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Snow creates mess of roadways, but warmer relief on the way

The snow may have looked pretty, but the novelty of the Atlanta area’s latest winter storm is gone.  This morning’s commute will again be tricky, despite around-the-clock efforts to clear the roads. The storm that arrived Tuesday evening was initially expected to focus on North Georgia, but once again reached far south in the state. Roadway ice combined with temperatures that stayed...


AJC poll: Georgians back medical marijuana expansion

AJC poll: Georgians back medical marijuana expansion

More Georgia voters than ever support changing state law to allow harvesting and distribution of medical marijuana, according to a poll by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Over three-quarters of those surveyed said Georgia’s medical marijuana program should be expanded, an increase from previous years. This year’s AJC poll showed that 77 percent want greater access to medical...
Georgia a possible contender for Apple expansion?

Georgia a possible contender for Apple expansion?

In September, Amazon set off one of the biggest bidding wars among states in memory for its second headquarters project, and Apple appears to be gearing up for a sequel, with Georgia a possible contender. Apple said Wednesday that it is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment the tech company said it will...
Clayton County picks new chief of police from department ranks

Clayton County picks new chief of police from department ranks

After filling in as Clayton County’s top cop for the past four days, Kevin Roberts was named Clayton Chief of Police on Tuesday in unanimous vote by the Board of Commissioners. Roberts, a deputy chief in the department, succeeds interim Police Chief Joseph Woodall, who declined to pursue the top job and retired last Friday. Roberts was named interim chief after Woodall’s departure. &ldquo...
Prison system investigating another apparent inmate suicide

Prison system investigating another apparent inmate suicide

Just weeks after a year that saw a record number of inmate suicides in Georgia, another prisoner may have taken his own life, the Department of Corrections said Tuesday. Cecil Williams, who was serving 10 years for a 2015 robbery in Lowndes County,  was found dead in his cell at Hays State Prison in Trion in northwest Georgia early Saturday. The prison system said it was “conducting an...
MARTA switched to weekend schedule, experienced some delays Wednesday

MARTA switched to weekend schedule, experienced some delays Wednesday

All night Tuesday, MARTA trains ran on their tracks, keeping mechanisms warm for the morning commute. But early Wednesday, with many businesses closed and schools out, fewer than 5,000 people decided to use MARTA to get around metropolitan Atlanta — less than a quarter of the normal ridership. So at 7:30 a.m., MARTA officials decided to operate a weekend schedule, with trains running every 20...
Metro Atlanta schools announce Thursday closures as ice, cold linger

Metro Atlanta schools announce Thursday closures as ice, cold linger

Atlanta Public Schools, Gwinnett County, Fulton County, DeKalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, Marietta City Schools and Henry County Schools are among the area districts to announce they will be closed Thursday because of concerns that ice and cold temperatures will persist. Also closed Thursday are City Schools of Decatur, Fayette County Public Schools, Paulding County Schools, Cherokee County...
Kempner: Gwinnett Place’s first manager staggered by mall’s decline

Kempner: Gwinnett Place’s first manager staggered by mall’s decline

Bill Gullion told me he helped throw a party for 3,000 people the night before the opening of Gwinnett Place mall, where he was the first general manager. Doormen wore tuxedos and white gloves, according to a news story at the time. The governor and Miss Georgia attended the ribbon cutting the next day, but there wasn’t enough parking to handle the crowds, including 6,000 people who waited on...
On a snowy day, we light the Hot Stove: What’s on Braves GM Alex Anthopolous’ to-do list?

On a snowy day, we light the Hot Stove: What’s on Braves GM Alex Anthopolous’ to-do list?

For the second time this silly winter, we’re Ice Station A-town. The only recourse is to stay home, think warm thoughts and note that, for the under-new-management Atlanta Braves, spring training commences in 27 days.  After the constant motion of the past three offseasons, this one – apart from the thunderclap of MLB sanctions – has been a snooze. In two months and four days...
Georgia’s recent trims to state workforce spared University System

Georgia’s recent trims to state workforce spared University System

Gov. Nathan Deal calls it an example of state government doing more with less. Deal told House and Senate budget writers this week that the number of state employees dropped from 70,716 in fiscal 2008, just as the Great Recession began hammering government finances, to 58,642 in 2017. But those figures don’t include the state’s biggest employer — the University System of...
Company partners with BMW to expand parking solutions in US

Company partners with BMW to expand parking solutions in US

Parkmobile, an Atlanta-based digital parking solutions provider, has announced a partnership with BMW in an effort to expand its services countrywide. The company, which created an app being used in the city of Atlanta through ATLPlus, a vendor contracted last year to provide parking in downtown Atlanta, enables drivers to find, pay for and reserve parking within the city ahead of time. The Parkmobile...
Chipper Q&A, Pt. 2: On HOF, Andruw, and being mistaken for ... Brett Favre?

Chipper Q&A, Pt. 2: On HOF, Andruw, and being mistaken for ... Brett Favre?

Chipper Jones was the greatest Braves position player since Hank Aaron and one of the finest switch-hitters and best all-around third basemen in baseball history. Now he’s poised to become a first-ballot Hall of Fame selection and have one of the highest voting percentages in history when the baseball Hall of Fame announces its Class of 2018 on Jan. 24. He spent his entire 19-year major league...
Stuck inside with the kids? These delicious recipes will help you stay full and entertained

Stuck inside with the kids? These delicious recipes will help you stay full and entertained

School’s out for the Snow Day! If you’re a parent looking for productive ways to entertain your kids — and get a little something tasty for yourself in the process — here are some recipes that should hit the spot. Muss and Turner’s Truffleupagus. / Photo by Chris Hunt Cookbook authors and restaurants including Muss & Turner’s ...

Atlanta wakes up to icy roads, light traffic

Metro Atlanta commuters woke up to a second day of slick roads and light traffic. With schools and government offices closed, traffic was light before dawn on the region’s highways. Icy patches made commuting hazardous in some areas, and police and transportation officials urged residents to stay off the roads, at least until daylight, when they can see the roads. MARTA is operating on a modified...
This Life with Gracie: I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. message to empower girls goes national

This Life with Gracie: I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. message to empower girls goes national

On Saturday, the nonprofit I Am B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. Inc. hosted its annual Pink Pajama Jam, by all measures the biggest slumber party eyes have ever seen. Try and imagine mothers and daughters dressed in their best pink jammies, talking into the night about the things that matter most to them, things that have changed and will change their lives. They have been meeting like this now for years...
Chipper Q&A, Part 3: On Harper, Trout, Machado, Acuna, Jeter and NYC

Chipper Q&A, Part 3: On Harper, Trout, Machado, Acuna, Jeter and NYC

Chipper Jones became one of Atlanta’s most iconic athletes during a 19-year major league career spent entirely with the Braves, carving out a spot among the greatest all-around third basemen and most productive switch-hitters in baseball history. When the National Baseball Hall of Fame announces its 2018 class on Jan. 24, Jones, an eight-time All-Star and 1999 National League MVP, will not only...
‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ shares last-gasp romance

‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool’ shares last-gasp romance

In light of a résumé skewed toward male-dominated thrillers, Scottish director Paul McGuigan might seem an unlikely choice to guide a fading-siren weepie from page to screen. Yet “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” a real-life romance adapted from the 1986 memoir by Peter Turner, reveals an unexpected fontanel of sentiment in McGuigan’s style that — when...
‘Den of Thieves’ kicks off bad-movie season in style

‘Den of Thieves’ kicks off bad-movie season in style

So this is how it works: In the fall, movies are intended to be good and usually are. In the summer, movies are intended to be bad but profitable, and they’re usually both. But in January and February, we get the special season. That’s when the movies are intended to be great but are horrible. But not normal horrible. We’re talking seven-headed horrible, disaster-site horrible, a...
‘The Final Year’ of the Obama administration hard to watch

‘The Final Year’ of the Obama administration hard to watch

Maybe you think you had the worst 2016 election night party in America — you know, the one that ended early. But no, that distinction belongs to then-U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, as evidenced in the new documentary “The Final Year,” about foreign policy during President Obama’s last year in office. Power decided that it would be really fun if she invited every woman representing...
Guns are legal in parks. So why did police ban them at Peach Drop?

Guns are legal in parks. So why did police ban them at Peach Drop?

Atlanta city officials had two concerns as they prepared for the first New Year’s Eve Peach Drop at Woodruff Park. First, it was going to be bone-chillingly cold. Second, the event was a soft target — an attractive venue for terrorists, foreign and domestic. As a result, officials told revelers to bundle up and abide by security restrictions. Attendees were subject to search and all...
‘12 Strong’ infuses heart into war

‘12 Strong’ infuses heart into war

If you’re doing your job right in the U.S. Special Forces, it likely means no one will ever know. It’s a tough, elite and highly classified position, where acts of incredible heroism never get the ticker tape parade, and that’s kind of the point. These soldiers are supposed to slip into and out of secret missions without making the evening news. “12 Strong” tells just...
‘Forever My Girl’ doesn’t stray from Southern romance formula

‘Forever My Girl’ doesn’t stray from Southern romance formula

Romance novelist and screenwriter Nicholas Sparks cornered the market on a subgenre he essentially invented — exceedingly pleasant, Southern-set epic romances (between young, attractive, white, Christian, heterosexual couples). But this is a genre that overwhelmingly appeals to a female movie-going audience, so it’s about time female creators have been given a place behind the camera to...
Review: Janet’s Kitchen brings taste of the Philippines to Decatur

Review: Janet’s Kitchen brings taste of the Philippines to Decatur

Despite my Filipino name, only a quarter of the blood that flows through my veins is Pinoy. It’s when I’m with my dad’s family, though, that I sometimes feel full-blooded. When I walk into my relatives’ homes in Chicago, there is a distinct smell, and it emanates from the kitchen. I think it’s primarily the rice pot, which claims counter space, much like a coffeepot does...
Review: A double order of eccentric Americana at Golden Eagle

Review: A double order of eccentric Americana at Golden Eagle

Maybe you have heard about the roadside diner’s club on Memorial Drive. It is the one hidden in the back half of the building, behind the sunny California-styled coffee joint called Muchacho. The one with the moose head hanging over the padded horseshoe bar, where bartenders are just as happy to stir up a rye cocktail as they are to pour a Czech Pilsner into a gold rimmed glass. The place...
Observations from the Hawks’ 94-93 win over the Pelicans

Observations from the Hawks’ 94-93 win over the Pelicans

Maybe it was arriving in Atlanta at 3 a.m. a few hours after beating the Boston Celtics in overtime or it was the Hawks’ confidence from defeating the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, but the New Orleans Pelicans were outplayed in the second half of Wednesday’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The Atlanta Hawks won the second game in their six-game home stretch over the New Orleans Pelicans 94-93...
Scotty McCreery will perform at February Georgia Swarm game

Scotty McCreery will perform at February Georgia Swarm game

Scotty McCreery. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Singer Scotty McCreery will perform during Country Night when the Georgia Swarm – 2017 NLL World Champions – take on the Toronto Rock at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 17. McCreery will play for 10 minutes during halftime as well as a 30-minute postgame concert in the Atlanta Classic Cars Mercedes-Benz Goal Zone Club at Infinite...
Here’s what we know will be closed in Atlanta due to weather Thursday

Here’s what we know will be closed in Atlanta due to weather Thursday

The snow had stopped falling by the time most intown Atlanta residents awoke Wednesday, but enough of it was left behind to disrupt the city’s normal business practices.  Expect more of the same on Thursday. Atlanta government offices and municipal courts will remain closed due to bad road conditions that kept cops busy with nearly 100 traffic accidents by noon Wednesday. Garbage...
A defining moment arrives for Georgia Tech

A defining moment arrives for Georgia Tech

After limping into conference play with a résumé that the NIT selection committee would have fed into a shredder (but only after laughing and passing it around the room), Georgia Tech is starting to puff out its chest three weeks later. The Yellow Jackets are 3-1 in ACC play, good enough for third place in the conference as they prepare for No. 2 Virginia on Thursday at McCamish Pavilion...
Price joins board of medical company with political ambitions

Price joins board of medical company with political ambitions

Tom Price, the recently resigned U.S. secretary of health and human services and former congressman and Georgia legislator, has joined the advisory board of a company with ambitions. Jackson Healthcare, a medical staffing and technology company based in Alpharetta, announced the addition in a news release Tuesday. The company also boasts former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as a member of its board. Price...
Thursday another snow day for DeKalb with no school and bad roads

Thursday another snow day for DeKalb with no school and bad roads

One snow day down. At least one more to go. DeKalb County is once again shutting down Thursday, as it did Wednesday when snow blanketed the roads in the morning.  With forecasters calling for the roads to ice-over overnight, DeKalb County Schools went ahead and called Thursday off. County offices, senior centers, libraries and recreation centers are also going to be closed, as...
Cops believe hypothermia caused 2 recent deaths in downtown Atlanta 

Cops believe hypothermia caused 2 recent deaths in downtown Atlanta 

In the past three weeks, Atlanta police have responded to two deaths they believe were caused by hypothermia.  In each case, the bodies were found wrapped in blankets in downtown Atlanta. Police said the man and woman, found weeks apart within a mile of each other, were both homeless.  The most recent death was discovered two days ago. An officer arrived to the loading docks of the ...
SUV thief dumped little girl, 1-month-old baby along freezing roads

SUV thief dumped little girl, 1-month-old baby along freezing roads

Authorities are searching for the person they say stole an SUV with two children inside from a gas station Wednesday before abandoning them in below freezing temperatures on major roadways. One-month-old Ava Wilmer and 4-year-old Arya Davenport were found miles apart after mother Precious Wilmer’s 2009 Chevy Equinox was stolen about 5 p.m. from a QuikTrip on Riverdale Road, Clayton County police...
257 traffic accidents, 9 hit-and-runs reported during snow in DeKalb

257 traffic accidents, 9 hit-and-runs reported during snow in DeKalb

DeKalb County roads were perilous after snow fell Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The 911 center reports it took 257 calls about auto accidents, including 9 hit-and-runs, between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 5 p.m. Wednesday.  There were 270 other traffic-related calls. That includes abandoned vehicles, hazards, stalled vehicles and so on. One of the incidents involved a MARTA bus skidding...
Ice still on roads, some closures Thursday in North Fulton

Ice still on roads, some closures Thursday in North Fulton

Fulton County schools will remain closed and some city government offices will open late on Thursday after a winter storm rolled into metro Atlanta Tuesday and Wednesday. Ice remains on roads in several areas in north Fulton County, and city officials from Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Roswell and Milton are still advising drivers to stay off roads and avoid unnecessary travel. There were...
Keith Armstrong set for second interview with Cardinals

Keith Armstrong set for second interview with Cardinals

Falcons special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, who is a candidate to replace Bruce Arians as Arizona’s head coach, is scheduled for a second interview with the team, according to a person familiar with the situation. Armstrong, 54, played for Arians at Temple and has coached in the NFL for the past 24 years. “It’s a great opportunity,” Armstrong said before the first interview...
Snow made for adorable pictures, funny social media posts in Marietta 

Snow made for adorable pictures, funny social media posts in Marietta 

When people get excited, one way or the other, they usually turn to social media. And that’s just what folks in Marietta did when it snowed late Tuesday into Wednesday. Some parts of Cobb County got up to 1½ inches. (You can keep up with our running coverage of the weather here and watch WSB’s broadcast here.) So, we took a look at social media posts near ...
Parents, here’s how to survive school being cancelled again 

Parents, here’s how to survive school being cancelled again 

As cold and ice linger, schools across metro Atlanta will be closed tomorrow again. A dusting of snow and another day at home may be fun for kids, but school closures can be a source of frustration for the parents. School closures can be disruptive for parents especially when parents are due at their workplace.  Sarah Hamaker, a parent coach who blogs about parenting at www...
DeKalb offices, courts will remain closed Thursday

DeKalb offices, courts will remain closed Thursday

DeKalb County government offices, libraries, senior and recreation centers and courts will remain closed on Thursday because of icy roads and freezing temperatures. Warming centers at these three fire stations remain open: Fire Station 3 at 100 N. Clarendon Ave. in Avondale Estates, Fire Station 6 at 2342 Flat Shoals Road in Atlanta, and Fire Station 21 at 1090 Crown Point Parkway in Atlanta. <...
BREAKING: Buford Highway reopens in Doraville after power lines fall

BREAKING: Buford Highway reopens in Doraville after power lines fall

Update: The road has reopened. Doraville police said all lanes of Buford Highway were closed at 4:30 p.m., just in time for rush hour on a day when metro Atlanta roads are choked by snow and ice. The closure is at McElroy Road.  “Georgia Power and DeKalb County Traffic Engineers have been notified,” police said in a Facebook post. “Please avoid the area and don’t get on...
Braves trade for pitcher Shane Carle from Pirates

Braves trade for pitcher Shane Carle from Pirates

The Braves acquired right-handed pitcher Shane Carle from the Pirates in a trade Wednesday for a player to be named later or cash. The 26-year-old was designated for assignment twice in the past three weeks by the Rockies and Pirates. Carle made his major league debut with the Rockies in 2017, when he had a 6.75 ERA in three September relief appearances.  He gets a spot on the Braves’ 40-man...
Fulton County government offices, courts will be closed Thursday

Fulton County government offices, courts will be closed Thursday

Fulton County government offices will remain closed on Thursday. In a statement, the county said the decision was made due to freezing temperatures and icy road conditions. The closure affects courts in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit, and jurors should not report for duty. In addition to government offices, libraries, health centers and arts centers will be closed in the county. Other than public safety...

Help! All these snow days are driving Ludacris up the wall

Atlanta weather is closing schools, delaying flights, causing wrecks .. and driving Ludacris bonkers. The actor, rapper and restaurateur posted a funny video clip depicting the scene where he is. The place is overrun with super energetic (and talented!) kids, leading him to plead for Atlanta’s school system to open again. MORE: How Ludacris...
MARTA will run on modified schedule Thursday due to cold weather

MARTA will run on modified schedule Thursday due to cold weather

MARTA will end bus service at 10 p.m. Wednesday, and will modify its Thursday service to deal with winter weather. Roads are expected to re-freeze overnight, said Stephany Fisher, a MARTA spokesperson. Bus service will end early to keep drivers and passengers safe; Wednesday morning, 25 buses slid on ice or got stuck in snow before picking up passengers. Rail service will continue until 2 a.m...
19 years ago: The greatest moment in Falcons history

19 years ago: The greatest moment in Falcons history

It's hard to believe it was 19 years ago. On Jan. 17, 1999, Falcons kicker Morten Andersen drilled a 38-yard field goal in overtime in the NFC Championship Game to beat the Vikings and send the Falcons to their first Super Bowl. It was the greatest moment in franchise history and perhaps the most exciting moment in Atlanta sports history, only competing with the night the Braves won the World Series...
Looking at how Georgia’s top recruits will impact the program

Looking at how Georgia’s top recruits will impact the program

The Bulldogs don’t plan to go away anytime soon. After years of underachieving and riding the treadmill, Georgia broke through in 2017, eventually falling just short of a national championship because of Alabama freshman heroics. But Kirby Smart’s crew will have its own youthful injection next season when it welcomes the country’s top ranked recruiting class. Here’s a quick...
Atlanta snow: Stores, restaurants use #OpenInATL, #ATLOpen to let folks know they’re open

Atlanta snow: Stores, restaurants use #OpenInATL, #ATLOpen to let folks know they’re open

Atlantans woke up to a wintry mix Wednesday morning, prompting multiple schools and businesses to close. The Georgia Department of Transportation noted there were nearly 200 crashes reported by midday and urged drivers to stay off the roads. » RELATED: LIVE UPDATES: Snow, icy roads lead to crashes, cancellations, delays Gov. Nathan Deal announced state government offices...
Georgia sheriff: I don’t care if you’re from Wisconsin or need beer, stay home 

Georgia sheriff: I don’t care if you’re from Wisconsin or need beer, stay home 

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is back at it again with the jokes (and insults) as Georgia wakes up to a messy wintry mix Wednesday, prompting schools, businesses and nearly three-fourths of the state’s roadways to close. » RELATED: LIVE UPDATES: Snow, icy roads lead to crashes, cancellations, delays State government offices will remain closed for non-essential personnel...
Nearly 600 traffic incidents reported in Gwinnett due to snow

Nearly 600 traffic incidents reported in Gwinnett due to snow

The Gwinnett County Police Department has responded to 567 traffic incidents since midnight Wednesday, and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services has responded to more than 100 emergency calls.  MORE | Here are all the roads closed in Gwinnett due to snow RELATED | Snow in Gwinnett: Closures and delays abound, roads icy and unsafe  AJC WATCHDOG | Will your Georgia car...
MARTA: No injuries as bus skids into DeKalb ditch

MARTA: No injuries as bus skids into DeKalb ditch

MARTA said there were no injuries reported Wednesday when a bus skidded off Panthersville Road into a ditch. The bus, on Route 15, had five passengers on board in the morning when it skidded on the icy road, the transit authority said. The road was still listed as closed at 2:30 p.m. by county officials. The passengers and driver were picked up. “The bus will be towed when it's safe...
Georgia Tech’s ACC schedule released

Georgia Tech’s ACC schedule released

Georgia Tech’s 2018 schedule will include two non-Saturday games, including its first Friday regular-season game since 1994. Tech will play its first-ever game against Louisville on Oct. 5, a Friday night, in its Atlantic Division crossover game. The last time the Yellow Jackets played on a Friday during the regular season was against Georgia in 1994 on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Tech will...
You may hate the snow, but two foxes in East Cobb sure are enjoying it

You may hate the snow, but two foxes in East Cobb sure are enjoying it

What does it matter that parts of the county have had 1½ inches of snow and Marietta’s superintendent is wondering how to deal with all these weather days? Have you seen the foxes running around in the snow? READ | Here are the 7 snowiest days in the history of Cobb County A reader in East Cobb sent what looks like a surveillance video of the two critters chasing each other...
Miranda Lambert asking fans to bring pet supplies for FurKids before Atlanta concert

Miranda Lambert asking fans to bring pet supplies for FurKids before Atlanta concert

Miranda Lambert is asking for fans to help FurKids before her Atlanta concert. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Miranda Lambert is known for her love of animals as much as she is for being a country spitfire. Prior to her Saturday concert at Infinite Energy Arena, Lambert is calling on fans to help “Fill the Little Red Wagon,” which will be stationed outside the venue....
Woman says 2 men followed, beat, tried to rape her

Woman says 2 men followed, beat, tried to rape her

A woman said two men assaulted and attempted to rape her while she was walking home, Athens police said. The woman said she left the Golden Pantry store on West Broad Street on Sunday and encountered two men in the parking lot of the Hilltop Grille, police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez said in a news release. The men followed her behind the University Oaks apartments, where they attacked her, threw...
Super blue blood moon eclipse: What you need to know

Super blue blood moon eclipse: What you need to know

A super blue blood moon? Yes! It is happening on the last day of this month. A blue moon typically gets its name when it occurs as the second of two full moons in one calendar month. But something very special will happen to the moon on this date. The full moon will pass through the Earth’s shadow during the early morning of Jan. 31 to give us a total lunar eclipse. During the time...
Another meteor? Reports come in of bright flash across Ohio, Indiana night sky

Another meteor? Reports come in of bright flash across Ohio, Indiana night sky

Another meteor may have lit up the sky late Wednesday. Several reports have come into WHIO-TV's newsroom of a bright flash that shot across the sky just before midnight Thursday. People from Englewood, Ohio; Marysville, Ohio; and Randolph County, Indiana, have said they saw the bright flash, with some saying it was bright blue or blue-green. The American Meteor Society received several...
Best gifts for the home chef

Best gifts for the home chef

There are all sorts of new gizmos for people whose relationship with food comes in all forms. Here are four of our favorite new devices for the cook and the kitchen. ——— Amazon Dash Wand Product Review: https://www.cnet.com/products/amazon-dash-wand-with-alexa-2017/review/#ftag=CAD187281f CNET rating: 4.0 stars out of 5 (Excellent) The good: The Dash Wand is easy to set up and easy...
Florida: Where to eat in 3 cities around state

Florida: Where to eat in 3 cities around state

MEAT MARKET — PALM BEACH Prime short ribs with lobster risotto. Kobe meatloaf with mango barbecue sauce. Buffalo tenderloin smothered in an espresso rub and chocolate mole butter. That’s just a short list of dishes to tempt carnivores at the Meat Market, a restaurant that puts an upscale, modern spin on that American dining institution, the steakhouse. Steakhouses have an old-school reputation...
Florida: By air or by sea, enjoy some offbeat attractions

Florida: By air or by sea, enjoy some offbeat attractions

NATIONAL NAVAL AVIATION MUSEUM Visit this museum at the Pensacola Naval Air Station not only to watch the synchronized maneuvers of the Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s flight demonstration squadron, but to get a feel for what it would be like to be in the cockpit. Just strap yourself into a two-person MaxFlight 3-D simulator and take to the virtual skies. Brace yourself for a stomach-churning nose...
Florida: 3 places for family fun

Florida: 3 places for family fun

SHIPWRECK ISLAND WATERPARK Take the plunge, the Pirate’s Plunge, at Shipwreck Island Waterpark in Panama City Beach. For a stomach-churning thrill, race a friend down this dueling waterslide that unfolds from a 60-foot-tall tower. The park’s youngest visitors splash around Tadpole Hole, a children’s pool loaded with activities to ensure kids get sufficiently soggy. They may not be...
Can’t miss gifts for techies

Can’t miss gifts for techies

Technophiles are hard to shop for, or so we’re told. Here are some can’t-miss gifts, we’d enjoy. Nothing beats a perfect hamburger any day of the year, and the Cave Tools Burger Press makes one every time. The aluminum burger press has indicator lines to make 4.5-inch round 1/4 pounders or 1/3 pounders for burger lovers, all in the palm of your hand. It’s so simple and works...
Florida: 3 venues to check out great music

Florida: 3 venues to check out great music

THE FIVE SISTERS BLUES CAFÉ It’s not a juke joint, but gritty, powerful blues music is as much a part of this cafe as soul food staples like fried chicken and stewed collard greens. Close your eyes, and you could be in the heart of the Delta instead of a historic downtown neighborhood in Pensacola. Bands play Thursday through Sunday. On Sunday, the genre switches from blues to jazz for...
Companies turn your Facebook friends into a sales force

Companies turn your Facebook friends into a sales force

Betsy Stover was 17 when her mother asked her to help fax strangers, hawking a service that had the markings of a pyramid scheme. “I always felt like a creep sending unsolicited faxes,” said Stover, who hated the chore, but knew the work required cold calls to succeed. Stover, now a 38-year-old comedian based in Los Angeles, had largely forgotten about the experience until about three...
Home-sharing startup uses cryptocurrency instead of dollars

Home-sharing startup uses cryptocurrency instead of dollars

Airbnb may be the biggest home-sharing game in town, but a new startup is trying to push its way into the market. Enter CryptoBnB: the online home-sharing platform that wants you to pay for your couch-surfing stays using digital currency. That’s right — this startup is combining two of the trendiest topics — home-sharing and cryptocurrency — into one buzz-word extravaganza...

Girls’ tech group lands grant to back STEM education programs

An Orlando-based group that has been teaching girls tech-based skills for five years has landed a grant from the Nielsen Foundation. Tech Sassy Girlz — which hosts workshops, tech company tours and other educational events — will receive $12,500 to support its efforts, the group announced recently. “The Foundation’s support of our organization helps to raise our profile and...
Florida: 5 ideas for great beach getaways

Florida: 5 ideas for great beach getaways

Ask five people what their ideal Florida beach getaway looks like, and you’re likely to get five different answers, but that’s OK. The Sunshine State has such a variety of beaches, it’s easy to find one that’s right for everybody. Whether you are in search of solitude, romance or the wildest of wild parties, you don’t have to go far to find your personal paradise. FORT...
Wells Fargo customers find accounts drained by mistaken double charges

Wells Fargo customers find accounts drained by mistaken double charges

Some Wells Fargo customers found their bank accounts drained to zero Wednesday when some sort of glitch caused their online bill payments to be processed twice. Numerous customers -- so many that Wells Fargo’s customer service phone lines were jammed Wednesday night -- were discovering that recent payments they had made using the bank’s online Bill Pay system had been deducted twice from...
Trump White House exposé ‘Fire and Fury’ could be TV series

Trump White House exposé ‘Fire and Fury’ could be TV series

“Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” could be adapted from a book to a TV series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the rights to the controversial Michael Wolff exposé of the Trump White House has been purchased by Endeavor Content for TV and film. Endeavor Content was created in 2017 as talent agency WME and talent management company IMG combined its film financing...
Dog found covered in icicles, sores, needs forever home

Dog found covered in icicles, sores, needs forever home

A firefighter was driving home from work when he saw a dog in the middle of the road. While many drivers honked their horns and continued past the dog, the firefighter, Justin Luttrell, stopped.  >> Read more trending news   “She was freezing, shaking and terrified -- it was written all over her face with her tail tucked between her legs,” Lutrell said in...
Stanford remains a contender in Pac-12 with win over Arizona State; 3 things we learned

Stanford remains a contender in Pac-12 with win over Arizona State; 3 things we learned

The Stanford Cardinal remain tied atop the Pac-12 standings with Arizona following Wednesday night’s 86-77 upset win over No. 16 Arizona State. Dorian Pickens led Stanford with 19 points, while Romello White also scored 19 for the Sun Devils. Stanford is now 11-8 overall and 5-1 in Pac-12 play, while Arizona State dropped to 14-4 and 2-4 respectively. Here’s 3 things we learned...
Police: Man with ‘ornate umbrella’ thought to be rifle causes hospital lockdown

Police: Man with ‘ornate umbrella’ thought to be rifle causes hospital lockdown

A hospital in Washington state was locked down Wednesday morning after police say a doctor saw a man with what was believed to be a rifle inside the facility. The image was caught on a surveillance camera. Kirkland, Washington, police Officer Cody Mann said officers searched the EvergreenHealth Medical Center room by room. The hospital released a surveillance image of the man on social media. >...
Cuonzo Martin’s Missouri Tigers win ‘street fight’ with Tennessee

Cuonzo Martin’s Missouri Tigers win ‘street fight’ with Tennessee

Cuonzo Martin’s first game against Tennessee since he led the Vols to a 24-13 record and Sweet 16 appearance four years ago was as hard fought as expected on Wednesday night. Missouri (13-5, 3-2 SEC) beat No. 21-ranked Tennessee 59-55 at sold-out Mizzou Arena in a defensive battle that saw both teams struggle to get off clean looks. RELATED: 4 things about Tennessee&rsquo...
Arizona remains atop Pac-12 thanks to hot shooting against Cal; 3 things we learned

Arizona remains atop Pac-12 thanks to hot shooting against Cal; 3 things we learned

Thanks largely to an 11-of-19 showing from the 3-point line, No. 14 Arizona cruised past Cal 79-58 on Wednesday night. The Wildcats were without the services of Rawle Alkins, who missed the game with a sore foot. Nevertheless, Arizona was paced on the scoreboard by DeAndre Ayton, who had 20 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double. Arizona’s win moves its record to 15-4 overall...
4 things about Tennessee’s disappointing 59-55 men’s basketball loss at Missouri

4 things about Tennessee’s disappointing 59-55 men’s basketball loss at Missouri

Tennessee held Missouri without a field goal the final 6 minutes, 43 seconds of the game, but that wasn’t good enough to top the Tigers on Wednesday night. Missouri beat No. 21-ranked Tennessee 59-55, snapping the Vols’ 3-game win streak before a sellout crowd of 15,061 at Mizzou Arena. Tennessee (12-5, 3-3 SEC) trailed by 10 points with 6:43 left, 53-43, but a...
Report: Oregon set to host 10 recruits for official visits this weekend

Report: Oregon set to host 10 recruits for official visits this weekend

According to a report from 247sports, Mario Cristobal and the Oregon Ducks will host 10 recruits this weekend for official visits. The Ducks will reportedly host 3 early signees, 2 unsigned commits and 5 targets. One of their targets includes former Oregon commit and wide receiver Miles Battle. Battle, the 58th-ranked wide receiver of the 2018 recruiting class per 247sports...
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