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Atlanta races for another ‘Olympic moment’ with Amazon bid

On Thursday, a Georgia official hand-delivered hardbound copies of what insiders call a “formidable” package for Amazon's “HQ2,” a 50,000-job, $5 billion bonanza with the potential to alter the economic landscape of the winning bidder.


Letters at Emory are window into the mind of younger Barack Obama

Letters at Emory are window into the mind of younger Barack Obama

Barack Obama was trying to figure it all out — life, love, his future. It was the early 1980s. The future president was a college student and shared his thoughts with his then-girlfriend, Alexandra McNear, in nine handwritten letters that are part of a special Emory University collection that will available for public viewing for the first time, starting Friday. Emory faculty and officials who&rsquo...
Torpy at Large: Mayor’s race heats up as bribery probe keeps cookin’

Torpy at Large: Mayor’s race heats up as bribery probe keeps cookin’

As the election comes to its final weeks, and as the corruption scandal dumps a new load of fertilizer at City Hall, Mayor Kasim Reed has moved to ensure he’ll have as close to a third term in office as possible. Hizzoner is term-limited, but he wants to keep his hand in his pet project — running Atlanta. So last week he made official what has been known for months: He wants...
Road closings set for Georgia Dome implosion

Road closings set for Georgia Dome implosion

Road closings have been announced for next month’s implosion of the Georgia Dome. Beginning Friday, traffic message signs will advise motorists of surrounding road closures that will be in effect on the morning of Nov. 20, the scheduled implosion date: • Andrew Young International Blvd from Philips Drive to Centennial Pkwy NW  • Phillips Drive from Centennial Pkwy NW...
Halloween 2017: For scary makeup, here’s the fright stuff

Halloween 2017: For scary makeup, here’s the fright stuff

Cue “Tubular Bells” (the “Exorcist” theme music.) Halloween is just around the corner and we wanted to get a spookalicious look. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution turned to Christine Daily, a makeup artist at Atlanta’s Costumes Etc. for her style tips, especially for those crafty DIYers. First she did a skin test to make sure I wasn’t allergic to latex. An allergic...
Credit bureau lobby steps up industry image polishing following breach

Credit bureau lobby steps up industry image polishing following breach

The Atlanta credit bureau Equifax ramped up its spending over the last three months to lobby the federal government and protect its image as it took fire for exposing the personal records of more than 145 million Americans. Its two main competitors, meanwhile, shifted their resources in order to do the same. New federal records released this week show Equifax increased its budget to lobby Congress...
Video: Georgia brings its bid for Amazon HQ2 to Seattle

Video: Georgia brings its bid for Amazon HQ2 to Seattle

A top Georgia recruiter on Thursday walked into Amazon’s Day One tower in downtown Seattle to hand-deliver the state’s pitch for the e-commerce giant’s second headquarters. And she had a camera crew in tow. Brittany Holtzclaw, director of logistics, energy, agribusiness and food processing for the state’s economic development department, is shown traveling from Atlanta to Seattle...
Pet groomer faces more animal cruelty charges

Pet groomer faces more animal cruelty charges

A Forsyth County pet grooming business owner is now facing an additional charge of animal cruelty as well as an investigation into other possible incidents, police said. Michelle Louise Root, owner of Paw’sh Paws in Cumming, turned herself in Wednesday night at the Forsyth County jail, Cumming Deputy police Chief Aletha Barrett told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She was released on bond...
Corey Griffin has a message for Georgia Tech fans: Wear white

Corey Griffin has a message for Georgia Tech fans: Wear white

It might be a good idea initiated too late, but Georgia Tech safety Corey Griffin has urged Yellow Jackets fans to dress for a white-out at Saturday night’s game against Wake Forest at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Griffin sent out a tweet Wednesday evening with his hope/plan for a white-out for the 7:30 p.m. game. Tech great Justin Thomas was among those spreading the word with a retweet. Tech has practiced...
Atlanta races for another ‘Olympic moment’ with Amazon bid

Atlanta races for another ‘Olympic moment’ with Amazon bid

The pitches are in, but the work to land Amazon’s second headquarters is far from over. On Thursday, a Georgia official hand-delivered hardbound copies of what insiders call a “formidable” package for “HQ2,” a 50,000-job, $5 billion bonanza with the potential to alter the economic landscape of the winning bidder. The state Department of Economic Development also released...
Georgia Tech has dominated the Atlantic (besides Clemson)

Georgia Tech has dominated the Atlantic (besides Clemson)

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson led his team to a Super Bowl championship, but there are dozens of players who have done that. However, Wilson can make a claim that none of the planet’s 7.6 billion inhabitants can match. On Sept. 25, 2010, Wilson piloted N.C. State to a 45-28 win over Georgia Tech, torching the Yellow Jackets with 368 yards and three touchdowns through the air and...
Belinelli ‘still not 100 percent’ but shows he can help Hawks

Belinelli ‘still not 100 percent’ but shows he can help Hawks

Marco Belinelli says he’s not 100 percent but he looked good against the Mavs. (AP Photo) DALLAS--Hawks guard Marco Belinelli (Achilles) looked good while playing 25 minutes against the Mavericks in his first competitive game since the Oct. 1 exhibition contest at Miami. “I felt good,” Belinelli said afterwards. “I’m still not 100 percent. I’ve been...
Beating on the door. Smoke in the air. Then I saw flames out my window.

Beating on the door. Smoke in the air. Then I saw flames out my window.

I’ve responded to lots of fire scenes as a reporter. Today, the scene was my house. Coincidentally, I was writing up my interview with  Brendan McDonough, a hotshot firefighter whose book was adapted into the movie “Only the Brave,” in theaters Friday, when I heard pounding on the door. Walking toward the front of the house I saw, and then smelled the...
Calvin ‘Cal’ Carter, former Atlanta aviation commissioner, dies at 92

Calvin ‘Cal’ Carter, former Atlanta aviation commissioner, dies at 92

Calvin “Cal” Carter, Atlanta’s aviation commissioner from 1983 until 1990, has died at the age of 92. Carter worked for the city of Atlanta for 19 years under three mayors before retiring from the aviation commissioner position at the age of 65. He was the first African-American commissioner of the Atlanta airport, and last year during a Black History Month celebration, Hartsfield-Jackson...
Atlanta veteran’s murder to be profiled on ‘The First 48’ 

Atlanta veteran’s murder to be profiled on ‘The First 48’ 

Randy Smith, a beloved yoga instructor, was found shot to death in one of his Atlanta properties Sept. 11, 2016.  Now, more than a year later, the U.S. Army veteran’s case will be profiled on the hit crime TV show “The First 48.” <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">CHECK IT OUT: APD&rsquo...
Roswell accepts $17K grant for historic district survey

Roswell accepts $17K grant for historic district survey

The Roswell City Council has approving accepting $17,049 in federal funds to partially fund a survey of the city’s historic district. The council passed a resolution accepting the Historic Preservation Fund grant from the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The grant requires a local match of $15,000, making $32,049 available to complete the historic...
Extra security planned for football game after student shot, killed near school

Extra security planned for football game after student shot, killed near school

Extra security is planned for a Georgia high school football game Thursday night after a student was fatally shot near the school, officials said. Jayvon Sherman, a student at Central High School in Macon, was found just before 7:30 a.m. with a chest wound near the old Winship Elementary, a few blocks from his school, The Telegraph reported. He had a backpack, leading authorities to believe he was...
Olens installed as KSU president as protests continue

Olens installed as KSU president as protests continue

University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley stepped to the lectern and called it a “fun day” Thursday as he officially installed Sam Olens as Kennesaw State University’s president. But the board he heads will soon look into the way KSU, under Olens, handled a protest by some cheerleaders that many feel has stifled the students’ rights to free speech. PHOTOS: KSU students...
Five former presidents hurricane relief concert: When is it, how to watch it live

Five former presidents hurricane relief concert: When is it, how to watch it live

All five living former U.S. presidents will come together in Texas on Saturday night for a hurricane relief fundraising concert. The event will be live streamed. “Deep From the Heart: The One America Appeal” is the latest chapter of an initiative first launched in early September to raise money and awareness for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Soon after former presidents Barack Obama...
City council in N. Fulton adjusts zoning laws to allow food trucks

City council in N. Fulton adjusts zoning laws to allow food trucks

Folks in Sandy Springs may start to see food trucks more often after a recent move by the city’s council. At a meeting earlier this week, the council approved changes to the city’s zoning ordinance allowing food trucks to operate in commercial, mixed-use and perimeter-zoned properties. The change in the ordinance allows food truck operators to obtain a yearly permit operating at up to...
At 40, Tom Brady still a menace to NFL defenses

At 40, Tom Brady still a menace to NFL defenses

At age 40, New England quarterback is going after his sixth Super Bowl ring. Despite moving on in age when his knees should be starting to ache, his powerful passing arm should be getting tired and when a slide should bring on unthinkable pain, he’s still playing at an elite level a little over eight months after he ripped the heart out of the Falcons and earned his fifth Super Bowl ring. ...
Road to Atlanta: More turns ahead in College Football Playoff race

Road to Atlanta: More turns ahead in College Football Playoff race

By the time the College Football Playoff selection committee unveils its first rankings of the season Oct. 31, it’ll be able to weigh some compelling additional evidence.  It’ll know how Penn State, ranked No. 2 in this week’s Associated Press and coaches’ polls, measured in telling  games against Michigan (Saturday) and Ohio State (Oct. 28).  It’ll know...
Across Atlanta, shared concerns - and vivid splits - over mayor’s race

Across Atlanta, shared concerns - and vivid splits - over mayor’s race

The mayor’s race has polarized every region of Atlanta, splintering the black vote as well as those in the majority-white neighborhoods in the city’s northern half. But interviews with dozens of voters across the city show many share the same basic concerns ahead of the Nov. 7 vote. They’re worried that transportation gridlock will stifle the city’s growth. They demand more...
Some metro Atlanta school districts yet to test for lead in water

Some metro Atlanta school districts yet to test for lead in water

As DeKalb Schools finish nearly a year of testing and retesting water sources in buildings to make sure lead levels are in line with federal standards, some school districts are slow to follow suit. Citing a water crisis that affected schools in Flint, Mich., Atlanta Public Schools began testing water in its school buildings for lead in the spring of 2016. DeKalb announced a few months later it would...
5 key things you should know about car insurance

5 key things you should know about car insurance

Car insurance isn't something you probably think about often, but it's an important tool in protecting your assets. It pays to learn about your policy before you need it so you can take advantage of its benefits and avoid any unpleasant surprises. Whether you're shopping for a new policy or are wondering about the specifics of your current coverage, you may be surprised by what you find. If your car...
Three vie to lead Fulton County government

Three vie to lead Fulton County government

At the Cliftondale Park Community Center earlier this month, the three candidates to run Fulton County government worked to convince voters that their vision for the county was the one to follow. Robb Pitts, the former county commissioner, touted his previous experience on the Fulton board. Keisha Waites, the former state representative, highlighted her background working across the aisle...
Atlanta United players excited about MLS All-Star Game

Atlanta United players excited about MLS All-Star Game

A few of Atlanta United’s players  said Thursday they were excited that the MLS All-Star game is expected to come to the city in 2018. The league is expected to formally announce Monday that the game will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of Atlanta United. “I think that’s great,” said Mark Bloom, an Atlanta United fullback who grew up in Marietta. “I think...
I-85 collapse delays express lane construction in Cobb County

I-85 collapse delays express lane construction in Cobb County

I-85 in Atlanta reopened months ago. But the repercussions of the spectacular bridge collapse continue.The opening of another highway project – the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes in Cobb and Cherokee counties – may be pushed back for up to six weeks because of delays caused by the I-85 bridge collapse, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.
MARTA board member named to national transit group board

MARTA board member named to national transit group board

MARTA board member Fred Daniels has been named to the executive committee of the American Public Transportation Association, an industry group that held a conference in Atlanta last week. Daniels has served on the MARTA board since 2010 and previously served as its chairman. He has served on several APTA committees, including as chair of the APTA Transit Board Members’ Committee and the APTA...
Reed: Georgia leaving ‘nothing on the table’ in hunt for Amazon HQ2

Reed: Georgia leaving ‘nothing on the table’ in hunt for Amazon HQ2

Georgia formally entered the sweepstakes for Amazon’s second headquarters campus Thursday with a pitch one top leader called “the most aggressive” package the state has ever offered. Georgia officials were mum about the contents of the state’s bid, but the state’s formal package of information, including possible sites and incentives, has been delivered to the company...
$1.5M in heroin seized in Walmart parking lot; 2 arrested

$1.5M in heroin seized in Walmart parking lot; 2 arrested

More than 10 pounds of heroin with an estimated street value of $1.5 million was seized in a Walmart parking lot in Rockdale County, sheriff’s officials said Thursday. Two people are in custody after the raid, sheriff’s spokesman Michael Meyers said in a statement. Deputies, working with the Conyers Police Department and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, conducted the operation...
Falcons add Tripp to injury report, Sanu and Upshaw progressing

Falcons add Tripp to injury report, Sanu and Upshaw progressing

The Falcons have added linebacker Jordan Tripp to their injury report after he entered the NFL’s concussion protocol. Head coach Dan Quinn said that all other players on the report are progressing ahead of Sunday’s game at the Patriots. Tripp, a fourth-year veteran signed on Sept. 5, has seen action on special teams in three games. Starting wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) returned...
Cobb board OKs $65M bond deal for Georgia Tech to buy Lockheed land

Cobb board OKs $65M bond deal for Georgia Tech to buy Lockheed land

Cobb County’s development authority has approved a $65 million bond package for Georgia Tech so the school can create a new research campus in the county. Tech wants the bond to buy and renovate 32 acres of a Marietta facility owned by aerospace giant Lockheed Martin. The package of tax-exempt bonds set for public offering was approved at a Wednesday meeting, said Nelson Geter, the development...
Part of Piedmont Road in Buckhead reopens after gas leak

Part of Piedmont Road in Buckhead reopens after gas leak

One southbound lane of Piedmont Road in Buckhead has reopened following a gas leak, Atlanta police said. All lanes between Peachtree and Lenox roads were closed at one point, Officer Lisa Bender told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Officers are are assisting with traffic in the 3300 block of Piedmont Road, according to police. The rest of southbound Piedmont Road is “expected to open shortly...
Arthur Blank: Goodell extension is not done, making progress

Arthur Blank: Goodell extension is not done, making progress

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said although NFL owners have not finalized their contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell, the owners are confident the deal will get done, according to a report by the Washington Post. The chairman of the owners’ compensation committee that controls Goodell’s contract negotiations, Blank told the Washington Post after the NFL owners meeting...
The good, bad and ugly of Braves’ 2017 season

The good, bad and ugly of Braves’ 2017 season

The Braves' 72-90 record in 2017 marked the club’s fourth consecutive losing season. So it wasn’t all pretty. Here is the good, the bad and ugly of the Braves’ first year at SunTrust Park.
Deputy intervenes in domestic dispute, fires gun

Deputy intervenes in domestic dispute, fires gun

Authorities are looking for a man after a domestic dispute in northwest Atlanta Thursday morning prompted an off-duty sheriff’s deputy to intervene and fire his gun. No one was hit in the shooting, but a woman involved in the domestic dispute was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with a head injury, officials said. Atlanta police were called to investigate a fight with a weapon about 8:30 a.m...
Check yourself out in the interactive selfie mirrors at this new Midtown restaurant

Check yourself out in the interactive selfie mirrors at this new Midtown restaurant

Bytes’ main dining room. / Contributed photo A restaurant housed in a tech-focused space is open for business in Midtown. Bytes, a “digitally-infused” space at 848 Spring St., according to a press release, features three large LED screens in the main dining room, a 360 video-mapped private dining room and e-boardrooms, an outdoor patio area with LED-lit furniture, iPad...
9 things to know about the Georgia Tech-Wake Forest matchup

9 things to know about the Georgia Tech-Wake Forest matchup

It’ll be prime time on the Flats Saturday as Georgia Tech hosts Wake Forest at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Jackets will play their first home game at night since 2015, and will look to bounce back from last week’s 25-24 loss against Miami. Here are a few things you should know about the Jackets-Demon Deacons matchup: > When, where: Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta...
Ethics commission dismisses complaint against Atlanta school board member

Ethics commission dismisses complaint against Atlanta school board member

The Atlanta Board of Education Ethics Commission speedily dismissed complaints filed by a school board candidate against an incumbent he hopes to unseat.  The independent panel decided Thursday not to pursue allegations brought by Charlie Stadtlander against incumbent Cynthia Briscoe Brown just weeks before the Nov. 7 election.  The two candidates are running for the at-large seat 8. &ldquo...
Students kneel during national anthem as Olens takes president’s office

Students kneel during national anthem as Olens takes president’s office

As Sam Olens was being installed as president of Kennesaw State University, students took a knee during the national anthem to protest how the school handled cheerleaders who knelt at a football game. Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Eric Stirgus, on the KSU campus, reports that about a dozen students knelt at their seats during Olens’ investiture. Students have also scheduled a sit-in...
Hawks rookie Collins looks NBA-ready in debut

Hawks rookie Collins looks NBA-ready in debut

The Mavericks couldn’t keep John Collins away from the basket. (Smiley N. Pool/Dallas Morning News/TNS) DALLAS–Hawks forward John Collins was talking to reporters about his strong NBA debut when veteran teammate Ersan Ilyasova leaned in from the next locker with a teasing reminder for the rook’. “We’ve got 81 more games!” Ilyasova said. That’s...
Gurvir Dhindsa added to CBS46 morning news temporarily

Gurvir Dhindsa added to CBS46 morning news temporarily

Posted Thursday, October 19, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Gurvir Dhindsa, who departed Fox 5’s “Good Day Atlanta” last year, will be joining CBS46’s morning news team starting Monday but it’s not being framed as a permanent addition. “Gurvir will start appearing on the CBS46 morning news next Monday...
NEW: Sketch shows man who held up Atlanta councilman, candidate

NEW: Sketch shows man who held up Atlanta councilman, candidate

Police on Thursday released a sketch of the man they are seeking in connection with the armed robbery and carjacking of an Atlanta city councilman and a council candidate. Councilman C.T. Martin and candidate Andrea Boone were robbed about 9:45 p.m. Sept. 30 as they left Boone’s campaign headquarters on Lynhurst Drive, police said. A man approached them and demanded money as well as their...

‘The Snowman’ is a jumbled nonsensical mess

Mister Alfredson, you could have saved it. We gave you all the tools — a star-studded cast, a blockbuster best-selling Scandinavian murder novel by Jo Nesbo, and three-time Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker. So why is “The Snowman” such a jumbled nonsensical mess? Director Tomas Alfredson has copped to the fact that scheduling issues were a big part of the problem, which doesn&rsquo...
On his big day, polarized politics chases down Sam Olens at KSU

On his big day, polarized politics chases down Sam Olens at KSU

KSU President Sam Olens at commencement exercises in May. HENRY TAYLOR / HENRY.TAYLOR@AJC.COM At Kennesaw State University today, Sam Olens will be formally invested as the institution’s fourth president in a well-robed ceremony. When Republican attorney general was named to the post one year ago, many saw a man happily escaping the black/white, my-way/highway excesses of GOP primaries...
Five questions with a Wake Forest beat writer

Five questions with a Wake Forest beat writer

To provide insight on Wake Forest, Georgia Tech’s opponent in its homecoming game Saturday evening at Bobby Dodd Stadium, we turn to Winston-Salem (N.C.) Journal reporter Conor O’Neil, the team’s beat writer. This is his first year on the beat. Our thanks to Conor, whom you can follow on Twitter here and whose work you can read here. Q. It's been a long time since Georgia...
Michigan State RB L.J. Scott arrested for driving with suspended license, per report

Michigan State RB L.J. Scott arrested for driving with suspended license, per report

Michigan State running back L.J. Scott was arrested Thursday for driving with a suspended license, according to the Lansing State Journal. He was released from police custody on a recognizance bond, an East Lansing Police spokesperson told the Lansing State Journal. Citing court documents, the report said that this was the seventh time Scott has faced a similar charge. He had been...
ACLU: Oklahoma school's national anthem policy is unconstitutional

ACLU: Oklahoma school's national anthem policy is unconstitutional

The American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday that an Oklahoma school's national anthem policy is unconstitutional. The statement was released after Stuart Public Schools enacted a policy requiring all students, staff and spectators to stand for the national anthem, prohibiting any form of protest. The Hughes County school's policy was announced amid a nationwide conversation about kneeling during...
House hunters, here are 5 secrets to getting the best home loan

House hunters, here are 5 secrets to getting the best home loan

Getting a home mortgage loan is one of the most important financial commitments most people will ever make, since the terms of your loan can affect your finances in a big way for years to come. Start shopping for a loan before you actually begin looking at homes, since this lets you know where you stand and gives you greater negotiating power with sellers. Your credit score has a great effect on how...
Fugitive turns himself in, with doughnuts, after issuing challenge to police

Fugitive turns himself in, with doughnuts, after issuing challenge to police

A man made good on his promise to turn himself in to police in Michigan this week with a box of doughnuts in-hand after he challenged officers to get a Facebook post shared 1,000 times after taunting the department on social media. “You guys suck!” wrote 21-year-old Michael Zaydel, who goes by the name “Champagne Torino” on Facebook, in response to an Oct. 6 post from the Redford...
Penn State recruiting mailbag: Impact of Dorian Hardy departure; Ricky Slade makes 5-star case

Penn State recruiting mailbag: Impact of Dorian Hardy departure; Ricky Slade makes 5-star case

Have Penn State football recruiting questions? We have answers. Join us every Thursday for the Land of 10 Penn State recruiting mailbag to discuss Nittany Lions recruiting. This week, we discuss a dominant October for running back Ricky Slade, the sudden opening of a scholarship spot and White Out recruiting efforts. Penn State recruiting efforts are relentless, so we...
Police officer rescues kitten and raccoon found cuddling in dumpster

Police officer rescues kitten and raccoon found cuddling in dumpster

An animal control officer with the Knoxville Police Department responded to a call that could have been taken out of a Disney movie. KMBC reported that Officer Nick Powell responded to a call about an animal stuck in a dumpster in Knoxville, Tennessee. “When Officer Powell looked inside the dumpster he located two unusual companions -- a kitten and a baby raccoon -- cuddled in the corner keeping...
Virginia Tech Mook Reynolds brings versatility to the LB position

Virginia Tech Mook Reynolds brings versatility to the LB position

Virginia Tech Mook Reynolds is a hybrid player, half outside linebacker, half nickelback, that has become a key playmaker off the edge for the Hokies defense this season. Reynolds is on pace for a possible 100 tackle season, which keeps him on par with Virginia Tech’s top linebacker combo in Tremaine Edmunds and Andrew Motuapuaka, who topped the 100 tackle mark last season...
SEC Country team prediction: Auburn looks to bounce back with win at Arkansas

SEC Country team prediction: Auburn looks to bounce back with win at Arkansas

AUBURN, Ala. — The Auburn-Arkansas game in Jordan-Hare Stadium last season one of the strangest of the year. That’s the one where the Razorbacks invaded Auburn’s prayer circle after initially taking the field, and it resulted in a bit of a scuffle. After that, Auburn throttled Arkansas with a 56-3 win. There should be a little less feistiness between the two programs...
There’s now a Harry Potter wizarding school in Central Texas

There’s now a Harry Potter wizarding school in Central Texas

Feeling bummed about never receiving your Hogwarts letter? Well, you may be able to live out your Harry Potter dreams after all. >> Read more trending news Worthwich School’s annual Worthwich Wizarding Weekend, described as a “3-day magical retreat to Worthwich School of Witchcraft and Wizardry,” is taking place in Killeen, Texas, Oct. 27-29. And yes, it’s eerily similar...
USA TODAY columnist says Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy would be “dream hire” for Arkansas

USA TODAY columnist says Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy would be “dream hire” for Arkansas

Mike Gundy has been a staple on the Oklahoma State coaching staff for more than a decade now, but one national columnist doesn’t think it’s impossible for him to be lured away from Stillwater. USA TODAY columnist Dan Wolken wrote on Thursday that Gundy could be a “dream hire” for the Arkansas Razorbacks, who have started the season with a disappointing ...
Walmart sets its sights on shopping via virtual reality

Walmart sets its sights on shopping via virtual reality

Walmart has spent billions buying up websites like Jet.com and ModCloth, and investing in new technology as it goes head-to-head with Amazon.com. Now, the world's largest retailer is setting its sights on virtual reality. Imagine this, says Katie Finnegan, who heads Walmart's tech incubator: You need a tent for your next camping trip. If all goes to plan, you could one day virtually swoop in to your...
Cowboys will have to pay DeMarcus Lawrence a fortune soon

Cowboys will have to pay DeMarcus Lawrence a fortune soon

The Dallas Cowboys spent a good chunk of last season and the draft process with the singular focus of finding a “War Daddy” at defensive end. It turned out that they had one on the roster all along in DeMarcus Lawrence. The Cowboys knew Lawrence could be productive, but now that he’s finally healthy he’s putting on an extraordinary show. It should also...
USC defense to be tested by Notre Dame’s QB/RB tandem

USC defense to be tested by Notre Dame’s QB/RB tandem

With quarterback Sam Darnold and Ronald Jones II, USC has one of the top pass/run combinations in college football. No team it has faced to this point can claim such a talented duo, but that may be about to change when the Trojans take on Notre Dame on Saturday. The Fighting Irish will lean heavily on junior running back Josh Adams and redshirt sophomore quarterback Brandon...
Former Alabama RB Derrick Henry: ‘I expect us to be smoking cigars after this game’

Former Alabama RB Derrick Henry: ‘I expect us to be smoking cigars after this game’

The third Saturday in October hasn’t been much of a rivalry recently. Tennessee hasn’t won the game since 2006. It’s still one of the better traditions in college football when the winner smokes cigars in the locker room postgame. Former Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry is convinced Alabama will do just that. Henry has every right to be confident....
Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey asked Bonzie Colson to ‘smile a little bit’

Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey asked Bonzie Colson to ‘smile a little bit’

Expectations are high for this year’s Notre Dame basketball team. The Irish will begin the season ranked 14th in the USA Today coaches’ poll. Bonzie Colson, the team’s leading scorer last season back for his senior year, has received hype as a potential All-American, including being named the preseason player of the year by the Blue Ribbon yearbook...
Clemson considering all options to solve kicking woes

Clemson considering all options to solve kicking woes

When Greg Huegel suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during practice in September, we knew Clemson’s special teams would suffer. After all, the Tigers were losing a kicker who’d been integral to their two previous postseason runs and was expected to handle kicking duties for –ideally — a third. Since his injury, Clemson has counted on Alex Spence to...
West Virginia WR David Sills V embracing position change

West Virginia WR David Sills V embracing position change

Two years and two days ago, highly-touted quarterback David Sills V made his college football debut for West Virginia. But Sills – who notably committed to USC as a 13-year-old – took the field as a wide receiver in the game against Baylor. “When I first played, all I really knew was quarterback,” Sills said in a phone interview with DieHards. “When Coach [Dana]...
Critics say  Museum of Ice Cream’s plastic sprinkles pose environmental risks

Critics say Museum of Ice Cream’s plastic sprinkles pose environmental risks

Environmentalists in San Francisco and Los Angeles are concerned about the effects of one feature at local Museum of Ice Cream locations: sprinkles.  Critics say the plastic pieces are littering California streets blocks from the pop-up museums as they’re carried out on the clothes of museum visitors. The plastic material becomes litter and has the potential to end up in the water, a danger...
This Buckhead grill was named the best 24-hour restaurant in Georgia

This Buckhead grill was named the best 24-hour restaurant in Georgia

Forget Waffle House. When it comes to finding the best restaurant open at all hours of the day, you have to look in Buckhead.  Delish magazine named the best 24-hour restaurant in each state. For Georgia, the winner was none other than R Thomas Deluxe Grill.  “If the beautiful decor isn’t enough to get you though the door,” Delish’s explanation reads...
5 Big Ten coaches named to Dodd Trophy midseason watch list

5 Big Ten coaches named to Dodd Trophy midseason watch list

Of the 20 coaches who were named to the Dodd Trophy midseason watch list Thursday, one quarter of them are from the Big Ten. Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio, Penn State’s James Franklin, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh and Ohio State’s Urban Meyer were all on the midseason list for the trophy that goes to the nation’s top...
Gwinnett Tilted Kilt fails inspection; permit suspended, roaches found

Gwinnett Tilted Kilt fails inspection; permit suspended, roaches found

A Tilted Kilt restaurant in Suwanee has failed its second consecutive health inspection, resulting in its permit being suspended until it can pass a new check, records show. The restaurant earned a 50/U on its Oct. 9 inspection and a 61/U on its follow-up inspection on Thursday. The restaurant will be closed until at least either Friday evening or Saturday morning, when it will be re-inspected...
Atlanta Humane Society taking in pups from Puerto Rico

Atlanta Humane Society taking in pups from Puerto Rico

Georgia is getting a handful of cuddly imports from Puerto Rico. On Thursday, about 130 rescued animals will land in the Peach State. Animal shelters in Puerto Rico have been nearing capacity since Hurricane Maria hit the island, knocking out power and water to many residents. About half of the animals will be placed at the Atlanta Humane Society, while the others will be sent to other animal...
Mike Gundy uses basketball coaching concepts to make his offense go

Mike Gundy uses basketball coaching concepts to make his offense go

SBNation’s Bill Connelly went very in-depth with Mike Gundy’s offense in an attempt to find out why the Cowboys are so deadly on offense . Essentially, Gundy took a page from basketball coaches and started using pacing and adaptability against opponents. Connelly writes, “Basically: acknowledge reality and use tempo as a weapon, one way or the other. When...
Here’s how intermittent fasting can help you lose weight

Here’s how intermittent fasting can help you lose weight

Intermittent fasting diets, where you incorporate periods of fasting (or near-fasting), are all the rage in the health world right now. Previous research has shown the diet may decrease risk factors for a multitude of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But can intermittent fasting really help you drop the weight? And how? According to a new study published this week in the journal ...
Arkansas recruiting mailbag: Can 2018 class drastically improve Hogs’ defense?

Arkansas recruiting mailbag: Can 2018 class drastically improve Hogs’ defense?

Welcome to SEC Country’s weekly Arkansas recruiting mailbag with reporter Trent Shadid. In this edition, we discuss the 2018 defensive class, an update on a defensive line target and more. If Arkansas signs all of its current 2018 commits, the defense will definitely be improved next season. At least from a talent perspective. It starts with defensive lineman Emmit...
Tennessee waltz: Do you think Alabama will win Saturday?

Tennessee waltz: Do you think Alabama will win Saturday?

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football continues its SEC grind with a home matchup against Tennessee on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS. The Crimson Tide pounded Arkansas, 41-9, on homecoming last Saturday night to improve to 7-0 on the season, including 4-0 in SEC play. Leading up to kickoff Saturday, we’ll be tackling the best question ...
Peachtree Corners wins green government award

Peachtree Corners wins green government award

Peachtree Corners was recognized Oct. 11 for its environmental efforts by Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful. The city received the Green Government of the Year award for 2017 at the event that featured special guest speaker Gov. Nathan Deal. Over 600 local business and community leaders attended the address held at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth. Listed among the criteria to be awarded the green government...

Sally Yates: ‘I’ve never been drawn to the idea of elective office’

On Wednesday, Joe Scarborough practically begged Sally Yates to run for elected office on MSBC’s “Morning Joe.” She dropped a few hints that an election bid – say, U.S. Senate in Georgia in 2020 – may not be in the cards. Said Scarborough: “When are you going to run for something?” “I have to tell you, I’ve never been drawn to the idea of elective...
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