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Athenians needing free legal advice can get some help from some of Athens’ best legal minds.  Superior Court judges are being joined by area attorneys, legal educators and staff members for an Access to Justice Initiative Free Pop-Up Clinic. Judge Patrick Haggard is the Chief Judge of the Western Judicial Circuit.

Community activist and organizer Jesse Houle is running for office. They are running for the District 6 Commission seat, currently held by Commissioner Jerry NeSmith. As co-founder of Athens4 Everyone, Houle says their entering the race is an extension of the work they have already been doing.

Athens-Clarke County Police Department

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department arrested Calvin Louis Brown, 29, of Athens earlier this morning for a shooting that occurred at 5 p.m. on Feb. 20 on the 1400 block of U.S. Highway 29 North.

Monday is Voter Registration Deadline for Georgia Primary

Feb 21, 2020
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ATLANTA (AP) — Monday is the deadline to register for Georgia's March 24 presidential primary. People who wish to register can do so online through the Secretary of State's website or at county elections offices. Early voting begins March 2. The election will be the first in which voters statewide use Georgia's new voting system, which use touchscreen machines to mark paper ballots. Georgians can check their voter registrations using the My Voter Page website. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says there are more than 7.2 million registered voters in Georgia

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After a federal judge temporarily blocked Georgia's restrictive abortion law, lawyers for the state and for opponents of the measure are battling in court over whether the law should be permanently barred from taking effect. The state's governor signed the law in May. A lawsuit challenging it was filed in June on behalf of Georgia abortion providers and an advocacy group. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones in October temporarily blocked the law. Lawyers for the law's opponents and lawyers for the state on Thursday filed motions for summary judgment.

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Athens News Matters: of Montreal Returns with 'UR FUN'

Feb 21, 2020

Athens staple band of Montreal is back on the scene with a new record that is equal parts poignant and political – and all rock-pop fun. WUGA contributor Jordan Meaker brings us this review.

The University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art and the School of Social Work will host their 10th annual symposium dedicated to the intersection of art and social justice next week. 

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President Trump would be the first to tell you: He and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, despite some economic friction between their countries, share a warm personal friendship. And Modi, as Trump's friend, evidently knows just how to greet the U.S. president when he drops in for a visit — with throngs of adoring fans.

Hong Kong is fighting an epic battle to keep the new coronavirus from exploding in its territory.

As of Sunday, the city of 7.5 million had only 70 confirmed cases. But with thousands of cases being reported just across its border posts in mainland China, the threat of this virus is forcing Hong Kong health officials to work frantically to try to keep the disease at bay.

The daredevil "Mad" Mike Hughes was killed in a rocket launch gone wrong Saturday in Barstow, Calif., two witnesses to the accident confirmed. He was 64.

It was the third launch for Hughes in one of his homemade rockets and part of his eventual plan to be able to determine for himself, up in the sky, if the Earth was as flat as he proclaimed to believe.

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And finally today, we'd like to tell you about the new revival of "West Side Story" on Broadway.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "AMERICA")

UNIDENTIFIED ACTOR: (As character, singing) Skyscrapers bloom in America.

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