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Kids & Guns: Toll of accidental shootings involving children

When children find loaded weapons and shoot themselves or someone else, the owner of the gun isn’t always held responsible, according to an investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News.
Campus rape bill opposed by victims advances

Campus rape bill opposed by victims advances

Georgia moved a step closer to restricting the ability of its public colleges to independently investigate and punish rapes on campus on Monday as a House committee passed legislation aimed at providing better protections to those accused of sexual assault. The House Appropriations Committee approved the so-called campus rape bill 35-10 as students opposing it looked on in a packed meeting...
House committee shoots down DeKalb MARTA expansion bill

House committee shoots down DeKalb MARTA expansion bill

A bill that would have allowed DeKalb County residents to vote on a MARTA expansion this year failed to pass a Senate committee Tuesday. Senate Bill 251 died on a 3-4 vote in the Senate Transportation Committee. Supporters later proposed a motion to reconsider the decision, but Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, the committee’s chairman, did not allow a vote on the motion and adjourned the meeting...
Newcomer with war chest gives Democrats hope in Georgia’s 6th District

Newcomer with war chest gives Democrats hope in Georgia’s 6th District

Jon Ossoff stood ramrod-straight and spoke in sparing phrases, as if a great burden rests on his 30-year-old shoulders. To hear from many of the 150 people who crowded a Dunwoody synagogue the other night to meet him, it’s easy to understand why. “The Republican side has been showing up to vote here for years, and we haven’t been energized,” said Melanie Manning, among the...
‘A typical Tech kid’ plays his final home game for Jackets

‘A typical Tech kid’ plays his final home game for Jackets

Quinton Stephens came to practice last week with paint on his arms. The Georgia Tech forward had been busy painting tiny treasure chests that he fills with gifts and inspirational quotes, leaving them in surreptitious spots around campus. “I just kind of laughed,” said guard Corey Heyward, a close friend. “That’s ‘Q.’ That’s so Q, and he’s the only person...
Braves agree on key terms for new spring home

Braves agree on key terms for new spring home

Six weeks after the Braves entered exclusive negotiations with Sarasota County, Fla., about a new spring-training facility, the parties have reached agreement on the key terms of a proposed deal. A 27-page term sheet and letter of intent, outlining the financial and operational details of a deal, will be considered by the board of commissioners of the southwest Florida county at a meeting Tuesday...
A&E’s ’60 Days In’ is bigger, harsher at Fulton County Jail for seasons 3, 4

A&E’s ’60 Days In’ is bigger, harsher at Fulton County Jail for seasons 3, 4

CREDIT: A&E This was posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Participants voluntarily submit themselves to variations of physical and mental torture on TV shows such as “Naked and Afraid,” “Alone” and “Survivor.
Georgia used-car dealers oppose bill they say could boost title taxes

Georgia used-car dealers oppose bill they say could boost title taxes

Many of Georgia’s used-car dealers are raising alarm over a House bill they say would jack up title taxes on the cars they sell. Supporters of the legislation say it would merely force used-car buyers to pay the tax under the same system that governs new-car buyers. A repurposed House Bill 340, which passed the House Ways and Means Committee on Monday, pits two heavyweight lobbies at the Capitol...
10 names Falcons could call with 31st draft pick

10 names Falcons could call with 31st draft pick

The early mock drafts have the Atlanta Falcons selecting one of these college football prospects with the 31st overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Chastain Park Amphitheatre 2017 lineup spotlights Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow

Chastain Park Amphitheatre 2017 lineup spotlights Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Plenty of classic rock – and a nod to the New Wave of the ‘80s – highlights the 2017 Delta Live Nation Concert Series A at Chastain Park Amphitheatre.
Simone Biles: Gold medal Olympic gymnast soars to new heights

Simone Biles: Gold medal Olympic gymnast soars to new heights

She’s likely the smallest person ever to carry the American flag during an Olympics Closing Ceremony. But there’s no disputing that gymnast Simone Biles rose head and shoulders above much of the world at last summer’s Rio Games. Nicknamed “$imoney” for her unfailing ability to nail routines, Biles, 19, triple-flipped, double-twisted and split-leapt her way to the 2016...
Clayton to host family reunion-planning event March 25

Clayton to host family reunion-planning event March 25

Family reunion planners looking for ideas and help, mark your calendar for March 25. The Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau is hosting its sixth family reunion showcase at the Clayton State University Student Activities Center. It is the sixth year for the free program. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The workshop starts at 10 a.m. After the workshop, participants are able to speak with...
Can you match the Braves player to his walk-up music?

Can you match the Braves player to his walk-up music?

The 10- to 15-second stretch from the on-deck circle to the batter’s box has opened a window into a player’s psyche for more than two decades now. From Drake to Ludaris to Jason Aldean, these have been among the most popular choices among major leaguers in recent years. But how much attention did you pay to the theme of a Braves’ at-bat last season? See if you can match the songs...
How one state is attacking the secrecy of physician sex cases

How one state is attacking the secrecy of physician sex cases

Dr. Esmail Nadjmabadi doesn’t have to tell his patients about the time a woman sought treatment for a spider bite behind her left knee and he ended up examining her vagina and anus. He doesn’t have to acknowledge the way he touched a teenage girl who complained only of a head cold. Or that he propositioned a young woman by assuring her that while he had no sexually transmitted diseases...
Cobb ‘lollipop bandit’ gets 15 years in prison

Cobb ‘lollipop bandit’ gets 15 years in prison

A 29-year-old man who became known as the “lollipop bandit” after he robbed a Cobb County bank in 2015 is headed to prison for 15 years, authorities said. Ralfeal Anton White of Atlanta entered a Kennesaw Bank of America with a lollipop in his mouth after he threatened to rob a nearby Regions Bank the same day, Cobb district attorney spokeswoman Kimberly Isaza said Tuesday. In both incidents...
What you should do if the IRS breaks the rules

What you should do if the IRS breaks the rules

Most people know that breaking tax rules, even accidentally, can bring serious consequences like an audit. It may seem like a one-way street, but the IRS has to follow rules, too. Here’s what three tax attorneys say you should know. The Taxpayer Bill of Rights, which the IRS adopted in 2014, summarizes taxpayer rights scattered throughout the tax code, making it easier to understand what...
‘Sod goes in this week’ at Braves’ SunTrust Park

‘Sod goes in this week’ at Braves’ SunTrust Park

The Braves’ new stadium is about to get an important finishing touch: grass on the field. “The sod goes in this week at SunTrust Park,” Greg Maffei, CEO of Braves owner Liberty Media, said in a news release announcing the company’s financial results today, “and we look forward to the Braves’ opening day (there) on April 14th.” With seats, video boards and...
The old Prohibition space is getting turned into two new Italian eateries

The old Prohibition space is getting turned into two new Italian eateries

The old Prohibition space / AJC file photo Add two more new concepts coming to the old East Andrews Entertainment District, now known as Andrews Square.
Photos: Sting performs at Atlanta’s Tabernacle

Photos: Sting performs at Atlanta’s Tabernacle

Sting played in front of a sold-out crowd at the Tabernacle in Atlanta on Feb. 27, 2017. His son, Joe Sumner, opened the show with his band the Last Bandoleros.
Campus rape bill passes key House committee

Campus rape bill passes key House committee

Does House Bill 51 sacrifice victims of campus rape in order to protect the due process rights of college men accused of assault or does the legislation create a system that is fair to all? That was the back and forth in the debate Monday just before the House Appropriations Committee passed a campus rape bill that is on the schedule for a House floor vote Wednesday. Bill sponsor Rep. Earle Ehrhart...
Unexpected star dish at Luda’s airport restaurant isn’t fried chicken

Unexpected star dish at Luda’s airport restaurant isn’t fried chicken

Battered catfish at Chicken + Beer at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport is an unexpected star on the menu.
California may limit secrecy for sexually predatory doctors

California may limit secrecy for sexually predatory doctors

California State Sen. Jerry Hill wants to require doctors to disclose their disciplinary history to patients.
Accused killers of Peace Corps volunteer from Georgia acquitted

Accused killers of Peace Corps volunteer from Georgia acquitted

Fresh out of surgery and recovering at home this weekend, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson may have suffered one of the most disappointing setbacks of his career. More than 5,000 away, in the west African country of Benin, the four men accused in the 2009 murder of 24-year-old Peace Corps volunteer Kate Puzey of Georgia were acquitted on Saturday and set free. “The trial lasted two full days. In the...
Ga. school official ordered to avoid estranged wife

Ga. school official ordered to avoid estranged wife

A Georgia school official has been ordered by a judge to stay away from his estranged wife after a series of incidents involving her, authorities said. Polk County Superintendent Darrell Wetherington was suspended with pay by the school board this month after an unannounced visit to his estranged wife’s classroom, northwestgeorgianews.com reported.  Before that incident, he allegedly...
Georgia House chairman: teacher pension system will get more costly

Georgia House chairman: teacher pension system will get more costly

A Georgia House committee chairman is warning that the state could wind up nearly doubling its subsidy to teacher pensions next year, and he is hoping for changes in the system. House Budget & Fiscal Affairs Oversight Chairman Chuck Martin, R-Alpharetta, recently held a hearing on the state retirement systems, which have more than $80 billion in assets. The Teachers Retirement System is scheduled...
Live updates: President Trump's speech before Congress

Live updates: President Trump's speech before Congress

President Donald Trump will speak before a joint session of Congress Tuesday, where he is expected to lay out his vision for the coming four years.

“Den of Thieves” turns Dunwoody into California today and needs extras

Action thriller “Den of Thieves,” starring Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and O’Shea Jackson Jr. – who played his dad Ice Cube in “Straight Outta Compton” – is filming now in Atlanta. Today’s scene takes place in Dunwoody but is set in California and there are a few opportunities for extras. See below. The plot: “Every day, $120 million in...
DeKalb commissioner received nearly $4K in advances before leaving office

DeKalb commissioner received nearly $4K in advances before leaving office

Former DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson received $3,886 for government trips that took place after he resigned from office. Channel 2 Action News reports that Watson sought the money from the county government in advance of conferences in Chicago and Savannah. PHOTOS: A look at Stan Watson’s career PHOTOS: DeKalb’s criminal convictions and unresolved scandals There’s no indication...
LEADOFF: Sarasota County board weighs Braves deal today

LEADOFF: Sarasota County board weighs Braves deal today

The Braves will find out this afternoon what Sarasota County commissioners think of a 27-page term sheet that outlines many key elements of a proposed deal for a new spring-training complex in the southwest Florida county. The commissioners are scheduled to review the term sheet and possibly vote on whether to approve it. The same board discussed the possibility of a partly publicly funded Braves...
Sun and clouds ahead of patchy rain

Sun and clouds ahead of patchy rain

Today: Showers possible. High: 72 Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Low: 48 Tomorrow: Slight severe storm risk. High: 75 The fog has lifted, and only a mix of sun and clouds remains. Temps are expected to reach 70 degrees by 2 p.m., and only patchy rain is in the forecast, according to Channel 2 Action News. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="...
What to expect from Atlanta United’s forwards

What to expect from Atlanta United’s forwards

The fullback didn’t notice Josef Martinez lurking nearby when he casually passed the ball toward his goalkeeper. Martinez pounced, intercepting the pass, faking out the goalkeeper, and scoring to give Atlanta United a 1-0 lead in first minute of their game against Seattle in the Carolina Challenge Cup. While forwards on any soccer team are required to score, Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino...
Woman Posed As A Doctor Using Fake Documents And A Store-Bought Award

Woman Posed As A Doctor Using Fake Documents And A Store-Bought Award

Woman Posed As A Doctor Using Fake Documents And A Store-Bought Award
7 things to know now: Trump speaking before Congress; Assange; best state to live in

7 things to know now: Trump speaking before Congress; Assange; best state to live in

1. Trump to speak: President Donald Trump will address a joint session of Congress Tuesday night. According to the White House, Trump will use the speech to highlight what he has done in his first five weeks in office, and lay out some of his plans for the next four years – including spending on infrastructure, Obamacare reform, and his plans for immigration reform going forward. 2. Plane crash...
Mike Mayock has some prospects for the Falcons at No. 31

Mike Mayock has some prospects for the Falcons at No. 31

WKU Hilltoppers offensive lineman Forrest Lamp (76) during an NCAA football game between the North Texas Mean Green vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday November 12, 2016 at Houchens Industries-L.
Graduation rates slightly down for DeKalb’s black students

Graduation rates slightly down for DeKalb’s black students

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution decided during Black History Month to explore how African-American students in DeKalb County are performing academically. The numbers showed a slight decline last school in their graduation rates, reflecting a drop districtwide. There were sharp increases on the math and reading components of recent SAT exams. The ACT composite score was 18 for each of the...
African Americans can live longer despite disadvantages, adversity

African Americans can live longer despite disadvantages, adversity

Back in 2015, Ambassador Theodore Britton was attending a meeting at Hampton University on minority men’s health when in walked Dr. Herman Taylor. Taylor, a cardiologist who made a name for himself leading the largest epidemiological investigation ever undertaken to discover the links between cardiovascular disease and race, had come to talk about his work with the Jackson Heart Study. Britton...
NBA issues clarification, Howard should not have been ejected

NBA issues clarification, Howard should not have been ejected

On second thought … Dwight Howard should not have been ejected for the technical foul he received for hanging on the rim in the Hawks’ 114-98 win over the Celtics Monday night. The NBA issued a rule clarification less than two hours after the completion of the game in which Howard was ejected for a second technical foul in the third quarter. According to release by the league: &ldquo...
Healthy Cooking: Treat yourself to heart-healthy avocado tostadas

Healthy Cooking: Treat yourself to heart-healthy avocado tostadas

I have never met a saturated fat I didn’t love. European butter, buttercream frosting, cream in my coffee — I revel in rich foods that taste as comforting as a hug. But unless you’re living under a rock with your triple cream Brie (no judgment, I’ve been there), you know that the American Heart Association recommends limiting saturated fats to keep our tickers happy and healthy...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: Where can I get Mean Green Orange Champ cleaner in Atlanta? I ran out a while back and don’t remember where I purchased it. It’s been a while. It comes in a spray and it’s great for cleaning patio furniture that’s been out all winter. Thanks. Gary Jones, email A: This multi-surface cleaner with the fresh citrus fragrance works to get rid of stains, grease and general grime...
Marc Jacobs Beauty debuts liquid lip creme

Marc Jacobs Beauty debuts liquid lip creme

The Marc Jacobs Beauty spring collection features the new liquid form of Jacob’s iconic creme lipstick. Inspired by the bold colors of the Marc Jacobs resort collection, Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme is ultra creamy and contains collagen and Brazilian Cupuacu butter to moisturize lips. It offers full nude coverage with a satiny finish that last for eight hours. The hydrating formula never looks dry...
Fulton schools hope to profit from teaching Mandarin

Fulton schools hope to profit from teaching Mandarin

Oakley Elementary School does not just teach students Mandarin, it teaches them in Mandarin. A hundred students spend half the day learning math and science in Mandarin and the other half learning reading, writing and social studies in English. Mandarin classes, taught by Yipeng Wang, are the best part of the day for Kailey Gillespie, 6. “My favorite thing is counting,” said Gillespie...
Born from tragedy, The Julia Project shares hope with rehab patients

Born from tragedy, The Julia Project shares hope with rehab patients

In about a month, roughly 500 people in halfway homes in the Woodstock area will receive a care package. Included in it are basic necessities, a journal and package of gummy bears. While it may seem like a random assortment of items, they’re all included to honor the memory of Julia Sanchez. Julia died on Oct. 6, 2015 when she was 19 years old from a drug overdose while attempting...
Atlanta’s largest crawfish festival brings Mardi Gras style to food and music

Atlanta’s largest crawfish festival brings Mardi Gras style to food and music

Mardi Gras officially ended on Tuesday, but a piece of New Orleans is coming to Atlanta to continue the party. The New Orleans-based band Cowboy Mouth is headlining Park Tavern’s 14th annual Oyster Crawfish Festival on March 4. “To think I get to do Mardi Gras on Tuesday (Feb. 28) and just kind of keep the vibe going until Saturday (March 4). I love my life,”...
How the (ticked off) Hawks got a needed win over the Celtics

How the (ticked off) Hawks got a needed win over the Celtics

Five observations from the Hawks’ 114-98 victory over the Celtics Monday. 1. The Hawks won despite losing Dwight Howard to ejection in the third quarter. Howard was having a strong game when he picked up a technical foul with 9:31 remaining for shoving Al Horford after he was fouled. He picked up a second technical foul for hanging on the rim with 4:03 remaining in the quarter. Two technicals...
Inside the box score: Hawks 114, Celtics 98

Inside the box score: Hawks 114, Celtics 98

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ 114-98 victory over the Celtics Monday: Key players * Dennis Schroder scored a game-high 21 points, including eight in the first quarter, on 9 of 14 shooting. * Dwight Howard had 17 points and 12 rebounds (six offensive) in 27 minutes before ejection. * Paul Millsap had 17 points and 10 rebounds in a team-high 32 minutes. Key stat The Hawks held a...
Hawks rout Celtics after Howard ejected

Hawks rout Celtics after Howard ejected

No fourth-quarter comeback here. With the Boston crowd all too willing to remind Atlanta that the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI, the Hawks exacted a measure of revenge with a 114-98 victory Monday at TD Garden. The Hawks led by as many as 24 points and didn’t let the Celtics close to a chance. Go figure this Hawks team. The victory broke a three-game losing streak...
Tech’s Christian Matthews apart from team for personal reasons

Tech’s Christian Matthews apart from team for personal reasons

Georgia Tech guard Christian Matthews did not make the trip with the team to play Notre Dame on Sunday in South Bend, Ind. Matthews is not with the team for personal reasons, coach Josh Pastner said. “I do think we’ll see him again this year,” Pastner told the AJC Monday evening. “Right now, there’s more important things that he needs to focus on and that’s more...
Fire damages several collections of rare superhero comic books

Fire damages several collections of rare superhero comic books

At least three 1960s comic book collections burned in a recent Forsyth County fire, the store owner says. The back room where vintage Xmen, Avengers and Amazing Spiderman comics were stored is off limits until an investigation into a recent fire at Kapow! Comics concludes, store owner Andy Diehl told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="...
SuperShuttle pulling out of Atlanta

SuperShuttle pulling out of Atlanta

After facing stiff competition from ride-share services Uber and Lyft, airport shuttle operator SuperShuttle is pulling out of Atlanta. The last day of SuperShuttle operations in Atlanta is Feb. 28. The company, which operates in more than 40 airports using its hallmark blue vans, lasted just over two years in Atlanta after launching services in November 2014. “Essentially, there just wasn&rsquo...
Freeney to become unrestricted free agent

Freeney to become unrestricted free agent

Former Falcons defensive end Dwight Freeney is set to enter free agency again. Freeney, 37, wants to play a 16th season in the NFL, according to a USA Today sports report, which cites an unnamed source. Freeney played 415 defensive snaps (37.4 percent) for the Falcons last season and had three sacks in the season and one in the playoffs. He was credited with helping to develop second-year outside...
Man arrested after confrontation at Roswell gas station

Man arrested after confrontation at Roswell gas station

A confrontation at a Roswell gas station led to a man pulling a gun on three people, police said. Javier Zajda faces charges of aggravated assault and carrying a concealed weapon after police say he threatened a woman and two men at the Chevron on the 1100 block of Holcomb Bridge Road on Feb. 15.  Police say Zajda pulled into the parking lot, nearly hitting Veola Allen as she crossed the street...
Atlanta boos no extra motivation for Horford

Atlanta boos no extra motivation for Horford

Al Horford laughed at the notion he has extra motivation to face the Hawks Monday after he was booed in Atlanta last month. Horford spent his first nine NBA seasons with the Hawks. He signed with the Celtics as an unrestricted free agent when the reality of sports business hit home for the first time. The first meeting of current and former team came on Jan. 13 in Atlanta. Horford, the four-time All-Star...
Gwinnett residents get a glimpse at county’s transportation future

Gwinnett residents get a glimpse at county’s transportation future

A widened I-85? A Sugarloaf Parkway that doesn’t stop at Ga. 316 but stretches all the way to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard? New greenways? More transit? All of those possibilities could be presented by Gwinnett’s comprehensive transportation plan, which the county began working to update in late 2015. Another round of public meetings on the project, which will steer the county&rsquo...
Dansby Swanson exudes leadership potential Braves need

Dansby Swanson exudes leadership potential Braves need

In his second game of this spring, Dansby Swanson twice took pitches to the opposite field for singles, cracked a double into the left-center field gap, knocked in a run, scored three times in as many at-bats, cleanly fielded three grounders, did nothing to cool expectations that he is morphing into some form of an X-man, only with far better hair and dreamy eyes, reaffirmed he one day will have schools...
SuperShuttle pulling out of Atlanta

SuperShuttle pulling out of Atlanta

Shared-ride airport shuttle operator SuperShuttle is pulling out of Atlanta, after facing stiff competition from ride-share services Uber and Lyft. The last day of SuperShuttle operations in Atlanta is Feb. 28. The company, which operates in dozens of airports across the country using its hallmark blue vans, lasted just over two years in Atlanta after launching services in November 2014...
When is the special election to replace U.S. Rep. Tom Price?

When is the special election to replace U.S. Rep. Tom Price?

Voters in metro Atlanta’s 6th Congressional District will cast ballots April 18 – and probably again in a June runoff – to choose a replacement for Republican Tom Price, who joined the Trump Administration in early February as secretary of health and human services. Gov. Nathan Deal ordered the special election Feb. 10, the day Price was confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The qualifying...
SuperShuttle pulling out of Atlanta

SuperShuttle pulling out of Atlanta

Shared-ride airport shuttle operator SuperShuttle is pulling out of Atlanta, after facing stiff competition from ride-share services Uber and Lyft. The last day of SuperShuttle operations in Atlanta is Feb. 28. The company, which operates in dozens of airports using its hallmark blue vans, lasted just over two years in Atlanta after launching services in November 2014. "Essentially, there...
3 placed on paid administrative leave after man’s Taser death

3 placed on paid administrative leave after man’s Taser death

Three deputies involved in a Taser incident that left a man dead have been placed on paid administrative leave, Butts County Sheriff Gary Long said.  “If the investigation has shown no wrongdoing (on their part), they’ll go back to their regular duties,” he said.  According to GBI officials, the deputies — Brad Handy, Flint Gavel and Jack Gilroy — ...
Senator’s play for medical business stirs conflict of interest concerns

Senator’s play for medical business stirs conflict of interest concerns

Ben Watson — doctor, entrepreneur and Georgia senator — knows how to heal, and he knows how to make a buck. He recently used his elected position to propose legislation that could help him do both. It’s in legislative limbo now, but the subject of his proposal is a hotly contested one: relaxing restrictions that prevent private practices from providing services, such as cancer treatments...
Company agrees to pay after man’s vintage car damaged at brake shop

Company agrees to pay after man’s vintage car damaged at brake shop

Franklin Taylor on Monday got the answers he wanted from an Atlanta brake repair shop — but he isn’t happy about the news.  He told Channel 2 Action News that when he picked up his 1976 Mercedes 450 SL from Just Brakes on Howell Mill Road, both sides were smashed and the car had damage to its interior.  Taylor said the car was in fantastic condition when he dropped it off, but...
Robb Pitts plans to run for Fulton County chairman to replace Eaves

Robb Pitts plans to run for Fulton County chairman to replace Eaves

With Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves’ announcement last week that he’s running for mayor of Atlanta, the race to replace him at the county’s helm is on. Robb Pitts, a former Fulton commissioner, announced over the weekend that he plans to run for chairman. In an emailed announcement, Pitts said “a lot more must be done to ensure the continued growth and development...
Braves prospect Fried ‘feeling best I ever have’

Braves prospect Fried ‘feeling best I ever have’

Braves left-hander Max Fried said he was so focused on his job that he didn’t notice which Tigers batter would lead off the sixth inning until he heard the announcement over the stadium speakers: “The first baseman, Miguel Cabrera!” That’s Detroit’s feared slugger, a two-time AL MVP. By contrast Fried is a prospect who had yet to face major league hitting in a live game...
Woman gets prison time for applying for student loans with kids’ IDs

Woman gets prison time for applying for student loans with kids’ IDs

A Newnan woman who received $200,000 in student financial aid is headed to federal prison for fraud. Andrea R. Williams will spend six years and seven months incarcerated, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in North Georgia announced.  “Williams stole the identities of dozens of innocent victims, using them to file fraudulent student aid applications,” U.S. Attorney John Horn said. ...

Tax credits for a ‘music investment’ measure just got more expensive

Updated: We reported earlier today on House Bill 155, a “music investment” bill that offered tax credits but also would have required concert organizers to collect a 5 percent income tax on musicians who perform in the state. We’re now told that the language we cited regarding the income tax levy had been removed at a subcommittee level on Friday. A new version of the bill, containing...
Clayton State of County address set for Thursday

Clayton State of County address set for Thursday

Clayton County will host its annual State of the County address on Thursday at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park. Commission Chairman Jeff Turner will give an overview of how the county performed last year and what’s ahead for this year. The 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. event is the fourth in a series of county addresses hosted by the Council on Quality Growth. “We&rsquo...
Love food? Make sure these 6 events are on your list for March

Love food? Make sure these 6 events are on your list for March

Celebrate oysters at Drift Fish House & Oyster Bar. / AJC file photo Wine, brunch and chocolate are all on the menu next month with these March events for food lovers.
14 metro Atlanta schools named AP Challenge Schools

14 metro Atlanta schools named AP Challenge Schools

State Superintendent Richard Woods today recognized 59 Advanced Placement Challenge Schools, 14 in metro Atlanta. The honor recognizes high schools with 900 or fewer students that offer AP testing in all four core areas: English, math, science and social studies. Atlanta Public Schools led the state with eight AP Challenge Schools. There were two fewer AP Challenge Schools than last year. “Challenge&rdquo...
Meet Rosalee Ramer, Georgia Tech student and monster truck driver

Meet Rosalee Ramer, Georgia Tech student and monster truck driver

Rosalee Ramer is the youngest female professional monster truck driver in the country. She is also a mechanical engineering student at Georgia Tech. The 19-year-old sophomore from Watsonville, Calif., has been around monster trucks since she was a toddler. At the age of 3, Ramer began helping her dad, Kelvin Ramer, a Monster Truck driver, work on engines by shining a flashlight so he could see. By...
First Look: Find gluten-free Mediterranean at Mediterranea in Grant Park

First Look: Find gluten-free Mediterranean at Mediterranea in Grant Park

Mediterranea Pan-roasted Branzino with Mediterranean orzo. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Reading over the menu for the first time at Mediterranea in Grant Park, you wouldn’t guess that it’s strictly gluten-free.
Third Wolf Creek worker fired in Fulton, Live Nation plans upgrades

Third Wolf Creek worker fired in Fulton, Live Nation plans upgrades

When Wolf Creek Amphitheater opens its doors for Funk Fest May 19, patrons won’t notice much difference at the venue they’ve been visiting since it opened in 2011. It’s behind the scenes that everything changed. In December, Fulton County agreed to hand over control of the venue south of Atlanta to the concert promoter Live Nation. That’s after a “damning” audit...
Dickey’s knuckleball dancing already

Dickey’s knuckleball dancing already

In his first outing of this spring, Braves right-hander R.A. Dickey’s signature pitch danced like it was July. “I would take that knuckleball into the regular season right now,” Dickey said Monday after pitching two inning against the Tigers. “If it’s good, it’s good. It doesn’t matter when in the spring. Good ones are good ones. It’s just a matter of...
Your guide to some of metro Atlanta’s best public pools

Your guide to some of metro Atlanta’s best public pools

The hot, sticky days of summer are rapidly approaching. And while private swim clubs dot the metro Atlanta landscape, there are plenty of nice public pools offering something for everyone — from slides and splash pads for the little ones to swim lanes for serious swimmers. The pale blue waters of a swimming pool can help us beat the heat and have fun at the same time. Many public pools hold...
Trump supporters rally in Atlanta

Trump supporters rally in Atlanta

Photos: Tim Tebow in spring training with Mets

Photos: Tim Tebow in spring training with Mets

A look at former Florida QB Tim Tebow in spring training with the New York Mets.
Decatur’s long-serving city manager takes a long-term view

Decatur’s long-serving city manager takes a long-term view

When Peggy Merriss was named interim Decatur city manager in February 1993, her predecessor Curtis Branscombe said, “If you want somebody to run the city, you got the right one. ‘Cause she will run it.” In a quiet defiance of odds, Merriss has spent 24 years doing just that. The average U.S. city manager tenure is 5 to 7 years, and only 15 percent of city managers are women. Merriss...
Clayton commissioners approve SPLOST fund transfer

Clayton commissioners approve SPLOST fund transfer

The Clayton County board of commissioners recently approved a budget amendment item to transfer funds from the 2015 SPLOST fund to procure server, networking hardware and server licensing necessary to support the Criminal Justice Information Network and the Enterprise Resource Planning projects, in the amount of $1,983,161. Commissioners also approved the probate court’s request for an additional...
Theater review: ‘Phantom’ a titillating spectacle undimmed by time

Theater review: ‘Phantom’ a titillating spectacle undimmed by time

He lurks in the catacombs of Paris’ Palais Garnier, gliding across the opera house’s subterranean lake in a gondola and coming out to terrorize performers and audiences with flashes of fire and a crashing chandelier. A man who conceals his grotesque face behind a mask and wears his heart on his lacy sleeve, he is of course the tortured antagonist at the center of Andrew Lloyd Webber&rsquo...
Police ID pedestrian killed in hit-and-run

Police ID pedestrian killed in hit-and-run

Gwinnett County police on Monday identified a pedestrian killed in a hit-and-run near Norcross. Michael Polk, 60, of Peachtree Corners, died Friday night after a dark-colored car hit him on Peachtree Corners Circle at Hunters Ridge Lane, Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Deon Washington said. Police have not located the car, which should have front-end damage. Anyone with information about the deadly...
Ex-teacher accused of having relationship with student

Ex-teacher accused of having relationship with student

A former Forsyth County teacher faces felony sexual assault charges after authorities say he had a relationship with a 17-year-old student.  John David Ubriaco, 33, was charged Feb. 24, three days after he resigned from his position as a math teacher at Lambert High School, Forsyth sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Douglas Rainwater said.  Ubriaco had been teaching in the school system...
Reviewing Georgia Tech’s loss to No. 21 Notre Dame

Reviewing Georgia Tech’s loss to No. 21 Notre Dame

Georgia Tech’s Josh Okogie (5) works with teammate Ben Lammers (44) to block a shot by Notre Dame’s V.
War of words continues between Schroder and Thomas

War of words continues between Schroder and Thomas

He said. He said. The feud between the Hawks’ Dennis Schroder and the Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas continues Monday with both starting point guards standing by comments regarding trash talk last month. Schroder said after the Jan. 13 meeting that Thomas invoked his mother when hurling insults. Thomas denied he said anything about Schroder’s family. Both players reiterated their version...
Learn to make beignets with Venkman’s chef Nick Melvin

Learn to make beignets with Venkman’s chef Nick Melvin

Chef Nick Melvin It’s time to laissez les bon temps roulez, and nothing says “Let the good times roll” like some freshly-made beignets.
Canton cops to mentor students at 2 schools

Canton cops to mentor students at 2 schools

The Canton Police Department is partnering with the Cherokee County School District to start an officer mentorship program at Teasley Middle School and ACE Academy in Canton. “This new initiative is geared toward giving youth that are facing challenges in their personal, social and academic lives the opportunity to build positive mentoring relationships with officers that serve in their communities...
Hawks will take ‘few days’ to fill available roster spot

Hawks will take ‘few days’ to fill available roster spot

The Hawks will take at least a few days to determine how they will fill their open roster spot, coach and president of basketball operations Mike Budenholzer said Monday. The Hawks have an available spot after Lamar Patterson was waived Sunday. The team and Patterson mutually agreed on the release so Patterson could deal with a personal issue. “We will probably take a few days and see what happens...
Cobb school district plans two information meetings in March

Cobb school district plans two information meetings in March

Two public information meetings will be conducted by the Cobb County School District in early March. The first meeting will be 6:30 p.m. March 7 at Tapp Middle School, 3900 Macedonia Road, Powder Springs. Input is requested on use of federal funds for Title I, II, III, IDEA and Carl D. Perkins and development of the Comprehensive Local Education Agency Improvement Plan. Also, public input is requested...
DeKalb Schools’ HR chief apparently removed from post, but will he show up?

DeKalb Schools’ HR chief apparently removed from post, but will he show up?

Leo Brown, the human resources head at DeKalb County Schools who hasn’t been seen at work since December, has a new job. DeKalb County Board of Education member Stan Jester posted on his blog Sunday that Brown becomes Specialist II Compliance in the district’s Facilities and Operations Division. Everett Patrick, the director of employment services, will become the interim chief human...
Sous-Vide gefilte fish? A chef’s Argentine-Jewish cuisine

Sous-Vide gefilte fish? A chef’s Argentine-Jewish cuisine

When Argentine chef Tomás Kalika opened his restaurant Mishiguene in 2014, he had a recurring dream. More like a nightmare, really. Mishiguene (crazy in Yiddish), which sits by a sprawling park in Buenos Aires, was the city’s first restaurant to serve traditional Jewish foods in a tasting menu. Kalika called it immigrant cuisine, and he knew what a few of his diners were thinking &mdash...
Dunwoody Police conduct underage liquor sales operation

Dunwoody Police conduct underage liquor sales operation

The Dunwoody Police Department recently conducted an underage alcohol operation involving 14 different alcohol sales locations. Undercover officers used an underage teenager to make an attempt at purchasing alcohol in an effort to resolve youth alcohol-related and underage drinking problems. Of the 14 locations, eight refused to sell alcohol to the minors: Ruby Shell Station, 5020 Winters Chapel Road...
Atlanta schools accept School Choice transfers in March

Atlanta schools accept School Choice transfers in March

Atlanta Public Schools will soon accept applications for student transfers for the 2017-2018 school year. Parents may submit a list of three preferred schools for transfer consideration from March 4 until March 24. Transfers are granted based on a lottery and are not first-come-first-served. Parents may apply online through a link that will be posted on the APS homepage or in person at the APS District...
Van hits high school band members at start of Alabama Mardi Gras parade

Van hits high school band members at start of Alabama Mardi Gras parade

A van plowed into a group gathered at the start of a Mardi Gras parade Tuesday in Alabama, injuring at least 11 people and prompting officials to cancel the day's celebrations, according to multiple reports. Footage from the parade route on Tuesday mornig in Gulf Shores showed multiple people being checked and treated for injuries on the street. According to WALA, a vehicle hit several Gulf Shores...
Senate backs more money for Georgia’s HOPE scholarship, pre-k programs

Senate backs more money for Georgia’s HOPE scholarship, pre-k programs

The Georgia Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to force the Georgia Lottery to put more money into the state’s popular HOPE scholarship and pre-k programs. Senate Bill 5 would require the lottery to transfer a specific percentage of its revenue to the state every year for those education initiatives: 26.5 percent in Fiscal 18, 27.5 in FY 19 and 28.5 percent every year after. The bill’s sponsor...

What Woodward Academy employees say

Woodward Academy I look forward to coming in to work each day to teach students that are excited to learn, and I also know I have the support of the administration to modify the curriculum as needed to meet the needs of the students. I also know the administration will always be supportive of the teachers, which is a welcome feeling. The pay is great, the benefits are good, I have enough sick and...
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