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Tasnim Shamma


Tasnim Shamma joined WABE 90.1 FM as a reporter in November 2014. She comes to Atlanta from Charlotte, where she spent more than two years at the NPR member station WFAE. 

Prior to that, she was a Kroc fellow reporting, writing, editing, blogging and producing for NPR’s Digital News Desk, Weekends on All Things Considered, the National Desk in Washington, D.C. and the NPR member station WLRN, based in The Miami Herald newsroom.

She graduated from Princeton's Class of 2011, where she was executive editor for multimedia for The Daily Princetonian. She worked as a video intern, copy editor and reporter at The Star Tribune in Minneapolis, Sports Illustrated and Newsweek in New York City and The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J. She grew up in Queens, New York and now lives in Lilburn with her husband.

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Some residents of Tybee Island are now returning home.

The island was closed and inaccessible for an additional day because Chatham County emergency officials said the island sustained the heaviest damage in the Savannah area from tropical storm Irma and delayed.

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Swann Seiler, a spokesperson with Georgia Power, said power outages will continue to be an issue on the island over the next few weeks.

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Gov. Nathan Deal is asking people to stay indoors as Tropical Storm Irma claims lives and damages trees and buildings.

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Businesses could also be looking at big financial losses as well.

For tourism operator Phil Sellers in Savannah's historic district, Hurricane Irma has caused physical damage, but also a big financial one.

At the Equifax headquarters in midtown Atlanta, no one was available for an interview about the cyberattack that impacted more than 143 million people in the United States.
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Stock prices fell nearly 14 percent for the Atlanta-based credit monitoring agency Equifax on Friday.

That's after its CEO Richard Smith announced a cyberattack may have exposed social security numbers and personal information of more than 143 million people in the United States – nearly 40 percent of Americans.

Outside Equifax headquarters in midtown, Atlanta resident Fred Longobardi put his hands on his head to show how he felt when he heard the news Thursday night.

Trees in Grant Park are marked with an orange x. On this path, these two trees are on the chopping block to make way for a flyover bridge to a proposed parking deck.
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Grant Park is full of historic trees, but many near the main road are marked with orange Xs.

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"We're looking at a Water Oak [tree] at the corner of Boulevard and Confederate Avenue,” said Leigh Finlayson. “It's old and it’s beautiful. It's a poster child of Grant Park."

Finlayson lives across the street from a row of trees on Boulevard Street, many of which are more than 50 years old, where a semi-underground three-story parking deck is planned.

Peachtree Neurological Clinic has two locations in Atlanta. More than 180,000 patients were victims of a ransomware attack earlier this year.
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Earlier this year, the global WannaCry ransomware cyberattack shut down hospitals across Europe. The hospitals were among many groups unable to access its own data.

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There's been a lot of concern about the security of electronic medical records, which contains information like height, weight, medical diagnoses, and social security numbers.