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Atlanta, GA – Thomas Oliver is the A-J-C's new' business columnist. But he's anything other than new to Atlanta. With the paper since 1981, he recently returned to the section where he started.

This week, he stopped in to give a local perspective on the market meltdown and Atlanta's economy.

When Oliver and Morning Edition host Steve Goss spoke, Goss asked him to connect the dots for Atlanta's big business players. What does the market meltdown mean?

Macon, GA – Soul singer Otis Redding's stardom was short; he died less than five years after his first hit. September 9th would have been his 67th birthday, and at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon, Reddings life is being celebrated in a special exhibit. Philip Graitcer reports. (To hear this story, click on "Listen: MP3" above.)

Atlanta, GA – If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 43 years, to August 18th, 1965, we'd find a city within the grip of 'Beatlemania'. The 'Fab Four' had just opened their second North American tour and were set to play at Atlanta Stadium in what turned out to be their only Atlanta appearance.

Mayor Ivan Allen was quoted as saying the Beatles visit was as big an event for the city as the premiere of "Gone With the Wind."

Atlanta, GA – Steve Goss Talks to Adair Simon About Her Documentary on China's Three Gorges Dam

Atlanta, GA – If we were to turn Georgia's clock back 52 years to this date in 1956, we'd find a new flag flying above the Capitol and other state government buildings. The General Assembly had just authorized a redesign of Georgia's flag to include the Confederate Battle Flag, purportedly to commemorate the upcoming centennial of the Civil War in 1961. But, as Georgia State University historian Cliff Kuhn points out, that explanation fooled no one.