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June 28 — Here’s hoping your day goes better than the couple who had their SUV fall halfway into a sinkhole on Ponce de Leon Avenue yesterday.

☀️ Sunny, dry, and 91° today. 

➡ Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger will speak to federal prosecutors today as the investigation into former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the last presidential election continues. 

🏗️ Portman Holdings has purchased a 1.3-acre site at the corner of Samson and Irwin streets in Old Fourth Ward for phase two of its BeltLine-facing Junction Krog project.

💰 Elsewhere on the BeltLine, a $25 million federal grant will help connect the trail to the Lindbergh Center MARTA station.  

🚍 Georgia State University will receive nearly $22.3 million in federal funding to take its Panther Express bus fleet fully electric.

🚗 The City of Dunwoody will share data and preliminary findings about its new Road Safety Action Plan at Brook Run Park’s Food Truck Thursday event from 5-8 p.m. tomorrow.

🐟 It’s “Peru on Ponce” tonight as Tio Lucho’s celebrates its one-year anniversary on National Ceviche Day. Claudia Martinez of Miller Union and Molli Voraotsady of So So Fed will join Chef Arnaldo Castillo, who we wrote about last year.

Photo by Dyana Bagby.

PICTURE THIS: Our Dyana Bagby captured this photo of Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and former Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms at yesterday’s dedication ceremony for the Atlanta Child Murders Memorial. Designed by artist Gordon Huether, the memorial features an eternal flame and the names of each victim etched in steel. “We remember that they were your children; they weren’t just names,” Bottoms said to the families gathered at the site. “They were human beings that you loved dearly.” 


🏛️ Voting rights groups cheered the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling that rejected a once-fringe controversial legal theory that could have changed the way elections are run, but allows for limited challenges.

😶‍🌫️ IQAir.com reported that Chicago and Detroit were among the top three cities with the worst air quality in the world this morning, as smoke from Canadian wildfires continues to impact the Midwest.

⭐️ Dunwoody native Ryan Seacrest has been named the new host of “Wheel of Fortune,” following Pat Sajak’s upcoming retirement.

🕖 Today’s newsletter is  stories.

• Dobbs Anniversary
• A tree nursery grows in Brookhaven
• Circus Vazquez
• Concert Picks

Have a good day,
Collin, Sammie, & Madison 

🎆 Sandy SpringsSTARS & STRIPES  is back on Tues., July 4 on the City Green with food trucks (6 p.m.), music by The Platinum Band (7:30 p.m.), and fireworks (9:30 p.m.)! Avoid parking and road closure headaches with free parking and a shuttle ride from Lake Forest Elementary starting at 4 p.m. Click here for more information

Photo by Ross Williams/Georgia Recorder.

1. As Dobbs anniversary passes, fate of Georgia’s abortion law still in state Supreme Court hands

⚖️ A year ago on Saturday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a monumental ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning the constitutional right to an abortion and leaving it to states to place restrictions on the procedures.

In Georgia, the state’s 2019 anti-abortion law went into effect the following month, restricting abortions to the sixth week of pregnancy – before many women know they are pregnant – and allowing a few narrow exceptions for rape, incest, and the health of the mother.

The number of abortion procedures predictably plummeted, from 4,150 in July to 1,850 in August, according to data from a Society of Family Planning’s report. But the numbers have been trending upward since then with the post-Roe peak at 2,790 in March, the most recent month for which data is available.

✒️ Learn more about the state of abortion in Georgia here.

Fear of fireworks: help your dog stay calm on July 4th

🎆 Fireworks look pretty in the sky, but the loud noises and bright lights can cause panic for our pups. Their sensitive hearing and heightened senses can create fear, stress, and anxiety causing excessive panting and drooling, trembling or shaking, hiding or seeking shelter, restlessness and pacing.

To help keep your pup calm this Fourth of July:
•    Set up a spot in your home where your dog can find comfort with their bed, toys, and familiar smells. 
•    Close doors, windows, and curtains to reduce the noise and lights. 
•    Click here for more tips and FAQs. 

🐾  Responding to your dog’s needs with love and care can help your pup find comfort this holiday.

Photo by Johannes Plenio on Pexels.com

2. A tree nursery grows in Brookhaven

🌳 A tree nursery has opened in Brookhaven’s Osborne Park to encourage residents and developers to preserve the city’s tree canopy, part of the Sustainable Brookhaven initiative. 

“Sustainable Brookhaven is committed to protecting our natural resources,” said Assistant City Manager Patrice Ruffin Dowdell. “Managing our tree canopy in this way costs almost nothing. It just requires a mindset to preserve indigenous trees whenever the opportunity presents itself.”

Osborne Nursery is offering nearly 250 trees indigenous to this area, like species of oak, elm, and hickory trees. Some saplings were rescued from the new Public Safety Building property.

🍃 Learn more about the nursery here.

3. High-energy Circus Vazquez puts up big top at Plaza Fiesta on June 30

🎪 The largest circus in the country will stop in Atlanta later this summer for a family-friendly production that features a cast of international superstars. Circus Vazquez will run at Plaza Fiesta from  June 30-July 16.

The all-new production features an all-human cast (no animals) of incredible performers from Mexico, Colombia, Mongolia, Chile, Ukraine, India, and the U.S.

The cast of international superstars will preform an “awe-inspiring, death-defying, hilarious, and affordable live circus experience.”

🤡 You can learn more about what to expect here.

🌿 The founding fathers used hemp so why not you?! Stop into any of our four metro Atlanta Georgia Hemp Company locations from July 1-5 for 15% off all non-sale items. Can’t stop in because you are out of town? No worries! Check us out online to get your July 4th goodies. 

4. Concert Picks

Wed., June 28
🥁 Yo La Tengo @ Variety Playhouse
🎸 Christopher Cross @ Center Stage Theater
💊 The Cure @ State Farm Arena

Thurs., June 29
💻 Santa Fe Klan @ Gas South Arena
🪕 David Wilcox @ Eddie’s Attic

Fri., June 30
🌊 A Flock of Seagulls & Strangelove @ Buckhead Theatre
👨🏻‍🤝‍👨🏽 Two Friends @ Coca-Cola Roxy
💃 Barenaked Ladies @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

Sat., July 1
🕺 The Struts @ The Eastern
🎆 Look Up Atlanta w/ Atlanta Symphony Orchestra @ Centennial Olympic Park

Sun., July 2
🔥 Matchbox Twenty @ Lakewood Amphitheatre

Mon., July 3
🎹 Alicia Keys (pictured) @ State Farm Arena


🎙️ Don’t miss Sammie with culture writer Mike Jordan every Thursday at 9:45 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. as they preview the top events in town on WABE. This week Sammie has a thirst for 20,000 Beers Under the Sea and Decatur’s Pied Piper Parade, while Mike has his sights on the Energy + Art Festival in Little Five Points and the Atlanta House Heads Picnic. 

🎧 The segment is also a podcast. Listen to the full conversation by subscribing to the How Do You Atlanta? podcast at wabe.org or wherever you get your podcasts. 

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

Sammie Purcell is Associate Editor at Rough Draft Atlanta.

Madison Auchincloss is an editorial intern for Rough Draft Atlanta and a student at the University of Michigan.