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German citizen, class ring, help locate a missing WWII fighter pilot
 In 1945, when he was five years old, Manfred Römer saw a fighter plane plunge into the woods near his home in northern Germany. Römer ran away. But he never stopped thinking about that crash. Decades later he returned to that patch of woods and found a piece of debris from the Mustang P-51, triggering a search involving U.S...

5:34 PM Thursday, Dec. 07, 2017

In 1945, when he was five years old, Manfred Römer saw a fighter plane plunge into the woods near his home in northern Germany. Römer ran away. But he never stopped thinking about that crash. Decades later he returned to that patch of woods and found a piece of debris from the Mustang P-51, triggering a search involving U.S...
Georgia fans cheer, Auburn groans, BBQ abounds as UGA tops SEC
 Terrell and Stephanie Martin of Jasper, Alabama, stood dolefully outside outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday afternoon, gazing through one of the soaring, triangular windows at SEC madness inside. One slice of the acre-sized LED screen inside the stadium was visible through that window, even from halfway to Philips Arena, and the tornado...

1:18 AM Sunday, Dec. 03, 2017

Terrell and Stephanie Martin of Jasper, Alabama, stood dolefully outside outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday afternoon, gazing through one of the soaring, triangular windows at SEC madness inside. One slice of the acre-sized LED screen inside the stadium was visible through that window, even from halfway to Philips Arena, and the tornado...
Atlanta theater legend’s death stuns community
 Robert J. Farley, co-founder, with his wife, Anita Allen-Farley, of the Georgia Ensemble Theatre, died suddenly Thursday, according to his daughter, Laurel Farley Crowe. Crowe posted on her Facebook page Thursday: “It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of my father, Robert J. Farley (Mr. Bob). His death...

7:17 PM Friday, Dec. 01, 2017

Robert J. Farley, co-founder, with his wife, Anita Allen-Farley, of the Georgia Ensemble Theatre, died suddenly Thursday, according to his daughter, Laurel Farley Crowe. Crowe posted on her Facebook page Thursday: “It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of my father, Robert J. Farley (Mr. Bob). His death...
Robert J. Farley, Atlanta theater legend, is dead at 69
 Robert J. Farley, co-founder, with his wife, Anita Allen-Farley, of the Georgia Ensemble Theatre, died suddenly Thursday, according to his daughter, Laurel Farley Crowe. Crowe posted on her Facebook page Thursday: “It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of my father, Robert J. Farley (Mr. Bob). His...

2:30 AM Friday, Dec. 01, 2017

Robert J. Farley, co-founder, with his wife, Anita Allen-Farley, of the Georgia Ensemble Theatre, died suddenly Thursday, according to his daughter, Laurel Farley Crowe. Crowe posted on her Facebook page Thursday: “It is with profound sadness that I share the news of the passing of my father, Robert J. Farley (Mr. Bob). His...
Taking MARTA to the Georgia/Auburn game: a guide for first-time riders
 If you’re attending the Georgia-Auburn game on Saturday, Dec. 2, you will find that parking is at a premium and the streets are a bit congested. For that reason the game -- and the SEC FanFare and other entertainments -- may attract a new crop of commuters to the MARTA system. Routed by the Tigers two weeks ago, the Bulldogs...

9:43 PM Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

If you’re attending the Georgia-Auburn game on Saturday, Dec. 2, you will find that parking is at a premium and the streets are a bit congested. For that reason the game -- and the SEC FanFare and other entertainments -- may attract a new crop of commuters to the MARTA system. Routed by the Tigers two weeks ago, the Bulldogs...
Sweet Sweet Syria: How a cookie can save a family
 The young Syrian woman’s fingers (even wrapped in plastic gloves) move like those of a concert violinist as she produces a symphony of sweet tastes. She pinches, rolls, squashes and stretches a ball of sweet, orange blossom-scented dough, forming it into a pocket, ready for filling. Into the recess goes a marble-sized nugget of ground...

7:37 PM Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

The young Syrian woman’s fingers (even wrapped in plastic gloves) move like those of a concert violinist as she produces a symphony of sweet tastes. She pinches, rolls, squashes and stretches a ball of sweet, orange blossom-scented dough, forming it into a pocket, ready for filling. Into the recess goes a marble-sized nugget of ground...
New Year’s Eve celebration, Peach Drop, might move to Woodruff Park
 Update: Atlanta is moving its New Year’s Eve Peach Drop Watching an eight-foot Peach drop toward Underground Atlanta has been the traditional way for Atlantans to welcome in the New Year. Atlanta Curbed is reporting that this year the Peach may drop into a new locale. Curbed quotes sources saying that the party...

3:54 PM Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

Update: Atlanta is moving its New Year’s Eve Peach Drop Watching an eight-foot Peach drop toward Underground Atlanta has been the traditional way for Atlantans to welcome in the New Year. Atlanta Curbed is reporting that this year the Peach may drop into a new locale. Curbed quotes sources saying that the party...
Roy Orbison hologram must wait
 Plans to put a holographic likeness of the late Roy Orbison on stage have hit a snag in court. Orbison’s three surviving sons, who use the name Roy’s Boys, are suing Hologram USA over rights to re-animate the late singer of “Oh, Pretty Woman” and “In Dreams.” They say their original contract with Hologram...

12:36 AM Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

Plans to put a holographic likeness of the late Roy Orbison on stage have hit a snag in court. Orbison’s three surviving sons, who use the name Roy’s Boys, are suing Hologram USA over rights to re-animate the late singer of “Oh, Pretty Woman” and “In Dreams.” They say their original contract with Hologram...
As 6-year-old battles brain tumor, many help give him early Christmas
 Six-year-old Brantley Dobbs of Hiram loves superheroes, he loves his sister Lucy and he loves Christmas. About a year and a half ago, Brantley was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Doctors thought Christmas 2016 might be his last. Now that he’s come this close to Christmas 2017, his...

5:00 PM Friday, Nov. 24, 2017

Six-year-old Brantley Dobbs of Hiram loves superheroes, he loves his sister Lucy and he loves Christmas. About a year and a half ago, Brantley was diagnosed with a rare brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Doctors thought Christmas 2016 might be his last. Now that he’s come this close to Christmas 2017, his...
Georgia Gives asks us to support nonprofits in our lives
 If you’re truly thankful on Thanksgiving, perhaps you should put your money where your mouth is. Georgia Gives and Giving Tuesday urge you to do just that, each year, on the Tuesday after Turkey Day. Giving Tuesday, a national day of sharing, was created five years ago by the 92nd Street Y, right around the same time that Georgians...

1:00 AM Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017

If you’re truly thankful on Thanksgiving, perhaps you should put your money where your mouth is. Georgia Gives and Giving Tuesday urge you to do just that, each year, on the Tuesday after Turkey Day. Giving Tuesday, a national day of sharing, was created five years ago by the 92nd Street Y, right around the same time that Georgians...
Why is tugboat on Georgia’s historic places in peril list for 2018?
 Each year for the past 13, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation creates a list of “Places in Peril,” and this year’s group is an unusual lot: It includes a wooden tugboat, some archaeological sites in Savannah and a Cuthbert water tower. In the past, those places in peril were usually historic houses, businesses...

4:00 PM Monday, Nov. 20, 2017

Each year for the past 13, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation creates a list of “Places in Peril,” and this year’s group is an unusual lot: It includes a wooden tugboat, some archaeological sites in Savannah and a Cuthbert water tower. In the past, those places in peril were usually historic houses, businesses...
Georgia Aquarium among top U.S. attractions
 TripAdvisor, the online travel service, released its list of the top 25 attractions in the U.S., and the Georgia Aquarium was listed at No. 16. TripAdvisor wrote “With an 8% year-over-year increase in search activity, the Georgia Aquarium has proven to be a must-visit destination for travelers to Atlanta.” The TripAdvisor...

1:40 PM Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

TripAdvisor, the online travel service, released its list of the top 25 attractions in the U.S., and the Georgia Aquarium was listed at No. 16. TripAdvisor wrote “With an 8% year-over-year increase in search activity, the Georgia Aquarium has proven to be a must-visit destination for travelers to Atlanta.” The TripAdvisor...
Randy Newman’s ‘Dark’ and light side
 Randy Newman, who performs Friday at Symphony Hall, has something of a Jekyll-and-Hyde catalog. Back in 1972, he was the master of dark comedy, chuckling at nuclear annihilation with the song “Political Science.” Today, listeners know him for Disney sweetness and light, and such songs as “You’ve Got a Friend in...

5:45 PM Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

Randy Newman, who performs Friday at Symphony Hall, has something of a Jekyll-and-Hyde catalog. Back in 1972, he was the master of dark comedy, chuckling at nuclear annihilation with the song “Political Science.” Today, listeners know him for Disney sweetness and light, and such songs as “You’ve Got a Friend in...
Holiday lights enliven Atlanta Botanical Garden
 The popular holiday light show at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, “Garden Lights, Holidays Nights,” opens for business Saturday, Nov. 11, with a new wrinkle for its night-time visitors. A high-tech display called Nature’s Wonders incorporates a curtain of lights hanging from the treetops in the Storza Woods. The curtain...

7:15 PM Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017

The popular holiday light show at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, “Garden Lights, Holidays Nights,” opens for business Saturday, Nov. 11, with a new wrinkle for its night-time visitors. A high-tech display called Nature’s Wonders incorporates a curtain of lights hanging from the treetops in the Storza Woods. The curtain...
Vietnam comes home: History Center exhibit highlights Atlanta veterans
 In 1969, arriving at Bien Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam, 1st Lt. James King of Griffin got a rude wake-up call. “Going across the tarmac there, I looked over and there was a C-141 Starlifter and they were loading coffins and body bags on board,” King told an interviewer. “And that is when reality hit, right there.” Atlanta&rsquo...

9:45 PM Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

In 1969, arriving at Bien Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam, 1st Lt. James King of Griffin got a rude wake-up call. “Going across the tarmac there, I looked over and there was a C-141 Starlifter and they were loading coffins and body bags on board,” King told an interviewer. “And that is when reality hit, right there.” Atlanta&rsquo...
Emerson, rare tiger at Zoo Atlanta, dies
 Emerson, a 10-year-old male Sumatran tiger and a member of one of the rarest big cat species in the world, has died at Zoo Atlanta. The tiger had been showing signs of lethargy and a declining appetite, zoo officials said Thursday in a statement. Veterinarians performed an emergency diagnostic exam Wednesday night in an effort to determine...

8:25 PM Thursday, Nov. 09, 2017

Emerson, a 10-year-old male Sumatran tiger and a member of one of the rarest big cat species in the world, has died at Zoo Atlanta. The tiger had been showing signs of lethargy and a declining appetite, zoo officials said Thursday in a statement. Veterinarians performed an emergency diagnostic exam Wednesday night in an effort to determine...
Turner Classic Movies lets veterans pick lineup this weekend
 After Eric Hunter stepped on an IED in Afghanistan, medics gave him his life back. Problem was, he wasn’t sure he wanted it. The explosion destroyed his right leg and severely injured his left leg. He underwent more than 60 surgeries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, as doctors worked to salvage what remained. “For three months...

7:30 PM Thursday, Nov. 09, 2017

After Eric Hunter stepped on an IED in Afghanistan, medics gave him his life back. Problem was, he wasn’t sure he wanted it. The explosion destroyed his right leg and severely injured his left leg. He underwent more than 60 surgeries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, as doctors worked to salvage what remained. “For three months...
Beluga calf’s death the latest in series of losses at Georgia Aquarium
 Hearts are grieving at the Georgia Aquarium. Qinu, the pregnant beluga whale, lost her calf on Tuesday. The 9-year-old, pale-skinned, arctic creature went into labor Tuesday morning, but experienced complications, according to a statement from the aquarium. The infant did not survive. “The position and shape of the calf prevented the...

12:40 AM Thursday, Nov. 09, 2017

Hearts are grieving at the Georgia Aquarium. Qinu, the pregnant beluga whale, lost her calf on Tuesday. The 9-year-old, pale-skinned, arctic creature went into labor Tuesday morning, but experienced complications, according to a statement from the aquarium. The infant did not survive. “The position and shape of the calf prevented the...
A night for Monty Python fans: See John Cleese, ‘Holy Grail’
 John Cleese has put on a few pounds. Being 6-foot-5 makes it easier to disguise the padding, but his audience knows. The co-founder of Monty Python’s Flying Circus was accepting questions from his listeners at a recent solo performance (one of which will take place at Symphony Hall on Sunday) and one wag wanted to know “Is...

6:30 PM Wednesday, Nov. 08, 2017

John Cleese has put on a few pounds. Being 6-foot-5 makes it easier to disguise the padding, but his audience knows. The co-founder of Monty Python’s Flying Circus was accepting questions from his listeners at a recent solo performance (one of which will take place at Symphony Hall on Sunday) and one wag wanted to know “Is...
Harry Potter podcast offers discussion of life, death and magic
 Harry Potter has given us seven books, eight films, dinnerware, theme park attractions and many years of entertainment. Three folks at the Harvard Divinity School believe Harry can offer even more. Since 2016, they’ve been discussing the books in a podcast called “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text.” In the nerdy...

8:00 PM Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

Harry Potter has given us seven books, eight films, dinnerware, theme park attractions and many years of entertainment. Three folks at the Harvard Divinity School believe Harry can offer even more. Since 2016, they’ve been discussing the books in a podcast called “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text.” In the nerdy...
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