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    San Diego focus on affordability parallels conversations in Atlanta

    SAN DIEGO, CA – Housing affordability and homelessness are front-and-center challenges in San Diego – a region where 46 percent of the area is dedicated for conservation that is bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Indian reservations as well as military land. The focus on affordability parallels the conversations occurring in Atlanta, which has become increasingly focused on being a region where the people of modest income can still afford to live. “You think you are in crisis,” said Debbie Ruane, chief strategy officer for the San Diego Housing Commission, told the LINK delegation of metro Atlanta leaders. “You are not. We are in crisis. We want to help you not…

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    Gunshot Fired At Atlanta School

    ATLANTA, GA — An argument involving a student led to a gunshot being fired in the parking lot of an Atlanta high school on Monday afternoon. Atlanta Public Schools has confirmed that a single shot was fired into the air at Benjamin E. Mays High School, at 3450 Benjamin E. Mays Dr. According to schools spokesman Seth Coleman, an argument broke out between a female student and a male who is not a student at Mays. He broke a car window, causing the girl to be cut with broken glass, Coleman said. As he drove away, at least one gunshot was fired into the air, according to Coleman. (For more…

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    Metro Atlanta Restaurant Scores: Soiled Tableware, Rodents, Mold

    ATLANTA, GA — There are signs of a bad restaurant that are pretty obvious: Nasty smells, grimy tables or unkempt employees are all red flags for a dining spot you want to avoid. But sometimes the problem is harder to spot, such as food stored at improper temperatures or unclean kitchen equipment. And some commercial kitchens are spotless, with every safety rule followed, and customers well-cared for. Do you know how clean your local coffee shop, restaurant or school kitchen is? Look through these recent food safety inspections from around the Atlanta area courtesy of Patch. Click on the links below to see details from recent inspection reports for area…

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    2018 Best Places To Live: Atlanta Makes US News Rankings

    ATLANTA, GA — While it has Southern charm, Atlanta is also a hub of job creation in the hunt for Amazon’s second headquarters, a transit hub and a sports mecca, all of which placed the metro high in a new ranking of cities. Affordability, the availability of jobs and quality of life are all things people consider when deciding where to move. U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Places to Live in the United States shows people are moving to the South, Western states and the Midwest. Atlanta came in at 47th place in the ranking of the country’s 125 largest metropolitan areas, while Augusta was ranked 76th. Austin,…

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    Eleven Georgia counties make Census list of nation’s fastest growing counties

    Eleven of the nation’s 100 fastest-growing counties are in Georgia, the latest Census estimate shows. Seven of them are in Atlanta’s distant suburbs or the mountains, and two are close to Athens – which the AARP has cited as one of the best retirement cities for three consecutive years. The shops and restaurants in downtown Dahlonega helped attract so many new residents to Lumpkin County that Lumpkin ranks as the nation’s 8th fastest growing county, according to the latest Census estimate. Credit: 10best.com The population estimates show the pressures that may be mounting in these counties for more government and social services – water and sewer, transportation and transit, health…

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    Atlanta Counting on Backups, Cloud to Recover from Ransomware Attack

    NEWS ANALYSIS: The attack in Atlanta is only the latest in a series of similar ransomware attacks that have crippled medical facilities, city governments and other critical institutions. The ransomware that has taken out many of the computers in the Atlanta, Ga. is well known by security researchers as the SamSam malware. It appears to be run by a single group of bad actors who use a common Bitcoin wallet and who are very effective at convincing their victims to pay up. “SamSam is a ransomware controlled by a single threat group,” explained Keith Jarvis, a researcher with Secureworks Counter Threat Unit. “It’s unlike other ransomware that’s out there.” What…

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    Atlanta home sales dropping, price rising

    The lack of homes for sale has tilted the market. At least in attractive areas, those who are selling homes often have a number of buyers bidding. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM The metro Atlanta real estate market continues to spiral in two directions at once: prices headed skyward, the number of homes for sale looping downward. Last month, the median sales price of a home in the region was $217,000 – up a solid 8.6 percent from January a year ago, an increase slightly stronger than the national price bump during the same period, according to Re/Max of Georgia. That continued a six-year trajectory from the rock-bottom prices ushered in…

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    Atlanta construction sector upbeat, survey says

    Construction workers early this year working on the Northside Drive Pedestrian Bridge that will connect Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the Vine City MARTA station. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM It’s an upbeat time for the metro Atlanta construction industry, according to a survey of local companies. Revenues and profits have been rising and the biggest problem for the sector has been finding and hiring the right workers, said Tom Jollay, co-leader for the construction practice at Bennett Thrasher, an Atlanta-based accounting and consulting firm which conducted the survey with the Kennesaw State University College of Construction Management. More than half of all construction companies saw an increase in profit markets and more than three-quarters…

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    Atlanta Hawks Transfer Andrew White III from Erie to Atlanta

    ATLANTA, GA – The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has transferred forward Andrew White III from the team’s G League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks, to Atlanta, it was announced today. White III is on a two-way contract. In 10 games with the BayHawks, he’s averaging 15.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in 26.2 minutes (.465 FG%, .393 3FG%, .778 FT%). White III, who started this season with the Maine Red Claws, has appeared in 34 G League games this season (21 starts), and has averaged 15.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 31.7 minutes (.444 FG%, .398 3FG%, .831 FT%). He was signed to a two-way contract by the Hawks on…

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    Valentine’s Day 2018: 7 Great Date Ideas In Atlanta

    ATLANTA, GA — There’s nothing wrong with dinner and a movie. But, with Valentine’s Day only a few days away, you may be racking your brain for ideas for a special date to observe the day. Fortunately, there are plenty of great options in Atlanta. If you’re willing to think outside the box just a little bit, you can make it a date at a lot of really cool spots around town. Whether it’s flowers, awesome architecture or just a few hours of relaxation you’re after, Atlanta has got you covered. Here are seven of our favorite spots in Atlanta to enjoy an out-of-the-ordinary date. Do you know of other…