In the Loop

  • Podcast: Trump, Putin and Propaganda

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    Clinton Watts testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

    In this week's episode, hosts Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner talk with writer and analyst Imara Jones about what's next for health care and investigations into Russian involvement in the presidential election. Jones holds a degree from the London School of Economics and is currently developing a television news program aimed at progressive millennials of color.

    Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered by Mark Gunnery for The Center for Emerging Media. Theme music by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra.


  • CCSD Announces Location for Superintendent Candidate Forum

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    A forum Monday with the finalist(s) for Clarke County School District superintendent will be held at Whitehead Road Elementary, the district announced today.

    Whitehead is in the northwest corner of the county, at least a 20-minute drive from the Eastside and not on a bus line. Why such an inconvenient location?

    "Much of our community has not had the opportunity to visit Whitehead Road Elementary School,  which is truly an incredible learning environment," CCSD spokeswoman Anisa Sullivan Jimenez said. "We hope individuals will come and see their tax dollars at work at this important community event."


  • GDOT Ditches Plan for 441 Bypass Around Bishop

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    City and GDOT officials review plans for 441 through Bishop.

    The Georgia Department of Transportation is proposing that U.S. 441 be widened to three lanes through the center of Bishop rather than build a bypass of the small Oconee County city.

    GDOT also is proposing that the highway be widened to four lanes from Bishop north to Watkinsville and from Bishop south to Madison, following the alignment of the existing roadway.

    GDOT released the proposed route Tuesday night at the first meeting of the Oconee County Citizen Advisory Committee, where it met with strong opposition from Bishop Mayor Johnny Pritchett and Farmington resident Buddy Murrow, both members of the Citizen Advisory Committee.


  • Georgia Senate Passes Campus Carry Bill


    The Georgia Senate passed a slightly tweaked version of HB 280, the "campus carry" bill, this afternoon, setting up negotiations with the state House and Gov. Nathan Deal over the final version of the bill before the legislative session ends at midnight Thursday.

    As with the past four efforts to push through campus-carry legislation, the bill would allow concealed-carry permit holders to bring their guns onto college campuses, with the exception of fraternity and sorority houses, dorms and athletic events.


  • Help ABH Reporter Joe Johnson Beat Cancer


    Those of you who are regular readers of the local daily will recognize the name Joe Johnson. He's been the paper's ace crime reporter for about 15 years—the guy who not only writes those hilarious blotter items, but covered dozens of murder trials, hung out with gang members when police denied Athens had gangs, exposed wrongdoing at the county jail and broke countless other big stories over the years.

    The tough-as-nails New Yorker was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor and underwent surgery earlier this month. He doesn't know yet whether the tumor is malignant or what other treatments he may need, but they're bound to be expensive, and it's unlikely he'll be able to return to work full-time for a while.


  • Podcast: House Hearings on Russia's Election Meddling

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    In this week's episode, hosts Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner talk about the House Intelligence Committee hearings on possible Russian involvement in the U.S. election and ask: Where does this all lead?

    Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered by Mark Gunnery for The Center for Emerging Media. Theme music by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra.


  • Cheers! Watkinsville Approves Sunday Sales


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    Watkinsville voters overwhelmingly approved the Sunday sales of alcoholic drinks in the city’s restaurants and the Sunday sales of beer and wine in the city’s convenience stores in voting in the special election that ended Tuesday.

    Vote rturnout was low, but the margins in favor of Sunday sales in the city were even higher than they were when county voters approved Sunday sales last November.


  • Video: Campus Carry Protest in Athens


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    UGA student Sage Hooten (left) and other protesters rally at the University of Georgia Arch in opposition to HB 280 on Mar. 21.

    It's that time of year again: Pollen is filling our noses, spring is in the air, and the Georgia legislature is trying to pass another campus carry bill.

    A group of over 200 students and other protesters gathered in front of the UGA Arch Tuesday afternoon, chanting, “Hey hey, ho ho, campus carry has got to go,” and holding signs.

    Speakers included professors, students and survivors of the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.

    “The majority of UGA feels that this bill will make our campus less safe,” said student Mallory Harris, who organized the protest.


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