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What’s Cooler Than Being Cool? Free Pools in a Heat Wave

Your AM Rundown: Plus, DeKalb is holding its monthly food giveaway this Saturday.

DeKalb County announced it will be adding cooling centers and free access to swimming pools this weekend. (Getty Images)

Top of the morning! Happy Friday! We hope y’all find ways to stay cool in this heat for the Juneteenth and Father’s Day weekend.

Here is Your AM Rundown, with news updates in 400 words or less. Get caught up on headlines and other developments you might’ve missed. 

Here’s what’s up in Atlanta today: 

  • More cooling centers are popping up! This time at several libraries, rec centers and the DeKalb County Department of Human Services. Extra bonus: Pools will be free to the public from 2 to 4 p.m. More info here.
  • Speaking of DeKalb, the county is giving out free food this Saturday! Over 5,000 boxes of meat and produce will be distributed at seven locations across the county. They’ve got locally grown fruits, veggies, eggs, and chicken on deck. $45 dollars worth of food will be given to residents on a first-come, first-served basis. Check out the list of locations here
  • The developments across metro Atlanta just don’t stop. Soon, an office building in Alpharetta will occupy the site of a former historically Black school. The Bailey-Johnson School, named after a blacksmith and a former slave, was open in the 1950s and ‘60s. At the time, it was the only school for Black students in north Fulton County that went past seventh grade. This month, the Fulton County School Board approved its sale for $6 million. 
  • New art exhibit alert! “Presence” is opening Friday at ZuCot Gallery in Castleberry Hill. Right on time for Father’s Day, the show is dedicated to Black fatherhood. Take your dads and show ‘em some love.
  • Soccer’s biggest stage is coming to Atlanta. The A and 10 other U.S. cities were among those chosen to host the 2026 World Cup. It’s arguably the biggest international sporting event to hit the city since the Olympic Games in 1996.

“Atlanta is a soccer town, and we’re excited to bring the game’s best athletes to the world’s best city,” Mayor Andre Dickens said in a statement. “Atlanta has already been home to the Super Bowl and the Olympics, and through our strong collaboration with the State and our business community, we will welcome folks from all over the world to fill every seat in Mercedes-Benz Stadium.”

ICYMI: Where the party at? Literally everywhere! It’s Juneteenth weekend and the Atlanta area is celebrating. If you want to know who’s throwing events, our reporter Sydney Sims has got you covered

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