his parents to the inception of his love for cinema. 

➡️ Read Sammie's full review here. 

5. Top stories of the week

Here are this week's top stories from our sister publications Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown. 

1️⃣ Venkman's in O4W to close, but could be part of new development (pictured)

2️⃣ Atlanta family makes anonymous, altruistic kidney donations

3️⃣ Atlanta Police search for suspect's SUV in hit-and-run that injured teen

4️⃣ MARTA bus driver recognized for 50 years of service

5️⃣ Construction begins on final major segment of PATH400 through Buckhead
📍 Punk Foodie has your weekend guide to food trucks and pop-ups around the metro, including musubi from @musubee_atl in Duluth.
📌 In yesterday's story about Speaker David Ralston, we wrote that he had been in that position for 20 years. While he served in the legislature for 20 years, he was speaker of the House of Representatives for 12 years, first being elected to that position in 2010.

We regret the error. 
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