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Georgia police pay hikes spark salary fight

A year ago, Gov. Nathan Deal stood before an imposing phalanx of steely eyed police officers and announced his major policy initiative for the year – a proposal to raise state law enforcement pay by 20 percent. What seemed so uncontroversial at the time has ballooned into a broader debate that has riven the law enforcement community, shaken up the race for governor and set off a clash over the...


GOP tax bill offers no help to Georgia nuclear project

GOP tax bill offers no help to Georgia nuclear project

The final House-Senate tax bill Republican leaders unveiled late Friday does not include a provision long sought by the backers of Georgia’ Plant Vogtle, adding even more uncertainty to the struggling nuclear project’s future. Absent from the compromise legislation is language extending the nuclear production tax credit. The tweak — which was included in the House-passed bill and...
AJC’s 2017 holiday gift guide: Unique gifts for everyone on your list

AJC’s 2017 holiday gift guide: Unique gifts for everyone on your list

The holiday season can be costly, chaotic and completely overwhelming. To help keep your gift-giving worries under wraps, we pulled together our popular gift guides for everyone in your life, from your favorite foodies, your empty-nesting mom, the travel junkies or the kids who already have it all. 5 cool VIP experiences  For all you last minute shoppers, here’s when stores open...
Beasley’s return to comfort zone as edge rusher could be Falcons’ key

Beasley’s return to comfort zone as edge rusher could be Falcons’ key

Vic Beasley wasn’t merely an edge rusher last season, any more than a piranha is merely a fish. The man devoured quarterbacks. He factored into every win. His numbers were dizzying -- 15-1/2 sacks to lead the NFL, 15 quarterback hits, 28 hurries, 10 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, 70,000 dropped jaws weekly. “When you’re a pass rusher, it’s always in the back of your...
Trump renews call to provide police with military equipment

Trump renews call to provide police with military equipment

In his speech Friday to graduates from an FBI training program, President Donald Trump wondered how anyone could defend his predecessor’s decision to prohibit local police from accessing surplus military equipment. “Never understood that one,” said the president, whose administration rescinded the 2015 ban by President Barack Obama. “Anybody want to stand up and explain it?...
APS police disciplined over test answers; GBI admits rules were vague

APS police disciplined over test answers; GBI admits rules were vague

The Atlanta Public Schools Police Department disciplined 17 officers after a probe into possible cheating on a state-administered test, and now the vague test rules are being rewritten. The district, in a statement released Friday by spokesman Ian Smith, said the review is coming to a close and the school resource officers were disciplined “in a fair and appropriate manner.” Seventeen...
40 College football bowl games: To watch or not to watch?

40 College football bowl games: To watch or not to watch?

There are 40 college football bowl games on the calendar, starting Saturday. Some could argue that’s too many games. Which ones will you be watching? Swipe right for yes, left for no (or click on the red X or green check). xx
Report: Safety problems at immigration detention center in S. Georgia

Report: Safety problems at immigration detention center in S. Georgia

An immigration detention center in South Georgia has struggled with serious safety problems undermining the “humane treatment” of its detainees, according to a stinging new report by the U.S. Homeland Security Department’s Office of Inspector General. At Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, some detainees with high-risk criminal convictions have been misclassified and housed...
How high-speed internet could be extended across Georgia

How high-speed internet could be extended across Georgia

A plan to bring high-speed internet to rural Georgia combines state funding and lower costs for broadband providers. Connecting internet across the state is a priority for lawmakers who see it as a key component for recruiting jobs and residents to rural areas. About 16 percent of Georgians lack access to high-speed internet service. The Georgia House of Representatives Rural Development...
Producer pulls plug on Tavis Smiley’s ‘Death of a King’ tour

Producer pulls plug on Tavis Smiley’s ‘Death of a King’ tour

Tavis Smiley’s problems appear to be mounting. Mills Entertainment said it is pulling the plug on Smiley’s “Death of a King: A Live Theatrical Experience” after the popular host and best-selling author was accused of misconduct. The show was scheduled for the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on April 2 and in Savannah on April 8.  “In light of the recent...
This Life with Gracie: Meet the keepers of Gideon’s Promise

This Life with Gracie: Meet the keepers of Gideon’s Promise

Back in September, Sean Ramsey stood at the intersection of Central Avenue and Memorial Drive just outside Atlanta Municipal Court holding a sign that read “homeless please help.” For all practical purposes, the 48-year-old may as well have been standing at the corner of Callousness and Indifference. Both were apparently at play when Ramsey was arrested, hauled off to jail and made to...
Georgia Democrats target net neutrality decision

Georgia Democrats target net neutrality decision

Demonstrators rally in support of net neutrality. AP Photo Georgia Senate Democrats introduced a measure Friday to require that Internet service providers operating in Georgia maintain existing traffic levels, an effort to counter a federal vote that could reshape how broadband companies control online access. The measure, sponsored by state Sen. Harold Jones of Augusta, aims to require...
12 Days of Christmas Day 3: Tickets to Steve Earle at City Winery

12 Days of Christmas Day 3: Tickets to Steve Earle at City Winery

On the third of my 12 Days of Christmas giveaway, I’m going to send someone to check out Steve Earle at City Winery. He’s playing a few dates at the venue, but these tickets are for the 8 p.m. Jan. 4 performance with Mike Mattison of Tedeschi Trucks Band. (To purchase tickets, or to check out the City Winery calendar, click here.) To enter: email...
Bazemore satisfied with Hawks’ energy despite loss

Bazemore satisfied with Hawks’ energy despite loss

MEMPHIS -- Kent Bazemore would have liked another square foot or two of space, and another 2-3 tenths on the clock for that last-gasp three-pointer that couldn’t keep the struggling Hawks from a fourth straight loss, 96-94 to an equally victory-starved Memphis Grizzlies team Friday night at FedEx Forum.  Still, Bazemore said there was nowhere near the aftertaste he had after Thursday&rsquo...

Opinion: Beyond Election Day, the questions of how and why matters

When you’re a journalist, there is no day like Election Day. We live for that moment — the moment when we can declare a winner and begin wrapping up a story that often takes a year or more to conclude. Everyone wants to know who’s next. It’s what drives the excitement of Election Day. But even when the returns start rolling in, deeper questions inevitably emerge. Among them...
Brothers launch black superhero comic books

Brothers launch black superhero comic books

Even at a time when superheroes have taken the helm of Hollywood, the upcoming “Black Panther” film, partially shot in Atlanta, commands special attention. Acclaimed filmmaker Ryan Coogler directs Chadwick Boseman as Marvel Comics’ African prince turned high-tech hero opposite such actors as Michael B. Jordan and Oscar-winners Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Lupita Nyong&rsquo...
Hawks’ Collins doesn’t have to score to contribute

Hawks’ Collins doesn’t have to score to contribute

MEMPHIS – It wasn’t a night where you could measure Hawks rookie John Collins’ progress by just looking at the points column. But the progress was there.  Two games after coming back from a shoulder injury, the former Wake Forest star had just two points in Friday’s 96-94 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. This after scoring 15 points off the bench in a 105-91 home loss to...
Hawks waste halftime lead, fall to Grizzlies

Hawks waste halftime lead, fall to Grizzlies

MEMPHIS – For the second time in two nights, the Hawks found themselves matched against a team as thirsty for a victory. And once again, Atlanta left the floor with parched lips, allowing the free-falling Grizzlies to rally for a 96-94 victory Friday night at FedEx Forum.  The Grizzlies, as they had done all night, chipped away at Hawk leads, the last an 89-81 advantage. Mario Chalmers...
Mariah Carey dominates Christmas on Spotify, iTunes, FM radio, Billboard

Mariah Carey dominates Christmas on Spotify, iTunes, FM radio, Billboard

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 02: Mariah Carey performs onstage during 2016 VH1’s Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night at Kings Theatre on December 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images) Posted Friday, December 14, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Sure, Mariah Carey may have embarrassed herself...
Ten observations from Hawks loss at Grizzlies

Ten observations from Hawks loss at Grizzlies

(AP Photo) Ten observations from watching Hawks 96, Grizzlies 94 on my couch. . . 1. The Hawks led by seven at halftime in spite of some shaky play. They appeared to take control with a third-quarter run led by Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore and Taurean Prince. But the Grizzlies rallied with shot-making and the Hawks couldn’t finish at the end. With 13 seconds left...
Passenger ejected from van in DUI crash; driver charged

Passenger ejected from van in DUI crash; driver charged

Two people were taken to the hospital Friday afternoon in a suspected DUI crash in Gainesville, according to the Georgia State Patrol.  Casey Culbreth, 33, of Gainesville was traveling south on Ga. 60 in her 1964 Ford Galaxy at a high rate of speed when she veered left, GSP Sgt. A.J. Allen said in an emailed statement.  Culbreth’s van went off the road, into a ditch and overturned...
Undercover cops arrest teen allegedly selling pot brownies outside Walmart

Undercover cops arrest teen allegedly selling pot brownies outside Walmart

A 19-year-old faces a marijuana possession charge after police say he posted pictures of “pot brownies” on Instagram and sold the product outside a metro Atlanta Walmart.  Undercover cops arrested Addae Simmons after they purchased the marijuana-filled treats at a Walmart in Douglas County, Channel 2 Action News reported. The officers met with Simmons twice.  “People would...
A look at the coming culture clash over guns in 2018

A look at the coming culture clash over guns in 2018

A bump stock device (left) that fits on a semi-automatic rifle to increase the firing speed, making it similar to a fully automatic rifle, is installed on a AK-47 semi-automatic rifle, (right) at a gun store Salt Lake City, Utah. George Frey/Getty Images Last week, one day shy of the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the State Bar of Georgia...
Steve Holman’s photo gallery with hip-hop buddies including 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane

Steve Holman’s photo gallery with hip-hop buddies including 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane

Steve Holman Sr. with Young Jeezy at a recent Hawks game. CREDIT: Eric Davis Posted on Friday, December 15, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Last night on Facebook, long-time Atlanta Hawks announcer Steve Holman Sr. posted a photo of himself with Young Jeezy. I asked facetiously that he post a photo gallery of himself with...
From Bavaria, a ‘freak’ defensive end is coming to Georgia Tech

From Bavaria, a ‘freak’ defensive end is coming to Georgia Tech

Four years ago, Julius Welschof knew virtually nothing about football. The German teen didn’t know the rules, didn’t know the positions and didn’t know how to throw or catch the ball. But, on an extended visit to the U.S., a family friend introduced him to the game and, evaluating his body and agility, told him that he had the potential to earn a college football scholarship. &ldquo...
5 things to know about the 2017 Celebration Bowl

5 things to know about the 2017 Celebration Bowl

Bowl season will start and end at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which hosts this season’s CFP national championship game. The games kick off Saturday with the Celebration Bowl, which features North Carolina A&T and Grambling State playing for the black college national championship at noon. Both schools won the first two Celebration Bowls, respectively. The event has drawn 66,000 fans, and last year&rsquo...
Game preview: Hawks at Grizzlies

Game preview: Hawks at Grizzlies

Marc Gasol and the Grizzlies are scuffling. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) When/where: 8 p.m. today, FedEx Forum TV: Fox Sports Southeast Stream: Fox Sports Go Radio: 92.9 The Game Injuries: Hawks—Dewayne Dedmon (leg) and Mike Muscala (ankle) are out; Luke Babbitt (back) and John Collins (shoulder) are probable. Grizzlies—Mike Conley (Achilles), Wayne Selden Jr. (quad)...
4 persons of interest sought in deadly southwest Atlanta shooting

4 persons of interest sought in deadly southwest Atlanta shooting

Police are searching for four men they think may lead them to who shot and killed a man in a southwest Atlanta neighborhood last month.  Clarence Lorenzo Frayer, 34, was found face down with multiple gunshot wounds in the 800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, according to an Atlanta police report. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died. Police said Frayer and his...
Chuy’s in N. Fulton set to open; here’s how to get 12 free meals

Chuy’s in N. Fulton set to open; here’s how to get 12 free meals

A new Tex-Mex restaurant is set to open soon in north Fulton County. Chuy’s — an Austin, Texas-based restaurant founded in 1982 — will open its fourth metro Atlanta location on Tuesday, Dec. 19 in Alpharetta. The doors at 2560 Old Milton Parkway will open at 11 a.m. for lunch that day. To build some excitement over the grand opening, Chuy’s is giving away a great deal...
Atlanta United was Nagbe’s No. 1 choice

Atlanta United was Nagbe’s No. 1 choice

Darlington Nagbe was told a private jet was coming to pick him up in Cleveland and take him to Atlanta to join his new team, Atlanta United. The impact didn’t hit Nagbe until the jet rolled down the runway. Nagbe was told that he was going to take part in a meet-and-greet for Atlanta United fans at the team store at Mercedes-Benz Stadium soon after the jet touched down. Despite just a day&rsquo...
Watch: Georgia’s Lorenzo Carter was a beast in basketball, too

Watch: Georgia’s Lorenzo Carter was a beast in basketball, too

Georgia linebacker Lorenzo Carter wreaks havoc on the football field. But he's also a beast on the basketball court. Carter played on two basketball state champions in high school, along with two football state champs. Basketball was his first love, but he's only played football at UGA. Watch the video above to find out why, and to see photos of Carter dominating in basketball at Norcross High School...
5 things to watch for in the 2017 Cure Bowl

5 things to watch for in the 2017 Cure Bowl

Georgia State will go for its school-record seventh win Saturday against Western Kentucky in the Cure Bowl in Orlando. The Panthers, once 6-3, have lost two in a row. The Hilltoppers, once 5-2, lost four of their past five. It’s Georgia State’s second bowl in three years after posting a 1-23 mark in its first two seasons in FBS. The Panthers lost the inaugural 2015 Cure Bowl to San Jose...
Watch: Hawks fan nets $10,000 with half-court shot

Watch: Hawks fan nets $10,000 with half-court shot

Get that man a uniform. A Hawks fan nailed a shot from half court at Philips Arena Thursday night to win $10,000. It’s the second time in two weeks that a Hawks fan has hit the shot from that distance in the Hawks promotion.  A fan identified as Norman made the shot Thursday and he did it his way, with some unorthodox shooting form. It was more like a heave, but it was a $10,000 heave...
Julio Jones plans to be ready for Bucs ‘Cover 10’ 

Julio Jones plans to be ready for Bucs ‘Cover 10’ 

As far as Julio Jones is concerned, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter can call in the National Guard. Koetter can put 10 players on Jones, as he jokingly suggested earlier in the week.  He can bring John Lynch out of retirement from his office as San Francisco’s general manager. But that’s not going to stop Jones, who caught 12 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns in the Falcons’ 34-20...
2 toddlers killed, mother of 5 badly burned in house fire

2 toddlers killed, mother of 5 badly burned in house fire

A 2-year-old and a 3-year-old were killed and their mother was badly burned Friday afternoon in a house fire in Butts County, officials said. The woman was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital with burns on 30 to 40 percent of her upper body, state insurance commissioner spokesman Glenn Allen told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  “An electrical malfunction in a hallway outlet started the...
Richard Sangster has retired from WSB Radio after 26 years

Richard Sangster has retired from WSB Radio after 26 years

Richard Sangster at his going-away party this morning. CREDIT: Doug Turnbull Posted Friday, December 15, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Richard Sangster retired today from News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB after 26 years covering breaking news, most of it during the mornings. “WSB believed in what I did,” said Sangster after his final shift...
2 plead guilty in beating, burning death of 83-year-old woman

2 plead guilty in beating, burning death of 83-year-old woman

Two people pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against others charged in the 2016 beating and burning death of an 83-year-old central Georgia woman. Justin Pierce Grady, 39, and Cortavious Deshun Heard, 19, pleaded guilty Friday to several charges in the death of Dorothy “Dot” Dow of Meriwether County, court clerk Kyemeshia Gibson said. No sentencing date is set. Angel Latrice Harmon...
Braves’ week in review: Winter meetings lay groundwork for offseason

Braves’ week in review: Winter meetings lay groundwork for offseason

All of major league baseball gathered in Orlando this week for the 2017 winter meetings. The Braves, led by new general manager Alex Anthopoulos, didn’t make any free agent or trade acquisition, but Anthopoulos said it was a productive week nonetheless. The team made one addition through the Rule 5 draft. It sits at 38 players on its 40-man roster. Here are some of the Braves headlines from...
Longtime UPS employee killed after being hit by truck on loading dock

Longtime UPS employee killed after being hit by truck on loading dock

A UPS employee killed after a company truck ran over him Friday afternoon had been with the package delivery service for 17 years, a spokesman said.  “UPS is saddened by the loss of a 17-year employee at the company’s facility on Pleasantdale Road in Atlanta,” UPS spokesman Matthew O’Connor said in an emailed statement to The Atlanta Journal Constitution. “We express...
Malware disables Georgia Agriculture Department website

Malware disables Georgia Agriculture Department website

Someone infected the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s computer network with malware this week, bringing down the agency’s websites and seeking to extort a ransom payment, according to the department. The department remained offline Friday, the third day since malware spread throughout its network, spokesman Alec Asbridge said. An email demanded money in exchange for removing the infection...
Sean Payton fined $10,000 for entering field of play, not for giving choke sign to Freeman

Sean Payton fined $10,000 for entering field of play, not for giving choke sign to Freeman

Saints coach Sean Payton was fined $10,000 for entering the playing field during the game against the Falcons by the NFL on Friday. Payton was not fined for appearing to give Falcons running back Devonta Freeman the “choke” sign in the game. After the completion of this week’s games, the NFL reviewed Payton’s conduct Thursday in the Falcons’ 20-17 win. Payton gave...
New restaurant from former Ford Fry, Wrecking Bar employees coming to East Atlanta

New restaurant from former Ford Fry, Wrecking Bar employees coming to East Atlanta

The former My Sister’s Room space will be an as-yet-named restaurant. John Spink / jspink@ajc.com East Atlanta Village is getting a new spot to eat and drink. The soon-to-be-named Paces Property restaurant, which will occupy the former My Sister’s Room space at 1271 Glenwood Ave. SE, will feature a 27-foot bar, as well as 1,000 square feet of outdoor patio space behind the...
Vogtle saga puts Georgia Power’s clout in spotlight

Vogtle saga puts Georgia Power’s clout in spotlight

What Georgia Power sold to state legislators wasn’t just a deal. It was the future. Clean, renewable nuclear energy. No climate-changing hydrocarbon emissions. No worries about volatility in the global supply of natural gas. All lawmakers had to do, according to the state’s largest and most influential utility, was approve a new way to finance construction of two new nuclear reactors at...
Beer Pick: Cherry Street Steppin’ Razor Double Dry-Hopped IPA


Beer Pick: Cherry Street Steppin’ Razor Double Dry-Hopped IPA


Cherry Street Brewing in Cumming has been celebrating its fifth anniversary this week with a series of events at its brewpub in Vickery Village. “In that five year period, we expanded about five different times,” says Cherry Street founder and brewer,” Nick Tanner. “We grew from a 3-barrel to 10-barrel brewhouse, added the Taproom and the Barrel Room...

Opinion: Transportation future’s more than just self-driving cars

Fiat Chrysler and BMW recently announced plans to jointly develop self-driving cars. The move puts the automakers in competition with Google, Apple, and other car manufacturers that are also working on driverless vehicles. The question is when, not if, this is going to be commonplace. Self-driving cars might seem to render public transportation obsolete. But the opposite is true. Autonomous buses...
Police: Roswell High athletic director arrested for DUI in Forsyth

Police: Roswell High athletic director arrested for DUI in Forsyth

Roswell High School’s athletic director was arrested Saturday and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. John P. Cohen, 63, was pulled over by a Forsyth County sheriff’s deputy just before 10 p.m. on Dec. 9 for speeding and failing to maintain his lane. The deputy smelled alcohol coming from Coen, and he admitted drinking beer around 6 p.m., according to a police report....
4 prospects on Georgia Tech’s list

4 prospects on Georgia Tech’s list

With college football’s inaugural early signing period starting Wednesday, Georgia Tech coaches are trying to finish strong with the signing class for 2018. Tech has 17 players committed as of Friday, and there’s room for a handful more. Here are four players that Tech coaches are trying to add to the class. Graham, a dual-threat quarterback from the alma mater of former Tech defensive...
DeKalb Ethics Board says it has purview over harassment complaints

DeKalb Ethics Board says it has purview over harassment complaints

After reviewing county ethics laws, the DeKalb Board of Ethics says it has determined that it has the power to review sexual harassment complaints involving public officials. The board’s review was spurred by a call Ethics Officer Stacey Kalberman says she received from a citizen. That citizen, she said, was bothered by an October finding that DeKalb Commissioner Gregory Adams had violated the...
Cherokee High to take Canton Elementary space

Cherokee High to take Canton Elementary space

The Canton Elementary School STEM Academy will become an extension of Cherokee High School in the 2018-19 school year, with younger students temporarily moved to R.M. Moore and Knox elementary schools to make room for their older peers. That was the solution to overcrowding at the Canton high school arrived at by the Cherokee County school board, acting on the recommendation of Superintendent Brian...
With new chairman, commissioner, Fulton County has a full board again

With new chairman, commissioner, Fulton County has a full board again

Robb Pitts was sworn in Friday is the newest chairman of the Fulton County Commission. Pitts, who had been a member of the board of commissioners from 2003 to 2014 and was president of the Atlanta City Council prior to that, said he was “really excited” about being back in public service. “I don’t take the responsibility lightly,” Pitts said, after he recited...
Roswell OKs another Holcomb Bridge land buy

Roswell OKs another Holcomb Bridge land buy

The Roswell City Council has approved purchasing another land parcel along Holcomb Bridge Road – nine acres at the intersection with Eves Road known as the Hawkins Property. Roswell will pay up to $950,000 for the site, with the seller – eight individuals, according to the sales contract – making a charitable contribution to the city of about 2.7 of the 9 acres. The purchase completes...
Sandy Springs hosts first city function at Performing Arts Center

Sandy Springs hosts first city function at Performing Arts Center

Sandy Springs has announced the first city function booked at the new Performing Arts Center at City Springs: The annual State of the City address, June 26 in the Studio Theatre of the events venue. Mayor Rusty Paul and the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber will host the event ahead of the official grand opening of the City Springs downtown redevelopment, scheduled for August. The Studio Theatre will...
Petition calls for firing of Georgia cop who forced owner to ‘cut off his dog’s head’

Petition calls for firing of Georgia cop who forced owner to ‘cut off his dog’s head’

More than 174,000 people have signed an online petition calling on Crawford County Sheriff Lewis Walker to fire investigator James Hollis for forcing a man to decapitate his deceased 2-year-old dog. Crawford County resident Joe Goodwin said he was ordered to do so on Friday, Dec. 1 at the behest of Hollis and other deputies, who were worried Goodwin’s dog may have had rabies, ...
Vinings doctor bikes around the country’s perimeter

Vinings doctor bikes around the country’s perimeter

Bicycling all the way around the United States, a journey of about 10,000 miles, is like eating an elephant. You do it one bite at a time. Glenn Hirsch, 67, a family physician, who lives in Vinings with his wife, Lynn, is about to chomp on that last mouthful. On Tuesday, he and Lynn will fly to Phoenix. From there, he will bike (and she will drive) to the Santa Monica pier in Los Angeles, completing...
North Carolina man arrested in Georgia in shooting death of 1-year-old

North Carolina man arrested in Georgia in shooting death of 1-year-old

A man is in a Georgia jail accused of shooting and killing a 1-year-old boy during a drive-by in North Carolina. Malcolm “Macco” Artis, 22, faces murder charges in the death of Jaxson Clay, authorities said in a news release Friday. Jaxson had just finished attending a Christmas parade when he was shot in the head Dec. 7 in Weldon, N.C., police said. The child, who would have turned...
Ex-wife of NBA star Lorenzen Wright arrested in connection to his murder

Ex-wife of NBA star Lorenzen Wright arrested in connection to his murder

The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright was arrested and jailed in California on Friday night.  Sherra Wright-Robinson was arrested in her Riverside, California, home Friday. Jail records show she was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside at 9:28 p.m. PT. No charges are listed. Deborah Marion, Wright's mother, said authorities told her Wright-Robinson will...
Grandmother, granddaughter graduate together from college

Grandmother, granddaughter graduate together from college

For the first time in its 150-year history, Chicago State University awarded diplomas to a grandmother and granddaughter during the same ceremony, WLS reported. Belinda Berry, 62, and Karea Berry, 25, both walked across the stage at the Jones Convocation Center on Thursday to accept their diplomas.  Grandma graduated at the top of her class with a 3.8 grade-point average in business. Her...
Report: Toronto billionaire, wife found dead at their home

Report: Toronto billionaire, wife found dead at their home

Toronto billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife were found dead in their mansion Friday afternoon, CTV reported Saturday. The Toronto Police Service is investigating the deaths as "suspicious." During a news conference Friday, Constable David Hopkinson would not identify the two bodies. Hopkinson said police, fire units and ambulance responded to a "medical complaint"...
Taco Bell to add self-serve ordering kiosks

Taco Bell to add self-serve ordering kiosks

Taco Bell is ready to give its customers more access in 2018. The fast-food chain will be increasing its digital presence and will add self-serve ordering kiosks, The Orange County Register reported. Taco Bell, which operates more than 6,700 restaurants, said it has reached an agreement with its franchisees to fund new services that provide customers and employees with “frictionless digital...
Olympian Ryan Lochte grateful for fresh start

Olympian Ryan Lochte grateful for fresh start

Ryan Lochte’s son and fiancee are clearly the lights of his life, and a new photo of his bouncing baby boy is proving that. Lochte, 33, regularly gushes about his 6-month-old son Caiden Zane and his fiancee Kayla Rae Reid on his Instagram page. The highly decorated Olympic swimmer said he’s grateful for a fresh start after landing in hot water for his drunken behavior at the Rio Olympics...
How to decide when home remedies are better than antibiotics

How to decide when home remedies are better than antibiotics

For parents, it can be hard to tell whether your child’s illness requires antibiotics or if there are other ways to effectively treat his or her symptoms. To prevent overuse of these drugs, it’s important to know when home remedies can be used instead of antibiotics. “If your child has an ear infection, consider using over-the-counter pain relievers in place of antibiotics,&rdquo...

Q&A on the News

Q: Why does a train horn blare every time the Falcons score a touchdown at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium? —Alan Gordon, East Point A: When Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened in 2017, the sound of the train horn was added to “invoke the heritage of the city into the in-game experiences both with Atlanta United and the Atlanta Falcons,” Heather Sautter, director of corporate and marketing...
At Issue: Angst in Buckhead over ‘Pink Palace’ fate

At Issue: Angst in Buckhead over ‘Pink Palace’ fate

With its deep front yard and long driveway sweeping up from West Paces Ferry Road, the Italian baroque mansion in Buckhead known as the Pink Palace is so majestic, it makes the governor’s residence a couple of houses over look cheap and plain. But according to plans filed with Atlanta, its new owner wants to raze part of the dwelling and subdivide its 3.5-acre lot into three parcels; a new home...

Readers Write: Dec. 17

Global warming giving us more extreme events What a year we’ve had! Weather took out 80 percent of Georgia’s peach and blueberry crops, Harvey drowned Houston, and Irma walloped Florida and sent the winds to us. And wildfires burned California for the second time, thanks to drought-stricken plants. Why? Climate change is here, folks! As long as we don’t change our burning of fossil...
When good deeds go awry

When good deeds go awry

People do what Ben Jameson, the protagonist of Robert Bausch’s new novel, did as a young professional all the time. They graduate from college and then fall into an “emergency job” to save money for bigger things but find said gig to be more taxing than they’d imagined. They move on, basically never to think of that job again. For Ben, however, the two years he spent teaching...

Opinion: Chance to drill off Florida’s coast has some salivating

Donald Trump’s feverish war on the American wilderness compels us to celebrate an unexpected voice of conscience, rare as it might be. Last week, Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Miami and 11 other House Republicans co-signed a letter asking Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to remove from the tax-reform bill a provision that will allow oil-drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. To no one&rsquo...
Sunday Conversation with Bob Gibeling

Sunday Conversation with Bob Gibeling

Bob Gibeling was a young boy when he answered the door of his family’s Atlanta home and a neighborhood girl and her friends broke into Christmas carols. “I thought that was the coolest thing in the world,” says Gibeling, a marketing consultant. He still does. For 25 years now, the “Gibeling Singers” have caroled in four-part harmony through Atlanta’s Garden Hills...
Working and playing with plants helps cope with illness, disabilities

Working and playing with plants helps cope with illness, disabilities

ST. LOUIS — Half-reclined and wrapped in a shawl, Lauren Underhill spins a sprig of red-blossomed pineapple sage with her left thumb and index finger. Under the shawl, a catheter tube connects to a vein infusing her bloodstream with a cocktail of anti-cancer drugs. Underhill, who has stage 4 colon cancer, spends up to five hours at the Siteman Cancer Center south of St. Louis during such appointments...
Community voices: Our last ‘real’ Christmas tree

Community voices: Our last ‘real’ Christmas tree

This was going to be the year; the year we abandoned the tree farm and invested in a three-piece, quick to assemble, pre-lit Christmas tree. I continued to cling to tradition each year insisting upon a fresh cut Frazier fir all because I grew up in the 60s with the latest and greatest most fashionable aluminum Christmas tree in the neighborhood. Each year we pulled the shiny branches from paper tubes...

Opinion: Whirlpool has Washington in a spin cycle

WASHINGTON — A household appliance will be the next steppingstone on America’s path to restored greatness. The government is poised to punish many Americans, in the name of protecting a few of them, because, in the government’s opinion, too many of them are choosing to buy foreign-made washing machines for no better reason than that the buyers think they are better. If you are wondering...
Keep your holidays happy by letting go of food guilt

Keep your holidays happy by letting go of food guilt

Every year around holiday time, there’s an influx of articles about how to stick to your healthy eating goals and resist temptation. You may read about how to say no to second helpings, stop gobbling up fat-laden appetizers or alternate alcoholic drinks with sparkling water to combat calories. That advice is practical, but it focuses too much on what not to do. It could end up making you feel...
PolitiFact roundup: Harassment claims, wages, black home owners

PolitiFact roundup: Harassment claims, wages, black home owners

Recent claims PolitiFact checked out included Sen. Roy Blunt’s description of what Congress’ rules require of those who file sexual harassment complaints against members; Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s remark about stagnant wage growth; and President Donald Trump’s claim that black home ownership has reached a record level. Here are summaries of our findings. Full versions can be found...
Interior design firm recently relocated to Sandy Springs

Interior design firm recently relocated to Sandy Springs

Real life. Real style. Nandina Home & Design in Atlanta believes your home can have both. The company: Nandina Home & Design is an interior design firm and retail shop with locations in Aiken, South Carolina, and Sandy Springs. The first store was established in 2006 in Aiken by Jim and Susan Victor and Sue Shannon. The second store opened in 2010 in Atlanta’s Inman Park neighborhood but recently...
Shopping for health care online? The odds are stacked against you

Shopping for health care online? The odds are stacked against you

The internet is great place to shop for plane tickets, laundry detergent, artisan jewelry and pretty much anything else you might ever want to buy. But a new report says there’s one big exception — health care. If you expect the World Wide Web to help you figure out how much you’ll need to pay to get your hip replaced, a painful joint isn’t your only problem. And if you think...
Apple wants to know your heart rate, for science

Apple wants to know your heart rate, for science

Apple’s trying out something entirely new: a medical study. Apple Watch users are now able to enroll in a new study Apple is conducting with Stanford University School of Medicine, which uses the device’s heart-rate monitor to check for an irregular heart rate. While others have used Apple’s software and devices in medical studies, this is the first time that it’s actually...
Community offers support as 94-year-old Florida woman arrested during eviction celebrates birthday

Community offers support as 94-year-old Florida woman arrested during eviction celebrates birthday

After spending two nights in jail in Lake County, Florida, on a trespassing charge filed when she refused to leave her apartment during an eviction, Juanita Fitzgerald was glad to spend her 94th birthday somewhere else. Fitzgerald was placed in a Eustis patrol car Tuesday after repeatedly refusing to leave the lobby of Franklin House. At one point, she reportedly told officers that if they wanted...
Billionaire’s son sues ex-fiancée to get $250,000 engagement ring back

Billionaire’s son sues ex-fiancée to get $250,000 engagement ring back

Billionaire Bill Koch’s son Wyatt is no longer engaged, and he wants the quarter-million dollar ring back from his ex-fiancee. >> Read more trending news  Lawyers filed a civil lawsuit on Wyatt Koch’s behalf Tuesday to attempt to force Ivie Gabrielle Slocumb to return the expensive piece of jewelry. “The ring is wrongfully detained by (Slocumb),” the lawsuit...
Steelers plan to apply lessons learned from Dolphins’ win against Patriots

Steelers plan to apply lessons learned from Dolphins’ win against Patriots

The Pittsburgh Steelers have not defeated the New England Patriots since 2011, but they feel that the Miami Dolphins provided a blueprint to victory on Monday night. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 27-20, but were dominant throughout the game. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady did not throw for a single passing yard in the first quarter, and tallied 2 interceptions on the day...
Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort released from house arrest on $10 million bail

Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort released from house arrest on $10 million bail

President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is one step closer to being released from house arrest in Virginia and waiting out his trial at his home in Palm Beach Gardens. >> Read more trending news  In an order signed Friday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she was satisfied that the $10 million in property Manafort agreed to forfeit would be available...
CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity

CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity

Trump administration officials are forbidding officials at the nation's top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases - including "fetus" and "transgender" - in any official documents being prepared for next year's budget. Policy analysts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta were told of the list of forbidden words at a meeting...
Texas Tech relives LB Dakota Allen’s impact in heartfelt tribute video

Texas Tech relives LB Dakota Allen’s impact in heartfelt tribute video

The road to success has been a long and eventful one for Texas Tech linebacker Dakota Allen. Originally a Red Raider, Allen was kicked off the team ahead of his junior season for his role in a residential home invasion that involved guns theft, and thus, spent the 2016 campaign at East Mississippi C.C. which was famously featured on the Netflix documentary, “Last...
Broncos have “rookie dinner” that hopefully the young guys planned for

Broncos have “rookie dinner” that hopefully the young guys planned for

Just because the Denver Broncos are having a tough season on the field doesn’t mean that the rookies were getting out of paying for a dinner for the veterans. Broncos right tackle Menelik Watson posted the event on his Instagram story, and the bill was equal to about the price of out-of-state tuition. The meal cost $30,000, per The Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala....
LOOK: Vanderbilt lights up Dudley Field for the holiday season

LOOK: Vanderbilt lights up Dudley Field for the holiday season

After going bowling in 2016, the Vanderbilt Commodores are staying home for the holidays in 2017 after finishing 5-7, with their only SEC win coming against lowly Tennessee. So what is the football program doing with all of that extra time? Evidently, getting into the holiday spirit a little bit early. On Friday, the team revealed an awesome-looking set of lights around the...
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