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5 things to know tonight: One Georgia GOP congressman finally says his piece about Donald Trump

1. One Georgia GOP congressman finally says his piece about Donald Trump. [Read here]

2. KSU grad discovered Melania Trump/Michelle Obama speech similarities.   Jarrett Hill, the media observer who first flagged the similarities between elements of Melania Trump’s speech last night with that of Michelle Obama in 2008, has plenty of Atlanta ties. [Read here]

3. 2 charged for scheme involving repairs on DeKalb CEO May’s home.  A former DeKalb County government official and a contractor were indicted Tuesday on charges related to a $4,000 check written to Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May but cashed by someone else. [Read here]

4. State reverses Henry County student suspension.  The Georgia Board of Education has reversed the suspension of a Henry County student accused of starting a fight although school officials said he didn’t throw a punch. [Read here]

5. Car hits and kills toddler.  A 2-year-old girl was struck by a car in the driveway of a east Cobb County home and later died, police said. [Read here]

Photos: Dallas, nation mourn 5 officers

Photos: Officers shot in Dallas, Texas

HGTV's 'Love It or List It' under fire again

recent Reddit post brought reality shows into question, asking internet users, "People who have been on reality TV shows, what's rigged and whats not?"

Some commenters got heated about what goes on behind the scenes on HGTV’s home renovation show "Love It or List It." According to the commenters, the show is not all it’s cracked up to be.

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One person said that two family members were part of the show. That commenter said the producers had the family members tape two endings of the show and then decided which one to air.

"My aunt and uncle were on 'Love It Or List It,'" the Reddit user wrote. "(Producers) had them record both endings, and the network chose which one they thought was best. They are still in the house and they love it, but the show says they listed it."

This revelation is a big let-down for fans because most tune in to see the competition between designer Hilary and real estate agent David. But the Reddit discussion challenges whether there's any competition at all. 

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Another disappointing accusation questions the show's timeline for designs and renovations. While the show makes it seem as if the renovations are completed in a short period of time, Reddit users said renovations can take months as producers attempt to create as many episodes in a time frame as possible.

One Reddit user went into more detail about the headache surrounding the construction on the homes.

"As mentioned, nobody wants to list their house -- they just want a free renovation and to be on TV. However, the show only pays for 50 percent of the work they do on your house, and the producers do what they want for TV and don’t really respect the homeowners’ wishes. (Plus,) they shoot a bunch of episodes in one market at a time, so they use one set of contractors for all of the homes. If they get behind on the work on a given home, they pretend that the work is done so they can wrap on the episode, then they take the crew with them to the next house. You then have to live in an unfinished renovation until the whole set of episodes is finished and the crew can get back to you. This can be months or not at all."

These accusations have landed the hit HGTV show in more hot water. According to Country Living, a couple from an April 2015 episode filed a lawsuit against the show, citing "shoddy work and unfair trade practices."

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But not all participants on the show had negative experiences. Julia Sweeten, a real estate blogger, featured a couple whose time on the show was positive.

According to Sweeten, the remodel on one couple's home took about seven weeks, and they only peeked in on the house twice during the renovations. The families have to move out while construction is going on.

"Meeting David and Hilary was a thrill and they have every bit of that back and forth repartee as you would expect having watched the show," the woman, Marci, told Sweeten. "They were both truly quite fun to work with."

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Marci said their reactions to the final look of their home were genuine. The couple ultimately decided to sell the home, but that wasn’t until the episode aired.

'Grey's Anatomy' creator Shonda Rhimes responds to petition to fire Jesse Williams

Dr. Avery is here to stay.

Jesse Williams, the actor who plays Dr. Jackson Avery on “Grey’s Anatomy,” gave a speech about race and criticized police in America at the BET Awards on June 26, and it apparently offended some people.

>> Watch the full speech here

Those who were offended by the so-called “racist rant” have created a petition calling for the actor’s dismissal from the show, and so far, it has more than 16,000 signatures.

“Jesse Williams spewed a racist, hate speech against law enforcement and white people at the BET awards. If this was a white person making the same speech about an African American, they would have been fired and globally chastised, as they should be, but there has been no consequences to Williams’ actions,” the petition reads.

>> BET Awards: Jesse Williams delivers impassioned speech on race in America

In a defiant twist, another petition was filed that supports Williams and calls him, “a brave leader.” That petition currently has more than 25,000 signatures.

“Jesse Williams is a bright man, passionate spokesman and a committed advocate of black people and #BlackLivesMatter who took a public stand on BET Awards show, risking his job and career for his beliefs,” the supportive petition explains.

“Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes also had something to say about the petition calling for Williams to be fired.

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On Monday, she took to Twitter to express her feelings, writing, “um, people? Boo don’t need a petition. #shondalandrules.”

Mic drop.

Fans of Shondaland applauded “the boss” and showed their appreciation on social media.

(h/t Cosmopolitan)

Photos: UCLA campus shooting

Photos: Massive flooding in Houston

Billions of cicadas to ascend in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania

Video includes clips from Brandon Baker / CC BY 3.0, The BBC and Rich4098 / CC BY 3.0 and images from Natalia Wilson / CC BY SA 2.0, Nick Harris / CC BY ND 2.0, Gramody / CC BY SA 2.0 and Meredith Harris / CC BY ND 2.0.

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Next month, parts of the U.S. can expect to see and hear lots of 17-year-old cicadas, which will rise from the ground to mate.

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The insects, which have spent the rest of their lives underground, only live above ground for about six weeks. The adults, the ones that make all the noise, only ascend above ground to reproduce.

Males use the harsh sound to look for females so they can mate in that brief time. The sound can reach over 90 decibels in some instances; that's about the same volume as a lawn mower.

The female cicadas will lay eggs in a tree, and after the eggs hatch, the newborn cicadas -- called nymphs -- will bury themselves in the ground, where they'll develop for 17 years. 

According to The Washington Post, female cicadas can lay up to 400 eggs each, across 40 to 50 sites.

During the upcoming mating season, there could be as many as 1.5 million cicadas per acre in some places.

The noise, which is mostly a daytime phenomenon, will probably last until mid- to late June, by which time most of the cicadas will probably die, according to Gaye Williams, a Maryland Department of Agriculture entomologist. Williams said predicting exactly when the emergence will end is tough because it depends on many variables, including temperature, moisture and humidity. 

The good news is that cicadas can’t chew, so they don’t devour plants and trees. Plus, they don’t bite or sting.

But if you live in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and other neighboring states, now might be the time to invest in some ear plugs.

Read more here.

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