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Atlanta lawyer Jonathan Rapping wins MacArthur ‘genius’ award
Atlanta lawyer Jonathan Rapping is the winner of a 2014 “Genius Grant” from the MacArthur Foundation.

12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Jonathan Rapping, an Atlanta lawyer, laughs when he says he’s no genius but is deadly serious when he speaks about the plight of poor people charged with crimes. The United States, he says, “has come to accept an embarrassingly low standard of justice for poor people” who cannot afford their ...
Woman accused of stealing over $93K from church where she worked

9:38 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

A Cobb County woman is accused of stealing more than $93,000 from the church where she worked and using the money to pay her personal bills and dine at restaurants, according to police. Gwendolyn Hawthorne, 61, of Marietta, allegedly took $93,744.25 from Crown of Life Community Baptist Church in Powder ...
Student brings BB pistol to Clayton County high school

9:07 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Forest Park High School was temporarily placed on lockdown Tuesday after two students reported a classmate had a weapon, the school’s principal said. “The student in question was placed in custody and searched,” Principal Derrick Manning stated in a letter on the school’s website. “The student was found in possession ...
Reed to Braves: Sale of Turner Field crucial to keeping Hawks

Updated: 8:57 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

The dirt hadn’t yet settled Tuesday at a groundbreaking of the Atlanta Braves’ “SunTrust Park” in Cobb County when Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed uncorked plans of his own — finding a new owner for the embattled Atlanta Hawks.In a hastily called meeting with reporters, Reed pledged to keep the NBA ...
Cops: Person found in burning home was homicide victim
Authorities are investigating what they believe was an intentionally started fire in Clayton County on Tuesday. A body was found inside the home. (BEN GRAY / BGRAY@AJC.COM)

Updated: 8:16 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

The person found dead inside a burning home was the victim of a homicide, Clayton County police said Tuesday afternoon. “It appears right now the fire was intentionally started, and it was in several places,” Major Joseph Woodall told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A neighbor called 911 around 12:30 p.m. after ...
Younger Bush attacks ad aimed at Nunn, Points of Light

7:32 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

A son of former President George H.W. Bush on Tuesday denounced as “shameful” claims endorsed by Georgia GOP Senate candidate David Perdue that his Democratic rival, Michelle Nunn, “gave money to organizations linked to terrorists.”Neil Bush directed those comments, a day after his father endorsed Perdue, at a TV spot ...
Jurors will have to decide which portrayal of Ellis to believe

6:41 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis is either a bully who threatened companies for campaign money or a conscientious public servant who was simply offended when businesses wouldn’t return his calls.Jurors will have to decide which portrayal of Ellis to believe.Each side delivered opening statements Tuesday in the trial of ...
Inquiry into allegations of voter registration fraud to be made public

5:47 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

The true scope of an investigation into alleged voter registration fraud will be unveiled Wednesday in the first public airing of a politically fraught dispute between a Democratic-backed group and the state’s top elections official, Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp.But it will likely be weeks, if not longer, before ...
Former DeKalb, GWCC janitor manager indicted on corruption charges

5:37 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

A former janitorial services manager for DeKalb County and the Georgia World Congress Center has been indicted and arraigned on charges of mail fraud and bribery, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Tuesday. Patrick Jackson, 55, of Loganville, is accused of accepting bribes while he was employed by both agencies from ...
Woman guilty of running over Cobb deputies, but mentally ill
According to Cobb County Sheriff’s Office and a witness report, a woman driving a blue Chevrolet was leaving the sheriff’s office when her car hit the deputies alongside County Services Parkway.

5:09 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

A jury found a Cobb County woman guilty of running down two sheriff’s deputies, but ruled she is mentally ill.Candida Rychell Summerlin, 34, has been jailed since May 31, 2013, when she hit the deputies outside the Cobb jail. That afternoon, Summerlin was inside a blue Chevrolet rental car in ...
McNair gunman to serve 20 years for school invasion
Here is a photo of McNair shooting suspect Michael Brandon Hill. DeKalb police said they obtained the photo from Hill's cellphone.

Updated: 4:54 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Michael Brandon Hill’s invasion of a DeKalb County school with an assault rifle last year was a bungled attempt at suicide his lawyer told a judge Tuesday, but one that will now cost him 20 years in prison. Hill was pleading guilty because he wanted to take responsibility for his ...
Obama announces major increase in US response to Ebola outbreak
President Barack Obama speaks as Dr. Tom Frieden (right), Director of CDC, listens at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta on Tuesday, September, 16, 2014.

Updated: 4:53 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

4:30 p.m.: Obama left the CDC on Clifton Road and is headed back to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. Expect major traffic delays, including rolling closures on Clifton, Briarcliff, North Druid Hills, and then I-85/southbound. 4:15 p.m.: Obama calls on philanthropies to help curb the outbreak that is “spiraling out of control… and ...
Company: County money went away
Suspended Dekalb County CEO Burrell Ellis hugs a supporter before he appears before Judge Courtney L. Johnson in Dekalb County Superior Court during opening arguments in his trial Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Updated: 4:40 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

4:25 p.m. — An Austell company stopped getting calls to service county-owned generators soon after telling suspended DeKalb Chief Operating Officer Burrell Ellis the business would not contribute to his 2012 re-election campaign, a witness testified Tuesday.Eneida Robles, who at the time worked for Power and Energy Services, had taken ...
County by county news for Wednesday

4:02 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

COBBPowder Springs city manager to resign Dec. 1Powder Springs City Manager Brad Hulsey, also the city’s former mayor, will resign on Dec. 1 after two and a half years.Pam Conner, the city’s director of the Community Development Department, will become the interim city manager on that date. Hulsey said “it’s ...
2 juveniles charged after fake 911 call, Marietta school lockdown

Updated: 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

A day after a fake 911 call reporting a stabbing at Marietta Middle School, two juveniles have been charged with being behind the hoax.Detectives have charged two juveniles with misuse of 911 and disruption of public school for the bogus phone threat that was placed to the Cobb 911 Call ...
DFCS counselor to stand trial on child molestation charges

Updated: 3:53 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Jury selection began Tuesday in the case of a former DFCS counselor charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Atlanta.Earl Hopper, 39, has been charged with rape, child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes. The charges against Hopper stem from a Nov. 10, 2011 incident.According to authorities, ...
Smyrna man to serve 10 years for injuring deputy

3:35 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

A 31-year-old Smyrna man is going back to prison after pleading guilty to charges in connection with the assault of a sheriff’s deputy. Joseph Brandon Vanderkooi was sentenced to 20 years, with 10 to serve behind bars and the rest on probation, Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds’ office announced ...
 Voter group, Georgia officials working on extension related to investigation
House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams, D-Atlanta, founded the New Georgia Project in November to increase voter registration. She has identified fewer than 25 forms out of 85,000 submitted so far that are involved in an investigation launched by the Secretary of State’s Office. Complaints under investigation in 12 counties include applications with inaccurate or false information, but state officials have repeatedly refused to give an exact number of forms involved.

Updated: 2:59 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

State investigators and a Democratic-backed group under investigation for allegedly fraudulent voter registration are working to extend the deadline Tuesday of a subpoena the group’s leaders have called “unnecessary, overly broad, unduly burdensome and harassing.”The New Georgia Project had left open the possibility of the lawsuit, although they have pushed ...
Mayor Reed has news about Hawks ownership
FILE - In this April 26, 2014, file photo, Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson cheers from the stands in the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers in Atlanta. Levenson said Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, he is selling his controlling interest in the team, in part due to an inflammatory email he said he wrote in an attempt "to bridge Atlanta's racial sports divide." (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

2:35 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will hold a news conference this afternoon to update efforts to find new ownership for the Atlanta Hawks. Bruce Levenson, controlling owner of the NBA franchise, agreed to sell his stake in the team last week following the publication of an inflammatory email he sent in ...
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