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 Commentator Nick Rogers strongly identifies as a Southerner.

Throughout his series "Fried Pies and Moonshine" on "City Lights," Rogers has discussed the important connection between Southern cuisine and Southern identity. So when Rogers realized he had a distaste for pimento cheese, he felt shame.

“It’s enough to get you blacklisted from potlucks if not run out of town entirely,” he said.

On Tuesday, Georgia Power asked the Public Service Commission to lower fuel rates for customers because of lower natural gas prices.
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A downed tree and a transformer fire are to blame for a power outage that has left nearly 20,000 people in the Atlanta area without power Friday morning.

Georgia Power officials say a tree fell on power lines on Northside Drive, near Collier Road.

"At this point, we don't even have a cause as for why that tree fell, so we're still trying to investigate everything as we try to put the lights and power back," said Georgia Power spokesman Craig Bell.

Roughly 95 percent of the power was restored within 75 minutes, according to Bell.

Italy Declares Day Of Mourning For Earthquake Victims

Aug 26, 2016

Strong aftershocks rattled central Italy and shut down a key route into the hard-hit town of Amatrice on Friday as hopes dimmed that firefighters would find any more survivors from the earthquake that killed at least 267 people.

The Italian government declared Saturday a day of national mourning and scheduled a state funeral to be attended by President Sergio Mattarella.

Grant Park Summer Shade Festival Is This Weekend

Aug 26, 2016
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A free, family-friendly event is taking place this weekend and it supports a good cause.

The 14th annual Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is organized by and benefits the Grant Park Conservancy.

The event includes a 5K run, a farmers’ market, local food trucks, craft beer and a Kids Zone.

Police near Georgia's coast are investigating a report that 70 Confederate flags were stolen from the graves of soldiers who fought in the American Civil War.

The local Sons of Confederate Veterans traditionally place the flags on Confederate soldiers' graves in Oak Grove Cemetery on Confederate Memorial Day in April, an official holiday in Georgia and other southern states. They were reported missing on Aug. 18.