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Keisha Lance Bottoms has tested positive for Covid-19 a second time in as many years.

The former Atlanta mayor, who is vaccinated and boosted, first tested positive for COVID in 2020.

After suffering with flu-like symptoms for 10 agonizing days, Bottoms announced she is recovering from COVID in a tweet on Monday.

"After 10 LONG days, I have finally tested negative for COVID. I was asymptotic [sic] in 2020 and have no underlying health conditions. This bout has had me down and out, with fever and sleeping for days on end."

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Bottoms, who now works for the Biden administration, begged her followers to get the same vaccine she got - which didn't prevent her from being infected twice.

"Please get vaccinated and boosted. The threat of this virus is still real," she wrote.

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Meanwhile, Dr. Anthony Fauci announced his intentions to step down as White House chief medical advisor in December. In retirement, he'll collect $350,000 a year.

Fauci previously stated he would retire in 2024. Then his boss, President Joe Biden, contracted COVID twice - after being vaccinated and boosted 4 times.

The sudden announcement led to speculation that Fauci is being shown the door after a series of spectacular missteps that shed doubt on the mRNA vaccination program in the US.

As of 2022, more than 174 million Americans are not vaccinated or boosted.

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CDC director Dr. Rochelle P. Walensky announced a "shake-up" of the CDC after polling showed a majority of Americans lost trust in the public health agency.

Walensky admitted the CDC made some dramatic mistakes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Walensky said the CDC's reorganizational changes will focus on sharing data more quickly and making public health guidance easier for people to understand.
 

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Former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will join the White House staff as director of the Office of Public Engagement, a White House official announced.

Bottoms will replace Cedric Richmond, one of two dozen Black staffers who have left the White House in recent months.

Elected in 2017, Bottoms served one term as mayor of Atlanta. She was reportedly advised not to run for reelection because she would lose due to the post-pandemic crime problem in Atlanta.

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Bottoms, 52, had hopes of being chosen as Biden's running mate in 2020, but she was passed over for Kamala Harris who was preferred by former President Barack Obama.

Her new job as advisor to the President comes at a time when her boss, Joe Biden, set a record for the lowest approval ratings of all U.S. Presidents since Gallup started tracking approval ratings in 1945.

According to Gallup, just 41% of Americans approve of the job Biden is doing.

Biden is reportedly furious at his falling approval ratings. During a speech at a union convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Biden defended his economic plans amid inflation fears and increasing gas prices.

"I don't want to hear any more of these lies about reckless spending, we're changing people's lives," he told reporters.

According to Axios, Bottoms has committed to working with the Biden administration at least through the November midterm elections.

The White House is seeking to improve its relations with the Black community after a new poll shows the President is losing Black voter support.

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Former Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has a new job after opting out of re-election last year.

The one-time vice presidential hopeful announced she is joining CNN as a political commentator.

"I am thrilled to officially announce that I have joined @CNN as a Political Commentator," Bottoms tweeted Monday morning. Bottoms added that she was turned down for the coveted VJ program at @CNN 30 years ago while studying journalism at Florida A&M University.

The position affords Bottoms the luxury of working from home while raising her minor children with her husband, Derek Bottoms.

Sources say Bottoms was bitterly disappointed that Pres. Joe Biden overlooked her for the vice president position after she campaigned so heavily for him.
 
READ ALSO: Atlanta activists travel to Biden's campaign stop to question Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
 
The disappointment allegedly caused Bottoms to lose interest in a political office. But her new job allows the Democrat to remain on the sidelines as a political pundit.

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Former Atlanta mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms took to Twitter to voice her complaint about racial discrimination by Publix.

Keisha, who declined to run for a second term in office, compared empty Publix stores in the Black community to fully stocked stores in affluent northern Atlanta neighborhoods.

She tweeted:

"I've received 8 messages & counting from my very polite @Instacart shopper over the last 10 minutes about missing items in the Cascade Rd @Publix. I shopped in Buckhead & Vinings last week and no one else seems to have the supply chain issues."

Keisha lives on the southwest side where she was raised. That side of town is slowly gentrifying but is still majority Black.

The mom-of-four shared a screenshot of photos in text messages from her Instacart shopper showing empty store shelves at Publix in the hood.

Keisha wrote:

"Shelves in SW Atlanta have consistently looked like this for months. I've not seen anything like this when shopping in @Publix stores in other areas."

She hinted that Publix prioritizes stores in affluent neighborhoods north of Atlanta, where groceries are plentiful.

An embarrassed spokesperson for Publix responded to Keisha's complaints by assuring her that the "supply chain" was at fault.

"Hi Keisha. The supermarket supply chain is under a lot of stress, impacted by product and labor shortages, demand, record exports, shipping constraints, and inflation. We appreciate your understanding as we work to obtain as much product as possible for our customers."

Keisha replied by reiterating her suspicions that the grocery store giant is discriminating in Black neighborhoods:

"Thank you for the prompt response. I understand the global challenges, but it is difficult to understand why some stores, within a few miles of each other, are consistently stocked and others are not."

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Atlanta City Council member Andre Dickens won last night's runoff election over City Council President Felicia Moore.

Only 20% of Atlanta's registered voters went to the polls on Tuesday night. The turnout was among the lowest -- if not the lowest -- in Atlanta's history.

Atlanta's current mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms and former mayor, Shirley Franklin attended Dickens' election watch party at The Gathering Spot in Atlanta on Tuesday night.

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Bottoms (center) was joined by local celebrities, rappers Tip "T.I.' Harris (left) and Jeezy (right).

Dickens was endorsed by rappers and nightclub owners, who claimed Moore threatened to shut down the city's strip clubs.

Not much is known about the veteran city council member. Someone took a hatchet to his Wikipedia page last night while we slept.

Most of the information about Dickens was edited overnight, leaving only a single paragraph explaining that Dickens defeated Moore in the runoff election.

The paragraph also mentions that he is the chief development officer and founder of TechBridge, a nonprofit designed to prepare unemployed individuals for jobs in the technology sector.

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There was no hint about his personal life, although other bios on the Internet mention that he is married with at least one child, a daughter named Bailey Dickens (pictured).

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We don't like to assume on Sandrarose.com, but we're assuming this is his wife in the red.

According to loyal reader, Trey, "[Dickens] introduced the woman in red as his girlfriend."

Even Dickens' age is something of a mystery. His Wiki page says he's 47-48 years old. Another bio claims he is 45-55 years old.

There is no information about his personal life on his campaign website's About page, which ironically states "Transparency Is Key."

Dickens will be sworn in as Atlanta's 61st mayor in January 2022.

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Today is Election Day in Atlanta. The two Black candidates, Felicia Moore and Andre Dickens face off in a close mayoral race.

Atlanta residents are heading to the polls today to replace one-term mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms who decided not to seek a 2nd term.

The polls opened early Tuesday, but poll watchers say the turnout has been low so far.

Current Atlanta City Council President Moore won 41% of the vote on Nov. 2nd. Fellow City Council member Dickens followed with 23% of the votes. A runoff was necessary since neither candidate won 50% of the vote.

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed somehow came in third in the voting behind Moore and Dickens. Reed conceded a few days later.

Keisha Lance Bottoms has since thrown her support behind Dickens, who has the support of rappers and nightclub owners.

Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris endorsed Dickens in a video in which he seemed to blame Moore for the sexual harassment allegations lodged against him and his wife, Tameka "Tiny" Harris.

There are also reports that Moore threatened to shut down strip clubs, which would send dozens of Atlanta's finest strippers to the unemployment line.

But Moore has vigorously denied the allegations (see video below, courtesy of ATL Uncensored).

Polls will stay open until 7 or 8 p.m. tonight. Find out your polling place here and check out the results of all runoff races here.
 

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T.I. Harris Community Works

Today, T.I.'s Harris Community Works, a subsidiary of Us or Else Corp (501c3), hosts the 16th Annual Turkey Giveaway in Atlanta.

T.I.'s Harris Community Works provides over one thousand turkeys & produce to underserved families and seniors in Atlanta's Westside community.

Harris Community Works partnered with the City of Atlanta along with other important contributors, including Papa Johns, Humana, Chick-Fil-A, and more.

The Grammy Award-winning recording artist, actor and philanthropist Tip "T.I." Harris will be on-site helping out, along with Council member Andrea Boone, family members, friends, local Atlanta representatives and dozens of volunteers.

Who: Harris Community Works, a subsidiary of Us Or Else Corp (501c3)

Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Time: 1pm – 4pm est

Location: Jackson Memorial Baptist Church (parking lot)

Address: 534 Fairburn Road NW Atlanta, GA 30331

About Harris Community Works (HCW)

Harris Community Works (HCW), a subsidiary of Us or Else Corp (501c3), is a non-profit, charitable organization that works to empower and elevate the community through education, awareness, and opportunity. HCW focuses on community impact projects that help improve lives through community transformation initiatives, civic engagement efforts, community outreach, and youth development programs. HCW’s mission is to work with public, private, and community partners to ignite change through economic development, neighborhood revitalization, community transformation, support services and programs for distressed communities.

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A second suspect has been charged in the shooting death of a 15-year-old girl at an Atlanta area Waffle House earlier this year.

The incident happened on May 1 outside the Waffle House on the 700 block of Glenwood Avenue in the Glenwood Park shopping plaza, Fox 5 Atlanta reports.

Diamond Johnson, 15, was fatally shot when two groups of teenagers brawled outside the Waffle House in the Glenwood Park shopping plaza.

31-year-old Elizabeth Parham was arrested on May 21 and charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, and first-degree cruelty to children, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.

On Monday, Oct. 25, investigators announced the arrest of 18-year-old Tariq Grier in connection with the shooting.

Grier was arrested on Oct. 18, and charged with murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

Johnson's murder is among hundreds of shooting deaths involving young Black people in Atlanta in the year since the Covid-19 lockdowns.

Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms addressed the city-wide violence earlier this year.

"Just as we have overcome challenges in the past, Atlanta will get to the other side of this COVID crime wave and we will get this violence under control."

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Two 15-year-olds have been arrested and charged with shooting a security guard at Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta.

The shooting occurred outside the Apple store near the mall entrance at 3393 Peachtree Road around 8:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Cellphone video shows two armed suspects wearing all black and face masks attempting to rob a male guard in his 40s.

The guard appeared to be luring the two suspects away from the Apple store toward the parking lot when they opened fire.

According to 11 Alive News, the guard is hospitalized in critical condition with at least two gunshot wounds.

After the shooting, police combed the area and located the two suspects at the nearby Westin Buckhead Atlanta Hotel. Police say the suspects, a boy and a girl, were arrested at the scene.

The suspects are charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, tampering with evidence, possession of a firearm, and a laundry list of other charges.

Police recovered two firearms that may have been used in the shooting.

Atlanta is crippled by an unprecedented crime wave after out of towners burned and looted Atlanta during the Covid-19 pandemic last year.

Lenox Mall has been the scene of multiple shootings and incidences of violence since last year.

The Simon Property is located across the street from upscale Phipps Plaza, also a Simon Property. The company installed metal detectors at the entrances of both malls.

The response to the crime wave has been weakened by the lack of law enforcement as many police officers turned in their badges following last year's riots.

As a result of the criticism, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced her decision not to seek reelection.

According to sources within the mayor's office, she is moving to another state to accept a lucrative position in the private sector.
 

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Former Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed has officially entered Atlanta's mayoral race for a historic third term.

Reed, who left the mayor's office under suspicion of corruption in 2017, is running again after serving as mayor for eight years.

He is pictured with Atlanta's current Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in a photo dated October 4, 2017.

AJC.com reports Reed filed paperwork Tuesday night forming a committee that will allow him to begin accepting campaign donations for the 2021 mayor's race.

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Reed, who turns 52 on Thursday, will celebrate his birthday with a party that will double as a $1,000-per-guest fundraiser.

Speculation swirled that Reed would run for a third term after embattled Atlanta Mayor Bottoms announced she couldn't take the pressure anymore and would not run for reelection.

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Bottoms' announcement was historic -- the first time since Mayor Maynard Jackson that an incumbent mayor chose to not seek reelection.

Reed becomes the first mayor since Jackson to run for a third term.

Reed's second term was marred by a federal corruption investigation into several members of his administration, including bribery convictions against his chief procurement officer and a deputy chief of staff. Reed’s chief financial officer is currently under indictment for fraud and weapons charges.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms will not seek re-election this fall. The first-term Democrat made the announcement in a letter posted on Twitter.com late Thursday.

In her letter, Bottoms thanked her supporters and highlighted her accomplishments since winning the election in 2017.

Bottoms said she and her husband "have given thoughtful prayer and consideration" and decided not to seek another term.

Bottoms was the 60th mayor of Atlanta and the 2nd Black woman to serve as mayor of Atlanta.

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The news comes hours after Bottoms defended her decision to terminate Officer Garrett Rolfe, who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy's parking lot last June.

Bottoms said she fired Rolfe to prevent riots in Atlanta in the wake of other high-profile police shootings last summer.

But the city burned anyway and an innocent child was shot dead during the riots.

The Atlanta Civil Service Board reinstated Rolfe with back pay this week. The board cited the city's failure to follow proper protocols in terminating Rolfe without due process.

Rolfe is still on administrative leave until murder charges in Brooks' case are dropped.

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Garrett Rolfe, the fired officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta last year, has been reinstated to the police force with back pay.

Rolfe was reinstated by the Atlanta Civil Service Board, 11 Alive News reported. The board released its decision Wednesday stating:

"Due to the City’s failure to comply with several provisions of the Code and the information received during witnesses’ testimony, the Board concludes the Appellant was not afforded his right to due process. Therefore, the Board GRANTS the Appeal of Garrett Rolfe and revokes his dismissal as an employee of the APD."

Brooks was gunned down by Rolfe in a Wendy's parking lot while fleeing from police on the night of June 12, 2020.

Brooks wrestled a taser away from Rolfe during the ensuing scuffle. Surveillance video shows Brooks turning and pointing the taser at Rolfe who then fired three shots, killing Brooks.

Brooks, 27, died from 3 gunshot wounds to the back. His death was ruled a homicide by the Fulton County Coroner's Office. Rolfe was fired after officials determined the use of deadly force was not justifiable.

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The shooting sparked riots and civil unrest in Atlanta and prompted calls by local Black Lives Matter activists to defund the police.

When Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms joined the protests to defund the police, APD officers called out sick and refused to respond to non-violent calls.

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Mayor Bottoms further heightened tensions between city hall and the police union by attending Brooks' star-studded funeral. She is pictured embracing Tomika Miller, mother of 3 of Brooks' children.

Rolfe appealed his termination last year. He received donations from a fund created by conservative activist Candace Owens.

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Rapper YFN Lucci is among dozens of Bloods gang members named in a 75-page, 106-count racketeering indictment.

The indictment targeted leadership of the local faction of the notorious Bloods street gang, WSB-TV reports.

YFN Lucci, real name Rayshawn Bennett, 29, was charged in connection with a murder that occurred in Atlanta last year. He was arrested on January 13, 2021 after turning himself in to police. He is currently out of jail on $500,000 bond.

"This indictment is unprecedented. Period. In Georgia," Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis told Channel 2 Investigative reporter Mark Winne in an exclusive interview.

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Lucci's lawyer, Drew Findling, insisted his client is not a gang member.

"What he is is an internationally recognized musical artist that is a triple platinum winner, that has performed all over the United States and all over the world," Findling said.

However, Atlanta officials are not impressed by Lucci's rap career.

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"I think that [the indictment] sends a significant message, a profound message that regardless of your status that the City of Atlanta and Fulton County in partnership is coming after you if you violate the crimes in our county, in our city," said Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms named Bryant as the permanent police chief to lead Atlanta out of a deadly Covid crime wave.

Bottoms made the announcement during a press conference this morning to discuss Sunday's fatal shooting of 15-year-old Diamond Johnson.

An emotional Mayor Bottoms said she wished she could "wave a wand or make a speech" to make the crime wave stop.

"For the third time as mayor, I am standing here to talk about a bullet that took the life of a child in our city," Bottoms said.
 

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A 15-year-old girl is among 2 dead and 22 wounded in shootings around the Atlanta area over the weekend.

Diamond Johnson, 15, was fatally shot when she got into a fistfight with two groups of teenagers outside the Waffle House in the Glenwood Park shopping plaza on Saturday night.

About three hours later, 22-year-old Antonio Sykes was killed during a shooting outside Artisans Bar and Gallery on Peachtree Street.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced she will hold a press conference on Tuesday morning, May 4 at 10 a.m EST, to discuss Atlanta's deadly crime wave.

Atlanta has seen a 60% rise in homicides from last year when gang bangers moved to the wide open city from locked down blue areas.

"Just as we have overcome challenges in the past, Atlanta will get to the other side of this COVID crime wave and we will get this violence under control," Bottoms said during her state of the city address a few weeks ago.

Atlanta's spiking crime stats are a hindrance to Bottoms' reelection efforts this year.

Most recent crime stats show there have been 208 shootings and 40 homicides in Atlanta in 2021.

Atlanta's crime stats are on par with Chicago, Illinois -- earning Atlanta the nickname "Chiraq South."

Chiraq is a nickname for Chicago. It combines Chicago with Iraq, and is used to refer to a violent city that is similar to a war zone.

More Atlanta police officers have resigned in the last year than in years past. The lack of law enforcement presence on the streets has emboldened criminals to run amok.

"We are committed to putting an additional 250 new officers on the street during the next fiscal year," Bottoms said.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the fatal shooting of Diamond Johnson Saturday night. Callers can remain anonymous. 404-577-TIPS (8477).

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From a Press Release:

After having a fairytale wedding, newlyweds Jay "Jeezy" Jenkins (recording artist, entrepreneur & philanthropist) & Jeannie Mai-Jenkins (Emmy Award winning co-host of The Real) partnered with The Tony Robbins Foundation alongside Jeezy's Street Dreamz Foundation to gift over 500 bicycles to children and young adults in Atlanta.

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Taking place at the historic Clark Atlanta University, the giveaway was preceded by a rally which included motivational speeches from Jeezy as well as Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms (pictured right with Jeannie and Jeezy).

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Giving back to the community that raised Jeezy has always been a priority to him and the choice to give away bicycles was a personal one. "The only time I felt free was when I was in motion. That’s your chance to see where you want to go in life because if you stay still, that’s where you'll stay." Jeezy continues "If you’ve got a vision you can achieve it, just like you can ride from one street to the next, you can do that with life, too!"

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In addition to Keisha Lance-Bottoms, the community giveaway was also attended by President of CAU Dr. George French, Hank Stewart, Senator Tonya Anderson, Bernice King, Karyn Greer, Xernona Clayton, City Councilmen Andre Dickens, Ambassador Andrew Young and more.

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