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New Atlanta, Fulton program aims to divert homeless people from jail

Moki Macias is acutely aware of the Atlanta jail. She can see it from the window of her new office. Her goal is to keep people out of it. Macias is the leader of a two-year pilot program that seeks to offer alternatives for people who are arrested again and again and again for crimes of poverty, or those that stem from addiction or mental health issues. The Atlanta/Fulton County Pre-Arrest Diversion...


Invest Atlanta backs city’s construction boom with tax breaks

Invest Atlanta backs city’s construction boom with tax breaks

Atlanta’s construction boon is a getting a boost from a slew of development projects that recently received tax breaks from the city’s economic development arm. Invest Atlanta on Thursday approved millions in lease purchase bonds and grants to back more than a dozen projects through its Eastside Tax Allocation District (TAD). They include the multi-million dollar remake of Colony Square...
Ex-DeKalb teacher claims he lost job for reporting wrongdoing

Ex-DeKalb teacher claims he lost job for reporting wrongdoing

A former DeKalb County teacher has filed a lawsuit against the district claiming he was dismissed from his teaching job after reporting misconduct at his school. The civil lawsuit was filed on behalf of Christopher Jones, 48, a first-year teacher for the district, in DeKalb Superior Court against the DeKalb County School District. It seeks his reinstatement as a teacher with full benefits, any missed...
Georgia officials considering changes to college sexual misconduct policy

Georgia officials considering changes to college sexual misconduct policy

University System of Georgia officials are looking into making changes to how it investigates sexual misconduct on its campuses and may approve new guidelines next month, officials told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday. The AJC obtained a draft policy that explains, for example, how the USG’s Director for Equity and Investigations would assign an investigator to review misconduct allegations...
‘We’re back,’ SunTrust exec says after stronger profits

‘We’re back,’ SunTrust exec says after stronger profits

SunTrust Banks said rising consumer lending and higher interest earnings on loans have helped the Atlanta bank’s bottom line despite slowing demand from business customers. Meanwhile, Georgia’s largest bank has been adding employees through internal growth and a 2016 acquisition, even though it is still shutting bank branches at a healthy clip. SunTrust’s workforce has grown by more...
South Fulton Mayor Edwards upset over Fulton’s denial of tax agreement

South Fulton Mayor Edwards upset over Fulton’s denial of tax agreement

Bill Edwards, mayor of the new city of South Fulton, just wants to give Arthur Ferdinand some of his city’s money. Ferdinand, the Fulton County tax commissioner, is willing to take it. Fulton County commissioners are standing in the way. “I’m so mad, I don’t know what to do,” Edwards said, hours after commissioners voted Wednesday not to allow a contract between...
After Philando Castile, 2 churches in Roswell seek racial reconciliation

After Philando Castile, 2 churches in Roswell seek racial reconciliation

Ten strangers gathered in a well-appointed Woodstock home, brought together by seven dead men.  The strangers began their meeting with grace and a potluck dinner. Maybe sharing pineapple casserole, salad and ham would make it less awkward to talk about the reason the seven men died.  When the plates were cleaned and the tables cleared, the group retired to the family room. Aqua silk curtains...
Injuries, deaths on Georgia sets renew focus on filming industry safety

Injuries, deaths on Georgia sets renew focus on filming industry safety

Two days after a stuntman working on “The Walking Dead” was seriously injured and declared brain-dead this month, a personal injury lawsuit accusing 20th Century Fox and others involved with the production of “Sleepy Hollow” of failing to take reasonable safety precautions ...
Donated back packs bring hope to kids in need

Donated back packs bring hope to kids in need

When Angel Washington tied her laces and headed out the door on a recent Saturday morning, she had no idea the menial tasks of packing book bags would have such a lasting impact on Sheena Davenport, a 32-year-old single mother. Washington spent hours stuffing crayons, index cards and pencils into kids’ backpacks when she volunteered at Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation at Caswyk Trail in...
From pain, a purpose

From pain, a purpose

Dorsey Jones was once a fixture on her father’s shoulder. That was her baby seat, most places Henry Jones went. And she was his world, his only child. Perched up there, Dorsey — born in Portsmouth, Virginia, on Thanksgiving Day 1970 — would often try to comb his hair. At least that’s what his family told her. She hasn’t a single memory of her dad.  While crabbing...
Concert review and photos: Idina Menzel gets real with fans at Fox Theatre show

Concert review and photos: Idina Menzel gets real with fans at Fox Theatre show

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Idina Menzel has spent so much of her career playing other people that it’s always gratifying to experience her sharp wit and locomotive-lunged real self in person. The fans who packed the Fox Theatre on Saturday night received many shades of Menzel – the polished pop singer, the powerhouse Broadway star, the bracingly funny New...
Teheran gives up 3 homers, remains winless against Dodgers

Teheran gives up 3 homers, remains winless against Dodgers

LOS ANGELES – Julio Teheran was unbeaten on the road before Saturday, even winning twice in games in which he allowed multiple homers. But those were against the Angels and Reds, not the team with the majors’ best record, the Los Angeles Dodgers. He gave up three bases-empty home runs Saturday, and this time Teheran and the Braves couldn’t overcome that long-ball deficit in a 6-2...
Georgia effort to clean up state’s voter rolls underway

Georgia effort to clean up state’s voter rolls underway

Georgia’s biennial effort to clean up the state’s voter rolls got underway weeks ago, with address confirmation notices going out to hundreds of thousands of residents across metro Atlanta and the state. The action in many ways is routine, while also an important part of the elections process. It ensures an accurate and current voter registration list, a central goal for every state...
Luring good teachers to poor schools not so easy, Fulton finds

Luring good teachers to poor schools not so easy, Fulton finds

In an effort to entice top-rated teachers to transfer to low-rated schools, Fulton County offered $20,000 stipends in a pilot program announced with great fanfare in 2014. It was not an easy sell. Although 375 Fulton teachers were eligible to participate, only 32 applied. Teachers were daunted by the long commutes and concerns over how they’d be received at their new schools. The strategic staffing...
Lucas Sims, Ozzie Albies lead Gwinnett Braves to a win

Lucas Sims, Ozzie Albies lead Gwinnett Braves to a win

Lucas Sims pitched seven shutout innings Saturday as the Gwinnett Braves beat the Indianapolis Indians 2-1 in Lawrenceville. Sims (7-4) gave up just three singles. He struck out nine and walked one. Sims, who earned his first win since June 26, leads the International League in strikeouts. He has a 3.75 ERA. Ozzie Albies hit a 403-foot home run, his ninth of the season, for Gwinnett. That ties...
Braves’ Newcomb looks to get back on track Sunday vs. Dodgers

Braves’ Newcomb looks to get back on track Sunday vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES – Braves prospect Sean Newcomb had a 1.48 ERA and .202 opponents’ average in his first four major league starts in June, pitching at least innings and allowing six or fewer hits in each of those games while issuing more than two walks just once and giving up one or no runs three times. But in three starts since, Newcomb has an 11.37 ERA and .393 opponent’ average, has...
Phillips misses second start with hamstring tightness

Phillips misses second start with hamstring tightness

LOS ANGELES – Brandon Phillips had a .478 average and seven extra-base hits in a six-game hitting streak since the All-Star break, so no one wants the veteran second baseman to get back in the lineup more than he does. He missed his second consecutive start Saturday with hamstring tightness, but Phillips he planned to play Sunday’s series finale against the Dodgers. “I told (manager...
Latest streaming TV option: YouTube TV in Atlanta for $35 a month with 48 channels

Latest streaming TV option: YouTube TV in Atlanta for $35 a month with 48 channels

This was posted on Saturday, July 22, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Not too long ago, your only options for a decent TV selection were cable or satellite. Now thanks to streaming, the buffet is seemingly endless. Targeting younger folks who still want access to broadcast and cable networks anywhere, YouTube is now offering an...
Hawks claim Nicolas Brussino off waivers (updated)

Hawks claim Nicolas Brussino off waivers (updated)

The Hawks claimed Nicolas Brussino off waivers Saturday. The guard/forward was waived by the Mavericks on Thursday. The Hawks were looking to add another wing to the roster and saw Brussino as a fit by being a young player with upside they can work with as a project. The 6-foot-8 Brussino appeared in 54 games with the Mavericks last season as a rookie. He averaged 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 9...
Atlanta group protests CNN coverage of Trump

Atlanta group protests CNN coverage of Trump

About 30 people gathered outside CNN’s Atlanta headquarters Saturday to protest the network’s coverage of President Donald Trump. “Beware fake news” and “CNN. Criminal News Network” were some of the messages they delivered to people walking nearby and to fellow political conservatives watching the demonstration via live feed on Breitbart.com. The protest...
Fun facts, video and more about Jaime Garcia’s historic home run

Fun facts, video and more about Jaime Garcia’s historic home run

Braves pitcher Jaime Garcia hit a grand slam in a 12-3 win over the Dodgers Friday night in Los Angeles. Garcia’s blast made history. Here’s some fun facts about his feat: -- Garcia became just the second Atlanta Braves pitcher to hit a grand slam in franchise history. Tony Cloninger hit two, yes two, in one game on July 3, 1966 at San Francisco.  --García is just the fifth...
Braves architect Schuerholz gets his Hall of Fame due 

Braves architect Schuerholz gets his Hall of Fame due 

Who shall honor the baseball general manager? When every fantasy team owner believes his or her own eye for talent is 20/10. And every caller to sports talk radio figures it possible to trade sand for Waterford crystal, if only you were astute enough. When sportswriters gather, like buzzards in a tree, presuming a fatal mistake is just one move away.  Upon joining the Braves as GM in October...
Who won $3.8M jackpot in Georgia Lottery?

Who won $3.8M jackpot in Georgia Lottery?

Someone is $3.8 million richer for buying the winning ticket in a Georgia Lottery game, officials said Friday. But the new millionaire has not come forward. A convenience store in Macon, ABC Food Mart, sold the winning ticket in Thursday’s Jumbo Bucks Lotto drawing, according to lottery officials. The winning numbers were 8, 12, 23, 24, 30 and 31. The winner has 180 days from the draw date to...
ACLU sends Cobb, Gwinnett complaint letters over notice sent to voters

ACLU sends Cobb, Gwinnett complaint letters over notice sent to voters

The ACLU of Georgia has sent two more counties letters threatening legal action over address confirmation notices that have gone out to hundreds of thousands of residents across metro Atlanta and the state. The letters, sent over the weekend to Cobb and Gwinnett counties, follows a similar complaint made last week to Fulton County over the notice’s course of action. The notice says a voter will...
Bulletproof glass coming to a City Hall in North Georgia

Bulletproof glass coming to a City Hall in North Georgia

Citing employee fear and safety, a city in North Georgia is planning to install bulletproof glass at City Hall, according to a news report. Ringgold plans to have a design proposed for bulletproof glass at the main service counter, according to newspaper website NorthwestGeorgiaNews.com. “We have ladies who answer the phones, take payments, assist customers in every way," City Manager Dan...
Voters in N. Georgia city to decide police department’s fate

Voters in N. Georgia city to decide police department’s fate

After their elected leaders came down on both sides of the issue, voters in a North Georgia city will decide for themselves whether they want to abolish the police department, according to a report. The Varnell City Council is expected next week to authorize a nonbinding resolution on the November ballot on whether to turn things over to the Whitfield County Sheriff's Office, the Chattanooga Times...
7 Georgia Tech stories you may have missed this week

7 Georgia Tech stories you may have missed this week

Just two weeks remain until Georgia Tech convenes for the start of preseason camp, and about six weeks until the season opener against Tennessee in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In the meantime, here are seven stories worth a read from this past week. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — KeShun Freeman doesn’t want to go through 2015 again, certainly not as a senior. In 2015, the Georgia Tech defensive...

Crash survivor stresses the importance of distraction-free driving

No matter what states you’ve motored through on your summer road trips, or perhaps just commuting around town, you’re bound to have seen those official Department of Transportation signs reminding you that texting and driving can be deadly (and, in many places, is illegal). Molly Welch hopes you’ll absorb the meaning, and that you’ll keep...

Southern Fried Soccer: Recapping Atlanta United’s win over Orlando City

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson recaps Atlanta United’s 1-0 win over Orlando City on Friday, and has a few things to say about the behavior of the fans and the lack of a response by the Lions. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/334314089" params="visual=true&show_artwork=true&maxwidth=640&maxheight=960" ...
It could feel like 100 degrees Saturday

It could feel like 100 degrees Saturday

Today: High: 93 Tonight: Low: 75 Tomorrow: High: 91 A large cover of high pressure is sitting above metro Atlanta, and it should make things seem warmer than the forecast high Saturday. “Factor in the humidity, it’s going to feel like triple-digit heat around metro Atlanta,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said. The expected high Saturday is 93, 1...
Atlanta feds nail more international cybercriminals

Atlanta feds nail more international cybercriminals

Some of the world’s most notorious criminals have been brought to Atlanta in recent years. Known online by such names as M.U.R.D.E.R.E.R., Kolypto, RainerFox, Gribodemon and Track2, they are  cybercriminals, involved in schemes that collectively stole hundreds of millions of dollars. Now, there’s news that two investigations out of Atlanta have ties to the takedown of...
Countdown to Camp: Day 5 – Neal looking to make big leap

Countdown to Camp: Day 5 – Neal looking to make big leap

NEW ORLEANS, LA – SEPTEMBER 26: Mark Ingram #22 of the New Orleans Saints is tackled by Keanu Neal #22 of the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 26, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Each day leading up to the start of training camp, we’ll look at a major issue that faces the Falcons and head coach Dan Quinn ...
Garcia (grand) slams Wood as Braves blast Dodgers, 12-3

Garcia (grand) slams Wood as Braves blast Dodgers, 12-3

LOS ANGELES – The Braves came close to trading Jaime Garcia on Thursday. Former Brave Alex Wood surely wishes they would have. Garcia pitched seven strong innings and hit a fifth-inning grand slam off previously unbeaten Wood that gave the Braves a 9-0 lead on the way to a 12-3 win Friday night at Dodger Stadium, where they’ve won the first two in a four-game series against a team that...
Atlanta United 1, Orlando City 0: 5 observations

Atlanta United 1, Orlando City 0: 5 observations

It still may not be a rivalry, according the players and managers for Atlanta United and Orlando City, but Friday’s first meeting got the series off to a cracking start. Hector Villalba’s goal-of-the-year candidate from at least 25 yards lifted the Five Stripes to a 1-0 win over the Lions on Friday. It capped a week that included an infamous billboard, a fun tifo with a Walking...
A look at the Falcons’ 90-man roster entering training camp

A look at the Falcons’ 90-man roster entering training camp

If the Falcons are going to remain at the elite level in the NFL, the offense must continue to play spectacularly while the defense must make major strides. The Falcons are counting on the “Beasley-Jarrett Factor” to help improve the defense at key positions. The hope is that three rookie starters — strong safety Keanu Neal, middle linebacker Deion Jones and strongside linebacker...
Kris Medlen, Lane Adams stand out in Gwinnett Braves’ win

Kris Medlen, Lane Adams stand out in Gwinnett Braves’ win

Lane Adams hit two homers and drove in four runs as the Gwinnett Braves beat the Indianapolis Indians 9-3 on Friday night in Lawrenceville. Other highlights from the game: Gwinnett starter Kris Medlen pitched five innings, allowing two unearned runs and six hits. He struck out four and walked one but did not get a decision. His ERA stands at 5.15. Gwinnett’s Ronald Acuna went 2-for-5 with...
Jaime Garcia still a Brave for now, and set to face Dodgers

Jaime Garcia still a Brave for now, and set to face Dodgers

LOS ANGELES – A day after the Braves seemed close to finalizing a trade to send Jaime Garcia to the Twins, the left-hander was back in the clubhouse Friday afternoon, going over Dodgers hitters with catcher Tyler Flowers as Garcia prepared for his scheduled start in the second game of the series. The Braves and Twins hadn’t reached an agreement after all and were still in trade discussions...
Fulton Co. jail inmate, nurse passed letters, had sexual relationship, officials say

Fulton Co. jail inmate, nurse passed letters, had sexual relationship, officials say

A former Fulton County jail nurse is accused of having a sexual relationship with an inmate and sending him letters detailing “her enjoyment of sex with him,” according to a Fulton County Sheriff’s Office incident report.  Aleah Risby, 23, was released from the Fulton County jail on a $7,500 signature bond late Thursday, Fulton County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan...
Phillips out of Braves lineup with hamstring tightness

Phillips out of Braves lineup with hamstring tightness

LOS ANGELES – Brandon Phillips was out of the Braves lineup Friday against the Dodgers, the night after right hamstring tightness forced the veteran second baseman to leave in the sixth inning of a 6-3 series-opening win at Dodger Stadium. “Sore,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said of Phillips’ condition. “I think he can still kind of feel it a little bit, didn’t...
Atlanta United 1, Orlando City 0: Player ratings

Atlanta United 1, Orlando City 0: Player ratings

My player ratings from Atlanta United’s 1-0 win at Orlando City on Friday: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 8: Making his first start for the expansion team, he punched away a corner in the 26th minute. ... Smothered a hard shot by Carlos Rivas in the 36th minute. ... Got down to his right to make a finger-tip save to deny a Jonathan Spector header in the 39th minute. ... Denied Spector again in the 64th...
Here’s season 8 “The Walking Dead” trailer from Comic-Con

Here’s season 8 “The Walking Dead” trailer from Comic-Con

Cast of the Walking Dead – The Walking Dead _ Season 8 – Photo Credit: AMC This was posted on Friday, July 21, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog During Comic-Con, AMC released a five-minute trailer for the upcoming season of “The Walking Dead.” But before showrunner Scott Gimple introduced it, he gave a tribute to ...

Linkin Park cancels tour following death of Chester Bennington

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Following the death of singer Chester Bennington , Linkin Park has canceled its upcoming tour. Concert promoter Live Nation issued a statement on Friday: We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington. The Linkin Park One More Light North American Tour has been cancelled and refunds are available at point of...
TV briefs: Ebony Steele cast on new talk show; John Walsh moves to HLN, new Atlanta TV shows

TV briefs: Ebony Steele cast on new talk show; John Walsh moves to HLN, new Atlanta TV shows

This was posted on Friday, July 21, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Atlanta’s Ebony Steele, formerly of “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show,” has landed a gig on a syndicated daily talk show called “The Daily Blast Live,” which will air at 2 p.m. weekdays on 11Alive, the local NBC affiliate starting September 11...
Feds’ decision to kill sex-ed grants stirs worries in South Georgia

Feds’ decision to kill sex-ed grants stirs worries in South Georgia

Angelina Jackson of Edison, Ga., population 1,451, likes the classroom work she does for Quest for Change. She is proud of the “scenario” she and her fellow teenagers set up at Calhoun County High School placing classmates in the role of a girl who had unprotected sex and doesn’t know whether she’s pregnant. They set up desks around the room in the role of different services...
Your guide to the 2017-2018 Cobb County school year

Your guide to the 2017-2018 Cobb County school year

You might have missed some things during the academic off-season in Cobb County. There’s going to be a brand new building at Mountain View Elementary School and a new phase opening at the under-construction Walton High School. And don’t forget about the 24 new principals throughout the district. If you are looking for more things you should know heading into the school year, ...
Our interview with the stars, producer of “Girls Trip”

Our interview with the stars, producer of “Girls Trip”

“Girls Trip” looks poised to own the box office this weekend, if the enthusiastic reviews and eager social media posts it’s generated are any clue. The comedy stars Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish as a quartet of inseparable college chums who bring the squad back together at the Essence Festival in New Orleans...
Ex-UPS worker charged with stealing guns

Ex-UPS worker charged with stealing guns

A former UPS driver was arrested for stealing guns from a delivery truck this month, Lilburn police said Friday. Seun Long Vang, 32, was charged with felony theft by taking and drug charges, police spokesman Thomas Bardugon said in a news release. Police also charged Vang’s girlfriend, Chhun Nath Kheav, 26, with felony theft by receiving stolen property and drug charges. <div></div>...
Braves organist continues run at ‘The Ted’ with Georgia State football

Braves organist continues run at ‘The Ted’ with Georgia State football

Matthew Kaminski has been the organist for the Atlanta Braves since 2009. He’s played his tunes plenty of times at Turner Field, but when the Braves packed up and moved to Cobb County for SunTrust Park, so did he. His popularity has grown for playing distracting and funny songs as the opposing batters approach the plate, like theme songs from “The Office” or “Veggie Tales...
Invest Atlanta boosts building facelifts, new projects with tax breaks

Invest Atlanta boosts building facelifts, new projects with tax breaks

Plans to renovate downtown’s Medical Arts Building, construct two new towers in Midtown and build close to 500 new affordable housing units are getting some help from Atlanta’s economic development arm. At its Thursday meeting, Invest Atlanta approved tax breaks and grants for a raft of projects that will bring new housing downtown, add more office space in Midtown and create greenspace...
Braves’ Suzuki on bereavement list, reliever O’Flaherty released

Braves’ Suzuki on bereavement list, reliever O’Flaherty released

LOS ANGELES – The Braves released veteran left-handed reliever Eric O’Flaherty on Friday to open a spot on the 40-man roster for catcher Anthony Recker, who was brought up from Triple-A Gwinnett to fill in for a few days while catcher Kurt Suzuki is on the bereavement list. Suzuki hit a big two-run homer for the Braves in Thursday’s 6-3 win against the Dodgers, then left the team...
One financial pro thinks you should stop taking advice from Suze Orman

One financial pro thinks you should stop taking advice from Suze Orman

Usually we hear about beefs in the entertainment industry, but what happens when financial gurus go at one another? Suze Orman has long reigned as a financial pro offering up advice in books, on television and in magazines. But a fellow financial advisor now says he has an issue with Orman — six issues to be exact. Stacy Johnson, CPA and founder of Money Talks News, said he could...
What John McCain learned from Ted Kennedy on challenging his own party

What John McCain learned from Ted Kennedy on challenging his own party

WASHINGTON — Ted Kennedy liked to tell a favorite story about Sen. John McCain. The Massachusetts Democrat and the Arizona Republican were on the floor of the Senate and became distracted by a heated debate between two freshmen senators. Just for the fun of it, Kennedy and McCain launched into the fray. As one spoke, the other circled the chamber, pretending to be agitated. They bellowed...

DeKalb County restaurant inspection scores

DeKalb County • Arepa Mia y Guayoyo, 10 N. Clarendon Ave., Avondale Estates. 99/A • Blue Ribbon Grill, 4006 Lavista Road, Tucker. 86/B • Capital Grille, 94 Perimeter Center W., Dunwoody. 82/B • Doc Chey’s Noodle House, 1556 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. 83/B • Meema’s BBQ, 1719 Candler Road, Decatur. 88/B

Rockdale County restaurant inspection scores

Rockdale County • 7 Rolls Ice Cream, 1360 Dogwood Drive, Conyers. 93/A • Honey Creek Wing Café, 1033 Honey Creek Road, Conyers. 100/A • Nana G’s Chicken & Waffles, 1040 Flat Shoals Road, Conyers. 83/B • Thai in the Box, 1810 Highway 20, Conyers. 80/B • Yuki Teriyakai & Sushi, 1573 Highway 20, Conyers. 91/A

Fulton County restaurant inspection scores

Fulton County • Chennai Express Restaurant, 3630 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. 94/A • Erawan Organic Thai, 7537 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. 96/A • Nan Fine Thai, 1350 Spring St., Atlanta. 80/B • Salmon Gourmet Food Truck, 1823 Washington Road, Atlanta. 100/A • The Brunch Cabana, 249 Peter St., Atlanta. 97/A
Take to task for July 24

Take to task for July 24

Update-DeKalb County Earlier this month, we told you about Samar Mitra’s concern over a crumbling sidewalk. “We live on 1366 Emory Road in Atlanta in DeKalb County. A long stretch of the sidewalk on our side of the road is in a state of serious disrepair. Months ago, the county marked those sections, but we are still waiting for them to come and do what needs to be done,” Mitra wrote...

Gwinnett County restaurant inspection scores

Gwinnett County • China Wok, 4155 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn. 88/B • Dicky Doo’s Diner, 2700 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville. 100/A • J.Buffalo Wings, 4850 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. 84/B • Red Crawfish and Seafood, 1820 N. Brown Road, Lawrenceville. 91/A • Shoney’s, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. 83/B

Q&A on the News

Q: A recent Q&A reported that the Georgia Lottery paid out $2.7 billion in winnings last year. How much of this total went back to the state, and how much was spent by lottery players? —Rob Branson, Brookhaven A: The Georgia Lottery reached $4.24 billion in net sales and returned $1.097 billion for education in the state of Georgia during fiscal year 2016, a Lottery spokeswoman told Q&A on the...

Cobb County restaurant inspection scores

Cobb County • A Taste of Asia, 2667 Powder Springs Road, Marietta. 99/A • American Deli, 180 Cobb Parkway, Marietta. 83/B • BBQ 1, 4958 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. 100/A • Montana’s Bar & Grill, 2995 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. 87/B • Wing City, 2467 Windy Hill Road, Marietta. 81/B

Opinion: Why would you want Putin as a friend?

Leaving aside the question as to whether there was actual collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election, it is undisputed that candidate Donald Trump was eager for a friendship between our two nations. The most recent accounts of the president seeking out more one-on-one time with Putin at the G-20 dinner — using only a Russian translator — is...
Gridlock Guy: Atlanta is blessed to be busy with road projects

Gridlock Guy: Atlanta is blessed to be busy with road projects

Many of us accept the fact that living in Atlanta, we’re going to be sitting in traffic. Daily. But have you ever considered that we are blessed this summer to be Atlanta commuters? No, really? Kuddos to a patient city, one that overcame the I-85 bridge collapse and rebuild, to residents who went 47 days driving an altered commute. From that experience, we became more tolerant and more patient...

COMMENTARY: Wait for Trump to sabotage your health care

Is Trumpcare finally dead? Even now, it’s hard to be sure, especially given Republican moderates’ long track record of caving in to extremists at crucial moments. But it does look as if the frontal assault on the Affordable Care Act has failed. And let’s be clear: The reason this assault failed wasn’t that Donald Trump did a poor selling job, or that Mitch McConnell mishandled...

Readers Write: July 24

Laissez faire doesn’t work in health care The big lie in the ongoing health care policy debate is that if government were simply to butt out of the health care industry, the invisible hand of the free market would create the competition necessary to improve health care and bring down prices. There is no free market in health care because it’s impossible for ordinary people to make informed...
On city’s Westside, sports grant will help youth win at life

On city’s Westside, sports grant will help youth win at life

Kendall Newson has been fishing since he was five years old. Newson, his dad and brothers spent countless hours fishing for brim, crappie and bass at West Point Lake in LaGrange. It became a game of one-upmanship to see who could reel in the most fish. “It really helped me build confidence,” said Newson, a former NFL wide receiver and who now fishes competitively. “I knew I could...
Body cam footage of officer shooting two dogs released

Body cam footage of officer shooting two dogs released

Body camera footage was released Thursday of the Minneapolis Police officer who climbed a fence and shot two dogs while he responded to a false alarm. The graphic, point-of-view video shows Officer Michael Mays take aim, then fired at Ciroc hitting the dog in the jaw as it slowly walked toward him during the incident July 8. Another dog, Rocko, then runs into the frame and Mays fires twice striking...
He brought Burundi's first robotics team to US. Then, teens disappeared

He brought Burundi's first robotics team to US. Then, teens disappeared

Outside of the Bujumbura International Airport in the capital city of Burundi, six teenagers bound for Washington, D.C., to compete in an international robotics competitions locked hands with parents and relatives to pray one last time before boarding their flight. In Kirundi, their native language, Coach Canesius Bindaba asked God to bless their journey to the United States. "I prayed that God...
8 things you should never buy at a drugstore

8 things you should never buy at a drugstore

Drugstores like CVS and Walgreens got one big thing right: convenience. I live about two miles from my nearest grocery store and three miles from Walmart; however, there’s a CVS right across the street from my neighborhood. While it’s tempting to dash across the street to cross a few items off my list, it’s not worth the extra cost! Here’s a list of high-priced products to...
Woman bit by shark off Florida Keys

Woman bit by shark off Florida Keys

A 40-year-old woman was bit on her foot by a shark in the Florida Keys and airlifted to the hospital Saturday. A good Samaritan reported the shark attack around 12:30 p.m. to the U.S. Coast Guard, according to WTVJ. The woman, who has not been identified, said it was a small shark. She is in the hospital in good condition.
Police break window to rescue dogs from hot car

Police break window to rescue dogs from hot car

Boston police officers and firefighters broke into a car Thursday evening to save a couple of dogs trapped inside. Boston 25 was there when police pulled the dogs from the car and put them into a police cruiser. A woman told us she was out for a run on Columbia Road in South Boston when she saw the dogs inside the car. She said she checked the temperature on her phone and it was 87 degrees outside...
Car drives off with nozzle in tank, sparking gas station fire

Car drives off with nozzle in tank, sparking gas station fire

A quick-thinking attendant prevented a small fire at a Southwest Austin gas station from becoming much, much worse, Austin fire officials said. The fire at an Exxon station at U.S. 290 and FM 1826 was confined to a single pump. It was reported just before 8 p.m. Friday. The Austin Fire Department said a car drove off with the fuel nozzle still in its gas tank, ripping the pump out of the ground and...
Bear spotted climbing fence at Florida apartment complex

Bear spotted climbing fence at Florida apartment complex

A bear climbed over a fence Thursday at an apartment complex near the St. Augustine Outlets, according to reports. A woman who sent in a video showing the bear's climbing skills said she saw it at around 9:45 p.m. near the Old Town Villages Apartments. The complex is a few miles from the St. Augustine Outlets. In the video, the bear was seen walking along the side of an apartment building and a fence...
VIDEO: The easy Excel trick that will help you save a ton of time

VIDEO: The easy Excel trick that will help you save a ton of time

Excel may be one of the most challenging Microsoft Office programs, but with a few helpful tricks you can be a pro. The key is to create dynamic named ranges. This will allow you to build charts that update automatically, saving you tons of time. You may even impress your boss. Want to learn exactly how it works? Watch the Business Insider video below.
VIDEO: Why long flights can be bad for your health if you sit the whole time

VIDEO: Why long flights can be bad for your health if you sit the whole time

Flying can be one of the easiest and most convenient ways to travel. However, super long flights can affect your health if you aren’t careful. Sitting for a long period of time can cause deep vein thrombosis, blood clots that form when the blood is stagnant. This can happen when you’re enjoying the clouds from the sky, because you aren’t moving much. That’s why it’s important...
Latest app coding trend can be a hacker's dream

Latest app coding trend can be a hacker's dream

Every time you search for something on Google, hail an Uber or log into a bank account, your personal data likely flow behind the scenes through a series of separate, freestanding packages of software known as containers. Although invisible to the user, this method has become the dominant way to code apps today. Programmers like it because it allows them to change one feature without breaking their...
Officers finish treehouse started by slain trooper

Officers finish treehouse started by slain trooper

Three dozen law enforcement officers came together to finish a project started by New York State Trooper Joel Davis, who was killed in the line of duty July 9. Davis, 36, had started work on a treehouse for his daughter, Jaila, but he was killed before it could be finished. Davis died days before Jaila's 13th birthday, Syracuse.com reported. This week, dozens of active and retired officers helped...
CDC: Deadly salmonella outbreak linked to papayas

CDC: Deadly salmonella outbreak linked to papayas

Dozens of people have been sickened and at least one person has died in a salmonella outbreak linked to a specific variety of papayas, the Centers for Disease Control said. A total of 47 people in 12 states have been diagnosed with salmonella infections believed to have been caused by yellow Maradol papayas, the CDC said in a news release. >> Read more trending news At least a dozen...
Snail slime hits beauty mainstream after taking South Korea by storm

Snail slime hits beauty mainstream after taking South Korea by storm

Snail slime. On your face. All for the sake of beauty.  And, hopefully, a handsome profit for U.S. retailers looking to push it along with other K-beauty trends into the mainstream -- if people can get over the "ick" factor. Korean consumers are on a constant hunt for innovative products and unusual natural ingredients. Now, the decade-old craze is making its way to everyday consumers...
Man sues after lottery officials refuse to pay $5M prize because underage son bought ticket

Man sues after lottery officials refuse to pay $5M prize because underage son bought ticket

A man is suing the California Lottery Commission, claiming officials refused to pay a $5 million prize because his underage son purchased the ticket. Ward Thomas sent his 16-year-old son into a Mobil gas station in Long Beach to exchange winning scratcher tickets for more tickets in October, the Los Angeles Times reported. The store employee did not ask the teen for ID, the suit alleges. The...
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