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Bill Torpy at Large: Will historic Pullman site get railroaded?

Early next month, the state will close bidding on the sale of the Pratt-Pullman train yards in Kirkwood, and the next phase for the historic site will begin. Now, everybody knows the site is historic — except the state of Georgia, which owns the 27 acres of wooded industrial ruins that have become a backdrop for dystopian movie sets. State officials have refused to call it “historic&rdquo...
How one Bulldog’s approach to spring seems so right

How one Bulldog’s approach to spring seems so right

Georgia tailback Sony Michel breaks free for a long gain against Georgia Tech during the first half of last season’s game in Athens.
From mother to daughter: Wishing you a love that lasts

From mother to daughter: Wishing you a love that lasts

Last Saturday, my daughter Asha married her best friend. We’d been planning this moment since December 2015, but I was totally unprepared.
Miraculously, someone out there agrees with me about the Braves

Miraculously, someone out there agrees with me about the Braves

Not quite ready for their close-up, but getting closer. (AP Photo/John Amis) Contrary to popular belief, I’m human.
Serial sex crimes case focus of new ‘Breakdown’ podcast ‘Predator, M.D.’

Serial sex crimes case focus of new ‘Breakdown’ podcast ‘Predator, M.D.’

Vinni Gupta was a serial sexual predator whose spree lasted 14 years, throughout most of the time he lived in the United States. He abused the daughters of his friends and neighbors. He abused co-workers. Some of his own employees accused him of groping and harassing them. A job applicant even accused him of groping her during the interview. “I’m there basically in a room, helpless, by...
Georgia Tech advances to NIT semis in another big step for team, Pastner

Georgia Tech advances to NIT semis in another big step for team, Pastner

Georgia Tech guard Tadric Jackson goes up for a dunk attempt as Mississippi forward Sebastian Saiz (11) defends in Tuesday’s NIT quarterfinals in Oxford, Miss.
Two metro area single moms awarded gifts from Georgia-Pacific for Single Parent’s Day

Two metro area single moms awarded gifts from Georgia-Pacific for Single Parent’s Day

Two single moms in the metro area were the recipients of helpful gifts in honor of Single Parent’s Day on March 21. Liz Santa Cruz of Flowery Branch and Kylia Whitehead of Lawrenceville were awarded gifts from Atlanta-based Georgia Pacific during the company’s Angel Soft Single Parent’s Day Campaign. In a video shared on Facebook that has raked in more than 2 million views, the women...
5 positions the Falcons need to fill

5 positions the Falcons need to fill

The Falcons are not undergoing a makeover this offseason. Currently, 19 of the 22 starters in the Super Bowl are set to return, but that doesn’t mean the team is standing pat. “Not every team is the same, year to year,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “I’ve never been someone that’s said, let’s reload and do everything exactly like it was.” Only right...

From sweet to elite: North Carolina cruises past Butler

Down and out. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill) MEMPHIS — With 6:49 remaining in the first half Friday, Butler was on pace to score 73 points.

Opinion: Raw sounds from across the pond

This is a little raw and probably won’t be for everyone, but I love several of the cuts off their new album, most of which contain words that can’t be posted here. The duo is Sleaford Mods, from the UK, and their direct, raw approach is a big part of their appeal. If you’re curious about the reference to BHS, so was I. Here’s the explanation, offered by the group’s publicist...
Why is Georgia Legislature so intent on arming college students with guns?

Why is Georgia Legislature so intent on arming college students with guns?

Why does the Legislature keep pushing guns on Georgia college campuses? Polls repeatedly show students, parents and university officials don’t want armed 21-year-olds on the state’s public campuses. To build a case that armed students are safer students, gun advocates in the Georgia Legislature evoke crime-ridden campuses and predatory professors. But the data doesn’t support...
Credit scoring firm slapped with $3 million fine for deceit

Credit scoring firm slapped with $3 million fine for deceit

Credit scoring giant Experian was fined $3 million by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Thursday for deceiving people about the use of credit scores it was selling to consumers.
Opinion: Seven years of fantasy crashes to the ground

Opinion: Seven years of fantasy crashes to the ground

(AP) For seven years, Washington Republicans have promised us over and over again that they had a plan to replace Obamacare.
Opinion: Three bills in Legislature endanger Georgia’s colleges and universities

Opinion: Three bills in Legislature endanger Georgia’s colleges and universities

UPDATE: The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously late Thursday to table HB 51, the campus rape bill referenced in this essay. In this column, state Rep. David Dreyer, D-Atlanta, says three bills moving through the Legislature toward passage threaten our higher education system, quality and reputation and don’t help or serve students. By David Dreyer Georgia’s recipe...
Opinion: Winners in ‘health reform’ probably don’t include you

Opinion: Winners in ‘health reform’ probably don’t include you

(AP) House Republicans are having a tough time passing a health-care “reform” bill that guts Medicaid by cutting $880 billion, that pushes an estimated 24 million Americans off their health insurance plan with no replacement, that hits poor, elderly and rural Americans hardest and that hands most of an $880 billion tax cut into the hands of wealthiest Americans.
Georgia patient accuses doctor of sexually assaulting her in Columbus hospital

Georgia patient accuses doctor of sexually assaulting her in Columbus hospital

A New York doctor was in court in Georgia this week to face charges that he sexually assaulted a patient while practicing at a hospital in Columbus, according to a report in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.
Life with Gracie: From mother to daughter: Wishing you a love that lasts

Life with Gracie: From mother to daughter: Wishing you a love that lasts

Last Saturday, my daughter Asha married her best friend at Agnes Scott College’s Julia Thompson Smith Chapel, a stunning, Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired sanctuary. We’d been planning this moment since December 2015 when Herman Hall Jr. asked Jimmy for her hand in marriage, but I was totally unprepared. I was ready when she headed off to kindergarten, to foreign places like Spain and Japan...

Fulton tax chief Ferdinand may finally get a cut in pay

After years of failed attempts, the Georgia legislature has finally approved a bill stopping one of the ways Fulton County Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand personally profits from his position. If approved by the governor, House Bill 375 would bar the collection of fees for issuing tax executions. Since at least 2010, Ferdinand has been personally collecting 50 cents every time his office sells a...
Georgia Tech is bound for the NIT’s final four. It can win there

Georgia Tech is bound for the NIT’s final four. It can win there

His team quelled the Rebels. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP) Georgia Tech is in the final four of the tournament for which nobody fills out a bracket, but still: If you’re not in the Big Dance, you might as well win the NIT.
Brookhaven man hid embezzlement conviction, federal agency says

Brookhaven man hid embezzlement conviction, federal agency says

Not just no, but hell no was the answer a Brookhaven man got from a federal agency that oversees one corner of the financial markets. Ronald Edward Fisher was turned down in his request to register himself and his firm, Zero Chaos Advisors, with the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission, which oversees futures and swaps markets. What’s more, Fisher agreed to never to apply for registration...
Opinion: AP report on Manafort ties to Putin is explosive

Opinion: AP report on Manafort ties to Putin is explosive

Paul Manafort had “a very limited role for a very limited amount of time” in the Trump campaign, according to White House spokesman Sean Spicer.
Opinion: Not all historically black colleges can or should be saved

Opinion: Not all historically black colleges can or should be saved

Torpy at Large: Braves hitting it out of the park in the $$$ column

Torpy at Large: Braves hitting it out of the park in the $$$ column

The Cobb County Braves have had a terrible pre-season, but that’s not important. The team is in the process of rebuilding and the players are merely the backdrop for the real star of 2017: The team’s brand-spanking new ballpark and adjoining live-work-play complex. Sure, the Braves hoped they’d be competitive in their inaugural season at SunTrust Park and not be 72-90 and 19 games...
Legislature advances OSD-lite bill and more tax credits for private school scholarships

Legislature advances OSD-lite bill and more tax credits for private school scholarships

In its countdown mode, the Legislature advanced several education bills Monday, although few will likely engender meaningful reform. The General Assembly’s machinations tend to tweak at the edges, impose more reporting requirements and create new bureaucracy. House Bill 338 does the latter; the OSD Lite bill passed out of Senate Education and Youth Committee largely...

Opinion: These days, quiet leadership vastly undervalued

Here in the United States, the word “governor’ primarily means the elected head of a state, as in Nathan Deal, governor of Georgia. But it also has a secondary meaning: “Governor: a device automatically regulating the supply of fuel, steam, or water to a machine, ensuring uniform motion or limiting speed.” That too describes the role played by Deal in Georgia politics. I disagree...
‘Nobody Loves You’ takes on reality TV romance at Horizon Theatre

‘Nobody Loves You’ takes on reality TV romance at Horizon Theatre

For more than a decade, millions of viewers have tuned in to ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette for a ringside seat to watch romance bloom among strangers. Some of them are looking for warm fuzzy feelings, but just as often it is the artifice and awkwardness that keeps them coming back. In Nobody Loves You, a musical satire by Itamar Moses and Gaby...

Georgians on the hook for failure of long-term care insurance firm

A massive insurance company failure could cost Georgia millions of dollars. What’s more, some of the 2,000 Georgia residents who purchased long-term care insurance from the company could eventually be left without enough money to pay nursing home bills. Penn Treaty Network Insurance Company and its subsidiary American Network Insurance Company are short nearly $4 billion needed to cover promised...
Which ‘down-and-dirty’ men should you spring-clean from your life?

Which ‘down-and-dirty’ men should you spring-clean from your life?

Normally when we think of spring cleaning, we think of a thorough do-over of our homes. We wipe the windows inside and out. We send dirt and germs packing. We toss the old in favor of the new. But how many of us ever consider getting rid of the — ahem — “down-and-dirty” men in our lives? Shannon Colleary did and, well, her life has never been better. “I feel like...
Opinion: Time is running out in Legislature for fairer funding of charter schools

Opinion: Time is running out in Legislature for fairer funding of charter schools

Matthew L. Evans serves as the manager of advocacy & community engagement for KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools. In this guest column, he maintains charter school funding falls short in Georgia and urges the General Assembly to address the issue. By Matthew L. Evans No matter where they live, all students deserve the opportunity to receive a quality public education. Their future opportunity for success...
Emory historian Carol Anderson wins National Book Critics Circle Award

Emory historian Carol Anderson wins National Book Critics Circle Award

Carol Anderson, an Emory historian, has won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism for her book, “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide,”(Bloomsbury, $26).
Opinion: The Trump/Russia link grows more ominous

Opinion: The Trump/Russia link grows more ominous

(AP) It is hard to exaggerate how damaging Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing has been to President Donald Trump, on three critically important points: 1.

Opportunity School District Lite bill: Is it about governor saving face or state saving schools?

House Bill 338 creates a new, high-level education leader — a chief turnaround officer or CTO — tasked with improving Georgia’s lowest performing schools. Unlike Gov. Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School District, which voters rejected in November as a power grab, the CTO doesn’t kick down the door to school districts to force help and guidance but knocks first. As a result...
Tiger Woods says he hopes to play in Masters (this should be interesting)

Tiger Woods says he hopes to play in Masters (this should be interesting)

Tiger Woods reacts on the 11th hole during the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Opinion: Why things may get worse for President Trump

Source: Gallup As you can see from the most recent Gallup numbers, Donald Trump’s job-approval numbers are in steep decline.
‘Breakdown’ podcast Season 3: Predator, M.D.

‘Breakdown’ podcast Season 3: Predator, M.D.

When he came to Atlanta from Ohio in the early 2000s, Dr. Narendra K. Gupta brought something besides his medical degree and his expertise as a diabetes and hypertension doctor. Gupta had already been publicly accused of sexually abusing women.   In Atlanta, at least 10 more women would complain that Gupta touched them improperly. They were patients, an employee, even a job applicant who said...
South Carolina takes down Duke and shocks the world

South Carolina takes down Duke and shocks the world

Frank Martin amid his giddy Gamecocks. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) GREENVILLE, S.C. – With 18 seconds left, Frank Martin was still expecting, he said, “a nine-point play.
How often has campus carry staved off attacks in states that allow guns on campus? Zero.

How often has campus carry staved off attacks in states that allow guns on campus? Zero.

I have two high school seniors likely to end up at public campuses in Georgia next year, one at the University of Georgia and one at Georgia Tech. Despite polls showing the majority of Georgians oppose guns on campus and a veto of a similar bill by Gov. Nathan Deal last year, the General Assembly is trying again. Georgia voters continue to oppose efforts to legalize guns on the state&rsquo...
How often has campus carry staved off attacks in places that allow guns on campus? Zero.

How often has campus carry staved off attacks in places that allow guns on campus? Zero.

I have two high school seniors likely to end up at public campuses in Georgia next year, one at the University of Georgia and one at Georgia Tech. Despite polls showing the majority of Georgians oppose guns on campus and a veto of a similar bill by Gov. Nathan Deal last year, the General Assembly is trying again. Georgia voters continue to oppose efforts to legalize guns on the state&rsquo...
Judd Apatow encourages Georgia voters to dump Trump and the GOP

Judd Apatow encourages Georgia voters to dump Trump and the GOP

Producer, writer and director Judd Apatow took to Twitter on Sunday night with a message for Georgia voters. The comedian, best known for his 2005 film, “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” suggested Georgia could lead the way in sending a message to the Trump administration. Georgia– you can be the first state to say you don't agree with how Trump and the GOP are guiding this nation...
Bill Torpy at Large: This guy’s spending his Ossoff in the 6th District

Bill Torpy at Large: This guy’s spending his Ossoff in the 6th District

Jon Ossoff is waging a not-so-subtle stealth campaign. The new Boy Wonder of the Democratic Party hopes to break out of a crowded field in the right-leaning 6th Congressional District in north metro Atlanta and steal an election right out from under the noses of the GOP. He has gained national recognition because the special election to replace Tom Price is one of the first post-Trump races....
Memo to Villanova: You can’t win ’em all, and don’t play Wisconsin

Memo to Villanova: You can’t win ’em all, and don’t play Wisconsin

Champs no more. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) GREENVILLE, N.C. — The moral of our story is: No team corners the market on winning close games.
Down goes Notre Dame. So much for my all-ACC Final Four, huh?

Down goes Notre Dame. So much for my all-ACC Final Four, huh?

I still have three ACC Final Four teams left. This is one. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt) GREENVILLE, S.
Blueblood blowouts: Duke wins big; Carolina wins bigger

Blueblood blowouts: Duke wins big; Carolina wins bigger

A blowout but not a total blowout, if you get my drift. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt) GREENVILLE, S.C.

Opinion: How are things in Glocca Morra?

This song, from the 1947 Broadway musical “Finian’s Rainbow,” captures the melancholy of an Irish immigrant longing for the home that she left behind. And Rosemary Clooney, aunt of George and herself a daughter of Eire, performs it hauntingly. Happy Paddy’s Day!

Opinion: Another “fake” Fox News poll?

I was reading through the latest Fox News poll when I stumbled across the nugget posted above. The type of question is pretty standard in polling, testing the popularity of a number of people or institutions. In its poll report, Fox lists the results from most popular to least popular. The three most popular are: Bernie Sanders Planned Parenthood Obamacare. The two least popular were Mitch McConnell...
3 yoga events that will help you get geared up for spring

3 yoga events that will help you get geared up for spring

Yoga lovers (and newbies) have a few opportunities to get ohm-ing as the metro Atlanta yoga boom continues this spring.
Opinion: Trump budget an exercise in stupidity

Opinion: Trump budget an exercise in stupidity

(AP) We spend more on our military than the next eight countries combined, even though five of those next seven countries are strong U.

Georgia college president paid $9.6 million and gets a free house

Among all the nonprofit colleges in the U.S. – think Emory, Duke, Harvard and many more, including leading research universities – which would you think has paid its president the most? It’s one in Georgia. But not who you might think. According to the Wall Street Journal, the latest available data shows that it’s Savannah College of Art and Design, where compensation for...
Lawmakers shoot down option of electing school superintendents to slow revolving door

Lawmakers shoot down option of electing school superintendents to slow revolving door

The House Education Committee rebuffed a Senate-led initiative Thursday to give Georgia counties the option to elect their local school superintendents who are now appointed by school boards. Senate Resolution 192 – which would require a statewide referendum — would revive a prior state policy that allowed districts the choice of electing their school chiefs or appointing them. In counties...
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