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Road to Recovery: Rebuilding I-85 bridge a complex process

Rebuilding a bridge isn’t as simple as snapping together pieces like an oversized Lego set. Building one fast is even more complicated. Georgia Department of Transportation engineers began designing fixes for 700-feet of the I-85 bridge the night a fire caused a portion of it to collapse and badly damaged other sections. Marietta contractor C.W. Matthews Co., which will be paid up...


Kinder, gentler Bill Edwards now mayor of South Fulton

Kinder, gentler Bill Edwards now mayor of South Fulton

Bill Edwards has long been considered mayor of south Fulton. Now, he’s the Mayor of South Fulton. He will be the inaugural mayor of the newly minted city when it becomes a legal entity Monday. It’s a role he has some familiarity with. From 2000 to 2014, Edwards represented south Fulton on the county commission. Then, the Democrat had a reputation as a firebrand and fierce defender of south...
Trump in Atlanta: I will ‘never ever’ weaken gun rights

Trump in Atlanta: I will ‘never ever’ weaken gun rights

President Donald Trump pledged Friday that an “eight-year assault” on gun rights was over, invoking many of his tried-and-true favorites from the campaign trail to a friendly crowd in Atlanta at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting. As thousands of supporters roared their approval, Trump pledged to put “America first” and guaranteed a wall would be built on...
FBI agents kill Tanger Outlet suspect after 2-day crime spree

FBI agents kill Tanger Outlet suspect after 2-day crime spree

The man accused of shooting a sheriff’s deputy at Tanger Outlet mall was killed Friday afternoon following a string of crimes committed in the past few days.  Avery Richard had been on the run for two days before he was shot and killed by FBI agents executing a search warrant.  Officials had planned to serve the warrant at a home, but wound up at a shopping center at the intersection...
5 things to know about the Tex McIver murder indictment

5 things to know about the Tex McIver murder indictment

A grand jury has handed down an indictment of Claud “Tex” McIver charging him with murder. McIver shot and killed his wife, Atlanta businesswoman Diane McIver, in September as they rode in their SUV near Piedmont Park. He has maintained the shooting was an accident.  Here is what we learned from the seven-count indictment: 1. Prosecutors believe Tex McIver meant to kill his wife. ...
DeKalb’s ethics oversight effort set back by court ruling

DeKalb’s ethics oversight effort set back by court ruling

After years of trying to bring stronger ethical oversight to DeKalb’s scandal-tarnished government, a judge issued a ruling Friday that likely cripples the county’s independent Board of Ethics. Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson concluded that members of the DeKalb Board of Ethics should have been appointed by elected government officials, not by outside groups like the DeKalb...
Immigration judge finds racial profiling in detention case

Immigration judge finds racial profiling in detention case

In an extraordinary ruling this week, an Atlanta judge found that federal agents committed “egregious” racial profiling and that government lawyers committed “willful misconduct” by refusing to bring the agents to court. The decision, issued Thursday, was a victory for Osvaldo Menese Chavez, who was taken into custody March 6. Chavez was arrested by two Immigration and Customs...
Donald Trump’s 100 days leave imprint on Georgia

Donald Trump’s 100 days leave imprint on Georgia

One hundred days into the tenure of the most mold-shattering administration in modern history and President Donald Trump has moved at breakneck pace to strip away federal regulations, reset the country’s economic relationships abroad and dismantle the biggest pieces of his predecessor’s legacy. Georgians now log on to Twitter to gauge the state of mind of the most powerful man in the world...
Coke at a crossroads with new CEO in charge

Coke at a crossroads with new CEO in charge

Legendary investor Warren Buffett once was quoted as saying Coca-Cola was such a strong company that a ham sandwich could run it. As new CEO James Quincey takes over from the outgoing Muhtar Kent on Monday, he faces challenges that have turned Buffett’s aphorism into a painful reminder of better days. The Atlanta icon is still hugely profitable, but increasingly under pressure. Soda sales stalled...
Tragic accident at Georgia Tech spurs call for bed rails in dorms

Tragic accident at Georgia Tech spurs call for bed rails in dorms

One side of his loft bed was against a wall. But on the other side, there was nothing. Nothing to prevent Clark Jacobs from rolling out of his bed in a Georgia Tech fraternity house and falling seven feet to the floor. Jacobs fractured his skull and needed emergency brain surgery in January 2015. He would spend months healing from his injuries and relearning how to live. And his ordeal could...
Delta buying jets from … Alabama?

Delta buying jets from … Alabama?

MOBILE, Ala. — An old Air Force base here is finding new life as the home of an Airbus assembly plant building jets for Delta Air Lines and other carriers. The $600 million plant, opened in 2015, is one of four Airbus aircraft manufacturing plants — and the only one in the United States. “It just made sense for us to be closer to our customers,” Airbus spokeswoman Kristi Tucker...
A second chance at empty-nesting

A second chance at empty-nesting

On August 29, 2008, I was happy. I was at peace. I knew that everyone I cared about was all right. My husband, Larry, was content at his job. Both of my children seemed to be on a good path. My younger child, Joseph, was settled in at his second college (so far) and seemed to like his classes. My older child, Nicole, was blissfully happy in New York City and finally on the brink of supporting herself...
Isaiah McKenzie is only Georgia Bulldogs player taken in NFL draft

Isaiah McKenzie is only Georgia Bulldogs player taken in NFL draft

ATHENS — Isaiah McKenzie was a surprise entrant into the NFL draft. As it turns out, if he hadn’t entered, Georgia wouldn’t have had anybody picked at all. The Denver Broncos selected McKenzie, Georgia’s leading receiver last year, in the fifth round of the NFL draft on Saturday. He was the first and only Bulldog to be picked. It’s the least amount of Georgia players...
Drafted players from Georgia high schools

Drafted players from Georgia high schools

GEORGIANS IN NFL DRAFT Team (Overall): Player; Pos.; College; High school First round Texans (12): Deshaun Watson; QB; Clemson; Gainesville Lions (21): Jarrad Davis; LB; Florida; Camden County Giants (23): Evan Engram; TE; Ole Miss; Hillgrove Second round Rams (44): Gerald Everett; TE; South Alabama; Columbia Dolphins (54): Raekwon McMillan; LB; Ohio State; Liberty County Giants (55): Dalvin Tomlinson...
Phillips returns to Braves lineup, batting sixth

Phillips returns to Braves lineup, batting sixth

MILWAUKEE – Brandon Phillips returned to the Braves’ lineup as expected Saturday, but manager Brian Snitker decided to keep Adonis Garcia in the second spot for the time being. Phillips was among the Braves’ hottest hitters, and the veteran second baseman had moved up from sixth to second in the lineup for two games before missing the past two starts with a strained groin. Snitker...
Millsap will opt out, but wants to remain with Hawks

Millsap will opt out, but wants to remain with Hawks

It took some doing, but Paul Millsap finally said what everyone knows to be a certainty. The Hawks’ power forward will opt out of the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent July 1. Well, he almost said it. “I think we all know the answer to do that,” Millsap said when asked directly about his intention. He later added, “Eventually I probably will opt...
Harrison Butker taken in seventh round by Carolina

Harrison Butker taken in seventh round by Carolina

Former Georgia Tech kicker Harrison Butker was selected in the seventh round of the NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers. He was the 233rd pick overall and the fourthkicker taken in the draft. Butker, who became Tech’s all-time leading scorer in the final game of his career, became just the second kicker in school history to be drafted. He joins perhaps the most celebrated Tech kicker ever, Scott...
Falcons add some offense on last day of draft

Falcons add some offense on last day of draft

After addressing issues on defense during the first two days, the Falcons spent the final day of the NFL draft adding three players on offense and a defensive back. “Every draft we go into we have a philosophy,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “We came into this draft knowing that we had certain holes that we were going to fill. We had certain areas of depth that we...
Ciara and Russell Wilson welcome baby girl

Ciara and Russell Wilson welcome baby girl

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Ciara and Russell Wilson welcomed a baby girl, Sienna Princess Wilson, on Friday night. The Atlanta R&B singer posted a sweet message on Instagram showing a pregnant photo of herself (taken by Wilson) on the beach. Ciara and the Seattle Seahawks quarterback married in July 2016 in England. Ciara is also mom to Future Zahir Wilburn, her son with ex-fiance, Atlanta...
Traffic reopens after Ga. 316 crash in Gwinnett

Traffic reopens after Ga. 316 crash in Gwinnett

All lanes have reopened on westbound Ga. 316 at Harbins Road in Gwinnett County after a three-vehicle crash, police said. A tanker truck was involved, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. All lanes were closed earlier. “There were entrapments involved and some of the occupants have been transported to the hospital,” Cpl. Frederick Saldana said. “Their status is unknown at...
Falcons select tight end Eric Saubert in the fifth round

Falcons select tight end Eric Saubert in the fifth round

The Falcons selected Drake tight end Eric Saubert with the 174th overall pick in the fifth round of the NFL draft on Saturday. Height: 6-f00t-4 Weight: 242 pounds Arm length: 33 1/2 inches Hand size: 10 3/8 inches 40-yard dash: 4.67 seconds Bench press: 22 reps of 225 pounds Vertical jump: 35 1/2 inches (Pro Day) Broad jump: 10 feet, 1 inches Three-cone drill: 7.29 seconds Overview: He played...

Falcons’ 4th-rounder Harlow figures to move from tackle to guard

Sean Harlow played offensive tackle almost exclusively over four seasons at Oregon State, yet he knows the Falcons are going to try him at guard and that’s fine with him. When the Falcons used the 136th pick of the NFL draft Saturday to select him in the fourth round, they turned in their pick listing Harlow as a guard. At 6-feet-4 1/8, 305 pounds, his body type suggests a move inside at the...
Brian Hill: ‘The Falcons just got the best running back in this draft’

Brian Hill: ‘The Falcons just got the best running back in this draft’

Former Wyoming running back Brian Hill was not expecting the Atlanta Falcons to select him with the 156th overall pick in the fifth round of the NFL draft Saturday. “This is a dream come true,” an excited Hill said via phone call. “I didn’t expect the Falcons. No one in the house was expecting the Falcons, but a lot of teams passed on me in this draft. The Falcons just got...
South Georgia wildfire close to 100,000 acres

South Georgia wildfire close to 100,000 acres

The wildfire that started in southeast Georgia earlier this month has burned almost one-fourth of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, officials said Saturday. Known as the West Mims Fire, the blaze now has torched 94,664 acres and is just 8 percent contained, according to a statement from the team that is battling the blaze. Waycross will be impacted by smoke throughout the day, officials said...
Falcons again go to LSU to take Duke Riley

Falcons again go to LSU to take Duke Riley

Duke Riley probably had an idea the Falcons were interested in him, and the former LSU linebacker wasn’t surprised in the least Friday evening when the Falcons used the No. 75 pick of the draft to select him in the third round. He was flat-out excited. The quickish Tiger from New Orleans was one of about 30 college players to have private, pre-draft workouts with the Falcons. He knows a thing...
Falcons select running back Brian Hill in the fifth round

Falcons select running back Brian Hill in the fifth round

Falcons selected Wyoming running back Brian Hill with the 156th overall pick in the fifth round of the NFL draft Saturday. “They just got the best running back in the draft,” Hill said. FIFTH ROUND (156th overall) Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming Height: 6-foot-1 Weight: 219 pounds Arm length: 31 3/8 inches Hand size: 8 7/8 inches 40-yard dash: 4.48 seconds Bench press: 15 reps of 225 pounds Vertical...
WATCH: Atlanta dog’s amazing transformation after being hit by a car, losing ability to walk

WATCH: Atlanta dog’s amazing transformation after being hit by a car, losing ability to walk

Meet Queen, a 3-year-old American bulldog and pit mix with a heart of gold and resilience, and whose story is sure to move you to tears. According to LifeLine Animal Project, a nonprofit organization that manages animal services for both DeKalb and Fulton counties, Queen was hit by a car and brought into its DeKalb shelter. Though her owner had come to reclaim her one day later...
Delta investigates pilot’s actions during altercation between passengers, pilot returns to duty

Delta investigates pilot’s actions during altercation between passengers, pilot returns to duty

Delta Air Lines said it has returned a pilot to duty after investigating his actions during an altercation between passengers on a jetway after a flight. The video was posted on entertainment website TMZ.com showing a pilot trying to break up a fight between two passengers on a jetway, grabbing one by the arm and appearing to slap his hand down on the person’s arm. According to Delta, he...
Fourth round: Falcons pick guard Sean Harlow

Fourth round: Falcons pick guard Sean Harlow

Falcons selected Oregon State guard Sean Harlow with the 136th overall pick in the fourth round of the draft Saturday. Height: 6-foot-4 Weight: 305 pounds Arm length: 32 inches Hand size: 9 1/2 inches 40-yard dash: 5.15 seconds Bench press: 26 reps of 225 pounds Vertical jump: 30 1/2 nches Broad jump: 8 feet, 9 inches Three-cone drill: 8.16 seconds Overview: The San Clemente, Calif., native started...
Falcons’ addition of LB Duke Riley keeps LSU pipeline open

Falcons’ addition of LB Duke Riley keeps LSU pipeline open

Duke Riley probably had an idea the Falcons were interested in him, and the former LSU linebacker wasn’t surprised in the least Friday evening when Atlanta used the No. 75 pick of the draft to select him in the third round. He was flat-out excited. The quickish Tiger from New Orleans was one of about 30 college players to have private, pre-draft workouts with the Falcons. He knows a thing to...
Live updates: Day 3 — Falcons’ draft from Flowery Branch

Live updates: Day 3 — Falcons’ draft from Flowery Branch

It’s the final day of the 2017 NFL Draft and the Falcons’ braintrust is hunkered down here at the team facilities. The Falcons currently hold the 136th pick in the fourth round of the draft. They also have three picks in the fifth round — 149th, 156th and 174th. The Falcons traded up to select UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley with the 26th overall pick on Thursday. They traded...
DeKalb arrests man in ‘AK-47’ shooting death

DeKalb arrests man in ‘AK-47’ shooting death

DeKalb County authorities arrested a man in a college classroom in connection with a shooting death this month, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said Friday. Deputies arrested Michael Lamar Grier, 33, without incident, sheriff’s spokeswoman Cynthia Williams said in a news release that said “AK-47 murder arrests continue.” Grier was booked into the DeKalb County jail and charged with...
How many Atlanta homes watched first round of NFL draft?

How many Atlanta homes watched first round of NFL draft?

An average of almost 200,000 households in the Atlanta TV market – and a peak of almost 250,000 – watched the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night. The round drew an 8.2 Nielsen rating in the Atlanta market, meaning 8.2 percent of the homes – or about 198,000 homes — watched on average. That included a 5.9 rating on ESPN and a 2.3 rating on NFL Network. The peak Atlanta...
Record high temperature possible Saturday

Record high temperature possible Saturday

Today: High: 87 Tonight: Low: 67 Tomorrow: High: 85 Better prepare for heat, metro Atlanta. Saturday’s temperature is expected to be near a record high. The forecast high of 87 is just 1 degree lower than the record for this date, Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. And the forecast is also well above the average high temperature of 76. With the day off to a warm start, &ldquo...
In this draft, DQ’s Falcons get more DQ Guys

In this draft, DQ’s Falcons get more DQ Guys

The Falcons could have accepted this draft as it fell and been a really good team in 2017 and beyond. They were already stacked. But sitting still wouldn’t have been the DQ Way. In DQ’s mind, you travel at warp speed or you’re a sloth. Said general manager Thomas Dimitroff, speaking the day after the Falcons traded three picks to draft pass rusher Takkarist McKinley with the 26th...
Airline incidents spark debate over passenger rights

Airline incidents spark debate over passenger rights

Sparked by an explosive video of a United Airlines passenger being dragged from a plane, a series of incidents captured on cellphone video showing passenger conflicts with airline staff are raising concerns about travelers’ rights and airline safety practices. The incidents are often a clash of passengers’ rights, airline regulations and the high-pressure world of airline operations. Last...
How the Hawks season came to an end despite near miraculous comeback

How the Hawks season came to an end despite near miraculous comeback

Five observations from the Hawks’ 115-99 loss to the Wizards in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series. The Wizard won the series, 4-2. 1. Turnovers kill. The Hawks committed 22 turnovers for the game – but it was the 15 first-half turnovers that led to the 22-point deficit they were never able to completely erase. The Wizards, already a terrific transition team,...
Atlanta United a prized stop on the Garza world tour

Atlanta United a prized stop on the Garza world tour

Part of ink tapestry that is Atlanta United defender Gregory Garza — the one tattoo among the two dozen or so he counts as his favorite — is the wind-blown gypsy inside one forearm. A gypsy soul, that’s how Garza sees himself. A citizen of the whole, wide soccer-playing world. Just give him a hard, round ball and some level ground on which to chase it, and he’ll gladly make...
Falcons top pick McKinley makes name for himself

Falcons top pick McKinley makes name for himself

Takkarist McKinley seems quite sure of the person soon to be wrapped in a Falcons jersey. Yes, inside that jersey beats a racing heart and a combustible disposition. Good qualities for a pass-rusher, if not for a master of ceremonies. If that means during the most significant moment of a turbulent life, he lets loose with a couple of R-rated expletives on live television, then he’ll gladly take...
YMCA gets Parkinson’s grant for free memberships, more classes

YMCA gets Parkinson’s grant for free memberships, more classes

Fitness instructor Katy Pate has her YMCA class walking a straight line. But here’s the kicker: Participants must step on colored discs while spontaneously calling out a name that begins with a specific letter. Someone wanted to know this was a sobriety test, and everyone laughed. Nope. It’s just another fun exercise to get the feet and brain moving in the same direction. That’s...
Inside the box score: Wizards 115, Hawks 99

Inside the box score: Wizards 115, Hawks 99

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ 115-99 loss to the Wizards in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series Friday: Key players * John Wall scored a game-high and his career playoff high with 42 points for the Wizards. * Bradley Beal added 31 points for the Wizards. * Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Key stat The Hawks committed 22 turnovers, 15 in...
Freeman’s 9th-inning homer gives Braves a wild win at Milwaukee

Freeman’s 9th-inning homer gives Braves a wild win at Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE – After the Braves twice rallied from four-run deficits without any contributions from Freddie Freeman, the big first baseman came through when it counted most Friday night. Freeman’s two-run homer to center field in the ninth inning lifted the Braves to a 10-8 series-opening win against the Brewers at Miller Park, the third consecutive win for a team that suddenly has its offense...
Hawks’ quick playoff exit affirms change is needed

Hawks’ quick playoff exit affirms change is needed

Two years ago, the Hawks won two playoff series. Last year, they won one. This year, none. Sometimes you don’t need advanced analytics to tell you there’s a problem. The Hawks didn’t just lose a game and a series to the Washington Wizards on Friday night. They affirmed in defeat that, despite generally exceptional coaching, despite solid effort, they have a flawed team resulting...
2 arrested, 1 at large in $300,000 car theft ring

2 arrested, 1 at large in $300,000 car theft ring

Two men were arrested and one is still at large in a $300,000 theft of six cars from Jim Ellis Audi, Marietta police said.  The investigation began more than a year ago and led police to Ola Campbell Oginni, Mann El-Ali Abess and Akintayo Bolorunduro, Officer Chuch McPhilamy said. They each face racketeering charges in thefts that occurred between April and June of 2016.  “Detectives...
Falcons add Riley, discuss how they plan to use McKinley

Falcons add Riley, discuss how they plan to use McKinley

Falcons coach Dan Quinn has big plans for Takkarist McKinley, the team’s first-round draft pick. While McKinley, the 26th selection in this year’s NFL draft, played some linebacker at UCLA, he will play mostly defensive end for the Falcons and rush opposite of outside linebacker Vic Beasley, who led the league in sacks last season with 15.5. “It’s about getting to the quarterback...
Georgia Tech setting up nonconference matchups, dates, including UGA

Georgia Tech setting up nonconference matchups, dates, including UGA

Opponents and dates for six Georgia Tech nonconference games for the 2016-17 season were obtained through an open-records request. They are as follows: November 19: Bethune-Cookman November 22: Texas-Rio Grande Valley November 24: North Texas December 1: Grambling December 17: Florida A&M December 19: at Georgia Tech will also play UCLA in its season opener Nov. 11 (tentatively scheduled) in Shanghai...
Hawks eliminated, Wizards nearly blow 22-point lead

Hawks eliminated, Wizards nearly blow 22-point lead

They say the closeout game is the toughest to win in the playoffs. It was for the Wizards. The Wizards nearly blew a 22-point second-half lead before a series-clinching 115-99 victory over the Hawks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series Friday night at Philips Arena. The Wizards won the series 4-2. “It’s the toughest game to close out anybody,” Wizards coach Scott...
Falcons trade second round pick for three picks

Falcons trade second round pick for three picks

The Falcons traded their second-round pick (63rd overall) to the Buffalo Bills to pick up a third-round pick (75th overall) and two fifth-round picks (149th) and (156th) on Friday night. The Falcons’ own fifth-round pick is the 174th overall.
After solid spring, Braves’ Bonifacio has floundered

After solid spring, Braves’ Bonifacio has floundered

MILWAUKEE – After going to Braves spring training as a non-roster invitee and earning an opening-day roster spot, Emilio Bonifacio seemed poised to get his career back on track following two dismal seasons at the major league level in 2015 and 2016. But 20 games into the season, Bonifacio was struggling to get into a rhythm and had fared particularly poorly as a pinch-hitter, his main role....
Georgia Tech student shot leaving crash scene

Georgia Tech student shot leaving crash scene

Police released a sketch of a man accused of shooting a Georgia Tech student as he and his brother were driving away from an accident scene earlier this month. Claude Rooney, who also goes by Tre, told Channel 2 Action News he still has a bullet lodged in his arm from the April 13 incident.  It began when Christian Rooney picked up his brother from a BP gas station near Georgia Tech at about...
Masked thief steals drugs in Johns Creek pharmacy break-in

Masked thief steals drugs in Johns Creek pharmacy break-in

Someone broke into a Johns Creek pharmacy through an adjacent business earlier in April, and although the man attempted to disrupt the video system while stealing drugs, footage was captured of the masked intruder, Channel 2 Action News reported. The break-in started in a medical equipment business next door to Prestige Pharmacy on McGinnis Ferry Road, the news station reported. “They burrowed...
Not a bad retirement fund: ex-CEO collects $72 million of Delta stock

Not a bad retirement fund: ex-CEO collects $72 million of Delta stock

Former Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson walked away with more than $72 million in stock last year, the Atlanta airline disclosed Friday. The total, disclosed in Delta’s proxy filing Friday afternoon, included $64.8 million from Anderson’s exercise in 2016 of stock options that he had received as part of his pay over several years heading Delta. The transactions allowed him to...
Braves’ Phillips misses second start

Braves’ Phillips misses second start

MILWAUKEE – Brandon Phillips was out of the Braves lineup Friday night for the second consecutive game since straining his left groin, but the veteran second baseman had progressed and was expected to start Saturday in the second game of the three-game series against the Brewers. “He’s doing good,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker, adding that Phillips was available to pinch-hit...
Hazmat crews inspected Cobb business twice this month 

Hazmat crews inspected Cobb business twice this month 

Hazmat crews inspected a Kenessaw business for the second time this month after employees complained of nausea and slight difficulty breathing, Cobb County fire spokesman Dan Dupree said.  Two workers got sick, but they were not taken to the hospital Dupree said. The employees worked for Philips Respironics, Channel 2 Action News reported.  “Hazmat crews entered the building and assessed...
3 arrested on prostitution, trafficking charges

3 arrested on prostitution, trafficking charges

Three people were arrested Thursday night at a motel in Conyers on human trafficking and prostitution charges, police said. Just after 11 p.m., police got a 911 call about a soliciting incident at the Jameson Inn on Dogwood Drive, police spokesman Ronald Momon said. Officers found three people in a room as well as a 16-year-old girl who was being trafficked, according to police. William Barrondo went...
Live updates: Day 2 — Falcons’ draft from Flowery Branch

Live updates: Day 2 — Falcons’ draft from Flowery Branch

It’s the 2017 NFL Draft and the Falcons braintrust is hunkered down here at the team facilities. The Falcons currently hold the 63rd pick in the second round of the draft. They traded up to select UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley with the 26th overall pick on Thursday. We’ll be posting updates here throughout the evening and night about what’s happening at here and at the draft...
DeKalb middle school employee fired, faces child molestation charges

DeKalb middle school employee fired, faces child molestation charges

A former Columbia Middle School coach was arrested Thursday on accusations he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old student, DeKalb County officials said.  Joshua Alexander Robinson, 35, of Atlanta, was booked into the DeKalb jail on child molestation, sexual battery and enticing a child charges stemming from an alleged Oct. 3 incident, according to jail records.  Warrants were taken out for...
BREAKING: Judge rules against DeKalb Board of Ethics

BREAKING: Judge rules against DeKalb Board of Ethics

A judge ruled Friday that members of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics shouldn’t have been appointed by private organizations, a decision that likely cripples the board. DeKalb Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson’s order found that the Board of Ethics should have been chosen by elected government officials, not by outside groups like the DeKalb Bar Association and the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce...
Falcons’ draft picks

Falcons’ draft picks

FIRST ROUND Takkarist McKinley, DE/LB, UCLA Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 250 pounds Arm length: 33 3/8 inches Hand size: 10 1/4 inches 40-yard dash: 4.59 seconds Bench press: 24 reps of 225 pounds Vertical jump: 33 inches Broad jump: 10 feet, 2 inches Three-cone drill: 7.48 seconds Overview: He was a two-year starter for the Bruins after overcoming some early academic issues. He lined up at left and right...
Atlanta officer charged in deadly drag racing crash turns himself in

Atlanta officer charged in deadly drag racing crash turns himself in

An Atlanta police officer charged with vehicular homicide in a deadly drag racing crash last September turned himself in to authorities late Thursday, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office confirmed Friday.  Shawn Jones Jr. was booked into the Fulton County jail in connection with the crash that killed his passenger, Ramish Attai, 20, of Lilburn. Jones, who was off duty at the time...
Could Atlanta host an NFL Draft?

Could Atlanta host an NFL Draft?

The NFL Draft is the new Super Bowl. For the last three years, the NFL’s spring showcase has become a roadshow. After almost 50 years in New York, the NFL Draft has ventured to Chicago and now Philadelphia, where nearly 100,000 people attended the festivities surrounding the first round of selections on Thursday. In all, 22 clubs and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, have expressed...
2 U.S. soldiers based in Ga. killed in Afghanistan

2 U.S. soldiers based in Ga. killed in Afghanistan

Two U.S. Army soldiers stationed in Georgia were killed in Afghanistan on Thursday during a ground assault against fighters from the Islamic State, military officials said Friday. Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22, of Bloomington, Ill., and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, 23, of Kettering, Ohio, died in Nangarhar Province, according to multiple reports. U.S. forces were accompanying Afghan troops on a raid when...
Kempner: 67-year-old whistle blower in DeKalb case ‘just did my job’

Kempner: 67-year-old whistle blower in DeKalb case ‘just did my job’

Some people just can’t let stuff go. It sounds like it was that way for Deborah Cook, who at 67 may finally get some satisfaction – and a piece of a $4.6 million settlement – after making sure the feds held a DeKalb County company responsible for alleged wrongdoing. Cook told me she just couldn’t stomach what she believed was a company skirting accountability for its actions...

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Donald Trump’s in town, but what about Plant Vogtle?

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” nearly overlapped with President Donald Trump’s address to the National Rifle Association in downtown Atlanta, so discussion was light on his remarks – which included a full-throated endorsement of Republican Karen Handel in the Sixth District congressional runoff. Rather, much of the focus was on Tim Echols, the state...
Pills and a lie lead to prison, deportation for a Decatur man

Pills and a lie lead to prison, deportation for a Decatur man

The “male enhancement” pills had names like Maxman, Rock Hard Weekend and Stiff Nights and were sold as natural dietary supplements. The hidden ingredient: the same one in prescription drug Viagra. Now, a Decatur man has been sentenced to prison and has lost his U.S. citizenship in connection with the scheme to illegally import and distribute the pills. When the pills came in from China...
Kennesaw State’s African studies major in danger of being cut

Kennesaw State’s African studies major in danger of being cut

Kennesaw State University’s African and African Diaspora Studies degree program could be cut due to lack of graduates, the school confirmed Friday. African studies faculty met Thursday with university officials to discuss the program’s dire situation. In a statement, KSU said all at the meeting agreed to increase efforts to recruit students for the major. In response, the school&rsquo...
Looking for a job? Legoland Atlanta to hire for about 100 positions

Looking for a job? Legoland Atlanta to hire for about 100 positions

Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta will host a job fair soon for nearly 100 full-time and part-time positions. On-site interviews will be conducted next month for positions available in guest experience, retail, food and beverage, janitorial and admissions. Interested candidates must be at least 18 years of age and are encouraged to bring a copy of their resume and cover letter. Applicants must...
Dates set for Georgia Tech-Georgia game, 5 other opponents

Dates set for Georgia Tech-Georgia game, 5 other opponents

Georgia Tech will play rival Georgia in mid-December again, the third year in a row that the game will fall on that spot in the schedule. Tech and Georgia will meet on Dec. 19, a Tuesday, in Athens. A copy of the game contract was obtained through an open-records request. The game will take place on the Tuesday following the final-exam period at Tech. In recent seasons, the game has been played at...
Teaser for ‘Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta’ with Bow Wow debuting May 25

Teaser for ‘Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta’ with Bow Wow debuting May 25

This was originally posted Friday, April 28, 2017 by Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog WE-TV announced it’s rolling out “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta” on Thursday, May 25 at 10 p.m. The show’s biggest name is actor and child rap star Bow Wow, who announced last summer he was retiring from music at age 30. He has help from Snoop Dogg, Da Brat and...
Spring Jonquil Festival: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Spring Jonquil Festival: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

From the Spring Jonquil Festival to the Wesleyan Artist Market, Atlanta is all in bloom with community-centered events this weekend. Check out what's happening around town this weekend in Atlanta: Remember When Club. 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 28. Free. Marietta Museum of History. 1 Depot St., Marietta. 770-794-5719. www.mariettahistory.org. If you remember what Marietta was like back in the...
Water overbilling woes in DeKalb far from over

Water overbilling woes in DeKalb far from over

Strap in. The steady flow of outrageous, inexplicable, inflated water bills in DeKalb County likely will continue for a while. Despite contentious town hall meetings and protests, problems persist, as thousands of residents have been hit with exorbitant bills. It’s now becoming clear the problem is so big that it could take three years and tens of millions of dollars to fix. Most of...
6 interesting Atlanta United quotes

6 interesting Atlanta United quotes

Here are some interesting quotes following Atlanta United’s training session on Friday ahead of Sunday’s home game against D.C. United: GERARDO MARTINO On the good and bad of the 3-1 win against Real Salt Lake “The positive is how effective we were as a team. We were very decisive in attack. The negative is that I didn’t think we controlled the game for the full 90 minutes...

NRA chief Wayne LaPierre: give the media a black eye

While National Rifle Association members awaited President Donald Trump, members relived his victory and booed his adversaries – chief among them the mainstream media. CEO Wayne LaPierre’s welcoming remarks included a (presumably figurative) suggestion to give the media a black eye. See below for a sample of his comments. MORE: Benghazi survivor “Tanto” Paronto is here...
VIDEO: This sport burns the most calories

VIDEO: This sport burns the most calories

Participating in sports is a great way to stay in shape. However, there are some that burn more calories than others, according research from the National Institute of Health and the Mayo Clinic. So, which athletic activity sheds the most weight? The study revealed that out of eight sports analyzed, running took the top spot. Sprinting at 8 mph depletes 1,074 calories per hour. Soccer placed...
Sinkhole update: Timeline released for 5th Street reopening

Sinkhole update: Timeline released for 5th Street reopening

Traffic should reopen on 5th Street in Midtown in two weeks after a sinkhole shut it down April 19, a city official said Friday. “The City of Atlanta Department of Public Works is now completing repair work to 5th Street at Cypress Street,” spokeswoman Christina Cruz-Benton told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an email. “We plan to open 5th Street at Cypress Street to vehicular...
Southwest Airlines to end practice of overbooking flights

Southwest Airlines to end practice of overbooking flights

Southwest Airlines plans to stop overbooking flights — an industry practice implicated in an ugly incident on a United Airlines flight that has damaged United's reputation with the flying public.  Last year Southwest bumped 15,000 passengers off flights, more than any other U.S. airline. Carriers say they sometimes sell more tickets than there are seats because often a few passengers don't...
MLB's first Lithuanian learned the game where few play

MLB's first Lithuanian learned the game where few play

The decades-long journey of a father and a son, of a game and a country, ended with a sprint.  When Dovydas Neverauskas — fresh from the airport and wearing cleats and a glove bummed from his new Pittsburgh Pirates teammates — jogged onto the mound at PNC Park on April 24 to clean up what was left a lopsided loss to the Chicago Cubs, the 24-year-old reliever became the first Lithuanian...
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