Jessica Wurst

Assistant Producer/Athens News Matters
European Institute for Gender Equality

Approximately 30.4 million Americans accessed online dating services in 2019, according to And while this already seems like a massive number of people, it doesn’t even account for those connecting through social media platforms, online chat rooms, and good ole fashion text messaging.

Digital technologies provide an infinite amount of ways for us to connect online and have become essential to functioning in modern society. But, what happens when people take advantage of the multidimensional structure of the internet to abuse other uses?

The Community Police Advisory Board Development Task Force provided recommendations to create a Civilian Oversight Board during a Government Operations Committee meeting yesterday evening. This effort is intended to improve relations between the police department and the community.

During the meeting, task force members Mokah Johnson and Shane Sims laid out a detailed plan for the creation of a civilian oversight board, which will improve transparency and reduce police misconduct or abuse.

Jake Drukman

The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission unanimously passed the Linnentown Resolution during a special called session.

On Tuesday evening, the commission approved the Linnentown Resolution, which recognizes the destruction of the Black neighborhood to build UGA student housing in the 1960s.

During the meeting, District 2 Commissioner Mariah Parker explained what the resolution will do, and what it lacks.

Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission will have a special called session and a work session at 6 pm today.

During the special called session, the Mayor and Commission will discuss the Stand your ground and Linnentown resolutions.

Also under consideration is a request from the Athens Clarke-County Police Department for a five-year contract extension with Axon, a company that provides equipment to the department.

Under the proposed agreement, officers would be equipped with updated body cameras and electric shock devices, otherwise known as Tasers.

Peter Frey via UGA Today

Henry Louis Gates Jr. will present the Holmes-Hunter Lecture on February 23rd.

Harvard professor and award-winning historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. will present this year's Holmes-Hunter Lecture, along with lecture namesake Charlayne Hunter-Gault.

According to UGA Today, Gates has created 23 documentary films, including "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross" which won an Emmy and a Peabody Award.

The event can be viewed live on UGA's YouTube page at 2 pm on February 23rd.