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Reed to ATL homeowners: Don't sell cheap to 'predatory purchasers'

Mayor Kasim Reed is considering broadening a program he launched earlier this year that uses private donations to help low-income Atlanta homeowners pay skyrocketing property taxes due to gentrification, especially near the Beltline.  Reed said he may expand the Anti-Displacement Tax Fund, which raises financial support for Vine City and English Avenue homeowners from corporate and philanthropic...


Chicago murder suspect captured in DeKalb County

Chicago murder suspect captured in DeKalb County

A 23-year-old wanted in Illinois on a murder charge was arrested Tuesday in DeKalb County, FBI officials said.  Rynalder Williams was arrested on Redwing Circle by agents working alongside the DeKalb sheriff's office, FBI Atlanta spokesman David J. LeValley said in a statement. Williams is accused in a July 17 homicide that occurred outside of Chicago in Riverdale, Illinois.  The FBI's Chicago...
Clermont Lounge is gearing up to reopen — possibly by Thursday

Clermont Lounge is gearing up to reopen — possibly by Thursday

If all goes well, the Clermont Lounge will reopen this weekend, and maybe even as early as Thursday evening.  The Atlanta Fire Department is scheduled to inspect the famous Ponce de Leon Avenue basement strip club Wednesday, according to co-owner Kathi Martin. Assuming the bar gets the green light at that time, it will reopen before Friday.  If the inspection is delayed, the lounge will...
Teens accused of car break-ins allegedly had loaded guns

Teens accused of car break-ins allegedly had loaded guns

Four teenagers arrested in Atlanta on Monday were carrying screwdrivers as burglary tools, police said.  The “significant arrest” of Dereck Romelle Adams, 19, Demontaa Crosby, 17, Alsaqwan Driuma Parker, 19, and Michael Ulysses Morgan, 17, is a win in the police fight against vehicle break-ins, police spokeswoman Officer Lisa Bender said.  A break-in of a 2013 Dodge Charger was...
Bruce D’Agostino, 70: Vietnam veteran had heart for helping others

Bruce D’Agostino, 70: Vietnam veteran had heart for helping others

Vietnam vet Bruce D’Agostino always had a huge place in his heart for the American soldier. In the late 1980s, long after his official service to country had ended, the not-particularly-religious D’Agostino told family he felt called by God to return to Vietnam. His mission: negotiate on behalf of America’s prisoners of war and missing in action. Decades later, when Cobb County established...
See Atlanta Police Department’s top 10 “Most Wanted” list

See Atlanta Police Department’s top 10 “Most Wanted” list

Atlanta Police Department’s “Most Wanted” list includes alleged criminals wanted for offenses such as murder, rape, aggravated assault and armed robbery.  APD asks the public to alert police if they know the whereabouts of anyone on the list. Crime Stoppers Atlanta can be reached at 404-577-8477, and the Atlanta Police Department Fugitive Unit can be reached at 404-546-4220...
CNN Center restaurant scores 35 on health inspection; bugs reported

CNN Center restaurant scores 35 on health inspection; bugs reported

A location of a popular Atlanta sports restaurant chain failed a recent health inspection, Fulton County records show. Dantanna’s in the CNN Center scored a 35/U following the Monday evaluation. There are also locations in Buckhead and Sandy Springs. Scores below 70 are considered failing. The downtown location’s prior score, from November, was a 91. According to the report, roaches were...
Sports bar’s alcohol license revoked after dozens arrested in raid

Sports bar’s alcohol license revoked after dozens arrested in raid

Coweta County officials on Monday revoked an alcohol license for a sports bar where more than two dozen people were arrested in June.  Police had been investigating the Hoops Bar and Grill on Old Corinth Road in Newnan for months before a raid in which many patrons were accused of violating terms of their probation, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.  A local rapper...
Atlanta Public Schools to see 11  principal changes this year

Atlanta Public Schools to see 11 principal changes this year

Along with a new start date, the Atlanta Public Schools’ 2017-18 school year will see nearly a dozen institutions welcome new principals. APS includes 92 schools and programs, according to a back-to-school guide. The system has a projected K-12 enrollment of 51,927 for this school year. Boyd Elementary School: Joi Kilpatrick Fickett Elementary School: Benita Grant Finch Elementary...
Manufacturer opens East Coast parts distribution center in Fairburn

Manufacturer opens East Coast parts distribution center in Fairburn

JLG Industries Inc., an Oshkosh Corp. company and a global manufacturer of aerial work platforms and telehandlers, opened its new east coast parts distribution center at 7310 Oakley Industrial Blvd. in Fairburn earlier this month. The 316,000-square-foot distribution center will stock more than 65,000 products whch will be available for next-day delivery in North America. “Opening this new distribution...
Sugar Hill DDA seeks donations to help bring second mural to city

Sugar Hill DDA seeks donations to help bring second mural to city

The Sugar Hill Downtown Development Authority is working closely with the city’s Arts Commission and Preservation Society to obtain donations to fund a second exterior mural for the Suite Spot, the former city hall on Broad Street. The DDA has agreed to match funds up to $10,000 toward the total $20,000 needed to design and paint the mural. To date, the city has received $4,000 toward the goal...
Norcross set to keep millage rate same as past two years

Norcross set to keep millage rate same as past two years

Norcross property owners whose property values have increased will experience a tax increase for 2017. The Norcross City Council is recommending maintaining a millage rate of 5.749 for 2017, instead of the rollback rate of 5.317 mills. The city’s millage rate has remained 5.749 mills since 2015. According to city documents, reducing the millage rate to the rollback rate would result in an $84...
Lilburn enticing new police with higher salaries

Lilburn enticing new police with higher salaries

Lilburn’s mayor and city council recently approved a 3 percent across the board salary increase for police officers. This takes the minimum starting salary from $39,780 to $40,974. Depending on education, certification, and years of prior experience, officers have the potential entry-level salary of $46,096. An additional 5 percent pay increase is available for officers holding a bachelor&rsquo...
Marietta City Schools planning to greet families ahead of school year

Marietta City Schools planning to greet families ahead of school year

Marietta City Schools officials plan to embark upon a new approach, “Our First Steps,” on July 29 to welcome children and their families back to school on Aug. 3. Along with faith-based and community partners, MCS staff will go out in small teams to the homes of MCS students “to build relationships,” said MCS Communications Assistant Susan M. Coviello in a statement. An estimated...
Ranking: N. Fulton beer garden is one of the best in U.S.

Ranking: N. Fulton beer garden is one of the best in U.S.

With the craft brew boom, beer gardens have continued to grow in popularity. Beer seems to mix pretty well with fresh air, so many of the popular beer gardens offer outside seating on patios and roofs. Some establishments allow drinkers to bring their pets along, and many offer food. What makes a beer garden great is debatable, but the folks at Thrillist have whittled down all of the beer garden&rsquo...
Forsyth County sets millage rate

Forsyth County sets millage rate

Forsyth County Commissioners have decided to hold the county’s millage rate steady this year but property taxes collected by the county will increase due to a growth in the tax digest and some properties being reassessed (which could hike individual property owners bills). Officials said the tax digest is up about 7.65 percent for 2017. County officials said that the millage rate of 8.036 is...
Alpharetta approves design contracts for Loop trails

Alpharetta approves design contracts for Loop trails

The Alpharetta City Council has approved two consulting contracts totaling more than $602,000 to develop construction plans for the Alpha Loop trail network POND & Co. will be paid $376,190 to develop plans for the Loop behind the AMLI apartment complex and a tunnel beneath Westside Parkway. Pedestrian bridges, park spaces, locations for public art and other enhancements are depicted in the Loop master...
Cherokee schools warn of road construction

Cherokee schools warn of road construction

With the start of fall classes only days away, Cherokee County School District officials are warning families that roadwork will likely affect traffic around three schools in the River Ridge attendance area near Woodstock. Cherokee students return to school Aug. 1, and the county has road projects going through the fall on East Cherokee Drive, Ga. 5 and Mill Creek Road, officials said. “The...
Central Atlanta Progress, improvement district to hold town hall

Central Atlanta Progress, improvement district to hold town hall

Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District are holding a town hall program from 8 to 9 a.m. July 27 in the theater of the American Cancer Society Center, 250 Williams St. N.W. Coffee and networking begins at 7:30 a.m. The broad range of topics will include public safety - including a briefing from the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District and the Atlanta Police Department...
DeKalb cab driver refused drugs as payment, so man murdered her

DeKalb cab driver refused drugs as payment, so man murdered her

David Garcia-Mendoza was drunk and high and wanted something for nothing on Oct. 1, 2016, when he climbed into a cab on Buford Highway. Luz Mariana Matheu, 43, was behind the wheel for OK Taxi that night in Chamblee. Garcia-Mendoza, 21 at the time, said he would pay her with drugs, which Matheu refused. As they argued, the young man placed a gun to the woman’s head and forced her to drive...
Morrow wants better design for path system boardwalks

Morrow wants better design for path system boardwalks

The city of Morrow wants boardwalks put in a few years ago as part of its pedestrian path system construction to be rebuilt with a better design. The city said the boardwalks “have suffered an unreasonable amount of damage and rot since the system was constructed in 2011.” It is awaiting proposals, due 2 p.m. Aug. 7 at Morrow City Hall, on preliminary engineering services for a design...
Atlanta finance committe to consider APS donation

Atlanta finance committe to consider APS donation

A donation to the Atlanta Public Schools system during National Book Drive Month is among the proposed items on Atlanta city council’s finance/executive committee agenda for its 1 p.m. July 26 meeting at Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Ave., in committee room 1. The ordinance is by post 1 at-large city councilman Michael Julian Bond. The $1,500 donation from the post 1 at-large carry forward account...
Decatur commission one step closer to getting compensation raise

Decatur commission one step closer to getting compensation raise

Decatur’s commission is one step removed from getting its first compensation raise in 23 years. The mayor’s annual salary would jump from $6,000 to $15,000 while the remaining commissioners go from $4,800 to $12,000 annually. Commissioners will vote after hearing a final reading of the new ordinance during the Aug. 7 meeting. The commission’s last raise took effect Jan. 1, 1994....
NTSB: Engines failed before plane crash killed couple, grandchildren

NTSB: Engines failed before plane crash killed couple, grandchildren

Weeks after a Tennessee couple and their two grandchildren were killed in a plane crash, a preliminary report revealed the plane’s engines failed the morning before it disintegrated in an intense storm. The National Transportation Safety Board released the report Tuesday on the crash in Murray County July 1. “Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed...
Johns Creek lets contract for concrete repairs

Johns Creek lets contract for concrete repairs

Johns Creek has awarded a $110,989 contract to make concrete repairs on nine streets around the city. Georgia Management Agency Inc. was selected to repair 1,750 square yards of sidewalk, 450 linear feet of curbs and gutters, and catch basin tops and accessibility ramps on Medlock Bridge, McGinnis Ferry, State Bridge, Sargent, Morton, Findley, Taylor, Buice and Parsons roads, as well as in several...
DeKalb health officials report second case of West Nile

DeKalb health officials report second case of West Nile

The DeKalb County Board of Health received its second report of a human case of West Nile virus infection in the county. The patient, a 78-year-old male, living in unincorporated DeKalb, between Chamblee and Tucker, is currently hospitalized. To date, 30 West Nile virus positive mosquito pools have been identified from 14 locations throughout the county. To reduce the spread of West Nile virus and...
Officials knew of no red flags before baby’s DeKalb hot car death

Officials knew of no red flags before baby’s DeKalb hot car death

Officials with state child protective agencies in Georgia and South Carolina said they knew of no problems with the family of Skylar Fowler before the 1-year-old died in a hot car. The Division of Family and Children Services confirmed this week that it had no dealings with the family in Georgia, where the child and mother were visiting; officials in South Carolina, where they normally lived...
Gwinnett man charged with murdering woman in Alabama hotel room

Gwinnett man charged with murdering woman in Alabama hotel room

A Gwinnett County man is awaiting extradition to Alabama on a murder charge after a Lawrenceville woman was found dead in a hotel. Police found the body of Tiara Cole, 22, of Lawrenceville, in a Quality Inn in Decatur, Alabama, on Saturday, July 22. She had been shot in the hotel room, police said. Cole’s family told Decatur police that Cole had gone to Alabama with Carey Davis, Jr. Gwinnett...
Gwinnett County: Hunter appeals ruling in suit challenging ‘racist pig’ ethics board

Gwinnett County: Hunter appeals ruling in suit challenging ‘racist pig’ ethics board

As promised, Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter has appealed the dismissal of his lawsuit challenging the ethics board that recommended his public reprimand.  The case is now likely to head to the Georgia Supreme Court. Hunter’s attorney, Dwight Thomas, filed his notice of appeal on July 17, about three weeks after Gwinnett Superior Court Judge Melodie Snell Conner dismissed...
Cops: Man hit Gwinnett woman over the head with a chair in carjacking

Cops: Man hit Gwinnett woman over the head with a chair in carjacking

Gwinnett County police are searching for a man they say hit a woman over the head with a chair before pointing a gun at her and stealing her car. Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Jeffery Merritt, 35, on charges of aggravated assault, armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle and battery. The victim was walking to her car around 6 a.m. on June 22 in the parking lot of the Britain Woods...
Give Back Connection for July 26

Give Back Connection for July 26

Serving Seniors at A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab If you’ve been fortunate enough to spend quality time with someone who’s older than you, you understand that nothing compares to the wisdom, strength of spirit and unique stories you’ll experience when you’re around senior adults. By volunteering with A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab, you’ll have the opportunity to give back to...
McIver’s defense attorneys try to go on the offensive

McIver’s defense attorneys try to go on the offensive

Trying to take the offensive, defense attorneys for Claud “Tex” McIver have asserted that prosecutors illegally searched the properties of the Atlanta attorney accused of killing his wife over money. The attorneys are asking the judge to throw out any evidence from those searches. McIver’s attorneys said the Fulton County district attorney’s office did not have the legal...
Husband faces murder charge on couple’s 1-year anniversary

Husband faces murder charge on couple’s 1-year anniversary

A Gwinnett County husband was in court facing a murder charge in connection with his wife’s death Monday instead of celebrating their one-year anniversary. Walter Lowe, 51, turned himself in to police over the weekend after Erica Powell, 46, was found bleeding from a gunshot wound, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. Powell was in the bedroom of the Medlock Park home she shared...
DeKalb homeowner won’t face charges after fatally shooting intruder

DeKalb homeowner won’t face charges after fatally shooting intruder

A DeKalb County homeowner who killed an intruder won’t face charges, police said. DeKalb police Lt. Lonzy Robertson told Channel 2 Action News the man, who declined to speak publicly, was within his legal right to shoot a burglar. “The homeowner gave him a warning,” Robertson told the news station. “The suspect continued to approach, at which time the homeowner fired one shot...
An easy guide to Cobb 2017 property taxes

An easy guide to Cobb 2017 property taxes

It’s that time of year again. Cobb County is preparing to set property tax rates. Here’s everything you need to know about your tax bill.  On Tuesday, July 25, the Cobb Board of Commissioners will vote on a millage rate for 2017. The millage rate refers to how much tax a property owner pays on each $1,000 of assessed home value (milli is Latin for thousand). Cobb County...
7 things to know about Mercedes-Benz Stadium

7 things to know about Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Nearly every aspect of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a massive project birthed in early 2010, has commanded Atlanta’s attention for years. And with the inaugural football game scheduled for Aug. 26, excited fans won’t have to wait much longer to experience it for themselves. Meanwhile, here are seven things you should know about the city’s new shiny, monstrous...
DeKalb official blows whistle on Chamblee Mercy Care clinic’s approval

DeKalb official blows whistle on Chamblee Mercy Care clinic’s approval

Soon after Mercy Care opened a health clinic serving the poor and uninsured in Chamblee, a government official sounded the alarm: The clinic could lead to more sewage spills and put DeKalb County in violation of federal law. DeKalb Department of Watershed Management Director Scott Towler wrote in a June 1 email to his boss that Mercy Care was allowed to start business even though the county hadn&rsquo...
Sewage spills spike in DeKalb but officials say county is on track

Sewage spills spike in DeKalb but officials say county is on track

The good news is that DeKalb County’s problems with its sewer system might have been exaggerated. The bad news is that a mess of raw waste is still spewing from county manholes at unprecedented levels. DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond says the county’s sewers can handle more new construction than previously thought. But he also acknowledges that the number of sewage spills...
Firefighters in N. Fulton get $6K grant for training masks

Firefighters in N. Fulton get $6K grant for training masks

The Milton First Responders Foundation awarded a $6,000 grant to the Milton Fire-Rescue Department for the purchase of 60 masks that will help the firefighters train for dangerous situations. The grant allows every firefighter in the department to receive one of these training masks, made by a Texas-based company, BlastMask. The BlastMask Training Regulators, according to Milton Assistant...
Car crashes through store at upscale Gwinnett shopping plaza

Car crashes through store at upscale Gwinnett shopping plaza

A car crashed through the White House Black Market, a women’s clothing store, at the Shoppes at Webb Gin on Monday afternoon, according to Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services. The department was called to the crash shortly after 2:07 p.m. Two people suffered minor injures, but did not need to go to the hospital, said Capt. Tommy Rutledge, agency spokesman. No shoppers or employees at...
Even head judge of Georgia’s highest court gets called for jury duty 

Even head judge of Georgia’s highest court gets called for jury duty 

It appears not even the biggest of cheeses, the highest of head honchos in Georgia’s judiciary system is immune from that letter in the mailbox. You know the one ordering you to be at a courthouse early some morning ready to serve your community. Yep, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia Harris Hines got summoned for Cobb County jury duty. Hines is a former Cobb judge who ascended...
2 pedestrians killed in 1 day in DeKalb; 2 drivers arrested

2 pedestrians killed in 1 day in DeKalb; 2 drivers arrested

On Saturday, two pedestrians died on DeKalb County roads, leading to charges for the drivers who allegedly hit them. Michael Burnett, 34, was driving a 2017 Nissan Frontier when he hit Gerald Deangelo Dent, 22, on Snapfinger Woods Drive, according to warrants. Burnett was accused of fleeing the scene at about 7:25 a.m. but was soon arrested on charged of vehicular homicide. He was held on $1,000 bond...
Cops: Before DeKalb killing, suspect said ‘You know what time it is’

Cops: Before DeKalb killing, suspect said ‘You know what time it is’

Before the deadly shooting, a man approached 36-year-old Adrian Anderson from around a corner and made his intentions known. “You know what time it is,” the suspect said while pointing a black semi-automatic handgun at Waterford Manor apartments on Covington Highway, according to DeKalb County police documents. “Give it here.” Anderson was standing with friends around...
BMW to build technical training facility in College Park

BMW to build technical training facility in College Park

The city of College Park recently announced the sale of 4.1 acres of land to BMW of North America on the campus of the Georgia International Convention Center to construct a new BMW Technical Training Facility. “We’re excited to have BMW join the corporate landscape here in College Park. The brand is well suited for success in the region, and we’re poised to support them to the attainment...
24-hour Mexican restaurant in Atlanta fails recent health inspection

24-hour Mexican restaurant in Atlanta fails recent health inspection

A popular 24-hour Mexican restaurant failed a recent health inspection, Fulton County records show. Mama’s Cocina, located on Piedmont Avenue, scored a 54/U following the July 17 evaluation. Scores below 70 are considered failing. Its prior score from November was a 100/A. According to the report, there were food items in a cooler marked with June 13 — a date more than a month...
Hapeville hosts transit master plan meetings

Hapeville hosts transit master plan meetings

At the request of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and the cities of Fulton County outside of the city of Atlanta, the Atlanta Regional Commission, in partnership with Fulton County, is developing a Fulton County Transit Master Plan. The master plan will include review of each city’s community and economic development strategies, analysis of existing transit services and needs, and development...
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey joined the hunt for pythons in Florida, bagging three snakes

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey joined the hunt for pythons in Florida, bagging three snakes

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay joined the fight against Florida’s invasive Burmese pythons recently, cooking up his catch on a levee near where one of the snakes was found. The Emmy-nominated chef tagged along with one of the South Florida Water Management District’s python hunters, catching three snakes in western Miami-Dade County. The hunt is part of an upcoming segment...
Neighbors' spat over bamboo, Jimmy Buffett reaches appeals court

Neighbors' spat over bamboo, Jimmy Buffett reaches appeals court

You’ve heard of the Hatfields and the McCoys. Meet the Hayes and Carrigans of Indian Hill, Ohio. Jeffrey Hayes, who lives on 4.7 acres in the wealthy Cincinnati neighborhood, took his next door neighbor Pamela Carrigan to court. Hayes said Carrigan applied a toxic herbicide to his bamboo. Carrigan, who lives on 5.2 acres, had her own beef with Hayes: She says he plays Jimmy Buffett&rsquo...
Troopers: Naked man arrested after chasing seagulls on beach

Troopers: Naked man arrested after chasing seagulls on beach

Police arrested a 22-year-old man Sunday after several people reported that he was naked and chasing seagulls on a popular beach in northern Michigan, according to multiple reports. The Ann Arbor resident, whose name was not released pending his arraignment, was spotted around 3 p.m. Sunday at Petoskey State Park, the Petoskey Review-News reported. In a news release obtained by the newspaper, state...
Nurses accused of stealing patients' pain pills for themselves

Nurses accused of stealing patients' pain pills for themselves

Two Tennessee nurses are facing charges after state investigators said they diverted prescription pain pills away from their patients and to themselves instead for more than a year. The nurses, identified as Sarah Thacker, 31, and Kimberly Click, 42, came to the attention of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in February after special agents got a pair of tips from the Tennessee Department of Health...
Ice Cube strikes out, delivering worst rendition of ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’ ever, maybe

Ice Cube strikes out, delivering worst rendition of ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’ ever, maybe

Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube showed up at Wrigley Field in Chicago to take a swing at an old classic during the seventh inning stretch at the Cubs game on Saturday. Social media lit up afterwards, calling Cube’s rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” one of the worst baseball fans had ever heard. Judge for yourself: But not everyone panned it. Some fans thought the rapper...
‘Wonder Woman II’ in the works after smashing success of part one

‘Wonder Woman II’ in the works after smashing success of part one

A sequel to the summer blockbuster “Wonder Woman” is in the works; at least, that’s the word following a weird Warner Bros. flash card announcement at Comic-Con over the weekend. The studio flashed a title card with the words “Wonder Woman II” during a “Justice League"panel, according to CBS News. Lead actor Gal Gadot is expected to reprise her role as the...
Linkin Park: Chester Bennington's 'absence leaves a void that can never be filled'

Linkin Park: Chester Bennington's 'absence leaves a void that can never be filled'

Linkin Park on Monday remembered frontman Chester Bennington as a “fearless” man with “the biggest heart” in a statement released four days after the musician’s death. The remembrance, written as a letter to Bennington, was posted to the band’s social media pages on Monday morning. “You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized,” the letter...
Passerby tackled man trying to get gun from officer, police say

Passerby tackled man trying to get gun from officer, police say

A passerby jumped in to help Saturday when he spotted a police officer struggling with a man moments before the man reached for the officer’s gun, according to multiple reports. Police in Vinton, Virginia, told WSLS that officers arrested Vincent Lee Hairston, 33, on Saturday after a brief chase. The chase ended in Roanoke when Hairston crashed the car he was driving and it caught fire...
Princes William, Harry on their sorrow over last ‘rushed’ call with Diana

Princes William, Harry on their sorrow over last ‘rushed’ call with Diana

Princes William and Harry are talking about the last, rushed phone call they had with their mother, Princess Diana, before her untimely death in a car crash in Paris in 1997. Their painful reflections are part of a new ITV documentary called “Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy,” airing on Monday, July 24. The program comes as the 20th anniversary of the death of the Princess...
New 'Justice League' trailer, movie poster revealed at Comic-Con

New 'Justice League' trailer, movie poster revealed at Comic-Con

Superhero fans, rejoice: A new "Justice League" trailer and movie poster have been revealed at Comic-Con in San Diego. Time reported that the trailer released Saturday "hints at the appearance of a mysterious hero," possibly Superman or a Green Lantern.  The poster, which features Batman (Ben Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), the Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher)...
WATCH: Gal Gadot cheers up teary-eyed girl dressed as Wonder Woman at Comic-Con

WATCH: Gal Gadot cheers up teary-eyed girl dressed as Wonder Woman at Comic-Con

A young Wonder Woman fan has something to smile about after sharing a heartwarming moment with actress Gal Gadot at Comic-Con in San Diego. According to "Entertainment Tonight," a girl dressed as the superhero seemed to have tears in her eyes when she met Gadot during a "Justice League" autograph signing Saturday. Gadot immediately smiled at the young fan, took her hand and offered...
Louis Tomlinson heeds dying mother's wish, reconciles with ex-bandmate Zayn Malik

Louis Tomlinson heeds dying mother's wish, reconciles with ex-bandmate Zayn Malik

Louis Tomlinson said he honored a special request from his dying mother last December: The One Direction member reconciled with former bandmate Zayn Malik. >> Read more trending news The Sun reported that before her death from leukemia at age 42, Johannah Deakin initiated a secret reconciliation between her son and Malik, who had not spoken to one another for a year.  “My mum said...
Prince George marks his fourth birthday with official photo

Prince George marks his fourth birthday with official photo

Prince George celebrates his fourth birthday on Saturday, and the royal family released photographs of the beaming child, the Independent reported. >> Read more trending news The son of Prince William and his wife Kate is third in line to the British throne. In a statement, Kensington Palace said that "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share a new official portrait of Prince...
Minnesota man has collected nearly 3 million soda can tabs

Minnesota man has collected nearly 3 million soda can tabs

A Minnesota man has been collecting the tabs from aluminum cans for nearly 30 years, and he is closing in on a major milestone. In a Plexiglas box that is the size of a Dumpster, Jim Spinler has collected nearly 3 million tabs. >> Read more trending news “There’s 2,650,000 in there right now,” the 75-year-old Spinler told the Owatonna Peoples Press. “With the box...
Kentucky must pay attorney fees for couples who sued Kim Davis

Kentucky must pay attorney fees for couples who sued Kim Davis

A federal judge ruled Friday that Kentucky taxpayers must foot the bill for more than $220,000 in attorney fees for the couples who were denied marriage licenses by the Rowan County clerk, WKYT reported. >> Read more trending news In July 2015, four couples -- two same-sex and two opposite-sex filed suit against Kim Davis, who had refused to issue marriage licenses. Davis cited her religious...
Scientists will battle mosquito population by releasing 20 million of them

Scientists will battle mosquito population by releasing 20 million of them

Mosquitoes are an annoying pest, particularly during the summer. Now, scientists in California are working to shrink the population of the pesky insects that carry disease. >> Read more trending news How? The scientists will be releasing 20 million of them in California. If that sounds counterproductive, there is a method behind it. The plan is to release millions of sterile male mosquitoes...
First woman enlists to become a Navy SEAL

First woman enlists to become a Navy SEAL

A woman will be training with other potential candidates as she tries to become te first female Navy SEAL, CNN reported. >> Read more trending news The midshipman and another woman have enlisted and hope to join the Navy’s special operations teams. The Navy declined to identify the candidates, citing security considerations, NPR reported. The latter candidate was in boot camp for...
Canadian rock legend Kenny Shields dies 

Canadian rock legend Kenny Shields dies 

Kenny Shields, the lead singer of Canadian classic rock ‘n’ roll band Streetheart, died Friday after cardiac surgery in Winnipeg, CBC News reported. He was 69. >> Read more trending news Shields and Streetheart charted during the 1970s and 1980s with hits like “Action,” “Hollywood,” “Here Comes the Night,” and a cover of the...
‘Britain’s Got Talent’ champion dog Pudsey dies

‘Britain’s Got Talent’ champion dog Pudsey dies

Former “Britain’s Got Talent” winner Ashleigh Butler announced the death of her beloved dog, Pudsey on Friday, ITV reported. >> Read more trending news Butler, who won the 2012 season title on the ITV television show with Pudsey -- a mix of border collie, bichon frise and Chinese crested -- posted an emotional tribute on her Instagram account. “My handsome man is gone...
Woman, deputies aid 4 children left in car in Walmart parking lot

Woman, deputies aid 4 children left in car in Walmart parking lot

A Virginia woman and three sheriff’s deputies helped make four children comfortable, providing them with formula and diapers after they were left alone in a car in a Walmart parking lot, WTVR reported. >> Read more trending news  Crystal Richards-Jackson said she noticed three Hanover County deputies making multiple trips to a car parked outside a Walmart in Mechanicsville. Four...
Sean Spicer resigns, Sarah Huckabee Sanders named next White House press secretary

Sean Spicer resigns, Sarah Huckabee Sanders named next White House press secretary

White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned from his post Friday morning, six months and one day after taking the position. In a message posted to Twitter Friday afternoon, Spicer said he will continue to serve as press secretary through August. “It's been an honor (and) a privilege to serve (President Donald Trump and) this amazing country,” he wrote. Deputy White House press secretary...
Supplies donated to Channel 2's Stuff the Bus mean more than you know

Supplies donated to Channel 2's Stuff the Bus mean more than you know

Each year Family 2 Family and the Children’s Restoration Network help thousands of kids go back to school with the supplies they need. Channel 2’s Consumer Advisor Clark Howard has the story of one student who said those supplies mean more that you think. Howard said that this school season, besides getting your kids ready for school, you should consider helping children that are...
Earthquake off Greek, Turkish coasts kills 2

Earthquake off Greek, Turkish coasts kills 2

An earthquake that measured 6.7 on the RIchter Scale hit the Greek island of Kos early Friday, killed two people and killing dozens more, CNN reported. >> Read more trending news The quake’s epicenter was 10.1 miles east-northeast of the island in the Aegean Sea, according to US Geological Survey officials. Surveillance footage from a shop in Bodrum, Turkey, shows the moment an earthquake...
Sources: US to ban Americans’ travel to N. Korea

Sources: US to ban Americans’ travel to N. Korea

U.S. officials Friday said the Trump administration will ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea. >> Read more trending news The Associated Press, citing anonymous sources, said that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson decided to implement a “geographical travel restriction” for North Korea, which would make the use of U.S. passports to enter that country illegal. Sources...
Connecticut girl mauled by pit bull

Connecticut girl mauled by pit bull

A 10-year-old Connecticut girl was in serious condition at Bridgeport Hospital after being mauled by a pit bull, News12 Connecticut reported. >> Read more trending news  Glaribel Rodriguez had to undergo extensive plastic surgery to her face, leg and abdomen, according to her father, Alberto Rodriguez. Police said the 70-pound pit bull, which was being watched by the Rodriguez family for...
Minnesota couple moves up wedding so bride’s mom with Alzheimer’s can attend

Minnesota couple moves up wedding so bride’s mom with Alzheimer’s can attend

A Minnesota couple moved up their wedding one year so the bride’s mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease, could enjoy the ceremony. >> Read more trending news Days after their engagement this summer, Stephanie Gefroh and Bryan Fish were married in a backyard ceremony at her mother’s residence in Devil’s Lake , North Dakota. Gefroh’s mother Susan -- a onetime day care...
Justin Bieber banned in Beijing

Justin Bieber banned in Beijing

Pop singer Justin Bieber is now banned in Beijing. >> Read more trending news  Bieber won’t be performing in the Chinese capital due to “bad behavior,” according to a statement from the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture. “His series of misbehaviors while living abroad and during his performances in China has caused public resentment,” said the statement...
Police: Man shoots Facebook Live while recklessly driving on Florida beach

Police: Man shoots Facebook Live while recklessly driving on Florida beach

Police arrested a 27-year-old man after they said he drove recklessly on a stretch of beach on the west coast of Florida and streamed it on Facebook Live, WFTS reported. >> Read more trending news Clearwater police arrested Ryan Stiles after he allegedly drove on the beach from Clearwater to Caladesi Island. A Facebook Live video shows Stiles driving a Jeep and drinking what appears to be alcohol...
Georgia woman ignored 911 orders, drove away after being shot outside Starbucks

Georgia woman ignored 911 orders, drove away after being shot outside Starbucks

Georgia authorities are trying to piece together what led to a shooting that injured a woman Thursday afternoon.  >> Read more trending news About 2:30 p.m., a woman walked into a Starbucks in Atlanta and said she had been shot, Cobb County Police Officer Alicia Chilton told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Witnesses told WSB the woman burst through the door, yelled she&rsquo...
NY to DC in 29 minutes? Elon Musk says he has verbal OK to build Hyperloop

NY to DC in 29 minutes? Elon Musk says he has verbal OK to build Hyperloop

A train ride from New York to Washington, D.C., in 29 minutes? Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk said it’s possible, and added that a plan to build a Hyperloop One underground tube train has been given “verbal (government) approval,” NPR reported. >> Read more trending news  Musk said that the Hyperloop’s planned route would run from New York and include stops in...
‘I was just tired’: Man admits to throwing, killing 3-month-old son

‘I was just tired’: Man admits to throwing, killing 3-month-old son

A Kentucky man, claiming he was “just tired” when his 3-month-old son would not stop crying, admitting to throwing and killing the boy, WLKY reported. >> Read more trending news  Cody Bates, of Louisville, is charged with the June death of the baby.  He is at Metro Corrections on a $1 million bond. Bates originally told police that the boy fell off the couch when he was...
Chick-fil-A employee saves co-worker from choking

Chick-fil-A employee saves co-worker from choking

A fast-thinking employee at a Colorado Chick-fil-A restaurant saved a co-worker who was choking, ABC News reported. >> Read more trending news  Andrew Myrant was on his break at the restaurant in Highlands Ranch when a co-worker signaled he was choking, ABC News reported. A video captured Myrant quickly coming to his co-worker’s aid and performing the Heimlich maneuver. After the...
Disney building the world's first Marvel hotel

Disney building the world's first Marvel hotel

It’s a hotel that Disney is hoping guests will marvel at. >> Read more trending news  Disney’s Hotel New York, a 565-room property near Disneyland Paris’ Disneytown. will be renovated to feature the props, drawings and costumes from Marvel films, television shows and comic books, Travel & Leisure reported. The Art of Marvel will be the first Marvel Comics hotel. It...
Michigan man says he killed stepdaughter because 'it wasn't dinnertime'

Michigan man says he killed stepdaughter because 'it wasn't dinnertime'

A Michigan man on trial for the murder of his 5-year-old stepdaughter said he killed the girl because “it wasn’t dinnertime.” >> Read more trending news  Thomas McClellan, 25, already had admitted to the stabbing death of Luna Younger, the Lansing State Journal reported. During a recorded interview, Detective Charles Buckland pressed McClellan for the reason...
Reports: Trump’s lawyers probe conflict of interest among Mueller’s investigators 

Reports: Trump’s lawyers probe conflict of interest among Mueller’s investigators 

President Donald Trump’s legal team is evaluating potential conflicts of interest among the investigators hired by special counsel Robert S. Mueller, according to several reports. >> Read more trending news  The New York Times reported that the president’s lawyers are digging into the professional and political backgrounds of Mueller’s team members, seeking information...
Ohio senator wants feds to lift prohibition on marijuana

Ohio senator wants feds to lift prohibition on marijuana

The state senator who helped push through Ohio’s medical marijuana law wants to ask U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Congress to re-classify cannabis. State Sen. Kenny Yuko, D-Richmond Heights, introduced a resolution in the Ohio Senate on Wednesday that would make a formal request to the feds to drop marijuana from the list of controlled substances...
O.J. Simpson granted parole in Las Vegas robbery case

O.J. Simpson granted parole in Las Vegas robbery case

The Nevada Parole Board voted unanimously Thursday to grant former football star O.J. Simpson parole in his 2008 conviction on charges including kidnapping and armed robbery.  Simpson is expected to leave the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada this fall after nine years behind bars, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The decision came down Thursday after Simpson, 70...
Thief smashes Fairfield pizza place’s door, steals cash drawer

Thief smashes Fairfield pizza place’s door, steals cash drawer

A breaking and entering report at Marco’s Pizza at 6330 Pleasant Ave. in Fairfield was posted on the City of Fairfield’s Facebook page Wednesday. The crime occurred around midnight on July 13, according to the city’s post. The person in the video smashed the door to the restaurant and stole the restaurant’s cash drawer before fleeing the scene in a vehicle. The city is asking...
Ryan Seacrest to return as host of 'American Idol' revival

Ryan Seacrest to return as host of 'American Idol' revival

It’s official: Ryan Seacrest will return to “American Idol” to serve as host for ABC’s reboot of the singing competition. Kelly Ripa made the announcement on Thursday morning’s episode of “Live with Kelly and Ryan.” “We’ve been talking about it for a little while but I am happy to confirm … with absolute confirmation that Ryan Seacrest is...
8-year-old boy leads police on car chase

8-year-old boy leads police on car chase

Police in Indiana arrested an 8-year-old boy on Tuesday after authorities said he took a joyride in his parents’ SUV, ignoring the lights and sirens of a squad car and leading police on a brief chase. Officers were called after a speeding SUV was spotted traveling on Indiana State Road 15 in Goshen, The Elkhart Truth reported. Witnesses told authorities the vehicle’s driver appeared...
Doctors reverse brain damage in nearly drowned 2-year-old girl

Doctors reverse brain damage in nearly drowned 2-year-old girl

Doctors have reversed brain damage in an Arkansas toddler, who was pulled from a swimming pool without a pulse in February 2016, in what is being described as a first-of-its kind reversal. Eden Carlson, 2, was not breathing when her mother, Kristal Carlson, found her in the family’s swimming pool in 2016. Carlson said her daughter climbed through a baby gate, past a heavy door and into the pool...
Madonna stops auction of love letter from Tupac, underwear, hairbrush

Madonna stops auction of love letter from Tupac, underwear, hairbrush

A New York judge has ordered a company planning to auction articles belonging to pop star Madonna, including a love letter from rapper Tupac Shakur, a hairbrush, used underwear, and unreleased cassette recordings, to pull 22 items from the auction scheduled for Wednesday, July 19. The Material Girl claimed the items had been stolen from her by a “former friend.” The singer sought...
How to live (peacefully) with deer in a mountain oasis

How to live (peacefully) with deer in a mountain oasis

GRASS VALLEY, Calif. — Leroy and Sally Hall found their slice of paradise on a steep parcel in the Sierra foothills. They love it — and so do the deer. Avid gardeners in their 70s, the Halls turned an acre of weeds outside their back door into a stunning forest garden, brimming with azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas and other shade-loving shrubs. In the front of their property, they created...
10 ways to dress up your kitchen

10 ways to dress up your kitchen

When it comes to entertaining, it’s common to dress up a dining table to enhance food pairing or to create a decorative table scape. But why not dress up your kitchen and casual dining areas year-round? Many homeowners embrace the opportunity to showcase decorative elements in a creative way. If you are looking for ways to include these elements into your home, here are some creative tips. 1...
Hot walls can change your garden for good

Hot walls can change your garden for good

Great theater helps us transcend reality and rise above our everyday vexations. It captures us in a way that is contemplative and inspirational by stimulating brainwaves we often overlook in this frenetic world. Perhaps this is why one hot wall in a room of the house or in a garden can make profound changes to the character of the adjacent space. Hot colors are stimulating to the eye, but nowhere...

Natural protection from mosquitos and sun

Being outside in the summer is great, but getting bitten by mosquitoes or getting a sunburn can be serious problems. There are many products out there to prevent these, and more people are seeking ways to reduce the number of chemicals they’re exposed to when using bug spray or sunscreen. The good news is there are naturally based or derived products that can keep people safe. MOSQUITO PROTECTION...
Decorating mistakes you can fix in 15 minutes or less (seriously)

Decorating mistakes you can fix in 15 minutes or less (seriously)

Decorating mistakes are so easily made: You buy a sofa without measuring your door clearance, you hang a light too low and bump your head on it, or you paint an entire room in the wrong color without testing it first. Yes, decorating faux pas are a dime a dozen, but most often, they’re not so easily fixed. Whether you have to return a large piece of furniture, call in a plumber or an electrician...
Wingback chairs warm up every room

Wingback chairs warm up every room

If you have ever lived in an old, drafty house like I have, you totally get why the world needs wingback chairs. Not only do they wrap their arms around you and keep you snuggly warm, they are so stunning that they elevate the style of any room they grace. For me, they are a must-have, a classic I will always want in my own home. Wingback chairs smashed onto the decorating scene in England way back...
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