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Obamas leave Washington to begin life as private family

TODAY'S TOP STORY

Live updates: Inauguration Day

Donald Trump has taken the oath of office as the 45th president of the United States. In his inaugural address, he gave the entire world warning: He will focus on the U.S. first, second and last.
Appeals court orders transgender name changes

Appeals court orders transgender name changes

The Georgia Court of Appeals on Friday unanimously overruled a state court judge who declined to allow two transgender men to change their names. The ruling, written by Judge Elizabeth Branch, granted legal victories to Delphine Renee Baumert, who can now change his name to Andrew Norman Baumert, and to Rebecca Elizabeth Feldhaus, who will now be named Rowan Elijah Feldhaus. “It’s amazing...
Falcons player’s wife went into labor during playoff win

Falcons player’s wife went into labor during playoff win

Chipper Jones wasn’t the only Atlanta sports figure anxiously awaiting the birth of a child. Falcons offensive guard Andy Levitre and his wife, Katie, were expecting the birth of a child, too.  On Saturday, as the Falcons roared to victory over the Seattle Seahawks, Katie went into labor while watching the game at the Georgia Dome.  A moment she was hoping wouldn’t...
Suspect in City Hall bribery case was threatened with dead rats

Suspect in City Hall bribery case was threatened with dead rats

Channel 2 Action News Investigative Reporter Jodie Fleischer and AJC Staff Writer Raisa Habersham contributed to this article. E.R. Mitchell Jr., a prominent construction contractor accused this week of paying bribes for City of Atlanta contracts, was already talking to the FBI in September 2015. Somebody knew about it and wanted him to keep quiet. Before sunrise, a brick smashed through Mitchell&rsquo...
Atlanta sex-trafficking tour reveals ‘the hell of it’

Atlanta sex-trafficking tour reveals ‘the hell of it’

The “Unholy Tour,” a semi-annual bus tour of metro Atlanta’s sex trade organized by Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols raises awareness of the city’s unfortunate reputation as a hub for sex trafficking.
New I-75 express lanes to speed up traffic — at a price

New I-75 express lanes to speed up traffic — at a price

If you want to see how the state plans to solve Atlanta’s traffic problems, drive down I-75 just south of the city next weekend. There, dead center in the median between the north and southbound lanes, lies the solution: 11.5 miles of brand new reversible toll lanes, opening next Saturday, that will speed up the ride for drivers willing to pay. Taxpayers poured $226 million into the I-75 South...
Donald Trump expects Sonny Perdue to produce ‘big results’ as ag chief

Donald Trump expects Sonny Perdue to produce ‘big results’ as ag chief

President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday that he’s expecting “big results” out of Sonny Perdue as U.S. agriculture secretary, but the former Georgia governor is largely a blank slate for many of the lawmakers who will be voting on his confirmation and working with him on farm policy. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Perdue was Trump’s choice late Wednesday,...
Personal Journeys: Hard-earned scars

Personal Journeys: Hard-earned scars

A Decatur pastor learns to embrace the riches that come from being vulnerable.
AJC Photos of the Week, January 14-20, 2017

AJC Photos of the Week, January 14-20, 2017

Five quick things to know about Sunday’s Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers game

Five quick things to know about Sunday’s Atlanta Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers game

Are you arriving a little late to the NFL playoff party and you’re finally ready to jump onto the Falcons’ bandwagon? Don’t feel bad -- you’re not alone. Although you’ve waited until the next-to-last weekend of football to get excited, it’s still not too late. Here are five quick things to know about Sunday’s Falcons-Packers game -- a few things that might...
Don’t blame dogs, hold owners responsible, animal experts say

Don’t blame dogs, hold owners responsible, animal experts say

This week, a little boy was killed and a schoolmate seriously injured when the two were attacked by dogs in southwest Atlanta. Last month, a 7-year-old Gwinnett County boy’s ear was ripped off by dogs. In 2010, an 8-year-old girl lost her arm following a dog attack in DeKalb County. Each story is heartbreaking, leaving physical and emotional wounds that may never heal. But every...
Flashback photos: 50 years ago, Georgia in 1967 (part two)

Flashback photos: 50 years ago, Georgia in 1967 (part two)

Some things never change, as Atlanta was in the midst of a building boom in 1967. People change, though, and you’ll recognize a few familiar faces, but they look a bit different. Take a look at our second gathering of photos of Georgia as it was 50 years ago.
Neal gets chance with Hawks following hip surgery

Neal gets chance with Hawks following hip surgery

Gary Neal needed a chance. The Hawks needed a third point guard. The Hawks saw enough of Neal after three NBA Development League games to be confident that his surgically repaired hip was ready. Neal, 32, signed a 10-day contract with the Hawks on Wednesday. He underwent surgery for a microfracture labrum repair and an impingement removal in April. He wasn’t able to play competitive basketball...
Multiple key Packers questionable to play Sunday vs. Falcons

Multiple key Packers questionable to play Sunday vs. Falcons

The Packers could be without multiple key players because of injuries when they face the Falcons in the NFC championship game on Sunday at the Georgia Dome. Three of Green Bay’s wide receivers are dealing with injuries, including No. 1 target Jordy Nelson. Also, two of the top five players in Green Bay’s defensive backfield are ailing, including starting safety Morgan Burnett, after that...
Man accused of hitting teen son in head with shovel

Man accused of hitting teen son in head with shovel

A Paulding County man was arrested Thursday after authorities said he hit his 15-year-old son in the head with a shovel and critically injured him. The assault happened after Aaron Clark Buchanan got into an argument with his son in the Sheffield Farms subdivision, which is across from Taylor Farm Park in Powder Springs, Paulding sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Ashley Henson said Friday. Buchanan ...
Demonstrators: Atlanta should be sanctuary for unauthorized immigrants

Demonstrators: Atlanta should be sanctuary for unauthorized immigrants

Just as President Donald Trump was being sworn in on Friday after vigorously campaigning to fight illegal immigration, hundreds demonstrators marched through downtown to City Hall and called for Atlanta to declare itself a “sanctuary city,” a move that could shield many unauthorized immigrants from deportation. Calling themselves the Georgia J20 Coalition, the demonstrators were reacting...
The Falcons — a really fast team in a really big hurry

The Falcons — a really fast team in a really big hurry

When the Falcons played for the NFC title four years ago, their starting linebackers were Sean Weatherspoon, Akeem Dent and Stephen Nicholas. They weren’t untalented men. They’d been picked in Rounds 1, 3 and 4 of their respective drafts — roughly the same as Vic Beasley Jr. (1), Deion Jones (2) and De’Vondre Campbell (4), the starting linebackers for this conference championship...
Gwinnett educator named finalist for Georgia principal of the year 

Gwinnett educator named finalist for Georgia principal of the year 

Dr. Tommy Welch is a finalist for the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals’ Principal of the Year award. Welch has been principal of Meadowcreek High School in Norcross since 2011, when he was promoted from interim principal. Formerly an assistant principal, he was named interim after principal Bob Jackson died earlier that year.  Welch is one of five finalists for the award...
A force behind diversity in Hollywood has roots in DeKalb

A force behind diversity in Hollywood has roots in DeKalb

Charles D. King knows the power of diverse images. Without them, it’s doubtful he’d be starring in his own Hollywood tycoon story, which includes helping bring “Fences” to the big screen. Google his name and the January 2015 Variety headline “Charles King Leaves WME to Launch Content Company Macro” still pops up. “Charles King is leaving WME to launch a company...
Cops: Motorcyclist shot to death was targeted

Cops: Motorcyclist shot to death was targeted

A 31-year-old man who was shot to death early Friday in Paulding County was targeted, authorities said. Ronald Chadwick Morgan was riding a motorcycle when he was shot, sheriff’s Sgt. Ashley Henson said. The incident happened near 1680 Holly Springs Road in Rockmart. The victim lived in the area where he was killed, Henson said. Morgan’s body was found in a ditch by deputies, who responded...
Still hustlin’?: Rick Ross is opening a wings joint in DeKalb

Still hustlin’?: Rick Ross is opening a wings joint in DeKalb

Years ago, in the twilight of the first decade of the 21st century, he informed the haters of his game. It wasn’t complex. Rick Ross, the MC known for a thick shining beard as well as his affinity for tattoos and his occasional aversion to shirts, told them all what he did, all the time. “Everyday I'm hustlin',” he said, his low voice aided by a drudging beat, his spirit made buoyant...
Creflo Dollar, T.D. Jakes send condolences to Eddie Long’s family

Creflo Dollar, T.D. Jakes send condolences to Eddie Long’s family

Pastors Taffi and Creflo Dollar sent a statement Thursday offering condolences to the the family of Bishop Eddie L. Long and members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. The Dollars, pastors of World Changers Church International in Fulton County, were close friends of Long’s. “We send our sincere condolences and love to the family of Bishop Eddie L. Long,” the statement read...
ASO review: Runnicles leads masterful mix of Bruckner’s works

ASO review: Runnicles leads masterful mix of Bruckner’s works

When the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra played a richly blended triple-forte Thursday night, led by a brass section anchored by an authoritative tuba, it sounded otherworldly: It was as if an organist had pulled out all the stops and was raining down on the keys with demonstrable force. During the concert — which programmed Anton Bruckner’s expansive, hourlong...
Gym with women-only classes, free childcare opens in N. Fulton cities

Gym with women-only classes, free childcare opens in N. Fulton cities

A national fitness franchise that’s geared towards women and moms is growing its north Fulton footprint.  North Carolina-based Burn Boot Camp opened an Alpharetta gym this month, and a Roswell location is expected to open Feb. 19, according to a press release. There is also a gym in Sandy Springs.  The company says it ensures worry-free workouts by scheduling women-only sessions...
Higher expenses hit SunTrust’s 2016 profits

Higher expenses hit SunTrust’s 2016 profits

SunTrust Banks’ profits fell in the final quarter of 2016 and for the full year as higher expenses and set-asides for loan losses outstripped higher revenue. The Atlanta bank’s results were better than analysts expected, beating their average estimate of fourth quarter profits per share by 2 cents a share. SunTrust said Friday it earned 90 cents per share in the fourth quarter, compared...
Atlanta United preseason schedule

Atlanta United preseason schedule

Atlanta United released its preseason schedule on Friday and it will include stops in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina. In Florida, the team will train at IMG Academy. In South Carolina, the team will train at College of Charleston. The team will practice twice on Tuesday and Wednesday, and will have more two-a-days the following week. On Monday, players report to camp in Atlanta. Here...
Falcons ambush season the most satisfying kind

Falcons ambush season the most satisfying kind

Who could have known that Matt Ryan would catch fire and author a MVP season? (Curtis Compton /ccompton@ajc.
New DNA evidence found in shooting death of woman left naked in park

New DNA evidence found in shooting death of woman left naked in park

More than seven months after a woman was killed and left naked in an Atlanta park, investigators are hoping new DNA evidence may lead them to her killer. Bridget Shiel, 19, was found in a grassy area near a basketball court at Oakland City Park early May 31, police said.  She had multiple gunshot wounds on her back, buttocks and legs. "I don't think a week has gone by since May 31st of 2016...
Crash turns into homicide investigation

Crash turns into homicide investigation

A driver found dead after a crash early Friday in Newnan had been shot, police said. The case is being investigated as a homicide. Shortly after midnight, officers responded to West Washington and Melson streets, Lt. Tate Washington said. They found a black Ford Sport Trac had struck and severely damaged a utility pole. Earlier, the truck had struck another utility pole, severing that one at...
Inauguration Day: Georgians with an up-close view of Trump

Inauguration Day: Georgians with an up-close view of Trump

Sharyl Dawes. Washington – Call it luck. Chalk it up to connections. However they landed them, a handful of Georgians scored tickets just a few feet from the stage where Donald Trump will soon be sworn in.
Ex-Ga. officer accused of sex with probationer

Ex-Ga. officer accused of sex with probationer

A former state probation officer in northwest Georgia had illegal sexual contact with two people under his supervision, according to reports. Anyoel Cordovi, 29, of Dalton, allegedly had sexual intercourse with a probationer in 2015, the Rome News-Tribune reported. He also allegedly exchanged explicit photos with another probationer. The alleged incidents occurred when Cordovi worked at the probation...
Take a peek at what Hartsfield-Jackson’s new terminal entrance will look like, in miniature form

Take a peek at what Hartsfield-Jackson’s new terminal entrance will look like, in miniature form

A multi-million dollar project to build giant canopies over the domestic terminal curbside areas at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is underway, and a model in the terminal atrium gives travelers an idea of what the new airport entrance will look like. The model has been in the domestic terminal atrium for the past couple of months as the airport began work on the terminal roadways to prepare...
HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern to open second location

HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern to open second location

The Mother Nature Salad is on the menu at HOBNOB. An Atlanta tavern is set to open a second location in Town Brookhaven this May.
Storms possible ahead of march and Falcons game

Storms possible ahead of march and Falcons game

Before the game: Clouds and storms likely. Low: 57  During the game: More thunderstorms. High: 67 After the game: Rain continues. » For a detailed forecast, visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution weather page. Planning to participate in Saturday’s Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women or tailgate before the Atlanta Falcons take on the Green Bay Packers in Sunday&rsquo...
President Trump: ‘America first. America first.’

President Trump: ‘America first. America first.’

12:45 p.m. -- Former President Obama and Michelle have boarded Executive One, and the helicopter has taken off from the Capitol as they officially re-enter private life. 12:35 p.m. -- In the meantime, reports our Tamar Hallerman: 12:30 p.m. -- The congratulations have begun. From our inbox, Georgia congressman Doug Collins issued this statement: 12:19 p.m. -- Trump has finished his speech...
Ominous message meant to silence Atlanta bribery suspect

Ominous message meant to silence Atlanta bribery suspect

A construction contractor with deep connections in the Atlanta government has been accused of paying more than $1 million in bribes to win city contracts. After his expected guilty plea, he could become federal prosecutors’ star witness in a corruption case now gripping City Hall, legal experts say. But 16 months ago, somebody wanted him to keep quiet, because he was already talking to the feds...
Good news regarding Jenn Hobby’s daughter Reese’s cancer

Good news regarding Jenn Hobby’s daughter Reese’s cancer

Reese Rivera (on the left) and the entire family on the right. SPECIAL from Jenn Hobby This was posted Friday, January 20, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Good news for folks following the saga of Star 94.
With Sonny Perdue nominated, an ethanol argument jumps up

With Sonny Perdue nominated, an ethanol argument jumps up

With Donald Trump’s term as president set to begin within hours, and an audience of millions already in front of their TV sets, those pushing future agenda items have already begun the inside-the-swamp campaigning. On behalf of the U.S. senator from Alabama, we have the group Confirm [Jeff] Sessions for Attorney General lobbing a video that touts his credentials. (Only two of Trump’s Cabinet...
Job-seekers want a lot from Trump but are uncertain

Job-seekers want a lot from Trump but are uncertain

Donald Trump takes office today amidst a mix of economic contradictions – not least about the expectations of people who have a lot riding on his performance: jobseekers. The official unemployment rate is low, but even by that measure, we’re talking about more than 7.5 million people looking for work. Moreover, there are millions of others who are not counted, people who would like...
Tech commit from South Carolina gifted beyond football field

Tech commit from South Carolina gifted beyond football field

While Georgia Tech commit Pressley Harvin is one of the top three punters in his recruiting class, he has another talent he’s equally passionate about — music. Once on the campus of Georgia Tech, Harvin plans to major in the business field, but he already has his dream job lined up in his mind. “I’ve always wanted to own a music store for some reason,” Harvin said. &ldquo...
Childhood friend of Swillings has home visit from Tech

Childhood friend of Swillings has home visit from Tech

Wide receiver Marlon Williams from Mobile, Ala. received a home visit from Georgia Tech on Thursday. Williams, a 6-foot-1, 185 pound senior from McGill Toolen High School, announced his visit on Twitter writing, “Had a great home visit with Georgia Tech.” Williams is expected to take an official visit to Tech the weekend of Jan. 27. But Williams isn’t just another recruit &mdash...
Child, driver injured in school bus crash

Child, driver injured in school bus crash

Two people, including a child, were injured early Friday in a crash involving a Coweta County school bus, the Georgia State Patrol said. Just before 7:40 a.m., the westbound bus tried to cross Ga. 14 from Camp Street as a Ford Thunderbird traveled south on Ga. 14.  “The school bus failed to yield right of way and traveled into the path of the Ford Thunderbird,” authorities said in...
Tech commits expected on official visits this weekend

Tech commits expected on official visits this weekend

Offensive guards Zach Quinney, Charlie Clark and kicker Joseph Bulovas are three Georgia Tech commits who will go on official visits over the weekend. A 6-foot-5, 265 pound senior from Savannah Christian Prep in Savannah, Ga., Quinney was extended an offer in February and committed to Tech in July after several visits to Tech’s campus. “I went on three visits before I committed and every...
Bruce Jordan-Swilling statement on Tech commitment

Bruce Jordan-Swilling statement on Tech commitment

Since 4-star running back and linebacker Bruce Jordan-Swilling’s commitment to Georgia Tech in August, his level commitment to the Yellow Jackets has been questioned. Jordan-Swilling went on several unofficial visits to colleges other than Tech after he announced his commitment in August, prompting concern that Tech’s highest ranked commit might change his mind. Jordan-Swilling shut down...
This won’t be an easy game for Falcons, but they will win

This won’t be an easy game for Falcons, but they will win

Hello and welcome back to a special snack-size edition of Weekend Predictions. This week we resume our ancient, tired old tradition of forecasting what the Falcons are going to do as they again are within one game of the Super Bowl, which come to think of it isn’t really an ancient, tired old tradition at all. Because, well, duh. Before getting to this week’s big game, it’s important...
Atlanta to continue record streak in the 70s

Atlanta to continue record streak in the 70s

Today: Mostly cloudy. High: 72 Tonight: Slight rain chance. Low: 58 Tomorrow: Showers and storms likely. High: 69 » For a detailed forecast, visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution weather page. Most of the showers that fell overnight in metro Atlanta are gone, and only warm weather and some clouds lie ahead Friday. Atlanta has had eight straight days of highs in the...
Kempner:  Big metro Atlanta ‘Sad Mall’ has new plan to get its smile back

Kempner:  Big metro Atlanta ‘Sad Mall’ has new plan to get its smile back

“Sad Mall” is what my wife calls the place that used to be one of metro Atlanta’s go-to places to spend money. Now, there’s a newly revised plan to turn that frown upside down. It’s just hard to see how the company that owns struggling Gwinnett Place mall is going to pull it off any time soon. But wish them luck. Because they aren’t alone. Other aging shopping centers...
When dangerous dogs rove your Atlanta neighborhood

When dangerous dogs rove your Atlanta neighborhood

The Westside Atlanta neighborhoods near where 6-year-old Logan Braatz was fatally mauled Tuesday are no stranger to roving dogs.
Matt Ryan under pressure? Not like Aaron Rodgers

Matt Ryan under pressure? Not like Aaron Rodgers

There are high expectations for Aaron Rodgers. (AP Photo) Sure, Matt Ryan is under pressure to take the Falcons to the Super Bowl, but that’s nothing compared to what Aaron Rodgers is dealing with.
Kristian Bush assures authenticity in new Alliance Theatre musical ‘Troubadour’

Kristian Bush assures authenticity in new Alliance Theatre musical ‘Troubadour’

It’s a week from the first preview of “Troubadour” and a wad of creative energy is ricocheting inside the Alliance Theatre.
Atlanta Concerts this week: Lee Brice, Don Henley

Atlanta Concerts this week: Lee Brice, Don Henley

Lee Brice will visit the Fox. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene SATURDAY Run the Jewels Now that Killer Mike isn’t spending as much time immersed in politics, he and partner El-P can concentrate on music for a bit.
Atlanta Tickets on sale this week: Radiohead, Chris Botti

Atlanta Tickets on sale this week: Radiohead, Chris Botti

Chris Botti will head to Atlanta Symphony Hall. BY SARIA CANADAY, AJC Music Scene blog If you find a mistake in Hot Tickets, please let us know.
Carolina chickadee brings good cheer in winter

Carolina chickadee brings good cheer in winter

Among the customers at our bird feeder this time of year, one we can count on for daily visits is the Carolina chickadee. And that’s just fine with me. I never tire of watching the lively, inquisitive little bird with such a cheerful disposition. With its spiffy black cap, black bib, white cheeks and white belly, it appears as if always dressed for a formal dance. Weighing only as much as three...
Stay calm while approaching issue of vaping

Stay calm while approaching issue of vaping

Visit family psychologist John Rosemond’s website at www.johnrosemond.com; readers may send him email at questions@rosemond.com; due to the volume of mail, not every question will be answered. Living with Children: Vaping and peer pressure By John Rosemond, Tribune News Service (TNS) Q: I found a vaping pen hidden in my 13-year-old son’s room and am at a loss as to how to deal with it...
How the Georgia Dome shaped Atlanta sports

How the Georgia Dome shaped Atlanta sports

With the soon-to-be-demolished Georgia Dome hosting its final football game Sunday — Falcons vs. Green Bay Packers for a berth in the Super Bowl — let’s revisit the building’s place in Atlanta sports history. Falcons: The Georgia Dome’s primary tenant since its opening in 1992, the Falcons played 199 regular-season games there. The team’s time in the Dome spans...
Falcons’ Freeney savors one more playoff run

Falcons’ Freeney savors one more playoff run

The candle of Dwight Freeney’s playing days flickers. He is 36 and no longer puts offensive linemen through the spin cycle. He doesn’t render them nearly so dizzy and confused as he used to while compiling 122 1/2 career sacks (18th on the all-time list). On the Falcons, his third team in four seasons, his playing and practice time are carefully rationed. He is the aging rocker who must...
End result of fight should be unification

End result of fight should be unification

Patricia Holbrook is a Christian author, blogger and international speaker. Her book, “Twelve Inches,” is on sale at Barnes & Nobles, Amazon and retailers worldwide. Visit her website www.soaringwithHim.com. For speaking engagements and comments, email pholbrook@soaringwithHim.com. This week marked the 88th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I was reminded during the weekend of celebrations...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

1/ 29 Family Sunday Make family day extra-special with Roasted Lamb on the menu. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Crush or finely chop 1 tablespoon fennel seeds. Combine seeds with 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 2 teaspoons finely chopped lemon zest (yellow part only), 1 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; mix well. Rub mixture on 1 (4- to 5-pound) boneless leg of lamb. Place on rack in roasting pan...
Bus carrying Georgia hockey team wrecks

Bus carrying Georgia hockey team wrecks

A bus carrying a professional hockey team from Columbus flipped on an exit ramp on the way to a game in Peoria, Illinois Thursday. The charter bus was carrying the Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League. The team released a statement saying, “All players have been accounted for and have been transported to a local hospital to determine the extent of the injuries. We...