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Bo Emerson

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I'm an Atlanta native and a long-time AJC feature and news writer. (At my first newspaper job, in South Carolina, we used typewriters, copy paper and glue pots.) I've covered everything from Prince's Purple Rain tour to the Olympic bombing. I'm married to columnist Maureen Downey and we have four children.

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Pitch Perfect 3: wild time at Zoo Atlanta
 The cast of “Pitch Perfect 3,” being filmed in Georgia, serenaded some animals at Zoo Atlanta Tuesday as they celebrated Chrissie Fit’s birthday with cake and wild beasts. The stars of the film along with about 50 friends and other cast members, gathered Tuesday afternoon for the party, which included a “wild encounter&rdquo...

Posted: 19 minutes ago

The cast of “Pitch Perfect 3,” being filmed in Georgia, serenaded some animals at Zoo Atlanta Tuesday as they celebrated Chrissie Fit’s birthday with cake and wild beasts. The stars of the film along with about 50 friends and other cast members, gathered Tuesday afternoon for the party, which included a “wild encounter&rdquo...
Georgia Trump voters pleased with the president so far
 Answer: “So far, so good. My first impression is he is getting to a new job and he needs to analyze every point and we cannot expect him to solve every problem in one or two months. No, it is a lot of work. So far, I see him working very hard to keep some progress. Unfortunately, he has too many people around him sabotaging him. The...

Posted: 4 days ago

Answer: “So far, so good. My first impression is he is getting to a new job and he needs to analyze every point and we cannot expect him to solve every problem in one or two months. No, it is a lot of work. So far, I see him working very hard to keep some progress. Unfortunately, he has too many people around him sabotaging him. The...
Man dies in Gwinnett house fire
 A Loganville man died in a house fire Saturday morning after firefighters struggled to enter his one-story farmhouse, an official said.  William Robert Hogan Sr., 76, died from smoke and soot inhalation, according to the Gwinnett County medical examiner’s office.  Crews were hampered by furniture and other contents blocking...

Posted: 10 days ago

A Loganville man died in a house fire Saturday morning after firefighters struggled to enter his one-story farmhouse, an official said.  William Robert Hogan Sr., 76, died from smoke and soot inhalation, according to the Gwinnett County medical examiner’s office.  Crews were hampered by furniture and other contents blocking...
Man dead in police-involved shooting incident
 An Atlanta man died after an officer-involved shooting incident early Saturday in College Park, the GBI said. A Fulton County police officer responded to the Baby Grand Piano Bar in the 5000 block of Old National Highway regarding a person hit by a vehicle, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in a statement. The officer encountered the...

Posted: 11 days ago

An Atlanta man died after an officer-involved shooting incident early Saturday in College Park, the GBI said. A Fulton County police officer responded to the Baby Grand Piano Bar in the 5000 block of Old National Highway regarding a person hit by a vehicle, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in a statement. The officer encountered the...
Alliance Theatre will scatter 2017-2018 shows around metro area
 This morning, the Alliance Theatre announced the shows for its 2017-2018 season, and the venues where those shows will be presented — a panoply of theaters and performance spaces big and small, from the 500-seat Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center in south DeKalb to the expansive Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in...

Posted: 21 days ago

This morning, the Alliance Theatre announced the shows for its 2017-2018 season, and the venues where those shows will be presented — a panoply of theaters and performance spaces big and small, from the 500-seat Porter Sanford III Performing Arts Center in south DeKalb to the expansive Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in...
Famed radio host Garrison Keillor to visit Cobb Energy Centre March 9
 For 43 years the crusty, soft-spoken Garrison Keillor entered living rooms and car stereos of millions of Americans as the host and leading light of the Minnesota Public Radio program, presenting a weekly dose of down-home comedy, music and the stories of a once-and-future middle America called Lake Wobegon. In 2016, Keillor hosted his...

Posted: 22 days ago

For 43 years the crusty, soft-spoken Garrison Keillor entered living rooms and car stereos of millions of Americans as the host and leading light of the Minnesota Public Radio program, presenting a weekly dose of down-home comedy, music and the stories of a once-and-future middle America called Lake Wobegon. In 2016, Keillor hosted his...
Colorblind artist Daniel Arsham explores modern artifacts in bold hues
 Amethyst-encrusted spheres fill a room at the High Museum of Art, covering the walls and ceiling. They envelop a visitor like a giant’s grape-flavored bubble bath. Each basketball-sized globule is a different shade of purple, from light lavender to deep violet. We can see the color differences. But artist Daniel Arsham...

Posted: 22 days ago

Amethyst-encrusted spheres fill a room at the High Museum of Art, covering the walls and ceiling. They envelop a visitor like a giant’s grape-flavored bubble bath. Each basketball-sized globule is a different shade of purple, from light lavender to deep violet. We can see the color differences. But artist Daniel Arsham...
Civil Rights Center cancels “comfort women” memorial
 The Center for Civil and Human Rights has reversed a plan for a statue to commemorate the victims of World War II sexual trafficking — the so-called “comfort women” — apparently following pressure from Japanese interests. According to the Georgia Asian Times, the center’s CEO Derreck Kayongo stated in a letter...

Posted: 26 days ago

The Center for Civil and Human Rights has reversed a plan for a statue to commemorate the victims of World War II sexual trafficking — the so-called “comfort women” — apparently following pressure from Japanese interests. According to the Georgia Asian Times, the center’s CEO Derreck Kayongo stated in a letter...
Books by the Pound: light reading costs less
 If you’re looking for some heavy reading at a light cost, a new shop opened its doors in Lawrenceville last month that allows shoppers to pay for their books the same way they pay for their vegetables. So far the scales have tipped in favor of Books by the Pound. Co-owner Cris Williams and his partner have been selling used books online...

Posted: 26 days ago

If you’re looking for some heavy reading at a light cost, a new shop opened its doors in Lawrenceville last month that allows shoppers to pay for their books the same way they pay for their vegetables. So far the scales have tipped in favor of Books by the Pound. Co-owner Cris Williams and his partner have been selling used books online...
New flower show coming to Atlanta Botanical Garden in 2018
 Historically, Atlantans have looked forward to a yearly flower show during the gray days of February to enliven the drizzly, post-groundhog winter and to whet the appetite for spring planting yet to come. With roots in the 1930s, the Atlanta Flower Show grew to become the Southeastern Flower Show, a mammoth undertaking that drew tens of thousands...

4:53 PM Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

Historically, Atlantans have looked forward to a yearly flower show during the gray days of February to enliven the drizzly, post-groundhog winter and to whet the appetite for spring planting yet to come. With roots in the 1930s, the Atlanta Flower Show grew to become the Southeastern Flower Show, a mammoth undertaking that drew tens of thousands...