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Take to task for April 24

Fixed!-Atlanta In early April, we told you about a request from George Tokarczyk to fix a pothole at 3334 Peachtree Rd. NE between the Meridian Buckhead and Buckhead Grand Hotel. Potholes are the biggest complaint we receive, and we’re pleased to report that the problem has now been resolved. City officials said the pothole has been fixed and sent us a picture of the now smooth roadway. Days...


Whose Glock is it? Tex McIver bond revocation hearing steeped in drama

Whose Glock is it? Tex McIver bond revocation hearing steeped in drama

What started as a bond revocation hearing for Claud “Tex” McIver ended in a cliffhanger over the ownership of a Glock pistol, the latest bizarre twist in a saga filled with them. The gun was found in McIver’s sock drawer last Friday by an investigator with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office — a clear violation of his bond. The Atlanta attorney was charged last...
Boy’s screams during party: ‘Mom, they shot me! They shot me!’

Boy’s screams during party: ‘Mom, they shot me! They shot me!’

She had no idea the sounds she heard were gunshots. “I thought they were setting off fireworks for the kids,” Megan Holmes said Friday afternoon. She and her four youngest children were at a neighbor’s cookout Thursday evening in south Fulton County when she heard the shots, followed by screams. Her children were inside an inflatable bounce house, and when she got to 3-year-old Lawrence...
$1M Lottery winner: ‘I believe I was sent a sign’

$1M Lottery winner: ‘I believe I was sent a sign’

A Columbus man turned two family deaths into his advantage in winning $1 million-plus in the Georgia Lottery. “My mom passed nine years ago, and my son passed last year,” Clifton Borders Jr., 61, said in a news release from lottery officials. “I played their ages.” Borders was at a clinic undergoing dialysis when he discovered he had won $1,016,710 from the April 16 Fantasy...
Atlanta named one of America’s most charming cities for ‘historic charm and buzz-worthy cool’

Atlanta named one of America’s most charming cities for ‘historic charm and buzz-worthy cool’

With the help of Atlanta’s penchant for Southern comfort food, along with its lovely historic buildings, the city was voted one of the most charming cities in America by Travel+Leisure readers. The magazine's “America’s Most Charming Cities” list is part of the comprehensive “America’s Favorite Cities” survey in which 50,000 readers analyzed 38...
Georgia Dome site to become park after demolition

Georgia Dome site to become park after demolition

More than two decades after it cut off the communities around Vine City and English Avenue from downtown, the Georgia Dome is giving way to a public park that residents there can call their own. Officials with Home Depot and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new home of the Atlanta Falcons, announced plans to create Home Depot Backyard, a 13-acre park that will replace a portion of the Dome site when it...
Another earthquake reported in Georgia

Another earthquake reported in Georgia

A minor earthquake was reported early Friday near Augusta, according to multiple media reports. The 2.5 magnitude earthquake was reported about 2:40 a.m. northwest of Evans. It occurred about five miles underground, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. There were no reports of damage. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en"...
‘To Catch a Predator’ spinoff films in DeKalb; 2 men arrested

‘To Catch a Predator’ spinoff films in DeKalb; 2 men arrested

After allegedly arranging to meet a minor for sex, two men walked into a filming of a spinoff of the TV show “To Catch a Predator” in DeKalb County. The show filmed last Wednesday in the Stonecrest area, according to police records released Friday, and was assisted by DeKalb police. Jermaine Jackson Howard, 43, of Decatur, and Federeco Mendez, 45, of Conyers, face sex trafficking...
What to know about the Big Shanty Festival in Cobb this weekend

What to know about the Big Shanty Festival in Cobb this weekend

Aaaaaalllllllll aboooooooard! The Big Shanty Festival is coming back to Kennesaw this weekend. In its 41st year, the free festival will feature more than 200 crafters and artisans along with live entertainment, inflatables for kids and 40 different types of food. And what is a Big Shanty? The city’s website explains: “The abundance of water and high ground adjacent to the railroad...
Naked man in DeKalb tree: I’m looking for a cat

Naked man in DeKalb tree: I’m looking for a cat

As excuses for being nude in a tree at 5 p.m. go, his was pretty good. Stone Mountain residents called 911 Saturday, perplexed by the presence of the man on Scarbrough Lane, according to a police report. Neighbors thought he was “suspicious.” When one resident spied the 42-year-old man perched above his backyard, the stranger tried to explain. The nude man said he was looking for a cat...
Wild Wing Cafe in N. Fulton flunks health inspection

Wild Wing Cafe in N. Fulton flunks health inspection

One of the slogans for Wild Wing Cafe is “Hot Wings, Cold Beer & Good Times!” But if the wings aren’t as hot as they should be, that probably isn’t much of a good time for the customer. The Wild Wing Cafe location at 5530 Windward Parkway in Alpharetta failed a health inspection on April 17, getting a score of 56/U. Among several violations, a Fulton County inspector...
After 54 surgeries, victim of Cobb FedEx shooting is finally home

After 54 surgeries, victim of Cobb FedEx shooting is finally home

The most seriously injured victim of a 2014 shooting at a FedEx facility in Kennesaw is now home for good, according to Channel 2 Action News. Christopher Sparkman was working as a security guard April 29, 2014, at the sorting facility when 19-year-old Geddy Kramer opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun, injuring six people before killing himself. Sparkman got shot in his stomach ...
Give Back Connection for April 22

Give Back Connection for April 22

Help with vision and hearing services Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation is the only statewide provider of vision and hearing services. The organization needs volunteers to meet the demand for eyeglasses requests for mission trips. Help is needed to get the eyeglasses ready. Volunteer opportunities in the Recycling Center include, but are not limited to: washing and sorting eyeglasses and reading...
Nuestra Comunidad: Dentist’s mission is to transform lives

Nuestra Comunidad: Dentist’s mission is to transform lives

For Colombian dentist Lía Patricia Gallo, the ‘American Dream’ was different than that of many other immigrants. Hers was to be able to change people’s lives with the only thing she had to offer: her job. She never imagined, however, that she would end up transforming not only the life of her own family but the lives of over 300 people, both Hispanics and Americans, in Georgia...
DeKalb fireman feels ‘blessed’ to catch baby from burning building

DeKalb fireman feels ‘blessed’ to catch baby from burning building

The first thing you notice about Robert Sutton, the 31-year-old DeKalb County firefighter of 10 years, is humility.  Anybody would’ve done what I did, he assures. But it’s hard to know what to say now, after his work to save a baby from a burning Glenwood Road apartment made local news, then national, then international. “It feels like I’m a celebrity or something,&rdquo...
A convention for romance novel lovers is real, and coming to Atlanta

A convention for romance novel lovers is real, and coming to Atlanta

A convention designed for lovers of romance novels — and subgenres including urban fantasy, erotica, young adult — is coming to Atlanta. The RT Booklovers Convention will host more than 800 authors, including Atlanta natives Piper Huguley and Karin Slaughter. (It doesn’t look like “50 Shades of Grey” author E. L. James will be there, in case you&rsquo...
DeKalb pays $275K to settle lawsuits over water and sewer spills

DeKalb pays $275K to settle lawsuits over water and sewer spills

At least eight times since October 2015, raw sewage from DeKalb County’s decrepit sewer system has spilled into the grassy, well-manicured backyard of Joel and Kimberly Easley. The persistent problem created health hazards, the Easleys argued in a lawsuit, and it reduced the value of their home in Decatur’s Oakhurt neighborhood. This week, the county government agreed to pay the couple...
Video of Cobb teen drowning in Belize released on ‘GMA’

Video of Cobb teen drowning in Belize released on ‘GMA’

A video of a 14-year-old boy drowning within feet of fellow North Cobb High School students on a school trip in Belize was shown during a “Good “Morning America” segment Friday. Tomari Jackson’s mother Adell Forbes — who is suing the school district along with the chaperones and the trip organizer — spoke about watching the February 2016 video. &ldquo...
Chamblee acquires land for Linear Park

Chamblee acquires land for Linear Park

The city of Chamblee Mayor and City Council have approved the acquisition of approximately 10 acres of green space located at 4197 North Shallowford Road. The site is located along Nancy Creek, between North Shallowford Road and North Peachtree Road south of Savoy Drive. The acquisition allows for the continued planning of park and trail connectivity, a goal of Chamblee’s Mayor and Council....
Traffic alert: Race will shut down some north Fulton roads Saturday

Traffic alert: Race will shut down some north Fulton roads Saturday

The “Run the River” 5K and 10K races are coming to Roswell this weekend and road closures are coming with it. Several stretches of Riverside Road will be closed Saturday morning between 7 and 9 a.m. Here’s what drivers traveling through the area need to know: Both lanes of Riverside Road — between Dogwood Road and St. Andrew’s Catholic Church — will be closed...
Brookhaven completes E. Roxboro sidewalk installation and improvements

Brookhaven completes E. Roxboro sidewalk installation and improvements

Walking along E. Roxboro Road just got easier and safer. The city of Brookhaven Public Works Department is finishing up an 800-foot section of sidewalk on E. Roxboro near Goodwin drive, which provides connectivity to two other sidewalks already in place. The $174,000 project included a raised granite platform, handrails, and corrected drainage issues at the site. Council Member Joe Gebbia says this...
Gwinnett sheriff seeking 2 men charged with serious sexual crimes

Gwinnett sheriff seeking 2 men charged with serious sexual crimes

The Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office is looking for six men with outstanding warrants, including two charged with aggravated sexual battery and other serious sexual crimes. Police have been searching for Leo Escudero Olivares for nearly three weeks. He is accused of physically and sexually assaulting a woman in a Lawrenceville home and has been charged with aggravated sexual battery...
Sandy Springs acts on ‘BYOB’ art, cooking studios

Sandy Springs acts on ‘BYOB’ art, cooking studios

The Sandy Springs City Council has clarified the ability of entities whose “primary business” is art, sewing, embroidery or cooking instruction to let patrons bring beer and wine to classes. It also has reduced the fees the shops would pay to allow alcohol on the premises. Under a “brown bag” or “BYOB” resolution recently approved 4-2 by the Council, customers can...
AAA awards grant for Woodstock speed signs

AAA awards grant for Woodstock speed signs

An AAA Traffic Safety Grant will pay for two traffic speed radar signs for the Woodstock Police Department. The auto association recently notified the department that it has been awarded the $5,796 grant to pay for two Traffic Logix SafePace 100 Radar Speed Signs. The devices come with lithium-ion batteries, AC chargers, Bluetooth capability, mounting brackets and SafePace Pro software, city documents...
Bebe closes stores across nation; 63 jobs impacted in Georgia

Bebe closes stores across nation; 63 jobs impacted in Georgia

Another popular retailer is ditching its brick and mortar stores and going to an online-only business. Bebe Stores Inc. — a women’s clothing chain based in San Francisco with 170 locations across the United States — is closing all of its stores and shifting its focus to become an online-only retailer. Bloomberg first reported this on March 21 and said that Bebe has &ldquo...
Cumming mayor seeks another term

Cumming mayor seeks another term

Cumming’s longtime mayor is seeking another four years in office. Mayor H. Ford Gravitt made his intentions known recently. He said he was contacted by more than 200 supporters and residents urging him to make the run despite some recent health issues. Gravitt, 75, was first elected in 1971 after serving two terms on the city council. He said among the accomplishments of his lengthy tenure have...
Cobb park-and-ride-lot meeting set

Cobb park-and-ride-lot meeting set

Community comments are requested concerning a new Cobb County park-and-ride lot. A Public Information Open House on the proposed Hickory Grove Park-and-Ride Lot will be held by the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Pitner Elementary School, 4575 Wade Green Road, Acworth. There will be no formal presentation. A 522-space Xpress Commuter Coach park-and-ride facility...
Cobb to consider no animal tethering

Cobb to consider no animal tethering

Dogs soon may receive total relief from tethering in Cobb County. A third public hearing and final vote are expected 7 p.m. Tuesday in the BOC Board Room, second floor, 100 Cherokee St., Marietta by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners on whether to change the county code for dog tethering. Tether means “any chain, rope, leash, tie out or wire designed to restrain an animal which is attached...
Duluth salary survey results in increase for some

Duluth salary survey results in increase for some

The Duluth City Council voted recently to approve recommendations from the city’s annual salary survey classification pay plan study and incorporate the results in the fiscal year 2018 proposed budget, effective July 3. The Human Resource Manager researches and compares salary ranges in Duluth with 14 other local jurisdictions in order to determine the prevailing pay range for each position...
Subdivision approved near Austell

Subdivision approved near Austell

A subdivision of 93 homes near Tramore Park on the East-West Connector was approved 5-0 Tuesday by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners. Hicks Business Enterprises will be the developer of this 41-acre subdivision on the south side of Hurt Road. With nearly four units per acre, the single-family detached homes will have a homeowners association, pool, cabana and clubhouse, said applicant attorney...
Roswell to dedicate new fire station

Roswell to dedicate new fire station

The city of Roswell is inviting the public to the 8:15 p.m. April 27 dedication of its new Fire Station No. 4 at Old Alabama Road and Market Boulevard, near the Publix shopping center. The evening includes a tour of the 15,000-square-foot facility, a two-story building with three drive-through bays, living quarters on the ground floor and sleeping quarters on the top floor. The station occupies a...
Get free Wi-Fi at home with new Gwinnett library program

Get free Wi-Fi at home with new Gwinnett library program

The Gwinnett County Public Library is making it easier to get Wi-Fi in your home for free — for three weeks at a time. The library system is launching the Connect Gwinnett program on Monday. Library patrons with a “Full Access” or “Branch Out” card will be able to check out a Wi-Fi hot spot, along with a USB cable and wall charger for up to three weeks.  The...
Introducing the limited edition AJC Peachtree Road Race 2017 kicks

Introducing the limited edition AJC Peachtree Road Race 2017 kicks

Participating in the 2017 AJC Peachtree Road Race? Now you can snag a pair of custom race-themed sneakers to commemorate the big day. The Peachtree Wave Rider 20, which dons all of Atlanta’s popular skylines — downtown, Midtown and Buckhead — was created by footwear company Mizuno, its second year creating the exclusive AJC Peachtree Road Race shoe. The inspiration...
GBI confirms remains found are missing Gwinnett mom

GBI confirms remains found are missing Gwinnett mom

Human remains found in Lumpkin County were that of missing Gwinnett County mother Tosha Herron, GBI officials confirmed Friday afternoon.  The 36-year-old mother of three was reported missing in October after her family found her car 150 feet down a ravine in the Chestatee Wildlife Management area. She was headed to Blue Ridge at the time, her family said.  <div></div><...
Fulton councilwoman to stand trial on Gwinnett theft charges

Fulton councilwoman to stand trial on Gwinnett theft charges

A Hapeville city councilwoman is scheduled to stand trial next week on charges out of Gwinnett County, where she’s accused of conning her brother-in-law out of more than $100,000 just before his death. The Gwinnett case against Ruth Braley Barr is separate from a sprawling state investigation into her tax preparation business. Barr, a financial planner and accountant, was...
Student expelled after unopened beer found in his car

Student expelled after unopened beer found in his car

An 18-year-old student has been expelled from a Georgia high school after five cans of unopened beer were found on the floorboard of his car in the school parking lot, according to Channel 2 Action News. The Bowdon High School senior’s punishment has sparked debate throughout Carroll County and prompted a review of the district’s student code of conduct, the television station reported...
Close to Home for April 22

Close to Home for April 22

VFW Golf Tournament in Conyers Rockdale County VFWs charity golf tournament. 7:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. shotgun start today. $60. Honey Creek Golf & Country Club, 635 Clubhouse Drive SE, Conyers. Funds raised will go to support Rockdale County veterans, including transitional housing. VFW Auxiliary Chairman John Darby at 770-713-3487 or HaveMowersWillTravel@gmail.com. Roswell Cycling Festival...
Atlanta federal prisoner says escape was basically a smoke break

Atlanta federal prisoner says escape was basically a smoke break

Inmate Justin Stinson told a federal judge it was his nicotine addiction — specifically cigarettes — that was behind his decision to escape briefly from the U.S. Penitentiary prison camp in southeast Atlanta. “I’ve been smoking since I was 10,” said Stinson, who is already serving a sentence for possession of a firearm by a felon. That habit, Senior U.S. District Judge...
This low-paid Atlanta lawyer is one of the best

This low-paid Atlanta lawyer is one of the best

For decades, Stephen Bright has worked to provide the quality of legal representation to the powerless and impoverished that only the wealthiest clients could afford. All the while, he has done so on a shoestring, forsaking the riches his profession could bring. Bright settled in Atlanta in 1982, when he took over what’s now known as the Southern Center for Human Rights. He routinely worked...
Dogs and Owls collide at Kennesaw State baseball's 'Bark in the Park'

Dogs and Owls collide at Kennesaw State baseball's 'Bark in the Park'

Whether you are a dog, a person with a dog or a dog person, Kennesaw State University has something going on this weekend that might interest you. The school is holding a “Bark in the Park” event during the baseball game Saturday as the KSU Owls host the Jacksonville University Dolphins. It costs $5 to get into the 2 p.m. game at the Stillwell Stadium on campus. There will...
Mayor Kasim Reed names Atlanta city attorney to replace Cathy Hampton

Mayor Kasim Reed names Atlanta city attorney to replace Cathy Hampton

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has named a new city attorney to replace Cathy Hampton, the city said Thursday.  Jeremy Berry, a partner at Dentons law firm, will assume the position of the city’s top legal officer. The move follows the city’s announcement Tuesday that Hampton plans to step down from her post May 19. Reed said he has gotten to know Berry as a "...
Friends, family, fellow Marietta firefighters honor Ron Herens

Friends, family, fellow Marietta firefighters honor Ron Herens

It was the up-to-no-good look in his eye. That’s the thing folks mentioned most Wednesday during the celebration of life ceremony for Ron Herens, the Marietta firefighter killed by a suspected drunk driver while on vacation in Los Angeles. The April 10 wreck killed the 23-year-old and injured two other Marietta firemen — Dillon Guest and Doug Clancard — in the car...
Police: Gwinnett man shot and killed neighbor’s cat

Police: Gwinnett man shot and killed neighbor’s cat

A Gwinnett County man is charged with aggravated animal cruelty after police say he shot and killed his neighbor’s cat. Two people told Gwinnett County police they heard a gunshot coming from Allen Ray Duncan’s Buford home on April 13. When they looked into Duncan’s yard, they saw him holding a shotgun and approaching the cat, apparently checking whether it was dead, according to...
'Happy Days' stars share condolences after Erin Moran's death

'Happy Days' stars share condolences after Erin Moran's death

Ron Howard, Henry Winkler and other stars from the cast of "Happy Days" are sharing their condolences in the wake of Erin Moran's Death. Moran portrayed Joanie Cunningham, Howard's sister on the show. She was found dead Saturday night. “Such sad sad news. RIP Erin. I’ll always choose to remember you on our show making scenes better, getting laughs and lighting up tv screens,&rdquo...
‘Happy Days’ actress Erin Moran dead at 56

‘Happy Days’ actress Erin Moran dead at 56

Erin Moran, best known to TV audiences as Joanie Cunningham in “Happy Days” and its spinoff “Joanie Loves Chachi,” was found dead Saturday. She was 56. Moran played the younger sister of Richie Cunningham for the show’s 11-season run. She reprised the role in the spinoff, which only lasted a season. After the show was canceled, she was cast in minor roles in “The...
National Record Store day celebrates vinyl

National Record Store day celebrates vinyl

The plop of the record drop, the scratch of the needle finding its groove - those are just some of the memories that come to mind when you talk about record albums. >> Read more trending news   Record Store Day started as a grassroots celebration of vinyl albums by independent record store owners in 2007, with the first Record Store Day coming the next year, on April 19, 2008. The...
Death toll rises to 140 after Taliban attack in Afghanistan

Death toll rises to 140 after Taliban attack in Afghanistan

The death toll has risen to “as many as 140” Afghan soldiers in the wake of Friday’s attack on a military base by Taliban members apparently disguised in military uniforms, officials said. >> Read more trending news One official in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, where the attack occurred, said Saturday at least 140 soldiers were killed and many others were wounded, ...
Virginia police put on dancing shoes at ‘Cops and Curls’ event

Virginia police put on dancing shoes at ‘Cops and Curls’ event

Virginia police gave young girls a whirl on the floor last week during the second annual “Cops and Curls” dance in Norfolk, WKTR reported. >> Read more trending news More than 50 members of the Norfolk Police Department hosted the event in a downtown ballroom for girls ages 6 to 12. Each girl received a corsage, a red carpet walk, and photographs to commemorate the event, WTKR...
Rob Lowe debuts as KFC’s newest colonel Sunday

Rob Lowe debuts as KFC’s newest colonel Sunday

Meet the new KFC colonel — actor Rob Lowe. >> Read more trending news The actor has played many roles through the years — as Sam Seaborn in “The West Wing” and Chris Traeger in “Parks and Recreation,” for example — but the former Brat Pack member who also starred in “St. Elmo’s Fire” is branching out into fast food. Lowe will portray...
Texas fire department hires first woman firefighter

Texas fire department hires first woman firefighter

For the first time in its 105-year history, a fire department in a southern Texas town has hired a woman as one of its firefighters, Fox News reported. >> Read more trending news Bree Rios was officially hired April 12, joining the 108 men at the Harlingen Fire Department. Harlingen is located just north of Brownsville near the Mexican border. “Here in Harlingen, it’s a first...
Social-media posts leads to arrest of Florida teen

Social-media posts leads to arrest of Florida teen

A South Florida teen is being charged as an adult after deputies monitoring his social media pages arrested him this month on gun-related charges. >> Read more trending news  Joshua Troutman, 17, was transferred from juvenile custody to the Palm Beach County Jail on charges that include possession of a weapon, discharging a firearm in public and grand theft of a firearm. He also has...
Air marshal leaves loaded gun in bathroom during Delta flight

Air marshal leaves loaded gun in bathroom during Delta flight

A federal air marshal on a transatlantic flight reportedly forgot her loaded gun in the bathroom of a Delta plane headed from England to New York, where it was discovered by another passenger, WNYW reported. >> Read more trending news  The incident happened aboard Delta Flight 221, which was traveling from Manchester to John F. Kennedy International Airport on April 6, CNN reported...
Florida man allegedly punches infant, tries to cover it up

Florida man allegedly punches infant, tries to cover it up

A Florida man allegedly punched a 1-year-old in the stomach, which led to the child having emergency surgery, police said.  >> Read more trending news Tyquan Spencer, 22, of North Miami, is accused of punching his girlfriend’s daughter in the stomach when he was left home with the child, according to NBC6. The blow to the stomach caused the child to throw up and “damaged...
Video shows confrontation between flight attendant, passenger

Video shows confrontation between flight attendant, passenger

A video showing an apparent confrontation between a passenger and an American Airlines flight attendant has resulted in that attendant being removed from duty, WFAA reported. >> Read more trending news  Surain Adyanthaya took the video Friday as Flight 591 prepared to leave San Francisco for Dallas, WFAA reported. In the 2-minute, 40-second video, a woman with her children can...
Michigan restaurant covers dinner for airman, family after surprise homecoming

Michigan restaurant covers dinner for airman, family after surprise homecoming

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Michigan airman who surprised his mother on Saturday when he came home early received another surprise from a Grand Rapids restaurant — dinner on the house. >> Read more trending news It was a story of one generous act being compounded by another. Bradley Baker, a U.S. airman currently stationed in Germany, has spent the past seven months in Qatar, WXMI...
Police: Florida man threatens teens with gun over noisy car

Police: Florida man threatens teens with gun over noisy car

A South Florida man who became upset on Monday over the way two teens were driving through a gated community landed in jail when he threatened to kill them, police said.   >> Read more trending news Around 8:30 p.m. Mario Perez, 49, of Pembroke Pines, chased the teens, who are 15 and 19, with his car when he spotted them driving in a black convertible, the Miami Herald reported...
Jennifer Hudson shares video of son singing ‘Hallelujah’

Jennifer Hudson shares video of son singing ‘Hallelujah’

Everyone knows Jennifer Hudson has a powerhouse voice, but her son, David Otunga Jr., is a singer in his own right. The “American Idol” alum on Wednesday shared a video of her son, whose father is her long-time fiance, lawyer David Otunga, on Instagram. David, 7, is seen shyly singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” as someone plays the piano. Once he&rsquo...
Patton Oswalt discusses his wife’s death on anniversary of her passing

Patton Oswalt discusses his wife’s death on anniversary of her passing

One year ago, Patton Oswalt lost his wife. Michelle McNamara, beloved wife to Patton and beloved mother to their daughter Alice. She passed away suddenly. Over the next year, Patton’s fan mourned alongside him as he made his recovery and grief very public. On Friday, Oswalt posted about the '1 year' anniversary of his wife’s passing and walked his fans through that terrible day. &ldquo...
Study: Diet drinks can lead to stroke, dementia

Study: Diet drinks can lead to stroke, dementia

Diet sodas — one of America's favorite caffeine-delivery systems — appears to be just as unhealthy as their sugary cousins The Washington Post reports that a new study refutes the theory that diet drinks are a better option than those made with sugar or corn syrup. The new study in the journal Stroke says people who drink diet soda are three times as likely as those who don&rsquo...
Opinion: Exaggerated 2012 book account should've been Bill O’Reilly’s unraveling at Fox

Opinion: Exaggerated 2012 book account should've been Bill O’Reilly’s unraveling at Fox

Bill O’Reilly’s career at Fox News should have been on the rocks years ago over what Reilly did -- or didn’t do -- in Palm Beach County, Florida. O’Reilly has built his audience on the premise that he is a purveyor of the truth in his “no-spin zone.” And he has parlayed that into a series of non-fiction books, including one on the John F. Kennedy assassination...
Man accused of lighting 69-year-old on fire at Denny's restaurant

Man accused of lighting 69-year-old on fire at Denny's restaurant

Deputies arrested a 24-year-old man Thursday night after authorities said he set a 69-year-old man on fire at an Oregon Denny’s restaurant. Deshaun James Swanger, of Milwaukie, Oregon, was charged with attempted murder after the attack Wednesday at a Denny’s in Happy Valley. He was apprehended at a transitional house after a neighbor and former roommate called to report his whereabouts...
Politico: Emails between Bill O’Reilly, attorneys hint at last-minute effort to save job

Politico: Emails between Bill O’Reilly, attorneys hint at last-minute effort to save job

Former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly and his attorneys debated whether to share an email with his bosses at 21st Century Fox in the hours before he was fired from the company, according to a story from Politico. The email that O’Reilly and his lawyers discussed was from Mary Pat Bonner, a Democratic Party fundraiser connected with the watchdog group Media Matters. The email described...
Teen could face charges for throwing bleach in students’ faces

Teen could face charges for throwing bleach in students’ faces

SALT LAKE CITY — Police in Salt Lake City are investigating reports that bleach was thrown in the faces of at least four West High School students during a pep rally on April 7, KSTU reported.  >> Read more trending news  Police are still determining whether to pursue criminal charges against a student who police believe threw the bleach. At least two students were hospitalized...
’X-Files’ to return again

’X-Files’ to return again

The truth is out there ... again. Fox Broadcasting has announced that the network will premiere what it is calling an “event series” of “The X-Files” next season. >> Read more trending news  Original stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny will be back as production is slated to start this summer. The series creator, Chris Carter, is also returning. Season...
7 things to know now: Hernandez suicide; Paris attack; Galaxy S8; diet soda and strokes

7 things to know now: Hernandez suicide; Paris attack; Galaxy S8; diet soda and strokes

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today. 1. Hernandez suicide: Officials at the jail where Aaron Hernandez was found dead Wednesday said the former NFL star scrawled “John 3:16” across his forehead and wrote three notes to family members, placing them next to a Bible, before he hanged himself with a bed sheet. Hernandez’s death was officially ruled a suicide...
Wildlife groups want giraffes added to endangered list

Wildlife groups want giraffes added to endangered list

A decline in the population of giraffes has prompted five wildlife groups to petition the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday, asking the organization to classify the animal as an endangered species. >> Read more trending news  The population of the world’s tallest mammal has dropped from approximately 150,000 in 1985 to less than 100,000, NPR reported. The...
Man arrested in Dortmund bomb attack on suspicion of stock plot

Man arrested in Dortmund bomb attack on suspicion of stock plot

DORTMUND, Germany -- German officials arrested a 28-year-old German-Russian man on suspicion of carrying out last week's bomb attack on a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund soccer team, CNN reported Friday. Police said the man’s motivation  to collapse the club’s share price so he could profit from stock market speculation, The Guardian reported. >> Read more trending news ...
Boy falls 10 stories while trying to use umbrella as parachute 

Boy falls 10 stories while trying to use umbrella as parachute 

A 7-year-old boy from China suffered serious injuries after plummeting 10 stories from an apartment building as he tried to use an umbrella as a parachute. >> Read more trending news  The boy, who lives in Suzhou, Jiangsu, made the attempt after seeing something similar on a cartoon, WNYW reported. The child’s fall was broken by power lines, and images from social media showed...
Support to legalize marijuana hits all-time high

Support to legalize marijuana hits all-time high

Support for legalizing marijuana is higher than ever among Americans, with more than 60 percent favoring decriminalization, according to a CBS News poll. Sixty-one percent of Americans think marijuana use should be legal, which is a five-point increase over 2016 and the highest percentage ever recorded, CBS News reported. The poll was conducted by telephone from April 11 to 15, with 1,011 adults...
Starbucks barista rants about unicorn Frappuccino drink

Starbucks barista rants about unicorn Frappuccino drink

A man claiming to be a barista at a Starbucks had some pointed criticism about the company’s limited-edition unicorn Frappuccino drink. Braden Burson of Monument, Colorado, posted a video on Twitter and begged customers to stop ordering the drink, USA Today reported. The video has since been deleted off Twitter, but is still gaining plenty of views on YouTube. Burson, who said the new pink-and-blue...
Queen Elizabeth celebrates 91st birthday

Queen Elizabeth celebrates 91st birthday

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 91st birthday quietly Friday, with no formal engagements planned, Reuters reported. >> Read more trending news  Artillery gun salutes at the Tower of London and in Hyde Park marked the occasion, as the world’s oldest and longest-reigning monarch spent her birthday privately. Elizabeth was born on April 21, 1926, in Bruton Street...
Trump hosts Nugent, Kid Rock and Palin for dinner

Trump hosts Nugent, Kid Rock and Palin for dinner

As Ted Nugent might have sang, it was a free for all at the White House on Wednesday night. The conservative rock ’n’ roll singer joined fellow musician Kid Rock and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for dinner with President Donald Trump, NBC News reported. In a Facebook post Thursday, Palin thanked the president for the invitation and shared photos of herself, Nugent, and Kid Rock...
Captured gator photographed with bunny ears is killed

Captured gator photographed with bunny ears is killed

What started out as what one South Florida woman thought would be a harmless photo has led to a somber ending.  A Royal Palm Beach homeowner called the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission on Sunday saying a 5-foot-long gator had been hanging around her property for a month and a half. It got too close for comfort, and out of fear for the safety of her 2-year-old child, she...
Arkansas carries out first execution since 2005

Arkansas carries out first execution since 2005

CUMMINS UNIT, Ark.— Arkansas death row inmate Ledell Lee was executed by lethal injection Thursday night, KATV reported.  The lethal injection process began at 11:44 p.m. and Lee was pronounced dead at 11:56 p.m., according to the Arkansas Department of Corrections. Officials said Lee did not make a final statement, KATV reported. It was the first execution in Arkansas since 2005...
Huge iceberg in Newfoundland drawing large crowds

Huge iceberg in Newfoundland drawing large crowds

A tiny town in Canada is drawing crowds because of a giant iceberg that is hovering offshore from the Newfoundland town, Time magazine reported. The residents of Ferryland, with a population of approximately 500 people on the east coast of Newfoundland, are used to seeing icebergs float past their town. But the one that appeared Easter weekend was huge, dwarfing people, boats and even houses...
Tyra Banks gears up for ‘Life Size 2’

Tyra Banks gears up for ‘Life Size 2’

After 17 years, a sequel to the Wonderful World of Disney TV movie “Life Size” is officially in the works, according to a news release from Freeform. Variety reported on Wednesday that “Life Size 2,” originally in development at Disney Channel, was green lit for Freeform. Both networks are owned by The Walt Disney Company. Banks starred in the 2000 film as Eve...
Charlie Murphy remembered by fellow comedians at funeral service

Charlie Murphy remembered by fellow comedians at funeral service

Actors Neal Brennan, D.L. Hughley, Cedric The Entertainer, George Lopez, Eddie Griffin, Donnell Rawlings and David Chappelle attended funeral services for fellow comedian Charlie Murphy Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Murphy, the older brother of comedian Eddie Murphy, died April 12 at 57 years old. He had been battling leukemia. Cedric the Entertainer posted a photo to Instagram...
Two police officers shot, 1 grazed in downtown Seattle robbery

Two police officers shot, 1 grazed in downtown Seattle robbery

Two Seattle police officers were shot during an armed robbery in downtown Seattle. A third officer was grazed by a bullet and a fourth officer was hit in the head. There were two suspects involved, a man and a woman. The man is dead. There was initially believed to be a third suspect, but detectives determined that person was not involved. The shooting happened in downtown Seattle at about 1...
Paris shooting: Deadly attack on police near Champs Elysees

Paris shooting: Deadly attack on police near Champs Elysees

A police officer was shot dead and a gunman killed near Paris’ famed Champs Elysees on Thursday night. The attacker, who was not identified, was killed by officers returning fire after he aimed at police before 9:30 p.m. local time and fired multiple shots, according to the French interior ministry. Two other people were seriously injured. It was not immediately clear what motivated the attack...
Heart-warming video of military dad meeting baby girl for first time

Heart-warming video of military dad meeting baby girl for first time

A military dad finally got to meet his 4-month-old baby girl for the first time after returning from a 6-month deployment overseas. Sgt. Scott Cartwright met 4-month-old Jacqueline Eloise at John Glenn International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, Monday as his troop returned home from Kuwait. “It was overwhelming. I still haven’t wrapped my head around it yet,” Cartwright told WSYX....
Jumbo Earthlike planet might have water and life, close enough to study

Jumbo Earthlike planet might have water and life, close enough to study

Scientists have discovered another Earthlike planet in a nearby solar system just 39 light years away. The rocky, super-sized planet, named LHS 1140b, is inside the habitable zone, or Goldilocks Zone, orbiting a red dwarf star with an average temperature that could support liquid water. The planet is almost seven times larger than Earth and about 11,000 miles in diameter, according to a new study...
Is Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy getting ready to resign?

Is Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy getting ready to resign?

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, (R-Iowa), told an Iowa newspaper that he expects a Supreme Court justice will resign this year, opening up a seat that President Donald Trump will be able to nominate someone to fill.  Grassley refused to name the justice he believes will resign but told the Muscatine Journal that he had heard rumors that a resignation is coming by summer.  "I would expect...
Katie Couric on ‘Today’ drama over Megyn Kelly’s debut and Tamron Hall’s exit

Katie Couric on ‘Today’ drama over Megyn Kelly’s debut and Tamron Hall’s exit

Former “Today” show host and news anchor Katie Couric weighed in on the recent anchor shake-up at the longtime NBC morning show. The former “Today” anchor stopped by “Watch What Happens Live” and talked to Andy Cohen about her thoughts on Megyn Kelly’s upcoming debut and Tamron Hall’s sudden exit. Couric kept mum on a lot of...
7 things to know now: O'Reilly is out; Williams is pregnant; Hernandez suicide

7 things to know now: O'Reilly is out; Williams is pregnant; Hernandez suicide

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today. Dow wants study scrapped: Dow Chemical wants the White House to dismiss a study that suggests pesticides the company use are harmful to 1,800 endangered or threatened species. The Associated Press is reporting that Dow sent letters to the White House claiming the study is flawed. Dow’s CEO, Andrew Liveris, is an adviser to...
Country star Pat Green’s missing pug is found after running away

Country star Pat Green’s missing pug is found after running away

Country music star Pat Green will soon be reunited with his missing puppy, "Ugg the Pug," who has been found after running away from a gas stop in Jarrell on Monday.  Green posted on social media Wednesday evening that he’s getting his dog back.  "Thanks to all the amazing and wonderful people from around Jarrell and Georgetown Texas," Green wrote in a Facebook...
VIDEO: Ricky Martin channels inner Tom Cruise on ‘Lip Sync Battle’

VIDEO: Ricky Martin channels inner Tom Cruise on ‘Lip Sync Battle’

Ricky Martin is one of the latest stars to take the stage on Spike’s “Lip Sync Battle.” The show features celebrities miming to popular songs competing in two rounds of elaborate performances. Billboard reported that in a promotional clip for an upcoming episode, Martin recreates Tom Cruise’s famous “Risky Business” scene as he mouths to Bob Seger&rsquo...
MTV returns to live TV with ‘TRL’-style show

MTV returns to live TV with ‘TRL’-style show

MTV’s “Total Request Live” is coming back to the network after going off the air almost 10 years ago, but only in spirit. Adweek reported that the president of MTV, VH1 and Logo, Chris McCarthy, is planning to launch a daily live show tentatively called “MTV Live.” The move is one of McCarthy’s efforts to increase viewership of the network in the 18-34...
Thirsty intruder raids Drake’s fridge in home invasion, police say 

Thirsty intruder raids Drake’s fridge in home invasion, police say 

A woman who broke into rapper Drake’s Los Angeles-area home was a very thirsty intruder and just wanted something to drink. Sheriff deputies arrested the woman, identified as 24-year-old Mesha Collins, Monday inside Drake’s home after responding to a call about a possible burglary. Police said Collins was found inside a locked room and surrounded by bottles of water and soda, the ...
Boy escapes men who tried to lure him into vehicle, police say

Boy escapes men who tried to lure him into vehicle, police say

Police in Florida are searching for two men who tried to lure a 12-year-old boy into a vehicle, investigators in Holly Hill said. The boy told police he was near Granada Street and Ridge Boulevard on Tuesday when two men in a red vehicle drove up to him and offered him money or candy. The boy told police he rode his bicycle into a nearby driveway and acted as though he lived there. The men drove away...
Love is in the air: Couple gets engaged in front of the real Luke Skywalker

Love is in the air: Couple gets engaged in front of the real Luke Skywalker

It didn't happen a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. No, it — as in the proposal of a lifetime — happened on April 15, 2017 in Orlando at the Star Wars celebration. >> Read more trending news Alexis Pezzuto, 26, and Amanda Rivera, 25, were meeting Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) for a photo op. But then he took everything to lightspeed. He got down on one knee and asked...
Calvin Klein features 73-year-old Lauren Hutton in new underwear ad

Calvin Klein features 73-year-old Lauren Hutton in new underwear ad

  Calvin Klein debuted its newest underwear campaign this week, featuring one of the most iconic supermodels of the 1970s. Lauren Hutton, 73, known for her gap-toothed smile and sophisticated style, is part of a group of women in the ad, including Kirsten Dunst, Nathalie Love, Rashida Jones, Laura Harrier, Maya Hawke and Chase Sui Wonders.  The film was shot by critically acclaimed filmmaker...
What does '420' mean? Here are 10 things you may not know about the term

What does '420' mean? Here are 10 things you may not know about the term

You may not realize it, but Thursday is a holiday, of sorts.On April 20 – or 4/20 – marijuana advocates around the world gather to celebrate, in a variety of ways, the cannabis plant. Last year, thousands gathered in cities across the United States to consume marijuana in places where it is legal to do so, as well as places where it isn’t. If you are not familiar with the term &ldquo...
McDonald’s 20-year-old dipping sauce sells for almost $15,000 on Ebay 

McDonald’s 20-year-old dipping sauce sells for almost $15,000 on Ebay 

A McDonald’s promotional Szechuan dipping sauce from 1998 just sold on eBay for a whopping $14,700. The condiment, which came with a packet of wasabi sauce, was originally part of a publicity campaign for the animated Disney movie “Mulan.” Interest in the Szechuan sauce shot up after it was mentioned on the Cartoon Network show “Rick and Morty.” &ldquo...
7 things to know now: Hernandez kills self; Walmart discounts; Georgia race heads to runoff; asteroid

7 things to know now: Hernandez kills self; Walmart discounts; Georgia race heads to runoff; asteroid

1. Hernandez kills self: Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL star who was serving life in prison for murder, committed suicide in his cell Wednesday morning, according to the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. The former New England Patriots star was discovered hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, at 3:05 a.m., according to officials. &ldquo...

Clay soil needs compost, not sand

When it comes to improving clay soil, sand is not the answer. “What do contractors make when they mix clay and sand? Concrete,” said Sacramento soil expert Steven Zien of Living Resources Co. “Adding sand in an attempt to improve drainage and improve the texture of a clay soil is not recommended, not only for the reason mentioned in the previous statement, but you would have to add...
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