🌱 Fulton DA: FBI Help Amid Trump + Emory Loans + BeltLine Threat

Happy Tuesday, people of Atlanta! Here’s everything you need to know to start the day off right. Here’s what’s happening in town today.

First, today’s weather forecast:

Quite sunny. High: 60 Low: 41.

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Here are the top five stories from today in Atlanta:

  1. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is asking the FBI for protective help following a speech by Donald Trump over the weekend demanding protests against him. At a televised rally on Saturday night in Conroe, Texas, Trump repeated the lie that his loss to Joe Biden was the result of widespread fraud and made an ominous request to the crowd of supporters while referencing the various investigations he faces on his political and business affairs. relationships. In her Sunday letter to the FBI, Willis said Trump’s speech raised security concerns and she asked for the federal government’s help in preventing an incident like what happened at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The Last year, Willis opened an investigation into any potential attempt to influence the 2020 general election in Georgia by Trump and his associates, planning to appoint a special grand jury by May 2 to further that investigation. (Atlanta crest)
  2. In an effort to allow more students to graduate debt-free, Emory University announced Monday that it will eliminate need-based loans for undergraduates. Instead, institutional grants and scholarships will help make Emory accessible to talented students, regardless of their financial resources. The university said these changes will be implemented this fall, with every undergraduate student eligible for need-based aid automatically transferred into the expanded Emory Advantage program. Eligible students will receive a letter in the mail in the coming days. (WSB Atlanta)
  3. Art on the Atlanta BeltLine received $40,000 from the Municipal Arts Support Program of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grants for Arts Projects. The funding will directly support the largest temporary outdoor art exhibit in the South, which spans 12 miles through 20 communities surrounding the BeltLine corridor on the west, south and east sides of Atlanta. The Art on the Atlanta BeltLine linear gallery represents artists from Atlanta, the country, and the world. Works are found in a variety of mediums – sculpture, murals, dance, music, theatre, photography, fashion, film, etc. (beltline.org)
  4. Today kicks off a month-long series of events and activities recognizing Black History Month in Metro Atlanta. Celebrated from February 1 to March 1 each year, Black History Month honors the triumphs and struggles of African Americans and Black people throughout United States history. Whatever your interest – from parades and festivals to galas and concerts – this list offers a month of cultural entertainment. (CBS46 Atlanta News)
  5. It will be a slam dunk for some Atlanta students who want to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and go to high school basketball games. Atlanta Public Schools will host game day vaccination events at multiple high schools, including South Atlanta High School, Booker T. Washington High School and Carver Early College. Sites hosting vaccination events have some of the lowest student vaccination rates among APS high schools. Those interested in participating are requested to Register online in advance. (To free: AtlantaPublicSchools.us; Subscription: The constitution of the Atlanta newspaper)

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Today in Atlanta:

  • Celebrate National Pancake Month at the Flying Biscuit Café Toco Hills (7:00 a.m.)
  • Blood collect (In Café) at the Little Five Points Center for Arts and Community (10:00 AM)
  • Exercise your brain! at the DeKalb County Public Library (10:00 AM)
  • Black History Month Quiz Challenge at the Scott Candler Library (10:00 AM)
  • FAFSA Application at the DeKalb County Public Library (6:30 p.m.)

From my notebook:

  • Atlanta History Center reminds us that January 30 would have been the 140th birthday of the 32nd US President, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Here is a photo from 1932 when FDR stopped at Union Station in downtown Atlanta during his presidential campaign. (Facebook)
  • Atlanta Public Schools asks, “Class of 2022, are you ready?” The 2022 launch ceremonies will take place May 24-27, at Georgia Technology‘s McCamish Pavilion! Please reserve the dates and download the schedule today! #APSGrad2022 https://bit.ly/3rdkmd1 (Facebook)
  • Apply now for the 2022 Atlanta Regional Commission Grants! The ARC Liveable Centers initiative will focus on creating creative spaces around bus stops to promote #safety and #accessibility. The Community Development Assistance Program will prioritize projects for applications that demonstrate an active partnership between local government and community organizations. The deadline is February 28. (Facebook)
  • A reminder from the Atlanta BeltLine: MLK’s Washington Park Service Day, originally scheduled for Monday, Jan. 17, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon. Please join The Conservancy at Washington Historical Parkthe Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Pride of the parkand the Atlanta Preservation Center for a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Projects for volunteers will include removing invasive plants, cleaning up litter throughout the park, and mulching trees. Register on https://www.eventbrite.com/…/rescheduled-mlk-volunteer… (Facebook)
  • Atlanta Habitat for Humanity & ReStore asks, “Are you ready to secure your financial future? Our financial coaches offer a comprehensive financial literacy program designed to help you prepare for home ownership through lessons and one-on-one coaching. (Facebook)

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All right, all is well for today. I’ll join you early tomorrow morning with another update!

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