Morning Reads for Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Good morning!

  • NPR launches their “School Money” project with a look at funding gaps between different U.S. school districts. (The website also knows where you are, but because it’s NPR, they’re totally nonchalant about how they’re tracking you, like, “Our best guess is that you’re in Georgia, it’s all good, bro!”)
  • Online news sites are apparently in about as much trouble as dead-tree newspapers.
  • Josh McKoon is in The Economist again, and this time he’s “disappointed.”
    • The article, which delves into the anti-LGBT religious liberty movement in many Southern states, is worth the click. The Sirs give props to Governor Deal (and yes, I know it’s not “Sirs” anymore), campus carry gets a shoutout, they note many of these lawmakers’ utter disregard for local self-determination, and there’s this line: “On the face of it, much of this seems odd. Judging by the rhetoric of the Republican presidential contest, the country is going to the dogs; in parts of the South, the infrastructure is indeed crumbling. Yet the region’s politicians are concentrating on problems that, to put it mildly, are often less than pressing.”
    • Plus! We learn a new word: “revanchism” – at least, I learned a new word, smarties.
  • LaFayette debates the future of its municipal golf course.
  • And in Fayette, their CAFR won an award for excellence in financial reporting.
  • Clarkston Mayor Ted Terry gets his turn in The Economist.
    • (Sirs: technically, municipal offices in Georgia are nonpartisan.)
  • Orange Crush “cool, calm.”
  • The ARC released updated populations forecasts for metro Atlanta.
  • Oh, yeah, this one had me on pins and needles. But the public safety details are interesting.
  • The AJC published a handy map that lets you know your area’s risk of lead poisoning.
  • This week, big things are happening for the foxiest Founding Father:
  • New this week! I’ll call this bullet point “Trust Me.” Because iced coffee season is upon us, and this is the only kind you want to drink. Trust me!

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