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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.

The Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce sold eclipse T-shirts and glasses at its visitor's center last week. Union and Lumpkin County said early estimates show the eclipse resulted in a $250,000 economic impact for their counties.
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Two North Georgia counties say they experienced an economic boom from last week's eclipse.

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Tobie Chandler, tourism director for Blairsville-Union County’s Chamber of Commerce, said she had been planning for nearly a year to handle extra visitors for the eclipse.

"Totality was coming, and right when it started, everybody started cheering and hooting and hollering and applauding, and you just get goosebumps on your body, and that is what made everything absolutely worth it!”

Magnus Egerstedt is executive director for the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines at Georgia Tech and founder of the Robotarium.
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Georgia Tech researchers have opened a new lab that allows anyone around the world to remotely access and control its robots.

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It’s called the "Robotarium" and the university claims it's the world's first open robotics research lab.

To demonstrate how it works, a few dozen robots sit on what looks like a large air hockey table with a smooth white surface.  

Governor Nathan Deal attended the premiere of the documentary Released at Georgia State University's Rialto Center for the Arts. The film was produced by the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia.
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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has been pushing for criminal justice reform ever since he took office, but he said there's still a lot more work to be done.

Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts theater in downtown Atlanta was packed with more than 400 judges, officers and lawyers Wednesday.

They were there to watch a documentary called "Released" produced by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia about the challenges prisoners face when they are released from prison.

Kennesaw State University's College of Continuing and Professional Education is launching a 16-week ethical hacker certification course to meet growing demand in metro-Atlanta for cybersecurity experts.
Courtesy of Kennesaw State University

The typical hacker has something of a bad reputation. They hack into websites with weak cybersecurity systems to steal and sell credit card numbers and private information. 

But there are also "ethical" hackers as well, who hack into systems, with permission, to notify companies of places where their networks are vulnerable to attacks. 

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A proposed rendering of the restoration of 143 Alabama Street, one the last Art Moderne buildings in the city of Atlanta.
Courtesy of Pope & Land and Place Properties

The historic Atlanta Constitution building downtown at 143 Alabama St. is run-down and has been vacant for more than 40 years.

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But an Invest Atlanta document made public this week shows two developers are proposing to preserve what is one of the city's last remaining "Art Moderne" buildings, an architecture style involving a streamlined, curvy exterior.