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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In May, the Ku Klux Klan submitted a request to burn a cross at Stone Mountain, a public park in DeKalb County. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that this week the Stone Mountain Memorial Association denied the request. The association, which oversees the park, has a permit application process for public assemblies.

US Department of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that 32 Georgia health centers will receive a chunk of funds from a new $105 million dollar federal grant. Health centers in Georgia were awarded a total of $2.3 million from the federal grant. Part of the money will go to Northeast Georgia locations, including Athens Neighborhood Health Center.

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A candidate seeking to become the nation's first female African-American governor is calling for the removal of a giant granite carving in Georgia depicting three Confederate war leaders.
News outlets report Democratic front-runner for governor Stacey Abrams posted several tweets Tuesday saying the carving at the tourist attraction Stone Mountain Park and other Confederate statues and monuments around the state should be removed. One tweet read, "We must never celebrate those who defend slavery and tried to destroy the union."

The University of Georgia is helping members of the Athens community to stop smoking. The College of Pharmacy is offering a series of classes to help smokers and others stop using tobacco products. The six-week ‘Beat the Pack Tobacco Cessation Program’ starts next week. And while medicine can help many patients, lead instructor Kay Brooks says they can also benefit by counseling from trained pharmacy students.

Athens for Everyone and the Athens Immigrant Rights Coalition are holding a rally in support of undocumented immigrants in the US and a solidarity vigil for Charlottesville, Virginia. Organizers want the federal government to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, implemented by the Obama administration. The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, has said the act is not a guaranteed protection against deportation.

Beto Mendoza is one of the organizers.

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