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AJC Watchdog: DC lawyers, liberal groups push 6th District lawsuit

With the nation’s most closely watched congressional race headed to a runoff in June, a D.C.-based voting rights advocacy group is pressing in federal court to reopen voter registration.


Golden Glide Roller Skating Rink in Decatur closing down on Sunday

Golden Glide Roller Skating Rink in Decatur closing down on Sunday

Twitter lit up Thursday afternoon when the news spread that Golden Glide Roller Skating rink in DeKalb County would be shutting its doors this weekend. “The doors will be closing on Sunday. Sunday will be our last weekend,” said Channel Gibbs, the rink administrator. “I can’t give you an official reason as to why. The doors are closing for good. We don&rsquo...
Kempner: Braves push our buttons to sell SunTrust Park

Kempner: Braves push our buttons to sell SunTrust Park

The Atlanta Braves are spending a chunk of change to welcome you back to the place they’ve just moved into and you’ve never been. They’re hoping the pitch pays off by making regulars out of casual fans. And they expect to get a younger crowd. You’ve probably seen or heard ads from the team’s “Welcome Home” marketing campaign, a sweeping effort that includes...
Clayton names former DeKalb leader Morcease Beasley sole finalist for school chief

Clayton names former DeKalb leader Morcease Beasley sole finalist for school chief

Clayton County Public Schools has announced a sole finalist for the superintendent’s job. Despite a nationwide search, the school board didn’t go far to find its candidate, endorsing current Clayton administrator Morcease J. Beasley. Dr. Morcease Beasley is the lone finalist to lead Clayton County schools. (Keith Hadley/AJC staff) Beasley joined the 54,000-student Clayton system...
Torpy at Large: Decatur bike plan a way to stick it to nonresidents

Torpy at Large: Decatur bike plan a way to stick it to nonresidents

Sometime this fall, construction crews will start tearing up a perfectly good commuter route in Decatur, cutting car capacity in half for the purpose of installing protected bike lanes. Commerce Drive, which was built decades ago as sort of a mini-I-285 around downtown Decatur, will change from two lanes in each direction to one with turn lanes. The city is putting Commerce Drive on a “road...
Life with Gracie: Homeless youths more likely to be bought and sold for sex

Life with Gracie: Homeless youths more likely to be bought and sold for sex

Je’Brial Lee talks about her years in metro Atlanta’s sex trade the way one talks about a day at the office, only she was posing in sexy outfits, naked inside cages and performing untold sex acts. “For me, it was business, easy money in my hand,” she says matter-of-factly. For three years — from ages 14 to 17 — Je’Brial said the man who lured her into the...
Life with Gracie: Kids in Syria need diapers too; metro Atlanta woman wants to help

Life with Gracie: Kids in Syria need diapers too; metro Atlanta woman wants to help

It’s been pretty hard to miss the news out of Syria, its ongoing civil war and more recently the chemical attack by the government on its citizens. More than 80 people died early this month after breathing in poison. It was hard to watch and even harder seeing children choking, gasping for breath. Dying. Our president, after viewing videos and photos of the dead children in Khan Sheikhoun, ordered...
‘Breakdown’ S03, Ep. 6: Doctor, healer, serial sex offender

‘Breakdown’ S03, Ep. 6: Doctor, healer, serial sex offender

In this final episode, a Fulton County judge orders Dr. Narendra Gupta to surrender his medical license and stop practicing medicine forever. She underscores the order with a pointed question: “Do you understand that, Mister Gupta?” Gupta says yes. He has just entered into a deal in which he pleaded guilty to three charges of sexual battery against patients. Another condition of the plea...
Kempner: Bill O’Reilly’s replacement had called Fox star a phony

Kempner: Bill O’Reilly’s replacement had called Fox star a phony

Another heap of bad drama for Fox News is good for a former CNN talker starting this week, but maybe not so much for CNN. Fox News dumped Bill O’Reilly after publicity about another wave of sexual harassment complaints, legal settlements and hush money. I suspect it wasn’t an easy decision for a network that has struggled through self-inflicted controversy in the last year over...
Someone must die so another can live

Someone must die so another can live

At 58, Lance Cunha had traveled the world counseling organizations on strategic matters, helping solve complex development and economic problems, and advising countries on debt and capital market issues. He was, as they say, at the top of his game. Having grown up of modest means in New York City, he was proud of how far he’d come in life. He was a first generation American, a hard worker who&rsquo...
Life with Gracie: Georgia Festival Chorus’ 90-year-old leader has own rich history

Life with Gracie: Georgia Festival Chorus’ 90-year-old leader has own rich history

Just minutes into the Georgia Festival Chorus rehearsal the other night, I’m struck by its choirmaster Frank Boggs. Even at 90, he is no doubt an incredible force — disciplined, intense and charismatic, possessing the sort of persuasive rigor it takes to coax music out of a choir of any sort, even this one, a mix of retirees and working folk. Lawyers and nurses and schoolteachers and engineers...
Kempner: Small business, X-rated or not, flamed by I-85 collapse

Kempner: Small business, X-rated or not, flamed by I-85 collapse

A street walker named “Star” and, oddly, the proprietress of a ladies apparel store were the only people I found along one eclectic Atlanta byway who said the traffic jams from the I-85 collapse might actually be good for business. Who knew? But make no mistake: some of our entrepreneurial neighbors need our help. Collapsageddon is now embedded in the daily business life of a street...
Torpy at Large: They live/work/play but can’t sleep because of club

Torpy at Large: They live/work/play but can’t sleep because of club

For the past year, residents in the 109 units of the Peachtree Battle Condominiums have endured the “THUMP! THUMP! THUMPING!” exuberance of the dance club downstairs. DS17, the club bearing the initials and number of one of its owners, Atlanta Hawks star Dennis Schroder, is one of the newer late-night party places in Buckhead. It also continues another Buckhead tradition — a...
Life with Gracie: In search of the teens booted from United Airlines flight over fashion

Life with Gracie: In search of the teens booted from United Airlines flight over fashion

If you were barred from a United Airlines flight in Denver because you were wearing leggings recently, there’s a company that wants to give you a free pair. That’s right. Define Your Inspiration, considered by Forbes magazine to be the next Lululemon because of their high-waisted leggings, is looking for you. When DYI execs heard the airline turned you away, they were bombed like the rest...
Life with Gracie: At 71, Northside Cherokee’s first black nurse still endures

Life with Gracie: At 71, Northside Cherokee’s first black nurse still endures

May 6 won’t look anything like March 1, 1969, the day Velma Blackwell first reported to work at Northside Hospital in Canton. In ’69, Blackwell was 24 and the first African-American to work as a nurse at the facility, known then as R.T. Jones Hospital. Notice I didn’t say the first nurse. There were other black nurses — registered nurses, in fact — but they weren&rsquo...
‘Breakdown’ S03, Ep. 5: Punishment

‘Breakdown’ S03, Ep. 5: Punishment

In late 2011, Dr. Narendra K. Gupta stood before a Fulton County judge and pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of sexual battery. The conditions of his sentence were unusual: He didn’t have to go to jail. He did have to leave the country.  Episode 5 of the AJC’s “Breakdown” podcast examines the extraordinary conditions of Gupta’s plea deal. Johnny Edwards...
Torpy at Large: 67 use-of-force cases were OK, until video surfaced

Torpy at Large: 67 use-of-force cases were OK, until video surfaced

When Gwinnett County officer Robert McDonald ran onto the scene and immediately stomped on a handcuffed motorist’s head to get him under control, it probably seemed natural to him. The relatively new cop — in a widely viewed video — had been learning from the master, Sgt. Michael F. Bongiovanni, a burly veteran officer who was a cop’s cop, a one-man wrecking crew adept at meting...

Opinion: “like a tree planted by the water ….”

I first heard this the other night and, well, maybe Pops Staples will not be moved, but I was. This was recorded ten years ago, late in Pops’ life and career, but as in Johnny Cash’s late work, what time robbed from the vocal quality it more than compensated for with poignancy and power. Happy Easter weekend.
It’s Opening Day for the Braves, and not just any Opening Day

It’s Opening Day for the Braves, and not just any Opening Day

April 14, 2017: Opening Day at SunTrust Park. (M. Bradley) Here we are for Opening Day, and not just any Opening Day: Opening Day in a new ballpark in a different county for a team that lived downtown … well, since moving here from Milwaukee, which was 50 years ago.
What does Georgia’s savings account look like?

What does Georgia’s savings account look like?

Gov. Nathan Deal has been bragging for months about how well Georgia has rebounded since the economic collapse of the Great Recession and with good reason. Georgia surpassed $2 billion in reserve funds last year. But what does that figure mean? A new 50-state study released this week by the Pew Charitable Trusts finds that Georgia has 35 days of emergency operating expenses in reserve, down from...
Easter marks the season of hope and new beginnings

Easter marks the season of hope and new beginnings

For nearly a decade now, Suellen Daniels of Cumming, along with her husband Steve, has been working to put healthy food on the tables of metro Atlanta’s needy families. Every day she longs to be the catalyst for someone else’s new beginning. It’s her way of propagating the hope that lies at the heart of the Easter story. Hearing Daniels talk about how she came to form the non-profit...
Opinion: Crime data show Georgia college students, faculty, and staff don’t need guns.

Opinion: Crime data show Georgia college students, faculty, and staff don’t need guns.

Will he or won’t he? That’s the question thousands of parents, Georgia college students and professors are wondering as Gov. Nathan Deal has 27 days left to veto the campus carry bill. House Bill 280 would allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry firearms on public college and university campuses, with exceptions that include dormitories, fraternity and sorority houses, and...
Opinion: GOP doesn’t yet grasp its health care predicament

Opinion: GOP doesn’t yet grasp its health care predicament

David Perdue, the Republican senator from Georgia, said a very odd thing the other day. He told the AJC’s Greg Bluestein that Republicans are going to have to compromise with Democrats if they hope to address challenges in the nation’s health-care system. Compromise? With Democrats? On health care? That’s a pretty amazing turn of affairs, especially since Republicans haven&rsquo...
$5K rent for Alpharetta apartments? It’s not fake news

$5K rent for Alpharetta apartments? It’s not fake news

Let this rattle around in your mind for a second: some “premium” two-bedroom apartments in one of metro Atlanta’s hottest new live-work-play-shop oases rent for more than $5,000 a month. In Alpharetta. Deep in the burbs of north Fulton. Why, you might wonder — I certainly did — would people shell out rent equivalent to five house payments? Rents for some two-bedroom apartments...
How beauty lovers in Atlanta can book a consultation with NARS global artistic director, Lena Koro

How beauty lovers in Atlanta can book a consultation with NARS global artistic director, Lena Koro

Women looking for advice on beauty trends will find no shortage of information online. Beauty influencers, as YouTube stars are known, have quickly become the new makeup moguls. This week Forbes released its inaugural list of “Top Influencers” which included top beauty vloggers like Zoe Sugg, the British vlogger who has 11 million YouTube subscribers, a bestselling line of beauty...
Life with Gracie: CDC denies funds for fighting a rapid spike in black and Latino HIV cases 

Life with Gracie: CDC denies funds for fighting a rapid spike in black and Latino HIV cases 

Just one month ago, AID Atlanta was recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for its strong track record providing needed services to thousands of metro Atlantans living with HIV/AIDS. It was confirmation that AID Atlanta’s prevention/intervention programs were making a difference. And so when the nonprofit, which has been receiving CDC funds for the past 14 years, applied...
Are AP classes worth it? Absolutely, say some Georgia educators

Are AP classes worth it? Absolutely, say some Georgia educators

Kenneth S. Lawrence is the 2016 Muscogee County School District Teacher of the Year. Christine Hull is director of advanced learning and gifted programs for the district. In two essays below, they respond to a column I wrote about how some schools are questioning the value of Advanced Placement courses and exams. AP courses are college-level courses created by the College Board and offered...
Atlanta writers battle the lack of diversity in books for young adults

Atlanta writers battle the lack of diversity in books for young adults

Shanna Miles describes herself as a book pusher. For at least one group young readers in the metro area she has become more of a leader on a journey to self-discovery than merely a bridge to good books. A few years ago, Miles was a frustrated journalism major working in corporate America. She thought maybe she would teach English, but after learning the manner in which English is now being taught...
After 81 games, what are we to make of these Hawks?

After 81 games, what are we to make of these Hawks?

Bud at the controls. (AP Photo/John Amis) Mike Budenholzer said Tuesday night that his Atlanta Hawks have always known what they need to do to play well; the difference, he said, is that “we’re doing it better.
Torpy at Large: More airline weasel words for us to ‘re-accommodate’

Torpy at Large: More airline weasel words for us to ‘re-accommodate’

Last week, a round of thunderstorms in Atlanta kicked off a cascading effect that caused more than 3,300 flight cancellations at Delta Air Lines and untold woe to tens of thousands of travelers. At 1,000 cancellations and counting, Delta chief operating officer Gil West said in a written statement, “While we can’t control the weather, we understand the resulting recovery has...
Opinion: Governor should veto Georgia’s ‘mean-spirited, divisive’ sanctuary campus bill

Opinion: Governor should veto Georgia’s ‘mean-spirited, divisive’ sanctuary campus bill

Shelley Rose is the interim regional director for the Anti-Defamation League, Southeast Region. In this guest column, Rose condemns House Bill 37, which would restrict funds for Georgia colleges that violate state and federal law by adopting polices that protect students living in the country illegally. The bill passed the General Assembly and awaits the governor’s signature....
Kempner: Hey, United, paying passengers is better than dragging them

Kempner: Hey, United, paying passengers is better than dragging them

How much do you think it would have cost United Airlines to have avoided the latest viral video debacle that has enraged consumers (at least those who didn’t scoff at a forcibly bumped passenger’s screams)? My guess is $1,000. But, heck, maybe United could have sweetened the pot by just a couple hundred bucks to try to convince one more passenger to give up their seat and take a later...
United Airlines suffers declining stock after social media skewering

United Airlines suffers declining stock after social media skewering

On Sunday, a man was forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight bound from Chicago to Louisville. When a video of the incident inevitably hit social media, reaction was swift. Viewers who saw the screeching man being dragged down the aisle on his back by a law enforcement official — and later his bloodied face — heaped criticism on United. RELATED: United passenger dragged...
Opinion: GOP goes ‘full tribal’ to hold the Sixth

Opinion: GOP goes ‘full tribal’ to hold the Sixth

In a TV ad endorsing Republican hopeful Dan Moody for the vacant 6th Congressional District seat, U.S. Sen. David Perdue reassures voters that Moody can be trusted because “he’s one of us.” “One of us,” as opposed to “one of them?” Actually, yes. That “us vs. them” mindset has become the running theme of the GOP’s attempt to hold the 6th...
Here’s one good way to honor your mom this Mother’s Day

Here’s one good way to honor your mom this Mother’s Day

Sometime on April 11, Audrey Brees will log onto her computer and make a $60 donation, maybe more, to the Miracle Foundation in honor of her mother. It will be an early Mother’s Day gift, the same one she has given for at least the past three years. That might not seem like much, but for the millions of children without mothers across the globe, who languish in substandard institutions, it means...
Redshirting: If kids have summer birthdays, should they sit out kindergarten for year?

Redshirting: If kids have summer birthdays, should they sit out kindergarten for year?

Eavesdrop on any group of young parents discussing kindergarten and you’ll likely hear angst about kids whose birthdays fall just before the cutoff date for kindergarten eligibility, which is Sept. 1 in Georgia If your preschoolers are born in the summer, should you delay kindergarten a year so they’re not the youngest in the class but the oldest? This growing practice ...
Frontline documentary on Trump’s road to the White House now on DVD

Frontline documentary on Trump’s road to the White House now on DVD

If you missed the Frontline program chronicling Donald Trump’s road to the White House, you can now add it to your home collection. This month, ” Frontline: Trump’s Road to the White House,” was released on DVD. The film, which first debuted in late January, documents how Trump defied the expectations of many to become the 45th president of the United States. Through interviews...
Opinion: Attack on Syrian airfield changes very little

Opinion: Attack on Syrian airfield changes very little

So President Trump launches a much-ballyhooed air strike against a Syrian airfield used to launch a chemical weapons attack, a decision that his fellow Republicans quickly rush to embrace as proof of a new American resolve. “I think that this is an important, decisive step that was taken,” said U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on the night of the attack. “It is not a message. It is an actual...
The 10 professions with the most workers age 66 or older

The 10 professions with the most workers age 66 or older

Today’s financial experts tell upcoming retirees they will need about 70 to 80 percent of their pre-retirement income to be ready for full retirement. The money, they said, should come from a combination of social security, retirement savings and other income. The pronouncement has Americans of all ages scrambling to hit the magic $1 million mark before retirement age, and many of them...
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