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Opinion: President Trump vs. the NFL is peak 2017

Opinion: President Trump vs. the NFL is peak 2017

Falcons owner Arthur Blank joins arms with his players during the playing of the national anthem prior to the game against the Detroit Lions on Sunday in Detroit. (Leon Halip / Getty Images) There is no redeeming quality to the unfolding war of words between President Trump and professional football players. It is a duel of cheap applause lines, especially by each side&rsquo...
Kempner: Why cyber muggers keep winning (and we keep losing)

Kempner: Why cyber muggers keep winning (and we keep losing)

It’s not uplifting to chat with cybersecurity experts these days, because our most sensitive data is not safe. Sure, the businesses, government agencies and others that have our private information try to protect our valuables. They smack away lots of attempts by bad guys to grab our data. But, ultimately, many of the defenders end up buckling, just like credit reporting agency Equifax recently...
Torpy at Large: Tom Price, fiscal hawk / highfalutin flyboy

Torpy at Large: Tom Price, fiscal hawk / highfalutin flyboy

Metro Atlanta’s own Tom Price, the surgeon-turned-congressman-turned-U.S. Health Secretary, is now getting pummeled for flying around in private jets. Last week, the news site Politico detailed a three-day sprint for which Price spent more than $60,000 on such flights. Later, Politico said it was more like $300,000 since May, with flights often costing $10,000-plus a pop, even when commercial...
Falcons hold on to win (barely) in unusual way on an unusual day

Falcons hold on to win (barely) in unusual way on an unusual day

Falcons owner Arthur Blank joins arms with his players during the playing of the national anthem prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday. (Leon Halip/Getty Images) DETROIT – It was not a normal game or a normal Sunday. The president of the United States, his work on far less important issues like national security, the economy and health...
The Braves in 2018: Snitker could return, but much will change

The Braves in 2018: Snitker could return, but much will change

A young arm for next year: Luiz Gohara. (AP Photo/Tami Chappell) First things first: The Braves are believed to be leaning toward keeping Brian Snitker as manager for next season. No final decision has been made, but Saturday’s luncheon meeting between Snitker and upper management generated, in general manager John Coppolella’s description, “productive conversation...
The big game is no contest: Georgia routs Mississippi State

The big game is no contest: Georgia routs Mississippi State

Roquan Smith wrecks Nick Fitzgerald. (Curtis Compton/AJC) ATHENS — One set of Bulldogs lost 11 yards before its second snap. The other set had seven points before its second snap. One band of Bulldogs came ready. Guess which. The set of Bulldogs based in Clarke County had dropped hints over the season’s first three weeks, but this was more than that. This was something...
About NFL protests, I ask: Mr. President, what are you doing?

About NFL protests, I ask: Mr. President, what are you doing?

President Donald J. Trump in Huntsville, Ala. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ATHENS — You have no idea how I voted in the last Presidential election. You can try to guess, but there’s a good chance you’ll be wrong. I like to think I’ve kept political comment to a minimum over my almost 40 years in this business, and not because I don’t have beliefs. (I...
Fumbles aside, Georgia Tech has loud response for Pitt and Narduzzi

Fumbles aside, Georgia Tech has loud response for Pitt and Narduzzi

Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall runs for a touchdown in the first quarter of Saturday’s game against Pitt at Bobby Dodd Stadium. (Hyosub Shin/hshin@ajc.com) Pat Narduzzi was right. Georgia Tech plays “dangerous” football. Just not the way he thinks. Five touchdowns and 484 yards in offense: dangerous. Five fumbles and four turnovers that could’ve easily...

Opinion: Our race-baiter-in-chief strikes again

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kg8FoYE1lc&w=492&h=307] Last month, white supremacists and neo-Nazis marched in a torchlight parade in Charlottesville, chanting “Blood and soil!” and “Jews will not replace us.” After violence broke out the next day, a white supremacist drove his car into peaceful counter-protestors, killing one. After...
It’s Trump vs. NFL (and Warriors)! Sports/politics collision unavoidable

It’s Trump vs. NFL (and Warriors)! Sports/politics collision unavoidable

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (center) listens to U.S. President Donald Trump deliver remarks during an event celebrating the team’s Super Bowl win on the south lawn at the White House in in April. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The intersection of sports and politics has resulted in a collision that once would have been thought unthinkable: U.S. President ...

Opinion: A little sumpin’ sumpin’ for y’all

Let’s change this up a little bit. “Ladies and gentlemen, from that bustlin’, rustlin’, beer-guzzlin’ and boot-shufflin’ metropolis of Dripping Springs, Texas, population 3,000, bringing a sonic blast right out of the ’70s but packaged in a debut album freshly released this very day, I give y’all ….. “MIDLAND!&rdquo...
Opinion: A vote that will be deeply regretted

Opinion: A vote that will be deeply regretted

(AP) Senate Republicans face a major, major political problem. I get that. They have embraced the repeal and replacement of Obamacare as a moral crusade, as the animating goal of their party and their movement, and now that they have control of the entire Washington establishment, they have proved themselves spectacularly incapable of pulling it off. As a result, the Graham-Cassidy...
Opinion: The poor tax Democrats want to keep (and then increase)

Opinion: The poor tax Democrats want to keep (and then increase)

Who, me? Supporting a poor tax? U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) gestures during a news briefing at the Capitol, Sept. 19. (Alex Wong / Getty Images) The overriding dynamic in the current health-care debate in Washington is Democrats’ unified refusal to go along with anything the GOP can at all claim is “repeal” of Obamacare. That&rsquo...
Hawks player preview: Dennis Schroder

Hawks player preview: Dennis Schroder

(Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) The Hawks are set to begin training camp on Tuesday in Athens. This is the final player preview leading up to camp. See below for links to all of the previous entries. Dennis Schroder Position: PG Height/Weight: 6-1, 172 Age: 24 (9/15/93) 2017-18 salary: $15.5 million CARMELO projected value: $8.5 million How acquired: 2013...
DeKalb will extend school day by 20 minutes for days lost to Hurricane Irma

DeKalb will extend school day by 20 minutes for days lost to Hurricane Irma

The DeKalb County School District will lengthen its school days by 20 minutes through December to make up for closing four days last week due to Hurricane Irma. This has been done before by other metro districts. Gwinnett and Decatur extended their school days for 30 minutes in 2014 after ice and snow crippled the region and forced...
Atlanta student wins 2017 Soap Box Derby World Championship

Atlanta student wins 2017 Soap Box Derby World Championship

The first time she jumped into a soap box derby car, then 7-year-old Malena Shipley had no clue what she was doing. But she had such good form and such good instincts, it seemed she was a natural. In June, Shipley, 12, of Brookhaven, took first place at the All American Soap Box Derby World Championships in Akron, OH. After five years racing, she knows exactly what she is doing...
UGA-State: Race for second place in the SEC will be run in Athens

UGA-State: Race for second place in the SEC will be run in Athens

Happy Dan and Mrs. Mullen. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) The last SEC East team to win the conference title was Florida in 2008, when Tebow was a junior. Take out Georgia’s epic near-miss against Alabama in 2012 and the closest — closest, I say — SEC title tilt over that span was Florida’s 14-point loss to Bama in 2015. Since 2009, the East champ has averaged...
This Life with Gracie: A pastor and his 150-year-old church come full circle

This Life with Gracie: A pastor and his 150-year-old church come full circle

By the time the Rev. Dwight Andrews arrived at the First Congregational Church in 1988, the Atlanta worship center had already established itself as a beacon of hope; a place of not only progress but possibility. But for all the good it had done, for all the uplift it had provided over the last century, the church had fallen into disrepair and had grown inward, more concerned with its own needs and...
Torpy at Large: The crazy foam board caper, only at ATL City Hall

Torpy at Large: The crazy foam board caper, only at ATL City Hall

On Wednesday, someone filed an ethics complaint against Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office for spending city time and using city resources to print up placards that could be seen as campaign materials. Later that afternoon, the Mayor had those same 28-by-18-inch foam boards posted in the atrium at City Hall outside his office. The placards beat up on City Council President Ceasar Mitchell...
Weekend Predictions: Dogs, Falcons winners, James Franklin a loser

Weekend Predictions: Dogs, Falcons winners, James Franklin a loser

Welcome back to Weekend Predictions, the nation’s only investment newsletter that dares to ask the question: When a team leads 56-0 and the coach who’s ahead calls timeout with only seconds left to seemingly freeze the opponent’s kicker before a field goal attempt, does that make the coach some indecipherable, unimaginable Napoleonic blob of green goo, like...
KKK roleplaying and crude rap lyrics: Mistakes but should they end careers?

KKK roleplaying and crude rap lyrics: Mistakes but should they end careers?

Education professor Peter Smagorinsky peppers his University of Georgia undergraduate students with daily email compendiums of teachers-gone-wrong news stories under the heading “Don’t try this at home.” “I share these stories any time a teacher gets in hot water due to poor judgment so my students know how teachers get in trouble,”...
KKK roleplaying & obscene rap lyrics: Mistakes but should they end careers?

KKK roleplaying & obscene rap lyrics: Mistakes but should they end careers?

Education professor Peter Smagorinsky peppers his University of Georgia undergraduate students with daily email compendiums of teachers-gone-wrong news stories under the heading “Don’t try this at home.” “I share these stories any time a teacher gets in hot water due to poor judgment so my students know how teachers get in trouble,”...
Georgia Ballet adds sensory friendly performances to the season

Georgia Ballet adds sensory friendly performances to the season

For five years, children with special needs have had the opportunity to study traditional ballet through Georgia Ballet’s DanceAbility program. But even though they were studying the dance form, some students had never seen a professional ballet performance. The music, the lights or a dark theater could add up to a stressful experience for children who are sensory sensitive...
Hawks player preview: Taurean Prince

Hawks player preview: Taurean Prince

(Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) The Hawks are set to begin training camp on Sept. 26. I’m previewing one player each day leading up to camp (in alphabetical order). Taurean Prince Position: SF Height/Weight: 6-8, 220 Age: 23 (3/22/94) 2017-18 salary: $2.42 million CARMELO projected value: $5.3 million How acquired: 2016 draft (No. 12 overall via trade...
Opinion: Jimmy Kimmel, health insurance guru? Yup.

Opinion: Jimmy Kimmel, health insurance guru? Yup.

Jimmy Kimmel is a late-night TV host who dropped out of college to take a radio gig. That’s not a career move that I would recommend, but in Kimmel’s case, it has worked out OK.  Kimmel also happens to have an infant son, Billy, who was born with a serious life-threatening heart defect. Bill Cassidy is a U.S. senator who sits on the Senate Committee for Health...
Sign on University of Georgia campus about Georgia Tech shooting upsets students

Sign on University of Georgia campus about Georgia Tech shooting upsets students

This sign displayed outside the Tate Student Center at the University of Georgia Wednesday shocked some students. I assume the sign writer was asking students whether the shooting of Georgia Tech student Scout Schultz was justifiable in its reference to a “clean shoot.” UGA senior Alli Carton told me: “Today this sign was on campus at UGA. Front and center...
Opinion: Why our health-care politics is so jumbled

Opinion: Why our health-care politics is so jumbled

Repealing Obamacare has proved to be a more difficult task than Republicans imagined. So difficult, in fact, that the latest “Obamacare repeal” bill doesn’t actually repeal Obamacare. It cements much of the law in place, in ways Democrats might appreciate if they weren’t busy peddling...
This Life with Gracie: Alpharetta mom on a mission to prevent suicide

This Life with Gracie: Alpharetta mom on a mission to prevent suicide

People who lose a loved one to suicide are haunted by a myriad of whys, hows, and the what-ifs that can never be answered. Why would anyone ever take their own life? What makes them desire death in the first place? And how, for God’s sake, do they build up the nerve to do it? Like so many others, it was all Teressa Stann was left with after the death of her brother Louie Ruspi in 2011. Questions...
New study: Charter school teachers less likely to call in sick than peers in regular schools

New study: Charter school teachers less likely to call in sick than peers in regular schools

A new report by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute looks at the number of teachers who miss 11 or more days of work a year and compares the absentee rates in charter schools and regular public schools. The study finds teachers in charters are less likely to miss school. On average, U.S. teachers miss about eight school days a year due to sick and personal leave; the average...
The Greatest Sneaker Show on Earth returns to Atlanta

The Greatest Sneaker Show on Earth returns to Atlanta

Ask a local sneaker head and he (or less likely, she) will tell you that sneaker culture in Atlanta is still evolving. That hasn’t stopped Sneaker Con, the international event for sneaker connoisseurs, from making Atlanta a stop on the tour on its 13 city tour. In 2016, Sneaker Con events nationwide drew more than 70,000 attendees, and Atlanta’s Sneaker Con was ...
Opinion: OK, we end the Iran deal. Then what…?

Opinion: OK, we end the Iran deal. Then what…?

(AP) “The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” President Trump told the United Nations this week. “Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it — believe me.” That threat to the world is merely the latest...
Why Brian Snitker isn’t the right manager for the Braves’ future

Why Brian Snitker isn’t the right manager for the Braves’ future

Brian Snitker at work. (Curtis Compton/AJC photo) Last fall’s decision to remove the “interim” part of Brian Snitker’s title wasn’t easy. The Braves came close to hiring Bud Black, who will receive a lot of manager-of-the-year votes for his work with Colorado. In the cold light of hindsight, they’d have done better with Black. The Braves...
Hawks player preview: Miles Plumlee

Hawks player preview: Miles Plumlee

(AP Photo) The Hawks are set to begin training camp on Sept. 26. I’m previewing one player each day leading up to camp (in alphabetical order). Miles Plumlee Position: C Height/Weight: 6-11, 249 Age: 29 (9/1/88) 2017-18 salary: $12.5 million CARMELO projected value: minus $0.7 million How acquired: 2017 trade (Hornets) OFFENSE Plumlee is a traditional...
Opinion: Poll shows most groups prefer state control of health care

Opinion: Poll shows most groups prefer state control of health care

The Georgia Capitol, not the U.S. Capitol, is where control over an issue like health care belongs. (AJC Photo / Bob Andres) In Tuesday’s post about the Graham-Cassidy health bill , I argued the biggest gain from passing the bill would be shifting more health policy out of the federal level, where it is destined to remain intractably contentious...
Eason’s practicing, which doesn’t mean he’s still UGA’s No. 1 QB

Eason’s practicing, which doesn’t mean he’s still UGA’s No. 1 QB

Two quarterbacks. One too many? (Curtis Compton/AJC photo) Sixteen days after hurting his knee, Jacob Eason returned to practice. Reporters actually witnessed this much. It’s unclear to what extent Eason participated there being only so much of practice that Georgia allows reporters to see. Afterward Kirby Smart was asked what his plans are regarding Eason. This was his...
Kempner: Equifax data breach fiasco? It’s actually a stunning repeat

Kempner: Equifax data breach fiasco? It’s actually a stunning repeat

Tell me if you think you already know this: An Atlanta area company with a horde of sensitive personal information lands on the hot seat for letting bad guys get consumers’ secrets. Consumers complain the company waited too long to warn them, didn’t have its act together when it finally did and then offered inadequate protections. Federal investigators dig into questions of insider trading...
Torpy at Large: When a judge’s attitude seems prissy, minus the ‘r’

Torpy at Large: When a judge’s attitude seems prissy, minus the ‘r’

I suppose adult diapers should be optional for lawyers practicing in the DeKalb County courtroom of Superior Court Chief Judge Courtney Johnson. Johnson was once described by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a “no-nonsense” judge, which I suppose is journalistic shorthand to identify judges who won’t let lawyers go take a pee. Now the state judicial watchdog agency is investigating...
Opinion: People too quick to assume police at fault in Georgia Tech shooting

Opinion: People too quick to assume police at fault in Georgia Tech shooting

Rick Diguette is a local writer and retired college instructor who often writes about higher ed issues for this blog.  Today, he raises concerns about the early news reports on the Georgia Tech shooting and how they may have shaped the narrative that police were at fault. By Rick Diguette On Saturday night, a man placed a 911 call to Georgia Tech campus police alerting...
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