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The roars of the crowd will be missing from the Masters this year. Augusta National says it won't have spectators when the Masters is played two weeks before Thanksgiving. That means all three majors won't have fans this year. The silence will be most deafening at the Masters.

The tournament is renowned for its roars on the back nine on Sunday. Tiger Woods says when he won last year, it helped to look at leaderboards so that he could have a better understanding of what each cheer meant. The Masters was moved from April to Nov. 12-15 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Number of COVID-19 Cases Remains High in Georgia

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The rate of Covid-19 cases and deaths continues to remain high according to today’s report from the state health department. There were 3,660 confirmed cases today and  109 deaths. Total cases are now  over 226,000, and total deaths are now at 4,456. There was also a surge of hospitalizations today, with 348 reported. 



Georgia’s largest school district has struggled to launch online learning for its 180,000 students, as parents complained that they failed to log in to Gwinnett County’s online system. Meanwhile, the largest district in the state that's currently offering face-to-face instruction has now quarantined more than 1,150 students because of possible coronavirus exposure.

Athenians React to Confederate Monument's Removal

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Workers removed the confederate monument from downtown Athens Monday night. We spoke with Athens residents regarding their thoughts on the removal. Molly was among those in favor of the monument coming down.


The removal of the Confederate monument in downtown Athens Monday night is generating  mostly  positive reaction from residents and elected leaders. District 7 Commissioner Russell Edwards says that in addition to removing the monument - seen as controversial and offensive to many, there is a significant safety benefit. 


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A group of former Athens Banner Herald writers have teamed up to cover sports with a unique, informed and sometimes nostalgic take. "Beyond the Trestle" editors Johnathan McGinty and Joe van Hoose join Athens News Matters producer Martin Matheny for a conversation.

The Athens Area Arts Council has earmarked new money to support emerging Black artists through a series of grants. Board member James Simmons joins Alexia Ridley to talk more about the Council and its program. 

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Airbnb is going through a rough patch just as the rental home-sharing company is reportedly on the cusp of filing for an IPO later this month.

The company's latest challenge is dealing with a party-throwing renter whose large shindig ended with a shooting and three people injured.

Now, Airbnb says that for the first time, it will pursue legal measures against a guest for violating its party-house ban.

After George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis in late May, waves of anguished and outraged Americans took to the streets, to livestreamed city council meetings and to social media to denounce racism.

Protesters called for police reform, defunding or outright abolition; for an end to qualified immunity for officers; for reinvestment in underfunded communities; for schools, companies and communities to address their own complicity in racial inequity.

And they called for Confederate monuments to come down.

A broken cable at Puerto Rico's Arecibo Observatory has torn a gaping 100-foot hole in the dish of one of the largest radio telescopes in the world, taking the instrument offline until repairs can be made.

Arecibo's massive reflector dish, which is built inside a sinkhole in northern Puerto Rico, was damaged when a 3-inch diameter support cable unexpectedly snapped before dawn on Monday, according to the University of Central Florida, which manages the observatory.

We're back with season two of Play It Forward, where we talk with artists about their music and the artists they're thankful for. The band Indigo Girls has shaped a generation of singer-songwriters.

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