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New Atlanta, Fulton program aims to divert homeless people from jail

Moki Macias is acutely aware of the Atlanta jail. She can see it from the window of her new office. Her goal is to keep people out of it. Macias is the leader of a two-year pilot program that seeks to offer alternatives for people who are arrested again and again and again for crimes of poverty, or those that stem from addiction or mental health issues. The Atlanta/Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion...


Invest Atlanta backs city’s construction boom with tax breaks

Invest Atlanta backs city’s construction boom with tax breaks

Atlanta’s construction boon is a getting a boost from a slew of development projects that recently received tax breaks from the city’s economic development arm. Invest Atlanta on Thursday approved millions in lease purchase bonds and grants to back more than a dozen projects through its Eastside Tax Allocation District (TAD). They include the multi-million dollar remake of Colony Square...
Ex-DeKalb teacher claims he lost job for reporting wrongdoing

Ex-DeKalb teacher claims he lost job for reporting wrongdoing

A former DeKalb County teacher has filed a lawsuit against the district claiming he was dismissed from his teaching job after reporting misconduct at his school. The civil lawsuit was filed on behalf of Christopher Jones, 48, a first-year teacher for the district, in DeKalb Superior Court against the DeKalb County School District. It seeks his reinstatement as a teacher with full benefits, any missed...
Georgia officials considering changes to college sexual misconduct policy

Georgia officials considering changes to college sexual misconduct policy

University System of Georgia officials are looking into making changes to how it investigates sexual misconduct on its campuses and may approve new guidelines next month, officials told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday. The AJC obtained a draft policy that explains, for example, how the USG’s Director for Equity and Investigations would assign an investigator to review misconduct allegations...
‘We’re back,’ SunTrust exec says after stronger profits

‘We’re back,’ SunTrust exec says after stronger profits

SunTrust Banks said rising consumer lending and higher interest earnings on loans have helped the Atlanta bank’s bottom line despite slowing demand from business customers. Meanwhile, Georgia’s largest bank has been adding employees through internal growth and a 2016 acquisition, even though it is still shutting bank branches at a healthy clip. SunTrust’s workforce has grown by more...
South Fulton Mayor Edwards upset over Fulton’s denial of tax agreement

South Fulton Mayor Edwards upset over Fulton’s denial of tax agreement

Bill Edwards, mayor of the new city of South Fulton, just wants to give Arthur Ferdinand some of his city’s money. Ferdinand, the Fulton County tax commissioner, is willing to take it. Fulton County commissioners are standing in the way. “I’m so mad, I don’t know what to do,” Edwards said, hours after commissioners voted Wednesday not to allow a contract between...
After Philando Castile, 2 churches in Roswell seek racial reconciliation

After Philando Castile, 2 churches in Roswell seek racial reconciliation

Ten strangers gathered in a well-appointed Woodstock home, brought together by seven dead men.  The strangers began their meeting with grace and a potluck dinner. Maybe sharing pineapple casserole, salad and ham would make it less awkward to talk about the reason the seven men died.  When the plates were cleaned and the tables cleared, the group retired to the family room. Aqua silk curtains...
Injuries, deaths on Georgia sets renew focus on filming industry safety

Injuries, deaths on Georgia sets renew focus on filming industry safety

Two days after a stuntman working on “The Walking Dead” was seriously injured and declared brain-dead this month, a personal injury lawsuit accusing 20th Century Fox and others involved with the production of “Sleepy Hollow” of failing to take reasonable safety precautions ...
Donated back packs bring hope to kids in need

Donated back packs bring hope to kids in need

When Angel Washington tied her laces and headed out the door on a recent Saturday morning, she had no idea the menial tasks of packing book bags would have such a lasting impact on Sheena Davenport, a 32-year-old single mother. Washington spent hours stuffing crayons, index cards and pencils into kids’ backpacks when she volunteered at Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation at Caswyk Trail in...
Kuchar the next Tech golfer to win British Open – until Spieth goes nuts

Kuchar the next Tech golfer to win British Open – until Spieth goes nuts

Jordan Spieth, right, receives congratulations from Matt Kuchar after closing out his British Open victory. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison) Jordan Spieth has just won his third different major title four days before his 24 th birthday, the kind of accomplishment that once again puts him in elite company. He keeps hobnobbing with the swells of the game, pretty soon...
Arrest made after fatal hit-run in DeKalb County

Arrest made after fatal hit-run in DeKalb County

A 34-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a fatal hit-and-run in DeKalb County Saturday morning.  Michael Burnett was arrested outside of DeKalb County and police said has warrants in another state. Police believe Burnett is responsible for the death of a man between the ages of 18 and 23, who was struck by a car on Snapfinger Woods and Shell Bark roads. Officials rushed the...
Police: Man shoots duo he says robbed him

Police: Man shoots duo he says robbed him

Two men were shot early Sunday morning by a man who says he was robbed by the duo earlier in the evening.  Lee Williams, 36, was still at 3657 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive when police arrived. He was detained without incident and taken to Fulton County Jail, where he was charged with aggravated assault, Atlanta police said.  The two unidentified men allegedly shot by Williams were taken...
Gainesville man dies after ocean rescue at Myrtle Beach

Gainesville man dies after ocean rescue at Myrtle Beach

A Gainesville man died Sunday, hours after he was pulled from the ocean at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, police say. Officials responded to a call of a distressed swimmer about 8 a.m., Myrtle Beach police said. The 35-year-old was holding a young family member in knee-deep water when a wave crashed over him. A lifeguard and another family member were able to pull the man from the water, but he...
Southern Fried Soccer: U.S. wins and I met a lost man from Portugal

Southern Fried Soccer: U.S. wins and I met a lost man from Portugal

Clint Dempsey celebrates his record-tying 57th international goal in Saturday’s Gold Cup semi-final. Photograph: Larry W Smith/EPA The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson recaps the U.S. men’s national team’s 2-0 win over Costa Rica in the semifinals of the Gold Cup, goes through Saturday’s MLS action and recalls meeting a very lost man from Portugal...
Atlanta police seek mystery shooter after man found dead in car 

Atlanta police seek mystery shooter after man found dead in car 

Police do not know who shot a man found slumped dead behind the wheel of his car Sunday morning.  The shooting occurred on Crogman Street in southeast Atlanta, but neighbors aren’t quite sure when.  One nearby resident told Channel 2 Action News she heard three to four gunshots around 10 p.m. Saturday. She said she also noticed a car parked at the bottom of the hill on Crogman, on...
Rain chances to climb throughout the day

Rain chances to climb throughout the day

Today: Variable clouds with scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon hours. High 89 Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 73 Tomorrow: Partly to mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 87 Metro Atlanta is waking to warm and humid weather.  The current temperature...

The “Stranger Things” trailer will have you counting the days until Halloween

Actually, you only have to count down to Oct. 27. That’s when the second season of Atlanta-filmed “Stranger Things” – up for 18 Emmys – rolls out. (Good move, Netflix – we’d all be so busy binge-watching that no one would answer the door for trick or treaters if Oct. 31 was the air date). MORE: ...
Countdown to Camp: Day 4 – Deion Jones to follow up All-rookie season

Countdown to Camp: Day 4 – Deion Jones to follow up All-rookie season

Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Deion Jones (45) works on his kick blocking skills during an NFL football practice Friday, July 29, 2016, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Each day leading up to the start of training camp, we’ll look at a major issue that faces the Falcons and head coach Dan Quinn as he’s set to enter his third season with...
Concert review and photos: Idina Menzel gets real with fans at Fox Theatre show

Concert review and photos: Idina Menzel gets real with fans at Fox Theatre show

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Idina Menzel has spent so much of her career playing other people that it’s always gratifying to experience her sharp wit and locomotive-lunged real self in person. The fans who packed the Fox Theatre on Saturday night received many shades of Menzel – the polished pop singer, the powerhouse Broadway star, the bracingly funny New...
Teheran gives up 3 homers, remains winless against Dodgers

Teheran gives up 3 homers, remains winless against Dodgers

LOS ANGELES – Julio Teheran was unbeaten on the road before Saturday, even winning twice in games in which he allowed multiple homers. But those were against the Angels and Reds, not the team with the majors’ best record, the Los Angeles Dodgers. He gave up three bases-empty home runs Saturday, and this time Teheran and the Braves couldn’t overcome that long-ball deficit in a 6-2...
Luring good teachers to poor schools not so easy, Fulton finds

Luring good teachers to poor schools not so easy, Fulton finds

In an effort to entice top-rated teachers to transfer to low-rated schools, Fulton County offered $20,000 stipends in a pilot program announced with great fanfare in 2014. It was not an easy sell. Although 375 Fulton teachers were eligible to participate, only 32 applied. Teachers were daunted by the long commutes and concerns over how they’d be received at their new schools. The strategic staffing...
Lucas Sims, Ozzie Albies lead Gwinnett Braves to a win

Lucas Sims, Ozzie Albies lead Gwinnett Braves to a win

Lucas Sims pitched seven shutout innings Saturday as the Gwinnett Braves beat the Indianapolis Indians 2-1 in Lawrenceville. Sims (7-4) gave up just three singles. He struck out nine and walked one. Sims, who earned his first win since June 26, leads the International League in strikeouts. He has a 3.75 ERA. Ozzie Albies hit a 403-foot home run, his ninth of the season, for Gwinnett. That ties...
Braves’ Newcomb looks to get back on track Sunday vs. Dodgers

Braves’ Newcomb looks to get back on track Sunday vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES – Braves prospect Sean Newcomb had a 1.48 ERA and .202 opponents’ average in his first four major league starts in June, pitching at least innings and allowing six or fewer hits in each of those games while issuing more than two walks just once and giving up one or no runs three times. But in three starts since, Newcomb has an 11.37 ERA and .393 opponent’ average, has...
Phillips misses second start with hamstring tightness

Phillips misses second start with hamstring tightness

LOS ANGELES – Brandon Phillips had a .478 average and seven extra-base hits in a six-game hitting streak since the All-Star break, so no one wants the veteran second baseman to get back in the lineup more than he does. He missed his second consecutive start Saturday with hamstring tightness, but Phillips he planned to play Sunday’s series finale against the Dodgers. “I told (manager...
Latest streaming TV option: YouTube TV in Atlanta for $35 a month with 48 channels

Latest streaming TV option: YouTube TV in Atlanta for $35 a month with 48 channels

This was posted on Saturday, July 22, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Not too long ago, your only options for a decent TV selection were cable or satellite. Now thanks to streaming, the buffet is seemingly endless. Targeting younger folks who still want access to broadcast and cable networks anywhere, YouTube is now offering an...
Hawks claim Nicolas Brussino off waivers (updated)

Hawks claim Nicolas Brussino off waivers (updated)

The Hawks claimed Nicolas Brussino off waivers Saturday. The guard/forward was waived by the Mavericks on Thursday. The Hawks were looking to add another wing to the roster and saw Brussino as a fit by being a young player with upside they can work with as a project. The 6-foot-8 Brussino appeared in 54 games with the Mavericks last season as a rookie. He averaged 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 9...
Atlanta group protests CNN coverage of Trump

Atlanta group protests CNN coverage of Trump

About 30 people gathered outside CNN’s Atlanta headquarters Saturday to protest the network’s coverage of President Donald Trump. “Beware fake news” and “CNN. Criminal News Network” were some of the messages they delivered to people walking nearby and to fellow political conservatives watching the demonstration via live feed on Breitbart.com. The protest...
Fun facts, video and more about Jaime Garcia’s historic home run

Fun facts, video and more about Jaime Garcia’s historic home run

Braves pitcher Jaime Garcia hit a grand slam in a 12-3 win over the Dodgers Friday night in Los Angeles. Garcia’s blast made history. Here’s some fun facts about his feat: -- Garcia became just the second Atlanta Braves pitcher to hit a grand slam in franchise history. Tony Cloninger hit two, yes two, in one game on July 3, 1966 at San Francisco.  --García is just the fifth...
Braves architect Schuerholz gets his Hall of Fame due 

Braves architect Schuerholz gets his Hall of Fame due 

Who shall honor the baseball general manager? When every fantasy team owner believes his or her own eye for talent is 20/10. And every caller to sports talk radio figures it possible to trade sand for Waterford crystal, if only you were astute enough. When sportswriters gather, like buzzards in a tree, presuming a fatal mistake is just one move away.  Upon joining the Braves as GM in October...
Who won $3.8M jackpot in Georgia Lottery?

Who won $3.8M jackpot in Georgia Lottery?

Someone is $3.8 million richer for buying the winning ticket in a Georgia Lottery game, officials said Friday. But the new millionaire has not come forward. A convenience store in Macon, ABC Food Mart, sold the winning ticket in Thursday’s Jumbo Bucks Lotto drawing, according to lottery officials. The winning numbers were 8, 12, 23, 24, 30 and 31. The winner has 180 days from the draw date to...
ACLU sends Cobb, Gwinnett complaint letters over notice sent to voters

ACLU sends Cobb, Gwinnett complaint letters over notice sent to voters

The ACLU of Georgia has sent two more counties letters threatening legal action over address confirmation notices that have gone out to hundreds of thousands of residents across metro Atlanta and the state. The letters, sent over the weekend to Cobb and Gwinnett counties, follows a similar complaint made last week to Fulton County over the notice’s course of action. The notice says a voter will...
Bulletproof glass coming to a City Hall in North Georgia

Bulletproof glass coming to a City Hall in North Georgia

Citing employee fear and safety, a city in North Georgia is planning to install bulletproof glass at City Hall, according to a news report. Ringgold plans to have a design proposed for bulletproof glass at the main service counter, according to newspaper website NorthwestGeorgiaNews.com. “We have ladies who answer the phones, take payments, assist customers in every way," City Manager Dan...
Voters in N. Georgia city to decide police department’s fate

Voters in N. Georgia city to decide police department’s fate

After their elected leaders came down on both sides of the issue, voters in a North Georgia city will decide for themselves whether they want to abolish the police department, according to a report. The Varnell City Council is expected next week to authorize a nonbinding resolution on the November ballot on whether to turn things over to the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office, the Chattanooga Times...
7 Georgia Tech stories you may have missed this week

7 Georgia Tech stories you may have missed this week

Just two weeks remain until Georgia Tech convenes for the start of preseason camp, and about six weeks until the season opener against Tennessee in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In the meantime, here are seven stories worth a read from this past week. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — KeShun Freeman doesn’t want to go through 2015 again, certainly not as a senior. In 2015, the Georgia Tech defensive...

Crash survivor stresses the importance of distraction-free driving

No matter what states you’ve motored through on your summer road trips, or perhaps just commuting around town, you’re bound to have seen those official Department of Transportation signs reminding you that texting and driving can be deadly (and, in many places, is illegal). Molly Welch hopes you’ll absorb the meaning, and that you’ll keep...

Southern Fried Soccer: Recapping Atlanta United’s win over Orlando City

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson recaps Atlanta United’s 1-0 win over Orlando City on Friday, and has a few things to say about the behavior of the fans and the lack of a response by the Lions. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/334314089" params="visual=true&show_artwork=true&maxwidth=640&maxheight=960" ...
It could feel like 100 degrees Saturday

It could feel like 100 degrees Saturday

Today: High: 93 Tonight: Low: 75 Tomorrow: High: 91 A large cover of high pressure is sitting above metro Atlanta, and it should make things seem warmer than the forecast high Saturday. “Factor in the humidity, it’s going to feel like triple-digit heat around metro Atlanta,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said. The expected high Saturday is 93, 1...

The GOP debate over a minimum wage for cops and deputies

According to a study based on census data, recently highlighted by the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, some 3,200 members of this state’s law enforcement community — bailiffs, prison guards, jailers, beat cops and deputy sheriffs — are food stamp recipients. “That’s probably correct,” said Terry Norris, executive director of the Georgia...
Atlanta feds nail more international cybercriminals

Atlanta feds nail more international cybercriminals

Some of the world’s most notorious criminals have been brought to Atlanta in recent years. Known online by such names as M.U.R.D.E.R.E.R., Kolypto, RainerFox, Gribodemon and Track2, they are  cybercriminals, involved in schemes that collectively stole hundreds of millions of dollars. Now, there’s news that two investigations out of Atlanta have ties to the takedown of...
Countdown to Camp: Day 5 – Neal looking to make big leap

Countdown to Camp: Day 5 – Neal looking to make big leap

NEW ORLEANS, LA – SEPTEMBER 26: Mark Ingram #22 of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by Keanu Neal #22 of the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 26, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Each day leading up to the start of training camp, we’ll look at a major issue that faces the Falcons and head coach Dan Quinn ...
Garcia (grand) slams Wood as Braves blast Dodgers, 12-3

Garcia (grand) slams Wood as Braves blast Dodgers, 12-3

LOS ANGELES – The Braves came close to trading Jaime Garcia on Thursday. Former Brave Alex Wood surely wishes they would have. Garcia pitched seven strong innings and hit a fifth-inning grand slam off previously unbeaten Wood that gave the Braves a 9-0 lead on the way to a 12-3 win Friday night at Dodger Stadium, where they’ve won the first two in a four-game series against a team that...
Atlanta United 1, Orlando City 0: 5 observations

Atlanta United 1, Orlando City 0: 5 observations

It still may not be a rivalry, according the players and managers for Atlanta United and Orlando City, but Friday’s first meeting got the series off to a cracking start. Hector Villalba’s goal-of-the-year candidate from at least 25 yards lifted the Five Stripes to a 1-0 win over the Lions on Friday. It capped a week that included an infamous billboard, a fun tifo with a Walking...
A look at the Falcons’ 90-man roster entering training camp

A look at the Falcons’ 90-man roster entering training camp

If the Falcons are going to remain at the elite level in the NFL, the offense must continue to play spectacularly while the defense must make major strides. The Falcons are counting on the “Beasley-Jarrett Factor” to help improve the defense at key positions. The hope is that three rookie starters — strong safety Keanu Neal, middle linebacker Deion Jones and strongside linebacker...
Kris Medlen, Lane Adams stand out in Gwinnett Braves’ win

Kris Medlen, Lane Adams stand out in Gwinnett Braves’ win

Lane Adams hit two homers and drove in four runs as the Gwinnett Braves beat the Indianapolis Indians 9-3 on Friday night in Lawrenceville. Other highlights from the game: Gwinnett starter Kris Medlen pitched five innings, allowing two unearned runs and six hits. He struck out four and walked one but did not get a decision. His ERA stands at 5.15. Gwinnett’s Ronald Acuna went 2-for-5 with...
Jaime Garcia still a Brave for now, and set to face Dodgers

Jaime Garcia still a Brave for now, and set to face Dodgers

LOS ANGELES – A day after the Braves seemed close to finalizing a trade to send Jaime Garcia to the Twins, the left-hander was back in the clubhouse Friday afternoon, going over Dodgers hitters with catcher Tyler Flowers as Garcia prepared for his scheduled start in the second game of the series. The Braves and Twins hadn’t reached an agreement after all and were still in trade discussions...
Fulton Co. jail inmate, nurse passed letters, had sexual relationship, officials say

Fulton Co. jail inmate, nurse passed letters, had sexual relationship, officials say

A former Fulton County jail nurse is accused of having a sexual relationship with an inmate and sending him letters detailing “her enjoyment of sex with him,” according to a Fulton County Sheriff’s Office incident report.  Aleah Risby, 23, was released from the Fulton County jail on a $7,500 signature bond late Thursday, Fulton County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan...
Phillips out of Braves lineup with hamstring tightness

Phillips out of Braves lineup with hamstring tightness

LOS ANGELES – Brandon Phillips was out of the Braves lineup Friday against the Dodgers, the night after right hamstring tightness forced the veteran second baseman to leave in the sixth inning of a 6-3 series-opening win at Dodger Stadium. “Sore,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said of Phillips’ condition. “I think he can still kind of feel it a little bit, didn’t...
Atlanta United 1, Orlando City 0: Player ratings

Atlanta United 1, Orlando City 0: Player ratings

My player ratings from Atlanta United’s 1-0 win at Orlando City on Friday: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 8: Making his first start for the expansion team, he punched away a corner in the 26th minute. ... Smothered a hard shot by Carlos Rivas in the 36th minute. ... Got down to his right to make a finger-tip save to deny a Jonathan Spector header in the 39th minute. ... Denied Spector again in the 64th...
Here’s season 8 “The Walking Dead” trailer from Comic-Con

Here’s season 8 “The Walking Dead” trailer from Comic-Con

Cast of the Walking Dead – The Walking Dead _ Season 8 – Photo Credit: AMC This was posted on Friday, July 21, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog During Comic-Con, AMC released a five-minute trailer for the upcoming season of “The Walking Dead.” But before showrunner Scott Gimple introduced it, he gave a tribute to ...

Linkin Park cancels tour following death of Chester Bennington

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Following the death of singer Chester Bennington , Linkin Park has canceled its upcoming tour. Concert promoter Live Nation issued a statement on Friday: We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington. The Linkin Park One More Light North American Tour has been cancelled and refunds are available at point of...
TV briefs: Ebony Steele cast on new talk show; John Walsh moves to HLN, new Atlanta TV shows

TV briefs: Ebony Steele cast on new talk show; John Walsh moves to HLN, new Atlanta TV shows

This was posted on Friday, July 21, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Atlanta’s Ebony Steele, formerly of “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” has landed a gig on a syndicated daily talk show called “The Daily Blast Live,” which will air at 2 p.m. weekdays on 11Alive, the local NBC affiliate starting September 11...
McDonald’s unveils new pay, delivery options

McDonald’s unveils new pay, delivery options

McDonald’s will begin offering customers a new way to pay for their Big Mac and fries, and a new way to get its popular fast food. Last week the company unveiled a plan to begin taking orders and payment by mobile phone through its app and announced a new curbside pick-up program. Customers will be able to place an order and pay through their mobile phone and pick-up their orders at the...
8 dead, 30 injured found inside 'sweltering' semitrailer at Texas Walmart

8 dead, 30 injured found inside 'sweltering' semitrailer at Texas Walmart

Eight people were found dead and 30 others injured, inside a ' sweltering' semitrailer overnight in a Walmart parking lot in San Antonio, Texas, in what officials are describing as a "human trafficking crime." At a press conference at the scene early Sunday morning, local police and fire officials said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement has also...
Hoda Kotb posts new pics of new daughter, cutest photos yet

Hoda Kotb posts new pics of new daughter, cutest photos yet

On Friday, Hoda Kotb shared another adorable picture of her new daughter, Haley Joy, whom she calls her “everything” in the caption on Instagram. In the picture, Hayley smiles right at the camera with her big, brown eyes shining and sporting some thick, growing hair. Kotb has been keeping fans updated on Haley’s growth ever since announcing her adoption early this year, posting cute...
Woman found guilty again of trying to kill husband, sentenced to 16 years in prison

Woman found guilty again of trying to kill husband, sentenced to 16 years in prison

A Florida woman has been convicted for the second time in a 2009 plot to kill her husband. Dalia Dippolito, 34, will spend the next 16 years of her life in prison. With his sentence, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley denied prosecutors’ request to exceed the 20-year sentence that Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath previously gave Dippolito in 2011 and rejected defense attorneys’...
Princes William, Harry on their sorrow over last ‘rushed’ call with Diana 

Princes William, Harry on their sorrow over last ‘rushed’ call with Diana 

Princes William and Harry are talking about the last, rushed phone call they had with their mother, Princess Diana, before her untimely death in a car crash in Paris in 1997. Their painful reflections are part of a new ITV documentary called “Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy,” airing on Monday, July 24. The program comes as the 20th anniversary of the death of the Princess of Wales...
Read Anthony Scaramucci's old tweets. You'll understand why he deleted them.

Read Anthony Scaramucci's old tweets. You'll understand why he deleted them.

New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci hasn't always shared the political views of the administration he now serves. In previous tweets, the Wall Street financier called Hillary Clinton "incredibly competent" and appeared to be at odds with his new boss on issues such as gun control, climate change, Islam and illegal immigration. But on Saturday, the day after he became...
What John McCain learned from Ted Kennedy on challenging his own party

What John McCain learned from Ted Kennedy on challenging his own party

WASHINGTON — Ted Kennedy liked to tell a favorite story about Sen. John McCain. The Massachusetts Democrat and the Arizona Republican were on the floor of the Senate and became distracted by a heated debate between two freshmen senators. Just for the fun of it, Kennedy and McCain launched into the fray. As one spoke, the other circled the chamber, pretending to be agitated. They bellowed...
Man accused of killing father, leaving corpse on couch for weeks

Man accused of killing father, leaving corpse on couch for weeks

Tyler Swantek, 24, was already in custody on drug charges when police tacked on a first-degree murder charge. Police said he killed his father, Todd Swantek, and left the corpse on the couch for weeks. The Standard-Speaker reported that Swantek allegedly shot his father in the head with a rifle. Police reportedly were called to the scene in Frackville, Pennsylvania, in late May by a...
Sean Spicer swiped mini-fridge from junior White House staff, report claims

Sean Spicer swiped mini-fridge from junior White House staff, report claims

It's no surprise that White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's resignation made headlines Friday, but one puzzling story about the beleaguered staffer has left social-media users scratching their heads. According to an anecdote that topped a Wall Street Journal article, early into Spicer's tenure, he swiped a mini-fridge from junior White House staff members. "Less than a month into his...

Move to cut federal teen pregnancy money sparks fear in South Georgia

WASHINGTON — Angelina Jackson of Edison, Ga., population 1,451, likes the classroom work she does for Quest for Change. The 17-year-old is proud of the “scenario” she and her fellow teenagers set up at Calhoun County High School placing classmates in the role of a girl who had unprotected sex and doesn’t know whether she’s pregnant. They set up...
TV best bets with Kelsey Grammer, Rick Ross, Princess Diana

TV best bets with Kelsey Grammer, Rick Ross, Princess Diana

Tycoon_0450.CR2 This was posted Sunday, July 23, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Kelsey Grammer returns to scripted TV with Amazon’s “The Last Tycoon” Friday which also stars Matt Bonner. Bonner plays Monroe Stahr, a gifted young movie executive, in the latest adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished novel about...
New Yank gets No. 29, and lesson in protocol

New Yank gets No. 29, and lesson in protocol

The symmetry was too hard for Todd Frazier, the grown-up freckle-faced kid from Toms River, New Jersey, to ignore. When Frazier was called up by the Cincinnati Reds in 2011, he was given the uniform No. 21 — the same number worn by Paul O’Neill, the fiery outfielder who helped the Reds win the 1990 World Series before he was traded to the New York Yankees and won four more. Though Frazier...
The Tate Modern and the battle for London’s soul

The Tate Modern and the battle for London’s soul

I recently found myself staring into a stranger’s living room, waiting for something beautiful to happen.  I was standing on the 10th-floor viewing terrace of the Tate Modern’s new wing, a twisting ziggurat of perforated brick and mortar that rises above the museum’s home in the old Bankside Power Station. The terrace allows for 360-degree views of the building frenzy that has...
5 wines - including reds! - to chill with this summer

5 wines - including reds! - to chill with this summer

If your red wine seems to wilt in the summer heat, give it a chill in the refrigerator or an ice bucket. Or even better, shake things up with a chilled sparkling red Lambrusco from northern Italy. This week's wines include a great example, plus a French rosé, a spicy Austrian red, a tropical Aussie chardonnay and a bargain wine from Spain. Great value 3 stars Italy, $16 We tend not to think...
New 'Justice League' trailer, movie poster revealed at Comic-Con

New 'Justice League' trailer, movie poster revealed at Comic-Con

Superhero fans, rejoice: A new "Justice League" trailer and movie poster have been revealed at Comic-Con in San Diego. Time reported that the trailer released Saturday "hints at the appearance of a mysterious hero," possibly Superman or a Green Lantern.  The poster, which features Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher)...
WATCH: Gal Gadot cheers up teary-eyed girl dressed as Wonder Woman at Comic-Con

WATCH: Gal Gadot cheers up teary-eyed girl dressed as Wonder Woman at Comic-Con

A young Wonder Woman fan has something to smile about after sharing a heartwarming moment with actress Gal Gadot at Comic-Con in San Diego. According to "Entertainment Tonight," a girl dressed as the superhero seemed to have tears in her eyes when she met Gadot during a "Justice League" autograph signing Saturday. Gadot immediately smiled at the young fan, took her hand and offered...

DeKalb County restaurant inspection scores

DeKalb County • Arepa Mia y Guayoyo, 10 N. Clarendon Ave., Avondale Estates. 99/A • Blue Ribbon Grill, 4006 Lavista Road, Tucker. 86/B • Capital Grille, 94 Perimeter Center W., Dunwoody. 82/B • Doc Chey’s Noodle House, 1556 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. 83/B • Meema’s BBQ, 1719 Candler Road, Decatur. 88/B

Rockdale County restaurant inspection scores

Rockdale County • 7 Rolls Ice Cream, 1360 Dogwood Drive, Conyers. 93/A • Honey Creek Wing Café, 1033 Honey Creek Road, Conyers. 100/A • Nana G’s Chicken & Waffles, 1040 Flat Shoals Road, Conyers. 83/B • Thai in the Box, 1810 Highway 20, Conyers. 80/B • Yuki Teriyakai & Sushi, 1573 Highway 20, Conyers. 91/A

Fulton County restaurant inspection scores

Fulton County • Chennai Express Restaurant, 3630 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. 94/A • Erawan Organic Thai, 7537 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 96/A • Nan Fine Thai, 1350 Spring St., Atlanta. 80/B • Salmon Gourmet Food Truck, 1823 Washington Road, Atlanta. 100/A • The Brunch Cabana, 249 Peter St., Atlanta. 97/A
Take to task for July 24

Take to task for July 24

Update-DeKalb County Earlier this month, we told you about Samar Mitra’s concern over a crumbling sidewalk. “We live on 1366 Emory Road in Atlanta in DeKalb County. A long stretch of the sidewalk on our side of the road is in a state of serious disrepair. Months ago, the county marked those sections, but we are still waiting for them to come and do what needs to be done,” Mitra wrote...

Gwinnett County restaurant inspection scores

Gwinnett County • China Wok, 4155 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn. 88/B • Dicky Doo’s Diner, 2700 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville. 100/A • J.Buffalo Wings, 4850 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. 84/B • Red Crawfish and Seafood, 1820 N. Brown Road, Lawrenceville. 91/A • Shoney’s, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. 83/B

Q&A on the News

Q: A recent Q&A reported that the Georgia Lottery paid out $2.7 billion in winnings last year. How much of this total went back to the state, and how much was spent by lottery players? —Rob Branson, Brookhaven A: The Georgia Lottery reached $4.24 billion in net sales and returned $1.097 billion for education in the state of Georgia during fiscal year 2016, a Lottery spokeswoman told Q&A on the...

Cobb County restaurant inspection scores

Cobb County • A Taste of Asia, 2667 Powder Springs Road, Marietta. 99/A • American Deli, 180 Cobb Parkway, Marietta. 83/B • BBQ 1, 4958 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. 100/A • Montana’s Bar & Grill, 2995 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. 87/B • Wing City, 2467 Windy Hill Road, Marietta. 81/B

Opinion: Why would you want Putin as a friend?

Leaving aside the question as to whether there was actual collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election, it is undisputed that candidate Donald Trump was eager for a friendship between our two nations. The most recent accounts of the president seeking out more one-on-one time with Putin at the G-20 dinner — using only a Russian translator — is...
Gridlock Guy: Atlanta is blessed to be busy with road projects

Gridlock Guy: Atlanta is blessed to be busy with road projects

Many of us accept the fact that living in Atlanta, we’re going to be sitting in traffic. Daily. But have you ever considered that we are blessed this summer to be Atlanta commuters? No, really? Kuddos to a patient city, one that overcame the I-85 bridge collapse and rebuild, to residents who went 47 days driving an altered commute. From that experience, we became more tolerant and more patient...
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