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Democratic convention notebook: State GOP calls for Johnson to resign
Democratic convention notebook

8:55 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The head of the Georgia GOP is calling on U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, to resign after the five-term lawmaker was quoted likening Jewish settlement policy in the disputed West Bank to “termites.”“Thanks to President Obama’s failed leadership and reckless foreign policy, our relationship with Israel is strained,” Georgia Republican ...
Updated: Bradshaw holds lead over DeKalb Commissioner Sutton
DeKalb County voters go to the polls at Robert Shaw Traditional Theme School for Georgia’s primary election May 24. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

Updated: 8:54 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016

8:50 p.m. updateWith about one-third of precincts reporting, Steve Bradshaw had opened up a large lead over DeKalb Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton.Bradshaw was outpacing Sutton by a 4-to-1 margin with 12 of 38 precincts reporting, according to results posted on the the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.In the race for ...
Franklin-Warner, Mack and Rooks early leaders in Clayton runoff races
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Updated: 9:03 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Updated- 8:58 p.m.A veteran businesswoman is leading in the runoff race for Clayton County’s District 3 commissioner.With only absentee ballots officially reported in Tuesday’s runoff by press time, early indications showed Felicia Franklin-Warner had an edge over Eric Bell, a 25-year-old U.S. Naval Aviator for the commission seat vacated by ...
Transport of tons of coal ash to Georgia landfills worries neighbors
A dump truck leaves the Chesser Island Road Landfill. Georgia Power is shipping 875,000 tons of ash and underlying soil to the massive trash dump alongside the Okefenokee Swamp, where state officials are investigating a “significant” increase in vanadium, a potentially hazardous metal found in coal ash.

4:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Each day more than 120 dump trucks filled with toxic coal ash leave the power plant along the Turtle River headed to a landfill 50 miles away. Georgia Power is shipping 875,000 tons of ash and underlying soil to the massive trash dump alongside the Okefenokee Swamp that is already ...
What to watch at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives to speak to volunteers at a Democratic party organizing event at the Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

2:53 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Day Two of the Democratic National Convention gets underway this afternoon. After a raucous opening day, Democrats are hoping for a smoother, but no less important, follow-up. Here are five things to watch for: 1. Hillary makes it official: The delegates will go through the traditional roll call of states ...
Memorial garden to be built to honor Fayette’s first black commissioner
The late Fayette Commissioner Pota Coston

12:01 p.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Plans are underway to build a memorial to honor Fayette County’s first-elected black commissioner who died last year after only six months in office. The privately-financed granite monument and garden will be erected in Kenwood Park for the late Fayette Commissioner Pota Coston. Coston was elected in November 2014 to ...
Democrats get off to a rough start
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 25: Bernie Sanders supporters march through downtown on the first day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The convention is expected to attract thousands of protesters, members of the media and Democratic delegates to the City of Brotherly Love. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

10:27 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

Democrats got a taste of the same chaos that rocked last week’s Republican National Convention as they opened their meeting Monday, as their party’s chairwoman was forced to announce her resignation, rowdy delegates booed the very mention of Hillary Clinton’s name and Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders desperately tried to ...
Democratic convention notebook: Abrams stresses aspirations over fears
George House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

9:05 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams got a rousing applause Monday at the Democratic National Convention for her forceful defense of Hillary Clinton, declaring her to be a leader for a “new American majority.” Abrams told the delegates about her hardscrabble upbringing in Mississippi in a family that was “hit ...
Two Georgia Democrats draw outrage for anti-Israel comments
U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson , a character witness for suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis listens to a question from DeKalb District Attorney Robert James Tuesday September 30, 2014. Ellis is fighting charges that he intimidated companies doing business with DeKalb County into giving him campaign contributions. BRANT SANDERLIN / BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

6:20 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

Two Georgia Democrats, an Atlanta-area congressman and the woman he replaced on Capitol Hill a decade ago, both drew outrage on social media in recent days for comments seen as anti-Israel. U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, was criticized by the Anti-Defamation League and other groups on Monday afternoon after he ...
Salvation Army names new Gwinnett leaders
Lieutenants Jeremy and Kristina Mockabee will lead the Gwinnett County Corps of The Salvation Army.

4:27 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

The Salvation Army announced Monday it has named a South Carolina couple to lead its Gwinnett County Corps.Lieutenants Jeremy and Kristina Mockabee were promoted from the Salvation Army’s Greenville, SC, region. According to the agency’s announcement, they are advocates for the homeless, at-risk youth, seniors, veterans and the less fortunate.The ...
Port business declines in Savannah
Garden City Terminal in Savannah. Brant Sanderlin bsanderlin@ajc.com.

Updated: 2:21 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

Rarely does the port of Savannah — one of the state’s major economic engines — do less business than the year before. Last year, though, was the third time in 15 years that fewer containers passed through the Garden City Terminal.The Georgia Ports Authority announced Monday that 3.6 million steel ...
DeKalb health info and check-ups offered
Members of the Delta Sigma Theta Atlanta Alumnae Chapter register participants for a health fair at Greenbriar Mall in Atlanta in 2011. DeKalb’s annual health fair will be held Aug. 6 at The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall. BRENDA J.TURNER/WWW.KACOM.COM.

2:04 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

DeKalb County residents can get free weight counseling and check-ups at an annual health fair Aug. 6. The health fair, sponsored by the DeKalb branch of the NAACP and Commissioner Larry Johnson, will provide health education, blood pressure checks, glucose testing, nutrition and weight counseling, back-to-school dental exams and HIV/AIDS ...
Good Samaritan opens new Gwinnett facility
The 12,000-square-foot facility is at 5949 Buford Highway.

1:17 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

Good Samaritan Health Center opened a new treatment center in Norcross Monday. The 12,000-square-foot facility includes 10 medical exam rooms, six dental operatory suites, a drug dispensary, a lab and three counseling and education rooms. It also includes reception area that can seat 68 patients. The facility is at 5949 ...
Company withdraws plans for rehab center near Lawrenceville
Fresh Starts Foundation of Lawrenceville planned to build a 60,000-square-foot rehab center between Lawrenceville and Grayson.

12:52 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

A company has withdrawn plans for a drug and alcohol treatment center between Lawrenceville and Grayson.As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, Fresh Start Foundations of Loganville had proposed building a 60,000-square-foot residential rehabilitation center on 61 acres at 1680 Chandler Road. The proposal was scheduled to be heard by ...
Is this the future look for Turner Field?
A park in honor of Braves legend Hank Aaron and his record breaking home run is one of the concepts in the Livable Center Initiatives draft master plan. Source: Perkins+Will

12:42 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

The Turner Field area — now a stretch dominated by a stadium and parking lots — could be a denser more walkable community with a street grid much like what was lost decades ago through development of two stadiums and freeways. That’s the vision of a 92-page draft of a ...
Candidate exits DeKalb race to open nonprofit
Jerome Edmondson

10:59 a.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

Motivated by recent shootings involving police officers, one of the candidates for a DeKalb County Commission seat has withdrawn from the race to open a nonprofit organization. Jerome Edmondson, the CEO of a call center, said he wants to dedicate his time and resources toward mentoring young black men instead ...
Nearly double the trucks on Atlanta roads by 2040
Trucks travel on I-75 northbound to Atlanta. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

10:05 a.m. Monday, July 25, 2016

As if traffic isn’t bad enough, drivers might see almost twice as many freight-hauling trucks on metro Atlanta roads in 25 years.And businesses, not commuters, might bear the brunt of the surge in traffic.Will Kroger be able to supply fresh broccoli to intown stores daily? Will the region’s manufacturing surge ...
Fussing, fighting will forge unity, Democrats say on eve of convention
Signage for the Democratic National Convention is on view in downtown Philadelphia. The convention will formally kick off on Monday. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

12:36 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016

Ben Myers predicts a battle this week at the Democratic National Convention between Hillary Clinton’s supporters and those still fighting for Bernie Sanders. But, the labor lobbyist and veteran Democrat said, it’s really no big deal. “We are Democrats,” he said. “We just absolutely love to fuss and fight amongst ...
Weekly newspaper man takes on courthouse
Judge Brenda Weaver (holding trophy) and other members of the Judicial Qualifications Commission accept the Georgia First Amendment Foundation’s 2014 Freedom of Information Award. The foundation is not happy with Weaver and my guess is they rename the trophy the Irony Award. From left are other current and former JQC members, Lester Tate, Jeff Davis, Robert Ingram, Weaver, Richard Hyde, Judge John Allen.

12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016

Tourists in downtown Blue Ridge stroll past a fudge shop, a brewpub, restaurants and stores that sell homey signs, and what they see is a quiet, quaint, friendly mountain community.What they don’t see is the raw, wrestle-in-the-mud ugliness just beneath that made-for-tourism surface. When county and courthouse politics are in ...
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