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Kempner: Mount Treason? A brand re-do at Stone Mountain Park

The carving of three Confederate leaders and their horses at Stone Mountain Park isn’t just about race, rebel hoopla and questions of history. Unlike most of the staid statues and monuments under threat of being torn down on courthouse squares across the nation, the one at The Big Rock also involves money. The three-acre carving is the biggest branding sign we’ve got in Georgia, as disconcerting...


Man indicted in alleged intimidation of Atlanta bribery figure

Man indicted in alleged intimidation of Atlanta bribery figure

A former city of Atlanta employee once charged by at the local level with vandalizing the home of a key figure in the Atlanta City Hall bribery investigation, has been indicted on charges alleging he tried to intimidate federal witness in a 2015 incident. Shandarrick Barnes is the third person to be charged by federal prosecutors in connection with the bribery probe, which has so far netted two guilty...
Now hear this: The Braves’ rebuild is progressing nicely. Really

Now hear this: The Braves’ rebuild is progressing nicely. Really

Ozzie Albies flies home. (AP Photo/John Amis) Their best starting pitcher, going by Baseball-Reference WAR and plain old ERA, has been R.A. Dickey, who’ll turn 43 two days before Halloween. For a moment last weekend, the heralded keystone combo (aggregate age: 43) was hitting .400 – .215 for Dansby Swanson, .185 for Ozzie Albies. On Monday, the Braves were beaten...
Federal prison camp in Atlanta takes steps to stop escapes

Federal prison camp in Atlanta takes steps to stop escapes

The U.S. Penitentiary in Atlanta has placed restrictions on inmate movement at its low-security prison camp in an effort to clamp down on prisoners leaving the grounds to get drugs, alcohol, cellphones and other banned items that they then bring to the prison, officials confirmed Tuesday. A memo circulated last week, and obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, said “all camp inmates...
Georgia job growth: solid but slowing through ’19

Georgia job growth: solid but slowing through ’19

Job growth in Georgia will slow through 2019, but the near-term risk of recession is low barring major external shocks to the economy, according to a quarterly report from the Georgia State Economic Forecasting Center. While job growth remains solid, the pace will decelerate – with the drag coming from “factors beyond American borders,” Rajeev Dhawan, the center’s director...
I was detained for protesting Trump. Here's what the Secret Service asked me.

I was detained for protesting Trump. Here's what the Secret Service asked me.

Like many events that end up with a person in handcuffs, my story begins in a bar. I was in Atlanta earlier this month for Netroots Nation, the annual meeting of progressive organizers and writers, when I overheard friends discussing how to resist President Trump's first visit to Trump Tower. I jumped into the conversation: "Well, you call me, of course." Twenty minutes later, we had a rough...
Fulton County Chairman John Eaves resigns, qualifies for Atlanta mayor

Fulton County Chairman John Eaves resigns, qualifies for Atlanta mayor

John Eaves resigned Tuesday night as head of the Fulton County commission, qualifying on Wednesday morning to run for mayor of the city of Atlanta. Eaves, who has led the county since 2007, left office with a year and four months remaining in his third term. In a letter to Vice Chairman Bob Ellis announcing his resignation, Eaves said he was saddened to close that chapter in his life but excited about...
Strange story of 'Blacks for Trump' guy standing behind the president at Phoenix rally

Strange story of 'Blacks for Trump' guy standing behind the president at Phoenix rally

At a number of political rallies over the past two years, a character calling himself "Michael the Black Man" has appeared in the crowd directly behind Donald Trump, impossible to miss and possibly planted. He holds signs that scream "BLACKS FOR TRUMP" and wears a T-shirt proclaiming with equal conviction that "TRUMP & Republicans Are Not Racist." Almost always, he plugs...
The tanking Hawks could get well soon: The 2018 draft looks loaded

The tanking Hawks could get well soon: The 2018 draft looks loaded

This is Marvin Bagley III. You’ll hear more about him. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan) It’s still baseball season, and it’s about to be football season. My calendar works just fine, thanks for asking. But two major bits of basketball news — so major that they’re more blobs than bits — have occurred, and they’ll have a direct effect on the...
Torpy at Large: Democracy divided should not stand

Torpy at Large: Democracy divided should not stand

The electoral insanity that was the 6th Congressional District race this year was a wild aberration in Georgia, a man-bites-dog story, if you will. No, it wasn’t that the candidates spent more than some countries spend on defense budgets. It was that a congressional race in Georgia ended up this close. Republican warhorse Karen Handel beat Democratic boy wonder Jon Ossoff by 4 points. Any closer...
Payne brought needed change to Masters and his somewhat secret world

Payne brought needed change to Masters and his somewhat secret world

Billy Payne oversaw a number of changes at Augusta National. Among those: accepting female members, including former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images) The Grand Pooh-bah of an exclusive golf club is stepping down. As high-profile transitions go, this won’t traumatize the sports world or anybody who lives in the real world, most of...
New report: State’s public colleges and universities generate jobs, economic growth

New report: State’s public colleges and universities generate jobs, economic growth

Georgia has a better higher education system than might be expected when you look at related factors, including the level of support and interference from politicians. The Legislature often treats the University System of Georgia as an unruly and spoiled child who needs correction. College presidents spend a lot of time bowing and scraping to lawmakers over often silly issues...
AJC Decatur Book Festival brings top food writers to metro Atlanta

AJC Decatur Book Festival brings top food writers to metro Atlanta

The AJC Decatur Book Festival is taking place Labor Day weekend. Now in its 12th year, the three-day book festival hosts hundreds of national, international and regional authors in readings and panels that attract up to 80,000 people. I’ve had Sept. 1-3 blocked off on my calendar for some time. Like many bookworms, I look forward to browsing through the treasure trove of great reads, but the...
Did you know Netflix’s hit 'Ozark' is filmed at these 7 Atlanta-area locations?

Did you know Netflix’s hit 'Ozark' is filmed at these 7 Atlanta-area locations?

In case you missed it, Netflix dropped a new show this year called "Ozark." It stars Jason Bateman (you may remember him as Michael Bluth in "Arrested Development") as a financial advisor who dabbles in money laundering for a drug cartel. When trouble arises, what with all the crime and such, Bateman and his family are forced on the run. They land at a lake in the perennially...
Deadly motorcycle crash shuts down Ponce de Leon Avenue 

Deadly motorcycle crash shuts down Ponce de Leon Avenue 

Atlanta police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash at the intersection of Ponce de Leon Avenue and Clifton Road, according to the WSB 24-hour Traffic Center.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TRAVELADVISORY?src=hash">#TRAVELADVISORY<...
Comfortable, dry temperatures to last a few days

Comfortable, dry temperatures to last a few days

Today: Scattered clouds. High: 88 Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Low: 69 Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. High: 87 Dry air and comfortable weather are in the forecast following a cold front that lowered temperatures, Channel 2 Action News reported.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">North winds bring in much welcomed...
Life with Gracie: 54 years after March on Washington, a new call to action

Life with Gracie: 54 years after March on Washington, a new call to action

At exactly 6 p.m. Sunday, Kylan Pew will board a chartered bus to our nation’s capital along with hundreds of other faith leaders to commemorate the 1963 March on Washington. Pew, 27, won’t have much in the way of memories to share with the others, but the anniversary is no less important. The way he sees things, Monday’s 1,000 Ministers March will be a show of solidarity against...
Nigerian designer launches new clothing collection in Atlanta

Nigerian designer launches new clothing collection in Atlanta

As a teen in Nigeria, Abiola Aluko had a stroke of good fortune. The aspiring fashion designer lived near an alterations specialist who would help her tailor make her designs and develop her sense of style. “I would help friends design clothes and take it to the dressmaker to make,” said Aluko. She would continue making clothing throughout college while she studied...
5 things to know about the Falcons on Thursday

5 things to know about the Falcons on Thursday

Here are five things to know about the Falcons, who practice at 12:20 p.m., on Thursday: 1. Jones cracks Top 10. Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones’ jersey has soared into the Top 10 on DICK’S Sporting Goods Jersey Report, ranking ninth among all NFL players in jersey sales. 2. Sarkisian and Ryan bonding well. Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisan discussed his relationship...
Enhanced ‘T2’ is bigger, better than ever

Enhanced ‘T2’ is bigger, better than ever

“Terminator 2: Judgment Day” established its place 26 years ago among the top feature films ever made. Under the brilliant guidance of director James Cameron, the movie not only set new standards for special effects but flawlessly blended a tale of an apocalyptic event in the near future brought on by robots with a story of a very different family. Granted, the father in the scenario was...
‘Ingrid Goes West’ is light but fun

‘Ingrid Goes West’ is light but fun

The dark comedy “Ingrid Goes West” — a sort of Instagram-age variant on “Single White Female” — doesn’t have much to say, but it has some fun saying it. Ingrid (an intense Aubrey Plaza), a troubled young woman with a history of social-media stalking, moves to Los Angeles to follow Taylor (Elizabeth Olsen), whose perfectly curated life seems to be a model for...
‘Letters From Baghdad’ tells fascinating story of Gertrude Bell

‘Letters From Baghdad’ tells fascinating story of Gertrude Bell

Before ancient Mesopotamia was transformed into 20th-century Iraq, the extraordinary British diplomat, mountaineer, archaeologist and spy Gertrude Bell was working to carve up the Middle East into principalities that Europe could comfortably control. She and her compatriot, T.E. Lawrence, helped arm the Arab rebellion against the Ottoman Turks, cheering the cause of an independent Arab state. Lawrence...
50 rally to support Colin Kaepernick in Atlanta

50 rally to support Colin Kaepernick in Atlanta

Nearly 50 people gathered Wednesday afternoon near Mercedes-Benz Stadium at a rally to support spurned NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his right to free speech while also bringing attention to the social injustices for which he stood up – or knelt down – last year during the playing of the national anthem. Georgia State senator Vincent Fort, a candidate for mayor of Atlanta, was among...
New Jersey teen becomes rap diva supreme in ‘Patti Cake$’

New Jersey teen becomes rap diva supreme in ‘Patti Cake$’

“Patti Cake$” advances the increasingly endangered idea that in the cross-cultural ferment of America, you can be anything you want. Even if you’re not American. That’s implicit in the casting of its lead role — Australian Danielle Macdonald plays Patti, a zaftig, blue-collar North Jersey teen named Patricia Dombrowski who wants to be a rapper. She calls herself White...
‘Good Time’ is an unnerving, divisive thriller for our times

‘Good Time’ is an unnerving, divisive thriller for our times

The most legitimately divisive movie of the moment, right alongside (and more urgent than) “Detroit,” the unnerving crime thriller “Good Time” moves like a streak, barely able to keep up with its characters. The reckless, selfish, charismatic man at its core, Constantine “Connie” Nikas, is a small-time Queens, N.Y., hustler of Greek-American extraction. He&rsquo...
‘Leap!’ trips over its sloppy story

‘Leap!’ trips over its sloppy story

The animated feature “Leap!” pirouettes onto screens this weekend, hoping to snag the attention of young audiences during the dog days of summer. This Canadian production, originally titled, “Ballerina,” finally hits U.S. theaters equipped with a Carly Rae Jepsen summer jam, “Cut to the Feeling.” But you’ll spend an hour and 27 minutes waiting for the film...
AJC Watchdog: Atlanta’s activists, from A to Z

AJC Watchdog: Atlanta’s activists, from A to Z

The news these days is filled with such a dizzying array of protests, movements and organizations, one might be forgiven for getting a little mixed up. Legacy civil rights groups like the NAACP are well known and an active part of current protests. And unfortunately some equally well-known hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan are still around. But there are a lot of new players in Atlanta. Here&rsquo...
‘Patti Cake$’ is a form of cinematic wish fulfillment

‘Patti Cake$’ is a form of cinematic wish fulfillment

The New Jersey of rock songdom is a place to be both celebrated and escaped from — at least according to the Garden State’s most revered music god, Bruce Springsteen. In song after song, the Boss has written, unironically, in praise of Jersey’s turnpikes, refineries and boardwalks, while also, in his monster hit “Rosalita,” singing in the persona of a guitar-slinging...
Review: Food Terminal excels with diversity of Malaysian cuisine

Review: Food Terminal excels with diversity of Malaysian cuisine

The first night I ate at Food Terminal, the new Malaysian restaurant on Buford Highway, I brought a friend whom I consider to be about as food-obsessed as I am. He’s spent much of his adult life working in kitchens and making food pilgrimages, whether eating his way through Southeast Asia or wandering the boroughs of New York in search of the perfect slice of pizza. In other words, he&rsquo...
‘Rumble listens for the beat of Indian drums — and guitars

‘Rumble listens for the beat of Indian drums — and guitars

Like the 2013 music documentary “Muscle Shoals,” which posited a poetic connection between hit songs and water — in that case, the Tennessee River and the Fame recording studio of Muscle Shoals, Alabama — “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” also concerns itself with a kind of metaphorical musical tributary, albeit one that is not literally wet. Its theme...
Eyecatchers

Eyecatchers

BOX OF BEAUTY Macy’s has launched its own version of a subscription box with Macy’s Beauty Box. For $15 per month, subscribers will get five deluxe beauty samples, a bonus item, a collectible cosmetics bag and a $5 coupon that can be used online at Macys.com or in-store at Macy’s locations nationwide. You can also go online to view how-to videos and get tips for using the items in...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: Wisk laundry detergent was here one day and gone the next. Did they go out of business? Thanks. Danny Dunworth, Stone Mountain A: Danny, while Wisk has been around since 1956, the detergent — of “ring around the collar” fame — has been replaced. You can still find some Wisk on eBay, but I’m not sure you want to spend $30 of a jug of laundry detergent. The last company...
Johnson blows lead in 8th inning, Braves lose series to Mariners

Johnson blows lead in 8th inning, Braves lose series to Mariners

The Braves twice came back from one-run deficits and took a lead in the seventh inning, but manager Brian Snitker hasn’t given up using deposed closer Jim Johnson in the late innings of close games, and he and the Braves paid a price for that Wednesday against the Mariners. Johnson faced four batters without recording an out in the eighth inning, and all four scored to send the Mariners to a...
Pregnant woman shot, rushed to Atlanta hospital

Pregnant woman shot, rushed to Atlanta hospital

A 22-year-old pregnant woman was shot and rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital Wednesday night, Atlanta police said. The shooting happened at 245 Rosser Street, but officers responded to 590 Cascade Avenue, police spokeswoman Stephanie Brown told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The bullet hit her in the arm and she was taken to the hospital in stable condition, Brown said. A man has been detained...
WATCH: Shooting, attempted robbery at DeKalb County gas station

WATCH: Shooting, attempted robbery at DeKalb County gas station

Police are looking for the gunman who chased a man while shooting at him during an attempted robbery.  Investigators told Channel 2 Action News the man was attempting to rob a customer Friday at the BP station off Flat Shoals Road when he came out the convenience store shooting.  Surveillance video captured the suspect firing at least three times. “He started firing out of the blue...
Photos: Colin Kaepernick’s supporters rally at NFL offices in New York

Photos: Colin Kaepernick’s supporters rally at NFL offices in New York

Supporters of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem to protest police brutality, showed their solidarity with him at a rally outside the headquarters of the NFL on Wednesday. Kaepernick has not been signed by another team since his protests.
Mercedes-Benz premium spaces give fans unique experience

Mercedes-Benz premium spaces give fans unique experience

When it comes to premium spaces in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, there will be something for every fan who craves the high-end experience. Instead of one luxury section, there will be several premium spaces throughout the stadium. That’s one of the ways the glitzy new stadium will differ from traditional sports complexes. “We did a lot of fan surveying and found that what fans are looking...
Homeland security finds 35 pounds of meth in Norcross apartment

Homeland security finds 35 pounds of meth in Norcross apartment

Federal officials found nearly 40 pounds of methamphetamine after making a traffic stop and raiding an apartment Tuesday in Gwinnett County. Bryan Cox, with the Department of Homeland Security, told Channel 2 Action News the bust at the Las Colinas apartment complex in Norcross may be tied to a larger drug operation. A woman bought drugs from the apartment and officers conducted a traffic stop, Cox...

UNCF calls for postponing college’s meeting with Trump

The United Negro College Fund wants to postpone next month’s conference between leaders of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities and the Trump administration until the White House takes some specific actions to show its commitment to the institutions. The organization gave The Atlanta Journal-Constitution a two-page letter written Wednesday to U.S. Education Secretary...
Shared space, shared history: What Nathan Deal might say about an MLK statue

Shared space, shared history: What Nathan Deal might say about an MLK statue

The pedestal that awaits a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. at the state Capitol in Atlanta. Jim Galloway, jgalloway@ajc.com The honor is long overdue, and yet in this case, procrastination borders on the providential. On Monday, in the midst of a national debate over the place of Confederate symbolism in our midst, the wraps will come off a life-sized statue of the Rev. Martin Luther...
Metro Atlanta officer faces DUI, public indecency charges

Metro Atlanta officer faces DUI, public indecency charges

A Douglasville police officer faces DUI and public indecency charges stemming from his arrest last month, officials said Wednesday. Officer James Phipps was arrested by the Georgia State Patrol on July 29 in Fannin County, police Chief Gary Sparks said.  Phipps, who was off duty at the time of his arrest, was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the completion of an internal affairs...
Comparing key Braves’ stats: This season and last season

Comparing key Braves’ stats: This season and last season

As the Braves’ season winds down, take a look at the statistics of key players. Compare their 2016 numbers to what they are projected to finish with at the end of this season. See which players have improved and which have not. Wednesday’s game is not included in the stats.  2016: He hit .302 in 2016, with 34 homers and 91 RBIs. 2007 projected numbers: .327 average, 22 homers and...
UNCF urges postponing White House HBCU conference

UNCF urges postponing White House HBCU conference

The United Negro College Fund wants to postpone next month’s conference between leaders of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities and the Trump administration until the White House takes some specific actions to show its commitment to the institutions. The organization gave The Atlanta Journal-Constitution a two-page letter written Wednesday to U.S. Education Secretary...
‘Jews vs. Nazis’ beer pong game gets students expelled, suspended

‘Jews vs. Nazis’ beer pong game gets students expelled, suspended

A student who took a photo of a game of beer pong with Nazi and Jewish symbols was expelled from The Lovett School, officials said Wednesday. That student misled school officials about his role in setting up and participating in the game, which contributed to the decision to expel him, Lovett Headmaster William S. Peebles said Sunday in a letter to parents. Another student, who hosted the off-campus...
Falcons’ Sarkisian discusses bonding with Matt Ryan 

Falcons’ Sarkisian discusses bonding with Matt Ryan 

Falcons offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisan discussed his relationship with quarterback Matt Ryan on Wednesday.  “It’s gone really well,” Sarkisian said. “I think Matt and I, again, I’ve said this all along, for whatever reason, we hit it off really well from the beginning. “Our conversations are good about football. Our conversation are good about life and...
Man charged in alleged intimidation of figure in Atlanta bribery case

Man charged in alleged intimidation of figure in Atlanta bribery case

Shandarrick Barnes, a former city of Atlanta employee once charged by at the local level with vandalizing the home of a key figure in the Atlanta City Hall bribery investigation, has been indicted for intimidating a witness in federal court. Barnes is the third person to be charged by federal prosecutors in connection with the bribery probe, which has so far netted two guilty pleas by contractors...
Falcons hope Roberts will boost return game 

Falcons hope Roberts will boost return game 

Dating from the days of Billy “White Shoes” Johnson to Deion “Prime Time” Sanders to Allen Rossum and most recently, Devin Hester, Falcon fans have been enthralled with the team’s return game. Johnson had the moves and the great end-zone dance. Sanders simply was electrifying. Rossum was dynamic and and set records in the playoffs. Hester, in his brief stay at the end...
Atlanta United FC fan guide: Everything you need to know

Atlanta United FC fan guide: Everything you need to know

Atlanta United FC  soccer has officially begun, so the eager anticipation has turned to spirited excitment and record attendance at each game. The city was awarded the Major League Soccer expansion team on April 16, 2014, and its inaugural season begins this year. The team is owned by Arthur Blank, who is also owner and chairman of the Atlanta Falcons, and Gerardo Martino...
Why candidates for governor are lavishing attention on rural Georgia

Why candidates for governor are lavishing attention on rural Georgia

Rural Georgia is getting some major love in the Georgia governor’s race. With the vote more than a year away, candidates have already crisscrossed the plains of South Georgia and the mountains of the north with a pledge to deliver the goods: more reliable Internet connectivity, new economic development initiatives, better infrastructure and improved access to health care. In the opening months...
Georgia inmate walks away from work detail

Georgia inmate walks away from work detail

An inmate walked away Wednesday from a work detail at Central State Prison in Macon, the Georgia Department of Corrections said. Jared William Pardue, 37, was last seen operating a Bobcat machine, the Macon Telegraph reported. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BOLO?src=hash"...
Hawks will play exhibition at Pistons

Hawks will play exhibition at Pistons

The Hawks will play the Pistons as part of a five-game exhibition schedule this year. The game will be in Detroit at the new Little Caesars Arena on Oct. 6. The Hawks have not released their preseason slate. However, four of the other games have already been disclosed based on opponent releases. The Hawks will play at the Heat, Pistons and Cavaliers and host the Pistons and Grizzlies. The home games...
Julio Jones cracks top 10 in jersey sales 

Julio Jones cracks top 10 in jersey sales 

Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones’ jersey has soared into the Top 10 on DICK’S Sporting Goods Jersey Report, ranking ninth among all NFL players in jersey sales. This is Jones’ first appearance in the Top 10 this season. He was previously ranked 13th last week. Jones’ jersey is also ranked eighth overall among all offensive players in the NFL this week Quarterback Matt Ryan...
The standing desk debate: Does standing at work better your health?

The standing desk debate: Does standing at work better your health?

When you’re at work, with very few exceptions, most of us will find ourselves sitting at a desk − despite all of the health detriments and shortened life expectancy associated with doing so. The average U.S. adult sits for nine to 10 hours each day, according to Dr. Joseph Mercola in his extensive article "Here's What Sitting Too Long Does to Your Body." Will you really...
Person of interest sought in fatal shooting of Morrow teen 

Person of interest sought in fatal shooting of Morrow teen 

A person of interest has been found in the case of a teenager shot to death in Morrow, police said.  A man seen on surveillance video at a Jonesboro Road Chevron is wanted for questioning in connection to the shooting of 18-year-old Kheron Cunningham, Morrow police Chief James Calloway told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. Cunningham was killed Sunday. He was seen on video with...
2 Chainz announces rescheduled Atlanta concert, additional date

2 Chainz announces rescheduled Atlanta concert, additional date

2 Chainz will return in October. Robb Cohen Photography & Video /www.RobbsPhotos.com BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene 2 Chainz will be back. After postponing the Aug. 1 Atlanta kickoff of his “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music Tour” after suffering an ill-timed leg injury, 2 Chainz has announced the rescheduled hometown show, as well as a second...
DeKalb officials investigating ‘intolerable’ middle school rap show

DeKalb officials investigating ‘intolerable’ middle school rap show

DeKalb County School District officials are investigating who let a group of rappers give an “unauthorized and unacceptable” concert at Salem Middle. The performance featured local artists Guap Tarantino, Drugrixh Hect and Drugrixh Peso. The three perform music the district finds not “age-appropriate” for middle school students, and the latter two can also be seen...
Molestation suspect also facing child porn charges

Molestation suspect also facing child porn charges

Already facing child molestation charges, a Henry County man was indicted for allegedly having child porn images on his home computer. A 10-count indictment Aug. 10 charged Richard Fisher Hayes, 47, with possessing pornographic images of children, authorities said. Hayes was downloading the images when Henry police and the GBI entered his McDonough home and arrested him in September, police spokesman...
Well-known pediatrician arrested on child sex charges

Well-known pediatrician arrested on child sex charges

Dr. Chris Calendine was arrested Monday after a grand jury indicted him on charges of aggravated sexual battery and sexual battery by an authority figure. The 45-year-old pediatrician has a popular practice in Hawkins County, Tennessee. The charges reportedly stem from allegations relating to two boys, ages 12 and 14, and the indictment follows an investigation by the district Attorney General&rsquo...
Teacher fired for allegedly 'dragging' kindergartner across gym

Teacher fired for allegedly 'dragging' kindergartner across gym

An Ohio teacher was terminated after he reportedly “grabbed a student by the wrist during gym class at Rosa Parks Early Learning Center, twisted his arm, and dragged him across the gym floor,” according to a letter detailing Dayton Public Schools' accusations. David Cameron was accused of dragging the kindergarten boy “on or about” Nov. 28, 2016, according to a March 15...
Startup FlyBuy aims to make any restaurant a ‘mobile’ drive-thru

Startup FlyBuy aims to make any restaurant a ‘mobile’ drive-thru

Parking problems, long lines or an on-the-go lifestyle might be enough to dissuade a hungry consumer from going to a restaurant. But FlyBuy, a startup based in Seattle, aims to give any restaurant the ability to be a “mobile” drive-thru, hoping to make it easier and faster to pick up food from any restaurant and change the takeout industry. FlyBuy’s app lets consumers order and pay...
Say cheese! How to enhance your smartphone photos

Say cheese! How to enhance your smartphone photos

Photos conjure up memories, evoke emotion, tell a story or capture a mood. I took my first photography class in college. I didn’t snap images with an expensive camera or smartphone. Instead, my professor handed me a vintage film camera. I spent hours in the darkroom printing photographs. Taking that class taught me you can create eye-catching images with any camera. But producing a photograph...
How to build resilience in midlife

How to build resilience in midlife

Much of the scientific research on resilience — our ability to bounce back from adversity — has focused on how to build resilience in children. But what about the grown-ups? While resilience is an essential skill for healthy childhood development, science shows that adults also can take steps to boost resilience in middle age, which is often the time we need it most. Midlife can bring...
Key and wallet finders offer help for the absent-minded

Key and wallet finders offer help for the absent-minded

Often, readers ask me if they really need an item I’ve mentioned previously. For the most part, I won’t decide that for people. But in the case of the Orbit Bluetooth key finder, don’t bother emailing me because yes, you need it. My wife will tell you I need it. Using the Orbit is simple; just attach it (1.3-inches in diameter, 0.35-inches thick) to your keyring and link it with...
Riffs on race and love, with a twist

Riffs on race and love, with a twist

“True multiculturalism,” novelist Danzy Senna’s father once told her, “flourishes in only four places: drug dens, casinos, the military — and last but not least, houses of God.” Tellingly, he didn’t include families on the list. Senna was the product of the disastrous marriage between two writers, white poet Fanny Howe and black editor and scholar Carl Senna...
How to get better internet access to rural America

How to get better internet access to rural America

A century ago, a popular song sheet wondered, “How you gonna keep ‘em down on the farm after they’ve seen Paree?” Would America’s doughboys resolve themselves to the so-slow rhythms of rural life after they’d tasted cosmopolitan Europe? In the generations since World War I, the question’s been answered. Rural America has been losing its people without pause...
High-tech glove that can translate sign language alphabet

High-tech glove that can translate sign language alphabet

For a fraction of the cost of a new iPhone, researchers at University of California, San Diego, developed a smart glove that can translate the American Sign Language alphabet as the wearer’s fingers move. The researchers outfitted a golf glove with the electronics needed to track a signing hand and relay the letters wirelessly to a phone or computer. They published their work recently in the...
Microsoft’s new, free iPhone app helps the blind see

Microsoft’s new, free iPhone app helps the blind see

Microsoft released a smartphone application far more ambitious than its bread and butter Office software: an effort to help the blind see. The free Seeing AI app, available for iOS, can read out short snippets of text, describe people, identify products and currency denominations, and take a stab at identifying the objects in a person’s surroundings. The app relies on the iPhone camera, backed...
Scam reminder: Microsoft will never call you asking for money

Scam reminder: Microsoft will never call you asking for money

I heard from another reader asking about a potential scam situation. The reader received a voicemail message from “Microsoft” saying a subscription had lapsed and needed to be renewed. The caller left an 800 number for her to call for the payment. She gave me the number, and by the time I called it back, it was already disconnected. This is a good time to remind everyone of some common...
CNET: No guessing who’s coming to dinner with these smart doorbells

CNET: No guessing who’s coming to dinner with these smart doorbells

No peephole? No sweat. These smart doorbells can show you a live stream of who’s at your front door. ——— SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell Product Review: https://www.cnet.com/products/skybell-hd-wi-fi-video-doorbell/#ftag=CAD187281f CNET rating: 4.0 stars out of 5 (Excellent) The good: SkyBell’s latest Wi-Fi doorbell has a 1080p high-definition resolution, on-demand clip...
Mercedes-Benz stadium stores offer range of Falcons and United gear

Mercedes-Benz stadium stores offer range of Falcons and United gear

Fans of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United who also view shopping as a sport will find plenty of engaging options at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. There are 15 retail locations throughout the stadium including the main store — an 8,000-square-foot, two-story team store near the main entrance at gates two and three. This superstore promises to be fully stocked with the most comprehensive...
Tattoo parlor offers to remove gang and hate-related tattoos at no charge

Tattoo parlor offers to remove gang and hate-related tattoos at no charge

The Parlour Hair and Ink in Sand Springs, Oklahoma, is hosting an event to cover up any gang or hate-related tattoos for free. Store owner Jamy Magee said individual political beliefs don't matter to them and they will help anyone with their heart in the right place. "I think this is a great way to move forward. We can help cover up the past and have them walk out of here with the past in the...
15-month-old girl found dead in hot car in Ohio, parents being interviewed by police

15-month-old girl found dead in hot car in Ohio, parents being interviewed by police

An autopsy is planned Thursday for a 15-month-old girl found dead in the back seat of her mother's car, which was in the employee parking lot of the Procter & Gamble Mason Business Center in Mason, Ohio.  “She was left unattended in the car by an employee who worked there,” Doyle Burke, Warren County Coroner’s Office investigator, said at an impromptu news conference outside...

WATCH: Shea Patterson featured in fun video that reminds Ole Miss fans of SEC’s clear bag policy

Way to be good sports, Shea Patterson and Jordan Ta’amu. On Wednesday, Ole Miss released a cool instructional clip featuring the Rebels quarterbacks to remind fans of the SEC’s clear bag policy that goes into effect for all football games this season. You can read details about the policy and a statement from SEC commissioner Greg Sankey about the subject ...
Brazen liquor thief caught on camera

Brazen liquor thief caught on camera

Police are looking for a suspect who stole at least nine bottles of liquor Friday from a Thrifty Liquor in Shreveport, Louisiana. An unidentified woman can be seen on surveillance video hiding bottles in her purse and under her clothes. "She's just loading liquor up like she's stockpiling this liquor. I think she paid for one bottle of liquor but she is definitely a thief in the liquor department...
Commander’s Palace headed to ATL with lessons on how to run a restaurant

Commander’s Palace headed to ATL with lessons on how to run a restaurant

The culinary team from New Orleans restaurant Commander’s Palace is collaborating with Restaurant Eugene for a Creole dinner Aug. 24. / Photo: Commander’s Palace “Our team has always wanted to bring the soul of the Brennan’s up to Atlanta. We finally made it happen,” said Linton Hopkins. Hopkins and his wife, Gina, are the faces behind numerous Atlanta...
Largest asteroid ever tracked may be visible with binoculars as it passes close to Earth

Largest asteroid ever tracked may be visible with binoculars as it passes close to Earth

It will be hard to beat Monday’s eclipse, but if you’re now hooked on stargazing, a huge asteroid will appear as a slow-moving star as it passes by Earth in the next couple of weeks. Asteroid 3122 Florence is the largest asteroid to pass this close to Earth since the first near-Earth asteroid was discovered over a century ago, according to Paul Chodas at the Center for Near Earth...
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