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A WWII legacy being reborn in mountains of north Georgia

A camp on the side of Currahee Mountain and the men who trained there are perhaps Georgia’s greatest World War II legacies. Now, a dedicated group of volunteers is working to ensure that legacy is not lost.


Tiger Woods: ‘Unexpected reaction’ to meds led to DUI arrest

Tiger Woods: ‘Unexpected reaction’ to meds led to DUI arrest

Golfer Tiger Woods spent Memorial Day morning in a Jupiter, Fla., jail charged with DUI following a traffic stop. Woods was arrested about 3 a.m., according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. He was released on his own recognizance about eight hours later.  Woods on Monday blamed an unexpected reaction to medication as the reason for his arrest. The 14-time major championship...
More schools try yoga despite religious controversy

More schools try yoga despite religious controversy

Despite a backlash by some parents against yoga in a Cobb County elementary school, the ancient Eastern practice has been quietly embraced as a teaching aid by other metro Atlanta school districts. A federal lawsuit says Christian parents pressured Cobb leaders to rid Bullard Elementary School of yoga, triggering an administrative sanction against the employee who introduced it to the school. Research...
Both sides see lessons for Georgia’s 6th District from Montana election

Both sides see lessons for Georgia’s 6th District from Montana election

Republicans in Atlanta’s northern suburbs can sleep just a little bit easier after GOP candidate Greg Gianforte avoided electoral disaster here Thursday evening. But the former technology executive’s single-digit victory in this vast state of only 1 million people - which backed Donald Trump for president by more than 20 percentage points in November - has Democrats enthusiastic that the...
Cobb sailor planned surprise visit home before fatal crash in Okinawa

Cobb sailor planned surprise visit home before fatal crash in Okinawa

Savannah Cagle meant to be at home to solemnly pay respect to the fallen military members this Memorial Day. Instead, the Navy is planning a military funeral to be held Friday. The 20-year-old and her boyfriend, Airman 1st Class Gabriel Antonio Fuentes-Lebron of Florida, were killed in a motorcycle crash last week. Her father, Alan Cagle, said that when Savannah’s body returns home...
Gregg Allman’s death means the end of another Brotherhood

Gregg Allman’s death means the end of another Brotherhood

Among the most perfect live albums ever recorded, “At Fillmore East” by the Allman Brothers Band was also the Fillmore’s swan song, recorded just before the New York City venue closed in the summer of 1971. The Allmans continued to play music through the next four decades, beset by tragedy, triumph and personnel changes, and while the Fillmore was never resurrected, another Manhattan...
Opinion: On JFK's 100th birthday, Trump repudiates his legacy

Opinion: On JFK's 100th birthday, Trump repudiates his legacy

Former presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter are both over 90, and still with us — making it just barely conceivable that John F. Kennedy might have lived to celebrate his 100th birthday on Monday, if he had not been assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. Surely JFK would have noted a contrast between his Jan. 20, 1961, inaugural address and that of his succcessor Donald Trump...
Flashback Fotos: JFK's 1960 campaign in Georgia

Flashback Fotos: JFK's 1960 campaign in Georgia

Photos from the AJC archival collection at Georgia State University: U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy (D-MA) stumps in LaGrange and Warm Springs during a swing through Georgia as part of his 1960 presidential campaign.
Acworth goat farm dropped from Cobb parks list amid money concerns

Acworth goat farm dropped from Cobb parks list amid money concerns

A 50-acre goat farm in Acworth many hoped would be bought by the county as a park is no longer up for consideration, its owner says, after the two parties failed to agree on a price. The property is one of four that have been dropped from a list of potential park land as the county struggles to fulfill new Chairman Mike Boyce’s promise to buy more park land. The county’s official position...
In sex abuse cases, Boy Scouts forgo transparency

In sex abuse cases, Boy Scouts forgo transparency

For decade upon decade, secrets of alleged sexual abuse have been collecting dust in the Boy Scouts of America’s headquarters in Irving, Texas, and in state and regional offices across the nation. And the Scouts are fighting hard to keep them locked away. Former Scouts in Georgia and other states, many of them now middle-aged, allege the national organization’s refusal to make public...
Counting on student loan forgiveness? Don't bet on it

Counting on student loan forgiveness? Don't bet on it

Nearly half of college students surveyed earlier this year said they expected to be helped by the federal government's various student loan forgiveness programs. But new government figures suggest that their hoped-for windfall won't be that generous. In a first-of-its-kind public analysis, the U.S. Department of the Education projects that borrowers who next year enroll in loan forgiveness programs...

Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis took George Clooney’s advice on Atlanta BBQ

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are in Atlanta while she films “A Bad Moms Christmas” and he prepares to speak at a convention. They spent Memorial Day enjoying some barbecue. Atlanta has no shortage of great BBQ joints and visiting celebs have been known to blaze a trail to our city’s pork palaces. The last time Mila and Ashton were here they hit Bone Lick BBQ. Jack Black...
More showers, but no storms

More showers, but no storms

Today: Isolated storms. High: 79 Tonight: More storms possible. Low: 67 Tomorrow: Isolated storms. High: 83 The rain will not end. “We’ve got a stalled front, a series of disturbances along with it and plenty of moisture,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton said. “That means more rain.” The rain should not be as widespread Tuesday as it was Monday,...
Torpy at Large: Rebel flag furled again! The Civil War that never ends

Torpy at Large: Rebel flag furled again! The Civil War that never ends

The Confederate flag belongs in a museum. President Barack Obama said that. That is, unless it’s in Henry County. Last week, yet another Rebel flag fracas unfurled as a hole-in-the-wall history center — the Nash Farm Battlefield Museum — called it quits after a new county commissioner told the facility to take down its Confederate flags, museum people say. It’s another...
Man shot, killed in south Fulton County hotel

Man shot, killed in south Fulton County hotel

Detectives are searching for a person who shot and killed a man at a south Fulton County hotel late Monday. The 24-year-old victim was found about 11:30 p.m. in the breezeway of A2C Budget Hotel in the 4200 block of Shirley Drive, according to Channel 2 Action News. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this time. No other details were released. — Please return to AJC.com for updates.
Life with Gracie: Book based on African-American youngster meant to inspire all girls

Life with Gracie: Book based on African-American youngster meant to inspire all girls

A Doc McStuffins doll seemed like the perfect gift. She’s African-American and female. She provides for us an abundance of teaching moments. And so you might understand why Munson Steed was beside himself, sure his goddaughter Skye Johnson would be beside herself, too, the moment she saw it, the set of books and other gadgets Steed had purchased. “I thought I had done something,&rdquo...
5 outdoor activities that kids and adults can share

5 outdoor activities that kids and adults can share

Summer doesn’t officially start until June 21, but many people are already celebrating the start of the season. From pool openings to special events, many seasonal activities kick off after Memorial Day. Summer break is certainly thrilling for kids, but it often leaves parents scrambling to ensure that their children are consistently entertained. We’ve come up with five diverse outdoor...

Meat allergy could cause trouble with medications

Q: Twenty years ago, I learned that I was allergic to beef. I found out a week ago it’s not just beef; I have alpha-gal allergy. I’m on a mission to find out where mammalian products are hidden. Example: the stearate part of magnesium stearate. Do you happen to know of a list of medications or supplements that contain mammalian products? A: Alpha-gal allergy is a delayed allergic response...
Chicken dish is quick and easy

Chicken dish is quick and easy

Chicken, with spices and gently sautéed vegetables is a 30-minute dinner. The tricks for this quick meal are to make sure all of the vegetables are cut to the same size and to start with the vegetable that takes the longest and add from that point. Helpful hints: Slice the red bell pepper and fennel in a food processor or with a mandolin. A quick way to chop ginger...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: I have used Final Net hair spray, extra hold, unscented, for many years, and am now having trouble finding it in local stores. Until recently, I purchased it at CVS in Tucker. They are no longer carrying it in the store. It’s listed on their website but says they are out of stock. I’m open to using a comparable hair spray. However, due to asthma issues, the spray I use needs to be unscented...
Eyecatchers

Eyecatchers

BOOK OF BEAUTY Get beauty advice at your fingertips with makeup artist Bobbi Brown’s newest book. “Beauty from the Inside Out,” (Chronicle Books, $25) features tips from the makeup guru known for using products to bring your inner glow to the outside. The book offers advice from insiders on nutrition, workouts and meditation as well as advice on improving the outer you. Brown gives...
From the menu: Epicurean Cafe

From the menu: Epicurean Cafe

From the menu … Epicurean Cafe, 3579 W. Lawrenceville Street, Duluth. 770-476-2989, www.facebook.com/EpicureanCafeAtl Girlfriends and I have lunched at the Epicurean Cafe, once the Park Cafe, several times. One thing we always enjoy is their Vidalia Onion Dip with warm pita chips. We have tried to analyze the ingredients since it is creamier than my recipe or ones I’ve tasted. I would...
Braves score 6 in 3rd, hang on for 6-3 win over Angels

Braves score 6 in 3rd, hang on for 6-3 win over Angels

ANAHEIM – The Braves played an unusual and and exciting game Monday night at Angel Stadium, one where Julio Teheran gave up three home runs but, on balance, pitched quite effectively. A game where Braves hitters went down in order in seven of nine innings and scored in just one inning, yet scored so much in that frame that Teheran could give up three homers in the first four innings —...
5 things to know about North Georgia's newest and largest zip line

5 things to know about North Georgia's newest and largest zip line

Your family can take on an exciting adventure they'll never forget, courtesy of Unicoi Aerial Adventure Park's newest zip line canopy.  Unicoi Aerial Adventure Park level 2 zip line, dubbed North Georgia's largest zip line canopy tour, is nestled in the lush mountains surrounding Unicoi State Park & Lodge in Helen, Georgia. While the level 1 zip line at the Unicoi Aerial Adventure Park...
Dear White People: Hard conversations about the divide

Dear White People: Hard conversations about the divide

When she was at Georgia State University, Meagan Mwanda often reminded her friends at HBCUs that she attended perhaps the blackest school in the nation. No school in the country graduates more black students than GSU, and few eclipse GSU's black enrollment of more than 8,000. Then there are the large number of black administrators, advisers and faculty members.  And even with all of that, Mwanda...
Everything to know about Georgia's

Everything to know about Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon"

Everyone is familiar with Arizona's Grand Canyon, but many Georgians aren't aware of the state's "Little Grand Canyon," which is formally named Providence Canyon. Compared to its more famous counterpart, it may be relatively small, but by any other measure, the gullies are massive. Located about 150 miles southwest of Atlanta, the canyon is south of Columbus, about seven miles west...
Flavor on the go: Where to find Atlanta's best food trucks

Flavor on the go: Where to find Atlanta's best food trucks

What's the perfect complement to warm weather, festival season and a healthy appetite? If an image of a colorful food truck came to mind, then you're in good company. Atlantans have it made in the shade when it comes to getting the best meals on four wheels. There's something to satisfy every craving - savory, sweet, healthy or indulgent. It's our pleasure to help you map out the when's and where's...
7 often-overlooked campsites in Georgia

7 often-overlooked campsites in Georgia

If you're in need of taking in some fresh air on sunny days and trying something new with your loved ones, camping in Georgia is your answer.  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 − get pretty busy at the temperatures rise. So, how about taking your next...
Phillips out of lineup with knee contusion, could DH Tuesday

Phillips out of lineup with knee contusion, could DH Tuesday

ANAHEIM – Brandon Phillips was out of the Braves’ lineup for Monday night’s interleague series opener against the Angels, not surprising after the veteran second baseman left Sunday’s game at San Francisco with a right-knee contusion from being struck by a foul tip. Braves manager Brian Snitker said Monday afternoon that he planned to have Phillips serve as designated hitter...
Mother charged with felony murder after 3-year-old drowns in pool 

Mother charged with felony murder after 3-year-old drowns in pool 

A Bartow County woman was charged with felony murder Monday night, hours after her 3-year-old child was found unresponsive in a swimming pool, according to police.  It was the county’s second drowning involving young children over the holiday weekend. But investigators do not believe the child’s death Monday was an accident, according to the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office. ...
Atlanta’s 3 goals fastest in MLS this season

Atlanta’s 3 goals fastest in MLS this season

The three goals scored by Atlanta United in seven minutes against NYCFC on Sunday was the most scored in the least amount of time in MLS this season, according to information provided by the league. The previous best this season was three scored by Philadelphia in 11 minutes. Atlanta United’s goals were scored in the 16th minute by Miguel Almiron, the 19th minute by Hector Villalba and the 23rd...
The Braves’ quarterly report — a failed half-measure

The Braves’ quarterly report — a failed half-measure

Memorial Day marks the unofficial end of baseball’s first quarter. The Braves awoke Monday having lost four of five to slide to 21-27. They were tied with the Mets for the eighth-worst record in baseball. You couldn’t call a season that hasn’t seen the Braves above .500 for even a day a rousing success. You could, however, call it improvement. On Memorial Day 2016, the Braves were...
A birth defect gave him a gift: a nearly impossible-to-hit curveball

A birth defect gave him a gift: a nearly impossible-to-hit curveball

When he was young, Dylan Rosnick just wanted to play baseball, a simple enough request for a child growing up in the Loudoun County exurbs.  He wanted to tie his shoes, too, and hold a pencil the right way, and button his shirt, and brush his teeth. There's not a lot of guidance, though, for a child with Proteus syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects fewer than one in 1 million births worldwide...
Five things on to-do list for Hawks’ new GM

Five things on to-do list for Hawks’ new GM

A lengthy to-do list awaits Travis Schlenk. When he officially begins his duties as the Hawks new general manager and head of basketball operations on Thursday there will be franchise-altering decisions to make in the next two months. He inherits a roster with six unrestricted free agents, one restricted free agent and eight players under contract to varying degrees. The draft is June 22 and the Hawks...
Gressel shining again for Atlanta United

Gressel shining again for Atlanta United

Slot him in the middle as a holding midfielder. Slot him in the middle as an attacking midfielder. Slot him on the right as a wide midfielder. No matter the position, Julian Gressel is producing for Atlanta United. Since being moved to the right for the past three games, Gressel has scored twice and has two assists, both of those key passes coming in Sunday’s 3-1 win over NYCFC at Georgia Tech&rsquo...
MLS: Rounding up players from Georgia

MLS: Rounding up players from Georgia

How did players from Georgia perform last week for their MLS teams? How did players with ties to Georgia do in MLS last week? Mark Bloom, fullback, Atlanta United, Marietta Made the 18 but didn’t play in Sunday’s 3-1 win over NYCFC. - Andrew Carleton, midfielder, Atlanta United, Powder Springs Made the 18 and but didn’t play in Sunday’s 3-1 win over NYCFC. - Chris Goslin, midfielder...
Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: What was said

Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: What was said

What was said following Atlanta United’s 3-1 win against NYCFC on Sunday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: CARLOS BOCANEGRA Technical director On when we should expect Josef Martinez to return: “He is doing very well. He is back in training and it is up to the medical staff and our coaching staff to work together to manage his minutes. It is more about fitness with these guys...

Cobb Democrat files ethics complaint against Barry Loudermilk

A prominent Cobb County Democrat has filed an ethics complaint against Barry Loudermilk, claiming the 11th District Republican congressman has used his old state campaign account to funnel money to his congressional fund. A Loudermilk campaign spokesman dismissed the complaint as merit-less and “partisan hooey.” Will Fowlkes of Kennesaw filed the complaint last week with the Department...
LEADOFF: Season of streaks has Braves on 90-loss pace again

LEADOFF: Season of streaks has Braves on 90-loss pace again

The Braves carry a 21-27 record into their Memorial Day game against the Los Angeles Angels, better than at the same point last year but nevertheless on pace for a third consecutive season of 90-plus losses. The erratic way in which the Braves have assembled their current record has made the first two months of this season a constant roller-coaster. The Braves opened the season by losing six of their...
Georgia 2018: Trump is already jolting the race for governor

Georgia 2018: Trump is already jolting the race for governor

Donald Trump at the NRA convention in Atlanta. AJC photo. President Donald Trump is shaking up the emerging race for Georgia governor, forcing Republicans to gamble on how closely to tie themselves to his presidency – and speeding up plans for Democrats who think they have a tantalizing opportunity to exploit his setbacks.
Early voting in Georgia’s 6th District starts Tuesday

Early voting in Georgia’s 6th District starts Tuesday

Early in-person voting starts Tuesday in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, kicking off the official countdown to the June 20 runoff between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff. The nationally watched race to replace former U.S. Rep. Tom Price covers a district that includes parts of Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties. Only voters in the 6th District can cast a ballot...
Decatur schools plan pre-K center on site south of downtown

Decatur schools plan pre-K center on site south of downtown

Decatur Superintendent David Dude has announced that the city school system will put a new early childhood learning center on the three acres City Schools Decatur will purchase just south of downtown for $4.2 million. The new pre-K school won’t happen for another three to five years, however. On the same night Dude announced the purchase early this month, the school board voted to reconfigure...
Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: By the numbers

Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: By the numbers

A by-the-numbers look at Atlanta United’s 3-1 win over NYCFC on Sunday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Consecutive wins for Atlanta United for the second time this summer. - Shots for NYCFC’s David Villa. - More goals for Miguel Almiron. - Goals on three shots in the first half for Atlanta United. - Goals for Almiron in the past two games. - Goals this season for Almiron, who...
Braves’ Phillips leaves game with knee contusion

Braves’ Phillips leaves game with knee contusion

SAN FRANCISCO – As Braves players finished eating from the postgame spread and started dressing for the bus to the airport and flight to Anaheim, second baseman Brandon Phillips limped from the training room to his locker in shorts, his right knee wrapped from about six inches above to six inches below the joint. Right fielder Nick Markakis saw him and asked Phillips, “Kneecap?”...
Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: Player ratings

Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s players following Sunday’s 3-1 win against NYCFC at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: Goalkeeper Alec Kann, 7: Got down low to his left to deny a good shot in the 36th minute. … Solid punch on a shot in the 80th minute … Nothing he could do on NYCFC’s goal. … Finished with two saves and his distrubtion was good for...
Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: 5 observations

Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: 5 observations

Two more goals by Miguel Almiron and another by Hector Villalba led Atlanta United to a 3-1 victory against NYCFC on Sunday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Almiron has scored five goals in the past two games to power the Five Stripes (5-4-3) to a second two-game winning streak this season. Atlanta United also improved to 3-2 at home and had its fifth consecutive sellout. Playing without...
Braves’ Dickey gives up 7 runs early, Giants cruise

Braves’ Dickey gives up 7 runs early, Giants cruise

Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki corrected a reporter Saturday when it was suggested the veteran seemed more comfortable lately catching knuckleball pitcher R.A. Dickey. “It’s a new adventure every time he goes out there,” Suzuki said. “Like (Dickey) said, he can find it in one inning, then lose it, and find it again. It’s pitch to pitch. I always say hopefully it’s nasty...
High school boys soccer player of the year

High school boys soccer player of the year

Achievements: Scored a school-record 27 goals this season, named Gwinnett County Striker of the Year and led Meadowcreek to the program’s first state title. Position: Striker Height/Weight: 5-foot-6, 138 pounds Class: Sophomore College choice: Undecided. College choices: I have not gotten that far in my process, yet. I am focused on finding my role with my Meadowcreek teammates, although my...
Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: Man of the match

Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: Man of the match

My man of the match for Atlanta United following Sunday’s 3-1 win against NYCFC on Sunday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium: MIGUEL ALMIRON Why: He scored two more goals, giving him five in the past two games and seven for the season. He leads the team. His goals on Sunday came in the 16th minute and 23rd minutes. “Playing with Julian (Gressel), Tito (Hector Villalba) and Yamil...
Atlanta United defeats NYCFC 3-1

Atlanta United defeats NYCFC 3-1

Two more goals by Miguel Almiron and another by Hector Villalba led Atlanta United to a 3-1 victory over NYCFC on Sunday at Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Almiron has scored five goals in the past two games to power the Five Stripes (5-4-3) to their second two-game winning streak this season. The team also improved to 3-2 at home. Playing without manager Gerardo Martino, who was serving...

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg calls for online voting, universal basic income

In his commencement address to Harvard, his sort-of alma mater, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg pitched ideas including online voting and universal basic income and urged the class of 2017 to tackle a number of societal challenges, including climate change and disease. MORE: Oprah Winfrey’s commencement address at Agnes Scott College “How about stopping climate change before we destroy...
Mark the bicentennial of Jane Austen's death by visiting Bath, a city she called home

Mark the bicentennial of Jane Austen's death by visiting Bath, a city she called home

BATH, England - Shortly after our late-afternoon arrival in Bath, we took a promenade along its storied gravel walk, the same one where Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth found themselves "exquisitely happy" at the end of Jane Austen's "Persuasion."  This year marks the bicentennial of Austen's death, and our party of four had come to Bath to follow in the footsteps...
Then, a vibrant Jewish hub. Now, a culinary hotbed.

Then, a vibrant Jewish hub. Now, a culinary hotbed.

On a wet Friday evening on the south side of Dublin, near the Portobello neighborhood’s busy and unfashionable Leonard’s Corner, eight lanes of traffic crisscrossed near a halal grocer, takeout shops, the fluorescent tube lighting at Washers Laundry, and the year-old modern Irish restaurant Bastible.  Inside the restaurant, three sure-footed chefs led by Barry FitzGerald, who is also...
‘Where are you from?’ isn’t just a question; it’s a racial minefield

‘Where are you from?’ isn’t just a question; it’s a racial minefield

Marisol Arguelles was not born on the planet Vulcan. Her family hails from Cuba, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. But if you ask her, “Where are you from?” she might claim extraterrestrial roots. » Examples of microaggressions, the daily indignities Like a lot of people whose ethnicity isn’t immediately apparent, Arguelles gets this question from grocery clerks, Uber drivers...
Manuel Noriega, Panamanian strongman toppled in U.S. invasion, dies at 83

Manuel Noriega, Panamanian strongman toppled in U.S. invasion, dies at 83

Gen. Manuel Noriega, the Panamanian strongman and onetime American ally who was toppled from power in a 1989 U.S. invasion and who spent more than two decades imprisoned on drug dealing and conspiracy convictions, died late Monday. He was most likely 83.   The cause of death was not announced but Noriega had been in intensive care at a hospital for months after complications from surgery...
Microaggression: The indignities of daily life

Microaggression: The indignities of daily life

The word “microaggression” took off in the last decade like a match to a haystack. College students of color quickly embraced this way of describing day-to-day, often unintentional ethnic and racial slights to demand campus change. Critics called it political correctness run amok, while some said these slights are all in proponents’ heads. For all of the bruising rhetoric, even microaggression...
Florida man with AK-47 opens fire while driving on highway

Florida man with AK-47 opens fire while driving on highway

A man in Miami was arrested Monday morning after police said he shot at cars with an AK-47 rifle while driving on the highway.  The incident happened around 1 a.m. when the 37-year-old man fired his rifle at two passing cars in his red Toyota Corolla on the Palmetto Expressway, CBS Miami reports. He then lost control of his car and crashed into the concrete median. The suspect was able...
Harlem's best fried chicken arrives in London

Harlem's best fried chicken arrives in London

Red Rooster became a hit in Harlem thanks to chef Marcus Samuelsson's take on Southern comfort food-and became internationally famous because former President Barack Obama was a huge fan. He even held a fundraiser there. On Friday, the first foreign outpost of Red Rooster opened at the new Curtain Hotel in London's hip Shoreditch neighborhood.  About half the menu will be the same as the New...
Finding my Florida

Finding my Florida

Long before hanging chads and headlines like “Lakeland Woman Treats 6-Foot Gator Like a Baby,” my splintered family shared a unifying dream: Florida, where true happiness was to be found among palm trees and miles of beaches. It was where everything would be OK. It was our promised land.  That may sound surprising. In an increasingly confused country, the Sunshine State is the place...
Early success puts Twins on the spot

Early success puts Twins on the spot

The baseball schedule stretches so long that most teams, in time, reveal their true selves. The Chicago White Sox and the Philadelphia Phillies reached Memorial Day last season with winning records, only to sink to fourth place in their divisions. They looked like pretenders, and that is what they were. Every now and then, though, an upstart team will sustain its hot start, allowing players and fans...
In a baseball backwater, Ngoepe found a field and a dream

In a baseball backwater, Ngoepe found a field and a dream

The clubhouse was Gift Ngoepe's home, an equipment storeroom his bedroom. The field, where the beginnings of his road to baseball history started, was his backyard.  Never mind that Ngoepe's field of dreams was a bit patchy. Never mind that there was no home run fence. And never mind that the Randburg Mets' park is hidden away on the northern outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa, where baseball...
Mexican beer is becoming our favorite import — it's not just about the food

Mexican beer is becoming our favorite import — it's not just about the food

Chef Diana Davila ran the first part of our meal to the table. It was two tacos, one robustly meaty and salty, the other a nuanced, layered vegetarian delight. She set the plates down with a smile and began to walk off. It was a lively Saturday night in her shoebox of a restaurant, but I stopped her. "What's your favorite beer on the menu?" I asked. She began to answer, then stopped herself...
Got corn? How to use up the season's bounty

Got corn? How to use up the season's bounty

Corn takes a lot of flack. There's all the confusion about its identity, whether it's a grain or a vegetable. The fuss over whether it's nutritionally beneficial. The fact that it's not easy to digest. And don't get me started on high-fructose corn syrup, one of the most maligned ingredients of our time. But as we revel in the summer corn season, we're sticking to one basic fact above the rest: Corn...
Yankees aren’t faring nearly as well at the ticket office

Yankees aren’t faring nearly as well at the ticket office

The New York Yankees are, at the moment, a marketer’s dream. With a spirited start to the season, they can boast of having one of baseball’s best records, bask in the captivating presence of Bunyanesque outfielder Aaron Judge and nod in approval at some popular changes to their ballpark — with all of these developments wrapped in the team’s rich history. But even those selling...
What to read before your Florida trip

What to read before your Florida trip

Florida seems to have developed something of a monopoly on the bizarre. Take a 2015 news story about a traffic accident in which the only casualty was a shark. Or the ubiquitous “Florida man” headlines that have inspired parodic Twitter accounts and trivia games. (“Which of these absurd headlines is fake?”) Yet to some, Florida is either just home or an entertaining destination...
Potluck this weekend? We have 4 dips you'll dive for

Potluck this weekend? We have 4 dips you'll dive for

With the heat of summer coming, it's time to take a dip. That is, it's time to bring a dip to a summer picnic. You could stir a packet of dried onion soup into a tub of sour cream, of course. It's delicious, but everyone would know exactly how much effort you spent on them (none). You could buy a tub of hummus, but that involves even less effort _ and isn't it kind of an insult to your family and...
Long-awaited display of restored Memphis Belle set for 2018

Long-awaited display of restored Memphis Belle set for 2018

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The fabled World War II bomber Memphis Belle will finally go on public display next spring at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force alongside John F. Kennedy's presidential plane, an early Wright Brothers flyer and other national treasures.  The journey from the flak-ridden skies over occupied France and Germany to restoration and display in the Ohio museum has been...
The one thing James can’t win: A comparison to Jordan

The one thing James can’t win: A comparison to Jordan

Before supplanting Michael Jordan as the NBA’s career playoff scoring leader while cementing an extraordinary seventh straight trip to the league finals, LeBron James pleaded for comparative restraint, for a focus on the here (Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant) and now (Game 1, Thursday night). It’s all about the ring, about Cleveland and Golden State. The Jordan-versus-James debate, he said...
Cheapo Travel: Save big money at Legoland

Cheapo Travel: Save big money at Legoland

How much do you like Legoland?  If you buy three regular annual passes right now, you get one free. So that’s $597 for one year of admission to Legoland in Carlsbad, the aquarium, water park and also other Merlin North America attractions, free parking, in-park discounts and more. Here’s why it’s such a good deal — because you also get in free to the Florida parks, to...
Raiders' Amari Cooper hopes to remedy second-half fades

Raiders' Amari Cooper hopes to remedy second-half fades

Amari Cooper knows what you're thinking, and he doesn't necessarily disagree. One of only three receivers in NFL history to record at least 70 receptions and 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons (the others were Marques Colston and Odell Beckham Jr.), Cooper has nonetheless ended both the 2015 and the 2016 seasons leaving the impression that it could have been so much more. Cooper had 72 receptions...
Cousins' pivotal season rests in the hands of unproven receivers

Cousins' pivotal season rests in the hands of unproven receivers

Kirk Cousins has learned to adapt to different receivers over more than 15 years playing quarterback. "A revolving door" is what he likened it to this week, with each season throwing a new target or two into the mix of wide receivers, tight ends and backs. That revolving door spun particularly fast for the Washington Redskins roster this offseason. The front office parted with Cousins's...
The Putin-Macron handshake the world was waiting for

The Putin-Macron handshake the world was waiting for

As Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived at the Versailles Palace on Monday to meet Emmanuel Macron, the recently elected leader of France, all eyes were on the handshake.   Macron had surprised the world last week with his white-knuckle grasp of President Donald Trump's hand when the pair met for the first time. Trump had already gained notoriety for his handshake, a vigorous tug that...
Inside Curry's inner circle: Three mentors share their stories

Inside Curry's inner circle: Three mentors share their stories

In a high school office 3,000 miles from Oracle Arena, Shonn Brown and Chad Fair typically begin their chats by marveling at Stephen Curry's latest feat. The exchanges quickly veer in directions unlike those of any other Curry conversations on the planet. "Have you talked to him lately?" "How's his state of mind?" "That facial hair is something else." Any commentary on...

We tried that: Working on a food truck for a day

What we tried: It seems like everyone and their mother wants to open a food truck. Literally. On my way to meet Stephanie Swanz, owner of the Empamamas empanada food truck, my Starbucks barista said that her mom wanted to open one.  When I mentioned this to Swanz, she smiled knowingly and nodded. She gets that a lot, she said. Swanz has owned Empamamas for about a year and a half, and has quickly...
Owners vow to rebuild Long Island bar frequented by Kerouac

Owners vow to rebuild Long Island bar frequented by Kerouac

The watering hole had been a fixture in this Long Island village for decades, wedged in one of the storefronts on the main street that runs past a drugstore, an ice-cream parlor and a row of restaurants before ending at the harbor. But on this recent afternoon, none of the regulars could come inside Gunther’s Tap Room for a drink. The walls were scorched. A thick smell of smoke hung in the air...

Save up to $600 on select 2017 European tours, and more of the best travel deals

--Inn on Fifth and Club Level Suites, in downtown Naples, Fla., has a package with $160 in savings. The Cruise and Cuisine special costs $403 for two guests and includes two nights at the inn, sunset sightseeing cruise and $100 dining credit at Ocean Prime. Rate also includes chauffeured downtown transportation in a Tesla X. Add $35 taxes. Stay through Oct. 13. Info: 888-403-8778, www.innonfifth.com...

How a common meditation technique can help you eat more healthfully

What if all the wisdom we needed to learn how to eat came from one little raisin? Nutrition will forever be a hot debate, with new science, and new fads. The value of each macronutrient (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) is always being disputed, and one is often looked at as the hero or enemy. We play with vitamins and minerals and discuss miracle supplements and superfoods. We experiment with smaller...
John Legend donates $5,000 to cover school lunch debt in Seattle

John Legend donates $5,000 to cover school lunch debt in Seattle

Ten-time Grammy winner John Legend has made a $5,000 donation to help cover meal debts for public school students across Seattle. The donation was made over the weekend to a GoFundMe website set up by Seattle resident Jeffery Lew. Lew had set up the account three weeks ago, and it has gathered huge community support. Lew said at first he had no idea who the donor was. The donation &ndash...
A Texas Republican called ICE on protesters; then lawmakers started to scuffle

A Texas Republican called ICE on protesters; then lawmakers started to scuffle

Lawmakers scuffled on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives on Monday after a Dallas-area Republican told Democrats that he called Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers on protesters in the House gallery.   "We were just on the floor talking about the SB4 protests, and [state Rep.] Matt Rinaldi, R, came up to us and made it a point to say, 'I called of them,'"...
Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dies at 83

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dies at 83

PANAMA CITY (AP) - Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, a onetime U.S. ally who was ousted as Panama's dictator by an American invasion in 1989, died late Monday at age 83. Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela wrote in his Twitter account that "the death of Manuel A. Noriega closes a chapter in our history." Varela added, "His daughters and his relatives deserve to mourn in...
Prince William opens up about Princess Diana's death in emotional interview

Prince William opens up about Princess Diana's death in emotional interview

It’s taken two decades for Prince William to process his mother’s death, and now that he has, he is talking openly about Princess Diana and the effect her death had on his life. He said he wishes she could have been around to meet his wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, and watch his two children grow up. Prince William offered up his rawest emotions yet on the topic of...
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