• Annual report finds Atlanta homelessness down

    In a recent annual count, homelessness in Atlanta is found to be steadily decreasing. Conducted by the City of Atlanta Continuum of Care in January, the census found a decrease of about 500 people (14 percent) since 2017. Now six months after beginning to follow Georgia State’s homeless outreach team, campus police chief Joseph Spillane shared his thoughts on where the progress is coming from. Homeless Outreach and Proactive Engagement (HOPE), a division of the [...]
  • FDA legalizes first prescription drug derived from marijuana

    Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  approved its first prescription drug derived from Marijuana: Epidiolex, a cannabidiol (CBD) oral solution for seizure treatment associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. said in a press release, “This approval serves as a reminder that advancing sound development programs that properly evaluate active ingredients contained in marijuana can lead to important medical therapies.” [...]
  • Georgia State professor wins runoff, prepares for midterm in November

    Georgia State professor Carolyn Bourdeaux will be facing off against GOP Rep. Rob Woodall, a four term incumbent since 2010, in November’s midterm elections following Tuesday’s runoff. Bourdeaux had ran against fellow Democrat David Kim and won 52 to 48 percent. The candidates were vying for Georgia’s 7th congressional district which houses the cities of Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Suwanee and Buford. Bourdeaux is a professor at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at [...]
  • Residents Question Lack of Bike Funding in City Budget

    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ recent budget approval has raised concerns over her choice in expenditures. Residents have expressed concern over the lack of funding in Public Works, specifically towards bicycle infrastructure. During the open hearing of the budget on June 5, many members of the community expressed concern over the biking infrastructure in Atlanta and suggested the budget be raised to $2.5 million to further improve the biker-friendly city and provide safety for cyclists. [...]
  • Gubernatorial candidates, key policy influencers weigh in on SCOTUS decision

    The month of June is nationally recognized as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. This month commemorates a historic turning point in the gay rights movement when the 1969 Stonewall riots occurred in Manhattan. On June 4, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) made a landmark decision on a case titled Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case originates on the decision of a bakeshop in Colorado to refuse [...]
  • ‘Medicare-for-all’ soon to be ‘Medicare-for-none’

    Despite Democrats’ push for ‘Medicare-for-all’, Medicare will become insolvent in 2026 and Social Security will become insolvent in 2034, according to a program trustee report. Unless lawmakers act, Medicare and Social Security will be unable to cover benefits initially promised by the federal government. According to recent polls, healthcare will likely dominate conversation during the 2020 election. Medicare, not to be mistaken for Medicaid, serves people mostly over 65 years of age, whatever their income, [...]
  • A new form of transportation has hit Georgia State’s campus

    There is a new form of transportation sparking interest and questions in Atlanta and other major cities. Bird Electric Scooters are a new form of transportation that have hit the city. Atlanta is the first city in the southeast that the company has brought their scooters to. The scooters can be found in downtown Atlanta, Midtown, Tech Square and the West End. Bird is an electric vehicle sharing company which plans on bringing low-cost and [...]
  • Georgia State Top Donor Resigns Amid Federal Investigation

    Former CEO of MiMedx Parker H. “Pete” Petit, a frequent donor to Georgia State, has resigned amid an ongoing investigation into the company’s financial dealings. Petit attended Georgia State in 1973 and earned his MBA in finance at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business. “If I had not been able to go to Georgia State at night, I probably would have had a business failure somewhere early on,” he said in 2010. Petit is [...]
  • City plans $100 million expansion for Piedmont Park and Atlanta Botanical Gardens

    On December 29, 2017 former Mayor Kasim Reed announced that the City of Atlanta had signed letters of intent for a $100 million expansion of both Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The expansion consists of 2.94 acres and has formally moved forward with the $19 million purchase of land on May 25. The land purchased is located at the corner of Piedmont Avenue and Monroe Drive and is currently home to the Clear [...]
  • Social media may be creating a new generation of smokers

    A recent study conducted by Georgia State professors found that the noted decline in youth tobacco consumption may not have fully accounted for the rapid growth in JUUL usage. JUUL, a discreet, non-combustible vaping pen has only been on the market for a little over three years. However, since beginning in 2015, sales across the e-cigarette market have increased by $200 million every fiscal quarter. The Center for Disease Control and the Food and Drug [...]
  • Booting companies fight to keep $75 standard

    Atlanta City Council held a meeting on June 1 to address citizens’ concerns regarding parking on private property. Several booting company owners attended the meeting to voice their disapproval of recently proposed changes. A meeting was held on June 1, led by City Council Chairman Andrea Boone and Council Member Amir Farokhi, to address several potential changes. Separate from Atlanta’s “Don’t Get The Boot” program, which will soon help resolve parking tickets received from the [...]
  • Mayor signs order addressing immigration policy

    Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms signed an executive order on Wednesday, June 20 that openly calls upon the Trump Administration to reform the United States’ “despicable” immigration policy. The order further prohibits the City of Atlanta Detention Center from holding any new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees. The detainees were being held at the center as part of an agreement between the City of Atlanta and the United States Marshal’s Office. Bottoms said she would [...]
  • Arrest made in murder of Georgia State student at Gwinnett mall

    An arrest has been made following the murder of Georgia State student Silling Man that occured last December. Police arrested Emmett Davis, 21, for aggravated assault and felony murder. It is believed that Man died due to asphyxiation according to Gwinnett County Police spokesman Jake Smith. Man had been dating Davis several weeks before her death. Police believe the two had been living together in hotels during that time. Police had initially ruled her death [...]
  • Governor candidates talk immigration as they enter runoff

    The fight for the republican gubernatorial primary victory has centered on several issues including policies on Medicaid expansion, gun laws, medical marijuana, religious liberty and abortion. On the topic of immigration, it was a competition for the candidate with the toughest policy. On Wednesday, May 16, Michael Williams, Republican candidate for Governor of Georgia, began his Deportation Bus Tour through several sanctuary cities in Georgia. The bus tour gained immediate attention following a video advertisement [...]
  • Abrams moves ahead as Kemp and Cagle fight to run-off

    After Georgia’s May 22 gubernatorial primary, the state is gearing up for a run-off between Republicans Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp. Stacey Abrams, the projected leader for the Democrats, took her win over Stacey Evans. With 75 percent of the Democratic vote, Abrams’ victory was nothing short of a landslide. After results were released, Abrams issued an address, encouraging the rest of the Democratic Party to unify. “I offer my congratulations to Stacey Evans and [...]