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Georgia Senate passes ‘campus carry’ gun bill

A measure to allow guns onto any campus in Georgia’s public college and university system passed the Georgia Senate on Tuesday, a crucial vote to keep it alive in the final days of the legislative session.
Fan complaints prompt Braves to reverse new policy on outside food

Fan complaints prompt Braves to reverse new policy on outside food

After public backlash, the Atlanta Braves decided to permit fans to bring in outside food to SunTrust Park this season after all. A team spokesperson said last week that fans would not be allowed to bring outside food into the stadium, with exceptions that included food for infants and those with dietary restrictions.This would have been a change to the Braves policy in recent years. The spokesperson...
Photos: Get an inside look at Braves’ SunTrust Park

Photos: Get an inside look at Braves’ SunTrust Park

A look at how the Braves’ new stadium is shaping up as the first game nears. 
Lawsuit filed in ‘Maserati’ police shooting

Lawsuit filed in ‘Maserati’ police shooting

The fiancee of a man shot in the back two years ago while trying to flee police in a Maserati, has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Smyrna officer. The lawsuit in the shooting death of Nicholas Thomas also names the city of Smyrna, the Kennesaw State University Police Department, District Attorney Vic Reynolds, as well as the officer Kenneth Owens — who has since been promoted...
Republicans escalate wars with each other in Georgia special election

Republicans escalate wars with each other in Georgia special election

There have been staff raids, social media hijinks, scornful advertisements and bitter broadsides. That’s just the start of an escalating battle between Republicans over what could be a sole spot in a runoff to represent a suburban Atlanta district. As the April 18 special election to replace Tom Price nears, the 11 Republicans in the scrambled field are stepping up their feuds with one another...
Gov. Nathan Deal gets authority to intervene in schools

Gov. Nathan Deal gets authority to intervene in schools

Gov. Nathan Deal now has a legal mandate to intervene in Georgia’s lowest-performing schools. The House of Representatives’ approval Tuesday of House Bill 338 is lawmakers’ response to the failure in November of Deal’s referendum to create a statewide Opportunity School District for “chronically failing” schools. The vote of 133-36 was a slight drop from...
Ga. lawmakers want control over DeKalb Ethics Board

Ga. lawmakers want control over DeKalb Ethics Board

Seventeen months after DeKalb voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum meant to make the county’s Ethics Board more independent, state lawmakers might take it over. The Georgia House of Representatives voted 160-1 Tuesday to replace the Board of Ethics with a new panel chosen by DeKalb legislators. The state Senate could pass or kill the bill Thursday, the last day of this year’s legislative...
Federal judge dismisses sex shop’s lawsuit against Gwinnett County

Federal judge dismisses sex shop’s lawsuit against Gwinnett County

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Gwinnett County’s adult entertainment ordinance. But the lengthy legal battle initiated by Tokyo Valentino, an adult novelty shop near Gwinnett Place Mall, is complicated. And it’s not over. Another Gwinnett sex shop sues county over adult business restrictions Courts thwart Gwinnett’s efforts to close adult...
PSC chief: Vogtle contractor woes ‘a real blow to Georgia’

PSC chief: Vogtle contractor woes ‘a real blow to Georgia’

A widely expected bankruptcy filing by the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion’s key contractor will likely mean more delays and higher costs for a project already billions over budget and years behind schedule, a state regulator said Tuesday. A Chapter 11 filing by Westinghouse Electric Corp. is “almost a foregone conclusion,” said Stan Wise, chairman of the Georgia Public Service Commission...
Freeman’s market value is $10.1 million a year

Freeman’s market value is $10.1 million a year

Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, who has out-performed his rookie contract and fourth-round draft status, has a market value of $10.1 million per year, as determined by the salary-cap website spotrac.com. Freeman is set to make $1.8 million in 2017, the last year of his rookie contract. Spotrac identified other running backs with similar playing time and opportunities who signed a contract around...
More in Georgia face cutoff of food stamps

More in Georgia face cutoff of food stamps

Days from now, thousands more Georgia food stamp recipients would lose their benefits if they fail to find a job.
Now boarding: Delta’s ‘747 Experience’ in Atlanta

Now boarding: Delta’s ‘747 Experience’ in Atlanta

As the Boeing 747 begins its descent into history at Delta Air Lines, the company opened a jumbo jet-sized exhibit at its museum near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Atlanta-based Delta plans to retire the 747 from its fleet in December. With United also retiring its 747s this year, that will mark the end of the jumbo jet’s run at U.S. passenger airlines. But Delta has preserved one...
Sean Hannity thinks viewers can tell the difference between news and opinion, but others aren't so sure

Sean Hannity thinks viewers can tell the difference between news and opinion, but others aren't so sure

In an interview with broadcast journalist Ted Koppel that instantly went viral on Sunday, Fox News host Sean Hannity offered this reply to Koppel's claim that opinionated programs such as Hannity's have deepened political polarization:  "We have to give some credit to the American people that they are somewhat intelligent and that they know the difference between an opinion show and a news...
Twenty five years later, Hill remembers ‘The Pass’ but can’t watch game

Twenty five years later, Hill remembers ‘The Pass’ but can’t watch game

Twenty five years later, Grant Hill has never watched what many consider the greatest college basketball game of all time. And he was in it. Hill played an integral role by delivering the precise pass that set up The Shot by Christian Laettner in Duke’s 104-103 overtime victory over Kentucky in the 1992 NCAA Tournament. After a quarter-century, Hill is still annoyed that Duke blew a double-digit...
Budenholzer encouraged by latest Millsap injury update

Budenholzer encouraged by latest Millsap injury update

Mike Budenholzer insists he is encouraged by the recent injury news concerning Paul Millsap. The Hawks’ best player will miss at least three more games after he was diagnosed with left knee synovitis following a visit to Dr. James Andrews Monday morning and conferring with team doctors. Millsap underwent a non-surgical procedure following the diagnosis. Millsap will be re-evaluated following...
Cobb middle school has nearly 150 absences amid flu season

Cobb middle school has nearly 150 absences amid flu season

The flu could be the reason nearly 150 students were absent from a Cobb County school Tuesday.  At Dodgen Middle School in Marietta, 148 students were absent, district spokeswoman Donna Lowry said. Of them, 20 were reported to have the flu, Channel 2 Action News reported.  “Of course, all the absences are not flu-related,” Lowry said. “We do not know how many are confirmed...
Middle school teacher resigns after arrest in $6 million drug bust

Middle school teacher resigns after arrest in $6 million drug bust

A teacher at a local middle school has resigned after she and another woman were arrested during a $6 million drug bust in Hall County. Karla Alvarez’s resignation was approved by the Hall County Board of Education on Monday. She was on unpaid leave from her job as a teacher at Chestatee Academy in Gainesville, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.  Alvarez, 28, and Monica...
A look inside the Braves’ clubhouse and other areas of SunTrust Park

A look inside the Braves’ clubhouse and other areas of SunTrust Park

The water feature beyond center field was in operation. The name plates were in place above many players’ lockers in the clubhouse. And the field cried out for a baseball game. The Braves opened SunTrust Park for a behind-the-scenes media tour Tuesday, three days before the ballpark will be opened to season-ticket holders for an exhibition game Friday against the New York Yankees and 2 1/2 weeks...
School-to-work bill takes on speed cam amendment

School-to-work bill takes on speed cam amendment

Legislation for automated speed traps in school zones seemed dead but got a new life in the General Assembly Tuesday. House Bill 458 allows jurisdictions to police school speed zones with speed-detecting traffic cameras instead of just traffic cops. “The whole concept of this bill is to slow folks down going through school zones,” said Rep. Alan Powell, R-Hartwell, the chief author...
Alpharetta teen: Beating followed fake Snapchat meeting

Alpharetta teen: Beating followed fake Snapchat meeting

An Alpharetta teenager says she was beaten by several people after she agreed to meet a friend through Snapchat, Channel 2 Action News reported. The March 23 alleged attack near her apartment complex’s pool left 17-year-old Tyra Rankin with “bruises all over my body,” she said. “Both of my eyes are fractured and so is my nose.” She said it happened after someone...
McDonough hotel is going for high-tech simplicity

McDonough hotel is going for high-tech simplicity

Tru by Hilton is going for high-tech simplicity as it forges into the mid-priced hotel market. Officials for Hilton gave a sneak peek Thursday of what hotel guests can expect when the four-story, 98-room Tru by Hilton opens in McDonough in early summer. The hotel will be the first of its kind in Georgia, and Hilton’s second Tru hotel to open nationwide, said Alexandra Jaritz, Global Head for...
Braves’ Freeman (.524) is ‘locked in’ and ready to take it north

Braves’ Freeman (.524) is ‘locked in’ and ready to take it north

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – After Freddie Freeman’s three-hit, three-RBI game Monday in an 11-3 win against the Tigers, the Braves first baseman’s spring-training batting average was sitting at a tidy .500 (20-for-40) in 15 games. “Yeah, I’ve been locked in pretty much all spring training,” Freeman said. “We’ve got two (Grapefruit League games) left. It...
Georgia Senate: School financial transparency bill passes, with strings attached

Georgia Senate: School financial transparency bill passes, with strings attached

For the second year in a row, the Georgia Senate has passed a financial transparency mandate for schools that came from the House of Representatives. House Bill 139 requires the state Department of Education to collect and publish prominently on its website the expenses at every school, including those for salaries, construction and maintenance. The information must include a searchable and sortable...
Atlanta man wanted on federal drug trafficking charges

Atlanta man wanted on federal drug trafficking charges

An Atlanta man is one of two wanted by the FBI on drug trafficking charges, officials said Tuesday.   Karteau Jenkins, 39, of Atlanta, and Ron Allen, 40, of Garden City, are still at large, FBI spokesman Stephen Emmett said. Five people in the Savannah and Chatham County area were charged last week in connection with a year-long investigation, Emmett said. Oranda Walker, 35, of Savannah...
Study: Kennesaw State has one of world’s top programs for game design

Study: Kennesaw State has one of world’s top programs for game design

If you’ve walked by a classroom at Kennesaw State University and seen a bunch of students with game controllers in their hands, they may not have been goofing off. In fact, they could be working hard at one of the best game design programs in the world. (Or they could have been goofing off.) In Princeton Review’s ranking of the top 50 game design programs, KSU’s Computer...
Atlanta United’s Martino trying to solve Martinez absence

Atlanta United’s Martino trying to solve Martinez absence

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino said the team would spend Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s training sessions trying to solve who will replace injured striker Josef Martinez, who will miss the next 4-6 weeks after sustaining an injured quadriceps in his left leg while playing for the Venezuelan national team last week. The MLS expansion team announced Martinez’s diagnosis Tuesday...
2 Atlanta schools among Peace Corps’ top 2017 volunteer-producing HBCUs

2 Atlanta schools among Peace Corps’ top 2017 volunteer-producing HBCUs

Two Atlanta colleges have been ranked by the Peace Corps as some of 2017’s top volunteer-producing historically black colleges and universities. Spelman College has the second most undergraduate alumni serving as volunteers overseas: 11 to Howard University’s 18, according to a news release. It’s the second consecutive year that Howard, Spelman and Florida A&M University held...
Former Roswell councilman indicted after sexual relationship with teen

Former Roswell councilman indicted after sexual relationship with teen

A former Roswell councilman who was accused of having a long-term sexual relationship with a minor was indicted Tuesday in DeKalb County. Kent Igleheart, who resigned from the city council in November, was indicted on 15 counts of sexual exploitation of children and one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor. Igleheart, 54, spent 11 days in jail after he was first arrested by DeKalb County...
State lawmakers plan takeover of DeKalb Ethics Board

State lawmakers plan takeover of DeKalb Ethics Board

Georgia legislators want to replace the DeKalb County Board of Ethics with members of their choosing, according to a bill that passed the state House of Representatives on Tuesday. The measure, Senate Bill 273, attempts to resolve a legal challenge that threatens the board’s existence. A judge is considering whether board members were allowed to be appointed by private groups...
New hotel approved in Snellville

New hotel approved in Snellville

UPDATE: The Snellville City Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve the zoning change necessary to bring a five-story Hampton Inn and Suites to Pharrs Road. ORIGINAL STORY: Developers are hoping to build a five-story hotel near an already bustling Snellville intersection — and the city council is slated to consider the proposal at its Monday night meeting. According to documents submitted...
Georgia AD McGarity reiterates support for Mark Fox

Georgia AD McGarity reiterates support for Mark Fox

ATHENS — Georgia athletics director Greg McGarity said his “support has not wavered” for men’s basketball head coach Mark Fox, while acknowledging a “mixed bag of opinions” about how this season went and the direction of the program. The comments came in an interview published Tuesday on Georgiadogs.com, the school’s in-house web site. McGarity already announced...

Ann Wilson solo tour will swing through Atlanta this summer

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Heart belter Ann Wilson has added an Atlanta show to the second leg of her solo tour. The powerhouse voice behind such gems as “Crazy on You” and “Alone” will play the Buckhead Theatre at 7:30 p.m. June 6. Tickets, priced at $55 and $75, will go on sale at 10 a.m. March 31 via the venue box office, www.ticketmaster.com and by calling 1-800-745-3000...
The first Atlanta United bummer: Josef Martinez to miss a month

The first Atlanta United bummer: Josef Martinez to miss a month

It’ll be a month before he scores again. (Curtis Compton/AJC) If you’re new to soccer, the international aspect of it can be confusing.
Team behind Taiyo Ramen bringing new Chinese restaurant to Oakhurst

Team behind Taiyo Ramen bringing new Chinese restaurant to Oakhurst

Oakhurst center is getting a new spot for Chinese food, courtesy of the team behind Decatur’s Taiyo Ramen and Suzy Siu’s Baos at Krog Street Market. Michael Lo and George Yu plan to open Double Dragon at 350 Mead Road — the former home of Italian restaurant Saba — this May. The restaurant’s name is a play on historically uninspired Chinese restaurant names while also...
Mayoral hopeful Mitchell reaches $8,000 agreement on ethics complaints

Mayoral hopeful Mitchell reaches $8,000 agreement on ethics complaints

Atlanta mayoral candidate and Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell will pay fines of more than $8,000 to the state ethics commission following a year-long investigation into alleged ethics violations. Mitchell, who entered the race to succeed Mayor Kasim Reed last April, has been accused of eight ethics infractions over a five-year period in his runs for council president and mayor. They...
Teacher accused of sexually assaulting male student 

Teacher accused of sexually assaulting male student 

A Carroll County teacher turned herself in Monday on accusations she was having a relationship with a 16-year-old male student.  Sydney Sewell, 25, a chorus teacher at Central High School, faces sexual assault charges, Carroll County sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Brad Robinson said.  Authorities issued warrants for Sewell after getting a tip March 22 that the teacher and student...
Bill boosting rural hospital tax credit passes House

Bill boosting rural hospital tax credit passes House

The Georgia House on Tuesday voted to boost the value of a rural hospital tax credit while also placing new limits on how profitable they can be to outside consultants.  Senate Bill 180 passed the House 170-0. It must return to the Senate for consideration.  The bill increases from 70 percent to 90 percent the value of the credit taxpayers can earn from contributions to qualifying rural...
Georgia World War One Centennial Commission commemorates the Great War

Georgia World War One Centennial Commission commemorates the Great War

The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission was established in 2013 by Congress, and Georgia’s branch was established in 2015 by the Georgia General Assembly. On the website for Georgia’s commission, you’ll find a link that says “Monuments, Memorials and Historic Sites,” which lists memorials surveyed by the commission in each city or county. Also on the home...
Atlanta United’s Martinez out 4-6 weeks

Atlanta United’s Martinez out 4-6 weeks

Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez will miss the next 4-6 weeks after sustaining an injury to his left quadriceps while playing for the Venezuelan national team during World Cup qualifying last week. Martinez, who leads MLS in goals scored (5), flew to Atlanta from South America last week to have an MRI. The MLS expansion team announced the diagnosis Tuesday. This is the first significant...
House approves bill to regulate methadone clinics

House approves bill to regulate methadone clinics

Legislation to regulate and limit where narcotic treatment centers may locate in Georgia passed the state House on Tuesday.  Senate Bill 88 would create the state’s first rules for the clinics that largely serve patients with opioid addictions. Championed by Senate Rules Chairman Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, it has been sought by North Georgia lawmakers concerned with the proliferation...
4 things to know before Georgia Tech’s NIT game vs. Cal State Bakersfield

4 things to know before Georgia Tech’s NIT game vs. Cal State Bakersfield

March 19, 2017, Atlanta: Georgia Tech guard Josh Heath passes it off on a fast break against four Belmont defenders in their NIT tournament round two NCAA basketball game on Sunday, March 19, 2017, in Atlanta.

Bourbon bar added to SunTrust Park food and drink lineup

Braves Bramcle, made with Cooper’s Craft Bourbon. / Contributed photo There are already a plethora of food and drink options ready for Braves opening day on April 14, and now a bourbon bar has been added to the mix.

Karen Handel knocks Jon Ossoff’s Hollywood help after Alyssa Milano tweets

A day after actress Alyssa Milano and actor Christopher Gorham (in Atlanta filming a new television show) took to social media and the streets on behalf of Democrat Congressional candidate Jon Ossoff, GOP hopeful Karen Handel used it to rally her camp. “Jon Ossoff is riding a huge wave of support from the liberal media and celebrities in Hollywood,” an email to supporters from the...
Bonifacio gets word from Braves officials: He’s on the team

Bonifacio gets word from Braves officials: He’s on the team

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – When Emilio Bonifacio was called to the manager’s office Tuesday morning, the veteran infielder-outfielder knew what he hoped to hear, but wasn’t entirely sure what he would hear. He had never made an opening-day roster after coming to spring training as a non-roster invitee, but now he has. The Braves added him to the 40-man roster Tuesday and told him he...
Man who allegedly abandoned 2 dogs in custody

Man who allegedly abandoned 2 dogs in custody

A Clayton County man who abandoned two pit bulls, one of which died, is in custody, police said. Matthew Darnell Jeffries, 47, vacated his house in the 5000 block of Denson Boulevard in Morrow and left the dogs, police said. They were found outside the house in a wooden crate, Channel 2 Action News reported. <div></div><br><div id="fb-root"></div> <script>...
Georgia Senate passes bill to punish “sanctuary” colleges

Georgia Senate passes bill to punish “sanctuary” colleges

The Senate Tuesday approved a bill that would cut funding for Georgia colleges that declare themselves “sanctuaries” for students living in the country illegally. House Bill 37 would restrict funds for colleges that violate state and federal law by adopting polices that protect students who are living in the U.S. illegally. HOPE grants could be taken away from students under the bill...
Metro Atlanta makes top 25 list for solar jobs in 2016

Metro Atlanta makes top 25 list for solar jobs in 2016

When it comes to solar employment in the United States, one nonprofit considers Atlanta among the metro areas with the largest number of industry jobs.  The Solar Foundation lists the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia area as having 2,406 solar jobs in 2016 — up 15 percent from 2015, according to a news release.  The data collection is part of the organization’s ...
7 often-overlooked campsites in Georgia

7 often-overlooked campsites in Georgia

Spring has officially sprung — warm, sunny days and cool nights are in Atlanta's forecast. If you're in need of taking in some fresh air and trying something new with your loved ones, camping in Georgia is your antidote.  The Peach State offers glamping as well as traditional sites and dozens of parks, but the common spots − Sweetwater Park, Stone Mountain and Red Top &minus...
Atlanta home prices down for month, up for year

Atlanta home prices down for month, up for year

Atlanta home prices started 2017 with a dip, although not as much of a decrease as in most years, according to a much-watched national survey released Tuesday. And despite edging down 0.2 percent in January from December, the average price of a resold home in the metro area rose 5.9 percent during the past year, mirroring the national average, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller House Price Index. Nationally...
Check out video from Atlanta’s first cat cafe

Check out video from Atlanta’s first cat cafe

A customer gives a cat some love at Java Cats Cafe. Java Cats Cafe — the first cat cafe in Atlanta (though not the first in Georgia — La Maison du Chat serves up coffee with a side of cat playtime in Buford — is officially open for business at 415 Memorial Dr.
Theater review: Horizon spoofs reality TV with ‘Nobody Loves You’

Theater review: Horizon spoofs reality TV with ‘Nobody Loves You’

If you’re a fan of so-called “reality TV” — or even if you aren’t — you might relish the prospect of “Nobody Loves You,” a musical send-up of dating shows like “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” Featuring a script by Itamar Moses and music by Gaby Alter (they co-wrote the lyrics), it takes satirical aim at a rather easy...
Georgia Senate replaces McIver on State Election Board

Georgia Senate replaces McIver on State Election Board

The state Senate Tuesday named one of its former members to the board that oversees voting and elections in Georgia. By a vote of 50 to 1, the Senate approved Senate Resolution 403, which appoints former Sen. Seth Harp to the State Election Board. Harp left the Senate in 2010 for an unsuccessful bid to become state insurance commissioner. He’s a Columbus attorney and has served as chairman...
Making the Grade: Academy program takes students beyond STEM

Making the Grade: Academy program takes students beyond STEM

Three years ago, in a way to engage students in subjects beyond the science and technology curriculum, educators at Pope High created a Globalization Academy within in the East Cobb school. With a focus on English, social studies and foreign languages, the program is designed to offer students a challenging and rigorous path to college. “It’s our version of STEM,” said Nicholas Holman...
Georgia House approves compromise to expand medical marijuana program

Georgia House approves compromise to expand medical marijuana program

Georgia House lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a compromise that would expand the list of disorders eligible for treatment under the state’s nascent medical marijuana program. The chamber voted 167-4 on Tuesday to adopt Senate Bill 16 after Senate lawmakers backed off a proposal that would reduce the THC level of the cannabis oil Georgians can legally use and House supporters rolled back...
Mom in Atlanta house fire dies one day after baby

Mom in Atlanta house fire dies one day after baby

One day after a 3-month-old girl was killed in a northwest Atlanta house fire, the baby’s mother died, officials said Tuesday. Rhonda Johnson, 29, died Friday at a local hospital, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office said. Firefighters responded to the area of Paines Avenue between Fox Street and Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway about 2 a.m. Thursday, Atlanta fire Sgt. Cortez...
Video: Man Stabbed During Fight Over Loud Music

Video: Man Stabbed During Fight Over Loud Music

Man Stabbed During Fight Over Loud Music
How the last 40 NIT semifinalists fared the next season

How the last 40 NIT semifinalists fared the next season

With Georgia Tech having played three NIT games, and playing a fourth Tuesday night in New York in the semifinals against Cal State Bakersfield, it’s an easy conclusion to draw. Playing in a win-or-go-home atmosphere and simply getting more time on the court will serve the Yellow Jackets well going forward. It’s what Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton thought in 2014, when the Seminoles...
State to able-bodied: Get a job or lose your food stamps

State to able-bodied: Get a job or lose your food stamps

Thousands of Georgians are likely to lose their food stamps next week, the latest deadline for able-bodied recipients to find a job. In January, the state expanded the work requirements for able-bodied, childless food stamp recipients to 21 counties, including several in the Atlanta area such as Coweta, Bartow and Barrow. Some 12,000 able-bodied people in these counties were told they have...

Trump officials shut down Russia testimony by Sally Yates, citing executive privilege

So it turns out it wasn’t that the House Intelligence Committee wasn’t interested in hearing the testimony from Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general from Atlanta who refused to enforce President Donald Trump’s first travel ban. Rather, the Trump administration didn’t want her to talk at all. From the Washington Post: According to letters The Post reviewed, the Justice...

You’re twice as likely to be shot to death in Georgia than in New York (and other gun violence facts)

Statistics can be tricky in the best of situations. But when it comes to gun violence, the numbers can turn the most civil discussion into an argument. Second Amendment supporters often question the validity of data concerning firearms deaths. They suggest that suicides or accidental killings shouldn’t be lumped in with homicides – and that the rate of gun deaths is more meaningful than...
Braves release Paco Rodriguez, add Bonifacio, O’Flaherty to roster

Braves release Paco Rodriguez, add Bonifacio, O’Flaherty to roster

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Utility man Emilio Bonifacio and left-handed reliever Eric O’Flaherty, a pair of non-roster invitees to Braves spring training, were told Tuesday they have made the opening-day roster. Paco Rodriguez was told quite the opposite. Lefty reliver Rodriguez was released by the Braves, who also optioned right-hander Matt Wisler to Triple-A Gwinnett and reassigned right-hander...
‘Hedwig’ brings transgender rocker’s story to Fox Theatre

‘Hedwig’ brings transgender rocker’s story to Fox Theatre

What’s an “internationally ignored song stylist” to do once she becomes an internationally renowned touring Broadway star? Keeping the offbeat edge and downtown grit in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” has been part of the challenge for creators and performers of the recent Broadway production of the show, which makes a brief stop at the Fox Theatre April 4-5 as part of a...
Why some fans might skip 2 Chainz’ concert this weekend

Why some fans might skip 2 Chainz’ concert this weekend

  A certain group of dedicated 2 Chainz fans faces a tough decision this weekend – one that might have them skipping his much-anticipated concert. The Atlanta rapper, known for his charitable outreach, his snappy “Dabbin’ Santa” sweaters and heartfelt appreciation of his fans, takes the stage at the Carolina Union Activities Board’s annual Jubilee concert at...
Cold case: Woman jailed in 1975 killing of Georgia teen

Cold case: Woman jailed in 1975 killing of Georgia teen

A woman charged with felony murder in the 1975 stabbing death of her 16-year-old roommate is in custody in Middle Georgia, officials said. Mary Jane Stewart, 59, was arrested this month in San Antonio — 41 years after Cheryl White was found dead in an apartment they shared in Warner Robins, the Macon Telegraph reported.  No details were released on how authorities tracked Stewart, who was...
Atlanta Attackers vs. Seattle Slammers

Atlanta Attackers vs. Seattle Slammers

Chad Marshall and Roman Torres look as big as the most fearsome tag team in professional wrestling. Marshall is listed as 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds. Torres is listed as 6-2 and 195 pounds. The scale seems off. Call them the Seattle Slammers. The key for Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez, Kenwyne Jones or Brandon Vazquez — whoever starts up top in Friday’s MLS game — will be to...
Braves will now allow outside food into SunTrust Park

Braves will now allow outside food into SunTrust Park

After public backlash, the Atlanta Braves reversed their policy and now will allow fans to bring outside food into SunTrust Park. A team representative said last week the restriction was because of security concerns of the team. On a statement posted on Twitter on Tuesday, the Braves said fan complaints led to the policy reversal. The team now will allow outside food, as long as it fits...
Atlanta resources for those on the autism spectrum

Atlanta resources for those on the autism spectrum

When you have a child with autism, finding help becomes priority No. 1. Not only is it overwhelming to figure out what your child needs, but locating the right resources can be an added challenge. Fortunately, you'll find some of the most innovative autism treatments and therapies in the country right here in the Atlanta area.  Here are some local resources for those who love someone on the...
Ranking this week’s MLS games

Ranking this week’s MLS games

Atlanta at Seattle, 10 p.m. Friday, FS1. This game could be awesome, if all of the talent that can play will play. Or, if Josef Martinez, Miguel Almiron, Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris, don’t play, it may not reach lofty game-of-the-week standards. The teams met during the preseason with Atlanta United’s “A” team hammering Seattle’s “B” team, 4-2. Seattle...
Bellwoods Social House closes in West Midtown

Bellwoods Social House closes in West Midtown

Gangsta fries at Bellwoods Social House A bar and restaurant from the team behind Bite Bistro & Bar in Alpharetta has closed its doors after less than three years in business.
Calderon struggling to find shot with Hawks

Calderon struggling to find shot with Hawks

Jose Calderon shook his head in disbelief. The Hawks’ recently acquired backup point guard just isn’t making baskets. Calderon is coming off an 0-for-5 game, including 0-for-3 from 3-point range, in a 107-92 loss to the Nets on Sunday. Calderon played 21 minutes, a high in his eight games played with the Hawks since being claimed off waivers on March 4. “When I came here, I was trying...
Missing Georgia mom, 3 children may be in S. Carolina

Missing Georgia mom, 3 children may be in S. Carolina

A missing Georgia woman who has her three sons with her used a card Sunday in South Carolina, Rabun County Sheriff Chad Nichols said Tuesday. According to a post on the sheriff’s Facebook page, Brittany Rebecca Stewart, 28, has been missing since Thursday. Her children are 7 months to 7 years old. Nichols told Channel 2 Action News that Stewart was seen Sunday at a gas station in Habersham...
Plant Vogtle and the Westinghouse meltdown hit Donald Trump’s radar

Plant Vogtle and the Westinghouse meltdown hit Donald Trump’s radar

The AJC’s Russell Grantham reports that Westinghouse Electric, the lead contractor on two new nuclear power generators at Plant Vogtle in Georgia, could file for bankruptcy as early as today. Georgia Power is the lead partner in the projection, but a smaller participant says more delay’s are likely. From Grantham’s piece: The latest completion deadlines of December 2019 and September...
Senate reworks bill it says hikes income taxes on many Georgians

Senate reworks bill it says hikes income taxes on many Georgians

The Georgia Senate backed cutting the top state income tax rate 10 percent last year, but the chamber’s leaders balked this year when the House proposed a similar reduction. The reason: Senate leaders said the House proposal, which would cut the top rate from 6 percent to 5.4 percent and charge everybody the same, would wind up increasing taxes for a lot of poor and middle-income Georgians....
Smoked pork cook-off this Sunday, clam celebration in Roswell and more in metro Atlanta this week

Smoked pork cook-off this Sunday, clam celebration in Roswell and more in metro Atlanta this week

Make it a movie night at The Pinewood, which will screen “The Goonies” this Sunday. HANDOUT / Green Olive Media.
Ahchoo! Pollen count reaches 2,587

Ahchoo! Pollen count reaches 2,587

Apologies, allergy sufferers. Tuesday’s pollen count is 2,587 particles of pollen per cubic meter of air, according to Atlanta Allergy and Asthma. That is the highest it has been all year, Channel 2 Action News reported. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">2,587 is today's pollen count, the highest...
Game Thread: Suns at Hawks

Game Thread: Suns at Hawks

Atlanta Hawks’ Taurean Prince, getting his first start, drives to the basket for two past Brooklyn Nets forward K.
Governor’s office pulls back curtain on school performance

Governor’s office pulls back curtain on school performance

The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement has a new internet tool that allows direct comparison of schools with similar demographics. Georgia Schools Like Mine, unveiled Monday, wrestles complicated data produced by the Georgia Department of Education into a simple interface that allows one to compare student performance at a handful of schools with like demographics. It’s...
A better way to do high school prom? Picking dates out of a hat?

A better way to do high school prom? Picking dates out of a hat?

You could hardly go anywhere in Atlanta this weekend without running into glamorous teenagers. Prom season is underway. And what used to be a teenage dance has escalated into a mega industry with $1,200 gowns, rented limos, pre-prom photo shoots and expensive Buckhead dinners. Another new twist on prom: The “promposal” where kids go to elaborate lengths to ask someone to the big night...
Sexual assault survivor to lawmakers: Stop dismissing us

Sexual assault survivor to lawmakers: Stop dismissing us

It remains unknown whether House Bill 51 will revive this week in the final two days of the 2017 Legislature. Stalled by a wary Senate committee last week, the campus rape bill, as it has been dubbed, limits the ability of public universities in Georgia to investigate student sexual assault cases. Counselors and victims warned that tying the hands of universities and turning investigations over to...
Today: Half-off all steaks at this Sandy Springs restaurant

Today: Half-off all steaks at this Sandy Springs restaurant

All steaks are half-off on Tuesdays at MAYA Steaks and Seafood. HANDOUT / Red Clay Public Relations.
Photos: Georgia Tech holds first spring practice

Photos: Georgia Tech holds first spring practice

Georgia Tech begins spring football practice Monday with all eyes on the quarterback position after the departure of three-year starter Justin Thomas. 
Atlanta City Hall probe: Docs due today from third subpoena

Atlanta City Hall probe: Docs due today from third subpoena

Today is the deadline for the city of Atlanta to provide a federal grand jury with the latest batch of records related to an ongoing probe of fraud involving municipal contracts. That demand indicates federal investigators may be moving into an inquiry of potential conflicts of interest involving some of the city’s largest contracts, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis shows. An 11-point-federal...
Nuts and seeds: A super snack

Nuts and seeds: A super snack

My boys are ardent baseball players. At some point during the 10,000 hours it seems they have spent on the diamond, they picked up the archetypal habit of chewing and spitting sunflower seeds in the dugout. When I ask them whether this unsightly practice is really necessary, they appeal to my passion for nutrition by reminding me that nuts and seeds are healthy. Why wouldn't I want them snacking on...

Family Travel: under the spell of sunny Puerto Rico

You know things are going pretty well when the big family argument is over whether to splash in the rain forest waterfall or loll around on the white-sand beach.  You know things are even better when you realize you can do both in a single day and not tax the patience or interest of three children.   From our weeklong base at a rental condo in Rio Grande — there are plenty of...
Woman says she was recorded while in changing room at Pennsylvania Macy’s

Woman says she was recorded while in changing room at Pennsylvania Macy’s

A woman has a warning for people who use the changing rooms at a Robinson Township, Pennsylvania, mall. Heather Lapinski said that while she was trying on bathing suits at Macy’s in the Mall at Robinson, she noticed a cellphone under the door. She grabbed it, but a man’s hand grabbed it back.  By the time she was able to exit the dressing room, the man was gone. “I...
Your cat really does like you, in fact more than food, study says

Your cat really does like you, in fact more than food, study says

Cats have gotten a bad rap, at least according to a new study that found your feline really does like you, even if it doesn’t always know how to show you, and it actually likes interacting with you more than it prefers food. The study from Oregon State University researchers in the journal “Behavioral Processes” also determined that cats are trainable if given the right motivation...
Teen using family friend's computer discovers nude photos of his younger sister

Teen using family friend's computer discovers nude photos of his younger sister

When a teenager in Texas borrowed a family friend's computer, he made a shocking and sickening discovery. The boy found nude photos of his 10-year-old sister on the computer of Joe Garza Jr., according to the Star-Telegram. Garza, 65, was arrested March 3 on child pornography charges, and faces additional charges after it was discovered that he allegedly molested an older sister in the family...
Immigrant felon database, Homeland Security bill passes Senate

Immigrant felon database, Homeland Security bill passes Senate

A bill that creates a database of undocumented immigrants who have committed felonies passed the Georgia Senate Tuesday. Passage of House Bill 452, which requires the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to publicly post and share personally identifying information of unauthorized immigrants who have committed certain crimes follows a back and forth shuffle between the state chambers. Senate Majority Leader...
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