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Icy roads still pose a threat for Monday commute

The storm that coated metro Atlanta in layers of snow and ice was long gone by Sunday, but forecasters warned plunging temperatures could complicate road conditions across parts of metro Atlanta and North Georgia on Monday as residents prepared to return to work and school. With temperatures set to drop below freezing overnight before warming up to the low 50s later in the day, forecasters warned...


Braves great ‘Murph’ is again denied election to baseball Hall of Fame

Braves great ‘Murph’ is again denied election to baseball Hall of Fame

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Dale Murphy and his many fans will have to keep waiting and hoping the Braves icon will someday be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. “Murph,” one of the best and most popular players in Atlanta professional-sports history, fell shy of the votes requires for election on Sunday by the Modern Baseball Era Committee, which considered 10 candidates...
Georgia medical board easy on opioid violators

Georgia medical board easy on opioid violators

Dr. Nevorn Askari started out as a pediatrician, not a drug dealer. But after getting busted for Medicaid fraud, this Emory University-trained doctor chose another path. She accepted a part-time job at a “pain clinic” operating out of a rundown Atlanta house. She saw 40 patients a day and most left happy, even though they waited hours for exams and spent only 5 or 10 minutes with the doctor...
U.S. deportation flight returns from Africa with all on board

U.S. deportation flight returns from Africa with all on board

The government’s efforts to deport 92 Somali nationals — including some who lived in Georgia and Minnesota — did not go as planned this week, when the flight encountered some snags in Senegal and returned to the U.S. with all on board. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released statement Saturday, saying relief flight crew members were “unable to get sufficient rest...
Republicans step up attacks on FBI officials over handling of Clinton, Trump probes

Republicans step up attacks on FBI officials over handling of Clinton, Trump probes

As Special Counsel Robert Mueller continues his probe of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump, Republicans in the Congress have joined Mr. Trump in stepping up attacks on the FBI, raising questions about political bias inside the top ranks of that agency, an effort that could well form the basis for partisan opposition...
Five things to know about Alabama’s U.S. Senate election

Five things to know about Alabama’s U.S. Senate election

Alabama voters head to the polls on Tuesday to decide the race for U.S. Senate between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones, and the outcome is being closely watched across the nation. No Democrat has been elected to the U.S. Senate from Alabama since 1992 and President Donald Trump won the state by nearly 30 percentage points. But allegations that Moore pursued sexual relationships with teenage...
1 dead, 1 in custody after DeKalb Waffle House robbery

1 dead, 1 in custody after DeKalb Waffle House robbery

What started as a robbery of a DeKalb County Waffle House ended in a deadly SWAT standoff Sunday morning, police said. Two people tried to rob the restaurant near intersection Evans Mill and Mall roads, DeKalb County police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said. Police tracked the suspects to a convenience store at Snapfinger Woods Drive and Shellbark Road, where gunfire erupted, Campbell said. At...
Delta Air Lines, MARTA running with minimal delays

Delta Air Lines, MARTA running with minimal delays

Delta Air Lines delayed 53 flights Sunday morning, and nine flights were canceled, which is considered normal.  Atlanta-based Delta had an overall on-time arrival rate of nearly 86.5 percent in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. That means about one out of every seven flights was delayed, based on federal calculations.  The airline canceled about 375 flights...
Georgia DOT: Monday morning commute should be ‘normal but cautious’

Georgia DOT: Monday morning commute should be ‘normal but cautious’

Melting snow and round-the-clock efforts to keep metro Atlanta roads passable should make for a typical commute Monday morning – which means it will be awful, but probably just the usual awful. Most interstate highways were already passable before the melt began Saturday afternoon. Roads were expected to refreeze overnight, and the Georgia Department of Transportation hopes you’ll...
Atlanta weather: Friday’s traffic no SnowJam, but painful all the same

Atlanta weather: Friday’s traffic no SnowJam, but painful all the same

Metro Atlanta averted another traffic disaster from a few inches of snow — but just barely. Friday’s winter storm had all the ingredients for a sequel to the region’s “Snowjam ‘14,” when a mere 2.6 inches of snow paralyzed the region and turned the area into a national laughingstock. By early afternoon, snowfall had already surpassed predictions. Schools...
How SCAD sells a dream

How SCAD sells a dream

The best-paid college president of 2014 walked the red carpet, ready for her close-up. The limelight is a familiar place for Paula Wallace, president of the Savannah College of Art and Design. On this evening last year, she posed for photographers with her husband at the school’s annual film festival. Often, she appears beside a celebrity visiting SCAD, as the school is known. It might...
Georgia retirees file class-action lawsuit over health plan

Georgia retirees file class-action lawsuit over health plan

A state board’s decision five years ago to change health insurance policies so that some recently retired educators would pay dramatically more for coverage is now the subject of a class-action lawsuit. Some of the retirees — who have seen their rates about triple since they retired this year — argue in the lawsuit filed last week in Fulton County Superior Court that the Department...
Falcons move back into sixth and final NFC playoff spot

Falcons move back into sixth and final NFC playoff spot

With Jacksonville’s win over Seattle, coupled with the Falcons win over the Saints and a previous win over Seattle, the Falcons, after NFC play this week, are in the sixth and final playoff spot with three games to play. The defending NFC champion Falcons (8-5) hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Seahawks by virtue of their 34-31 win on Nov. 20. The Falcons are one game behind the Panthers...
Georgia DOT: ‘Use extreme caution’ during this morning’s commute

Georgia DOT: ‘Use extreme caution’ during this morning’s commute

The Georgia Department of Transportation urged motorists to be cautious this morning as metro Atlanta recovers from Friday’s winter storm. GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale said black ice will be a problem across the metro area, so drivers should stay alert and drive slowly. If they encounter black ice, they should report the location to GDOT by calling 511, and crews will be dispatched to treat...
‘The Walking Dead’ recap (‘How It’s Gotta Be’) season 8, episode 8

‘The Walking Dead’ recap (‘How It’s Gotta Be’) season 8, episode 8

Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes – The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC Posted Monday, December 11, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog The shocking moment promised by the producers came at the very waning seconds: Carl is bit. He’s going to die. Next episode. In February. Folks online...
Budenholzer benches Schroder late in Hawks loss at Knicks

Budenholzer benches Schroder late in Hawks loss at Knicks

Mike Budenholzer said it was a “coach’s decision” to leave Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder on the bench for the final eight-plus minutes of Sunday’s 111-107 loss to the Knicks. Schroder said Budenholzer didn’t offer him an explanation. “You’ve got to ask Coach and then let me know,” Schroder said. “I’m supposed to be out there but it didn&rsquo...
Two more hires as Braves’ forward-thinking front office takes shape

Two more hires as Braves’ forward-thinking front office takes shape

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- New Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos was part of a Dodgers front office at the forefront in its use of analytics, cutting-edge technology and other current trends in baseball, and he’s putting together a similarly forward-thinking group in Atlanta. The Braves and Anthopoulos made two more front-office hires Sunday, pulling Alex Tamin away from the...
Asad, Walkes left unprotected by Atlanta United

Asad, Walkes left unprotected by Atlanta United

Atlanta United left unprotected on Sunday 15 players, including Yamil Asad, Anton Walkes and Romario Williams, for the upcoming expansion draft. MLS allowed each of the 22 teams to protect as many as 11 players. Those lists of protected/unprotected players were released by the league on Sunday. The expansion draft to help LAFC build its roster for its inaugural season will be held Tuesday. The team...
Fulton County Schools closed Monday, but some employees to work

Fulton County Schools closed Monday, but some employees to work

Fulton County Schools will remain closed Monday because of “persistent icy road conditions” in parts of the county.  The district announced the decision shortly after 5:30 p.m. Sunday. But not everyone is getting a snow day. The district said in a written statement that employees who work 220-day, 225-day and 235-day calendars are to report at their regular work times Monday...
Decatur schools’ post-storm schedule Monday

Decatur schools’ post-storm schedule Monday

Students in Decatur will return to school Monday after a wintry mix coated the ground into the weekend. While school districts to the north, such as Cobb County, are remaining closed due to the effects of the snowstorm, including power outages, Decatur and surrounding DeKalb County emerged relatively unscathed. A sunny Sunday helped to reduce the ice on roads in Decatur, where district spokeswoman...
Game preview: Hawks at Knicks

Game preview: Hawks at Knicks

Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis lost to Lauri Markkanen and the Bulls on Saturday. (AP Photo) When/where: 7:30 p.m. today, Madison Square Garden TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks— John Collins (shoulder), Dewayne Dedmon (leg) and Mike Muscala (ankle) are out; Luke Babbitt (back) is probable. Knicks—Tim Hardaway Jr. (Jonathan Isaac (ankle)...
NFL player arrested after alleged drunken behavior at Chamblee nightclub

NFL player arrested after alleged drunken behavior at Chamblee nightclub

Seattle Seahawks rookie defensive tackle Malik McDowell is out on bond after being arrested at a Chamblee night club early Sunday morning. McDowell was at the SL Lounge in the 4100 block of Buford Highway, when police were called shortly before 2:30 a.m., according to an arrest report. The NFL player - who has yet to see any action after he was hurt in an ATV crash before the season started - allegedly...
In the end, Army-Navy uplifts us all

In the end, Army-Navy uplifts us all

While maybe you wouldn’t want to make a steady diet of the kind of grind-it-out football that Army and Navy inevitably play, there is one very reassuring take-away from Saturday’s Black Knights 14-13 victory over the Midshipmen: If, as future soldiers and sailors these players hold their positions like they hold the football, then we can all sleep well at night. There were but a total...
9 things to know about trekking through the Atlanta snow this weekend

9 things to know about trekking through the Atlanta snow this weekend

Winter came early for Atlantans Friday morning when record-snowfall struck the city and other parts of Georgia. As the snowflakes began to cover the streets, school districts and businesses began announcing early dismissals and road conditions became increasingly hazardous for locals. The snowfall might have come to an end by Saturday, but the weather will continue to impact the metro area throughout...
Braves hire Tamin as director of major league operations

Braves hire Tamin as director of major league operations

New Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos tapped into his Blue Jays roots previously to fill a front-office post in Atlanta, now he’s hiring someone from his more recent stint with the Dodgers.  The Braves and Anthopoulos have hired Alex Tamin as director of major league operations. Tamin served as director of baseball operations for Dodgers, where he worked with Anthopoulos, who was...
Atlanta United busy in MLS trade window

Atlanta United busy in MLS trade window

Atlanta United was active if not necessarily impactful in the MLS half-day trade window on Sunday. The traded traded away the rights to striker Kenwyne Jones and goalkeeper Alex Tambakis, the team’s first-ever announced signing, as well as Harrison Heath. Their options were declined by the team after the season. Jones, who indicated on social media weeks ago that he may be retiring and implied...
Ryan plans to shake off 10th lowest passer-rated game of his career 

Ryan plans to shake off 10th lowest passer-rated game of his career 

For the Falcons’ playoff push to really take off, they need the real Matt Ryan to stand up. The reigning most valuable player turned in lowest passer rating in 39 games in the 20-17 win over the Saints on Thursday. The Falcons (8-5) are set to play Tampa Bay at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18 at Raymond James Stadium.  Ryan completed 15 of 27 passes for 221 yards. He threw for one touchdown,...
Kennesaw State football says it’ll be back

Kennesaw State football says it’ll be back

The things that carried Kennesaw State through its successful third season went missing in just enough key moments for the Owls to fall to Sam Houston State 34-27 in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs on Saturday in Huntsville, Texas. A team that tackled well and avoided costly penalties in winning the Big South Conference and its first two playoff games, the Owls weren’t as strong in both...
Clark Howard’s 27th foster kids Christmas gift drive still needs help

Clark Howard’s 27th foster kids Christmas gift drive still needs help

Clark Howard meets Amanda Howard, who has helped out 23 out of 27 years of the event, save for four years living in Kentucky. Her mom has brought her as a teen and she has been bringing her daughter Emily, now 12, as well. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com Posted Sunday, December 10, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Consumer guru Clark Howard...
Five observations from the Hawks’ 117-110 win over the Magic

Five observations from the Hawks’ 117-110 win over the Magic

The Hawks played one of their most energetic games Saturday night, when Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 26 points and Kent Bazemore added 19 and a couple huge defensive plays/dunks in the final minute in Philips Arena to trigger a 117-110 win over the Magic. Here are five observations from a fun game:  The Hawks (6-19) started quickly as one might expect of a team that last played Wednesday...
Temps rise, but icy roads expected Monday morning

Temps rise, but icy roads expected Monday morning

Today: Abundant sunshine. High 44 Tonight: Clear skies. Low 31 Tomorrow: Mainly sunny. High 53 Though air and pavement temperatures are above freezing and ice has melted off most of the roads, conditions are expected to worsen overnight. “Pavement temperatures are out of the ‘danger zone’ across metro Atlanta,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Katie Walls...
Kennesaw State’s rally falls short in FCS playoffs

Kennesaw State’s rally falls short in FCS playoffs

Trailing by as many as 17 points in the first half, Kennesaw State’s chance to tie Sam Houston State in the quarterfinals of the FCS playoffs fell short on fourth-and-5 at the 11-yard line with less than two minutes remaining. The Bearkats escaped with a 34-27 victory in Huntsville, Texas, Saturday night. The loss ended Kennesaw State’s 12-game win streak and its third season of football...
Concert review and photos: Trans-Siberian Orchestra brings comfort and joy to Duluth

Concert review and photos: Trans-Siberian Orchestra brings comfort and joy to Duluth

It hasn’t been an easy year for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra family. In July, longtime bassist David “Z” Zablidowsky was killed in a car accident while touring with his other band, Adrenaline Mob. Three months earlier, TSO endured serious heartache when founder Paul O’Neill, 61, died from an unexpected reaction to prescription medication. But the organization...
Army’s ground forces outflank Navy, barely

Army’s ground forces outflank Navy, barely

It hardly was the most efficient snow-removal system, but certainly the most precise. Thousands of feet synched as a single pair – left, right, left, right – clearing tracks in the newly dusted field.  Shoulder to shoulder, company by company, the 4,400-member corps of Army cadets marched first into Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, nearly three hours before kickoff. Leading the...
Stacey Evans: Casey Cagle couldn’t find a woman lawmaker for a sexual harassment panel?

Stacey Evans: Casey Cagle couldn’t find a woman lawmaker for a sexual harassment panel?

Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Evans in an October file photo. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com Democrat Stacey Evans was the first candidate for governor to exceed room temperature this frigid Saturday, blistering Republican rival Casey Cagle for failing to appoint a woman to a select state House-Senate committee on sexual harassment. Said Evans, one of women vying for the Democratic...
Warnings issued even as snow melts: beware black ice

Warnings issued even as snow melts: beware black ice

Despite the significant snowfall that blanketed much of North Georgia on Friday night, by late Saturday morning metro Atlanta began recovering from power outages, downed trees and delayed or canceled flights. But there was a foreboding to the drip, drip, drip that comes when snow meets sunshine. Black ice. “We will be dealing with black ice and icy patches throughout tonight and again Sunday...
High school football championship games rescheduled for next weekend

High school football championship games rescheduled for next weekend

Saturday’s high school football state championship games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium have been postponed and will be played next weekend. Two of the four games scheduled for Friday were postponed after heavy snow hit metro Atlanta during the day on Friday.  Two of Saturday’s games were postponed at the time, and the final two games scheduled for today were officially postponed...
John Boyega may miss ‘Last Jedi’ premiere, stuck in Atlanta due to snow

John Boyega may miss ‘Last Jedi’ premiere, stuck in Atlanta due to snow

Uh oh, there’s a chance “Star Wars” actor John Boyega may not make it to the Los Angeles premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The actor, who plays former stormtrooper-turned-Resistance fighter Finn in the franchise, posted a series of tweets Saturday morning about a disturbance in the force that’s keeping him from leaving Atlanta. But really...
‘Widespread black ice’ possible overnight

‘Widespread black ice’ possible overnight

Snow has stopped falling and started melting in many areas throughout metro Atlanta. But that could lead to another potential hazard for many residents. “Widespread black ice” is possible early Sunday as the temperature is expected to fall to the mid-20s overnight, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Katie Walls said. "A big concern I have is what melts this afternoon will refreeze...
Worst global warming predictions likely the most accurate, study finds

Worst global warming predictions likely the most accurate, study finds

The worst-case predictions regarding the effects of global warming are the most likely to be true, a new study published this week has warned. "Our study indicates that if emissions follow a commonly used business-as-usual scenario, there is a 93 per cent chance that global warming will exceed 4°C by the end of this century," Dr. Ken Caldeira, an atmospheric scientist at the Carnegie...
Snow makes metro Atlanta colleges revise Saturday schedules

Snow makes metro Atlanta colleges revise Saturday schedules

Several metro Atlanta colleges and universities revised their plans to reopen Saturday as snow continues to blanket the region and state transportation officials urge motorists to stay off the roads. Here’s the latest schedule for some campuses: Kennesaw State University has closed all of its campuses Saturday. It is delaying opening Sunday until 10 a.m. The University of West Georgia,...
Melting snow helps Atlanta roads, but they’ll refreeze tonight

Melting snow helps Atlanta roads, but they’ll refreeze tonight

[2:05 p.m.]: Sunny skies and warming temperatures helped clear metro Atlanta roads Saturday afternoon. But freezing temperatures later are expected to leave roads icy again tonight and Sunday morning, and state transportation officials urged motorists to stay off the roads. “We will be dealing with black ice and icy patches throughout tonight and again Sunday,” Georgia Department...
Thousands still without power after storm

Thousands still without power after storm

Saturday marked another day of snow and ice in metro Atlanta. Also, there were steps toward recovery. Here’s a recap: [6:53 p.m.]: Several churches have called off or delayed services and activities Sunday; here’s a list, from Channel 2 Action News. [5:57 p.m.]: As of 5 p.m., about 80,000 customers were without power, Georgia Power said....
Buffalo soldier’s mission now is to keep historic unit’s story alive

Buffalo soldier’s mission now is to keep historic unit’s story alive

Harold S. Cole grew up hearing stories of the legendary buffalo soldiers. Cole, 93, is one of the oldest surviving members of the all-black horse cavalry and infantry units he always admired, serving from 1942 until 1946. His mission today is to make sure that their rich history is never forgotten. “I want people to know about these units,” said Cole, who lives in Mableton and is a retired...
Catching up on a hectic, productive LSU recruiting weekend

Catching up on a hectic, productive LSU recruiting weekend

LSU football is in the news every day, and  the Bayou Bengal Briefing is here to keep you updated with the latest headlines five mornings a week. Join us every Monday through Friday for the biggest news on Tigers football, recruiting, baseball and more. Enjoy! LSU doesn’t return to the practice field until Tuesday, and the bowl game isn’t for...
75th Golden Globe Awards nominees to be announced

75th Golden Globe Awards nominees to be announced

Stars of the small and big screen will find out who could be taking home a Golden Globes award as the nominations will be announced for the Golden Globes Awards Monday morning starting at 8:15 a.m. >> Read more trending news According to Vanity Fair, Expected nominees include “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Dunkirk” for Best Motion Picture, Drama...
8.8 million Americans face big tax hike if Republicans scrap the medical deduction

8.8 million Americans face big tax hike if Republicans scrap the medical deduction

Anne Hammer is one of millions of elderly Americans who could face a substantial tax hike in 2018 depending on the final negotiations over the Republican tax bill.  In her retirement community in Chestertown, Maryland, it's the big topic of conversation.  Hammer is 71. Like many seniors, her medical bills are piling up. There are doctor visits, insurance premiums, drugs, a colonoscopy, a...
Jane Fonda’s star-studded birthday bash supports GCAPP

Jane Fonda’s star-studded birthday bash supports GCAPP

Jane Fonda celebrated her 80th birthday in Buckhead Saturday night by gathering some of her closest friends to support the  Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential, which she founded in 1995. The event at The Whitley, the hotel formerly known as The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, was themed “Eight Decades of Jane” and raised $1.3 million. Media mogul...
Phillip Fulmer says Tennessee football aiming to make Alabama ‘sweat again’

Phillip Fulmer says Tennessee football aiming to make Alabama ‘sweat again’

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Alabama has won 11 straight football games against Tennessee, dating back to a 16-13 Vols’ victory in 2006 when Philip Fulmer was still the head coach. Fulmer, now the athletic director at Tennessee, is ready to make this unique new chapter of the “Third Saturday in October” rivalry competitive again by hiring Alabama’s Jeremy...
Moore calls sexual-assault allegations ‘ritual defamation’

Moore calls sexual-assault allegations ‘ritual defamation’

In his first sit-down interview since Dec. 4, and his first on local Alabama television since last month, Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore told reporter Bill Britt that the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct were engaged in "ritual defamation" against him.  "I do not know them. I had no encounter with them. I have never molested anyone," Moore said in an interview...
In Franken’s wake, three senators call on President Trump to resign

In Franken’s wake, three senators call on President Trump to resign

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and two of his Democratic colleagues have suggested that President Donald Trump should consider resigning, after a run of sexual harassment scandals that has driven out some members of Congress.  Sen. Al Franken "felt it proper for him to resign," Sanders said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday morning, referring to the Democrat...
Trump wants Washington Post reporter fired for misleading tweet

Trump wants Washington Post reporter fired for misleading tweet

President Donald Trump on Saturday called for a Washington Post reporter to be fired over a misleading tweet about the size of the crowd at a rally for the president on Friday in Pensacola, Florida.  The reporter, Dave Weigel, posted a picture of an arena with many empty seats. He deleted the tweet after learning that the venue had not yet filled up.  On Saturday night, the president posted...
Texas father kills 2 children in apparent murder-suicide, police say

Texas father kills 2 children in apparent murder-suicide, police say

A Texas neighborhood is shaken by the deaths of two young children, which authorities believe came at the hand of their father. According to the Star-Telegram, police responded to a North Richland Hills home over the weekend after a mother called 911. The mother was uninjured, but two children and an adult man, later found to be their father, were found dead at the residence. >>...
Sen. Richard Shelby bucks his party and president to oppose Moore for Senate

Sen. Richard Shelby bucks his party and president to oppose Moore for Senate

When Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama came hat in hand to Capitol Hill last month to ask his state's senior Republican for help raising money, Sen. Richard C. Shelby had a blunt reply.  "I told him he could raise it himself, you know like I did, you know like everybody else," said Shelby, who has about $10 million cash in his campaign account, with no prospects of a competitive...
Early look at Penn State’s Fiesta Bowl trip; Heisman voter explains why he had Saquon Barkley No. 2 on his ballot

Early look at Penn State’s Fiesta Bowl trip; Heisman voter explains why he had Saquon Barkley No. 2 on his ballot

Penn State football is the No. 1 topic in We are… Awake every day — but we cover news, notes and analysis from across Nittany Lions sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Penn State football, recruiting, basketball and more. Penn State and Washington will hook up in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30th, in a game that...
Iowa official visit recaps; injuries forcing C.J. Fiedorowicz’s possible retirement

Iowa official visit recaps; injuries forcing C.J. Fiedorowicz’s possible retirement

Iowa football is always the main topic in Iowa Breakfast Club, Land of 10’s daily Hawkeyes notebook — but we cover news, notes and analysis across Hawkeyes sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Iowa football, recruiting, basketball and more. MORE: Want this roundup in your inbox every morning? ...
Jonathan Taylor’s 2018 Heisman Trophy chances; struggles continue for Wisconsin basketball

Jonathan Taylor’s 2018 Heisman Trophy chances; struggles continue for Wisconsin basketball

Wisconsin football and basketball are always the main topics in Bucky’s Breakfast, Land of 10’s daily Badgers notebook — but we cover news, notes and analysis across Badgers sports. Join us each morning to get caught up on everything you missed in the world of Wisconsin football, recruiting, basketball and more. By coming in sixth in the Heisman Trophy...
Could regional flavor of CFP cause fans to tune out?

Could regional flavor of CFP cause fans to tune out?

Hardcore college football fans across the country undoubtedly will be tuned in for the College Football Playoff. But what about casual fans outside SEC, ACC and Big 12 country?  With the Pac-12 and Big Ten not represented in the four-team playoff, a TV sports viewership analyst said interest could be tempered on the West Coast, upper Midwest and Northeast.  The campuses of Clemson, Georgia...
Miami aims for wins this month in recruiting, Orange Bowl

Miami aims for wins this month in recruiting, Orange Bowl

As the hype machine cranked up for the Orange Bowl, Miami coach Mark Richt made a point of stressing that the Hurricanes are in it to win it. That, no doubt, will be the case when the No. 10 Hurricanes face the No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers on Dec. 30 at Hard Rock Stadium. But at this moment, Richt and his staff are intently focused on the highest-stakes game being played in college football — as...
Hidden San Diego website offers adventure but raises ethical questions

Hidden San Diego website offers adventure but raises ethical questions

SAN DIEGO — The first time Jessica Johnson explored the Mushroom Caves in Solana Beach she was trespassing.  It was 2013, a few years after the 35-year-old elementary school art teacher first started documenting her passion for adventurous, sometimes dangerous hikes on her increasingly popular website Hidden San Diego.   Walking along the path recently, Johnson recalled that initial...
Food-makers are taking salt and sugar out of food. But they're adding fat.

Food-makers are taking salt and sugar out of food. But they're adding fat.

Buffeted by changing consumer demands and concerns over the health effects of excess salt and sugar, the world's largest food companies have tried to make their products more healthful. Many have promised to reduce sodium and added sugars. Others have removed artificial colors and additives. But a new, peer-reviewed government report suggests these tweaks have not made packaged foods more healthful...
Katrina evacuee Hicks takes the long road to DI basketball

Katrina evacuee Hicks takes the long road to DI basketball

The floodwaters' power erased the carpet on the lower half of the stairs, leaving nothing but exposed wood and nails. Mildew covered what was left downstairs, and a pungent, decaying smell embedded in the nostrils.  This was the home of Kevin Hicks' grandmother and, in a way, she was lucky. The water did not reach the second story.  A few minutes away in New Orleans' 9th Ward, Hicks' childhood...
Travel Tips: Australia, in luxury and style, for less

Travel Tips: Australia, in luxury and style, for less

No matter the time of year, with the December holidays being the exception, a luxury vacation to Australia on a limited budget is definitely doable, according to John Cantrell, an Australia specialist with New York City travel company Indagare.  “Australia isn’t exactly a bargain destination, but you can make your money go further if you know where to spend it there and where not...
Trump accusers deserve a voice, Nikki Haley declares

Trump accusers deserve a voice, Nikki Haley declares

Nikki R. Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said Sunday that women who have accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct “should be heard,” a surprising break from the administration’s long-standing assertion that the allegations are false and that voters rightly dismissed them when they elected Trump.  Haley, a former governor and one of the highest-ranking...
With mobile camping, remote destinations and light footprints

With mobile camping, remote destinations and light footprints

Mobile camping experiences, with easily movable tents and gear, are popping up in some of the remotest corners of the world, allowing travelers to explore unspoiled landscapes while leaving a light footprint.  Around the World   “Authentic connection with the natural world is hard to find when staying in traditional accommodations,” said Tom Marchant, a founder of the luxury...
These holiday easy cookie recipes will impress your friends

These holiday easy cookie recipes will impress your friends

Even if you bake only for special occasions, this is the time of year you're most likely to preheat the oven and stir up some doughs. The latest editions to our 13th annual holiday cookie collection are more accessible than ever. By way of introduction, in alphabetical order, they are: Makes 36 to 40 cookies These buttery-tasting, crispy-crunchy cookies couldn't be easier to make. Some folks coat...
Meat and potatoes get an upgrade

Meat and potatoes get an upgrade

I’m an ardent vegetable lover, but, sometimes, what I really want to eat is meat and potatoes. It could be a weeknight pan-grilled steak, just big enough for two, cooked on the rare side of medium-rare and served with baked potatoes. Or perhaps juicy braised short ribs and a creamy potato purée. I could go on. If guests are coming, a simple meat-and-potatoes option makes for carefree...
10 value wines for the holidays

10 value wines for the holidays

'Tis the season to party hardy. If you're a wine enthusiast with discriminating taste and an unlimited budget, no problem. Luxury wines abound. For those with less elastic wallets, the good news is that delicious, high-quality wines at value prices are in abundance, too. This week's tasting notes are dedicated to the proposition that you don't have to spend big to enjoy delicious wine. The 10 wines...
The top-rated NFL free agents for 2018

The top-rated NFL free agents for 2018

The 2017 season is a lost cause for approximately a third of the league at this point. That means it's a good time to start looking forward to what can be done to fix that over the course of the offseason. The cap is once again expected to make a sizable leap in the upcoming league year, which means pay days abound. Here are the guys who made themselves the most money by exceeding expectations this...

When travel to Cuba was easy, romance flourished; under Trump, new rules are keeping couples apart

For Jennifer Herrera, a 20-year-old student and daughter of Cuban immigrants, Halloween was supposed to be special. It would have been the first with her fiancé, Andro, after they reunited in the United States.  Herrera fell fast for Andro when she traveled to Cuba in 2016. He was a friend of her cousin, and over her month-long stay, they became friends. But one day, Herrera and Andro...

America’s hippest city is Vancouver, Washington?

As your truly hip West Coast neighbors, we can appreciate good irony.  Vancouver, Washington, was recently named the country’s “most hipster city” when it comes to tattoos, beer and other signs of “hipsterdom,” according to a London-based moving-information company. Tacoma and Spokane ranked No. 6 and No. 7, respectively.   We (No. 20 Seattle) are collectively...
Five wine books to give this holiday season

Five wine books to give this holiday season

The fascination with wine begins with the land, which year after year has the potential to produce something different and original from the same vineyard. So it is with wine writers, who each year plow more or less the same terrain, finding novel and provocative ways of presenting their material. Here are five of the most interesting books on wine that were published in 2017, which would make excellent...
Healdsburg, in heart of California wine country, is open for business

Healdsburg, in heart of California wine country, is open for business

The signs are everywhere, and their messages simple. “Thank you, firefighters,” reads one, “God bless.” “Thank you for saving our town,” reads another.  And another, “Thank you, firefighters, police, EMTs, first responders, and volunteers.” Then finally, one that is more prevalent than the others, “The love in the air is thicker than the smoke...
The year’s best baking cookbooks, for novices and pros

The year’s best baking cookbooks, for novices and pros

Novice bakers might be hesitant about folding egg whites and proofing yeast, but nothing frightens their floury souls more than the prospect of making pie dough from scratch. This is one of the things I learned from cozying up with some of the best baking books of 2017 — with one notable exception: Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh’s wonderful new book “Sweet” (Ten Speed Press...

Talk Travel: Don't want to look like a tourist? Leave the sports jerseys at home.

The Washington Post's Travel section writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:  Q: I am traveling to Italy in May and June. What type of clothes to pack so I might not look too much of an American tourist. Also, I'm pondering what type of bag-purse to carry during the day/evening. Any suggestions? Thanks!   A: Clothing is pretty...
Noah Syndergaard says he has 'never felt better' with new regimen

Noah Syndergaard says he has 'never felt better' with new regimen

A handful of New York Mets players were in town Thursday to help host the team’s annual holiday party. Outfielder Brandon Nimmo dressed up as Santa Claus, while starter Noah Syndergaard, reliever Jerry Blevins and catcher Kevin Plawecki were his elves, handing out toys to schoolchildren at Citi Field. Understandably, much of the attention was on Syndergaard, the largest elf of them all and someone...
Pittsburgh has been Pennsylvania's pro sports capital the past 50 years

Pittsburgh has been Pennsylvania's pro sports capital the past 50 years

Pittsburgh and Philadelphia share a common first letter, a commonwealth and little else. Philly's got more people, more land, more attitude. Statistics suggest it's more expensive and more stressful to live there. It's got more history, more theaters and restaurants and 1.6 million more TV-viewing households. But in the one comparison that matters most, at least to all the sports-crazed residents...
What is this CICO diet, and is it really as bad as people are claiming?

What is this CICO diet, and is it really as bad as people are claiming?

As the new year creeps closer and closer, people are sure to begin tossing around ideas for their New Year’s resolution. And, as always, weight loss, healthy eating and more time spent exercising are sure to become topics of conversation. And, as expected, a trendy diet has already started to make its way across the internet, and it seems easy enough.  The diet, known as CICO, stands for...
Shaking up what we think we know about salt

Shaking up what we think we know about salt

Salt has gotten so complicated. Used to be, the worst you’d hear about it was poor Lot’s wife being turned into a pillar of the stuff. But now, every time we contemplate lifting the shaker to douse our eggs, each time we glance at a food label or eat a pickle, we feel guilt pangs, hearing echoes of “too much sodium causes (insert negative medical condition here).”  The...
College coaches collect millions when schools want to get rid of them

College coaches collect millions when schools want to get rid of them

The rising price of big-time college football is reflected in dry language buried within the 21/2-page contract extension Jim Mora signed with UCLA last year. Sixty-one words detail the bill for UCLA to fire the coach without cause: "Eighty percent of the Base Salary and Talent Fee remaining to be paid ... " That meant the school could owe Mora more than $12 million after dismissing him...
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