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DeKalb’s sales tax increase: What you need to know

A proposed increase in DeKalb County’s sales tax rate will be decided in a Nov. 7 referendum. Here’s everything you need to know about the special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST), which would raise money for road repairs and other infrastructure. A. Only if a majority of voters approve. A countywide referendum will be held during the Nov. 7 election if the DeKalb Board of...


Cobb 2040 plan to address growth heads to vote amid some pushback

Cobb 2040 plan to address growth heads to vote amid some pushback

A state-mandated plan to guide Cobb’s future growth and development is headed to the County Commission for a vote Friday. The 2040 Comprehensive Plan will update the county’s goals in a number of crucial areas such as land use, transportation, housing, economic development, natural resources and public safety. The planning document is intended to help shape policy and contains no budget...
Can fast buses help ease Atlanta’s traffic nightmare?

Can fast buses help ease Atlanta’s traffic nightmare?

LOS ANGELES – For decades metro Atlanta residents have debated whether to expand MARTA rail service into the suburbs – a debate that usually ended with suburban residents saying “no.” But another form of public transportation – bus rapid transit – has quietly captured the imagination of many public officials. Though it does not exist yet in Georgia, it’s already...
Candidates set for Fulton commission chair, polls to stay open later

Candidates set for Fulton commission chair, polls to stay open later

Fulton County voters will get an extra hour at the polls in November as they elect a new county commission chair and local representatives. Polls will close at 8 p.m., not 7 p.m., Nov. 7 following a request from the county’s elections director. State law says that when a city with more than 300,000 people — like Atlanta — has an election, the polls will stay open until 8 p.m. It...
The internet doesn’t like Gwinnett’s proposed new logo. Do officials?

The internet doesn’t like Gwinnett’s proposed new logo. Do officials?

To be fair, citizens of the internet are not generally known for using politeness behind the keyboard, so re-branding anything is a task that can bring haters out of hibernation. But if 160 (and counting) comments on an Atlanta Journal-Constitution Facebook page are any indication, the online crowd really doesn’t like the front-runner for Gwinnett County’s new logo and slogan...
South Fulton’s Bill Edwards has looked at cities from both sides now

South Fulton’s Bill Edwards has looked at cities from both sides now

Bill Edwards only wants what’s fair. But what’s fair can change, it seems, depending on circumstance. When Edwards was a member of the Fulton County commission, he thought it was only fair that new cities in the county bid on the open market to buy the parks and fire stations that were within their borders, rather than purchase them straight from the county at deep discounts. Now...
Gwinnett police will get their body cameras in coming months

Gwinnett police will get their body cameras in coming months

Body-worn cameras for many of Gwinnett’s law enforcement officers cleared another piece of red tape Tuesday, with county commissioners awarding an initial contract to the vendor selected to provide them. The cameras are expected to be up, running and recording by the middle of 2018. The $30,000 contract granted to Axon Enterprise on Tuesday will cover costs associated with licensing and set-up...
Norwood, Mitchell pick up endorsements from Atlanta firefighter groups

Norwood, Mitchell pick up endorsements from Atlanta firefighter groups

Atlanta mayoral candidates Mary Norwood and Ceasar Mitchell picked up endorsements Tuesday from two fire fighting organizations. The International Association of Fire Fighters local 134 endorsed Atlanta City Councilwoman Norwood while Progressive Firefighters of Atlanta threw their support to Mitchell, who is president of the Atlanta City Council. The two candidates are among more than a dozen hopefuls...
DeKalb Commission approves sales tax project list

DeKalb Commission approves sales tax project list

A proposed sales tax increase in DeKalb County would primarily fund the repaving of cracked and pothole-filled roads, along with building new fire stations, buying police cars and renovating parks, according to a project list approved Tuesday. The projects would be funded by a sales tax increase, from 7 percent to 8 percent, if voters support it during a Nov. 7 referendum. The special purpose...
This may be Gwinnett’s new logo and slogan. What do you think?

This may be Gwinnett’s new logo and slogan. What do you think?

Gwinnett County may have its new logo and slogan, the product of more than a year’s worth of effort. Representatives from Perkins and Will, the architecture and design firm tasked with Gwinnett’s new branding, revealed what they’ve come up with during a Tuesday afternoon briefing with the county’s Board of Commissioners. The potential new logo is a series of colorful,...
Federal and state officials will assess Gwinnett’s Irma damage 

Federal and state officials will assess Gwinnett’s Irma damage 

Federal and state officials will visit Gwinnett County on Wednesday to assess local damage from Tropical Storm Irma, Gwinnett’s emergency management director said.  The assessment will be key to determining if individual residents and property owners will qualify to apply for federal assistance money. In a Tuesday morning briefing before the county’s Board of Commissioners, Gwinnett...
DeKalb sales tax project list decided, with focus on road repairs

DeKalb sales tax project list decided, with focus on road repairs

The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday on a list of construction projects that would be funded by a proposed sales tax increase, with an emphasis on repairing bumpy roads. The project list includes $151 million to repave the county’s worst roads, nearly $85 million for fire stations and police protection, $82 million on transportation projects and $57 million for...
Three people have entered the race for Fulton County commission chair

Three people have entered the race for Fulton County commission chair

Three people entered the race to lead the Fulton County commission on the first day of qualifying. Former Fulton County commissioner Robb Pitts, Sandy Springs city councilman Gabriel Sterling and state representative Keisha Waites, D-Atlanta, all filed paperwork Monday to run for the chair’s seat. Qualifying is open until Wednesday for the position, and the winner will fill the unexpired term...
Atlanta mayoral hopeful Kwanza Hall reviving marijuana legislation

Atlanta mayoral hopeful Kwanza Hall reviving marijuana legislation

Kwanza Hall, an Atlanta City Councilman and candidate for mayor of Atlanta, is calling for a vote in early October on his stalled effort to reduce the penalties on possession of small amounts of marijuana in the city. Hall introduced legislation earlier this year that would have dropped the fine for possession of an ounce or less of marijuana in Atlanta from the current $1,000 to $75. His...
Metro Atlanta hotel occupancy jumps with Hurricane Irma evacuees

Metro Atlanta hotel occupancy jumps with Hurricane Irma evacuees

Hurricane Irma evacuees flocked to Atlanta-area hotels, as well as those in other parts of the Southeast, new data shows. The report, from travel research company STR, shows occupancy at Atlanta hotels was up 30 percent from last Wednesday through Saturday over the same period in 2016. At the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, general manager Peter McMahon said his hotel picked up an “enormous&rdquo...
Road repaving tops DeKalb sales tax project list

Road repaving tops DeKalb sales tax project list

The DeKalb County Commission is preparing to vote on a list of projects that would be funded by a proposed sales tax increase, including the repaving of 318 miles of pothole-filled roads, the renovation of run-down fire stations and other infrastructure repairs. Commissioners are reviewing the construction project list presented by DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond on Thursday, and a vote could come as...
Fired Fulton County manager loses Georgia supreme court appeal

Fired Fulton County manager loses Georgia supreme court appeal

An interim Fulton County manager, who was fired after a recording of him disparaging county leadership surfaced, has lost his appeal to the Georgia supreme court to get his job back. Patrick O’Connor, who was the county’s finance director for nearly two decades before being elevated, then dismissed, claimed that the county’s process was flawed when it fired him in February...
Project list proposed for DeKalb sales tax

Project list proposed for DeKalb sales tax

A proposed DeKalb County sales tax increase would raise money to repave 318 miles of pothole-filled roads, rebuild run-down fire stations and repair other infrastructure, according to a project list presented Thursday by CEO Mike Thurmond. The DeKalb Board of Commissioners could vote on the list of construction projects as soon as Tuesday. Voters will make the ultimate decision on raising...
Fulton County transit study details where bus, rail might go

Fulton County transit study details where bus, rail might go

From MARTA-like heavy rail to a flex bus that changes its route depending on the day, residents in the north and south parts of Fulton County are warming to the idea of expanding transit in their cities. The only questions are what kind, and where it should go. Residents have answered the second half of the question, telling planners in a series of public meetings where they’d most...
Suspension from office a possibility for indicted Snellville mayor

Suspension from office a possibility for indicted Snellville mayor

Snellville Mayor Tom Witts turned himself in at the Gwinnett County jail Thursday afternoon, one week after a grand jury returned a 66-count indictment against him. He will now wait to be arraigned — and for Gov. Nathan Deal to appoint a panel that will help decide if the tax evasion, theft and other charges filed against him are enough to warrant a suspension from office. Witts, 68, was...
Atlanta’s ‘smart’ North Avenue sports the latest traffic technology

Atlanta’s ‘smart’ North Avenue sports the latest traffic technology

Atlanta unveiled a stretch of “smart” road Thursday that could help usher in an era of driverless cars and transform the city’s transportation infrastructure. The North Avenue Smart Corridor Project – which stretches from the Coca-Cola headquarters and Georgia Tech to the Ponce City Market – includes adaptive traffic signals, high-definition cameras and other technology...
Snellville mayor turns self in on tax evasion, theft charges

Snellville mayor turns self in on tax evasion, theft charges

Snellville Mayor Tom Witts turned himself in at the Gwinnett County jail Thursday afternoon, one week after a grand jury returned a 66-count indictment against him. Witts, 68, was booked into the jail at around 12:30 p.m., online records showed. He was released about 25 minutes later on a $20,000 signature bond — meaning that he didn’t have to pay any money to be released but...
Atlanta loves its urban forest despite damage wrought by Irma

Atlanta loves its urban forest despite damage wrought by Irma

Atlantans love their City in a Forest. But, when stormy weather moves in, those towering pines and shady oaks can come crashing down, destroying lives and property.  Two people were killed by falling trees this week as Tropical Storm Irma battered the metro area. In the days since, the rev of chainsaws has become a familiar sound to residents as crews work around the clock to remove...
Fulton declares state of emergency post-Irma, discusses property taxes

Fulton declares state of emergency post-Irma, discusses property taxes

Fulton County commissioners declared a state of emergency Wednesday, clearing the way to access federal funds to help pay for cleanup after Tropical Storm Irma. The declaration covers the county and all 15 cities, and will allow the governments to request reimbursement for money spent clearing trees, as well as allow for coordination with state and federal governments. Atlanta and Sandy Springs, where...
Irma and Gwinnett, Day 3: Power outages, road issues slowly dwindling

Irma and Gwinnett, Day 3: Power outages, road issues slowly dwindling

The widespread power outages and road closures wrought in Gwinnett County by Tropical Storm Irma continued dwindling throughout the day Wednesday. By 3:30 p.m., about 11,500 Gwinnett County customers of Georgia Power or the Walton, Jackson and Sawnee EMCs were without power. That was a small portion of the Gwinnettians who were powerless Tuesday afternoon, and a far cry from the 100...
Fulton County and courts to open for business Wednesday, after Irma

Fulton County and courts to open for business Wednesday, after Irma

Fulton County will open for normal business on Wednesday, after closing for two days as Tropical Storm Irma pushed through town. The county courts will also reopen. Still, the county urged employees and residents to “exercise caution” as they return to work. County officials asked residents to report downed trees and power lines, but to stay away from them. To report a downed power line...
In Snellville, downed trees and bad luck for family of Irma evacuees

In Snellville, downed trees and bad luck for family of Irma evacuees

It seemed, in theory, like a simple — and safe — enough plan. Sara Rodriguez, her parents and her sister would leave their home in West Palm Beach, Fla., and seek refuge from then-Hurricane Irma with friends up north in Georgia. And in Snellville, no less: a town a couple hundred miles from the coast.  Surely they’d have nothing to worry about. “We had no clue,”...
Four people in Atlanta trapped by trees, Fulton inspects buildings

Four people in Atlanta trapped by trees, Fulton inspects buildings

After Tropical Storm Irma swept through, four people had been trapped by falling trees in their homes in Atlanta, Atlanta Police Department spokeswoman Stephanie Brown said. They are at: 1886 Marietta Road, West Wesley Road at Moores Mill Road, Hambersham Road at Valley Road and Moores Mill Road at West Paces Road. Forestry crews were working on about 90 fallen trees throughout the city...
Irma in Cobb: Over 3,000 without power, 71 trees down

Irma in Cobb: Over 3,000 without power, 71 trees down

Some 3,200 Georgia Power customers were without electricity in Cobb County Tuesday morning, primarily along South Cobb Drive, following Tropical Storm Irma, according to County Chairman Mike Boyce. About 50 Cobb EMC households are without power elsewhere in the county. Cobb is home to about 800,000 people. Boyce said crews are working to restore power to everyone by mid afternoon.  Officials...
Irma in DeKalb: Workers restore power and clear roads

Irma in DeKalb: Workers restore power and clear roads

DeKalb County is recovering from Tropical Storm Irma on Tuesday as workers try to restore power, clear blocked roads and turn off live wires draped from utility poles. Residents in DeKalb suffered some of the most severe power outages in metro Atlanta, with 160,710 of the county’s 318,000 Georgia Power customers losing electricity from the storm. More than 80 roads were ...
Irma in Cobb: “We were one of the fortunate ones”

Irma in Cobb: “We were one of the fortunate ones”

Despite 71 trees felled by Irma’s wind and rain, Cobb County Chairman Mike Boyce said early Tuesday that the storm’s impact could have been much worse. “All things considered, based on what happened in the region, we were one of the fortunate ones,” Boyce said. Two people were killed by falling trees in other parts of metro Atlanta, and another man died in south Georgia. Coastal...
Irma and Gwinnett, Day 2: Tens of thousands still without power

Irma and Gwinnett, Day 2: Tens of thousands still without power

Tropical Storm Irma kept Gwinnett County first responders busy on Monday — and was doing so on Tuesday, too. Downed trees, road closures and power outages remained problems throughout the day. At 4 p.m. Tuesday, roughly 41,000 Gwinnett County residents were lacking electricity, according to outage maps from Georgia Power and the Walton, Jackson and Sawnee EMCs. That number was several thousand...
Not everyone hid from Tropical Storm Irma’s wind and rain in Georgia

Not everyone hid from Tropical Storm Irma’s wind and rain in Georgia

The hunt for everything from batteries to beer started early Monday and continued through the afternoon in metro Atlanta, as Irma plowed through the region with tropical storm-force winds after strafing Florida as one of the largest hurricanes on record. Reporters from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution fanned out over the region, and here are a few of the real-people stories of struggle and last-minute...
MARTA to resume limited service Tuesday while others cancel

MARTA to resume limited service Tuesday while others cancel

9 p.m. update: MARTA and Gwinnett County Transit announced details of its service that will resume at 7 a.m. Tuesday: *MARTA rail service will initially run at approximate 20-minute intervals. Rail operations will continue to scale up to full service by noon. MARTA supervisors will perform system-wide quality scans to check the rail system's infrastructure and verify power at all stations.  ...
Fulton County to remain closed Tuesday; power outages in south Fulton

Fulton County to remain closed Tuesday; power outages in south Fulton

Fulton County offices, including the courthouse, will remain closed Tuesday. The closure comes as Tropical Storm Irma blows through metro Atlanta. Some south Fulton County residents have lost power, as did a College Park fire station, though it is running on a backup generator. Jessica Corbitt, a spokeswoman for Fulton County, said Fire Station #1 on Welcome All Road in College Park...
Irma: Power starts to falter for some Cobb County homes

Irma: Power starts to falter for some Cobb County homes

Some Cobb County homes were without power early Monday afternoon as rain and winds from tropical storm Irma moved in on the metro Atlanta area.  Cobb EMC spokesperson Leslie Thompson said so far, workers have been able to remotely restore or reroute power from the cooperative’s control room fairly quickly. “If it’s more extensive damage, they can send out a crew with a truck...
Ga. 400 entrance, roads closed for downed trees in metro Atlanta

Ga. 400 entrance, roads closed for downed trees in metro Atlanta

Tropical Storm Irma’s strong winds have knocked down trees, closing some metro Atlanta roads, including Georgia 400 at Sidney Marcus Blvd. Other major intersections closed include Piedmont Road at Pharr Road and East Paces Ferry Road at Lenox Road. In Sandy Springs, a tree that came down on power lines closed Hammond Drive at Peachtree Dunwoody Road. All lanes of Hammond Drive are closed...
Tree pins Gwinnett man in mobile home as Irma swings through

Tree pins Gwinnett man in mobile home as Irma swings through

As Tropical Storm Irma worked its way through Gwinnett County on Monday afternoon, authorities responded to dozens of calls about downed trees and wires; tens of thousands of people were left without power; and at least two people had to be rescued from their homes. “As of 5:10 p.m., we've posted about 120 tweets updating our community about wires down, trees Down, and traffic laws...
Alpharetta equestrian center houses horses evacuated from Irma

Alpharetta equestrian center houses horses evacuated from Irma

Nearly 100 evacuated horses are bunking in Alpharetta to wait out Tropical Storm Irma. The Wills Park Equestrian Center is housing 85 equines, with another 15 or so on the way, said Matt Casey, the equestrian center manager. At least 30 have come from as far as Miami. “A lot of barns are prone to flooding,” Casey said. “Everybody’s just kind of hunkered down...
Trees down on houses in Sandy Springs as Irma’s winds pick up

Trees down on houses in Sandy Springs as Irma’s winds pick up

Irma’s winds are already causing damage in metro Atlanta, as facades fall from buildings and trees come down. In Sandy Springs, two trees have fallen on houses, spokeswoman Sharon Kraun said. The downed trees are at 1095 Kingston Drive and 4930 Long Island Terrace. Peter Jenkins, presidents of TreeInspection.com, said he expects the tree damage from Irma, now a tropical storm...
Irma in Cobb: County offices and facilities to remain closed Tuesday

Irma in Cobb: County offices and facilities to remain closed Tuesday

In addition to schools, non-essential Cobb County offices, facilities and courts will remain closed Tuesday in anticipation of severe weather associated with Irma.  The hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday, but heavy rains and high winds are expected to cause damage throughout the metro area. All parks and recreation facilities, senior centers and libraries will be closed, the...
Alpharetta stays open to advise residents as Irma nears

Alpharetta stays open to advise residents as Irma nears

UPDATE: Alpharetta has closed its city hall. The city plans to reopen at 8:30 a.m. ORIGINAL STORY: Across metro Atlanta, schools are closed, MARTA has stopped operating and businesses have told their workers to stay home as Irma, now a tropical storm, barrels into town. In Alpharetta, it’s a normal Monday morning at City Hall. “We still have residents who are preparing...
Irma and Gwinnett: Forecast, closures and cancellations

Irma and Gwinnett: Forecast, closures and cancellations

ORIGINAL STORY: As Irma bears down on Georgia and metro Atlanta, there are a few things Gwinnett County residents need to know.  1. Timing: Irma, which was downgraded to a tropical storm at 8 a.m. Monday, was expected to hit Gwinnett County en force through Monday evening. It could bring winds in excess of 30 miles per hour, gusts exceeding 45 miles per hour and 3 to 5 inches of rain, threatening...
Iran tests new ballistic missile

Iran tests new ballistic missile

Iran tested a new ballistic missile that reportedly is capable of carrying multiple warheads, CNN reported Saturday, citing the nation's state-run broadcaster announced. >> Read more trending news “Iran has released footage of the successful test-launch of its new ballistic missile, Khorramshahr, a few hours after it was unveiled during a military parade in the capital city of Tehran...
Memo: Seattle officer bragged that 'mini Mafia' controlled off-duty contracts

Memo: Seattle officer bragged that 'mini Mafia' controlled off-duty contracts

As an FBI investigation into Seattle’s off-duty police work unfolds, additional claims of questionable tactics by officers have emerged, including a report that one policeman proudly called his fellow officers a “mini Mafia” in the way they secured, enforced, and collected on private security and traffic contracts in the booming city. >> Read more trending news Officer Mac...
Trump touts transparency on Twitter

Trump touts transparency on Twitter

President Donald Trump has no intention of scaling back his Twitter presence.  >> Read more trending news The president, campaigning for fellow Republican Luther Strange in Alabama on Friday night, touted his provocative and sometimes controversial tweets, CNN reported. "That is the great thing about Twitter," Trump said during the rally, set just days ahead of the state&rsquo...
Texas students told ‘It’s the law’ to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

Texas students told ‘It’s the law’ to stand for Pledge of Allegiance

A presentation telling students that they have to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance because it's the law has caused controversy at a Texas high school, the Houston Chronicle reported. >> Read more trending news  Juniors and seniors at Midland High School were given a presentation on the Pledge of Allegiance earlier this month, with a slide saying it's the law to stand during...
Police: New Orleans mayoral candidate facing lewd conduct charge

Police: New Orleans mayoral candidate facing lewd conduct charge

A New Orleans mayoral candidate was arrested on a charge of lewd conduct after police said he was found with his pants pulled down in the back of an Uber in Santa Monica, Calif., Nola.com reported. >> Read more trending news Frank Scurlock was picked up on a charge of public masturbation in February, police said. Terry White, a deputy city attorney in Santa Monica, confirmed Friday...
Floridians may qualify for food benefits after Irma

Floridians may qualify for food benefits after Irma

Floridians struggling with the aftereffects of Hurricane Irma could be eligible for help buying food. >> Read more trending news  Officials say households that may not normally be eligible under SNAP rules may qualify for two months of benefits through USDA’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. To be eligible, a family's income must be under the disaster limits and...
Here’s one marijuana trend you should actually be worried about

Here’s one marijuana trend you should actually be worried about

The latest federal survey data shows that while teen marijuana use continues to decline in the era of legal pot, adult use is rising. The percent of people over the age of 18 who smoke it in a given year has risen from 10.4 percent in 2002 to 14.1 percent in 2016. In other words, 46 million people got high last year. In and of itself, the increase in adult marijuana use isn’t particularly alarming...
Is diet soda really bad for you? Maybe not

Is diet soda really bad for you? Maybe not

Just how bad is diet soda for you? It may be more complicated than you think. There may be hope for zero-calorie tipplers yet. A spate of recent studies has diet soda lovers fretting over their bubbly beverages. Studies have shown that sucking down diet pop means you may be avoiding sugar and calories but overdosing on chemicals that can be dangerous to your health. “Just get rid of it,&rdquo...
‘Meds-to-beds’ programs aim to prevent re-hospitalization

‘Meds-to-beds’ programs aim to prevent re-hospitalization

As Larry Greer neared the end of a week-long stay at the Washington Hospital Center, he grew anxious. Greer, 57, had suffered a severe leg burn in a hot bath at home in May. Greer has diabetic neuropathy, which reduces feeling in his legs, and he didn’t realize how hot the water was. He received a skin graft at the hospital, where daily doses of oxycodone helped ease the pain. Greer, a D.C....
Former CDC chief launches $225 million global health initiative

Former CDC chief launches $225 million global health initiative

Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is starting a new initiative to tackle some of global health’s thorniest issues: cardiovascular disease and epidemics. Frieden, a former New York City health commissioner who spent seven years leading the CDC during the Obama administration, said he chose those two issues based on his “unique vantage point...
Keep your family nourished during a disaster

Keep your family nourished during a disaster

I still have vivid memories of helping friends who experienced heartbreaking floods in our community several years ago. One especially exhausting day of trying to salvage what we could from water-soaked lives was interrupted with the precious sight of Red Cross volunteers driving through the neighborhood offering sandwiches and beverages. It was a meal I will never forget. We never know when we&rsquo...
CDC: Mosquitoes carrying Zika, other deadly viruses could breed in 75 percent of the US

CDC: Mosquitoes carrying Zika, other deadly viruses could breed in 75 percent of the US

According to a CDC study, up to 75 percent of the contiguous United States may provide suitable conditions for several species of disease-spreading mosquitoes. The recent study, published in the Public Journal of Entomology, found 71 percent of counties in the 48 contiguous states were suitable for the aegypti species and 75 percent could support albopictus species. »RELATED: Zika...
Protesters disrupt former FBI Director Comey's speech at Howard University

Protesters disrupt former FBI Director Comey's speech at Howard University

Former FBI director James Comey was heckled and jeered throughout a speech at Howard University Friday by a group of protesters chanting "no justice, no peace'' — a loud, contentious standoff that didn't end until he finished his remarks. The scene — a former senior government official being shouted down and trying to speak over angry demonstrators — marked a...
Police: Man mistakenly shows officers where he keeps drugs

Police: Man mistakenly shows officers where he keeps drugs

An Ohio man is facing charges after police said he inadvertently led officers to a hidden stash of drug paraphernalia in his apartment. Middletown police on Wednesday executed an arrest warrant for Charles Hogg, 61. When officers knocked on the door that was ajar, Hogg yelled, “Come on in,” according to the police report. Hogg was still in his bedroom and he became “very nervous&rdquo...
Investigation launched into HHS Secretary Tom Price's travel on charter jets

Investigation launched into HHS Secretary Tom Price's travel on charter jets

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will face an inspector general's investigation into his reported use of chartered jets for at least two dozen flights in recent months at taxpayer expense. A spokeswoman for HHS Inspector General Daniel R. Levinson told The Washington Post on Friday that the agency will request records of Price's travel and review the justification made by Price and his...
Deputies: Men hold Uber driver at gunpoint; mistake him for burglar

Deputies: Men hold Uber driver at gunpoint; mistake him for burglar

Roberto Augustin had just finished making a food delivery for Uber on Saturday night when he became lost inside a neighborhood in unincorporated Delray Beach, Florida. As Augustin tried to find his way out, he was approached by two armed men riding in a golf cart. “Get out of the car, or we’re going to kill you,” Augustin heard as his body froze in fear. The men, pointing handguns...
Autumn Equinox: 5 things to know about the first day of fall

Autumn Equinox: 5 things to know about the first day of fall

Today is the first day of the fall season, as the autumnal equinox signals the beginning of astronomical fall. This year, that happens across North America on Friday afternoon. So as the weather begins to cool across the country, here are some things to know about that season when the leaves change color and the temperature begins to drop. >> Read more trending news  What exactly is an...
N.C. high school clears student section during football game

N.C. high school clears student section during football game

School officials in North Carolina were forced to clear the student section during Friday night’s football game because of inappropriate behavior. >> Read more trending news  Ardrey Kell Principal David Switzer sent a message to parents explaining why school administrators had to take extreme action and remove students from the game. In the message, Switzer listed several reasons...
Uber stripped of London license

Uber stripped of London license

London stripped Uber on Friday of its license to operate beginning at the end of September, a move that will affect more than 40,000 drivers in one of the world’s biggest cities, Reuters reported. >> Read more trending news  Regulator Transport for London (TfL) said Uber’s conduct posed risks to public safety and it would not renew its license when it expires on Sept...
L'Oréal heiress, world’s wealthiest woman, dies at 94

L'Oréal heiress, world’s wealthiest woman, dies at 94

Liliane Bettencourt, heiress to the L'Oréal cosmetics dynasty ranked as the world’s richest woman, died Wednesday, NPR reported. She was 94. In March, Forbes placed Bettencourt’s net worth at $39.5 billion. Bettencourt and her family were the largest stakeholders of L'Oréal, owning 33.1 percent of the company, the Financial Times reported. Bettencourt's...
Florida pastor uses ham radio to get information from Puerto Rico

Florida pastor uses ham radio to get information from Puerto Rico

A Florida pastor with a heart for helping is going old school to get information from Puerto Rico. >> Read more trending news An antenna coming out of his window, strung through the trees up over his house, is connecting Ian Thomas to the unreachable. Early Thursday morning, his ham radio was silent.  "And by 9:30, things started jumping. And then we were talking to Puerto Rico,&rdquo...
Defining ‘dotard’ through the ages

Defining ‘dotard’ through the ages

The word “dotard” is not new, although it hasn’t been used lately in polite (or even impolite) conversation. Kim Jong-Un unearthed it during a speech he made Friday; translators used the word “dotard” in describing President Donald Trump. >> Read more trending news  Dictionary.com defines “dotard” as, “a person, especially an old person...
Look it up: Twitter abuzz after Kim Jong-Un calls Trump a ‘dotard’

Look it up: Twitter abuzz after Kim Jong-Un calls Trump a ‘dotard’

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un had Twitter users rushing to dictionaries as he revived a centuries-old insult. >> Read more trending news  Kim had some choice words for President Donald Trump during a speech on Friday, accusing him of “mentally deranged behavior,” CNN reported. But it was Kim’s use of the word “dotard” that sent the Twitterverse to dictionary...
FedEx airlifts barbecue meals to Irma victims in Florida Keys

FedEx airlifts barbecue meals to Irma victims in Florida Keys

Hurricane victims in the Florida Keys are receiving fresh barbecue meals from Operation BBQ Relief thanks to an airlift program by FedEx, USA Today reported. >> Read more trending news FedEx began airlifting more than 10,000 meals a day from Fort Myers to the Keys, following through on a request from one of its aircraft mechanics, Scott Guy. FedEx assigned two feeder aircraft to transport...
Deputies: Teacher accused of sex crime exchanged messages via Facebook

Deputies: Teacher accused of sex crime exchanged messages via Facebook

A North Carolina middle school teacher was arrested and charged with a sex crime involving a child, officials with the Rowan County Sheriff's Office said. >> Read more trending news  Parents of a student complained that Mark Dexter, 42, sent inappropriate messages to their child through Facebook, deputies said. Investigators determined that it appeared the child and teacher were involved...
British police release 2 men in London train attack probe

British police release 2 men in London train attack probe

British police said they have released two men arrested as part of the investigation into last week’s London Underground train station attack in Parsons Green, which injured 30 people, Reuters reported. >> Read more trending news A 21-year-old man arrested in Hounslow on Sept. 16 and a 48-year-old man arrested in Newport on Sept. 20 were released by the police with no further...
Round 3: Jimmy Kimmel continues criticism of GOP’s health-care bill

Round 3: Jimmy Kimmel continues criticism of GOP’s health-care bill

For the third straight night, Jimmy Kimmel used his opening monologue to criticize the Graham-Cassidy health-care bill in the Senate.  >> Read more trending news Thursday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the talk show host did not back down, responding to Republicans who keep bringing him up as the GOP tries to repeal the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Kimmel...
Facebook to give Congress Russian-linked 2016 election ads

Facebook to give Congress Russian-linked 2016 election ads

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday that the social media company will turn over to Congress thousands of ads believed to have been bought by Russian agents attempting to influence last year’s presidential election. Facebook officials said earlier this month that more than 3,000 ads were uncovered that ran between 2015 and 2017 and appeared to have come from a Russian entity that aimed...
#Teamnatural: 6 easy-to-do, protective natural hairstyles

#Teamnatural: 6 easy-to-do, protective natural hairstyles

Everyone needs a hair makeover from time-to-time.  Give your natural hair a must needed rest from heat and styling to help protect your locks from damage. Through protective styling, women of color can achieve beautiful hair styles that aren't difficult to install and don't require much maintenance. Though these styles give your hair a break from heat, according to hair blog Curly Nikki...
Disaster declared in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastates island

Disaster declared in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastates island

President Donald Trump on Thursday declared a federal disaster in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria brought pounding rain and punishing winds to the island, knocking out power and causing widespread flooding and landslides. The declaration allows for federal resources to be used for Puerto Rico’s recovery efforts. The island is reeling after Maria made landfall Wednesday as a Category 4 hurricane...
$338M Powerball winner accused of child sex abuse

$338M Powerball winner accused of child sex abuse

A New Jersey man who made headlines in 2013 when he won a $338 million Powerball jackpot has been arrested on suspicion of child sexual assault, according to multiple reports. Pedro Quezada, 49, is accused of sexually assaulting a girl over the course of three years, starting when she was 11 years old, NJ.com reported. He faces charges of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of...
Finding my past: How a DNA test uncovered my family’s roots

Finding my past: How a DNA test uncovered my family’s roots

My most important Father’s Day gifts are ones I appreciate every single day – two wonderful children whose relatively smooth transition to adulthood has been a joy to behold. But that doesn’t mean a man can’t enjoy a little Daddy swag. So my Father’s Day kicked off this year with one of my daughter Ashley’s omelette specials and a couple other gifts that were...
Reports: Trump's controversial decisions in office under scrutiny by Mueller

Reports: Trump's controversial decisions in office under scrutiny by Mueller

Special counsel Robert Mueller has asked the White House for documents related to some of the most scrutinized decisions made by President Donald Trump while in office, The New York Times reported Wednesday. The request indicates that Trump’s actions in the White House are being included in the scope of Mueller’s investigation.
Fergie said it was ‘weird’ pretending she was still with Josh Duhamel

Fergie said it was ‘weird’ pretending she was still with Josh Duhamel

While promoting her upcoming album, “Double Dutchess,” singer Fergie is addressing her split from husband Josh Duhamel. The couple, who were married for eight years before separating, announced the separation long after they were actually apart. The timing meant Fergie, 42, and Duhamel, 44, had to respond to questions about each other when in public as though they were still together...
After Irma: Florida governor says nursing home 'failed...basic duty' in deaths

After Irma: Florida governor says nursing home 'failed...basic duty' in deaths

Operators of a Florida nursing home where eight seniors died last week called Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s cell phone four times after Hurricane Irma knocked out the facility’s air conditioning, Scott’s office confirmed Tuesday — but the governor’s office said managers never indicated patients were in danger or needed to be evacuated. Every call from the Rehabilitation...
Family finds 7 horses, 2 donkeys shot and killed

Family finds 7 horses, 2 donkeys shot and killed

Update 9:35 a.m. Sept. 22: Officials said seven horses and two donkeys were shot and killed earlier this week in a field in rural Chickasaw County. Two other horses were shot but were expected to survive, according to authorities. Family members who discovered the animals previously said seven of their dozen horses were killed and two were missing. Original story:  A Mississippi family...
Try these 10 fall outdoor redesign projects

Try these 10 fall outdoor redesign projects

Fall is a popular time to enjoy the outdoors, especially with the magic of the change of seasons. Many homeowners may wish to start thinking about fall improvements, especially while the weather is still warm. If you are looking for some ideas for ways to spruce up your home, creating some outdoor entertainment areas may help your family enjoy their exterior space just as much as their interior one...
Wonderful chest likely from 1880s Britain

Wonderful chest likely from 1880s Britain

Dear Helaine and Joe: I inherited this chest, which appears to be cedar lined. It is 26 inches high, 52 inches long and 28 inches deep. I am considering selling it and would like to know how much I should ask. But I might also keep it and would like to know the insurance value. Thank you, C. C. Dear C. C.: We thought we would discuss the wonderful chest first and then explore its various values a...
The fall colors we are already obsessed with

The fall colors we are already obsessed with

The changing of the leaves has us daydreaming over new home hues. From jewel tones to oversaturated oranges, autumnal tones bring a burst of drama and natural allure to any space. As interior revamps go, switching up paint colors via a bold accent wall or full-blown makeover is a cost-effective and wildly transformative design project. You’ll definitely get plenty of bang for your buck. To give...
Missouri home is eclectic, with a capital ‘E’

Missouri home is eclectic, with a capital ‘E’

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. — Seventeen years ago, Linda Yatkeman and her husband, Don, decided to move “up the hill” to a home a block away. “The reason was this stained-glass window,” she says, motioning toward a 12-foot-tall, two-piece window depicting a classical figure of a woman feeding a bird in her flower garden that once was in a 19th century St. Louis home. &ldquo...
Basic transplanting, cutting and collecting seeds

Basic transplanting, cutting and collecting seeds

A trip to the family home place, whether it is in town or in the country, is a memory-maker for families. There they find not only special food and comfy chairs on a front porch made for sitting, they see plants that have been growing around the house practically forever. These are plants that make memories because their ownership can include generations in a family or represent decades of friendship...
How to care for fruit trees

How to care for fruit trees

High temperatures, hot nights, long days and kids on summer vacation cause fruit tree neglect. Gardening is the last thing you want to do in late summer, yet proper care really pays off now. It’s because your trees have completed their reproductive work. After harvest is the perfect time to pay them back for all the fruit with some tender loving care. The result will be more vigorous growth...
A summer dinner at author Sharon Santoni’s French country home

A summer dinner at author Sharon Santoni’s French country home

Sometimes you get to live a dream. One of mine was to dine at the French country home of Sharon Santoni, author of the newly released “My French Country Home: Entertaining Through the Seasons.” She’s been one of my favorite bloggers for years, and we were thrilled to have her come to the store a few years ago to sign her first book, “My Stylish French Girlfriends.” When...
Florida's 10 safest cities in a hurricane

Florida's 10 safest cities in a hurricane

There’s really no place that’s 100 percent safe in Florida when it comes to hurricanes. Even Orlando got hit twice in 2004 by hurricanes Charley and Frances. And, although Florida enjoyed a more than 10-year hurricane drought after 2005’s Hurricane Wilma, Hurricane Hermine made landfall in the Florida Panhandle in 2016.  Still, Homeinsurance.com has ranked Florida&rsquo...
7 do’s and don’ts every contact lens wearer should know

7 do’s and don’ts every contact lens wearer should know

A 67-year-old woman in England complained of dry eyes and went to an optometrist, according to a recent Mens Health report. The cause of her irritation: 27 contact lenses that had to be surgically removed. Though most contact lens wearers wouldn’t let things go that far, many are guilty of bending the rules and taking a risk with their eyes. Some people start treating their lenses...
Pirates might be to blame for why the U.S. doesn't use the metric system

Pirates might be to blame for why the U.S. doesn't use the metric system

The proposal, conceived by a bunch of pointy-headed Parisian philosophes, sounded brilliant: A universal system of measurement, derived from decimal-based units and identified by a shared set of prefixes. It would end the era of merchants buying goods according to one unit, selling in another, and pocketing the ill-gotten profit. It would simplify scientific calculations and enable the free exchange...
9 weather terms you should know when preparing for a hurricane

9 weather terms you should know when preparing for a hurricane

Whenever a hurricane is poised to strike a region, there are several terms meteorologists use that might not be familiar. Here are common ones you should know as you keep your eye on the storm’s path:  Lines or bands of low-level clouds that move (feed) into the upper region of a thunderstorm, usually from the east through south. This term also is used in tropical meteorology to describe...
Alec Baldwin needles Trump after winning an Emmy for playing him 

Alec Baldwin needles Trump after winning an Emmy for playing him 

After years of appearing on the big and small screen, Alec Baldwin’s best-known role might now be his portrayal of President Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” and when Baldwin took home an Emmy for it Sunday night, he couldn’t resist rubbing it in. Baldwin was handed the award and stepped to the microphone, saying, “I suppose I should say, at long last, Mr. President, here...
Deputies: Couple cuts, steals $5K in powerlines from Florida neighborhood

Deputies: Couple cuts, steals $5K in powerlines from Florida neighborhood

A man and a woman were arrested Saturday on charges of stealing powerlines in a Florida neighborhood, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. According to an arrest report, the pair, identified as Charles Mahoy, 41, and Andrea Foster, 45, were in residents’ yards cutting down powerlines, and neighbors said they repeatedly asked the couple to leave. The report said that when...
Woman fakes seizure to thwart would-be robber in move learned from 'Law & Order'

Woman fakes seizure to thwart would-be robber in move learned from 'Law & Order'

SAN FRANCISCO - A California woman feigned having a seizure Friday after she was handed a threatening note while riding a train in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to multiple reports. Julie Dragland told SFGate.com that she got the idea to fake a seizure from the long-running “Law & Order” TV series. “I think I saw that in an episode,” she told the news site. &ldquo...
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Kate Walsh faced real-life medical battle with brain tumor

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star Kate Walsh faced real-life medical battle with brain tumor

“Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice” star Kate Walsh is very familiar with playing a doctor on TV, but nothing could have prepared her for the moment she learned she had a brain tumor. Walsh opened up about the diagnosis in a new interview with Cosmopolitan, explaining that she was diagnosed with a benign meningioma the size of a lemon in 2015. She had the...
Police: Man arrested after donning clown mask, chasing 6-year-old daughter

Police: Man arrested after donning clown mask, chasing 6-year-old daughter

BOARDMAN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- An Ohio man is facing charges after police said he put on a clown mask and chased his 6-year-old daughter around their neighborhood as punishment for behavioral issues, according to multiple reports. Boardman Township police arrested Vernon Barrett Jr. on charges of child endangerment and inducing panic Saturday after officers were called to Lemans Drive, WFMJ reported...
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