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Flammable cladding used on buildings in Georgia, other states

For decades, architects and developers have put cheap, highly flammable wall panels on the exteriors of multi-story buildings. A four-story drug and alcohol treatment center in Atlanta has them. So does a six-story building at California State University. The panels might be on a 15-floor federal courthouse in Florida and a 33-story Marriott hotel in Baltimore. They apparently cover a front wall and...


Delta spending $437M for a piece of Air France

Delta spending $437M for a piece of Air France

Delta Air Lines is acquiring a 10 percent stake in Air France, part of a round of cross-border investments among the airline’s international partners. Atlanta-based Delta will buy the stake, worth about $437 million, in Air France-KLM, and it will gain a seat on the board. Air France will buy a 31 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic from Virgin Group, while another Delta partner, China Eastern...
Too soon to call Dansby Swanson a bust but good chance he’s no star

Too soon to call Dansby Swanson a bust but good chance he’s no star

Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson is headed back to the minors. (ccompton@ajc.com) Dansby Swanson is headed to Triple-A but that doesn’t mean he’s a bust. You can make a list of good (or going-to-be-good) major leaguers who struggled early in their careers and then went back down to the minors to work things out. Mike Trout is among them. Yet there’s an even...
Georgia might ditch license plate tags; state studies idea

Georgia might ditch license plate tags; state studies idea

It is one of the most common experiences among car owners across the nation: Once a year, for a required fee, receive a decal to stick on your license plate or window showing your vehicle registration is up-to-date. But now Georgia is flirting with the idea of eliminating the stickers altogether, a potential massive decision given that the decals got stuck on more than 10.7 million vehicles in the...
Accused NSA leaker’s supporters call on feds to drop charges against her

Accused NSA leaker’s supporters call on feds to drop charges against her

Reality Winner’s supporters said they delivered petitions with more than 16,000 signatures to the U.S. Justice Department’s headquarters in Washington Thursday, asking the agency to drop its charges against the accused National Security Agency leaker.  Among those delivering the petitions on “Whistleblower Appreciation Day” were representatives from several groups, including...
C.T. Vivian’s vast collection of books to anchor library in his honor

C.T. Vivian’s vast collection of books to anchor library in his honor

When C.T. Vivian was growing up in McComb, Ill., one of his favorite places was the local library. All of the librarians knew him and eagerly fed his reading habit. Few blacks actually used the McComb library then, and they found even fewer books there that were written for or about them.
Gwinnett officials to immigrants: Don’t get duped by fake attorneys

Gwinnett officials to immigrants: Don’t get duped by fake attorneys

Police believe he set up shop at a flea market and, using multiple aliases, pretended to be an attorney. He told one man he’d help his family get to the States legally and collected $6,000. He agreed to help a handful of foreign workers get legal status and collected $20,000. He promised someone else he’d assist with the immigration process and collected $10,000 more. But he never...
Life with Gracie: Cherokee’s first black nurse takes friend’s illness as cue to retire

Life with Gracie: Cherokee’s first black nurse takes friend’s illness as cue to retire

The email said that Velma Blackwell had decided to retire and her colleagues were planning to throw a celebration in her honor at Northside Hospital Cherokee. It was hard to fathom. When I met the 71-year-old nurse back in April, retirement didn’t quite figure into her future. She balked at even the suggestion because, well, the hospital was poised to move into a new building and Blackwell...
Long a bastion of transparency, Ga. courts act to dim the lights

Long a bastion of transparency, Ga. courts act to dim the lights

No one is going to accuse judges of enthusiastically embracing modern society. They speak in Latin phrases and trace much of their behavior from the bench back centuries to English common law. Plus, who else wears robes to work? Yet daily they are forced to deal with Twitter. And Facebook. And Periscope. And a tide of technology — from laptops to smart phones and tablets — that can wreck...

From salad to soup - how to best use leftovers

Cookbook author Raquel Pelzel and columnist Cathy Barrow recently joined The Washington Post Food staff recently answered questions about all things edible. The following are edited excerpts. Recipes whose names are capitalized can be found in the Recipe Finder at washingtonpost.com/recipes. Q: I made a massive salad of corn and bell peppers (using red, orange, and yellow - so pretty!) for lunches...
Chester Bennington’s wife releases statement: ‘How do I move on?’

Chester Bennington’s wife releases statement: ‘How do I move on?’

Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performing in Los Angeles on May 22, 2017 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for iHeartMedia) BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The wife of Chester Bennington is speaking out eight days after the Linkin Park singer committed suicide at their California home. Talinda Bennington released a statement...
Homeowner shocked after finding 30,000 bees made 10 pounds of honey inside roof

Homeowner shocked after finding 30,000 bees made 10 pounds of honey inside roof

A family remodeling the siding on their house discovered 30,000 honey bees had staked a claim in their roof. The Fortiers called a beekeeper to safely remove the pollinating insects, which had produced 10 pounds of honey during their stay inside the roof. “We had absolutely no idea how many and how much they’d been working and how much (honey) they’d produced in our home,” ...
Family raises tuition money for nursing aide who cared for their mother in her final days

Family raises tuition money for nursing aide who cared for their mother in her final days

A nursing aide in Bogart, Georgia, is thanking a family for helping her again. >> Read more trending news TunDe Hector and Chris Wright crossed paths once in 2014. Wright spotted Hector, then a stranger, walking along the side of the road with a gas can. Her car had run out of gas and she was heading to a gas station half a mile away. Wright told ABC News he dropped his family at church...
Serial business burglary suspect in custody

Serial business burglary suspect in custody

A 48-year-old Woodstock man was arrested Thursday night in connection with nine recent business burglaries in the Highway 92 corridor in Cherokee County, a spokeswoman said. Mark Highsmith is charged with nine counts of burglary, three counts of criminal damage and six counts of criminal trespass, Woodstock police spokeswoman Brittany Duncan said. Police said the same man robbed five of the businesses...

Opinion: A different numbers game for Georgia’s rural hospitals

Sometimes, while working through a complex problem, a simple but inescapable fact pops up. Here’s such a fact about Georgia’s rural health-care crisis: The minimum population needed to sustain a hospital is 40,000. (quick Google search) More than two-thirds of Georgia’s counties, 110 of them, have fewer than 40,000 people. (eyes grow wide) Hoo-boy. “The numbers are what the...

Opinion: Appeals to conscience, good are real engines of societal change

Editor’s Note: This column by The Atlanta Constitution’s editor appeared April 6, 1968, two days after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered. Its lessons remain relevant today and can apply now, interchangeably, to both black and white. Martin Luther King Jr. is home now, forever. There will not be another King. If his truth is to march on, it must have taken fire now in the heart of...

Opinion: When unfamiliarity breeds contempt

Common sense and the Good Book each truthfully attest that a house divided cannot stand. Nowhere is that great truth more applicable – and willfully ignored – than when looking across the great gulf fixed that is American race relations, circa 2017. In interacting with, and understanding each other across, racial, ethnic, or religious differences, an American schizophrenia around this...

Trump making Hillary his co-star

At this point I think it’s fair to say that Donald Trump has gone beyond taunting and demonizing Hillary Clinton to a realm of outright obsession. He’s stalking her. He can’t stop tweeting about her. Can’t stop muttering about her. On Monday he addressed tens of thousands of Boy Scouts at their Jamboree, and who should pop up in his disjointed thoughts and disheveled words?...
Trump’s defense budget increase isn’t biggest and isn’t done

Trump’s defense budget increase isn’t biggest and isn’t done

President Donald Trump ticked off his presidential accomplishments in front of a warm crowd in Youngstown, Ohio, saying he was already keeping his promises to strengthen the military with record defense expenditures. This isn’t the first time he’s trumpeted big spending for the military. In an address to Congress in March, Trump said his budget “calls for one of the largest increases...
Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Jennifer Nettles, Molotov

Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Jennifer Nettles, Molotov

Jennifer Nettles will perform with the Atlanta Symphony later this year. Photo: Robb Cohen Photography & Video /www.RobbsPhotos.com BY SARIA CANADAY, AJC Music Scene blog If you find a mistake in Hot Tickets, please let us know. Contact Saria Canady at  scanady@ajc.com. Events are subject to change, so it’s a good idea to call the venue before driving a long...
Georgia Tech looking for first commitment for 2018

Georgia Tech looking for first commitment for 2018

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner would have liked to have secured his first commitment for the 2018 signing class by this point, but said there’s nothing that can be done about it. “It’s not that we’re behind,” Pastner said Thursday between watching games at various AAU tournaments in Las Vegas. “You can’t force a kid to commit.” Pastner and assistant...

VIDEO: Jazz robots, fish studies and other stuff the military spends money on

President Donald Trump announced a ban on transgender military personnel this week (via Twitter, of course). “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming  victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,” he wrote, citing no specifics regarding these “tremendous...
What is the Silent Parade? Google honors iconic 1917 civil rights march

What is the Silent Parade? Google honors iconic 1917 civil rights march

One hundred years ago today, the iconic Silent Parade of 1917 went down in history as the first mass African American protest of its kind, setting the stage for civil rights marches to come. To commemorate the 100th anniversary, Google created a doodle on its homepage honoring “those whose silence resonates a century later.” Nearly 10,000 black men, women and children spent Saturday...
Voice behind Rocky the Squirrel dies at 99

Voice behind Rocky the Squirrel dies at 99

June Foray, a voice actress who portrayed croaky grandmothers, purring cats and the world’s most famous flying rodent — Rocket J. Squirrel, from “The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show” — in hundreds of animated movies, television series and commercials, died July 26 at a Los Angeles hospital. She was 99. Her niece, Robin Thaler, said the cause was cardiac arrest. Few actors &mdash...
Missing DeKalb grandma, 78, asked for court protection from grandson

Missing DeKalb grandma, 78, asked for court protection from grandson

Prior to her disappearance, 78-year-old Millicent Williams asked for court-ordered protection from her grandson, who reportedly suffers from PTSD stemming from military service, according to court records. The grandson, Gregory A. Williams, 37, is in the DeKalb County jail facing charges of kidnapping and aggravated assault, as well as stealing her car. But the woman hasn’t been found...
North Korea fires apparent missile, Pentagon says

North Korea fires apparent missile, Pentagon says

North Korea fired what appeared to be a missile late Friday night local time, according to multiple reports. Citing Japan’s NHK, also known as the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, Reuters reported that the apparent missile might have landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
Atlanta Concerts this week: Shawn Mendes, 2 Chainz

Atlanta Concerts this week: Shawn Mendes, 2 Chainz

2 Chainz will kick off his tour at the Tabernacle on Aug. 1. Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for BET BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Retro Futura It’s a synth-fiesta on this ‘80s-centric tour that stars Howard Jones , Men Without Hats, the English Beat, Katrina and the Waves...
APD: Man jumps over pharmacy counter, steals $137 worth of cough syrup

APD: Man jumps over pharmacy counter, steals $137 worth of cough syrup

A man jumped over an Atlanta Rite Aid counter and filled his backpack with cough syrup, according to police.  An employee told police that the man watched her until she “finished with her last customer.” She said he then hopped over the counter, made eye contact and told her, “don’t move and you won’t get hurt.”  The suspect took 10 bottles of Promethazine...
Man convicted of kidnapping in armed robbery of Gwinnett anime shop

Man convicted of kidnapping in armed robbery of Gwinnett anime shop

When a masked man demanded money from clerks at the Best Anime Shoppe, one of the workers knew immediately it was Bereket James Lewis, the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s Office said. The employee “thought it was a joke” because he recognized Lewis’ voice; Lewis had previously worked at the Norcross store. But when the employee saw that Lewis was “completely...
County to allow tax districts for dam repair

County to allow tax districts for dam repair

The Henry County Board of Commissioners voted recently to approve an ordinance allowing for the creation of special tax districts to fund repairs of various dams throughout the county. Private land owners or individual communities can now petition the county to create a self-taxing district with specific participants to set aside money for the costs associated with dams that affect their property...
Former Professional Skateboarder to lead skate park design

Former Professional Skateboarder to lead skate park design

The city of LaGrange is considering a public plaza-style skate park at the south end of downtown, on a portion of city-owned property near the Bull and Main streets intersection. The skate park will provide a safe, designated place for wheeled-sport enthusiasts (skateboarders, BMX bike riders, inline skaters, scooter riders, etc.) to develop their skills and enjoy the company of their peers. Former...
Man charged with 3 deaths, racing in horrific I-285 wreck

Man charged with 3 deaths, racing in horrific I-285 wreck

After the metal bent and the bodies flung up into the air, then to the pavement, a 35-year-old man named Kane Danger was rushed from I-285 to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Three people were dead, two men who were ejected from a Chevrolet Camaro and a woman who’d been a passenger in Danger’s own Camaro. Five months later, the Decatur man has been booked in the DeKalb County...
Pet-ture perfect: 7 ways to get the best photo of your furry friend

Pet-ture perfect: 7 ways to get the best photo of your furry friend

Anyone with an Instagram account will tell you that there’s no shortage of inspirational pet photos to emulate. But pet owners need time, patience and a discerning eye to replicate a striking image on a camera phone. For frame-worthy portraits of Atlanta’s pampered pets, professional photographers Parker Smith and Leesia Teh put animal companions in their best light. Smith’s stripped...
Massive mako shark jumps onto fishing boat, gets stuck in handrail

Massive mako shark jumps onto fishing boat, gets stuck in handrail

A massive mako shark jumped aboard a fishing charter boat and got stuck in a handrail earlier this month. Video shows the more than 8-foot shark violently thrashing in an effort to free itself after getting wedged in the handrail July 6 on the Outlaw Fishing Charters boat. “He jumped on the boat,” a person exclaims in the video. “Oh my gosh.” At one point, the shark bites...
Teen killed at Ohio State Fair had just joined Marines

Teen killed at Ohio State Fair had just joined Marines

An 18-year-old man killed when a ride malfunctioned on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday had recently enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Tyler Jarrell, of Columbus, was pronounced dead at the fair after being thrown off the Fire Ball ride during a malfunction. In an interview with the Columbus Dispatch, Clarrisa Williams, the mother of Jarrell’s girlfriend Keziah...
Ruling paves way for commercial use of Henry County site

Ruling paves way for commercial use of Henry County site

An amendment to Henry County’s comprehensive plan and future land use map will allow a commercial designation for a five-acre site on the southeast corner of Hwy. 155 and Kelleytown Road. It was previously designated rural residential. The change was approved July 18 by the Henry County Board of Commissioners. A commercial rezoning request for a gas station and convenience store at the site...
OK, Atlanta United fans, stay classy Saturday

OK, Atlanta United fans, stay classy Saturday

Atlanta United fans, the ball’s on your side of the field now. How will you greet Orlando? (Andrew Dinwiddie/SPECIAL) When Atlanta United faces Orlando City Saturday, in their final gathering at Bobby Dodd before moving to the high-rent district, the city’s hip, cool core of soccer fans will be faced with a big decision. Do they lower themselves to the level of those Orlando...
Falcons owner Arthur Blank visits training camp

Falcons owner Arthur Blank visits training camp

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank is at the team’s facility this morning for Day two of training camp, and the defending NFC champions are enjoying a breeze and mixed cloud cover to make it considerably cooler than Thursday’s initial practice. Fan turnout appears to at least match yesterday, and more than 1,000 spectators are fanned across the hillside overlooking the practice fields...
Opinion: GOP’s Obamacare failure has many fathers (and mothers)

Opinion: GOP’s Obamacare failure has many fathers (and mothers)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. (Melina Mara / The Washington Post) The biggest lie in politics over the past several years has been that the Republican Party is a band of blinkered zealots who mulishly pursue an ideological agenda. If you didn’t see that before the failed vote on even a slimmed-down version of Obamacare repeal early Friday morning, you should now. There...

4-star guard Will Richardson likes Georgia Tech

Liberty County High point guard Will Richardson could be Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner’s first blue-chip recruit. Richardson, a rising senior rated a four-star prospect by ESPN, gave praise to Pastner and Tech Thursday at the Las Vegas Classic tournament and indicated they’ll be among the schools to survive an upcoming cut. He reportedly holds a slew of offers, including Virginia, Ohio...
Watch zoo’s new baby elephant achieve most adorable escape ever

Watch zoo’s new baby elephant achieve most adorable escape ever

The Houston Zoo had its hands full Wednesday as its newest edition, a two-week-old elephant calf named Joy, wriggled and scooted her way to temporary freedom.  A zoo visitor captured the moment on cellphone video as Joy lay on the ground, wiggling her way under the bottom cable of the enclosure. Once she was under, she stood up and ran down the line between the primary and secondary enclosure...
Chipotle to test drive-thru windows

Chipotle to test drive-thru windows

Chipotle is making plans to test out what customers have long been asking for -- the chain’s first ever drive-thru.  >> Read more trending news Tuesday, Chipotle executives announced they will be running a trial of a drive-thru option this fall at an undisclosed location in Ohio. If all goes well, more Chipotle drive-thrus could be in the near future.  The move is part of Chipotle&rsquo...

With collapse of Senate GOP effort, a sigh of relief from Georgia hospitals

In the hallways of many a hospital in Georgia, a sigh of relief rushed out at news of the collapse of the Senate Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act in a manner that would have would have sent the U.S. health care system deeper into uncharted territory. Here’s the statement from Earl Rogers, president and CEO of the Georgia Hospital Association: Yet the hospital association...
Guide gives critical info about your kids’ Georgia school

Guide gives critical info about your kids’ Georgia school

Get ready for back-to-school by learning critical information about the campus where your Georgia students are attending In The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Ultimate School Guide, you can click on the school system list to see information on every school in alphabetical order, or fill in your school name for an individual search. The Ultimate School Guide will show you the safest schools...
Forsyth County library constructioon hitting milestone

Forsyth County library constructioon hitting milestone

Forsyth County officials said an expansion of the state’s busiest library branch remains on track to open in the spring. Library system Director Anna Lyle said the expansion portion should be readied by fall and the entire facility will close for about four weeks. Library employees will then shift the collection from the 20,000-square-foot existing library into the 18,000-foot extension so that...
Dissolved Marietta Redevelopment Corp. gives funds to new park

Dissolved Marietta Redevelopment Corp. gives funds to new park

The Elizabeth Porter Park fund has received the largest donation of its fundraising campaign when the now dissolved Marietta Redevelopment Corporation contributed $40,701. MRC was dissolved in March by its board of directors after the acquisition in late 2016 of eight acres for construction of 78 single-family homes and clearance of MRC’s existing debt, leaving the nonprofit with $40,701 after...
Public hearing added for Cobb 2040 plan

Public hearing added for Cobb 2040 plan

Two more public hearings are scheduled in August by Cobb County officials for the 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Not meeting the Atlanta Regional Commission deadline of Sept. 12 puts Cobb at risk of losing its Qualified Local Government Status, which is the way Cobb County is eligible to receive federal and state funding. Cobb residents are asked to make final suggestions, additions or revisions to the...
Here are all the movies, TV shows coming to Netflix in August

Here are all the movies, TV shows coming to Netflix in August

Every month, Netflix announces all the titles coming and leaving the streaming service. » RELATED: Here are all the movies, TV shows leaving Netflix in August   And in August, users will have the chance to finally catch its much-anticipated original series, “Marvel's The Defenders,” as well as “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.” » RELATED...
Last chance: Movies, TV shows leaving Netflix in August

Last chance: Movies, TV shows leaving Netflix in August

Every month, Netflix announces all the titles coming and leaving the streaming service. » RELATED: Here are all the movies, TV shows coming to Netflix in August  And in August, users will have to say goodbye to some cult classics, including “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Superbad” and, yes, even “The Lizzie McGuire Movie.” »...
Marietta offers emergency HVAC grants

Marietta offers emergency HVAC grants

Applications are being accepted for the Emergency Heating-Ventilation Air-Conditioning Project by the Marietta Community Development Division for elderly and/or disabled Marietta homeowners. Those selected can receive a new heating and ventilation system or replacement of a defective system. Eligible homeowners must be age 62 and older and/or disabled who have resided in the home as the main residence...
Woodstock OKs beer, wine sales at music festival

Woodstock OKs beer, wine sales at music festival

The Woodstock City Council has given permission to an outdoor festival organizer for a temporary alcohol license Oct. 7 to sell beer and wine within the Market Street and neighborhood festival areas. The Council also agreed to close parts of Wheeler, McAfee and Latimer streets for BBQ & Brews’ Cadence event. It will extend throughout the downtown area and include the Northside Hospital Cherokee...
Sandy Spring lets $711K Greenway South contract

Sandy Spring lets $711K Greenway South contract

The Sandy Springs City Council has given the go-ahead for a $711,425 contract for the Abernathy Greenway South Trail System project. Pending review and approval by the legal and finance departments, Chappell Construction Group Inc. is the successful bidder of three for the project along the south side of Abernathy Road. The city’s Recreation and Parks staff will manage the project, which will...
Johns Creek sets qualifying dates for election

Johns Creek sets qualifying dates for election

Johns Creek has announced qualifying dates and other information for the Nov. 7 general election. Qualifying for the office of mayor and the City Council seats for Post 1, 3 and 5 will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Aug. 21-23, in Suite 400 at City Hall, 12000 Findley Road. Qualifying fees are $750 for the mayor’s seat and $450 for each council seat. The run-off election...
Cherokee schools to get new security foyers

Cherokee schools to get new security foyers

The Cherokee County School Board has let a $207,500 contract to construct security foyers at six elementary schools, the second phase of a project to enhance the safety of students. Womack, Lewis & Smith was awarded the contract to install the new foyers at Clark Creek ES Stem Academy, Hasty and Oak Grove ES Fine Arts Academies and Indian Knoll, Knox and Woodstock elementary schools. Additional phases...
Uber driver shot in NW Atlanta

Uber driver shot in NW Atlanta

An Uber driver and a woman were shot early Friday morning after gunfire erupted in northwest Atlanta, police said. According to Channel 2 Action News, several shots were fired in the area of Joseph E. Boone Boulevard and Hamilton E. Holmes Drive. The Uber driver was hit in the arm, the woman was struck in the face and another woman was grazed in the arm, the news station reported. <div>...
Second-round pick Kaba to play in France next season

Second-round pick Kaba to play in France next season

Hawks second-round draft pick Alpha Kaba has signed with ASVEL of the French Pro A League and will continue his career overseas next season. The power forward/center signed a three-year deal with the French team, it was announced by his agent Friday. Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk has said from draft night in June that it was likely the prospect would again play overseas. Schlenk confirmed the...
More transit in Gwinnett? Weigh in this weekend

More transit in Gwinnett? Weigh in this weekend

Gwinnett County officials wants to hear your thoughts on transit expansion — and they’re taking a bus ride to prove it.  Gwinnett recently launched its comprehensive transit planning process, a year-long undertaking aimed at discovering what short-, medium- and long-term transit options might be most feasible for a county expected to be Georgia’s most populous...
Stephen Colbert, Showtime team up for President Donald Trump cartoon

Stephen Colbert, Showtime team up for President Donald Trump cartoon

Showtime and Stephen Colbert are teaming up to lampoon President Donald Trump. The cable television network has given the CBS late night host the green light to produce a 10-episode series that focuses on Trump, his families and White House insiders. It will be in the form of a cartoon, according to a press release from Showtime. The series, which is still unnamed, blossomed from Colbert’s Showtime...
Walmart cashier’s act of kindness helps foster parent in time of need

Walmart cashier’s act of kindness helps foster parent in time of need

A trip to Walmart is usually not the highlight of a long day, but a cashier at a box store in Oklahoma may have just changed that perception. Nick Tate, 20, works at the Newcastle Walmart. One Friday night, he may have helped change the life of a foster mom. >> Read more trending news  He said that she had two little girls and a baby. She was using WIC, the federal program for women...
Your Friday political briefing: Obamacare repeal bill dies; border wall funded; Ga. voter info not yet released

Your Friday political briefing: Obamacare repeal bill dies; border wall funded; Ga. voter info not yet released

Here is what is trending in politics around Georgia and across the nation on Thursday. 1. Senate health care bill voted downThe bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act died on the Senate floor early Friday morning as three Republicans voted to no on the legislation. The promise to produce a bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare ground to a halt when senators Susan Collins, (Maine), Lisa...
Clark Atlanta official departs from university

Clark Atlanta official departs from university

A high-ranking Clark Atlanta University administrator who some students wanted fired is no longer with the university, officials say. Vice President for Student Affairs Tanaya Walters left the university on June 30, said spokeswoman Donna Brock. Brock declined to discuss about her departure, saying the university doesn’t discuss personnel matters. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in...

Perdue, Isakson’s votes to repeal parts of Obamacare not enough to save effort

WASHINGTON — Georgia’s two Republican U.S. Senators, David Perdue and Johnny Isakson, voted in the wee hours of the morning Friday to back a scaled-back plan to repeal parts of Obamacare, but their support was not enough to save the GOP’s eleventh-hour gambit, which was narrowly rejected 49-51. The dramatic vote came shortly before 2 a.m., and only a few hours...

“Detroit” is a horror movie. Racism is the monster.

It’s safe and easy to hate the lunatic cop who drives much of the action (and the violence) in “Detroit,” which opens in wide release Aug. 4 but is now playing in advance in Atlanta, exclusively at Regal Atlantic Station. With his eyebrows fixed at a sinister arch and every word out of his mouth a rabid bark, the character played by  Will Poulter is a...
Yankees’ rookie Aaron Judge cracks tooth during celebration

Yankees’ rookie Aaron Judge cracks tooth during celebration

After Brett Gardner cracked a game-winning home run for the New York Yankees on Thursday night, rookie slugger Aaron Judge cracked a tooth. >> Read more trending news Gardner’s home run in the 11th inning gave the Yankees a 6-5 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays. As Gardner neared home plate, he took off his helmet and rolled it toward the group of players celebrating, ESPN reported. Replays...
GOP cheerleader divorces Dem state attorney husband over lack of Trump support

GOP cheerleader divorces Dem state attorney husband over lack of Trump support

Personal and financial details of the divorce settlement between former Miami Dolphins cheerleader Lynn Aronberg and Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg were released in an unusual press statement Thursday. The statement notes that, “according to a source familiar with the negotiations, the former Lynn Lewis, who spun her old Dolphins gig into a successful PR firm, is receiving...
Man accused of stealing from security company on first day at work, police say

Man accused of stealing from security company on first day at work, police say

It was his first day on the job, but police said a newly hired security guard made off with $100,000. Fairfield police said that Larry Brooks, 19, was caught on camera taking the money, News 12 New Jersey reported. Brooks was a security officer at Garda Security, a company that provides cash vaults and armored car services, WNBC reported. Police said that company security officers found...
LEADOFF: Roof closes as field turns green at Mercedes-Benz Stadium 

LEADOFF: Roof closes as field turns green at Mercedes-Benz Stadium 

Here’s the latest on Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which hosts its first event in 29 days: The roof is closed. The floor is turning green.  Up top, the retractable roof has been slowly moved from the open position to the closed position over the past couple of days -- “construction move 4,” it was called. And about 340 feet below, installation of the green artificial-turf playing...
Ga. judges crack down on smart phones in the courtroom

Ga. judges crack down on smart phones in the courtroom

A council of Georgia judges approved a new rule this week that may make what goes on in their courtroom less transparent to those outside. The rule, known as Rule 22, governs recording and broadcasting of trials and has generally been used by professional journalists looking to get permission for photographers or television cameras to record the proceedings. Fears of intrusion from smart phones prompted...
Honolulu bans texting for pedestrians crossing street

Honolulu bans texting for pedestrians crossing street

It’s OK to talk on your cellphone while crossing the street in Honolulu, but it’s now against the law to text while in the crosswalk. >> Read more trending news  Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed a bill Thursday afternoon making it illegal for pedestrians to look at their phones while crossing the street, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported, becoming the first major U.S. city...
A break from the heat and humidity

A break from the heat and humidity

Today: Scattered storms. High: 87 Tonight: Storms likely. Low: 75 Tomorrow: Isolated storms. High: 86 After days of 90-degree temperatures and muggy conditions, metro Atlanta is getting a break — sort of — from the heat and humidity. The high is expected to reach 87 degrees Friday afternoon in Atlanta, and there is a 60 percent chance of rain, according to Channel 2 Action News....
Fans want Falcons to ‘show Freeman the money’

Fans want Falcons to ‘show Freeman the money’

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman breaks away from Saints defenders for a 75-yard touchdown run to take a 14-3 lead during the first quarter Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. (ccompton@ajc.com/ccompton@ajc.com) FLOWERY BRANCH — In a poll, we asked the fans how much should the Falcons pay running back Devonta Freeman, who’s earned a contract extension...
Starbucks will close all Teavana locations

Starbucks will close all Teavana locations

Starbucks announced Thursday that all 379 Teavana stores -- which are primarily based in malls nationwide -- will be closed because they have been “underperforming,” CNN reported. The move will impact 3,300 workers. >> Read more trending news  "The company concluded that despite efforts to reverse the trend through creative merchandising and new store designs, the underperformance...

Isakson, Perdue back Senate’s new health care gambit

A new phrase gripped Georgia advocates for and against Obamacare repeal Thursday —  “Skinny Repeal”. After two Senate votes on previous proposals to scale back the 2010 health care law failed solidly, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was said to be heading toward this stripped-down incarnation...
5 things to know about the Falcons on Friday 

5 things to know about the Falcons on Friday 

Here are five thing to know about the Falcons on Friday: 1. Open practice. Today’s practice is open to the public. The gates open at 8:30 a.m. The practice starts at 9:30 a.m. The practice was over at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday.  2. Garland opened with first team. In the all in important right guard battle, Ben Garland worked with the first-team on Thursday. 3. Sarkisian to speak. Falcons...
In the NFL, it’s quarterback controversy season

In the NFL, it’s quarterback controversy season

The New England Patriots, the Atlanta Falcons, the Dallas Cowboys and most other successful NFL teams don’t spend much time worrying about who their starting quarterback is going to be. They just pencil in Brady, Ryan or Prescott and hope he doesn’t get hurt. But for some of the more marginal teams getting set for training camp, the quarterback position is far from settled. Here&rsquo...
Wisconsin sets lavish lure for Foxconn: $3 billion in tax subsidies

Wisconsin sets lavish lure for Foxconn: $3 billion in tax subsidies

Foxconn’s plan for a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin is certainly good news for President Donald Trump and Republican politicians Gov. Scott Walker and Speaker Paul Ryan, whose district the plant would call home. But the deal with Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics supplier, comes with a heavy price tag for Wisconsin taxpayers: $3 billion in state tax credits that dwarf the typical incentive...
The guy who brought you Umami Burger wants to reinvent PB&J

The guy who brought you Umami Burger wants to reinvent PB&J

Adam Fleischman, the man who brought us the Umami Burger, is holding a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It is not the PB&J of your cafeteria childhood, but rather an enclosed disk that looks remarkably like something from Area 51. The sandwich, and a fleet of others built and branded like them, is Fleischman’s latest project: a new empire of nostalgia-driven, high concept food that will, early...
Trump’s in trouble, so here’s his strategy

Trump’s in trouble, so here’s his strategy

Hosts of Southern California’s “Morning Answer” radio show were wrapping up a two-hour live broadcast from a white tent just outside the West Wing this week, and marveling at their access to Cabinet secretaries and prominent administration figures.  “If you’re a Trumpkin,” host Brian Whitman told his listeners on KRLA-AM, “this is like fantasy camp.&rdquo...
Ultrarunners are heading to Crested Butte, Colorado, long popular with mountain bikers

Ultrarunners are heading to Crested Butte, Colorado, long popular with mountain bikers

Outside of Crested Butte, Colorado, there is a trail that delivers intrepid mountain travelers to a high-altitude paradise erupting with wildflowers, lush meadows and views so arresting that you won't believe your eyes.  This trail, the 401, climbs 1 1/2 miles out of Schofield Pass, elevation 10,707 feet, through an evergreen forest to access a high-alpine moraine. Then it meanders through grassy...

10 mega myths about farming to remember on your next grocery run

Most of us don't spend our days plowing fields or wrangling cattle. We're part of the 99 percent of Americans who eat food, but don't produce it. Because of our intimate relationship with food, and because it's so crucial to our health and the environment, people should be very concerned about how it's produced. But we don't always get it right. Next time you're at the grocery store, consider these...
An instant way to bolster flavor

An instant way to bolster flavor

Inventive cooks are always looking to push flavor to the maximum. Here is my advice: When in doubt, add a little miso. It has transformative powers. In addition to offering a host of nutritional and probiotic benefits, miso imbues everything it touches with a sweet, salty, nutty complexity. Whether you choose mild white miso, medium-bodied yellow miso or the more intense reddish-brown miso, it gives...

Mandatory resort fees are on the rise - again

Tamara Myers thought that her hotel bill at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino would come to $415. At least that's what Otel.com, the website through which she booked the room, promised her.  But the site glossed over a small detail: a mandatory daily "resort fee" payable at checkout, which added $306 to the folio.   Gotcha.   "I did my due diligence,"...
GOP lawmakers openly defy president as frustration mounts

GOP lawmakers openly defy president as frustration mounts

They passed legislation to stop him from lifting sanctions on Russia. They recoiled at his snap decision to ban transgender Americans from the military. And they warned him in no uncertain terms not to fire the attorney general or the special counsel investigating the president and his aides. Republican lawmakers have openly defied President Donald Trump in meaningful ways this week amid growing frustration...
Build a better burger with add-ons

Build a better burger with add-ons

I stumbled onto these burgers at Whole Foods Market last summer, after a long day of staring at a computer. I rarely succumb to pre-made meat dishes because I know I can make them at home — where it would be fresher and, I’m sure, better.  And, really, a hamburger patty? How tough is that to make?  But there it was in the meat case, with bits of jalapeño, bacon and cheddar...
DeAngelo Hall has eyes on future, but first, one more season

DeAngelo Hall has eyes on future, but first, one more season

DeAngelo Hall strolls into the kitchen of his new house, glancing up from his cellphone to greet his mother-in-law and three of his six kids. The Washington safety just returned from his morning workout at Redskins Park, and from picking up 15-year-old Tyrel from his football workout at Champe High. The high-backed bar stools neatly arranged around the large marble island catch Hall's attention. They...
Scandinavian heritage, quirky charm await on winsome Washington Island

Scandinavian heritage, quirky charm await on winsome Washington Island

WASHINGTON ISLAND, Wis. — Unlike many island vacation spots, Washington Island — a half-hour ferry ride from Wisconsin’s Door County peninsula — takes pride in being quirky.  Let’s start with the sign in the window of K.K. Fiske Restaurant: “Fresh Lawyers.” No, it’s not an ad for cocky litigators. These “lawyers” are tender and tasty...
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