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Risk for tornadoes, damaging winds goes up

Today: Showers and storms. High: 75 Tonight: Severe thunder storms. Low: 61 Tomorrow: Sunny. High: 60 12:17 p.m.: Within 25 miles of metro Atlanta, there is a 10 percent chance a tornado occurs, a 15 percent chance of hail damage and a 30 percent chance of damaging winds, Channel 2 meteorologist Brad Nitz said.  “The risk for severe weather for us is increasing,” Nitz said. 11:45...
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday this March with DeKalb County Library

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday this March with DeKalb County Library

Get out the recipes for green eggs and ham, DeKalb. Thursday marks the 113th birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss and Read Across America Day. So where’s a better place to celebrate the literary icon and a love of reading than the library? DeKalb County Public Library system will host events throughout March at several of its branches starting Wednesday. Here is the list of...
‘It’s going to be like this’: More protests rock Gwinnett board meeting

‘It’s going to be like this’: More protests rock Gwinnett board meeting

Another Tuesday, another tumultuous meeting of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Tommy Hunter left early again, ducking out before protesters lined up to denounce his controversial Facebook posts. For the second straight meeting, they carried on without him — but there were plenty of fireworks, and a bit of Atlanta-related intrigue, before he left this time. The uproar...
37 metro Atlanta schools named AP Merit Schools

37 metro Atlanta schools named AP Merit Schools

State Superintendent Richard Woods Monday named 69 Advanced Placement Merit Schools, 37 in metro Atlanta. The honor recognizes schools in which at least 20 percent of the total student population take AP exams and at least 50 percent of all AP exams earn scores of 3 or higher. Students who receive a 3, 4 or 5 on an AP exam may receive college credit. Gwinnett County Schools led the state with 13 AP...
Douglasville hate-crime victim to defendants: ‘Why you crying now?’

Douglasville hate-crime victim to defendants: ‘Why you crying now?’

When Kayla Norton broke down in court on Monday, Melissa Alford felt a twinge of sympathy. Norton, the mother of three children younger than 9, was facing so much prison time that her children would be different people when their mother got out. That was not lost on Alford, who works as a children’s mental health advocate. » Tell the AJC: How do you experience race in Georgia?...
Teacher allegedly made racial remarks while touching student inappropriately 

Teacher allegedly made racial remarks while touching student inappropriately 

A DeKalb County high school teacher was placed on administrative leave following claims from a female student that he touched her breast and made racial comments toward her. The parent of the 15-year-old girl told Channel 2 Action News that Tucker High School teacher Dennis Shoemaker tried to intimidate the student when he said: “Hey little Mexican girl,” while touching her breasts. and...
Stockbridge opposes formation of City of Eagles Landing

Stockbridge opposes formation of City of Eagles Landing

Call it a tale of two cities - one real and one wannabe. On Tuesday, Stockbridge City Council passed a resolution opposing the creation of a new city that would be called Eagles Landing. Stockbridge officials said there’s little information about the city that justifies its formation. The proposed city of Eagle’s Landing would have about 18,000 residents in a 12 square-mile area sandwiched...
Mayor Kasim Reed says fed’s bribery probe doing Atlanta ‘a favor’

Mayor Kasim Reed says fed’s bribery probe doing Atlanta ‘a favor’

In his last appearance as mayor before the Atlanta Press Club, Kasim Reed on Tuesday tried to put a positive spin on the bribery scandal threatening to mar his legacy. After citing a list of accomplishments over the past seven years — including a residential boom, thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars for infrastructure improvements — Reed acknowledged the probe has the potential...
Detective: Man admitted to shooting mom 17 times 

Detective: Man admitted to shooting mom 17 times 

More than two months after a man was charged with murdering his mom, authorities testified that he admitted to shooting her 17 times before stabbing an elementary school teacher to death.  At a probable cause hearing Tuesday, Cobb police detective Jonathan Bradley said Justin Hess, 31, allegedly killed his mom Carol Ann Hess, 61, after she didn’t understand his beliefs, Channel 2 Action...
Officer in APD annex shooting under investigation for alleged assault

Officer in APD annex shooting under investigation for alleged assault

The veteran officer who fatally shot a man outside an Atlanta police annex in late January was already under investigation for allegedly assaulting a patron at a Midtown gay bar, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. Anthony Walters, 25, said he was badly beaten, with injuries to his face that required hospitalization, after an altercation last October with Officer Yasim Abdulahad...
No pay raise in budget for DeKalb police and firefighters

No pay raise in budget for DeKalb police and firefighters

DeKalb County commissioners struggled to contain government spending Tuesday in a $1.3 billion annual budget that excludes expensive pay raises for police but spends smaller amounts to fix inaccurate water bills, clean streets and reduce unemployment. The DeKalb Board of Commissioners voted 5-2 to pass the budget, which calls for spending more money this year than the county will collect...
2 Chainz’s restaurant fires 5 managers, passes re-inspection

2 Chainz’s restaurant fires 5 managers, passes re-inspection

A restaurant co-owned by Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz has made a comeback from a recently failed health inspection in which officials reported expired milk and raw hamburgers stored over collard greens. Escobar Restaurant and Tapas, located in Castleberry Hill, scored a 92/A following the Monday evaluation. The restaurant had to make “internal changes” and let five...
Officer involved in APD annex shooting under investigation for assault

Officer involved in APD annex shooting under investigation for assault

The veteran officer who fatally shot a man outside an Atlanta police annex in late January was already under investigation for allegedly assaulting a patron at a Midtown gay bar, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. Anthony Walters, 25, said he was badly beaten, with injuries to his face that required hospitalization, after an altercation with Officer Yasim Abdulahad at Bulldogs on Peachtree...
DeKalb Medical to start ER expansion worth more than $2 million

DeKalb Medical to start ER expansion worth more than $2 million

The DeKalb Medical Foundation exceeded its $2.1 million fundraising goal for an expansion and renovation of the emergency department on the North Decatur campus, the hospital announced Tuesday.  The project is expected to be finished in December. “We are so grateful to our donors and the community for making this renovation possible,” Kathy Peters, chair of the DeKalb Medical Foundation...
Waffle House denies patron's claims of injury by ‘exploding’ plates

Waffle House denies patron's claims of injury by ‘exploding’ plates

What started as a casual Waffle House lunch with a coworker ended with hearing damage and a shard of glass lodged in a man’s ear, a lawsuit against the Norcross-based restaurant chain alleges. Waffle House believes it has video evidence that contradicts this claim, spokesperson Kelly Thrasher-Bruner said. Larry Graham, of DeKalb County, was dining at a Waffle House in Roswell in March 2015 when...
Man shot in back sues N. Fulton strip club

Man shot in back sues N. Fulton strip club

“One can simply walk in the Doll House with a gun and fire away.” That’s the claim made in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a man who was shot in the back at the Sandy Springs strip club. Dameion Saunders, 40, is suing the club, its CEO and security for alleged negligence. Saunders was at the business Feb. 6 when he was cornered by two gunmen and shot in the back...
Lawsuit: Doctor negligent in ‘Millionaire Next Door’ writer’s crash

Lawsuit: Doctor negligent in ‘Millionaire Next Door’ writer’s crash

After an alcoholic patient relapsed and drove himself drunk to an emergency appointment, an Atlanta doctor allowed him to get back behind the wheel, according to a lawsuit filed in Fulton County state court. Two hours later and several miles away, that patient caused a crash that killed the popular Cobb County author of “The Millionaire Next Door.” Now - in what one legal expert said...
Making the Grade: DeKalb high school gets kids ready for real world

Making the Grade: DeKalb high school gets kids ready for real world

Ten years ago, a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launched an innovative idea in DeKalb County: a public high school that compresses classes into two years so college-ready kids don’t have to wait a full four years before moving on. Since then, the concept of getting a jump on college has attracted some of the district’s brightest students to the DeKalb Early College Academy...
Peachtree Corners hires contractor for sidewalk construction

Peachtree Corners hires contractor for sidewalk construction

The Peachtree Corners City Council voted Monday to enter into a construction contract with CMEC, LLC to complete 2016 calendar year sidewalk projects along Jay Bird Alley and Technology Parkway. The city’s consultant, Keck & Wood, Inc. recommended CMEC based on a bid tabulation indicating CMEC as the lowest of three bidders for the work. The Jay Bird Alley sidewalk will connect Peachtree Parkway...
Man in latex mask tries to rob Cobb bank, fails, walks out

Man in latex mask tries to rob Cobb bank, fails, walks out

The staff at the Cobb Parkway PNC Bank had just opened Monday when an odd-looking man walked in. It was a would-be robber wearing a latex mask with hopes of getting some easy money. But it didn’t work out like that. There was no money yet in the tellers’ cash drawers at 9:40 a.m. “Apparently the perpetrator did not want to wait around once he found out there was no money readily...
Sales tax goes up in Atlanta today to pay for MARTA

Sales tax goes up in Atlanta today to pay for MARTA

If you shop in Atlanta, get ready to dig deeper in your wallet. Starting Wednesday, Atlanta’s sales tax will inch up to 8.5 percent. It will rise again April 1, to 8.9 percent. Taxes in the rest of Fulton County, outside of Atlanta, will also increase April 1, to 7.75 percent. The increases are a result of three separate sales tax votes that passed last November. The money will fund transportation...
Stockbridge named Goodwill’s Mission Ambassador of the year

Stockbridge named Goodwill’s Mission Ambassador of the year

Every year, Goodwill of North Georgia holds an annual employer awards event. This award program is created to honor community partners. The City of Stockbridge has connected Goodwill of North Georgia with other government entities and employers in the community, as well as hosting several major job fairs. With Stockbridge Councilman Elton Alexander’s effort to spearhead the past three Goodwill...
Gwinnett family charms Steve Harvey, internet with ‘Feud’ appearance

Gwinnett family charms Steve Harvey, internet with ‘Feud’ appearance

When the Obu family appeared on “Family Feud” in October, they charmed Steve Harvey. But after the show posted a clip of their appearance to YouTube last week, the five singing, dancing siblings from Gwinnett County have charmed the internet too. Most of the clip focuses on Steve Harvey trying to grasp the reality that one of the older Obu siblings has the same first, middle and last...
MARTA tax increase begins in Atlanta, others follow in Fulton April 1

MARTA tax increase begins in Atlanta, others follow in Fulton April 1

If you shop in Atlanta, get ready to dig deeper in your wallet for a latte or a new pair of jeans. Starting Wednesday, the city’s sales tax will inch up from 8 percent to 8.5 percent. And come April 1, the tax will rise again, to 8.9 percent. FLASHBACK PHOTOS: MARTA rail service in Atlanta PHOTOS: That ‘70s commute: Atlantans flock to MARTA PHOTOS: A history of mass transit in Gwinnett ...
Georgia DOT, Union City seek input on reconstruction project

Georgia DOT, Union City seek input on reconstruction project

The Georgia Department of Transportation and the city of Union City are seeking public input for the proposed reconstruction of the Interstate 85 at State Road 138/Jonesboro Road interchange and widening project at a public information open house taking place from 5 to 7 p.m. on March 14 at the Etris Community Center, 5285 Lakeside Drive in Union City. The public will be able to view details of the...
Atlanta Mayor Reed mixes accomplishments, bribery scandal in speech

Atlanta Mayor Reed mixes accomplishments, bribery scandal in speech

The cloud hanging over City Hall over alleged bribery took center stage at Mayor Kasim Reed’s last appearance before the Atlanta Press Club today. In an almost 50-minute speech, Reed ran through a list of accomplishments during his tenure, including jobs brought to the city by NCR Corp., building permits that outpaced several counties in the region and millions set for infrastructure improvements...
Pay raises for DeKalb police and firefighters put on hold

Pay raises for DeKalb police and firefighters put on hold

The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners passed a $1.3 billion annual budget Tuesday that excludes pay raises for police and firefighters but spends money to correct water billing inaccuracies and reduce blight. About 50 disappointed police officers looked on as the commission voted 6-1 to defer the 20 percent pay increase proposal.  They’ve been seeking the raise, which...
Third Wolf Creek employee fired in Fulton, venue updates planned

Third Wolf Creek employee fired in Fulton, venue updates planned

A third employee was fired from Wolf Creek Amphitheater earlier this month, the latest fallout of a “damning” audit that was released last fall. Two other workers at the south Fulton County amphitheater lost their jobs after the audit found mismanagement including cash management issues. Live Nation has taken control of the venue and has scheduled its first concert, Funk Fest, for May...
Witness: DeKalb teen shot dead by masked men for his backpack

Witness: DeKalb teen shot dead by masked men for his backpack

Confronted by armed masked men, 18-year-old Jalen Flournoy declined to comply. They wanted his backpack. He said no and was shot in the chest in return, according to a witness’ account. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday its fugitive unit had arrested Jamarcus Akeem White, 17, and Destin Robinson, 19, on murder charges in the Feb. 11 killing. The shooting happened...
Clermont Lounge dancers start GoFundMe as renovation delays pause pay

Clermont Lounge dancers start GoFundMe as renovation delays pause pay

Ten of the Clermont Lounge’s strapped-for-cash dancers spent Sunday washing cars at a Cobb County biker bar for extra money. But it wasn’t enough; the hard work continues. The revamping of their iconic Atlanta club has taken longer than expected, and their nest eggs are depleted. They made $1,100 from washing cars at a Cobb County bar Sunday and spent a couple of nights putting on...
Clayton to host family reunion-planning event March 25

Clayton to host family reunion-planning event March 25

Family reunion planners looking for ideas and help, mark your calendar for March 25. The Clayton County Convention & Visitors Bureau is hosting its sixth family reunion showcase at the Clayton State University Student Activities Center. It is the sixth year for the free program. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The workshop starts at 10 a.m. After the workshop, participants are able to speak with...
Peachtree Corners hires management contractor for sidewalk projects

Peachtree Corners hires management contractor for sidewalk projects

The Peachtree Corners City Council voted Monday to enter into a consultant services agreement with Keck & Wood for sidewalk projects on Technology Parkway South, Peachtree Corners Circle, Frank Neely Road and The Corners Parkway. Peachtree Corners received Georgia Department of Transportaion Local Management and Improvement Grant funding for these 2017 calendar year sidewalk projects. The LMIG funding...
Fayette County parents oppose school changes

Fayette County parents oppose school changes

A proposal to modify the boundaries of the Huddleston Elementary School district drew strong opposition from parents who attended Monday’s meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education. Ten Peachtree City residents, mostly from the Sandown neighborhood off McIntosh Trail, voiced their concerns to the board, which is considering a plan to send more students to Oak Grove Elementary next year...
Dunwoody Police conduct underage liquor sales operation

Dunwoody Police conduct underage liquor sales operation

The Dunwoody Police Department recently conducted an underage alcohol operation involving 14 different alcohol sales locations. Undercover officers used an underage teenager to make an attempt at purchasing alcohol in an effort to resolve youth alcohol-related and underage drinking problems. Of the 14 locations, eight refused to sell alcohol to the minors: Ruby Shell Station, 5020 Winters Chapel Road...
Duluth seeks Citizen’s Budget Review Advisory Committee members

Duluth seeks Citizen’s Budget Review Advisory Committee members

Duluth is about to begin its sixth collaboration with the Citizen’s Budget Review Advisory Committee for FY2018. The city is looking for community members to join the team. Previous Citizen’s Budget Review Advisory Committees reflected a cross section of the citizenry and provided helpful feedback and recommendations on ways the city can be more efficient and effective in its daily operations...
Construction on Decatur’s first cottage court project to begin in fall

Construction on Decatur’s first cottage court project to begin in fall

Decatur had six builders bid to construct the city’s first cottage court development. Site work on the half-acre property at 230 Commerce Drive should begin in summer with construction scheduled to start in the fall. A total of six houses will be built with the smallest at 468 square feet, the largest at 1100 and the remaining from 900 to 1,000 square feet. All, except for the tiny house, will...
Fosyth commissioners approve new elections headquarters

Fosyth commissioners approve new elections headquarters

Forsyth County’s Voter Registrations and Elections department officials will be getting a new, combined and more efficient home. County commissioners recently awarded a $3.15 million contract to CBI General Contractors of Cumming to build a 20,000 square-foot building near the county tax commissioner’s office on Tribble Gap Road. Elections Administrator Barbara Luth says it will bring...
Forest Hills Historic District hearings set in Marietta

Forest Hills Historic District hearings set in Marietta

A public hearing will be held March 8 on the possible designation of the Forest Hills Historic District in Marietta. The final public hearing and expected vote will take place by the Marietta City Council 7 p.m. March 8 in the City Council Chambers, Marietta City Hall, 205 Lawrence St., Marietta. A description of this ordinance is on file in the city’s Department of Development Services, also...
Cobb denies expansion of five group homes

Cobb denies expansion of five group homes

A request by Sober Men Living to expand the number of residents in five group homes was denied recently by the Cobb County Board of Commissioners. Serving young men age 18 to 25 who are recovering from addictions, the nonprofit sought to increase the residents to eight in each the homes located in the Pinetree neighborhood near Kennesaw State University. Since Sober Men Living’s founding in...
Greenprints Trailfest gets Woodstock’s green light

Greenprints Trailfest gets Woodstock’s green light

The city of Woodstock has given permission to Greenprints Alliance, the trail advocacy organization, to close a street and a trail and to sell alcohol for one Saturday in May as part of its Trailfest 2017 fund-raising event. This year’s Trailfest is to take place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., May 6 at the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village in downtown Woodstock. The City Council recently approved Greenprints&rsquo...
Pond-clearing goes awry in Johns Creek

Pond-clearing goes awry in Johns Creek

Johns Creek wants residents to know it’s sorry about the fish. A dredging operation left the water in the Newtown Park retention pond murky with suspended particulates, the city said. The particles were expected to eventually settle out, but they never did, and the water stayed cloudy. So, last week, the pond was treated with alum, commonly used in waters containing wildlife to eliminate cloudiness...
26 metro Atlanta schools named AP Access and Support Schools

26 metro Atlanta schools named AP Access and Support Schools

State Superintendent Richard Woods Monday named 65 Advanced Placement Access and Support Schools, 26 in metro Atlanta. The honor recognizes schools in which at least 30 percent of AP exams are taken by African-American and Hispanic students and 30 percent of all AP exams earn scores of 3 or higher. Students who receive a 3, 4 or 5 on an AP exam may receive college credit. Gwinnett County Schools...
Ga. school official ordered to avoid estranged wife

Ga. school official ordered to avoid estranged wife

A Georgia school official has been ordered by a judge to stay away from his estranged wife after a series of incidents involving her, authorities said. Polk County Superintendent Darrell Wetherington was suspended with pay by the school board this month after an unannounced visit to his estranged wife’s classroom, northwestgeorgianews.com reported.  Before that incident, he allegedly...
Part of busy DeKalb Avenue is closing for days

Part of busy DeKalb Avenue is closing for days

A portion of West Howard Avenue, also known as DeKalb Avenue, is closed through Saturday for railroad maintenance, DeKalb County announced. The closure is between Paden Circle and Ridgecrest Road NE. It’s in effect from 7 a.m. Tuesday through 7 a.m. Saturday, the county said. Road closure signs will be posted advising motorists of construction work in the area and traffic restrictions.
DeKalb commissioner received nearly $4K in advances before leaving office

DeKalb commissioner received nearly $4K in advances before leaving office

Former DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson received $3,886 for government trips that took place after he resigned from office. Channel 2 Action News reports that Watson sought the money from the county government in advance of conferences in Chicago and Savannah. PHOTOS: A look at Stan Watson’s career PHOTOS: DeKalb’s criminal convictions and unresolved scandals There’s no indication...
Five takeaways from Gwinnett County’s student discipline report

Five takeaways from Gwinnett County’s student discipline report

Gwinnett County public school administrators this month released an update on its disciplinary actions against students. Here are five takeaways from the report. 1. The school district is suspending more students from school. There’s been a slight uptick in the percentage of out-of-school suspensions, from 23.8 per 1,000 students at this point during the 2015-16 school to 24 suspensions per...
Fire damages several collections of rare superhero comic books

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="...
Deputies: Florida Walmart employee stabbed, killed at work by ex-coworker

Deputies: Florida Walmart employee stabbed, killed at work by ex-coworker

An employee working at a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Florida was fatally stabbed Wednesday morning by a 23-year-old former coworker, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said. The stabbing was reported shortly before 9 a.m. at the store on Lee Road east of Interstate 4, Orange County Deputy Rose Silva said. The wounded man, a 25-year-old whose name was not released, was taken to Florida Hospital...
DWTS Season 24 cast revealed

DWTS Season 24 cast revealed

Who can believe it, but ABC's dance competition  show "Dancing with the Stars" has reached season 24. The show's producers made the big announcement as to which stars will be vying for this year's mirror ball trophy. Take a look at this year's lineup and which pros they will be paired up with: Bonner Bolton was the world's premiere bull rider. Within 14 months, he went from being number...
Deputy hits cow on highway during search for cow on highway

Deputy hits cow on highway during search for cow on highway

A sheriff's deputy who was searching for a cow that was spotted on a Minnesota roadway on Monday night unexpectedly found the animal when he hit it with his patrol car. Kanabec County Sheriff's Deputy Daniel Steven Schulz, 30, was searching Minnesota Highway 23, just outside Mora, just after 10 p.m. when the cow dashed out from a ditch and into the road, according to an incident report from Minnesota...

Growing machine could be next must-have home appliance

Uri Zeevi is used to skepticism. People hear about his Seedo indoor home cultivator and they’re astonished. “Nobody has seen anything like this,” he said from his office in Israel. “It’s really new, just coming onto the market.” But someday, indoor home cultivators may be as common as dishwashers or backyard gas grills — indispensable home appliances that...
Hygge, the art of living well

Hygge, the art of living well

My sister, Judy, and I were in our PJs, snuggled under Pendleton blankets, savoring steaming cups of coffee. It was a rare moment of post-holidays quiet, and we were thoroughly enjoying doing nothing but catching up on each other’s lives. She said, “We’re hygge-ing!” “We’re what?” I asked her. “Oh my gosh, Mary Carol, this is going to be one of the biggest...

Slant-top desks used to be more valuable

Dear Helaine and Joe: I live in Staten Island, N.Y., and I recently purchased this slant desk from an upstate New York antiques dealer and would like to know more about my purchase. Is it a Chippendale desk? How old do you estimate it to be? Can you tell me a brief history of this type of desk? Thank you, J. R. Dear J. R.: There is a lot of ground to be covered here, and we are going to start with...
Making a case for neutrals

Making a case for neutrals

Beige doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, neutral color palettes can create the perfect foundation for a bold color palette. One of the reasons why neutral is so appealing is the colors blend well with other colors. Like a blank canvas, working with a neutral color palette will allow you to build a color story. When working with a neutral color palette, here are some Design Recipes tips: &mdash...
How to pick the perfect wildflowers for your garden

How to pick the perfect wildflowers for your garden

Whenever you disturb a lot of ground, there’s an opportunity to sow wildflowers for beauty and erosion control. Flowers such as the red European corn poppy made the battlefields bloom bright red after the World War I armistice to germinate in a single massive display. The ground, pocked with excavated trenches, bomb craters and vehicle tracks allowed so much dormant seed to sprout that it became...

Home décor trends to try in 2017

Decorating with trends most often doesn’t involve a full-blown makeover, but more likely just a few small changes that will refresh our space. Refresh your space with these hot new trends this year — no major redecorating required. NEW MODERNISM The term “modern” is most often used in reference to midcentury designs or stark contemporary decor, but a few designers are predicting...
Distinctive home showcases collections with meaningful connections

Distinctive home showcases collections with meaningful connections

HUNTS POINT, Wash. — At first glance, even from a distance, Mark and Daryl Russinovich’s distinctive Hunts Point home expresses artful design: Dark steel joins sturdy stone, muted stucco and etched matte glass in a strikingly contemporary interpretation of midcentury-modern architecture, horizontal planes tossing straight-edged shadows beneath the relaxed branches of longstanding trees...
Lady Gaga to replace Beyonce as Coachella headliner

Lady Gaga to replace Beyonce as Coachella headliner

Since announcing her pregnancy with twins, Beyonce has bowed out of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival as the headliner for the April 15 and 22 shows. The singer stepped down from the headlining spot "following the advice of her doctors to keep a less rigorous schedule in the coming months," according to a Thursday statement from Beyonce's entertainment and management company Parkwood...
YouTube launches cable-free live streaming TV service

YouTube launches cable-free live streaming TV service

Not into traditional cable television? YouTube’s new live streaming TV service may be for you. The company made the product announcement Tuesday afternoon, unveiling a live service with all four major networks—FOX, NBC, CBS and ABC—and dozens of other big cable channels for $35 a month, according to the YouTube blog. The $35 monthly membership for YouTube TV comes...
Rihanna accepts Harvard's 2017 Humanitarian of the Year honor

Rihanna accepts Harvard's 2017 Humanitarian of the Year honor

Rihanna was in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Tuesday to be honored for her humanitarian work by Harvard University, according to People. The 29-year-old singer was announced as the honoree by Harvard on Wednesday. Dr. S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation presented the singer with the honor. "Rihanna has charitably built a state-of-the-art center for oncology and nuclear medicine...
David Cassidy is speaking out about his battle with dementia

David Cassidy is speaking out about his battle with dementia

Former teen heart throb and “Partridge Family” star David Cassidy talks to Dr. Phil McGraw about his battle with dementia in an interview set to air on Wednesday’s “Dr. Phil” show. Cassidy, 66, recently took a tumble on stage during a concert and worried fans speculated the singer might be drinking again. He’s been arrested for drunk driving several times in the...
Customer deposits more than money at Florida ATM, cocaine jams machine

Customer deposits more than money at Florida ATM, cocaine jams machine

Authorities are trying to identify the person who deposited more than money at a Florida ATM. Police said a customer at the Suncoast Credit Union in Bradenton made a cash deposit that included a baggie filled with cocaine, The Smoking Gun reported. The cocaine was discovered after a technician was called to work on the jammed machine. In an arrest report obtained by The Smoking Gun, police said the...
Parent upset with kindergarten teacher who used Ouija board in class

Parent upset with kindergarten teacher who used Ouija board in class

A mother is upset after she says her son told her his kindergarten teacher at Zablocki Elementary School in Milwaukee used a Ouija board in the classroom. WISN reported that the mother, who did not want to be publicly identified, wants the teacher fired and is asking Milwaukee Public Schools officials to do so. "They were shutting off the lights and making it dark and talking to spirits,"...
Cuteness alert: Baby polar bear takes first steps outside at German Zoo

Cuteness alert: Baby polar bear takes first steps outside at German Zoo

A fluffy, white baby polar bear took its first steps outside its den at the Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich, Germany, on Friday. The female cub was born in November to the zoo’s adult polar bear Giovanna and is now 14 weeks old, according to the zoo’s website. "In the last three months, Giovanna has shown herself to be an experienced and patient mother. It is a great joy to watch her show...
Nationwide manhunt on for man suspected in 2 women’s slayings

Nationwide manhunt on for man suspected in 2 women’s slayings

A nationwide manhunt is underway for a Mississippi man accused of killing his girlfriend and shooting a second woman as she jogged Friday morning. Alex Bridges Deaton, 28, of Brandon, is also a person of interest in the slaying of a third woman, according to authorities. Though no charges have been filed in that case, Deaton has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 30-year-old Heather...
Report: Florida teens start brawl over Girl Scout cookies, $20 debt

Report: Florida teens start brawl over Girl Scout cookies, $20 debt

A brawl between a pair of Florida teenagers and the family of a Girl Scout broke out over cookies and an unpaid $20 debt. According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, 18-year-old Daniel Kennedy, his unnamed 16-year-old brother and their mother, Erin Kennedy, confronted the family a Girl Scout outside of a Palm Coast, Florida, Walmart on Saturday.  The three told deputies that the daughter...
Florida man steals, sells neighbor’s monkey for cash, police say

Florida man steals, sells neighbor’s monkey for cash, police say

Police say a Florida man was arrested after he stole his neighbor’s pet monkey and sold it, according to WTVJ. Vanessa Di Gennaro told authorities she was cleaning her house in Homestead, Florida, Sunday and put her monkey, Zoe, in the backyard. When she came out, Zoe, a white-tufted marmoset with a value of $2,900, was gone.  "She's a very delicate animal on top of...
Police: Woman killed husband after fight over cooking, snapped photo before calling 911

Police: Woman killed husband after fight over cooking, snapped photo before calling 911

Police in Pennsylvania arrested a woman after her husband was found fatally shot in a Frazer Township home. Police and paramedics were called about 10:30 p.m. Monday to Crawford Run Road, where they found 42-year-old Dennis Drum Sr. He had been shot in the head, Allegheny County police said. Teresa Drum, 38, was taken to the county jail to await arraignment Tuesday on a charge of criminal homicide...
Suspect killed, sheriff's deputy shot in Florida, officials say

Suspect killed, sheriff's deputy shot in Florida, officials say

A wanted man was killed Tuesday after authorities said he shot a sheriff’s deputy in Florida, the Orange County Sheriff's Office said. A source told WFTV that the deputy, who was not identified, was shot in the arm and the leg and is expected to recover. The deputy was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment. The suspect was known to deputies and was being picked up on a...
Bahamas famous swimming pigs dead from possible tourist feeding

Bahamas famous swimming pigs dead from possible tourist feeding

Authorities in the Bahamas are investigating the deaths of more than a half-dozen of the island nation’s famous swimming pigs. The pigs, which are a big tourist draw on the uninhabited island of Big Major Cay in Exuma, were reportedly killed by visitors last weekend when the animals were given “the wrong food,” one of the pigs’ owners, Wayde Nixon, told The Nassau Guardian...
Volcano erupts in fiery show of lava (WATCH LIVE)

Volcano erupts in fiery show of lava (WATCH LIVE)

Mount Etna has erupted in a fiery show of lava in eastern Sicily. The volcano's latest eruptions, which can last days and even weeks, began on Monday evening. The giant orange fountains of lava, spewing toward the sky, could be seen in the city of Catania and the resort town of Taormina. Couple will spend years in prison for terrorizing family Thieves use new trick to lure victims Girl survives...
Handcuffed boy walks into liquor store, then disappears, police say

Handcuffed boy walks into liquor store, then disappears, police say

Detroit police investigators are looking into the mystery of a handcuffed boy who walked into a liquor store last week before disappearing. Officers from the city’s 5th Precinct were called around 1 p.m. Feb. 22 to the store, on Detroit’s east side, where they were told that a boy had walked in with his hands cuffed in front of him. Initially, the boy indicated he’d accidentally...
Betsy DeVos calls historically black colleges pioneers of school choice, sparks outrage

Betsy DeVos calls historically black colleges pioneers of school choice, sparks outrage

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sparked a social media firestorm Monday after she called historically black colleges "pioneers" in school choice, a move that critics said ignored the racial conflict that necessitated the schools. "Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) … started from the fact that there were too many students in America who did not have equal...
Doctors: Pot use harmful for young people: Here’s why

Doctors: Pot use harmful for young people: Here’s why

The American Academy of Pediatrics is warning against the legalization of marijuana because of what it considers the harmful impact of the drug on young people. In a new report released this week, the organization said it is against the recreational and medical use of pot for children.  Because some parents use the drug, they think it's OK for children, but "we would rather not mess around...
Oscars 2017: Academy issues statement on Best Picture mishap

Oscars 2017: Academy issues statement on Best Picture mishap

Over 24 hours after presenter Faye Dunaway mistakenly announced "La La Land" as the Best Picture winner, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has issued a statement on the mishap. Actor Warren Beatty was on stage presenting the award with actress Faye Dunaway and he looked to Dunaway after hesitating to read the winner card. Dunaway then announced that the award went to the musical...
'Biggest Loser' host Bob Harper says he was hospitalized with heart attack

'Biggest Loser' host Bob Harper says he was hospitalized with heart attack

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...
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