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Torpy at Large: Tom Price, fiscal hawk / highfalutin flyboy

Metro Atlanta’s own Tom Price, the surgeon-turned-congressman-turned-U.S. Health Secretary, is now getting pummeled for flying around in private jets.


About NFL protests, I ask: Mr. President, what are you doing?

About NFL protests, I ask: Mr. President, what are you doing?

President Donald J. Trump in Huntsville, Ala. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ATHENS — You have no idea how I voted in the last Presidential election. You can try to guess, but there’s a good chance you’ll be wrong. I like to think I’ve kept political comment to a minimum over my almost 40 years in this business, and not because I don’t have beliefs. (I...
Falcons explain why they knelt during national anthem 

Falcons explain why they knelt during national anthem 

  For Grady Jarrett and Dontari Poe, it was a simple decision to kneel during the national anthem Sunday after President Donald Trump referred to any NFL player who has protested racial and social injustice by taking a knee as a “son of bitch.” “I felt like me, myself, Grady Jarrett is the son of a Queen and that’s my message,” Jarrett said after the game. ...
NFL players kneel during national anthem following further Trump tweets

NFL players kneel during national anthem following further Trump tweets

NFL game day dawned Sunday with a powerful display of unity by the Baltimore Ravens' and Jacksonville Jaguars' players and coaches, who locked arms on the sideline of London's Wembley Stadium - some kneeling, others standing - during the singing of the United States national anthem. Their statement without words came in response to a three-day campaign by President Donald Trump, who at 6:44 a.m. Sunday...
Tech death puts spotlight on campus mental health services

Tech death puts spotlight on campus mental health services

Georgia Tech student Sarat E. Lawal said she and her friends usually turn to each other when academic rigors gets stressful. “You need someone to share your struggles with,” Lawal, 20, a fourth-year materials science and engineering student, said the day after a campus vigil, for a student killed in an apparent suicide-by-cop, turned violent. Tech, she said, could do more to...
Georgia resets rules on voter challenges after a town got it wrong

Georgia resets rules on voter challenges after a town got it wrong

A recent string of problems over how local officials challenged the registration of Georgia voters can be summed up in the curt, one-page letter that arrived mid-July at Jennifer Hill’s home near Savannah. Even though she had lived there for three years, the tiny town of Thunderbolt wanted Hill to prove her residency because her name did not appear in its water utility records. “It...
Falcons hold on to win (barely) in unusual way on an unusual day

Falcons hold on to win (barely) in unusual way on an unusual day

Falcons owner Arthur Blank joins arms with his players during the playing of the national anthem prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday. (Leon Halip/Getty Images) DETROIT – It was not a normal game or a normal Sunday. The president of the United States, his work on far less important issues like national security, the economy and health...
The Braves in 2018: Snitker could return, but much will change

The Braves in 2018: Snitker could return, but much will change

A young arm for next year: Luiz Gohara. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell) First things first: The Braves are believed to be leaning toward keeping Brian Snitker as manager for next season. No final decision has been made, but Saturday’s luncheon meeting between Snitker and upper management generated, in general manager John Coppolella’s description, “productive conversation...
Equifax: Five things you should know about the raid on your data

Equifax: Five things you should know about the raid on your data

Atlanta-based Equifax Corp. and consumers whose credit it tracks have continued to struggle with the fallout from a data breach that affected 143 million people in the United States, and more in other nations. Here are five things you should know about the hacking incident — one of the worst so far — and how it affects you. 1. Protect yourself: You should take a number of steps to protect...
Georgia senator: Atlanta suburbs need to get on board with mass transit

Georgia senator: Atlanta suburbs need to get on board with mass transit

State Sen. Brandon Beach has a message for suburban Atlanta communities: Get on board with mass transit or get used to losing out on Amazon and other big corporate prizes. On Friday the Alpharetta Republican said Cobb and Gwinnett counties and his own north Fulton County are suffering the economic development consequences of their long-time aversion to public...
FBI agent sentenced for disclosing sensitive material to mistress

FBI agent sentenced for disclosing sensitive material to mistress

When FBI agent Ken Hillman was assigned to Northwest Georgia, his aim was clear: catch sex predators who target children online. But on Friday, Hillman stood in front of a federal judge and pleaded guilty to a crime of his own; disclosing sensitive law enforcement material to his married mistress. Senior U.S. District Court Judge Harold Murphy fined the veteran agent $1,000 and sentenced him to six...
The Right gives Trump the win in national anthem protests

The Right gives Trump the win in national anthem protests

A roundup of editorials Monday looks at how fans booed the players who did not stand for the anthem, how liberals don’t get Joe and Jane Sixpack and why the players, owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell should be ashamed of themselves. Here are some opinions from the Right. 1. Trump wins when the NFL takes a knee From The Daily Caller: Some NFL fans booed their teams from their stadium...
Trump is nothing more than a racist provocateur, according to the Left 

Trump is nothing more than a racist provocateur, according to the Left 

A roundup of editorials Monday looks at how President Donald Trump insists on stirring the racial pot, how the player who sparked the protest won the day and how the president holds a “slave master-like obsession” with attacking blacks. Here are some opinions from the Left. 1. Trump keeps fanning racial flames From the Ashbury Park Press: Trump’s comments about NFL players served...
Gwinnett police officer hit directing traffic at Norcross High School

Gwinnett police officer hit directing traffic at Norcross High School

A Gwinnett County police officer was hit directing traffic Monday morning at Norcross High School, police said. The incident happened about 7 a.m. “The officer was not seriously injured and refused to be transported by ambulance to the hospital,” Gwinnett police Cpl. Deon Washington said. The driver was cited for failing to obey an officer directing traffic and not having a driver&rsquo...
Get a taste of Chamblee at the city’s annual food festival

Get a taste of Chamblee at the city’s annual food festival

Blue Top is one of the many Chamblee restaurants that will be serving up food at the Taste of Chamblee. / Photo credit- Mia Yakel Taste of Chamblee is a crash course in that city’s burgeoning dining scene. The annual food festival, now in its 10th year and hosted by the City of Chamblee, will take place Oct. 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. It will be held in...

How Tyler Perry helped a young couple get engaged

Aaron O’Connell plays Wyatt on Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and the Have Nots,” and has the best boss. Perry helped him propose to his girlfriend in the most elaborate surprise ever. MORE: Tyler Perry dined with Janet Jackson and left a $500 tip on their $27 meal All the ways Tyler Perry helped Houston after Hurricane...
Woman found dead in backyard of Cobb County home

Woman found dead in backyard of Cobb County home

A woman was found dead Saturday in the same north Cobb County neighborhood where a woman was reported missing two days earlier. Now, investigators are trying to determine if there’s a link between the two cases. “At this point,” Acworth police Capt. Mark Cheatham said, “these two cases are being investigated independently while awaiting identification of the body.” Police...
DeKalb closes book on financial discrepancy

DeKalb closes book on financial discrepancy

DeKalb County’s government has finally reconciled an accounting discrepancy that at one point amounted to $5.5 million. The county’s external auditors said Friday the government completed matching transactions between its bank accounts and internal records in June, after about a year of combing through thousands of old expenses. No taxpayer money was reported missing, but the ...
Streak of summer-like weather to continue

Streak of summer-like weather to continue

Today: Partly cloudy. High: 87 Tonight: Mostly clear. Low: 68 Tomorrow: Warm. High: 88 Don’t pack the summer clothes yet, metro Atlanta. Yes, it’s our first full week of fall. But according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton, “it’s going to be hot.” In fact, Atlanta could flirt with record highs, she said. The record for this day, set in 1986, is 90...
Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons 30, Lions 26 

Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons 30, Lions 26 

The Falcons prevailed over the Detroit Lions, 30-26, to improve to 3-0 on the season. The defense made three stops in the fourth quarter when the offense stalled and couldn’t run out the clock. Also, replay and the 10-second rule helped out in the end. On a day of protests around the league, Detroit dropped to 2-1.
Torpy at Large: Tom Price, fiscal hawk / highfalutin flyboy

Torpy at Large: Tom Price, fiscal hawk / highfalutin flyboy

Metro Atlanta’s own Tom Price, the surgeon-turned-congressman-turned-U.S. Health Secretary, is now getting pummeled for flying around in private jets. Last week, the news site Politico detailed a three-day sprint for which Price spent more than $60,000 on such flights. Later, Politico said it was more like $300,000 since May, with flights often costing $10,000-plus a pop, even when commercial...
Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 2, Montreal 0

Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 2, Montreal 0

In this episode of Southern Fried Soccer, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson and Jason Longshore of 92.9FM and Soccer Down Here discuss Atlanta United’s 2-0 win over Montreal on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The two discuss the injury suffered by Miguel Almiron, the game’s unsung heroes and how the team defended Ignacio Piatti.
Edible cookie dough concept coming to Ponce City Market

Edible cookie dough concept coming to Ponce City Market

Edible cookie dough concept Batter Cookie Dough Counter is opening this fall at Ponce City Market. / Batter Cookie Dough Counter Ponce City Market offers a pletora of eating options: tacos, seafood, pasta, dumplings, burgers, fried chicken, salad, gelato and more . Add edible cookie dough to the list. Atlanta’s first edible cookie dough shop, ...
Bulldogs have them barking at East Lake

Bulldogs have them barking at East Lake

There was a lot of barking echoing around East Lake Golf Club Sunday. University of Georgia was well represented in the final round of the Tour Championship. Kevin Kisner played in the final pairing, two shots behind third-round leader Paul Casey. Russell Henley began the day five strokes off the pace before his late charge. Fellow Bulldog brethren Brian Harman made it to the FedEx Cup playoff finale...
Ryan streak of no interceptions broken on attempt 212 

Ryan streak of no interceptions broken on attempt 212 

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan opened the game on fire against the Lions. He was having his way with the Lions defense until free safety Glover Quinn stepped in front of his 17th pass attempt and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown. Ryan hadn’t thrown an interception over past 211 attempts. He would finished with three as receivers Tevin Coleman and Mohamed Sanu had passes that they tipped up...
Schauffele the unlikeliest winner of the Tour Championship

Schauffele the unlikeliest winner of the Tour Championship

It was every bit of 360 degrees. A full circle. Geometry at its most fundamental. Xander Schauffele watched as his career-changing putt traveled every inch of the 18th hole. When it finally fell – succumbing to the law of gravity – the relatively unknown golfer had a birdie and a Tour Championship victory. Schauffele finished at 12-under par at East Lake Golf Club Sunday for a one-shot...
What Matt Ryan said after the 30-26 win over the Lions 

What Matt Ryan said after the 30-26 win over the Lions 

Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan had to say after the 30-26 win over the Detroit Lions: On if he’s ever been in a game that ended in such a wild fashion: “Honestly, the only one that comes to mind is us playing against Detroit in London I guess three or four years ago. That was another ending that was one of those situations that was different, so that’s...
What Dan Quinn said after the 30-26 win 

What Dan Quinn said after the 30-26 win 

Here’s what Falcons head coach Dan Quinn had to say after the stunning 30-26 win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday:  Opening statement: “As we get started, before that, I’d like to recognize Arthur (Blank) being down on the field with the team prior to the game and showing his solidarity for not just the Falcons, but for the NFL in general. He continues to...
Replay calls save Falcons from collapse 

Replay calls save Falcons from collapse 

Two pivotal replays helped the Falcons defeat the Lions 30-24 on Sunday at Ford Field.  On the Falcons’ opening drive of the game and Detroit’s final drive of the game, two calls went the Falcons’ way. After crisply moving 71 yards on their opening drive, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan tossed a pass to wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, who was hit and driven out of bounds. Assistant...
What the Falcons said after the 30-26 win over the Lions

What the Falcons said after the 30-26 win over the Lions

On the win: “No win is easy. We came out for a (win) and that’s what we got. It was a hard fought win and team effort. The defense did a great job at the end. Just holding those guys and coming out victorious for us.” On the replay: “I thought he was down. That’s what we’ve got the official for. The guys in New York did a great job for us.” On the stop on...
7 most romantic spots to celebrate your anniversary around Atlanta

7 most romantic spots to celebrate your anniversary around Atlanta

If you're celebrating your anniversary in Atlanta, you have many romantic spots to make the occasion that much more special. The ideal location to celebrate your lives together and plans for the future depends on the individual couple, of course, but the following are seven of the most romantic spots to celebrate your anniversary around Atlanta: Nikolai's Roof, on the top floor of the Hilton Atlanta...
Accidental attic fire leaves Douglas County couple dead

Accidental attic fire leaves Douglas County couple dead

An early morning house fire was ruled accidental, but a husband and wife are dead, officials said.  Boyd Weese, 80, and his wife, Evelyn Weese, 79, died in their Douglas County home, spokesman for the Office of Commissioner Insurance Glenn Allen said. The home located at 64485 Ansley Blvd. in Lithia Springs was destroyed. “My fire investigator determined that the blaze started in...
Fine dining Italian concept Osteria di Mare opening in Peachtree Corners

Fine dining Italian concept Osteria di Mare opening in Peachtree Corners

Italian fine dining restaurant Osteria di Mare will open Oct. 1 in Peachtree Corners. / Photo: Osteria di Mare Dining options continue to grow in Peachtree Corners. Last year saw the addition of notables like Noble Fin , Ba Bellies and popular Lawrenceville diner Peachtree Cafe ...
Report card: Falcons 30, Lions 26 

Report card: Falcons 30, Lions 26 

Here are the grades for the Falcons from their 30-26 victory over the Lions before a crowd of hostile crowd of 63,240 at Ford Field on Sunday. The game ended on a controversial play and a 10-second run off after an apparent touchdown pass to Golden Tate from Matthew Stafford. He was ruled down and there was a 10-second run off to end the game.  Run offense: Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman...
Special teams a mixed bag for Georgia Tech vs. Pitt

Special teams a mixed bag for Georgia Tech vs. Pitt

Special-teams play has been an area of concern for Georgia Tech since its 42-41 double-overtime loss to Tennessee on Labor Day.  In that game, kicker Shawn Davis missed two field-goal attempts, while kickoffs and kickoff coverage were problematic for the Yellow Jackets.  In Saturday’s 35-17 win over Pittsburgh, a special-teams blunder reared its head again on a punt from freshman Pressley...
$50K gift boosts Sandy Springs arts efforts

$50K gift boosts Sandy Springs arts efforts

The Sandy Springs Foundation has received a $50,000 gift from the Development Authority of Sandy Springs to further its new mission: the pursuit of arts programming. “The foundation, originally organized to support city programming and projects, will shift its focus to arts programming and educational opportunities,” according to the agenda of a recent Development Authority meeting where...
Johns Creek renews CH2M service contracts

Johns Creek renews CH2M service contracts

The Johns Creek City Council has approved contracts with CH2M Hill Engineers Inc. to run the city’s Public Works and Recreation and Parks departments, and to manage its parks bond and TSPLOST projects. CH2M has provided municipal services to Johns Creek since its incorporation in 2006, City Manager Warren Hutmacher said in a report to the council. The consultant has handled community development...
Falcons, Lions link arms during national anthem

Falcons, Lions link arms during national anthem

Before kickoff of the Lions and Falcons game, both teams stood linking arms on the sidelines to “celebrate [our] differences,” the announcer said before Rico LaVelle sang the national anthem.  Falcons’ owner Arthur Blank linked arms with Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman on the sidelines. Detroit Lions’ owner, Martha Firestone Ford, stood with her arms linked with...
Georgia Tech students robbed at gunpoint

Georgia Tech students robbed at gunpoint

A group of seven Georgia Tech students said they were robbed about 1 a.m. Sunday, police said.  The students, who were walking on Mecaslin Street toward 14th Street in northwest Atlanta, said they were approached by two men with guns while a third man stayed in a nearby car, Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Bender said. Several phones, credit cards, IDs and keys were stolen from the students...
Blank stood with Falcons on the field 

Blank stood with Falcons on the field 

Falcons owner Arthur Blank stood next to head coach Dan Quinn on the field during the National Anthem before Sunday’s game with the Detroit Lions. Defensive tackles Grady Jarrett and Dontari Poe elected to kneel while holding hands with defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel (standing to the right of Jarrett) and Adrian Clayborn (standing to left of Poe). Eight members of the Detroit Lions elected...
Family says mental health struggles preceded murder-suicide

Family says mental health struggles preceded murder-suicide

Police said they had previously been to the Gwinnett County home where a woman and her son were found shot to death on Saturday. An extensive history of domestic violence plagued the relationship between 57-year-old Mark Knox and his mother, 82-year-old Donna Dennis, Gwinnett County police Detective David Smith said. But that relationship ended violently, family members learned about noon Saturday...
Partly cloudy, dry air expected to continue through the week

Partly cloudy, dry air expected to continue through the week

Today: Sunshine and clouds mixed. High around 85 Tonight: Mostly clear. Low 67 Tomorrow: Sunny skies. High 87 Sure, it’s fall, but summer is still playing catch-up and warm weather — with temperatures in the mid to high 80s — is expected through the week, according to Channel 2 Action News.  Metro Atlanta exceeded 80 degrees by early afternoon, Channel...
Day’s reminder: Sometimes a jump peek isn’t worth it

Day’s reminder: Sometimes a jump peek isn’t worth it

Jason Day, from time to time, does something not so smart. And his left knee lets him know all about it. Day hit his second shot into the par-5 sixth hole at East Lake Golf Club during the third round of the Tour Championship on Saturday. Despite the uphill shot, Day was all-too eager to get a peek at where the approach shot landed. So, he jumped to get a view. Big mistake. Day immediately grabbed...
Analyzing Georgia Tech’s win over Pittsburgh

Analyzing Georgia Tech’s win over Pittsburgh

Georgia Tech’s Saturday ACC opener against Pittsburgh at sun-splashed Bobby Dodd Stadium was, in a way, unlike any that coach Paul Johnson had seen in his 122-game tenure. An opponent punt return for a touchdown, four lost fumbles and a 1-for-13 effort on third down by the Tech defense might have been a trifecta that even Alae Risse Leitch, the 104-year-old Yellow Jackets fan who blessed Saturday&rsquo...
Falcons-Lions: Arthur Blank to join team on sideline for national anthem

Falcons-Lions: Arthur Blank to join team on sideline for national anthem

Here are five things to know before today’s Falcons at Lions kickoff at 1 p.m. in Ford Field: 1. Series record. The Falcons (2-0) are set to face the Detroit Lions (2-0). The Lions lead the series 24-12. The Falcons are 3-1 against the Lions with Matt Ryan at the controls. On Sept. 7, 2008, Ryan made his first NFL start against the Lions and guided the Falcons to a 34-31 victory. 2. Where...
Georgia Tech president creates fund for student mental health initiatives

Georgia Tech president creates fund for student mental health initiatives

Georgia Tech president G. P. “Bud” Peterson announced Saturday evening he’s created a fund for donors to contribute money for student mental health and wellness initiatives. The fund, Peterson said, already has a $1 million contribution. Peterson said in a letter to students, employees and graduates that he set up the fund after discussions with student organizations and others...

Bleacher Report: TCU ‘must be taken seriously’ as national contender

TCU burst into the national championship picture with its win at Oklahoma State in Week 4, according to Bleacher Report. Bleacher Report’s Greg Wallace said the Horned Frogs have proven themselves to be real contenders in the Big 12 and on a national level after beating then-No. 6 Oklahoma State 44-31 on the road. TCU seriously limited a dynamic Cowboys offense, and the offense...

Tennessee football podcast: Vols’ quarterback management sends message

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee coach Butch Jones sent a message to his team on Saturday that no one, at any position, is irreplaceable if they are not performing. Jones sat starting quarterback Quinten Dormady in the third quarter of Saturday’s 17-13 win over UMass, giving redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano three consecutive series to spark the team. Guarantano...
Georgia ethics panel will audit candidates in governor’s, mayor’s races

Georgia ethics panel will audit candidates in governor’s, mayor’s races

Candidates for governor in Georgia are often targets of campaign-report-related ethics complaints from political opponents who don’t want them to win the state’s top job. But they’d better keep an even closer eye on their campaign books in 2018. Because the state’s ethics watchdog agency is going to be auditing them. In addition, the agency may audit other races — some...
Reindeer look more Halloween than Christmas at Columbus Zoo

Reindeer look more Halloween than Christmas at Columbus Zoo

Thoughts of Christmas will soon be invading many children’s dreams, but it’s a natural Christmas and Halloween mashup that’s got some zoo visitors worried about a herd of reindeer. However, zoo officials said that what looks like a bloody mess is actually normal. >> Read more trending news Sven, one of the male reindeer at the Columbus Zoo, is shedding his velvet antler covering...

WATCH: SEC Shorts drops hilarious video on archaeologist hired to find artifacts for Kentucky win over Florida

SEC Shorts does it again! Florida found a way to extend its winning streak against Kentucky to 31 games on Saturday night, escaping Lexington with a 28-27 victory over a Wildcats team that once held a 27-14 fourth-quarter lead and had a chance to win the game with a field goal as time expired. It was the latest in a series of painful losses to the Gators. On Monday morning...
McCain: Trump has never apologized for saying senator was 'not a war hero'

McCain: Trump has never apologized for saying senator was 'not a war hero'

Sen. John McCain said President Trump still hasn't apologized for disparaging his war record on the campaign trail, but signaled he had put the matter behind him and would be open to reconciling with the president. During an interview with "60 Minutes" broadcast late Sunday, host Lesley Stahl asked the Arizona Republican whether he would be receptive to a "rapprochement" with Trump...

WATCH: Comedian Scooter Magruder delivers hilarious video on how Florida fans watched Kentucky game

Like many younger Florida fans, Scooter Magruder has no idea what it is like to lose to Kentucky. But the Gators comedian has come about as close as humanly possible to experiencing it during a couple of recent meetings with the Wildcats. On Saturday night, he may have experienced his closest call yet as the Gators erased a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit and dodged a game-winning...

Miami wide receiver Ahmmon Richards expected to play against Duke

Miami Hurricanes standout wide receiver Ahmmon Richards, who has been dealing with a hamstring strain, could make his season debut this Friday against, coach Mark Richt said Monday morning. Richards dressed and  warmed up before the Hurricanes’ game against Toledo on Saturday and the coach said Richards practiced on Sunday night. “He looks good,” Richt...
Longleaf Drive road closure to begin Sept. 27

Longleaf Drive road closure to begin Sept. 27

Longleaf Drive, between Joy Lane and Peachcrest Road, will be closed to through traffic beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, through 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28, to facilitate production filming. The DeKalb Board of Commissioners voted in May to spend $205,000 this year for a film commission, which will have one full-time and five part-time positions. It will emulate the success of similar efforts...
Hurricane Maria: Live updates

Hurricane Maria: Live updates

Hurricane Maria continues to churn in the Atlantic Ocean. The deadly storm has claimed lives on multiple islands in its path. >> Read more trending news 
Several NFL owners who gave Trump millions hit back

Several NFL owners who gave Trump millions hit back

Of all the National Football League franchise owners, Bob McNair is probably one of President Donald Trump's most generous donors.  The Houston Texans owner donated $2 million in 2016 to a pro-Trump super PAC. He is also among the eight NFL franchise owners who collectively doled out millions of dollars for Trump's inauguration, helping the New York billionaire raise an unprecedented $107 million...

Arkansas Razorbacks podcast: Same song, different verse for Hogs

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Welcome to SEC Country’s  daily Arkansas Borderline Erotic podcast, the most-listened-to Razorbacks podcast in the country. In this episode, John Nabors discusses Arkansas’ loss to Texas A&M over the weekend and plays back your voicemail reactions. SEC Country launched the Borderline...
John Barrow aims for comeback with bid for Georgia secretary of state

John Barrow aims for comeback with bid for Georgia secretary of state

Former Georgia congressman John Barrow in 2013. AP/Charles Dharapak Former Georgia congressman John Barrow, who was the last white Democrat from the Deep South in Congress, will end a three-year absence from politics with a statewide Democratic bid to become secretary of state in 2018. Barrow made the announcement Sunday during a meet-and-greet with Democrats in Athens. In...
Puerto Rico farmers hit hard by Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico farmers hit hard by Hurricane Maria

While recovery has started in the island U.S. territory of Puerto Rico, one industry could take more than a year to bounce back after being decimated by not one but two hurricanes in recent weeks. The farming industry took a major hit from Hurricane Maria. Some are estimating that the Category 4 storm took out 89 percent of crop value on Puerto Rico, The New York Times reported. Carlos Flores Ortega...
Live updates: Trump slams players, NFL responds by taking a knee 

Live updates: Trump slams players, NFL responds by taking a knee 

Players across the NFL fired back at President Donald Trump by taking a knee, standing or refusing to show up at all for the national anthem before Sunday’s games. The protests came after Trump suggested that NFL team owners should fire players who refuse to stand during the anthem, telling a crowd in Alabama on Friday that “that’s a total disrespect for our heritage.” Former...
Lawyers say Trump’s free speech shows contempt for free speech

Lawyers say Trump’s free speech shows contempt for free speech

President Donald Trump has again roiled the public debate over free-speech rights with his comments this weekend about football players who take a knee during the national anthem — but lawyers said calling for those players to be fired probably didn't cross any legal lines.  "Even the president has a First Amendment right to be obnoxious," said Justin Dillon, a former federal...
George Clooney criticizes Hillary Clinton over failed presidential campaign

George Clooney criticizes Hillary Clinton over failed presidential campaign

In a recent interview, George Clooney opened up about Hillary Clinton and made a few surprising remarks about the former secretary of state. Clooney was a staunch Clinton supporter during the 2016 election and even donated money to her campaign, along with a slew of other Democratic operations, and held a fundraiser for her. But during the interview with The Daily Beast, the star was...

At Second Glance: Georgia’s shut-down defense, and signs of an offensive identity

Each week during the season, we re-watch that week’s Georgia football game in order to gain more insight, observations and just plain make sure we didn’t miss anything. So what do you say about an all-around throttling of another ranked team? After his team’s 31-3 rout of Mississippi State, Kirby Smart did his best to try to be a coach, issuing cautions...

Auburn-Mississippi State: Time, TV channel, watch online for Week 5 game (09/30/2017)

Auburn football will be back home on the Plains to take on Mississippi State this weekend, fresh off opening its SEC schedule with a huge blowout win over struggling Missouri. The No. 13 Tigers (3-1, 1-0 SEC) will hope to send No. 24 Mississippi State (3-1, 1-1 SEC) reeling after the Bulldogs opened their two-game road trip with a 31-3 loss at Georgia. Auburn, on the other...

Bayou Bengal Briefing: What did you think of LSU’s QB plans vs. Syracuse?

LSU football is in the news every day, and  the Bayou Bengal Briefing is here to keep you updated with the latest headlines five mornings a week. Join us every Monday through Friday for the biggest news on Tigers football, recruiting, baseball and more. Enjoy! LSU coach Ed Orgeron surprised some people Saturday when he decided to give three drives of playing...

Tennessee offense searches for better execution as toughest test looms

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee offense has not looked right through four weeks of the 2017 season. Georgia comes to Knoxville this Saturday and it is an ideal time for the offense to click. The Vols stumbled to a 17-13 win against UMass last Saturday in what might have been the worst offensive installment of the season. A first-year starting quarterback in Quinten Dormady coupled...

Alabama-Ole Miss: Time, TV channel, watch online for Week 5 game (09/30/2017)

Alabama football is set to continue its SEC grind when Ole Miss travels to Tuscaloosa on Saturday. The Rebels, who had a bye this past Saturday, dropped their last contest in a 27-16 loss to California on Sept. 16. The Crimson Tide (4-0, 1-0 SEC) is coming off a 59-0 thrashing of Vanderbilt this past Saturday. Alabama earned 52 first-place votes in the  latest AP poll that...
Manafort’s Russia connection: What you need to know about Oleg Deripaska

Manafort’s Russia connection: What you need to know about Oleg Deripaska

An aluminum magnate who survived the gangster capitalism of the 1990s and the financial crisis of 2008, Oleg Deripaska is a shrewd self-made billionaire who has managed to stay on the right side of power, whether by marrying into "the family" of Russia's first president, Boris Yeltsin, or by making himself indispensable to its current one, Vladimir Putin.  As my Washington Post colleagues...
Stevie Wonder takes 'both knees' after Trump slams NFL stars' national anthem protests

Stevie Wonder takes 'both knees' after Trump slams NFL stars' national anthem protests

After a weekend marked by President Donald Trump’s public spats with Steph Curry, Colin Kaepernick and professional athletes who protest during the national anthem, singer Stevie Wonder knelt in support of several causes before his set at the Global Citizens Festival on Saturday in New York City. With the help of an assistant, Wonder got down on both knees and told the audience, &ldquo...
NASCAR owners threaten to fire those who protest during national anthem

NASCAR owners threaten to fire those who protest during national anthem

It appeared no drivers, crew or other team members participated in a protest during the national anthem to start the NASCAR Cup series race Sunday. Several team owners and executives said they wouldn’t tolerate anyone in their organizations protesting. They could be fired if they had. “It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus,” Richard Childress, who was Dale Earnhardt&rsquo...
GOP leaders circulate plan that could end up as massive tax cut for the wealthy

GOP leaders circulate plan that could end up as massive tax cut for the wealthy

White House officials and Republican leaders are preparing a set of broad income and corporate tax cuts while also looking for a way to keep their plan from being a massive windfall for the wealthiest Americans, two people familiar with the plan said.  Party leaders are quietly circulating proposals to lower the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent and lower the top individual income...
Meghan Markle supports Prince Harry at Invictus Games

Meghan Markle supports Prince Harry at Invictus Games

Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle attended Saturday’s opening ceremony of the prince’s Invictus Games for injured military service members. Markle was seen in the stands at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, but she was not sitting next to Harry. During the ceremony, the prince told the audience he wanted the world to be inspired “by the spirit of those...
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