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Fire damages several collections of rare superhero comic books

At least three 1960s comic book collections burned in a recent Forsyth County fire, the store owner says. The back room where vintage Xmen, Avengers and Amazing Spiderman comics were stored is off limits until an investigation into a recent fire at Kapow! Comics concludes, store owner Andy Diehl told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="...
JUST IN: Company agrees to pay after man’s vintage car damaged at brake shop

JUST IN: Company agrees to pay after man’s vintage car damaged at brake shop

Franklin Taylor on Monday got the answers he wanted from an Atlanta brake repair shop — but he isn’t happy about the news.  He told Channel 2 Action News that when he picked up his 1976 Mercedes 450 SL from Just Brakes on Howell Mill Road, both sides were smashed and the car had damage to its interior.  Taylor said the car was in fantastic condition when he dropped it off, but...
Robb Pitts plans to run for Fulton County chairman to replace Eaves

Robb Pitts plans to run for Fulton County chairman to replace Eaves

With Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves’ announcement last week that he’s running for mayor of Atlanta, the race to replace him at the county’s helm is on. Robb Pitts, a former Fulton commissioner, announced over the weekend that he plans to run for chairman. In an emailed announcement, Pitts said “a lot more must be done to ensure the continued growth and development...
WATCH: Abandoned houseboat crushed on Lake Lanier shores

WATCH: Abandoned houseboat crushed on Lake Lanier shores

Eight years after being abandoned by its owner, the rusted-out “Museum Houseboat” near Bald Ridge Campground was removed from Lake Lanier and crushed with a backhoe. The dilapidated vessel had been sitting on dry land ever since its owner stopped paying his bills and “got out of town,” said Joanna Cloud, executive director of the Lake Lanier Association. As the boat...
DeKalb library program gives you free internet at home

DeKalb library program gives you free internet at home

You can stop stealing Wi-Fi from your neighbor now. The DeKalb County Public Library will help you get free internet at home. The library is beginning a new pilot program, allowing people to check out internet hotspots just like they would their favorite book. All you need is a library card. The hotspots will be available for four weeks at the Chamblee, Decatur, Flat Shoals and Stonecrest branches...
In pet sitter v. Roswell 'attack rooster,' court rules in favor of bird

In pet sitter v. Roswell 'attack rooster,' court rules in favor of bird

Sam the rooster attacked his pet sitter.  But Sam’s owners are not at fault, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled this month. Josephine Gilreath had been hired by Bruce and Jodi Smith, of Roswell, to watch over their animals a few times.  She was warned about Sam’s bad-boy behavior.  On one occasion, Jodi Smith told Gilreath she didn’t have to fill...
Clayton State of County address set for Thursday

Clayton State of County address set for Thursday

Clayton County will host its annual State of the County address on Thursday at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park. Commission Chairman Jeff Turner will give an overview of how the county performed last year and what’s ahead for this year. The 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. event is the fourth in a series of county addresses hosted by the Council on Quality Growth. “We&rsquo...
14 metro Atlanta schools named AP Challenge Schools

14 metro Atlanta schools named AP Challenge Schools

State Superintendent Richard Woods today recognized 59 Advanced Placement Challenge Schools, 14 in metro Atlanta. The honor recognizes high schools with 900 or fewer students that offer AP testing in all four core areas: English, math, science and social studies. Atlanta Public Schools led the state with eight AP Challenge Schools. There were two fewer AP Challenge Schools than last year. “Challenge&rdquo...
Third Wolf Creek worker fired in Fulton, Live Nation plans upgrades

Third Wolf Creek worker fired in Fulton, Live Nation plans upgrades

When Wolf Creek Amphitheater opens its doors for Funk Fest May 19, patrons won’t notice much difference at the venue they’ve been visiting since it opened in 2011. It’s behind the scenes that everything changed. In December, Fulton County agreed to hand over control of the venue south of Atlanta to the concert promoter Live Nation. That’s after a “damning” audit...
Shaq didn't plunge at Cobb ‘polar plunge,' but he did help raise $115K

Shaq didn't plunge at Cobb ‘polar plunge,' but he did help raise $115K

None of the seven feet and one inch of Shaquille O’Neal entered the chilly waters of Lake Acworth this weekend. The basketball legend wasn’t one of the 256 people to take a dip, but he did help raise money, which was the whole point of Special Olympics Georgia’s Polar Plunge event on Saturday. The fundraiser provides programs for 1,400 athletes statewide. Event manager Rebecca...
Decatur’s long-serving city manager takes a long-term view

Decatur’s long-serving city manager takes a long-term view

When Peggy Merriss was named interim Decatur city manager in February 1993, her predecessor Curtis Branscombe said, “If you want somebody to run the city, you got the right one. ‘Cause she will run it.” In a quiet defiance of odds, Merriss has spent 24 years doing just that. The average U.S. city manager tenure is 5 to 7 years, and only 15 percent of city managers are women. Merriss...
Clayton commissioners approve SPLOST fund transfer

Clayton commissioners approve SPLOST fund transfer

The Clayton County board of commissioners recently approved a budget amendment item to transfer funds from the 2015 SPLOST fund to procure server, networking hardware and server licensing necessary to support the Criminal Justice Information Network and the Enterprise Resource Planning projects, in the amount of $1,983,161. Commissioners also approved the probate court’s request for an additional...
Portion of Spalding Drive in Peachtree Corners closing for gas lines

Portion of Spalding Drive in Peachtree Corners closing for gas lines

Spalding Drive between Peachtree Corners Circle and Jay Bird Alley will close beginning Wednesday, March 1 through Wednesday, March 15, while Atlanta Gas Light replaces existing gas lines. Construction crews will be working from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Depending on weather conditions, the work is expected to be complete within 15 days. To minimize traffic delays, traffic will be...
Duluth seeks volunteers for Parks Advisory Board

Duluth seeks volunteers for Parks Advisory Board

The Duluth Parks and Recreation Department is seeking volunteers to serve on the Parks Advisory Board. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is a seven member volunteer board appointed by the Duluth City Council. Seven members reside within the city limits and the eighth member may reside within the city limits or own and operate a business within city limits. The eight-member board serves two-year...
Ex-teacher accused of having relationship with student

Ex-teacher accused of having relationship with student

A former Forsyth County teacher faces felony sexual assault charges after authorities say he had a relationship with a 17-year-old student.  John David Ubriaco, 33, was charged Feb. 24, three days after he resigned from his position as a math teacher at Lambert High School, Forsyth sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Douglas Rainwater said.  Ubriaco had been teaching in the school system...
Work crews continue lane closing night work on Transform I-285

Work crews continue lane closing night work on Transform I-285

Overnight construction work continues on Interstate 285/State Road 400 this week. Weather permitting, Georgia Department of Transportation contractors will close lanes for geotechnical site investigations and survey work on the Transform 285 improvement project. One eastbound right lane on I 285 will be closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday from Long Island Drive to east of Ashford Dunwoody...
Johns Creek sets open houses on road projects

Johns Creek sets open houses on road projects

Johns Creek will hold in March what it says will be the first of a series of monthly public informational open houses about the proposed widenings of Jones Bridge and McGinnis Ferry roads. The meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. March 8 in City Hall Council Chambers. Studies are continuing on mitigating noise and the property impacts, officials said. Contractors are coming up with designs for sound...
Peachtree Corners earns national recognition for geospatial project

Peachtree Corners earns national recognition for geospatial project

Peachtree Corners has earned a ‘National Recognition Award’ in the American Council of Engineering Companies 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards competition. The recognition follows just behind the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia’s ‘Georgia Engineering Excellence Award’ given to Peachtree Corner’s public works department for its Geospatial Asset...
Sandy Springs OKs new shelter for historic spring

Sandy Springs OKs new shelter for historic spring

The Sandy Springs City Council has given the go-ahead to remake the shelter over the historic freshwater spring that gave the city its name. The Council approved Heritage Sandy Springs’ proposal for a new spring pavilion, part of an estimated $350,000 makeover of Heritage Green Park, 6110 Blue Stone Road. Construction is expected to begin in November and be completed by March 2018. A multi-roof...
Canton cops to mentor students at 2 schools

Canton cops to mentor students at 2 schools

The Canton Police Department is partnering with the Cherokee County School District to start an officer mentorship program at Teasley Middle School and ACE Academy in Canton. “This new initiative is geared toward giving youth that are facing challenges in their personal, social and academic lives the opportunity to build positive mentoring relationships with officers that serve in their communities...
I-20 in DeKalb now delay-free after 6-car crash

I-20 in DeKalb now delay-free after 6-car crash

Drivers on I-20 are having an easier commute now after an earlier six-car crash Monday morning caused delays and sent two people to the hospital.  The accident occurred just before Wesley Chapel Road about 11:30 a.m., DeKalb County police spokesman Maj. Stephen Fore said.  Two people sustained minor injuries, Fore said. One was taken to DeKalb Medical Center at Hillandale and the other was...
Developer asks Avondale Estates for ‘wish list’ regarding old mill site

Developer asks Avondale Estates for ‘wish list’ regarding old mill site

In October 2014, Avila Real Estate (then known as Euramex Management) purchased 13 acres just north of downtown Avondale Estates, former site for the Fenner Dunlop mill. Since then, the company’s made no public statement regarding its plans for the property. But Avondale officials say they’re optimistic after meeting with Avila representatives last week. “Avila is definitely getting...
Learn about three Cobb projects at March 7 open house

Learn about three Cobb projects at March 7 open house

Three Cobb County projects will be reviewed at one Public Information Open House in March. The meeting will be 5 to 7 p.m. March 7 at the Mountain View Community Center, 3400 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. No formal presentation will be made. The projects that will be on display are: Sandy Plains Road at Davis Road to improve that intersection due to the relocation of Mountain View Elementary School...
McDonald’s workers chased into freezer during armed robbery

McDonald’s workers chased into freezer during armed robbery

Three McDonald’s employees in Atlanta were held at gunpoint and forced inside a freezer during a robbery.  According to a police report, the robber broke into the restaurant on the 3500 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard about 2:30 a.m. Feb 10, jumped over the counter and chased two men into a freezer at gunpoint.  One victim told police she was at the front of the store when...
2 in Douglas County Confederate flag case sentenced to lengthy prison terms

2 in Douglas County Confederate flag case sentenced to lengthy prison terms

As the defendants wept uncontrollably, a Douglas County judge on Monday sentenced two people to lengthy prison terms for their part in disrupting an African-American birthday party with Confederate flags, racial slurs and armed threats in 2015. Superior Court Judge William McClain castigated the two, Kayla Rae Norton, 25, and Jose Ismael Torres, 26, for perpetrating what he called a hate crime. He...
Man charged in daytime carjacking; victim taken from his Fulton driveway

Man charged in daytime carjacking; victim taken from his Fulton driveway

A man accused of carjacking a Sandy Springs victim during the daytime earlier this month has been arrested. Frederick Louis Spears allegedly had a gun when he approached a man standing in his Spalding Creek Court driveway. It was just after 1 p.m on a Sunday. Spears forced the man into the victim’s own BMW, drove to a nearby ATM and demanded cash before taking off in the car, police say...
18-year-old killed in fiery crash in DeKalb

18-year-old killed in fiery crash in DeKalb

An 18-year-old Stone Mountain man was killed late Sunday in a fiery, single-car crash in DeKalb County, police said. About 11:30 p.m., officers responded to an accident involving a silver Acura, DeKalb police Maj. Stephen Fore said. The car was traveling north on South Hairston Road when it left the roadway at the intersection with Mainstreet Park Drive. The Acura hit a curb, a traffic engineering...
Tonight’s your chance to weigh in on Gwinnett’s transportation future

Tonight’s your chance to weigh in on Gwinnett’s transportation future

Tonight’s your first chance to be heard (again) about the future of transportation in Gwinnett County.  The county began work to update its comprehensive transportation plan — which will steer its transportation investment through 2040 — last year, holding public meetings, conducting surveys and more.  It’s now embarking on a second round of public meetings to solicit...
Take to task for Feb. 27

Take to task for Feb. 27

New item-Atlanta Toni Adler is concerned over a large plate that is causing commuters grief. “There is a large metal plate at the intersection of Nancy Creek Road and West Wesley Road that has been there for about five weeks and it is terrible. (It) feels very bed when driving over it and I don’t understand why they have not fixed the problem,” Adler wrote. We sent the item to the...
Rockdale County restaurant inspection scores

Rockdale County restaurant inspection scores

• Bradley’s Barbecue, 1955 Sigman Road, Conyers. 100/A • China Star, 2870 Highway 212, Conyers. 92/A • Hibachi Express, 1360 Dogwood Drive, Conyers. 100/A • Jenny’s Cafe, 1794 Rockdale Industrial Blvd., Conyers. 75/C • Shane’s Rib Shack, 2890 Highway 212 Conyers. 91/A
Gwinnett County restaurant inspection scores

Gwinnett County restaurant inspection scores

• Flying Roll, 3312 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Duluth. 99/A • Oaxaca Tacos, 1760 Old Norcross Road, Lawrenceville. 90/A • O’Charley’s, 2049 Highway 124, Snellville. 97/A • Old Fountain Tavern, 1250 Auburn Road, Dacula. 92/A • Sushi Naru, 3473 Old Norcross Road, Duluth. 100/A
Fulton County restaurant inspection scores

Fulton County restaurant inspection scores

• J. Christopher’s, 950 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 81/B • Oz Pizza, 5 W. Broad St., Fairburn. 82/B • Pasta Vino, 2391 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 80/B • The Pig and The Pint, 1583 Virginia Ave., College Park. 90/A • Ton Ton, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta. 85/B
DeKalb County restaurant inspection scores

DeKalb County restaurant inspection scores

• China Panda, 6746 Covington Highway, Lithonia. 88/B • Figo Pasta, 1220 Caroline St., Atlanta. 81/B • Happy Dragon, 2440 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur. 86/B • Panera Bread, 1545 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. 88/B • Taco Tuesday’s food truck, 3300 Marjan Drive, Atlanta. 84/B
Cobb County restaurant inspection scores

Cobb County restaurant inspection scores

• Come-N-Get It, 1409 Church St., Marietta. 83/B • Cool Beans, 31 Mill St., Marietta. 92/A • Guaco Joe’s, 2950 New Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 95/A • Guston’s Grille, 4430 Wade Green Road, Kennesaw. 82/B • Hoboken Café, 688 Whitlock Ave., Marietta. 93/A
Gridlock Guy: Atlanta traffic among worst in world

Gridlock Guy: Atlanta traffic among worst in world

Plenty is going on in the world of Atlanta traffic, so much, in fact, that tackling it all once a week in this space is a tough task. So this week, we will take quick looks at three items that came across my desk this week. My grandmother, Paula, is an avid reader of this column. And she has been since Mark Arum started writing it in 2010. When I started writing it this year, she wanted me to get...
Atlanta marchers show support for Affordable Care Act

Atlanta marchers show support for Affordable Care Act

Thousands were expected to march Saturday in downtown Atlanta to show their opposition to changing the Affordable Care Act. The march, ironically, will take place while the Democratic National Committee is meeting at the downtown Westin, organizers said in a release announcing the march. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="...
Missing Atlanta boy returns home

Missing Atlanta boy returns home

The 12-year-old Atlanta boy who went missing Friday night, prompting a police search, was on a field trip that his parents didn’t know about, police said Saturday. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">APD says missing 12 year old showed up at his daycamp this morning and returned him home when...
Community Voices: Local churches help refugees resettle

Community Voices: Local churches help refugees resettle

How do you explain a vacuum cleaner to someone from an impoverished distant country, whose languages you don’t speak, and whose family has just spent two years in a refugee camp and really just wants a roof over their heads? A group of volunteers from New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville had this and more to figure out over the last five months as they helped a refugee family from Central...
Atlanta mayor plays an outsized role as metro “spokesman”

Atlanta mayor plays an outsized role as metro “spokesman”

The candidates are plentiful, their backgrounds diverse: They come from inside and outside the political world. They are new and repeat contenders. Among them are an artist, former federal prosecutor, an international businessman. Only the voters who live in the city of Atlanta’s 130-some square miles will cast ballots in this fall’s mayoral election, but the impact of their decision will...
At Issue: What would you like to see in Cobb’s downtowns?

At Issue: What would you like to see in Cobb’s downtowns?

In the six cities of Cobb County, downtowns range from not much going on to lots of office, retail and living space. While Marietta, Smyrna, Kennesaw and Acworth have seen more development through the years, Austell and Powder Springs officials are seeking to do more. Instead of spending time and money on studies, Austell officials are about to welcome the South Cobb Diner to 5850 Love St. in a renovated...
Good Samaritan’s 911 call leads to drug arrest  

Good Samaritan’s 911 call leads to drug arrest  

A 911 caller’s concern about a person vomiting near his car lead Marietta police to two alleged drug dealers. Police were called Thursday to the 20 block of Atlanta Street in reference to a medical call, spokeswoman Officer Brittany Wallace said. The 911 caller said a man was sitting in his car vomiting.  Officers saw Alex Leon-Colberg and Micheal Vliek sitting in a Ford Fusion at a parking...
80th birthday party ends with man ‘bleeding profusely’ from jaw

80th birthday party ends with man ‘bleeding profusely’ from jaw

A man was arrested Friday after police say he fired two gunshots during an 80th birthday party hitting a Conyers man in the jaw. Police arrived to a home on the 1000 block of Adcock Circle about 10:30 p.m. Thursday and found Emmanual Asamoah, 34, “bleeding profusely” from his jaw, Conyers police spokeswoman Sgt. Kim Lucas said.  “Witnesses in the area reported seeing a fight...
Bribery scandal dominates Atlanta mayoral candidate forum

Bribery scandal dominates Atlanta mayoral candidate forum

In a discussion that sometimes grew tense, candidates hoping to succeed Kasim Reed as Atlanta’s next mayor agreed on one thing: nobody wanted to defend City Hall. With an ever-growing bribery scandal swirling around the city’s central government, not one of the eight candidates who took part in a Friday forum for the Judicial Qualifications Commission raised a hand when asked if they were...
Report: 'Biggest Loser' host Bob Harper was rushed to the hospital during a workout

Report: 'Biggest Loser' host Bob Harper was rushed to the hospital during a workout

Bob Harper was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack recently. According to celebrity gossip site TMZ, Harper was working out in a New York gym two weeks ago when he collapsed. Fortunately, there was a doctor in the gym at the same time who was able to perform CPR and used paddles to keep him alive. Harper was later taken to a hospital and claims that he was in a coma for two days. TMZ said...
Photo appears to show veteran lying on ground while waiting at North Carolina VA

Photo appears to show veteran lying on ground while waiting at North Carolina VA

A couple posted photos on Facebook and said veterans waited for hours in pain inside the Durham VA Medical Center. Stephen McMenamin, a former U.S. Marine, was there for treatment, and said his wife took the pictures because she "found it upsetting." McMenamin said a veteran who was lying on the ground was using his bag of medication for a pillow after being denied an available reclining...
Florida men threatened to be cut by man who told them they 'live in Trump country'

Florida men threatened to be cut by man who told them they 'live in Trump country'

Police responded to the report of aggravated battery Thursday when two Key West, Florida, men said a man riding on a moped threatened to cut them, the Miami Herald reported. Kevin Seymour, 38, and Kevin Paul Taylor, 49, were on a walk in Miami early Thursday when the man called them a slur and  "a slew of other anti-gay remarks," according to a police report and ...
Photo depicts veteran lying on ground while waiting at VA

Photo depicts veteran lying on ground while waiting at VA

A couple posted photos on Facebook and said veterans waited for hours in pain inside the Durham VA Medical Center. Stephen McMenamin, a former U.S. Marine, was there for treatment, and his wife took the pictures. “My wife found it upsetting, so she took a couple pictures,” he said. He said a veteran on the ground was using his bag of medication for a pillow after being denied an available...
Honest restaurant worker returns patron’s lost diamond

Honest restaurant worker returns patron’s lost diamond

An Alaskan woman is thanking a restaurant worker for returning her diamond ring. Rachel Saldana was visiting Carlos Mexican Resaturant in Anchorage and went to the bathroom to change her baby’s diaper.  A few minutes after returning to her table, she realized the diamond from her ring was missing. “My heart just sank,” Saldana told KTUU. Restaurant workers helped a frantic Saldana...
Watch hungry gator snatch catch from unsuspecting boy on pier

Watch hungry gator snatch catch from unsuspecting boy on pier

A viral video that has garnered more than 10 million views since it was posted on Facebook on Thursday shows what appears to be an American alligator pirating away with a young fisheman's catch.  The video apparently originated on YouTube, but its creator and location are uncredited. Interest on YouTube was minimal, but the video really took off when it landed on the Facebook page run by Bass...
Viola Davis' Oscars win makes history, puts her in elite club

Viola Davis' Oscars win makes history, puts her in elite club

Viola Davis' Oscar win Sunday was her first after nominations in 2012 and 2009, but the win marks her entry into a special club. It also means she's made history. The Washington Post reported that Davis' win for Best Supporting Actress in "Fences" makes her the 23rd person to win a competitive Oscar -- meaning one that is not honorary -- an Emmy and a Tony. Davis joins a club that includes...
17-year-old killed after girl sneaks him into home, dad mistakes him for burglar

17-year-old killed after girl sneaks him into home, dad mistakes him for burglar

A man shot and killed an intruder at his home early Saturday before learning that the victim, a 17-year-old, was let into the home by his 14-year-old daughter, according to multiple reports. The slain teenager, identified in a news release obtained by the Augusta Chronicle as Jordan Middleton, was let into the family's home in Grovetown to visit with the 14-year-old girl, according to authorities...
See 'Moonlight' cast's Best Picture Oscars acceptance speech, reaction to mishap

See 'Moonlight' cast's Best Picture Oscars acceptance speech, reaction to mishap

"Moonlight" was the big winner of Sunday's Academy Awards, but a misread winner for the Best Picture category by presenter Faye Dunaway initially called "La La Land" as the winner. A New York Times transcript of the mishap showed "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins was shocked, but took some time to acknowledge 'La La Land" producer Jordan Horowitz for pointing...
Young Disney star hit in head during Oscars, but kept on singing

Young Disney star hit in head during Oscars, but kept on singing

The star of Disney’s “Moana” remained calm and kept her focus during her performance at the 89th annual Academy Awards show Sunday night in Los Angeles after she was unexpectedly hit in the head with a stage prop. Auli’i Cravalho, 16, was singing the Oscar-nominated song “How Far I’ll Go” from the animated Disney movie when she was bopped on the head by a...
Florida woman posed as doctor, bolstered claim with store-bought award, deputies say

Florida woman posed as doctor, bolstered claim with store-bought award, deputies say

A Florida woman accused of posing as a doctor for a year was arrested on Monday by deputies in St. Johns County. Amy Pohlman, 48, is charged with two counts of practicing as a health care professional without a license. Deputies said she claimed to be a registered nurse and to have earned a doctoral degree. Pohlman was hired in October 2015 as a nurse administrator in Ponte Vedra Beach after...
Chrissy Teigen caught on camera snoozing at the Oscars

Chrissy Teigen caught on camera snoozing at the Oscars

Model Chrissy Teigen had a hard time keeping her eyes open at one point during the long 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night in Hollywood. Teigen, who attended the ceremony with her musician husband, John Legend, was spotted in the audience among Hollywood A-listers nodding off at one point. Teigen appears to be snoozing in one of the pictures, which also shows Meryl Streep in the foreground...
Trooper accused of leading police on chase while drunk resigns

Trooper accused of leading police on chase while drunk resigns

A North Carolina highway patrolman has resigned after being accused of driving drunk while leading officers on a chase. Police said that former trooper Matthew Grogan was off-duty driving his pickup truck when he struck another car at the drive-thru at the Cook-Out restaurant in Boone. Investigators told WSOCTV that Grogan left the scene and then was involved in a short chase east of town. According...
Girl survives car crash, is shot to death moments later

Girl survives car crash, is shot to death moments later

A Texas 8-year-old who escaped harm in a car accident early Saturday was shot and killed just moments later, police say. De'Maree Adkins was asleep in the back seat of her mother’s car around 1 a.m. Saturday as they drove through southwest Houston. The Houston Chronicle reported that mother and daughter were just five minutes from home when a Pontiac Grand Prix blew through an intersection and...
Remains of missing Marine killed in Vietnam War heading home after 48 years

Remains of missing Marine killed in Vietnam War heading home after 48 years

After almost 50 years, the remains of a missing Marine who was shot down over Laos during the Vietnam War are coming home. The remains of Marine Corps Reserve 1st Lt. William Ryan, known as Billy, were found last year after a decades-long search and they were positively identified through DNA testing, according to the Bergen Record. The New Jersey native’s plane was hit by enemy fire on May...
2-year-old found licking bong inside running vehicle, police say

2-year-old found licking bong inside running vehicle, police say

A Texas woman faces a felony child endangerment charge after a 2-year-old boy was found alone in her vehicle, licking a bong used to smoke marijuana, police said. Teliscia Davis, 24, of Houston, was arrested Friday, according to the Houston Chronicle. The Chronicle reported that the boy was found sitting in the front seat of Davis’ car, which was running with the windows down. Deputy constables...
Oscars 2017: Jimmy Kimmel surprises Hollywood tourists with Academy Awards visit

Oscars 2017: Jimmy Kimmel surprises Hollywood tourists with Academy Awards visit

During Sunday night’s Academy Awards, host Jimmy Kimmel pulled a prank on a group of people who thought they had taken a bus to tour a museum. Instead, they entered the building to discover that they had been taken to the Oscars. While there, the tour bus riders snapped photos as they were introduced to some stars, including Ryan Gosling, the “overrated” Meryl Streep, and Casey Affleck...
Oscars 2017: 'Moonlight' wins Best Picture after 'La La Land' mistakenly announced

Oscars 2017: 'Moonlight' wins Best Picture after 'La La Land' mistakenly announced

The 89th Annual Academy Awards ended on a confusing note, to say the least, after a mistake in the named winner of Best Picture. Actor Warren Beatty was on stage presenting the award with actress Faye Dunaway and after pausing to read the winner, he looked to Dunaway. She then announced that the award went to musical "La La Land." The filmmakers were in the middle of giving out thank yous...
​2017 Oscars: Mahershala Ali makes history as first Muslim to win an Academy Award

​2017 Oscars: Mahershala Ali makes history as first Muslim to win an Academy Award

Mahershala Ali has a lot to celebrate this week. On top of welcoming a daughter with wife, Amatus Sami-Karim, on Sunday, Ali became the first ever Muslim actor to win an Academy Award. He won for his role in the film "Moonlight." During his emotional acceptance speech, Ali took a moment to thank his "wonderful teachers and professors" and shared some advice he learned from...
2017 Oscars: Iranian director Asghar Farhadi issues statement on immigration, doesn't appear onstage

2017 Oscars: Iranian director Asghar Farhadi issues statement on immigration, doesn't appear onstage

Director Asghar Farhadi won the Academy Award for best foreign language film for his work on "The Salesman," Sunday, but was not there to accept the Oscar. Vanity Fair reported that instead, the Iranian director sent Anousheh Ansari, the first Iranian and first Muslim woman in space, and Firouz Naderi, former director of Solar Systems Exploration at NASA,  to accept the award on...
2017 Oscars: Jimmy Kimmel gets political in opening monologue

2017 Oscars: Jimmy Kimmel gets political in opening monologue

Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the Academy Awards by making a few jokes at President Donald Trump's expense. When it came to preparing for the show, Kimmel was told he needed to unite the Academy, and he just had one thing to say about that: "Let's just get something straight: I'm not here to do that." Instead, Kimmel encouraged the crowd and viewers at home to reach out and do something else...
2017 Oscars: 'Moonlight' best picture, complete list of winners

2017 Oscars: 'Moonlight' best picture, complete list of winners

Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award; the ESPN film "O.J.: Made in America" at 7 hours and 47 minutes is the longest movie to win; and after 21 nominations Kevin O'Connell won his first. "La La Land" also won multiple Oscars during the 89th Annual Academy Awards Sunday, almost winning best picture before it was realized that "Moonlight"...
'Game of Thrones' actor Neil Fingleton dead at 36

'Game of Thrones' actor Neil Fingleton dead at 36

Neil Fingleton, the 7-foot-7-inch actor and tallest man in Britain died Saturday, according to the Daily Mail. He was 36 years old. Fingleton was known for his role as Mag The Mighty on the HBO series, “Game of Thrones.” Before becoming an actor, Fingleton was a basketball player. Daily Mail reports that Fingleton thought of himself as a “happy-go-lucky guy” and often...
Risks of smoking-related lung disease lowered by fruits, veggies, study says

Risks of smoking-related lung disease lowered by fruits, veggies, study says

Past and current smokers can lower the risks of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD., by eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Swedish researchers studied 44,000 men between the ages of 45 and 79 over a 13-year period. About one in four were current smokers and almost two-thirds were former smokers. The research, published in the Thorax, found just...
Transgender boy wins girls state wrestling title in Texas

Transgender boy wins girls state wrestling title in Texas

The Texas high school state girls’ wrestling champion is a boy. The state would not allow him to compete in the male division because his birth certificate says “female.” Trinity High school junior Mack Beggs, 17, was born female, but began transitioning to male last year, which includes taking testosterone.  The process has impacted his body and strength, but the organization...
Actor Bill Paxton of 'Aliens,' 'Titanic' fame dead at 61

Actor Bill Paxton of 'Aliens,' 'Titanic' fame dead at 61

Award-winning actor Bill Paxton of "Aliens" and "Titanic" movie fame, has died from complications from surgery, according to TMZ. The 61 year old acting veteran has starred in a string of movie hits over his four-decade career, including "Twister," "Hatfield and McCoys," and "Apollo 13." He was working on the new CBS series "Training Day,"...
Vasectomy didn’t stop Georgia couple from having a baby anyway

Vasectomy didn’t stop Georgia couple from having a baby anyway

You might remember the story of a Georgia woman, who was quite surprised to learn she was pregnant because her husband had had a vasectomy. Well that couple has now welcomed their fourth child.  Back in August, Tim Brummel posted a video on YouTube about the couple’s unlikely pregnancy. The video starts with Tim explaining how he surprised his wife, Rachel King Brummel. He said for a few...
Barbara Pierce Bush to headline Planned Parenthood fundraiser in Texas

Barbara Pierce Bush to headline Planned Parenthood fundraiser in Texas

Former President George W. Bush’s daughter, Barbara Pierce Bush, is headlining a Planned Parenthood fundraiser for a Texas branch of the organization. Bush is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas’ annual Fort Worth luncheon on Wednesday, according to the Texas Tribune. The event helps raise money for the agency, which provides reproductive and...
Man accused of killing dog to avenge pet cat's death

Man accused of killing dog to avenge pet cat's death

Police arrested an Oklahoma man Friday after he allegedly killed a dog in retaliation for the death of his cat. Officers say Darren White, 36, ran over a dog with his truck and then beat it with a baseball bat in north Tulsa Friday afternoon. Witnesses say White went after a second dog in his truck and even tried to beat the dead dog again with the bat before he was stopped. White was charged with...
Ohio teen arraigned in shooting death of father

Ohio teen arraigned in shooting death of father

The teenager was charged with aggravated murder, police said. She was arraigned in court on Friday, where she appeared with her two attorneys. Seized as evidence were a book bag, an Apple iPhone, one bloody pillow, a high-power 9 mm handgun with a magazine, 9mm shell casings, one gun shooting bag, one Cobra .380 semi-automatic pistol, one soft gun case with two magazines, two tablets, a desktop computer...
Shannen Doherty looks back on her treatment as she waits to learn if she is cancer free

Shannen Doherty looks back on her treatment as she waits to learn if she is cancer free

On Friday morning, actress Shannen Doherty posted a Flashback Friday picture on Instagram from when she was in the depths of her chemotherapy treatment in October. The emotional photo shows Doherty curling up in bed after a round of chemo sessions. "Last day of chemo. Exhausted. Now that I’m done with chemo and radiation, the waiting game is here," Doherty captioned the photo. "...
Florida doctor turns to Facebook to search for a kidney donor

Florida doctor turns to Facebook to search for a kidney donor

Dr. Stuart Himmelstein has spent the past four years anxiously waiting for a much-needed kidney, but like nearly 120,000 Americans on a transplant list, he's waiting on a miracle. So Himmelstein, a Delray Beach, Florida, internist diagnosed with kidney disease, is trying another approach for a transplant: Facebook. Himmelstein, a Lake Worth, Florida, resident and the former president...
Florida teen accused of fatally shooting friend while playing with gun

Florida teen accused of fatally shooting friend while playing with gun

Three young men were hanging out when one accidentally shot another, according to WPLG.  WFOR reported that Brandon Velez, 19, and Bobby Duverny, 20, were in a friend’s bedroom when they got their hands on a gun.  According to police, Velez was allegedly pointing the gun at Duverny, who grabbed the barrel, which caused the gun to discharge.  The third friend called 911, but Duverny...
Dog chained up for 15 years gets new forever home

Dog chained up for 15 years gets new forever home

A dog named Bear spent most of his 15 years of life chained in a yard, until a non-profit animal rescue organization stepped in. USA Today reported Friday that a lab mix named Bear was rescued by Guardians of Rescue, which was able to convince the dog's owners to surrender him. "We received a call about a dog in need of a dog house," Robert Misseri, the founder and president of GOR...
‘Get out of my country,’ white man screams before gunning down Indian bar patrons, witnesses say

‘Get out of my country,’ white man screams before gunning down Indian bar patrons, witnesses say

A Kansas man accused of killing an Indian man and wounding two others in a shooting in a bar screamed for them to “get out of (his) country” before opening fire, witnesses said. Adam W. Purinton, 51, of Olathe, is charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder in connection with the Wednesday night shooting at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe...
Florida man who posted videos of country club fire on Snapchat faces arson charge

Florida man who posted videos of country club fire on Snapchat faces arson charge

A 25-year-old Florida man is accused of setting fire to a suburban Lake Worth country club last week and posted videos on Snapchat during the blaze, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office records said. Anthony Stowers of Lake Worth was arrested late Thursday on an arson charge. A judge ordered him be held in the Palm Beach County Jail on a $50,000 bond.Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews found...
Jeep unearthed from dune after 40 years

Jeep unearthed from dune after 40 years

A crowd gathered this week to watch a bulldozer pull out a Jeep that had been stuck in a dune in a Massachusetts town for 40 years. The Cape Cod Times reported that the Jeep Wagoneer was inside a garage that became overtaken by the dune in Truro years ago.  The town would not let the owners move the sand because of concerns about the dune system. However, town officials recently changed...
Man makes up kidnapping to make police ‘work harder’ to find stolen car, cops say

Man makes up kidnapping to make police ‘work harder’ to find stolen car, cops say

A Philadelphia man is accused of making up a story of a small child being abducted so police would respond faster to his car being stolen. Marcus Fletcher, 22, is charged with making a false report to police, according to WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. Police told the news station that Fletcher was working Monday night as a pizza delivery driver when he reported being robbed. Philly.com reported that Fletcher&rsquo...
'Father of the selfie' has taken daily photo of himself for 30 years

'Father of the selfie' has taken daily photo of himself for 30 years

Baden said the project touches on the notions of mortality, obsession, incremental change and perfection, according to The Associated Press. "As much as I try to make every picture the same, I fail every day," Baden said. "There's always something that's a little different, aside from the aging process." The photo project is now approaching 11,000 photos and has been...
Couple who kept 430 animals, seized in cruelty investigation, worked at animal center

Couple who kept 430 animals, seized in cruelty investigation, worked at animal center

Authorities have identified the residents of a Texas home where about 430 animals were seized Monday in an animal cruelty investigation. The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office on Thursday said Joseph Flores and Sarah Arevalo lived at the home in the 100 block of Misty Drive in Uhland. Authorities did not say what charges they face, but Sheriff Daniel Law said charges are likely. The two are...
Florida man accused of stealing $150K Maserati he took on test drive

Florida man accused of stealing $150K Maserati he took on test drive

A Florida man remains jailed after he took a $150,000 Maserati on a test drive, then allegedly stole the car, according to an arrest report. Michael Lewis McGilvary, 45, is facing a charge of grand larceny of $100,000 or more and is being held in the Palm Beach County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. McGilvary walked into the Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale dealership on Tuesday...
Bees create buzz by learning to play golf

Bees create buzz by learning to play golf

Bumblebees playing an improvised game of golf are creating quite a buzz among scientists. The bees have learned to push a ball into a hole to receive a reward, New Scientist reported. Scientists know that bees can learn to pull a string to reach an artificial flower containing sugar solution. Bees sometimes have to pull parts of flowers to access nectar, so this isn’t a difficult concept...
Pope denounces hypocritical Christians who 'live a double life'

Pope denounces hypocritical Christians who 'live a double life'

Pope Francis called out Christians in a sermon Thursday, suggesting it would be better to be an atheist than to lead a double life, exploit people or manage a greedy business. "So many Christians are like this, and these people scandalize others," Francis said during morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, CNN reported, quoting Vatican Radio. "How many times have we heard — all of us...
Florida deputy's co-workers share embarrassing post on social media

Florida deputy's co-workers share embarrassing post on social media

Even police officers can make a mistake when they are in a rush, which is why the Volusia County Sheriff's Office posted a picture that poked fun at one of their own.  Sheriff's spokesman Andrew Grant told the Daytona Beach News-Journal the deputy was waiting out the rain in DeLand, Florida, while topping off his tank and forgot about the handle. But don't worry, police reported that...
Police chief, officer charged in shooting death of 73-year-old woman

Police chief, officer charged in shooting death of 73-year-old woman

An accidental shooting at a citizen’s police academy in Punta Gorda, Florida, resulted in the death of a retired librarian and charges against a police chief and an officer. According to WINK, Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis and Officer Lee Coel were charged in connection with an August shooting that killed 73-year-old Mary Knowlton.  The shooting took place during a &ldquo...
2017 Oscars: Two-sentence summaries of every Best Picture nominee

2017 Oscars: Two-sentence summaries of every Best Picture nominee

We know the struggle. Every year, when the Oscars get close, it goes something like this: You: This year, I'm going to see every nominee for Best Picture. Inner You: TBH, I'm really just in to see best dressed and who gives the most shocking speech. Well you don't have to worry this year because we've got you covered. Without further ado, here's the lowdown on every single Oscar-nominated film for...
'Walking Dead' shirt with phrase said by character pulled for being 'fantastically offensive'

'Walking Dead' shirt with phrase said by character pulled for being 'fantastically offensive'

The AMC's show "The Walking Dead" is stirring up emotions, but not for gruesome scenes or unexpected endings.   This time, it's for T-shirts.  The Huffington Post reported that Primark, an international clothing retailer, stopped selling the shirt. The Warwick Courier reported that Ian Lucraft wrote a letter to the store's CEO Paul Marchant, saying it was "fantastically...
Flu-related illness claims the life of a fifth child in Ohio

Flu-related illness claims the life of a fifth child in Ohio

A fifth child has died in Ohio from flu-related illness, the Ohio Department of Health confirmed Thursday. A 9-year-old Marion county boy was the latest pediatric death reported during the current flu season, which began last September and generally peaks at this time of year. All the child deaths, which are the only flu-related deaths reported to the health department, occurred this month. None have...
Shop owner shames alleged thieves by posting security footage on Facebook

Shop owner shames alleged thieves by posting security footage on Facebook

One shop owner in Albuquerque has implemented a high tech meets old school approach to deter shoplifting.
Soldiers told they are losing child care because of hiring freeze

Soldiers told they are losing child care because of hiring freeze

Some U.S. soldiers serving overseas have been told that they are losing their child care. A letter sent Wednesday to servicemen and women at Army Garrison Wiesbaden in Germany said all part-day preschool and day-care programs would close. The letter from the base’s commanding officer, Lt. Col. Todd Fish, said: "This closure is a result of staff shortage due to the federal hiring freeze...
San Francisco police officer rescued by good Samaritans after street attack

San Francisco police officer rescued by good Samaritans after street attack

When a San Francisco police officer approached a homeless man for alleged public indecency, the situation quickly turned serious when the man attacked the officer and tackled him to the ground. The incident was caught on camera and the video also captured a group of citizens who jumped in to help the officer. It happened on Feb. 19 as the officer was trying to arrest the man, according to KTVU. The...
Baby panda clings to worker’s leg, won’t be stopped in funny video

Baby panda clings to worker’s leg, won’t be stopped in funny video

A baby panda at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan, China, took a shine to one of the workers this week. The base, which opened in 1987, is a nonprofit research and breeding facility for the endangered giant panda There are an estimated 1,600 giant pandas left in the wild and some 300 in zoos and breeding programs worldwide, according to the Smithsonian National Zoological...
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