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Handel cracks Georgia GOP ‘glass ceiling’

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


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

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

Keith Johnson stood outside the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter in downtown Atlanta on Friday unsure of what he would do when it closes later this summer. Wearing an old Benjamin Hayes High School football T-shirt and sweatpants with a bag slung over his shoulder, Johnson, 58, said he’s used the shelter off and on for 15 years. He said he watched people with mental health issues struggle in...
A Georgia weekly newspaper at the center of firestorm shuts its doors

A Georgia weekly newspaper at the center of firestorm shuts its doors

A newspaper publisher who was jailed a year ago after he pushed for records about a judge’s spending of public money is now earning a living in construction. The Fannin Focus, has been shuttered. The downfall of Mark Thomason and his tiny North Georgia weekly comes a year after they emerged as a cause celeb. Thomason and Hiawassee attorney Russell Stookey were locked up and charged with felonies...
Dwight Howard reflects on time with Hawks in unofficial farewell

Dwight Howard reflects on time with Hawks in unofficial farewell

In an unofficial farewell before heading to Charlotte, Dwight Howard seemed disappointed, yet overridden with a sense of spiritual optimism. Surrounded by family and friends in his hometown, Howard accepted the Spirit of the League Champion award from the Urban League of Greater Atlanta at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Friday. Howard’s off-the-court work has never been questioned. Through the D12...
Fulton County releases tax abatement data, says incentives bring jobs

Fulton County releases tax abatement data, says incentives bring jobs

Fulton County has released information about its property tax abatement programs in 2016 that shows the benefits outweigh the costs. The report covers all active benefits in 2016, looking at tax abatements that began over the past 10 years. Recipients pay a greater percentage of property tax each year for a decade on their abated properties, until after 10 years they are paying the full property...
Will Georgia’s 6th District do this all again in 2018?

Will Georgia’s 6th District do this all again in 2018?

Despite initial relief among Georgia’s 6th District residents that the barrage of campaign ads has come to an end, the reprieve might not last too long. “Now we know what New Hampshire looks like,” said Chip Lake, a GOP consultant based in Georgia. The question is, with 2018 just around the corner, will this year’s astronomical spending, much of it on TV, become a pattern in...
Who could be in the APS scandal film

Who could be in the APS scandal film

The Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal will be the subject of a new film called "Wrong Answer," now in development. The film, first announced in 2015, will be directed by Ryan Coogler and will star Michael B. Jordan as former Parks Middle School teacher Damany Lewis. National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing the script, which is based on a 2014 New Yorker article...
After ‘racist pig’ reprimand, where does Gwinnett go from here?

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

Tommy Hunter, he of “John Lewis is a racist pig” Facebook infamy, has been officially reprimanded. The written condemnation from his colleagues on the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, the result of a controversial ethics investigation, has been posted online and on the courthouse wall. Soon, the five-page denunciation, which notes a “pattern of behavior that...
Dancer drops racketeering claims against Cheetah; other suits remain

Dancer drops racketeering claims against Cheetah; other suits remain

A former exotic dancer has dropped a racketeering lawsuit against her former club, The Cheetah in midtown Atlanta, a move the club’s attorney says undermines her claims that the club fostered an atmosphere of sexual violence against its dancers. Cheetah attorney Kevin Ward called the lawsuit, filed in February in federal court, “nonsense and unsupportable, both under the law and based...
AJC Sepia African-American Music Appreciation Month Playlist

AJC Sepia African-American Music Appreciation Month Playlist

Just in time for summer, right on time for the re-release of “Purple Rain,” and before the dusk of African-American Music Appreciation Month, AJC Sepia is dropping its first Spotify Playlist. The AJC Sepia 60, is a diverse and eclectic mix of sounds spanning from Nat King Cole’s “Sweet Lorraine to J. Cole’s “Love Yourz.”    The Playlist was curated...
Dikembe Mutombo: The long view

Dikembe Mutombo: The long view

At the clang of the bell marking the end of the school day, third-grader Dikembe Mutombo grabbed his schoolbooks and loped across the wide street in Kinshasa, capital of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), to the American Embassy, his movements as graceful as a gazelle. His friends, always three strides behind, were in hot pursuit, all eager to see the latest American movie shown free daily. But...
‘Tricky’ hamstring injury keeps Kemp out of Braves lineup

‘Tricky’ hamstring injury keeps Kemp out of Braves lineup

Braves left fielder Matt Kemp so far hasn’t been able to pull off the difficult balancing act of letting his nagging hamstring injury heal while continuing to play. Kemp was out of the lineup for the second straight game on Saturday. He left Thursday’s game because of what the Braves said was tightness in his left hamstring. “It’s not serious; it’s just something that&rsquo...
Collins the latest connection between Hawks, Wake Forest

Collins the latest connection between Hawks, Wake Forest

There is a connection between the Hawks and Wake Forest that goes beyond first-round draft pick John Collins. Some good. Some painful. There has been more of the good recently, for sure. However, there are vexing memories for many Hawks fans that involve the university and several twists of fate. Perhaps Collins can be the salve that finally closes slow healing wounds. Hawks fans still cringe. Just...
‘Concerned citizen’ accused of shooting man fleeing police

‘Concerned citizen’ accused of shooting man fleeing police

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

Why “Celebrate America” event was canceled

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

3 teens shot at Cobb County shopping center

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

Rainy days coming to an end

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

Dream defense unable to slow Sky in 82-78 loss

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

Braves win with key plays by rookies Swanson, Camargo

It was like old times on Friday for Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson and third baseman Johan Camargo. The pair played infield for Double-A Mississippi last season and are doing it with the Braves now that Camargo is getting regular playing time. Each made superlative defensive plays to hold off Brewers rallies during the 5-4 Braves victory at SunTrust Park. “Both those young guys on that side...
12 things we learned about the Falcons this offseason

12 things we learned about the Falcons this offseason

Shortly after releasing the team for the summer, Falcons coach Dan Quinn and team officials went to Washington, D.C. to visit to various military related places. It was a busy and compacted offseason for the Falcons, who reached the Super Bowl for just the second time in franchise history. After suffering the most devastating loss in the history of the game, losing 34-28 after building a 28-3 lead...
Adams becomes a complication for Braves — in a good way

Adams becomes a complication for Braves — in a good way

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

A new health care debate, Donald Trump, and a spike in breast cancer

Just in time for the renewed, fast-tempo debate over health care in Washington, public health researchers at Georgia State University have produced a pair of studies that help underline just what’s at stake. The more provocative of the two papers has intriguing national implications: In large swaths of the United States, swing areas that handed the presidency to Donald Trump last year, a white...

The questions all landlords should ask

The vast majority of rental problems can be eliminated in advance through a good screening process. Many amateur landlords are so desperate for a tenant that they accept the first applicant who walks in the door. That is a rental nightmare waiting to happen. When screening any applicant, remember to be consistent - treat all potential renters the same so that you’re not violating any fair housing...
Phillips big early, rookie infielders huge late in Braves’ 5-4 win

Phillips big early, rookie infielders huge late in Braves’ 5-4 win

Hours after unveiling a new Braves T-shirt bearing his likeness and showcasing his Stone Mountain roots and proud ATLien status, veteran Brandon Phillips had a home run and two RBIs to help his squad and pitcher Mike Foltynewicz take a lead on the way to continuing their recent surge in a series-opening win against the Brewers. But it was a pair of rookie infielders, shortstop Dansby Swanson and third...
Former Norcross star Diamond DeShields leaving Tennessee to be a pro

Former Norcross star Diamond DeShields leaving Tennessee to be a pro

Former Norcross High School star Diamond DeShields will not return to the Tennessee women's basketball team for a final season. DeShields, a daughter of former major-league baseball player Delino DeShields, would have been a redshirt senior. "Diamond has opted to forego her final collegiate season,” Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick said in a school release. “She earned a degree...
Braves’ multiple rain delays becoming a bit tiresome

Braves’ multiple rain delays becoming a bit tiresome

The season isn’t even half over, and the Braves already had eight rain delays, the most in the National League, including three in the four-game series against the Giants that ended Thursday at SunTrust Park, where the last two games of the series ended after midnight. And there was a good chance of rain for Friday night’s home series opener against the Brewers at SunTrust Park. &ldquo...

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Putting the Sixth District in the rearview mirror

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” puts the last shovel-full of dirt on the Sixth District congressional race – and then moves quickly to President Donald Trump’s apparent declaration that he was just joshing about those tapes. Maybe. If you couldn’t catch it live, click here to listen now:   [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/329707341"...
Couple gets engaged on Delta flight

Couple gets engaged on Delta flight

A Delta Air Lines plane at 30,000 feet became the scene for a carefully-orchestrated engagement this week. Flights were already part of the couple's long-distance relationship stretched between Atlanta and Pennsylvania -- Deepum Patel works in Atlanta while girlfriend Neha Chakravarti has been in dental school in Pennsylvania. During a Wednesday flight from Atlanta to Boston for a layover before continuing...
Hawks’ summer league roster taking shape with 13 players

Hawks’ summer league roster taking shape with 13 players

The Hawks entry in next month’s Las Vegas Summer League is starting to take shape. The roster currently consists of 13 players. More could be added before the tournament begins next month. The entire draft classes from last year and this year are scheduled to be part of the team, with Taurean Prince, DeAndre Bembry, Isaia Cordinier, John Collins, Tyler Dorsey and Alpha Kaba currently on the...
Georgians: Fix health care prices, stop partisanship

Georgians: Fix health care prices, stop partisanship

After the U.S. Senate finally revealed its proposed federal health care bill, advocates revved up their rhetoric with extreme positions, loud cheers and denunciations.“INJUSTICE!” blared the handmade sign of a protester Friday outside U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s office. The Senate’s bill “is morally repugnant,” said the man holding the sign, Michael Blundell of Paulding...
Freeman cleared to swing bat, could start rehab stint in 7-10 days

Freeman cleared to swing bat, could start rehab stint in 7-10 days

After having his left wrist examined again Friday, Braves slugger Freddie Freeman was cleared to start swinging a bat and hopes to begin a rehab assignment in seven to 10 days, reiterating his intention of playing in a July 6-9 road series against the Nationals leading into All-Star break. That’s three weeks ahead of an original 10-week estimate for Freeman’s recovery following his left-wrist...
Environmental agencies fine DeKalb $294K for sewage spills

Environmental agencies fine DeKalb $294K for sewage spills

Environmental agencies fined DeKalb County $294,000 for repeatedly spilling raw sewage into public waters and underreporting the number of times that’s happened since 2012, the county announced Friday. The county government will pay the fine using money collected from residents through their water and sewer bills. With more than 100 spills in the past two years, DeKalb failed to adhere to a...
Kemp out of Braves lineup with sore hamstring

Kemp out of Braves lineup with sore hamstring

Braves left fielder Matt Kemp was out of the lineup for Friday’s game against the Brewers after he left the previous night’s game because of what the team said was tightness in his left hamstring. Manager Brian Snitker said Kemp told him he would be available to pinch hit. Kemp left Thursday’s victory over the Giants after hitting a single in the fifth inning. The Braves placed Kemp...
Atlanta United’s best defense? Offense

Atlanta United’s best defense? Offense

Atlanta United’s fullbacks will attack when the team hosts Colorado on Saturday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Gerardo Martino touches his chest in a small display of passion when he explains why presumed starters Greg Garza and Tyrone Mears will be up the field, sometimes higher than the midfielders, when Atlanta United (6-7-3) has the ball. “That would be like being a traitor...
Ender Inciarte unveils Braves T-shirt design

Ender Inciarte unveils Braves T-shirt design

Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte on Friday unveiled a T-shirt he designed along with Muideen Ogunmola of the ’47 brand. The shirt includes images and colors inspired by the flag of Inciarte’s home country, Venezuela, with illustrations on the sleeve that represent memories of his late father. The shirt also depicts Inciarte after he hit the first home run at SunTrust Park and his ...
Police ID suspect in killing of Monroe man

Police ID suspect in killing of Monroe man

Monroe police on Friday identified the man they believe shot and killed someone in the Walton County town Thursday afternoon. Manual Lajun Hector, 33, of Monroe, was charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, police said in a statement. Hector was arrested "minutes after&rdquo...
New Atlanta Fed president sees lighter burden for small banks

New Atlanta Fed president sees lighter burden for small banks

Banks — especially the smaller ones — can probably expect a lighter touch from regulators in the future, but not in areas that would weaken protections against another industry meltdown, according to the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank’s new president. Earlier this month the U.S. Treasury Department unveiled a nearly 150-page report suggesting about 100 changes to banking and financial...
Brandon Phillips unveils Braves T-shirt design

Brandon Phillips unveils Braves T-shirt design

Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips on Friday unveiled a T-shirt that he designed along with Muideen Ogunmola of the ’47 brand. The shirt includes an image of Phillips, a native of Stone Mountain, in his Braves uniform doing the “making it rain” gesture. It also includes depictions of what Phillips said are some of his favorite memories from childhood: the Stone Mountain Park...
Airline legroom targeted in federal legislation

Airline legroom targeted in federal legislation

A member of Congress wants to introduce legislation to set minimum seat sizes for airlines as an amendment to a key Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill. U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn. introduced his cleverly-named “Seat Egress in Air Travel (SEAT) Act” last year, but it never made it to a vote. He again aims to attach the legislation to a bill to renew the FAA&rsquo...
GBI seeking to identify skeleton found in Banks County

GBI seeking to identify skeleton found in Banks County

The GBI is asking for the public’s help in identifying a body that was found in Banks County in February. A skeleton was found in a wooded area near Highway 59 in Commerce, one mile south of Exit 154 on I-85, on Feb. 5, officials said in a statement. Investigators believe the body belongs to a Hispanic or African-American woman who was about 30 to 44 years old. The woman most likely died...
Charges dropped in case of alleged threats to Atlanta bribery figure

Charges dropped in case of alleged threats to Atlanta bribery figure

State charges against the man accused of trying to intimidate a key witness in the Atlanta City Hall bribery scandal have been dropped because the U.S. Attorney’s Office won’t turn over evidence against him. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard’s office on Thursday dropped charges against Shandarrick Barnes, who was accused of throwing a brick through the home window...
66-year-old Spelman College dorm to undergo renovations this summer

66-year-old Spelman College dorm to undergo renovations this summer

For the past 66 years, scores of Spelman College students have stayed in a four-story, brick building that resembles a big house. But when the dorm residents enter the old building in August, they’ll be met with some fresh 2017 updates. Winter Spaces, a division of Winter Construction, is renovating the 31,472-square foot Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Hall, according to a news release. Renovations...

The one thing Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood demand on tour

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will christen Mercedes-Benz Stadium, new home of the Atlanta Falcons, as the first entertainers to perform in concert there, at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 12. (tickets are on sale June 30 with a pre-sale starting June 27). “It’s very flattering. It’s very humbling. They had their pick of everybody,” Brooks said during a conference call interview on Friday...
AJC Peachtree Road Race latest milestone in Kimberly Flowers’ journey

AJC Peachtree Road Race latest milestone in Kimberly Flowers’ journey

Roughly 16 months and 113 pounds ago, Kimberly Flowers struggled to get out of chairs, to walk up the stairs. On July 4, she’ll participate for the first time in The Atlanta-Journal Constitution Peachtree Road Race. Flowers has been an accountant at Howard Brothers in Duluth for the past 17 years. But she was fighting an internal war: She weighed 307 pounds. For the second consecutive year,...
Trump signs law making it easier to fire bad VA employees

Trump signs law making it easier to fire bad VA employees

President Donald Trump signed a bill into law Friday that would expedite the process for top officials to fire problematic employees at the long-troubled U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The aim of the accountability legislation is to make it easier to root out the bad apples who have helped contribute to the cascade of scandals at the VA, harming the care delivered to the nation’s roughly...
DeKalb fined $294,000 for sewage spills

DeKalb fined $294,000 for sewage spills

DeKalb County is being fined $294,000 for spilling sewage into public waterways and underreporting the number of spills to environmental regulators. Federal and state environmental agencies levied the fine this week for the county’s shortcomings as it’s under a judge’s order to drastically reduce its raw sewage overflows. The largest part of the fine, $147,500, is a punishment...
7 awesome family-friendly ways to celebrate July 4th in Atlanta area

7 awesome family-friendly ways to celebrate July 4th in Atlanta area

Metro Atlanta offers many fun family-friendly ways to celebrate Independence Day. From parades and fireworks to pool parties, sporting events, and of course, The AJC Peachtree Road Race, the 4th of July is a day filled with special events. Here’s a look at seven fabulous ways families can enjoy the day. On July 4, the Atlanta Braves will host the Houston Astros in a home game at SunTrust...
Memphis Grizzlies add St. Francis grad after NBA Draft

Memphis Grizzlies add St. Francis grad after NBA Draft

Kobi Simmons wasn’t one of the 60 basketball players to hear his name called Thursday night during the NBA Draft, but he’ll still get a shot at making the league. After going undrafted, Simmons — an Alpharetta native and graduate of St. Francis High School – signed a free agent deal with the Memphis Grizzlies, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski. It seems that...

Journalist sues over Atlanta-filmed Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me”

A journalist has filed suit against the producers, screenwriter, studio and others involved with “All Eyez on Me,” the Atlanta-filmed Tupac Shakur biopic released June 16. Kevin Powell says in court documents that articles he wrote for Vibe were improperly appropriated for use in the movie. In the suit, filed in New York, the plaintiff says some of the material in the articles was factual...
Wounds in Hawks’ front office may be mending

Wounds in Hawks’ front office may be mending

John Collins answers questions during an interview after he was selected by the Atlanta Hawks as the 19th pick during the NBA draft, Thursday, June 22, 2017, in New York.
Watch: Small plane crashes into unoccupied day care in Florida

Watch: Small plane crashes into unoccupied day care in Florida

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a small plane crash that occurred Saturday morning near Fort Meyers, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies said the plane crashed into an unoccupied day care building. One person died in the crash while another was taken to the hospital. The survivor’s condition has not been released.
In Venezuela, prisoners say abuse is so bad they are forced to eat pasta mixed with excrement

In Venezuela, prisoners say abuse is so bad they are forced to eat pasta mixed with excrement

CARACAS, Venezuela - The headquarters of the Venezuelan intelligence service is a vast pyramid-shaped edifice known as the Helicoide, a former shopping mall which now functions as an interrogation pen for political prisoners and protesters. The 30-year-old economics student had heard enough about the infamous building to be terrified as he was led into a dank cell in early April - his eyes blindfolded...
See the things people in Arizona claim are melting due to extreme heat

See the things people in Arizona claim are melting due to extreme heat

People in Arizona are used to triple-digit temperatures in the summer, but an extreme heat wave gripping the Southwest this week had temperatures rising to 120 degrees. At that extreme temperature, strange things begin to happen. Arizona residents have been posting photos on social media of objects that they say have melted due to the extreme heat. It's important to note that none of these photos...
Americans have more square footage than ever

Americans have more square footage than ever

Are Americans embracing smaller homes? The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that the average size of new-construction homes actually declined slightly, from an all-time high of 2,467 square feet in 2015 to 2,422. "New Houses Get Smaller," the Wall Street Journal declared, spotting a trend; "U.S. Homes Are Finally Shrinking," another piece here at Bloomberg concluded. Many other...
Police: Woman arrested in prostitution sting left toddler alone at home

Police: Woman arrested in prostitution sting left toddler alone at home

An Arizona woman arrested on suspicion of prostitution Wednesday admitted to leaving her 18-month-old toddler at home alone, police said. Alexis Buchanan, 25, was arrested in an undercover sting operation Wednesday afternoon, investigators said. Upon her arrest, she told officers that her daughter was home alone. Police performed a welfare check and found the toddler in a bedroom on the second floor...
Mastiff named Martha crowned world's ugliest dog

Mastiff named Martha crowned world's ugliest dog

In a lighthearted contest often won by small dogs, this year's winner is a big surprise. Martha, a 125-pound Neapolitan mastiff, was crowned World's Ugliest Dog for 2017. The dog, described as gassy but gentle, spent much of its time on stage plopped on its side.  The annual event took place Friday night at the Sonoma-Marin Fair. Handler Shirley Zindler told The Associated Press that she...
Police: Florida father flashing gun in front of child on Facebook Live arrested

Police: Florida father flashing gun in front of child on Facebook Live arrested

The man seen on Facebook Live posing with a gun and what appears to be drugs in front of his child is now in jail, police said. Jakeeco Milton, 25, was arrested Thursday for violation of probation. ActionNewsJax first showed the Facebook Live video of Milton posing with a gun in front of his child on Wednesday. Milton is behind bars after police say he violated his probation. It comes after he posted...
Woman shaken after flying piece of wood on highway smashes windshield

Woman shaken after flying piece of wood on highway smashes windshield

Images shared on social media show how a Massachusetts woman narrowly escaped injury on the highway. Victoria Gaucher told Boston 25 that she was driving down a highway in Taunton this week when a piece of wood flew off the truck in front of her and smashed into her car windshield. Luckily, she wasn’t hit and no one was injured. The long piece of wood wedged itself into the top of her windshield...
Infant needing transplant aided by Arkansas T-shirt company

Infant needing transplant aided by Arkansas T-shirt company

An 8-month old baby from Arkansas in need of a liver transplant is being helped by a T-shirt manufacturer who is raising money to help cover expenses. >> Read more trending news  Amelia Fowler was diagnosed with biliary atresia four days after her birth, KTHV reported. Doctors told Amelia’s parents, Jack and Mary Lu Fowler, that a liver transplant  was the child’s...
Wisconsin boy burned after park slide 'explodes'

Wisconsin boy burned after park slide 'explodes'

A Wisconsin boy suffered second-degree burns on a slide in a park, WISN reported. >> Read more trending news  The family of Giuseppe Storniolo, 9, of West Allis, said the slide “exploded” after spontaneously bubbling. “I was about to get off and it just started to happen and it came up shaking,” Storniolo said. “I never saw any cracks on it or no...
London tower blocks evacuated over fire concerns

London tower blocks evacuated over fire concerns

Thousands of residents in a north London housing complex were evacuated from their apartments Friday night after fire checks revealed the buildings were unsafe, Reuters reported. >> Read more trending news The checks were done in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire on June 14. Residents, along with their children and pets were removed from five tower blocks and headed to a local sports center...
White House frustration grows with Tillerson over jobs for Trump allies

White House frustration grows with Tillerson over jobs for Trump allies

The White House is becoming increasingly frustrated with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and a close-knit circle of aides over the slow pace of hiring and a chokehold on information and access to Tillerson, according to senior Trump administration officials and others familiar with the rift. Tillerson, a former Exxon Mobil chief executive with no prior government experience, gets some of the blame...
As travel industry awaits slowdown, travelers pack bags — for now

As travel industry awaits slowdown, travelers pack bags — for now

The travel industry is voicing a common refrain: President Donald Trump’s travel ban, terror attacks in Europe and a laptop ban represent a recipe for a potential sharp decline in visitors to and from the United States.  “When you hear words like ‘travel ban,’ it puts a big chill” on travel and tourism, James J. Murren, chairman and chief executive of MGM Resorts...
Grilling? Don’t hold the mayo!

Grilling? Don’t hold the mayo!

This is the season of outdoor parties and cookouts, as those of us self-professed grill masters and weekend warriors deftly show off our live-fire cooking skills in front of family and friends. That is, until the grill flares up and those beautiful steaks are reduced to charcoal and we’re peeling them off the grill through a cloud of smoke. It’s an all-too-common tragedy played out in...
Lions QB Stafford a lock for big money, but does he deserve it?

Lions QB Stafford a lock for big money, but does he deserve it?

Who's a better NFL quarterback: Matthew Stafford or Derek Carr? Which of the 20-something gunslingers would you rather have lead your team for the next five years? Which is most deserving of the richest contract in NFL history? Carr signed a record five-year deal worth a reported $125 million on Thursday, and for at least the next few weeks he'll be the highest-paid player in the NFL while playing...
Hugh Grant offering reward for WWII vet's lost medals

Hugh Grant offering reward for WWII vet's lost medals

Actor Hugh Grant is offering a $1,100 reward for the return of a blind British World War II veterans medals after the 95-year-old man lost them at a service station. >> Read more trending news D-Day veteran Alfred Barlow landed on Sword Beach on June 6, 1944. Barlow, who was a corporal when Allied forces attacked the French coast, attended this year’s Memorial in Normandy, the Manchester...
'Flower man' steals the show at Wisconsin wedding

'Flower man' steals the show at Wisconsin wedding

Traditional weddings usually include a flower girl and a ring bearer. But nuptials last week in Wisconsin included a flower man -- and he did his job so well, he nearly stole the attention from the bride. >> Read more trending news Andria Farthing got married in Madison on June 17. For her flower girl, she chose her 28-year-old cousin, Patrick Casey. The two relatives were close as children...
2 arrested in 30-person brawl after N.Y. high school graduation

2 arrested in 30-person brawl after N.Y. high school graduation

A high school graduation ceremony in upstate New York ended with a brawl that injured one police officer and led to the arrest of two teenagers, the Albany Times Union reported. >> Read more trending news The brawl outside Watervliet High School in suburban Albany on Thursday night required four police agencies to respond before it was under control, police said. Police arrested 18-year-old...
Nebraska mom begs thieves to return Porsche tires used for memorial

Nebraska mom begs thieves to return Porsche tires used for memorial

A Nebraska woman is making an appeal to thieves who stole the Porsche tires she had built as a memorial to her late son. >> Read more trending news Angel Pike and her son Ben built the memorial in April to honor Mike Pike, who died in his sleep four years ago, KETV reported.  The stone in Pike’s front yard in Omaha reads “Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the...
Human toe stolen from Yukon bar returned, with apology

Human toe stolen from Yukon bar returned, with apology

There’s good news afoot -- the toe stolen from the Downtown Hotel Sourdough Saloon in the Yukon has been returned to its rightful owner, along with a letter of apology. >> Read more trending news “We’re happy as clams about it,” Sue Taylor told the Alaska Dispatch News.Taylor is a “toe captain” at the bar in Dawson City. The mummified human toe that...
Michael Jordan fan has crying LeBron James tattooed on leg

Michael Jordan fan has crying LeBron James tattooed on leg

Kalen Gilleese concedes that LeBron James is one of pro basketball’s greatest players, but he still believes that the Cleveland Cavaliers’ star is not in the class of Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, his favorite player. >> Read more trending news So after the Cavs were beaten in the NBA Finals by the Golden State Warriors, Gilleese, who already sports a body full of tattoos, added...
TV crew's SUV stolen while they filmed story about crime

TV crew's SUV stolen while they filmed story about crime

A television news crew in New Mexico, gathering footage for a story about crime, became part of the story Friday when a thief stole the station’s SUV, the Albuquerque Journal reported. >> Read more trending news KOB news director Michelle Donaldson said her crew was filming in downtown Albuquerque and watched as the vehicle was stolen. The story the crew was shooting footage for was about...
Colorado fire department honors 5-year-old who saved mom’s life

Colorado fire department honors 5-year-old who saved mom’s life

A 5-year-old Colorado boy was made an honorary member of his local fire department Wednesday after he dialed 911 when his mother needed medical attention, the Journal-Advocate reported. >> Read more trending news Xander Carpenter was given a special tour of the Sterling Fire Department, was given his own special uniform for the inspection,  took a ride in Tower 18 and also helped put out...
California woman finds frog in her salad

California woman finds frog in her salad

A California woman found an unpleasant addition to her salad earlier this month, as she uncovered a dead frog nestled inside the lettuce. >> Read more trending news  Shawna Cepeda was dining at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in West Covina and noticed her salad had a bitter taste, according to a Yelp review she posted on June 13. She began stirring the salad and found the frog...
Sunday Conversation with Phil Hill

Sunday Conversation with Phil Hill

Phil Hill grew up in Southampton, an hour south of London, playing pickup soccer in the street every evening with dozens of other kids. “The beauty of the game is that it is a leveler, a great way to integrate across racial and economic bounds,” he says. Today, Hill is executive director of Soccer in the Streets, which is leveling the playing field for kids from neighborhoods where soccer...

Opinion: You can’t take the low road to the high place

The other day, a Muslim saved a terrorist. It happened just after midnight Monday in London. The terrorist, according to authorities, was Darren Osborne, 47, from Cardiff, Wales, who drove a rented van 150 miles to the British capital, where he jumped a sidewalk and plowed into a crowd of worshipers outside a mosque as people were attending to a man who had collapsed. Osborne is reported to have screamed...

Opinion: Let us plunge toward our fast-unfolding future

WASHINGTON — In 1859, when Manhattan still had many farms, near the Battery on the island’s southern tip The Great American Tea Company was launched. It grew, and outgrew its name, becoming in 1870 The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, which in 1912 begat the first A&P Economy Store, a semi-modern grocery store. By 1920, there were 4,500 such stores; by 1930, 15,000. In 1936, in Braddock...
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