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Memory fading, cookbook author fights back with food

The first thing Paula Wolfert wants to make a guest is coffee blended with butter from grass-fed cows and something called brain octane oil. She waves a greasy plastic bottle of the oil around her jumble of a kitchen like a preacher who has taken up a serpent. Never mind that this is the woman who introduced tagines, Aleppo pepper and cassoulet to U.S. kitchens, wrote nine cookbooks and once possessed...
Wes Moss: Dividends don’t lie

Wes Moss: Dividends don’t lie

Asking a financial advisor to name his favorite investment is like asking someone to tell you their favorite flavor of ice cream. We’ll say that every asset class (well, nearly every one) is wonderful in its own way, but we all have our own preferences. The reality is, we all have asset types that we love more than the other Ben & Jerry’s flavors. For me, that asset class is stocks that...
5 things to know about North Georgia's newest and largest zip line

5 things to know about North Georgia's newest and largest zip line

Soon, you, your family — or maybe even a group of courageous friends — will have the chance to take on an exciting adventure they'll never forget, courtesy of Unicoi Aerial Adventure Park's newest zip line canopy.  Unicoi Aerial Adventure Park level 2 zip line, dubbed North Georgia's largest zip line canopy tour, is nestled in the lush mountains surrounding Unicoi State...
Healthy Cooking: Elegant. Snacky. Legumes?

Healthy Cooking: Elegant. Snacky. Legumes?

I spend hours researching healthy cooking topics, occasionally putting down my Cool Ranch Doritos to note a really good idea. The truth is, I can prepare yummy, wholesome meals until the free-range, grass-fed cows come home. But finding a crunchy snack that satisfies my savory cravings has been a real stumper. (Don’t suggest baby carrots. They make me grumpy, and a little orange.) Since I need...
Phone fingerprint sensor not as safe as you think

Phone fingerprint sensor not as safe as you think

Fingerprint sensors have turned modern smartphones into miracles of convenience. A touch of a finger unlocks the phone — no password required. With services like Apple Pay or Android Pay, a fingerprint can buy a bag of groceries, a new laptop or even a $1 million vintage Aston Martin. And pressing a finger inside a banking app allows the user to pay bills or transfer thousands of dollars. While...
Keep the tender in pork tenderloin

Keep the tender in pork tenderloin

When it comes to pork, I’ll happily eat the ears. I’ll linger over the liver, fricassee the feet, chomp on the chops. I’d even figure out how to cook the oink if I could get my hands on it. The only cut that has ever left me cold is the tenderloin. A thin, lean muscle that runs along the central spine of the pig, its name reflects its reputation as one of the most tender cuts of...
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Niki Phillips, 48, of Kennesaw, lost 57 pounds

Niki Phillips, 48, of Kennesaw, lost 57 pounds

Success Story Former weight: 189 pounds Current weight: 132 pounds Pounds lost: 57 pounds Height: 5 feet 8 inches Age: 48 How long she’s kept it off: She started in late 2013 and reached her current weight this month. Personal life: “I reside in Kennesaw. I am a single mom of two adult children. One is 28, and one is 24. I am part owner, third owner of Body and Life Transformations ...
Genealogy changes over the 40 years of this column

Genealogy changes over the 40 years of this column

Looking back over the past 40 years since this column began, the changes in access to genealogical information and research sources are immense. In May 1977, when we started, genealogists had to research by visiting a records center in person, such as a county courthouse, local library, or state archives. And that visit was only after they had mined whatever family sources they turned up from interviews...
Children’s Healthcare, Marcus center hope photos raise autism awareness

Children’s Healthcare, Marcus center hope photos raise autism awareness

Quentin Harris noticed the small things at first. His daughter, Quinn, didn’t answer when her name was called. She rocked forth and back and sometimes waved her arms. She had a laserlike focus when she watched TV. So much so, that Harris could wave his hand in front of her and she wouldn’t blink. “It rang a bell but I didn’t know what it was,” said Harris, who lives in...
Atlanta Opera takes on major production with Puccini’s ‘Turandot’

Atlanta Opera takes on major production with Puccini’s ‘Turandot’

Big cast. Big sets. Big songs. Big emotions. If you’re ever tasked with trying to come up with the most quintessentially operatic of all operas, Giacomo Puccini’s “Turandot” would be pretty hard to beat. It has all of the bases, especially the big ones, well covered. A 2007 production was the first opera to be performed at the then-newly opened Cobb Energy Performing Arts...
Heath Ledger’s sister say he ‘wasn’t depressed about the Joker’

Heath Ledger’s sister say he ‘wasn’t depressed about the Joker’

Soon after Heath Ledger died at age 28 in 2008, people and publications began to blame his penultimate role — the Joker in The Dark Knight — for his death, caused by a drug overdose. A new documentary about his life, titled “I Am Heath Ledger,” seeks to put those rumors to rest. After a screening of the film at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, EW and People editorial...
Rihanna Photoshops Queen’s head onto her body in Instagram posts

Rihanna Photoshops Queen’s head onto her body in Instagram posts

  Rihanna is amusing some and annoying others with her Instagram posts about Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. The award-winning singer Photoshopped the queen’s head onto her body in a series of photos of herself dressed in racy outfits. One of the photos shows the queen’s head on Rihanna’s body dressed in the revealing outfit that the artist wore to Coachella. Another...
Four nuns form a band with possibly the best name ever

Four nuns form a band with possibly the best name ever

WASHINGTON — One Saturday afternoon this month a band gathered to jam at the Dominican House of Studies, not far from the Catholic University of America. The drummer, a Dominican friar, counted them down. Brother Brad Elliott, dressed in a habit behind his drum kit, was joined by Sister Miriam Holzman on the piano. Sister Peter Grace Weber was off to the side, with a bass guitar. Sister...
‘Tramps,’ new on Netflix, is rom-com caper with knockabout charm

‘Tramps,’ new on Netflix, is rom-com caper with knockabout charm

The writer-director Adam Leon made an impressive debut in 2012 with “Gimme the Loot,” an antic New York comedy about graffiti artists out for revenge. Leon delivers on that promise with “Tramps,” a similarly spirited, lively urban bagatelle, this time about a young couple who go unexpectedly on the lam after a shady deal gone wrong. As “Tramps” opens, an aspiring...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: I have found a recipe for my grandmother’s fruit soup. It is a Swedish dessert, and I’m having a problem finding the variety of the dried fruit that the recipe calls for. Apricots, plums and cherries are easy to locate, but I also need dried peaches and pears. Can you help me? Lucy Johnson, Lawrenceville A: Lucy, I found both dried peaches and pears at Sprouts Farmers Market, 1250 Scenic...
New ‘oldest person in world’ is 117, explains secret to longevity

New ‘oldest person in world’ is 117, explains secret to longevity

Violet Mosse-Brown of Jamaica is officially the oldest living person in the world, at 117 years of age. Mosse-Brown earned the title after the death of Emma Morano of Italy, who died earlier this week at 117 years, 137 days old. Mosse-Brown has a simple secret to her longevity. “Really and truly, when people ask what me eat and drink to live so long, I say to them that I eat everything, except...
PERSPECTIVE: We have a double standard when it comes to religion and violence

PERSPECTIVE: We have a double standard when it comes to religion and violence

Three people were killed in California in yet another mass shooting. The culprit? A man who had a history of violence and was known for yelling out religious slogans. Shortly before the slayings, he publicly praised his god and guns on Facebook. The shooter was Cedric Anderson; he was 53 and a former Christian pastor. On April 10 in San Bernardino, Calif., he killed his estranged wife, an 8-year-old...
Kempner: Bill O’Reilly’s replacement had called Fox star a phony

Kempner: Bill O’Reilly’s replacement had called Fox star a phony

Another heap of bad drama for Fox News is good for a former CNN talker starting this week, but maybe not so much for CNN. Fox News dumped Bill O’Reilly after publicity about another wave of sexual harassment complaints, legal settlements and hush money. I suspect it wasn’t an easy decision for a network that has struggled through self-inflicted controversy in the last year over...
From David Bowie to Prince, Record Store Day exclusives excite fans

From David Bowie to Prince, Record Store Day exclusives excite fans

Remember the days when music fans rushed to their favorite record shop to get their hands on the latest vinyl LP from classic artists like Prince, the Ramones and David Bowie? Well, what’s old is new again. Thanks to the recent resurgence of vinyl and the popularity of Record Store Day, an annual event taking place this year on April 22, fans will once again be lining up at their local...
A baby bald eagle hurt itself, so climbers scaled an 80-foot tree to help

A baby bald eagle hurt itself, so climbers scaled an 80-foot tree to help

A baby bald eagle was rescued Thursday in dramatic fashion as wildlife experts raced against the setting sun and an approaching storm after it got a leg stuck in a branch in its nest at the U.S. National Arboretum. Known as DC4, the eaglet had gotten its leg "lodged in a Y-shaped stick" in part of the nest, according to wildlife experts from the American Eagle Foundation. The group helps...
Prince was a ‘genius,’ say musicians who played with him

Prince was a ‘genius,’ say musicians who played with him

Genius. Master. Those are the words often used to describe Prince by several musicians who had the good fortunate to share a stage or studio with him. And they all say they are better musicians having played with him. Prince, a prolific singer, musician, songwriter and producer, died at 57. Lil John Roberts has played with some of the biggest names in the business - Stevie Wonder, George Duke and...
Karl Meltzer’s Appalachian Trail speed-hike documented in a new film

Karl Meltzer’s Appalachian Trail speed-hike documented in a new film

Karl Meltzer, 49, hiked his own hike from Maine to Georgia, drinking beer and eating bacon along the way. He also moved at a blistering pace, covering the 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 45 days, 22 hours and 38 minutes. It was the fastest time ever for a “supported” speed hike. Being “supported” means that a crew brought Meltzer food, water and dry socks (and bacon)...
Are schools throwing in towel on cheating?

Are schools throwing in towel on cheating?

Does everybody cheat? When you look at survey results of high school and college students, it appears cheating has become not only widespread, but openly acknowledged. A survey of 24,000 students at 70 high schools found 64 percent admitted to cheating on a test, and 58 percent owned up to plagiarism. Overall, 95 percent said they had cheated, whether on a test or by plagiarizing material or copying...
Someone must die so another can live

Someone must die so another can live

At 58, Lance Cunha had traveled the world counseling organizations on strategic matters, helping solve complex development and economic problems, and advising countries on debt and capital market issues. He was, as they say, at the top of his game. Having grown up of modest means in New York City, he was proud of how far he’d come in life. He was a first generation American, a hard worker who&rsquo...
Stressed-out parents of unmotivated teen should stop stressing

Stressed-out parents of unmotivated teen should stop stressing

Q: Our 17-year-old son is an unmotivated student. A junior in high school, he is clearly capable of making straight A’s, but typically makes B’s and C’s. He plays on both the football and tennis teams, but is a standout at neither. He thinks kids who use drugs and play video games are “stupid” and his friends are all good kids, most of whom make better grades. He&rsquo...
Seven-Day Menu Planner

Seven-Day Menu Planner

4/ 30 Family Sunday Add some extra flavor to the usual family feast with Mexican Roast Chicken With Olive Salsa (see recipe). On the side, add packaged yellow rice, reduced-sodium pinto beans, a lettuce wedge and fat-free flour tortillas. Make butterscotch pudding (from a mix) with 1 percent milk for dessert and top with light whipped cream. Plan ahead: Save enough chicken, olive salsa and black olives...
Heart-warming video of military dad meeting baby girl for first time

Heart-warming video of military dad meeting baby girl for first time

A military dad finally got to meet his 4-month-old baby girl for the first time after returning from a 6-month deployment overseas. Sgt. Scott Cartwright met 4-month-old Jacqueline Eloise at John Glenn International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, Monday as his troop returned home from Kuwait. “It was overwhelming. I still haven’t wrapped my head around it yet,” Cartwright told WSYX....
Atlanta faith calendar

Atlanta faith calendar

Town festival: The annual Clarkston Culture Fest will celebrate the city’s diversity with live performances plus information stations about food, clothing, art and traditions in countries such as Somalia, Ethiopia and Korea; a kids zone will include face and nail painting, henna, hair braiding and carnival games. Additionally, the Children are the Future exhibit will be held at the Christ Community...
Theater review: ‘Matilda’ explores the cost of freedom

Theater review: ‘Matilda’ explores the cost of freedom

It’s clear that Roald Dahl had Dickens on the brain when he wrote “Matilda,” the story of the precocious little girl with the horrible parents and the school mistress who likens children to maggots. While her gaudy, clownlike parents and her dullard brother engage in lowly pursuits like watching TV, Matilda immerses herself in literature, and it is the alphabet that becomes both...
Migraine World Summit offers free access to experts

Migraine World Summit offers free access to experts

Approximately 1 billion people worldwide suffer from migraines. Even though it’s the third most prevalent illness in the world, it still doesn’t have a cure. “It’s not just in your head,” said Paula Dumas, founder and managing editor of MigraineAgain.com. “It’s not just a bad headache. It’s a multi-symptomatic disease that attacks people over...
Life with Gracie: Georgia Festival Chorus’ 90-year-old leader has own rich history

Life with Gracie: Georgia Festival Chorus’ 90-year-old leader has own rich history

Just minutes into the Georgia Festival Chorus rehearsal the other night, I’m struck by its choirmaster Frank Boggs. Even at 90, he is no doubt an incredible force — disciplined, intense and charismatic, possessing the sort of persuasive rigor it takes to coax music out of a choir of any sort, even this one, a mix of retirees and working folk. Lawyers and nurses and schoolteachers and engineers...
Food Tour: Avalon in Alpharetta

Food Tour: Avalon in Alpharetta

Since opening in Alpharetta two-and-a-half years ago, Avalon has claimed its spot as one of the OTP hotspots to eat, shop, play and work. Many intown concepts — like Antico Pizza Napoletana, Bantam + Biddy, Bocado Burger Bar and Farm to Ladle — have made their OTP debut here, seizing a market that was ripe for the taking: affluent and cultured residents living in the north Fulton burbs...
‘Lost City of Z’ is riveting adventure

‘Lost City of Z’ is riveting adventure

In 2005, The New Yorker magazine published a piece by journalist David Grann, a journey through Brazil, retracing the steps of English explorer Percy Fawcett, who mapped the uncharted depths of the Amazon in the early 20th century. Grann later expanded this piece into a book, “The Lost City of Z,” published in 2009, and now the cinematic adaptation of Fawcett’s adventures has been...
Review: Scout brings hotel hospitality to Oakhurst

Review: Scout brings hotel hospitality to Oakhurst

Long after the cocktails came and went and the small plates were shared and the last of the pork chop boxed up, after the spring sun had set and the streetlights around Harmony Park came on, my friends and I asked for the check on the patio of Scout and I put down my card. After such a long evening, I would have preferred to have just charged it to my room and taken the elevator up to bed. Unfortunately...
‘In Search of Israeli Cuisine’ is in search of answer

‘In Search of Israeli Cuisine’ is in search of answer

In the documentary “In Search of Israeli Cuisine,” restaurateur and chef Michael Solomonov travels from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem looking for what makes Israeli cooking unique. That’s not easy, even in a New Jersey-size nation less than a century old — and one that has only begun to get into foodie culture during the last 30 or so years. Solomonov journeys all across Israel, uncovering...
Anne Hathaway wanted to star in something weird

Anne Hathaway wanted to star in something weird

As I struggle for a diplomatic way to bring up that time when the internet was mean to her, Anne Hathaway graciously intervenes. “Go ahead, say it,” she said, laughing. So I press on, citing the relevance of her strange-by-design new movie “Colossal.” A monster appears, the world gawks, and Hathaway’s character is forced to consider strange parallels between the creature...
‘The Promise’ falls flat

‘The Promise’ falls flat

History is rife with horrific events that somehow manage to demonstrate true humanity and heroism. Many of these events are underreported, underrepresented and misunderstood, such as the Armenian Holocaust — the systemic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire, starting in 1915. Knowledge of this genocide isn’t universal, and the Republic of Turkey still refuses to...
‘Free Fire’ turns out to be little more than clever stunt

‘Free Fire’ turns out to be little more than clever stunt

“Free Fire,” the latest cinematic gut-punch from Ben Wheatley (“High-Rise”), gets off to a retrotastic start, with a high-energy credits sequence composed of a fat ’70s-era font and a punchy track from the Boston punk band the Real Kids. Just when the words “Martin Scorsese” begin to form in the viewer’s mind, up pops his name as an executive producer...
Breathtaking ‘Born in China’ could educate audience more

Breathtaking ‘Born in China’ could educate audience more

“Born in China” is the latest installment in the “Disneynature” documentary series. It’s “Planet Earth” aimed at younger audiences, but any nature lovers can find enjoyment here, especially in the stunning cinematography. While other installments have focused on specific species and eco-systems, “Born in China,” directed by Lu Chuan, gets up close...
Author Events April 30-May 6

Author Events April 30-May 6

Rick Ankiel, “The Phenomenon.” St. Louis Cardinals prodigy Ankiel tells the story of losing his once-in-a-generation ability to pitch due to a mysterious anxiety disorder — and how he regained it. 7 p.m. May 1. Reading, discussion, signing. Free. Manuel’s Tavern, 602 North Highland Ave., Atlanta, 404-525-3447, acappellabooks.com/pages/events/139/rick-ankiel-the-phenomenon...
Thirsty intruder raids Drake’s fridge in home invasion, police say 

Thirsty intruder raids Drake’s fridge in home invasion, police say 

A woman who broke into rapper Drake’s Los Angeles-area home was a very thirsty intruder and just wanted something to drink. Sheriff deputies arrested the woman, identified as 24-year-old Mesha Collins, Monday inside Drake’s home after responding to a call about a possible burglary. Police said Collins was found inside a locked room and surrounded by bottles of water and soda, the ...
Atlanta Streets Alive pushes aside car culture for fun April 23

Atlanta Streets Alive pushes aside car culture for fun April 23

Atlanta’s local open streets initiative, Streets Alive, hits town this weekend as walkers, bikers and skaters take the place of cars south of downtown. Streets Alive will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard and Georgia Avenue. The roads will be closed to cars and instead will be occupied by what organizer Chantelle Rytter calls “human-powered amusement...
Lucinda Williams headlines Amplify Decatur Music Festival

Lucinda Williams headlines Amplify Decatur Music Festival

It’s fitting that the same week Atlanta witnessed the great buckling of I-20, Lucinda Williams comes to town in support of her new record, “The Ghosts of Highway 20.” The title track of her raw, haunting new album was inspired by that long stretch of road that bisects Atlanta and runs from Florence, S.C., to Nowheresville, West Texas. Speaking from her home in Los Angeles...
Couple offers lesson in hope and love at busy airport

Couple offers lesson in hope and love at busy airport

I noticed a couple as I was waiting in the security line at the Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport. She was a well-dressed woman in her fifties with flowing, curly dark hair—accompanied by a dapper fellow with a crew cut. Once I went through the metal detector, I noticed she was leading him by the hand—and his gait was slow and hesitant. Then I saw her struggling to gather...
AIDS Memorial Quilt finds new downtown home

AIDS Memorial Quilt finds new downtown home

To Floyd Taylor, the relocation of the AIDS Memorial Quilt to a new spot near the Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta means it’s finally home. Over the years, Taylor, a community activist, has lost his lover and several friends to the devastating disease. “It’s a perfect location,” said Taylor, who lives in Atlanta. “The messages portrayed in the quilt...
Meet the kid chef from Gwinnett who’s starring on a national cooking show, “MasterChef Junior”

Meet the kid chef from Gwinnett who’s starring on a national cooking show, “MasterChef Junior”

Justise Mayberry’s love for cooking began at 4 years old , when she helped her father with prep work and tasted his food before it was served. Now 12, Mayberry, has become a culinary star. The Gwinnett County youngster is one of three metro Atlantans who made the final cut (there were initially five) on the FOX television show MasterChef Junior. The episodes were filmed last year, and the...
3 fun things: April 21-23

3 fun things: April 21-23

DULUTH This weekend, you won’t have to travel too far to experience the wonders of shopping in another world. Instead, the Atlanta International Night Market is bringing excitement from around the globe to Duluth for a three-day event that will offer tastes and creations from around the world. More than 200 vendors will be on site selling food, drink and art from more than 75 different...
A new corporate, civic effort to improve metro schools: Will it work?

A new corporate, civic effort to improve metro schools: Will it work?

A new civic coalition with some high-powered supporters hopes to turn around metro schools. A collaboration of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Atlanta Regional Commission, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the United Way of Greater Atlanta, Learn4Life unites metro school systems, communities, business and nonprofits around a plan to use a data-driven, collective-impact approach to improve...
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NARS GAINS GAINSBOURG NARS Cosmetics has partnered with Charlotte Gainsbourg for a new collection of color cosmetics. The collection was inspired by the actress, musician and muse and channels Gainsbourg’s signature look — smoldering eyes, lightly flushed cheeks and soft colored lips. Three lip tints ($26 each) include ruby red, soft rose and red plum while three multiple tints ($39 each)...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: I have always used Chore Boy Golden Fleece scrubbing cloths. But I cannot find them anywhere. I have looked at Publix, Wal-Mart and several other places. These cloths are wonderful for cleaning dishes or pots and pans before placing them in dishwasher. Please help! Thank you. Lynette Sewell, Marietta A: Lynette, these are easy to find if you know where to look. Chore Boy Golden Fleece cloths are...
Daffodil weed control begins after foliage fades

Daffodil weed control begins after foliage fades

Q: I have a daffodil plot, but over the years it has been taken over by grass and weeds. Would it be best to dig everything up, spray, and put down fabric? Debbie Johnson, email A: I think your best option is to wait a few weeks until the daffodil foliage has begun to turn yellow. Then you can dig everything up and separate the daffodil bulbs from the weeds. Set the bulbs aside in a cool place while...
Metro Atlanta actors appear with Oprah Winfrey in ‘Henrietta Lacks’

Metro Atlanta actors appear with Oprah Winfrey in ‘Henrietta Lacks’

The HBO adaptation of the nonfiction book “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” brings a fascinating story to the screen and features some talented metro Atlantans. Oprah Winfrey executive-produces and stars in the movie, filmed largely in Atlanta and debuting at 8 p.m. Saturday. Working with Winfrey on such a momentous project was an honor for her young co-stars. “Working with...
Oprah discusses role in ‘Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’

Oprah discusses role in ‘Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’

Rebecca Skloot’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” was a publishing and scientific sensation earlier this decade that spent 75 weeks on the New York Times paperback nonfiction best-seller list. The book told the story of an African-American woman named Henrietta Lacks whose “immortal” cell line, known as HeLa, came from her cervical cancer cells in 1951. Skloot,...
Life with Gracie: In search of the teens booted from United Airlines flight over fashion

Life with Gracie: In search of the teens booted from United Airlines flight over fashion

If you were barred from a United Airlines flight in Denver because you were wearing leggings recently, there’s a company that wants to give you a free pair. That’s right. Define Your Inspiration, considered by Forbes magazine to be the next Lululemon because of their high-waisted leggings, is looking for you. When DYI execs heard the airline turned you away, they were bombed like the rest...
7 of the best dog parks in metro Atlanta

7 of the best dog parks in metro Atlanta

If your dog has resorted to unrolling all of your toilet paper and leaving puddles of toilet water in your bathroom again, it could be a sign. Treat their boredom and help them expend all of their extra energy with a trip to a local dog park. VOTE: What is the best dog park in Atlanta? When dog owners are respectful and mindful, dog parks can be a great way for pets to socialize and exercise. Be sure...
Georgia’s 28 public colleges will see 2% tuition  increase 

Georgia’s 28 public colleges will see 2% tuition  increase 

The Board of Regents today announced a 2 percent tuition increase at Georgia’s 28 public colleges and universities for full-time, in-state students. “With the generous support of the governor and legislature, we continue to focus on college affordability, while providing quality education,” said Chancellor Steve Wrigley. “Keeping tuition increases to a minimum allows the University...
State Farm donates $20 million to aid college completion in DeKalb

State Farm donates $20 million to aid college completion in DeKalb

Georgia State University President Mark Becker and State Farm CEO Michael Tipsord announced a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership this morning. State Farm is donating $20 million to help local schools and nonprofits improve outcomes and boost completion rates among students at the GSU’s Decatur campus of Perimeter College. GSU will receive $14.5 million, while $5.5 million will go to...
In the fight of his career, O'Reilly's side swings back on harassment charge

In the fight of his career, O'Reilly's side swings back on harassment charge

All at once, Bill O'Reilly is fighting for his TV life. The future of O'Reilly's long career at Fox News may hinge on a sexual-harassment accusation raised by a woman named Wendy Walsh, who has alleged that O'Reilly propositioned her in a Los Angeles hotel in 2013, then retaliated against her when she rebuffed him. Walsh, a Los Angeles radio personality and author who offers relationship advice, hasn't...
Life with Gracie: At 71, Northside Cherokee’s first black nurse still endures

Life with Gracie: At 71, Northside Cherokee’s first black nurse still endures

May 6 won’t look anything like March 1, 1969, the day Velma Blackwell first reported to work at Northside Hospital in Canton. In ’69, Blackwell was 24 and the first African-American to work as a nurse at the facility, known then as R.T. Jones Hospital. Notice I didn’t say the first nurse. There were other black nurses — registered nurses, in fact — but they weren&rsquo...
Aging rock fans raise lighters high

Aging rock fans raise lighters high

Pete Townshend of The Who struck a nerve with rock ’n’ roll rebels in 1965 with the line “I hope I die before I get old.” But something has happened in the five decades since he wrote “My Generation”: The boomer generation got older, yet continued to love rock ’n’ roll. Now, as many of those early fans enter retirement, they are still boarding buses...
Joy Farmer, 38, of Hampton lost 80 pounds

Joy Farmer, 38, of Hampton lost 80 pounds

Success Story Former weight: 298 pounds Current weight: 218 pounds Pounds lost: 80 pounds Height: 5 feet 5 inches Age: 38 years How long she’s kept it off: Started November 2015 and reached her current weight in October 2016. Personal life: “I’m a school librarian at an elementary school. I am married with an 11-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter,” says Farmer who lives in...
Debunking myths about genealogy

Debunking myths about genealogy

Genealogists often talk with people who believe misinformation about genealogy. In “Busted!,”a feature in the May/June issue of “Family Tree Magazine” by Julie Cahill Tarr, the author lists 10 genealogy myths and sets the record straight. Myth No. 1 is surnames were changed at Ellis Island. Actually, lists were compiled in Europe, not at Ellis Island. So any changes happened...
5 most fascinating revelations about 'The Last Jedi' at Star Wars Celebration

5 most fascinating revelations about 'The Last Jedi' at Star Wars Celebration

Four decades ago, a "Star Wars" presentation to launch a fan base was a tiny session run on the cheap at San Diego's Comic-Con. Now, ahead of December's Episode VIII, it can be a four-day blowout in Orlando, Florida, with every hiccup of a half-rumor documented and dissected by international media. Still, from film to animated series to video game to theme park, "Star Wars" as...
Atlanta Jazz Festival marks 40th anniversary, expands program lineup

Atlanta Jazz Festival marks 40th anniversary, expands program lineup

Back in 1978, the first Atlanta Jazz Festival was created to put Atlanta on the map as a leader in the presentation of jazz. The festival, which is marking its 40th anniversary, long ago grew into an annual tradition. “Atlantans anticipate that on Memorial Day weekend, they can go to Piedmont Park with their families and enjoy a wonderful, communal experience,” said Camille Russell...
Off to the races

Off to the races

Equestrian elegance Drawing inspiration from his wife’s lifelong love of horses, South Carolina’s Lex Matthews created an equestrian line of jewelry. Since then, the third-generation goldsmith has expanded his classy collections to include oyster and sporting themes. The designer & owner: At an early age, Matthews was exposed to the family jewelry business. His grandfather, a skilled watchmaker...
Another beer-related project is headed for the Beltline

Another beer-related project is headed for the Beltline

If you’re a fan of beer, chances are you’ll be spending a lot of time on the Beltline in the near future. Atlanta Business Chronicle reports that yet another beer-focused concept is headed for the Westside Beltline Trail. Banyan Roots Brewing Co.is set to open an 18,000-square-foot brewpub at the Lee + White development along Lee and White streets south of I-20. Dallas–based Stream...
Why is it called Good Friday and what’s so good about it?

Why is it called Good Friday and what’s so good about it?

Christians believe Jesus was mocked publicly and crucified on a solemn Friday two thousand years ago. Today, the calamitous day is celebrated as Good Friday. But what’s so good about that? One answer is that at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion, “good” may have referred to “holy” in Old English, a linguistic theory supported by many language experts. According...
Photos from Prince’s last concert, one year ago at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre

Photos from Prince’s last concert, one year ago at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre

Prince performed for the final time in public at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta a year ago – just one week before his death at 57. Although fans were asked not to take photos, lots did. Dig if you will these pictures of the iconic performer’s final show. MORE: Remembering Prince How the Fox Theatre, site of Prince’s last public performance, will honor his memory Prince was rushed to...
Atlanta faith calendar

Atlanta faith calendar

Holy Saturday vigil: To observe a special time of watching and waiting, a program featuring excerpts from Mozart, Faure and Rutter’s Requiem will take place. Keith David, the actor who currently plays Bishop on OWN’s “Greenleaf,” will make a special appearance as well. 5 p.m. April 15. First Congregational Church, 125 Ellis St. NE, Atlanta. 404-659-6255, firstchurchatl...
Atlanta faith calendar

Atlanta faith calendar

Fish fry: To celebrate the Lenten season, a fish fry featuring fried and baked fish, fried and grilled shrimp, fish nuggets, fish and shrimp skewers plus a variety of sides, desserts and beverages. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. April 7. $8.50; $4 for children. Reynolds Hall at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 801 Tom Smith Road SW, Lilburn. 770-923-6633, sjnlilburn.com. Yard sale and fish fry: Enjoy an all-day fish...
Hookah lounge and bar planned for downtown Atlanta

Hookah lounge and bar planned for downtown Atlanta

B142 is bringing hookah to downtown Atlanta. / We’re not blowing smoke — downtown Atlanta is set to get another hookah bar.
Local nonprofit fights to educate Atlantans about eating disorders

Local nonprofit fights to educate Atlantans about eating disorders

“We caught her exactly at the time we had to. If we had waited one more day, potentially she would have died in her sleep.” Nancy Keenan was referring to a particular time last year when her then 11-year-old daughter, Norrie, almost died of starvation due to an eating disorder. She had no idea her daughter was suffering from Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder until she participated...
Opponents urge governor to veto guns on Georgia college campuses

Opponents urge governor to veto guns on Georgia college campuses

Will he or won’t he? Both sides of the campus carry debate are watching Gov. Nathan Deal to see if he will repeat last year’s veto of a bill allowing guns on Georgia’s public colleges campuses. This year’s version of campus carry, House Bill 280, contains concessions designed to persuade the governor to sign it, including continuing to outlaw guns in campus-based childcare...
Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets recalled

Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets recalled

A popular form of homeopathic comfort for babies who are teething is being recalled. All lots of Hyland’s Baby Teething Tablets and Hyland’s Baby Nighttime Teething Tablets are being pulled because the Food and Drug Administration found that there are inconsistent amounts of belladonna alkaloids and that the amounts can be different than what is on the packaging. The FDA said that the...
Easter marks the season of hope and new beginnings

Easter marks the season of hope and new beginnings

For nearly a decade now, Suellen Daniels of Cumming, along with her husband Steve, has been working to put healthy food on the tables of metro Atlanta’s needy families. Every day she longs to be the catalyst for someone else’s new beginning. It’s her way of propagating the hope that lies at the heart of the Easter story. Hearing Daniels talk about how she came to form the non-profit...
Easter a celebration of hope for all Christians

Easter a celebration of hope for all Christians

The small family of Jewish slaves sat on the floor of their small hut, eating the lamb that was slain. Their sandals were on their feet and they were dressed for the journey. Their sparse belongings were tied inside small sacks that each family member would carry when their leader, Moses, sent word that it was time to go. Screams could be heard throughout the land. Mothers sobbed uncontrollably. Fathers...
7 Day Menu Planner

7 Day Menu Planner

4/ 23 Family Sunday Spice up family day with Roasted Peppered Pork Loin. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Rub 1 (2- to 3-pound) well-trimmed boneless pork loin with a mixture of 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic pepper and 1 1/2 teaspoons dried rosemary. Place pork in a shallow pan. Roast 40 minutes to 1 hour (20 minutes per pound) or until internal temperature of pork registers 145 degrees. Remove from oven; let stand...
Vocational-tech would promote student motivation

Vocational-tech would promote student motivation

During my sophomore year at Proviso West High School in Hillside, Ill., my guidance counselor, Mr. Gusloff, refused my request to take auto shop because I was, he said, college-bound and my presence in a vocational program would take space needed by a student who was not so destined. I was disappointed, and I felt then, as I still do, that he was wrong to pigeon-hole me and limit my options, but I...
Author events April 23-29

Author events April 23-29

Tribute to Thomas Lux: Edward Hirsch, Stephen Dobyns, Stuart Dischell, David Bottoms, Ginger Murchison and more. Poetry @ Tech presents a tribute to late poet and professor at Georgia Tech, Thomas Lux, who published 14 collections of poetry and influenced a generation of writers. 2:30 p.m. reception, 4 p.m. tribute. April 23. Free. Georgia Institute of Technology, Kress Auditorium, 500 Tenth St.,...
Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage celebrates spring

Annual Wildflower Pilgrimage celebrates spring

April, my favorite month of the year, is when waves of colorful neo-tropical songbirds return from winter homes in Latin America, and when woodland wildflowers burst into all of the rainbow hues. For me, there’s no better celebration of this grand seasonal procession than the Georgia Botanical Society’s annual three-day Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage—held each year in a different...
State funds allocated for Alzheimer’s memory clinics, care

State funds allocated for Alzheimer’s memory clinics, care

Seniors living with Alzheimer’s gained the attention this year of state lawmakers, who provided more than $5 million of new funding for early detection and home care for those who have the illness. Experts have also acknowledged a growing problem of elder abuse. One of the most frequent questions Georgia Council on Aging executive director Kathy Floyd is often asked when she meets with...
This Atlanta brewery wants to know how you enjoy your beer

This Atlanta brewery wants to know how you enjoy your beer

Brewmaster Jason Pellett of Orpheus Brewing. Photo Credit: Christopher Watkins In celebration of their third anniversary, Orpheus Brewing is running a photo contest from April 19 to May 3 where participants show how they enjoy their Orpheus beer.
Meet the boy band playing the White House Easter Egg Roll 

Meet the boy band playing the White House Easter Egg Roll 

WASHINGTON - This year's Easter Egg Roll at the White House will apparently be a smaller, less splashy affair than in years past.  Beyoncé and Jay Z almost certainly will not be bringing Blue Ivy again. And the New York Times reported that instead of "A-list entertainers like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Idina Menzel and Silentó," who have previously played the White...
Golf biopic merits polite applause, not wild accolades

Golf biopic merits polite applause, not wild accolades

The sports biopic “Tommy’s Honour” tells the story of 19th-century Scottish golfer Tom Morris Jr. — Tommy, or Young Tom, as he was known, to distinguish him from his father, Old Tom Morris. It’s a mildly stirring and quietly tragic tale, capably told by director Jason Connery (Sean’s son), from a screenplay by journalist-turned-screenwriter Pamela Marin and sports...
Charming ‘Finest’ is a morale booster

Charming ‘Finest’ is a morale booster

“Their Finest” is a treat that has something on its mind, a charming concoction that adds a bit of texture and bite to the mix. Genial and engaging with a fine sense of humor, it makes blending the comic with the serious look simpler than it actually is. Starring a radiant and assured Gemma Arterton, a convincing Sam Claflin and a criminally funny Bill Nighy, “Their Finest&rdquo...
Are AP classes still the gold standard in high schools?

Are AP classes still the gold standard in high schools?

AP classes have long been deemed the gold standard in high school, but is the glitter starting to fade? Some private schools are re-evaluating AP classes and tests. In DeKalb, school board member Stan Jester has questioned applauding high schools for increases in students taking AP tests without a frank discussion about how well students are performing on those tests. “Is it worth expending...
Easter is a time to celebrate new life, be it chicks or babies

Easter is a time to celebrate new life, be it chicks or babies

I love a good swap meet, that place where people gather to buy, sell and trade stuff, including animals. I’m especially fond of seeing classic barnyard chickens like a Rhode Island Red or a black-and-white speckled Plymouth Rock, along with exotic ones like a fluffy Silkie or a Polish with its funky head feathers. It’s a zoo of animals with a bit of flea market flair, considering all the...
Life with Gracie: CDC denies funds for fighting a rapid spike in black and Latino HIV cases 

Life with Gracie: CDC denies funds for fighting a rapid spike in black and Latino HIV cases 

Just one month ago, AID Atlanta was recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its strong track record providing needed services to thousands of metro Atlantans living with HIV/AIDS. It was confirmation that AID Atlanta’s prevention/intervention programs were making a difference. And so when the nonprofit, which has been receiving CDC funds for the past 14 years, applied...
Tense, thoughtful ‘Land of Mine’ revisits forgotten episode of WWII

Tense, thoughtful ‘Land of Mine’ revisits forgotten episode of WWII

“Land of Mine” is a fictionalized version of a neglected piece of postwar history, detailing the often-ruthless practice of using World War II German prisoners to defuse land mines. When the war ended, the Danish coast was infested with hundreds of thousands of explosives, placed on the beaches by Germans to repel what Hitler believed would be a massive Allied invasion. It never came,...
‘Gifted’ is a well-acted but contrived weepie

‘Gifted’ is a well-acted but contrived weepie

Everyone involved with “Gifted” no doubt intended a sweet, affecting, sincere and, as manipulative heartwarmers go, relatively low-key affair. But virtually no one involved appears to have remembered what human or human-adjacent behavior should feel like, scene to scene. Easier said than done. But this contrived mashup of “Proof” (earth-shaking algorithms), “Kramer vs...
‘Furious’ crew returns for more high-octane fun

‘Furious’ crew returns for more high-octane fun

The films that make up the “Fast and the Furious” franchise — inexplicably on its eighth installment — are review-proof. There is likely no Rotten Tomatoes score that could affect the box office take. But more than that, the often silly, always outrageous, comfortably formulaic films about fast cars and chosen family have a charm that manages to permeate the crusty exterior...
Anne Hathaway dominates smart, wildly imaginative ‘Colossal’

Anne Hathaway dominates smart, wildly imaginative ‘Colossal’

Hidden behind a dark curtain of hair, her raccoon-ringed eyes peering from under thick bangs, Anne Hathaway seems to be doing penance for the shaved head and gimme-the-Oscar bombast of her award-winning turn in “Les Miserables.” That movie plunged Hathaway — a gifted actress, comedian and singer — into a maelstrom of internet “hate,” which is cheery millennial-speak...
Taking MARTA? Here’s where to eat and drink at the busiest stops

Taking MARTA? Here’s where to eat and drink at the busiest stops

Whether you’re one of the many commuters compelled to use MARTA because of the recent I-85 bridge collapse or you’re a public transit user on the regular, we have you covered if you’re looking for the best places to eat and drink within walking distance of your favorite MARTA station.
Ludacris’ rap of ‘Llama Llama Red Pajama’ is classic

Ludacris’ rap of ‘Llama Llama Red Pajama’ is classic

It’s a bedtime story full of fun llama drama, thanks to hip-hop artist Ludacris. >> Read more trending news The singer took the Anna Dewdney’s classic “Llama Llama Red Pajama” to a new level when he rapped the book’s text on Power 106’s “The Cruz Show,” the Huffington Post reported. Ludacris, a father of four, provided a jaunty...
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