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Freeman cleared to swing bat, could start rehab stint in 7-10 days
Braves slugger Freddie Freeman, while recovering from a fractured left wrist, has had extra time lately for activties such as helping to honor Braves Community Heroes this week. He’s weeks ahead in his rehab schedule and aiming for a return just before the All-Star break. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

6:18 pm Friday, June 23, 2017

After having his left wrist examined again Friday, Braves slugger Freddie Freeman was cleared to start swinging a bat and hopes to begin a rehab assignment in seven to 10 days, reiterating his intention of playing in a July 6-9 road series against the Nationals leading into All-Star...
Kemp out of Braves lineup with sore hamstring
Braves slugger Matt Kemp slipped from fifth to sixth among outfielders in the latest National League All-Star fan voting update. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

5:58 pm Friday, June 23, 2017

Braves left fielder Matt Kemp was out of the lineup for Friday’s game against the Brewers after he left the previous night’s game because of what the team said was tightness in his left hamstring. Manager Brian Snitker said Kemp told him he would be available to pinch...
$20,000 in reward money given out for help catching inmates
Ricky Dubose, front, and Donnie Russell Rowe enter the Putnam County courthouse on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Eatonton, Ga. The two inmates accused of killing their guards on a Georgia prison bus were brought before a judge on charges including murder, felony escape and hijacking a motor vehicle. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, Pool)

3:59 pm Friday, June 23, 2017

Georgia authorities have given $10,000 apiece to two Tennessee households for help catching two inmates accused of killing their guards while escaping from a prison bus. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in an email Friday that the agency decided to equally split the $20,000...
Opinion: Election’s done, let the work now begin
June 20, 2017, Atlanta: Karen Handel supporters celebrate her victory during the election night party in the 6th District race with Jon Ossoff on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Atlanta.    Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

3:00 pm Friday, June 23, 2017

The most-expensive U.S. House race in American history is now over. That it happened in our backyard yanked metro Atlanta front-and-center for many long weeks in the scrum that now passes for politics in these 50 states. Georgians chose veteran politician Karen Handel to represent...
After ‘racist pig’ reprimand, where does Gwinnett go from here?
Collene Haskamp stands with her sign while more protesters demand the resignation of Tommy Hunter, the District 3 leader that called U.S. Rep. John Lewis a “racist pig” on Facebook, during the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners meeting on Feb. 28. 

2:41 pm Friday, June 23, 2017

Tommy Hunter, he of “John Lewis is a racist pig” Facebook infamy, has been officially reprimanded. The written condemnation from his colleagues on the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, the result of a controversial ethics investigation, has been posted...
Opinion: Coverage for the long-haul in 6th District
April 18, 2017, Roswell: Republican candidate Karen Handel works a room full of supporters during her election night viewing party in the special election for Georgia's 6th Congressional district at the Double Tree Hotel on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Roswell. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

11:00 am Friday, June 23, 2017

Last Tuesday, as it became clear the Republican Karen Handel would be elected in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, the AJC’s newsroom worked furiously to get that news to you first. From the April special election for the seat, to the campaign and the runoff...
Who could be in the APS scandal film
Damany Lewis takes the oath as he is called as a witness in front of a tribunal in 2012. (Bita Honarvar / bhonarvar@ajc.com)

10:39 am Friday, June 23, 2017

The Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal will be the subject of a new film called "Wrong Answer," now in development. The film, first announced in 2015, will be directed by Ryan Coogler and will star Michael B. Jordan as former Parks Middle School teacher Damany...
Associated Press announces 2017 staff awards

9:49 am Friday, June 23, 2017

Coverage of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, the demise of Venezuelan society and fighting in Mosul, Iraq, won top honors in the 2017 Associated Press Media Editors Awards for AP staff, showcasing the news organization's excellence around the globe. Hannah Dreier was a double...
Historian: Civil War debate is about ‘who controls history’
Culture wars have erupted over displays of Confederate flags and historical figures. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

7:12 am Friday, June 23, 2017

The demotion of Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, following his decision to distribute to colleagues an article challenging that slavery was the root cause of the Civil War raises an interesting question. Why did he do it? After all, the Civil War ended...
Will Georgia's 6th District do this all again in 2018?
Republican candidate Karen Handel and her husband, Steve, take the podium for her victory speech at her election night party in the 6th District race with Democrat Jon Ossoff on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

6:00 am Friday, June 23, 2017

Despite initial relief among Georgia's 6th District residents that the barrage of campaign ads has come to an end, the reprieve might not last too long. "Now we know what New Hampshire looks like," said Chip Lake, a GOP consultant based in Georgia. The question is, with...
Chattahoochee High alum drafted by San Antonio Spurs
Georgia Tech defenders Josh Heath (left) and Abdoulaye Gueye force a turnover on a double team against Clemson forward Jaron Blossomgame on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

12:28 am Friday, June 23, 2017

Jaron Blossomgame, a Chattahoochee High grad and former Clemson forward, was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs at pick No. 59 in the NBA draft. Blossomgame considered entering the draft last year before electing to stay in school. He said he worked out for 13 teams, including the...
Kemp likes Braves’ team chemistry and late-innings resilience
Matt Kemp pours a cooler of water on Brandon Phillips after Phillips’ walk-off hit beat the Marlins on Sunday. On Wednesday, it was Kemp delivering an 11th-inning walk-off homer to beat the Giants. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

7:08 pm Thursday, June 22, 2017

When Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning Wednesday, it was the veteran slugger’s first walk-off homer since 2012, but the third walk-off win for the Braves in a five-day span. The Braves, a team still five games under .500 (33-38), had the distinction of leading...
Hawks, partners in talks for land near Philips Arena
March 7, 2016 Atlanta: The Atlanta Hawks are looking to redevelop the area surrounding Philips Arena into a mixed-use entertainment district. The Gulch, shown here Monday afternoon March 7, 2016, is one area that could be used for the project. Ben Gray / bgray@ajc.com

6:17 pm Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Atlanta Hawks and partners are in talks to take control of parcels around Philips Arena for future development, people familiar with the matter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Word of land negotiations, said to be advanced but not yet final, come just days after the Atlanta...
Hawks in talks on mixed-use complex near Philips Arena
The Atlanta Hawks are looking to redevelop the area surrounding Philips Arena into a mixed-use entertainment district. The Gulch, shown here, is one area that could be used for the project. AJC File Photo

6:02 pm Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Atlanta Hawks and partners are negotiating to take control of parcels near Philips Arena for a future mixed-use development that would echo what the Braves built at SunTrust Park, people familiar with the situation told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Word of the land...
With Camargo surging, Braves send down Ruiz
Follow the Braves on AJC.com and MyAJC.com. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

5:49 pm Thursday, June 22, 2017

Johan Camargo’s emergence didn’t leave much playing time for Rio Ruiz so the Braves sent Ruiz to Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday. Ruiz, 23, has started 21 games this season at third base but had made just three starts since June 14. The lefty batter was hitting .175 with...
Despite perception, Dwight Howard is Hall of Famer
Dwight Howard of the Hawks dunks for two over Marcin Gortat and Bradley Beal of the Wizards in Game 4 of a first-round playoff series on Monday, April 24, 2017, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

5:39 pm Thursday, June 22, 2017

The past five years haven’t been great for Dwight Howard’s career. Despite putting together many very good seasons, the overall perception of Howard has sunk since he left Orlando in 2012. While with the Magic, Howard was dominant and even carried an underwhelming roster...
What lies ahead for Karen Handel in Washington
When U.S. Rep.-elect Karen Handel takes office, she will be the most junior member of the U.S. House. That likely means serving on the lowest rungs of House committees and minimal access to party leaders on the biggest issues. But there are advantages, too, including a built-in fundraising network. Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com

5:13 pm Thursday, June 22, 2017

Karen Handel punched her ticket to Washington on Tuesday after a hard-fought, four-month race in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, but she won’t find it easy when she arrives on Capitol Hill. The Republican representative-elect will soon be sworn in as the...
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