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Atlanta Secret Service agent wins settlement in discrimination case

Ray Moore loves the Secret Service, the agency that protects the president and investigates financial crimes. But in 1999 Moore was again passed over for a promotion — a job that went to a less-qualified white agent who Moore then had to train.
Construction CEO accused of paying $1M in bribes to Atlanta official

Construction CEO accused of paying $1M in bribes to Atlanta official

The owner of an Atlanta construction company has been arraigned on federal bribery and money laundering charges related to a plan to pay more than $1 million to get contracts from the city. Elvin R. Mitchell, Jr., the CEO of one of the city’s more prominent minority-owned contractors, is accused of paying more than $1 million to an individual in exchange for contracts with the city...
Shanahan likely to take 49ers’ job; Blank spoke to 49ers owner York

Shanahan likely to take 49ers’ job; Blank spoke to 49ers owner York

Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan officially will be offered the San Francisco head coach job after the Falcons’ season, according to reports.
56 arrested in connection with Dunwoody prostitution ring

56 arrested in connection with Dunwoody prostitution ring

After a months-long investigation into a prostitution business run out of apartments in Dunwoody and Atlanta, 56 people have been arrested, police said. Sam Crenshaw, his wife Darliene Crenshaw, both of Marietta, and George Moore of Sandy Springs are accused of owning and operating a commercial sex enterprise, Dunwoody police Chief Billy Grogan said Wednesday. Darliene Crenshaw was arrested Tuesday...
How to follow the inauguration on TV, internet

How to follow the inauguration on TV, internet

Some aspects of Friday’s inauguration are about as old as the country itself: The dignified, pre-ceremony meeting at the White House between the outgoing and incoming president. The oath of office administered by the chief justice of the Supreme Court. The post-ceremony parade and blur of fancy dress balls. And some are about as recently minted as yesterday’s social media post: Streaming...
Photos: Falcons prepare for the Packers

Photos: Falcons prepare for the Packers

Falcons release ‘official’ depth chart for NFC championship game

Falcons release ‘official’ depth chart for NFC championship game

January 14, 2017, Atlanta: Leroy “Holy Moses” Silvester is looking for the Falcons to lead the way to “The Promised Land” against the Seahawks in a NFL football NFC divisional playoff game on Saturday, Jan.
Atlanta’s new “chronically failing” schools

Atlanta’s new “chronically failing” schools

Georgia voters may have rejected a constitutional amendment that would have established punitive measures for schools on a “chronically failing” list, but state officials are still updating that list. And Atlanta Public Schools saw three schools added and two removed, for a net increase of one and a new total of 23. The new schools, according to a comparison of the new list...
Georgians plan sizable contingent in Women’s March on Washington

Georgians plan sizable contingent in Women’s March on Washington

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, Grant Park actress and visual artist Cassidy Russell 29, wanted a way to show that many women “weren’t OK with it.” Across Georgia, a disheartened Courtnay Coco Papy, 31, of Savannah asked herself, “Now, what do I do?” Also yearning for a constructive way to respond, Lyndsay Arrendale, 25, learned a women’s march was...
Matt Ryan can add to his legacy by besting Aaron Rodgers

Matt Ryan can add to his legacy by besting Aaron Rodgers

If Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan thinks much about his legacy, there’s little chance he would ever say so publicly. It’s not his style. Ryan’s persona is nondescript, his public utterances non-revealing. But there was a moment when Ryan showed that it matters. The Falcons had just beaten the Seahawks in a 2012 NFC divisional game. It was Ryan’s first playoff victory in four...
Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza hosting job fair

Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza hosting job fair

Looking for a career in retail? Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza are hosting a job fair.The event will be held at the Lenox Square Fashion Café on Friday, Jan. 20 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Employers are looking to fill guest service positions at both shopping centers. For example, a teaser description for the guest services lead and representatives opening includes these specifics: "Responsible...
Lexus recovered after carjacking, kidnapping at Checkers, 3 suspects still loose

Lexus recovered after carjacking, kidnapping at Checkers, 3 suspects still loose

Fayetteville police recovered a stolen Lexus GX470 Tuesday night, but three suspects in the connected carjacking are still on the loose. Two of the men believed to be involved in a carjacking and kidnapping Sunday outside a Checkers were caught on video surveillance, police spokesman Lt. Mike Whitlow said in a news release. The Lexus was located late Tuesday in the parking lot of the Riverdale Wal-Mart...
Park Tavern apologizes to Falcons fans for planning a Packers rally

Park Tavern apologizes to Falcons fans for planning a Packers rally

Park Tavern has apologized to aggrieved Atlanta Falcons fans aggravated at their plans to host a rally for Green Bay Packers. MORE Details about the game The Atlanta Falcons’ famous fans How much are tickets to Sunday’s game? The announcement of the Packers event drew immediate ire on social media – including this very stern response from Sarah Ryan, wife of QB Matt Ryan. &ldquo...
Atlanta Secret Service agent wins settlement in race discrimination case

Atlanta Secret Service agent wins settlement in race discrimination case

Ray Moore became known as “the guy” soon after he filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against his employer, the United States Secret Service. “Lots of people said, ‘Ray was the last guy we thought would sue the agency because he was such a company guy.’” Moore said. Agents would respond “you’re the guy” when they met him. Moore loves the Secret...
Cobb unfreezes permits for controversial West Cobb development

Cobb unfreezes permits for controversial West Cobb development

Cobb officials will allow construction to continue on a 178-home subdivision in the western part of the county, despite objections from some neighbors that they were promised one type of housing but another is being built. An open house for the first two homes in Summerhour, off Paul Samuel Road, is scheduled for Sunday. Nearby residents objected to rezoning the property from very low density residential...
Atlanta home prices up, Gwinnett has most (Fulton most costly)

Atlanta home prices up, Gwinnett has most (Fulton most costly)

Home prices continue to rise last month in metro Atlanta, while the number of sales declined, according to the Atlanta Realtors Association. In a report issued Wednesday, the group said that the median sales price of a home sold last month in an 11-county area was $239,000 – up 6.2 percent from the sale month of a year earlier. However, the number of sales was down by that same percentage. Compared...
Life after ‘American Idol’: Idols coming to Atlanta, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Phillip Phillips

Life after ‘American Idol’: Idols coming to Atlanta, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Phillip Phillips

Clark Beckham, Haley Reinhart, Casey Abrams and Anthony Fedorov of ‘American Idol” fame will be judging a charity singing event at Buckhead Theatre January 28.
Police seek 2 women in $6K perfume theft

Police seek 2 women in $6K perfume theft

Police are seeking two women in connection with the theft of about $6,000 in Chanel perfume from a store at Ponce City Market. According to police, the manager of Sephora said she saw two women come into the store about 6:40 p.m. on Jan. 4. One of the women faked an injury to distract from the other woman, who took the perfume and put it into her purse, according to the police incident report. The...

John Lewis, Andrew Young and a serious case of deja vu

Andrew Young’s telephone conversation with Donald Trump on Monday delivered one of those déjà vu moments that could carry you back five decades in a single heartbeat. In more dangerous times, voting rights organizers would send a rabble-rouser into town – often the passionate Hosea Williams, clad in his trademark overalls – to stir up the local black populace. Young...
Falcons to Packers: Come on, feel the noise

Falcons to Packers: Come on, feel the noise

The Falcons can’t talk enough about all the racket that fans have been making recently in the Georgia Dome, and there was more chatter Wednesday when Vic Beasley Jr. suggested that fans might give demolition experts a head start in Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the Packers. Some have said the Dome was louder than ever Saturday, when the Falcons defeated the Seahawks 36-20, yet...
Falcons have Arthur Blank dancing (but thankfully no Mohawk)

Falcons have Arthur Blank dancing (but thankfully no Mohawk)

The dance hasn’t been named, probably because it was more of a series of spontaneous, non-choreographed, flailing arm and leg movements by a 74-year-old man in a three-piece suit who, yeah, pretty much made the whole thing up on the spot. Where did Arthur Blank learn those … dance moves? “Probably from my mother,” he said Wednesday when asked about his postgame attitude dancing...
Kennesaw State spring game set for a Friday night

Kennesaw State spring game set for a Friday night

Kennesaw State will hold spring football game on a Friday night this year. The game will be played at 7 p.m. March 24 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium, and will be televised via live stream on ESPN3. This is the Owls’ third spring game, and the previous two were held on Saturdays. Admission is free for the game. Spring practice begins Feb. 24, and the team will conduct 14 practices before the spring...

What Aaron Rodgers had to say about the Atlanta Falcons

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers participated in a conference call today with media in Flowery Branch covering the NFC championship game. The two-time NFL MVP, who was drafted in the first round in 2005 and took over as starter in 2008, spoke about the Falcons, quarterback Matt Ryan and more. Here is a transcript: What has been your approach to handling the expectations of being the Packers quarterback?...
Johns Creek woman found dead in Roswell yard

Johns Creek woman found dead in Roswell yard

A woman found dead in the front yard of a Roswell home has been identified, police say. Karen Lee LaForge, 53, of Johns Creek, was found near the side of a house Tuesday afternoon, Roswell police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Holland said. A man inside a home on Tyson Circle called 911 about 1:30 p.m. The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office has not determined how LaForge died and police...
What Packers coach Mike McCarthy said about the Falcons

What Packers coach Mike McCarthy said about the Falcons

Packers coach Mike McCarthy participated in a conference call today with media in Flowery Branch covering the NFC championship game. Here is a partial transcript: On the challenges of defending the Falcons “They are a complete offense. They’ve been on an incredible roll. You look at the course of the season—not only the production they have had, they are No. 1 in the league for points...
West Georgia coach leaves for Louisiana-Lafayette

West Georgia coach leaves for Louisiana-Lafayette

West Georgia coach Will Hall has resigned to become offensive coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette. In a news release Wednesday, West Georgia athletic director Daryl Dickey announced that he appointed Sam Gregg as interim head coach. Gregg has been the Wolves’ offensive coordinator for the past three seasons. Dickey said he will begin a search for Hall’s successor. “We are very appreciative...
GBI investigating Taser use at Floyd County jail

GBI investigating Taser use at Floyd County jail

Floyd County sheriff’s officials have asked the GBI to investigate an incident in which deputies used a Taser on a man who was about to be booked into the jail. The incident happened early Jan. 8, when Juaun Porter was arrested by Rome police and taken to the jail, sheriff’s spokeswoman Cpl. Carrie Edge said Wednesday. An internal investigation by sheriff’s officials found that Porter...

VIDEO: Top Atlanta chef announces new cookbook

One of Atlanta’s noted chefs is writing a cookbook. Pano Karatassos, executive chef at upscale Greek restaurant Kyma, announced today that he is writing his first cookbook. The unnamed title, to be released by Rizzoli in the winter of 2018, will focus on Greek cuisine. >VIDEO: Behind the scenes for the making of chef Pano Karatassos’ new cookbook: [facebook url="https://www...
Before they were Falcons: Center Alex Mack

Before they were Falcons: Center Alex Mack

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame desecrates Trump shirt at Georgia concert

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame desecrates Trump shirt at Georgia concert

Waka Flocka Flame probably isn’t looking for an invite to the White House. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Well, we know how Waka Flocka Flame feels about the incoming president.
Eerie, awe-inspiring: 5 ways to explore Georgia's new Dark Sky Park

Eerie, awe-inspiring: 5 ways to explore Georgia's new Dark Sky Park

Serious stargazers have long known that the skies over Georgia's Stephen C. Foster State Park in the Okefenokee Swamp are truly spectacular, but the International Dark Sky Association has made it official. The IDA named the park as a gold-tier "International Dark Sky Park," the first in Georgia and the only gold-tier designee in the southeast. The designation means SCFSP has...
Fellow Gwinnett commissioner: Tommy Hunter ‘likes kicking things up’

Fellow Gwinnett commissioner: Tommy Hunter ‘likes kicking things up’

All of Tommy Hunter’s counterparts on the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners have now disavowed the controversial Facebook post in which he called civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis a “racist pig.” Board chair Charlotte Nash publicly apologized to Lewis on Tuesday, but District 1 Commissioner Jace Brooks, District 2 Commissioner Lynette Howard and District 4 Commissioner...
How the soaring Falcons rebuilt on the fly

How the soaring Falcons rebuilt on the fly

Of the 22 Falcons listed on the flip card as starters on offense and defense for the divisional-round game against Seattle, 12 — more than half — were acquired since Dan Quinn arrived. Not included among those dozen were Tevin Coleman, who led the Falcons in rushing against the Seahawks; Taylor Gabriel, who caught four passes; Justin Hardy, who caught two; Austin Hooper, who caught one...
Try these 8 new metro Atlanta spots to eat brunch and lunch

Try these 8 new metro Atlanta spots to eat brunch and lunch

Brunch cocktails from Drift Fish House. / Photo courtesy of Drift Fish House It’s a new year, and with the turn of a calendar page comes a bunch of new metro Atlanta restaurants serving brunch and lunch.
Pro Football Writers vote Falcons’ Matt Ryan MVP

Pro Football Writers vote Falcons’ Matt Ryan MVP

The Pro Football Writers of America selected Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan as the NFL’s 2016 Most Valuable Player and offensive player of the year. Ryan is the first Falcons player to earn PFWA’s MVP award in its 43-year history. Ryan is a top candidate for the Associated Press MVP Award, which was voted on before the playoffs and will be announced during Super Bowl week. Ryan already...
Chili dogs and peach pies: Georgia governor wagers over Falcons game

Chili dogs and peach pies: Georgia governor wagers over Falcons game

WASHINGTON – The stakes are high for this Sunday’s NFC Championship game pitting the Atlanta Falcons against the Green Bay Packers. Not only is a spot in the Super Bowl at stake, so are six-packs of booze from the leaders of Georgia and Wisconsin. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker placed the wager on Wednesday featuring some of each state’s top products. For...
Six Flags is hiring 3,100 seasonal workers

Six Flags is hiring 3,100 seasonal workers

In order for Six Flags Over Georgia to open for the 50th year, it’s going to need some help. And you might be what it needs. The Austell amusement park aims to hire about 3,100 seasonal employees, the company said in a news release. Jobs range from food service and retail workers to ride operators and marketing researchers. Each job posting will list qualifications. For instance, ...
Smith & Wesson, Atlanta companies reflect change with new names

Smith & Wesson, Atlanta companies reflect change with new names

Maybe it’s because of President-elect Donald Trump’s plans to change things up after his inauguration this Friday, but change seems to be in the air lately — at least when it comes to companies changing their names. Most of the firms say the new names reflect their changing businesses. One of the best-known companies that recently decided it needs a new tag is gun-maker Smith & Wesson...
Ben Swann of CBS46 brings back ‘Pizzagate’ conspiracy story

Ben Swann of CBS46 brings back ‘Pizzagate’ conspiracy story

This was posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Just as so-called ‘Pizzagate” was dying down, evening anchor Ben Swann of CBS46 stoked the fires again yesterday. In his regular “Reality Check” segment, Swann questioned whether the debunked rumor that that Hillary Clinton’s campaign trafficked children through a Washington...
Falcons injury report: Julio Jones out for practice

Falcons injury report: Julio Jones out for practice

Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones did not practice Wednesday because of a lingering foot injury. “We will get him more work as the week goes on,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. Quinn said earlier in the week that there is no doubt Jones will play against the Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship game. Jones has dealt with foot/toe issues for more than a month. He didn&rsquo...
Panthers lose guard Justin Seymour

Panthers lose guard Justin Seymour

Justin Seymour is no longer with the Georgia State men’s basketball team. Seymour, a grad transfer from Murray State, is eligible by NCAA standards but isn’t eligible by graduate school requirements. He averaged 6.6 points in 14 games, including seven starts. The Panthers (10-7, 3-2) are coming off a 73-65 win in overtime over Louisiana-Monroe and a 101-86 win over Louisiana-Lafayette...

Jeezy to play hometown Atlanta concert at the Tabernacle

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene While Jeezy fans await the release of “Snow Season,” they can see the Atlanta rapper promote his most recent album, “Trap or Die 3,” with a show at the Tabernacle. Jeezy will perform an all-ages show at the venue at 8 p.m. March 22. Tickets are $42.50 (all general admission) and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Jan. 20 at the venue box office,...
Fulton police seek men who carjacked, choked woman

Fulton police seek men who carjacked, choked woman

Police said Wednesday they need help identifying two men who carjacked and choked a woman at a south Fulton County gas station. About 11:15 p.m. Sunday, two men approached the owner of a blue 2013 Ford Focus at the Shell gas station at 3580 Cascade Road and asked for change, Fulton police Detective S.E. Webb said. One man rushed the victim from behind and choked her until she fell to...
Trump’s nominee for education secretary wants more school choice

Trump’s nominee for education secretary wants more school choice

In a contentious Senate hearing Tuesday, Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary signaled she would represent a major change in direction for federal policy, a change that may lead more children out of traditional public schools into private and charter schools. Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos has never attended or worked in a public school and has devoted a lot of her time and family...
Planes, trains buses: Georgians head to Women’s March on Washington

Planes, trains buses: Georgians head to Women’s March on Washington

Thousands of Georgia women are heading to Washington Saturday for the Women’s March, which expects crowds exceeding 200,000 to rally against what they consider threats to civil and human rights from Donald Trump’s election. It may be the largest mobilization of Americans to be powered by social media. The march began as an idea tossed out on Facebook by a grandmother in Hawaii. The idea...
Executives sentenced for bribery of former DeKalb employee

Executives sentenced for bribery of former DeKalb employee

Three businessmen who bribed a former DeKalb County and Georgia World Congress Center employee will serve sentences in federal prison. U.S. District Judge William Duffey on Friday sentenced the three former executives of Rite Way Service Inc., an Alabama-based cleaning company, after a jury had convicted them on corruption charges. The jury found them guilty in September for paying the employee...
Atlanta United, Charleston Battery renew affiliation

Atlanta United, Charleston Battery renew affiliation

Atlanta United and Charleston Battery agreed to renew their affiliation for 2017. The Battery were Atlanta United’s USL affiliate in 2016. The MLS squad loaned several players to the team, including goalkeeper Alex Tambakis, the first player Atlanta United signed, midfielders Andrew Carleton, Chris Goslin and forward Jeffrey Otoo. The Battery were 13-8-9 in the USL’s Eastern...
4 things to know before Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech

4 things to know before Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech

Looking ahead to Wednesday night’s game… 1. There were questions about whether or not Georgia Tech could win three ACC games in the entire conference schedule. The Yellow Jackets have an opportunity to win their third in a row Wednesday night against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. (9 p.m., Fox Sports South in Atlanta) Odds are against the Jackets – kenpom.com assesses their win...
Dog owner now charged with manslaughter in boy’s mauling death

Dog owner now charged with manslaughter in boy’s mauling death

Charges have been upgraded for the man whose dogs attacked two children, killing one and leaving the second seriously injured. Cameron Tucker made his first court appearance Wednesday morning after spending the night in the Fulton County jail. Tucker was arrested Tuesday after police determined the dogs belonged to him. He was initially charged with two counts of reckless conduct, but an involuntary...
VIDEO: Cobb cops punch, drag man accused of DUI

VIDEO: Cobb cops punch, drag man accused of DUI

A video shows Cobb County police officers punching a man accused of DUI and dragging him out of his car following what a witness called a slow-speed chase. That witness, C.J. Jones, also said a Taser went off in the incident, which he recorded using his phone and a car mirror, according to Channel 2 Action News. Miguel Sanchez faces a DUI charge after police said he was driving erratically on the...
Falcons crash the party for NFL’s swells

Falcons crash the party for NFL’s swells

Joy-deprived Falcons fans celebrate the events of last Saturday’s playoff victory over Seattle.
Three-star Tech commit talks comfort of official visit

Three-star Tech commit talks comfort of official visit

Dual-threat quarterback Tobias Oliver was reassured of his decision to become a Yellow Jacket on his official visit to Georgia Tech over the weekend. “I just liked the people like the coaches, the current players,” Oliver said. “It’s just everything I thought it would be.” Oliver committed to Tech on Nov. 27 after receiving an offer on Nov. 22. During his official visit...
70 years old with nearly $180K in student loan debt

70 years old with nearly $180K in student loan debt

It’s an old joke that’s quickly becoming reality for many student loan borrowers: “I’ll be paying off my student loans until I die.” During the past decade, there’s been a stunning rise in student loan debt owed by older Americans. The number of Americans 60 or older with one or more student loans quadrupled from 2005 to 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection...
Tech commit plans to start at punter

Tech commit plans to start at punter

When choosing a college, punter Pressley Harvin wanted to choose the school that gave him the best chance to play early. “I love competition, that’s one thing about me, but to start off my career early and be able to start my true freshman year is what I was kind of reaching for and I know I have a chance to do it,” Harvin said. If the 6-foot, 235 pound Harvin receives the starting...
High school coach thinks Tech commit can rise above the rest

High school coach thinks Tech commit can rise above the rest

With four defensive backs in Georgia Tech’s 2017 singing class, competition will be fierce, b ut Tech’s Gentry Bonds is up to the challenge. Knowing the 3-star Bonds for four years at Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Bonds’ football coach Will Kriesky saw Bonds develop in high school to become a leader and knows Bonds can do it again as a Yellow Jacket. &ldquo...
Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport featured in upcoming PBS aviation series

Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport featured in upcoming PBS aviation series

On any given day, more than 100,000 planes shuttle more than one million people through the sky to destinations around the world. A lot of that daily traffic passes right here through Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the world. The FDA predicts that withing 10 years, the Thanksgiving Day crush that hits Hartsfield-Jackson each year will be an...
Atlanta restaurants offering ‘Bad Hombre’ menu items for Inauguration Day

Atlanta restaurants offering ‘Bad Hombre’ menu items for Inauguration Day

The scene at Fred’s Meat & Bread at Krog Street Market. / AJC file photo It was barely three months ago when then presidential candidate (now president-elect) Donald Trump made headlines by referring to “bad hombres” during a presidential debate.
Report: Driver in deadly school bus crash was not under the influence

Report: Driver in deadly school bus crash was not under the influence

A school bus driver in a crash that killed six elementary school students in Chattanooga, Tenn., was not under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board. Johnthony Walker, 24, is facing vehicular homicide, reckless driving and reckless endangerment charges in connection with the November incident that injured at...
Donald Trump’s parade to be shorter, less diverse than Barack Obama’s

Donald Trump’s parade to be shorter, less diverse than Barack Obama’s

Four years ago, President Barack Obama’s second inaugural parade featured participants from all 50 states.