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Hosted by Johann "awesomehazelnuts" Loke, a Legends of Runeterra Player based in Singapore with an extensive history in competitive Yu-Gi-Oh, Hearthstone and Artifact, the "That's Game!" podcast covers topics on Riot Game's Legends of Runeterra such as card design, the everchanging metagame as well as the psychological and competitive aspect of digital card games.
 
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On Friday, several local leaders pledged their commitment to combat the coronavirus disease by getting the COVID -19 vaccine. Dekalb County CEO Michael Thurmond and Milton Little, president of United Way of Greater Atlanta received the coronavirus vaccine to encourage minority communities to get vaccinated. The Dekalb County Board of Health reports…
 
In a matter of hours on Jan. 6, the Republican Party went from shrugging off its loss of the White House to a party in crisis. It was becoming clear just before the violent insurrection at the Capitol that the party had lost two Senate runoff elections in Georgia, making President Trump the first president since Herbert Hoover whose party lost the …
 
Cheers erupted in hospital wards across India on Saturday as a first group of nurses and sanitation workers rolled up their sleeves and got vaccinated against COVID-19, at the start of what’s likely to become the biggest national vaccination campaign in history. India aims to vaccinate 300 million people by July, though it could take an additional …
 
The fallout continues from the insurrection by an angry mob spurred on by President Trump at the Capitol last week. Trump, of course, was impeached – again. He’s the only President to get impeached twice. In Georgia, the list of residents who allegedly participated in the violent attack continues to grow as more get identified. Christopher Georgia,…
 
The new sheriff of Cobb County says the office will operate in truth, trust and transparency. “I will be out front when we do right, and when we do wrong,” said Sheriff Craig Owens on Friday’s edition of “Closer Look.” Sheriff Owens, the first Black sheriff of Cobb County, was sworn-in just days before the new year. The retired army veteran, who fo…
 
It was on this date 92 years ago that Martin Luther King Jr. was born. His birthday is observed as a national holiday on the third Monday in January, the only federally designated National Day of Service. Atlanta takes special pride in Dr. King as a native son. Nicole A. Moore, director of education at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights…
 
It has been 30 years since Ballethnic Dance Company first performed their now-iconic “Urban Nutcracker” in the King Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College. The ballet is an Atlanta holiday tradition, and it’s streaming through Jan. 19. Nena Gilreath and Waverly Lucas founded Ballethnic with their inclusive vision of ballet. They joined “City Lig…
 
On Wednesday, Kamala Harris will become the first woman, and the first woman of color, to serve as vice president of the United States. Twelve years ago, hundreds of thousands of people filled the National Mall to watch Barack Obama make history as the nation’s first Black president. But when Harris takes the oath, the mall will very likely be near…
 
Americans are being more careful to avoid catching and spreading the coronavirus but are still not being careful enough to slow the pandemic, especially with worrisome, apparently more contagious new variants looming. That’s the conclusion of the latest findings, released Friday, from the largest national survey tracking behavior during the coronav…
 
After a violent campaign in which the opposition candidate Bobi Wine was extensively intimidated, authorities imposed an internet blackout. President Yoweri Museveni will almost certainly cling to power—a worry for Uganda and the wider region. Wikipedia turns 20 today; we ask how, against long odds, it has survived and grown. And the video game tha…
 
Clara Jean Ester was a college student at Memphis State College in Tennessee when she bore witness to a series of pivotal moments in civil rights history. As a junior, Ester joined the Memphis Sanitation Strike in 1968, alongside African American sanitation workers who were calling to demand better working conditions and higher wages. She was there…
 
The President and CEO of the National Urban League says the riot at the U.S Capitol was a planned orchestrated violent attack, and the people involved need to be prosecuted and held accountable for their actions. “We need to understand what we are faced with that is an emboldened white supremacist hate movement that is bent on violence, said Presid…
 
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines has released its fourth-quarter earnings. The results cap what the airliner calls the “toughest year” in the airlines’ history. The coronavirus pandemic took a toll on many businesses across the country, and Delta Air Lines felt that pain. The airline is posting a record loss of $12.4 billion in 2020. Fewer people flyi…
 
In his second state of the state address as Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp reflected on the bruising past year, which featured a deadly pandemic that continues to rage in Georgia and a high-profile political battle with President Donald Trump. As the state continues to see rising coronavirus infections, hospitalizations and deaths, he vowed Georgi…
 
Theatrical Outfit is partnering with Working Title Playwrights to bring audiences the “Unexpected Play Festival,” a four-part digital series featuring new plays from Atlanta artists. “Atlanta is such a hotbed of talent and creativity, and one of the great joys of my first season at Theatrical Outfit has been getting to know the remarkable writers w…
 
The Flint, Mich., water crisis resulted in charges Wednesday against former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who is now facing two counts of willful neglect of duty. The misdemeanor charges carry a punishment of up to $1,000 and up to one year in prison. They come almost seven years after the city of Flint began taking in water from the Flint River in an…
 
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, demand for registered nurses has remained high. In fact, many hospitals nationwide have reported a shortage of healthcare workers. There’s also another issue the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted: a lack of diversity in the field. A new program at Clayton State University aims to address this by providing schola…
 
As COVID-19 deaths and illnesses mount, essential workers — who are denied the chance to work from home — are struggling to stay safe. And it’s far from clear if the federal government is doing enough to protect them, according to a former top federal workplace safety official. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration official, Deborah Ber…
 
Some House Republicans broke ranks, joining Democrats to hand President Donald Trump an ignominious distinction. Our deputy editor lays out why the Senate should now convict and remove him. Under South Africa’s ruling ANC party a powerful black middle class bloomed, but the party’s fiscal mismanagement threatens their loyalty. And the boom in “spir…
 
When the coronavirus pandemic really took hold last spring, ‘flattening the curve’ meant keeping sick people home. Early government aid included money for employers to fund that sick leave. But even as many safety-net programs set to expire on Dec. 31 saw a renewal, such COVID-related leave payments did not. That’s created some confusion, according…
 
The leader of DeKalb County Schools District says the district has been consistent in its approach to the pandemic, making decisions in the best interest of its students and staff. “All Dekalb County School District students are still fully in a virtual setting; that is the decision that is best right now for our larger community,” said DeKalb Coun…
 
Rev. Michael Ephraim Sr. and his more than 250 congregants remember when Dougherty County was a one-time epicenter of the pandemic in March. And they’re still waiting for COVID-19 relief. “By the mere fact that people that are used to congregating can’t congregate, it’s on their minds,” Ephraim said. Ephraim’s Bethel AME Church in Albany is now vir…
 
Members of the insurrectionist mob that attacked the Capitol last week face what the federal prosecutor in charge calls a “mind-blowing” range of potential charges from destruction of federal property, trespass, and mail theft to possession of destructive devices and felony murder. For some of the most serious charges, acting U.S. attorney for Wash…
 
Don Brown has been driving a school bus for more than 20 years in the Chicago area. And for all that time, he’s noticed one odd student habit. As they climb aboard his bus, “when they get to the top step, they always cough,” he says. “This was even before the pandemic! Or, when they get ready to get off, they say ‘Bye, bus driver!’ and they cough.”…
 
War criminals and their ilk often evade justice solely because of squabbling over who can be tried where. But a rise in “universal jurisdiction” trials is tightening the net. Recent lockdowns’ hits to global economies are not nearly as deep as they were the first time around; we explore why. And Cambodian rat-catchers reckon with boom and bust. For…
 
As Georgia sets records for its daily number of COVID-19 cases, the state’s public university system wants to bring more students back to campuses this semester. However, the United Campus Workers Union of Georgia says officials need to do more to ensure students’ and workers’ safety. The Board of Regents passed a resolution in October, stating eac…
 
Members of the Georgia House Democratic Caucus are calling on Gov. Brian Kemp to re-examine his handling of COVID-19. In a letter to Kemp last week, the group wrote the state needs to be more aggressive in efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Members cite data showing the pandemic’s effects here are worse now than in April when the Kemp i…
 
Robert Jones Jr. is an author from New York City and the creator of the social justice community “Son of Baldwin.” His debut novel is “The Prophets,” written with a lyricism that honors the style of Toni Morrison and James Baldwin. The book tells the love story of two enslaved men working on a Mississippi plantation. Robert Jones Jr. joined “City L…
 
Democrats made some major gains outside of Georgia’s urban centers –such as Atlanta and Savannah –in the November presidential election and Georgia’s U.S. Senate runoffs. Experts with the Center for American Progress credit years of grassroots campaigning that targeted rural communities of color. But as consultants, political scientists and the med…
 
As the violent mob broke into the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and livestreams showed pro-Trump insurrectionists defacing property and posing in the House Speaker’s chair, here in the West, feelings of shock quickly faded to familiarity. “There are years of warning signs,” said Eric Ward of the Western States Center, which tracks extremism in Orego…
 
Within a short time of taking office, Gwinnett County’s newly elected Sheriff Keybo Taylor delivered on his promise to get rid of the controversial 287-G program, which allowed law enforcement agencies and the Department of Homeland Security to enforce federal immigration laws. The sheriff said the county will replace the program with new initiativ…
 
Phone lines slammed by high call volumes. Appointment slots filled into early spring. Providers navigating who should get shots first and worrying whether they’ll have access to booster doses. Monday, the state of Georgia moved into phase 1a+ of COVID-19 vaccine administration, adding people aged 65 and older and first responders to the health care…
 
Moves to shutter the president’s accounts and to crimp corners of the internet given to right-wing extremism raise thorny questions, both about free speech and social-media firms’ business models. Our public-policy editor takes a broad look at girlhood: how women’s adolescence has changed for the better but is challenged mightily by covid-19. And s…
 
Today Democratic lawmakers will begin attempts to remove President Donald Trump. It could fail, or be delayed—or Republicans could see a political opportunity. Even amid a global vaccination drive, the hunt for covid-19 treatments continues; we examine two existing arthritis drugs that appear to save lives. And the synthesiser that conquered music …
 
In this episode, I talk about the best champion in Legends of Runeterra, Zoe. You can contact me on Discord @awesomehazelnuts#0485, Twitter @JohannLoke, and email me at awesomehazelnuts@gmail.com. You can find me on Twitch at: www.twitch.tv/awesomehazelnuts You can find me on Youtube for Legends of Runeterra content at https://www.youtube.com/chann…
 
A national-security law imposed by Beijing had not, until this week, bared its teeth; the arrests of dozens of pro-democracy figures reveals how much it can crimp opposition. At the American Economics Association’s annual shindig, a scholar implores economists to recalibrate just how self-interested they take people to be. And the inspiring life an…
 
After previously unthinkable scenes played out in Washington’s legislature, we ask what the violence will mean for the president, Republican lawmakers and American democracy. Argentina’s move to liberalise its abortion laws reflects slowly changing attitudes across Latin America, and may spur wider change. And examining the history of Ethio-jazz, a…
 
Democrats look set to win both the run-off elections that will determine control of the Senate—and how President-elect Joe Biden will be able to govern. Quantum computing is still nascent, its power yet to be truly tapped. But the finance sector is already looking to squeeze it for analytical advantage. And how Confucianism still influences society…
 
It is no surprise that more-transmissible coronavirus variants are cropping up. We ask how worrisome the strains found in Britain and South Africa are. American authorities have lodged a landmark case against Walmart for its role in the country’s worsening opioid crisis—a problem with clearly more than one cause. And dealing with the pile of unused…
 
Aggressive purchasing, solid logistics and a competitive health-care system have led to a world-beating rate of immunisation—but, as ever, politics is playing a role, too. Big oil had a terrible 2020, but the sector’s troubles pre-date the pandemic; we look at the supermajors’ varying approaches to an uncertain future. And how covid-19 is reshaping…
 
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