Atlanta’s new state laws, Olympic pins, Druid Hills sale

New month Monday

July 1 — Atlanta United fans are still celebrating striker Jamal Thiaré’s tricky steal from the Toronto FC goalie in stoppage time to win Saturday’s match 2-1. There is less joy around the news that Caleb Wiley and Thiago Almada may be leaving.

🌞 Mostly sunny and 94° today. The rest of the week looks the same. 

📰 As the fallout from Thursday’s presidential debate continues, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a front-page editorial calling for President Joe Biden to drop out of the race. Conversely, the Philadelphia Inquirer urged Trump to exit. Here’s a roundup.

🏡 Two new state laws that take effect today are aimed at addressing affordable housing, including shelter for the homeless. 

🗳️ Five candidates qualified to run in the Nov. 5 special election to fill the Atlanta City Council’s vacant Post 3 At-Large seat.

💻 The Technology Association of Georgia announced that Barry McCarthy, president and CEO of Deluxe, will be the 2024 inductee to the Georgia Fintech Hall of Fame during August’s Fintech South conference.

🎭 Jason Hines has been named the new artistic director of the Center for Puppetry Arts, while Anna Richardson takes the helm of Théâtre du Rêve.

👓 Our collaboration with SCAD writing students wraps up today with features on restaurants that fed the Civil Rights Movement and local reactions to student vouchers. See all the stories at our SCAD x Rough Draft hub.


⚖️ The Supreme Court is expected to rule this morning on presidential immunity, social media content, and debit card fees.

😷 New variants of COVID-19 are forcing health officials to recommend additional vaccination shots for all Americans this fall.

🤸🏾‍♀️ Gymnast Simone Biles is headed to Paris after winning the all-around competition at the U.S. Olympic Trials. 

🏆 Atlanta natives Victoria Monét, Usher, and Killer Mike were among the winners at last night’s BET Awards.

🕖 Here’s what’s in today’s newsletter:

• Olympic pin collectors
• Druid Hills sales record
• Global Headlines
• Look & Listen

Here’s to a great holiday week,
Collin & Sammie

🇺🇸 Celebrate freedom from pie during the upcoming July 4th holiday! Georgia Pecan Growers have teamed up with YOM Ice Cream to give away free Georgia Pecan push pops from July 3-7 across Metro Atlanta. Grab some pops at Grant Park Market on July 3 from noon – 2 p.m. (while supplies last).


Photo by Madison Auchincloss

1. Meet Atlanta’s Olympic pin collectors

🥇 On the third Monday of each month, the back room at Manuel’s Tavern is taken over by a diverse group of Olympic pin collectors.

Tables are covered in cork boards with hundreds of pins gently arranged on them. Some collectors carry sheets of cardboard with similar arrangements. Others have large bins filled with a myriad of pins they’ve received over the years — on sale for cheap.

The unofficial leader of the event, Scott Reed, said interest in pin collecting is at a fever pitch with the Paris Olympic Games starting on July 26.

➡️ Find out more about the community of collectors here.

Skip the Pie; Push the Pop!


🍦 What’s better than a slice of pecan pie?

How about Georgia pecan ice cream in a push pop! To celebrate freedom during the upcoming July 4th holiday, Georgia Pecan Growers have teamed up with YOM Ice Cream to give away free Georgia Pecan push pops from July 3-7 across Atlanta.

😅 So skip the pie, and push the pop! It’s the perfect way to cool down while enjoying one of Georgia’s iconic treats and supporting Georgia farm families! 

🗓️ Here’s where you can make your plans to find a free push pop!

Photo courtesy of Dorsey Alston Realtors

2. Druid Hills home sets record-breaking price

🏡 A Druid Hills home just sold for $8 million, setting a record price for the neighborhood and DeKalb County. The sale was made by Harvin Greene with Dorsey Alston Realtors.

Designed by renowned Dutch architect Wanda de Jong and crafted by Tuscany Builders, the 10,400 square foot home on Clifton Ridge sits on 1.28 acres and features six bedrooms, six full bathrooms, and three half baths.

Among its distinctive features, the home has a wall adorned with hand-sewn mother of pearl and silk thread separating the living room and kitchen. Preserved and painted dried leaves in the primary bedroom form a unique wallpaper, adding an organic feel.

➡️ See more photos and information here.

3. Hurricane Beryl bears down; Macron scrambles after Le Pen first-round victory

🌀 Hurricane Beryl, which was the earliest Category 4 hurricane ever recorded, has been downgraded to a Category 3 storm. It is expected to make landfall today at 10 a.m. on the Windward Islands. 

🇫🇷 France’s far-right National Rally party led the first round of parliamentary elections, surpassing President Emmanuel Macron’s alliance. This result has prompted calls for Macron to strategize against rival Marine Le Pen gaining an absolute majority in the upcoming run-off.

🇮🇷 Iran’s presidential election is headed to a runoff between reformist Masoud Pezeshkian and hard-liner Saeed Jalili, with record-low turnout reflecting public frustration and calls for boycott.

🇨🇦 Today is Canada Day! The national holiday marks the 157th anniversary of our northern neighbor’s founding.

🇷🇸 A Serbian man attacked an Israeli embassy guard in Belgrade with a crossbow, injuring him before being killed, prompting authorities to classify it as terrorism and increase security measures nationwide.

🇮🇱 Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men protested and clashed with police in Jerusalem over an Israeli Supreme Court order mandating their military enlistment.

🇵🇦 A court in Panama has acquitted 28 defendants in the infamous Panama Papers scandal, in which leaked legal documents appeared to show how the rich and powerful were laundering their money to avoid taxes.

🇯🇵 Japan starts issuing newly designed bank notes this week using a first-of-its-kind technology.

🦏 Scientists in South Africa hope to save the threatened global rhino population by injecting their horns with radioactive material to curb poaching.

🇬🇧 Wimbledon started today at 6 a.m. Jannik Sinner of Italy and Poland’s Iga Swiatek are the top seeds. TV: ESPN. 

🇫🇷 The Tour de France began in Florence, Italy. Today’s stage ends in Turin. 

🗓️ Register today to attend a fireside chat and breakfast with Karen Pierce DCMG, British Ambassador to the United States on Thur., Sept. 5. Get a better understanding of the past, present, and future of the special relationship between the U.S. and the U.K. Learn more.

🇺🇸 Celebrate freedom from pie during the upcoming July 4th holiday! Georgia Pecan Growers have teamed up with YOM Ice Cream to give away free Georgia Pecan push pops from July 3-7 across Metro Atlanta. Grab some pops at Grant Park Market on July 3 from noon to 2 p.m. (while supplies last).


4. The Fourth of July


🎙️ Big Gren Egg CEO Dan Gertsacov joins “Decoder” with Nilay Patel to talk about the podcast’s annual grilling episode. 

🎧 “Archive Atlanta” explores the history of the Atlanta Track Club, organizers of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, the world’s largest 10K. 

🎙️ NPR used to read the Declaration of Independence every year on the Fourth of July. But last year, they opted not to, instead examining one line from the document. Listen to that here.

🎧 If BBQ is on Thursday’s menu, check out How to BBQ Right for more about BBQ recipes and traditions. 

🎙️ My family watches 1776 every year on July 4th. Check out this podcast from the Broadway Podcast Network about the revival of the classic Broadway musical. 

Did you miss our weekly news quiz? Click here to test your knowledge of last week’s news.

📧 Today’s newsletter was edited by Julie E. Bloemeke.

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