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  • Podcast: Mitch McConnell, Jared Kushner and HUD

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    This week, co-host Baynard Woods talks with ProPublica reporter Alec MacGillis about Jared Kushner's rental properties, Ben Carson's HUD and the machinations of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whom MacGillis wrote about in his book The Cynic.

    Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered this week by Brandon Soderberg and Baynard Woods. Theme music by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra.

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  • Tate Center Sign on Georgia Tech Shooting Disturbs UGA Students

     

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    Photo Credit: Hunter Hulsey

    Hunter Hulsey was disgusted when he saw a sign with a poll in the Tate Student Center Plaza Wednesday asking if people agreed that the shooting of Scout Schultz at Georgia Tech was "a clean shoot."

    Schultz, a student at Georgia Tech, was shot and killed by police responding to a call of a suspicious person on campus. Schultz reportedly refused to comply with officer orders to drop a multitool he was wielding. It was later revealed Schultz placed the call the brought officers to the scene in what appears to be a suicide by police shooting.

    "It pissed me off, so I took a picture," Hulsey said.

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  • Two Story Coffee Loses Its Lease

     

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    Photo Credit: Nicole Adamson

    After years at its location on South Lumpkin Street near the Five Points intersection, Two Story Coffee is moving.

    When renewing their lease, the property manager, Parker and Associates, reportedly decided to go with another bid.

    "It caught us off-guard," said Daniel Luft, Two Story's general manager. The popular studying spot for UGA students now has until the end of the month to pack up and move out.

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  • Athens Democrats Want to Oust Mayor Nancy Denson From Party Post Over Support for GOP Candidate

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    Don't let the blue fool you.

    The Athens-Clarke County Democratic Committee will vote next week on whether to kick Mayor Nancy Denson off the committee because of her support for a Republican in a state House of Representatives race.

    Denson held a fundraiser for Houston Gaines—her former campaign manager, who's now running for state House as a Republican against Democrat Deborah Gonzalez—at her Forest Heights home Aug. 31. The fundraiser outraged many local Democrats who felt that, as a Democrat, Denson should be supporting Gonzalez.

    "Your support of Donald Trump's party in this upcoming special election is unfortunate," says a letter from the ACCDC's executive committee dated Sept. 12.

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  • Six Candidates Qualify to Run in Special Election for Two Athens House Seats

     

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    Democrat Deborah Gonzalez will go head to head with Republican Houston Gaines in the Nov. 7 House District 117 special election

    Former state Rep. Doug McKillip will not try to reclaim the District 117 seat he lost to Regina Quick after switching parties in 2012—for now.

    The qualifying period to run in the two Nov. 7 special elections for Athens-area state House seats ended Friday without McKillip signing up to run. But he held out the possibility that he’d run next year, when the seat will come up again in the usual election cycle. “Said I’d run in ’18, not ’17,” he said. “We’ll see.”

    The seat opened up last month, when Gov. Nathan Deal appointed Quick as a Superior Court judge, replacing the retired David Sweat, requiring her to resign from the House. 

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  • Podcast: Trump, 4Chan and the Alt-Right

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    This week, co-host Baynard Woods talks with author Dale Beran about 4chan, the alt-right and the rise of Donald Trump. Read Beran's viral essay about these topics here.

    Democracy in Crisis is a weekly podcast hosted by Baynard Woods and Marc Steiner, produced and engineered this week by Brandon Soderberg and Baynard Woods. Theme music by Ruby Fulton and the Rhymes with Orchestra.

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  • Photo Gallery: Hurricane Irma Damage

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    Although her street was blocked by fallen trees, Flagpole photo intern Nicole Adamson ventured out Tuesday to snap some photos of damage along West Lake Drive.

    Athens-Clarke County crews have removed many trees from roadways, but those that remain are entangled in power lines that must be removed by utility workers first. (Only about 1,000 Georgia Power customers in Athens remain without electricity.)

    Apparently we have some local finalists for the Darwin Awards, because ACC felt the need to issue a press release warning people not to try to cut or remove those trees, or allow children to play around them.

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  • CCSD Will Stay Closed and UGA Will Reopen Wednesday

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    Citing ongoing power outages and safety concerns about road debris and non-working traffic lights, the Clarke County School District has cancelled classes and other activities on Wednesday.

    The University of Georgia, though, will reopen at 10 a.m. Campus Transit will start running again at 9 a.m., and the first classes will be held at 10:10 a.m.

    UGA warned students and employees that travel to campus may take longer than usual, and reminded drivers that intersections where traffic signals are out should be treated as four-way stops.

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