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In Charlottesville’s wake, Atlanta march evokes non-violence 

A diverse group of protesters decried racism, sexism and tolerance of injustice before taking to the streets of Atlanta Saturday night in a rally organized in response to last week’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The interracial crowd — numbering about 2,000 — marched to the tomb of Martin Luther King Jr. Similar rallies were taking place in other cities on Saturday. Thousands...


Long waits mar new Uber, Lyft pickup plan at Hartsfield-Jackson

Long waits mar new Uber, Lyft pickup plan at Hartsfield-Jackson

The Atlanta airport’s new ride-share pickup location drew complaints from both drivers and passengers after long waits and traffic backups Thursday, when many fliers return from business trips. During the peak Thursday night period, some passengers said they waited as long as 40 minutes or more for ride-share drivers to reach them after being stuck in long lines of vehicles trying to enter the...
Georgia will change policy after complaints over notice sent to voters

Georgia will change policy after complaints over notice sent to voters

After facing a legal backlash over sending address confirmation notices to tens of thousands of voters who had moved within the county they had already registered in, Georgia has quietly decided to reverse course. State officials confirmed Friday to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Georgia will no longer give those voters a 30-day deadline to respond or be declared “inactive,&rdquo...
Torpy at Large: Confederate monuments whitewash the truth

Torpy at Large: Confederate monuments whitewash the truth

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams announced she wants to blast the Confederate carving off Stone Mountain. Removing Confederate monuments from public spaces has become a white-hot issue since the deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va. It’s the old hate-versus-heritage debate, only now the brass knuckles are out. So Abrams, who is staking out her place in a heated...
Confederate leaders’ descendants: The statues can come down

Confederate leaders’ descendants: The statues can come down

The year is 2017, and as the president of the United States vehemently defends monuments to the Confederacy, some descendants of Confederate leaders are calling for them to be taken down. On Saturday, an attacker drove a car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a rally of white nationalists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, renewing a long-standing conflict over whether Confederate monuments...
JetBlue expanding in Atlanta, but issue with gate space remains

JetBlue expanding in Atlanta, but issue with gate space remains

JetBlue Airways this week announced plans for three new routes from Atlanta next year, to go along with its current service to Boston. But the New York carrier says it has had problems getting the gate space it wants at Hartsfield-Jackson International, accusing the airport of “discriminatory” practices that have affected its flights. The Federal Aviation Administration says it is investigating...
Fulton County plans to improve customer service by rewarding workers

Fulton County plans to improve customer service by rewarding workers

Fulton County wants to do better. And it wants its residents to notice. So county leaders this week took a series of steps that they hope will result in better customer service and a more engaged workforce. For years, county employees have been working with outdated technology, in buildings where the roof leaked or the elevator didn’t work. Their pay didn’t always match...
Baby girl hustle

Baby girl hustle

My granddaddy is the only black man I’ve ever met who was never broke a day in his life. He ran an illegal liquor house in Decatur, selling moonshine for 50 cents a shot from behind a bar he built himself out of plywood and old scraps of carpet and red leather. Granddaddy’s real name was George Walker, but folks called him Bear Cat or .38 for the two pistols he kept in his front pockets...
Are teachers discussing Charlottesville, Confederate monuments in class? Should they be?

Are teachers discussing Charlottesville, Confederate monuments in class? Should they be?

I’ve been talking to high school students about the violence and turmoil in Charlottesville and its aftermath, including the rising call in Georgia to take down monuments that celebrate the Confederacy and its leaders. For the most part, the teens said these issues aren’t coming up in their classes. The kids weren’t sure why the topics would be off-limits...
What happens when your family won’t accept your interracial marriage?

What happens when your family won’t accept your interracial marriage?

For The Atlanta Journal-Constitution My thought on race in Atlanta: we need to keep working to move the needle toward acceptance, equality and unity. I know this because of what I have experienced within my own family. I’m white American, my husband is black Togolese, which makes my two kids literally African-American. My parents shocked me 17 years ago when I asked whether I could bring my...
Mary Rose Taylor faces greatest challenge yet

Mary Rose Taylor faces greatest challenge yet

Mary Rose Taylor is typing with her right thumb. One letter at a time, she explains herself, touching the screen on her iPhone with the only digit that works, carefully shifting for capital letters and punctuation. Her Buckhead condominium is quiet but for the hiss of the portable ventilator, automatically inflating her lungs every three seconds. The compact breathing machine is packed under her motorized...
Life with Gracie: How do we push past the trauma caused by Charlottesville violence?

Life with Gracie: How do we push past the trauma caused by Charlottesville violence?

Any time I broach the subject of race, I feel like I did every time I had to dissolve disputes between my daughters, which was, thinking back, much like walking on hot coals. It was certainly more complex than it first appeared. Having grown up in a family of 10 kids, I had no doubt about that. While it was always clear they were at war, the reasons weren’t always so obvious. One of them felt...
Not the same old Bloody Mary: Atlanta drinks tomatoes with a twist

Not the same old Bloody Mary: Atlanta drinks tomatoes with a twist

If you think the tomato-cocktail repertoire is limited to the classic Bloody Mary, check out Atlanta restaurateur Ford Fry’s Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival sometime. At the July celebration of this favorite summer fruit, the city’s mixologists got a little crazy. Better Half mixed tomato marmalade with lemon and Old Forester Bourbon — rather simple in comparison to Atlas&rsquo...

Forsyth County restaurant inspection scores

Forsyth County • Blue Fin Sushi & Thai, 5075 Post Road, Cumming. 90/A • La Hacienda, 7754 McGinnis Ferry Road, Suwanee. 89/B • Red Robin, 370 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming. 85/B • Rene’s Café, 1321 Atlanta Highway, Cumming. 77/C • Rooster’s Cafe, 216 Atlanta Highway, Cumming. 98/A

Gwinnett County restaurant inspection scores

Gwinnett County • ATL Pho, 4805 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn. 77/C • Culver’s, 1133 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville. 88/B • East Pearl Seafood Restaurant, 1810 Liddell Lane, Duluth. 87/B • Kiko’s Tacos & More, 3435 Medlock Bridge Road, Norcross. 86/B • Monterrey Mexican Restaurant, 910 Athens Highway, Loganville. 92/A

Fulton County restaurant inspection scores

Fulton County • Arepita Café, 11105 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek. 100/A • Barrelhouse, 22 5th St., Atlanta. 82/B • Café Posh, 4920 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 100/A • Gu’s Dumplings, 99 Krog St., Atlanta. 82/B • Richards’ Southern Fried, 99 Krog St., Atlanta. 74/C

DeKalb County restaurant inspection scores

DeKalb County • First Wok, 3348 Buford Highway, Atlanta. 90/A • Lan Zhou Ramen, 5231 Buford Highway, Doraville. 86/B • Masti Indian Street Eats, 2945 N. Druid Hills Road, Atlanta. 96/A • New Wonder Wok, 3365 Glenwood Road, Decatur. 86/B • Seasons 52, 90 Perimeter Center W., Dunwoody. 87/B

Opinion: Is the party of Lincoln now the party of Lee?

This year will mark my 30th anniversary as a syndicated columnist. During these years, I have written more words than I would have preferred about race. But race is America’s great moral stain and unending challenge. I’ve tackled school choice, affirmative action, transracial adoption, crime, police conduct, family structure, poverty, free-enterprise zones and more. Some of those columns...

Q&A on the news: Aug. 21

Q: On what basis did state officials predict 53,000 people will be driving north from Atlanta to witness the solar eclipse? —Mirza Ismail, Fayetteville A: The Georgia Department of Transportation reported that approximately 53,000 people will be traveling to the state’s northeast corner to witness the eclipse, based on information presented during a meeting with government employees in...

Readers Write: Aug. 21

Trump completely missing the point You are missing the point, Mr. President. Despite the tragic deaths and injuries in Charlottesville, the point is not the violence. Despite it being the issue that drew the protesters, the statue is not the issue here. The greater concern, Mr. President, is the people who call themselves Americans, who call themselves Trump supporters, who believe that the freedoms...

Cobb County restaurant inspection scores

Cobb County • Chili’s Grill & Bar, 851 Cobb Place Blvd., Kennesaw. 91/A • Los Bravos, 4480 S. Cobb Drive, Smyrna. 91/A • Moxie Burger, 2421 Shallowford Road, Marietta. 91/A • Tofu Village, 700 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. 96/A • Xengo Restaurant, 3162 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. 92/A

Take to task for Aug. 21

New item-DeKalb County A reader is concerned over a large hole at 1009 East Clifton Road, and hopes the county can soon get it fixed. We sent the issue to the county to see if it could get rectified and told us this week we would get an update as soon as a full inspection was completed. Days on list: 6 Who’s looking into it: DeKalb County Communications Manager Andrew Cauthen, acauthen@dekalbcountyga...
The Eagles (sans Glenn Frey) adds 2nd date in Atlanta at Philips Arena

The Eagles (sans Glenn Frey) adds 2nd date in Atlanta at Philips Arena

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 15: Musician Don Henley (3rd from R) of the Eagles accepts the band’s 1977 Record of the Year award for “Hotel California” onstage from National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences President Neil Portnow (2nd from R) and broadcast producer Ken Ehrlich (R) during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February...
Gennett’s ninth-inning slam costs Braves in 11-8 loss to Reds

Gennett’s ninth-inning slam costs Braves in 11-8 loss to Reds

Two innings did the Braves in. After watching three Reds homer in the sixth inning Friday night, the Braves’ fate was again sealed by the long ball. What looked to be a Scooter Gennett insurance grand slam proved important, costing the Braves an 11-8 defeat to the Reds on Saturday. The team stranded 22 runners on base the past two nights. The Braves have lost five consecutive games at home...
Civil rights activist Dick Gregory dead at 84

Civil rights activist Dick Gregory dead at 84

Noted comedian, actor and civil rights activist Dick Gregory has died at 84. His family confirmed the death Saturday through social media. Gregory was hospitalized with a serious but stable condition, his son Christian said Thursday. Gregory is survived by his wife Lillian and their 10 children.
Civil rights activist, comic legend Dick Gregory (1932-2017) has passed

Civil rights activist, comic legend Dick Gregory (1932-2017) has passed

CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 11: Dick Gregory attends the Roger Ebert Memorial Tribute at Chicago Theatre on April 11, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images) This was posted on Saturday, August 19, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk Civil rights activist and comic Dick Gregory has passed at age 84. TV commentator ...

Former Georgia coach Mark Richt Tweets good luck message to Bulldogs

It’s been just under two years since Mark Richt was controversially fired as Georgia’s head coach, but he doesn’t seem to have any ill will toward his former employer. Richt Tweeted a good luck message to Georgia on Saturday night: Richt, now the coach at Miami, enjoyed a lot of success in Athens but failed to play for a National Championship. He went 145-51...
Woman holding American flag dragged by protester in Boston

Woman holding American flag dragged by protester in Boston

The Boston “Free Speech” rally ended with 33 arrested and while police were very diligent about keeping the right-wing groups away from protesters, there were still isolated incidents of violence. A clip showed a woman holding an American flag as a protester tries to rip it from her hands. The woman held on to the flag and is dragged toward a group of people, some of whom are wearing...

TJ Bradley picks Maryland: Terps secure second 2018 recruit in as many days

While Maryland football prepares for its season opener at Texas on Sept. 2, coach DJ Durkin and his staff continue to stockpile future talent. The Terps now have 20 prospects for 2018 after 3-star offensive tackle TJ Bradley committed on Saturday night. His pledge comes a day after 3-star tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo chose Durkin’s program. Bradley...
USS Indianapolis discovered after 72 years 

USS Indianapolis discovered after 72 years 

The wreckage of the USS Indianapolis, which was torpedoed and sank during the final days of World War II, has been found 18,000 feet below the north Pacific Ocean. The discovery was made Friday by a team of civilian researchers led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, according to the billionaire’s website. "To be able to honor the brave men of the USS Indianapolis and their families through...

Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne delivers good news about Gene Stallings

Less than a week after Gene Stallings suffered a minor stroke, there’s good news to report about the former Alabama coach. Alabama AD Greg Byrne gave the update on Saturday evening: Stallings, 82, has had a run of bad health this summer. He was hospitalized in May following a spike in blood pressure less than a week after he suffered a “mild” stroke. Stallings...
There's more to this Georgia mountain community than the solar eclipse

There's more to this Georgia mountain community than the solar eclipse

If you're one of the many people who are flocking to Rabun County to see the solar eclipse, you'll want to make the most of your trip to the northeastern corner of Georgia. The area – which includes the towns of Dillard, Clayton and Mountain City – includes amazing natural beauty and plenty of genuine small-town charm. It's become one of the most sought after areas to watch the solar...

Former Tennessee coach Johnny Majors reflects on relationship with Arkansas legend Frank Broyles

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Johnny Majors climbed out of the passenger side of an all-black SUV dressed like the person he’d come to celebrate. Former Tennessee coach Johnny Majors attended a celebration of Frank Broyles’ life in Fayetteville on Saturday afternoon. (Trent Shadid/SEC Country) “Here he comes, the man who looks like Frank Broyles himself...

Former Michigan State OL Thiyo Lukusa now playing at Arizona

At one point in time, Thiyo Lukusa loved football. Then, he decided he wasn’t doing what he loved anymore, so he quit the Michigan State football program in February. Six months later, however, it appears as though Lukusa has re-found his love. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman posted on Instagram Saturday that he would be joining former Michigan coach Rich ...
6 arrested in Memphis at rally at Nathan Bedford Forest statue 

6 arrested in Memphis at rally at Nathan Bedford Forest statue 

A peaceful rally was supposed to occur at the Nathan Bedford Forest Statue on Saturday, but it turned into multiple arrests. This rally came one day after it was announced that the Memphis City Council would have a session on Tuesday to discuss “the immediate removal and or sale” of the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in Health Sciences Park and the Jefferson Davis statue in downtown Memphis...
Lithia Springs teacher in stable condition day after shooting self

Lithia Springs teacher in stable condition day after shooting self

A Lithia Springs High School teacher remained hospitalized in stable condition the day after he shot himself in his classroom office.  Douglas County School System spokeswoman Karen Stroud said in an email Saturday evening that the yet-to-be publicly identified man who shot himself early Thursday was still in stable condition Friday afternoon, the most-recent information shared by the district...

It’s bad news for the rest of college football: Alabama has had a good fall camp

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — It was brutally hot. Then there was a downpour. It was followed by a break due to lightning, which was handled like a halftime, complete with everyone huddling for a spell in the Bryant-Denny Stadium locker room. It sort of sounds like Alabama’s offense right now, with a little bit of everything, yet everyone still a little unsure about what to...

Watermelon signifies shift of focus from Bulldogs to opponents

ATHENS – Georgia broke out the watermelon Saturday at Sanford Stadium. The “Watermelon Cuttin'” is one of the oldest traditions there is with regard to the Bulldogs’ football. It goes back to the Dooley Days and signifies the end of preseason camp and the beginning of the season, per se. The breaking-of-the-watermelon, if you will, used to come at the...
Widow texts Pulse gunman alibi, deletes message night of attack, new court filing claims

Widow texts Pulse gunman alibi, deletes message night of attack, new court filing claims

Noor Salman is accused of helping her husband plan and carry out the June 12, 2016, attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and a document filed by prosecutors this week is shedding new light on the case. The document filed Thursday lists specific instances that prosecutors intend to pursue during trial, and alludes to a text message allegedly sent by Salman to her husband about his alibi for the...

Former Iowa WR Jerminic Smith set to play Division II football at Southwest Baptist University

Back in May, Iowa wide receiver Jerminic Smith and the Hawkeyes’ program mutually agreed on the pass-catcher leaving the program. On Saturday, Smith posted a photo on Instagram, showing that he had found a new home in Division II Southwest Baptist University. Smith was set to be a junior starting for the Hawkeyes this upcoming season after a 314-yard, two-touchdown sophomore campaign...

SEC Network’s Jordan Rodgers builds the best defensive line in the SEC

The SEC is known for churning out elite defensive linemen. And despite losing the likes of Myles Garrett, Derek Barnett and Jonathan Allen to the NFL, the SEC still brings back a number of talented standouts. So the SEC Network’s Jordan Rodgers had a little fun and put together what he thought was the best defensive line in the SEC. He picked LSU’s ...

Eli Stove says Auburn football could have best WR group school, SEC ‘ever had’

AUBURN, Ala. — Offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey wasn’t joking when he said Auburn’s wide receivers have a more confident demeanor this fall. In fact, it was probably an understatement. Sophomore wideout Eli Stove believes that when the Tigers are finishing up the regular season and the college football postseason is ramping up, Auburn could boast one of...

Sights and sounds from Florida football’s fan day Saturday

GAINESVILLE, Fla.  — Some fans started lining up several hours before the start of Florida’s fan day Saturday. By the afternoon, the line stretched from one side of the parking garage up to the stadium and back down the other side to the Gators’ indoor practice facility. Inside, coach Jim McElwain and his players signed autographs, posed for pictures...
‘Once a cheater, always a cheater’? New infidelity study says yes

‘Once a cheater, always a cheater’? New infidelity study says yes

You may be familiar with the phrase “once a cheater, always a cheater.” But there could be some science to back up the idiom, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Denver conducted an experiment, which was published in Archives of Sexual Behavior, to determine predictors of relationship infidelity. To do so, they surveyed 484 people who had been...
Matt Kemp reactivated, back in Braves lineup versus Reds

Matt Kemp reactivated, back in Braves lineup versus Reds

The Braves reactivated outfielder Matt Kemp from the disabled list Saturday before hosting the Reds, as expected. Kemp started in left field and hit fourth in the lineup. Kemp had been on the DL since July 29 because of an injured right hamstring, missing the past 19 games. Hamstring issues have caused Kemp to miss 28 games this year on the DL.  He and the team determined Friday that Kemp was...

5-star DE Charles Moore commits to Mississippi State

Mississippi State has landed a big-time recruit in 5-star defensive end Charles Moore, who announced his commitment to the Bulldogs on Twitter on Saturday. The 2019 prospect out of Louisville, Miss. is ranked the No. 1 recruit in the Magnolia State, along with being the No. 27 in all the nation for the class. Moore is ranked as the No. 3 strong-side defensive end in the class...

WATCH: Elite WR target Kearis discusses why he chose Georgia

FORT VALLEY, Ga.  — Kearis Jackson comes from an athletic family. When he was offered by UGA in April of 2016, it was as an athlete. That made sense. He would go on to receive recognition as an Under Armour All-American and also be invited to Nike’s prestigious Opening finals at world headquarters in Oregon. Kearis Jackson committed to Georgia. Why did...

Alabama football: Nick Saban details why Bo Scarbrough missed last two practices

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Crimson Tide running back Bo Scarbrough has missed the last two days of practice, but Alabama coach Nick Saban said its nothing to worry about. “Bo has been ill for two days,” Saban said Saturday. “Very, pretty sick. I’m talking about ill enough to be in bed. We don’t ...
On Heritage Weekend, Snitker reflects on man who hired him: Hank Aaron

On Heritage Weekend, Snitker reflects on man who hired him: Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron is a true face of the franchise not just for the Braves and the Atlanta community, but all of baseball. The Braves celebrated Aaron with their “Hank Aaron Heritage Weekend” Friday through Sunday as the team hosted the Cincinnati Reds. They wore the same uniforms Aaron wore in the early 1970s, and he made an appearance Friday night. Aaron’s influence on the organization...

Etling, Darrel Williams headline the best stats from LSU’s third fall scrimmage

BATON ROUGE, La. — Playing a situational scrimmage in Tiger Stadium Saturday, the LSU football team lit up the scorebook with a handful of notable stats. Offensive players such as quarterback Danny Etling and running back Darrel Williams shined, while defensive stalwarts such as linebacker Devin White and nickel corner Xavier Lewis both had strong showings of their own...
In the Falcons deal, a rare bipartisan alliance scores

In the Falcons deal, a rare bipartisan alliance scores

Falcons owner Arthur Blank speaks as Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed listen. AJC/Greg Bluestein The Republican governor, Democratic mayor and billionaire NFL team owner shared the stage – and shared plenty of credit – at Saturday’s soft opening of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. You could almost sense the relief. “I’ll tell you, I sure am happy now...

Live updates: Nick Saban meets with reporters after Alabama’s final scrimmage

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama held its final scrimmage of fall camp, which was pestered by brutal heat and a driving storm at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The team kept going through a nasty downpour, but did leave the field for a 22-minute delay due to lightning. “That’s just like halftime.” Here’s some of what Nick...
Flowers on extension: ‘Hopefully that’s something on Braves’ mind’

Flowers on extension: ‘Hopefully that’s something on Braves’ mind’

Tyler Flowers has exceeded expectations in his return home. And he hopes the Braves reward him with a contract extension. Flowers, a Roswell native, has filled what once appeared to be a huge void at catcher. In his second season with the Braves, he’s put together the best statistical season of his career.  Flowers is hitting a career-best .293, well above his collective .241 average since...

Kirby Smart confirms that Malkom Parrish had foot surgery

ATHENS — Georgia senior cornerback Malkom Parrish still has a chance to play in the season opener, though it’s uncertain, head coach Kirby Smart said on Saturday. Two sources told DawgNation on Thursday that Parrish had surgery on his foot and would be out at least several weeks. Smart confirmed the news after Saturday’s practice. “He’s got a...

Kentucky football: What we learned from Kentucky’s second preseason scrimmage

LEXINGTON, Ky. — After losing starting left tackle Cole Mosier to a torn ACL in a scrimmage last weekend, Kentucky was dealt another blow in its scrimmage Saturday. Starting wide receiver Dorian Baker suffered a “fairly substantial” ankle injury, coach Mark Stoops said after the scrimmage. The senior caught 14 passes for 208 yards and 2 touchdowns last season...

With or without starting job, Wilson Bell excited to finally play for Auburn football

AUBURN, Ala. — Wilson Bell won a national championship at Florida State, but the original team of his dreams was the one he beat to get that ring — Auburn football. Bell made a graduate transfer to Auburn from Florida State this summer, and he is one of eight candidates to start along the Tigers’ offensive line in 2017. But even if he doesn’t earn a...

WATCH: Derrick Henry stiff-arms defender, rushes for touchdown

Derrick Henry has made a lot of victims from people trying to tackle him, including during his career at Alabama that resulted in 2015 Heisman Trophy. You can now add the Carolina Panthers onto that list of teams that couldn’t exactly bring Henry down, as the current Tennessee Titans running back laid a stiff arm in Saturday’s preseason game that was nothing but...

What LSU football coach Ed Orgeron said after the Tigers’ third fall scrimmage Saturday

BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU football team took to Tiger Stadium for its third fall scrimmage Saturday morning, working on specialty situations. After the scrimmage, LSU football coach Ed Orgeron spoke to the media, revealing some stats and giving updates on LSU’s injured players. SEC Country was on hand. Here are the quotes Orgeron said, as typed live by SEC Country...
Protesters gather for rally in Atlanta

Protesters gather for rally in Atlanta

A march in Atlanta, a conversation in Decatur: The aftershocks from Charlottesville are putting the issue of Confederate monuments on the streets here Saturday night. Thousands of participants are expected at Centennial Olympic Park at 6 p.m. to hear a range of speakers before marching to rally at the tomb of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Auburn Avenue, said Janel Green, co-founder of the Georgia...
Boys raise money to throw homeless pizza party

Boys raise money to throw homeless pizza party

Two young brothers in Michigan spent their summer raising money to throw a party featuring their favorite food for people in need. The Graves brothers, Caleb, 10, and Jacob, 7, raised over $1,500, which they gave to Degage Ministries, MLive.com reported. The organization serves two low-cost meals daily for the homeless and those in need. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting...
Two Florida police officers fatally shot, suspect in custody

Two Florida police officers fatally shot, suspect in custody

Two Florida police officers were fatally shot while checking out a report of a suspicious person Friday night, Kissimmee police Chief Jeff O’Dell said. Kissimmee police Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Sam Howard were shot in a scuffle at about 9:30 p.m. at Palmway and East Cypress streets near East Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway and North Main Street, O’Dell said. Baxter died of his injuries...

Marlon Davidson, other injured defensive players ‘back in some capacity’ for Auburn football

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football expects every player on its defense to be available for its season opener in two weeks against Georgia Southern, and everyone is already accounted for on the practice field. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said every defensive player who has been injured in fall camp participated in practice Saturday. Defensive end Marlon Davidson, defensive tackle...
Metro Atlanta drug trafficker had $130K under mattress

Metro Atlanta drug trafficker had $130K under mattress

A man convicted of drug charges Thursday in Douglas County had $130,000 hidden under his mattress and more than $40,000 in his car when he was arrested in 2015, according to prosecutors. Lorenzo McClure was convicted on charges that included trafficking cocaine, possession of stolen firearms and DUI-drugs, district attorney spokesman David Emadi said in a news release. McClure was arrested on Nov...
Atlanta dads become first black LGBT family to represent clothing line

Atlanta dads become first black LGBT family to represent clothing line

You may find many parents playing in the park or taking a dunk in the pool with their kids. But one Atlanta couple has a slightly different agenda. They’re modeling with their little ones, and they’ve just made history as the first black LGBT family to represent a high-fashion European clothing line.  Kordale Lewis and Kaleb Anthony first entered the spotlight in 2014 when they posted...

Jim McElwain weighs in on Shawn Davis, Florida’s young safeties

GAINESVILLE, Fla.  — Freshman safety Shawn Davis has been one of the most impressive newcomers in camp so far for Florida and caught everybody’s attention while lining up with the first-team defense the last few times practice was open to reporters. There’s a caveat to that, though, as coach Jim McElwain revealed that senior safety Nick Washington...

Jarrett Stidham has ‘raised his level’ since becoming Auburn football starting QB

AUBURN, Ala. — Jarrett Stidham’s first official week as Auburn football’s starting quarterback is coming to a close. After months of waiting, the No. 1 finally has the spotlight all to himself. The news meant a couple of media appearances for the former Baylor quarterback this week. Even so, coaches and teammates haven’t seen Stidham affected by...

Kentucky WR Dorian Baker suffers significant ankle injury, status unknown

Kentucky senior wide receiver Dorian Baker might be out for some time after suffering a significant ankle injury on Saturday, coach Mark Stoops announced on Saturday. Baker is expected to be a major contributor to the Wildcats offense this season after catching 14 passes for 208 yards and 2 touchdowns last season. Stoops stated that no status update will be given...

Running backs Bo Scarbrough, Josh Jacobs out for Alabama’s final scrimmage

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama held its second and final scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday. The session was closed at Bryant-Denny Stadium, on a busy campus preparing for the start of the next semester. The temperature was 90 degrees, but the heat index 100 with 64 percent humidity and 75 dew point. It was sunny with no wind.   There was no sign of junior running...
33 arrested at ‘Free Speech’ rally in Boston, police say

33 arrested at ‘Free Speech’ rally in Boston, police say

A “free speech” rally in Boston Saturday afternoon drew a large crowd of counter-protesters. An estimated 15,000 counter-protesters marched through the city to Boston Common, where rally attendees gathered to deliver a series of speeches.  Police arrested 33 people at the protest, officials said. The rally ended abruptly, and attendees were escorted by police from the rally area....

Senior Duke Dawson helping groom Florida’s young secondary

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Duke Dawson has always been the quiet one. He shows up and works, normally without saying much unless he has to. This year is different, though. He’s a senior in a young Florida secondary that could have at least three underclassmen seeing significant playing time early. He’s the last defensive back at Florida from his recruiting class, with former teammates Quincy...

Georgia practice report: Richard LeCounte gets first-team reps

ATHENS — Now that senior Malkom Parrish is sidelined, Georgia’s secondary is the source of intrigue as far as starting spots. And a freshman is getting a long look. Richard LeCounte was getting first-team reps at safety before Saturday’s scrimmage. LeCounte also appeared to be getting a long look at Thursday’s practice. J.R. Reed, the sophomore who had...
Woman who poured Windex into office coffee maker sentenced to prison

Woman who poured Windex into office coffee maker sentenced to prison

A Virginia woman who admitted putting cleaning products in the coffee maker at her workplace for months was sentenced to prison Thursday. Mayda E. Rivera-Juarez, 33, who was charged with one count of adulteration of food with intent to injure or kill for the 2016 incident, was sentenced to three years and six months in prison, the Commonwealth Attorney's Office in Leesburg said in a news release...
Paul Johnson supports Navy coach’s ailing son

Paul Johnson supports Navy coach’s ailing son

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson offered his support to the son of a former assistant who is fighting a rare heart condition that likely will require a transplant. Jarren Jasper is the 14-year-old son of Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper, who played for Johnson at Hawaii and then coached for him at Georgia Southern and two different stints at Navy. Jarren is suffering from supraventricular tachycardia...

WATCH: South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp recaps Saturday’s scrimmage

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp met with reporters on Saturday afternoon, to recap the Gamecocks second scrimmage. Check out SEC Country’s video below: Redshirt freshman kicker Parker White hit a game-winning field goal as time expired during Saturday’s stadium scrimmage. (start) Muschamp said last week’s scrimmage was cleaner, from...
Paul Johnson on B-backs: ‘We’ve got guys that can play’

Paul Johnson on B-backs: ‘We’ve got guys that can play’

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson isn’t joining the fans despairing over the loss of B-back Dedrick Mills. Following his team’s scrimmage Saturday morning at Bobby Dodd Stadium, he offered confidence in Mills’ backups and his offense in the wake of Mills’ dismissal from the team for violating athletic-department policy. “You’d like to have the best player, but I&rsquo...

Will Muschamp compliments South Carolina football academic achievements

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp called out three players from the defensive side of the ball on Saturday. He also recognized Maria Hickman and the academic support staff at the Dodie Anderson Academic Center. RELATED:  South Carolina football: Will Muschamp updates Gamecock injuries “D.J. Park and Ulric Jones both graduated in May...
Police investigating after ATM stolen by forklift driver

Police investigating after ATM stolen by forklift driver

Authorities in Arkansas are investigating the robbery of an ATM by a forklift driver.  The incident happened Wednesday at a First Service Bank in Conway.  The driver of the forklift removed the entire ATM and took an undisclosed amount of money.  A worker at the First Service Bank told police she noticed damage to the bank when she first arrived to work Wednesday morning.  Police...
Traveling during the solar eclipse? Don’t hit the road without these DOT tips

Traveling during the solar eclipse? Don’t hit the road without these DOT tips

In just a few days, many people will be hitting the road to witness the solar eclipse. The highways will undoubtedly be crowded, but the U.S. Department of Transportation is dishing out some advice to make your commute a little easier.  From protecting your eyes to turning your headlights on, take a look at the tips below. Don’t stop along the interstate or park on the shoulder during the...

South Carolina football: Will Muschamp updates Gamecock injuries

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp updated the status of several Gamecocks who have suffered injuries during preseason camp. The Gamecocks second-year head coach shared the latest after Saturday morning’s intra-squad scrimmage. “Randrecous Davis, I think we’re going to get him back Wednesday or Thursday of next week,” Muschamp said...

WATCH: Florida president hilariously pranks student with his sneaky hoops skills

Gators basketball fans, the season is still a few months ago but this epic video will fire you up. With class back in session on Monday, Florida’s president took part in some good natured pranking on this poor, unsuspecting student. Check out that hang time! Bonus points for that sensational shoulder shimmy celebration. Moral of the story: Sleep on W. Kent Fuchs and you’ll...

Freshman WR Daquon Green making strong impression in first camp with Gators

GAINESVILLE, Fla.  — Two and a half weeks through camp, it’s becoming clearer which of Florida’s freshmen are potentially primed to contribute this fall. Most of those names reside on the defensive side, where holes were left and depth was thinned by the exodus of eight key players to the NFL, but the Gators’ bevy of offensive playmakers...
Solar eclipse: Will peak event in North Georgia bring peak traffic?

Solar eclipse: Will peak event in North Georgia bring peak traffic?

It seems as if no major event of sports or weather is complete without a traffic jam, so a hugely anticipated, spectacularly hyped, once-in-a-century occurrence like Monday’s eclipse could provide a doozy.  After all, there’s already near-gridlock around metro Atlanta 10 times a week just from the comings and goings of a typical work day. And this coast-to-coast, celestial happening...

Tennessee QB commit Michael Penix throws more touchdowns than incompletions Friday night

Many high school players across the country made their way back to the gridiron Friday night. Tennessee commit Michael Penix was among those, and he put on a show. The Tampa Bay Tech (Fla.) quarterback threw 5 first-half touchdown passes, then sat the entire second half as his Titans beat Brandon 51-0 in a preseason matchup. Penix went 11-for-15 passing for 151 yards...
‘Deadpool 2’ release details following on-set death of first black woman road racer

‘Deadpool 2’ release details following on-set death of first black woman road racer

Five days after stunt woman SJ Harris was killed on set while shooting a scene forDeadpool 2 in Vancouver, British Columbia's workplace safety agency released the first official account of what happened.   Harris, 40, had been rehearsing a stunt scene "that involved driving a motorcycle out of the open doors of a building, across a concrete pad and down a ramp that had...
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