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Atlanta Council panel calls for $15 minimum wage study
A City Council committee has endorsed studying a $15-an-hour minimum wage for city employees.

1:41 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

An Atlanta City Council committee on Wednesday advanced a resolution calling for a feasibility study on a $15-an-hour minimum wage for city employees that would take effect in fiscal 2018 and be paid in increments over a three-year period.The resolution originated in the Finance/Executive Committee. Its co-sponsor, Council Member Andre ...
Atlanta school board will set your tax rate tonight
Jason Getz/AJC

11:44 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

Tonight the Atlanta school board is scheduled to approve the school district tax rate for the coming year. The district had been delayed in setting its tax rate due to an error by Fulton County, which collects property taxes for the school district and other local governments. Earlier this summer, ...
Need a passport? Visit the Atlanta Passport Agency on Sept. 10
Uros people who live on Laka Titicaca, which sits on the border of Peru and Bolivia. CREDIT: SHELIA POOLE

Updated: 11:09 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

Got traveling on your mind?If you need a passport, you’re in luck.The Atlanta Passport Agency will host a special “Passport Day” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 10 at 230 Peachtree St. N.W., on the 10th floor.No appointments are needed to apply for a passport, and customers can request ...
There have been 12 mass shootings in Georgia so far this year
There have been five mass shootings in six months in Georgia, according to a national database by an independent research group. See our interactive map of shootings in Georgia. Here are the five mass shootings in Georgia so far in 2016: KENT D. JOHNSON/ kdjohnson@ajc.com

Updated: 9:53 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

A fatal shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub that left 50 people dead and 53 hospitalized earlier in June has been ranked the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The attack reignited debate over gun violence and mass shootings across the country. There have been 12 shootings in the past ...
5 things to know today: Francoeur traded to Marlins in three-team deal

7:24 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

1. Francoeur traded. The Braves traded popular veteran Jeff Francoeur to the Marlins in a three-team deal Wednesday night that brought versatile Rangers minor leaguer Dylan Moore and Marlins minor-league catcher Matt Foley to Atlanta. [Read here] 2. Delays after crash on I-75 in Clayton County. A one-car crash has ...
Alleged shooter of sports bar employee turns himself in
Isaiah Adams, Leon Adams and Malcom Gerrad Pitts (Credit: College Park Police Department)

Updated: 10:33 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

A man accused of fatally shooting an East Point sports bar employee turned himself in Wednesday, police said. Malcolm Gerrad Pitts faces murder charges in connection with the shooting of 32-year-old Laron Lowe III of Riverdale, College Park police spokesman Lt. Gerald Riser Jr. said. He is one of three ...
Accused Johns Creek attacker may be connected to Smyrna burglary
Andraus Betts (left) and Kenneth Hayes were arrested in connection with a violent home invasion in Johns Creek. (Credit: Johns Creek Police Department)

7:44 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

One of the men accused in a Johns Creek home invasion may be linked to a burglary in Smyrna, according to police. Andraus Betts, 23, is accused of entering a Smyrna home Aug. 16 and taking electronics worth up to $1,500, Smyrna police spokesman Sgt. Louis Defense said. Betts and ...
Parent pepper-sprayed students at Carver High School
Shawanda Favors was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. (Credit: Atlanta Department of Corrections)

Updated: 7:10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

A fight may have led to a parent pepper-spraying students at Carver High School on Wednesday, according to Channel 2 Action News. One student was taken to a hospital after Shawanda Favors allegedly discharged pepper spray into a crowd of students, an Atlanta Public Schools spokeswoman said. Favors was charged ...
Judge calls man ‘soulless’ for pouring boiling water on gay couple
Martin Blackwell watches arguments in his trial in Atlanta on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Blackwell was found guilty and sentenced to 40 years in prison for pouring scalding water on a same-sex couple while they slept. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

7:09 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

Before sentencing Martin Blackwell to 40 years in prison, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk told him how he felt about the boiling-water assault on a gay couple. “You were soulless, malicious and a violent person on February 12,” Newkirk said. That was the day Blackwell found his girlfriend’s ...
Fulton County to help people expunge arrest records
Fulton County wants to help residents clear arrest records. (Brant Sanderlin/AJC file photo)

7:04 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

Think an old arrest is getting in the way of a new job? Fulton County wants to help you clear it away.The county is hosting an expungement summit Thursday to let people clear their arrest records.Those who have been arrested for misdemeanors or felonies, but not convicted, by Fulton police ...
The late Ryan Gainey to be honored at History Center tribute
In this 1997 photograph Atlanta garden designer Ryan Gainey talks to Katie Burge, 4, at the Southeastern Flower Show. Gainey, who died in a house fire July 29, will be remembered in a memorial tribute Aug. 31 at the Atlanta History Center. AJC file photo

7:03 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

Ryan Gainey, the renowned Atlanta garden designer who died in a house fire July 29, will be remembered in a memorial tribute Aug. 31 at the Atlanta History Center. The gathering, to be held from 6:30 to 7:30 in the Woodruff Auditorium at McElreath Hall, is open to the public. ...
Westside neighbors sue to keep The Masquerade from opening
The Masquerade’s North Avenue location was supposed to have closed, but it remains open as developers are suing to keep the venue from opening elsewhere. (File)

6:31 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

A developer who planned to build 75 homes across the street from The Masquerade’s new location has sued to keep the music venue from opening. Landmark Partners II filed suit last week in Fulton County Superior Court after one potential resident canceled the contract on a new home when the ...
The Masquerade’s new Westside neighbors want to keep it from opening
Masquerade remains open on North Avenue (File)

6:00 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

After learning its new neighbor would be The Masquerade, a developer who plans to build a pricey subdivision across the street has sued to stop the music venue from opening.Landmark Partners II plans to build a 75-home subdivision with houses that cost more than half a million dollars across the ...
Man sentenced to 40 years for pouring boiling water on gay couple
Martin Blackwell watches arguments in his trial in Atlanta, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. Blackwell accused of throwing boiled water on a same-sex couple sleeping in a suburban Atlanta apartment acted recklessly but wasn’t motivated by hate or malice, his defense attorney said Wednesday.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Updated: 4:46 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

The man who poured boiling water on a same-sex couple because he didn’t approve of the relationship was sentenced to 40 years in prison Wednesday afternoon.Martin Blackwell, 48, was found guilty on all 10 counts, including aggravated assault and aggravated battery.The jury deliberated about 90 minutes Wednesday afternoon before announcing ...
DA declines to bring charges in Georgia Tech, Morehouse rape cases
APRIL 30, 2015 ATLANTA Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard talks with the media following resentencing in the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating trial. Howard said Wednesday that he would not bring charges in two high-profile campus rape cases, one at Georgia Tech and the other at Morehouse College. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson, Pool)

2:37 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

Fulton County’s district attorney has quietly dropped two high-profile campus rape cases that had lingered more than two years, one at Morehouse College and the other at Georgia Tech. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution learned of Paul Howard’s decision not to prosecute through attorneys last week. The long delay prompted complaints that ...
Local Blaxican food truck to compete in national competition
Will Turner is the owner of local award-winning food truck Blaxican, and will be competing in a national competition this September.

11:28 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

In case you didn't know, Atlanta is home to the top food truck in the U.S. The Blaxican food truck—owned by Atlanta's Will Turner—won Mobile-Cuisine's national competition last year by garnering the most votes in its "Food Truck Restaurant of the Year" contest. Next month, the Mexican soul food fusion ...
Atlanta accepting $295K to aid dislocated workers
Shavella Stephens (right) fills out a contact form for the Georgia Department of Labor as she looks for a job during the 69th Atlanta Diversity, Professional, Veteran, Collegiate Career Fair at the Cobb Galleria Centre in January 2015. Hundreds of job seekers attended the career fair for their chance to speak with representatives from companies such as Google, Humana, Comcast, Aflac and more. JONATHAN PHILLIPS / SPECIAL

1:07 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

A City Council committee has endorsed accepting a $295,148 grant for the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency to provide re-employment and job training services to dislocated workers.The Community Development & Human Resources Committee approved an ordinance authorizing the mayor’s office to accept the funds from the Workforce Division, Georgia Department of ...
Cement Truck Overturns
Cement Truck Overturns

Updated: 12:59 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

A driver is freed from a cement truck overturned on I-285 shutting down all lanes in DeKalb County. Video by John Spink

Housing program advances for Atlanta’s Pittsburgh neighborhood
Atlanta homes will be renovated as part of an affordable housing program. AJC FILE

12:53 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

An Atlanta City Council committee has signed off on a plan that would make up to $500,000 available to an affordable housing group to redevelop four houses in the city’s Pittsburgh neighborhood. The Community Development/Human Resources Committee on Tuesday approved a resolution authorizing the mayor’s office to contract with Atlanta ...
Fulton County restaurant inspection scores

11:41 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

Fulton County• Buckhead Saloon, 3227 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 97/A• Chick-a-Biddy, 264 19th St., Atlanta. 93/A• ‘Cue, 13700 Highway 9, Milton. 96/A• Eats, 600 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta. 92/A• The Big Ketch, 3279 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 98/A
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