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Water overbilling woes in DeKalb far from over

Fixing problems with inaccurate water bills will take years and cost millions.


The new face of Cobb County: Whites will be minority in 4 years

The new face of Cobb County: Whites will be minority in 4 years

The first time Tammy Garnes visited a school in Cobb County, 10 years ago, she left in a hurry. It was just too white. “I want to surround my children with black people,” said the film producer, who was sitting at a table in Marietta’s Double Take Cafe with a friend. But when the Garnes family made a second visit to Marietta two years ago, Tammy found a different world: A diverse...
Gridlock Guy: Several commutes the I-85 bridge collapse has improved

Gridlock Guy: Several commutes the I-85 bridge collapse has improved

For all the doom and gloom the month-old I-85 bridge collapse has galvanized, there are some bright spots gleaming through the settling dust. GDOT’s crew is ahead of schedule in the rebuild and may have the bridge done by mid-May. Displaced drivers are taking public transportation and MARTA has successfully stymied the parking scarcity that prevailed until last week. And companies have been...
Falcons were interested in P.J. Davis, who is headed to Jacksonville

Falcons were interested in P.J. Davis, who is headed to Jacksonville

After the draft, former Georgia Tech linebacker P.J. Davis had an opportunity Saturday to go to the Falcons’ rookie minicamp. But he went with what appears a better opportunity with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Falcons did not offer Davis a contract as an undrafted free agent after he was not selected in this weekend’s NFL draft. Rather, they wanted him to come to their rookie minicamp...
Harrison Butker describes ‘one of the biggest moments of my life’

Harrison Butker describes ‘one of the biggest moments of my life’

It had been six hours that Harrison Butker had been watching the NFL draft unfold Saturday afternoon. Midway through the seventh round, his name not yet having been called, he said he was a little discouraged, as it appeared that he was not going to get picked. “I was focusing in on free agency,” he said. “I thought getting drafted was out of the question.” Finally, the phone...
Donald Trump’s 100 days leave imprint on Georgia

Donald Trump’s 100 days leave imprint on Georgia

One hundred days into the tenure of the most mold-shattering administration in modern history and President Donald Trump has moved at breakneck pace to strip away federal regulations, reset the country’s economic relationships abroad and dismantle the biggest pieces of his predecessor’s legacy. Georgians now log on to Twitter to gauge the state of mind of the most powerful man in the world...
Kinder, gentler Bill Edwards now mayor of South Fulton

Kinder, gentler Bill Edwards now mayor of South Fulton

Bill Edwards has long been considered mayor of south Fulton. Now, he’s the Mayor of South Fulton. He will be the inaugural mayor of the newly minted city when it becomes a legal entity Monday. It’s a role he has some familiarity with. From 2000 to 2014, Edwards represented south Fulton on the county commission. Then, the Democrat had a reputation as a firebrand and fierce defender of south...
Atlanta family searches for relative missing in Belize

Atlanta family searches for relative missing in Belize

An Atlanta family is searching for a loved one who disappeared in the Central American country of Belize nearly a week ago after leaving a bar with his girlfriend, who also is missing. Drew DeVoursney, 36, a Marine veteran, was last seen late Tuesday night as he left Scotty’s Bar and Grill in Corozal, Belize, with his girlfriend, Francesca Matus, 52. They apparently never made it home and they&rsquo...

5 observations from Atlanta United-D.C. United

Atlanta United played its best soccer of the season for the first 20 minutes of Sunday’s game against D.C. United at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Things quickly came apart as the team wasted at least five good scoring chances, converted just one, and eventually lost 3-1 for its second loss at home in three games. For most of the final 70 minutes, Atlanta United (3-3-2) didn&rsquo...
D.C. United 3, Atlanta United 1: What was said

D.C. United 3, Atlanta United 1: What was said

What was said following Atlanta United’s 3-1 loss to D.C. United on Sunday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: GERARDO MARTINO “I think we played a great first 20 minutes of the game. We created many scoring chances. After that we made some defensive mistakes that ended up being very costly. In addition to that we were lacking consistency throughout the game.” - “We...
Atlanta United loses to D.C. United 3-1

Atlanta United loses to D.C. United 3-1

Atlanta United played its best soccer of the season for the first 20 minutes of Sunday’s game against D.C. United at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Things quickly came apart as the team wasted at least five good scoring chances, converted just one, and eventually fell 3-1 for its second loss at home in three games. For most of the final 70 minutes, Atlanta United (3-3-2) didn&rsquo...
Swanson’s error proves costly for Braves

Swanson’s error proves costly for Braves

MILWAUKEE – Just when Dansby Swanson had finally started to make some progress at the plate, the Braves’ rookie shortstop made an extremely costly mistake in the field Sunday against the Brewers. After Swanson botched a routine grounder with two out in the sixth inning and the Braves ahead by one run, Domingo Santana hit a three-run homer on the next pitch from Mike Foltynewicz to send...
NFC champs added pass rusher, quality depth in draft

NFC champs added pass rusher, quality depth in draft

While Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn may not have landed three starters like last year, they had another strong draft. This year’s draft was about landing a pass rusher and improving the team’s depth. “We were really dialed in on our areas of need — not only from a starter standpoint, but from a depth standpoint — more than we’ve ever...
After sluggish start, Braves offense is surging

After sluggish start, Braves offense is surging

MILWAUKEE – Freddie Freeman has been arguably the best hitter in baseball over the past 12 months, and the first baseman is getting plenty of support up and down the Braves’ lineup since the team’s slow start. Much like the second half of last season, when the Braves went from being the worst offense in the National League to one of the best, they’ve rebounded from a disappointing...
Jones gives Atlanta United 1-0 lead

Jones gives Atlanta United 1-0 lead

Kenwyne Jones gave Atlanta United a 1-0 lead over D.C. United in the ninth minute of Sunday’s game at Bobby Dodd Stadium. It was Jones’ second goal this season and came on an assist by Yamil Asad. Jones just missed another in the 17th minute when another headed shot grazed by the right post of Bill Hamid’s goal. A minute later he was caught from behind with a tackle on a breakaway...
Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. D.C. United

Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. D.C. United

Atlanta United’s starting 11 for Sunday’s game against D.C. United at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: Goalkeeper Alec Kann Right fullback Tyrone Mears Centerhalf Michael Parkhurst Centerhalf Leandro Gonzalez Pirez Left fullback Greg Garza Midfielder Carlos Carmona Midfielder Julian Gressel Attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron Left midfielder Yamil Asad Right midfielder Hector Villalba...
Vandy video helps Dansby make swing adjustment

Vandy video helps Dansby make swing adjustment

MILWAUKEE – Dansby Swanson was struggling like he’d never struggled before, so the rookie shortstop had an idea last week. He asked Rob Smith, the Braves’ manager of baseball video operations, if he could get him some video of Swanson hitting two or three years ago at Vanderbilt University. No problem, Smith said. He got video that Braves scouts had on Swanson before the 2015 draft...
Kennesaw man found dead at bottom of South Carolina waterfall

Kennesaw man found dead at bottom of South Carolina waterfall

A Kennesaw man who was separated from his friend while hiking in South Carolina was found dead Saturday, officials said. Bryant Kevin Church, 57, was found at the bottom of a waterfall at Mill Creek Falls in Table Rock State Park, Pickens County Deputy Coroner Gary Duncan said in a news release. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, the release said. 
Friends, family say goodbye to Lassiter High brothers killed in crash

Friends, family say goodbye to Lassiter High brothers killed in crash

The funerals for two brothers killed earlier this week take place Sunday afternoon at the Piedmont Church in Marietta. Services are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. for James Pratt, 18, and Joseph Pratt, 14. The Lassiter High School students were killed Monday when their car struck a school bus. A GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $69,000 for the family.
Backpage.com continues to attract prostitution business, police say

Backpage.com continues to attract prostitution business, police say

Backpage.com is still a marketplace for prostitution in metro Atlanta, according to a Channel 2 Action News investigation. When prostitution first migrated from streets to smart phones, both Craigslist and Backpage were under pressure to stop online adult advertising, Channel 2’s mark Winne reported. Craigslist stopped in 2010. Backpage pulled its escort page this January. But undercover vice...
Tornado watch in effect for northwest Georgia; storms likely on Monday

Tornado watch in effect for northwest Georgia; storms likely on Monday

Today: Cloudy early with peeks of sunshine expected late. High 84 Tonight: Partly cloudy with late night showers or thunderstorms. Low 68 Tomorrow: Thunderstorms in the morning, then skies turning partly cloudy late. High 74 A tornado watch is in effect for parts of northwest Georgia until 8 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. <div></div><br><blockquote...
Top picks: 4 of the hottest underground parties this weekend

Top picks: 4 of the hottest underground parties this weekend

Atlanta has its fair share of underground parties, largely driven by the promotional groups whose regular night club events draw crowds from the goths to the hip hop heads to the late-night ravers.  To keep your thumb on this pulse, we've got the top picks for underground parties this weekend:  9 tonight Medusa 3375 Buford Hwy #1170, Atlanta, GA 30329 To kick off the weekend, Glamour Thursdays...

Why former President Bill Clinton was in Atlanta Saturday night

The day after President Donald Trump visited Atlanta to address the NRA’s national convention, former President Bill Clinton came to town. Suffice it to say they had very different itineraries. Clinton delivered the keynote address at Emory University School of Law’s Centennial Gala. Georgia’s former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn (an Emory alum) received the school’s Centennial...
Freddie Burden’s NFL hopes will have to wait for now

Freddie Burden’s NFL hopes will have to wait for now

Former Georgia Tech center Freddie Burden will have to wait to get a chance to make an NFL roster. Burden’s agent, Ryan Rubin, told the AJC by text message that about eight teams expressed interest in Burden, but they want to evaluate him in drills after he recovers from the broken ankle that he suffered in Tech’s bowl-game win over Kentucky on New Year’s Eve. Because of the injury...
Justin Thomas will get a shot with the 49ers

Justin Thomas will get a shot with the 49ers

Former Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas will get his shot at the NFL. One of the more dynamic players in Yellow Jackets history will go to the San Francisco 49ers rookie minicamp this coming week on a tryout basis. The deal was struck following the conclusion of the NFL draft Saturday. The 49ers will test him out as a wide receiver and return specialist, according to his representation, ESQ...
Alpharetta’s Josh Dobbs picked by Steelers; What NFL Draft experts say

Alpharetta’s Josh Dobbs picked by Steelers; What NFL Draft experts say

UPDATE: Joshua Dobbs will be trading in his white and orange for some black and yellow. The Alpharetta High School graduate was drafted in the fourth round of Saturday’s NFL Draft as the Pittsburgh Steelers used pick No. 135 on the 6-foot-3 SEC quarterback. Shortly after the pick, Dobbs tweeted he was “so excited” to be a part of the Steelers. Many were...
Patrick Gamble headed to New York Jets as undrafted free agent

Patrick Gamble headed to New York Jets as undrafted free agent

Former Georgia Tech defensive tackle Patrick Gamble agreed to an undrafted free-agent deal with the New York Jets. Gamble came to the agreement following the completion of the NFL draft Saturday. Gamble’s representation, OTG Sports Management, made the announcement on its Twitter account. The Jets play a 3-4 defense, and will play Gamble at defensive end. Gamble’s agent, Chris Martin,...
Kemp hits 3 home runs in Braves’ 11-3 rout of Brewers

Kemp hits 3 home runs in Braves’ 11-3 rout of Brewers

MILWAUKEE – It had been nearly nine years since the Braves had a player hit three homers in a game, and when it happened Saturday it wasn’t even their best hitter and baseball’s top slugger over the past 12 months who did it. Matt Kemp, take a bow. Kemp hit three home runs Saturday to lead the suddenly surging and extremely streaky Braves to an 11-3 win against the Brewers at Miller...
Francis Kallon signs deal with Pittsburgh Steelers

Francis Kallon signs deal with Pittsburgh Steelers

Former Georgia Tech defensive tackle Francis Kallon agreed to an undrafted free-agent deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team made the announcement Saturday night following the draft. Kallon got into the Yellow Jackets’ starting lineup as a senior, starting six games and making 15 tackles. He undoubtedly impressed the Steelers with his agility for his size (6-foot-5 and 294 pounds), running...
P.J. Davis agrees to deal with Jacksonville Jaguars

P.J. Davis agrees to deal with Jacksonville Jaguars

Former Georgia Tech linebacker P.J. Davis has agreed to an undrafted free agent deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has one thing going for him. He knows the way. Davis finished his Tech career at the TaxSlayer Bowl in Jacksonville at EverBank Field, where he scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery. “I know that (stadium) well, especially with that scoop-and-score down there,” Davis...
Hawks host four in pre-draft workout

Hawks host four in pre-draft workout

The Hawks held a pre-draft workout Saturday morning with Aaron Holiday, Kyle Kuzma, Jaylen Adams and Angel Delgado, according to a person familiar with situation. All four are early-entry candidates. The Hawks have begun to get a closer look at players in advance on the NBA Draft on June 22. Holiday is a 6-foot-1 guard from UCLA and is the brother of NBA players Jrue and Justin Holiday. He completed...
Braves’ Cabrera set for final steps in rehab assignment

Braves’ Cabrera set for final steps in rehab assignment

MILWAUKEE – The Braves’ bullpen could welcome back a triple-digit fastball in about one week. Young flamethrower Mauricio Cabrera, who has been on the disabled list since experiencing elbow tightness late in spring training, is in what should be the final steps in his injury rehabilitation assignment. Cabrera, whose 100.2-mph average fastball velocity was the second-highest in the majors...
Howard upset at benching, and this homecoming seemed doomed from start

Howard upset at benching, and this homecoming seemed doomed from start

Nine months ago, when the Hawks hung the “Welcome home” sign and Dwight Howard got all choked up at a news conference and Mike Budenholzer said, “I can’t say how right the timing feels,” some were deluded into believing this could work. But we just witnessed a full basketball season of evidence to the contrary. The Hawks’ offense didn’t work this season. The...
Despite success, Freeman still doesn’t like hitting at Miller Park

Despite success, Freeman still doesn’t like hitting at Miller Park

MILWAUKEE – Freddie Freeman had a game-winning home run in the ninth inning Friday against the Brewers to continue his run of robust hitting at Miller Park, but it did nothing to change his opinion of the place and his comfort level hitting there. “No. I think it’s a bad-lit Little League field,” Freeman said before Saturday night’s middle game of the three-game series...
Isaiah McKenzie is only Georgia Bulldogs player taken in NFL draft

Isaiah McKenzie is only Georgia Bulldogs player taken in NFL draft

ATHENS — Isaiah McKenzie was a surprise entrant into the NFL draft. As it turns out, if he hadn’t entered, Georgia wouldn’t have had anybody picked at all. The Denver Broncos selected McKenzie, Georgia’s leading receiver last year, in the fifth round of the NFL draft on Saturday. He was the first and only Bulldog to be picked. It’s the least amount of Georgia players...
Drafted players from Georgia high schools

Drafted players from Georgia high schools

Texans (12): Deshaun Watson; QB; Clemson; Gainesville Lions (21): Jarrad Davis; LB; Florida; Camden County Giants (23): Evan Engram; TE; Ole Miss; Hillgrove Rams (44): Gerald Everett; TE; South Alabama; Columbia Dolphins (54): Raekwon McMillan; LB; Ohio State; Liberty County Giants (55): Dalvin Tomlinson; DT; Alabama; Henry County Saints (67): Alvin Kamara; RB; Tennessee; Norcross Patriots (85): Antonio...
Phillips returns to Braves lineup, gets tested right away

Phillips returns to Braves lineup, gets tested right away

MILWAUKEE – Brandon Phillips returned to the Braves’ lineup as expected Saturday, but manager Brian Snitker decided to keep Adonis Garcia in the second spot at least for Phillips’ first game back from a groin strain. The move looked astute after Garcia had another two-hit game Saturday and the top five in the Braves’ order were a blistering 13-for-24 with nine runs and six...
Millsap will opt out, but wants to remain with Hawks

Millsap will opt out, but wants to remain with Hawks

It took some doing, but Paul Millsap finally said what everyone knows to be a certainty. The Hawks’ power forward will opt out of the final year of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent July 1. Well, he almost said it. “I think we all know the answer to do that,” Millsap said when asked directly about his intention. He later added, “Eventually I probably will opt...
Harrison Butker taken in seventh round by Carolina

Harrison Butker taken in seventh round by Carolina

Former Georgia Tech kicker Harrison Butker was selected in the seventh round of the NFL draft by the Carolina Panthers. He was the 233rd pick overall and the fourthkicker taken in the draft. Butker, who became Tech’s all-time leading scorer in the final game of his career, became just the second kicker in school history to be drafted. He joins perhaps the most celebrated Tech kicker ever, Scott...
Falcons add some offense on last day of draft

Falcons add some offense on last day of draft

After addressing issues on defense during the first two days, the Falcons spent the final day of the NFL draft adding three players on offense and a defensive back. “Every draft we go into we have a philosophy,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “We came into this draft knowing that we had certain holes that we were going to fill. We had certain areas of depth that we...
Ciara and Russell Wilson welcome baby girl

Ciara and Russell Wilson welcome baby girl

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Ciara and Russell Wilson welcomed a baby girl, Sienna Princess Wilson, on Friday night. The Atlanta R&B singer posted a sweet message on Instagram showing a pregnant photo of herself (taken by Wilson) on the beach. Ciara and the Seattle Seahawks quarterback married in July 2016 in England. Ciara is also mom to Future Zahir Wilburn, her son with ex-fiance, Atlanta...
Traffic reopens after Ga. 316 crash in Gwinnett

Traffic reopens after Ga. 316 crash in Gwinnett

All lanes have reopened on westbound Ga. 316 at Harbins Road in Gwinnett County after a three-vehicle crash, police said. A tanker truck was involved, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center. All lanes were closed earlier. “There were entrapments involved and some of the occupants have been transported to the hospital,” Cpl. Frederick Saldana said. “Their status is unknown at...
Falcons select tight end Eric Saubert in the fifth round

Falcons select tight end Eric Saubert in the fifth round

The Falcons selected Drake tight end Eric Saubert with the 174th overall pick in the fifth round of the NFL draft on Saturday. Height: 6-f00t-4 Weight: 242 pounds Arm length: 33 1/2 inches Hand size: 10 3/8 inches 40-yard dash: 4.67 seconds Bench press: 22 reps of 225 pounds Vertical jump: 35 1/2 inches (Pro Day) Broad jump: 10 feet, 1 inches Three-cone drill: 7.29 seconds Overview: He played...
Riverdale golfer leads Symetra Classic in Atlanta

Riverdale golfer leads Symetra Classic in Atlanta

Mariah Stackhouse of Riverdale shot a 3-under 69 on Saturday at Atlanta National Golf Club and leads the Symetra Classic after two rounds. Stackhouse sits at 9-under 135 and holds a two-shot lead on Nanna Koerstz Madsen, who posted an even-par 72 on Saturday. Mind Muangkhumsakul, Cindy LaCrosse and Emily Penttila sit in a tie for third place at 6-under 138. The cut was made at 2-over 146, and 61 players...

Falcons’ 4th-rounder Harlow figures to move from tackle to guard

Sean Harlow played offensive tackle almost exclusively over four seasons at Oregon State, yet he knows the Falcons are going to try him at guard and that’s fine with him. When the Falcons used the 136th pick of the NFL draft Saturday to select him in the fourth round, they turned in their pick listing Harlow as a guard. At 6-feet-4 1/8, 305 pounds, his body type suggests a move inside at the...
Brian Hill: ‘The Falcons just got the best running back in this draft’

Brian Hill: ‘The Falcons just got the best running back in this draft’

Former Wyoming running back Brian Hill was not expecting the Atlanta Falcons to select him with the 156th overall pick in the fifth round of the NFL draft Saturday. “This is a dream come true,” an excited Hill said via phone call. “I didn’t expect the Falcons. No one in the house was expecting the Falcons, but a lot of teams passed on me in this draft. The Falcons just got...
South Georgia wildfire close to 100,000 acres

South Georgia wildfire close to 100,000 acres

The wildfire that started in southeast Georgia earlier this month has burned almost one-fourth of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, officials said Saturday. Known as the West Mims Fire, the blaze now has torched 94,664 acres and is just 8 percent contained, according to a statement from the team that is battling the blaze. Waycross will be impacted by smoke throughout the day, officials said...
Falcons again go to LSU to take Duke Riley

Falcons again go to LSU to take Duke Riley

Duke Riley probably had an idea the Falcons were interested in him, and the former LSU linebacker wasn’t surprised in the least Friday evening when the Falcons used the No. 75 pick of the draft to select him in the third round. He was flat-out excited. The quickish Tiger from New Orleans was one of about 30 college players to have private, pre-draft workouts with the Falcons. He knows a thing...
Falcons select running back Brian Hill in the fifth round

Falcons select running back Brian Hill in the fifth round

Falcons selected Wyoming running back Brian Hill with the 156th overall pick in the fifth round of the NFL draft Saturday. “They just got the best running back in the draft,” Hill said. FIFTH ROUND (156th overall) Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming Height: 6-foot-1 Weight: 219 pounds Arm length: 31 3/8 inches Hand size: 8 7/8 inches 40-yard dash: 4.48 seconds Bench press: 15 reps of 225 pounds Vertical...
WATCH: Atlanta dog’s amazing transformation after being hit by a car, losing ability to walk

WATCH: Atlanta dog’s amazing transformation after being hit by a car, losing ability to walk

Meet Queen, a 3-year-old American bulldog and pit mix with a heart of gold and resilience, and whose story is sure to move you to tears. According to LifeLine Animal Project, a nonprofit organization that manages animal services for both DeKalb and Fulton counties, Queen was hit by a car and brought into its DeKalb shelter. Though her owner had come to reclaim her one day later...
Delta investigates pilot’s actions during altercation between passengers, pilot returns to duty

Delta investigates pilot’s actions during altercation between passengers, pilot returns to duty

Delta Air Lines said it has returned a pilot to duty after investigating his actions during an altercation between passengers on a jetway after a flight. The video was posted on entertainment website TMZ.com showing a pilot trying to break up a fight between two passengers on a jetway, grabbing one by the arm and appearing to slap his hand down on the person’s arm. According to Delta, he...
Fourth round: Falcons pick guard Sean Harlow

Fourth round: Falcons pick guard Sean Harlow

Falcons selected Oregon State guard Sean Harlow with the 136th overall pick in the fourth round of the draft Saturday. Height: 6-foot-4 Weight: 305 pounds Arm length: 32 inches Hand size: 9 1/2 inches 40-yard dash: 5.15 seconds Bench press: 26 reps of 225 pounds Vertical jump: 30 1/2 nches Broad jump: 8 feet, 9 inches Three-cone drill: 8.16 seconds Overview: The San Clemente, Calif., native started...
Falcons’ addition of LB Duke Riley keeps LSU pipeline open

Falcons’ addition of LB Duke Riley keeps LSU pipeline open

Duke Riley probably had an idea the Falcons were interested in him, and the former LSU linebacker wasn’t surprised in the least Friday evening when Atlanta used the No. 75 pick of the draft to select him in the third round. He was flat-out excited. The quickish Tiger from New Orleans was one of about 30 college players to have private, pre-draft workouts with the Falcons. He knows a thing to...
Live updates: Day 3 — Falcons’ draft from Flowery Branch

Live updates: Day 3 — Falcons’ draft from Flowery Branch

It’s the final day of the 2017 NFL Draft and the Falcons’ braintrust is hunkered down here at the team facilities. The Falcons currently hold the 136th pick in the fourth round of the draft. They also have three picks in the fifth round — 149th, 156th and 174th. The Falcons traded up to select UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley with the 26th overall pick on Thursday. They traded...
DeKalb arrests man in ‘AK-47’ shooting death

DeKalb arrests man in ‘AK-47’ shooting death

DeKalb County authorities arrested a man in a college classroom in connection with a shooting death this month, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said Friday. Deputies arrested Michael Lamar Grier, 33, without incident, sheriff’s spokeswoman Cynthia Williams said in a news release that said “AK-47 murder arrests continue.” Grier was booked into the DeKalb County jail and charged with...
How many Atlanta homes watched first round of NFL draft?

How many Atlanta homes watched first round of NFL draft?

An average of almost 200,000 households in the Atlanta TV market – and a peak of almost 250,000 – watched the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night. The round drew an 8.2 Nielsen rating in the Atlanta market, meaning 8.2 percent of the homes – or about 198,000 homes — watched on average. That included a 5.9 rating on ESPN and a 2.3 rating on NFL Network. The peak Atlanta...
Record high temperature possible Saturday

Record high temperature possible Saturday

Today: High: 87 Tonight: Low: 67 Tomorrow: High: 85 Better prepare for heat, metro Atlanta. Saturday’s temperature is expected to be near a record high. The forecast high of 87 is just 1 degree lower than the record for this date, Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. And the forecast is also well above the average high temperature of 76. With the day off to a warm start, &ldquo...
In this draft, DQ’s Falcons get more DQ Guys

In this draft, DQ’s Falcons get more DQ Guys

The Falcons could have accepted this draft as it fell and been a really good team in 2017 and beyond. They were already stacked. But sitting still wouldn’t have been the DQ Way. In DQ’s mind, you travel at warp speed or you’re a sloth. Said general manager Thomas Dimitroff, speaking the day after the Falcons traded three picks to draft pass rusher Takkarist McKinley with the 26th...
How the Hawks season came to an end despite near miraculous comeback

How the Hawks season came to an end despite near miraculous comeback

Five observations from the Hawks’ 115-99 loss to the Wizards in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series. The Wizard won the series, 4-2. 1. Turnovers kill. The Hawks committed 22 turnovers for the game – but it was the 15 first-half turnovers that led to the 22-point deficit they were never able to completely erase. The Wizards, already a terrific transition team,...
Falcons top pick McKinley makes name for himself

Falcons top pick McKinley makes name for himself

Takkarist McKinley seems quite sure of the person soon to be wrapped in a Falcons jersey. Yes, inside that jersey beats a racing heart and a combustible disposition. Good qualities for a pass-rusher, if not for a master of ceremonies. If that means during the most significant moment of a turbulent life, he lets loose with a couple of R-rated expletives on live television, then he’ll gladly take...
YMCA gets Parkinson’s grant for free memberships, more classes

YMCA gets Parkinson’s grant for free memberships, more classes

Fitness instructor Katy Pate has her YMCA class walking a straight line. But here’s the kicker: Participants must step on colored discs while spontaneously calling out a name that begins with a specific letter. Someone wanted to know this was a sobriety test, and everyone laughed. Nope. It’s just another fun exercise to get the feet and brain moving in the same direction. That’s...
Atlanta United a prized stop on the Garza world tour

Atlanta United a prized stop on the Garza world tour

Part of ink tapestry that is Atlanta United defender Gregory Garza — the one tattoo among the two dozen or so he counts as his favorite — is the wind-blown gypsy inside one forearm. A gypsy soul, that’s how Garza sees himself. A citizen of the whole, wide soccer-playing world. Just give him a hard, round ball and some level ground on which to chase it, and he’ll gladly make...
Inside the box score: Wizards 115, Hawks 99

Inside the box score: Wizards 115, Hawks 99

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ 115-99 loss to the Wizards in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series Friday: Key players * John Wall scored a game-high and his career playoff high with 42 points for the Wizards. * Bradley Beal added 31 points for the Wizards. * Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Key stat The Hawks committed 22 turnovers, 15 in...
Freeman’s 9th-inning homer gives Braves a wild win at Milwaukee

Freeman’s 9th-inning homer gives Braves a wild win at Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE – After the Braves twice rallied from four-run deficits without any contributions from Freddie Freeman, the big first baseman came through when it counted most Friday night. Freeman’s two-run homer to center field in the ninth inning lifted the Braves to a 10-8 series-opening win against the Brewers at Miller Park, the third consecutive win for a team that suddenly has its offense...
Hawks’ quick playoff exit affirms change is needed

Hawks’ quick playoff exit affirms change is needed

Two years ago, the Hawks won two playoff series. Last year, they won one. This year, none. Sometimes you don’t need advanced analytics to tell you there’s a problem. The Hawks didn’t just lose a game and a series to the Washington Wizards on Friday night. They affirmed in defeat that, despite generally exceptional coaching, despite solid effort, they have a flawed team resulting...
2 arrested, 1 at large in $300,000 car theft ring

2 arrested, 1 at large in $300,000 car theft ring

Two men were arrested and one is still at large in a $300,000 theft of six cars from Jim Ellis Audi, Marietta police said.  The investigation began more than a year ago and led police to Ola Campbell Oginni, Mann El-Ali Abess and Akintayo Bolorunduro, Officer Chuch McPhilamy said. They each face racketeering charges in thefts that occurred between April and June of 2016.  “Detectives...
Falcons add Riley, discuss how they plan to use McKinley

Falcons add Riley, discuss how they plan to use McKinley

Falcons coach Dan Quinn has big plans for Takkarist McKinley, the team’s first-round draft pick. While McKinley, the 26th selection in this year’s NFL draft, played some linebacker at UCLA, he will play mostly defensive end for the Falcons and rush opposite of outside linebacker Vic Beasley, who led the league in sacks last season with 15.5. “It’s about getting to the quarterback...
Georgia Tech setting up nonconference matchups, dates, including UGA

Georgia Tech setting up nonconference matchups, dates, including UGA

Opponents and dates for six Georgia Tech nonconference games for the 2016-17 season were obtained through an open-records request. They are as follows: November 19: Bethune-Cookman November 22: Texas-Rio Grande Valley November 24: North Texas December 1: Grambling December 17: Florida A&M December 19: at Georgia Tech will also play UCLA in its season opener Nov. 11 (tentatively scheduled) in Shanghai...
Hawks eliminated, Wizards nearly blow 22-point lead

Hawks eliminated, Wizards nearly blow 22-point lead

They say the closeout game is the toughest to win in the playoffs. It was for the Wizards. The Wizards nearly blew a 22-point second-half lead before a series-clinching 115-99 victory over the Hawks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series Friday night at Philips Arena. The Wizards won the series 4-2. “It’s the toughest game to close out anybody,” Wizards coach Scott...
Falcons trade second round pick for three picks

Falcons trade second round pick for three picks

The Falcons traded their second-round pick (63rd overall) to the Buffalo Bills to pick up a third-round pick (75th overall) and two fifth-round picks (149th) and (156th) on Friday night. The Falcons’ own fifth-round pick is the 174th overall.
After solid spring, Braves’ Bonifacio has floundered

After solid spring, Braves’ Bonifacio has floundered

MILWAUKEE – After going to Braves spring training as a non-roster invitee and earning an opening-day roster spot, Emilio Bonifacio seemed poised to get his career back on track following two dismal seasons at the major league level in 2015 and 2016. But 20 games into the season, Bonifacio was struggling to get into a rhythm and had fared particularly poorly as a pinch-hitter, his main role....
DeKalb’s ethics oversight effort set back by court ruling

DeKalb’s ethics oversight effort set back by court ruling

After years of trying to bring stronger ethical oversight to DeKalb’s scandal-tarnished government, a judge issued a ruling Friday that likely cripples the county’s independent Board of Ethics. Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson concluded that members of the DeKalb Board of Ethics should have been appointed by elected government officials, not by outside groups like the DeKalb...
Georgia Tech student shot leaving crash scene

Georgia Tech student shot leaving crash scene

Police released a sketch of a man accused of shooting a Georgia Tech student as he and his brother were driving away from an accident scene earlier this month. Claude Rooney, who also goes by Tre, told Channel 2 Action News he still has a bullet lodged in his arm from the April 13 incident.  It began when Christian Rooney picked up his brother from a BP gas station near Georgia Tech at about...
Masked thief steals drugs in Johns Creek pharmacy break-in

Masked thief steals drugs in Johns Creek pharmacy break-in

Someone broke into a Johns Creek pharmacy through an adjacent business earlier in April, and although the man attempted to disrupt the video system while stealing drugs, footage was captured of the masked intruder, Channel 2 Action News reported. The break-in started in a medical equipment business next door to Prestige Pharmacy on McGinnis Ferry Road, the news station reported. “They burrowed...
Not a bad retirement fund: ex-CEO collects $72 million of Delta stock

Not a bad retirement fund: ex-CEO collects $72 million of Delta stock

Former Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson walked away with more than $72 million in stock last year, the Atlanta airline disclosed Friday. The total, disclosed in Delta’s proxy filing Friday afternoon, included $64.8 million from Anderson’s exercise in 2016 of stock options that he had received as part of his pay over several years heading Delta. The transactions allowed him to...
Braves’ Phillips misses second start

Braves’ Phillips misses second start

MILWAUKEE – Brandon Phillips was out of the Braves lineup Friday night for the second consecutive game since straining his left groin, but the veteran second baseman had progressed and was expected to start Saturday in the second game of the three-game series against the Brewers. “He’s doing good,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker, adding that Phillips was available to pinch-hit...
Hazmat crews inspected Cobb business twice this month 

Hazmat crews inspected Cobb business twice this month 

Hazmat crews inspected a Kenessaw business for the second time this month after employees complained of nausea and slight difficulty breathing, Cobb County fire spokesman Dan Dupree said.  Two workers got sick, but they were not taken to the hospital Dupree said. The employees worked for Philips Respironics, Channel 2 Action News reported.  “Hazmat crews entered the building and assessed...
3 arrested on prostitution, trafficking charges

3 arrested on prostitution, trafficking charges

Three people were arrested Thursday night at a motel in Conyers on human trafficking and prostitution charges, police said. Just after 11 p.m., police got a 911 call about a soliciting incident at the Jameson Inn on Dogwood Drive, police spokesman Ronald Momon said. Officers found three people in a room as well as a 16-year-old girl who was being trafficked, according to police. William Barrondo went...
Southwest Airlines to end practice of overbooking flights

Southwest Airlines to end practice of overbooking flights

Southwest Airlines plans to stop overbooking flights — an industry practice implicated in an ugly incident on a United Airlines flight that has damaged United's reputation with the flying public.  Last year Southwest bumped 15,000 passengers off flights, more than any other U.S. airline. Carriers say they sometimes sell more tickets than there are seats because often a few passengers don't...
Bed Bath & Beyond Facebook coupon a scam, report says

Bed Bath & Beyond Facebook coupon a scam, report says

A coupon good for $75 at Bed Bath & Beyond making the rounds on Facebook is, unfortunately, not what it appears to be. According to fact-checking website Snopes.com the coupon displays a name in its URL that is not part of Bed Bath & Beyond’s website, instead sending users to a fraudulent site posing as part of Bed Bath & Beyond. The company warned consumers about the scam on its own Facebook...
Billy Ray Cyrus changes name, releases new version of ‘Achy Breaky Heart’

Billy Ray Cyrus changes name, releases new version of ‘Achy Breaky Heart’

Country singer and songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his hit “Achy Breaky Heart” with three new versions of the song. Rolling Stone reported that Cyrus has recorded “Achy Breaky Heart 25th,” a version closer to the original demo. It was released Friday. The song will also reportedly get a Spanglish version and one with an EDM sound. Cyrus...
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