Morning Reads for Ahmaud Arbery Day (February 23)

Good morning. It’s Ahmaud Arbery Day in Georgia, the second anniversary of his death. Georgians are encouraged to run 2.23 miles today to celebrate his life.

On a more upbeat note, thank you to all of our hospitality workers! I hope everyone you encounter today is pleasant. (Would that it would be like that every day!)

It’s also National Banana Bread Day, and I’m sure y’all know what to do with that.

Now, let’s get to the news, shall we?

Pat Conroy

  • Ahmaud Arbery’s murderers have been found guilty of federal hate crimes.
  • The Georgia Senate passed the benignly-named, yet is anything but, “Parents’ Bill of Rights,” which now goes to the House.
  • Governor Brian Kemp has awarded grants totaling $422 million from federal COVID relief funds to more than 100 water and sewer projects concentrated in rural Georgia.
  • Senate candidate Herschel Walker “is mad” at both Brian Kemp and David Perdue, so he won’t support either. (Alternate link.)
  • The state has taken over the permitting approvals process for the Rivian EV plant after local opposition in Walton and Morgan Counties threatened to delay the project. (Alternate link.)
  • An Atlanta jury has awarded $1.5 million to Ju’Zema Goldring over a “bogus” cocaine arrest in 2015 by the Atlanta Police Department.
  • Georgia Department of Transportation will let a private company set toll rates on GA 400. (Alternate link.)
  • Fox 5 has a beautiful portrait of the Gullah-Geechee community on Sapelo Island that’s worth a read.

Alice Walker

Sometimes, I can’t believe I’m actually writing these things, but…

Flannery O’Connor

  • Germany’s Alexander Zverev has been thrown out of the Mexican Open after attacking an umpire’s chair with his racket.
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