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  • Michael Thurmond: Stone Mountain Needs Context

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    Photo Credit: Jim Bowen

    DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond weighed in on the Stone Mountain controversy in an interview the AJC published today.

    He wouldn't endorse Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams' call to sandblast Confederate figures Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson off the mountain, but he did call for additional context regarding the "Lost Cause" mythology surrounding the 1915 carving, as well as black representation on the board that runs the park.

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  • Podcast: The Racist Rally in Charlottesville

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    On this week’s episode, Marc Steiner talks to co-host Baynard Woods and Baltimore City Paper editor Brandon Soderberg about their experiences at the racist rally in Charlottesville.

    Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered by Calvin Perry for The Center for Emerging Media. Theme music by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra (although this week, we mixed it up a bit).

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  • Upcoming Charlottesville Solidarity Events in Athens

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    Photo Credit: Baynard Woods

    White supremacist and neo-Nazi protestors in Charlottesville, VA

    Local progressive groups have scheduled two events—one this evening and one tomorrow—related to the white supremacist riot in Charlottesville, VA last weekend.

    A candelight vigil from 5:30–7 p.m. today at the Arch is billed as both in solidary with Charlottesville and a call to action to defend undocumented immigrants and oppose the repeal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

    Wednesday at 6 p.m., the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement will host a "community conversation" about Charlottesville—including, specifically, whether Athens' Confederate memorial on Broad Street should remain standing.

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  • Georgia Republicans Can't Seem to Bring Themselves to Condemn White Supremacists

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    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones/file

    "Six of one, half dozen of the other..."

    President Donald Trump has been roundly criticized for his milquetoast statement on the riot in Charlottesville, VA yesterday—during which white supremacist thugs killed a counterprotesterand injured dozens more, and two police officers died in a helicopter crash—blaming the violence on "many sides" rather than a particular group of bigots who happen to be his core supporters.

    But he's not the only one who refuses to identify the people who committed the violence or their ideology. Several Republican Georgia congressmen have skirted the issue themselves, condemning violence and hatred in general terms while acting like they're things that just sort of ... happen, instead of things that people do.

    Call them the alt-right, white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Nazis. Call them whatever you want. But call them out.

    Here's Sen. David Perdue, one of Trump's staunchest supporters:

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  • Mark Martin Announces Commission District 2 Candidacy

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    Photo Credit: courtesy of Mark Martin

    Teacher Mark Martin will announce he's running for Commissioner Harry Sims' District 2 seat at 10 a.m. Saturday at City Hall.

    Martin, a Cedar Shoals High School graduate and an eighth-grade math teacher at Hilsman Middle School, is the first to say he's running for the soon-to-be vacant seat.

    Sims is stepping down next year to run for mayor after 26 years on the commission.

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  • Protestors Raise a Ruckus at Doug Collins Town Hall

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    Rep. Doug Collins (R-Gainesville)

    Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Collins—who represents a sliver of North Athens—held a town hall meeting in his hometown of Gainesville yesterday, and although the district is one of the most conservative in the country, Democratic protesters were out in force.

    The Gainesville Times was there:

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  • Morris Publishing Will Sell the Athens Banner-Herald

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    Photo Credit: Blake Aued/file

    The News Building, a tiny portion of which is home to the Athens Banner-Herald.

    Augusta-based Morris Publishing Group has reached an agreement to sell the Athens Banner-Herald to GateHouse Media, the company announced this morning.

    The sale also includes Morris' two other Georgia newspapers, the flagship Augusta Chronicle and the Savannah Morning News, as well as the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville and seven other papers.

    GateHouse owns more than 500 small papers, mainly in the Midwest.

    Morris did not disclose the terms of the sale, which is expected to close in October.

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  • A UGA Professor Wanted to Let Students Grade Themselves

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    Rick Watson.

    A conservative website's post about a University of Georgia professor who planned to allow students to choose their own grades went viral over the past couple of days.

    Campus Reform wrote Monday about business professor Rick Watson's "stress reduction policy," which would have allowed students who felt "unduly stressed" about their grade email Watson with a suggested grade, "and it will be so changed."

    The policy was included in the syllabi for two of Watson's fall courses.

    Watson is the Terry College of Business's J. Rex Fuqua Distinguished Chair for Internet Strategy and a regents professor, a position awarded to Georgia universities' most highly distinguished faculty members.

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