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  • Homedrone: Dead Neighbors Had Their Gear Stolen at SXSW

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    Photo Credit: Dead Neighbors

    Touring is a risky endeavor. Aside from the possibility of facing shady promoters, ungracious audiences or vehicular failure, a cargo van packed with thousands of dollars in music gear is a prime target for would-be thieves.

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  • In the Loop: The Georgia Square Mall Macy's Is Closing

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    The Georgia Square Mall Macy’s is one of 68 that will close this year as the company—like most brick-and-mortar department stores—continues to face declining revenue.

    The Athens location, one of 880 nationwide, will close Mar. 1, potentially putting 69 employees out of work. Overall, the department-store chain is shedding more than 6,000 jobs.

    According to a press release:

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  • Grub Notes: Buffalo's to Close at End of Year

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    Buffalo's Southwest Café, in the Beechwood Shopping Center, may technically be a chain, but the folks who own it locally (Rick and Sharon Roberts) have always run it more like a small business than like a franchise. Come Jan. 1, it (and the location of Fatburger just inside the door) will close permanently.

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  • Grub Notes: Pulaski Heights BBQ's Smokehouse Destroyed By Fire

    Pulaski Heights BBQ experienced a pretty major fire over the Thanksgiving holidays, but the Flagpole Athens Favorites winner has a plan to be back up and running ASAP.

    Owner Chuck Ramsey says they put out all of their Thanksgiving food Thursday morning, "shut the smoker down, and left around 1 [p.m.]. I got a call at 2:40 from a neighbor saying the smoke coming out didn't look right. It totally gutted the smokehouse and destroyed the smoker. The fire inspector hasn't been able to determine a cause yet, but said it didn't look like arson."

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  • In the Loop: Gov. Deal Declares Drought Restrictions in Athens

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    Gov. Nathan Deal declared Athens-Clarke and other North Georgia counties to be in a "Level 2" drought today, tightening outdoor water use restrictions for more than 50 counties.

    “Today’s declaration is driven by an extended period of little or no rain and increasing dryness in the impacted areas,” Richard Dunn, director of the state Environmental Protection Division, said in a news release. “What’s more, there is little hope for relief as weather forecasters expect an unusually warm, dry winter across most of the state.”

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  • In the Loop: Athens Did Its Part to Help Elect Hillary Clinton (and More Local Election Results)

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    Most of us can empathize with this guy watching the results come in at Hi-Lo.

    Most Flagpole readers probably are still processing Donald Trump’s stunning upset, the biggest since at least Harry Truman in 1948. If it’s any small comfort for local Democrats, you did just about everything you could to elect Hillary Clinton.

    Turnout was higher in Clarke County this year than in 2012, with 4,000 more votes cast, and Clinton won 65 percent of the Athens vote, outpacing Obama by two percentage points. Trump won just 28 percent of the vote locally, six points less than Mitt Romney. Libertarian Gary Johnson won 4 percent—a bit higher than usual—and 1,137 people cast write-in votes, but looks as if third-party candidates drew more from Trump than Clinton, at least locally.

    Still, Trump won Georgia handily, 51-46, which is about the usual margin we’ve come to expect here. I have thoughts on the national race—though I wouldn’t blame you if you don’t care, given the pundits’ record—and we’ll get to those, but first, some more local results:

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  • Grub Notes: La Dolce Vita, Shiraz, Hip Pops Are Closing

    Let's just put all the bad news in one post. La Dolce Vita, upstairs from what was its sister restaurant, Etienne Brasserie, is now also closed, announcing its shuttering on Facebook. It's been a bad year for that block of Broad downtown, between Jackson and Wall streets, which now houses only the bar Bourbon Street.

    Shiraz, which retails wine and snacks in the Leathers Buiding, on Pulaski, hasn't updated its Facebook page yet but has sent out an email announcing a temporary closing, with no date when it might reopen.

    And Hip Pops, in the Tracy Street warehouses, has announced that it will close its retail location for good (although the popsicle cart will still show up at events and can be hired for catering) in the next few weeks.

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  • In the Loop: That Stolen UGA Press Van Was Actually Towed

     

    It turns out that a van full of books belonging to the University of Georgia Press that wasreportedly stolen from outside a Decatur book fair was actually illegally towed.

    UGA Press released a detailed account of what happened to the van today, after discovering that it was on a tow lot.

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  • Homedrone: Brandi Carlile Cancels Tour Dates, Including Georgia Theatre Show

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    Photo Credit: David McClister

    Americana mainstay Brandi Carlile has canceled a run of tour dates next month in order to undergo a surgical procedure to address endometriosis-related back and pelvis problems. Among the shows that got the axe was her Sept. 8 appearance at the Georgia Theatre.

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  • Grub Notes: Atlantans Are Whining About Their Lack of Tropicalia

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    A few weeks ago I went to a cookout in Atlanta, and a friend of a friend who works at a package store told me that they sell out of their weekly allotment of Tropicalia within hours, even though they limit purchases to one six-pack per customer.

    He wasn't lying. The AJC recently ran an article about the city's shortage of Athens-based Creature Comforts' flagship IPA. Just another reason to be glad you live in Athens.

    The article also includes some interesting insights into the limitations on production that small craft breweries face. As international beer conglomerates buy up crafts, they're able to negotiate better deals with hop growers.

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