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Advocates make final push to stop Keith Tharpe’s execution

Family and friends of Keith Tharpe asked the state Board of Pardons and Paroles on Monday to spare the convicted killer’s life.  Legal advocates, meanwhile, pushed on several fronts to halt Tharpe’s execution, scheduled for Tuesday evening. About 20 people -- friends, relatives, religious counselors and attorneys -- crowded into the small parole board meeting room just after 9 a.m...


Torpy at Large: Tom Price, fiscal hawk / highfalutin flyboy

Torpy at Large: Tom Price, fiscal hawk / highfalutin flyboy

Metro Atlanta’s own Tom Price, the surgeon-turned-congressman-turned-U.S. Health Secretary, is now getting pummeled for flying around in private jets. Last week, the news site Politico detailed a three-day sprint for which Price spent more than $60,000 on such flights. Later, Politico said it was more like $300,000 since May, with flights often costing $10,000-plus a pop, even when commercial...
Opinion: Where have all the good teachers gone? Retiring earlier.

Opinion: Where have all the good teachers gone? Retiring earlier.

Jim Arnold is a former Georgia district superintendent. He has written several pieces for the blog, and today tackles the thinning ranks of Georgia veteran teachers. You can read more from him on his blog. By Jim Arnold Most teachers love their jobs and are good at them. As in any profession, there are exceptions, but what’s scary about the education profession...
In Year 2, has Kirby Smart built a better Georgia?

In Year 2, has Kirby Smart built a better Georgia?

Kirby Smart and his Bulldogs on a red-letter Saturday night. (Curtis Compton/AJC) Sometimes we – by which I absolutely mean “me” – try too hard. We seek to ascribe Deeper Meaning to something that might well have none. Sometimes, as a Viennese doctor averred, a cigar is just a cigar. Ergo, we need to tread softly before declaring, “This is better...
Rural Georgia hospitals see few benefits, so far, from tax credits

Rural Georgia hospitals see few benefits, so far, from tax credits

State lawmakers thought they’d found a way to help struggling rural hospitals by offering $180 million in tax credits to Georgians willing to donate to them, but the program has gotten off to a slow start. The state allocated a third of the tax credits for this year and legislators passed a bill increasing incentives to donors, but by mid-September, only a little more than $3 million had been...
'Rock bottom': Weiner gets 21 months in prison for sexting

'Rock bottom': Weiner gets 21 months in prison for sexting

Anthony Weiner's sexting compulsion cost him his seat in Congress, his shot at becoming New York mayor and his marriage, and may have even denied Hillary Clinton the presidency. On Monday, it cost him his freedom. Weiner, 53, dropped his head into his hands and wept as a federal judge sentenced him to 21 months behind bars for illicit online contact with a 15-year-old girl, his tears flowing long...
VOTE: What is the best coffee shop in Atlanta?

VOTE: What is the best coffee shop in Atlanta?

Atlanta's coffee lovers rival the most dedicated in the world. This week's Best of Atlanta poll is looking for the best coffee shops in town.  Here are eight metro Atlanta coffee shops for millennials (and everyone else) to check out. If you want to go straight to the hard stuff, then look no further than Atlanta’s best brunch cocktails.  Coffee and breakfast go hand-in-hand....
About NFL protests, I ask: Mr. President, what are you doing?

About NFL protests, I ask: Mr. President, what are you doing?

President Donald J. Trump in Huntsville, Ala. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ATHENS — You have no idea how I voted in the last Presidential election. You can try to guess, but there’s a good chance you’ll be wrong. I like to think I’ve kept political comment to a minimum over my almost 40 years in this business, and not because I don’t have beliefs. (I...
Falcons explain why they knelt during national anthem 

Falcons explain why they knelt during national anthem 

  For Grady Jarrett and Dontari Poe, it was a simple decision to kneel during the national anthem Sunday after President Donald Trump referred to any NFL player who has protested racial and social injustice by taking a knee as a “son of bitch.” “I felt like me, myself, Grady Jarrett is the son of a Queen and that’s my message,” Jarrett said after the game. ...
DeKalb closes book on financial discrepancy

DeKalb closes book on financial discrepancy

DeKalb County’s government has finally reconciled an accounting discrepancy that at one point amounted to $5.5 million. The county’s external auditors said Friday the government completed matching transactions between its bank accounts and internal records in June, after about a year of combing through thousands of old expenses. No taxpayer money was reported missing, but the ...
Tech death puts spotlight on campus mental health services

Tech death puts spotlight on campus mental health services

Georgia Tech student Sarat E. Lawal said she and her friends usually turn to each other when academic rigors gets stressful. “You need someone to share your struggles with,” Lawal, 20, a fourth-year materials science and engineering student, said the day after a campus vigil, for a student killed in an apparent suicide-by-cop, turned violent. Tech, she said, could do more to...
Would you throw your pre-teen daughter a Puberty Party?

Would you throw your pre-teen daughter a Puberty Party?

A local doctor caused a stir on Facebook with a recent post promoting puberty parties for pre-teen and teenage girls. Dr. Fatu Forna Sesay, a former OB/GYN for Kaiser Permanente, lives between Atlanta and Sierra Leone. In her post, the mom of four notes that the majority of girls will have sex by age 17. She hosted a Puberty Party for her 10 and 12-year-old daughters and their friends...
Falcons hold on to win (barely) in unusual way on an unusual day

Falcons hold on to win (barely) in unusual way on an unusual day

Falcons owner Arthur Blank joins arms with his players during the playing of the national anthem prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday. (Leon Halip/Getty Images) DETROIT – It was not a normal game or a normal Sunday. The president of the United States, his work on far less important issues like national security, the economy and health...
This upcoming Atlanta foodie festival has unlimited ramen tastings

This upcoming Atlanta foodie festival has unlimited ramen tastings

If you’re the kind of person who can’t get enough ramen noodles, you’ll want to be at American Spirit Works this Sunday.  That’s because the fourth annual Atlanta Ramen Fest, hosted by Decatur restaurant Taiyo Ramen, brewery Wild Heaven Beer and nonprofit The Giving Kitchen, will take place then.  Tickets, which are $40 for general admission, include unlimited ramen...
Two Atlanta deals: GE selling, Genuine Parts buying

Two Atlanta deals: GE selling, Genuine Parts buying

Two multi-billion dollar deals involving Atlanta were announced Monday – one in which a local company made a European acquisition, one in which a European giant snapped up an Atlanta-based unit of General Electric. GE Industrial Solutions, a 13,500-employee firm headquartered in Atlanta, was sold to Swiss-based ABB for $2.6 billion. Boston-based General Electric had been under pressure from...
Newk’s Eatery opens in massive new DeKalb development

Newk’s Eatery opens in massive new DeKalb development

Newk’s Eatery is the latest business to open in the massive Tucker Meridian development, which brought a variety of businesses to the city of Tucker. The Tucker Meridian development is located at the intersection of Lavista Road and Northlake Parkway. Stores includes Dick’s Sporting Goods, Hobby Lobby and more. Newk’s opened Monday, the city said. Also newly opened is Nothing...
Falcons’ injury report: Julio Jones to be limited in practice 

Falcons’ injury report: Julio Jones to be limited in practice 

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones will be limited in practice to start the week after he injured his back late in the 30-26 win over the Lions on Sunday. Jones, who said he could have gone back in the game if needed, is expected to get a “good bit” of practice in, Falcons coach Dan Quinn said on Monday.  Also, the Falcons likely be without defensive end Vic Beasley (hamstring) and...
First Look: C. Ellet’s a modern American steakhouse at The Battery

First Look: C. Ellet’s a modern American steakhouse at The Battery

C. Ellet’s 8-ounce Eureka Cut Flank Steak. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Christened a “modern American steakhouse,” C. Ellet’s is the newest restaurant from James Beard Award-winning Atlanta chef Linton Hopkins. It recently opened outside SunTrust Park in The Battery Atlanta. And in many ways, the location is a synthesis of Hopkins&rsquo...
Overreaction Monday: There’s an obsession over QBs — go figure

Overreaction Monday: There’s an obsession over QBs — go figure

The only thing we know for certain about Georgia’s quarterback picture is Brice Ramsey (12) is third on the depth chart behind Jake Fromm (11) and Jacob Eason (10). (Bob Andres/bandres@ajc.com) Welcome back to “Overreaction Monday,” the weekly exercise that asks the question: Is Georgia quarterback Kirby Smart less obsessed over the Georgia quarterback...
B.o.B. starts GoFundMe page to prove the Earth is flat

B.o.B. starts GoFundMe page to prove the Earth is flat

B.o.B. wants to prove the Earth is flat. Photo: Jimmy Fontaine BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene B.o.B. – or “Flat Earth Bob” as he calls himself in a new YouTube video – is determined to prove that the Earth is flat. The Atlanta rapper has started a GoFundMe page called “Show BoB the Curve” to raise $200,000 to launch...
Tweetcap of Dan Quinn’s Monday press conference

Tweetcap of Dan Quinn’s Monday press conference

Falcons coach Dan Quinn, a big fan of the 10-second rule, addressed the media on Monday. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com) FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons coach Dan Quinn, a big fan of the 10-second run off rule, was elated with the 30-26 win over the Lions. Quinn answered questions from the media on Monday. Here are some of the highlights from media tweets: #Falcons coach Dan Quinn remains...
Company moves from ITP to Gwinnett, brings 350 jobs along with it

Company moves from ITP to Gwinnett, brings 350 jobs along with it

An international company is moving its metro Atlanta office from inside the Perimeter to Gwinnett County, taking 350 jobs along with it. Partnership Gwinnett and CGS — “a global provider of business applications , enterprise learning and outsourcng services” — announced Monday that the latter had moved to the city of Peachtree Corners. CGS’ Atlanta-area location...
Photos: A look at Georgia’s cold case files

Photos: A look at Georgia’s cold case files

Each week, the AJC spotlights  an unsolved crime from metro Atlanta and the state. Investigators are seeking information on these cases.
Gwinnett names 25 teacher of the year semifinalists

Gwinnett names 25 teacher of the year semifinalists

After naming the top teacher at each of its 138 schools, Gwinnett County Public Schools has narrowed the list of Teacher of the Year candidates to 25. The educators selected teach nearly all grades and subjects, from pre-K and kindergarten to 12th grade and topics including English as a second language, theater, mathematics and special education. They were chosen by a committee of Gwinnett County...
McKinley gets on-the-job training and first sack 

McKinley gets on-the-job training and first sack 

With Vic Beasley out with a hamstring strain/tear, Falcons rookie Takkarist McKinley played 48 of the 70 defensive snaps (69 percent) and finished with two tackles, one sack, two tackles for a loss, a quarterback hit and a batted pass in the 30-26 win over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. “I expected him to get in and play really hard,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “You know, we&rsquo...
Lane closures set for Ga. 400 near I-285

Lane closures set for Ga. 400 near I-285

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced overnight ramp and lane closures in the coming days for Ga. 400 in the Sandy Springs-Dunwoody area. Weather permitting, the ramp from Ga. 400 southbound to I-285 eastbound will be closed for geotechnical investigations from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Sept. 27. The posted detour is to take Ga. 400 south, exit at the Glenridge Connector, and get on...
Say cheese: Your guide to Atlanta's inaugural Grilled Cheese Festival

Say cheese: Your guide to Atlanta's inaugural Grilled Cheese Festival

Cheese lovers unite. The Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival is coming to Historic Fourth Ward Park, along the Atlanta Beltline, on Saturday, Oct. 7, for the first time. Some of Atlanta's hottest restaurants will be there to make sure you get the melty, cheesy goodness you deserve. However, there will be a lot more than the celebration of grilled cheese sandwiches to enjoy. Members of the Atlanta...
Senior housing, tax meeting in Sandy Springs

Senior housing, tax meeting in Sandy Springs

Fulton County has set an information session for Sept. 26 in Sandy Springs to help senior citizens identify housing rehabilitation sources and property tax exemptions. The session is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Facility, 6500 Vernon Woods Drive. It is being presented by the Fulton Community Development and Senior Services departments. Those in need of reasonable...
Atlanta United’s Almiron out minimum 3 weeks

Atlanta United’s Almiron out minimum 3 weeks

Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron is expected to miss a minimum of three weeks after he sustained a injury to his left hamstring during Sunday’s 2-0 win against Montreal at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The team announced Almiron’s injury and prognosis on Monday after he saw a physician. Atlanta United is third in the MLS Eastern Conference. The Five Stripes will host Philadelphia on...
Barrow plunges back into politics with Georgia secretary of state bid

Barrow plunges back into politics with Georgia secretary of state bid

Former Georgia Congressman John Barrow, who was the last white Democrat from the Deep South in Congress, will end a three-year absence from politics with a statewide Democratic bid to become secretary of state in 2018. Barrow said in a statement Monday that he refuses to “stand on the sidelines when we face such huge challenges” and vowed to protect the right to vote, cut regulations and...
What Out on Film festival offers as it celebrates 30th anniversary

What Out on Film festival offers as it celebrates 30th anniversary

At a time when Hollywood has suffered its weakest summer box office returns since 2006 and is losing some of its best talents to the small screen, a festival like Out on Film can renew the excitement of cinema as a communal event. “Out on Film is very much a place for shared, public experiences,” festival director Jim Farmer says. “It’s possible to see a film pretty...
Woman texts police after ex allegedly kidnapped her from fair

Woman texts police after ex allegedly kidnapped her from fair

A 24-year-old man is awaiting extradition back to Georgia after he allegedly kidnapped his ex-girlfriend from the Cherokee County Fair on Sunday, police said. Derbi Tito Morales-Reynoso is accused of being under the influence of alcohol as he drove his ex-girlfriend, whose name has not been released, from the fair in Canton to Chattanooga, Canton police said in a statement. Police were called...
ACC honor for Georgia Tech’s Parker Braun

ACC honor for Georgia Tech’s Parker Braun

Georgia Tech guard Parker Braun was a deserving honoree for ACC offensive lineman of the week. Braun blocked 22 defenders to the ground in 74 snaps, helping the Yellow Jackets rush for 436 yards in their 35-17 win over Pittsburgh at Bobby Dodd Stadium Saturday. Braun made a particularly notable play in the first quarter, pulling from his spot at left guard and running to the perimeter on the right...
First person: Proud family watches daughter get into superhero mode for ‘Chopped Junior’

First person: Proud family watches daughter get into superhero mode for ‘Chopped Junior’

Girl power continues lassoing pop culture. Just look at everyone celebrating the “Wonder Woman” flick’s superhero feminism. I’m no exception. But instead of an Amazonian princess with bulletproof bracelets, I’ll be cheering on a 12-year-old girl armed with a spatula. At 8 p.m. Tuesday, our daughter Violet competes on Food Network’s “Chopped Junior.”...
How a MARTA wasteland became a soccer lover's dream

How a MARTA wasteland became a soccer lover's dream

Since opening in mid-October 2016, Station Soccer, a soccer field at the Five Points MARTA station, has scored a goal with Atlantans and made its mark as the world's first soccer field at a transit station. As early as 2015, Soccer in the Streets board member Sanjay Patel started talking up installing soccer pitches at MARTA stations. Even though he faced skepticism, Patel kept at it. On a visit...
Gwinnett man accused in 3-month-old daughter’s death hires attorney

Gwinnett man accused in 3-month-old daughter’s death hires attorney

A Gwinnett County man charged in the death of his 3-month-old daughter made his first appearance in court Monday, officials said. Charles Hamilton told the court he understood the charges of felony murder, cruelty to children and aggravated battery against him and said he has hired his own attorney, Channel 2 Action News reported. The 44-year-old was arrested Saturday by the FBI after he stepped...
Savannah is getting its own rum distillery

Savannah is getting its own rum distillery

Savannah Spirits amber rum. Courtesy of Savannah Spirits Group A rum distillery in the heart of historic Savannah is set to open next spring. Savannah Spirits Group announced last week it will be opening a 12,000-square-foot distillery in the city’s historic district. Production is anticipated to begin in March 2018. Initially, the company will produce silver and amber rum. ...
Angie Blank, wife of Falcons owner, helps MADD event become an MVP

Angie Blank, wife of Falcons owner, helps MADD event become an MVP

Five years ago, the CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving spoke at the NFL owners meeting about their partnership with the league, including how some teams were working with local MADD volunteers on programs. The Atlanta Falcons weren’t one of those teams, a fact that didn’t sit particularly well with owner Arthur Blank or his future wife. “I talked to Arthur that day at...
Georgia Tech’s win over Pittsburgh a statistical improbability

Georgia Tech’s win over Pittsburgh a statistical improbability

Georgia Tech’s 35-17 defeat of Pittsburgh on Saturday was, in at least one way, extraordinary. The Yellow Jackets won despite committing four turnovers and allowing a punt return for a touchdown. That normally doesn’t happen. From 2007 to 2016, there were 73 FBS teams that played games in which they had four or more turnovers and allowed at least one punt return for a score, according...
Has Almiron been used too much by Atlanta United?

Has Almiron been used too much by Atlanta United?

September 20, 2017 Atlanta: Atlanta United miedfielder Miguel Almiron watches the ball going toward the goal for the fourth goal of the team giving his team a very comfortable lead at half time. After Miguel Almiron sustained a muscular injury in the first half of Sunday’s 2-0 win at Montreal, there has been some questioning of Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino&rsquo...
Q&A with Touki Toussaint: Braves are ‘fun environment’ for prospects

Q&A with Touki Toussaint: Braves are ‘fun environment’ for prospects

In Touki Toussaint, the Braves truly bought a lottery ticket. The Braves acquired pitchers Bronson Arroyo and Toussaint from Arizona on June 20, 2015. Toussaint was the 16th overall pick in the 2014 draft. The Diamondbacks wanted to clear Arroyo’s salary and the Braves absorbed it. Toussaint was the prize. In a farm stocked with pitching, Toussaint has risen near the top. His curveball and changeup...
SPOTTED: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth at Atlantic Station

SPOTTED: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth at Atlantic Station

Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth, who have been in Atlanta filming the latest installment of the Marvel “Avengers” series, had a lot of fun during some recent downtime. Iron Man and Thor, as they’re known when they suit up on the job, each took in “Luzia:  A Waking Dream of Mexico” by  Cirque du Soleil...
Lawmakers begin talks about how to replace Georgia’s aging vote system

Lawmakers begin talks about how to replace Georgia’s aging vote system

Just as federal officials began acknowledging which of 21 states Russian-backed hackers targeted ahead of last year’s presidential election, Georgia lawmakers began to weigh in on how to replace Georgia’s aging and potentially vulnerable election system. Georgia was not among the targeted states, but the conversation Friday was an important step in what will likely be a long process...
Celebrate National Lobster Day with these specials, recipes and local dishes

Celebrate National Lobster Day with these specials, recipes and local dishes

Atlanta chef Anne Quatrano serves this New Shell Maine Lobster Roll at W.H. Stiles Fish Camp at Ponce City Market. / (Chris Hunt/Special) It’s National Lobster Day — time to get your tail to one of the many great spots around town to find the tasty crustacean, or get your claws around a recipe to make yourself.   Lobster specials For today only, ...
Who is Anthony Weiner?

Who is Anthony Weiner?

Updated Sept. 25, 2017: Anthony Weiner was sentenced Monday, to 21 months in prison for “sexting” a 15-year-old girl.  The Chicago Tribune reported that Weiner dropped his head into his hand as he stood in court when the sentence was announced.  Prosecutors had been seeking a 21 to 27-month sentence.  FBI sources said Friday that new emails, which “appear...
Winner: Best fall festival in Atlanta I Best of Atlanta

Winner: Best fall festival in Atlanta I Best of Atlanta

Fall is officially here − marked by colorful leaves, cooler temps and the promise of the holidays. This week's Best of Atlanta poll found out which fall festival is your favorite to revel in the fall colors and cooler weather. On Oct. 21, over 35,000 people will congregate to Little 5 Points to enjoy great food and drink, live entertainment and one of the best Halloween parades in the South...
Hawks release Liggins shortly after acquiring him in trade

Hawks release Liggins shortly after acquiring him in trade

The Atlanta Hawks released DeAndre Liggins shortly after acquiring him in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers Monday. The Hawks sent future draft considerations to the Clippers for the former Kentucky player and cash considerations. In an expected move, the Hawks released Liggins and the journeyman player is now an unrestricted free agent. Liggins spent most of the 2016-17 season with the Cleveland...
What are Atlanta United’s options without Almiron?

What are Atlanta United’s options without Almiron?

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino has several options to replace Miguel Almiron, who is expected to miss a minimum of three weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury during Sunday’s 2-0 win against Montreal at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Almiron, an attacking midfielder who has nine goals and 13 assists, left after 17 minutes. None of the players that can be used are a like-for-like...
Ready to explore Georgia's caves? Here's what you need to know

Ready to explore Georgia's caves? Here's what you need to know

It may be hard to imagine when you spend your time in the middle of Atlanta's lights and asphalt, but Georgia is home to over 500 discovered caves. Most of Georgia's best caves are in Northwest Georgia, where they were formed by limestone that has dissolved into groundwater over the years. If you'd like to explore some of Georgia's caves, there are a couple things to remember: 1) Many...
Amid a last GOP push to repeal, the plight of Georgia hospitals is overlooked

Amid a last GOP push to repeal, the plight of Georgia hospitals is overlooked

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. Collins said Sunday she finds it “very difficult” to envision backing the last-chance GOP bill repealing the Obama health care law. AP file/Robert F. Bukaty Late Friday, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., threw an adjustable spanner into Senate Republican plans for a last-ditch attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It&rsquo...
Buy This: 3 deep, rich flavors to spice up your fall – and not a pumpkin in the bunch

Buy This: 3 deep, rich flavors to spice up your fall – and not a pumpkin in the bunch

We’ve got three treats made with dates, chocolate and spices to warm up your fall days. Date Lady Caramel Sauces Dates have always been a fall favorite for me. The dark rich flavor just says “Let’s get ready for cooler weather.” Being a caramel fan, and having just sampled Date Lady’s two updated (forgive the pun!) caramel sauces, I’ve now got two more...
How to help Hurricane Maria victims: Where to donate, how to volunteer and more

How to help Hurricane Maria victims: Where to donate, how to volunteer and more

After hitting the U.S. Virgin Islands as a Category 5 storm, Hurricane Maria plowed through Puerto Rico, flooding the streets, collapsing homes and leaving the entire territory without power last week. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosseló called Hurricane Maria the “most devastating storm to hit the island this century, if not in modern history.” According to the National Hurricane...
Cops: Drunken 20-year-old high school student hits pole, knocks out power to college

Cops: Drunken 20-year-old high school student hits pole, knocks out power to college

A driver who crashed in front of Georgia Piedmont Technical College early Monday was a drunken 20-year-old Clarkston High School student, DeKalb County police said. The driver’s car left the roadway about 8:16 a.m. and hit a power pole in the 400 block of North Indian Creek Drive, knocking out power to the campus as well as Clarkston High, DeKalb police Lt. Lonzy Robertson said. The single-vehicle...
The Right gives Trump the win in national anthem protests

The Right gives Trump the win in national anthem protests

A roundup of editorials Monday looks at how fans booed the players who did not stand for the anthem, how liberals don’t get Joe and Jane Sixpack and why the players, owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell should be ashamed of themselves. Here are some opinions from the Right. 1. Trump wins when the NFL takes a knee From The Daily Caller: Some NFL fans booed their teams from their stadium...
Cardi B makes music ‘moves’ at top of Billboard chart

Cardi B makes music ‘moves’ at top of Billboard chart

Cardi B really is making "money moves": She's just made music history.          She's the first female rapper to hit No. 1 on the  Billboard singles chart without the assistance of another credited artist − in 19 years.           Oh, and she knocked off Taylor Swift,...

Gary Patterson earns Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week award

Gary Patterson’s team is getting plenty of recognition for its win over Oklahoma State, and now he’s getting some accolades too. The TCU coach was named the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week after the Horned Frogs beat the Cowboys 44-31. The Frogs came into the game as double-digit underdogs, but left with their first win over a top-10 team since 2015....
Netflix email scam targeting bank account info, reports say

Netflix email scam targeting bank account info, reports say

A new email scam is targeting Netflix users in order to obtain access to their bank account info, according to multiple reports. The Guardian reported that, according to a reader letter to its consumer division, an email that appears to be from Netflix warns users that their Netflix accounts are on hold. “A link in the email takes users to a fake Netflix page, where you are invited to input...

Patriots QB Tom Brady calls Donald Trump’s comments ‘divisive’

Tom Brady shied away from questions regarding Donald Trump on Sunday. Less than 24 hours later, the New England Patriots quarterback shared his thoughts about Trump’s comments last Friday at an Alabama rally. “Yeah, I certainly disagree with what [Trump] said. I thought it was just divisive,” Brady told  “Kirk and Callahan” on Boston&rsquo...

Baylor Band gets positive shout out from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director

The halftime Baylor Band performance was largely taken from Marvel’s  Guardians of the Galaxy. The director of the film commented on it, and he was definitely a fan. The performance blends the soundtracks of both movies, with the song selection being Fox on the Run from the second film, followed by Hooked on a Feeling and Come and Get Your Love, which were featured...

Auburn Football Podcast: Tigers show improvement to start SEC play

Welcome to The Podcast on the Plains, SEC Country’s daily Auburn football podcast with host Zac Blackerby. On Monday, Blackerby is joined by ESPN 106.7’s Noah Gardner to discuss the efficient and effective performance that the Auburn Tigers displayed against Missouri in their 51-14 win on Saturday. In Episode 31, the experts break ...

Kentucky football: Mark Stoops takes full responsibility for blown coverages

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky coach Mark Stoops spent a large chunk of his Monday press conference taking responsibility for two defensive blown coverages that resulted in wide open Florida touchdowns on Saturday. The first step was admitting the problem. Then Stoops offered a solution. “I’ll have two people watching the edges, the perimeter of the field, and if we&rsquo...

Hail Mary plays a focal point for both Georgia, Tennessee

ATHENS – Every day. That’s how often Lamont Gaillard says he thinks about the ending of last year’s Tennessee game. “That plays over in my mind every day,” said Gaillard, a junior and Georgia’s starting center. “I think about it every day.” Turn off your computer or simply skip the next couple of paragraphs if you don’t want to read about it again...
Trump continues his Twitter assault on NFL protesters

Trump continues his Twitter assault on NFL protesters

President Trump asserted on Monday that his criticisms of NFL players who protest during the national anthem are related to patriotism and not race.  “The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race,” Trump tweeted on Monday. “It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!”  Many players and commentators said it was obvious...

Baylor WR Chris Platt leads nation in explosive offensive category

Even though the previous coaching staff and breakneck offense is gone, Baylor football still boasts one of the nation’s most explosive playmakers. Wide receiver Chris Platt leads the nation with four plays of 60 or more yards from scrimmage. That’s more than any other player in college football. He’s keeping some good company, too. Platt is one of four Power...
Here’s the truth on whether NFL rules require players to stand for the national anthem

Here’s the truth on whether NFL rules require players to stand for the national anthem

After Donald Trump inserted himself into the national anthem protest debate, there’s been plenty of conversation on whether teams were breaking NFL rules by protesting. Here’s what is currently circulating on Facebook and other platforms. Here’s what the 2017 official NFL rulebook says. As for being on the field ahead of the start of the game, there’s no mention...

Virginia Tech military garb versus Old Dominion named ACC Uniform of Week 4

Virginia Tech earned ACC Uniform of the Week on Monday for the getup the Hokies wore on Military Appreciation Day on Saturday against Old Dominion. There are a lot of crazy alternate uniforms in college football today, but this one for Virginia Tech included the American flag without losing the look of the traditional white uniform for the Hokies. As indicated in the photo...
Jared Kushner used personal email to conduct White House business, lawyer says

Jared Kushner used personal email to conduct White House business, lawyer says

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, used a personal email account to discuss official government business, despite his father-in-law’s criticism of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for doing the same, according to multiple reports. The email account was set up in December, Politico reported, noting that Kushner also uses an...

Stanford better than USC? ESPN FPI thinks so

Football rankings are rarely an exact science — but this seems like a blatant oversight in formula. According to the latest ESPN Football Power Index, the Stanford Cardinal (2-2) are the ninth-best team in college football. As for the USC Trojans, they rank 15th. Stanford is coming off a nice bounce-back win over UCLA, the Cardinal’s 10th-straight win over the Bruins. However...

Urban Meyer agrees with Jim Harbaugh on upgrading some opponent facilities

Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer have something they can agree on. Harbaugh ripped Purdue’s facilities at Ross-Ade Stadium on Monday, calling for upgrades and for the Big Ten to step in after when he saw on Saturday. Harbaugh’s complaints ranged from a lack of air conditioning, a small locker room, no x-ray capabilities at the stadium and a trainer&rsquo...

West Virginia LB Brendan Ferns out for the season

For the second season in a row, West Virginia will be without young middle linebacker Brendan Ferns. The redshirt sophomore has suffered an undisclosed arm injury stemming from West Virginia’s game against Kansas last weekend, according to BlueGoldNews.com’s Matt Keller. West Virginia can’t afford many injuries to their linebackers. They’ve already...

BREAKING: Washington WR Chico McClatcher out for the season with broken ankle

Washington wide receiver Chico McClatcher will miss the remainder of the season after breaking his ankle Saturday vs. Colorado. Coach Chris Petersen made the announcement today at his press conference. Adam Jude of the Seattle Times posted Petersen’s comments on Twitter: McClatcher, a junior, was off to a slow start to his 2017 campaign, registering only 10 catches...

Clay Travis names SEC’s ‘new Les Miles’ after dramatic weekend

Clay Travis has found the SEC’s next Les Miles. Writing for Outkick The Coverage, the analyst offered his take on Florida’s dramatic 28-27 victory against Kentucky last Saturday. While breaking down his thoughts, Travis compared Florida coach Jim McElwain to the former LSU coach. Here’s part of the column: You can’t help but smile at the comparison...

Will Muschamp remains optimistic about South Carolina football O-line

COLUMBIA, S.C. — During his Sunday teleconference, South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp tipped his cap to first-year offensive line coach Eric Wolford. The Gamecocks’ offseason cross-training has helped prevent the offensive line from turning into a complete disaster. Malik Young, the starting left tackle in the first two games, was replaced by Dennis Daley after suffering...
NASA facility named after ‘Hidden Figures’ heroine, human computer Katherine Johnson

NASA facility named after ‘Hidden Figures’ heroine, human computer Katherine Johnson

NASA has named a new research facility after pioneer Katherine Johnson, the trailblazing 99-year-old human computer whose incredible work as a NASA mathematician inspired the book and movie, “Hidden Figures.” The $23-million Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility (or CRF) is located at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, and spans 37,000 square feet...

Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin avoids structural damage in knee

The Carolina Panthers were in need of some good news following a disheartening loss to the team with the league’s worst defense. Carolina got just that on Monday. Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin avoided structural damage to his surgically repaired left knee an MRI revealed on Sunday night. “He got an MRI last night, and it came back pretty good. We’ll see how...
Opinion: Trump finds the seam, drives the wedge

Opinion: Trump finds the seam, drives the wedge

  (AP) One of the great inherent powers of the presidency is its power to set the national agenda — “the bully pulpit,” as Teddy Roosevelt called it. So when Donald Trump gazed across the political landscape, at difficult, complex issues such as North Korea, the devastation of Puerto Rico and the recovery of Florida and Houston, health care, tax reform...

Clay Travis names 2 SEC coaches who should have ‘infinitely hotter seats’ than Kevin Sumlin

Clay Travis says two SEC coaches should be on “infinitely hotter seats” than Kevin Sumlin. The analyst, writing for Outkick The Coverage, weighed in on the SEC’s hot-seat situations when revisiting how the Texas A&M coach led the Aggies to a big victory against Arkansas last Saturday. As part of his analysis, Travis wrote that Tennessee coach Butch...

Georgia’s tailback wealth allows Sony Michel more rest, Elijah Holyfield more waiting

ATHENS — There are only so many carries to go around in Georgia’s crowded and talented backfield, as even Sony Michel found out on Saturday. Michel had missed the previous week’s game against Samford, held out with an ankle injury. But when the senior returned for the SEC opener against Mississippi State, he still only received seven carries, fourth-most on...
DA: Gwinnett man sexually assaulted woman after she rejected him

DA: Gwinnett man sexually assaulted woman after she rejected him

A Gwinnett County man has been convicted of sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint after she repeatedly rejected his “relentless” romantic advances.  Gary Lewis Keys, 51, was sentenced to life in prison for two charges of aggravated sodomy. The guilty verdict was delivered on Sept. 22, after a five-day trial. Keys and the victim met and became friends in 2012. Keys &ldquo...

TCU ranks No. 5 in latest CBS Sports power rankings

The TCU football hype machine is up and running, with the Horned Frogs climbing to No. 5 in the latest power rankings from CBS Sports. The Horned Frogs moved up from No. 10 in last week’s rankings after a 44-31 win at Oklahoma State over the weekend. Most of the rankings this week have been touting TCU. The Frogs were ranked No. 9 in the Associated...

Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph ranks No. 1 in nation when under pressure

According to a tweet from Pro Football Focus, Mason Rudolph is the best quarterback in the nation when pressured. It’s been tough to find the positives in Oklahoma State’s loss to TCU, but Oklahoma State has a lot to hang their hats on. Their offense is still one of the best in college football. They have their full season ahead of them, and they have one of the...
Monster alligator is catch of a lifetime for Louisiana fisherman 

Monster alligator is catch of a lifetime for Louisiana fisherman 

After days of fishing with nothing to show for it, a Louisiana man was dumbfounded when he hauled in the catch of a lifetime: a massive alligator measuring 12 feet 1 inches long. Fisherman Mark David Jr. was about to throw in the towel last week on Anacoco Lake, west of Leesville, when he discovered the monster gator on one of his hooks. “I’m no gator expert,” Davis told The Leesville...
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