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Fundraiser for Lassiter brothers killed in crash reaches $50K in a day

Hundreds of people are rallying around a Lassiter High School family mourning the loss of two sons. In the day since the campaign was posted online, 850-plus people have donated more than $50,000 to cover the funeral expenses of brothers 18-year-old James and 14-year-old Joseph Pratt. The teens died Monday on Ga. 92 in a wreck with a Fulton County school bus for students with special-needs...


7,200 gallons of sewage spill onto Peachtree Industrial Boulevard

7,200 gallons of sewage spill onto Peachtree Industrial Boulevard

More than 7,200 gallons of sewage spilled from a manhole on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Norcross on Monday afternoon, according to the Gwinnett County Department of Water Services. The spill was caused by rocks, construction material and other debris blocking the flow of sewage. The department was notified of the spill at 12:05 p.m. Monday and stopped it by 1:30 p.m. Sewage entered an unnamed...
DeKalb pot possession suspect goes to court reeking of pot, cops say

DeKalb pot possession suspect goes to court reeking of pot, cops say

The cops are having fun on Facebook again. The Dunwoody Police Department posted a snarky warning against showing up for court on a pot possession charge in possession of pot. “If the smell of your marijuana is so strong that everyone else around you gets up and moves, that makes things easier for police officers to figure out which person is the guilty party,” the Wednesday post said...
Atlanta has a new city attorney

Atlanta has a new city attorney

Mayor Kasim Reed announced recently that Jeremy Berry will serve as the new city attorney for the city of Atlanta. Berry currently serves as a partner at Dentons US LLP, formerly McKenna, Long & Aldridge. He has focused his legal practice on governmental and regulatory affairs, government and public policy litigation, government contracts, and political law. Berry graduated from Emory University School...
Norcross carefully considering the creation of a historic district

Norcross carefully considering the creation of a historic district

The Norcross City Council heard arguments for the creation of a local historic preservation district at the city’s most recent council work session. The proposed area would include the central downtown district along South Peachtree Street, Jones Street and West Lawrenceville Street. The area might also include Lillian Webb Park, Norcross Cemetery, and the historic Norcross Waterworks on Barton...
Norcross considering purchase of land for multi-use trail

Norcross considering purchase of land for multi-use trail

The Norcross City Council will consider right-of-way acquisition of six small parcels of land for the Beaver Ruin Multi-Use Trail Project at their next city council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 65 Lawrenceville St. The majority of this land is at the corner of Beaver Ruin Road and Alston Trace and includes negotiations with the Creekside Subdivision Homeowners Association. A proposed...
Duluth doubles city manager’s car allowance

Duluth doubles city manager’s car allowance

The Duluth City Council recently agree to amend the city manager’s contract to increase the annual car allowance from $100 per pay period to $200 per pay period, or $5,200 annually. The new rate reflects an increase in mileage and fuel cost experienced by the city manager who conducts city business using his own personal vehicle. As part of the city’s annual survey, staff reported the...
DeKalb County’s Operation Clean Sweep beautifies Columbia Drive

DeKalb County’s Operation Clean Sweep beautifies Columbia Drive

A recent Operation Clean Sweep event removed more than 16 tons of debris embedded along the curb and 73 bags of litter on Columbia Drive between Katie Kerr Road and Santa Monica Drive. To date Operation Clean Sweep crews have removed more than 160 tons of debris from county roads. Operation Clean Sweep is targeting arterial roadways before turning a focus to collector, then residential, streets. Crews...
Track CobbLinc buses on new app with WiFi

Track CobbLinc buses on new app with WiFi

Now CobbLinc buses are equipped with WiFi that allows commuters to connect to transit information and entertainment while on board. CobbLinc staff also has developed two new ways for riders to access vehicle tracking information. An improved bus locator web page can be accessed at CobbLinc.com. A corresponding mobile application, CobbLinc BusTime, is available for download...
Clayton State online programs lauded

Clayton State online programs lauded

Clayton State University was recently listed among the 25 best colleges in Georgia for its online degree programs by College Choice Rankings. Clayton State ranked No. 13 among colleges and universities in Georgia’s for its online degree programming. The university was recognized for offering 15 online degrees in a variety of subjects for both undergraduate and graduate students. Researchers...
Reduce the drug crisis by giving Cobb cops your old meds this weekend

Reduce the drug crisis by giving Cobb cops your old meds this weekend

Marietta police will happily take some drugs off your hands this weekend. The cops are joining with the Drug Enforcement Administration to hold a “drug take back” event Saturday in an effort to curb overdoses and abuse. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the city police headquarters, 240 Lemon St., you can — with no questions asked — give the officers your expired...
Canton OKs funding for street resurfacings

Canton OKs funding for street resurfacings

The Canton City Council has approved a $542,143 contract with Bartow Paving Co. to undertake 3.11 miles of repairs to 13 city streets. Bartow Paving of Cartersville submitted the lowest bid of three for the 2017 Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant program of the Georgia Department of Transportation. The program has designated $248,858 for Canton. Alexander, Broad, Coker, East Killian, Edwards, Jeanette...
Cherokee County to sell vehicles, fire gear surplus

Cherokee County to sell vehicles, fire gear surplus

Unneeded and obsolete property of Cherokee County, from sheriff’s department police cars to fire department air bags and dot matrix printers of the elections office, have been declared surplus by the Board of the Commissioners so they can be disposed of. An auction will be conducted by Jeff Dobson & Associates at 9 a.m. Saturday at 160 McClure St., Canton, to seek buyers for the sheriff&rsquo...
Roswell city exec heading to municipal association

Roswell city exec heading to municipal association

After serving Roswell for more than 13 years, City Administrator Kay G. Love is leaving that post May 19 to take a job with the Georgia Municipal Association, city officials confirmed. Love will be municipal operations consultant at the association. She has been the group’s city managers section president. She gave notice to Roswell on April 17 to provide time “to continue work on critical...
New regulations approved for special events in Henry County

New regulations approved for special events in Henry County

Controversy over a residential property being used for public events led to the Henry County Board of Commissioners voting April 18 to set new guidelines for hosting special events. The amended ordinance will allow for one special event per month and five per calendar year at a site in a residential-agricultural zoning district. The previous ordinance allowed a unlimited number of events as long as...
Community Lens for April 27

Community Lens for April 27

Calling amateur photographers! Have you taken a great picture that you’d like to share with the world? One with action, great lighting and/or interesting subjects? E-mail it to communitynews@ajc.com. Please no selfies, for-profit promotional pics, group shots or anything you wouldn’t want your grandma to see.
‘AK-47 murder suspect’ arrested in DeKalb killing after video surfaces

‘AK-47 murder suspect’ arrested in DeKalb killing after video surfaces

UPDATE: A previous version of this story included a different name for the suspect, but the allegations against him were dismissed, police said. Interviews subsequently led to Nesby, authorities said. - The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Fugitive Unit on Tuesday arrested a man accused of a brazen afternoon killing outside a Decatur-area hotel, days after security camera footage surfaced. The suspect...
Baby clothing store employee pepper sprayed while trying to stop theft

Baby clothing store employee pepper sprayed while trying to stop theft

A North Point Mall employee was pepper sprayed Saturday during an attempt to stop a woman from stealing. The incident occurred around 4:45 p.m. on Saturday inside Carter’s, a clothing store for babies and children, according to a police report. Alpharetta police are still searching for three suspects – two who stole clothing from Carter’s and the other who sprayed the employee. Police...
The new DeKalb Hobby Lobby is hiring

The new DeKalb Hobby Lobby is hiring

The new Hobby Lobby in Tucker is seeking setup workers as it nears opening, with “the opportunity” for full and part-time jobs. The store is taking applications from this coming Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in person. The store, set to open May 29, is located in the massive Tucker Meridian development at the intersection of Lavista Road and Northlake Parkway...
Dump your junk: N. Fulton city hosts ‘Bulky Items Recycling Day’

Dump your junk: N. Fulton city hosts ‘Bulky Items Recycling Day’

It’s time to get rid of that old refrigerator sitting in your garage, the 10-year-old cell phone taking up space in your junk drawer, that box filled with clothes you haven’t worn since high school, and that push mower that just won’t work anymore. You can get rid of items like these and more on Saturday in Johns Creek. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., residents of Johns Creek are encouraged...
Cobb cops say Atlanta woman left dogs in 118-degree car at Kroger 

Cobb cops say Atlanta woman left dogs in 118-degree car at Kroger 

A Southwest Atlanta woman was arrested after a Cobb County police officer saw two panting dogs in her parked car Friday afternoon. Raivyn Symone Dixon spent eight hours in Cobb jail that afternoon on an animal cruelty charge before bonding for $1,320, jail records show. From about 9:30 a.m. to a bit after 1 p.m., the dogs sat inside her car at the parking lot of the Kroger on Shallowford Road, according...
City of Stockbridge demolishes Arts Center building

City of Stockbridge demolishes Arts Center building

The city of Stockbridge brought down the Community Arts Center building located at 146 Burke Street on Monday. The structure was built in the 1990s and served for a number of years as a training and operations center for First State Bank before being purchased by the city of Stockbridge in 2012. At that time the city sought proposals for turning it into a proscenium theater and forged an agreement...
Woman carjacked by men who put guns to her head near Sandy Springs ATM

Woman carjacked by men who put guns to her head near Sandy Springs ATM

A woman was carjacked and robbed by two men who pressed guns against her head after she pulled money out of an ATM in Sandy Springs on Sunday night, police said. Sandy Springs police are still searching for the two suspects, who are described as being in their twenties. The victim said just one wore a mask. The vehicle, a 2012 blue Nissan Versa, was recovered by the Doraville Police Department about...
As Tex McIver fights to stay out of jail, questions over a gun

As Tex McIver fights to stay out of jail, questions over a gun

Fulton County prosecutors said Tuesday that the gun found in the condo of Claud “Tex” McIver was purchased by his brother, strengthening their argument that the prominent attorney charged with killing his wife had violated the conditions of his bond. The question of who owns the Glock 19-9 MM semi-automatic handgun has been burning since investigators searching for financial records found...
Sale agreement now official as Decatur signs Children’s Home contract

Sale agreement now official as Decatur signs Children’s Home contract

Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett and United Methodist Children’s Home President and CEO Hal Jones signed the sale agreement Tuesday for the $40 million purchase of the facility’s 77 acres. Decatur now has 100 days to secure financing and then 15 days to close a transaction that is the city’s largest land purchase in well over a century. The next step is surveying the property. Deputy...
81-year-old man found dead after day-long search

81-year-old man found dead after day-long search

An 81-year-old man who had been missing since Monday afternoon was found dead Tuesday by Douglas County deputies, according to Channel 2 Action News.  Winfred Bryson Floyd was last seen Monday at his home on Windy Valley Drive in Douglasville, authorities said.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"...
Workers ejected from boom lift in deadly construction accident

Workers ejected from boom lift in deadly construction accident

One person died and another was critically injured in a construction accident at a Cobb County apartment complex, a police spokeswoman said Wednesday. The incident was reported about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Wellington Point Apartments on Maner Terrace. Derrick Douglas, 41, was in the bucket of a boom lift machine when the machine tipped over, Cobb police Officer Alicia Chilton said. Douglas...
Early voting for Senate District 32 race begins May 6 in Sandy Springs

Early voting for Senate District 32 race begins May 6 in Sandy Springs

Voters in north Fulton County will be able to cast ballots as early as May 6 for the runoff election to fill Judson Hill’s state Senate seat. The North Fulton Service Center at 7741 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs will be home to the lone early voting polling place for the District 32 election. Early voting will be available Saturday, May 6 through Friday, May 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hill...
Cops: Man takes boy to DeKalb prostitute to lose his virginity

Cops: Man takes boy to DeKalb prostitute to lose his virginity

The 48-year-old man said he wanted the boy to have a sexual experience, to lose his virginity, according to DeKalb County police. Kent Evans now faces charges of enticing a child and pandering after allegedly taking the 14-year-old to a prostitute at Econo Lodge off Evans Mill Road near Lithonia. Officers were called to the hotel Friday at 2:22 a.m. and spoke with the boy, the woman and Evans, a police...
Young mom, baby killed in Hall County crash

Young mom, baby killed in Hall County crash

Three people, including a young mother and her baby, were killed Tuesday in a two-car crash in Hall County, the Georgia State Patrol confirmed. About 3:30 p.m., Hannah Simmons was driving a white Subaru Legacy westbound on Ga. 347 when she lost control of the steering wheel, hit a curb and went counterclockwise across the center median, GSP officials said.  She went into the path of a white Ford...
Actual Factual DeKalb: Where did Panola Road get its name?

Actual Factual DeKalb: Where did Panola Road get its name?

Hey, Cornelius. This is a bit of a tough one. I can’t seem to find an official story of how the road got its name, but the word “Panola” is found all around that part of south DeKalb. That could be the key. According to a research paper by Ryan D. Hurd, an area around Panola Mountain State Park, just over the DeKalb-Rockdale County line, was once known as Panola. Panola is the...
South Fulton mayor, council to be sworn in Saturday

South Fulton mayor, council to be sworn in Saturday

The mayor and council members in the new city of South Fulton will be sworn in Saturday. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. at Benjamin Banneker at 6015 Feldwood Road in Atlanta. South Fulton, with about 100,000 residents, becomes an official city May 1. Last week, residents elected Bill Edwards as mayor. They also elected: Catherine Rowell to represent District 1; Carmalitha Grubs for District...
Price tag for new I-85 bridge: Up to $16.6 million

Price tag for new I-85 bridge: Up to $16.6 million

Rebuilding a collapsed section of I-85 in Atlanta will cost taxpayers up to $16.6 million, state officials said Tuesday. And though the Georgia Department of Transportation officials have not announced a new timetable for completing the project, they say construction is going so it’s likely be done before the official June 15 completion date. “June 15 is the latest this bridge gets completed...
See movies, music ‘under the stars’ free all summer at Mall of Georgia

See movies, music ‘under the stars’ free all summer at Mall of Georgia

Get your blankets ready and your coolers packed, Gwinnett County. You can watch movies and hear live music at the Village Amphitheater at the Mall of Georgia all summer. The series, beginning on May 27, will feature recent releases including “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Hidden Figures” and "The LEGO Batman movie.” Different bands will perform at 6:30 p.m. each...
Roswell closing jail to save money, moving inmates to Alpharetta

Roswell closing jail to save money, moving inmates to Alpharetta

Inmates in Roswell will have a new home next month. After a unanimous 6-0 vote Monday night by Roswell leaders, the Roswell Detention Center will close by May 8, according to an agenda item from the city meeting. All prisoners being held there will be transferred to the Alpharetta Annex Detention Center by then. The reason for closing the jail seems to be an issue of cost. The current annual...
Woman critical after 3-vehicle wreck in Cherokee County

Woman critical after 3-vehicle wreck in Cherokee County

A woman in her 40s is in critical condition after her car went down an embankment near the intersection of Ga. 369 and Yellow Creek Road in Cherokee County, officials said. The three-vehicle incident happened about 2:30 p.m. in Ball Ground, Cherokee sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Jay Baker said.  A 2- to 3-year-old boy, who was in the car with the woman, bumped his head but was able to talk to...
Hey rookie, Topgolf is offering free lessons Wednesday

Hey rookie, Topgolf is offering free lessons Wednesday

In case you’ve been hiding under a rock, or a can of Arnold Palmer half-and-half, April 26 is National Golf Day. To celebrate, why not learn how to play? And you can do it for free. Topgolf has announced that it is attempting to break a record for most golf lessons taught in a single day. So Topgolf’s around the country — including its two metro Atlanta locations in Midtown and Alpharetta ...
APD says advanced technology helping catch criminals

APD says advanced technology helping catch criminals

The Atlanta Police Department recently used its license plate reader system to solve a crime. At 2 p.m. on April 22 in Southwest Atlanta, APD responded to a 911 call involving a carjacking where four young children were still in the car. Immediately, Zone 4 officers, discretionary units and the air unit canvassed the area, and an Amber alert was sent. Constant surveillance was done in the Operation...
Gwinnett tax preparer’s office burned in electrical fire 

Gwinnett tax preparer’s office burned in electrical fire 

A Gwinnett County tax preparer’s office caught fire Tuesday morning, according to fire officials. The building on the 3100 block of Lawrenceville Highway was locked and unoccupied when it began to burn. A neighbor reported the fire shortly after 10 a.m. Firefighters had to force their way into the locked Lawrenceville building and extinguished a small fire in the attic. Gwinnett County Fire...
Pollo Tropical closes 30 locations; 2 in N. Fulton

Pollo Tropical closes 30 locations; 2 in N. Fulton

Caribbean cuisine will be a bit harder to find in north Fulton County. Pollo Tropical — a Florida-based restaurant chain with a menu highlighted by spicy chicken, calypso beef and tostones — closed 30 of its restaurants on Monday, including three in the metro Atlanta area. Glen Orr, a spokesperson for Pollo Tropical, did not say how many jobs would be affected by the closing of these three...
Cops to reveal evidence in murder case of alleged MARTA train shooter

Cops to reveal evidence in murder case of alleged MARTA train shooter

On Friday morning, testimony is expected in a preliminary hearing for Chauncey Lee Daniels, the man accused of opening fire on a MARTA train earlier this month, killing a man and injuring three people. So far authorities haven’t released a hint of a motive in the death of Zachariah Hunnicutt, the 38-year-old father who died on the train pulling into the West Lake station. But that...
Paul McCartney confused whether he’s going to Atlanta or Minnesota

Paul McCartney confused whether he’s going to Atlanta or Minnesota

Paul McCartney’s a little confused. Tuesday morning, the former Beatle announced a concert for Duluth’s Infinite Energy Center. But some of the promotional materials aren’t pointing to metro Atlanta, but to Duluth, Minnesota, a port city on Lake Superior. We still loved you when you were 64, Paul, but at 74, you’re getting a little dotty. But McCartney fans in metro Atlanta...
Duluth postpones parking decision near eye clinic

Duluth postpones parking decision near eye clinic

The Duluth City Council recently heard a proposal to utilize parking spaces at the Eye Site Clinic at the corner of State Route 120 and Buford Highway. The effort to help maximize downtown parking options, included a discussion with the property owner to come to an agreement on usage. If approved, Duluth would pave the entire lot, including the existing grassy area where the old water tower used to...
Missing woman found in well hole in neighbor’s shed; man charged with kidnapping

Missing woman found in well hole in neighbor’s shed; man charged with kidnapping

Police arrested a man Wednesday morning after authorities found a missing woman trapped inside his shed. Jennifer Elliot was reported missing just after midnight Wednesday and was found around 4 a.m. after residents heard her cries coming from a shed on Central Avenue in Blanchester.  Police went to the 100 block of Central Avenue after a neighbor reported hearing screams coming from the property...
Freedom Caucus says it now backs GOP health care plan

Freedom Caucus says it now backs GOP health care plan

Members of the House Freedom Caucus announced Wednesday that It will now back a Republican health care plan since an amendment that allows states to opt out of some Affordable Care Act rules has been included. "While the revised version still does not fully repeal Obamacare, we are prepared to support it to keep our promise to the American people to lower healthcare costs," the Freedom Caucus...
School district: No shooter at Washington state middle school, despite report

School district: No shooter at Washington state middle school, despite report

School district officials said authorities did not find a shooter at Hawkins Middle School in Mason County, Washington, on Wednesday afternoon, after deputies said they were responding to a report of an active shooter. Mason County sheriff’s deputies told KIRO7.com they received a report a shooter in the school’s cafeteria. Here’s what we know:
Madonna unhappy with biopic in works on life of Material Girl before fame

Madonna unhappy with biopic in works on life of Material Girl before fame

  Madonna has some strong words for the producers of a planned biopic on her younger years, before she hit the big time. “Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen,” she said in an Instagram post.  “Only I can tell my story.” Universal acquired the rights to a script, called “Blond Ambition,” about the Material Girl’s life in New York and her...
Brother shoots, kills 13-year-old sister while playing with gun, police say

Brother shoots, kills 13-year-old sister while playing with gun, police say

Police arrested a 17-year-old on Tuesday night after authorities said he shot and killed his 13-year-old sister in an apparently accidental shooting. Authorities responded to the family’s home in Florida City, Florida, around 6 p.m. after 17-year-old Martaevious Santiago called 911, Miami-Dade police said. Medics with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue found Santiago’s sister, 13-year-old Tedra King...
‘Silence of the Lambs’ director Jonathan Demme dies at 73

‘Silence of the Lambs’ director Jonathan Demme dies at 73

Academy Award winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme, best known for directing “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia,” has died. He was 73. An unidentified source close to Demme’s family told IndieWire on Wednesday that Demme died of esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease.
Women, children injured after fleeing teens crash stolen SUV at St. Louis airport

Women, children injured after fleeing teens crash stolen SUV at St. Louis airport

Two women and a pair of children were injured Tuesday when the teenage driver of a stolen SUV collided with the car they were in as the SUV fled police near Terminal 2 at St. Louis Lambert International Airport. The car’s driver, a 30-year-old woman, suffered possible broken bones, according to police. She was in critical but stable condition Tuesday. A second woman, 28, suffered abrasions and...
Read Pope Francis’ TED talk; pontiff warns of danger of power, need for ‘tenderness’

Read Pope Francis’ TED talk; pontiff warns of danger of power, need for ‘tenderness’

Pope Francis gave a surprise TED talk on Wednesday, telling those listening that the future has a name, and it is “hope.” The pontiff went on to say that while Christians should be optimistic, they should not ignore those who are suffering. Here is the text of his TED talk: Pope Francis: “Good evening – or, good morning, I am not sure what time it is there. Regardless...
'Call of Duty’ reveal set for Wednesday

'Call of Duty’ reveal set for Wednesday

The next installment of the video game “Call of Duty” is set to be revealed on Wednesday. While there have been leaks about many of the new game's features, details from the game’s developers have been few. What is known today is that the latest version will return to its original setting, World War II. The “worldwide reveal” for the game is set for Wednesday at...
7 things to know now: Man kills daughter on Facebook Live; ‘Bachelor’ Chris Soules arrested; sanctuary cities

7 things to know now: Man kills daughter on Facebook Live; ‘Bachelor’ Chris Soules arrested; sanctuary cities

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today. What to know now: 1. Man kills daughter on Facebook Live: A man in Thailand murdered his infant daughter, broadcasting the crime on Facebook Live Tuesday. Wuttisan Wongtalay, 20, hanged his 11-month-old daughter before killing himself. His death was not broadcast on the social media site. His body was found by police next to his...
10 ways to spruce up your outdoor space

10 ways to spruce up your outdoor space

With spring officially here, what better way to usher in the season then by sprucing up your outdoor environment? When it comes to home decor, remember that what is on the outside is as important as what is on the inside. As so many homeowners spend the majority of their time outdoors during warmer months, it is important to make your outdoor environment attractive, cozy and functional. Here are some...
Civil servants retire to globally inspired, uber-sustainable home

Civil servants retire to globally inspired, uber-sustainable home

SEATTLE — Olivier Carduner and Pat Ramsey saw the world with the U.S. Foreign Service, living and working in Egypt; Bangladesh; Washington, D.C.; Bolivia; Senegal; Thailand; and India. Amid all that global adventure, they saw their future during a 1980 visit to Queen Anne’s Kerry Park. “It was nighttime, and we rounded a curve and saw the Space Needle,” Ramsey says. &ldquo...
Tapestry of gardens overlooks historic home

Tapestry of gardens overlooks historic home

MINNEAPOLIS — Whenever Mark Addicks jogged around Lake of the Isles, a Dutch Colonial on a bluff above the lake always caught his eye. “It looked like a forest up there,” he said. But Addicks “envisioned gardens and designed them in my head.” In 2009, the gambrel-roofed Colonial went on the market. Addicks and his husband, Tom Hoch, a Minneapolis mayoral candidate, jumped...
3 hacks a professional cleaner knows (and you don’t)

3 hacks a professional cleaner knows (and you don’t)

Why is it that your home looks completely different after a professional deep-cleaning service steps in? Countertops you’ve wiped a hundred times shine brighter, shower grout you scrubbed to no avail has gone away, and your home looks like someone applied a lighter, brighter Instagram filter to it. According to cleaning experts, the difference is in the details. In an article for Real Simple...
Window treatments warm up this family home

Window treatments warm up this family home

My friend Tammy readily admits she has a problem. She is a self-confessed fabric-haulic who never met a plaid, paisley or floral she didn’t fall head over heels in love with. We have a lot of fun leading her astray, giving her a quick call every time we get in a new fabric that will make her flip. So when Tammy, her husband Tyler, and their three young kids moved into their diamond-in-the-rough...
Building a ramada a great family project after wild weather

Building a ramada a great family project after wild weather

Winter Tree Damage = Summer Ramada Native Americans in the hot, dry West have long built shade structures from found wood. They created small arbors of branches set upon sturdy dead wood posts. In the summer when it’s hot, they piled up fresh cut brush on top of the arbor to temporarily increase shade. Aromatic plants such as oil rich sagebrush helped to drive away mosquitoes in the shaded work...
Bristol Palin shares her excitement about welcoming baby no. 3 any day now

Bristol Palin shares her excitement about welcoming baby no. 3 any day now

Bristol Palin says she just can’t wait to meet her third child, and she’s due any day now. The daughter of former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin took to Instagram Tuesday to share her excitement. “My world!!! I can’t believe we’ll be a family of 5 in a matter of days,” Palin wrote as the caption for a photo album featuring sweet pictures...
‘Cash Me Outside’ teen to be in court Wednesday

‘Cash Me Outside’ teen to be in court Wednesday

The former Boynton Beach, Florida resident and viral internet star Danielle Bregoli will be back in Palm Beach County on Wednesday morning for a court appearance. Bregoli, who gained notoriety during a “Dr. Phil” interview in which she taunted audience members with the now famous phrase, “Cash Me Outside,” will appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday...
The Temptations bass player Kerry Turman dead at 59

The Temptations bass player Kerry Turman dead at 59

Kerry Turman, a bass player for the iconic rhythm and blues group The Temptations, has died, according to a post on the group’s Facebook page. KFVS reported that Turman, 59, was pronounced dead Sunday morning after performing at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, on Saturday. The group confirmed the news Sunday in posts on Twitter and Facebook.   “The Temptations...
VIDEO: Promo released of ‘Dirty Dancing’ remake

VIDEO: Promo released of ‘Dirty Dancing’ remake

ABC’s remake of the iconic 1987 movie “Dirty Dancing” is coming to the small screen in May, and fans of the original are getting to see a preview. People reported that the first promo video of what’s being called a three-hour musical event was released Tuesday. The story is the same as the original film, in which Frances “Baby” Houseman -- originally played by Jennifer...
Katharine the great white shark lurking in waters off central Florida coast

Katharine the great white shark lurking in waters off central Florida coast

  Katharine, the great white shark, has surfaced again in Florida waters, this time pinging off the coast just north of Port St. Lucie. Katharine, who has been swimming up the east coast of Florida since January, started her northward trek parallel to Lake Worth on January 13. In the months that have followed, she has moved up the coast as far north as Orlando on January 27 before heading back...
Disney offers sneak peek ahead of ‘Pandora – The World of Avatar’ park opening

Disney offers sneak peek ahead of ‘Pandora – The World of Avatar’ park opening

Disney was preparing to release information on the number of jobs that will be created and the impact on the economy its newest attraction, Pandora – The World of Avatar – will have on Central Florida when it opens on May 27. The attraction will feature a bioluminescent rainforest, dining, shopping and two new rides – Avatar Flight of Passage and the Na’vi River Journey. Situated...
Deputies: Florida man used neighbor's Wi-Fi to make bomb threats

Deputies: Florida man used neighbor's Wi-Fi to make bomb threats

Authorities have arrested a Florida man accused of using a neighbor’s Wi-Fi to send bomb threats on Twitter, investigators said. Terrance Upham, 43, parked outside of his neighbor’s house Sunday and connected to the man’s Wi-Fi, WFTS reported. The network was not password protected, the news station reported. Deputies told WFTS that Upham then tweeted bomb threats that targeted...
Indy’s back on the big screen: Release date announced for latest ‘Indiana Jones’ film

Indy’s back on the big screen: Release date announced for latest ‘Indiana Jones’ film

Indiana Jones will be back looking for historical treasure, and fans know when the fifth installment of the franchise will hit movie theaters. >> Read more trending news Disney announced that Harrison Ford will reprise his role in the new movie on July 10, 2020, pushed back a year from its original premiere date of July 19, 2019, Variety reported. The announcement was made in conjunction with...
‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ release date announced

‘Star Wars: Episode IX’ release date announced

It doesn’t have an official full title yet, and fans don’t know which new and old characters will appear in it, but now they know when “Star Wars: Episode IX” will hit theaters. The last film in the third “Star Wars” trilogy will hit big screens on May 24, 2019.  >> Read more trending news  The announcement was made Tuesday. The second...
Lawmakers: Flynn likely broke the law; what is the emoluments clause?

Lawmakers: Flynn likely broke the law; what is the emoluments clause?

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn likely broke the law when he failed to disclose income he earned from Russia and Turkey, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee said Tuesday. Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, along with ranking member Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, told reporters Tuesday Flynn failed to ask for permission to speak at a 2015 event in Russia or register to...
Elton John cancels shows following release from hospital, thanks fans for support

Elton John cancels shows following release from hospital, thanks fans for support

Singer Elton John has cancelled all of his Las Vegas shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace through May after he was sent to the Intensive Care Unit following a rare infection, according to Rolling Stone. The Colosseum at Caesars Palace issued the following statement on its Facebook page Monday: Variety reported that fans who purchased tickets for  “The Million Dollar Piano&rdquo...
Erin Moran’s cause of death released, co-star Scott Baio responds to tabloids

Erin Moran’s cause of death released, co-star Scott Baio responds to tabloids

  “Happy Days” star Erin Moran most likely died from complications of cancer. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that a “joint investigation into Moran’s death was conducted” and “a subsequent autopsy revealed she likely succumbed to complications of stage 4 cancer,” TMZ reported. “Standard toxicology tests were performed...
Man runs into burning building twice to save beer, police say

Man runs into burning building twice to save beer, police say

A man faces obstruction charges after police in South Dakota said he ignored orders from firefighters and ran twice into a burning building to “save” his beer. Sioux Falls police spokesman Officer Sam Clemens told KELO that Michael Casteel, 56, ignored a police officer who tried to stop him on Sunday from running into a burning apartment building. He ran into the building a second...
Panera Bread to hire 10,000 as it expands delivery locations

Panera Bread to hire 10,000 as it expands delivery locations

Panera Bread Co. will hire 10,000 new employees by the end of 2017 as it expands its delivery service, the company said in a statement Monday. According to Panera, the company is planning to expand delivery options to 35 to 40 percent of its locations. It now delivers at 15 percent of its locations. Panera president Blaine Hurst says each café will hire between seven and 12 staff members...
New campaign will focus on the right time to turn car seats around

New campaign will focus on the right time to turn car seats around

Most parents turn their child’s car seat facing forward too early, according to a new study by baby brand Chicco. The study shows that 72 percent of parents say they are uncomfortable talking to other parents about keeping their children riding in a rear-facing position, USA Today reported. >> Read more trending news  The American Academy of Pediatrics says all infants...
Amateur Florida python hunters can win prizes

Amateur Florida python hunters can win prizes

Catch a snake, win a shirt. And perhaps more. That’s the pitch being made by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which on Monday introduced a “Python Pickup Program.” According to the Tampa Bay Times, anyone who captures a python in the wild can submit a photo of the snake they caught in order to win. Each amateur snake-snatcher will receive a "...
Bill O’Reilly breaks silence on podcast

Bill O’Reilly breaks silence on podcast

Bill O’Reilly broke his silence on Monday night, telling listeners during his 19-minute, “No Spin News” podcast on his website that “I am sad that I am not on television anymore.” >> Read more trending news  It was the first time O’Reilly had addressed listeners after he was fired from Fox News last week amid sexual harassment allegations that...
Woman claims Fitbit burned her arm after it ‘exploded’

Woman claims Fitbit burned her arm after it ‘exploded’

A Wisconsin woman said she suffered second-degree burns on her arm after her Fitbit tracker “exploded” while she read a book, ABC News reported. >> Read more trending news  Dina Mitchell said she had owned her Fitbit Flex 2 for about two weeks when the fitness tracking device allegedly caught fire on her arm Tuesday night. "I was literally just sitting and reading...
Heist in South America is ‘robbery of the century’

Heist in South America is ‘robbery of the century’

Authorities are calling a heist in South America the “robbery of the century” after dozens of gunmen stormed a private security firm in Paraguay, CNN reported. More than 50 people carrying large caliber weapons detonated explosives and set vehicles on fire as they stole millions of dollars and sparked a violent police chase into Brazil, CNN reported. One police officer was killed...
President Trump’s Hollywood star vandalized again

President Trump’s Hollywood star vandalized again

For the second time in less than six months, President Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star has been vandalized, the New York Daily News reported. In October, a 52-year-old man destroyed the star with a pickax and sledgehammer. This time, the Hollywood star was defaced with a black marker and an obscene phrase, according to a photograph acquired by TMZ. The star was replaced...
Ludacris’ rap of ‘Llama Llama Red Pajama’ is classic

Ludacris’ rap of ‘Llama Llama Red Pajama’ is classic

It’s a bedtime story full of fun llama drama, thanks to hip-hop artist Ludacris. >> Read more trending news The singer took the Anna Dewdney’s classic “Llama Llama Red Pajama” to a new level when he rapped the book’s text on Power 106’s “The Cruz Show,” the Huffington Post reported. Ludacris, a father of four, provided a jaunty...
Penelope Cruz gets Julia Roberts to lip-sync iconic song

Penelope Cruz gets Julia Roberts to lip-sync iconic song

Julia Roberts relived a scene from her iconic 1997 movie “My Best Friend’s Wedding” thanks to some prodding by actress Penelope Cruz, ETonline reported.  >> Read more trending news At Wednesday’s Lancome's Stars & Wonders gala in Monaco, California, one of the bands covered Dionne Warwick’s 1967 song “I Say a Little Prayer.” ...
Florida man steals woman’s panties, leaves them on porch with note

Florida man steals woman’s panties, leaves them on porch with note

A Florida man allegedly stole woman’s underwear from her bedroom and left her other pairs on her property along with handwritten notes, deputies said.  >> Read more trending news  Isitro Lee Sanches, 58, of Panama City, was identified as the alleged panty thief after the woman’s boyfriend caught Sanches inside their home, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office wrote on its ...
Report: N. Korea conducts large-scale artillery drills on anniversary

Report: N. Korea conducts large-scale artillery drills on anniversary

North Korea conducted large-scale artillery exercises on Tuesday to coincide with the 85th anniversary of its army’s foundation, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported. >> Read more trending news  Citing an unidentified South Korean government source, Yonhap reported that there were signs North Korea's military was carrying out large-scale, live-fire drills in areas around...
Civil War cannonballs to be removed from Pittsburgh site

Civil War cannonballs to be removed from Pittsburgh site

Dozens of Civil War-era cannonballs unearthed at a Pittsburgh construction site will be removed starting Tuesday. >> Read more trending news Ordnance Holdings Inc. and Milhaus Ventures have been hired to remove the cannonballs found near the former site of the Allegheny Arsenal. The arsenal supplied the Union Army, and an explosion there in September 1862 killed 78 people, many of them...
Double execution in Arkansas first in U.S. since 2000

Double execution in Arkansas first in U.S. since 2000

Arkansas completed the first double execution in the country in 17 years Monday night, as the state executed death row inmate Marcel Williams, KARK reported. >> Read more trending news  Williams was executed at 10:33 p.m. by lethal injection on the same gurney where fellow inmate Jack Jones died at 7:20 p.m. It was Arkansas’ first double execution since Sept. 8, 1999, according...
Central Florida man credits firefighters for saving life after snake bite

Central Florida man credits firefighters for saving life after snake bite

A Central Florida man credited a Polk County Fire Rescue team for saving his life after he was bitten by a 5½-foot rattlesnake. >> Read more trending news Jerome Roddenberry was bitten April 9 by at the River Ranch hunting grounds in eastern Polk County.  When fire rescue crews arrived, they realized that Roddenberry needed advanced medical care. He was airlifted to Osceola Regional...
Nintendo Switch emulator: It’s a scam, feds say

Nintendo Switch emulator: It’s a scam, feds say

Don’t slip on this banana peel, federal officials say; there is no Nintendo Switch emulator on which you can run Switch games on your desktop. “It’s a scam,” said the Federal Trade Commission. Online ads may come with Nintendo branding, but when you try to download an emulator, it can install nasty things such as phony computer problems and a pitch to get you to pay...
Fiona the hippo turns 3 months old

Fiona the hippo turns 3 months old

Fiona — the world’s favorite prematurely born hippopotamus — turned 3 months old Monday. The early days of cuddling the tiny, fragile hippo are long gone, Jenna Wingate, the Cincinnati Zoo’s Africa keeper, told our media partner WCPO. Here are three updates about Fiona that Wingate shared with WCPO: 1. The ‘dung shower’: Apparently, male hippopotamuses mark...
Musician Gregg Allman not in hospice care, manager says

Musician Gregg Allman not in hospice care, manager says

Former “Allman Brothers Band” musician and solo Southern rock singer Gregg Allman is not in hospice care, contrary to reports saying otherwise. Variety reported that Allman’s manager has been denying reports that emerged over the weekend, but the rumor continues to spread. Country singer Travis Tritt was among the celebrities tweeting well wishes too Allman. By Monday afternoon...
Serena Williams celebrates No. 1 tennis player ranking with letter to unborn baby

Serena Williams celebrates No. 1 tennis player ranking with letter to unborn baby

Days after confirming her pregnancy, tennis great Serena Williams has been ranked as No. 1 on the Women's Tennis Association Tour, according to ESPN. Williams ranks No. 1 for the eighth time in her career. Williams is expecting her first child with fiance Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and initially announced she was 20 weeks along in a briefly Snapchat post Wednesday...
Prince William, Kate startled after water squirted at them by runner

Prince William, Kate startled after water squirted at them by runner

Prince William and Kate were startled Sunday during the London Marathon when a runner apparently squirted water at them. The royal couple was handing out bottles of water along the race course when photos captured the moment William took a bit of a dousing. Only a few drops hit Kate. The price quickly recovered, seeming to laugh it off with good humor. It’s unclear whether the runner intended...
Rihanna Photoshops Queen’s head onto her body in Instagram posts

Rihanna Photoshops Queen’s head onto her body in Instagram posts

  Rihanna is amusing some and annoying others with her Instagram posts about Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. The award-winning singer Photoshopped the queen’s head onto her body in a series of photos of herself dressed in racy outfits. One of the photos shows the queen’s head on Rihanna’s body dressed in the revealing outfit that the artist wore to Coachella. Another...
Sean Hannity accused of harassment; says accusation is ‘complete fabrication’ from ‘serial accuser’

Sean Hannity accused of harassment; says accusation is ‘complete fabrication’ from ‘serial accuser’

Fox News host Sean Hannity is calling an accusation of sexual harassment against him by a conservative commentator a “complete fabrication,” and said he will sue the woman who leveled the charges. Hannity was responding to a radio interview on Friday in which Debbie Schlussel said Hannity once invited her back to his hotel room after a book signing in Detroit. Schlussel, speaking to radio...
What phrase does President Trump use most often?

What phrase does President Trump use most often?

While President Donald Trump seems never to be at a loss for words, both spoken and tweeted, a linguistics professor at Georgetown University says there is one phase that does seem to crop up in his public speaking more often than others.  “Believe me” is the most common two-word phrase the president has used in public in his almost 100-day administration, according to a story from...
Florida mother of 7 donates kidney to co-worker

Florida mother of 7 donates kidney to co-worker

VENICE, Fla. — A 45-year-old Florida mother of seven donated one of her kidneys to a 26-year-old co-worker, the Sarasota Herald Tribune reported. >> Read more trending news “I said, heck, he can have one of mine,” Christine Higbee said. “I have seven kids — if I need one, I can borrow one of theirs.” Higbee donated her kidney to Zack Pacyna, who has worked...
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