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November 7 — Georgia fans are feeling lucky after Saturday's impressive win over top-ranked Tennessee in Athens. May we all have similar success choosing the winning Powerball numbers for tonight's record-setting $1.9 billion jackpot.

🌞 It's already 68° as we hit send today's newsletter, and it will continue to rise to a high of 81°. Cooler with a mix of clouds and rain as the week progresses, with lows back in the 30°s next weekend.  
🗳️ Early voting is over ahead of tomorrow's Election Day, and the number of ballots already cast in Georgia is historic: 2.5 million.

➡  Cobb County officials announced that human error led to more than 1000 absentee ballots not being mailed to people who requested them.   

🗣 Georgia House Leader David Ralston, who has led the chamber since 2010, says he will not seek another term as speaker due to health reasons. 

🪅 Plaza Fiesta shopping center on Buford Hwy. has been purchased by Asana Partners. 

🚧 Irwin St. near the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside trail is closed for a streetcar extension impact study this week.

🚛 The City of Sandy Springs has asked the Georgia DOT to reroute big trucks off I-285 due to a spate of accidents. 

🏆 At the Georgia High School Cross Country State Championships over the weekend, local team winners for the Boys include Marietta, North Atlanta, Decatur, Westminster, Oconee County, and Athens Academy. For the Girls, Marietta, Marist, Decatur, Pace Academy, Wesleyan, and Atlanta Classical Academy won their respective divisions. We'll have more on the individual winners in our Friday sports coverage.

⚾ The Houston Astros won the World Series, manager Dusty Baker's first and only the third for a Black manager. At 73, he's also the oldest manager to win the title

⏱ Today's newsletter is ⑤ stories.

• The future of Ponce
• Sales tax agreement
• Global News

• PRFM Sunday Supper
• Look & Listen

Have a good day,
Collin, Sammie + Sophia
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1. A dramatically altered Ponce

🏗 Portman Holdings has unveiled its plans for the intersection of Ponce de Leon Ave. and Ponce de Leon Pl., which will dramatically alter the storied corridor.

The project includes constructing a 310,000-square-foot office tower with 13,000 square feet of retail; a 160,000-square-foot office tower with 12,000 square feet of retail; and a 285,000-square-foot apartment building with 354 units, plus 13,000 square feet of retail. 

Kate Culver, vice president of development for Portman, said the Virginia-Highland project is still in the early stages, but plans are to file a rezoning request with the City for the property early next year. 

Portman is holding another community meeting on the planned project tonight from 5-8 p.m. at The Bookhouse Pub, 736 Ponce de Leon Ave., which would ironically be demolished to make room for the new development.

➡️ Read more about this story in Dyana Bagby's report here.
See the Atlanta Hawks in action at State Farm Arena

🏀 The Atlanta Hawks continue their four-game home streak by taking on the Utah Jazz on Wednesday and the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday.

⛹🏾 On Wed., Nov. 9, the Hawks and Georgia Power team up for a special "Veterans Appreciation Night." The night will recognize the sacrifice and service of those who have served in the military with various giveaways and interactive activations.

⛹🏾 On Thurs., Nov. 10, the team will host ‘Marvel Super Hero™ Night’ presented by Xbox. All fans in attendance will receive a complimentary, custom Marvel-inspired poster.

🎟️ To secure your tickets, click here.

📣 Go Hawks!
Sandy Springs City Councilman John Paulson 
2. Sales tax agreement – finally!

🪙 Fulton County announced Friday that after four months of often tense negotiations, it has finally reached an agreement for local option sales tax (LOST) distribution with 15 cities, including Atlanta and Sandy Springs.

The county share of LOST will increase from the current 4.98% to 12.5% over the next decade. The sales tax generates one cent per dollar on retail sales within the county boundaries and in every city.

Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said the county’s share will average 9.985% over the ten-year period. Fulton County will receive an estimated $383 million over the next ten years, up from the $191 million it would have gotten if its share remained at 4.98%.

“I’m just glad it’s over," Paul said. "I think we probably negotiated the best deal that we could get.” 

➡️ Read Bob Pepalis' full update here. 

3. Global Headlines

🇮🇱 Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid called for national unity after last week’s defeat by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. French President Emanuel Macron called to congratulate Netanyahu, whose Likud Party achieved victory with the far-right-wing Jewish Power and Religious Zionism parties.

🇹🇿 In Tanzania, at least 19 people are reported dead from an airplane crash in Lake Victoria.

🇵🇪 Protestors in Peru clashed with riot police during nationwide demonstrations against President Pedro Castillo who faces corruption allegations. Living costs in Peru are skyrocketing after the COVID-19 pandemic.

🇪🇬 In Egypt, the government lit up the ancient Khafre Pyramid with “We Must Act Now” ahead of #COP27. The United Nations’ annual climate conference is underway in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh.

COP27 is a two-week gathering of experts from around the world grappling with issues including whether rich countries should compensate poor countries hit hardest by climate change. Follow the COP27 live blog

➡ Meanwhile, a new study by UNESCO warns that some of the world’s most iconic glaciers are set to disappear by 2050.  

🇰🇭 In Cambodia, ten southeast Asian countries prepare for the annual meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). They’ll discuss the region’s most pressing challenges including Myanmar’s military takeover and China’s claims on the South China Sea. 

➡ President Joe Biden will be attending COP27 and ASEAN before heading to the G20 Summit in Indonesia next week.  
4. A feast for a cause

🌾 Today is the last day to buy a ticket for Peachtree Road Farmers Market's (PRFM) annual Sunday Supper. The event is on Nov. 13, and features food from local market regulars including Spotted Trotter, Souper Jenny, Daily Chew, The Buttery ATL, and more.

The take-home dinner benefits PRFM initiatives and operations.

“One of our biggest goals is to continue purchasing fresh fruits and veggies next season from our farmers each week to donate to the local food pantry, Intown Collaborative Ministries,” Executive Director Nancy Qarmount said. “In just the last 11 weeks, we have spent over $8,400 and purchased over 3,000 pounds of fruits and veggies for our neighbors.”

Read more, purchase tickets, and bid on auction items here.
5. Look & Listen: midterm elections

With the focus on tomorrow’s midterm elections, we wanted to share some podcasts to help you break down election results nationwide. And don’t forget to tune in to our local political experts we featured in September to get the lowdown on Georgia's results.
🇺🇸 NPR’s Politics Podcast is a daily roundup of the political headlines around the country and why they matter.
🔢 FiveThirtyEight’s Politics Podcast uses polling data to analyze what voters are thinking in each state. 
 📰 Politico’s Playbook is a daily look at what’s driving the news in Washington, DC.
🎙️ Pod Save America is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by former aides to President Obama chatting about the latest political news.
🗞️ Opinion: Potomac Watch gives you the latest developments and analysis on what’s happening in the nation’s capital from the award-winning Wall Street Journal opinion pages. 
🗳️ Whichever party wins control of the House and Senate, we know half the country will be celebrating and the other half will be counting down the days until the next election. The Run-Up from The New York Times looks at how the country became so politically divided.
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