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EXPLAINER: The significance of China’s new space station

JIUQUAN, China — Adding a crew to China’s new orbiting space station is another major advance for the burgeoning space power. The three-member crew is due to stay for three months in the station’s main living module, named Tianhe, or Heavenly Harmony. They will be carrying out science experiments and maintenance, space walks and preparing the facility to receive two additional modules next year.
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Many workers need more than skills

Career guidance, moral support help overcome last-mile problems. Rachelle Katchenago of Menasha, Wisconsin, lost her job as a call-center contract worker last year after the pandemic lockdowns took hold. No one was hiring. Katchenago, 37, eventually heard of career courses, paid for by Microsoft as part of a COVID relief...
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Ozzie Albies shouldn’t be overlooked in the young dynamic-player conversation

Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies tortured the Cardinals in Friday’s win, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored, falling a triple shy of the cycle. It continued what has been somewhat quietly another electric season for the 24-year-old Albies. He’s the only player in the majors with at least 20 doubles, 10 homers and five triples (which ties the major-league lead). His 36 extra-base hits rank second most in the National League and fourth in the majors, trailing three individuals with 37 such hits.
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Braves-Cardinals postponed, will play doubleheader Sunday

The Braves’ game Saturday night against the Cardinals at Truist Park was postponed because of inclement weather, the Braves announced around five hours before the scheduled first pitch. The teams will play a day/night doubleheader Sunday. ExploreOzzie Albies becomes dynamic player. The postponement was because of Tropical Storm Claudette, which...
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A look at major COVID-19 developments over the past week

The overall number of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths in Georgia are at the lowest levels since the earliest days of the pandemic. The seven-day rolling average of new infections is down about 96% since the January peak. Likewise, the rolling average of people currently hospitalized for COVID-19 in Georgia is down about 91% since mid-January, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of state data shows. Experts say this is a signal of the extraordinary effectiveness of the vaccines.
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Turning I-285 tolls over to private firm comes with rewards, risks

Georgia’s plan to let a private company control tolls on I-285 promises rewards and risks for metro Atlanta commuters. State officials this week said they will seek substantial private investment in the $6.1 billion effort to build toll lanes on the top half of the Perimeter. To recoup its investment, the selected firm would set toll rates and keep the revenue for 50 years.
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Hawks can’t overcome third-quarter swoon

For a change of pace Friday night, the Hawks opted to break out their shovels and dig their hole a little later than usual. It was a big break with their pattern through this conference semifinal with Philadelphia. They were more geared to start slow, fall behind and then surge at the end. And that had been a successful formula, staking them to a 3-2 series lead.
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Freddie Freeman carries seven-game hitting streak into Friday

Maybe, finally – and another “maybe” for emphasis – Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is seeing his luck turn more favorably. Freeman had two hits in Thursday’s win over the Cardinals, extending his hitting streak to seven games entering Friday. Freeman has hit .400/.441/.767 with three homers and seven RBIs during his season-best streak. Freeman has raised his batting average from .224 to .246 during the run.