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Murphy Crossing neighbors demand transparency during sale of Beltline-adjacent property

What could become of Murphy Crossing, the 20-acre Southwest Atlanta property neighboring the Beltline’s Westside Trail, is anyone’s guess. But neighbors of the potential redevelopment site—residents of Oakland City, Adair Park, and Capitol View—want to ensure whatever happens there gels with the surrounding culture and doesn’t spur mass displacement.

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Planned quarry expansion flies under radar near ATL airport, in Chattahoochee basin

A proposal to expand a rock quarry near Atlanta’s airport has flown under the radar amid the controversy over a plan to mine sand near the Okefenokee Swamp. The local quarry owner excavated wetlands in an unregulated venture in previous work at the site and later bought mitigation credits, and the planned expansion follows settlement of a federal antitrust lawsuit, federal records show.

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Alternative Baseball promotes life skills for adults with autism, special needs

By Guest Columnist TAYLOR DUNCAN, founding commissioner/director of the Alternative Baseball organization

Hello everyone! My name is Taylor Duncan! I am 23 years of age from Dallas, and was diagnosed on the autism spectrum at the age of 4 years. … As I grew older, I faced a lot of social stigma and preconceived ideas from several coaches. … The sport of baseball has indirectly contributed and helped me become more of an independent person today.