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Residents hope new stadium aids nearby Atlanta neighborhood

The opening of the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium was always the easiest part of the city’s renewed effort to rebuild Atlanta’s Westside. The hardest task is defying history.


Georgia will change policy after complaints over notice sent to voters

Georgia will change policy after complaints over notice sent to voters

After facing a legal backlash over sending address confirmation notices to tens of thousands of voters who had moved within the county they had already registered in, Georgia has quietly decided to reverse course. State officials confirmed Friday to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Georgia will no longer give those voters a 30-day deadline to respond or be declared “inactive,&rdquo...
Torpy at Large: Confederate monuments whitewash the truth

Torpy at Large: Confederate monuments whitewash the truth

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams announced she wants to blast the Confederate carving off Stone Mountain. Removing Confederate monuments from public spaces has become a white-hot issue since the deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va. It’s the old hate-versus-heritage debate, only now the brass knuckles are out. So Abrams, who is staking out her place in a heated...
Confederate leaders’ descendants: The statues can come down

Confederate leaders’ descendants: The statues can come down

The year is 2017, and as the president of the United States vehemently defends monuments to the Confederacy, some descendants of Confederate leaders are calling for them to be taken down. On Saturday, an attacker drove a car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a rally of white nationalists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, renewing a long-standing conflict over whether Confederate monuments...
Khaki pants and polos the new look for white supremacists

Khaki pants and polos the new look for white supremacists

For decades, the style of white supremacists had a predominant image — a conical hood with cutout eyes and a long robe, most often in white, but sometimes in black or other colors. This costume, the widely recognized robes of the second Ku Klux Klan, dominated the early 20th century. Before 1915, while some Klan members did wear hoods and robes, their uniform wasn&rsquo...
JetBlue expanding in Atlanta, but issue with gate space remains

JetBlue expanding in Atlanta, but issue with gate space remains

JetBlue Airways this week announced plans for three new routes from Atlanta next year, to go along with its current service to Boston. But the New York carrier says it has had problems getting the gate space it wants at Hartsfield-Jackson International, accusing the airport of “discriminatory” practices that have affected its flights. The Federal Aviation Administration says it is investigating...
Fulton County plans to improve customer service by rewarding workers

Fulton County plans to improve customer service by rewarding workers

Fulton County wants to do better. And it wants its residents to notice. So county leaders this week took a series of steps that they hope will result in better customer service and a more engaged workforce. For years, county employees have been working with outdated technology, in buildings where the roof leaked or the elevator didn’t work. Their pay didn’t always match...
Baby girl hustle

Baby girl hustle

My granddaddy is the only black man I’ve ever met who was never broke a day in his life. He ran an illegal liquor house in Decatur, selling moonshine for 50 cents a shot from behind a bar he built himself out of plywood and old scraps of carpet and red leather. Granddaddy’s real name was George Walker, but folks called him Bear Cat or .38 for the two pistols he kept in his front pockets...
Are teachers discussing Charlottesville, Confederate monuments in class? Should they be?

Are teachers discussing Charlottesville, Confederate monuments in class? Should they be?

I’ve been talking to high school students about the violence and turmoil in Charlottesville and its aftermath, including the rising call in Georgia to take down monuments that celebrate the Confederacy and its leaders. For the most part, the teens said these issues aren’t coming up in their classes. The kids weren’t sure why the topics would be off-limits...
What happens when your family won’t accept your interracial marriage?

What happens when your family won’t accept your interracial marriage?

For The Atlanta Journal-Constitution My thought on race in Atlanta: we need to keep working to move the needle toward acceptance, equality and unity. I know this because of what I have experienced within my own family. I’m white American, my husband is black Togolese, which makes my two kids literally African-American. My parents shocked me 17 years ago when I asked whether I could bring my...
Mary Rose Taylor faces greatest challenge yet

Mary Rose Taylor faces greatest challenge yet

Mary Rose Taylor is typing with her right thumb. One letter at a time, she explains herself, touching the screen on her iPhone with the only digit that works, carefully shifting for capital letters and punctuation. Her Buckhead condominium is quiet but for the hiss of the portable ventilator, automatically inflating her lungs every three seconds. The compact breathing machine is packed under her motorized...
Life with Gracie: How do we push past the trauma caused by Charlottesville violence?

Life with Gracie: How do we push past the trauma caused by Charlottesville violence?

Any time I broach the subject of race, I feel like I did every time I had to dissolve disputes between my daughters, which was, thinking back, much like walking on hot coals. It was certainly more complex than it first appeared. Having grown up in a family of 10 kids, I had no doubt about that. While it was always clear they were at war, the reasons weren’t always so obvious. One of them felt...
Not the same old Bloody Mary: Atlanta drinks tomatoes with a twist

Not the same old Bloody Mary: Atlanta drinks tomatoes with a twist

If you think the tomato-cocktail repertoire is limited to the classic Bloody Mary, check out Atlanta restaurateur Ford Fry’s Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival sometime. At the July celebration of this favorite summer fruit, the city’s mixologists got a little crazy. Better Half mixed tomato marmalade with lemon and Old Forester Bourbon — rather simple in comparison to Atlas&rsquo...
Aspiring pilot featured in Personal Journey dies in accident

Aspiring pilot featured in Personal Journey dies in accident

Vicki Van Der Hoek filled many journals with notes about Leon Shields — cute stories, funny lines, dreams of a young boy wanting to be a pilot — a Delta pilot. Vicki and Leon first met in 2002 when they were neighbors in a small Clayton County neighborhood overlooking a lake. He was 6. She was 51. She was white. He was African-American. She was broke, at least until her divorce was finalized...
DeKalb jail officer fired, arrested after allegedly giving tobacco to inmate

DeKalb jail officer fired, arrested after allegedly giving tobacco to inmate

A DeKalb County jail officer was fired and arrested Friday, accused of providing contraband to an inmate, the county’s sheriff’s office said. Detention officer Elizabeth Ashley Meta Young, 33, was charged with violation of oath of office and two counts of crossing the state/county guard lines, according to spokeswoman Cynthia Williams. All of the charges are felonies. A news release said...
Paul Johnson addresses Dedrick Mills dismissal

Paul Johnson addresses Dedrick Mills dismissal

In the wake of two suspensions last year, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson stuck by B-back Dedrick Mills, offering his belief in his character. He did so again Friday, this time at a news conference to address Mills’ dismissal from the team for a violation of athletic department rules. “He’s a good kid,” Johnson said. “I don’t think there’s a bad bone in his...
Falcons set to add backup tackle help 

Falcons set to add backup tackle help 

The Falcons agreed to terms on a one-year contract with offensive tackle Austin Pasztor on Friday, according to his agent Sanat “Sunny” Shah. The Falcons are at the 90-man roster limit and must make room by releasing a player before adding Pasztor, who’s made 43 starts and played 58 games over five seasons in the NFL. Pasztor, who’s 6-foot-7 and 305 pounds, played three seasons...
Fence built around I-85 bridge collapse site to prevent trespassing 

Fence built around I-85 bridge collapse site to prevent trespassing 

Those who make their usual commute under the site of the I-85 bridge collapse in March likely noticed a new chain-link fence Friday where flammable materials once lived.  The $20,000 project is intended to prevent people from trespassing on the state’s property, potentially averting another massive interstate fire like the one that paralyzed the city for seven weeks. “It should have...
Investigators, school district mum on Lithia Springs

Investigators, school district mum on Lithia Springs

The moments immediately after a Douglas County school shooting sped by quickly. Law enforcement rushed to the scene early Thursday and within hours provided the public with a rough sketch explaining why Lithia Springs High School had closed so suddenly. A veteran teacher was wounded after shooting himself with a handgun in his classroom office around 7:15 a.m. As the hours ticked by and Thursday morning...

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Steve Bannon exits the White House tent

On today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind,” the late Friday exit of White House strategist Steve Bannon couldn’t be avoided. Here’s the question: Would it have been better – as Lyndon Johnson might have said — to keep the Breitbart executive inside the tent, [looking] out, or outside the tent [looking] in? If you couldn&rsquo...
Dear John Eaves: You didn’t matter. Love, the Atlanta Hawks

Dear John Eaves: You didn’t matter. Love, the Atlanta Hawks

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (center left), Killer Mike (center right) and other VIP guests pose with sledgehammers during a press conference announcing details of a $192.5 million update to Philips Arena in June. Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves was not in attendance. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM John Eaves had to know something like this was coming, but even...

James Brown’s granddaughter makes history

Congrats to the Granddaughter of Soul. Sydney Lumar, whose grandfather was the late, great James Brown, made history today, becoming the first person to graduate from The SAE School in Cobb County. The private, year-round school opened in 2013. It was the right fit for Sydney after she struggled in public school in east Cobb County. Although she was the only person turning...
Howard, Benson top candidates to replace Mills

Howard, Benson top candidates to replace Mills

With Georgia Tech B-back Dedrick Mills dismissed from the team Friday for a violation of athletic-department rules, the Yellow Jackets’ next step is getting ready his replacement.  The season starts soon with the opener against Tennessee on Sept. 4 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The two most likely candidates to replace Mills in the starting lineup are...
Georgia Airbnb hosts to earn more than $250,000 during solar eclipse

Georgia Airbnb hosts to earn more than $250,000 during solar eclipse

In just a few days, people will be traveling across the state to witness the solar eclipse, and Airbnb is reaping the benefits.  The online hospitality service has raked in more than $258,000 in extra income for Georgia residents who are home sharing, according to a report recently released by the company. About 1,700 people have booked Georgia Airbnb listings along the eclipse path for...
Man convicted of torturing, raping woman for 9 hours  

Man convicted of torturing, raping woman for 9 hours  

An Ellenwood man was convicted of holding a woman hostage, torturing her and then raping her for nine hours at a Henry County home, officials said.  Michael Hamilton, 56, was convicted of rape, aggravated sodomy, terroristic threats, false imprisonment and simple battery by a jury Thursday, Henry County District Attorney spokeswoman Megan Matteucci said.  Hamilton put a gun to the...
DeKalb County: Major sewage spill reported in Brookhaven

DeKalb County: Major sewage spill reported in Brookhaven

A broken pipe created a major sewage spill in Brookhaven this week that polluted public waterways, according to DeKalb County’s government. County officials warned residents Friday to stay away from the waterway until further notice. The spill occurred near Nancy Creek and Mill Creek Road. The county reported the spill Thursday to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Georgia...
Resource Connection can help with questions about elder care

Resource Connection can help with questions about elder care

Where do you go when you need services for an elderly loved one? Mom needs transportation; dad needs help with his meds. They both should move out of that big house, but where are they going to go? It’s enough to send siblings scrambling for answers and resources. In Georgia, the Aging and Disabilities Resource Connection is the one-stop information network for all those questions. Since...
5 things Dan Quinn wants to see against Pittsburgh

5 things Dan Quinn wants to see against Pittsburgh

Falcons coach Dan Quinn shared five things he wants to see against the Steelers in Sunday’s exhibition game: 1. Turnover margin. Quinn was not happy with an even ratio in the opener against the Dolphins, a 23-20 loss.  “One of the big topics for us is the ball,” Quinn said. “For us to come out in a zero turnover margin, we got two and we gave two away, that&rsquo...
Could you use an extra $535 million? Powerball drawing increases 

Could you use an extra $535 million? Powerball drawing increases 

For just $2, the $535 million Powerball jackpot could be yours.  The payout increased after no one won the $510 million amount Wednesday, Georgia Lottery officials said. The jackpot has rolled over 19 times since June 14.  The last winning ticket was June 10 in California for $447.8 million. The winning numbers will be drawn Saturday just before 11 p.m. on Channel 2 Action News. Winners...
Lose the belly pooch: 7 do’s and don’ts to accomplish a flat stomach 

Lose the belly pooch: 7 do’s and don’ts to accomplish a flat stomach 

When you're trying to lose weight and get in shape, belly fat can be one of the hardest problems to address.  Even after you've managed to drop some pounds, your stomach may still have a persistent pooch. In addition to making it harder to get into your jeans, belly fat may also have a negative impact on your overall health. Fat in this location has been linked to an increased risk...
5 players to watch against Pittsburgh: McKinley ready for his debut 

5 players to watch against Pittsburgh: McKinley ready for his debut 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn could hardly contain his glee after Friday’s practice. The staff gave rookie defensive end Takkarist McKinley, this year’s first-round pick, a full load of practice this week and he came through with flying colors. Quinn said McKinley is likely to play in the exhibition game against the Steelers at 4 p.m. Sunday.  Quinn hadn’t conferred with McKinley...

Denunciation of 1958 terrorist act still relevant today

Editor’s note: The following column by The Atlanta Constitution Editor Ralph McGill ran in 1958, the day after the bombing of The Temple. Dynamite in great quantity Sunday ripped a beautiful Temple of worship in Atlanta. It followed hard on the heels of a like destruction of a handsome high school at Clinton, Tenn. The same rabid, mad-dog minds were, without question, behind both. They also...
Opinion: Context shouldn’t be monuments’ Lost Cause

Opinion: Context shouldn’t be monuments’ Lost Cause

Our country’s tension over Confederate statues and monuments isn’t going away anytime soon. The tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia, have guaranteed that we’ll be forced to confront why we have hundreds of statues and memorials that were erected to honor our country’s deadliest dispute over our worst practice. In Atlanta, we’ve watched as this has played out...
Antico Pizza to expand with Antico Laboratorio and other Atlanta dining news from the week

Antico Pizza to expand with Antico Laboratorio and other Atlanta dining news from the week

Margherita Pizza from Antico Pizza / Photo by Chris Hunt — Antico Pizza owner Giovanni di Palma is taking over the space at 1099 Hemphill Ave. next to his Gio’s Chicken Italiano, Tomorrow’s News Today reports. di Palma will open Antico Laboratorio, a “glass-enclosed dough room, offering an elevated version” of Antico Pizza using special...
Georgia Tech’s Dedrick Mills dismissed from team

Georgia Tech’s Dedrick Mills dismissed from team

Stunning news arrived Friday that Georgia Tech B-back Dedrick Mills was dismissed from the football team for a violation of athletic-department rules.  The school made the announcement in a news release. Mills was expected to be the centerpiece of Tech’s offense this season after having led the Yellow Jackets in rushing yards as a freshman last season. Mills was suspended twice for a total...

Opinion: Left-wing violence matters; Trump right to say so

There were many things to deplore in Donald Trump’s post-Charlottesville address last Sunday, but his condemnation of violence on “many sides” wasn’t one of them. Yet pundits have spent recent days wagging their fingers and scratching their heads.In one of the most willfully obtuse pieces of journalism I’ve ever read, Jeremy Peters at the New York Times spent more than...

Opinion: ‘Never forget’ remains an apt slogan for democracy

In Holocaust education, we use the phrase “Never Forget.” While referring specifically to the six million Jews slaughtered by the Nazis, Never Forget has a broader meaning — never to allow the abandonment of democratic values, the loss of moral clarity. The fear has now struck again. Six months ago, it was bomb threats, cemetery desecrations, and verbal assaults. This time, it is...

Opinions: Rights of hate groups deserve protection too

White nationalists, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klan members have an absolute right to protest peaceably. An important point of view — that has not been acknowledged by most of the media hysteria surrounding the events in Charlottesville last weekend — is the question of free speech. Most politicians, the mainstream media, and editorial writers are eager to point out the obvious: how evil,...

Opinion: Choosing the right side of history

America’s current, crazed embrace of “us” versus “to hell with ‘them’ ” is, predictably, getting people killed. The homicide last weekend in Charlottesville being the latest example. We should long ago have had enough of a corrosive mindset that too-often flashes over into bigotry, violence and destruction. Alas, the intoxicating rush from fanning nascent...
5 things we learned from Falcons’ practice on Friday 

5 things we learned from Falcons’ practice on Friday 

Here are five things we learned from practice on Friday: 1. Schweitzer to start. Falcons coach Dan Quinn announced that Wes Schweitzer will start at right guard for the Falcons against the Steelers on Sunday. 2. McKinley “likely” to play. Quinn said that first-round pick Takkarist McKinley is making progress and is likely to play against the Steelers. 3. Jones out. Falcons All-Pro wide...
Wes Schweitzer to start at right guard against Steelers 

Wes Schweitzer to start at right guard against Steelers 

Wes Schweitzer will start at right guard for the Falcons in the exhibition game against the Steelers this weekend, coach Dan Quinn said Friday.  “In this game at guard, we’ll start Wes and last week we started Ben (Garland),” Quinn said. “That was really by design for me heading into training camp. I knew Week 1 I was going to start Ben and Week 2 I wanted to start Wes...
Marietta man tied to violence against black man in Charlottesville

Marietta man tied to violence against black man in Charlottesville

A Marietta man boasted he “stomped some a**” during the violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., leading people across the nation to call for his arrest.  Photos taken during the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville appear to show Michael Ramos, 33, as part of a group of white men caught beating 20-year-old DeAndre Harris. “Nobody else was protecting us. Yeah...
Officials seek ID of intruder who was fatally shot

Officials seek ID of intruder who was fatally shot

The DeKalb County medical examiner is trying to identify the body of an intruder who was shot and killed last month after breaking into a Lithonia home. DeKalb police on Friday released a sketch of the man in the hopes someone recognizes him. The man is described as 5-foot-6 and 20 to 30 years old, police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said. He has no tattoos or scars, she said. According to...
5 reasons to stay up late in East Atlanta Village 

5 reasons to stay up late in East Atlanta Village 

Located off I-20 and south of Little Five Points, East Atlanta Village (EAV) is a neighborhood that offers a quirky, diverse and unpretentious balance of living. It's a walkable part of the city that has both an edgy urban vibe and a small-town feel. Community is important to this pocket of ATL; there's a farmers market every Thursday from April to December, and many of the restaurants, bike...
In Trump’s crosshairs, antifascist activists defend themselves

In Trump’s crosshairs, antifascist activists defend themselves

When President Donald Trump said this week that “many sides” were guilty of violence at last weekend’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., right-wing extremists took it as a slap at anti-fascist counter protesters. But two members of a local group, Atlanta Antifascists, said violence — in self-defense — has its place when used against racists mobs. &ldquo...

Opinion: Leave Confederacy’s old monuments alone

I’ve had it with the people who choose to be offended by the symbols and memorabilia from the nation’s past. First it was Confederate flags. Now monuments and statues have to go. What’s next? The carving at Stone Mountain? Oh yeah, now someone wants that wiped out! What the hell is wrong with us? Have we lost all sense of reason, all common sense? There’s no erasing history...

Charlottesville can teach valuable lessons

The brazen, terroristic march of the KKK, neo-Nazis, white nationalists and white supremacists through an American city in defense of the Confederacy is both tragic and telling. It is tragic because it reveals the depth and deadly consequences of a spiritual sickness spreading in our nation 60 years after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and others organized the Southern Christian Leadership Conference...

Opinion: Varied viewpoints on old American nightmare

An extraordinary and sad week of the American experience has drawn to a close, even as continuing debate and analysis pores over last weekend’s violent outburst of race-based rioting in Charlottesville. Pundits and ordinary citizens alike have been offering their viewpoints as to what happened in that college town last Saturday, culminating with a female counter-protester being struck and killed...
Howard hopes to shut mouths after ‘mess’ of last few seasons

Howard hopes to shut mouths after ‘mess’ of last few seasons

Dwight Howard referred to his last several NBA seasons as a “mess” several times in a recent interview. That includes last year playing for his hometown Hawks. Howard was traded to the Hornets earlier this summer. In praise of a reunion with Hornets coach Steve Clifford, who was an assistant with the Magic when Howard entered the NBA as the No. 1 overall pick and had his best seasons,...
Nearing final stretch, Braves search for 2018 contributors

Nearing final stretch, Braves search for 2018 contributors

After a 3-4 road trip, the Braves return to SunTrust Park for a nine-game homestand, their third from last stint at their new home, that begins Friday night. The latest week away was more of the same enigmatic Braves who’ve been both exhilarating and frustrating in the third season of general manager John Coppolella’s rebuild. The Braves are on a roughly 73-win pace, which would be a five-game...
Sandy Springs to see overnight sewer cleaning

Sandy Springs to see overnight sewer cleaning

Fulton County has announced overnight sanitary sewer cleaning on Roswell Road (Ga. 9) in Sandy Springs that may affect overnight traffic in the coming days. Woolpert Inc., the county Department of Public Works’ contractor, will be working from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. No road closures are planned, but logistics require the project to take place over five days, officials said. The dates and locations...
Lawsuit alleges DeKalb Schools teacher body-slammed, injured student

Lawsuit alleges DeKalb Schools teacher body-slammed, injured student

A lawsuit filed against the DeKalb County School District alleges a teacher at Clarkston High School body-slammed and dragged a student in May, and that the student lost consciousness and suffered a fractured jaw.  The civil suit, filed by Noe Ka Mui on behalf of his teenage son, seeks damages related to the May 5, 2017, incident.  According to court documents filed in DeKalb County...
Holly Springs sets ‘Envision’ planning workshop

Holly Springs sets ‘Envision’ planning workshop

The city of Holly Springs has set a kick-off workshop later this month for Envision Holly Springs, its update of the 10-year Livable Centers Initiative Study. Residents are invited to give comments at the workshop scheduled for 7 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Holly Springs Community Center in the former train depot. Among the study’s goals: a pedestrian-friendly, vibrant downtown with a variety of housing...
Milton OKs $1.5M park purchase with Alpharetta

Milton OKs $1.5M park purchase with Alpharetta

The Milton City Council has approved two land acquisitions totaling $1.5 million and the acceptance of a third parcel to be donated to create a park that will be jointly purchased, owned and managed by Milton and Alpharetta. According to a joint property acquisition agreement of the two cities, Jerry J. and Linda C. Anderson will be paid $750,000 for 5.4 acres at 1470 Mayfield Road; and Creighton...
Homeowner whose door was kicked in arrested

Homeowner whose door was kicked in arrested

A Newton County man who fired at another man after he allegedly kicked in his door is now facing drug and gun charges, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said Friday. Jerald Ralph Woomer of a Spring Road address in Covington fired several shots at Gerard Walter Montour on Wednesday, Sgt. Cortney Morrison said. After the incident, deputies searched Woomer’s home and charged him with possession of...
Roswell OKs elections agreement with Fulton

Roswell OKs elections agreement with Fulton

This fall’s voting for mayor and three City Council seats will cost Roswell $323,630 for the general election Nov. 7, and another $181,325 if a runoff is necessary Dec. 5, according to an agreement with Fulton County to have its Department of Registrations and Elections conduct the balloting. The Roswell City Council approved the measure Aug. 14. Incumbent Mayor Jere Wood has said he would not...
Marietta is first U.S. city to test free TravelSafely app

Marietta is first U.S. city to test free TravelSafely app

Marietta is testing a new, free “Smart City” Marietta TravelSafely app that will be available soon on Apple and Android devices. TravelSafely brings accurate, up-to-the-second connected-vehicle communication to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians through a free app on their smartphones, according to city officials who say Marietta is the first city in the U.S. with it. Through alerts,...

SEC memes: Alabama and Florida in crosshairs as season nears

The football season is drawing nearer each day. We know, not just because our internal clocks are summoning us from our summer hibernation, but also because the jersey-number countdown memes have begun. A prime example: the meme below of Georgia linebacker Davin Bellamy and his No. 17 jersey telling us exactly how many days until the 2017 campaign kicks off. The meme-makers...
N. Fulton voter guide to qualifying, candidates in November elections

N. Fulton voter guide to qualifying, candidates in November elections

On Nov. 7, a city in north Fulton County will elect a new mayor. Three other cities could have new mayors, and each city is likely to have new members on its city council. Sandy Springs, Roswell, Johns Creek, Milton and Alpharetta are all due for municipal elections this fall. Qualifying for elections in each city begins Monday, Aug. 21. Heading into September, residents of those cities should have...

2018 NBA mock draft: CBS Sports analyst lists 5 Big Ten players as first-round picks

It’s apparently never too early for a mock draft, so CBS Sports college basketball analyst Gary Parrish took a shot at predicting the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft. He has five Big Ten players listed as first-round picks: Miles Bridges and Jaren Jackson (Michigan State), Justin Jackson (Maryland), Ethan Happ (Wisconsin) and Vince Edwards (Purdue). Bridges, who Parrish...
Florida hunters capture 12-foot gator days after 11-foot catch

Florida hunters capture 12-foot gator days after 11-foot catch

Four Florida hunters struggled to take down an 11-foot, 375-pound gator after a three-hour fight. Nick Naylor, John Booker, Kenny Way and Casey Shields began battling the massive gator beginning late Tuesday night and ended up with it under their control by Wednesday morning, according to the Pensacola News Journal. They used a 40-pound test from a spinning reel to capture the animal, which was...
Mother flees with child after carjacker tries to pull her from her car

Mother flees with child after carjacker tries to pull her from her car

A mother, fearing for her and her daughter’s life, jumped a curb while fleeing from a carjacker. The victim said she was getting gas from a Texaco station when a small red Toyota pulled onto the parking lot. Officers said the man in the red Toyota approached her truck and asked for a ride down the street. The victim said no, because she had her child in the car. So, the suspect walked away...
Man fatally shoots AAA worker over long response time, police say

Man fatally shoots AAA worker over long response time, police say

Surveillance video recently released by police captures the moment a Miami man shot and killed a AAA contract worker in July.  Jesus Esquivel, 63, confessed to fatally shooting the man over the amount of time it took for AAA to get him assistance, the Miami Herald reports.  In a video taken across the street from his Kendall home, a man, believed to be Esquivel, is seen walking...

What you need to know for Auburn football’s fan day Saturday

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football will wrap up its third week of fall camp Saturday, and then it will swing open the doors to the Auburn Athletics Complex to its fans. Auburn fans will be able to meet the 2017 Tigers and get autographs at the annual fan day event on campus. Here’s what you need to know for this year’s Auburn fan day. AUBURN PODCAST:  ...
Officials mull removing part of Chattahoochee bridge after drownings

Officials mull removing part of Chattahoochee bridge after drownings

People jumping off a 101-year-old bridge into the Chattahoochee River has been an issue for years. But after two recent drownings, National Park Service officials are considering new safety measures. Joshua Elias Katikla, 20, died Aug. 16 after jumping off the bridge with two friends. Perez G. Tamfu, 17 and a rising senior at Mountain View High School, died July 30 after jumping from...
Man pours coffee on controversial 'InfoWars' host Alex Jones

Man pours coffee on controversial 'InfoWars' host Alex Jones

Alex Jones, a radio host of “InfoWars” and conspiracy theorist who has alleged the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax, took to the streets of Seattle this week. Videos on Facebook and Twitter show Jones walking around downtown and talking to people on the sidewalk about recent events surrounding President Donald Trump. Some people ignored Jones’ provocative questions while others...

Tennessee football: Micah Abernathy brings consistency Butch Jones demands

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee football coach Butch Jones has demanded more consistency from his team throughout fall camp. Halfway through camp, safety Micah Abernathy has impressed coaches and players with his consistent play. Abernathy, headed into his junior season, said at Tennessee’s media day last Sunday that he tries to bring consistency every day to practice. &ldquo...
Boy, 2, chokes to death on grape at grocery store

Boy, 2, chokes to death on grape at grocery store

A toddler choked to death on a grape at a grocery store after his mother was unable to perform CPR. Mother Emma Carver did not notice her son Ayyan Umar, 2, had eaten some grapes until she heard him making choking sounds last week. “I started banging on him,” mother Emma Carver told WXYZ. “But it wasn't getting it out, so it had to be lodged.” One shopper called 911 while...
2 free pet adoption deals in Fulton (one expires with the eclipse)

2 free pet adoption deals in Fulton (one expires with the eclipse)

Two organizations in metro Atlanta are giving away animals over the next few days.  The Atlanta Humane Society is waiving the adoption fees of all cats and dogs who are one year or older Friday through Monday at 2:36 p.m., when the solar eclipse occurs in Atlanta.  The "Total Eclipse of Your Heart" program aims to unite hundreds of pets with families before the eclipse, according...

Georgia football podcast: UGA picks up 4-star DE Azeez Ojulari, now hopes for Kearis Jackson

Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily — the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the cast of DawgNation experts as they discuss UGA coach Kirby Smart’s quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC, and break down the latest Georgia football...
5 easy ways to stomp nagging foot pain

5 easy ways to stomp nagging foot pain

You probably don't give your feet too much thought – until they start hurting. Whether you're a dedicated couch potato, a marathon runner or somewhere in between, your feet can develop a variety of issues, from simple fatigue to more serious problems. The following are five ways to help ease foot pain: A new pair of shoes or hours spent pounding the pavement can cause painful blisters that may...
The last time the KKK tried to burn a cross on Stone Mountain...

The last time the KKK tried to burn a cross on Stone Mountain...

This week, the Sacred Knights of the Ku Klux Klan was denied a permit request to burn a cross atop Stone Mountain. The event was to commemorate the KKK’s 1915 revival in the same spot. Despite the landmark’s history, the October ceremony would have been very unusual.  The late James R. Venable, a KKK imperial wizard and Decatur attorney, had cross-burnings...
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