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If you think the lazy days of summer don’t mean headline-making, brain-busting announcements and news, you must be spending too much time in the sun. Here are just a few of the headlines that got Atlanta’s attention and made us start talking!

Black Lives Matter Marches Through Atlanta for Consecutive Days

After the lives of two black men were ended during police encounters earlier this month, protesters throughout the country joined the Black Lives Matter advocacy group. In Atlanta, a city rich with civil rights roots, activists marched throughout the city for almost a week straight. They marched through Downtown, Midtown, all the way to the governor’s mansion where leaders were able to take a meeting with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

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This photo was taken on day five of the protests that happened throughout Atlanta. Image: Curtis Compton/AJC

Atlanta Celebrates 20th Anniversary of the 1996 Summer Olympics

Hundreds of people headed to Centennial Olympic Park to commemorate Atlanta’s status as host city to the 1996 Summer Olympics. Former athletes and Olympians, like gold medal swimmer Amy Van Dyken and almost all of the “Magnificent Seven” gymnasts, as well as event organizers and public servants, celebrated the big day with music, stories and an overwhelming pleasant feeling of nostalgia.

ELEVATE: Summer Debuts With a Bang

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) held the first ELEVATE: Summer, a one-day event celebrating and sharing the public art experience with the entire city of Atlanta. The fun happened on Friday, July 22, 2016, and featured art, poetry, dance, music, public art installations, an artist market and food trucks. ELEVATE: Summer is a quick taste of the weeklong ELEVATE public art program that usually happens every October.

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ELEVATE: Summer featured artistic acts and performers from all over, including Speakerfoxxx & BOSCO (pictured here). Image: ELEVATE

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s Investigation Makes National Headlines

Earlier this month, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution released their investigative report on doctors and sex abuse, making national headlines as the information rocked the entire country. The newspaper uncovered rampant sexual abuse committed by physicians against their patients and the lack of consequences these doctors experience. News outlets from across the country picked up the story, opening up the public’s eye to an industry scandal that affects every single person.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s in-depth investigation into doctors’ sexual abuse of patients made national headlines. Image: AJC

Irwin Street Market Is Getting New Blood

Irwin Street Market, anchored by the steadfast Jake’s Ice Cream, will be getting some new tenants now that the super popular O4WPizza moved to Duluth. It’s reported the space will be expanded — replacing the pizzeria with three new businesses — as well as converting the central patio into a community beer garden called Lingering Shade.

Stone Soup Kitchen Closing its Doors

Beloved restaurant and Grant Park hangout Stone Soup Kitchen announced that it will be permanently closing its doors next month. After development firm Pace Properties bought the building that houses Stone Soup, rent prices went up — and the eatery can’t afford the rate hike. Owner Sarah Rick announced the restaurant’s last day will be August 23.

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Stone Soup Kitchen became a local landmark from its years serving Atlanta residents in Virginia-Highland and then at Grant Park.

RELATED: Stone Soup Kitchen Serves Home Cooking, With a Twist

Atlanta Hosts First Joint Veterinarian Conference of Leading Global Animal Organizations

Hundreds of veterinarians from American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV), the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians (EAZWV) and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) met in Atlanta this month for the first-ever joint AAZV/EAZWV/IZW Conference, hosted by Zoo Atlanta and the Georgia Aquarium. The event offers the chance for vets from across the world to share research, findings and theories in the pursuit of improving animal health.

Hartsfield-Jackson Airport to Receive New Welcome Plaza

Architect heavyweight John Portman & Associates will be starting the $6 billion airport expansion with a new welcome plaza. Released plans include a connection to the terminal’s west side with a helpful pedestrian plaza, canopy, water features, a café and more.

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Proposed plans for Hartsfield-Jackson Airport’s new welcome plaza. Image: What Now Atlanta

Star Provisions and Bacchanalia Breaks Ground on Its New Location

The hugely popular Star Provisions and Bacchanalia previously had announced that it would be leaving its current location at Westside Provisions in West Midtown to a nearby lot, down the street from Topgolf. The restaurant’s staff, friends, collaborators and partners, as well as members of the media, came for the official groundbreaking ceremony — complete with the eatery’s delicious biscuits, doughnuts and coffee.

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We can’t wait to see what the final space looks like once Star Provisions and Bacchanalia move in!

Atlanta’s Central Library Stays Alive

The fate of Marcel Breuer’s Central Library hung in the balance when residents and developers alike weren’t sure if the building would be renovated or demolished. The decision was made to renovate and this massive library, a piece of Atlanta’s history, will be preserved for future generations. New renderings and proposals already have begun making the rounds.

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Atlanta’s Central Library will be getting some much-needed updates and renovations. Image: Atlanta Public Library

1KEPT Partnered With The Giving Kitchen for Month-Long Dinner Series

Buckhead’s 1KEPT partnered with local non-profit The Giving Kitchen — an Atlanta-based organization that provides emergency assistance grants for local restaurant workers facing unanticipated hardships — for a month-long dinner series this month. The event offered an interactive chef’s table overlooking the open kitchen, with a chef-select dinner and carefully crafted cocktails created by trained mixologists.

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1KEPT partnered with The Giving Kitchen to create a one-of-a-kind dining experience this month, all benefiting local restaurant employees in need of emergency assistance. Image: 1KEPT

Atlanta is bursting at the seams with interesting announcements and need-to-know news items. Keep us in the loop if you hear of something that needs to be shared by messaging us on social media.

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