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Atlanta mayoral candidate Norwood releases 9 years of tax returns

Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood released nine years of her and her husband’s federal tax returns on Monday, arguing that an ongoing federal corruption investigation at Atlanta City Hall required greater transparency. Norwood is in the Dec. 5 runoff against Keisha Lance Bottoms, who said she was open to releasing her returns as well, but first wanted to talk to her accountant. Norwood&rsquo...


Torpy at Large: Too bad Atlanta’s immigration hypocrisy isn’t illegal

Torpy at Large: Too bad Atlanta’s immigration hypocrisy isn’t illegal

Earlier this month, Mayor Kasim Reed boasted on his very active Twitter account that his town is immigrant friendly. “Atlanta is proud to be a welcoming city,” he wrote. “Pleased to be a part of the Safe Cities Network offering legal representation for those individuals facing deportation.” Fighting for the rights of immigrants is now an important battleground for Dems and...
Hotel and park to transform Georgia Dome site

Hotel and park to transform Georgia Dome site

The implosion of the Georgia Dome sets the stage for an overhaul of the Georgia World Congress Center campus that, coupled with planned future development in downtown Atlanta, could dramatically change the face of south and west downtown. In about a year, crews are expected to convert the old dome site into the Home Depot Backyard, a 13-acre green space that will be a community park most of the...
Violence against transgender people at all-time high in Georgia, nationally

Violence against transgender people at all-time high in Georgia, nationally

Candace Towns was found dead in Macon, Ga. between two neglected houses on Halloween.  Reported missing a day before, Towns, 30, was last seen on surveillance video of a gas station near the Roadway Inn where she was living. She had been shot and abandoned.  Towns was the fourth reported transgender person killed in Georgia this year, and 25th nationwide, according to the Human Rights...
Sandy Springs eatery gives Syrian refugees opportunity for new start

Sandy Springs eatery gives Syrian refugees opportunity for new start

Sept. 17, 1990. June 14, 2016. Oct. 4, 2016. These dates hold little meaning for most people, but for a group of local Syrians, each date marks a new chapter, a new beginning. Every fourth Thursday of November, Americans express gratitude for family, health, life, among other things. For Abe Malla, Hesham Alahmad andMohamad Gehad Aldarra, the date that they stepped onto U.S. soil after fleeing a war-torn...
New metro Atlanta express lanes: Traffic relief if you pay by the mile

New metro Atlanta express lanes: Traffic relief if you pay by the mile

Imagine driving 30 miles on metro Atlanta highways at the height of rush hour – and arriving at your destination in less than an hour. Imagine knowing your morning commute will consistently take 45 minutes – instead of worrying that a fender-bender will snarl traffic and make it twice as long. Imagine running late for work, but knowing there’s a wide-open lane of traffic that will...
Why is tugboat on Georgia’s historic places in peril list for 2018?

Why is tugboat on Georgia’s historic places in peril list for 2018?

Each year for the past 13, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation creates a list of “Places in Peril,” and this year’s group is an unusual lot: It includes a wooden tugboat, some archaeological sites in Savannah and a Cuthbert water tower. In the past, those places in peril were usually historic houses, businesses and other structures. This year includes such structures...
Hawks still can’t solve San Antonio puzzle

Hawks still can’t solve San Antonio puzzle

There could not have been a worse place in the NBA for the Hawks to attempt a turnaround to their horrid start to the season. For the last 20 years, it hasn’t mattered what sort of record the Hawks brought to either the Alamodome, the SBC Center or the AT&T Center. The result has been frustration and defeat. Monday’s game at AT&T Center was no different than the previous 19 trips to the...
Ten observations from Hawks loss at Spurs

Ten observations from Hawks loss at Spurs

(AP Photo) Ten observations from watching Spurs 96, Hawks 85 from my couch . . . 1. The Hawks stayed competitive through some cold shooting in the first half. They found their rhythm in the third quarter with John Collins and Taurean Prince as the catalysts. But then the Hawks had a strong of bad possessions and missed free throws in the fourth quarter. The Spurs were getting...
Coast Guard rescues 5 kayakers stranded on Jekyll Island

Coast Guard rescues 5 kayakers stranded on Jekyll Island

The Coast Guard rescued five kayakers Monday who were stranded on Jekyll Island, officials said.  The Brunswick station received a distress call at 2:06 p.m. from one of the distressed kayakers, the Coast Guard said in a news release.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A <a href="https...
Dates, polling places set for Roswell runoff election

Dates, polling places set for Roswell runoff election

Advanced voting for the Dec. 5 municipal general and special runoff elections in Roswell will take place Nov. 27 through Dec. 1 at four locations in and around the city, officials announced. Early voting will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Alpharetta Branch Library, 10 Park Plaza; East Roswell Branch Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road; Roswell Branch Library, 115 Norcross St.; and North...
Cherokee schools OK partnership with elections board

Cherokee schools OK partnership with elections board

Eligible Cherokee County students could register to vote at school and county elections officials would assist with programs such as mock elections, under a partnership agreement between the schools and county elections board. The Cherokee school board recently approved the agreement with the county Board of Elections and Registration Citing state law that names high school principals deputy registrars...
All 3 alleged con men who ‘used God’s name’ to dupe victim in jail

All 3 alleged con men who ‘used God’s name’ to dupe victim in jail

  All three men  accused of defrauding a Walmart customer in the name of charity are in jail without bond, police said Monday. Sylvester Jackson and Marvin Scott, both 63, were arrested on charges of felony fraud, exploitation of the elderly and a probation violation, Winder police Capt. Chris Cooper said. Bernard Candies was arrested in October, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously...
Alpharetta OKs bowling venue in 360 Tech Village

Alpharetta OKs bowling venue in 360 Tech Village

The Alpharetta City Council has approved, with conditions, a “bowling entertainment venue” proposed for the southwest corner of Haynes Bridge Road and Lakeview Parkway in the 360 Tech Village development. Fuqua Acquisitions II LLC had requested a conditional use permit allowing the Pinstripes in a free-standing, two-story building with 28,000 square feet and a rooftop terrace, according...
Woman jumps on hood as carjackers take car with baby brother inside

Woman jumps on hood as carjackers take car with baby brother inside

A 24-year-old woman was thrown from a car on Sunday after trying to save her baby brother from carjackers in DeKalb County, police said. Two men, one who had a gun, forced the woman from her car and took off with the 8-month-old baby still seated in the back, Channel 2 Action News reported. The woman, who asked not to be named, said she was strapping her brother into his car seat when two men approached...
Update: Neal returns after leaving game with to be evaluated for head injury  

Update: Neal returns after leaving game with to be evaluated for head injury  

Update:  Neal returned on the following series.  Falcons strong safety Keanu Neal left the game after a collision with Seattle running back Mike Davis in the first quarter. He was being evaluated for a head injury. His return to game was questionable. Rookie Damontee Kazee took over at free safety and Ricardo Allen moved to strong safety for the Falcons’ defense. 
Braves claim LHP Grant Dayton from Dodgers

Braves claim LHP Grant Dayton from Dodgers

New Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos’ first addition is one of his former Dodgers. The Braves claimed left-handed reliever Grant Dayton off waivers on Monday. The team also selected the contracts of left-handers Adam McCreery and Ricardo Sanchez, bringing it to 39 players on the 40-man roster at the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft. Dayton had Tommy John surgery in August...
North Georgia player has yet to claim $1 million lottery prize

North Georgia player has yet to claim $1 million lottery prize

The $1 million winner bought a Georgia Lottery ticket in North Georgia, but hasn’t yet come forward, officials say.  Sunoco Food Mart at 2235 Barnesville Highway in Thomaston sold the jackpot Fantasy 5 ticket. Winning numbers from the Nov. 17 Fantasy 5 drawing were: 8-13-14-16-39. The winner has 180 days from the draw date to claim the prize. Two South Georgia winners who did come...
TaQuon Marshall: Beat Georgia, nobody will care about the losses

TaQuon Marshall: Beat Georgia, nobody will care about the losses

Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall grew up in Harris County surrounded by Georgia fans. So it was no small joy when the Yellow Jackets beat Georgia in Athens last year. “Last year was great going home, knowing that we beat Georgia and I got to rub it in on ’em for the whole year,” he said. “So it’s a huge rivalry.” That being the case, Marshall knows what...
Game preview: Hawks at Spurs

Game preview: Hawks at Spurs

LaMarcus Aldridge (AP Photo) When/where: 8:30 p.m. today, AT&T Center TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: V103 Injuries: Hawks— Isaiah Taylor (eye) is out; Luke Babbitt (back), Mike Muscala (ankle), DeAndre’ Bembry (wrist) and Miles Plumlee (quad) are probable. Spurs—Kawhi Leonard (quad), Tony Parker (quad) and Derrick White (wrist) are out...
Paul Johnson: Mistakes in Duke loss reflect on staff, himself

Paul Johnson: Mistakes in Duke loss reflect on staff, himself

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson expressed severe disappointment with himself and his coaching staff for the team’s play in the 43-20 loss at Duke on Saturday. Johnson said that there were “a lot” of missed assignments from grading the game video, mistakes that players shouldn’t be making 10 game into the season. A player is judged to have made a missed assignment when he fails...
Inactives: Falcons at Seahawks 

Inactives: Falcons at Seahawks 

Falcons inactives for tonight’s game against Seattle are: wide receiver Nick Williams , safety Sharrod Neasman, running back  Devonta Freeman, cornerback  Blidi Wreh-Wilson, linebacker Duke Riley, left guard Sean Harlow and tackle Austin Pasztor. The Seahawks inactives are: safety Kam Chancellor, running back Thomas Rawls, linebacker Michael Wilhoite, guard/tackle Luke Joeckel...
Woman leading prayer faints during Facebook Live; audience calls for help

Woman leading prayer faints during Facebook Live; audience calls for help

An Atlanta woman might have died if she didn’t have an audience watching her when she fainted — while leading a prayer on Facebook Live. Francine Sims-Gates and her family now credit the social media website for saving her life, Channel 2 Action News reported. She was almost finished leading her daily prayer service when she suddenly felt ill. “I don’t mean any harm, but right...
Roberts joins Disney World of Sports 

Roberts joins Disney World of Sports 

Reggie Roberts, who was an executive with the Falcons for 11 years, was recently named sports public relations manager for Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Roberts was the Falcons vice president of football communications from 2004-15. He will handle and be heavily involved with the youth sports programs, the Atlanta Braves, the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl and bigger theme park openings Toy Story...
Cops: Restaurant employee said he was robbed — cameras tell another story

Cops: Restaurant employee said he was robbed — cameras tell another story

An Alpharetta restaurant worker is in jail after police said he lied about being robbed at gunpoint. They say he admitted to robbing the restaurant himself.  Police arrested Larry Wayne Parker after security footage showed he called 911 about an armed robbery that never happened, Channel 2 Action News reported.  “A guy with a motorcycle helmet on had a gun and he got some money out...

‘Political Rewind’ replay: The Atlanta constants of traffic and Confederate symbolism

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” began with a discussion of the expansion contemplated for I-285 and whether room should be reserved for a transit option. Not commuter rail itself, but a kind of reserved space – just in case we get around to it. Then there’s the topic of streets named for Confederate leaders in Atlanta, and the thing itself...
Braves set to begin final spring training at Disney

Braves set to begin final spring training at Disney

Braves baseball will return on Feb. 23 when Atlanta opens Grapefruit League play against the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla. It will be the Braves’ final spring training at the Disney facility. Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report Feb. 13, while play around the league will open on Feb. 23 or 24. Atlanta will play 33 games before the start of the regular season, with 18 coming...
Federal tax overhaul plans target bonds widely used in Georgia

Federal tax overhaul plans target bonds widely used in Georgia

Congressional proposals to change the U.S. tax structure may have a major impact in the future on infrastructure projects in Georgia — from road construction to how much students pay to live in college dorms. The tax overhaul that the U.S. House passed last week would eliminate the kind of bonds the University System of Georgia has used to build more than $3 billion worth of dorms, parking decks...
Woman takes plea deal in crash that killed 8-year-old boy after police chase

Woman takes plea deal in crash that killed 8-year-old boy after police chase

A woman who hit and killed an 8-year-old boy last year while going up to 120 mph during a police chase in southwest Atlanta has pleaded guilty to murder and a slew of other charges.  Ana Bolton, 22, entered a non-negotiated plea deal in the June 27, 2016, crash that killed Jamaris Davis, according to court records. Davis was on life support for two days before he died, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
Atlanta United again shoots down Martino, Almiron rumors

Atlanta United again shoots down Martino, Almiron rumors

Atlanta United Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra treated rumors like he did strikers during his playing days at Monday’s end-of-the-season review at the MLS clubs training grounds in Marietta. He said the club hasn’t been contacted by anyone regarding manager Gerardo Martino, who is thought to be a target to coach the national teams of the U.S. or Chile. Martino led Atlanta United to...
DOJ sues AT&T bid to buy Time Warner (including CNN)

DOJ sues AT&T bid to buy Time Warner (including CNN)

Donald Trump is not a fan of CNN. CREDIT: Getty Images Posted Monday, November 20, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog The Department of Justice Monday filed a lawsuit to block AT&T’s efforts to merge with Time Warner, which owns DirecTV, HBO and Atlanta-based Turner Broadcasting. This is considered one of the biggest U.S. anti-trust...
North Fulton beer garden named one of Atlanta’s best new restaurants

North Fulton beer garden named one of Atlanta’s best new restaurants

Thrillist is a major fan of the Barleygarden. Earlier this year, the website named the beer garden nestled in Alpharetta’s Avalon development one of the 21 best beer gardens in the country. Barleygarden was created by Kraig Torres and his team at Hop City. It opened in Avalon this past April. Now, Thrillist says that Barleygarden is one of the 17 best new restaurants in metro Atlanta. It...
Atlanta United makes roster changes with title in mind

Atlanta United makes roster changes with title in mind

Atlanta United began re-tooling its roster for the 2018 season just a few weeks after its inaugural season ended with a penalty shootout loss to Columbus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Atlanta United scored the second-most goals in MLS (70), had the second-largest goal difference (plus-30) and set numerous attendance records. All this despite not having a dedicated place to train during the preseason,...
DeKalb BBQ joint rechecked after roaches, flies, ‘slime’ found

DeKalb BBQ joint rechecked after roaches, flies, ‘slime’ found

Update: The restaurant has passed a re-inspection with a score of 88. Read the full report here. Original: A popular DeKalb County barbecue restaurant failed its recent health inspection with the inspector complaining of unwanted critters. Old Hickory House, located at 2202 Northlake Parkway, Tucker, received a 63 on the check, according to the report. The inspector said there was &ldquo...
Teen found stabbed to death on Cobb playground

Teen found stabbed to death on Cobb playground

The body of a 17-year-old was found on a Cobb County residential playground Monday, police said. Naseer Benefield had been stabbed multiple times when police arrived to the 6600 block of Mableton Parkway, Channel 2 Action News reported. The teen’s grandfather, Kalem Hasan, told Channel 2 he feared the worst when Benefield didn’t answer his phone. Hasan last saw his grandson Sunday...
DeKalb Chinese spot rechecked after contamination concerns

DeKalb Chinese spot rechecked after contamination concerns

Update: The restaurant passed a re-inspection with a score of 88. Read the report here. Original: A DeKalb County Chinese restaurant failed its recent health inspection after the inspector noted a variety of issues, including cross-contamination worries. China Bucks, located at 5412 Buford Highway in Doraville, received a 64, according to the report. A woman who answered the phone at...
Catching up with Johns Creek’s Angelica Hale (‘America’s Got Talent’ runner up)

Catching up with Johns Creek’s Angelica Hale (‘America’s Got Talent’ runner up)

Angelica Hale poses with two fans Marvin (rightr) and Martin (left) in the J.W. Marriott lobby by Lenox November 20, 2017. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com Posted Monday, November 20, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk Angelica Hale is a tiny bundle of energy, nibbling on a Chick Fil A chicken biscuit and pointing agog at a video on the TV of the...
2 accused of ‘willful killing’ of foster teen found in Atlanta street

2 accused of ‘willful killing’ of foster teen found in Atlanta street

Two men accused of shooting a teenager who was in foster care and leaving her dead in an Atlanta street are in the DeKalb County jail on aggravated assault charges in a separate attempted armed robbery case.  Police believe slain 17-year-old Dennetta Franks may have been involved in the Sept. 19 armed robbery with her accused shooters, Wayne Rendell Bailey, 19, of Newnan, and Eddie Byrd...
Streets named for the Confederacy in Atlanta to be renamed

Streets named for the Confederacy in Atlanta to be renamed

Atlanta streets named for some of the Confederacy’s most recognizable generals and leaders will likely be renamed in the coming weeks, Mayor Kasim Reed is expected to announce as early as today. What names might replace them is unclear, as are plans for other streets, monuments and markers named for rebels, according to a new report by a select committee studying the issue. The committee, appointed...
Taking an in-depth look at Georgia Tech’s bowl chances

Taking an in-depth look at Georgia Tech’s bowl chances

There are a number of reasons that Georgia Tech athletic director Todd Stansbury and deputy AD Mark Rountree have worked so diligently to try to secure a 12th game for the Yellow Jackets. One is that players and coaches who have invested hundreds of hours of time and effort want the opportunity to reap the fruit of their labor. Another reason, particularly after Saturday’s loss to Duke, is that...
WATCH: Dramatic video of robbery, shooting at Barcelona Wine Bar; $7K reward offered

WATCH: Dramatic video of robbery, shooting at Barcelona Wine Bar; $7K reward offered

Video surveillance shows three masked people responsible for the particularly heinous shooting of an Atlanta restaurant manager Sunday, police said. Chelsea Beller of Atlanta was forced upstairs to open a safe during a robbery by three masked suspects at Barcelona Wine Bar on Howell Mill Road, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. The rest of the employees were tied up with electrical...
Atlanta comedy club Relapse Theatre successfully lives up to its name

Atlanta comedy club Relapse Theatre successfully lives up to its name

If you were telling a joke about the Atlanta comedy club that closed for three years and reopened last April, the punchline would be that its name is Relapse Theatre.  “All tragedy is comedy, right?” says Relapse founder Bob Wood when asked why he chose the moniker. He just thought relapse sounded cool. He also wanted something to represent comedy’s ability to simplify...
Police ID Norcross teen found shot to death; 2 juveniles arrested

Police ID Norcross teen found shot to death; 2 juveniles arrested

Two juveniles have been arrested in connection with the shooting death of a 16-year-old in Gwinnett County, police said. Zachary Nelson of Norcross was found dead shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday after officers, who were in the area for an unrelated matter, heard three gunshots at the Rockbridge Court Apartments, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. At the time, a 17-year-old who was...
Cheers, maybe some tears as Buckhead Ritz-Carlton becomes The Whitley

Cheers, maybe some tears as Buckhead Ritz-Carlton becomes The Whitley

Depending on who you talk to, what’s happening at the the southwest corner of Lenox and Peachtree roads is cause for celebration or mourning. After more than three decades as the both literal and figurative nexus of Buckhead’s society set and the scene of numerous celebrity encounters, the hotel occupying this rarefied patch of dirt will cease to be a Ritz-Carlton...
Cobb man sentenced for killing CAU junior he lured with Craigslist ad

Cobb man sentenced for killing CAU junior he lured with Craigslist ad

Just before Kalynn Shiquez Ruthenberg shot a 21-year-old chemistry major again, he told one of his two alleged accomplices to take the Nikes off the young man. That was in February 2015 after prosecutors say Ruthenberg lured Clark Atlanta University junior James E. Jones to Marietta with a Craigslist advertisement claiming he’d sell Jones an iPhone 6. On Monday, Cobb County superior court...
Heresy alert: If I’m Georgia, I’d rather face Alabama

Heresy alert: If I’m Georgia, I’d rather face Alabama

Georgia’s game at Bobby Dodd Stadium is set to begin at noon Saturday. On the bus ride back to Athens, the Bulldogs – via the wonders of WiFi and streaming video – can watch as the identity of their next Atlanta opponent is revealed. Alabama plays at Auburn. Iron Bowl winner gets UGA. Today’s question (which technically I’ve broached before today, but bear with me): If...
3 elephants forced onto Georgia interstate during tractor-trailer fire

3 elephants forced onto Georgia interstate during tractor-trailer fire

Three African elephants were forced onto the interstate near the Georgia-Tennessee border Monday morning after a tractor-trailer carrying the animals caught fire, the Chattanooga Fire Department said in a Facebook post.   Firefighters responded to the fire on I-24 East about 2 a.m., officials said.   “The owners got the elephants safely out of the trailer and gave them some...
Kirby Smart: Paul Johnson is one of best in business

Kirby Smart: Paul Johnson is one of best in business

Speaking with the media at his Monday press conference, Kirby Smart had high praise for Georgia Tech and coach Paul Johnson. Georgia Tech has defeated Georgia two of the last three tries, including its lone shot against Smart’s Bulldogs. The two in-state rivals meet again in Atlanta on Saturday for a noon kickoff. “I know our kids and our seniors will be excited to go play in Atlanta,...
APS up $1.2 million above projections in first week of Fulton tax collection

APS up $1.2 million above projections in first week of Fulton tax collection

Some Fulton County taxpayers must have been listening when cash-starved Atlanta Public Schools asked them to pay up as soon as possible. About 1,200 school district employees were furloughed Monday and Tuesday in an effort to save money while the district waits for revenue to come in from Fulton tax bills, which were sent out earlier in early November after a months-long delay.  APS officials...
Lorenzo Carter motivated by losses to Georgia Tech

Lorenzo Carter motivated by losses to Georgia Tech

Lorenzo Carter has payback on the mind. The senior linebacker passed on the NFL draft after last season for a multitude of reasons, including his record against Georgia Tech. Carter is 1-2 against the Yellow Jackets, with a chance to pull even this Saturday in Atlanta. “That was one of the things I thought about personally that I needed to do,” Carter said. “I didn’t want to...
New MARTA bus route in Roswell starts Dec. 11

New MARTA bus route in Roswell starts Dec. 11

A new MARTA bus route in Roswell, from the Mansell Road Park & Ride Lot to the Holcomb Bridge Road corridor, is scheduled to start running Dec. 11, city officials announced. The MARTA Board of Directors recently approved Route 142, which will operate from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Service will be every 30 minutes during the morning and evening rush and every 40 minutes midday....
Batman fans are selecting some odd successors to Ben Affleck's cape

Batman fans are selecting some odd successors to Ben Affleck's cape

Ben Affleck’s relationship with Batman has been shaky, to say the least. To begin with, nerds across the globe had meltdowns when it was first announced that he would be inheriting the coveted cape and cowl from British actor Christian Bale, whose tenure in the role was acclaimed by fans and critics alike, despite that weird growling voice thing he used. Not only that, but the two movies in...
Former Arkansas AD Jeff Long on changing Twitter profile: ‘If I knew how I would’

Former Arkansas AD Jeff Long on changing Twitter profile: ‘If I knew how I would’

If you have looked at the Twitter profile of former Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long since he was fired, you would notice something interesting — it still heavily features the Razorbacks. Long has a Hogs logo as his profile picture and an Arkansas banner photo, his bio still includes his old job title and his Twitter handle was still “@jefflongUA” as of...
Woodruff Park celebrates new amenities

Woodruff Park celebrates new amenities

Woodruff Park recently celebrated the outcomes of its Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community grant, including the debut of new amenities that enliven the southwest end of the park. In April 2016, Central Atlanta Progress, Southwest Airlines Co. and Project for Public Spaces announced a joint effort to maximize Woodruff Park’s unique potential to become a popular and exciting downtown gathering...
Watch: The biggest spider you’ve ever seen and it’s in your car 

Watch: The biggest spider you’ve ever seen and it’s in your car 

An Australian woman saw a horrifying sight Friday while driving home from work: a massive spider on the sun visor above her head. The spider was so huge it didn’t even look real, but it was. Bianca Merrick of Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, was so terrified she couldn’t even stop her car. Instead, she said she decided to keep driving for another 20 minutes with the huge arachnid perched...
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta unveils North Druid Hills plans

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta unveils North Druid Hills plans

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta recently unveiled the proposed master plan for its new North Druid Hills Campus, which includes a replacement hospital, the Center for Advanced Pediatrics, support buildings and more than 20 acres of greenspace and miles of walking trails and paths on site. The plans – formed by months of meetings with community members, patient families, physicians, nurses...
Ohio State crosses out letter ‘M’ on campus, M&M’s ahead of Michigan game

Ohio State crosses out letter ‘M’ on campus, M&M’s ahead of Michigan game

Ohio State vs. Michgian week officially kicked off in Columbus as the university, football team and its fans began the tradition of crossing out the letter ‘M’ as many times as they can.` This year’s edition included the traditional street sign, the Les Wexner Football Complex, parking signs, storefronts and and even a bag of M&M’s. The No. 8...
Ticket line times to be shortened at Jim Miller Park

Ticket line times to be shortened at Jim Miller Park

Two ticket booths at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta will be replaced. The Cobb County Board of Commissioners decided Nov. 14 to hire the low bidder W. E. Contracting Co. Inc. for $175,704 to construct the booths at 2245 Callaway Road. Separated by a breezeway, each structure will have two identical split-faced concrete block booths under a single roof. Each air-conditioned booth will have two transaction...
Truck driver behind viral anti-Trump bumper sticker adds one more

Truck driver behind viral anti-Trump bumper sticker adds one more

The Texas driver of a truck sporting a large anti-Trump window decal has made room for one more. As KHOU reported, the truck’s owner, Karen Fonseca, added a second decal to her truck, which reads, “(EXPLETIVE) TROY NEHLS AND (EXPLETIVE) YOU FOR VOTING FOR HIM.” Nehls serves as the sheriff for Fort Bend County and earlier this month he posted a photo of Fonseca’s truck to Facebook...
Kentucky basketball: John Calipari cracks joke about arm grab to sideline reporter

Kentucky basketball: John Calipari cracks joke about arm grab to sideline reporter

John Calipari made news last week by grabbing ESPN sideline reporter Maria Taylor’s arm. The Kentucky coach couldn’t help but make light of the situation at halftime in Monday’s game against Troy. SEC Network sideline reporter Stormy Buonantony started the halftime interview: “You held this Troy team…” And then Calipari interjected: &ldquo...
Pat Forde gives No. 2 Clemson edge at rival South Carolina this weekend

Pat Forde gives No. 2 Clemson edge at rival South Carolina this weekend

It’s rivalry week. And the Carolina–Clemson rivalry is front and center. No. 2 Clemson (10-1) will head to Columbia, S.C. to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks (8-3) in a rivalry that has been in business since 1909 with meeting No. 109 coming on Saturday. And though the Tigers have much more on the line — a loss would in all likelihood keep them out...
What became of Charles Manson’s ‘family’? A look at the killers’ lives 48 years later

What became of Charles Manson’s ‘family’? A look at the killers’ lives 48 years later

Charles Manson’s infamous “family” numbered around 100 people in 1969, when Manson orchestrated a series of murders in Los Angeles that, over two nights, left seven people dead.  Nearly five decades later, the names of only a few family members are remembered, mostly due to the grisly nature of the crimes for which they were convicted. Here’s where the most notorious Manson...
Ducks LB Troy Dye named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week

Ducks LB Troy Dye named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week

If you watched Oregon’s 48-28 win over Arizona, it may have seemed as if Ducks linebacker Troy Dye was all over the field. The Pac-12 noticed and Dye was named defensive player of the week after he finished with 11 tackles while helping contain Arizona’s talented quarterback Khalil Tate. Dye is second in the Pac-12 with 95 tackles on the season and the sophomore...
Huskies QB Jake Browning named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week

Huskies QB Jake Browning named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week

Washington quarterback Jake Browning was on his game in leading the Huskies to a 33-30 win over Utah Saturday and it earned the junior Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors.  Browning completed 26 of 35 passes for 354 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. His 76 career touchdown passes are a school record. What made Browning’s performance even more...
Florida woman accused of stalking boyfriend with GPS device

Florida woman accused of stalking boyfriend with GPS device

A Sanford, Florida, woman is facing charges after authorities said she placed a GPS tracker on her ex-boyfriend’s car in order to stalk his every move. Investigators said the victim became suspicious after the suspect, Erica Capps, would show up at the homes of friends he was visiting. He said the stalking lasted two months. Authorities said Capps’ behavior began to escalate with each...
Texas Tech sophomore DE Eli Howard reportedly granted extra year of eligibility

Texas Tech sophomore DE Eli Howard reportedly granted extra year of eligibility

An unusual circumstance will allow Texas Tech defensive end Eli Howard to remain on campus for longer than originally anticipated. A sophomore, Howard arrived at Texas Tech as a transfer from North Texas circumstances surrounding his transfer has led to the NCAA granting him an extra year of availability, according to a report from Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal...
Charlie Rose suspended from CBS, PBS over sexual harassment allegations 

Charlie Rose suspended from CBS, PBS over sexual harassment allegations 

CBS News and PBS have suspended award-winning journalist Charlie Rose after allegations from eight women that the longtime talk show host and host of “CBS This Morning” sexually harassed them dating back to the 1990s until 2011, according to the Washington Post. “Charlie Rose is suspended immediately while we look into this matter. These allegations are extremely disturbing...
Demaryius Thomas could be in his final season with the Denver Broncos

Demaryius Thomas could be in his final season with the Denver Broncos

Demaryius Thomas is the longest-tenured player on the Denver Broncos’ roster, and it undeniably one of the best wide receivers in franchise history. Despite all of his accomplishments in a Broncos’ uniform, Thomas’ tenure with the team could be running on borrowed time. On Monday afternoon, a report surfaced that the Broncos attempted to deal Thomas at the...
Trojans land commitment from 4-star defensive tackle Trevor Trout

Trojans land commitment from 4-star defensive tackle Trevor Trout

Trevor Trout made a visit to USC over the weekend and must have liked what he saw because the 4-star defensive tackle from Chaminade in St. Louis, Mo., gave a verbal commitment to be part of the 2018 recruiting class. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound Trout is one of 11 commits for the 2018 class and one of eight who has 4-star status.  Trout made a visit to UCLA earlier...
Pat Forde picks Louisville to beat Kentucky in shootout on Saturday

Pat Forde picks Louisville to beat Kentucky in shootout on Saturday

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson has thrown for 3,273 yards, 23 touchdowns and 6 interceptions this season, showing tremendous explosiveness and versatility with his feet by adding an additional 1,287 yards and 17 scores as a runner. In turn, the Cardinals lead the ACC in points per game (38.5), ranking 13th nationally in that category. Yet, they are 7-4 (4-4), having been...
Baker Mayfield weighs in on actions against Kansas, not starting vs. West Virginia

Baker Mayfield weighs in on actions against Kansas, not starting vs. West Virginia

On Monday afternoon, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley announced that quarterback Baker Mayfield would not start, nor serve as a team captain during on Saturday for Senior Day against West Virginia following his obscene gesture against Kansas, which has since dominated national headlines. Hours later, Mayfield addressed the media at length for the first time to weigh in on the incident...
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