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Trump in Atlanta: I will ‘never ever’ weaken gun rights

President Donald Trump pledged Friday that an “eight-year assault” on gun rights was over, invoking many of his tried-and-true favorites from the campaign trail to a friendly crowd in Atlanta at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting. As thousands of supporters roared their approval, Trump pledged to put “America first” and guaranteed a wall would be built on...


DeKalb’s ethics oversight effort set back by court ruling

DeKalb’s ethics oversight effort set back by court ruling

After years of trying to bring stronger ethical oversight to DeKalb’s scandal-tarnished government, a judge issued a ruling Friday that likely cripples the county’s independent Board of Ethics. Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson concluded that members of the DeKalb Board of Ethics should have been appointed by elected government officials, not by outside groups like the DeKalb...
Immigration judge finds racial profiling in detention case

Immigration judge finds racial profiling in detention case

In an extraordinary ruling this week, an Atlanta judge found that federal agents committed “egregious” racial profiling and that government lawyers committed “willful misconduct” by refusing to bring the agents to court. The decision, issued Thursday, was a victory for Osvaldo Menese Chavez, who was taken into custody March 6. Chavez was arrested by two Immigration and Customs...
Water overbilling woes in DeKalb far from over

Water overbilling woes in DeKalb far from over

Strap in. The steady flow of outrageous, inexplicable, inflated water bills in DeKalb County likely will continue for a while. Despite contentious town hall meetings and protests, problems persist, as thousands of residents have been hit with exorbitant bills. It’s now becoming clear the problem is so big that it could take three years and tens of millions of dollars to fix. Most of...
Donald Trump’s 100 days leave imprint on Georgia

Donald Trump’s 100 days leave imprint on Georgia

One hundred days into the tenure of the most mold-shattering administration in modern history and President Donald Trump has moved at breakneck pace to strip away federal regulations, reset the country’s economic relationships abroad and dismantle the biggest pieces of his predecessor’s legacy. Georgians now log on to Twitter to gauge the state of mind of the most powerful man in the world...
Tragic accident at Georgia Tech spurs call for bed rails in dorms

Tragic accident at Georgia Tech spurs call for bed rails in dorms

One side of his loft bed was against a wall. But on the other side, there was nothing. Nothing to prevent Clark Jacobs from rolling out of his bed in a Georgia Tech fraternity house and falling seven feet to the floor. Jacobs fractured his skull and needed emergency brain surgery in January 2015. He would spend months healing from his injuries and relearning how to live. And his ordeal could...
Delta buying jets from … Alabama?

Delta buying jets from … Alabama?

MOBILE, Ala. — An old Air Force base here is finding new life as the home of an Airbus assembly plant building jets for Delta Air Lines and other carriers. The $600 million plant, opened in 2015, is one of four Airbus aircraft manufacturing plants — and the only one in the United States. “It just made sense for us to be closer to our customers,” Airbus spokeswoman Kristi Tucker...
The cult of the Chick-fil-A campout

The cult of the Chick-fil-A campout

Listed first on the menu board at Chick-fil-A is the No. 1 meal. It consists of a chicken sandwich, medium waffle potato fries and a medium beverage. Whenever a new Chick-fil-A opens, 100 lucky fans receive a card loaded with 52 of these meals. The value of this one-year supply of free food is about $300. But to win it, fans have to spend the night on the restaurant’s parking lot until...
Coke at a crossroads with new CEO in charge

Coke at a crossroads with new CEO in charge

Legendary investor Warren Buffett once was quoted as saying Coca-Cola was such a strong company that a ham sandwich could run it. As new CEO James Quincey takes over from the outgoing Muhtar Kent on Monday, he faces challenges that have turned Buffett’s aphorism into a painful reminder of better days. The Atlanta icon is still hugely profitable, but increasingly under pressure. Soda sales stalled...
A second chance at empty-nesting

A second chance at empty-nesting

On August 29, 2008, I was happy. I was at peace. I knew that everyone I cared about was all right. My husband, Larry, was content at his job. Both of my children seemed to be on a good path. My younger child, Joseph, was settled in at his second college (so far) and seemed to like his classes. My older child, Nicole, was blissfully happy in New York City and finally on the brink of supporting herself...
Atlanta’s time-tested restaurants

Atlanta’s time-tested restaurants

What brings you back to the same restaurant again and again? For us, good bites and beverages matter, but the spirit and spunk of the place also play a role in turning us into repeat customers.   If you are in need of an eatery of distinction, consider these 14 spots in and around Atlanta. They range from some of the city’s most expensive food labs to joints where you can spend less...
How the Hawks season came to an end despite near miraculous comeback

How the Hawks season came to an end despite near miraculous comeback

Five observations from the Hawks’ 115-99 loss to the Wizards in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series. The Wizard won the series, 4-2. 1. Turnovers kill. The Hawks committed 22 turnovers for the game – but it was the 15 first-half turnovers that led to the 22-point deficit they were never able to completely erase. The Wizards, already a terrific transition team,...
Atlanta United a prized stop on the Garza world tour

Atlanta United a prized stop on the Garza world tour

Part of ink tapestry that is Atlanta United defender Gregory Garza — the one tattoo among the two dozen or so he counts as his favorite — is the wind-blown gypsy inside one forearm. A gypsy soul, that’s how Garza sees himself. A citizen of the whole, wide soccer-playing world. Just give him a hard, round ball and some level ground on which to chase it, and he’ll gladly make...
Falcons top pick McKinley makes name for himself

Falcons top pick McKinley makes name for himself

Takkarist McKinley seems quite sure of the person soon to be wrapped in a Falcons jersey. Yes, inside that jersey beats a racing heart and a combustible disposition. Good qualities for a pass-rusher, if not for a master of ceremonies. If that means during the most significant moment of a turbulent life, he lets loose with a couple R-rated expletives on live television, then he’ll gladly take...
YMCA gets Parkinson’s grant for free memberships, more classes

YMCA gets Parkinson’s grant for free memberships, more classes

Fitness instructor Katy Pate has her YMCA class walking a straight line. But here’s the kicker: Participants must step on colored discs while spontaneously calling out a name that begins with a specific letter. Someone wanted to know this was a sobriety test, and everyone laughed. Nope. It’s just another fun exercise to get the feet and brain moving in the same direction. That’s...
Inside the box score: Wizards 115, Hawks 99

Inside the box score: Wizards 115, Hawks 99

Inside the box score and more of the Hawks’ 115-99 loss to the Wizards in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series Friday: Key players * John Wall scored a game-high and his career playoff high with 42 points for the Wizards. * Bradley Beal added 31 points for the Wizards. * Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Key stat The Hawks committed 22 turnovers, 15 in...
Freeman’s 9th-inning homer gives Braves a wild win at Milwaukee

Freeman’s 9th-inning homer gives Braves a wild win at Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE – After the Braves twice rallied from four-run deficits without any contributions from Freddie Freeman, the big first baseman came through when it counted most Friday night. Freeman’s two-run homer to center field in the ninth inning lifted the Braves to a 10-8 series-opening win against the Brewers at Miller Park, the third consecutive win for a team that suddenly has its offense...
Hawks’ quick playoff exit affirms change is needed

Hawks’ quick playoff exit affirms change is needed

Two years ago, the Hawks won two playoff series. Last year, they won one. This year, none. Sometimes you don’t need advanced analytics to tell you there’s a problem. The Hawks didn’t just lose a game and a series to the Washington Wizards on Friday night. They affirmed in defeat that, despite generally exceptional coaching, despite solid effort, they have a flawed team resulting...
2 arrested, 1 at large in $300,000 car theft ring

2 arrested, 1 at large in $300,000 car theft ring

Two men were arrested and one is still at large in a $300,000 theft of six cars from Jim Ellis Audi, Marietta police said. The investigation began more than a year ago and led police to Ola Campbell Oginni, Mann El-Ali Abess and Akintayo Bolorunduro, Officer Chuch McPhilamy said. They each face racketeering charges in thefts that occurred between April and June of 2016.  “Detectives uncovered...
Falcons add Riley, discuss how they plan to use McKinley

Falcons add Riley, discuss how they plan to use McKinley

Falcons coach Dan Quinn has big plans for Takkarist McKinley, the team’s first-round draft pick. While McKinley, the 26th selection in this year’s NFL draft, played some linebacker at UCLA, he will play mostly defensive end for the Falcons and rush opposite of outside linebacker Vic Beasley, who led the league in sacks last season with 15.5. “It’s about getting to the quarterback...
Georgia Tech setting up nonconference matchups, dates, including UGA

Georgia Tech setting up nonconference matchups, dates, including UGA

Opponents and dates for six Georgia Tech nonconference games for the 2016-17 season were obtained through an open-records request. They are as follows: November 19: Bethune-Cookman November 22: Texas-Rio Grande Valley November 24: North Texas December 1: Grambling December 17: Florida A&M December 19: at Georgia Tech will also play UCLA in its season opener Nov. 11 (tentatively scheduled) in Shanghai...
Hawks eliminated, Wizards nearly blow 22-point lead

Hawks eliminated, Wizards nearly blow 22-point lead

They say the closeout game is the toughest to win in the playoffs. It was for the Wizards. The Wizards nearly blew a 22-point second-half lead before a series-clinching 115-99 victory over the Hawks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series Friday night at Philips Arena. The Wizards won the series 4-2. “It’s the toughest game to close out anybody,” Wizards coach Scott...
Falcons trade second round pick for three picks

Falcons trade second round pick for three picks

The Falcons traded their second-round pick (63rd overall) to the Buffalo Bills to pick up a third-round pick (75th overall) and two fifth-round picks (149th) and (156th) on Friday night. The Falcons’ own fifth-round pick is the 174th overall.
After solid spring, Braves’ Bonifacio has floundered

After solid spring, Braves’ Bonifacio has floundered

MILWAUKEE – After going to Braves spring training as a non-roster invitee and earning an opening-day roster spot, Emilio Bonifacio seemed poised to get his career back on track following two dismal seasons at the major league level in 2015 and 2016. But 20 games into the season, Bonifacio was struggling to get into a rhythm and had fared particularly poorly as a pinch-hitter, his main role....
Georgia Tech student shot leaving crash scene

Georgia Tech student shot leaving crash scene

Police released a sketch of a man accused of shooting a Georgia Tech student as he and his brother were driving away from an accident scene earlier this month. Claude Rooney, who also goes by Tre, told Channel 2 Action News he still has a bullet lodged in his arm from the April 13 incident.  It began when Christian Rooney picked up his brother from a BP gas station near Georgia Tech at about...
Masked thief steals drugs in Johns Creek pharmacy break-in

Masked thief steals drugs in Johns Creek pharmacy break-in

Someone broke into a Johns Creek pharmacy through an adjacent business earlier in April, and although the man attempted to disrupt the video system while stealing drugs, footage was captured of the masked intruder, Channel 2 Action News reported. The break-in started in a medical equipment business next door to Prestige Pharmacy on McGinnis Ferry Road, the news station reported. “They burrowed...
Not a bad retirement fund: ex-CEO collects $72 million of Delta stock

Not a bad retirement fund: ex-CEO collects $72 million of Delta stock

Former Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson walked away with more than $72 million in stock upon his retirement last year, the Atlanta airline disclosed Friday. The total, disclosed in Delta’s proxy filing Friday afternoon, included $64.8 million from Anderson’s exercise in 2016 of stock options that he had received as part of his pay over several years heading Delta. The transactions...
Braves’ Phillips misses second start

Braves’ Phillips misses second start

MILWAUKEE – Brandon Phillips was out of the Braves lineup Friday night for the second consecutive game since straining his left groin, but the veteran second baseman had progressed and was expected to start Saturday in the second game of the three-game series against the Brewers. “He’s doing good,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker, adding that Phillips was available to pinch-hit...
Hazmat crews inspected Cobb business twice this month 

Hazmat crews inspected Cobb business twice this month 

Hazmat crews inspected a Kenessaw business for the second time this month after employees complained of nausea and slight difficulty breathing, Cobb County fire spokesman Dan Dupree said.  Two workers got sick, but they were not taken to the hospital Dupree said. The employees worked for Philips Respironics, Channel 2 Action News reported.  “Hazmat crews entered the building and assessed...
3 arrested on prostitution, trafficking charges

3 arrested on prostitution, trafficking charges

Three people were arrested Thursday night at a motel in Conyers on human trafficking and prostitution charges, police said. Just after 11 p.m., police got a 911 call about a soliciting incident at the Jameson Inn on Dogwood Drive, police spokesman Ronald Momon said. Officers found three people in a room as well as a 16-year-old girl who was being trafficked, according to police. William Barrondo went...
DeKalb middle school employee fired, faces child molestation charges

DeKalb middle school employee fired, faces child molestation charges

A former Columbia Middle School coach was arrested Thursday on accusations he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old student, DeKalb County officials said.  Joshua Alexander Robinson, 35, of Atlanta, was booked into the DeKalb jail on child molestation, sexual battery and enticing a child charges stemming from an alleged Oct. 3 incident, according to jail records.  Warrants were taken out for...
BREAKING: Judge rules against DeKalb Board of Ethics

BREAKING: Judge rules against DeKalb Board of Ethics

A judge ruled Friday that members of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics shouldn’t have been appointed by private organizations, a decision that likely cripples the board. DeKalb Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson’s order found that the Board of Ethics should have been chosen by elected government officials, not by outside groups like the DeKalb Bar Association and the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce...
Falcons’ draft picks

Falcons’ draft picks

FIRST ROUND Takkarist McKinley, DE/LB, UCLA Height: 6-foot-2 Weight: 250 pounds Arm length: 33 3/8 inches Hand size: 10 1/4 inches 40-yard dash: 4.59 seconds Bench press: 24 reps of 225 pounds Vertical jump: 33 inches Broad jump: 10 feet, 2 inches Three-cone drill: 7.48 seconds Overview: He was a two-year starter for the Bruins after overcoming some early academic issues. He lined up at left and right...
Atlanta officer charged in deadly drag racing crash turns himself in

Atlanta officer charged in deadly drag racing crash turns himself in

An Atlanta police officer charged with vehicular homicide in a deadly drag racing crash last September turned himself in to authorities late Thursday, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office confirmed Friday.  Shawn Jones Jr. was booked into the Fulton County jail in connection with the crash that killed his passenger, Ramish Attai, 20, of Lilburn. Jones, who was off duty at the time...
Could Atlanta host an NFL Draft?

Could Atlanta host an NFL Draft?

The NFL Draft is the new Super Bowl. For the last three years, the NFL’s spring showcase has become a roadshow. After almost 50 years in New York, the NFL Draft has ventured to Chicago and now Philadelphia, where nearly 100,000 people attended the festivities surrounding the first round of selections on Thursday. In all, 22 clubs and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, have expressed...
2 U.S. soldiers based in Ga. killed in Afghanistan

2 U.S. soldiers based in Ga. killed in Afghanistan

Two U.S. Army soldiers stationed in Georgia were killed in Afghanistan on Thursday during a ground assault against fighters from the Islamic State, military officials said Friday. Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22, of Bloomington, Ill., and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, 23, of Kettering, Ohio, died in Nangarhar Province, according to multiple reports. U.S. forces were accompanying Afghan troops on a raid when...
Kempner: 67-year-old whistle blower in DeKalb case ‘just did my job’

Kempner: 67-year-old whistle blower in DeKalb case ‘just did my job’

Some people just can’t let stuff go. It sounds like it was that way for Deborah Cook, who at 67 may finally get some satisfaction – and a piece of a $4.6 million settlement – after making sure the feds held a DeKalb County company responsible for alleged wrongdoing. Cook told me she just couldn’t stomach what she believed was a company skirting accountability for its actions...

‘Political Rewind’ replay: Donald Trump’s in town, but what about Plant Vogtle?

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” nearly overlapped with President Donald Trump’s address to the National Rifle Association in downtown Atlanta, so discussion was light on his remarks – which included a full-throated endorsement of Republican Karen Handel in the Sixth District congressional runoff. Rather, much of the focus was on Tim Echols, the state...
Pills and a lie lead to prison, deportation for a Decatur man

Pills and a lie lead to prison, deportation for a Decatur man

The “male enhancement” pills had names like Maxman, Rock Hard Weekend and Stiff Nights and were sold as natural dietary supplements. The hidden ingredient: the same one in prescription drug Viagra. Now, a Decatur man has been sentenced to prison and has lost his U.S. citizenship in connection with the scheme to illegally import and distribute the pills. When the pills came in from China...
Kennesaw State’s African studies major in danger of being cut

Kennesaw State’s African studies major in danger of being cut

Kennesaw State University’s African and African Diaspora Studies degree program could be cut due to lack of graduates, the school confirmed Friday. African studies faculty met Thursday with university officials to discuss the program’s dire situation. In a statement, KSU said all at the meeting agreed to increase efforts to recruit students for the major. In response, the school&rsquo...
Looking for a job? Legoland Atlanta to hire for about 100 positions

Looking for a job? Legoland Atlanta to hire for about 100 positions

Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta will host a job fair soon for nearly 100 full-time and part-time positions. On-site interviews will be conducted next month for positions available in guest experience, retail, food and beverage, janitorial and admissions. Interested candidates must be at least 18 years of age and are encouraged to bring a copy of their resume and cover letter. Applicants must...
Dates set for Georgia Tech-Georgia game, 5 other opponents

Dates set for Georgia Tech-Georgia game, 5 other opponents

Georgia Tech will play rival Georgia in mid-December again, the third year in a row that the game will fall on that spot in the schedule. Tech and Georgia will meet on Dec. 19, a Tuesday, in Athens. A copy of the game contract was obtained through an open-records request. The game will take place on the Tuesday following the final-exam period at Tech. In recent seasons, the game has been played at...
Teaser for ‘Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta’ with Bow Wow debuting May 25

Teaser for ‘Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta’ with Bow Wow debuting May 25

This was originally posted Friday, April 28, 2017 by Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog WE-TV announced it’s rolling out “Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta” on Thursday, May 25 at 10 p.m. The show’s biggest name is actor and child rap star Bow Wow, who announced last summer he was retiring from music at age 30. He has help from Snoop Dogg, Da Brat and...
Spring Jonquil Festival: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

Spring Jonquil Festival: 16 things to do this weekend in Atlanta

From the Spring Jonquil Festival to the Wesleyan Artist Market, Atlanta is all in bloom with community-centered events this weekend. Check out what's happening around town this weekend in Atlanta: Remember When Club. 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 28. Free. Marietta Museum of History. 1 Depot St., Marietta. 770-794-5719. www.mariettahistory.org. If you remember what Marietta was like back in the...
6 interesting Atlanta United quotes

6 interesting Atlanta United quotes

Here are some interesting quotes following Atlanta United’s training session on Friday ahead of Sunday’s home game against D.C. United: GERARDO MARTINO On the good and bad of the 3-1 win against Real Salt Lake “The positive is how effective we were as a team. We were very decisive in attack. The negative is that I didn’t think we controlled the game for the full 90 minutes...

NRA chief Wayne LaPierre: give the media a black eye

While National Rifle Association members awaited President Donald Trump, members relived his victory and booed his adversaries – chief among them the mainstream media. CEO Wayne LaPierre’s welcoming remarks included a (presumably figurative) suggestion to give the media a black eye. See below for a sample of his comments. MORE: Benghazi survivor “Tanto” Paronto is here...
VIDEO: This sport burns the most calories

VIDEO: This sport burns the most calories

Participating in sports is a great way to stay in shape. However, there are some that burn more calories than others, according research from the National Institute of Health and the Mayo Clinic. So, which athletic activity sheds the most weight? The study revealed that out of eight sports analyzed, running took the top spot. Sprinting at 8 mph depletes 1,074 calories per hour. Soccer placed...
Sinkhole update: Timeline released for 5th Street reopening

Sinkhole update: Timeline released for 5th Street reopening

Traffic should reopen on 5th Street in Midtown in two weeks after a sinkhole shut it down April 19, a city official said Friday. “The City of Atlanta Department of Public Works is now completing repair work to 5th Street at Cypress Street,” spokeswoman Christina Cruz-Benton told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an email. “We plan to open 5th Street at Cypress Street to vehicular...

The scene inside the Georgia World Congress Center where NRA members await Trump

A packed ballroom at the Georgia World Congress Center is awaiting the start of today’s keynote session, highlighted by an address from President Donald Trump. The schedule’s running a little behind; things were supposed to start at 12:45. While they await President Trump, the crowd’s hearing from President Reagan, the last sitting president to address the National Rifle Assocation...
Couple charged with 680 counts of animal cruelty

Couple charged with 680 counts of animal cruelty

A couple has been charged with more than 680 counts of animal cruelty after authorities said they found animals living in “inches of feces” and without access to clean water on their Habersham County property. Clarence and Teresa Bramblett each face 344 counts of cruelty to animals and one count of violation of game holding permits, according to the Habersham sheriff’s office...
Now made in Alabama: Airbus jets

Now made in Alabama: Airbus jets

MOBILE, Ala. — From Delta Air Lines headquarters in Atlanta, the Airbus facility that opened in Mobile in 2015 is about 330 miles away — a roughly 4.5 hour drive or a 1 hour and 20 minute flight. That’s much closer than Airbus’s headquarters in Toulouse, France, in both distance and political je ne sais quoi. Airbus said the vast majority of airliners assembled in...
Your guide to all things ‘Taste of Marietta’ this weekend

Your guide to all things ‘Taste of Marietta’ this weekend

It’s time to break out the elastic pants, Cobb County. This Sunday from 11 a.m to 7 p.m., Marietta Square will be transformed into a gigantic gluttonous gaggle featuring most all the food one could crave. Getting into Taste of Marietta is free, but the food isn’t — tastes range between $1 and $5 cash at most booths and food trucks. (Yes, there are ATMs placed throughout...
Author Events May 7-13

Author Events May 7-13

Kristy Woodson Harvey, “Slightly South of Simple.” In the first novel of an all-new series filled with southern charm, Harvey chronicles the journeys of three sisters and their mother—and a secret from their past that could tear them apart. 2 p.m. May 7. Free. Urban Relics (next to Bookmiser), 4651 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 104, Roswell. 770-587-3900, bookmiser.net/happenings2...

Bikers for Trump leader to kick off NRA session ahead of president’s speech

Chris Cox, the chainsaw artist from the Charleston area who founded the Bikers for Trump movement, will kick things off ahead of President Donald Trump’s address to the NRA convention in downtown Atlanta. After Cox’s intro, Col. Oliver North will lead an invocation and Lee Greenwood will perform. Trump follows after the Pledge of Allegiance and other preamble segments. MORE: Watch our...
Harry Styles will play Atlanta as part of short solo tour this fall

Harry Styles will play Atlanta as part of short solo tour this fall

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Harry Styles is complementing his solo debut – out May 12- with a 13-city fall tour that will play Atlanta. The One Direction heartthrob (and current Rolling Stone cover boy) will perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 8 at the intimate Coca-Cola Roxy at The Battery Atlanta. Reserved balcony tickets are $59.50-$99.50 and general admission standing room floor tickets are $79...
Josef Martinez’s return at least two weeks away

Josef Martinez’s return at least two weeks away

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino said Friday that injured striker Josef Martinez is likely at least two weeks away from returning to action. Maritnez has missed the last four games with a quadriceps injury. Martino said the team is being cautious. Atlanta United hosts D.C. United at 3 p.m. Sunday at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Starting fullback Greg Garza and midfielder Jeff Larentowicz have minor injuries...
Kennesaw State hiring more faculty to meet increasing enrollment

Kennesaw State hiring more faculty to meet increasing enrollment

Kennesaw State University president Sam Olens said Friday his deans are trying to hire more faculty members as the school grapples with its increasing enrollment. The university has hired additional faculty members this school year, he said, in areas such as engineering. Olens said he’s directed his team to hire at least 25 professors by the fall as more students apply, particularly...
Experts give Falcons high grades for McKinley pick

Experts give Falcons high grades for McKinley pick

UCLA linebacker Takkarist McKinley before the Falcons selected him with the No. 26 draft pick. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) NFL teams selected prospects in the first round of the NFL draft last night.
Phenomenal pianist subs for missing guest artist for ASO performance

Phenomenal pianist subs for missing guest artist for ASO performance

Thursday night at Symphony Hall, unexpected circumstances, and a last-minute substitution by the phenomenal pianist Stewart Goodyear, led to sublime music making. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, led by guest conductor Vasily Petrenko, had been gearing up for a performance of Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Ingrid Filter. Bookmarked by Richard Strauss’ Don Juan and Dvorak&rsquo...
Rolling freeway closures mark Trump’s path through Atlanta

Rolling freeway closures mark Trump’s path through Atlanta

President Donald Trump didn’t just make an impression on the people who heard his speech to the National Rifle Association convention in Atlanta on Friday. Drivers on several Atlanta freeways and surface streets near the Georgia World Congress Center also were affected. Although Air Force One didn’t land in Atlanta until shortly after 1:15 p.m., congestion was reported before then on streets...
Opinion: A flawed school-rating system is worse than none at all

Opinion: A flawed school-rating system is worse than none at all

We are more than a decade into the age of measurable accountability in education. You might have thought we’d have the hang of it by now. That would mean having metrics we stick with, because they make sense. Instead, Georgia has been more prone to adding new metrics on top of earlier ones that have hardly been perfected. Take our state’s “Financial Efficiency Star Rating.&rdquo...
Company brings ‘gigabit’ internet to rural Georgia

Company brings ‘gigabit’ internet to rural Georgia

More than a quarter-million Southwest Georgia homes are now “gigabit” eligible.  Internet service provider Mediacom announced this week it was expanding its high-speed offering that includes speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second.  The announcement is a big one for the largely rural area, where broadband internet access is often spotty. Georgia House Speaker David Ralston...
Top picks: 4 of the hottest underground parties this weekend

Top picks: 4 of the hottest underground parties this weekend

Atlanta has its fair share of underground parties, largely driven by the promotional groups whose regular night club events draw crowds from the goths to the hip hop heads to the late-night ravers.  To keep your thumb on this pulse, we've got the top picks for underground parties this weekend:  9 tonight Medusa 3375 Buford Hwy #1170, Atlanta, GA 30329 To kick off the weekend, Glamour Thursdays...
Braves’ TV ratings are up sharply this season

Braves’ TV ratings are up sharply this season

The Braves are drawing sharply higher local TV ratings than a year ago. Through their first 17 telecasts on Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast, the Braves’ ratings increased 64 percent in the Atlanta TV market compared to the same point last season, from a 1.4 average rating then to a 2.3 this season. That includes a 73 percent jump for the first 12 night games, from a 1.5 last season...
Predicting Atlanta United’s 11 vs. D.C. United

Predicting Atlanta United’s 11 vs. D.C. United

I finally got a starting lineup for Atlanta United correct last week. Yeah, for me. I don’t think manager Gerardo Martino will make any changes this week against D.C. United for Sunday’s game at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. It would be natural to assume that Julian Gressel may move back into the starting 11 after coming in as a sub in last week’s 3-1 win at Real Salt...
Must-attend food events in May

Must-attend food events in May

Grab these exclusive flavors from King of Pops on May 4 to celebrate National Orange Juice Day. Photo Handout Whether you’re looking to improve your cooking skills or looking for a new adventure for your taste buds, May is full of events for food lovers.
UPDATE: Gun from police chase found near federal building 

UPDATE: Gun from police chase found near federal building 

A gun was found Friday morning near the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Building in downtown Atlanta after it was discarded by a suspect in a police chase, a federal official said. “This morning, as local police chased a suspect in a high-speed pursuit, the suspect drove by the federal center in Atlanta, discarded his weapon, and continued on,” said Susanna Marking, spokeswoman for the...
Southwest Airlines to end practice of overbooking flights

Southwest Airlines to end practice of overbooking flights

Southwest Airlines plans to stop overbooking flights — an industry practice implicated in an ugly incident on a United Airlines flight that has damaged United's reputation with the flying public.  Last year Southwest bumped 15,000 passengers off flights, more than any other U.S. airline. Carriers say they sometimes sell more tickets than there are seats because often a few passengers don't...
MLB's first Lithuanian learned the game where few play

MLB's first Lithuanian learned the game where few play

The decades-long journey of a father and a son, of a game and a country, ended with a sprint.  When Dovydas Neverauskas — fresh from the airport and wearing cleats and a glove bummed from his new Pittsburgh Pirates teammates — jogged onto the mound at PNC Park on April 24 to clean up what was left a lopsided loss to the Chicago Cubs, the 24-year-old reliever became the first Lithuanian...
Charlotte Rae of ‘Facts of Life’ has bone cancer

Charlotte Rae of ‘Facts of Life’ has bone cancer

“Facts of Life” star Charlotte Rae revealed this week she has been diagnosed with bone cancer, People magazine reported. >> Read more trending news The 91-year-old actress, who played matronly Edna Garrett on “The Facts of Life” and “Diff’rent Strokes,” battled pancreatic cancer seven years ago. “Last Monday, I found out I have bone cancer...
Mom writes school, says daughter is ‘done with homework’

Mom writes school, says daughter is ‘done with homework’

We know what you’re thinking: Where was this mom when we had stacks of homework to do as kids? >> Read more trending news Bunmi Laditan, a mother, author and blogger, sent an email to her 10-year-old daughter’s school, WJW reported, telling officials that “my kid is done with homework.” Laditan told teachers she is allowing her daughter Maya to cut down on her work...

Staying physically and mentally active can slow down the aging process

Death and taxes are often declared the two inescapable parts of life. But there’s at least one other clear truth: if you’re living, you’re aging. How we age is, to at least to some degree, up to us. But virtually all experts agree that staying physically and mentally active helps at any age, and certainly into old age. We’ll elaborate and then help you identify some potential...

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By Shazia Memon Special to The Washington Post When people ask me what my job is like, I have a hard time coming up with an answer. I am a nurse in a pediatric intensive-care unit, so the definition of a good day is relative to the condition of my patients, and a bad day is usually too hard to describe. But one thing that I can always convey is that my patients and their families often do more for...
Working Longer May Benefit Your Health

Working Longer May Benefit Your Health

Are there health benefits to staying in the workforce longer? The scientific research is inconclusive, though it tends to tilt toward “yes.” This is particularly pronounced among people who find work fulfilling in the first place, who tend to be office workers, teachers and others whose workplace is not, say, a factory or a construction site. More so than people in most previous generations...
Nurse’s nonprofit grows up

Nurse’s nonprofit grows up

The mantra of helping “mother and infant mortality one mother and baby at a time” are words Hanan Waite lives by. Not only does it come into play during her job as a neonatal nurse at Northside Hospital, it’s the driving force of Earth’s Angels, a nonprofit Waite founded in 2012 to provide supplies to neonatal, obstetric and pediatric units in Third World countries. When Pulse...
Exploring offbeat Austin

Exploring offbeat Austin

With a Texas-size shiny, red boot kicking up its heel on the roof, Allens Boots was hard to miss. Inside were more than 10,000 pairs of cowboy boots, silver belt buckles ranging from merely shiny to massive statement and stack after stack of Stetson hats. Not to be outdone, Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds, a few doors down on South Congress Avenue, was crowned with an outsize statue of its own: a 12-foot-tall...
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