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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...


Double murder suspect claims DeKalb jailer beat him brutally

Double murder suspect claims DeKalb jailer beat him brutally

Demetre Mason, a 23-year-old purported Bloods gang member accused of executing two young women, has filed suit against a DeKalb County jailer he says beat him. Mason, of Austell, is also suing the sergeant who allegedly told him to “man up and sleep it off.” “An inmate doesn’t lose constitutional protections and constitutional rights regardless of what they're charged...
Norcross considering tiny home communities

Norcross considering tiny home communities

At its most recent work session, the Norcross City Council discussed the possibility of creating zoning changes to allow for the construction of tiny homes on existing lots. The city will begin by considering allowing tiny homes as accessory dwellings to existing homes. These homes could be used by extended family of the property owner or rented out. Eventually, the city envisions the possibility...
9 fall ill at 8-year-old’s birthday party

9 fall ill at 8-year-old’s birthday party

With RSVPs from a bunch of rambunctious boys, Brandy Sympreux thought it would be a good idea to rent a video game truck for her 8-year-old son’s birthday party. But 90 minutes into the festivities, the unexpected happened, according to a Coweta County Fire Rescue report. One child began to walk with a stagger. Two more fell out. And another pair became “slightly altered in mental...
Norcross considering creation of Veterans Park

Norcross considering creation of Veterans Park

A Norcross ad-hoc committee, convened to consider the establishment of a new veterans park, is ready to move forward with their ideas. The committee has met several times to visit potential sites and performed walk audits with city parks and recreation personnel. The veterans park committee is now requesting City Council approval to bring in a professional to take their various ideas for location...
Acworth approves funding for transportation projects

Acworth approves funding for transportation projects

The Acworth Board of Aldermen approved three projects recently, totaling $421,958, and a grant. The aldermen accepted a $1.5 million Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank Grant from the Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority to pay for part of the Lemon Street realignment project. In other matters, the three projects are: $175,958 for a 32-yard compactor sanitation truck from...
Acworth approves tiny houses for recovering victims

Acworth approves tiny houses for recovering victims

A community of tiny houses has been approved unanimously by the Acworth Board of Aldermen for Life Bridge Church and Wellspring Living to help victims of sex trafficking. On-campus habitation and rehabilitation will be offered to the women, including extensive stabilization, assessment and skill-building with emotional and financial counseling, job training and placement partnerships. Life Bridge/Wellspring...
Forsyth County schools seek feedback on medication policy

Forsyth County schools seek feedback on medication policy

Forsyth County school officials are looking for feedback on a draft revision of the district’s medication policy. The draft revision spells out that trained school nurses and employees will provide help to anyone deemed suffering from an opioid overdose. It specifies that nurses trained in accordance with guidelines can administer Naxolone to the victim of any apparent drug overdose. It also...
Sandy Springs OKs Performing Arts Center rental rates

Sandy Springs OKs Performing Arts Center rental rates

The Sandy Springs City Council has cleared the way for bookings to begin of its new Performing Arts Center at City Springs by approving a schedule of rental rates for the multipurpose venue. “Hopefully, with passage, this puts us in show business the first week of August,” PAC General Manager Michael Enoch told the council. At that time, the facility — to be completed next spring...
Woodstock counts fish in Dupree Park lake

Woodstock counts fish in Dupree Park lake

The boardwalk and fishing pier in the lake at Dupree Park in Woodstock are officially open, and city officials have the results of a consultant’s study to determine what they might do to enhance recreational fishing at the lake. Staff of the Woodstock Parks and Recreation and Public Works departments recently completed the improvements at the park, 513 Neese Road, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony...
City of South Fulton hosts next transit plan meeting

City of South Fulton hosts next transit plan meeting

Fulton County officials want to create a transit proposal for the county outside the city limits of Atlanta. Residents passed a transportation tax increase last year that will pay for road, bridge and pedestrian improvements over the next five years. Expanding transit is the county’s next priority. Already, consultants have been to College Park, Mountain Park, Union City, Chattahoochee Hills...
C.T. Vivian’s book collection provides ‘gravitas’ for new Atlanta library

C.T. Vivian’s book collection provides ‘gravitas’ for new Atlanta library

One of the largest, oldest and most important private collection of black literature will soon be available to the public. Civil rights leader C.T. Vivian has agreed to donate his 6,000-plus collection of books to the National Monuments Foundation for the creation of the C.T. Vivian Library. The library will be the centerpiece of the Peace Column, a soon-to-be 110-foot tower in the middle of the upcoming...
College Park officials work to improve bond rating

College Park officials work to improve bond rating

The city of College Park leadership recently held a series of meetings with Moody’s Investor Service to review current ratings considerations, with the provision to advise/update the service to more accurately reflect the city’s financial positioning. College Park’s current credit rating via Moody’s is Aa3, which is generally considered favorable. Although College Park&rsquo...
Design firms consolodate offices after merger

Design firms consolodate offices after merger

Earlier this month design firms Stantec and MWH, now Stantec relocated from their respective Atlanta offices to one combined office in the Peachtree Center International Tower in downtown Atlanta. After nearly 50 years in Atlanta, both Stantec teams will be housed in the new location, at 229 Peachtree Street NE Suite 1900, which provides a central, customized work environment. The combined office...
Community Voices: Kindness rocks in Fayette County

Community Voices: Kindness rocks in Fayette County

Mother Teresa said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Such is the philosophy behind the small brightly painted stones, many with inspirational messages, that are being placed individually and in rock gardens all around Fayette County. The Fayette Rocks Kindness Project is the local incarnation of a national program call...
BREAKING: DeKalb Sheriff Jeff Mann pleads guilty after park arrest

BREAKING: DeKalb Sheriff Jeff Mann pleads guilty after park arrest

DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of obstruction and prohibited conduct stemming from his arrest in Piedmont Park. Mann was sentenced to pay fines of $2,000 and serve 80 hours of community service. He was also banished from city of Atlanta parks for six months. Mann allegedly exposed himself and ran from an Atlanta police officer on the night of May 6. TELL US...
Gwinnett man convicted of immigration fraud, lied about deportation

Gwinnett man convicted of immigration fraud, lied about deportation

A Nigerian-born Gwinnett County resident had his U.S. citizenship revoked after a conviction on immigration fraud charges. Olu Kanni Sanyaolu, also known as Kunle Sanya Olukanni, was convicted by a federal jury on July 20, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. Sanyaolu had applied for naturalization in 2009 and was later granted citizenship. Sanyaolu, 54, of Lawrenceville, had previously applied...
I-985 northbound lanes in Gwinnett closing overnight Thursday

I-985 northbound lanes in Gwinnett closing overnight Thursday

Both Interstate 985 northbound lanes at the Interstate 85 split in Gwinnett County will be closed overnight Thursday, the county said. The closure will allow construction crews to install concrete bridge beams for the Georgia Express Lane extension on I-85, according to the county. One lane will close at 9 p.m. and the second lane will close at 11 p.m. Both will remain closed until 5 a.m. Friday...
DeKalb County names two new assistant police chiefs

DeKalb County names two new assistant police chiefs

DeKalb County Police Chief James Conroy announced two new assistant chiefs in the police department, who will report directly to him. Major Tony Catlin will be promoted from assistant commander to assistant chief of the Criminal Investigations Division, which is responsible for investigating homicides, robberies, aggravated assaults, sexual assaults, auto thefts, narcotics violations and crimes against...
Police seek accused thief who targets downtown Atlanta hotels

Police seek accused thief who targets downtown Atlanta hotels

Atlanta police are looking for a man they say has been stealing from hotel guests downtown. Daniel Duplessy is accused of stealing a backpack of electronics from the Marriott Grand Marquis Hotel on May 5, police spokeswoman Officer Stephanie Brown said.  “He also has active warrants for his arrest for several felonious thefts in the downtown hotel district, specifically the Marriott Marquis...
DeKalb water bill audit blames flawed technology and oversight

DeKalb water bill audit blames flawed technology and oversight

DeKalb County’s inability to fix its chronic problems with water billing is due, in part, to a muddled management structure and an outdated reliance on paper instead of technology, according to a highly anticipated outside audit. The 127-page draft audit, obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday through an open records request, includes 22 recommendations to address ...
FBI arrests suspects accused of $700K jewelry theft

FBI arrests suspects accused of $700K jewelry theft

FBI agents arrested a man and a woman suspected of stealing $700,000 in jewelry from a Conyers store in April. Cephos Leyon “Jamal” White, 29, of Sandy Springs, and Sandrika Denise Sears, also known as Nubian Monae, 31, of Decatur, were taken into custody Wednesday morning, FBI spokesman Agent Stephen Emmett said in a news release.  The duo is facing charges of violation of the Hobbs...
DeKalb police picks 2 new high-ranking leaders

DeKalb police picks 2 new high-ranking leaders

DeKalb County Police Chief James Conroy on Wednesday announced two new assistant chiefs.  Maj. Tony Catlin was promoted from assistant commander to assistant chief of the Criminal Investigations Division, a police spokesperson said. Catlin replaces C. Yarbro, who is becoming assistant uniform division chief after the retirement of Edward Jones.  Catlin will be responsible for managing...
Cobb mother’s death raises  concerns over 911 delays

Cobb mother’s death raises concerns over 911 delays

Neighbors of a Cobb woman who died Wednesday after a house fire say their calls to 911 are routinely transferred or dropped, resulting in critical time lost. Cherriee Carter, 59, is survived by her son, who was trapped inside the burning house on Oakdale Road with her. “I could hear the man screaming,” said Elizabeth Rutledge, a neighbor who tried calling 911 twice. “I couldn&rsquo...
Bad news: Looks like Clermont Lounge won’t open this weekend after all

Bad news: Looks like Clermont Lounge won’t open this weekend after all

Scads of loyal Clermont Lounge patrons who were hoping to visit this weekend for the first time in ages will have to wait a little longer. The famous Ponce de Leon Avenue basement strip club was hoping to get final approval from the city to open this weekend, and that sentiment was relayed to its ten of thousands of Facebook fans.   Alas, the opening has been delayed once again...
Marietta’s top cop named state’s police chief of the year — again

Marietta’s top cop named state’s police chief of the year — again

Dan Flynn has been named the state’s top cop for the second time in his decade as head of the Marietta Police Department. The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police announced that Flynn was the chief of the year Tuesday at the group’s conference in Savannah. Marietta police said this is the second time a chief has won the award twice. According to the Association, anyone can nominate...
N. Fulton native Lorenzo Brown back in the NBA, signs with Raptors

N. Fulton native Lorenzo Brown back in the NBA, signs with Raptors

Lorenzo Brown is back in the NBA. The 26-year-old Roswell native signed a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday for the 2017-18 season. Brown, who played at Centennial High School before heading to Hargrave Military Academy and then N.C. State, has been an NBA journeyman since he was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2013’s second round. Since then, the 6-foot-5 guard...
‘Strange twist’ led investigators to Gwinnett arson suspect

‘Strange twist’ led investigators to Gwinnett arson suspect

In what Gwinnett fire officials called a “strange twist,” a man’s visit to the scene of two car fires led to his arrest on arson charges. Nicholas Minardi, 21, of Buford, has been charged with two counts of second-degree arson, two counts of criminal trespass and one count each of possession of tools for the commission of a crime, entering an auto and criminal damage to property...
Will DeKalb get the next Ponce City Market?

Will DeKalb get the next Ponce City Market?

As a developer heads Thursday to the Tucker Planning Commission for approval, city staff is skeptical of his grand plans for a redevelopment of an old Sears distribution property. Stephen Macauley wants to build a mixed-use development on 88 acres, near the corner of Hugh Howell Road and Mountain Industrial Boulevard. It could be similar to Ponce City Market and rival the population of DeKalb...
MARTA defends service for the metro Atlanta disabled in court

MARTA defends service for the metro Atlanta disabled in court

MARTA is in court this week defending itself against complaints that its paratransit service is so unreliable it violates federal law. In testimony Wednesday, several disabled passengers and the relatives of others said paratransit buses often don’t show up on time, making them late for work or school. “I’ve had some good days with MARTA. I’ve had some bad days,” said...
Fake doctor ran clinics in Cobb and across the U.S. for 15 years

Fake doctor ran clinics in Cobb and across the U.S. for 15 years

A woman pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to pretending to be a doctor while running clinics throughout the country — including one in Marietta — during the last 15 years. Prosecutors said Isabel Kesari Gervais, 60, used multiple aliases while offering naturopathic medicine, which the federal government says uses homeopathic and detoxification methods, among other...
UGA is the first to offer 6-foot-6 lineman from N. Fulton

UGA is the first to offer 6-foot-6 lineman from N. Fulton

A YouTube highlight video calls him “the next Vince Wilfork.” Scouts must think highly of rising Milton High School sophomore Paul Tchio to liken him to Wilfork, a defensive tackle who won two Super Bowl’s with the New England Patriots. But others like Tchio are better on the offensive side of the ball. This past weekend in Athens, the University of Georgia became the first program...
In Gwinnett, Latino groups threaten more voting rights litigation

In Gwinnett, Latino groups threaten more voting rights litigation

Two Latino advocacy groups sent letters last week to Gwinnett County and several cities therein, alleging varying levels of noncompliance with a new mandate to provide Spanish-language voting materials to their constituents — and threatening litigation if they don’t change things quickly. Leaders from the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials and New York-based LatinoJustice...
Crane hits power lines in Cobb, injures 1

Crane hits power lines in Cobb, injures 1

A crane hit overhead power lines in Cobb County on Wednesday afternoon, injuring one person, officials said. The incident occurred at Overlook Parkway in Vinings. The person was taken to a local hospital and is expected to be OK, Cobb fire spokeswoman Denell Boyd said.  It is unknown how the person was injured, but Boyd said she believes “it was human error.” A “short-lived&rdquo...
Clayton County warden named president of police chiefs association

Clayton County warden named president of police chiefs association

Dennis Nelson, warden of the Clayton County Correctional Institution, was named president of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police at its annual banquet. Clayton County CI is correctional facility housing convicted State of Georgia prisoners and is located in the south Metropolitan Atlanta area. Prior to Clayton County, Nelson was chief of police with the city of Metter Police Department. Nelson...
Peachtree Corners’ state of city address highlights growth

Peachtree Corners’ state of city address highlights growth

Peachtree Corners’ Mayor Mike Mason pointed to continued city growth at his annual state of the city address July 21. “Since the city was founded, we’ve seen a 64 percent increase in company relocations and a 182 percent increase in the number of jobs that those relocations have brought to Peachtree Corners,” said Mayor Mason. “The city has also seen those corporate relocations...
Bridge beam installation will slow I-985 northbound traffic in Suwanee

Bridge beam installation will slow I-985 northbound traffic in Suwanee

Georgia DOT construction partners will close both lanes of Interstate 985 northbound for the transport and installation of bridge beams used to construct the Georgia Express Lane extension on Interstate 85. A single lane closure on I-985 north will begin at 9 p.m. July 27 and progress to a double lane closure at 11 p.m. This double lane closure will remain until 5 a.m. July 28. Both northbound lanes...
Snellville cracks down on illegal tree removal with hefty fine

Snellville cracks down on illegal tree removal with hefty fine

Snellville’s mayor and City Council updated an ordinance recently making the penalty for unwarranted tree removal by commercial property owners tougher on the purse strings. The fine for cutting down trees without permission was previously $356 per tree, per day. Under the new measure, violators will pay $995 per tree, per day. “In spite of Snellville’s long-standing ordinances prohibiting...
Jonesboro authority OKs design guidelines cost split, planters

Jonesboro authority OKs design guidelines cost split, planters

Jonesboro’s Downtown Development Authority recently approved a motion to enter into a cost sharing agreement with the city to fund 50 percent, or $2,500, for the preparation of design guidelines from TSW, a company of planners, architects and landscape architects. TSW was involved in the Blueprint Jonesboro master plan, with a focus on bringing new restaurants and businesses, and making downtown...
DeKalb replaces ‘chamber of horrors’ animal shelter

DeKalb replaces ‘chamber of horrors’ animal shelter

Hundreds of playful puppies and purring kittens will finally have a safe and clean place to stay in DeKalb County until they find a home. A $12 million DeKalb animal shelter opened Wednesday, replacing a run-down facility that a citizen task force labeled a “chamber of horrors,” where many animals didn’t make it out alive. PHOTOS: Take a tour of the new DeKalb animal...
CCSD pioneers digital learning environment

CCSD pioneers digital learning environment

The Cobb County School District is launching a digital teaching and learning environment to unify resources for teachers, students and parents. Created by CCSD, the Cobb Teaching and Learning System is a one-stop, user-friendly digital platform where educators can access and customize instructional content, according to a CCSD statement. That means teachers will be able to receive lesson planning...
Decatur sells bonds for the Children’s Home’s remaining 55 acres

Decatur sells bonds for the Children’s Home’s remaining 55 acres

Decatur has sold the bonds allowing it to purchase the remaining 55 acres of the total 77-acre United Methodist Children’s Home. The city’s expected to close on the property in mid to late August and begin creating a conceptual master plan for the site early next year. Decatur’s purchase of the property, which the UMCH has occupied since 1873, breaks down into two parts: ...
Cherokee outsources tax assessor functions

Cherokee outsources tax assessor functions

Cherokee County has outsourced some of the functions of the tax assessor’s office, awarding a $229,450-a-year contract to a Charlotte, N.C.-based consulting firm that does similar work for Gwinnett County. Tax Management Associates Inc. will take over personal property listing administration and auditing services, work previously performed by four county employees. The county Board of Commissioners...
Two N. Fulton parks to get synthetic turf fields

Two N. Fulton parks to get synthetic turf fields

The next time folks in Johns Creek go to kick around a soccer ball at Newtown or Shakerag Park, they might notice a difference in the playing surface. That’s because those parks are getting new synthetic turf fields. The city council approved a contract earlier this week to proceed with the installation of these fields at the two parks. The project will be funded by the Johns Creek Parks Bond...
Waleska official named Canton city clerk

Waleska official named Canton city clerk

Canton has hired Oma Lou Stewart away from a neighboring Cherokee County city to be its new city clerk. Stewart will leave Waleska, where she has been city clerk/city manager since December 2015. The Canton City Council approved Stewart’s hiring July 20. She joins the city Aug. 9 and will earn an annual salary of $60,000, Canton City Manager Billy Peppers said. Before going to work for Waleska...
Alpharetta agrees to accept historic log cabin

Alpharetta agrees to accept historic log cabin

A historic log cabin in Alpharetta may become property of the city by year’s end, now that the City Council has agreed to accept the building from the Fulton County Board of Education. Under an agreement approved by the council July 24, the Fulton schools will declare the Old Milton Log Cabin surplus property so that the city can move it from the former Milton High School site, to be redeveloped...
Country music mourning the passing of legendary Nashville producer Billy Joe Walker 

Country music mourning the passing of legendary Nashville producer Billy Joe Walker 

The country music community is mourning the passing of legendary producer, musician and songwriter Joe Walker Jr., who passed away earlier this week at the age of 64. According to CMT, Walker had been in poor health for some time. The native Texan was in Kerrville at the time of his passing in the early morning hours of July 25.. As a producer, Walker worked on projects for artists from the early...
FBI: Man says he killed wife on Princess Cruise ship because of her laughter

FBI: Man says he killed wife on Princess Cruise ship because of her laughter

A 39-year-old Utah woman was killed by her husband aboard a Princess Cruise ship Tuesday night because, he told authorities, she wouldn’t stop laughing at him, according to the FBI. An FBI spokeswoman said Thursday that authorities arrested a man in the case after the ship was diverted to Juneau, Alaska. He was identified by The Associated Press as Kenneth Manzanares. Authorities said the...
Joint Chiefs: Transgender policy won't change until Pentagon gets it in writing from Trump

Joint Chiefs: Transgender policy won't change until Pentagon gets it in writing from Trump

The nation’s highest ranking military officer said in a letter Thursday to top military officials that there will not be changes to the military’s transgender policy until after President Donald Trump sends direction to the Pentagon. "I know there are questions about yesterday's announcement on the transgender policy by the president," Marine Gen. Joe Dunford wrote in the message...
Man accused of smuggling deadly cobras into U.S. inside potato chip cans

Man accused of smuggling deadly cobras into U.S. inside potato chip cans

Customs officials said they seized three highly venomous king cobra snakes that were being smuggled into the country earlier this year inside potato chip cans. The two-foot-long snakes were shipped from Hong Kong to California in March and were intended for Rodrigo Franco, 34, according to the Los Angeles Times. A crocodile, three alligator snapping turtles and five diamond back terrapins also...
Report: Transgender health care would cost fraction of what military spends on Viagra, similar drugs

Report: Transgender health care would cost fraction of what military spends on Viagra, similar drugs

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that “tremendous medical costs” were partially behind his decision to bar transgender Americans from serving in the military. However, a report from The Washington Post showed that estimates for the cost of caring for transgender service members amount to just a fraction of what the military currently spends on erectile dysfunction drugs. The president...
Trump: Transgender people won't be allowed in the military

Trump: Transgender people won't be allowed in the military

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said transgender people will be barred from serving “in any capacity” in the U.S. military, writing on Twitter that such service would cause “disruption” and burden the U.S. with “tremendous medical costs.” Current Department of Defense policy allows for transgender people to serve openly and says individuals &ldquo...
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...
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