Ben Brasch

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Ben Brasch is a digital reporter and producer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Marietta superintendent on Parkland: ‘Our children have become numb’
 Marietta’s superintendent Grant Rivera appeared on the “HLN Weekend Express” program this weekend to describe how to talk to children about tragedy and what he’s doing locally. His appearance came days after 14 students and three school staff were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by...

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Marietta’s superintendent Grant Rivera appeared on the “HLN Weekend Express” program this weekend to describe how to talk to children about tragedy and what he’s doing locally. His appearance came days after 14 students and three school staff were gunned down at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School by...
Man who falsely claimed to represent Migos, scammed Emory University indicted
 A man who claimed to be a booker for musicians including Migos, Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert is facing federal fraud charges, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Octaveon Woods, 26, of Decatur, Illinois, was indicted on money laundering and wire fraud charges Feb. 6. Woods allegedly operated companies, including Global Talent Agency...

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A man who claimed to be a booker for musicians including Migos, Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert is facing federal fraud charges, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Octaveon Woods, 26, of Decatur, Illinois, was indicted on money laundering and wire fraud charges Feb. 6. Woods allegedly operated companies, including Global Talent Agency...
Pair gets prison for stealing guns at 50 metro Atlanta fire stations
 A Lawrenceville duo will do prison time after breaking into more than 200 vehicles through metro Atlanta, many belonging to firefighters. Ayana Dayshina Forest, 22, and Elisha Howard Ross, 26, had law enforcement agencies from 17 counties on their trail of break-ins and thefts between January and June. Prosecutors in a news release...

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A Lawrenceville duo will do prison time after breaking into more than 200 vehicles through metro Atlanta, many belonging to firefighters. Ayana Dayshina Forest, 22, and Elisha Howard Ross, 26, had law enforcement agencies from 17 counties on their trail of break-ins and thefts between January and June. Prosecutors in a news release...
DOJ: Man who falsely claimed to rep Migos, scammed Emory indicted
 A man who claimed to be a booker for musicians including Migos, Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert is facing federal fraud charges, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Octaveon Woods, 26, of Decatur, Illinois, was indicted on money laundering and wire fraud charges Feb. 6. PREVIOUSLY | Emory paid $37,000 to bogus bookers claiming to represent...

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A man who claimed to be a booker for musicians including Migos, Lil Yachty and Lil Uzi Vert is facing federal fraud charges, the U.S. Department of Justice said. Octaveon Woods, 26, of Decatur, Illinois, was indicted on money laundering and wire fraud charges Feb. 6. PREVIOUSLY | Emory paid $37,000 to bogus bookers claiming to represent...
Marietta OKs hands-free driving ordinance amid talk of statewide law
 If you’re driving in Marietta, you got to put your phone down. The city on Wednesday became the second in Cobb County (and Georgia) to pass a hands-free driving ordinance, said Marietta spokeswoman Lindsey Wiles. The law becomes active April 1 so the city can see what state legislators do with their efforts for such a move. This comes ...

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If you’re driving in Marietta, you got to put your phone down. The city on Wednesday became the second in Cobb County (and Georgia) to pass a hands-free driving ordinance, said Marietta spokeswoman Lindsey Wiles. The law becomes active April 1 so the city can see what state legislators do with their efforts for such a move. This comes ...
Deadly Florida shooting rattles metro Atlanta students and staff 
 Catherine Huynh went to classes at Berkmar High School on Thursday morning knowing how lucky she was. About 650 miles away in Parkland, Fla., roughly the population of Acworth, more than 3,000 students stayed home because expelled student Nikolas Cruz allegedly gunned down 17 people at his former school Wednesday. Huynh, an 18-year-old...

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Catherine Huynh went to classes at Berkmar High School on Thursday morning knowing how lucky she was. About 650 miles away in Parkland, Fla., roughly the population of Acworth, more than 3,000 students stayed home because expelled student Nikolas Cruz allegedly gunned down 17 people at his former school Wednesday. Huynh, an 18-year-old...
5,800 Cobb students can transfer schools; application period ends soon
 As a way for Cobb County students to attend a school they aren’t zoned for, the district has announced there will be 5,800 transfer seats for the 2018-2019 school year. The district said Wednesday it is accepting school choice transfer applications until Feb. 28. Parents are not required to say why they want to transfer their child...

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As a way for Cobb County students to attend a school they aren’t zoned for, the district has announced there will be 5,800 transfer seats for the 2018-2019 school year. The district said Wednesday it is accepting school choice transfer applications until Feb. 28. Parents are not required to say why they want to transfer their child...
Woman’s purse stolen from car while pumping gas at a QuikTrip in Cobb
 A woman recently had her purse stolen from her car while she was filling it with gas at a QuikTrip, said Cobb County police. This allegedly happened at 10:40 a.m. Friday at the 2804 Paces Ferry Road location of QT in Vinings, cops said. Police said the woman was pumping gas when a vehicle pulled up beside her. A man then got out, opened her...

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A woman recently had her purse stolen from her car while she was filling it with gas at a QuikTrip, said Cobb County police. This allegedly happened at 10:40 a.m. Friday at the 2804 Paces Ferry Road location of QT in Vinings, cops said. Police said the woman was pumping gas when a vehicle pulled up beside her. A man then got out, opened her...
Cobb home school teacher gets max sentence for molesting pre-teen boy
 A Cobb County judge sentenced a 59-year-old man to nearly two decades in prison for molesting a boy he was home schooling. Prosecutors said David Peter Eidens, who is not related to the pre-teen, got 19 years in prison and a year of probation on his one child molestation count — the maximum for such a crime. Eidens had an arrangement...

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A Cobb County judge sentenced a 59-year-old man to nearly two decades in prison for molesting a boy he was home schooling. Prosecutors said David Peter Eidens, who is not related to the pre-teen, got 19 years in prison and a year of probation on his one child molestation count — the maximum for such a crime. Eidens had an arrangement...
Mayor Bottoms, T.I. (eventually) attend free ‘Black Panther’ screening
 Fifty years after the first black comic book superhero was created, Atlanta rapper T.I. stood in a DeKalb County movie theater talking about black excellence. He joined hundreds of people and local celebrities Tuesday at the Regal Hollywood Stadium 24 off I-85 after he helped buy screening tickets for hundreds of people ahead of the...

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Fifty years after the first black comic book superhero was created, Atlanta rapper T.I. stood in a DeKalb County movie theater talking about black excellence. He joined hundreds of people and local celebrities Tuesday at the Regal Hollywood Stadium 24 off I-85 after he helped buy screening tickets for hundreds of people ahead of the...