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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.

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An orangutan who communicated with researchers using sign language has died at Zoo Atlanta. Chantek was 39.

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On its website, Zoo Atlanta says Chantek died Monday. The cause of death isn't known, but the zoo says veterinarians had been treating him for progressive heart disease.

Chantek came to the zoo in 1997 at the age of 19.

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Bedbound for about a year now, Delores Dobson does not venture outdoors much.

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So, the patient at PruittHealth Home Health in Flowery Branch let her mind wander far and wide when asked to make a wish that might come true.


Her first thought was skydiving despite a fear of heights.


Courtesy of Synchronicity Theater

Ivan the gorilla lived at Zoo Atlanta from 1994 to 2012. And he was quite a gorilla: up until his death, he received fan letters on his birthday. He became an international sensation before he was brought to Zoo Atlanta because he lived in a cement cage and was display in a mall. There in his cramped conditions, he learned how to use finger paints and watch TV.

Ivan's life was the inspiration for a Newberry-winning children’s novel by Katherine Applegate, “The One and Only Ivan,” which was then adapted into a play.

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