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1 officer killed, 1 injured in SW Ga. shooting

Americus Police Officer Nicholas Smarr, 25, was killed while responding to a domestic dispute call. A Georgia Southwestern State University police officer was wounded. The suspect remains at large.

Black employees file class-action lawsuit against CNN, Turner

This was posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
Georgia's death row in 2016: The killers and those they killed

Georgia's death row in 2016: The killers and those they killed

Georgia’s stepped-up pace has thrust the state into the lead, surpassing even Texas — which on the whole has carried out almost eight times as many executions as Georgia since the death penalty was reinstated four decades ago: For the most part, the reason Georgia is using its death chamber more frequently is because a large number of inmates have simply exhausted their appeals. Also...
Critics: Vogtle deal sticks customers with overrun bill

Critics: Vogtle deal sticks customers with overrun bill

Ratepayers will be saddled with billions of dollars of cost overruns from the delayed Vogtle nuclear expansion under a proposed deal between state regulators and Georgia Power, critics asserted Tuesday at a hearing.
When world war came to Georgia's backyard

When world war came to Georgia's backyard

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor shocked America to the core, killing 2,403 and grievously damaging the Navy’s fleet. While that carnage occurred thousands of miles from the mainland, what has been called a “second Pearl Harbor” took place quietly, right in Georgia’s backyard.

Atlanta-based Weather Channel takes on Breitbart over global warming

Trump is Time magazine's Person of the Year

Trump is Time magazine's Person of the Year

Time magazine on Wednesday named Donald Trump its Person of the Year, bestowing what the president-elect called an "honor" even as he derided the idea that he'll lead "the Divided States of America." That was a reference to Time's cover line — "Donald Trump: President of the Divided States of America" — that was positioned next to the cover photograph of the...
Rethinking the sandwich game: Duluth is site for new concept Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery

Rethinking the sandwich game: Duluth is site for new concept Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery

  Schlotzky’s sandwich shop is launching a new concept, Schlotzsky’s Austin Eatery, in Duluth.
Community rallies after dream tiny house burns to ground

Community rallies after dream tiny house burns to ground

Sandy Lyndon shovels through the blackened ash that was her dream house, searching for possessions that matter. Her long, gray ponytail sways behind her. She pulls a pile of scorched Alcoholics Anonymous coins from the foot-deep pile, leaving behind nickels and other change. She holds in her hand years 23 and 27, which she earned this year. Her recovery community is the reason she can stand in front...
DUI suspected in crash that killed Hall County teen

DUI suspected in crash that killed Hall County teen

A Gainesville teenager was killed and three other people were injured in a crash with a man who was believed to be DUI, the Gainesville Times reported. About 9:25 p.m. Tuesday, Jonathan Flanagan, 22, of Dahlonega, was traveling north on Ga. 60 near Price Road when he crossed the center line and struck a car carrying three people, the Georgia State Patrol told the paper. Jesus Alvarez-Perez, 19, died...
College Football Awards show brings stars to Atlanta

College Football Awards show brings stars to Atlanta

Twenty-four stars of college football’s 2016 season, including all five Heisman Trophy finalists, will share the spotlight at an Atlanta event Thursday night. They’ll attend the 26th annual “College Football Awards” show, a two-hour made-for-TV event that will air live on ESPN from the College Football Hall of Fame starting at 7 p.m. The show, which moved to the Hall of Fame...

Gala for new Cobb County chairman scrapped over transparency issues

An inauguration gala planned in honor of Cobb chairman-elect Mike Boyce has been cancelled amid concerns over transparency. The event, hosted by Joe Profit, a former Atlanta Falcon turned local businessman, was billed as a celebration of Boyce and a fundraiser for his transition. But, “The feedback from my supporters clearly suggested that the Gala as planned did not meet our transparency standard...
Rodriguez’s versatility and intangibles (not boxing) attracted Braves

Rodriguez’s versatility and intangibles (not boxing) attracted Braves

OXON HILL, Md. – Fans outside of Pittsburgh probably remember Sean Rodriguez for his epic tantrum in last year’s wild-card game between the Pirates and Cubs, when he got tossed after a benches-clearing incident, then continued to rage, rage against the dying postseason light by landing three devastating punches on a dugout Gatorade cooler. It was not the first ejection for Rodriguez, who...
Producer Mike Will Made-It launches ‘Wish Week’ in Atlanta

Producer Mike Will Made-It launches ‘Wish Week’ in Atlanta

Atlanta native Mike Will Made-It. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Interscope Records ) BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Super-producer Mike Will Made-It – nominated for a pair of Grammys for his work on Beyonce’s “Lemonade” album – is launching a “Wish Week” in Atlanta.
Shooting claims life of father of Tech commit Jerry Howard

Shooting claims life of father of Tech commit Jerry Howard

Tragedy has struck Georgia Tech commit Jerry Howard, a running back from Rock Hill, S.C. Howard’s father, Jerry Sr., died Friday after a shooting in Rock Hill. Jerry Howard Sr. was 37. He was reportedly shot several times and died at a nearby hospital. “It was tragic,” said Howard’s high-school coach at Northwestern High, David Pierce. “It was horrible.” Pierce...

Trump’s election turns state legislators’ plans on their heads

ATHENS — Ballots were still being counted when it became apparent most Democrats had not seriously considered the possibility Donald Trump would win. Neither, it seems, had many Republicans. That was my main takeaway from the General Assembly’s biennial retreat here this week. Typically, one can find the rough outlines of a legislative agenda at this post-election event, which is geared...
Want to be the Braves mascot?

Want to be the Braves mascot?

A college graduate? Physically fit? Willing to strike a pose with children and cameras? The Braves may have a job for you.  The team has an The job, according to the job description on the Braves' job board, requires more than prancing around the stadium for 81 games. The representative of the Braves brand must have good business acumen and will be in charge of managing more than 200 appearances...
Falcons say poor communication leads to slow defensive starts

Falcons say poor communication leads to slow defensive starts

Falcons coach Dan Quinn often says he wants his outfit to be “the best attacking team in football.” He says he likes to see “intent” from his players and wants them to play a “fast and physical” style. Quinn’s defensive players have heard those themes since the off-season camps. They hear them throughout the week of preparation. They hear them before taking...
Ed Roland talks Eddie’s Attic concerts, charity

Ed Roland talks Eddie’s Attic concerts, charity

Henry elects first African-American woman to county’s top elected seat

Henry elects first African-American woman to county’s top elected seat

Republican June Wood was elected chairman of the Henry County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, becoming the first African American woman elected to the county’s top seat. The 53-year-old retired Georgia Power employee defeated Democrat Carlotta Harrell, also African-American, by a sizable margin. It is the first time an election in Henry has pitted two African Americans for the top job. The race...

Sharon Jones memorial to be held in Augusta

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U.S. Navy sailor from Georgia sketched Pearl Harbor attack before he was killed in action

U.S. Navy sailor from Georgia sketched Pearl Harbor attack before he was killed in action

Leonard Franklin Tomlinson lived and served in an age before social media, and the image he left behind is less ephemeral and certainly less meaningless than the slew of selfies we all serve up today.
Matt Ryan named Falcons nominee for Man of the Year

Matt Ryan named Falcons nominee for Man of the Year

For his leadership on and off the field, the Atlanta Falcons nominated quarterback Matt Ryan as the team nominee for 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year. A first time nominee for Man of the Year, Ryan has been an advocate for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta since he was drafted by the Falcons in 2008. Ryan most recently voiced his support on Sunday by wearing CHOA Over the past six years, Ryan&rsquo...
Ryan Cameron’s lifelong love of giving back

Ryan Cameron’s lifelong love of giving back

You may know him as the dynamic morning radio personality on V-103 or the booming voice at Atlanta Hawks home games. But above all else Ryan Cameron is Linnie Beatrice Cameron’s grandson. And “Linnie B.” taught her grandson at an early age about the importance of giving back. Cameron remembers going with his grandmother to hand out soup and sandwiches to people in need. He was 7...
How to pick a LinkedIn profile picture that will get you hired

How to pick a LinkedIn profile picture that will get you hired

LinkedIn continues to gain popularity as a reputable source for employers, so a solid profile page is as important as ever for job seekers. While education and experience can dominate a standard print resume, LinkedIn adds another element that can either complement or hinder your chances of appealing to an employer: the profile picture. We spoke with  "Your profile picture is very important...
Georgia Tech jumps into bowl practice

Georgia Tech jumps into bowl practice

Georgia Tech began preparations for Kentucky and the TaxSlayer Bowl Tuesday, the first of two practices this week as players begin final exams on Thursday. “It seems like it’s been forever since we were out there, so it was good to get back out there, get started,” coach Paul Johnson said. The Yellow Jackets enjoyed a nine-day respite without practice since the win over Georgia Nov...
Americus, site of double cop-shooting, is small but highly significant

Americus, site of double cop-shooting, is small but highly significant

Americus, where The city was incorporated in 1832 as the heart of a triangle formed by Macon, Columbus and Albany, just 16 miles west of the bustling Flint River. Its population doubled between 1850 and 1860 with the arrival of the South Western Railroad and its location became key to the South’s effort during the Civil War. In 1864, the entire town was converted into a Confederate hospital...

Dan Quinn on Rams, injuries and the slow starting defense

5 things self-employed workers should know about choosing health insurance in Georgia

5 things self-employed workers should know about choosing health insurance in Georgia

Being self-employed can have a lot of pluses, including a more flexible schedule and the ability to work from home. But when it comes to benefits, not having an employer's health care plan can leave you anxious about what your options are and how you'll be able to afford it. And with the Here's what else he said you need to know if you're self-employed and are looking for health insurance: Your situation...
This is the best time of year to job hunt, according to Atlanta hiring managers

This is the best time of year to job hunt, according to Atlanta hiring managers

Should the calendar play a part in your The new year still ranks high as a good time to look for work, according to Chan Cheatham, talent acquisition services manager for Corporate Payroll Services. She also favors early September to early November job searches in the Atlanta area, because most college grads from the year before have landed jobs and won't be competing as heavily. Kathy...
Tech commit Jaytlin Askew on his official visit to Tech

Tech commit Jaytlin Askew on his official visit to Tech

Even before 3-star cornerback Jaytlin Askew officially visited Georgia Tech on Friday, Tech already felt like home. The senior from Douglasville, Ga. has been to Tech’s campus many times and is ready to move in when he enrolls in school in January. “I literally (live) 15 to 20 minutes from there, but the trip was different because this was the first time I got to be around...
Snitker confident Dansby’s ready to handle hitting 2nd in lineup

Snitker confident Dansby’s ready to handle hitting 2nd in lineup

OXON HILL, Md. – Dansby Swanson has played less than two months in the big leagues, but the Braves shortstop was so impressive that manager Brian Snitker is confident he could handle the responsibility and potential pressure that goes with hitting second. “Absolutely,” Snitker said Wednesday during the manager’s media session at the Winter Meetings. “I think Dansby can...
Atlanta Ballet’s John Welker will take final bow after 24-year career

Atlanta Ballet’s John Welker will take final bow after 24-year career

Sprawled out upon the floor minutes before a scene rehearsal, John Welker, 40, stretches and contorts his body. After all, he doesn’t want to hurt himself when he’s just weeks from hanging up the ballet shoes for good.  “I’m not the young pup anymore,” Welker said. “I used to be the youngest when I first joined the company. Now I’m one of the oldest company...
Bazemore to miss two games with right knee soreness (updated)

Bazemore to miss two games with right knee soreness (updated)

The Hawks will be without starter Kent Bazemore for the next two games as the guard/forward deals with right knee soreness. Tim Hardaway Jr. will start in place of Bazemore for Wednesday’s home game against the Heat and Friday’s road game against the Bucks. The injury concern is the second change to the Hawks starting lineup in as many games. Thabo Sefolosha replaced Kyle Korver beginning...
Cobb chairman-elect Mike Boyce cancels gala amid transparency concerns

Cobb chairman-elect Mike Boyce cancels gala amid transparency concerns

Cobb chairman-elect Mike Boyce released a statement Wednesday announcing the cancellation of a gala event in his honor. The event, hosted by Joe Profit, a former Falcon turned local businessman, was billed as a celebration of Boyce and a fundraiser for his transition “The feedback from my supporters clearly suggested that the Gala as planned did not meet our transparency standard,” Boyce...
DEVELOPING: 1 officer killed, 1 injured in SW Georgia shooting; suspect on loose

DEVELOPING: 1 officer killed, 1 injured in SW Georgia shooting; suspect on loose

One officer was killed and another was seriously injured Wednesday in a shooting in Americus. The slain officer was Nicholas Ryan Smarr, 25, of the Americus Police Department, and the injured officer was Jodi Smith of Georgia Southwestern State University police. Both suffered head wounds, Channel 2 Action News reported. "It's a tragedy beyond words," Americus police Chief Mark Scott said...
Freddie Burden savors All-ACC honors

Freddie Burden savors All-ACC honors

Georgia Tech center Freddie Burden’s final season as a Yellow Jacket has concluded well. The senior from Statesboro was named to ESPN’s All-ACC team Tuesday, a week after he was named to the media’s All-ACC third team. “Huge accomplishment,” Burden said Tuesday following Tech’s first bowl practice. “One of the things you pride yourself on. I dedicated this...
Meeting Springsteen: “Like a girl going to the prom.”

Meeting Springsteen: “Like a girl going to the prom.”

Much as I have dreamed about meeting Bruce Springsteen, I’ve As the moment actually approached, What am I going to say? What am I going to do? What am I going to wear, I asked my editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Shannon McCaffrey. “You’re like a girl going to the prom,” she shot back. Read the full story at
Hummer: Where’s Alabama’s Allen among Heisman finalists?

Hummer: Where’s Alabama’s Allen among Heisman finalists?

Election continues overhaul of DeKalb’s government

Election continues overhaul of DeKalb’s government

Voters continued rebuilding DeKalb’s government Tuesday with the  Adams, an Emory University police officer, will join a slate of fresh officials who say they’ll do a better, more responsible job of representing residents. He’ll join other newly elected local officials — including incoming CEO  Adams defeated Randal Mangham, an attorney, in a runoff election Tuesday...
Georgia Tech's Gator Bowl history

Georgia Tech's Gator Bowl history

Georgia Tech returns to Jacksonville, Fla., for its eighth trip to the TaxSlayer Bowl, formerly known as the Gator Bowl. Tech is 24-19 overall in its bowl history, dating back to its first bowl appearance in the  When they face Kentucky at 11 a.m. Dec. 31 in Jacksonville, the Jackets will make the Gator Bowl their most frequent bowl game. They are 3-4 in the nation's sixth oldest bowl game. This...
Dispute over tablet leads to courthouse shooting

Dispute over tablet leads to courthouse shooting

It all started over a tablet. A man in a Clayton County courthouse was using a tablet about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday when a deputy asked him to stop, witness Alfred King said.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Man shot in buttocks after dispute in court over cellphone or tablet use. Chief says he resisted&hellip...
Andersonville National Cemetery: Help us put wreaths on 20,000 graves

Andersonville National Cemetery: Help us put wreaths on 20,000 graves

Their service was the greatest gift to the nation. When better than the Christmas season to give back to them? On Dec. 17, wreaths will be placed on as many as 800 graves at Andersonville National Cemetery in southeast Georgia. The cemetery, part of Andersonville got its start in 1864 as a trench burial site of prisoners who died in the nearby military prison during the Civil War. It later was established...
Drugs stolen from Buckhead Walgreens

Drugs stolen from Buckhead Walgreens

One person has been detained in connection with an overnight theft of controlled medications from a Buckhead Walgreens, Atlanta police said. Shortly after 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, officers found the front and pharmacy doors pried open at the store in the 2800 block of Peachtree Road, Sgt. Warren Pickard said in a release. An unknown amount of oxycodone, morphine and methamphetamine had been taken. Store...
FAA suspends Atlanta Technical College’s aviation maintenance technician school certificate

FAA suspends Atlanta Technical College’s aviation maintenance technician school certificate

Jewish Film Fest: a peek at 2017 schedule

Jewish Film Fest: a peek at 2017 schedule

The world’s largest Jewish film festival begins Jan. 24 in Atlanta, with comedy, drama, foreign and independent films showing at venues around the city. Curators will screen 76 films during the 23 days of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. The full lineup will be announced on Friday, Jan. 6 and tickets will go on sale at beginning Wednesday, Jan. 18. Here’s a sampling of what to expect...
NFL bets you may not want to make

NFL bets you may not want to make

Game Thread: Heat at Hawks

Game Thread: Heat at Hawks

Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroder (17) shoots over Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov.
Cover 9@9: Falcons should sit Julio Jones with turf toe

Cover 9@9: Falcons should sit Julio Jones with turf toe

The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and Noah Coslov talk about the spot the Falcons are in facing the Rams in week 14 and how Julio Jones’ turf toe will impact things in Los Angeles.
Temps to reach 60s in Atlanta

Temps to reach 60s in Atlanta

Today: Partly cloudy. High: 60 Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Low: 44 Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. High: 49 It's sunny and mild now, but it won't be later this week. Temperatures were 57 degrees in Atlanta, 52 in Blairsville and 57 in Griffin just after 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to Channel 2 Action News. "No question about it. We've got beautiful weather for this time of year, sunshine and mid-50s,"...
Leadoff: Where is Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s halo board?

Leadoff: Where is Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s halo board?

Stadium general manager Jenkins offered this timeline: “We’re targeting a June completion for the stadium. We’ll be loading equipment and furniture and training people in July. And we’ll be rocking and rolling in August with events.” Another guest, chief technology officer “I can tell you it’s going to be hundreds of truck loads...

92.3/96.7 The Beat adds DJ Scream at nights starting December 12

This is posted on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
Gwinnett man dies after crashing Maserati into DeKalb home

Gwinnett man dies after crashing Maserati into DeKalb home

A Gwinnett County man was killed early Wednesday after he sped away from a Georgia State Patrol trooper in Buckhead and crashed his Maserati into a DeKalb County home, authorities said. “Right now, speed is apparently a factor, possible intoxication of the driver,” Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Stacey Collins said. “But all that’s under investigation.” The trooper stopped...
Torpy: Street giveaway is as transparent as asphalt

Torpy: Street giveaway is as transparent as asphalt

This week’s giveaway of some of Atlanta’s oldest streets — they call it “abandonment” — creates a historic synchronicity as the city scrambles to complete a massive deal to remake Underground Atlanta.
‘Hairspray Live!’ – behind the scenes with Kenny Leon, Kristin Chenoweth and Jennifer Hudson

‘Hairspray Live!’ – behind the scenes with Kenny Leon, Kristin Chenoweth and Jennifer Hudson

Kenny Leon on set with Kristin Chenoweth. Photo: RYON HORNE/RHORNE@AJC.COM A few weeks ago, video producer Ryon Horne and I traveled to Los Angeles to spend the day on the NBC set of “Hairspray Live!

Plants endure winter with varied strategies

A lot depends on your area of concentration and work experience prior to and during your school time. Students with a little experience are getting jobs as a foreman or front-line supervisor level when they graduate. Others who work in the industry for several years while going to school are receiving offers in mid-level management...
Scott scores four points in D-League assignment game

Scott scores four points in D-League assignment game

Hawks reserve forward Mike Scott had four points and three rebounds in 15 minutes of an NBA Development League assignment game with the Delaware 87ers on Tuesday night. The Santa Cruz Warriors won the game, 116-102, played in Newark, Delaware. Scott came off the bench and also had one block and one turnover. He was 2 of 7 from the field and 0 of 4 from 3-point range. He is expected to play at least...

Did Atlanta’s Aaron Gibson make it to ‘The Voice’ final?

This is posted on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
9-month-old involved car theft found safe, suspect at large

9-month-old involved car theft found safe, suspect at large

Atlanta police are looking for the person they say stole a car at a gas station with a baby inside, spokesman Officer Lukasz Sajdak said. The baby was found along the 1800 block of Laurel Green Lane in East Point. The thief took the car with the 9-month-old inside from a BP gas station about 8:15 p.m. at the intersection of Campbellton and Barge roads, Sajdak said. “The vehicle will be processed...
10-year-old narrowly escapes car theft outside home

10-year-old narrowly escapes car theft outside home

Police are searching for car thieves who stole a Dodge Charger with a child inside Tuesday morning. Pete Zyskowski had just started his car at his home along Glenwood Place in southeast Atlanta when he went back inside, Atlanta police spokesman Officer Lukasz Sajdak said. But right as Pete Zyskowski walked into the home to grab his coffee, police say four men believed to be in their mid-20s got inside...
Mallex might return to Triple-A in 2017 to continue development

Mallex might return to Triple-A in 2017 to continue development

OXON HILL, Md. – Braves officials like the speed and outfield versatility that Mallex Smith could give them as a fourth outfielder next season, but they also believe he would benefit from playing on a regular basis after missing much of his rookie season with a broken thumb. As long as the Braves’ starting outfield trio of Matt Kemp, Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis is healthy, 23-year-old...
Henry elects black woman to top county job; Stockbridge gets new mayor

Henry elects black woman to top county job; Stockbridge gets new mayor

Republican June Wood was elected chairman of the Henry County Board of Commissioners Tuesday night, becoming the first African-American woman to hold the county’s top seat. The 53-year-old retired Georgia Power employee defeated Democrat Carlotta Harrell, also African-American, by a sizable margin. The election illustrates the seismic change that has occurred in the southside county in recent...
Paul Johnson on transfer trend: ‘Kids have such a sense of entitlement’

Paul Johnson on transfer trend: ‘Kids have such a sense of entitlement’

As might be expected, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson shed no tears for the three players who have elected to transfer from the school to play elsewhere. Johnson spoke Monday following the Yellow Jackets’ first bowl practice in response to the transfers of B-back Marcus Marshall, cornerback Dorian Walker and linebacker Emanuel Bridges, calling out the entitlement that he perceives among players...
Man faces child endangerment charge after Alpharetta DUI

Man faces child endangerment charge after Alpharetta DUI

A Sandy Springs man who was arrested and charged with DUI in Alpharetta had his 9-year-old daughter in the car with him, according to a police report. Christopher Bowers failed to turn on a green light on Westside Parkway at Haynes Bridge Road on Friday night. An Alpharetta police officer was behind him at the light and watched as Bowers pulled out in front of traffic in his Toyota Avalon, nearly...
Braves’ Teheran to pitch for Colombia in World Baseball Classic

Braves’ Teheran to pitch for Colombia in World Baseball Classic

OXON HILL, Md. – The Braves say they’re “all in” on the World Baseball Classic, while also admitting at least some consternation about Julio Teheran pitching in the March event. Teheran will compete for his native Colombia in the international tournament, one of 24 major league All-Stars who were among 30 players announced as confirmed participants by the WBC this week, and...
2 fugitives found hiding out in Cobb County home

2 fugitives found hiding out in Cobb County home

A fugitive from Cobb County wanted for murder was arrested Tuesday,  Gerald Florence, 34, of Powder Springs, was found with fellow fugitive Maenita Thomas, 39, of Acworth, inside a home on Fern Valley Drive in Marietta, Cobb officials said. Florence was wanted on murder charges out of LaGrange after a home invasion left Darius Tucker dead. He remained in the Cobb County Detention Center on Tuesday...
After 50 years with MARTA, Atlanta native is going back to college

After 50 years with MARTA, Atlanta native is going back to college

For most of his life, all Sam Smith knew was transit. At 2, his father taught him how the shifts change in a car. Later, he worked summers with his father at the Wade Ford car dealership in Smyrna. “He taught me how to work,” the 71-year-old Atlanta native said. “I knew how to operate equipment and did quick repairs.” That work ethic led to a 50-year career with MARTA. Smith...
Georgia executes William Sallie for 1990 murder of father-in-law

Georgia executes William Sallie for 1990 murder of father-in-law

A six-man “strap down” team eased William Sallie onto the gurney in the death chamber at 9:38 p.m. Tuesday. Each kept his hands on the condemned man until both legs, both arms and both shoulders were secured to the bed. Four nurses then prepared him for IVs. Sallie, 50, had eaten all of the pizza he’d requested as his last meal. Now he winced as the needles pierced his skin. Ten...
Greg Adams wins DeKalb Commission runoff

Greg Adams wins DeKalb Commission runoff

Greg Adams won Tuesday’s  Adams, an Emory University police officer, will  "I’ve got my sleeves rolled up, and I’m ready to go to work for DeKalb County," Adams said in an interview Tuesday night. "I intend to work and serve the people of DeKalb County with honesty,  Adams said he'll focus on developing blighted areas and encouraging economic growth...
Cobb DA seeks death penalty in rape, murder, house fire case

Cobb DA seeks death penalty in rape, murder, house fire case

The Cobb County District Attorney is asking for the death penalty in a case of a stepfather accused of raping and killing a 14-year-old and burning the house to hide his crime. Dafareya Hunter was arrested by a fugitive task force in Florida a month after escaping a house fire on Shadowridge Drive in Marietta. Hunter’s  His stepson was able to escape the fire through a window. Rescuers...
O’Flaherty returns to Braves on minor-league contract

O’Flaherty returns to Braves on minor-league contract

OXON HILL, Md. – The Braves re-signed left-hander Eric O’Flaherty to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, where the veteran reliever gets another chance to revive his career for the team with which he had his greatest success. O’Flaherty, 31, struggled with a 6.91 ERA in 39 appearances in 2016 in his second career stint with the Braves, and his season ended...
Fulton County justice partners wrestle over money as they plan reforms

Fulton County justice partners wrestle over money as they plan reforms

Fulton County will spend more than $3 million to clear a backlog of cases from its court system in 2017. The move is a continued push to resolve cases that have been in limbo for more than a year as the county readies for The $3.2 million Fulton’s justice partners will spend to clear more than 100 old felony cases and thousands of civil and misdemeanor cases is part of a $7.5 million fund the...
'All clear' after Georgia Tech toxic gas alarm

'All clear' after Georgia Tech toxic gas alarm

Police at Georgia Tech have given the "all clear" after a toxic gas alarm went off at the Marcus Nanotechnology building Tuesday. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Toxic gas alarm is all clear. Thank you for your patience! All activities should return to normal.</p>— Georgia Tech...
Korver on move to bench: Winning is all that matters

Korver on move to bench: Winning is all that matters

Kyle Korver said he is ready to do whatever it takes for the Hawks to win. If that means coming off the bench, so be it. Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer replaced Korver in the starting lineup with Thabo Sefolosha before Monday’s game against the Thunder. It’s a move he sees at long term as the Hawks are mired in a slump of losses in seven straight and 10 of 11 games. “Fine,” Korver...
Wells Fargo teller allegedly stole $12,000 from customer account

Wells Fargo teller allegedly stole $12,000 from customer account

A banker in Savannah is facing a conspiracy charge in U.S. District Court in connection with theft of money from a Wells Fargo customer’s account, according to court records. Prosecutors said Shameca Maxwell was a teller at a branch in Savannah when she worked with an unnamed conspirator to obtain a customer’s bank account and driver’s license number, according to Channel 2 Action...
Schultz on Hawks: Fault those assembling roster for losing skid

Schultz on Hawks: Fault those assembling roster for losing skid

When the Hawks started the season 9-2, it was logical to assume there would be a market correction. So it’s just as fair to suggest that just because the same team has lost seven straight and is 1-10 since early nirvana doesn’t mean it’s going to spend the next four months winning at a nine percent clip (as we all lapse into mind-numbing Billy Knight flashbacks). “Losing is...
Millsap will play through pain in return from hip injury

Millsap will play through pain in return from hip injury

Paul Millsap will play through some pain as he returns from a left hip injury that cost the Hawks leading scorer three games. Millsap returned from the absence and led the Hawks with 24 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals in 39 minutes in Monday’s 102-99 loss to the Thunder. “It’s sore,” Millsap said after practice Tuesday. “It’s something that...
Five reasons: What is wrong with the Hawks?

Five reasons: What is wrong with the Hawks?

What’s wrong with the Hawks? Good question. They are mired in a seven-game losing slump with 10 losses in 11 games. All the defeats have come after a 9-2 start. The offense and defense were both ranked in the top two in the NBA. Not anymore. The Hawks have fallen to 27th in offensive efficiency. They remain second in defensive efficiency but there are issues there as well. This streak has been...
With bowl conflict, buyer’s market for Tech-UNC basketball tickets

With bowl conflict, buyer’s market for Tech-UNC basketball tickets

Many Georgia Tech basketball fans with tickets to the Dec. 31 ACC opener against North Carolina at McCamish Pavilion might be described as motivated sellers. The average sale price on StubHub for the Tech-Carolina game has dropped 30 percent since Sunday, when the Yellow Jackets football team received an invitation to the TaxSlayer Bowl, which will be played at the same time as the basketball game...
Man offered ride shoots driver, passenger in DeKalb

Man offered ride shoots driver, passenger in DeKalb

Two men in a pickup truck were shot after offering another man a ride outside a DeKalb County store Tuesday afternoon, police said. The man who was picked up shot the driver in the leg and took off with the passenger, DeKalb police spokesman Maj. Stephen Fore said. After pulling into the Whitney Chase Apartments near Young and Chase roads, the man then shot the passenger and took off. Police dogs...
Ex-UGA diversity official charged with computer crimes

Ex-UGA diversity official charged with computer crimes

A former officer for a University of Georgia diversity organization is facing felony charges after allegedly trying to change passwords to several accounts, the Athens Banner-Herald reported. Rouhollah Aghasaleh, 33, allegedly changed passwords to two Facebook and two G-mail accounts last month after he resigned from the organization, according to the report. He also allegedly tampered with the group&rsquo...
Clayton judge lets psychiatrist accused of murder find work

Clayton judge lets psychiatrist accused of murder find work

A Clayton County psychiatrist Clayton Superior Court Judge Matthew Simmons made the $456,000 bond more flexible to allow Dr. Narendra Nagareddy to find a job and meet with his attorney. While Simmons allowed Nagareddy to find work in other non-medical fields he denied his request to be able to leave his home and worship at his church, his attorney Steve Frey said. Nagareddy was charged in May with...

Paisley Park Celebration 2017 will remember Prince on anniversary of death

Weather Channel to Breitbart: Earth is not cooling, climate change is real and stop using our video to mislead Americans

This was posted Tuesday, December 6, 2016 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
2016: Notable sports deaths

2016: Notable sports deaths

A look at sports figures who died in 2016.
Burglars drive car through building to steal guns

Burglars drive car through building to steal guns

A Forsyth County gun store was burglarized after someone drove a car through the building, deputies said. Deputies found a blue Dodge Durango in front of the Bulls Eye Marksman Gun Club on Thursday, spokesman Cpl. Pete Sabella said in a news release. The club is located at 6190 Parkway North Drive in Cumming. The back of the building had a giant hole, where Sabella said the Dodge was used to break...
Bryan Ferry will return to Atlanta for 2017 concert

Bryan Ferry will return to Atlanta for 2017 concert

Bryan Ferry returns in 2017. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene More than five years after his last visit to Atlanta, Bryan Ferry will return with a show at the Tabernacle.
Reeling Rams ready to welcome Falcons to L.A.

Reeling Rams ready to welcome Falcons to L.A.

Yes, the Falcons have their issues. They must rebound from a tough loss. They have to find a way to get Julio Jones involved in the red zone offense. They have to stop hemorrhaging yardage on defense. However, you can bet the Falcons and coach Dan Quinn don’t want to trade places with the Los Angeles Rams and coach Jeff Fisher. The Rams are reeling at 4-8, having dropped seven of their past...
Police: Burglars caught dumping lottery tickets after chase

Police: Burglars caught dumping lottery tickets after chase

Sometimes thieves lead police on a car chase after stealing money. But after a lengthy two-county chase, authorities said they found two alleged burglars dumping less-valuable evidence: lottery tickets. Andre Gilbert, 49, of Atlanta, and Kinetra Mitchell, 37, of Petersburg, Va., were arrested Tuesday morning after a police chase across Fayette and Clayton counties, Fayetteville police spokesman Lt...
‘Plan B’ in works after defeat of school takeover plan in Georgia

‘Plan B’ in works after defeat of school takeover plan in Georgia

After Gov. Nathan Deal’s top education initiative was trounced at the polls, some Republicans are quietly building consensus behind a new measure that would give the state more leeway to let students transfer from struggling schools. The measure, floated this week by House leaders at a training conference in Athens for the upcoming legislative session, would not empower the governor&rsquo...
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken is coming to Atlanta

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken is coming to Atlanta

Photo from Hattie B’s Facebook page Here’s some news that’lll heat you up — Nashville standby Hattie B’s Hot Chicken is opening its first Atlanta location.
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