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Ga. newspaper at the center of firestorm shuts its doors

Publisher of the Fannin Focus and attorney were jailed after seeking records


Handel cracks Georgia GOP ‘glass ceiling’

Handel cracks Georgia GOP ‘glass ceiling’

It might not have seemed that way, but the scene at a stuffed Roswell restaurant on the eve of last week’s runoff was a quietly remarkable one. It was the night before the 6th Congressional District vote, and Gov. Nathan Deal was campaigning for a former opponent his staff once described as a spout of “unhinged blather.” Sprinkled in the crowd of hundreds of energetic Karen...
Tyler Perry makes a surprise announcement

Tyler Perry makes a surprise announcement

Tyler Perry always seems to be juggling a slew of projects at any given time. He’s teamed up with “The Walking Dead,” has visited the White House in the past (and posted this video just the other day that seemed to suggest he’d made a return visit).
Brewers blank Braves as Teheran struggles again at home

Brewers blank Braves as Teheran struggles again at home

Braves right-hander Julio Teheran’s fastball velocity is down a tick, hitters don’t swing and miss it a lot and when they make contact it’s a fly ball a relatively high percentage of the time. All of those things have been true for a while with Teheran but now he’s playing home games at SunTrust Park, where pitchers with that profile can find trouble. The Brewers are the latest...
Collins says she's waiting for CBO score to decide on Senate health-bill vote

Collins says she's waiting for CBO score to decide on Senate health-bill vote

A key moderate Republican senator said Sunday she's waiting for a Congressional Budget Office score to finalize her position on the Senate bill to repeal and replace Obamacare and that she has concerns about the measure's impact on older and rural Americans. "I have very serious concerns about the bill," Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said on ABC's "This Week." The CBO score "...
Macon women’s college seeks to atone for Ku Klux Klan’s legacy

Macon women’s college seeks to atone for Ku Klux Klan’s legacy

For more than a century, the nation’s oldest college chartered for women has had historical links to the Ku Klux Klan that have never been formally acknowledged. Its class names in 1909, 1913 and 1917 were the Ku Klux Klan. The 1913 yearbook is named the “Ku Klux.”
12 things we learned about the Falcons this offseason

12 things we learned about the Falcons this offseason

Shortly after releasing the team for the summer, Falcons coach Dan Quinn and team officials went to Washington, D.C. to visit to various military related places. It was a busy and compacted offseason for the Falcons, who reached the Super Bowl for just the second time in franchise history. After suffering the most devastating loss in the history of the game, losing 34-28 after building a 28-3 lead...
Atlanta leaders seek best fit for homeless as Peachtree-Pine closes

Atlanta leaders seek best fit for homeless as Peachtree-Pine closes

Keith Johnson stood outside the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter in downtown Atlanta on Friday unsure of what he would do when it closes later this summer. Wearing an old Benjamin Hayes High School football T-shirt and sweatpants with a bag slung over his shoulder, Johnson, 58, said he’s used the shelter off and on for 15 years. He said he watched people with mental health issues struggle in...
After ‘racist pig’ reprimand, where does Gwinnett go from here?

After ‘racist pig’ reprimand, where does Gwinnett go from here?

Tommy Hunter, he of “John Lewis is a racist pig” Facebook infamy, has been officially reprimanded. The written condemnation from his colleagues on the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, the result of a controversial ethics investigation, has been posted online and on the courthouse wall. Soon, the five-page denunciation, which notes a “pattern of behavior that...
Collins the latest connection between Hawks, Wake Forest

Collins the latest connection between Hawks, Wake Forest

There is a connection between the Hawks and Wake Forest that goes beyond first-round draft pick John Collins. Some good. Some painful. There has been more of the good recently, for sure. However, there are vexing memories for many Hawks fans that involve the university and several twists of fate. Perhaps Collins can be the salve that finally closes slow healing wounds. Hawks fans still cringe. Just...
Georgia ethics panel trying again to collect millions in late fees

Georgia ethics panel trying again to collect millions in late fees

The state ethics commission is trying to address what it sees as a long-running problem: getting local elections officials to pay the fees they owe when they don’t file reports — such as campaign disclosures — on time. Or at all. It’s not a small amount of money the agency is after. Officials said in 2015 that the state is owed between $2.5 million and $3 million in late fees...

Xscape reunites for performance on BET Awards

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Consider the Xscape reunion launched. Performing for the first time in 18 years, the original quartet of Kandi Burruss, LaTocha Scott, Tamika Scott and Tameka “Tiny” Harris hit the stage at the 2017 BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. Wearing various forms of sequins and sparkles, the ladies thrilled the crowd with a throwback medley of their &lsquo...
Flavors meld in gumbo from The Optimist

Flavors meld in gumbo from The Optimist

From the menu … The Optimist, 914 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta; 404-477-6260; theoptimistrestaurant.com Three of us had the gumbo at The Optimist. We all thought it was some of the best that we have ever had. Our wonderful waiter asked the chef for the recipe that same night but the chef was obviously busy. Our waiter promised to email the recipe to me. It never came so I am hoping that maybe...
Unfurl the red, white and blue with cheesecake bars

Unfurl the red, white and blue with cheesecake bars

A patriotic day calls for an equally patriotic dessert that brings out the red, white and blue. This easy bar cookie checks all the above boxes, with a creamy white cheesecake base, fresh blueberries for the stars section and raspberry jam piped in thin lines for the stripes. The bars hold together better when they’re chilled, so try to keep them in the fridge for at least an hour before serving...
Deviled egg sampler

Deviled egg sampler

Obviously, Aristotle hadn’t snacked on deviled eggs when he proclaimed the whole as greater than the sum of its parts. Egg-white vessels, endless variations on yolk-based fillings and garnishes as simple or fussy as the occasion requires each bring their own charms to the party. We recommend a liberating approach to serving deviled eggs. Make the kind you like best and a few others, too. We&rsquo...
Eyecatchers

Eyecatchers

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Former Brave Keith Lockhart’s son hospitalized after hit in face with baseball

Former Brave Keith Lockhart’s son hospitalized after hit in face with baseball

The son of former Atlanta Braves second baseman Keith Lockhart has been placed on life support after he was hit in the face by a baseball, according to media reports. Jason Lockhart, 15, was hit Saturday, June 17, during a baseball tournament in South Carolina as he touched home plate. The catcher was throwing the ball back to the pitcher when it hit Jason in the face, breaking his nose. Jason...
Behind the scenes with Marvel “Avengers” stars and their trendy drinks

Behind the scenes with Marvel “Avengers” stars and their trendy drinks

It’s important to stay hydrated no matter who you are when it’s summertime in Atlanta. If you’re a superhero, it’s all the more crucial. So it was a relief to see that Robert Downey Jr., who plays Tony Stark/Iron Man in Marvel movies including the two “Avengers” pictures filming this summer out of the Pinewood Studios Atlanta facility is taking things seriously...

Tyler Perry makes a surprise announcement

Tyler Perry always seems to be juggling a slew of projects at any given time. He’s teamed up with “The Walking Dead,” has visited the White House in the past (and posted this video just the other day that seemed to suggest he’d made a return visit). In character as Madea he once told President Donald Trump what for and has a new Halloween-themed Madea movie coming out, he announced...
Still work to do as Hawks determine direction of franchise

Still work to do as Hawks determine direction of franchise

It’s time to get back to work. Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk gave his charges in the front office the weekend off after the long days and nights leading up to and through Thursday’s NBA Draft. The pace does not slow after the brief respite. The free agency period begins this week. The Hawks also have an entry in the Las Vegas Summer League in two weeks that will include all six...
Witness describes violent collision that killed Marietta man

Witness describes violent collision that killed Marietta man

A Marietta man is dead after a collision between a car and a pickup truck Sunday afternoon. The crash happened about 12:17 p.m. on South Cobb Drive at Appleton Road, Cobb County police spokeswoman Officer Alicia Chilton said.  Bruce Barker, 66, was killed when his Ford Ranger collided with a Ford Mustang driven by 21-year old Jabriel Wooden of Marietta, Chilton said. Witness Corey Youngblood...
Fox Sports Southeast to air Hawks draftees, Howard press conferences

Fox Sports Southeast to air Hawks draftees, Howard press conferences

Fox Sports Southeast will televise two live press conferences of interest to Hawks fans on Monday. The network with televise the Hawks’ introductory press conference of their three draft picks at 11 a.m. That will be followed by the Hornets’ introductory press conference for the Dwight Howard, acquired in a trade with the Hawks last week, at noon. The Hawks will introduce picks No. 19...
Drug-sniffing dog to patrol middle, high schools in Hall County

Drug-sniffing dog to patrol middle, high schools in Hall County

Students in Hall County middle and high schools will have canine company when they return to classes this fall.  The school district invested $15,000 on a police dog trained to detect drugs that will patrol the halls daily, Channel 2 Action News reported. Parent Gail Drake told the news station she believes illegal narcotics are a problem on campus. "I do think that's a problem,” Drake...
Guzan, Johnson called up for Gold Cup

Guzan, Johnson called up for Gold Cup

Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan and Lilburn native and goalkeeper Sean Johnson were named to the U.S. men’s national team for the upcoming Gold Cup. The Gold Cup is a tournament featuring national teams from North America, Central America and the Caribbean. It begins July 7 and ends July 26. The U.S. will open against Panama on July 8. It will play Martinique on July 12 and Nicaragua on...
87-year-old trapped at home after tree hits house

87-year-old trapped at home after tree hits house

Julia May Preston was home with her son when a massive tree fell on her house, trapping her on her property indefinitely, she says. Preston, 87, lives in northwest Atlanta, where several days of wet weather has softened ground and contributed to trees uprooting, Channel 2 Action News reported. Her son, Thomas Turner, described the sounds as the tree crashed into the Arcadia Circle home about 9 p.m...

Here’s the trailer for Atlanta-filmed “Pitch Perfect 3”

The Bellas are back for one more a capella adventure. With college behind them, the ladies seem to be taking a stand against adulting for the moment. One more shot at taking the stage together and they’ll totally get on with their lives. A USO concert abroad seems to fit the bill. “Pitch Perfect 3” was largely filmed here and includs scenes where Atlanta locations stood in for France...
Matt Kemp returns to Braves lineup

Matt Kemp returns to Braves lineup

Braves left fielder Matt Kemp returned to the lineup on Sunday after missing two games because of a sore left hamstring. Kemp initially wasn’t in the lineup announced by the Braves but was added later in place of Danny Santana. Kemp left Thursday’s game because of what the Braves said was tightness in his left hamstring. Kemp sat out a game on June 16 because of soreness in the same hamstring...
VIDEO: Food stand owner’s nose broken, daughter beaten over food order

VIDEO: Food stand owner’s nose broken, daughter beaten over food order

Police in Appling County are looking for two people in connection with an aggravated assault on a food stand owner and her 15-year-old daughter. Nathaniel Eric Smith and Latasha M. Smith are wanted on aggravated assault and cruelty to children charges in connection with Thursday’s attack after they were allegedly infuriated over a food order.  Jeannette Norris, who owns the Qwik Chick takeout...
Braves have shot at Atlanta record for runs scored in June

Braves have shot at Atlanta record for runs scored in June

With five games remaining in June the Braves are within distance of the Atlanta franchise record for runs scored in the month. The Braves have scored 128 runs over 23 games in June, tied with the Diamondbacks for fourth-most in the majors. The 1976 Braves hold the Atlanta franchise record for runs scored in June with 159 over 29 games. The Braves rank sixth in the majors for June batting average (...
Sunshine, below average temps expected

Sunshine, below average temps expected

Today: Partly to mostly cloudy. High 84 Tonight: Partly cloudy skies. Low 62 Tomorrow: Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High around 85 While some rain sprinkles hover above Northeast Georgia skies, metro Atlantans can expect to see the sun this afternoon, meteorologists say. Rain chances are low as that moisture is drying up before it...
Atlanta United 1, Colorado 0: Player ratings

Atlanta United 1, Colorado 0: Player ratings

Player ratings for Atlanta United following Saturday’s 1-0 win against Colorado at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: Goalkeeper Alec Kann, 8: Punched away a corner in the first minute. … Came off his line for a big block to deny Josh Gatt in the 40th minute. … Saved a point-blank header in the game’s final second. … Team would have lost if not his two big saves...
Dunwoody officer skips ticket, helps man buy and install child car seat

Dunwoody officer skips ticket, helps man buy and install child car seat

Officer Jeffrey Leach traded a chance to write a ticket for an opportunity to teach a lesson, Dunwoody police said. Leach, who joined the Dunwoody Police Department last March, pulled a car over when he suspected a child wasn’t properly seated in a car seat, police said. The driver admitted he didn’t have a seat for his youngest child and Leach, who works as one of the department&rsquo...
Atlanta United 1, Colorado 0: By the numbers

Atlanta United 1, Colorado 0: By the numbers

A by-the-numbers look at Atlanta United’s 1-0 win against Colorado on Saturday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: 1 Assist for Brandon Vazquez this season after he notched one on Saturday. - 3 Shutout this season for Atlanta United. - 5 Wins at home for Atlanta United. - 5 Crosses for Colorado. - 7 Sell outs for Atlanta United this season. - 7 Goals for Josef Martinez this season after...
Atlanta United 1, Colorado 0: What was said

Atlanta United 1, Colorado 0: What was said

What was said following Atlanta United’s 1-0 win against Colorado on Saturday’s game at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: GERARDO MARTINO On Josef Martinez’s Goal: “Whenever Josef is on the field, we have expectations that he is capable of scoring and he has skills and chances inside the box that few forwards in the world have so it’s a welcome return for our team...
Atlanta United 1, Colorado 0: Man of the match

Atlanta United 1, Colorado 0: Man of the match

My choice for Atlanta United’s man of the match following Saturday’s game against Colorado at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: JOSEF MARTINEZ Striker Why: He scored his second goal in league play since returning from a thigh injury. The goal, his seventh in MLS, came in his first start since returning. The strike came in the 67th minute on an assist from Brandon Vazquez. Quote...
TV best bets with ‘Pretty Little Liars’ series finale, returns of ‘Younger,’ ‘Zoo,’ ‘Battle of the Network Stars’

TV best bets with ‘Pretty Little Liars’ series finale, returns of ‘Younger,’ ‘Zoo,’ ‘Battle of the Network Stars’

This was posted Sunday, June 25, 2017 by Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog On Tuesday, Freeform’s popular “Pretty Little Liars” will end with “A.D.” unmasked and plenty of other secrets revealed. Otherwise, a few summer shows are back including the fourth season of TV Land’s “Younger,” CBS’s third season of “Zoo&rdquo...

Manslaughter conviction for texts: When do words become crimes?

In a recent legal decision igniting fierce debate, a Massachusetts judge ruled that a teenage girl who texted her boyfriend to follow through on his intent to kill himself was guilty of involuntary manslaughter. The judge did not appear swayed by Michelle Carter’s age at the time, 17, or her own history of eating disorders, suicidal thoughts and social anxieties. Carter’s conviction may...
Atlanta United 1, Colorado 0: 5 observations

Atlanta United 1, Colorado 0: 5 observations

Thanks to a 1-0 victory over Colorado on Saturday, Atlanta United enters the second half of the MLS season in the sixth and final place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. A goal from Josef Martinez on an assist from Brandon Vazquez lifted Atlanta United to the win at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Decatur’s Alec Kann preserved the victory with a save of a point-blank header in...
Atlanta United defeats Colorado

Atlanta United defeats Colorado

A goal from Josef Martinez on an assist from Brandon Vazquez lifted Atlanta United to a 1-0 victory over Colorado on Saturday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Alec Kann preserved the win with a save of a point-blank header in the game’s final seconds. After missing on two chances to take a lead in the first half, the Rapids tried a bunkering approach in the second half as Atlanta...
Another Phillips homer lifts Braves over Brewers

Another Phillips homer lifts Braves over Brewers

Brandon Phillips gave the Reds his OK to trade him to his hometown team this year. That decision is working so well for Phillips that he hopes the Braves will keep him around after this season. Phillips’ go-ahead, two-run home run in the third inning Saturday sent the Braves on their way to a 3-1 victory over the Brewers at SunTrust Park. It was the third consecutive game with a homer for the...
Atlanta United starting 11 vs. Colorado: Big news

Atlanta United starting 11 vs. Colorado: Big news

Atlanta United’s starting 11 for Saturday’s game against Colorado at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: Goalkeeper Alec Kann, continuing his consecutive streak of starts Right fullback Anton Walkes, making his first MLS start this season. He replaces Ty Mears. Centerhalf Michael Parkhurst Centerhalf Leandro Gonzalez Pirez Right fullback Greg Garza Holding midfielder Carlos Carmona...
Man sought in several DeKalb robberies

Man sought in several DeKalb robberies

DeKalb County police are trying to find a man thought to be a serial robber and his accomplice, saying they present more than just a threat to businesses. Authorities say it’s a public safety issue, too. “It's a safety issue when you're robbing businesses,” detective Chastity Cantrelo told Channel 2 Action News. “At any point, a customer could come in and startle the suspects...
Watch Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson surprise kids at Zoo Atlanta

Watch Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson surprise kids at Zoo Atlanta

A group of young Zoo Atlanta visitors had quite the memorable experience this week when Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson showed up. “I knew that was you!” one of the little guys exclaimed. MORE: On-set injury halts work on movie starring The Rock The Rock posed a very important question before posing for photos. Check it out:
‘Tricky’ hamstring injury keeps Kemp out of Braves lineup

‘Tricky’ hamstring injury keeps Kemp out of Braves lineup

Braves left fielder Matt Kemp so far hasn’t been able to pull off the difficult balancing act of letting his nagging hamstring injury heal while continuing to play. Kemp was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game Saturday. He left Thursday’s game because of what the Braves said was tightness in his left hamstring. “It’s not serious; it’s just something that&rsquo...
‘Concerned citizen’ accused of shooting man fleeing police 

‘Concerned citizen’ accused of shooting man fleeing police 

A man was arrested after he shot someone who was attempting to elude officers early Saturday in Covington, police said. Marcus Allan Pitts, 46, of Covington, was charged with aggravated assault after he fired a shot at Terence Lee Lennox, 33, of Lawrenceville,  police Capt. Craig Treadwell said.  Officers administered first aid to Lennox, who was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he...

Why “Celebrate America” event was canceled

A “Celebrate America” planned for today at The Rock Ranch in Middle Georgia, a popular family destination, was shelved but not because of any sort of political division. Instead the event got scotched by a foe we all can unite against: this infernal rain. A video posted on the facility’s Facebook page said threats of severe weather guided the decision. “We will reschedule the...
3 teens shot at Cobb County shopping center

3 teens shot at Cobb County shopping center

Three teens were seriously injured late Friday when they were shot at a Cobb County shopping center, according to Smyrna police. About 11:30 p.m., officers responded to the Cobb Center in the 2100 block of South Cobb Drive, spokesman Louis Defense said. The victims were shot multiple times and were taken to local hospitals, Defense said. <div></div><br><blockquote class="...
Rainy days coming to an end

Rainy days coming to an end

  Today: High: 83 Tonight: Low: 67 Tomorrow: High: 85 Rain-weary residents of metro Atlanta and North Georgia are in for more wet stuff Saturday. But there seems to be a break coming soon. “It has been a soggy week, and really we only have one more day,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said. Showers will continue through midafternoon, but drier air...
Dream defense unable to slow Sky in 82-78 loss

Dream defense unable to slow Sky in 82-78 loss

Returning from a lackluster road trip and hosting the slumping Chicago Sky, the Atlanta Dream needed some home cooking on its annual Pride Night. It didn’t get it. The Dream’s offense couldn’t keep pace in an 82-78 loss Friday night at McCamish Pavilion. Atlanta (5-6) has lost five of its last six games. “Tough game to lose,” Dream coach Michael Cooper said. “But...
Braves win with key plays by rookies Swanson, Camargo

Braves win with key plays by rookies Swanson, Camargo

It was like old times Friday for Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson and third baseman Johan Camargo. The pair played infield for Double-A Mississippi last season and are doing it with the Braves now that Camargo is getting regular playing time. Each made superlative defensive plays to hold off Brewers rallies during the 5-4 Braves victory at SunTrust Park. “Both those young guys on that side of...
Adams becomes a complication for Braves — in a good way

Adams becomes a complication for Braves — in a good way

If only Matt Adams hadn’t gone on his galoot-free diet and had reported to the Braves looking like he was smuggling grapefruit in his uniform. Were only he the typical left-handed masher that he appears to be at first glance, mindlessly pumping baseballs into the shift and either hitting home runs or taking a seat. Then we wouldn’t be going through all this hullabaloo right now. Freddie...

I loved traveling abroad, and he would follow. But how far was too far?

"Let's go to Mongolia," I texted my boyfriend, Michael. I was leaving in three weeks.  "I thought you wanted to go alone."   I did.   A friend had arranged a cultural exchange between an American and Mongolian ballet company. A dance and travel enthusiast, I decided to attend the performance in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia's capital, and spend a week in the Gobi...
Missing Florida teen considered in danger, may be with man she met on Facebook

Missing Florida teen considered in danger, may be with man she met on Facebook

Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a Florida teen who is missing and considered to be in danger. Victoria Stites, of Palm Bay, is 19, but her mental capacity is lower than her age, Palm Bay police say. She is possibly traveling to Jamaica, New York, with a man she met on Facebook. She was last seen Saturday leaving her Palm Bay home, north of Vero Beach, wearing a green...
Erin Andrews marries former NHL player Jarret Stoll in Montana

Erin Andrews marries former NHL player Jarret Stoll in Montana

Erin Andrews is a married woman! The “Dancing With the Stars” co-host wed her hockey player fiancé in an intimate ceremony in Montana surrounded by close friends and family on Saturday, according to People. Just days before the ceremony, Andrews took to Instagram to share a beautiful photo of the sunset. “Stop,” she captioned the image. The couple started...
VIDEO: Bruno Mars opens 2017 BET Awards

VIDEO: Bruno Mars opens 2017 BET Awards

The 2017 BET Awards opened with an energizing performance from Bruno Mars. Billboard reported that the first-time BET Award winner performed "Perm,” an upbeat song from his latest album “24K Magic.” Mars and his band, the Hooligans, rollicked and rolled across the stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and got the crowed ready for the show.  Mars closed...
Man reels in, returns stranger's camera after it was lost five years

Man reels in, returns stranger's camera after it was lost five years

Alex Mansur was paddleboarding with family when he lost his camera on a trip to the Tennessee River in 2012. Mansur and his family were meeting relatives in Chattanooga and paddleboarding together for the first time, according to the St. Augustine Record. The camera's lanyard slid off his wrist. “I felt it falling down my legs and down the board. I jumped in after it, but it just slipped...
Tim Tebow promoted by Mets

Tim Tebow promoted by Mets

Tim Tebow, the former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at the University of Florida, earned a promotion and will be moving on up in the New York Mets farm system. Tebow will be moving on from Single-A Columbia and up to the Mets Advanced-A ball team, the St. Lucie Mets. “Tim brought an incredible amount of experience and leadership to our clubhouse,” Fireflies president John Katz said...
Celebrity chef injured in gas explosion at new Bahamas restaurant

Celebrity chef injured in gas explosion at new Bahamas restaurant

A South Florida chef who starred in a cable TV reality cooking show suffered third-degree burns Thursday after a gas explosion at his new restaurant in the Bahamas, Local 10 News in Miami reports. Ralph Pagano was airlifted to a Miami hospital after the blast at Resorts World Bimini. He was turning on the kitchen's gas burners when the oven blew up. "My hands were on fire, my shirt was on...
Police officer throws birthday party for homeless man

Police officer throws birthday party for homeless man

Odessa police Cpl. Roland Heyne first met Anthony Ramsey about a month ago at a convenience store he goes to while on duty.  Ramsey, who’s homeless, left an indelible mark on Heyne.  “A lot of people have had interactions (with Ramsey), where he’s given them a lot, and given them labor and assistance in things,” Heyne told KOSA. “I think to myself, Anthony...
BET Awards 2017: Complete winners list

BET Awards 2017: Complete winners list

The 2017 BET Awards was star studded and filled with appearances from the biggest names in R&B, pop, hip hop and rap. Bruno Mars, Remy Ma, Cardi B, Fat Joe, Migos and more artists hit the stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.  Here is the full list of winners from the show.
Aspiring singer found murdered in home, police say

Aspiring singer found murdered in home, police say

Family and friends are mourning the loss of a beloved daughter who was found dead in her home on Friday night. Egypt Covington, 27, is believed to have been murdered, police said. Covington was found dead by a friend, according to MLive.com. Covington’s father, Chuck Covington, broke down during an interview with WJBK describing his daughter, who had a “smile that lightens up the...
White St. Louis officer shoots off-duty black cop in arm during shootout

White St. Louis officer shoots off-duty black cop in arm during shootout

A St. Louis police officer is recovering from a gunshot wound to the arm after being fired upon by a fellow officer while responding to a crime scene while off duty. A lawyer for the injured officer says it was the victim’s race that caused him to be the target of the bullet. Last week, the unnamed officer saw and heard the end of a car chase in his neighborhood, according to KTVI. The...
Bill Cosby accuser slams his upcoming sexual assault town halls

Bill Cosby accuser slams his upcoming sexual assault town halls

After Bill Cosby announced that he will be traveling the country to teach young men how to avoid being accused of sexual assault, one of his accusers appeared on CNN to give her reaction. On Saturday morning, accuser Linda Kirkpatrick shared exactly what she thinks about the idea. “Him having a town hall meeting on educating people about sexual assault is the same as Jeffrey Dahmer hosting a...
Woman lashes out about Confederate flag on man's 'Dukes of Hazzard' car

Woman lashes out about Confederate flag on man's 'Dukes of Hazzard' car

Activist Ybia Anderson confronted the unnamed owner of a replica General Lee muscle car at a heritage festival last Saturday and the resulting video has gone viral. Anderson, who is black, began videoing the car, a 1969 Dodge Charger similar to the one featured on the television show "The Dukes of Hazzard" as it was “front and center, the first thing people see when they...
Missing NC teen found safe in Georgia more than a year after she vanished

Missing NC teen found safe in Georgia more than a year after she vanished

A missing North Carolina teenager, who vanished last year, has turned up at a home in Georgia. Hailey Burns, now 17, has been reunited with her family at an undisclosed location in Georgia, according to law enforcement sources. A FBI special agent in Charlotte learned of information that led investigators to a home in Duluth, Georgia, where they found Burns. A man found at the home, Michael Ren Wysolovski...
Michael Jackson’s family remembers him on 8th anniversary of his death

Michael Jackson’s family remembers him on 8th anniversary of his death

On the eighth anniversary of the death of pop icon Michael Jackson, some of his family members are remembering him in different ways. ABC News reported that members of the Jackson family have made social media posts and tribute performances. The late singer’s brothers -- Jermaine, Jackie, Tito and Marlon -- performed as The Jacksons at England’s Glastonbury Festival Friday. Dressed...
Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop called out by former NASA scientist for claim about healing stickers

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop called out by former NASA scientist for claim about healing stickers

NASA is disputing claims made by Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop website about “wearable stickers that promote healing.” Gizmodo reported that former NASA scientist Mark Shelhamer criticized Goop for promoting stickers from Body Vibes, which in a post claims are “made with the same conductive carbon material NASA uses to line space suits so they can monitor an astronaut&rsquo...
Video shows Britney Spears’ reaction when meeting fan wearing her ‘Oops, I Did It Again’ catsuit

Video shows Britney Spears’ reaction when meeting fan wearing her ‘Oops, I Did It Again’ catsuit

Singer Britney Spears came face-to-face Friday with a fan who was rocking her iconic red “Oops, I Did It Again” catsuit during a meet-and-greet in Bangkok. “Nice to meet you guys. I like your costume. It’s so cool!” Spears said as she greeted the group of fans before posting with them for a photograph. “I like your catsuit!” she said again after snapping a...
Janet Jackson loving motherhood as she gets back into her music, producer says

Janet Jackson loving motherhood as she gets back into her music, producer says

Janet Jackson welcomed her very first child, son Eissa, in January and is having a great time being a mom! “She’s so happy,” her longtime producer, Jimmy Jam, told Entertainment Tonight. “I get FaceTime [calls] at like two in the morning, usually when I’m wrapping up in the studio. It’s always just Isa [on FaceTime], she’s in the background somewhere. He&rsquo...
Woman dragged through parking lot trying to retrieve stolen purse

Woman dragged through parking lot trying to retrieve stolen purse

A man who allegedly stole a woman’s purse at a South Florida gas station dragged the victim with his car when she tried to get her purse back.  The woman was pumping gas at a Broward County station on June 2 when Robert Flagg, 19, broke her car window, grabbed her purse and tried to make a getaway in his car, according to NBC 6 Miami. When he was about to drive off, the victim grabbed her...
Watch: Girl falls 25 feet from Six Flags ride, caught by other park guests

Watch: Girl falls 25 feet from Six Flags ride, caught by other park guests

A 14-year-old girl fell 25 feet from a gondola ride at Six Flags Amusement Park in Queensbury, New York, Saturday night as a group of park guests gathered under her to help break her fall. The “Sky Ride” was stopped at the park about 55 miles north of Albany when the accident happened, according to CBS News. The teenager was on the ride with a child relative when she fell from the two-person...
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