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Mom in Atlanta house fire dies one day after baby

Backlash forces reversal of Braves food rules

The Atlanta Braves have reversed their policy and will now allow fans to bring outside food into SunTrust Park.
Paul Johnson shares his thoughts on Matthew Jordan

Paul Johnson shares his thoughts on Matthew Jordan

Georgia Tech began spring practice Monday,and coach Paul Johnson and quarterback Matthew Jordan have the same goal. “Well, for him to solidify the job as the starting quarterback, I guess,” Johnson said following the team’s first of 15 practices. “Like everybody, to get better each day. He needs to come out there with something he’s going to improve on every day and work...
Two days left, Georgia lawmakers still mulling gun, pot and tax bills

Two days left, Georgia lawmakers still mulling gun, pot and tax bills

There are only two days left in the 2017 legislative session that must end Thursday, and key bills involving guns, medical marijuana and a slew of changes to state tax law remain in the hunt for final votes. But with the only mandatory work done — passage of the annual state budget bill — it remains to be seen whether lawmakers have the stomach for the usual wheeling and dealing that typically...
Braves urge fans to plan as traffic test looms with exhibition game

Braves urge fans to plan as traffic test looms with exhibition game

Officials from the Atlanta Braves and Cobb County say their traffic plan is ready to be put to the test, with less than a week until some 20,000 season ticket holders descend on SunTrust Park for an exhibition game against the New York Yankees. Braves President of Business Derek Schiller said the exhibition game will give the team, the county transportation department and the Cobb Police Department...
Georgia lawmaker makes pitch for measure to mark Confederate history

Georgia lawmaker makes pitch for measure to mark Confederate history

State Rep. Tommy Benton believes the history of the Confederate army is part of Southern cultural heritage and should be recognized formally in the state. Benton, a Republican from Jefferson, sponsored House Resolution 644 along with state Reps. Alan Powell, Steve Tarvin and Jesse Petrea to commemorate the “brave” men who fought on the Confederate side in the Civil...
Braves’ starting pitching projection: Questionable

Braves’ starting pitching projection: Questionable

Yesterday, we told you where FanGraphs ranks the Braves among the 30 MLB teams at each of eight positions. Now, the baseball statistics/analytics website has added its ranking of MLB pitching rotations.
Photos: Georgia Tech holds first spring practice

Photos: Georgia Tech holds first spring practice

Georgia Tech begins spring football practice Monday with all eyes on the quarterback position after the departure of three-year starter Justin Thomas. 
‘Breakdown’ S03, Ep. 2: Allegations dogged doctor for decades, went unheeded

‘Breakdown’ S03, Ep. 2: Allegations dogged doctor for decades, went unheeded

It was supposed to be an easy appointment for LaToya Kelly, just to learn the results of her echocardiogram from Dr. Narendra K. Gupta. Instead, she says Gupta groped her during an unnecessary breast exam, and seemed to enjoy it.   She had no way of knowing that more than a decade earlier, Dr. Gupta had lost privileges at two Ohio hospitals over allegations of attacking and harassing nurses...

Georgia House approves compromise to expand medical marijuana program

Georgia House lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a compromise that would expand the list of disorders eligible for treatment under the state’s nascent medical marijuana program. The chamber voted 167-4 on Tuesday to adopt Senate Bill 16 after Senate lawmakers backed off a proposal that would reduce the THC level of the cannabis oil Georgians can legally use and House supporters rolled back an...
BREAKING: Mom in Atlanta house fire dies one day after baby

BREAKING: Mom in Atlanta house fire dies one day after baby

One day after a 3-month-old girl was killed in a northwest Atlanta house fire, the baby’s mother died, officials said Tuesday. Rhonda Johnson, 29, died Friday at a local hospital, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office said. Firefighters responded to the area of Paines Avenue between Fox Street and Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway about 2 a.m. Thursday, Atlanta fire Sgt. Cortez...
How the last 40 NIT semifinalists fared the next season

How the last 40 NIT semifinalists fared the next season

With Georgia Tech having played three NIT games, and playing a fourth Tuesday night in New York in the semifinals against Cal State Bakersfield, it’s an easy conclusion to draw. Playing in a win-or-go-home atmosphere and simply getting more time on the court will serve the Yellow Jackets well going forward. It’s what Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton thought in 2014, when the Seminoles...
State to able-bodied: Get a job or lose your food stamps

State to able-bodied: Get a job or lose your food stamps

Thousands of Georgians are likely to lose their food stamps next week, the latest deadline for able-bodied recipients to find a job. In January, the state expanded the work requirements for able-bodied, childless food stamp recipients to 21 counties, including several in the Atlanta area such as Coweta, Bartow and Barrow. Some 12,000 able-bodied people in these counties were told they have three...

Trump officials shut down Russia testimony by Sally Yates, citing executive privilege

So it turns out it wasn’t that the House Intelligence Committee wasn’t interested in hearing the testimony from Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general from Atlanta who refused to enforce President Donald Trump’s first travel ban. Rather, the Trump administration didn’t want her to talk at all. From the Washington Post: According to letters The Post reviewed, the Justice...
Braves release Paco Rodriguez, add Bonifacio, O’Flaherty to roster

Braves release Paco Rodriguez, add Bonifacio, O’Flaherty to roster

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Utility man Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed reliever Eric O’Flaherty, a pair of non-roster invitees to Braves spring training, were told Tuesday they have made the opening-day roster. Paco Rodriguez was told quite the opposite. Lefty reliver Rodriguez was released by the Braves, who also optioned right-hander Matt Wisler to Triple-A Gwinnett and reassigned right-hander...
‘Hedwig’ brings transgender rocker’s story to Fox Theatre

‘Hedwig’ brings transgender rocker’s story to Fox Theatre

What’s an “internationally ignored song stylist” to do once she becomes an internationally renowned touring Broadway star? Keeping the offbeat edge and downtown grit in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” has been part of the challenge for creators and performers of the recent Broadway production of the show, which makes a brief stop at the Fox Theatre April 4-5 as part of a...
Why some fans might skip 2 Chainz’ concert this weekend

Why some fans might skip 2 Chainz’ concert this weekend

  A certain group of dedicated 2 Chainz fans faces a tough decision this weekend – one that might have them skipping his much-anticipated concert. The Atlanta rapper, known for his charitable outreach, his snappy “Dabbin’ Santa” sweaters and heartfelt appreciation of his fans, takes the stage at the Carolina Union Activities Board’s annual Jubilee concert at...
Atlanta Attackers vs. Seattle Slammers

Atlanta Attackers vs. Seattle Slammers

Chad Marshall and Roman Torres look as big as the most fearsome tag team in professional wrestling. Marshall is 6-4 and listed at 190 pounds. Torres is 6-2 and listed at 195 pounds. The scale seems off. Call them the Seattle Slammers. The key for Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez, Kenwyne Jones or Brandon Vazquez – whoever starts up top in Friday’s MLS game – will be to keep...
Freeman’s market value is $10.1 million a year

Freeman’s market value is $10.1 million a year

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who has out-performed his rookie contract and fourth-round draft status, has a market value of $10.1 million per year, as determined by the salary-cap website spotrac.com. Freeman is set to make $1.8 million in 2017, the last year of his rookie contract. Spotrac identified other running backs with similar playing time and opportunities who signed a contract...
Braves will now allow outside food into SunTrust Park

Braves will now allow outside food into SunTrust Park

After public backlash, the Atlanta Braves have reversed their policy and will now allow fans to bring outside food into SunTrust Park. A team spokesperson said last week the restriction was due to security concerns by the team. On a statement posted on Twitter on Tuesday, the Braves say fan complaints led to the policy reversal. The team will now allow outside food, so long as it fits in a clear...
Atlanta resources for those on the autism spectrum

Atlanta resources for those on the autism spectrum

When you have a child with autism, finding help becomes priority No. 1. Not only is it overwhelming to figure out what your child needs, but locating the right resources can be an added challenge. Fortunately, you'll find some of the most innovative autism treatments and therapies in the country right here in the Atlanta area.  Here are some local resources for those who love someone on the...
Ranking this week’s MLS games

Ranking this week’s MLS games

Atlanta at Seattle, 10 p.m. Friday, FS1. This game could be awesome, if all of the talent that can play will play. Or, if Josef Martinez, Miguel Almiron, Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris, don’t play, it may not reach lofty game-of-the-week standards. The teams met during the preseason with Atlanta United’s “A” team hammering Seattle’s “B” team, 4-2. Seattle...
Bellwoods Social House closes in West Midtown

Bellwoods Social House closes in West Midtown

Gangsta fries at Bellwoods Social House A bar and restaurant from the team behind Bite Bistro & Bar in Alpharetta has closed its doors after less than three years in business.
Calderon struggling to find shot with Hawks

Calderon struggling to find shot with Hawks

Jose Calderon shook his head in disbelief. The Hawks’ recently acquired backup point guard just isn’t making baskets. Calderon is coming off an 0-for-5 game, including 0-for-3 from 3-point range, in a 107-92 loss to the Nets on Sunday. Calderon played 21 minutes, a high in his eight games played with the Hawks since being claimed off waivers on March 4. “When I came here, I was trying...
JUST IN: Missing Ga. mom, 3 children may be in S. Carolina

JUST IN: Missing Ga. mom, 3 children may be in S. Carolina

Rabun County authorities say a missing 28-year-old woman who has her three sons with her was in South Carolina on Sunday. Brittany Rebecca Stewart was seen Sunday at a gas station in Habersham County and used her food-stamp card later Sunday in Greenville, S.C.,  Sheriff Chad Nichols said. According to a post on the sheriff’s Facebook page, Stewart has been missing since Thursday. Her children...
Plant Vogtle and the Westinghouse meltdown hit Donald Trump’s radar

Plant Vogtle and the Westinghouse meltdown hit Donald Trump’s radar

The AJC’s Russell Grantham reports that Westinghouse Electric, the lead contractor on two new nuclear power generators at Plant Vogtle in Georgia, could file for bankruptcy as early as today. Georgia Power is the lead partner in the projection, but a smaller participant says more delay’s are likely. From Grantham’s piece: The latest completion deadlines of December 2019 and September...
Ahchoo! Pollen count reaches 2,587

Ahchoo! Pollen count reaches 2,587

Apologies, allergy sufferers. Tuesday’s pollen count is 2,587 particles of pollen per cubic meter of air, according to Atlanta Allergy and Asthma. That is the highest it has been all year, Channel 2 Action News reported. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">2,587 is today's pollen count, the highest...
Game Thread: Suns at Hawks

Game Thread: Suns at Hawks

Atlanta Hawks’ Taurean Prince, getting his first start, drives to the basket for two past Brooklyn Nets forward K.
Governor’s office pulls back curtain on school performance

Governor’s office pulls back curtain on school performance

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement has a new internet tool that allows direct comparison of schools with similar demographics. Georgia Schools Like Mine, unveiled Monday, wrestles complicated data produced by the Georgia Department of Education into a simple interface that allows one to compare student performance at a handful of schools with like demographics. It’s...
A better way to do high school prom? Picking dates out of a hat?

A better way to do high school prom? Picking dates out of a hat?

You could hardly go anywhere in Atlanta this weekend without running into glamorous teenagers. Prom season is underway. And what used to be a teenage dance has escalated into a mega industry with $1,200 gowns, rented limos, pre-prom photo shoots and expensive Buckhead dinners. Another new twist on prom: The “promposal” where kids go to elaborate lengths to ask someone to the big night...
Sexual assault survivor to lawmakers: Stop dismissing us

Sexual assault survivor to lawmakers: Stop dismissing us

It remains unknown whether House Bill 51 will revive this week in the final two days of the 2017 Legislature. Stalled by a wary Senate committee last week, the campus rape bill, as it has been dubbed, limits the ability of public universities in Georgia to investigate student sexual assault cases. Counselors and victims warned that tying the hands of universities and turning investigations over to...
Today: Half-off all steaks at this Sandy Springs restaurant

Today: Half-off all steaks at this Sandy Springs restaurant

All steaks are half-off on Tuesdays at MAYA Steaks and Seafood. HANDOUT / Red Clay Public Relations.
Cities in DeKalb seek state approval to raise hotel taxes

Cities in DeKalb seek state approval to raise hotel taxes

Hotel taxes are likely going up in the cities of Brookhaven, Chamblee, Dunwoody and Tucker. Legislation in the Georgia General Assembly allows the cities to charge an 8 percent excise tax on hotels and motels. The city governments currently charge a 5 percent rate. City officials requested the tax increase to raise money for tourism products and marketing. Hotels in unincorporated areas of DeKalb...
Where Josh Pastner ranks among Tech coaches in first year

Where Josh Pastner ranks among Tech coaches in first year

With 20 wins in his first season as Georgia Tech’s head basketball coach, Josh Pastner has surpassed all his predecessors in their first season with the Jackets. Of the 13 coaches before him, only two won 15 or more games in their first year.  Pastner’s Jackets face CSU Bakersfield in the NIT semifinals Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in New York. Here's a look at the Jackets' long coaching...
Woman’s throat slashed in Midtown robbery

Woman’s throat slashed in Midtown robbery

A woman was paying for parking in Midtown Sunday afternoon when a man slashed her throat and grabbed her handbag, Atlanta police said. Marla Franks was at a pay station at Juniper and 5th streets when the man tried to take her purse off her shoulder, according to an Atlanta police incident report. She resisted and held onto the bag. “I will hurt you,” police said the man told...
Wet roads cause delays on morning commute

Wet roads cause delays on morning commute

Today: Scattered showers. High: 77 Tonight: Rain possible. Low: 60 Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. High: 83 Drive carefully, metro Atlanta.  Rain has already led to early problems on the morning commute, according to Channel 2 Action News. A crash about 6:15 a.m. on I-20 temporarily shut down westbound lanes past Panola Road and caused 95-minute delays from Turner Hill Road to I-285, ...
Here are the Atlanta Falcons’ top 10 cap hits for 2017

Here are the Atlanta Falcons’ top 10 cap hits for 2017

  January 30, 2017, Houston: Julio Jones is all smiles taking questions during Super Bowl Opening Night on Monday, Jan.
Review: Powerful work about race, history, more in Lonnie Holley show

Review: Powerful work about race, history, more in Lonnie Holley show

The subject of a solo exhibition at the Atlanta Contemporary, “I Snuck Off the Slave Ship,” Lonnie Holley is a fascinating artist in his own right. But what his work says about being black in the rural South, and finding beauty where you can is testimony to an entirely different worldview with ramifications beyond the art world. Born in Birmingham, Ala., Holley has a backstory that plays...
Life with Gracie: ‘Greenleaf’ actress also in starring role at Utopian Academy

Life with Gracie: ‘Greenleaf’ actress also in starring role at Utopian Academy

Fans of the Oprah Winfrey television series “Greenleaf” know her as Janice Turner, the mother of one of Mac’s alleged sexual abuse victims. At Clayton County’s Utopian Academy for the Arts, she’s Ms. Jackson, actress, artist in residence and drama teacher. That’s one interesting tidbit you may not have known about the “Greenleaf” co-star, but Tonia Jackson&rsquo...
Review: Theatrical Outfit’s ‘Simply Simone’ is simply superb

Review: Theatrical Outfit’s ‘Simply Simone’ is simply superb

In the interest of getting it out of the way, before moving on to substantially bigger and better praises to be sung, let’s first dispense with the inherent flaw in “Simply Simone.” Like the vast majority of “jukebox” revues that chart the life and career of a famous musician — in this case, Nina Simone — Theatrical Outfit’s new show can be...
Corey Griffin unveils a most ambitious team motto

Corey Griffin unveils a most ambitious team motto

Georgia Tech safety Corey Griffin put it out there Monday. Following the first of the Yellow Jackets’ 15 workouts of spring practice, Griffin shared the team’s national championship ambitions. “Definitely looking to get more than nine wins this season,” he said. “Looking forward to this season coming up. ‘Start in the dome, finish in the dome’ is our motto...

Generic drugs can be pricier in Canada

Q: Canadian online pharmacies charge ridiculously high prices for generic medicine compared with the U.S. For example, Metformin 500 mg tablets can be bought here for about 2 U.S. cents each. They are charging more than 10 times that price. A: You are right that generic drugs often are more expensive in Canada. According to PharmacyChecker.com, 500 mg metformin from a Canadian online drugstore costs...
Healthy Cooking: Finding balance with cauliflower rice

Healthy Cooking: Finding balance with cauliflower rice

I have plucked a Goldfish cracker from my child’s car seat and popped it straight into my mouth. I have served two kinds of potatoes and wished for a third. I think eating white bread is as natural as breathing air, only better because you can’t butter air. So given my starch-loving bona fides, you should believe me when I tell you that I have made cauliflower rice and you should too....
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: I was delighted to discover Jack Nicklaus ice cream at Kroger just before our Masters party last year. It was the perfect dessert to serve for our “back 9” party on the last day of the tournament. However, I have not been able to find it recently. Could you help me locate a grocery that sells his ice cream? Thank you in advance for your assistance. JoAnn Leahy-Lagi, Sandy Springs A...
5 things Paul Johnson said after the first day of spring practice

5 things Paul Johnson said after the first day of spring practice

After the first day of spring practice, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson met with media. Some of his comments about the team and the practices ahead: “Omahri Jarrett’s a guy we want to take a really good look at this spring. Certainly Nathan Cottrell and some of those guys like that will have an opportunity to get in the mix.” “It’s going to be mix and match up there....
Braves hitters pummel Tigers and lefty Daniel Norris

Braves hitters pummel Tigers and lefty Daniel Norris

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Grapefruit League results will be forgotten a week from now, but Braves manager Brian Snitker was nonetheless pleased to see his squad finally break out the bats in a big way Monday night against the Tigers. The Braves had their best offensive night of the spring, piling up 19 hits in an 11-3 rout against the Tigers at Champion Stadium. That included 13 hits and nine...
Foltynewicz limits damage again to cap his encouraging spring

Foltynewicz limits damage again to cap his encouraging spring

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – When the discussion turned to Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz’s spring-training progress in the area of damage control, manager Brian Snitker recalled a July game at Minnesota that was an example of how badly some innings used to spiral for the young right-hander. “Especially in games like this one,” Snitker said after the Braves’ 11-3 rout of...
‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’ recap (‘In With the New’); season 6 episode 4

‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’ recap (‘In With the New’); season 6 episode 4

This was posted Monday, March 27, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Tommie Lee talks about growing up and trying to be more mature about things.
Veterans who left high school to serve honored with diplomas 

Veterans who left high school to serve honored with diplomas 

Five men who left high school before graduation to serve the United States were honored Monday with diplomas. Gov. Nathan Deal and Board of Education members presented Lee M. Cain, Jimmy Arnold Thompson, Larry Dean Martin, James Curtis Reed and Jerry Harold Peck with the diplomas they had previously sacrificed, Hall County Schools spokesman Gordon Higgins said. The ceremony took place at 5 p.m. in...
Millsap out three more games with left knee synovitis (updated)

Millsap out three more games with left knee synovitis (updated)

The injury news keeps getting worse for the Hawks. Paul Millsap will be out at least three more games after the Hawks forward was diagnosed with left knee synovitis following a visit to Dr. James Andrews Monday morning and conferring with team doctors. Millsap underwent a non-surgical procedure following the diagnosis. According to the team, Millsap visited the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic...
Atlanta Housing Authority closes deal with developer, then chastises him

Atlanta Housing Authority closes deal with developer, then chastises him

The Atlanta Housing Authority headquarters. Atlanta Housing Authority board members voted Monday evening to build apartments with a developer who made inflammatory comments about the agency and public housing residents, but not without chastising him in an open meeting.
GPS in firefighter’s stolen car led police to alleged chop shop 

GPS in firefighter’s stolen car led police to alleged chop shop 

Several people were arrested and detained Friday after a Clayton County firefighter found his stolen car at an alleged chop shop, Channel 2 Action News reported.  The firefighter’s car was stolen outside Fire Station No. 1 in Morrow, where he works. He used an app to find his car, the news station reported.  What officials later found was an alleged chop shop at a Forest Park home...
School tells single mom she can’t attend father-daughter dance

School tells single mom she can’t attend father-daughter dance

Amy Peterson’s daughter Gracie had been getting teased at school for not having a dad.  “She had one kid tell her she didn’t have a dad because she’s fat and ugly,” the Henry County mom told Channel 2 Action News. 
Veteran Hernandez saw opportunity to win bullpen spot with Braves

Veteran Hernandez saw opportunity to win bullpen spot with Braves

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Reliever David Hernandez could’ve stayed with the Giants and began the season in Triple-A, pitching in his hometown of Sacramento. But at 31, coming off a pretty good year in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery, he was more interested in opportunity than convenience. He signed a minor league deal Sunday with the Braves, believing he could earn a...
T.I. will play hometown show at new Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre

T.I. will play hometown show at new Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre

T.I. will visit the new Roxy in June. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene T.I. is crisscrossing the country for much of May and June and the Atlanta rapper has added a hometown show to his itinerary.
Child dies after alleged beating; stepfather, mother charged

Child dies after alleged beating; stepfather, mother charged

A stepfather and mother are in the Clayton County jail after an alleged beating of a 4-year-old led to his death, court records show.  Dontavious Carter, 28, of Atlanta, and Shronda Parks, 31, of College Park, were charged with child cruelty last week, jail records show. Their son, Dedrick Alford, died at a hospital.  According to media reports, Carter allegedly beat the boy and Parks did...
Plant Vogtle: More delays likely, says one partner

Plant Vogtle: More delays likely, says one partner

One of the partners in the Plant Vogtle nuclear plant expansion said Monday that it doubts that the much-delayed project will be completed by its latest deadline. The latest completion deadlines of December 2019 and September 2020 for the two new reactors — already more than three years behind schedule — “do not appear to be achievable,” Oglethorpe Power Co. said in a filing...
Man says he wanted suicide by cop when he shot officer

Man says he wanted suicide by cop when he shot officer

A Valdosta man who pleaded guilty to attempted murder on Monday said he wanted the cop to shoot him, officials said. Stephen Beck, 22, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, Southern District Attorney Brad Shealy told the Valdosta Daily Times. Authorities said Beck made a false 911 call July 8, 2016, reporting a vehicle break-in so he could...

‘La La Land’ coming in concert with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Prepare for “A Lovely Night” when the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra tackles the score of “La La Land” this fall. While it won’t be as elaborate as the “La La Land in Concert: A Live-to-Film Celebration” announced earlier this month at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in May (those shows will include the film’s composer...
Tech players believe NIT experience is positive sign for future

Tech players believe NIT experience is positive sign for future

In the world of sports’ postseasons, the NIT is not viewed with reverence. It’s somewhere north of a participation trophy, south of the NCAA Tournament. Think of it as a taco stand with a buy-one/get-one-free offer. You may not drive 10 miles out of your way for it but if you’re in the neighborhood and you’re really hungry — oh, you’re there. And probably dressing...
Molly Talbert lost 80 pounds

Molly Talbert lost 80 pounds

Success story Former weight: 260 pounds Current weight: 180 pounds Pounds lost: 80 pounds Height: 5 feet 7 inches Age: 32 years How long she’s kept it off: Started in 2014 and reached her current weight this month. Personal life: “I live in Duluth; I am a special education teacher for high school,” says Talbert. “I had a really hard time when I was in high school, just the...
Drugs found in boy’s backpack after Gwinnett mom goes missing

Drugs found in boy’s backpack after Gwinnett mom goes missing

The family of a missing Gwinnett County mother fears she may have been kidnapped after drugs were found in her child’s backpack after she disappeared, Channel 2 Action News reported. Beatriz Espinoza, 25, disappeared Friday and her 3-year-old son was found hours later wandering alone in a shopping center near the family’s apartment complex, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported...

Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band return to Atlanta this fall

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band will return to Atlanta for the first time in five years with a show this fall. Starr and his gang since 2012 – Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette – will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Fox Theatre. Tickets are $45-$145 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. April 7 at...
Brandon Phillips is happy, Braves happy to have him

Brandon Phillips is happy, Braves happy to have him

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – He was traded to the Braves just a couple of days before players began reporting to spring training, yet right away it seemed as if Brandon Phillips had always been part of the team, so seamless was the veteran second baseman’s transition to a new clubhouse. “Well, when you’ve got a personality like that you can fit in anywhere,” said Braves first...
Candler Building’s transformation into Curio Hotel delayed until 2018

Candler Building’s transformation into Curio Hotel delayed until 2018

Work to turn the Candler Building into a Curio Collection hotel by Hilton continues, but it won’t open as early as anticipated. The hotel giant said recently that the new hotel will open its doors in the fourth quarter of 2018, a year later than previously announced. The brand did not explain the delay. Hilton revealed its plans to turn the historic downtown office building into a 265-room hotel...
Here’s how developers would handle parking at Marietta Square Market

Here’s how developers would handle parking at Marietta Square Market

A developer of the proposed food hall in downtown Marietta laid out its parking plan Monday. The 18,000-square-foot Marietta Square Market was announced last week but has not yet appeared before any city body for approval. The project aims to be like hip, go-to Atlanta spots Krog Street and Ponce City markets, but inside Marietta Station, 68 N. Marietta Parkway NW. Concordia Properties...
Marietta woman dies weeks after dump truck crash

Marietta woman dies weeks after dump truck crash

A Cobb County woman who had been in the hospital died Friday, more than two weeks after a dump truck crashed into her car. Nicole Garrison, 30, of Marietta, had been suffering from injuries related to the March 9 crash, Cobb County police spokeswoman Officer Alicia Chilton said.  According to police, Garrison was driving on Roswell Road when a Ford dump truck — driven by...
‘Big Sexy’ to start for Braves in SunTrust Park exhibition game Friday

‘Big Sexy’ to start for Braves in SunTrust Park exhibition game Friday

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Bartolo Colon will throw the first pitch in a game at SunTrust Park, albeit an exhibition game. The 43-year-old former Cy Young Award winner, known as “Big Bart” or “Big Sexy,” will start Friday’s exhibition game against the Yankees, the first of at least a half-dozen Atlanta pitchers likely to see action in the final game before things...
Carrollton deaths ruled murder-suicide

Carrollton deaths ruled murder-suicide

A Carroll County man shot his wife and then himself Sunday, police said. The shooting happened on Tulip Way in Carrollton about 3 p.m. Jonathan Mayfield, 41, shot and killed Martha Mayfield, 42, and then shot himself, officials told Channel 2 Action News. The Carrollton couple had filed for divorce earlier this month, Carrollton police Chief Deputy Brad Robinson said. They had been married...
Lost Southern Voices festival puts focus on lesser-known writers

Lost Southern Voices festival puts focus on lesser-known writers

From William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams to Flannery O’Connor and Harper Lee, the South is known the world over for its great writers, but the monumental fame of the giants can easily overshadow the work of other, lesser-known writers from the region. Bringing the work of forgotten Southern writers to light is the aim of a new Atlanta literary festival taking place on Georgia State...
‘RHOA’ roundup: Phaedra/Apollo divorce drama, Nene vs. Kim, Matt Jordan vs. Peter Thomas

‘RHOA’ roundup: Phaedra/Apollo divorce drama, Nene vs. Kim, Matt Jordan vs. Peter Thomas

Apollo and Phaedra during the taping of the season 6 reunion show for “Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Bazemore ‘trending upward’ for return to Hawks lineup

Bazemore ‘trending upward’ for return to Hawks lineup

Kent Bazemore admitted he was scared. The Hawks starting guard has been sidelined for four straight games with a right knee bone bruise diagnosed after an MRI exam last week. He will miss a fifth game when the Hawks host the Suns on Tuesday. However, all signs point to a return at the 76ers on Wednesday. Bazemore was injured during the Hawks loss to the Trail Blazers on March 18. The MRI was performed...
New neighborhood bistro officially open in Cabbagetown

New neighborhood bistro officially open in Cabbagetown

The lemony chicken sandwich at Petit Chou. / Photo contributed by Petit Chou An “industrial chic” neighborhood bistro has opened its doors in Cabbagetown after being in soft open mode last week.

Alyssa Milano and Christopher Gorham stump for 6th District candidate Jon Ossoff

  Alyssa Milano and Christopher Gorham‏, in Atlanta filming a new CW pilot called “Insatiable,” are campaigning for Democrat candidate Jon Ossoff in the crowded race to fill the sixth congressional district seat vacated when Tom Price became U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary. The two are offering to pick up voters who need a lift to cast their ballots; early voting...
Early voting in Roswell, South Fulton runoffs doesn’t start until April

Early voting in Roswell, South Fulton runoffs doesn’t start until April

Early voting already has started for the April 18 elections to fill a hotly contested Congressional seat in the 6th district, as well as a state representative post. But it will be two weeks before it gets underway for local elections in Fulton County. Runoffs in Roswell and South Fulton also will be held April 18, but early voting for those elections doesn’t start until April 10....
Hawks search for beautiful destination at end of rocky path

Hawks search for beautiful destination at end of rocky path

The Hawks are going down a dark path. They have lost seven straight games, a skid that has come at the wrong time with just nine contests remaining in the regular season. A playoff berth and positioning are on the line. The slumping team will again be without three starters — Paul Millsap, Kent Bazemore and Thabo Sefolosha — when they host the Suns on Tuesday, the second straight game...
At 50, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band proud to be elder statesmen of Americana

At 50, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band proud to be elder statesmen of Americana

John McEuen, multi-instrumentalist and a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, keeps a scathing, late-1960s Billboard magazine review in a special place. The article doubted the roots-laden California outfit would ever score a record deal. “It (hangs) in a frame with our first platinum album,” said a chuckling McEuen over the phone. The band, which twanged Americana decades...
What are options if Atlanta United’s internationals can’t play Seattle?

What are options if Atlanta United’s internationals can’t play Seattle?

Should any of the Atlanta United players currently playing with their national teams not be able to play in Friday’s game against Seattle, manager Gerardo Martino has several options to fill the voids. Striker Josef Martinez (Venezuela), attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron (Paraguay), striker Kenwyne Jones (Trinidad and Tobago) and holding midfielder Carlos Carmona (Chile) have been with their...
Three Fulton classmates win national scholarship

Three Fulton classmates win national scholarship

Three students at Westlake High School in South Fulton won’t pay a cent for college tuition after collectively winning almost $600,000 in scholarships. The three were named Posse Scholars by the Posse Foundation. Abdullah Robins will receive $199,600 to attend Boston University. Owen Manning will receive $207,800 to attend George Washington University. Xavier Maldonado will receive $192...
Police Search For Person Using Poisoned Hot Dogs To Sicken Dogs

Police Search For Person Using Poisoned Hot Dogs To Sicken Dogs

Police Search For Person Using Poisoned Hot Dogs To Sicken Dogs
Falcons rewind: Top draft picks of the 2000s

Falcons rewind: Top draft picks of the 2000s

With the 2017 NFL Draft rapidly approaching, let's take a look back at some of the franchise's top picks in years gone by -- 2000-09.
Hartsfield-Jackson strikes $181.5 million deal to build new parking deck

Hartsfield-Jackson strikes $181.5 million deal to build new parking deck

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has struck a $181.5 million deal to build a new parking deck that will be reachable via the airport SkyTrain. The Atlanta airport is building the parking deck to replace parking being displaced during construction of various airport projects including in the West economy lot where a new InterContinental hotel will be built, the park-ride reserve lot that...
Funeral set for Cherokee teacher killed in car crash

Funeral set for Cherokee teacher killed in car crash

A Cherokee County middle school teacher who was killed in a car crash will be buried Tuesday.  Kevin White, 37, of Canton, died Friday after his F-150 went off a 100-foot embankment on I-575 at Little River Bridge near Ridgewalk Parkway in Woodstock, officials said. He was a chorus teacher at E.T. Booth Middle School in Woodstock.  White’s funeral will be held Tuesday at Canton First...
Able-bodied food stamp recipients could lose benefits

Able-bodied food stamp recipients could lose benefits

Days from now, thousands more Georgia food stamp recipients would lose their benefits if they fail to find a job. The April 1 deadline applies to nearly 12,000 adults - all deemed able-bodied and without children - in 21 counties, including many in North Georgia and several in the Atlanta area such as Forsyth, Bartow and Barrow. A wave of people is expected to lose benefits in Georgia because of the...
An odd Final Four - two each from the Carolinas and the Northwest

An odd Final Four - two each from the Carolinas and the Northwest

Know how folks sometimes say that CBS rigs the NCAA Tournament to get the Final Four that’s best for TV? Nobody rigged this one. Because here’s what we’ve got: One regional winner that, as of St. Patrick’s Day, hadn’t won an NCAA Tournament game in 44 years, and two more based in the Pacific Northwest. Of these three, two are gracing their first Final Four; the third...
Gainesville woman accused in hit-and-run death

Gainesville woman accused in hit-and-run death

Two days after a woman was knocked into a ditch and left dead on the side of a Georgia highway, a Gainesville woman faces felony vehicular homicide charges in her death. Rachel Elizabeth Bond, 25, was arrested Sunday morning, the Georgia State Patrol said. She is accused of driving a 2010 Dodge Charger into Brenda Kaye Turpin, 41, as she was walking on the south shoulder of Ga. 323 at about 7...
Atlanta United announces TV personalities

Atlanta United announces TV personalities

Atlanta United has hired veterans Alan Green, Kevin Egan, Dan Gargan and Brittany Arnold as the team’s broadcast crew for its inaugural MLS season on Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast. Green, of BBC Radio Sport, and Egan, of beIN sports, will split play-by-play duties. Gargan, an MLS veteran, will be the color analyst. Arnold, of beIN Sports, will be the studio host and sideline reporter...
No relief: Millsap, Bazemore and Sefolosha out vs. Suns

No relief: Millsap, Bazemore and Sefolosha out vs. Suns

No relief for the Hawks - at least not Tuesday. The Hawks will be without starters Paul Millsap (left knee tightness), Kent Bazemore (right knee bone bruise) and Thabo Sefolosha (right groin strain) for Tuesday’s game against the Suns. Bazemore appears close to a return and there is a chance the guard will be back for Wednesday’s game at the 76ers. There is not indication that Millsap...
Escalator suddenly reverses direction in China, injuring 18 and leaving riders in heap at bottom

Escalator suddenly reverses direction in China, injuring 18 and leaving riders in heap at bottom

A four-story escalator packed with shoppers at a Hong Kong mall suddenly stopped and reversed direction at high speed Saturday, injuring at least 18 people who fell and rolled down the hard steel, some landing in a heap at the bottom. People can be heard screaming as they suddenly found themselves hurtling backward down the steep incline of the 150-feet structure at the Langham Place mall in the Mong...
Twinkies are riding America's healthy eating trend. No, really

Twinkies are riding America's healthy eating trend. No, really

Healthy eating has become an obsession. Soft-drink sales are slumping, salt is getting tossed from food, and kale is on the menu at McDonald's. And yet the Twinkie, that icon of indulgence, is on a tear. For many otherwise healthy-eating American millennials, Twinkies have become food nostalgia. Nine months of forced disappearance from store shelves sharpened appetites for the golden sponge cake filled...
Woman, 94, celebrates 44 years of work at McDonald’s

Woman, 94, celebrates 44 years of work at McDonald’s

An Indiana woman who has been caring for hungry customers for more than four decades is celebrating a milestone. Miss Loraine, as she’s known to customers and staff, has been an employee at McDonald’s since 1973. “I didn’t come to stay,” Miss Loraine told WEHT. “I just needed something to do after my husband had to retire.” Now at age 94, she’s...
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