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Atlanta official fired, items from office seized by feds 

The city of Atlanta fired Chief Procurement Officer Adam Smith on Tuesday shortly before federal agents seized items from his office at City Hall.  In a brief, two sentence statement, a spokeswoman for Mayor Kasim Reed acknowledged Smith had been dismissed, but it did not state the explicit cause nor acknowledge the actions of federal investigators.  "The City of Atlanta announced...
Milo Yiannopoulos resigns from Breitbart amid controversy over pedophilia comments

Milo Yiannopoulos resigns from Breitbart amid controversy over pedophilia comments

Right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has resigned from his position at Breitbart News after controversial comments about pedophilia surfaced over the weekend and sparked outrage. "I do not support child abuse," Yiannopoulos said Tuesday at a news conference. "It's a disgusting crime of which I have personally been a victim." He said he plans to launch a media venture in the...
Where is DeKalb County schools’ director of human resources?

Where is DeKalb County schools’ director of human resources?

The DeKalb County School District’s human resources head, who arrived 14 months ago to address why teachers leave and how the district can hire the best candidates for its children, has been inexplicably absent. Leo Brown, the district’s chief human capital management officer, has not been seen in the district’s administrative offices since before December’s winter break. ...
UPS tests delivery by drone

UPS tests delivery by drone

UPS has tested delivering a package to a home by drone from one of its brown trucks. The test conducted Monday in Lithia, Fla. used a drone called HorseFly built by Workhorse Group, an Ohio-based developer of drones and battery-electric trucks. “We think drones can help us with some of our routine daily deliveries,” said UPS chief information officer Juan Perez during the company&rsquo...
Clayton residents clash over outdoor burn ban

Clayton residents clash over outdoor burn ban

Burning leaves and yard debris was a task Ed Stephens usually reserved for weekends at his Clayton County home. Now, he has to pay someone to do the work because Clayton no longer allows residents living in unincorporated areas to burn on the weekends. The new rule - one of the more restrictive ones in metro Atlanta - has Stephens fuming. “I’ve got a pile of rubbish that’s been in...
Looking behind a poll that shows – gasp! – a Democrat leading in Sixth District

Looking behind a poll that shows – gasp! – a Democrat leading in Sixth District

Oh, dear. My heavens. Good gosh. A poll of the Sixth District congressional race shows Democrat Jon Ossoff in the lead, doing better than Republican Karen Handel. Wait, wait — we’re not doing this right. Better: Ossoff at 32 percent! Handel at 25 percent! Bob Gray at 11 percent! Democrats are marching, spreading chaos and mayhem, and there’s nothing Republicans can do but panic!...
ACC coaches heap praise on Georgia Tech, Josh Pastner

ACC coaches heap praise on Georgia Tech, Josh Pastner

When Georgia Tech stunned the ACC on New Year’s Eve by upsetting North Carolina 75-63, Tar Heels coach Roy Williams’ post-game comments kept returning to how disappointed he was in the way his team played. Looking back Monday, he acknowledged he’d made something of a mistake. “I was really so frustrated about the way we played down there that day,” Williams said on the...
The Rosewood Massacre: How a lie destroyed a black town

The Rosewood Massacre: How a lie destroyed a black town

From the bruises on her body, it was clear Fannie Taylor had been beaten. The story she told to explain them away destroyed an all-black town in Florida and got several of its residents murdered. On New Year’s Day 1923, Taylor, then the 22-year-old wife of a mill worker, said a black man had assaulted her. She didn’t say rape, only that she’d been assaulted, but the word “assault&rdquo...
A GOP newcomer lays a $250K bet on Georgia’s 6th District

A GOP newcomer lays a $250K bet on Georgia’s 6th District

Businessman David Abroms is running for Georgia’s 6th District. Campaign handout. He’s not the only self-styled “outsider” in the ring, nor is he the only wealthy businessman or political newcomer.
The CIAA: The annual basketball tournament draws a crowd

The CIAA: The annual basketball tournament draws a crowd

The 2017 CIAA Basketball Tournament will be held Feb. 21-25 in Charlotte, N.C., and if history is any guide, the annual event is likely to draw more than 150,000 fans to North Carolina’s Queen City. The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association was founded and incorporated in Washington in 1912 as the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association and adopted its current name in 1950. It consists...
Photos: Braves’ first live batting practice of spring

Photos: Braves’ first live batting practice of spring

Check out the Braves as they take live BP for the first time this spring.
At Atlanta prison, “sophisticated operation” of smuggled drugs, booze

At Atlanta prison, “sophisticated operation” of smuggled drugs, booze

Drugs. Booze. Barbecue ribs. And Mexican takeout. An inmate at the prison camp adjacent to the U.S. Penitentiary in southeast Atlanta says prisoners there routinely sneak in and out through patched holes in the fence, returning with contraband. He described a “sophisticated operation” involving teams of inmates who call themselves ninjas. The head of a prison guard union official said...
2 charges against officer dropped in dog’s hot car death

2 charges against officer dropped in dog’s hot car death

Two of the three counts of an indictment were thrown out against a former Cherokee County schools officer in connection with the death of a police dog that was in his care, according to a Jan. 18 ruling in Cherokee Superior Court. Both counts had charged Daniel Peabody with aggravated cruelty to animals regarding the June death of Inka, who was left in Peabody’s hot patrol car. The ruling...
Garcia, Braves hope free-agent ‘walk’ year is a big one

Garcia, Braves hope free-agent ‘walk’ year is a big one

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Jaime Garcia looked sharp when he faced hitters Tuesday in the first day of live batting practice, but the veteran left-hander already had made a good impression and positive impact in the early days of his first Braves spring training. Garcia, 30, has overcome several major setbacks in his career and makes it a point to share his experience with any teammates whom he...
Popeyes to be acquired by Burger King parent

Popeyes to be acquired by Burger King parent

Atlanta-based Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is being acquired for $1.8 billion by the Canadian company that owns Burger King. Restaurant Brands International announced the planned purchase Tuesday. Popeyes chose the RBI offer over a competing offer from Arby’s Restaurant Group, another Atlanta-based fast food chain, according to a Bloomberg report. In an announcement of the deal, RBI said Popeyes...
An anticipated rite of spring: First live batting practice

An anticipated rite of spring: First live batting practice

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Minutes after giving up a batting-practice big fly to Braves slugger Matt Kemp, pitcher Aaron Blair walked off the field smiling. “Get a 40-home-run hitter and tell him a change-up is coming, he’s going to hit it out,” he said. And Kemp did. It was one of the infrequent hard-hit balls on a day when pitchers generally had the upper hand, as they usually...
More details on celeb chef Todd English’s new Atlanta restaurant

More details on celeb chef Todd English’s new Atlanta restaurant

Celebrity chef Todd English opening restaurant at the Battery Atlanta “I’ve been all over the world.
Opinion: Five ‘tells’ about casino gambling in Georgia

Opinion: Five ‘tells’ about casino gambling in Georgia

(AP) If you’ve played much poker, you’re familiar with the concept of a “tell.” A tell is a signal that a card player sends unconsciously to his or her opponents, revealing his true state of mind.
Georgia mom, boyfriend charged in toddler’s death

Georgia mom, boyfriend charged in toddler’s death

A South Georgia couple have been charged with felony murder after the woman’s 16-month-old daughter died, the Florida Times-Union reported. On Feb. 12, deputies and medical technicians in Brantley County responded to a child in respiratory distress, according to the report. The mother, Marley Rena Wilson, 18, said she put the child down with a bottle of milk and five minutes later “they...
What's the best college in Georgia? Depends who you ask

What's the best college in Georgia? Depends who you ask

There seems to be a new college ranking every few days, and it can be overwhelming to find the right school for you. To help, we've rounded up our exhaustive list of rankings stories so you can figure out what the best college choice entails for you, whether you're particular about professors, social life, best buys or prestige. Berry College near Rome was named the most beautiful college...
Photos: Lake Lanier water levels, highs and lows

Photos: Lake Lanier water levels, highs and lows

Trump makes 1st trip to Smithsonian Museum of African American History

Trump makes 1st trip to Smithsonian Museum of African American History

President Donald Trump made his first trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture early Tuesday morning with a King at his side. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., and a staunch anti-abortion conservative, was part of the president’s delegation during the morning tour of the Smithsonian’s newest and most popular museum. “This museum is a beautiful...
Making the Grade: KSU program explores Civil War’s impact today

Making the Grade: KSU program explores Civil War’s impact today

There’s no specific classroom, museum or meeting space connected to the Center for the Study of the Civil War Era. But the mission of the program, based at Kennesaw State University, is an educational one, designed to introduce and inform students of all ages about a tragic time in the country’s history. “The center really began as a series of annual symposia that evolved,&rdquo...
Legality of DeKalb Board of Ethics questioned in court

Legality of DeKalb Board of Ethics questioned in court

Courtroom arguments Tuesday over the legality of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics came down to whether its power comes directly from the people, or from the leaders they elect. Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson is considering whether the Ethics Board is unconstitutional because most of its members were appointed by private organizations, including the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce and local universities...
Feeling lucky? Travel to these four casinos closest to Atlanta

Feeling lucky? Travel to these four casinos closest to Atlanta

If you’re a gambler living in Georgia, your choices are a few hours on a plane to the gaming meccas in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Atlantic City or Tunica or a few hours in the car to North Carolina or Alabama. Yes, there plenty of other places to go, since 18 states currently allow commercial casinos and 30 states offer legalized gambling (either commercial or tribal). If and when casino gambling is...
Country star cancels 25K tickets bought by scalpers

Country star cancels 25K tickets bought by scalpers

Country star Eric Church is cancelling more than 25,000 tickets to his spring tour that were purchased by scalpers and putting them back on sale for fans to purchase.
7 Caribbean recipes so you can pretend your kitchen is the beach

7 Caribbean recipes so you can pretend your kitchen is the beach

Always dreaming about vacation? Always dreaming about food? We don’t blame you. Given that there are apparently a few more weeks of winter to get through, most of us are probably fantasizing about lying on a warm beach, fresh coconut drinks in hand. While we may not be able to buy you a trip to Barbados, we can give you the next best thing: island cuisine! These 7 recipes use Caribbean...
What you need to know before visiting Atlanta's High Museum of Art 

What you need to know before visiting Atlanta's High Museum of Art 

Atlanta's High Museum of Art is the leading art museum in the Southeast, housing a large permanent collection of more than 15,000 works ranging from ancient to contemporary. The museum has a particularly diverse array of highlights, including American and European paintings and sculptures, one of the largest collections of civil rights-era prints in the U.S. and a significant folk and self-taught...
J. Cole arena tour includes concert in Duluth

J. Cole arena tour includes concert in Duluth

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene In summer 2015, J. Cole joined with pals Big Sean and YG for a show at Lakewood Amphitheatre. Now the hip-hop star/producer is headlining a 57-city worldwide jaunt in support of his fourth album, “4 Your Eyez Only.” Cole will perform at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth on Aug. 11. Tickets are $29.50-$99.50 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 24 at www...
Police chase ends in crash on I-75 in Clayton County

Police chase ends in crash on I-75 in Clayton County

A police chase ended in a crash Tuesday on I-75 north just before I-285 in Clayton County. Two right lanes were blocked about 10:31 a.m., according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Clayton Co.: Crash: I-75/nb at I-285; a police chase ends with a crash; in...
Chris Stapleton announces new album, Atlanta concert date

Chris Stapleton announces new album, Atlanta concert date

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Chris Stapleton has new music on the way and a spring tour date set for Atlanta. On May 5, Stapleton will release the follow-up to his acclaimed “Traveller” album- and it’s also the same day he’ll perform at Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta (show time is 7 p.m.). Joining the hirsute country-rock-soul breakout star on his “All American...
Jewish Film Fest hands out awards, schedules encore

Jewish Film Fest hands out awards, schedules encore

Specially honored films screened during the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival will return for an encore performance March 5 after winning audience awards in three categories. Some 37,000 visitors watched 202 screenings at the festival, which wrapped up last week. For the first time this year the festival handed out honors: A special jury, assembled by the festival organizers, presented awards...
Where the Hawks stand headed into final 26 games of regular season

Where the Hawks stand headed into final 26 games of regular season

The Hawks return to practice on Wednesday following the All-Star break. Their first game after the break is at home against the Heat on Friday. Here is a look at where the team stands in five areas going into the final 26 games of the regular season. The NBA trade deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. The team that reconvenes on Wednesday could look different the next day. The Hawks have been active in exploring...

Where “Hidden Figures” filmed in Atlanta and elsewhere in Georgia

Oscar Sunday is quickly approaching and “Hidden Figures” is Atlanta’s key Academy Awards connection. The movie, about African American women who faced institutional racial and gender barriers as they performed vital roles in launching NASA’s early missions, was mostly set in Hampton, Va. but mostly filmed in Atlanta and elsewhere in Georgia. “Tax incentive aside...
Leadership changes for Atlanta restaurant nonprofit The Giving Kitchen

Leadership changes for Atlanta restaurant nonprofit The Giving Kitchen

  Stephanie Galer is stepping away from her position as executive director of The Giving Kitchen / Photo by Stacey Bode The Giving Kitchen is undergoing a change in leadership.
4 fun ways to celebrate 2017 Oscar season

4 fun ways to celebrate 2017 Oscar season

There is a lot of buzz surrounding the 89th Academy Awards and for good reason — this year’s broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 26, offers a few departures from the past. According to WalletHub’s Oscars by the Numbers, this year will be the first time: Jimmy Kimmel serves as host Black actors are nominated in every acting category 683 new Academy members will vote,  46% of whom...
Assessing UGA’s Mark Fox: Does ‘not bad’ constitute ‘good enough’?

Assessing UGA’s Mark Fox: Does ‘not bad’ constitute ‘good enough’?

A look often seen. (AP photo/Athens Banner-Herald/Al Reynolds) As noted, I don’t expect Georgia to fire — or seriously consider firing — Mark Fox.
Theater review: Co-stars deliver Ensemble’s talky ‘Having Our Say’

Theater review: Co-stars deliver Ensemble’s talky ‘Having Our Say’

There are considerably more trying and less pleasant ways to spend a couple of hours than in the company of two kindhearted little old ladies. Emily Mann’s play “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years,” based on the remarkable true story of black siblings Sadie and Bessie Delany, takes place circa 1992, when Sadie was 103 and Bessie 101. After a comparatively &ldquo...
Trump administration ramping up immigration enforcement

Trump administration ramping up immigration enforcement

The Trump administration on Tuesday issued stringent new guidelines to vastly bolster the nation’s border security, expand immigration detention, and expose many more unauthorized immigrants to deportation. Contained in a pair of memos signed Monday by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, the guidelines are designed to implement President Donald Trump’s sweeping executive orders...
Scenes from Braves’ Photo Day 

Scenes from Braves’ Photo Day 

Atlanta Braves players pose for their annual headshots on photo day Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Off-duty Athens firefighter dies after tree-trimming accident

Off-duty Athens firefighter dies after tree-trimming accident

An off-duty Athens-Clarke County firefighter died after a tree limb fell on him, according to a report. The Athens-Clarke County Fire and Emergency Services said in a Facebook post that “a tragic accident” Monday led to the death of Matt Hughes. The agency did not say what kind of accident killed Hughes. But WGAU-AM in Athens reported Hughes was helping a friend trim trees when...
Fox, NYT, WSJ, CNN journalists debate covering Trump at Atlanta Press Club

Fox, NYT, WSJ, CNN journalists debate covering Trump at Atlanta Press Club

On Monday, journalists on a panel at the Atlanta Press Club discussing how to cover the Trump administration (L-R) Cam McWhirter, Wall Street Journal political reporter; David Lewkowict, Fox News producer; Richard Fausset, New York Times national correspondent; David Chalian, CNN political director.
Complete list of Hawks’ upcoming draft picks

Complete list of Hawks’ upcoming draft picks

With the NBA trade deadline on Thursday at 3 p.m., the Hawks have a number of future draft picks that could be used in a deal. They have all of their own first- and second-round picks for the next six drafts (and beyond) and several other first- and second-rounders. Here is the complete list of draft assets: 2017 First round – Own Second round – Own (No. 31-55) or to Spurs (No. 56-60)...
Special needs child left on day care bus; owner charged

Special needs child left on day care bus; owner charged

A northwest Georgia day care center owner was arrested after she allegedly left a 5-year-old special needs child unattended on a bus for an “extended period of time,” according to a report. Debra Brooks McDaniel, the owner of Superkids Early Learning Center in Rome, parked the bus at her home Friday and left the vehicle without checking for occupants, the Rome News-Tribune reported...
Today Show’ Host Hoda Kotb Reveals Adoption Of Baby Girl

Today Show’ Host Hoda Kotb Reveals Adoption Of Baby Girl

Today Show’ Host Hoda Kotb Reveals Adoption Of Baby Girl
NFL combine invitee: Bug Howard, TE, North Carolina (Wilcox County)

NFL combine invitee: Bug Howard, TE, North Carolina (Wilcox County)

090316 ATLANTA: Georgia defensive back Malkom Parrish knocks a third down attempt into the endzone away from North Carolina wide receiver Bug Howard preventing a touchdown during the final minute of the second quarter in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Saturday, Sept.
Atlanta United’s TV talent should be hired soon

Atlanta United’s TV talent should be hired soon

Atlanta United President Darren Eales said he hopes to hire the personalities that will broadcast Atlanta United’s game within the next few weeks. The club and Fox Sports South announced a multi-year partnership Tuesday . The group will work its first game at Toronto on April 8 . Eales said they hope to hire three people to work the games: a play-by-play...
Burger King owner buys Popeyes restaurants

Burger King owner buys Popeyes restaurants

The owner of Burger King and Tim Hortons restaurants has purchased Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, according to the company’s website. Restaurant Brands International paid $1.8 billion for  Popeyes, according to a press release. Popeyes is known for its Louisiana-style offerings, particularly chicken and red beans and rice. Daniel Schwartz, Chief Executive Officer of RBI, said in a statement...
Atlanta United’s complete TV schedule

Atlanta United’s complete TV schedule

Atlanta United’s complete TV schedule: March 5 vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m., FS1 March 12 at Minnesota United, 5 p.m., ESPN2 March 18 vs. Chicago, 4 p.m., UniMas March 31 at Seattle, 10 p.m., FS1 April 8 at Toronto, 7:30 p.m., FSSO April 15 at Montreal, 1 p.m., FSSO April 22 at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m., CW/FSSE April 30 vs. D.C. United, 3 p.m., FS1 May 7 at New York City, 4 p.m., UDN May...
Atlanta United announces TV partnership

Atlanta United announces TV partnership

Nineteen Atlanta United games will be broadcast regionally this season by Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast in a multi-year agreement announced Tuesday. Fox declined to say whether it is paying a rights fee as part of the deal. The MLS expansion team’s remaining 15 games will be televised nationally by either ESPN, Fox Sports or Univision. MLS requires games that aren’t picked...
After school trip, Betsy DeVos insults teachers for their ‘receive mode’

After school trip, Betsy DeVos insults teachers for their ‘receive mode’

Despite being blocked by protesters when she arrived for her first official school visit as U.S. education secretary, Betsy DeVos seemed to enjoy her day at Jefferson Middle School Academy in Washington earlier this month. DeVos had nothing but good things to say as she left the high-poverty school recognized for its academic progress. She called it “awesome” and “wonderful.&rdquo...
NFL combine invitee: Josh Harvey-Clemons, S, Louisville (Lowndes High)

NFL combine invitee: Josh Harvey-Clemons, S, Louisville (Lowndes High)

090515 ATLANTA: Auburn wide receiver Ricardo Louis gets in the endzone past Louisville safety Josh Harvey-Clemons for a 31-10 Auburn lead during the fourth quarter in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Saturday, Sept.
After meltdown against Braves, Rick Ankiel turned to alcohol

After meltdown against Braves, Rick Ankiel turned to alcohol

Rick Ankiel says he drank vodka before his first two starts in 2001 to quell anxiety after throwing five wild pitches in one inning during the previous season's playoffs against the Atlanta Braves.  Ankiel detailed his experience during an interview promoting his new book,  with 590 The Fan  from Cardinals spring training in Jupiter, Fla. Ankiel had a promising rookie season as...
Not your ordinary chips and salsa at this Mexican restaurant

Not your ordinary chips and salsa at this Mexican restaurant

The guacamole and salsa tasting at Alma Cocina features three types each of guacamole and salsa with plantain chips and tortilla chips.
“Pitch Perfect 3” stars enjoy bowling night in Atlanta

“Pitch Perfect 3” stars enjoy bowling night in Atlanta

“Pitch Perfect 3” is filming in Atlanta and some of the cast members enjoyed a little bowling excursion this week. Star Rebel Wilson celebrates a birthday on March 2, so the night out at Painted Pin in Buckhead served as a pre-birthday celebration. We’re told the other Bellas in the house serenaded Rebel at the end of the night. Rebel and costars including Anna Camp...
Driver sought in deadly hit-and-run

Driver sought in deadly hit-and-run

Atlanta police are searching for a driver in a deadly hit-and-run. The accident happened about 7:20 p.m. Sunday at Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway and Wood Street, according to an Atlanta police accident report. Helen Anderson, 59, was pushing a shopping cart across the street when a 1995 GMC Sierra pickup truck hit her, police said. The impact of the crash threw her into another lane, where a second...

Loganville firm warned that supposed cancer-cure products could be seized

A Loganville company seems to be in the miracle business. For $300, it has been selling a cancer treatment kit with a product said to be “an effective tool in shrinking tumor size and mass, reversing illness and increasing health and vitality of patients.
7 things to know now: McMaster is security adviser; David Cassidy has dementia; Powerball

7 things to know now: McMaster is security adviser; David Cassidy has dementia; Powerball

1. McMaster is security adviser: Army Gen. H.R. McMaster has accepted the job of national security adviser, one week after Michael Flynn left the job. McMaster is known as a creative thinker, according to The Associated Press,  and was  described by President Donald Trump as "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience." McMaster said he looks forward to "doing everything...
A trade Braves may like better than Dansby Swanson deal

A trade Braves may like better than Dansby Swanson deal

If you missed it, John Coppolella’s appearance on the Fox Sports South Chopcast from spring training is definitely worth a listen.
What is the Powerball jackpot; where can you play?

What is the Powerball jackpot; where can you play?

The jackpot for Wednesday’s Powerball lottery grew to $403 million dollars after no one matched all six numbers in Saturday’s drawing. For the next drawing, on Wednesday, the one-time cash payoff is estimated to be at $243.9 million. The $403 million jackpot is the 10th largest in the history of the game. The jackpot soared when no one matched the six numbers drawn Saturday night &mdash...
Expect spotty showers on the drive home

Expect spotty showers on the drive home

Today: Mostly cloudy. Showers possible. High: 69 Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Low: 54 Tomorrow: Scattered showers possible. High: 70 It’s time to pull out the umbrella. Spotty showers that fell across parts of metro Atlanta during the lunch hour will continue through the evening, according to Channel 2 Action News. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"...
Gwinnett school board members voice concerns about state takeover plan

Gwinnett school board members voice concerns about state takeover plan

Some Gwinnett County school board members aren’t thrilled with aspects of a revised plan under discussion at the state Capitol to help underperforming public schools. The board members criticized aspects of House Bill 338, filed earlier this month, a new effort to give the state greater power to assist chronically-failing schools. Voters refused to amend the state Constitution in November...
Life with Gracie: Reading 1,000 books is just a start for this 5-year-old Georgia girl

Life with Gracie: Reading 1,000 books is just a start for this 5-year-old Georgia girl

You’ve heard of Daliyah Arana. Last week, I got the chance to meet her, her mom and dad and two siblings at the Southeast Atlanta Library. And if you’ve heard of the 5-year-old, that last bit of information will come as little surprise. Libraries are Daliyah’s favorite place to be in the world. The kid loves books and, most especially, reading them. It was a love affair born, according...

Salty pretzels normalized blood pressure

Q: I am battling high blood pressure. With effort, I have been able to keep my BP at an average of 125 to 135 over 82 to 87. My BP is higher in the morning than in the afternoon, when it ranges from 120 to 125 over 77 to 82. At the doctor’s office, it was 160/95! I have been following a low-sodium diet. But one day, I got a great deal on some pretzels and decided to indulge. I ate a few before...
Georgia State snaps losing streak with 67-51 win over Texas State

Georgia State snaps losing streak with 67-51 win over Texas State

Georgia State struggled to score 24 first half points but thanks to D’Marcus Simonds and Devin Mitchell, the Panthers found their rhythm in the second half to score 43 points and coast for an 67-51 victory over Texas State. The win snapped a three-game losing streak and moved Panthers (17-10) into third place in the Sun Belt Conference. 5 things we learned Monday night: The offense comes alive...
Cops: Store clerk shot during robbery

Cops: Store clerk shot during robbery

A store clerk was shot during an armed robbery Monday evening in southwest Atlanta, police said.  The Donnelly Food Store clerk, who was shot in his back, was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and is alert, conscious and breathing, Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Stephanie Brown said.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en"...
Police: 2 gun shops burglarized in 1 day

Police: 2 gun shops burglarized in 1 day

Henry County police say burglars who shot up a gun shop may be connected to a similar crime in Covington.  About 7:45 p.m. Saturday, police were called to Ed’s Public Safety in Stockbridge after thieves allegedly fired shots into the business, Henry County police spokesman Sgt. Danny Gibbs said.  The gun shop’s owner, Jeremy Filson, told police he closed about 6:30 p.m. and got...
Celebrity chef Todd English opening restaurant at the Battery Atlanta

Celebrity chef Todd English opening restaurant at the Battery Atlanta

Celebrity chef Todd English is opening Todd English Tavern at Battery Atlanta. The Battery entertainment complex adjacent to the Atlanta Braves new stadium SunTrust Park will offer plenty of options for dining and drinking.
Ex-Tucker standout A.J. Bouye is a top NFL free agent

Ex-Tucker standout A.J. Bouye is a top NFL free agent

Cornerback A.J. Bouye, the classic late-bloomer, is set to become a very rich man in a few weeks. Coming out of Tucker High school in 2010, Bouye had exactly one college scholarship offer. “There were some small schools,” Bouye told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently. “Some small schools. UCF offered me. I know that I talked to West Virginia. They came late or whatever. It...
On Presidents’ Day, Atlanta salutes U.S. Rep. John Lewis

On Presidents’ Day, Atlanta salutes U.S. Rep. John Lewis

Presidents’ Day is typically one of the more sedate holidays, which some folks may realize only when they find their bank closed and note the mail wasn’t delivered.

Giving CPR to U.S. health insurance system

As members of Congress, we work every day to be the voice of Georgians in our nation’s capital. While we represent different areas, one message we hear as we listen to constituents is resounding: Obamacare has hurt their loved ones and livelihoods and it must go. In 2007, President Obama said, “I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that...
Attorney wants new trial after juror with gold teeth dismissed

Attorney wants new trial after juror with gold teeth dismissed

Two men who have served more than half their sentences in prison for armed robbery may get a new trial. Defense attorney Ashleigh Merchant appealed on behalf of her clients for a new trial, because a prosecutor dismissed a potential juror for having gold teeth. Duvalle Minor and Robert Clayton were tried together and convicted in 2011 of an attack on two men along a pathway off Franklin Road...
Lawmakers at odds over DeKalb tax increase

Lawmakers at odds over DeKalb tax increase

State legislators debated Monday whether to raise sales taxes in DeKalb County, mostly to pay for repairs of crumbling roads, but they were divided over several competing proposals. Both Democrats and Republicans generally support a 1-cent sales tax increase, from 7 percent to 8 percent, to fund road repaving, police stations and fire stations. Lawmakers disagree on whether money from the sales...
Steve Cathell lost 44 pounds

Steve Cathell lost 44 pounds

Success story Former weight: 269 pounds Current weight: 225 pounds Pounds lost: 44 pounds Height: 5 feet 11 inches Age: 69 years How long he’s kept it off: He started in August 2015 and reached his current weight in January. Personal life: “I still work full time,” says Cathell. “I am in the wholesale furniture business. … I’ve been married for 38 years to my wife...
Atlantans spend Presidents’ Day marching for Trump’s impeachment

Atlantans spend Presidents’ Day marching for Trump’s impeachment

Tristan Merediz waited 72 years before participating in his first protest. On Monday, Merediz, shadowed by his 6-year-old grandson, joined hundreds of demonstrators in Atlanta who celebrated Presidents’ Day arguing that Donald Trump is unfit for the White House. The “Not My President’s Day” rally was one of a number that took place across the country, with roughly 400 people...
Southwest’s first five years in Atlanta: fewer flights, more local fliers

Southwest’s first five years in Atlanta: fewer flights, more local fliers

Southwest Airlines’ move to buy out AirTran Airways and enter the Atlanta market sparked hopes among some that the Dallas-based discounter would give hometown giant Delta Air Lines a bigger run for its money. The reality is that, five years after launching flights, Southwest has significantly fewer flights from Atlanta than AirTran did — 124 daily departures compared with 220 before the...
NFL combine invitee: Antonio Garcia, LT, Troy (Charles R. Drew High)

NFL combine invitee: Antonio Garcia, LT, Troy (Charles R. Drew High)

Troy left tackcle Antonio Garcia (53) blocking against Georgia’s Jordan Jenkins (59) back in 2014.
NFL combine invitee: Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson (Grayson High)

NFL combine invitee: Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson (Grayson High)

September 22, 2016 Atlanta – Clemson Tigers running back Wayne Gallman (9) eludes a tackle by Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defensive back Corey Griffin (14) in the second half at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Thursday, September 22, 2016.
Watch Migos perform ‘Bad and Boujee’ on ‘Ellen’

Watch Migos perform ‘Bad and Boujee’ on ‘Ellen’

Screenshot Atlanta rap group Migos continued to show that “Bad and Boujee” has broad appeal by performing the hit single on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
A glimpse at what you’ll find at Art Papers Art Auction

A glimpse at what you’ll find at Art Papers Art Auction

For 18 years, the Art Papers Art Auction has asked artists from Atlanta and beyond to contribute works of art to support the mission (and about 25 percent of their annual operating budget) of the Atlanta-based quarterly art magazine. This year, 250 artists have donated artworks, with so many offering up their work that Art Papers executive director Saskia Benjamin says some had to be turned away...
CBS46 moves ‘Just a Minute’ commentaries online only

CBS46 moves ‘Just a Minute’ commentaries online only

This was posted on Monday, February 20, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog After 18 months, CBS46 has dropped its daily “Just a Minute” commentaries, mostly from former journalists. The commentaries have been moved to the online pages here and will be simply written editorials without the video component. Among those who provided the final on-air commentaries earlier...
Free tickets and movie soundtrack to ‘La La Land’

Free tickets and movie soundtrack to ‘La La Land’

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Maybe you’re a “La La Land” fanatic. Or maybe you’re one of those people who has had every intention of getting to the theater to see it, but then life got in the way. The movie, as you might have heard, is up for 14 Oscars on Sunday, including best picture. In honor of what is sure to be a big night for the Emma Stone/Ryan Gosling musical...
Man accused of paralyzing ex’s boyfriend arrested on Valentine’s Day

Man accused of paralyzing ex’s boyfriend arrested on Valentine’s Day

Officials believe they’ve caught the man responsible for paralyzing a Villa Rica man by shooting him in the spine. David Wayne Bell, 40, allegedly shot Michael Henderson in the left arm and left Henderson slumped in his white GMC truck, according to a police report. Henderson’s girlfriend, Ravin Montgomery, told officers that Bell, an ex-boyfriend of hers, chased them down in his truck...
Your guide to Stone Mountain Park's 6 can’t-miss events this year

Your guide to Stone Mountain Park's 6 can’t-miss events this year

Stone Mountain Park, which encompasses the largest exposed mass of granite in the world, is one of Atlanta's most enduring landmarks and tourist attractions. The park, based in Stone Mountain, Georgia,  features 3,200 acres of geology, land and history, including the iconic Stone Mountain, which displays the controversial memorial carving depicting three Confederate heroes of the Civil...
NFL combine invitee: Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama (Columbia High)

NFL combine invitee: Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama (Columbia High)

Gerald Everett, South Alabama.Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports FLOWERY BRANCH — We are powering through the list of 330 players invited to the NFL scouting combine.
With Dickey, the knuckleball back in fashion for Braves

With Dickey, the knuckleball back in fashion for Braves

When the Braves added R.A. Dickey and his twitchy pitch to their roster in November, it gladdened one old knuckleballer’s heart. “It’s kind of special for me. I was lit up when he signed,” said Phil Niekro, one of the classic Braves and a brother in that very select fraternity of those pitchers who literally cling to baseball by their fingernails. Finally, 30 years after the...
5 don’t-miss Hawaii surf spots

5 don’t-miss Hawaii surf spots

What’s not to love about Hawaii’s perfect waves?  The water is so warm, you’ll never hear the word “wetsuit” on the lips of locals. The sea is crystal clear and many places are surrounded by lush, green hills and pristine, sandy beaches that will make you feel like you’ve found a slice of heaven.   For some, Hawaii is where they fell in love with...
Here comes another new DeKalb Whole Foods

Here comes another new DeKalb Whole Foods

One more, DeKalb. On top of plans in the Decatur area, Whole Foods, the wildly popular grocery, is planning another store in the county. This one will be on Peachtree Boulevard in Chamblee, next to a variety of other businesses, including Cook’s Warehouse. The development, dubbed Peachtree Station, is expected to open in summer, according to the builders, S.J. Collins Enterprises. Whole Foods...
Hunters resist banning lead from ammo, despite threat to wildlife. Here’s why

Hunters resist banning lead from ammo, despite threat to wildlife. Here’s why

A bald eagle recently died in northeastern Pennsylvania from lead poisoning and animal-rescue officials at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center in Summit Hill believe the eagle somehow ate a lead fragment, possibly a piece of a bullet. Ammunition left in the wild by hunters is the most common source of lead poisoning in wildlife, according to environmental groups. Before leaving office...
Cobb cops: Armed man kicked stereo shop employee before stealing car

Cobb cops: Armed man kicked stereo shop employee before stealing car

Police are looking for a masked man who they say kicked an employee of a Marietta business before taking his keys at gunpoint and stealing his car Sunday. Investigators said the supposed robber walked into Vicious Sounds Car Audio, 2025 South Cobb Drive, about 8:15 p.m. with a handgun and forced the employee to the floor behind the counter. With the employee on the ground, police say the robber kicked...
See which 19 metro Atlanta artists will be at the American Craft Show

See which 19 metro Atlanta artists will be at the American Craft Show

The 28th annual Atlanta American Craft Show — a gathering of more than 225 top contemporary jewelry, clothing, home decor and furniture artists — is coming up again. The Minneapolis-based crafts-promoting organization, celebrating its 75th anniversary, presents four shows nationally each year. Formerly known as the American Craft Council Show, it returns to the Cobb...
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