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Two days left, Georgia lawmakers still mulling gun, pot and tax bills

There are only two days left in the 2017 legislative session that must end Thursday, and key bills involving guns, medical marijuana and a slew of changes to state tax law remain in the hunt for final votes. But with the only mandatory work done — passage of the annual state budget bill — it remains to be seen whether lawmakers have the stomach for the usual wheeling and dealing that typically...
‘Breakdown’ S03, Ep. 2: Allegations dogged doctor for decades, went unheeded

‘Breakdown’ S03, Ep. 2: Allegations dogged doctor for decades, went unheeded

It was supposed to be an easy appointment for LaToya Kelly, just to learn the results of her echocardiogram from Dr. Narendra K. Gupta. Instead, she says Gupta groped her during an unnecessary breast exam, and seemed to enjoy it.   She had no way of knowing that more than a decade earlier, Dr. Gupta had lost privileges at two Ohio hospitals over allegations of attacking and harassing nurses...
Search for conflicts may widen Atlanta bribery probe

Search for conflicts may widen Atlanta bribery probe

The federal investigation into bribery at Atlanta City Hall may be expanding into a probe of possible conflicts of interest involving some of the city’s biggest contracts, which could include major projects at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and the city’s troubled watershed department, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of records shows. City officials have until Tuesday...
Falcons rewind: Top draft picks of the 2000s

Falcons rewind: Top draft picks of the 2000s

With the 2017 NFL Draft rapidly approaching, let's take a look back at some of the franchise's top picks in years gone by -- 2000-09.
America's prison population is getting whiter

America's prison population is getting whiter

The 21st century has witnessed remarkable decay in the well-being of many non-Hispanic white Americans. In a new report, economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton document that non-Hispanic whites who have a high school education or less have experienced reduced life expectancy and increased rates of suicide and addiction. Recent correctional system data highlight another dimension of this population&rsquo...
Bird flu found in Georgia chicken flock

Bird flu found in Georgia chicken flock

A flock of chickens in a Chattooga County commercial farm has tested positive for a strain of the avian flu, the state Department of Agriculture said Monday.
Thanks to Lent, Georgia couple at fish fry when home burned

Thanks to Lent, Georgia couple at fish fry when home burned

Marietta residents Norm and Barbara Keller were not at home Friday when a twin-engine plane spiraled into their front yard, setting their home ablaze. They thank God for that. The Kellers were having dinner at St. Joseph Catholic Church, a common practice for observant Catholics during Lent, a period of religious reflection leading up to Easter. “We went to our local church’s fish...
‘La La Land’ coming in concert with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

‘La La Land’ coming in concert with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Prepare for “A Lovely Night” when the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra tackles the score of “La La Land” this fall.

Alyssa Milano and Christopher Gorham stump for 6th District candidate Jon Ossoff

Alyssa Milano and Christopher Gorham‏, in Atlanta filming a new CW pilot called “Insatiable,” are campaigning for Democrat candidate Jon Ossoff in the crowded race to fill the sixth congressional district seat vacated when Tom Price became U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary. The two are offering to pick up voters who need a lift to cast their ballots; early voting began...
Early voting starts ahead of Georgia’s 6th congressional district race

Early voting starts ahead of Georgia’s 6th congressional district race

Early voting has started in Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties ahead of a key April 18 special election. Two contests are on the ballot, including the nationally watched race to replace former U.S. Rep. Tom Price. The 6th Congressional District that Price represented covers parts of Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties. The other race on the ballot will replace former state Sen. Judson Hill, R-Marietta...
Atlanta family battling state over right to name daughter Allah

Atlanta family battling state over right to name daughter Allah

The toddler daughter of Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk has everything you would expect: a sweet smile, curious nature and finicky tastes. But, in the eyes of the state of Georgia, the 22-month-old child has no name. According to Handy and Walk, the Georgia Department of Public Health refused to issue the infant a birth certificate with the last name the couple chose for their daughter: Allah. The...
Brandon Phillips is happy, Braves happy to have him

Brandon Phillips is happy, Braves happy to have him

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – He was traded to the Braves just a couple of days before players began reporting to spring training, yet right away it seemed as if Brandon Phillips had always been part of the team, so seamless was the veteran second baseman’s transition to a new clubhouse. “Well, when you’ve got a personality like that you can fit in anywhere,” said Braves first...
Review: Powerful work about race, history, more in Lonnie Holley show

Review: Powerful work about race, history, more in Lonnie Holley show

The subject of a solo exhibition at the Atlanta Contemporary, “I Snuck Off the Slave Ship,” Lonnie Holley is a fascinating artist in his own right. But what his work says about being black in the rural South, and finding beauty where you can is testimony to an entirely different worldview with ramifications beyond the art world. Born in Birmingham, Ala., Holley has a backstory that plays...
Life with Gracie: ‘Greenleaf’ actress also in starring role at Utopian Academy

Life with Gracie: ‘Greenleaf’ actress also in starring role at Utopian Academy

Fans of the Oprah Winfrey television series “Greenleaf” know her as Janice Turner, the mother of one of Mac’s alleged sexual abuse victims. At Clayton County’s Utopian Academy for the Arts, she’s Ms. Jackson, actress, artist in residence and drama teacher. That’s one interesting tidbit you may not have known about the “Greenleaf” co-star, but Tonia Jackson&rsquo...
Review: Theatrical Outfit’s ‘Simply Simone’ is simply superb

Review: Theatrical Outfit’s ‘Simply Simone’ is simply superb

In the interest of getting it out of the way, before moving on to substantially bigger and better praises to be sung, let’s first dispense with the inherent flaw in “Simply Simone.” Like the vast majority of “jukebox” revues that chart the life and career of a famous musician — in this case, Nina Simone — Theatrical Outfit’s new show can be...
Corey Griffin unveils a most ambitious team motto

Corey Griffin unveils a most ambitious team motto

Georgia Tech safety Corey Griffin put it out there Monday. Following the first of the Yellow Jackets’ 15 workouts of spring practice, Griffin shared the team’s national championship ambitions. “Definitely looking to get more than nine wins this season,” he said. “Looking forward to this season coming up. ‘Start in the dome, finish in the dome’ is our motto...

Generic drugs can be pricier in Canada

Q: Canadian online pharmacies charge ridiculously high prices for generic medicine compared with the U.S. For example, Metformin 500 mg tablets can be bought here for about 2 U.S. cents each. They are charging more than 10 times that price. A: You are right that generic drugs often are more expensive in Canada. According to PharmacyChecker.com, 500 mg metformin from a Canadian online drugstore costs...
Healthy Cooking: Finding balance with cauliflower rice

Healthy Cooking: Finding balance with cauliflower rice

I have plucked a Goldfish cracker from my child’s car seat and popped it straight into my mouth. I have served two kinds of potatoes and wished for a third. I think eating white bread is as natural as breathing air, only better because you can’t butter air. So given my starch-loving bona fides, you should believe me when I tell you that I have made cauliflower rice and you should too....
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: I was delighted to discover Jack Nicklaus ice cream at Kroger just before our Masters party last year. It was the perfect dessert to serve for our “back 9” party on the last day of the tournament. However, I have not been able to find it recently. Could you help me locate a grocery that sells his ice cream? Thank you in advance for your assistance. JoAnn Leahy-Lagi, Sandy Springs A...
5 things Paul Johnson said after the first day of spring practice

5 things Paul Johnson said after the first day of spring practice

After the first day of spring practice, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson met with media. Some of his comments about the team and the practices ahead: On the A-back depth: “Omahri Jarrett’s a guy we want to take a really good look at this spring. Certainly Nathan Cottrell and some of those guys like that will have an opportunity to get in the mix.” On a shortage of players in the spring...
Braves hitters pummel Tigers and lefty Daniel Norris

Braves hitters pummel Tigers and lefty Daniel Norris

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Grapefruit League results will be forgotten a week from now, but Braves manager Brian Snitker was nonetheless pleased to see his squad finally break out the bats in a big way Monday night against the Tigers. The Braves had their best offensive night of the spring, piling up 19 hits in an 11-3 rout against the Tigers at Champion Stadium. That included 13 hits and nine...
Foltynewicz limits damage again to cap his encouraging spring

Foltynewicz limits damage again to cap his encouraging spring

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – When the discussion turned to Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz’s spring-training progress in the area of damage control, manager Brian Snitker recalled a July game at Minnesota that was an example of how badly some innings used to spiral for the young right-hander. “Especially in games like this one,” Snitker said after the Braves’ 11-3 rout of...
‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’ recap (‘In With the New’); season 6 episode 4

‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’ recap (‘In With the New’); season 6 episode 4

This was posted Monday, March 27, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Tommie Lee talks about growing up and trying to be more mature about things.
Veterans who left high school to serve honored with diplomas 

Veterans who left high school to serve honored with diplomas 

Five men who left high school before graduation to serve the United States were honored Monday with diplomas. Gov. Nathan Deal and Board of Education members presented Lee M. Cain, Jimmy Arnold Thompson, Larry Dean Martin, James Curtis Reed and Jerry Harold Peck with the diplomas they had previously sacrificed, Hall County Schools spokesman Gordon Higgins said. The ceremony took place at 5 p.m. in...
Paul Johnson shares his thoughts on Matthew Jordan

Paul Johnson shares his thoughts on Matthew Jordan

Georgia Tech began spring practice Monday,and coach Paul Johnson and quarterback Matthew Jordan have the same goal. “Well, for him to solidify the job as the starting quarterback, I guess,” Johnson said following the team’s first of 15 practices. “Like everybody, to get better each day. He needs to come out there with something he’s going to improve on every day and work...
Millsap out three more games with left knee synovitis (updated)

Millsap out three more games with left knee synovitis (updated)

The injury news keeps getting worse for the Hawks. Paul Millsap will be out at least three more games after the Hawks forward was diagnosed with left knee synovitis following a visit to Dr. James Andrews Monday morning and conferring with team doctors. Millsap underwent a non-surgical procedure following the diagnosis. According to the team, Millsap visited the Andrews Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic...
How the last 40 NIT semifinalists fared the next season

How the last 40 NIT semifinalists fared the next season

With Georgia Tech having played three NIT games, and playing a fourth Tuesday night in New York in the semifinals against Cal State Bakersfield, it’s an easy conclusion to draw. Playing in a win-or-go-home atmosphere and simply getting more time on the court will serve the Yellow Jackets well going forward. It’s what Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton thought in 2014, when the Seminoles...
Atlanta Housing Authority closes deal with developer, then chastises him

Atlanta Housing Authority closes deal with developer, then chastises him

The Atlanta Housing Authority headquarters. Atlanta Housing Authority board members voted Monday evening to build apartments with a developer who made inflammatory comments about the agency and public housing residents, but not without chastising him in an open meeting.
GPS in firefighter’s stolen car led police to alleged chop shop 

GPS in firefighter’s stolen car led police to alleged chop shop 

Several people were arrested and detained Friday after a Clayton County firefighter found his stolen car at an alleged chop shop, Channel 2 Action News reported.  The firefighter’s car was stolen outside Fire Station No. 1 in Morrow, where he works. He used an app to find his car, the news station reported.  What officials later found was an alleged chop shop at a Forest Park home...
School tells single mom she can’t attend father-daughter dance

School tells single mom she can’t attend father-daughter dance

Amy Peterson’s daughter Gracie had been getting teased at school for not having a dad.  “She had one kid tell her she didn’t have a dad because she’s fat and ugly,” the Henry County mom told Channel 2 Action News. 
Veteran Hernandez saw opportunity to win bullpen spot with Braves

Veteran Hernandez saw opportunity to win bullpen spot with Braves

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Reliever David Hernandez could’ve stayed with the Giants and began the season in Triple-A, pitching in his hometown of Sacramento. But at 31, coming off a pretty good year in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery, he was more interested in opportunity than convenience. He signed a minor league deal Sunday with the Braves, believing he could earn a...
T.I. will play hometown show at new Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre

T.I. will play hometown show at new Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre

T.I. will visit the new Roxy in June. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene T.I. is crisscrossing the country for much of May and June and the Atlanta rapper has added a hometown show to his itinerary.
Child dies after alleged beating; stepfather, mother charged

Child dies after alleged beating; stepfather, mother charged

A stepfather and mother are in the Clayton County jail after an alleged beating of a 4-year-old led to his death, court records show.  Dontavious Carter, 28, of Atlanta, and Shronda Parks, 31, of College Park, were charged with child cruelty last week, jail records show. Their son, Dedrick Alford, died at a hospital.  According to media reports, Carter allegedly beat the boy and Parks did...
Plant Vogtle: More delays likely, says one partner

Plant Vogtle: More delays likely, says one partner

One of the partners in the Plant Vogtle nuclear plant expansion said Monday that it doubts that the much-delayed project will be completed by its latest deadline. The latest completion deadlines of December 2019 and September 2020 for the two new reactors — already more than three years behind schedule — “do not appear to be achievable,” Oglethorpe Power Co. said in a filing...
Man says he wanted suicide by cop when he shot officer

Man says he wanted suicide by cop when he shot officer

A Valdosta man who pleaded guilty to attempted murder on Monday said he wanted the cop to shoot him, officials said. Stephen Beck, 22, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, Southern District Attorney Brad Shealy told the Valdosta Daily Times. Authorities said Beck made a false 911 call July 8, 2016, reporting a vehicle break-in so he could...

‘La La Land’ coming in concert with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Prepare for “A Lovely Night” when the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra tackles the score of “La La Land” this fall. While it won’t be as elaborate as the “La La Land in Concert: A Live-to-Film Celebration” announced earlier this month at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles in May (those shows will include the film’s composer...
Tech players believe NIT experience is positive sign for future

Tech players believe NIT experience is positive sign for future

In the world of sports’ postseasons, the NIT is not viewed with reverence. It’s somewhere north of a participation trophy, south of the NCAA Tournament. Think of it as a taco stand with a buy-one/get-one-free offer. You may not drive 10 miles out of your way for it but if you’re in the neighborhood and you’re really hungry — oh, you’re there. And probably dressing...
Molly Talbert lost 80 pounds

Molly Talbert lost 80 pounds

Success story Former weight: 260 pounds Current weight: 180 pounds Pounds lost: 80 pounds Height: 5 feet 7 inches Age: 32 years How long she’s kept it off: Started in 2014 and reached her current weight this month. Personal life: “I live in Duluth; I am a special education teacher for high school,” says Talbert. “I had a really hard time when I was in high school, just the...
Drugs found in boy’s backpack after Gwinnett mom goes missing

Drugs found in boy’s backpack after Gwinnett mom goes missing

The family of a missing Gwinnett County mother fears she may have been kidnapped after drugs were found in her child’s backpack after she disappeared, Channel 2 Action News reported. Beatriz Espinoza, 25, disappeared Friday and her 3-year-old son was found hours later wandering alone in a shopping center near the family’s apartment complex, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported...

Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band return to Atlanta this fall

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band will return to Atlanta for the first time in five years with a show this fall. Starr and his gang since 2012 – Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette – will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Fox Theatre. Tickets are $45-$145 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. April 7 at...
Candler Building’s transformation into Curio Hotel delayed until 2018

Candler Building’s transformation into Curio Hotel delayed until 2018

Work to turn the Candler Building into a Curio Collection hotel by Hilton continues, but it won’t open as early as anticipated. The hotel giant said recently that the new hotel will open its doors in the fourth quarter of 2018, a year later than previously announced. The brand did not explain the delay. Hilton revealed its plans to turn the historic downtown office building into a 265-room hotel...
Here’s how developers would handle parking at Marietta Square Market

Here’s how developers would handle parking at Marietta Square Market

A developer of the proposed food hall in downtown Marietta laid out its parking plan Monday. The 18,000-square-foot Marietta Square Market was announced last week but has not yet appeared before any city body for approval. The project aims to be like hip, go-to Atlanta spots Krog Street and Ponce City markets, but inside Marietta Station, 68 N. Marietta Parkway NW. Concordia Properties...
Marietta woman dies weeks after dump truck crash

Marietta woman dies weeks after dump truck crash

A Cobb County woman who had been in the hospital died Friday, more than two weeks after a dump truck crashed into her car. Nicole Garrison, 30, of Marietta, had been suffering from injuries related to the March 9 crash, Cobb County police spokeswoman Officer Alicia Chilton said.  According to police, Garrison was driving on Roswell Road when a Ford dump truck — driven by...
‘Big Sexy’ to start for Braves in SunTrust Park exhibition game Friday

‘Big Sexy’ to start for Braves in SunTrust Park exhibition game Friday

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Bartolo Colon will throw the first pitch in a game at SunTrust Park, albeit an exhibition game. The 43-year-old former Cy Young Award winner, known as “Big Bart” or “Big Sexy,” will start Friday’s exhibition game against the Yankees, the first of at least a half-dozen Atlanta pitchers likely to see action in the final game before things...
Carrollton deaths ruled murder-suicide

Carrollton deaths ruled murder-suicide

A Carroll County man shot his wife and then himself Sunday, police said. The shooting happened on Tulip Way in Carrollton about 3 p.m. Jonathan Mayfield, 41, shot and killed Martha Mayfield, 42, and then shot himself, officials told Channel 2 Action News. The Carrollton couple had filed for divorce earlier this month, Carrollton police Chief Deputy Brad Robinson said. They had been married...
Lost Southern Voices festival puts focus on lesser-known writers

Lost Southern Voices festival puts focus on lesser-known writers

From William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams to Flannery O’Connor and Harper Lee, the South is known the world over for its great writers, but the monumental fame of the giants can easily overshadow the work of other, lesser-known writers from the region. Bringing the work of forgotten Southern writers to light is the aim of a new Atlanta literary festival taking place on Georgia State...
‘RHOA’ roundup: Phaedra/Apollo divorce drama, Nene vs. Kim, Matt Jordan vs. Peter Thomas

‘RHOA’ roundup: Phaedra/Apollo divorce drama, Nene vs. Kim, Matt Jordan vs. Peter Thomas

Apollo and Phaedra during the taping of the season 6 reunion show for “Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Bazemore ‘trending upward’ for return to Hawks lineup

Bazemore ‘trending upward’ for return to Hawks lineup

Kent Bazemore admitted he was scared. The Hawks starting guard has been sidelined for four straight games with a right knee bone bruise diagnosed after an MRI exam last week. He will miss a fifth game when the Hawks host the Suns on Tuesday. However, all signs point to a return at the 76ers on Wednesday. Bazemore was injured during the Hawks loss to the Trail Blazers on March 18. The MRI was performed...
New neighborhood bistro officially open in Cabbagetown

New neighborhood bistro officially open in Cabbagetown

The lemony chicken sandwich at Petit Chou. / Photo contributed by Petit Chou An “industrial chic” neighborhood bistro has opened its doors in Cabbagetown after being in soft open mode last week.
Early voting in Roswell, South Fulton runoffs doesn’t start until April

Early voting in Roswell, South Fulton runoffs doesn’t start until April

Early voting already has started for the April 18 elections to fill a hotly contested Congressional seat in the 6th district, as well as a state representative post. But it will be two weeks before it gets underway for local elections in Fulton County. Runoffs in Roswell and South Fulton also will be held April 18, but early voting for those elections doesn’t start until April 10. It ends April...
Hawks search for beautiful destination at end of rocky path

Hawks search for beautiful destination at end of rocky path

The Hawks are going down a dark path. They have lost seven straight games, a skid that has come at the wrong time with just nine contests remaining in the regular season. A playoff berth and positioning are on the line. The slumping team will again be without three starters — Paul Millsap, Kent Bazemore and Thabo Sefolosha — when they host the Suns on Tuesday, the second straight game...
At 50, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band proud to be elder statesmen of Americana

At 50, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band proud to be elder statesmen of Americana

John McEuen, multi-instrumentalist and a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, keeps a scathing, late-1960s Billboard magazine review in a special place. The article doubted the roots-laden California outfit would ever score a record deal. “It (hangs) in a frame with our first platinum album,” said a chuckling McEuen over the phone. The band, which twanged Americana decades...
What are options if Atlanta United’s internationals can’t play Seattle?

What are options if Atlanta United’s internationals can’t play Seattle?

Should any of the Atlanta United players currently playing with their national teams not be able to play in Friday’s game against Seattle, manager Gerardo Martino has several options to fill the voids. Striker Josef Martinez (Venezuela), attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron (Paraguay), striker Kenwyne Jones (Trinidad and Tobago) and holding midfielder Carlos Carmona (Chile) have been with their...
Three Fulton classmates win national scholarship

Three Fulton classmates win national scholarship

Three students at Westlake High School in South Fulton won’t pay a cent for college tuition after collectively winning almost $600,000 in scholarships. The three were named Posse Scholars by the Posse Foundation. Abdullah Robins will receive $199,600 to attend Boston University. Owen Manning will receive $207,800 to attend George Washington University. Xavier Maldonado will receive $192...
Police Search For Person Using Poisoned Hot Dogs To Sicken Dogs

Police Search For Person Using Poisoned Hot Dogs To Sicken Dogs

Police Search For Person Using Poisoned Hot Dogs To Sicken Dogs
Hartsfield-Jackson strikes $181.5 million deal to build new parking deck

Hartsfield-Jackson strikes $181.5 million deal to build new parking deck

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has struck a $181.5 million deal to build a new parking deck that will be reachable via the airport SkyTrain. The Atlanta airport is building the parking deck to replace parking being displaced during construction of various airport projects including in the West economy lot where a new InterContinental hotel will be built, the park-ride reserve lot that...
Funeral set for Cherokee teacher killed in car crash

Funeral set for Cherokee teacher killed in car crash

A Cherokee County middle school teacher who was killed in a car crash will be buried Tuesday.  Kevin White, 37, of Canton, died Friday after his F-150 went off a 100-foot embankment on I-575 at Little River Bridge near Ridgewalk Parkway in Woodstock, officials said. He was a chorus teacher at E.T. Booth Middle School in Woodstock.  White’s funeral will be held Tuesday at Canton First...
An odd Final Four - two each from the Carolinas and the Northwest

An odd Final Four - two each from the Carolinas and the Northwest

Know how folks sometimes say that CBS rigs the NCAA Tournament to get the Final Four that’s best for TV? Nobody rigged this one. Because here’s what we’ve got: One regional winner that, as of St. Patrick’s Day, hadn’t won an NCAA Tournament game in 44 years, and two more based in the Pacific Northwest. Of these three, two are gracing their first Final Four; the third...
Gainesville woman accused in hit-and-run death

Gainesville woman accused in hit-and-run death

Two days after a woman was knocked into a ditch and left dead on the side of a Georgia highway, a Gainesville woman faces felony vehicular homicide charges in her death. Rachel Elizabeth Bond, 25, was arrested Sunday morning, the Georgia State Patrol said. She is accused of driving a 2010 Dodge Charger into Brenda Kaye Turpin, 41, as she was walking on the south shoulder of Ga. 323 at about 7...
Atlanta United announces TV personalities

Atlanta United announces TV personalities

Atlanta United has hired veterans Alan Green, Kevin Egan, Dan Gargan and Brittany Arnold as the team’s broadcast crew for its inaugural MLS season on Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southeast. Green, of BBC Radio Sport, and Egan, of beIN sports, will split play-by-play duties. Gargan, an MLS veteran, will be the color analyst. Arnold, of beIN Sports, will be the studio host and sideline reporter...
No relief: Millsap, Bazemore and Sefolosha out vs. Suns

No relief: Millsap, Bazemore and Sefolosha out vs. Suns

No relief for the Hawks - at least not Tuesday. The Hawks will be without starters Paul Millsap (left knee tightness), Kent Bazemore (right knee bone bruise) and Thabo Sefolosha (right groin strain) for Tuesday’s game against the Suns. Bazemore appears close to a return and there is a chance the guard will be back for Wednesday’s game at the 76ers. There is not indication that Millsap...
All-clear given at Ola High School after evacuation

All-clear given at Ola High School after evacuation

In a four-day span, two Henry County schools were evacuated due to possible bomb threats.  Ola High School was evacuated for an hour Monday after officials found a note about a bomb, Henry County Schools spokesman J.D. Hardin said.  The note was found about 1 p.m. It was not immediately known who found the note or where it was found.  Hardin said law enforcement was at...
19-year-old to graduate Clark Atlanta early, plans to be an astronaut

19-year-old to graduate Clark Atlanta early, plans to be an astronaut

In May, Ronald McCullough Jr. will graduate college at the same age most students are still early underclassmen.  But doing things ahead of schedule is not unusual for the 19-year-old, whose “genius-level intelligence” allowed him to skip second grade and graduate from Maynard Jackson High School at 15, according to a news release.  McCullough enrolled in Clark Atlanta...
Theater review: Serenbe Playhouse nails the timeless appeal of ‘Grease’

Theater review: Serenbe Playhouse nails the timeless appeal of ‘Grease’

It started out as a 1950s rock musical about a high-school hotshot who is simultaneously in love with a car and a girl he meets on summer vacation. This was 1971. By 1978, the Jim Jacobs-Warren Casey musical “Grease” had been turned into a film starring John Travolta as Danny and Olivia Newton-John as Sandy. (For the movie, Barry Gibb wrote a new title song, performed by Frankie Valli...
Proposals would bring hundreds of new townhomes to Gwinnett

Proposals would bring hundreds of new townhomes to Gwinnett

Two separate proposals on the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners’ Tuesday night agenda would bring hundreds of new townhomes to the county. One proposal would enable to construction of 190 attached townhomes on roughly 35 acres near Brown Road and I-85, about two miles east of the Mall of Georgia. The residences would be “senior-targeted,” according to planning documents...
Too much interesting basketball to worry about Hawks just yet

Too much interesting basketball to worry about Hawks just yet

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer confers with guard Dennis Schroder and center Dwight Howard during Sunday’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
Here’s Clayton County Public Schools’ 2017 graduation schedule

Here’s Clayton County Public Schools’ 2017 graduation schedule

Clayton County Public Schools has released its 2017 graduation schedule. High school graduates will get their diplomas over a three-day period, May 24-26. All 10 Clayton County high schools will hold commencement ceremonies this year at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park. In previous years, the district has held graduation at the Georgia Dome, which is being emptied...
Fulton County office, department moving

Fulton County office, department moving

The Fulton County vital records office is scheduled to open its new location at the Fulton County Government Center, 141 Pryor St. S.W. Suite 1029A on April 7. The office will close its current location at Aldredge Health Center on Jesse Hill, Jr. Drive on March 30. Fulton County’s Health Department will also move from Jesse Hill Jr. Drive when it opens its new center, which will have modern...
Ariston: A look at Julio Jones’ Mall of Georgia project

Ariston: A look at Julio Jones’ Mall of Georgia project

Blood drive to honor business owner allegedly killed by son

Blood drive to honor business owner allegedly killed by son

A North Georgia business owner will be honored Monday at a blood drive in Athens, just days after he died from gunshot wounds.  Mike Blanton, owner of Dalton Carpet One Floor and Home, died after his son David Michael Blanton allegedly shot him multiple times Thursday, according to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office. The elder Blanton died of complications from his wounds about 6:30 a...
Georgia lawmakers head into Let’s Make a Deal week as session nears end

Georgia lawmakers head into Let’s Make a Deal week as session nears end

The General Assembly has put in 38 of the 40 days it’s authorized to work each year, and the 2017 session ends this week. Most of what’s been done so far is window dressing. After spending months and untold hours honoring high school football teams, beauty queens, 4-H members, local officials, celebrities, heroes, visiting politicians and pretty much anybody who happens to walk off the...
Review: Atlanta Opera’s ‘Don Pasquale’ is fresh, fun and lively

Review: Atlanta Opera’s ‘Don Pasquale’ is fresh, fun and lively

“Bravo!” is what opera fans typically cry out when a performance hits the mark, but the Atlanta Opera’s current production of Gaetano Donizetti’s classic bel canto comedy “Don Pasquale” is just as likely to elicit cries of “Hooray for Hollywood!” The production updates the action of the work to the Golden Age of Hollywood, and the result is a fresh...
Leggings on a plane: Delta says it has no “item-specific” policy for pass travel

Leggings on a plane: Delta says it has no “item-specific” policy for pass travel

It was the leggings policy heard ’round the world. After United Airlines declined to allow several girls who were wearing leggings to board a flight on pass travel, then another passenger tweeted about it, the question of airline dress policies went viral. But some have also pointed out that airlines often have more stringent policies for employees’ friends or family who are traveling...
Chicken chain expanding to Georgia with locations in Gwinnett, Cobb counties

Chicken chain expanding to Georgia with locations in Gwinnett, Cobb counties

Van Jakes is bringing Cowboy Chicken to Atlanta. / Contributed photo A Dallas-based fast-casual chicken chain is bringing its birds to Georgia this year.
Atlanta United moving training to Marietta next week

Atlanta United moving training to Marietta next week

Atlanta United is scheduled to begin training in its new complex in Marietta next week. The team is holding its final practice session on Monday at the Falcons complex in Flowery Branch. The MLS team will train in Marietta on Tuesday and Wednesday, before flying later that day to Seattle for Friday’s game. The $60 million training complex is off Franklin Gateway in Marietta. The team announced...
Are we all April’s fools? Internet doubts if giraffe really is pregnant

Are we all April’s fools? Internet doubts if giraffe really is pregnant

One giraffe in New York has turned into a viral sensation after a live stream of her pregnancy has attracted millions of viewers. April, a giraffe at Animal Adventure Park in New York, is pregnant with her fourth calf. The 15-year-old giraffe was thought to have gotten pregnant in late 2015 with a 5-year-old male giraffe named Oliver. Giraffes have a 13-15 month gestation period, and zoo...
In the name of Allah? Family challenges state on daughter’s name

In the name of Allah? Family challenges state on daughter’s name

An Atlanta family is at odds with the state over their right to give their daughter the last name of their choosing. Elizabeth Handy and Bilal Walk, claim that Georgia officials are refusing to grant their daughter — ZalyKha Graceful Lorraina Allah – a birth certificate. With the backing of the ACLU of Georgia, they are suing the state on the grounds that they are being denied basic...
The most beautiful college campus in Georgia is a 27,000-acre nature oasis

The most beautiful college campus in Georgia is a 27,000-acre nature oasis

Imagine hitting the books in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains before hitting the trails for some horseback riding for a short study break. At Georgia’s most beautiful college, it’s all possible.   With nearly 30,000 bucolic acres of marshland, lakes, mountains and picturesque English Gothic-inspired architecture, its no surprise Berry College in Rome, Georgia, was...
Alpharetta native makes Final Four with South Carolina

Alpharetta native makes Final Four with South Carolina

Red-shirt junior forward Jarrell Holliman hasn’t played much for South Carolina’s men’s basketball team this season, but he’s still part of the roster that led the Gamecocks to their first appearance in the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The 6-foot-7 Alpharetta native has played in 15 games for the Gamecocks this season during their run to college...
Atlanta age bias case being appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

Atlanta age bias case being appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

Can a job applicant sue an employer for discriminating against older workers? The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals here last fall answered a resounding no in a case brought by an Atlanta man who got no response when he applied for a sales job at R.
Cobb students run restaurant to benefit charity

Cobb students run restaurant to benefit charity

The gifted fourth-grade classroom at Cheatham Hill Elementary School in Cobb County was hard at work. Students were painting posters, filling dozens of Mason jars with dry pasta and rolling silverware in napkins. “Today is the deadline,” said 9-year-old Cameron Silva with great enthusiasm. “So it’s gotta be done today!” The students were preparing to run a restaurant...
Bird flu found in Georgia chicken flock

Bird flu found in Georgia chicken flock

A flock of chickens in a Chattooga County commercial farm has tested positive for a low-pathogenic strain of the avian flu, the state Department of Agriculture said Monday.  It is the first confirmation of bird flu in commercial poultry in Georgia.  The entire flock was killed as a precaution, although Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black’s office said no infected animals entered the...
Tom Price: The Republican now in charge of Obamacare

Tom Price: The Republican now in charge of Obamacare

Over at RealClearPolitics, Bill Scher writes that Tom Price may have been the saddest man in Washington over the weekend. The guy gave up a safe congressional seat and perhaps a run for governor, too, all for the vanished chance to construct a national health care system in the conservative image. Writes Scher: But instead of being the point person for repeal, now [Price] will be responsible for the...
Cadillac Jack, back from heart attack, signs four-year extension with Kicks

Cadillac Jack, back from heart attack, signs four-year extension with Kicks

Cadillac Jack was given a party with a lounger on Monday morning March 27, 2017 at Carl Black Buick GMC in Kennesaw.
Buy This: 3 snacks you’ll want to keep on hand

Buy This: 3 snacks you’ll want to keep on hand

This week we’re thinking about fuel for your walks in these beautiful spring days, snacks for the kids as they go from school to practice to home and something to munch on as you sit at your desk. Nuts, Chocolate and Fruit Atlanta-based small batch chocolate maker Xocolatl produces lovely single-origin chocolate bars with beans sourced from around the world. But they also make trail mix in two...
Opinion: Post-AHCA, how health reform can move forward in Georgia

Opinion: Post-AHCA, how health reform can move forward in Georgia

The fate of the GOP’s effort to repeal and replace Obamacare is in grave doubt. That doesn’t mean health reform is stuck in Georgia.
Fire severely damages Buford Highway auto shop

Fire severely damages Buford Highway auto shop

A fire caused extensive damage to an automotive shop and shut down Buford Highway in both directions for nearly two hours Monday morning.  Fire crews were dispatched to the 5800 block of Buford Highway at about 7:10 a.m., authorities said. An employee of Norcross Auto and Truck Repair reported the blaze after seeing smoke and fire while opening the shop. “The blaze was burning heavily...
2 injured in ‘running gun battle’ with Atlanta police

2 injured in ‘running gun battle’ with Atlanta police

Two people were injured Monday when a man shot a woman, then pointed his rifle at Atlanta police officers, police said. Officers responded to a call about 4:30 a.m. about a woman being held against her will at gunpoint at an apartment on Bent Creek Way, Atlanta Deputy Chief Jeff Glazier said. “When the officers arrived, they found the suspect actively shooting at the female as she...
MLS Power Poll: Week 4

MLS Power Poll: Week 4

My weekly MLS Power Poll is out. As with player ratings, this is just meant to start conversation and not to be taken too seriously. Because there were only three games last week, there aren’t a lot changes to the rankings. Here we go: Last week: 1. Result: No game. Leaving them right here for now. Next game: Off this week. - Last week: 2. Result: Lost to Columbus 3-2. You knew they would lose...

One wine glass to rule them all

At some point along every wine drinker’s arc of discovery, the time comes to invest in a set of glasses. Choosing the right one may seem complicated, confusing and occasionally overwhelming. The process can be fraught with anxiety, as many different glass styles are available, and points of view clash on what is proper and necessary. Corkscrew aside, a stemmed glass is the only indispensable...
Our messed-up relationship with food  started with butter.

Our messed-up relationship with food started with butter.

Have you ever eaten butter by the spoon? Butter without toast to prop it up or eggs to fry in it - butter for its own tangy, full-flavored, exquisite sake? Elaine Khosrova does this, not infrequently. She warms a variety of types to room temperature, gets a glass of water to clear her palate between rounds and pries delicately at her subjects with scientific curiosity, observing how the different...
Attention, America: Dorie Greenspan's bringing back the quiche

Attention, America: Dorie Greenspan's bringing back the quiche

Being a part-time Parisian allows me a full-time love affair with quiche. The savory tart is everywhere. My favorite cafes have a quiche on the menu; the flavor changes daily, but it's always served with the same little green salad (and a not very good dressing, which must come from cafe-central; it's inescapable). Gérard Mulot, the patissier down the street, is famous for his quiches. They're...
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