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Fans crowd downtown Atlanta for Comic Con, soccer, SEC football

Some were downtown for their fixes of sci-fi, comics or horror. Others whetted their appetites for fall and the near-religion of Southern sports — college football. Tens of thousands more sought the thrills of another kind of football — as in fútbol, soccer, the beautiful game. From Comic Con to the pre-season kickoff to SEC football to World Cup and Atlanta United soccer,...


A glamorous Goodwill mystery: Who are the strangers in these slides?

A glamorous Goodwill mystery: Who are the strangers in these slides?

The lights dimmed and the mystery unfolded, frame after tantalizing frame. The lady of the house dazzles in a strapless evening gown, pink gloves and glittery choker. There’s a champagne coupe in her right hand — Veuve Cliquot, it appears from the label behind her — and a mink stole drapes over her left arm. Where did she go that night? Muscular chrome beauties line the driveway...
Think a lightning strike won’t happen to you? It’s more likely than winning the lottery

Think a lightning strike won’t happen to you? It’s more likely than winning the lottery

He was fishing with his two young sons when Egan Blain Stanley was struck by lightning. Four days later, the 37-year-old died at Grady Memorial Hospital.  The Dalton resident became the 12th person killed by lightning this year in the U.S. when he died Sunday. On Tuesday, a Florida man was killed by lightning, and on Thursday, an Alabama woman died two weeks after being struck. The 14 deaths...
Teheran comes through as Braves avoid sweep with 5-1 win over D-backs

Teheran comes through as Braves avoid sweep with 5-1 win over D-backs

In his most perplexing season, Braves veteran Julio Teheran had alternated really good and really bad starts his past six times out. But Sunday, in the last game before the All-Star break, when his slumping team needed a solid performance from the veteran to help sent them to the break in a better mood, he came through. Teheran had one of those days that remind folks of how good he still can be, taking...
AJC/WSB Poll shows GOP governor’s race runoff to be neck and neck

AJC/WSB Poll shows GOP governor’s race runoff to be neck and neck

The Republican race for Georgia governor is hurtling toward a nail-biting finish, with an Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News poll showing the bitter contest between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp to be neck and neck. The poll of likely voters in the July 24 Republican runoff showed Kemp with an edge of 44 percent to 41 percent over Cagle, a lead that&rsquo...
Atlanta United breaks its own MLS attendance record

Atlanta United breaks its own MLS attendance record

Atlanta United broke its own MLS single-game attendance mark with an announced 72,243 tickets sold and distributed for Sunday’s game against Seattle at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The game approached in attendance the World Cup final between France and Croatia. The game, won 4-2 by France, had a reported attendance of 78,011 in Moscow. Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened at 10:30 a.m. so that supporters...
Cyber security fears spark training, hopes for lots of Georgia jobs

Cyber security fears spark training, hopes for lots of Georgia jobs

Even Georgia’s first lady worries about cyber attacks. “I keep telling her that’s not going to happen; we don’t have enough money for them to fool with,” Gov. Nathan Deal quipped before cutting the ribbon on the new $100 million Georgia Cyber Center in Augusta the other day. He fished out his pocketknife when giant ceremonial scissors didn’t get the job done, after...
DA kept key witness from testifying in killer cop’s bond hearing

DA kept key witness from testifying in killer cop’s bond hearing

In the days since a Glynn County police lieutenant shot and killed his wife and a male friend while on bond for assaulting both her and other police officers, one central question has hovered over the June 28 tragedy: How could an officer who’d assaulted his wife, attacked fellow officers and threatened to kill himself be allowed bond? Now The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned one...
DIGGING DEEPER: Mental health system’s suicides lack consequences

DIGGING DEEPER: Mental health system’s suicides lack consequences

The 16-year-old drew pictures that scared her mother. Angels crying tears of blood. Devils. People hanging from trees. Then the girl attempted suicide, and her mother sought help from Georgia’s community-based mental health system. But therapists never flagged the girl’s risk for suicide, even after she inflicted what they recorded as another “self-injury.” When she skipped...
Capitol Recap: The path to the Georgia governor’s office gets muddier

Capitol Recap: The path to the Georgia governor’s office gets muddier

Words like “brutal,” “bitter” and “nasty” are often used to describe political campaigns. They really don’t cut it, though, in trying to characterize the GOP contest for governor after the spokesman for one camp questioned the mental stability of a party officeholder backing another candidate. Especially when that officeholder has dealt very publicly with...
Some Fulton public defenders given 1,000 cases a year, group complains

Some Fulton public defenders given 1,000 cases a year, group complains

Fulton County’s public defender’s office is “stretched so thin” that many poor defendants end up convicted of crimes, or spending time in jail, because they don’t have adequate representation, according to a letter from the Southern Center for Human Rights. The letter, sent to county commissioners last week, also said public defenders aren’t given sufficient workspace...
Watchdog reprimands Tom Price for ‘extravagant’ travel, including several trips to Ga.

Watchdog reprimands Tom Price for ‘extravagant’ travel, including several trips to Ga.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wasted at least $341,000 on travel by former secretary Tom Price, including thousands in “extravagant, careless, or needless” spending on trips to and from Georgia, an internal watchdog concluded Friday.  The department’s inspector general reviewed 21 trips taken by the ex-Georgia congressman during his seven-month tenure as health...
Atlanta real estate: Home prices rise strongly

Atlanta real estate: Home prices rise strongly

Home prices continued their long rise as summer began, according to a report the Atlanta Realtors Association. The median price of a home sold in metro Atlanta during June was $285,000 – a jump of 7.5 percent from the same month a year ago, the group said. Higher prices are a sign of strong demand, said Bill Murray, president of the Atlanta Realtors. “Buyer enthusiasm continues to move...
Opinion: We have to build more teachers up to rock star status

Opinion: We have to build more teachers up to rock star status

Gwen McCants-Allen is the mother of two boys attending metro Atlanta public schools. She has worked as a human resources manager for more than a decade, including in Gwinnett County Public Schools and another school district. In this guest column, McCants-Allen responds to a blog post last week on the disappointing results of a six-year initiative by the Gates Foundation to raise student achievement...
Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 1, Seattle 1

Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 1, Seattle 1

In this episode of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Jason Longshore of 92.9FM and SoccerDownHere.com discuss Atlanta United’s 1-1 draw against Seattle on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Passenger killed, driver injured in I-75 crash in Cobb

Passenger killed, driver injured in I-75 crash in Cobb

The front-seat passenger was killed Sunday when the car in which she was riding crashed on I-75 South in Cobb County, police said. The driver was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital with critical injuries, Cobb police Sgt. Wayne Delk said. The crash happened shortly after noon between Hickory Grove Road and Wade Green Road, police said. “According to investigators,” Delk said, &ldquo...
Officials seek answers in Gwinnett apartment fire

Officials seek answers in Gwinnett apartment fire

Investigators are seeking the cause of a fire at a  two-story, wood-frame apartment building in Norcross. Crews arrived about 3:25 a.m. Sunday at the KRC Hilltops apartments in the 5000 block of Brook Hollow Parkway, Gwinnett County fire spokesman Tommy Rutledge said. They found flames and smoke coming from two front units, he said. The fire was contained there. A resident was treated and released...
Acuna moves to center in place of slumping Inciarte

Acuna moves to center in place of slumping Inciarte

An eventful first half-season in the majors for Ronald Acuna ended with the celebrated Braves rookie playing center field for the first time at the big-league level Sunday against the Diamondbacks in the last game before the All-Star break. Braves manager Brian Snitker switched Acuna from left field to center and benched slumping Ender Inciarte, who’s having his worst season at the plate and...
Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Seattle

Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Seattle

Atlanta United’s starting 11 for Sunday’s game against Seattle at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who has six shutouts this season. Right fullback Franco Escobar, who is making his 13th start. Centerback Michael Parkhurst, the team’s captain. Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, who is making his 19th start. Left fullback Chris McCann, who is making his 10th start. Holding...
Police: Shooting after gamblers’ fight leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

Police: Shooting after gamblers’ fight leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

A man was killed and two others were injured Saturday night in a shooting that happened after they had been gambling, Atlanta police said. About 7:40 p.m., officers responded to the 1200 block of Elizabeth Avenue in southwest Atlanta, police said. “Upon arrival, units located a man inside the living room with a gunshot wound to the buttocks,” Officer Stephanie Brown said. “Units...
Man reported missing after attending Rainbow gathering is found

Man reported missing after attending Rainbow gathering is found

A 20-year-old man who was reported missing from the recent Rainbow Family counterculture gathering in North Georgia has been found. “CJ Elliott has been located in Minnesota. He is alive,” Lumpkin County Sheriff Stacy Jarrard posted on Facebook. Curtis Jay “CJ” Elliott, 20, was seen at the gathering in the Chattahoochee National Forest sometime between July 1 and July 4, ...
Flash flooding forces evacuations at Clayton County apartments

Flash flooding forces evacuations at Clayton County apartments

Flash flooding caused by slow-moving rainstorms Saturday evening prompted emergency officials to evacuate a Clayton County apartment complex. About 32 people were displaced from the Park at Mt. Zion Apartments in the 700 block of Mt. Zion Road in Jonesboro, according to Sherry Nicholson, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross of Georgia. “Heavy rains caused flooding in three buildings at the...
Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos on the trade deadline and big-ticket rentals

Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos on the trade deadline and big-ticket rentals

This being Alex Anthopoulos’ first season here, it also constitutes his first excursion as Braves general manager into the July market of deadline buyers/sellers. Not to overstate the obvious, but the moves he makes -- or doesn’t make -- these next 2½ weeks could change the dynamics of the National League East race, a race almost nobody figured would include his Braves. During the...
WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: More scattered rain could affect event traffic

WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: More scattered rain could affect event traffic

Sunday: High: 88 Sunday night: Low: 73 Monday: High: 88 The rain pattern Sunday in metro Atlanta should be similar to that of recent days, according to Channel 2 Action News. Sunday not only has a 60 percent chance of rain, but the showers should be isolated and heavy in some cases, meteorologist Katie Walls said. “The showers and storms that do develop will sit and be stationary...
DeKalb Schools says drivers fired for sick-out can reapply for jobs

DeKalb Schools says drivers fired for sick-out can reapply for jobs

The DeKalb County School District will rehire the six remaining bus drivers who were fired in April after many of the district’s drivers staged a sick-out to address working conditions. Sort of. In a letter to the drivers, Superintendent Steve Green said a decision was made to let them reapply for their jobs. No guarantee of employment was in the letter. “This letter shall serve as formal...
 Braves consider post-break pitching plans

 Braves consider post-break pitching plans

Assuming Mike Foltynewicz gets to pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star game, the Braves plan to rest him against the Nationals in the first series after the break. And assuming they don’t acquire a starter in a trade in the next week, they plan to start Luiz Gohara or Max Fried in a July 24 game at Miami. Manager Brian Snitker said he probably would start Sean Newcomb in Friday’s series opener...
VIDEO: Thieves steal trucks with $120,000 of landscaping equipment inside

VIDEO: Thieves steal trucks with $120,000 of landscaping equipment inside

Four trucks full of equipment that belonged to a Newton County landscaping business were stolen by a group of thieves, police said. Surveillance video outside of Great Estates Landscaping allegedly show the trucks drive off one by one, carrying equipment valued at over $120,000, Channel 2 Action News reported. It took them about 20 minutes to carry out the heist. The company’s president, Allen...
At NRA rally, Cagle rewarded for move to ‘kill’ Delta tax break

At NRA rally, Cagle rewarded for move to ‘kill’ Delta tax break

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle earned the NRA’s endorsement after he followed through on his vow to “kill” a tax break for Delta Air Lines. And the Second Amendment rights group rewarded him on Saturday for that headline-grabbing move. National Rifle Association President-elect Oliver North stumped with Cagle at three events around the state, saying it backed him over Secretary of State Brian...
UPS holds job fair for new hub on westside of Atlanta

UPS holds job fair for new hub on westside of Atlanta

Hundreds of job seekers attended a UPS job fair Saturday seeking work as part-time package handlers at a new regional UPS hub to open on the westside of Atlanta. About 400 people pre-registered for the job fair at the Andrew & Walter Young Family YMCA, and more came as walk-ins. The job fair was scheduled to run through 3 p.m. Saturday. Phyllis McKenzie of Lithia Springs said she went to the job fair ...
‘Baseless, ill-founded and unjustified’: T.I.’s attorney responds to Henry County accusation

‘Baseless, ill-founded and unjustified’: T.I.’s attorney responds to Henry County accusation

An accusation containing charges of simple assault, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct was filed Friday against Atlanta rapper T.I. in Henry County State Court. The filing accused Clifford Harris Jr., also known as T.I., of making a verbal threat and acting “in a violent or tumultuous manner” toward security guard Euwan James at the Eagles Landing Country Club in Stockbridge...
ICYMI: Three stories that metro Atlantans were checking out this past week

ICYMI: Three stories that metro Atlantans were checking out this past week

INFAMOUS MURDER CASE REOPENED: More than 60 years after Emmett Till’s brutal murder helped inspire the civil rights movement, the U.S. Department of Justice has re-opened its investigation. The department told Congress in a March report that it had received “new information” about the 1955 case. The March report was issued following the publication last year of "...
Police ID woman who was fatally shot in SW Atlanta fast-food parking lot

Police ID woman who was fatally shot in SW Atlanta fast-food parking lot

A woman was found dead after a shooting in southwest Atlanta in a Burger King parking lot, Atlanta police confirmed. The shooting took place around 10:30 p.m. Friday on the 2000 block of Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta police spokeswoman Stephanie Brown told AJC.com. Channel 2 Action News reported that police identified the woman as Lavonda Finklea, 35. She was found dead at the scene with a gunshot...
Cam Newton’s foundation hometown gala is set for tonight

Cam Newton’s foundation hometown gala is set for tonight

The Cam Newton Foundation’s Hometown Gala is set tonight at the Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel. The Cam Newton Foundation is the charitable arm of Atlanta native and Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. The foundation is dedicated to providing strategic programs and events in the Atlanta and Charlotte communities, the foundation has donated more than $3.5 million through programming...
School bus season begins soon in metro Atlanta

School bus season begins soon in metro Atlanta

In less than a month, most school districts in metro Atlanta will be back in session. While school supplies, uniforms and maybe even lunches are chief concerns of most students and parents, they may give little consideration to the big yellow vehicle that transports about half of students daily. Consider some interesting statistics from the National Transportation Safety Board, the National Highway...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: My boyfriend and I attended the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival last month and had the best pimento cheese from a company represented there. I believe the name of the product is Wicked Pimina Cheese and it’s made by Harvest Moon. I haven’t been able to find it in stores, yet, and the company’s website address leads to a dead end. Where can I find it? Alicia Battiste, email A: Wicked...
Georgia-based soldier killed during combat in Afghanistan

Georgia-based soldier killed during combat in Afghanistan

A Georgia-based U.S. Army Ranger was killed in action Thursday in the Paktiya province of Afghanistan, the U.S. Army confirmed in a press release. Sgt. 1st Class Christopher A. Celiz, 32, died during combat operations in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to Company D, 1st Battalion, 75th Rander Regiment at Hunter Army Airfield. "The 75th Ranger Regiment suffered a...
WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Cobb construction congests interstates; rain could affect Braves game

WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Cobb construction congests interstates; rain could affect Braves game

Saturday: High: 87 Saturday night: Low: 73 Sunday: High: 87 A few isolated downpours have popped up across metro Atlanta and North Georgia, and these storms aren’t moving, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Katie Walls said.  If you’re caught in these storms, Walls said you’re just going to have to wait it out, and that includes fans at SunTrust Park. &ldquo...
DeKalb paraplegic allegedly zip-ties, assaults, uses Taser on exotic dancer

DeKalb paraplegic allegedly zip-ties, assaults, uses Taser on exotic dancer

A man paralyzed from the waist down allegedly zip-tied a woman in his home, demanded sex with her and assaulted her, Channel 2 Action News reported. Johnnie Thompson, 31, of Decatur, allegedly Tased and shot at a woman who refused his demands, DeKalb County police detective Chris Tappan told Channel 2. Thompson, who uses a wheelchair to get around, allegedly paid an exotic dancer to perform at his...
WATCH: Police chase ends with wreck, man fleeing truck while it’s still moving

WATCH: Police chase ends with wreck, man fleeing truck while it’s still moving

A high-speed police pursuit in Smyrna nearly ended when a truck allegedly crashed into vehicles, while running a red light.  However, that wasn’t the end of it, according to dash cam video obtained by Channel 2 Action News. The driver, Carl Stroud, can be seen allegedly jumping out of the truck on South Cobb Drive but leaving the vehicle in drive. The truck continued for another quarter...
VIDEO: Roswell police chief says 2 cops used coin flip to decide woman’s arrest

VIDEO: Roswell police chief says 2 cops used coin flip to decide woman’s arrest

Heads, you go to jail. Tails, you get a ticket and are sent on your way.  Those were the coin-toss options two Roswell police officers used when deciding whether to arrest Sarah Webb during an April traffic stop on East Crossville and Crabapple roads, body camera footage obtained by AJC.com showed.  Now, the two officers — Courtney Brown and Kristee Wilson &mdash...
Cops: Georgia man left grandmother in unsafe, unsanitary home with over 20 dogs

Cops: Georgia man left grandmother in unsafe, unsanitary home with over 20 dogs

A Hogansville man allegedly left his 80-year-old grandmother in an unsafe, unsanitary home with more than 20 dogs, authorities said Friday. Bobby McCoy, 27, was charged with elder abuse and animal neglect after Hogansville police responded to his home in the 200 block of Church Street to discover the “derelict” conditions of the building, police said in a Facebook post. Officers...
UGA police: Student fights off attempted abduction in Athens

UGA police: Student fights off attempted abduction in Athens

A woman in Athens allegedly fought off an attempted abduction Friday morning, according to a safety statement sent to students from the University of Georgia Police Department.  The woman is a UGA student, Channel 2 Action News confirmed. The attempted abduction occurred near an Athens parking lot at the corner of Broad Street and Oconee Street about 1:30 a.m., police said.  An acquaintance...
4 suspects in assault of Applebee’s waitress identified 

4 suspects in assault of Applebee’s waitress identified 

A waitress required 15 stitches after she was attacked by four women she served Tuesday night at a Henry County Applebee’s, police said. The women beat and punched the waitress and stabbed her in the forearm with a steak knife, McDonough police Maj. Kyle Helgerson told AJC.com. They allegedly took her tip money before they skipped out on a $62.57 bill. Authorities identified the four women as ...
DeKalb robbery suspect who skipped court date arrested after SWAT standoff 

DeKalb robbery suspect who skipped court date arrested after SWAT standoff 

After a monthlong search, an armed robbery suspect was arrested Friday following a SWAT standoff at a Decatur apartment, the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office said.  Edward Gerard Orlando, 23, was indicted on charges of armed robbery and theft by receiving stolen property in May, according to DeKalb County officials.  But when he didn’t show up for his June 12 court date, authorities...
Clayton County man charged in wife’s beating, murder

Clayton County man charged in wife’s beating, murder

A Clayton County man was arrested Thursday night in connection with the beating and murder of his wife, according to police. Jermaine Lamarr Harris has been charged with malice murder and aggravated assault, according to a police report.  Officers conducted a wellness check on Harris’ wife, Reona Williams-Harris, 37, on Monday at 6:15 a.m. but no one answered the door. At 8:20 a.m., a...
Braves plan to start Luiz Gohara after All-Star break

Braves plan to start Luiz Gohara after All-Star break

As the Braves evaluate their post-All-Star break rotation options, Luiz Gohara has emerged as the likeliest candidate to fill the fifth starter spot. Gohara has endured an unorthodox season that has involved injuries, a trip to Brazil to see his ailing mother, and shifts between Triple-A and the majors and the rotation and the bullpen. But perhaps there’s finally clarity: Gohara was optioned...
Man wanted for stealing firefighter’s pickup truck

Man wanted for stealing firefighter’s pickup truck

A man is wanted for stealing a firefighter’s pickup truck from the Morrow Fire Department’s parking area, police said.  The man, who has not been identified, allegedly entered the parking area located at 1500 Morrow Road and stole a maroon 2013 Dodge Ram at about 4:40 a.m. July 1.  The Morrow Police Department is trying to track down the suspect. They ask anyone who has information...
A 2nd guilty plea, life sentence in lurid 2016 Cobb murder

A 2nd guilty plea, life sentence in lurid 2016 Cobb murder

Howard Sewell arrived at an apartment in Marietta expecting to celebrate his birthday. He had just turned 35 on May 29, 2016, and had made plans to meet someone he thought was a woman from Virginia. He didn’t know who lived at the Marietta apartment. He had met and solidified plans with the woman over social media. By the end of the night Sewell would be dead, and a man who two years later would...
Alleged dealer accused of selling drugs to undercover cop

Alleged dealer accused of selling drugs to undercover cop

If you’re going to sell drugs, not that anyone is advocating it, make sure your customer isn’t a police officer.  That’s what landed Alexander James Domke in jail early last week during a traffic stop, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said.  Domke, 22, was arrested July 6, just weeks after he allegedly sold a large quantity of THC oil to an undercover officer with...
Man who produced child porn of teen fiancee’s sisters sentenced to 25 years

Man who produced child porn of teen fiancee’s sisters sentenced to 25 years

A North Georgia man was sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment Friday for producing child pornography using his teenage fiancee’s 3-year-old and 9-year-old sisters. Shawn Ryan Budovic, 28, of Cartersville, used the message application Kik to meet his former girlfriend, Kayla White, 17, of Trenton, Mich., U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak said in a news release. He sent her...
Atlanta real estate agent admits bilking investors of millions

Atlanta real estate agent admits bilking investors of millions

An Atlanta real estate agent once honored with the Governor’s International Award has admitted defrauding clients out of more than $22 million. In U.S. District Court on Thursday, Emily Moerdomo Fu pleaded guilty to mail fraud in connection with a scheme that involved embezzlement, inflated sales prices, phantom property sales and unauthorized loans. The victims were Chinese residents who wanted...
DeKalb man allegedly drives stolen Mercedes 60 mph over speed limit

DeKalb man allegedly drives stolen Mercedes 60 mph over speed limit

A DeKalb County man was arrested in Hall County for allegedly driving a stolen car nearly 60 mph over the speed limit Friday, authorities said. Abdon Tamar Ibrahim, 33, of Decatur, was driving a stolen 2011 Mercedes-Benz S550 on Thompson Bridge Road north of Gainesville, according to a Hall County Sheriff’s Office news release. Deputies pulled him over around Dunlap Landing Road and said he...
Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Good Charlotte, Jon B. 

Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Good Charlotte, Jon B. 

Strung Out. 7 p.m. Aug. 4. $18. Masquerade. TM. Creek Boyz. 7 p.m. Aug. 10. $15-$40. Masquerade. TM. The Pink Spiders. 7 p.m. Aug. 12. $13. Masquerade. TM. Hasan Minhaj. 7 p.m. Aug. 25. $29.50-$64.50. Tabernacle. LN. Sam Evian. 9 p.m. Sept. 21. $10. Drunken Unicorn. www.masqueradeatlanta.com. Bat House. 7 p.m. Sept. 28. $10. Masquerade. TM. Watsky. 7 p.m. Oct. 5. $18. Masquerade. TM. Local H. 8 p...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Tedeschi Trucks Band, REO Speedwagon and Chicago

Atlanta Concerts this week: Tedeschi Trucks Band, REO Speedwagon and Chicago

FRIDAY Some music listeners might only remember Hornsby from his late-‘80s run of radio hits – “The Way it Is,” “Mandolin Rain” and “The Valley Road” among them. But the Williamsburg, Va., native long ago deserted the chase for radio play, preferring instead to hone his piano/keyboard craft with Ricky Skaggs, The Grateful Dead and Branford Marsalis,...
Three Atlanta sports teams suspend Papa John’s affiliation

Three Atlanta sports teams suspend Papa John’s affiliation

Three Atlanta sports teams are reevaluating their partnerships with Papa John’s after the company’s founder admitted to using racist language.   The Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United suspended their relationship with Papa John’s Pizza following reports John Schnatter used a racial slur during a conference call in May, a group representing the teams announced Thursday....
North Fulton weather & events: Storms possible through weekend

North Fulton weather & events: Storms possible through weekend

This weekend will be a cooler one for a typical July in Georgia, with temperatures hovering around the mid-80s, but it will be accompanied by thunderstorms. Channel 2 Action News meteorologists are predicting rain for the metro Atlanta area through Monday, with storms starting Friday afternoon. Here’s a closer look at the weather in north Fulton County over the next few days. Friday: Channel...
DeKalb County weekend weather and events: No sunshine until Sunday

DeKalb County weekend weather and events: No sunshine until Sunday

Residents in DeKalb can expect thunderstorms for their commute home this afternoon, according to WSB-TV meteorologists. There’s a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms for Friday afternoon. Temperatures will reach a high of 84 degrees and a low of 71 degrees. Grab a dance partner and head out to the Decatur Recreation Center for contra dance. Tickets are $10 per person, but $5 for those with...
Equipment malfunction leaves Taylor Swift stuck in basket during performance

Equipment malfunction leaves Taylor Swift stuck in basket during performance

An equipment malfunction, left Taylor Swift stuck in a basket during part of her performance Saturday night in Philadelphia. Swift was in the middle of the song “Delicate” when the sparkling basket she was riding in got stuck mid-air at Lincoln Financial Field. "I'm pretty sure I'm stuck up here," she said at one point to the crowd in videos posted to social media. "It's...
Driver injured after car plunges from 4th floor of parking garage

Driver injured after car plunges from 4th floor of parking garage

A man was injured Sunday when the car he was driving crashed through a barrier and plunged to the ground from the fourth floor of a parking garage.  The driver of the silver Mercedes Benz SUV crashed through a barrier around 1:30 p.m., flying off the parking garage and landing on its roof on the sidewalk below, according to the Times-Picayune.  A group of bystanders helped flip the...
Kyle Wright makes All-Star Futures Game, credits aggressive pitching

Kyle Wright makes All-Star Futures Game, credits aggressive pitching

Kyle Wright might be the next Braves pitcher to benefit from an attacking mindset. Wright, the Braves’ No. 5 overall pick from Vanderbilt a year ago, earned a spot on the U.S. Team in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game in Washington, D.C. He’s joined by Braves farmhand and former teammate Touki Toussaint, who was on the opposing World Team, along with many of the game’s premier...
Barron wins Georgia Amateur championship

Barron wins Georgia Amateur championship

Chuck Barron tried to stay out of his son’s way this week at the Georgia Amateur. All changed on the 18th green at Athens Country Club. When Brett Barron tapped in for a par on the final hole, he shook hands with playing partners Jack Hall and Preston Topper and made a beeline toward his dad. The elder Barron had been nervously taking photos and was still clicking away, filling the memory card...
Atlanta United can’t take advantage of struggling Seattle

Atlanta United can’t take advantage of struggling Seattle

Playing in front of the largest crowd in MLS history, Atlanta United disappointingly tied struggling Seattle 1-1 on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in another game complicated by the Video Assistant Referee and replay system.  Needing three points to stay atop the race for the Supporter’s Shield and ahead of contenders NYCFC, New York Red Bulls and Dallas, the Five Stripes couldn&rsquo...
3 Missouri police officers wounded in Kansas City shootout; suspect killed

3 Missouri police officers wounded in Kansas City shootout; suspect killed

Police in Missouri shot and killed a suspect they said wounded three officers and was a person of interest in the shooting death of a university student, The Kansas City Star reported. >> Read more trending news The man had barricaded himself in a residence, Kansas City police said. The three officers were expected to live, KCTV reported. The suspect was being investigated...
Touki Toussaint’s July keeps getting better as he earns Future Stars spot

Touki Toussaint’s July keeps getting better as he earns Future Stars spot

Touki Toussaint was trying to take a mid-afternoon nap, expecting a laid-back weekend before making his second Triple-A start Monday.  Less than a few hours later, he was in Washington, D.C. preparing to play for the World Team in the 2018 All-Star Futures Game on Sunday. He represented Haiti, where he spent most of the first six years of his life. Toussaint is another of the seemingly endless...
Trump-Putin summit: What time do they meet, where, what will they be talking about?

Trump-Putin summit: What time do they meet, where, what will they be talking about?

President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday in Helsinki, Finland, days after 12 Russian military officers were indicted for interfering in the 2016 presidential election. It will be the first time the two men have met in a stand-alone meeting.According to Trump, he has “low expectations” for the meeting, but said “nothing bad” and “maybe...
Five things learned from Hawks in Las Vegas Summer League

Five things learned from Hawks in Las Vegas Summer League

The Hawks completed two summer events, competing in the Utah Jazz and Las Vegas Summer League, with a roster comprised of first-year and rookie players. After losing all three games in Utah, the Hawks went 3-3 in Nevada before their run ended on Friday. Here are five things we learned from the team’s trip to Las Vegas. 1. Young’s OK: It’s summer league. The competition is certainly...
Massachusetts policeman, civilian killed in shooting 

Massachusetts policeman, civilian killed in shooting 

A Massachusetts police officer and a civilian were shot and killed in Weymouth on Sunday morning, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  Authorities said the officer, identified as Michael Chesna, sustained life-threatening injuries and was rushed to South Shore Hospital. He later died from his injuries. The Norfolk County district attorney said the suspect, identified...
World Cup final delayed by protesters; Russian punk band claims responsibility

World Cup final delayed by protesters; Russian punk band claims responsibility

Sunday’s World Cup final between France and Croatia was disrupted briefly Sunday when four people dressed in old-fashioned police uniforms ran onto the pitch, The Independent reported. >> Read more trending news The Russian activist punk band Pussy Riot claimed responsibility for the suspension of play at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which occurred during the 52nd minute of Sunday&rsquo...
France cruises past Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

France cruises past Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

France cruised to its first World Cup title in 20 years and its second soccer crown overall, dominating Croatia 4-2 in Sunday’s championship game in Moscow. >> Read more trending news  The French, winning the Cup for the first time since 1998, scored first and then outran the Croatian squad, the smallest country to play in a World Cup final since 1950, when Uruguay defeated Brazil...
13-year-old girl beheaded after seeing grandmother killed in Alabama cemetery

13-year-old girl beheaded after seeing grandmother killed in Alabama cemetery

An Alabama 13-year-old found dead in a wooded area last month was beheaded after she saw two men stab her grandmother to death, an investigator testified Thursday.  The grisly details of Mariah Lopez’s slaying came out during the preliminary hearing of Yoni Martinez Aguilar, AL.com reported. Aguilar, 26, and Israel Gonzalez Palomino, 34, are each charged with two counts of capital...
Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon men’s final

Novak Djokovic wins Wimbledon men’s final

Novak Djokovic, showing few effects from his marathon semifinal victory 24 hours earlier, won his fourth Wimbledon men’s singles title Sunday, defeating Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(3) at The All-England  Lawn Tennis Club. >> Read more trending news  It was also the 13th career Grand Slam victory for Djokovic, 31, and the first for the Serb since the 2016 French Open. Anderson...
National Ice Cream Day 2018: Deals at Dairy Queen, Carvel, PetSmart and more

National Ice Cream Day 2018: Deals at Dairy Queen, Carvel, PetSmart and more

If you are in the mood to scream over ice cream today, you’re in luck. Today is National Ice Cream Day (finally), and ice cream joints across the country are offering sweet deals on your favorite flavor.  And there are plenty of people who will take them up on the offers. Ninety-six percent of Americans surveyed by YouGov said they regularly eat ice cream. America’s favorite...
Atlanta United opens roster spot for Remedi

Atlanta United opens roster spot for Remedi

Atlanta United has opened a roster spot for Eric Remedi by loaning Jose Hernandez to Atlanta United 2 for the remainder of the season, according to the team’s roster on the league website. MLS teams are allowed to loan one player to its affiliate for the purpose of roster relief. It can loan others, but doing so doesn’t create open roster spots on the senior team. Remedi, acquired...
Florida probation officer accused of sexual misconduct with woman he supervised

Florida probation officer accused of sexual misconduct with woman he supervised

A probation officer in Florida was arrested on a charge that he had sexual relations with a woman under his supervision, WFLA reported. >> Read more trending news Jeffrey Thomas Desimone, 40, of Tarpon Springs, was arrested Thursday on a felony charge of sexual misconduct, the Tampa Bay Times reported. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail. The woman — whose name was redacted...
10 of the least favorite Georgia football games this fan has attended

10 of the least favorite Georgia football games this fan has attended

As much fun as it is for Georgia fans to reminisce about the greatest games we’ve seen, there are other days we’d just as soon forget — but can’t. Of course, any time the Dawgs lose is a bad day for fans, but some games are such awful experiences, for one reason or another, that they are seared into our memories...
3 killed when bus, 3 vehicles collide on New Mexico interstate

3 killed when bus, 3 vehicles collide on New Mexico interstate

Three people were killed and 22 were injured in a crash involving a passenger bus and three other vehicles early Sunday on a New Mexico interstate, the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office said. >> Read more trending news  The crash, which involved the bus, a semi trailer, a passenger vehicle and a pickup truck, closed I-25 in both directions, KOAT reported. The interstate was closed...
Drive-thru marijuana dispensary opens in Washington state

Drive-thru marijuana dispensary opens in Washington state

Washington state's first drive-thru marijuana dispensary is now open for business. Joint Rivers, located at 2121 Auburn Way S. in Auburn, is open every day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The store is planning its official grand opening in the coming months and will hold a Vendors' Day on July 30, where attendees can visit 30 vendors. “We are grateful and excited to provide great cannabis products...
SEC hoping for festive atmosphere for first Football Media Days in Atlanta

SEC hoping for festive atmosphere for first Football Media Days in Atlanta

Now that the Paul Finebaum drama has been settled, the SEC can get on with kicking off the college football season like it does every year. Only this year, the league plans to make SEC Football Media Days a bigger deal than ever. All the rhetoric that annually precedes the season will get under way this week as coaches and players from all 14 teams and more than...
Avozillas, giant 4-pound fruits, are an avocado toast lover's dream come true

Avozillas, giant 4-pound fruits, are an avocado toast lover's dream come true

Love avocado toast? You might want to head down under. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corp. and 9News, a giant avocado variety dubbed "avozilla" has hit specialty stores in Australia after Queensland's Groves family started growing the fruit, which originally was discovered in South Africa. The massive, tasty treats can weigh up to 4 pounds – five times larger than a...

10 great last-minute summer getaways you can book in July

There is no need to shelve that summer vacation you wanted to take but never got around to planning: The last two weeks of August may be the most popular time to get away for the season, but there are still plenty of options available for travelers who are game for a last-minute escape.  Jack Ezon, the president of travel company Ovation Vacations, said that July is actually an opportune time...
Tennis players get ready to be put on the clock (visibly)

Tennis players get ready to be put on the clock (visibly)

The Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt can complete a 200 meters in the time it takes the Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal to start some of his points. Nadal will often take 20 seconds or more to deliver his first serves, owing to a ritual that includes bouncing the ball a few times, tugging at his shorts, pinching the fabric on his left shoulder, then his right shoulder, bouncing the ball, swiping at...
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