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Who shot the sheriff? Justice elusive for Georgia lawman gunned down 45 years ago

The call came in around midnight: a burglary at the Polk County High School. Sheriff Frank Lott, back from dinner with his family at the Bonanza Steakhouse, was minding the jail in Cedartown while the rest of his tiny force attended to a problem at nearby Hightower Falls. So, Lott enlisted Benny Clark, a 29-year-old “trustee” serving 90-days for DUI, to come along. Near the main schoolhouse...


Big pensions on the rise in Georgia retirement systems

Big pensions on the rise in Georgia retirement systems

The number of Georgia retired university employees, teachers and state employees receiving pensions of more than $100,000 a year has more than doubled in the past six years, according to retirement system records. But state law prevents the public from going online and looking up who any of those retirees are, despite massive taxpayer investment in the retirement funds. An Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
Swastika in Atlanta fifth-grade classroom offers lessons for 10-year-olds and all of us

Swastika in Atlanta fifth-grade classroom offers lessons for 10-year-olds and all of us

A parent at Mary Lin, one of the Atlanta’s highest-performing schools, posted a note on Facebook about a Jewish teacher discovering a drawing of a swastika in her classroom last week. Her comments generated social media discussion of how this vile symbol of hate made its way to a fifth grade classroom and what is the appropriate response of parents and APS. Unfortunately...
DeKalb’s largest sewage spill in years pollutes Nancy Creek

DeKalb’s largest sewage spill in years pollutes Nancy Creek

Millions of gallons of raw sewage gushed from a broken pipe in Brookhaven for nine straight days this month, pouring dangerous pollutants into Nancy Creek, before workers finally put a stop to DeKalb County’s largest spill in more than a decade. The county government announced Tuesday that workers have stanched the 3.9 million gallon spill, but residents should avoid the creek area near Peachtree...
Life with Gracie: How Aimee Copeland will use nature to help others with disabilities

Life with Gracie: How Aimee Copeland will use nature to help others with disabilities

The idea came to her during one of the darkest periods of Aimee Copeland’s life. After nearly dying from a flesh-eating bacterial infection, Copeland felt crushed. To save her life, doctors had amputated both her hands, her right foot and her entire right leg. “I was feeling bad for myself, thinking I wouldn’t be able to go hiking in the woods or any of the other things I used...
Probation company to pay Georgians forced to take drug tests

Probation company to pay Georgians forced to take drug tests

A federal judge on Tuesday signed off on an agreement that forces a private probation company to repay 106 mostly impoverished people convicted of traffic offenses for drug tests they were forced to take without a judge’s order. On top of reimbursing those who unnecessarily paid for drug testing, Sentinel Offender Services must also pay them damages up to $90 for each unauthorized urine test...
Brother of Atlanta Hawks owner could make big downtown development bet

Brother of Atlanta Hawks owner could make big downtown development bet

Development partners linked to the Atlanta Hawks are said to be in negotiations to acquire the former Norfolk Southern railroad office complex bordering downtown’s Gulch, a move that offers a glimpse into an expanding, but still secretive plan by the partners to revitalize the city’s core. It’s unclear when the sale of the complex will close. The eight-story structure — multiple...
Is Atlanta's water safe?

Is Atlanta's water safe?

If you're one of the millions of customers who are supplied with water by the city of Atlanta or other metro Atlanta county water systems, you probably have wondered ‘is it safe?’ From drinking to bathing to cooking, we count on turning on the faucet and getting clean, safe water for our daily needs. With intermittent boil advisories placed on Atlanta’s water customers...
Hartsfield-Jackson gets federal grant for taxiway project

Hartsfield-Jackson gets federal grant for taxiway project

A taxiway construction project to improve safety and allow more flights to take off at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is getting a boost from the federal government. The Federal Aviation Administration is awarding a $15.8 million infrastructure grant to Hartsfield-Jackson to fund the first phase of construction of the Runway 9L “end-around” taxiway. The end-around taxiway is...
Is the term ‘anti-aging’ offensive to women?

Is the term ‘anti-aging’ offensive to women?

America is still a youth obsessed culture, but that may be changing…slowly. Thousands of women around the country (and the globe) are asking two major cosmetics firms L’Oreal and Estee Lauder to stop using the term “anti-aging” on product packaging and in their marketing. Related: Anti-aging medicine earns converts and critics The campaign, on Care2.com ...
Georgia Tech allies itself with Adidas, which has always been cool

Georgia Tech allies itself with Adidas, which has always been cool

The Stan Smith. I have the model with black trim. Just sayin’. This was the 1969 Final Four, which wasn’t then known as the Final Four: UCLA, with Alcindor/Abdul-Jabbar and his stellar supporting cast, beat Purdue for the national title; Drake — yes, Drake — and North Carolina were the losing semifinalists. A check of photos shows that all four teams ...
Poll: How many starters do Braves have for next season? 1, 2 … any?

Poll: How many starters do Braves have for next season? 1, 2 … any?

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz (26) delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland) The Braves reached a new season low Monday night, and I realize that’s saying a lot for a team that has lost 10 of its last 14 games and is on pace for a third-straight 90-loss...
NAACP will protest GA city’s ‘white and fair’ Confederate monument

NAACP will protest GA city’s ‘white and fair’ Confederate monument

(TODD BENNETT / AUGUSTA CHRONICLE) A Georgia NAACP branch will hold a rally to demand removal of one of the state’s most defiant pro-Confederacy memorials outside of Stone Mountain: a 76-foot spire in downtown Augusta bearing the inscription, “No nation rose so white and fair. None fell so pure of crime.” Last week, in the wake of violence in Charlottesville, Va., Georgia&rsquo...
Ga. college leaders fear big impact of threatened research cuts

Ga. college leaders fear big impact of threatened research cuts

Educators at several Georgia colleges and universities are increasingly fearful that federal funding for research, currently topping $1.2 billion a year, may be significantly cut under President Trump’s proposed budget, which they say could force widespread layoffs, disrupt some research and curtail training. The presidents of eight of the state’s most influential research institutions...
Trial postponed in death of Henry County foster child

Trial postponed in death of Henry County foster child

  A Henry County judge has postponed a trial date previously set for October in the case of foster parents accused of killing a 2-year-old girl in their care, officials said Tuesday.  Jennifer Rosenbaum pleaded not guilty on charges of malice murder, felony murder, first-degree cruelty to children and aggravated battery in connection with the death of Lalia Marie Daniel on Nov. 17,...
McKinley pleased with his NFL debut

McKinley pleased with his NFL debut

Falcons rookie first-round pick defensive end Takkarist McKinley wasn’t feeling the offense’s opening drive against Pittsburgh. Matt Ryan used 10 plays to march the offense 91 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.  While the score was nice and all, McKinley was ready for his first NFL action against the Steelers at Heinz Field on NFL Network.  “It was a great feeling...
BREAKING: Man killed in DeKalb crash

BREAKING: Man killed in DeKalb crash

A 24-year-old man died Tuesday afternoon when his Suzuki SUV collided head-on with a dump truck, DeKalb County police said. The incident occurred at Rogers Lake Road and Scales Road in the Lithonia area, police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said. No identities or details were available. — Please return to AJC.com for updates.
UGA group considers removing painting of Confederate leader

UGA group considers removing painting of Confederate leader

A University of Georgia student organization may remove a portrait of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee from its hall, saying this month’s deadly, racially-charged clashes in Charlottesville, Va. convinced some leaders now is the time to remove it. “With the tensions in Charlottesville, it’s the right time to bring it down,” Alanna Pierce, president of the organization, the...
5 things we learned at Falcons’ practice on Tuesday

5 things we learned at Falcons’ practice on Tuesday

 Here are five things we learned at Falcons practice on Tuesday: 1. Jones looked great. Head coach Dan Quinn said he’ll “consider” playing All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones in game three. Jones looked like he was getting ready for action. He made a nice strong move on an inside route and zoomed past the safety. On another play, he ran past the coverage and tracked down a deep...
Carol Costello’s new HLN show debuted this week

Carol Costello’s new HLN show debuted this week

This was posted on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Atlanta-based HLN is attempting to zig where CNN zags. While CNN obsesses over every move Trump, HLN is chasing after a different news audience, one that is less driven by politics and what happens in D.C. and generally more female. In fact, HLN’s entire on-air daytime staff...
At $700M, Powerball jackpot now second-largest ever

At $700M, Powerball jackpot now second-largest ever

Powerball jackpots of triple-figure millions are nothing new. But the top prize for Wednesday’s drawing is getting closer to the biggest ever. After rolling over 20 times since June 14, the jackpot is at an estimated $700 million, according to Georgia Lottery officials. Only one other Powerball jackpot was larger: the $1.5 billion payoff for the Jan. 13, 2016, drawing. You can watch the Powerball...
Atlanta fans can ‘Rise Up’ on the wings of 73,000-pound falcon

Atlanta fans can ‘Rise Up’ on the wings of 73,000-pound falcon

“Rise Up” they said. Apparently, they really, really meant it. When Mercedes-Benz Stadium officially opens Saturday for an Atlanta Falcons preseason game, this city will witness the return to action of Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and the rest of the team that made “Rise Up” its rallying cry on the way to the Super Bowl last year. Still, it’s a brand-new bird who’s hands...
Ludacris announces ‘LudaDay Weekend’ lineup, performance at Atlanta PGA Tour Championship

Ludacris announces ‘LudaDay Weekend’ lineup, performance at Atlanta PGA Tour Championship

Ludacris will bring some hometown pride to a couple of Atlanta events. Photo: TAYLOR CARPENTER / TAYLOR.CARPENTER@AJC.COM BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Ludacris will participate in the PGA Tour Championship coming to the College Football Hall of Fame on Sept. 18. The Atlanta rapper will perform during The Tour Championship, which celebrates the PGA Tour’s top 30 players. V103’s Ryan...
Gwinnett sends first-ever batch of bilingual letters to voters

Gwinnett sends first-ever batch of bilingual letters to voters

Gwinnett County sent out its first-ever batch of bilingual letters to voters last week, a significant milestone in its mission to comply with a new federal designation that requires it to better serve Spanish-speaking residents come election time. The roughly 12,000 letters mailed Friday by the Gwinnett County Voter Registrations and Elections Division notified voters in Lilburn and Snellville that...
Review: Italian modernist Gio Ponti’s whimsical designs are show’s focus

Review: Italian modernist Gio Ponti’s whimsical designs are show’s focus

A midcentury modern master with a European flair, Italian architect and designer Gio Ponti is featured in the Georgia Museum of Art’s travel-worthy show “Modern Living: Gio Ponti and the 20th-Century Aesthetics of Design.” For lovers of 20th-century design and the clean lines of midcentury modern, this survey of an often unsung hero’s output is required viewing. In a career...
VIDEO: Peachtree City little leaguer hits home run in SunTrust Park

VIDEO: Peachtree City little leaguer hits home run in SunTrust Park

Peachtree City Little Leaguer Jayce Blalock made sports headlines when the 13-year-old hit a grand slam into the trees far beyond the fence during a little league game against a South Carolina team.  Blalock has now hit one over at the Braves’ new home, SunTrust Park. The Braves shared this video(above) on its Twitter account Tuesday.  Here is Blalock’s previous...
South Georgia couple, both police officers, charged with child abuse

South Georgia couple, both police officers, charged with child abuse

The GBI has arrested a South Georgia couple, both of whom are police officers, in connection with abuse of their adopted children.  Tracy Jones, 47, is an officer with the Jacksonville (Fla.) Police Department and Rosemary Jones, 36, is an officer with the Poulan Police Department in Worth County, the GBI said Tuesday in a news release. Worth County is about 183 miles south of Atlanta. Both parents...
Ludacris joins PGA Tour ... sort of

Ludacris joins PGA Tour ... sort of

Ludacris and the PGA Tour. Only in Atlanta. The hometown recording artist is scheduled to perform at an event to kick off the Tour Championship next month. The event, dubbed Atlanta Celebrates the Tour Championship, will be held Sept. 18 at the College Football Hall of Fame. Admission to the event, which runs from 7-10 p.m., is $15 and tickets went on sale Tuesday. V103’s Ryan Cameron will serve...
Opinion roundup from the right: Trump’s record on race; Motor Voter; the judge was carrying a gun

Opinion roundup from the right: Trump’s record on race; Motor Voter; the judge was carrying a gun

A roundup of editorials from the Right on Tuesday includes a look at President Donald Trump’s record on race; how Motor Voter laws can damage an election and the judge who was carrying a gun and fired back when he was attacked. From Stephen Moore: Is Trump a racist? He has no great record on race, but he is creating jobs for blacks and other minorities, Moore writes.  From Robert Knight...
Power outage closes High Museum

Power outage closes High Museum

The High Museum of Art will be closed for the rest of Tuesday due to a power outage, according to the museum’s Twitter account. “We are officially closed for the rest of the day,” the museum’s latest post on the matter read. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="...
Dedrick Mills transfers to Kansas junior college

Dedrick Mills transfers to Kansas junior college

Dedrick Mills, who was dismissed from the Georgia Tech football team Friday for violating athletic-department policy, enrolled at Garden City (Kan.) Community College. Mills arrived at Garden City on Monday and will be eligible to play this season for the Broncbusters. A typical scenario for someone in Mills’ position would be to stay for a year and transfer to a four-year college. Were...
Hawks again to open training camp at UGA

Hawks again to open training camp at UGA

For the fifth consecutive season, the Hawks will hold the first three days of training camp on the campus of the University of Georgia. The dates will be Sept. 26-28. The Hawks have held the opening sessions at Georgia all four years under coach Mike Budenholzer. This year, the Hawks will hold media day Sept. 25 and then travel for practices at the Coliseum Training Facility. The team typically holds...
Georgia is one of the worst states in the US for women’s equality, study says

Georgia is one of the worst states in the US for women’s equality, study says

When it comes to women’s equality, Georgia ranks among the worst states in the nation. That’s according to personal finance site WalletHub’s latest ranking for which researchers compared a variety of relevant factors in all 50 states to determine the best and worst states for gender equality. Analysts compared the states across three key dimensions: 1) workplace environment...
Quinn to consider playing Julio Jones in Mercedes-Benz opener 

Quinn to consider playing Julio Jones in Mercedes-Benz opener 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn will “consider” playing All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones against Arizona at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Jones is recovering from foot surgery and has not played in the two previous exhibition games.  “He had a good week last week and did a bunch in the pregame,” Quinn said Tuesday. “If he looks good and wants to get some (action)...
Rookie star Kazee out with ankle sprain 

Rookie star Kazee out with ankle sprain 

Falcons rookie free safety Damontae Kazee suffered a sprained ankle Sunday against the Steelers and will not play against Arizona at 7 p.m. Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. “Kazee will be out this game with a sprained ankle,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Tuesday. “We’ll take him through all of this week, and we’ll see what it looks like for the game after that.&rdquo...
DeKalb Schools: Special needs student wanders away from school twice

DeKalb Schools: Special needs student wanders away from school twice

DeKalb County School District officials are working figure out how a 5-year-old special needs student wandered away from school twice in the still young school year. District officials said Tuesday they were meeting with the boy’s parents to discuss corrective actions after the second incident where the boy wandered away from Columbia Elementary School Monday. Superintendent Steve Green said...
Cherokee schools OK partnership with Waleska

Cherokee schools OK partnership with Waleska

Waleska would have access to R.M. Moore Elementary School for city-sponsored events and first dibs to acquire school district property declared surplus under a partnership agreement approved recently by the Cherokee County School Board. The city, in turn, would work with the district on possibly including school sites when planning future parks, fire stations, police precincts, libraries and other...
Love poké? Plenty more of it is coming to metro Atlanta

Love poké? Plenty more of it is coming to metro Atlanta

Has Atlanta reached peak poké? If you love the trendy dish, you’re in luck — there’s plenty more to come. Poké Bar — which opened one of the first of a wave of poké spots in metro Atlanta with its Sandy Springs location last year — signed its 12th area lease, for a store at 870 Inman Village Parkway in Inman...
Court orders new environmental review for Sabal Trail Pipeline

Court orders new environmental review for Sabal Trail Pipeline

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered a second environmental review of a network of natural gas pipelines being built across Alabama, Florida and Georgia, saying federal regulators had not included enough information about potential greenhouse gas emissions that will result from burning the gas the pipelines will carry. The $3 billion project is already operational after being authorized by the...
Roswell to buy body-worn cameras for police

Roswell to buy body-worn cameras for police

The Roswell City Council has approved spending $146,998 to purchase 155 body-worn cameras for the police department. Roswell police had researched the cameras to equip its sworn officers and recommended that the city acquire the devices from Axon Enterprise Inc. of Scottsdale, Ariz., a manufacturer of police gear including TASER devices. The first-year fee includes training, warranty, data storage...
Cherokee OKs holiday lights show at Veterans Park

Cherokee OKs holiday lights show at Veterans Park

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners has given its blessing to a drive-through holiday lights show at the newly opened Veterans Park to raise funds for area nonprofits. The board approved a facility use agreement with 112 Events for a light show to benefit Papa’s Pantry, the Ana Crawford Center, SkillsUSA and Homeless Veterans of Cherokee County. The county will receive 10 percent of the...
Brookhaven’s Murphey Candler Park receives grant for new playground

Brookhaven’s Murphey Candler Park receives grant for new playground

The first new playground in Murphey Candler Park in decades will break ground later this year thanks in part to the Resurgens Charitable Foundation and the Murphey Candler Park Conservancy. The foundation recently awarded the conservancy a $75,000 grant toward the construction of a new playground at the park. The donation is the largest single donation to the MCPC to date. The City of Brookhaven and...
Freeman in final stages of concussion protocol

Freeman in final stages of concussion protocol

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman is the final stages of the NFL concussion protocol and could return to the team soon, coach Dan Quinn said Tuesday.  “Freeman is toward the end of the protocol,” Quinn said. “He’s in the hard workout phase and that’s today. Hopefully, we’ll get him back practicing on the field. Not for today, but hopefully, that’s...

Neil Armstrong biopic starring Ryan Gosling films in Atlanta this fall

“First Man,” a biopic about astronaut Neil Armstrong with Ryan Gosling in the lead role, films in Atlanta soon. It’s based on the book “First Man: A Life Of Neil A. Armstrong” by James Hansen. Oscar winner Damien Chazelle directs. Filming starts in October...
Cops seek man who rented room where woman was found dead

Cops seek man who rented room where woman was found dead

A man who rented a room at a house where a woman was found dead Tuesday morning has been named a person of interest in the case, according to the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office.  Beth Harris, 39, was found dead inside her home in the 4000 block of Hiram Sudie Road, Sgt. Ashley Henson said. Her husband, Charles Harris, called 911 before 6 a.m. Henson said Harris is cooperating with...
Metro Atlanta man facing child porn charges

Metro Atlanta man facing child porn charges

A tip received by a task force led to the arrest of a Coweta County man on child pornography charges, the GBI said. Michael Wayne St. John Sr., 64, was arrested Thursday after agents searched his home in the 5000 block of North Highway 29, GBI agent Debbie Garner told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The arrest came after the Internet Crimes Against Children task force, which is managed by the GBI...
6 things worth knowing about the Tech-Adidas partnership

6 things worth knowing about the Tech-Adidas partnership

The new partnership between Georgia Tech and Adidas officially begins July 2018 when Tech’s deal with Russell Athletic ends. Some things you may not have known about the company’s involvement in college athletics and the impact that the switch could have for Tech. 1. In Tech’s news release, Adidas North America president Mark King said in a statement that Tech’s location in...
What are the biggest high schools in Cobb County?

What are the biggest high schools in Cobb County?

You don’t become the second-largest school system in Georgia without some pretty big high schools, and the Cobb County School District has a few of those. The district has a total enrollment of 111,139 students, according to Ehsan Kattoula, assistant superintendent of the school system’s accountability division. Kattoula said that number should pass 113,000 by the time the state makes...
Why the 2017 total eclipse was a good time for science

Why the 2017 total eclipse was a good time for science

Monday was a big day for amateur astronomers and umbraphiles. It was also a good time for basic science. Georgia Tech electrical engineering professor Morris Cohen ran an experiment Monday that linked the astronomical, the esoteric and the practical. His work took him to the middle of a softball field in a rolling, 122-acre Jewish summer camp/event facility called Ramah Darom, a green and pleasant...
Changes to Atlanta bribery figure’s divorce case after tense hearing

Changes to Atlanta bribery figure’s divorce case after tense hearing

After a tense, two-hour hearing Monday, a judge agreed to add two relatives as defendants in a divorce case involving a central figure in the Atlanta City Hall bribery scandal. Elvin “E.R.” Mitchell Jr., the federal government’s star witness in the bribery case, is in the process of a heated divorce from his wife, Marjorie Mitchell. An attorney for Marjorie Mitchell...
Falcons’ 53-man roster analysis: Wide receivers

Falcons’ 53-man roster analysis: Wide receivers

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Reggie Davis (1) hauls in a pass after getting by Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ross Cockrell (31) in the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich) FLOWERY BRANCH – While longshot prospects hoping to make the Falcons roster will get a shot in the final exhibition game, most of the work...
Solar event eclipses school day for many metro Atlanta students

Solar event eclipses school day for many metro Atlanta students

More than 40,000 Fulton County Schools students were missing from class Monday. About 8,000 more students were missing from DeKalb County schools than were reported absent the previous Monday. Some schoolhouses across the Atlanta Public Schools system reported larger than normal absences. The students likely didn’t appear in classrooms Monday so they could watch the sun disappear behind...
AJC exclusive: Partners of Hawks seek to buy key downtown Atlanta site

AJC exclusive: Partners of Hawks seek to buy key downtown Atlanta site

Development partners with ties to the Atlanta Hawks are in talks to acquire a key building vital to the redevelopment of south downtown and the Gulch, four people familiar with the matter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The people said an affiliate of Los Angeles-based CIM Group wants to acquire the former Norfolk Southern railroad building at Spring and Nelson streets, a move that offers ...
What Atlanta Public Schools wants to do with 50,500 eclipse glasses

What Atlanta Public Schools wants to do with 50,500 eclipse glasses

The eclipse was fleeting, but those special glasses many purchased still can be put to good use.  Atlanta Public Schools wants to make sure students don’t trash the 50,500 cardboard glasses the district acquired to watch the solar spectacular.  APS is collecting unwanted glasses to donate to schools in South America and Asia for viewing the 2019 eclipse in those continents, said spokeswoman...

Kentucky OC Eddie Gran says ‘no doubt’ Sihiem King is No. 2 RB

Kentucky’s two-headed rushing attack was cut in half with the departure of Stanley “Boom” Williams, but it looks like the Wildcats are pretty confident they have a replacement. Williams and Benny Snell both rushed for 1,000 yards last season, becoming just the seventh tandem in SEC history to hit that mark in the same year. That leaves some big shoes...
DNR: 4 or 5 bears may be roaming Gwinnett; sightings continue

DNR: 4 or 5 bears may be roaming Gwinnett; sightings continue

There could be four or five black bears roaming around northern Gwinnett County, Don McGowan, a spokesman with the state wildlife agency, told Channel 2 Action News.  A bear was seen in a park in Dacula multiple times over recent weeks, following sightings in Suwanee and Sugar Hill. One sighting on the Suwanee Greenway prompted Suwanee Elementary School to curtail outdoor activities for...
Abducted baby abandoned under overpass, saved by homeless man: reports

Abducted baby abandoned under overpass, saved by homeless man: reports

A homeless man’s call to police on Monday morning ended an hours-long search for a Louisiana infant who was kidnapped and then abandoned underneath a highway overpass, according to multiple reports. Authorities in Shreveport were called Monday morning by a homeless man who said that another man told him he had left a baby under a bridge in Minden, about 30 miles east of Shreveport, KTBS...
Watch the ‘Hummingbird Whisperer’ do her thing for science in Cobb

Watch the ‘Hummingbird Whisperer’ do her thing for science in Cobb

Here are some interesting hummingbird facts: Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards, they weigh less than a nickel on average, they have no sense of smell and you can see the “Hummingbird Whiserper” on Sept. 9 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. That’s when Kennesaw’s Smith-Gilbert Gardens will have hummingbird expert Julia Elliott there putting bands on the...

Georgia practice report: Celebrities and depth chart updates

ATHENS — Comedian Jeff Foxworthy, sportscaster Mike Tirico and college football legend Doug Flutie were at Georgia’s football practice today. But you probably clicked on this wanting to know something about the team and the depth chart. Fine then … There actually didn’t look to be many chances, as Georgia enters the penultimate week of preseason practice. Especially...
Cobb cops: Woman ate Buffalo Wild Wings as dog sat in 113-degree car 

Cobb cops: Woman ate Buffalo Wild Wings as dog sat in 113-degree car 

A Virginia woman was arrested for allegedly leaving her 5-year-old Yorkshire Terrier in a hot car while inside the Buffalo Wild Wings at Cumberland Mall last week. Dominique Nicole Brown, 24, was booked into Cobb County jail on a charge of animal cruelty Thursday evening, jail records show. She bonded out for $1,320 about eight hours later. Brown was reached by phone Tuesday but declined to comment...

Former Wisconsin LB Joe Schobert in line to start for Browns following standout preseason game

They say luck is where preparation meets opportunity. Well, it looks like former Wisconsin linebacker Joe Schobert has hit that intersection for the Cleveland Browns. After an excellent performance in Monday’s preseason game with six tackles, a sack and a batted-down pass, Cleveland’s starting middle linebacker spot is Schobert’s to lose, as reported by ...

LOOK: Full photo gallery from Florida’s practice Tuesday

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Gators returned to the practice fields on Tuesday afternoon. For the first time since they reconvened for the fall, the Gators spent practice at the Sanders Practice Fields, where they practice during the regular season. It was a light practice today, with the team going through only an hour-long session without pads. Below is a full gallery...

Alabama football: Star RB returns from illness, LB limited

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The camp portion of practice for Alabama football is officially over as classes begin at the University of Alabama on Wednesday. Players will return to a normal schedule, and we’ll be one day closer to the season opener with Alabama vs. Florida State on Sept. 2 in Atlanta. Here’s what you need to know from practice Tuesday. Running back...

Opinion: Trump should condemn racists and alt-left

Dear Mr. President, After your initial remarks addressing the tragedy that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, I wrote that you were correct. I agreed with you, and honest scrutiny of the facts of what occurred there that day bear out, that bigotry and violence were on display on “many sides.” But this effort to soothe and unify the nation unfortunately came up short. Many felt that...

WATCH: ESPN drops sweet promo video for Alabama-Florida State opener

As if the Alabama-Florida State opener on Sept. 2 in Atlanta needed any more hype, ESPN put together a cool video to whet your appetite. With the Associated Press Poll released Monday, it became official that the game between the Crimson Tide and Seminoles will be the best first-weekend matchup in college football history. To little surprise, ESPN is blowing out the...
Police: Couple tried using tubs of chemicals to cover up killings

Police: Couple tried using tubs of chemicals to cover up killings

A Montana couple is facing homicide charges after they allegedly killed a man and woman then hid their remains inside plastic tubs filled with chemicals.  The suspects, identified as Tiffanie R. Pierce, 23, and Augustus S. Standingrock, 26, were arrested Friday morning and and jailed on separate $2 million bonds, the Missoulian reported.  Pierce’s roommate said he woke up to people...

D.J. Shockley raves about UGA dual-threat target Justin Fields

There’s quite a buzz surrounding Justin Fields these days. You know who really loves this dynamic young quarterback? D.J. Shockley. Shockley WAS Justin Fields back in another day and another time. When Shockley became the first commitment of the Mark Richt era, he was the No. 3-ranked quarterback in the country. Georgia already had a quarterback at the time, and a darn good one ...
Here’s a humorous list of things more likely to happen than you winning the Powerball

Here’s a humorous list of things more likely to happen than you winning the Powerball

Your chances of winning the Powerball jackpot are so slim that they may as well be nonexistent. According to Powerball.com, the odds of winning are 1 in 292 million (or 1 in 292,201,338, to be precise.) The smart folks over at Business Insider ran the numbers, and they ain’t pretty. Buying lottery tickets is such a colossal waste of time that you may as well just burn the cash at home...

Opinion: The ‘path to victory’ in Afghanistan is a dead end

President Trump read a speech about Afghanistan Monday night that somebody else wrote for him, describing a policy that someone else insisted that he accept, or else. How do we know that? We know that because Trump delivered much of the speech in his “I’ve been taken hostage by bad people and forced to read this aloud to you” voice. As usual in such situations, he...

ESPN writer who shared fake quote from Nick Saban has been ‘disciplined’ by network

Nick Saban doesn’t need help from a writer when it comes to interesting quotes. The Alabama coach usually has a handle on that all by himself. But on Monday, a bizarre quote attributed to Nick Saban began to circle the internet from what was believed to be a credible source in ESPN’s The Undefeated writer Mike Wise. As it turns out, the words were never uttered...

NFL scouts agree: Nick Fitzgerald is the best QB in the SEC

Jalen Hurts might have the team success, Jarrett Stidham might have the hype, but its Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald who has the support of NFL scouts. If you ask the scouts, Fitzgerald has a very high ceiling as a passer. At 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, Fitzgerald has the size and strength teams will be looking for in next year’s NFL Draft. Here’s what NFL...

Does Iowa have 2 quarterbacks or none? Magic 8-ball says check again next week

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz has built his career on being a regular guy who makes it possible to predict many of his moves. Fans complain about Ferentz’s predictability when it comes to play calling. Often, their angst is justified, and when it came to last season’s passing game, Ferentz shared that disgust. But Ferentz did something...

LSU running back Darrel Williams draws high praise from Matt Canada

BATON ROUGE, La. — You might not know it, but LSU running back Darrel Williams has a fan club. And fortunately for Williams, the president of that fan club is in a pretty solid position to utilize the man better known to the general public as Derrius Guice’s backup. “I can’t say enough about him,” LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada said of Williams. &ldquo...

Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher reveals where he voted Alabama in Coaches Poll

Jimbo Fisher will coach Florida State in a monster matchup against Alabama on Sept. 2. But before that showdown, he says he considers the Crimson Tide the top team in the country. As you can see in the interview with ESPN’s SportsCenter on Monday, Fisher said he voted Alabama as the No. 1 squad in the first Coaches Poll. Check it out below. It’s not surprising...
Atlanta is about to get really crowded this Labor Day weekend

Atlanta is about to get really crowded this Labor Day weekend

If you’re starting to think about where to spend Labor Day weekend this year, you may want to consider a staycation right here in Atlanta (or start planning your sweet escape). For the second year in a row, the city was ranked the third most popular city in the country to visit during the holiday weekend, which falls on Friday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 4 (Labor Day), this year. The ...

Georgia target, 5-star QB Justin Fields named No. 1 player in the country by 247 Composite

It’s official: Justin Fields is the No. 1 player in the country according to the newly-updated 247 Composite rankings. Fields, a Kennesaw, Georgia, native, has not yet chosen a school. He de-committed from Penn State in early June. Standing at 6-foot-3, 221 pounds, Fields’ ascension up the recruiting rankings has been rapid and unexpected. Just last year, Fields was a middling...
Seniors playing cards shot, killed in home invasion, police say

Seniors playing cards shot, killed in home invasion, police say

Authorities are searching for suspects in the brutal home invasion and killing of four senior citizens at a home in north central North Carolina near Roanoke Rapids. Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp told local media on Monday that a family member found the bodies after checking on the home in the Glenview community, just off Interstate 95 north of Rocky Mount. The home invasion and killings happened...
Jerry Seinfeld has new comedy special coming to Netflix

Jerry Seinfeld has new comedy special coming to Netflix

Jerry Seinfeld will be returning to Netflix with a new hour-long special that promises to “go back to where it all began,” as it will be recorded at the Comic Strip in New York City — the club where Seinfeld’s stand-up comedy career began. Netflix announced the news — rather creatively — with a photo collage via their Instagram account. The new special is part...

WATCH: Auburn commit Michael Harris shows highlight capability, describes style of play

Michael Harris was tired. He was hurt. But play in and play out, the Auburn linebacker commit looked like the hungriest player on the football field last Saturday when his Tucker (Ga.) High School squad took the field for its season opener. Harris went sideline-to-sideline to wreak havoc on the Kell offense. He dealt with getting the wind knocked out of him. He had a laceration...
This is the healthiest part of the avocado

This is the healthiest part of the avocado

Avocados have lots of health benefits. They contain good carbohydrates and fats, but the smooth green portion of the fruit isn’t the best part. It’s actually what you’re likely throwing away: the pit.  Researchers from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley conducted a study, which they presented at a American Chemical Society meeting, to break down the components...

Penn State recruiting board breakdown: Top 2019 targets on offense

When it comes to college football roster development, recruiting classes essentially provide stepping-stones toward assembling perennial championship contenders. With an exceptional 2018 class filling up, Penn State coach James Franklin is putting those pieces together with a level of efficiency folks haven’t seen in Happy Valley during the modern recruiting era. The...
Treasury secretary's wife mocks 'adorably out of touch' critic on Instagram

Treasury secretary's wife mocks 'adorably out of touch' critic on Instagram

Scottish actress Louise Linton, wife of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, lashed out at a critic on Instagram Monday, calling the critic “adorably out of touch” after posting an image in which she tagged various designers she was wearing as she disembarked a government plane. Linton posted the photo of her and her husband after a brief trip to Kentucky on Monday. The Associated...
Blue Angels pilot surprises crowd in sneaky flyby

Blue Angels pilot surprises crowd in sneaky flyby

Chicago got itself a treat over the weekend at the 59th Chicago Air & Water Show with an aerial spectacle to remember, courtesy of the Blue Angels. One video from Saturday stood out from the rest, as Blue Angel no. 5 flew over the unsuspecting crowd a mere 100 feet above them. Brendan Peterson filmed and uploaded the video to YouTube. At the time of this writing, the video has been viewed more...
Public panel to talk Nazi Germany, Jim Crow South and religion at GSU

Public panel to talk Nazi Germany, Jim Crow South and religion at GSU

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will host a free panel event at Georgia State University next week.  Scholars will talk aboout “the ways in which religious institutions in Nazi Germany and the Jim Crow South either challenged or justified the discrimination and racial violence in their respective communities,” according to a press release.  The event from...
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