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August 5 — Watch out, Silicon Valley. 
A new report has ranked Atlanta the third best city in the world to live in for a career in tech.

🌞 Sunny and 92° today. There are chances of rain this weekend with highs in the upper 80s. 

⚖️ WNBA star Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in a Russian prison for possession of cannabis oil. The Wall Street Journal is reporting this morning that the Kremlin is ready to begin prisoner swap discussions.

🚨 A new report says that crime in Midtown is down and that most violent crime in Zone 5 is between "people that knew each other or a fight that escalated." APD Interim Chief Darin Schierbaum noted a 17% drop in crime citywide after 30 members of the YSL gang were indicted.

🎬 California Gov. Gavin Newsom wrote a letter to Hollywood that criticized Georgia as a state that has "waged a cruel assault on essential rights."

🏎️ Officials at Atlanta Motor Speedway are reportedly making a pitch to host Music Midtown. 

🏗️ New York-based developer Rockefeller Group appears to be moving forward with plans to build a 61-story tower in Midtown.

🎰 A new bus service from Downtown will take gamblers on day trips to Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort.

😀 Mercedes-Benz Stadium will test technology that could allow sports fans to enter the gates and shop the concession stands based on facial recognition.


⏱ Today's Draft is 🅕🅞🅤🅡 stories ➼

• A call for safer streets
• Sports, including an EPL preview
• Film review: 'Not Okay'

AND 
• Top stories of the week

Have a restful weekend!
Collin + Amy
1. Thirty-one Reasons Why 

 🚲 Propel ATL (the org formerly known as Atlanta Bicycle Coalition) is sharing the stories of people who died walking or biking in the City of Atlanta as part of its call for safer streets.

“31 Reasons Why” is a storytelling initiative to illuminate the lives of those killed in 2021 to raise awareness of the cost of dangerous roadways and driving behaviors.

Propel ATL officials said the project also ensures that Atlanta doesn't forget individuals who lost their lives simply trying to get somewhere. 

➡️ Read their stories and find out more about "31 Reasons Why" here.
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2. The Sports Section

Today's update is a bit heavy as the sports world lost two legends this week.  


🎙️ First in Brooklyn, and then in Los Angeles, Vin Scully called Dodgers baseball games for 67 years. Preferring to work alone, he was behind the mic for many of baseball's most memorable games. Scully died on Tuesday at the age of 94. 

For Atlanta fans, Scully is remembered for his call of Hank Aaron's record-breaking home run in 1974. Twenty-five seconds of crowd noise was followed by a social commentary rarely heard from a sportscaster. But, that's part of what made him the greatest ever.

“What a marvelous moment for baseball, what a marvelous moment for Atlanta and the state of Georgia, what a marvelous moment for the country and the world. A Black man is getting a standing ovation in the Deep South for breaking a record of an all-time baseball idol." 


🏀 Bill Russell, above via the Celtics on Insta, who won 11 NBA championships, including an astonishing eight straight, with the Boston Celtics, died last Sunday at the age of 88.

Russell was the first Black head coach in any major sport, and a tireless warrior for civil rights. He sat in the front row at MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech in 1963. The Celtics released this video tribute.

⚽ Global soccer eyes are on the UK where the English Premier League season begins today. Rough Draft reader Eloisa Bloom gives us this look at opening weekend: 

After last year's close title race, which saw Manchester City seal the title by one point over Liverpool on the final day, this season will surely keep fans on the edge of their seats.
 

The opening match at 3 p.m. today features Crystal Palace hosting cross-London rival Arsenal at Selhurst Park, which may be familiar to more cursory fans as the home of Ted Lasso’s Richmond Greyhounds (TV: USA Network).  

 Tomorrow at 12:30 p.m., Everton hosts Chelsea which features star American midfielder Christian Pulisic (TV: USA Network).

WATCH THIS WEEKEND
 
 Leeds United, led by American manager Jesse Marsch and U.S. National Team midfielder Tyler Adams, hosting Wolves (Saturday, 10 a.m.).

➡ Tottenham Hotspur, a dark horse title contender who defeated Manchester City twice during their 2021-2022 Premier League campaign hosting Southampton (Saturday, 10 a.m.).

➡ Defending champion and current title favorite, Manchester City, travels to London to play West Ham United (Sunday, 11 a.m.), a game that will mark the Premier League debut of 21-year-old Norwegian striker Erling Haaland, a breakout star acquired from German club Borussia Dortmund for £51.1 million!

📺 NBC’s full EPL TV schedule can be found here.

⚽ Closer to home, Atlanta United hosts the Seattle Sounders tomorrow at 3 p.m. (TV: ESPN) 

🏆 Congratulations to Druw Jones of Wesleyan School in Peachtree Corners who was named the USA Today High School Sports Awards Boys Athlete of the Year
3. Film Review: 'Not Okay'

🍿 “CONTENT WARNING: This film contains flashing lights, themes of trauma, and an unlikable female protagonist.” 

This is the content warning that starts off “Not Okay,” director Quinn Shephard’s new film for Hulu. The film is desperate to make sure that we know just how poorly its main character is behaving.

Danni Sanders (Zoey Deutch) is young, lonely, and terminally online. She wants nothing more than to be famous on the internet. In an attempt to impress her sleazily hot coworker Colin (Dylan O’Brien), she lies about an upcoming trip to Paris. From the darkness of her Bushwick apartment, she posts Photoshopped pictures of herself in “Gay Paris” on Instagram to keep up the ruse.

But when a terrorist attack hits the French city, Danni inadvertently gains fame for being a survivor. Does she own up to the lie? Of course not. 


➡️ Read more of Sammie Purcell's review here.

*SPONSOR MESSAGE* 🍽️ Get your forks ready! Food That Rocks, Sandy Springs’ signature tasting event for 21+, returns Aug. 19 & 20 at City Springs. Your all-inclusive ticket provides unlimited bites, bottomless beverages, fab live music, and chef demonstrations. Sandy Springs has a diverse and unique restaurant scene and the best way to try them all is at this year’s Food That Rocks! Click here to buy your tickets today! 
4. Top stories of the week

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

1️⃣ $50 million loss to economy after Music Midtown canceled due to gun ban challenge.

2️⃣ Fired administrator alleges racism by The Westminster Schools in lawsuit.

3️⃣ Long-time Dunwoody physician blazes a new trail.

4️⃣ Restaurant space, townhomes rise at Stein Steel on BeltLine in Reynoldstown.

5️⃣ Businessman, philanthropist Charles Loudermilk dies at 95 (pictured).

➡ Need weekend plans? Here are our concert picks and a link to our calendar How Do You Atlanta?
Punk Foodie is still on vacation, but his calendar of food trucks and pop-ups both inside and outside the Perimeter is updated for the weekend, including Slapping Tacos at Corner Grocery in Capitol View. 
Did you miss Side Dish yesterday? It's our new, weekly email about the metro Atlanta food scene. This story about "How to be a good eater" was particularly popular as was Jacob Hunter's recipe for chili oil crisp.

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