You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myAJC.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myAJC.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myAJC.com.

7 things to know now: Hernandez kills self; Walmart discounts; Georgia race heads to runoff; asteroid


1. Hernandez kills self: Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL star who was serving life in prison for murder, committed suicide in his cell Wednesday morning, according to the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. The former New England Patriots star was discovered hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts, at 3:05 a.m., according to officials. “Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit,” a statement said. “Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bed sheet that he attached to his cell window. Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.”

2. Wanted to kill whites: A man in Fresno, California, who said he wanted to kill as many white people as he could, shot and killed three men at random, all within a city block, on Tuesday. Kori Ali Muhammad told police that he hates white people and wanted to kill as many as he could before he was caught. Police said Muhammad is also believed to have shot a security guard at a motel last week.

3. Election heads to runoff: A Georgia special election will be decided in a runoff in June after none of the 18 candidates on the ballot got more than 50 percent of the vote. Democrat Jon Ossoff, who garnered national attention and support for his run for the seat vacated by Tom Price, narrowly missed the 50 percent mark and winning the race outright. Price resigned from the House when he became President Donald Trump’s health and human services secretary. Ossoff will face Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, in the June 20 runoff.

4. Near-miss today: An asteroid believed to be almost a half-mile long will pass by Earth on Wednesday in what astronomers call a “near-miss.” The asteroid, nicknamed “The Rock” by Slooh.com in honor of actor Dwayne Johnson, will pass by Earth at a distance of 1.1 million miles.

5. Walmart discounts:

Starting Wednesday, Walmart will begin discounting thousands of items that customers order online and pick up at local stores. According to the company, some 10,000 items will initially be discounted, with that number growing to 1 million items by early summer.

And one more

Swimmer Michael Phelps said he has not completely ruled out a return to the sport, despite indicating at the Summer Olympics last year that his career in the pool is over. "The true test will be, if I do end up going over to the worlds this summer, do I have that itch again?" Phelps, the winningest Olympic athlete ever, told The Associated Press about attending the world championships in Budapest this summer.

In case you missed it


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

How about a Beltline-type path connecting Gwinnett’s southern cities?
How about a Beltline-type path connecting Gwinnett’s southern cities?

Imagine, if you will, a greenway: a 10-foot sidewalk with bike paths and more, stretching from Loganville to Grayson to Lawrenceville to Snellville to Lilburn to Stone Mountain, in some capacity or another, touching parks and running alongside busy thoroughfares along the way.  It’s a lofty vision, and one that’s still very, very,...
‘I like flags’: Man accused of swiping Old Glory from sheriff’s facility
‘I like flags’: Man accused of swiping Old Glory from sheriff’s facility

With Independence Day approaching, a homeless Middle Georgia man wanted to display his patriotic spirit and hang the American flag under a bridge where he lives. But Bibb County sheriff’s officials say Joseph Talmadge Schrader chose the wrong place and method to acquire Old Glory. According to the Telegraph of Macon, he allegedly stole the flag...
Georgia 2018: Nick Ayers is not running for governor
Georgia 2018: Nick Ayers is not running for governor

Nick Ayers in November 2016. AP file Nick Ayers, a top adviser to Vice President Mike Pence with ties to many of Georgia’s most prominent politicians, will not enter the race for governor.
Sugar Hill millage rate to stay same, but means slight tax increase
Sugar Hill millage rate to stay same, but means slight tax increase

Sugar Hill has tentatively adopted a millage rate of 3.8 mills for 2017, which will require a 6.2 percent increase for property owners. Without this tentative tax increase, the millage rate would be no more than the calculated rollback rate of 3.578 mills. When property values rise, the city is subject to an automatic tax rate reduction, or rollback...
Henry County student disciplinary case before state Supreme Court
Henry County student disciplinary case before state Supreme Court

The case of a Henry County student expelled in 2014 for a fight has now reached the Georgia Supreme Court. It is the first time that court has heard a student disciplinary case, according to the attorney representing the student, whose claim of self-defense was upheld by a Superior Court judge as well as the Georgia Court of Appeals. Oral arguments...
More Stories