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MARTA to operate on modified schedule Thursday night and Friday

MARTA will continue to operate on a modified schedule Thursday night and Friday because of winter weather, the agency announced. Gwinnett County Transit will resume normal operations Friday, the county announced. MARTA bus service will end at 10 p.m. Thursday. Rail service will continue on a modified weekend schedule until 2 a.m. Friday. Rail service will resume at 4:30 a.m. Friday and run on...


Guns are legal in parks. So why did police ban them at Peach Drop?

Guns are legal in parks. So why did police ban them at Peach Drop?

Atlanta city officials had two concerns as they prepared for the first New Year’s Eve Peach Drop at Woodruff Park. First, it was going to be bone-chillingly cold. Second, the event was a soft target — an attractive venue for terrorists, foreign and domestic. As a result, officials told revelers to bundle up and abide by security restrictions. Attendees were subject to search and all...
Snow in Gwinnett: Thursday closings, delays, road conditions

Snow in Gwinnett: Thursday closings, delays, road conditions

As Gwinnett County continued to thaw Thursday, governments and schools were taking precautions to keep drivers off the roads — which were starting to look “pretty good,” authorities said. Gwinnett County Public Schools will remain closed Thursday and students will participate in a “digital learning day.” Georgia Gwinnett College will also remain closed Thursday. Trials...
MARTA switched to weekend schedule, experienced some delays Wednesday

MARTA switched to weekend schedule, experienced some delays Wednesday

All night Tuesday, MARTA trains ran on their tracks, keeping mechanisms warm for the morning commute. But early Wednesday, with many businesses closed and schools out, fewer than 5,000 people decided to use MARTA to get around metropolitan Atlanta — less than a quarter of the normal ridership. So at 7:30 a.m., MARTA officials decided to operate a weekend schedule, with trains running every 20...
DeKalb offices, courts will remain closed Thursday

DeKalb offices, courts will remain closed Thursday

DeKalb County government offices, libraries, senior and recreation centers and courts will remain closed on Thursday because of icy roads and freezing temperatures. Warming centers at these three fire stations remain open: Fire Station 3 at 100 N. Clarendon Ave. in Avondale Estates, Fire Station 6 at 2342 Flat Shoals Road in Atlanta, and Fire Station 21 at 1090 Crown Point Parkway in Atlanta. <...
Fulton County government offices, courts will be closed Thursday

Fulton County government offices, courts will be closed Thursday

Fulton County government offices will remain closed on Thursday. In a statement, the county said the decision was made due to freezing temperatures and icy road conditions. The closure affects courts in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit, and jurors should not report for duty. In addition to government offices, libraries, health centers and arts centers will be closed in the county. Other than public safety...
MARTA will run on modified schedule Thursday due to cold weather

MARTA will run on modified schedule Thursday due to cold weather

MARTA will end bus service at 10 p.m. Wednesday, and will modify its Thursday service to deal with winter weather. Roads are expected to re-freeze overnight, said Stephany Fisher, a MARTA spokesperson. Bus service will end early to keep drivers and passengers safe; Wednesday morning, 25 buses slid on ice or got stuck in snow before picking up passengers. Rail service will continue until 2 a.m...
Clayton County picks new chief of police from department ranks

Clayton County picks new chief of police from department ranks

After filling in as Clayton County’s top cop for the past four days, Kevin Roberts was named Clayton Chief of Police on Tuesday in unanimous vote by the Board of Commissioners. Roberts, a deputy chief in the department, succeeds interim Police Chief Joseph Woodall, who declined to pursue the top job and retired last Friday. Roberts was named interim chief after Woodall’s departure. &ldquo...
Henry County special election sends two to state General Assembly

Henry County special election sends two to state General Assembly

Brian Strickland of McDonough is moving from the State House to the State Senate after winning the Jan. 9 special election for the District 17 Senate seat, while Geoffrey Cauble took the most votes to capture Strickland’s former District 111 House seat. The House district lies entirely in Henry County, while the Senate district includes portions of Henry, Rockdale and Newton counties. The special...
Roads passable in South Fulton, though people still asked not to drive

Roads passable in South Fulton, though people still asked not to drive

Fulton County roads are passable in South Fulton, a county spokesperson said, but people are still being encouraged not to drive. Icy spots persist, particularly in shady areas and on bridges and overpasses, said Jessica Corbitt, a Fulton County spokesperson. Fulton County only treats roads in the city of South Fulton and the Fulton Industrial area. On Wednesday morning, Corbitt said two sand spreaders...
DeKalb government offices closed due to snow

DeKalb government offices closed due to snow

DeKalb County government offices and buildings are closed today as snow blankets streets and frigid temperatures continue. Libraries, senior centers, and recreation centers are all closed today, in addition to the county courts. Garbage pick-up, already cancelled Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, will be delayed another day. Three DeKalb fire stations that served as overnight warming...
Snow in Gwinnett: Closures and delays abound, roads icy and unsafe

Snow in Gwinnett: Closures and delays abound, roads icy and unsafe

UPDATE: Read the story linked here for information on Thursday closings and delays around Gwinnett. Gwinnett County and the rest of metro Atlanta remained snow-covered Wednesday afternoon. — and roads were still dangerous, officials said.  “There isn’t anywhere that is safe to drive at the moment,” Gwinnett police Sgt. Jake Smith said around 8 a.m....
Fulton County government closed Wednesday for inclement weather

Fulton County government closed Wednesday for inclement weather

All Fulton County government offices will be closed Wednesday, due to the potential for ice and snow. All courts in the Atlanta Judicial Circuit will also be closed, and jurors should not report. For updated information about closings, see www.fultoncountyga.gov or @FultonInfo on Facebook and Twitter.
Metro Atlanta governments, others shelter homeless during cold weather

Metro Atlanta governments, others shelter homeless during cold weather

Six people have died of hypothermia since Dec. 1, the social impact director for Central Atlanta Progress said Tuesday, as he urged those without residences to seek shelter in the coming days. Channel 2 Action News meteorologists were predicting a mix of rain and snow Tuesday evening, then high temperatures in the 20s, with low temperatures in the teens through Thursday. Low temperatures...
Former MARTA exec sentenced to 33 months in $500,000 scheme

Former MARTA exec sentenced to 33 months in $500,000 scheme

A federal judge Tuesday sentenced a former MARTA executive to 33 months in prison for his role in a scheme that cost the agency more than $500,000. Joseph Erves, 53, MARTA’s former senior director of operations, admitted orchestrating a false invoice scheme that led the agency to pay for maintenance work that was never performed. Tuesday, he expressed remorse for his actions and asked the...
Whistleblower cases cost Fulton taxpayers $575,000, and counting

Whistleblower cases cost Fulton taxpayers $575,000, and counting

It was a brazen scheme by a mid-level Fulton County employee to help fund a side business with taxpayer money. Nicola Hosier, a former financial systems supervisor in the Human Services Department, used her county-issued credit card to buy linens, chairs, place settings, appliances, silverware, champagne flutes and other items for her private event-planning business, Exquisite Events Atlanta LLC,...
Cobb government to close early, open late due to possible snow

Cobb government to close early, open late due to possible snow

Cobb County government is closing early Tuesday and opening late Wednesday in anticipation of freezing weather and possible snow. Government buildings, including libraries, will close at 6 p.m. this evening and open at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning. The decision was made in an effort to reduce travel time on potentially dangerous roads. The transportation department spent Tuesday treating bridges and other ...
Gwinnett warming center will stay open through Thursday morning

Gwinnett warming center will stay open through Thursday morning

UPDATE: The Gwinnett County warming center at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church will stay open through Thursday morning, a county spokesman said.  The center, located at 182 Hunter St. in Norcross, served four people overnight, spokesman Joe Sorenson said.  Snow and ice forced many closures in Gwinnett on Wednesday and roads remained dangerous. For the latest on Gwinnett County&rsquo...
Gwinnett will seek $2.5M to cover Tropical Storm Irma expenses

Gwinnett will seek $2.5M to cover Tropical Storm Irma expenses

Gwinnett County will ask for as much as $2.5 million in federal and state grants to help cover the cost of cleaning up after Tropical Storm Irma.  Irma struck parts of Florida and Georgia over several days in September. In Gwinnett, it knocked down hundreds of trees and utility lines and left tens of thousands without power.  More from subscriber site myAJC.com: A year later, Gwinnett&rsquo...
5 things to know: The Atlanta City Hall bribery scandal

5 things to know: The Atlanta City Hall bribery scandal

It’s been about a year since contractor Elvin “E.R.” Mitchell Jr. admitted to paying more than $1 million in bribes to a still unnamed person under the belief some of the money would go to people with authority over city contracts. A second contractor, Charles P. Richards Jr., also admitted paying bribes.  Throughout 2017, the cash-for-contracts scandal has brought...
Ex-Gwinnett shelter manager loses appeal in wrongful euthanasia case

Ex-Gwinnett shelter manager loses appeal in wrongful euthanasia case

The now-former manager of Gwinnett County’s animal shelter lost an appeal tied to his criminal convictionfor euthanizing a court-protected dog. Curt Harrell, who unexpectedly resigned as the shelter’s manager in October, was found guilty in March of criminal contempt of court and ordered to pay a $500 fine. The charge was related to the death of a dog named Ricki, which Harrell...
Atlanta purchasing chief gets 27 months for role in federal bribery case

Atlanta purchasing chief gets 27 months for role in federal bribery case

Adam Smith, the city of Atlanta’s former top purchasing official, was sentenced Tuesday to 27 months in prison for his part in the city’s cash-for-contracts scandal following an emotional hearing in which supporters and even the government asked for leniency in light of his cooperation and acceptance of responsibility.    Smith admitted in November to taking at least...
MLK Day events require road closures

MLK Day events require road closures

WSB Radio has a list of road closures caused by Martin Luther King Jr. Day events today. They include: 10th Street in both directions for the MLK Day 5K “Let Freedom Run,” which began at 8 a.m.; Auburn Avenue in both directions for the King Week Holiday march and rally, which begins at 2 p.m.; Portions of Hood Avenue, Highway 85 and Highway 54 in Fayetteville for the MLK Jr. Day parade...
Warmer temps for MLK Day ahead of Arctic front

Warmer temps for MLK Day ahead of Arctic front

Today: Cold start. Warming through the afternoon. High: 47 Tonight: Clear skies. Light winds. Low: 28 Tomorrow: Partly cloudy skies become overcast. Light flurries possible in the early evening. High: 51 Martin Luther King Jr. Day started off with a chilly morning, but temperatures will rise throughout the day, WSB meteorologist Karen Minton said. “It’s going to warm a little bit...
A year later, Gwinnett’s ‘racist pig’ saga still reverberates

A year later, Gwinnett’s ‘racist pig’ saga still reverberates

It’s now been a year since Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter posted on Facebook. It’s been a year since Hunter used his personal — but public — page to call civil rights hero and Congressman John Lewis a “racist pig.” It’s been a year, too, since Hunter referred to Democrats — which make up nearly half of his constituency — as &ldquo...
Fear and confusion as Peachtree Corners tweaks its ‘city lite’ charter

Fear and confusion as Peachtree Corners tweaks its ‘city lite’ charter

Gwinnett County’s largest and most populous city has a charter problem — and a whole lot of folks who are concerned about what that means for the future of the community pitched as a so-called “city lite.” Five-plus years ago, when proponents were pushing for Peachtree Corners’ creation, the city was promoted as a place that would keep government small and taxes...
Gwinnett officially has its first-ever Latino mayor

Gwinnett officially has its first-ever Latino mayor

Gwinnett County officially has its first-ever Latino mayor.  Rey Martinez, a business owner and former city councilman, was sworn in Thursday night as the new mayor of Loganville. The city is split between Gwinnett and Walton counties.  Gwinnett County is one of the most diverse communities in the state and in the entire Southeast but, until November, none of its municipalities had...
Rally goal: turn Women’s March into movement aimed at election

Rally goal: turn Women’s March into movement aimed at election

A year ago, the Women’s March in Washington and 673 sister events worldwide including one in Atlanta brought millions of people to their feet to protest Donald Trump’s election. On this year’s anniversary, organizers hope to bring those people to the polls. Rather than commemorating the anniversary with another march, Atlanta organizers are holding a Power to the Polls rally on Saturday...
Trump says no to proposed D.C. immigration deal

Trump says no to proposed D.C. immigration deal

Yehimi Cambron missed class this week to fight for her life. The DeKalb County teacher was among immigrants and activists in Washington, putting a full-court press on legislators to pass the Dream Act, which would add protections for undocumented residents brought to the United States as children. Their efforts, planned over the past few weeks, took place as the contentious national debate about whether...
Federal prosecutors say Atlanta bribery figure deserves leniency

Federal prosecutors say Atlanta bribery figure deserves leniency

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has asked a judge for leniency when former city of Atlanta procurement chief Adam Smith is sentenced on Tuesday. Smith pleaded guilty in September to accepting at least $30,000 in bribes over the past several years, and faces between four and five years in prison. To find out why federal prosecutors think Smith deserves a reduced sentence, go to myAJC.com.
Key Atlanta bribery figure secretly recorded conversations

Key Atlanta bribery figure secretly recorded conversations

Federal prosecutors delivered a bombshell in the City Hall bribery investigation Wednesday, when they filed a court document revealing the city’s former top purchasing officer has made secret recordings for the government’s case. Adam Smith had been the city’s chief procurement officer since 2003, until Mayor Kasim Reed fired him Feb. 21 — just before FBI agents confiscated...
Atlanta rappers T.I., Killer Mike named to mayor’s diverse transition team

Atlanta rappers T.I., Killer Mike named to mayor’s diverse transition team

As Atlanta’s new mayor shapes her agenda, a wide variety of people will advise her, including activists and recording artists, CEOs and philanthropic leaders. Thursday, Keisha Lance Bottoms unveiled the names of more than 38 prominent Atlantans who will advise her during her first 100 days in office and beyond. Among them: Home Depot Chief Financial Officer Carol Tome, UPS CEO David Abney, Delta...
Former Fulton County jail employee files lawsuit claiming harassment

Former Fulton County jail employee files lawsuit claiming harassment

A former employee at the Fulton County jail filed a lawsuit in federal court last month, claiming that she was bullied after acting as a whistle blower. Tracey Cunningham said in the suit that she was forced to retire from her job at the county after 16 years because of the emotional stress caused by retaliation and harassment. She last worked as a lieutenant, supervising food services and the...
Lori Henry, new mayor of Roswell, signifies shift in the city

Lori Henry, new mayor of Roswell, signifies shift in the city

It’s a time of change in Roswell. The new mayor, Lori Henry, is just the third new person to be elected to the post in 50 years — and the first female mayor in Roswell’s history. Residents also elected four new council members, and the other two are in their first term. It’s a great opportunity for a fresh start, and that’s what Henry’s seeking. She has a vision...
Hunter threatens suit, demands $5 million over ‘racist pig’ punishment

Hunter threatens suit, demands $5 million over ‘racist pig’ punishment

The Gwinnett County commissioner reprimanded after calling Congressman John Lewis a “racist pig” on Facebook is threatening a federal lawsuit — and demanding $5 million — over the punishment he received. Commissioner Tommy Hunter wrote his controversial posts about Lewis, a civil rights icon and United States representative from Atlanta, on Jan. 14, 2017, amid...
DeKalb officials say security costs have skyrocketed after gun law

DeKalb officials say security costs have skyrocketed after gun law

DeKalb County officials say the cost of providing security in government buildings is ballooning, mainly due to more requests for armed guards from department heads. Some commissioners and Police Chief James Conroy blamed a 2014 state law that allows more civilian firearms in public places. Because of that, they say, agencies are requesting armed guards as a security precaution in high traffic...
Atlanta’s SEC office gets a new leader

Atlanta’s SEC office gets a new leader

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has named a new regional director of its Atlanta office. Richard Best, director of the SEC’s Salt Lake City office, will replace Walter Jospin, who is stepping down at the end of this month, according to a news release. Best will lead a staff of more than 160 enforcement attorneys, accountants, compliance examiners and other specialists who take on...
Fulton County property tax collections continue to come in

Fulton County property tax collections continue to come in

By the end of the year, Fulton County had drained its reserves, but had collected more than twice the property tax money it needed to to ensure the local government would remain solvent. The reserves will be replenished next month, said Sharon Whitmore, Fulton County’s chief financial officer. And $40 million that was borrowed from two accounts will also be repaid — at least some of it...
Fulton County to ask state to count early votes before polls close

Fulton County to ask state to count early votes before polls close

Fulton County, which has said getting more timely election results is a priority in 2018, plans to ask the state for help. The county’s legislative priorities include a request to change state law to allow the county to begin processing early votes while the polls are still open. Currently, no voting machines can be opened until the polls have closed. With hundreds of early voting...
Property assessments, jail and elections are Fulton County priorities

Property assessments, jail and elections are Fulton County priorities

Reducing the population at the county jail. Fixing the property assessment system, so residents aren’t taken by surprise by rising values. Speeding up the elections reporting process. They’re the three main goals for Fulton County government this year, and county commissioners spent much of Tuesday talking about how to turn those desires into results. For the third year, the county...
Train door problems lead to chaos at MARTA’s Five Points Station

Train door problems lead to chaos at MARTA’s Five Points Station

Atlanta missed a chance to make a good impression on visitors leaving the college football national championship game Monday night, as hundreds of fans were stuck in a chaotic scene at MARTA’s Five Points Station. Fans arriving on eastbound trains from the stadium late that night found Five Points, the hub of the MARTA system, already packed with passengers waiting to board other trains. It...
DeKalb to solicit proposals for relocating Confederate monument

DeKalb to solicit proposals for relocating Confederate monument

DeKalb County, in a plan unveiled Tuesday, will solicit proposals from outside groups interested in taking responsibility for a Confederate monument located in the heart of Decatur.  The county would open a 30-day window to solicit these proposals, which would require interested parties to explain where the monument would be moved, how public access will be maintained and a strategy for communicating...
With latest purchases, Cobb brings new greenspace to 133 acres

With latest purchases, Cobb brings new greenspace to 133 acres

Cobb County has acquired two more parkland parcels, bringing the total greenspace purchased since last year to 133 acres for a cost of $10.5 million. Commissioners voted to finalize the purchase of the two adjacent plots on Anderson Road in West Cobb during their regular meeting Tuesday. The land is largely undeveloped woodland with a large pond and one house. Previous purchases include ...
Drone saves 2 swimmers at Australian beach

Drone saves 2 swimmers at Australian beach

The Little Ripper turned out to be a lifesaver for two Australian swimmers caught in churning surf. Australian lifeguards were testing a new drone during a practice session at a beach in New South Wales when they received a call about two swimmers caught in 10-foot swells, according to Surf Life Saving New South Wales and The New York Times. Lifeguard supervisor Jai Sheridan, who was operating...
Rapper Kodak Black arrested in South Florida

Rapper Kodak Black arrested in South Florida

Rapper Kodak Black was arrested Thursday in South Florida, accused of grand theft of a firearm, possession of marijuana and child neglect, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said. Black, 20, whose legal name is Dieuson Octave, also faces two counts of possession of a weapon by a felon and two counts of probation violation, the Sheriff’s Office said in its arrest report. Black was...
Mark your calendar for these 2018 meteor showers

Mark your calendar for these 2018 meteor showers

There are plenty of meteor showers to enjoy this year, reports Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Mark your calendars and keep checking in for the latest forecast. The Lyrid Meteor shower will peak over the weekend but the sky might not be ideal. RELATED: Download our free WHIO weather APP to stay informed  Lyrids: Active April 16-25. Rates are usually 10-15 meteors per hour....
How to survive a break up with your best friend

How to survive a break up with your best friend

When the Four Seasons sang that bit about "breaking up is hard to do," they clearly meant romantic relationships. Breaking up with a best friend might be even harder. "Friends aren't just icing on the cake of life – they're the cake," psychologist Thelma Duffey stated in Psychology Today. "Our friends are the people we let in. They're the people who can get under...
5 questions every man in his 40s should ask his doctor

5 questions every man in his 40s should ask his doctor

Men are notorious for not wanting to go to the doctor unless they're desperate. But routine doctor's visits – especially when you hit your 40s and beyond – can help you be as healthy as possible. Getting regular care and screenings can help your doctor catch and treat issues while they're in their earliest stages. »RELATED: 4 health questions every man in his 30s should ask his doctor...
Woman shot, killed at Mississippi Walmart by on-again, off-again boyfriend, police say

Woman shot, killed at Mississippi Walmart by on-again, off-again boyfriend, police say

A man is facing a capital murder charge after Starkville police accused him of shooting and killing a woman described as his “on-again, off-again” girlfriend at a Mississippi Walmart where she worked as an optometrist, according to multiple reports. The shooting happened around 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Walmart in Starkville. Police Chief Frank Nichols said a man fired several shots...
Amazon announces final 20 cities in the running for second headquarters

Amazon announces final 20 cities in the running for second headquarters

Officials with technology giant Amazon on Thursday announced that the company has narrowed down its list of possible sites for its second headquarters to 20 metropolitan areas. The company said it got nearly 240 proposals from across the U.S. Canada and Mexico. “All the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity,” Holly Sullivan, with Amazon Public Policy. “Through this...
Air Force expelled her in 1955 for being a lesbian. Now she gets an honorable discharge.

Air Force expelled her in 1955 for being a lesbian. Now she gets an honorable discharge.

A California woman kicked out of the military 60 years ago for being a lesbian has finally had her rights restored. In 1955, Airman Second Class Helen Grace James was targeted and investigated by Air Force officials for her sexuality, part of a massive effort to remove gay and lesbian service members known as the "Lavender Scare." Now, at 90, and living in California, James filed a federal...
Ann Curry speaks out about Matt Lauer sexual harassment allegations in new interview

Ann Curry speaks out about Matt Lauer sexual harassment allegations in new interview

Ann Curry has remained tight-lipped since the news broke of Matt Lauer’s alleged sexual misconduct, but she spoke about the scandal on “CBS This Morning.” The 61-year-old journalist and producer appeared on the program Wednesday to discuss her new PBS docuseries “We’ll Meet Again” and she was asked to speak on the scandal surrounding her disgraced former co-anchor...
'Potentially hazardous' monster asteroid will fly close to Earth

'Potentially hazardous' monster asteroid will fly close to Earth

A monster space rock classified by NASA as "potentially hazardous" is headed towards Earth. Asteroid 2002 AJ129 – which at 0.7 miles is wider than the tallest building in the U.S. (New York's One World Trade Center) stacked on top itself – is predicted to miss our planet, according to Metro. However, it will pass relatively close when thinking in terms of Outer Space...
Is feeding a cold a real thing? 5 winter health myths debunked

Is feeding a cold a real thing? 5 winter health myths debunked

You've probably heard winter health myths for years and you may have even accepted some of them as fact. From being told to bundle up, so you don't catch a cold to your neighbor swearing he got the flu from his flu shot, these myths make the rounds every winter. Mom always warned you you'd get sick if you didn't bundle up before heading out in cold weather. Her advice wasn't exactly horrible, since...
Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey's widow files wrongful death lawsuit against New York hospital

Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey's widow files wrongful death lawsuit against New York hospital

The widow of late Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey is suing the New York City hospital that treated her husband before his death in 2016. According to Reuters, Cindy Frey filed a lawsuit Tuesday accusing Mount Sinai Hospital and gastroenterologist Steven Itzkowitz of negligence while treating the musician, who had ulcerative colitis, in late 2015. >> Read more trending news  The wrongful death...
11 modern home decorating ideas that’ll transform any traditional space

11 modern home decorating ideas that’ll transform any traditional space

Two rules interior designers consistently remind us about decorating are to keep in mind your home’s original architecture and to try to stay true to your home’s roots. This doesn’t mean going full-blown Victorian with your furniture in a historic terrace home but rather to respect the original bones of the space, look for materials that were found in the era your home was created...
Bouquet dianthus reigns supreme for show and cut flowers

Bouquet dianthus reigns supreme for show and cut flowers

For apartment dwellers or anyone planning a party this month, paper-white narcissus are hard to beat. A pot or bowl of these pretty plants in bloom makes a great centerpiece or table decoration that you can put together yourself. Paper-white narcissus brings the garden indoors in winter, even if the bulbs never spent a day outside. They are tailor-made for people who have no garden space but have...
How to save succulents from rot in winter

How to save succulents from rot in winter

Are your succulents turning black? Are they gushy and soft when you touch them? The small accent color plants from warm dry climates slow down with the shortening of days into winter. They stop growing and therefore need no moisture besides what their bodies already hold. Yet water is continually applied, be it by rain or automatic sprinklers or a diligent overwater-er. This demonstrates why the small...
Incorporate some hygge into your home this winter

Incorporate some hygge into your home this winter

By now you have probably heard of hygge, the Danish term for cozy, contentment. While it can be incorporated into the home and year-round, the winter months are certainly the perfect time. Looking for ways to incorporate a sense of hygge this season? Begin by evaluating your whole home and then look for ways to uplift each space. Infuse scents. In nature each season brings a fresh fragrance and scent...
Urban retreat inspired by a special place, and a special connection

Urban retreat inspired by a special place, and a special connection

KEY PENINSULA, Wash. — You can see how an architect and a homeowner might form a genuine friendship as they formulate a design: It’s an intensely intricate process that requires bare-your-soul discussions, high-stakes give-and-take, and a whole lot of together time. In that respect, (architect) Jim Olson and (homeowner) Melissa worked a bit backward in creating her forward-looking home...
Georgia man who set ex-girlfriend on fire sentenced to life in prison

Georgia man who set ex-girlfriend on fire sentenced to life in prison

A Georgia man who poured gasoline on his ex-girlfriend and set her on fire was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility for parole, according to the Clayton County District Attorney’s office.  Mervin Woodard, 40, was found guilty of multiple felonies in the 2016 crime, which left Melita Curtis in a coma for two weeks. Curtis was burned over 25 percent of her body, but survived the...
Who is White House physician Ronny L. Jackson?

Who is White House physician Ronny L. Jackson?

U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson became physician to the president in 2013, when he was appointed by President Barack Obama. It’s a position that has been around since George Washington became president, but it did not become official until Congress created the title in 1928.  Jackson is the 18th person to hold the position, which is now part of the White House Military Office. His...
White House physician releases official report with details of president’s exam

White House physician releases official report with details of president’s exam

U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny L. Jackson, the physician to the president, released the particulars of President Donald Trump’s physical exam in an official report Tuesday. It was Trump’s first periodical physical as president and was conducted last Friday at the Walter Reed Army National Military Medical Center. The results were released with the president’s consent, Jackson said in...
Nine face hazing charges in death of Florida State pledge

Nine face hazing charges in death of Florida State pledge

TALLAHASSEE — Nine people are facing hazing charges in connection with the November death of Florida State fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey.          Announced late Tuesday night in an email from the Tallahassee Police Department, arrest warrants were signed for Luke E. Kluttz, 22; Clayton M. Muehlstein, 22; Brett A. Birmingham...
Job posting for 'Chicken Nugget Connoisseur' is clucking good

Job posting for 'Chicken Nugget Connoisseur' is clucking good

If you love Chicken Nuggets, this job will have you clucking in anticipation every day. “Just like a good steak, this opportunity is rare,” the British-based B&M budget retailer posted to its website. The job opening is for a “Chicken Nugget Connoisseur,” and the candidate who gets the job will receive a 25-pound voucher every month to spend on “fresh and frozen...
Enrique Iglesias, Anna Kournikova share photos of newborn twins

Enrique Iglesias, Anna Kournikova share photos of newborn twins

Enrique Iglesias is taking a break from his ulta-private life to share the first photo of one of his twins with the world, and so is his rumored wife, retired tennis star Anna Kournikova. >> Read more trending news  E! News reported that the singer, who welcomed twins with Kournikova in December, shared the first photo of himself snuggling one of the babies on social media on...
Florida grandma trampled by unruly crowd outside theater

Florida grandma trampled by unruly crowd outside theater

A chaotic crowd seemingly fueled by unruly teenagers trampled a 67-year-old grandmother late Jan. 6 as she left a South Florida movie theater. Someone yelled “gun,” Sheryl Cohen said last week, and when she turned to run from the Cinemark’s lobby in Boynton Beach the crowd quickly caught up with her. “I saw people running at me initially, then the next thing I knew I was...
Jacksonville RB Leonard Fournette involved in multicar crash

Jacksonville RB Leonard Fournette involved in multicar crash

The Florida Highway Patrol confirmed that Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette was involved in a three-car crash Tuesday on I-295 in Jacksonville.  Sgt. Dylan Bryan said Fournette was inside a vehicle involved in the collision. Fournette was able to drive home, a Jaguars spokesman said.  There were no injuries and Fournette was not at fault, officials said.  A driver of a black Buick...
4 drinks that could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts

4 drinks that could be sabotaging your weight loss efforts

When you're trying to lose weight, you may not give much thought to what you drink, but those calories definitely add up! These "liquid calories" can sabotage your weight-loss efforts, and you may not feel as full as if you'd eaten the same number of calories. Many drinks also provide little to no nutrients and are often loaded with sugar, which can further hamper your weight loss....
Women targeted in Jacksonville Walmart purse snatchings

Women targeted in Jacksonville Walmart purse snatchings

Women in a Florida city are being targeted at Walmart parking lots as they unload groceries, police said. Two women said Monday that a car pulled up beside them and the driver tried to snatch their purses at a Walmart parking lot near the Avenues Mall in Jacksonville.  “I grabbed my purse, put it on my shoulder and grabbed her purse and was holding it in my hand,” Denise Wilson said...
Police: 13 siblings held captive in California residence

Police: 13 siblings held captive in California residence

Update 1:20 p.m. Jan. 16: Officials said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon that the 13 siblings taken from a California home after they were held captive by their parents for an undisclosed period of time are recovering. The siblings, who range in age from 2 to 29, were in stable condition Tuesday. “They’re very friendly, they’re very cooperative and I believe that they&rsquo...
Edwin Hawkins, gospel star behind ‘Oh Happy Day,’ dead at 74 

Edwin Hawkins, gospel star behind ‘Oh Happy Day,’ dead at 74 

Grammy winner Edwin Hawkins, the gospel star best known for the crossover hit "Oh Happy Day," has died. »RELATED: Photos: Notable deaths in 2018 Hawkins died early Monday at his home in Pleasanton, California. He was 74 and had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, publicist Bill Carpenter told The Associated Press. The Edwin Hawkins Singers reached the top 10 on the pop charts with...
Lack of sunlight may cause winter weight gain, research suggests

Lack of sunlight may cause winter weight gain, research suggests

We often blame our added winter pounds on the holidays. All the gatherings of family and friends combined with good food, often take the toll on our waistlines. But if you're one of the many who laments adding a few pounds in December, it may not actually be entirely due to changes in your diet. In fact, new research suggests that a lack of sunlight may be causing some of that unwanted weight...
Too old for DACA, Michigan father deported after three decades in the US

Too old for DACA, Michigan father deported after three decades in the US

With two immigration agents hovering nearby, Jorge Garcia pulled his family close for one final hug by security gates at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. His wife and 15-year-old daughter sobbed in his arms. His 12-year-old son stood stoically. Garcia was silent. Soon after, the 39-year-old landscaper from Lincoln Park, Michigan, boarded a plane bound for Mexico, deported to his home country on Monday...
Good Samaritan riding Chicago train gives snow boots to homeless man

Good Samaritan riding Chicago train gives snow boots to homeless man

Giving someone the shirt off your back is a time-worn phrase that means performing an act of kindness to help someone. A Chicago man helped a homeless man by giving him the snow boots off his feet, WLS reported. Jessica Bell posted the good Samaritan act on Facebook. She said she was riding a train home last week when she saw Maurice Anderson take off his expensive snow boots and give them to...
166 passengers forced off plane at Boston airport after collision with de-icing truck

166 passengers forced off plane at Boston airport after collision with de-icing truck

Passengers on an Alaska Airlines flight leaving Boston’s Logan International Airport were forced to disembark Monday after the plane collided with a de-icer and damaged its wing, officials said. Flight 133 was carrying 166 passengers and crew as it prepared for takeoff to Portland, Oregon, officials said. Passengers said they felt the plane hit something just before taking off. “As we...
Watch: Bus security camera captures car going airborne in California

Watch: Bus security camera captures car going airborne in California

Dramatic video footage from the security camera of a city bus in Santa Ana, California, shows a car going airborne before it crashed into the second story of a dental office Sunday morning, KTTV reported. The video, obtained by KTTV from the Orange County Transportation Authority, shows a bus traveling through the I-5 underpass near 17th Street in Santa Ana.  The video shows a car going airborne...
With Pence in audience, Maryland pastor denounces vulgarity attributed to Trump

With Pence in audience, Maryland pastor denounces vulgarity attributed to Trump

During Sunday’s service attended by Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, a pastor at a predominantly black church in Maryland denounced racially charged comments that were allegedly made in reference to Haiti and African nations last week by President Donald Trump, WUSA reported Monday. Dr. Maurice Watson is pastor at the predominantly black Metropolitan Baptist Church in Prince...
Simone Biles latest gymnast to claim team doctor sexually abused her

Simone Biles latest gymnast to claim team doctor sexually abused her

Simone Biles, who won four gold medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics, went on social media Monday and became the latest gymnast to claim that former team doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused her. “I am one of the many survivors who was sexually abused by Larry Nassar,” Biles, 20, wrote on Twitter. “Please believe me when I say it was a lot harder to first speak these words out loud...
Pirates trade McCutchen to San Francisco

Pirates trade McCutchen to San Francisco

Two days after trading the ace of their staff, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded away the face of the franchise. Outfielder Andrew McCutchen is headed west to San Francisco. The trade, which is pending the results of a physical, was first reported by The San Francisco Chronicle. What the Pirates received in return for the 2013 National League MVP was not disclosed. The Chronicle reported that it...
Haitian protesters voice outrage near Trump's 'Winter White House'

Haitian protesters voice outrage near Trump's 'Winter White House'

The approach to President Donald Trump’s so-called Winter White House in Florida was lined Monday afternoon with about 400 protesters, including doctors and pastors, students and attorneys, almost all of Haitian descent and all there to send a message: They want an apology and more. The group gathered in the spirit of a federal holiday recognizing the nation’s most recognized activist...
UK party leader's girlfriend suspended over Meghan Markle comments

UK party leader's girlfriend suspended over Meghan Markle comments

The girlfriend of the leader of Britain’s right-wing U.K. Independence Party has been suspended from the party after reportedly making racist comments about Prince Harry’s American fiancee, Meghan Markle. The Mail on Sunday published a series of messages reportedly sent by 54-year-old Henry Bolton’s 25-year-old girlfriend, Jo Marney. Marney reportedly said Markle...
Dennis Rodman arrested on DUI charge

Dennis Rodman arrested on DUI charge

Dennis Rodman reportedly has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Entertainment site TMZ broke the news that Rodman was pulled over for a traffic violation late Saturday and ended up being arrested on a DUI charge. The Associated Press, CNN and other news outlets later confirmed the arrest. >> Read more trending news  The arrest occurred around...
Aziz Ansari responds to sexual misconduct allegations

Aziz Ansari responds to sexual misconduct allegations

Comedian Aziz Ansari released a statement Sunday in response to allegations of sexual misconduct first reported on women's website Babe.net. According to the article published Saturday, a 23-year-old photographer said Ansari pressured her into having oral sex and "repeatedly asked her for sexual intercourse after she had already declined" after the pair went on a date in September....
Sam Rockwell's vulgar ad-lib on 'SNL' has Twitter buzzing

Sam Rockwell's vulgar ad-lib on 'SNL' has Twitter buzzing

When Golden Globe-winning actor Sam Rockwell made his “Saturday Night Live” hosting debut Jan. 13, he was probably hoping to wow viewers with his impeccable comedic timing — but they ended up being stunned by his potty mouth instead. That’s right, the “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star dropped the F-bomb during his very first sketch. The cringeworthy...
Boston thief robs one business, then goes next door to rob a second one 

Boston thief robs one business, then goes next door to rob a second one 

An armed robber allegedly struck two businesses in a Boston neighborhood within minutes of each other Saturday afternoon, police said. According to police, he man robbed a Cricket Wireless store with a gun in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston. He then walked next door and robbed a Papa John’s restaurant, police said. Both businesses have surveillance cameras, Boston police said.
Cold? Snow? This Vikings fan is tailgating in flip-flops

Cold? Snow? This Vikings fan is tailgating in flip-flops

It takes a special fan to weather the cold for an NFL playoff game. Five hours before the Vikings were to host the New Orleans Saints in an NFC divisional game Sunday, Minnesota fans were outside U.S. Bank Stadium tailgating. Never mind that as noon approached it was 11 degrees in Minneapolis and snow flurries were falling. A fan named Josh was undaunted, telling a reporter that “it feels like...
Speeding car hits median, flies into second story of California dental office

Speeding car hits median, flies into second story of California dental office

Two people were injured Sunday morning in California when a car, apparently traveling at a high rate of speed, hit a raised median and flew into the second floor of a dental office, police said. In a news release, the Santa Ana Police Department said the incident occurred at 5:25 a.m. Officers determined that a white sedan hit a raised median and was launched into the air. The car then struck...
Two rescued after 'bathtub' area of Pittsburgh interstate floods

Two rescued after 'bathtub' area of Pittsburgh interstate floods

Two people were rescued after the “bathtub” section of westbound I-376 in Pittsburgh flooded on Saturday, officials said. Rescue workers used rubber rafts to reach the two stranded motorists, who were standing on the roofs of their cars, officials said. That section of the roadway is still closed. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation issued an advisory for anyone that would be...
Liam Neeson says sexual harassment scandals becoming 'a witch hunt'

Liam Neeson says sexual harassment scandals becoming 'a witch hunt'

According to Liam Neeson, the sexual harassment allegations plaguing Hollywood and other industries are turning into “a bit of a witch hunt.” In an interview on Ireland’s “The Late Late Show,” the 65-year-old addressed the growing slew of accusations in the industry stemming from the bombshell claims against Harvey Weinstein in October, reported The Hill. &ldquo...
Eliza Dushku says she was molested by 'True Lies' stunt coordinator at age 12

Eliza Dushku says she was molested by 'True Lies' stunt coordinator at age 12

Actress Eliza Dushku took to Facebook on Saturday to allege that she was molested as a child by a "True Lies" stunt coordinator. "When I was 12 years old, while filming 'True Lies,' I was sexually molested by Joel Kramer, one of Hollywood's leading stunt coordinators," wrote Dushku, now 37.  "Ever since, I have struggled with how and when to disclose this, if ever. At...
Florida students translate message in bottle from German kindergartners

Florida students translate message in bottle from German kindergartners

High school media specialist David Richards was walking on the beach in northeast Florida with his father when they found a bottle in the sand. “We were looking at it and we're like, ‘Whoa.’ We saw the cork was still in and the barnacles and we saw the message and said, ‘This is really rad,’” Richards said. The message was written in German, so he brought it to...
Cancer survivor starts nursing career at hospital that treated her 

Cancer survivor starts nursing career at hospital that treated her 

A Texas woman who beat cancer is back in the hospital. Only this time, she’s working there. Ashley Moore was a first-grade teacher who had Stage 3 non-Hodgkin lymphoma, KXAS reported. She quit teaching while being treated at Medical City Plano. Two weeks after being discharged, she enrolled at Collin College in McKinney to take nursing courses. "I had contact with these nurses...
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