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DeKalb officials cautioned against donations for community events

The DeKalb Board of Ethics voted Thursday to prohibit county officials from asking businesses involved with the county to fund government events. Seeking those kinds of contributions would be unethical because they could influence government officials and damage the appearance of impartiality, according to the board’s advisory opinion, which passed on a 4-0 vote. “Solicitation...


Inquiries into deaths of disabled Georgians fall short, report says

Inquiries into deaths of disabled Georgians fall short, report says

When a woman with developmental disabilities drowned in the bathtub, state investigators took two months to conclude she had suffered no neglect. But even then, the investigators missed critical information: Two state-provided caregivers were supposed to keep the woman in sight at all times. Instead, they had once let her go to McDonald’s on her own – and left her alone in the tub for...
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos offered mayorship of new city for company’s HQ2 

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos offered mayorship of new city for company’s HQ2 

If creating a city for Amazon isn’t enough to recruit the company to Georgia, maybe making the company’s CEO its permanent mayor will be. How does Amazon Mayor Jeff Bezos sound? Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary said Wednesday he will seek state legislation to install Bezos as the unelected leader of Amazon, Ga. — if the company chooses to bring its giant corporate...
DeKalb and city officials unify around sales tax referendum

DeKalb and city officials unify around sales tax referendum

City mayors and DeKalb County elected officials are uniting around sales tax proposals on this year’s ballot, saying the additional revenue is needed to pay for smoother roads, more firefighting vehicles and new police cars. A press conference staged Wednesday was designed to answer questions about referendums that would increase DeKalb’s sales tax rate to 8 percent and reduce homeowners&rsquo...
Manager of Gwinnett animal shelter resigns

Manager of Gwinnett animal shelter resigns

Curt Harrell, the manager of the Gwinnett County animal shelter, resigned this week, officials confirmed.  The reasoning behind Harrell’s resignation was not immediately clear. County officials have credited Harrell, who was hired to lead the shelter in March 2016, with helping the shelter’s euthanization numbers continue their march toward all-time lows.  Overall euthanizations...
Gwinnett’s new Sugarloaf Parkway extension may be a toll road

Gwinnett’s new Sugarloaf Parkway extension may be a toll road

The 8.3-mile stretch that Gwinnett officials are dreaming of adding to Sugarloaf Parkway may ultimately be a toll road. The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to apply for a $105 million federal grant to help pay for the proposed extension, which would stretch from the roadway’s eastern terminus at Ga. 316 near Dacula. It would cross Fence Road, Ga. 124 and I-85 before connecting...
Gwinnett employee suspended after referencing racial slur during event

Gwinnett employee suspended after referencing racial slur during event

A Gwinnett County employee has been suspended after referencing a racial slur while emceeing a department awards ceremony, officials said.  The incident involving community services manager John Register is just the latest in a recent string of racially charged controversies to spring up within Gwinnett’s government. According to the suspension letter sent to Register on Monday by Tina...
Fulton County tax bills may not be mailed until late October

Fulton County tax bills may not be mailed until late October

Fulton County tax bills, which are usually due to be paid this month, still haven’t gone out to residents. Sharon Whitmore, Fulton’s chief financial officer, said she hopes the bills will be sent by Oct. 30. Atlanta residents will have to pay their bills within 45 days of the date they are mailed, while residents in the rest of Fulton County have 60 days. If the bills are sent by the end...
9 students and $2.3M stand in the way of Emory’s annexation to Atlanta

9 students and $2.3M stand in the way of Emory’s annexation to Atlanta

The city of Atlanta’s eastward expansion to Emory University is on hold until after next month’s election as elected officials debate whether the city’s growth should also alter school district boundaries. The dispute over schools means that 2,500 registered voters in the area won’t be able to participate in next month’s city elections or a Dec. 5 runoff for mayor...
Cobb purchases 94 acres for new park on Burnt Hickory Road

Cobb purchases 94 acres for new park on Burnt Hickory Road

Cobb County has purchased a 94-acres of land on Burnt Hickory Road in West Cobb as parkland, a step toward fulfilling one of Chairman Mike Boyce’s central campaign promises. The county paid the Kemp family $6.5 million using money from a $27.4  million bond issuance approved in January.  Greenspace advocates helped oust former Chairman Tim Lee from office after the county...
How Atlanta’s housing agency may hand a developer a $120m discount

How Atlanta’s housing agency may hand a developer a $120m discount

The massive land deal was cut in 2011, but current Atlanta Housing Authority leadership said they only caught wind of it last year. Control over one third of the vacant land holdings owned by the city’s housing agency for the poor — some of it in prime, intown neighborhoods — had been optioned off to a local developer at a discount. None of it was promised for affordable...
Feds: Ga. foreclosure program soaked up admin fees and failed needy

Feds: Ga. foreclosure program soaked up admin fees and failed needy

A state-run program to save struggling homeowners from foreclosure was so mismanaged that it has awarded only a portion of the $370 million that it was supposed to give to Georgia residents, according to an audit released Friday by a federal watchdog agency. The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) was warned by federal watchdogs 25 times in five years that its HomeSafe Georgia program failed...
Early voting begins for DeKalb sales tax and city leaders

Early voting begins for DeKalb sales tax and city leaders

Early voting begins Monday at two locations in DeKalb County, with countywide referendums and city elections on the ballot. All registered voters in DeKalb will be able to decide on three tax-related ballot questions. Meanwhile, those who live in cities will be eligible to vote for their mayors and city council members. Here’s a look at the referendums on the ballot: Reduce homeowners&rsquo...
Georgia’s DACA immigrants fight for their lives in U.S.

Georgia’s DACA immigrants fight for their lives in U.S.

The freshly painted mural on a Buford Highway liquor store may seem an unlikely spot for a political statement. But to its creator, Roberto Hernandez, the many-hued hands that reach upward along the once-drab exterior of Atlanta Package tell his chapter in a story that a gutsy immigrant generation wants the nation to hear. Hernandez, 31, was born in Mexico and lived there until 1999, when he and his...
Ethics issues are key discussion in Atlanta Press Club mayoral debate

Ethics issues are key discussion in Atlanta Press Club mayoral debate

In light of an ongoing bribery investigation that sent two Atlanta contractors to prison this week, ethics dominated a Thursday Press Club debate that was the highest-profile stage yet for the 11 candidates competing in the city’s mayoral race. What role a mayor can take in preventing ethical lapses like those that led to city contractors paying bribes to win contracts, and ethical...
Atlanta housing agency: $120M windfall for developer in disputed deal

Atlanta housing agency: $120M windfall for developer in disputed deal

A controversial deal to require the city’s low-income housing authority to sell prime parcels of vacant land to a developer would hand them over at a $120 million discount, according to estimates obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. If the sale goes through, it could amount to a king-sized subsidy towards the construction of high-end, market-rate homes, and harm the city’s efforts ...
Atlanta Press Club hosts debate Thursday in crowded mayor’s race

Atlanta Press Club hosts debate Thursday in crowded mayor’s race

Eleven candidates for mayor of Atlanta discussed the ongoing bribery scandal and affordable housing in a Thursday debate that was their highest-profile outing to date. The Atlanta Press Club hosted the debate, which is available to watch on Facebook Live. It will be broadcast on the radio, on 90.1, at 8 p.m. Thursday. And it will air on PBA30 at 10 a.m. Sunday. Issues of ethics and the ...
Gwinnett’s first lighted dog park now open

Gwinnett’s first lighted dog park now open

The multimillion expansion of a popular Gwinnett park — which includes the addition of the county’s first lighted dog park — is now and open to the public.  County officials recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the $5.9 million project at Rock Springs Park near Lawrenceville. In addition to the new 2.3-acre dog park, the expansion includes a new...
Gov. Deal makes suspension of indicted Snellville mayor official

Gov. Deal makes suspension of indicted Snellville mayor official

Gov. Nathan Deal made official Wednesday the suspension of indicted Snellville Mayor Tom Witts.  Witts — who has been charged with 65 felony counts, with allegations ranging from tax evasion to misuse of campaign funds — voluntarily suspended himself from office on Sept. 25, a little over two weeks after a Gwinnett County grand jury handed up his indictment. Deal nonetheless ...
Emory area will be included in Atlanta election if annexation approved

Emory area will be included in Atlanta election if annexation approved

About 2,500 registered voters who will become city of Atlanta residents if Emory University’s annexation is approved this month can vote in the city’s Nov. 7 election for mayor and city council, according to election officials. DeKalb County Interim Elections Director Erica Hamilton said even though the voter registration deadline was Tuesday, newly annexed voters can participate...
Deal jokes about Florida’s ‘hard time’ in water battle against Georgia

Deal jokes about Florida’s ‘hard time’ in water battle against Georgia

A day after the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would hear oral arguments in the ongoing water battle between Georgia and Florida, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal seemed to like his state’s chances.  During an annual environmental address at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Deal rattled off statistics about Georgia and metro Atlanta’s reduction in per capita water use in recent...
‘Cinder Block Inn’ near DeKalb’s Stonecrest Mall to be demolished

‘Cinder Block Inn’ near DeKalb’s Stonecrest Mall to be demolished

An ugly, half-built hotel that symbolized lackluster business growth near Stonecrest Mall is finally coming down. Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary swung a sledgehammer into the building Wednesday to begin the demolition of the hotel, which has been abandoned since 2008. The two-story structure, nicknamed the Cinder Block Inn, was never completed by developers, leaving behind a grey skeleton of a building...
Gwinnett police chief: Officer attrition starting to slow down 

Gwinnett police chief: Officer attrition starting to slow down 

Strategies undertaken in recent months to try and stem the tide of attrition at the Gwinnett County Police Department are starting to work, Chief Butch Ayers said Tuesday.  Ayers’ agency has battled with attrition for years, combating both an overall decrease of interest in the profession and upstart departments able to offer better pay. In Oct. 2016, the county added a new rank...
Cobb to open $10 million library despite lack of funding

Cobb to open $10 million library despite lack of funding

Cobb County has a shiny new $10 million library and cultural center, but as yet no way to sustainably fund it over the years to come. The Board of Commissioners on Tuesday narrowly voted to approve the use of $284,000 in one-time monies to cover staffing and operations for the first year of the new Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center, which is scheduled to open in early December. The project was...
Case files: DeKalb Sheriff Jeff Mann’s evasion was his undoing

Case files: DeKalb Sheriff Jeff Mann’s evasion was his undoing

DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann’s admission that he ran from a police officer likely played a far greater role in his downfall than the allegation that he exposed himself at Piedmont Park, according to investigative files released Tuesday. Now Mann faces removal from office. The case file shows the evidence considered by Georgia’s police council when it unanimously voted last month to ...
DeKalb Sheriff Jeff Mann faces removal because he ran from police

DeKalb Sheriff Jeff Mann faces removal because he ran from police

DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann faces removal from office because he admitted running from a police officer before his arrest near Piedmont Park, according to investigative files released Tuesday. The charge of public indecency for allegedly exposing himself in the park, which Mann denied, appears to be a less significant factor. The case files from the Georgia Peace Officer Standards...
Deadline looming for Gwinnett residents to ask for Irma debris removal

Deadline looming for Gwinnett residents to ask for Irma debris removal

Gwinnett residents have only a few days left to ask the county to remove debris left over from Tropical Storm Irma.  The county has set the deadline for free removal requests — which applies only to tree limbs, branches and “other vegetative debris” along county and state roads — for Monday, Oct. 16.  After sweeping through the Caribbean and the state of...
Movies, music and gaming recruited to DeKalb County

Movies, music and gaming recruited to DeKalb County

DeKalb County is starting an effort to become a bigger player in Georgia’s booming entertainment industry. The DeKalb Entertainment Commission, a government agency that will launch Wednesday, will provide government support to movie, TV, music and video game businesses to the county. State tax credits worth hundreds of millions of dollars annually already made Georgia the ...
Gwinnett says it’s making ‘enormous strides’ toward Spanish ballot edict

Gwinnett says it’s making ‘enormous strides’ toward Spanish ballot edict

Latino advocacy groups are not yet satisfied with the efforts of Gwinnett County and its cities to comply with a new federal mandate to provide Spanish-language voting materials and assistance. Local officials, meanwhile, say they’ve made “enormous strides.” The Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials and LatinoJustice sent a letter this week to Gwinnett County&rsquo...
Will election for Atlanta mayor include incoming Emory voters?

Will election for Atlanta mayor include incoming Emory voters?

The upcoming election for Atlanta’s next mayor won’t be influenced by new voters who would become city residents if Emory University’s annexation is approved. The 2,491 registered voters who live in the 1.14-square-mile area are ineligible to participate in the Nov. 7 election or a potential Dec. 5 runoff because the state’s voter registration deadline is Tuesday...
Bribery, corruption scandal looms over Atlanta mayor’s race

Bribery, corruption scandal looms over Atlanta mayor’s race

A guilty plea in federal court and an FBI raid on a long-time city vendor are reshaping the Atlanta mayor’s race by throwing a white-hot spotlight back on the City Hall bribery investigation, just one month before voters choose Kasim Reed’s successor. Most of the major candidates have weaponized the scandal in their stump speeches and at forums since the federal probe netted a guilty plea...
Corruption and mismanagement led to giant DeKalb sewage spills

Corruption and mismanagement led to giant DeKalb sewage spills

Perhaps nothing is more emblematic of DeKalb County’s wholesale neglect of its decaying sewer system than the oak tree that took root atop pipes 20 years ago in an affluent subdivision near Snapfinger Creek. While investigators probed watershed corruption, the sapling grew unseen. As sewage spills mounted, the shrub gained strength from fertile waste. No one noticed the emergence of...
Atlanta dietary supplement mogul faces new criminal charges

Atlanta dietary supplement mogul faces new criminal charges

Atlanta dietary supplement CEO Jared Wheat is once again in the crosshairs of federal authorities, this time facing 18 criminal charges that cover a variety of business practices. An indictment, unsealed Thursday, lays out a laundry list of allegations against Wheat and his Norcross-based company, Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, that, if proven, could send the well-known supplement entrepreneur to prison...
MARTA board picks firm to guide search for new CEO

MARTA board picks firm to guide search for new CEO

The MARTA Board of Directors has picked an internationally known consultant to help find the agency’s next chief executive. The board chose the Maryland firm Krauthamer & Associates to search for a replacement for departing CEO Keith Parker – a search the board hopes to wrap up in the first quarter of 2018. At a meeting Thursday, Fred Daniels, chairman of the board’s search...
Your tax bills are due very soon, Gwinnett

Your tax bills are due very soon, Gwinnett

Get out those checkbooks, Gwinnett: Your 2017 property tax bills are due very soon.  All bills, which were mailed to property owners in August, are due by Oct. 15. The amount due can be paid all at once or in installments, as long as the full balance is covered by the due date. Homeowners can make payments via the following methods: By visiting gwinnetttaxcommissioner.com;  By...
Body search of students leads to sexual battery charge for Ga. sheriff

Body search of students leads to sexual battery charge for Ga. sheriff

A south Georgia grand jury indicted Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby on Tuesday for sexual battery, false imprisonment and violation of oath of office after he ordered a school-wide search of hundreds of high school students. Deputies allegedly touched girls’ vaginas and breasts and groped boys in their groin area during the search at the Worth County High School April 14. Two of Hobby&rsquo...
Fulton County objects to Atlanta’s plan to annex Fulton Industrial land

Fulton County objects to Atlanta’s plan to annex Fulton Industrial land

Fulton County commissioners on Wednesday agreed to object to Atlanta’s planned annexation of land the city owns on Fulton Industrial Boulevard, saying the move is in violation of state law. The county objection is based on the fact that any annexation of land in the Fulton Industrial district has been “prohibited” since 1979 because of a “local constitutional amendment...
Ga. sheriff indicted for sexual battery in high school drug search

Ga. sheriff indicted for sexual battery in high school drug search

A south Georgia grand jury indicted Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby on Tuesday for sexual battery, false imprisonment and violation of oath of office after he ordered a school-wide search of hundreds of high school students. Deputies allegedly touched girls vaginas and breasts and groped boys in their groin area during the search at the Worth County High School April 14. Two of Hobby’s deputies...
Atlanta mayoral hopeful Peter Aman to rivals: no fair using city staff

Atlanta mayoral hopeful Peter Aman to rivals: no fair using city staff

Peter Aman, the former COO of the city of Atlanta and a candidate to succeed Kasim Reed as mayor, on Wednesday called on Atlanta’s City Council to restrict city staff from working on the campaigns of their bosses. “I’m calling on City Council to enact a resolution, in fact a binding ordinance, prohibiting full-time members of City Council staff from engaging in the political...
MARTA loses another executive

MARTA loses another executive

MARTA is losing another executive to a local nonprofit. Assistant General Manager of Technology Ming Hsi will retire from MARTA to become the chief information officer for United Way of Greater Atlanta. Hsi has spent the last 15 years at MARTA and became assistant general manager three and a half years ago. MARTA expects to announce an interim information technology leader soon. Hsi’s departure...
Confederate monument’s removal from Decatur under review

Confederate monument’s removal from Decatur under review

The DeKalb Board of Commissioners is exploring ways to remove a 30-foot tall Confederate monument from downtown Decatur. DeKalb Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson introduced a resolution Tuesday that condemns the monument for glorifying the Confederacy and questions whether the monument is even owned by the county.  State law restricts removal of publicly owned Confederate monuments...
Atlanta councilman Bond to return contractor’s donation

Atlanta councilman Bond to return contractor’s donation

Controversy over campaign donations from longtime city contractor the PRAD Group, which had its Sandy Springs’ office raided last month by FBI agents, has reached into the Atlanta City Council race. Michael Julian Bond’s re-election campaign for the city-wide Post 1 seat he has held since 2010 received $12,800 from the PRAD engineering firm, a related company and individuals associated...
Gwinnett approves much-debated ‘farmmunity’ development

Gwinnett approves much-debated ‘farmmunity’ development

After a few delays and a bit of opposition, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners has approved a rezoning proposal that would help bring a unique, farm-centered development to the Grayson area. Justin Brady filed months ago his proposal to build a residential community on the 50-plus acres he owns off Lakeview Road. The project, though, would be anything but ordinary — his plans call for...
Selena to receive Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on Nov. 3

Selena to receive Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on Nov. 3

On the heels of a popular Google Doodle this week honoring Selena Quintanilla Pérez, the pop culture icon will now posthumously receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 3. “Before there was JLo, Shakira or Beyoncé, there was a transformative female artist called Selena,” said Otto Padron, president of Meruelo Media and sponsor of the tribute, in a statement...
4 soldiers killed in ambush: Where is Niger and what are U.S. troops doing there?

4 soldiers killed in ambush: Where is Niger and what are U.S. troops doing there?

Questions remain in the aftermath of an ambush attack on a group including U.S. Army soldiers in Niger that left four American service members dead on Oct. 4. Defense Department officials said Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, 39, Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29 and Sgt. La David Johnson, 25, were killed in an attack during an advise-and-assist mission in southwestern Niger. The...
Why are more black women dying of breast cancer compared to white women?

Why are more black women dying of breast cancer compared to white women?

According to Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, black women under 60 years old are more likely to die from breast cancer than white women in the same age group. In fact, data from 2015 showed black women had a 39 percent higher breast cancer death rate. New research from Emory University, the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute...
4 Michigan city council members take knee during Pledge of Allegiance

4 Michigan city council members take knee during Pledge of Allegiance

Four members of the 11-member city council in Ann Arbor, Michigan, took a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance before Monday night’s meeting, MLive reported. Sumi Kailasapathy, a third-term council member, took a page out of NFL players’ playbooks and decided to make a statement protesting social injustice. Kailasapathy asked several City Council members to join her in the protest...
Taylor Swift is ‘Gorgeous’ as new song is released online

Taylor Swift is ‘Gorgeous’ as new song is released online

Taylor Swift is lighting up the web again with the third song from her upcoming “Reputation” album. >> Read more trending news Swift dropped the song “Gorgeous” Friday morning, Billboard reported. She teased the release Thursday on Instagram. A lyric video was released at midnight on YouTube of “Gorgeous” and it quickly shot up to number one on iTunes. Fans...
Cub Scout kicked out of den for questioning lawmaker about gun control, comments about blacks

Cub Scout kicked out of den for questioning lawmaker about gun control, comments about blacks

A Cub Scout in Colorado was kicked out of his den, allegedly for asking pointed questions to a state senator during a meeting organized by the Boy Scouts, The Denver Post reported. On Oct., 9, Ames Mayfield, 11, a fifth-grader and a Scout for five years, asked Colorado Sen. Vicki Marble questions about gun control and about comments she made about the mortality rates among blacks at a 2013 legislative...
Nickelodeon fires ‘The Loud House’ creator over sexual harassment allegations

Nickelodeon fires ‘The Loud House’ creator over sexual harassment allegations

Nickelodeon fired the creator of its animated show “The Loud House” after he was accused of sexual harassment, CNN reported. Chris Savino was suspended earlier this week after several women came forward with allegations against the animator, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “Chris Savino is no longer working with Nickelodeon,” a network spokesman said in a statement...
Report: Tech companies to lobby for ‘Dreamers’ to stay in US

Report: Tech companies to lobby for ‘Dreamers’ to stay in US

Nearly two dozen companies in technology -- including Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other industries -- are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, undocumented immigrants a path to permanent residency, Reuters reported. Citing documents, Reuters reported that the Coalition for the American Dream intends to ask Congress to pass bipartisan legislation...
Florida teacher accused of molesting 13-year-old girl

Florida teacher accused of molesting 13-year-old girl

A Florida teacher and another man have been arrested after being accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl in a school classroom, Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies said.  Teacher and soccer coach, Sonny Juarez, 29, faces charges of lewd and lascivious molestation, which occurred between November 2016 until March 2017, WFLA reported.  Juarez, who taught at RCMA Academy in Wimauma...
Vegas homeowners remove shooting-themed Halloween display

Vegas homeowners remove shooting-themed Halloween display

The owners of a Las Vegas home have removed a Halloween display featuring the gravestones of the recent mass shooting victims after neighbors and social media users found it distasteful. The front yard display included a faux cemetery with 58 headstones reading “RIP” for each person who lost their life in the tragedy. Each gravestone was decorated with a tiny American flag, and a...
3-month-old girl among 84 rescued in sex trafficking sting

3-month-old girl among 84 rescued in sex trafficking sting

A 3-month-old girl and her 5-year-old sister were rescued in Denver by undercover agents during this month’s FBI-led sting operation against sex traffickers, CNN reported. In announcing details of Operation Cross Country XI, FBI officials said 82 other juveniles were rescued during a nationwide sweep last week. The FBI said 120 people were arrested. In the case of the two sisters...
Ohio woman gets DirecTV bill totaling more than $184,000

Ohio woman gets DirecTV bill totaling more than $184,000

An Ohio woman received a severe case of sticker shock when she opened her satellite television bill Monday. The balance due on Angela Mixon-Smith’s DirecTV bill totaled more than $184,000, WJW reported. “I mean, my chest got heavy,” she told WJW. “I had to get some water. I don't drink. I was ready to drink." The retired postal worker said her bill for DirecTV service...
Playboy features first transgender Playmate

Playboy features first transgender Playmate

Ines Rau became the first transgender Playmate, as the French model is in a pictorial and centerfold for the magazine’s November/December issue, the magazine announced. Rau previously appeared in the magazine’s May 2014 A-Z issue. “It’s how I celebrated my coming out, actually,” Rau told the magazine. “I took that chance, and then I signed with an agency...
White nationalist Richard Spencer jeered by University of Florida crowd

White nationalist Richard Spencer jeered by University of Florida crowd

White nationalist Richard Spencer’s speech at the University of Florida was cut short Thursday by chants, jeering and shouting, Gainesville.com reported. Spencer spoke at an afternoon event at the university’s Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, but cut his scheduled two-hour appearance shortened by 25 minutes after having to yell over a heckling crowd, Gainesville...
Utah man uses sandwich board to find kidney donor for his wife

Utah man uses sandwich board to find kidney donor for his wife

A 74-year-old Utah man whose wife needs a kidney transplant is spreading his message by wearing a sandwich board, KSTU reported. Earlier this week, Wayne Winters began walking busy streets in Farr West, Utah, wearing a sign that reads “Need Kidney 4 Wife,” along with his telephone number. Winters’ wife, Deanne Winters, has stage 5 kidney failure. “I don’t walk real...
Volunteer co-leader of Girl Scouts troop arrested on child porn charges

Volunteer co-leader of Girl Scouts troop arrested on child porn charges

A Maryland man who was a co-leader of a Girl Scouts troop was arrested and charged with the possession of child pornography, The Evening Sun reported. Stacy Mizrahi, 45, of Ellicott City, faces four counts of possession of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography, according to a Maryland State Police report. Maryland State Police began investigating in August...
Fugitive turns himself in, with doughnuts, after issuing challenge to police

Fugitive turns himself in, with doughnuts, after issuing challenge to police

A man made good on his promise to turn himself in to police in Michigan this week with a box of doughnuts in-hand after he challenged officers to get a Facebook post shared 1,000 times after taunting the department on social media. “You guys suck!” wrote 21-year-old Michael Zaydel, who goes by the name “Champagne Torino” on Facebook, in response to an Oct. 6 post from the Redford...
Canada heartbroken: Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie dead at 53 of brain cancer 

Canada heartbroken: Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie dead at 53 of brain cancer 

The lead singer of the Canadian alt-rock band the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, died Wednesday night after a battle with terminal brain cancer. Downie, 53, passed away surrounded by his children and family, according to a family statement on Twitter. "Gord knew this day was coming – his response was to spend this precious time as he always had – making music, making memories and expressing...
Avoid the pain, get the gains: 5 most common exercise-related injuries

Avoid the pain, get the gains: 5 most common exercise-related injuries

For those that take their workouts seriously, be sure to add one more fitness goal to the list: avoiding exercise injuries.  Not only does getting hurt in the gym or on the trail cut back on how much time you spend getting fit,  it's also painful and treatment can be costly. Personal trainer Justin Price, M.A. told Men's Fitness that there are two main reasons for workout-related...
Father of man accused of killing 6-year-old calls son 'gentle giant'

Father of man accused of killing 6-year-old calls son 'gentle giant'

The father of the 19-year-old man who is accused of killing 6-year-old Dayvid Pakko and leaving his body in a dumpster in Lynnwood, Washington, spoke from Texas on Tuesday. Randy Henckel said he is grieving the death of his grandson, Dayvid, and trying to make sense of the arrest of his son, Andrew Henckel, in connection with it. Andrew Henckel, who was visiting from Texas, is Dayvid's uncle. Randy...
Judge denies Jerry Sandusky's request for new sex abuse trial

Judge denies Jerry Sandusky's request for new sex abuse trial

A Pennsylvania judge has denied former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s request for a new trial. Judge John Foradora issued the order and an opinion on Sandusky's Post Conviction Relief Act appeal Wednesday afternoon. Sandusky argued that he did not receive adequate representation by his lawyers during the trial and that prosecutors failed to turn over information about victims'...
Chicago fires two security officers involved in United dragging incident; another quits

Chicago fires two security officers involved in United dragging incident; another quits

The Chicago Department of Aviation fired two security officers involved in dragging a 69-year-old passenger off a United Airlines flight for refusing to give up his seat, the city’s inspector general said Tuesday. The passenger, David Dao, suffered a concussion, broken nose and the loss of two teeth in the April incident at Chicago’s O’Hare airport, as...
Scarlet sage, an old friend even more dazzling

Scarlet sage, an old friend even more dazzling

It has been well over a decade since I last wrote about the scarlet sage, and this year it seems like I am discovering an old friend. It is like this plant I grew up loving had disappeared, but in truth, while I have been growing other flowers the scarlet sage has simply gotten better. There is a good chance you have forgotten about this plant, or if you are under thirty, there is a very good chance...
While others have fallen, nursery still blooming after 85 years

While others have fallen, nursery still blooming after 85 years

AUBURN, Calif. — No glitzy neon signage. No giant billboards. In fact, if you motor too quickly along Nevada Street in Auburn, you might just miss Eisley Nursery. The business has been firmly entrenched since Herbert Hoover was president. Today, nearly a dozen members of the Eisley family, spanning three generations, work at the site. While other nursery operations — both private and big...
Private Japanese garden is ‘piece of art and piece of history’

Private Japanese garden is ‘piece of art and piece of history’

BELLEVUE, Wash. — The koi pond is clouded with algae. Invasive cattails obscure the arching bridge between garden and lake. But a noted Seattle-area landscape architect sees in the neglected, private garden on Bellevue’s Phantom Lake a legacy of the culture and history of Japanese Americans in the Pacific Northwest, including their internment during World War II and the rebuilding of their...
How to dry leaves and flowers

How to dry leaves and flowers

Drying the leaves and flowers for winter use was a skill used by rural women all over America. Before refrigerated florists, getting any flowers in winter was impossible. The way they got around it was to dry all they could in late summer. Knowing what to pick and what colors share greatest longevity were time-learned skills passed down from mother to daughter. Your herbs, both perennial and annual...
This is how a cleaning expert organizes her space in 20 minutes

This is how a cleaning expert organizes her space in 20 minutes

Like clockwork, the turn of the season always has us thinking about our homes and how we can best refresh our spaces for the coming months. While the Chinese practice of feng shui or the Marie Kondo method are great tools, basic cleaning and organization obviously take precedence. But for those of us who balk at the idea of taking on a six-hour cleaning project on a Saturday, there’s Rachel...
10 tips for using wallpaper

10 tips for using wallpaper

What goes around comes around, especially in style and trends. Wallpaper, once a staple and must in the 1970s, fell out of favor in the ’90s, but in recent years has made a comeback. No longer automatically considered tired and dated, many decor companies have made an effort to design fun, bold prints that can help add texture and drama to a space, in essence make a statement. When it comes...

Lamp may have been in original Waldorf-Astoria hotel

Dear Helaine and Joe: What can you tell me about this lamp that we inherited from my husband’s family? His mother told me she believed it was obtained after a remodeling of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City in the early 1900s. The metal base is damaged from salty air. We think of it as being a cloisonné style lamp and would be interested in any further history and its monetary...
Tom Petty buried at famous cemetery in private funeral service

Tom Petty buried at famous cemetery in private funeral service

  Family and friends gathered Monday at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, California to bid a final farewell to legendary rocker Tom Petty, People magazine reported. Petty died of cardiac arrest on Oct. 2 at the age of 66. The grounds of the shrine are just a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean on Sunset Boulevard, and includes a temple, windmill...
Actor Gerard Butler rushed to hospital after motorcycle accident 

Actor Gerard Butler rushed to hospital after motorcycle accident 

Actor Gerard Butler is recovering from injuries he received in a recent motorcycle accident in Los Angeles. Butler, 47, crashed his bike after he was run off the road by a car, he told Entertainment Tonight Monday. “I was going along the road doing my thing and this lady decided to go from parked on the other side of the road to an illegal U-Turn and went right in front of me,&rdquo...
Untitled Han Solo project now has a name

Untitled Han Solo project now has a name

The untitled Han Solo project is untitled no more. Oscar-winning director Ron Howard has announced that the “Star Wars” movie he’s been making has been officially named “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” >> Read more trending news Howard also announced that principal photography has finished and that the movie will hit theaters next year. Howard has taken to social media...
Carrie Fisher once sent producer a cow tongue after friend was allegedly assaulted

Carrie Fisher once sent producer a cow tongue after friend was allegedly assaulted

Apparently, Carrie Fisher wasn’t afraid to take matters into her own hands when it came to getting even. Heather Ross, a longtime friend of the late “Star Wars” actress, opened up to a Tucson, Ariz., radio station about her own experiences with sexual assault and harassment in Hollywood following allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein. Ross told the station...
Woman accused of slapping boyfriend with pack of bacon

Woman accused of slapping boyfriend with pack of bacon

A North Carolina woman is accused of slapping her boyfriend in the face with an uncooked pack of bacon during an argument over the weekend, according to multiple reports. A 38-year-old man told police that he was arguing with his 33-year-old girlfriend on Sunday when she hit him with the bacon, WRAL reported, citing a police report. The attack happened at their shared apartment in Goldsboro, ...
Carrie Fisher's gross but supremely satisfying warning to a Hollywood sexual harasser

Carrie Fisher's gross but supremely satisfying warning to a Hollywood sexual harasser

In the wake of Hollywood's Harvey Weinstein scandal, countless women across the world have stepped forward to share their stories of sexual abuse and harassment. Heather Ross, also known as Heather Robinson, is a television and movie industry vet who recently told a morning radio show in Tucson, Arizona, about an ugly run-in she had with an overly aggressive unnamed Oscar winner. Her story, however...
Body of missing 6-year-old boy found in dumpster

Body of missing 6-year-old boy found in dumpster

The body of a 6-year-old boy with autism, who was reported missing near Lynnwood, Washington, was found in a dumpster early Tuesday. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said Dayvid Pakko was a victim of a homicide. A 19-year-old man, who is a relative of the boy, has been taken into custody. Detectives were processing the crime scene Tuesday morning and are expected to be working...
Bill Murray helps couple make big announcement

Bill Murray helps couple make big announcement

Bill Murray can, and will, do almost anything. He’s crashed bachelor parties, appeared in engagement photos and sets his own schedule when it comes to interviews and projects. But recently he helped a couple make one of the biggest announcements of their lives. And it happened during a Chicago Cubs playoff game. >> Read more trending news  Murray helped Robbie and Kristen...
Cookie Monster has a new job: Food truck owner, chef

Cookie Monster has a new job: Food truck owner, chef

The next season of “Sesame Street” begins Nov. 11 on HBO, followed by a spring debut on PBS. What’s new for the season? Definitely more kindness episodes, more episodes talking about differences and recognizing that people can be different because of race, ethnicity, economics, abilities and more. Last season, “Sesame Street” introduced Julia, a muppet with autism. But...
Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander wed in secret ceremony

Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander wed in secret ceremony

Congratulations are in order for actors Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. People reported that the couple secretly tied the knot over the weekend in a super secret ceremony in Ibiza. Rumors of marriage started swirling after the couple was spotted with what looked like wedding bands on their ring fingers in photos obtained by The Daily Mail. Vikander, 29, and Fassbender, 40, were...
Why is the sun red, the sky yellow in London? 

Why is the sun red, the sky yellow in London? 

An eerie weather phenomenon across parts of the United Kingdom is turning the skies an anemic yellow color and making the sun appear blood red. The anomaly is not the beginning of the end of days or a sign of the apocalypse, scientists said. Instead, it’s directly related to Hurricane Ophelia, which is whipping through the region. The storm’s tropical air dragged in dust from the Sahara...
‘Titanic’ actress Kate Winslet says there’s one character she’d play again

‘Titanic’ actress Kate Winslet says there’s one character she’d play again

Actress Kate Winslet has played many impressive roles through her long career, but there is one character that she would love to go back and play again. The actress told Entertainment Weekly that if were up to her, she would go back and play Clementine from her 2004 film “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” in which she starred alongside Jim Carrey. Winslet said: “Actually...
‘Shark Tank’ entrepreneur killed, body dumped in Pennsylvania river

‘Shark Tank’ entrepreneur killed, body dumped in Pennsylvania river

A 58-year-old entrepreneur, who once appeared on the popular show “Shark Tank” to make his case for an app called “EmergenSee,” has been found dead in a Pennsylvania river, reportedly from a gunshot wound to the head. The body found floating in the Schuylkill River in University City, Pa., on Thursday has been identified as Philip Reitnour, an entrepreneur who notably...
Ed Sheeran hit by car while riding bike, breaks arm

Ed Sheeran hit by car while riding bike, breaks arm

Singer Ed Sheeran broke his arm when he was hit by a car while riding his bike through London, The Mirror reported.  The injury could put a halt to his tour. >> Read more trending news  The musician confirmed his medical treatment via Instagram saying, I’ve had a bit of a bicycle accident and I’m currently waiting on some medical advice, which may affect some...
Aaron Carter back in rehab, just a week after leaving

Aaron Carter back in rehab, just a week after leaving

Aaron Carter has checked back into rehab one week after he left his treatment facility. Carter’s rep confirmed that the singer left the treatment earlier this month to attend to “legal and personal matters” that “required his immediate and in-person attention,” the People. “Aaron has taken care of the legal and financial matters that required his attention...
Pussycat Dolls were a front for ‘prostitution ring,’ former member alleges 

Pussycat Dolls were a front for ‘prostitution ring,’ former member alleges 

A former member of the popular girl group and dance ensemble   Pussycat Dolls, Kaya Jones, is claiming that members of the pop music hit-makers were a part of a “prostitution ring.” “My truth. I wasn’t in a girl group. I was in a prostitution ring,” Jones said in a post on Twitter. “Oh and we happened to sing and be famous. While everyone who...
George Clooney denies anything to do with ‘ER” sexual harassment cover-up

George Clooney denies anything to do with ‘ER” sexual harassment cover-up

George Clooney is categorically denying reports that he played a role in the blacklisting his former “ER” costar Vanessa Marquez for speaking out about harassment, according to US Weekly. “I had no idea Vanessa was blacklisted,” Clooney said. “I take her at her word. I was not a writer or a producer or a director on that show. I had nothing to do with casting...
2 children found dead in Atlanta apartment; mother charged

2 children found dead in Atlanta apartment; mother charged

An Atlanta woman was charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of two of her three young children at an apartment complex, police said Saturday. The boys, ages 2 and 1 were found dead late Friday night. A third boy, 3 years old, was not hurt, police said.  After questioning the mother, 24-year-old Lamora Williams, police charged her Satruday. Williams told police she came home around 11...
Report: Some of Puerto Rico’s water coming from hazardous waste site

Report: Some of Puerto Rico’s water coming from hazardous waste site

Water being provided to some residents of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria is being pumped to them from a federally designated hazardous waste site, CNN reported. CNN reported that evidence to support its claim came from Superfund documents and from interviews with federal and local officials on the island. Resident Jose Luis Rodriguez, 66, is so desperate for water that this news didn't...
Fired Florida cheerleading coach accused of allowing squad to drink alcohol

Fired Florida cheerleading coach accused of allowing squad to drink alcohol

A Florida cheerleading coach was fired after she was accused of allowing her high school squad to drink alcohol, school district officials said. An internal investigation was launched after a sleepover at Kristy King’s home. The former Heritage High School varsity cheerleading coach, who was terminated by Brevard County Schools on Aug. 15, denied the allegations. “They’re coming...
Man deposits marijuana along with money in night drop box

Man deposits marijuana along with money in night drop box

A man in upstate New York is facing charges after allegedly depositing marijuana with cash in a night deposit bag at a bank, WHAM reported. State police were called to the Lyons National Bank in Ontario, New York, after tellers found the items in the night deposit bag from a local gas station, WHAM reported.. Timothy Ventura, 27, of Webster, was the night manager. Police said Ventura allegedly...
Georgia high school softball team criticized for taking a knee

Georgia high school softball team criticized for taking a knee

An Atlanta-area high school softball team is taking some heat after they took a knee during the national anthem. The girls at Cedar Grove High School in DeKalb County knelt before their playoff game, and the school district is standing by the players.  But the protest left those across the diamond in shock. It’s just the latest chapter of a raging national debate. “I grabbed...
Massachusetts after-school employee charged with child rape

Massachusetts after-school employee charged with child rape

A Massachusetts man is on leave from an after-school program in Waltham after charged with multiple counts of child rape. According to the Norfolk County District Attorney, John Quinn, 28, was arrested Wednesday and arraigned Thursday in Foxborough on six counts of aggravated rape of a child and six counts of rape of a child with force. The district attorney said Foxborough police had been investigating...
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