0:00: Rose gives a news brief about how tomorrow is World AIDS Day. Here in Atlanta, the city and AID Atlanta are providing free HIV testing today. It’s all part of an effort to help people get tested so that they know their status. The free testing takes place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Atlanta City Hall today, and pledges that testing is both individual and confidential.
In other news, Atlanta United is headed to the MLS World Cup championship match. Even though the team lost to the New York Red Bulls yesterday Atlanta’s aggregate score in the eastern conference championships means they’re headed to the final. Atlanta United will be the home team for the MLS Cup. They will host Portland for the MLS Cup at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Dec. 8.
And there are a lot of big events happening this weekend. Elton John is performing two nights, there’s a Falcons game, the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade will take place, and, of course, there’s the SEC Championship game between Georgia and Alabama. Large crowds mean the Atlanta Police Department will beef up their patrols. Closer Look spoke with Carlos Campos, director of public affairs for the APD, to get insight for anyone who will be in or around Atlanta for these events.
3:42: During this year’s World Cup, on average, there were nearly two head-to-head collisions in all 64 soccer matches. To hear more about a study that tracked and analyzed these head injuries, we speak with Dr. John Xerogeanes, chief of sports medicine at Emory University.
21:00: This week, TV One announced here in Atlanta the launch of CLEO TV, an aspirational lifestyle and entertainment network targeting Millennial and Gen X women of color. We hear more from Rahsan-Rahsan Lindsay, TV One’s executive vice president of ad sales and marketing.
39:16: It’s been almost a year since Alabama’s Crimson Tide clinched the National Championship title against the Georgia Bulldogs — with a 41-yard touchdown in overtime. Now, they’re going head-to-head once again in the much-anticipated SEC Championship this Saturday. Fans from all over the country are making the trip to Atlanta this weekend to watch the game. We’ve gathered some of them in the studio here today to talk football. We’re joined by Alabama fans Lauren Wilhelm and Maurice Hobson, and Georgia fans Reggie Hicks and Brett Bennett.
Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Grace Walker.