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He couldn’t afford Morehouse; now he’ll be its president

David A. Thomas admired the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and wanted to attend Morehouse College, the Atlanta school where King earned his undergraduate degree in 1948. His childhood dream didn’t become a reality because Thomas didn’t receive any financial aid. He went to Yale College instead on a scholarship. Decades later, Thomas, 61, is hoping to make his mark at Morehouse in a different...


9 students and $2.3M stand in the way of Emory’s annexation to Atlanta

9 students and $2.3M stand in the way of Emory’s annexation to Atlanta

The city of Atlanta’s eastward expansion to Emory University is on hold until after next month’s election as elected officials debate whether the city’s growth should also alter school district boundaries. The dispute over schools means that 2,500 registered voters in the area won’t be able to participate in next month’s city elections or a Dec. 5 runoff for mayor...
Warrant alleges mother put 2 toddlers in oven, turned it on

Warrant alleges mother put 2 toddlers in oven, turned it on

A 24-year-old mother of four is accused of killing her two youngest sons “by placing them in an oven and turning it on,” according to an arrest warrant obtained Monday by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. An official autopsy is pending. The arrest warrant alleges Williams put her sons in the oven sometime between midnight Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday. Atlanta police had said earlier...
Three Dog Night singer Danny Hutton talks playing Rock Chastain benefit concert

Three Dog Night singer Danny Hutton talks playing Rock Chastain benefit concert

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene (I’m taking some time off for vacation – my colleague Rodney Ho (rho@ajc.com) is kind enough to fill in with any important music news in my absence.) The songs of Three Dog Night are inescapable. Between 1969 and 1975, the Los Angeles band claimed 21 hits on the Billboard Top 40, including the numbers ones “Joy to the ...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: My husband and I love the hard-cooked red beet eggs by Sauder’s that my mother serves every time we visit Pennsylvania. Can you help us find this brand or any similar item in Atlanta? Thanks! Amy Roth, Alpharetta A: Amy, I spoke to someone at Sauder’s and was told that the Pennsylvania Dutch specialty isn’t sold this far south. However, I’m going to send you on a scenic...
Eyecatchers

Eyecatchers

GET HYGGE WITH IT Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is the Danish term used to describe enjoying the simple pleasures and creating coziness in life. Ole Henriksen has released two new additions to the Nurture franchise that will help you get your Hygge on. Wonderfeel Double Cleanser ($32) removes makeup and cleanses skin in just one step. It dissolves long-wearing and waterproof makeup while deep cleaning...
Dana R. Melnyk, 43, of Marietta lost 44 pounds

Dana R. Melnyk, 43, of Marietta lost 44 pounds

Former weight: 196 pounds Current weight: 152 pounds Pounds lost: 44 pounds Height: 5 feet 10 inches Age: 43 years How long she’s kept it off: She started in December and reached her goal in August. Personal life: “I live in Marietta with my husband and two children,” Melnyk said. “My daughter, Madeline, is 14, and my son, Charlie, is 13.” She is a homemaker and home-schooling...
Author Events October 22-28

Author Events October 22-28

David Sedaris, “Theft By Finding Diaries (1977–2002).” The best-selling author (“Me Talk Pretty One Day”), humorist and NPR contributor will offer a selection of all-new readings and recollections. 7 p.m. Oct. 22. Discussion, Q&A, signing. $45.50-$60.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE., Atlanta, 404-881-2100, foxtheatre.org David DiBenedetto and John Huey, “S...
Cops: Waiter charged an extra tip onto couple’s bill

Cops: Waiter charged an extra tip onto couple’s bill

Gregroy Daniels had left Peachtree Diner in Roswell when his wife noticed something funny with the bill.  “My tip was altered by $10. So whatever tip I put on there, he added $10 more,” Daniels told Channel 2 Action News. “So that right away told me who was doing what.”  The Daniels, who were in town visiting relatives for Thanksgiving, called the restaurant, Channel...
Cornelia Walker Bailey, prominent barrier island resident, dies

Cornelia Walker Bailey, prominent barrier island resident, dies

Cornelia Walker Bailey was as much a part of Sapelo Island and the historic Hog Hammock community as the long and narrow seagrass and the saltwater that beats against the shores. Bailey, the community’s most prominent spokeswoman and keeper of the Georgia barrier island’s African American rich heritage, died Sunday. Her death was confirmed by her husband, Julius Bailey. In 2000, Bailey...
Johnson: Defensive play calling, execution need improvement

Johnson: Defensive play calling, execution need improvement

On Miami’s game-winning drive against Georgia Tech Saturday, coach Paul Johnson acknowledged that the play calling by defensive coordinator Ted Roof could have been better. The Hurricanes drove 85 yards in 15 plays for the go-ahead field goal in their 25-24 win, including a series of bubble screens that the Jackets couldn’t stop. “Certainly as coaches, we need to take some of the...
Hartsfield-Jackson canopy intended to create grand entrance to airport

Hartsfield-Jackson canopy intended to create grand entrance to airport

Designers working on plans for canopies over the curbside areas at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport weighed several designs before settling on the plan for massive, steel-framed translucent arched canopies that will light up at night. The world’s busiest airport more than two years ago asked a team led by architectural firm HOK to figure out how to build canopies over the curbside...
Lyft driver, passengers ambushed when gunman opens fire, cops say

Lyft driver, passengers ambushed when gunman opens fire, cops say

Bullet holes and blood were left in a Lyft driver’s car after a man, who is believed to be a female passenger’s former lover, opened fire outside a southwest Atlanta home Saturday.  “Some guy ran up to my window and started banging on it,” the driver told Channel 2 Action News. “At that point, (the female passenger) tells me to drive.” The driver asked not...
Paul Johnson’s injury update is inconclusive

Paul Johnson’s injury update is inconclusive

Georgia Tech has injured players, including B-back KirVonte Benson and linebacker Brant Mitchell. Coach Paul Johnson declined to offer much more information than that. “I wouldn’t be able to tell you (Monday) if I wanted to,” Johnson said Monday following the team’s first practice in preparation for Wake Forest this Saturday. “We don’t know whether they’ll...
Georgia high court upholds law governing health care facilities

Georgia high court upholds law governing health care facilities

In a win for politically powerful hospital interests, the Georgia Supreme Court upheld the state’s “certificate of need” law in an opinion issued Monday that said a surgical center could not expand without state approval. Two doctors who own the Georgia Advanced Surgery Center for Women in Cartersville had challenged the state law that governs health care facilities. Dr. Hugo D....
Officers say man fatally shot woman, then turned gun on himself

Officers say man fatally shot woman, then turned gun on himself

A woman is dead and a man was shot in what officials are investigating as an officer-involved shooting at an Athens home Monday afternoon.  Officers were initially called to the Summerbrook Circle home about 4 p.m. regarding a domestic disturbance, Athens-Clarke County police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  Police arrived on the scene and witnessed Nicholas...

‘Political Rewind’ replay: ‘Obamacare is dead’ Long live Trumpcare?

Today’s edition of GPB’s “Political Rewind” begins with President Donald Trump’s Cabinet-meeting declaration today that “Obamacare is dead.” “You shouldn’t even mention it. It’s gone. There is no such thing as Obamacare anymore,” Trump said. Luckily, host Bill Nigut and I had Andy Miller of Georgia Health News in our midst...
Review: Design offers unique insight into identity in ‘Making Africa’

Review: Design offers unique insight into identity in ‘Making Africa’

Every museum exhibition is a matter of choices. But “Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design” at the High Museum of Art feels like an especially tall order. Its lofty goal is to convey the richness of African design and creativity in a mere 135 objects. As a result, “Making Africa” feels less like a conventional museum exhibition and more like a proposition...
Hawks agree to contract with point guard Isaiah Taylor

Hawks agree to contract with point guard Isaiah Taylor

Hawks GM Travis Schlenk. (HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM) The Hawks have agreed to a contract with point guard prospect Isaiah Taylor. The two-year contract is partially guaranteed for 2017-18. Taylor will fill the Hawks’ 15th and final roster spot and play behind Dennis Schroder and Malcolm Delaney. The Hawks also have Josh Magette on a “two-way&rdquo...
5 of Atlanta's best college bars

5 of Atlanta's best college bars

There are two kinds of college bars: the low-key, low-cost everyday hangouts —our college year corollaries to Bayside High's The Maxx —  and the weekend barn fire kind, filled with Atlanta's youngest drinkers.  The first offers a comfortable place to drink a beer with friends, the second is for turning up the volume on the best years of life. Find your own after class hangout...
Fulton County tax bills may not be mailed until late October

Fulton County tax bills may not be mailed until late October

Fulton County tax bills, which are usually due to be paid this month, still haven’t gone out to residents. Sharon Whitmore, Fulton’s chief financial officer, said she hopes the bills will be sent by Oct. 30. Atlanta residents will have to pay their bills within 45 days of the date they are mailed, while residents in the rest of Fulton County have 60 days. If the bills are sent by the end...
Mom says daughter was kicked out of day care after she was choked

Mom says daughter was kicked out of day care after she was choked

When Ty Bates saw the bruises on her 4-year-old daughter’s neck, she called the child’s Snellville day care seeking answers.  But instead, Bates said the conversation ended with her daughter being kicked out of school.  “Her response was your daughter is not a good fit for the program anymore, and they did not need those types of problems,” Bates told Channel 2 Action...
Explore the history and beauty of Georgia's covered bridges

Explore the history and beauty of Georgia's covered bridges

Georgia's covered bridges are a throwback to a bygone era, but their beauty remains all these years later. Many of those covered bridges, which were sheltered to protect the decaying wooden bridges from weather conditions, haven't survived over the years, but there are still just under 20 covered bridges in Georgia, according to the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges. They...
Some candidates for school turnaround chief worked in Atlanta

Some candidates for school turnaround chief worked in Atlanta

The three finalists to lead Georgia’s experiment to improve its lowest-performing public schools are working in Kentucky, Texas and Virginia, and two have experience as school administrators in metro Atlanta. Monday’s announcement by the Georgia Department of Education comes just ahead of the public interview of the finalists to be conducted Tuesday morning. The candidates are competing...
5 hidden stories of Oakland Cemetery

5 hidden stories of Oakland Cemetery

We know the stories of Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones and Maynard Jackson. They're among the most famous of Oakland Cemetery's residents, but were their lives the most interesting? Sam Downs – Downs, who is buried in a plot near the Oakland Avenue gate, was the umpire at Atlanta's first baseball game on May 12, 1866 when the Gate City Nine took on the Atlanta Ball Club. Downs, who was also...
Multitalented director John Waters talks art in ‘Low Definition’

Multitalented director John Waters talks art in ‘Low Definition’

He’s made some of the most shocking underground movies in American film history, micro-budgeted thumbed noses to straight, boring, respectable society. Variety called his 1972 lowbrow opus “Pink Flamingos,” in which fires are set, chickens are murdered and unspeakable things are eaten, “one of the most vile, stupid and repulsive films ever made.” Often shot in brutal...
Falcons dispute ‘choker’ label but late-game fizzles are concerning

Falcons dispute ‘choker’ label but late-game fizzles are concerning

Falcons coach Dan Quinn has seen his team lose consecutive home games that it was expected to win, including Sunday’s 20-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) FLOWERY BRANCH – Welcome to electro-shock therapy week. The days leading up to the Falcons’ game against New England was going to be difficult regardless of how their first five ...

Want to meet Bo Derek? She’ll be in Atlanta on Thursday

Actress and animal rights activist Bo Derek will be in Atlanta this week on behalf of Fix Georgia Pets , an organization committed to ending animal overpopulation (and the euthanasia that can unfortunately result) by supporting spaying/neutering programs statewide. Bo will meet and greet two and four-legged friends at City Dog Market...
Falcons’ Super Bowl hangover is toxic and real 

Falcons’ Super Bowl hangover is toxic and real 

The Falcons don’t want to call it a Super Bowl hangover.  One simply can call it getting outscored in the second half. By a lot. The Falcons have been outscored 72-40 in the second half of their five games this season, including 20 unanswered points by the Dolphins in a 20-17 loss at home on Sunday to drop to 3-2. Falcons coach Dan Quinn can’t explain the trouble putting away teams...
Gwinnett schools need more substitute teachers; you may be qualified

Gwinnett schools need more substitute teachers; you may be qualified

Gwinnett County Public Schools needs more substitute teachers in its ranks, and you could be qualified even if you’ve never taught before.  Substitute teachers do not have to be certified to teach. Candidates must have at least 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours from a college approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, the organization that certifies teachers statewide...
7 often-overlooked campsites in Georgia

7 often-overlooked campsites in Georgia

If you're in need of taking in some fresh air on sunny days and trying something new with your loved ones, camping in Georgia is your answer.  The Peach State offers glamping as well as traditional sites and dozens of parks, but the common spots − Sweetwater Creek State Park, Stone Mountain and Red Top − get pretty busy. So, how about taking your next camping excursion...
Georgia Tech’s next challenge: Respond after Miami loss

Georgia Tech’s next challenge: Respond after Miami loss

Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall’s body language and the tone of his voice, to say nothing of his words, related plenty about his disappointment in losing to Miami Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium. “It’s going to be really tough to let go of,” Marshall said following the 25-24 defeat. “I’m not going to lie to you.” He and his teammates won’t have...
Schroder faces discipline from Hawks after arrest

Schroder faces discipline from Hawks after arrest

The Hawks said guard Dennis Schroder will face future disciplinary action from the team following his arrest last month on a misdemeanor battery charge. In a statement released by the team on Monday, general manager Travis Schlenk said the team will let the legal process play out in Schroder’s case before making a final decision on discipline. Schlenk said the team’s preliminary investigation...
First Look: Miami’s Bulla Gastrobar brings tapas to Midtown

First Look: Miami’s Bulla Gastrobar brings tapas to Midtown

Bulla Paella with Valencia style rice, seafood, red sofrito, and saffron. Photo credit- Mia Yakel. Bulla Gastrobar opened its first Atlanta location in late September in the 12th & Midtown mixed-use development in Midtown, serving dinner nightly and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Touting a “fun communal atmosphere, imaginative cocktail program and contemporary...
Tweetcap of Dan Quinn’s Monday press conference

Tweetcap of Dan Quinn’s Monday press conference

Falcons coach Dan Quinn speaking to the media on Monday after the 20-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. (By D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com) FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons coach Dan Quinn spoke to the media on Monday. It was somber 17 minute review of the 20-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Some of the highlights included Quinn discussing how tight end Austin Hooper...
Hawks practice report: Budenholzer ‘open’ to 11-man rotation

Hawks practice report: Budenholzer ‘open’ to 11-man rotation

Could Tyler Dorsey be the 11th man? (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com) The Hawks want to play at a faster pace. They want to create more fast-break chances. They want to be an aggressive, scrappy defensive team. It will not be easy for the Hawks to do those things over 82 games. But it would help if coach Mike Budenholzer can go deeper into his...
Cobb man shot, killed in his home

Cobb man shot, killed in his home

A neighbor of a 22-year-old Cobb County man said she never expected to hear he’d been shot to death at home. But that’s what happened to Kristopher Dixon of Austell, police said. Cobb County police received a call that someone had been shot in a townhouse on Crestside Drive about 10 a.m. Saturday. When officers arrived, they found Dixon dead from multiple gunshot wounds. Police said...
Everything to know about Phipps Plaza

Everything to know about Phipps Plaza

Commanding 22 acres in the heart of Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood, the three levels of Phipps Plaza make a premier, upscale shopping destination. Beautiful, airy and climate-controlled, Phipps Plaza is a shopper's paradise, with 100-plus stores including Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Belk, Tiffany & Co., Gucci and more.  Phipps Plaza also has plenty of entertainment in store, from the...
Have a scary good time at these metro Atlanta Halloween parties

Have a scary good time at these metro Atlanta Halloween parties

Drink up at these Atlanta Halloween parties. (Taylor Jones/The Palm Beach Post) Looking to scare up some fun this year? Check out the Halloween festivities going down at your favorite metro Atlanta bars and restaurants. Oct. 20 Abbey of the Holy Goats Brewery : The brewery’s party will feature beer Jell-o shots, special Halloween beers, a photo booth, costume contest...
Woman, toddler son killed after father crashes tractor-trailer, GSP says

Woman, toddler son killed after father crashes tractor-trailer, GSP says

A woman and her son were killed Sunday when his father lost control of a tractor-trailer on I-85 North in Troup County, officials said. The Georgia State Patrol on Monday identified the victims as 29-year-old Cynthia Lynn Harris and 1-year-old Christopher Berni Jr.  A baby, Christian Lane Berni, was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite with critical injuries, the GSP...
Atlanta-based company with device to fight opioid overdoses

Atlanta-based company with device to fight opioid overdoses

An Atlanta-based start-up is preparing to launch a business aimed at providing dispensing devices that make it harder for patients to overuse opioid painkillers. Intent Solutions will begin selling its TAD – “Take as Directed” – device in December, officials said. The product is a response to a widespread, national crisis that some argue was sparked by over-enthusiastic marketing...
Cops worked to release jailed father for kidney donation to son

Cops worked to release jailed father for kidney donation to son

Two weeks after a Gwinnett County man was told his recent arrest would push back his kidney donation for his 2-year-old son until next year, law enforcement officials are saying they had nothing to do with the decision to delay the surgery. Already on probation due to a lengthy history of theft and forgery charges, Anthony Dickerson was arrested again Sept. 28 on charges of fleeing or attempting to...
To get more girls in math, should we get more men in the classroom?

To get more girls in math, should we get more men in the classroom?

My husband attended his Harvard University reunion this weekend where he was one of the few grads who wasn’t a hedge fund manager or titan of industry. (He’s a journalist, too.) He told me about a fascinating discussion with a fellow alum who is a mathematician and computer scientist with a radical notion about how to interest more girls in math. The woman&rsquo...
Just beginning your genealogy research? Start at home

Just beginning your genealogy research? Start at home

Researching your genealogy begins at home, with whatever family documents and other items you have there. Many personal records can yield valuable clues. Useful information can be found in baby books, which sometimes have genealogy charts, and in guest registers at weddings or funerals where relatives identified themselves. Scrapbooks should be examined, as well as photographs, making special note...

Where Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. were spotted on Saturday night

Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. have been in Atlanta filming Marvel’s latest “Avengers” installation and took a little time out over the weekend to check out a spot in Midtown. The two dined at Better Half, the restaurant that evolved from Zach and Cristina Meloy’s PushStart Kitchen Supper Club. (Former AJC dining critic ...
Denver Broncos will likely activate WR Hunter Sharp off practice squad

Denver Broncos will likely activate WR Hunter Sharp off practice squad

The Denver Broncos have been hit hard by the injury bug at wide receiver in 2017. After losing Cody Latimer to a knee injury in Week 3, Denver also saw Emmanuel Sanders and rookie Isaiah McKenzie go down against the New York Giants in Week 6 with ankle injuries. That leaves the Broncos with three healthy wide receivers – Demaryius Thomas, who also suffered a deep bruise...
Jameis Winston: Buccaneers QB day-to-day with shoulder sprain

Jameis Winston: Buccaneers QB day-to-day with shoulder sprain

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston suffered a sprained AC joint in his right (throwing) shoulder against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6, and remains day-to-day leading up to the team’s Week 7 matchup against the Buffalo Bills, according to head coach Dirk Koetter. Winston’s MRI showed no structural damage in his shoulder, so his status will be completely...
Jim Mora on UCLA’s tackling woes: Stop focusing on it

Jim Mora on UCLA’s tackling woes: Stop focusing on it

UCLA ranks 129th in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game. The Bruins just surrendered 457 yards on the ground to Arizona. Jim Mora’s response? Don’t worry about it, fellas. “We work so hard on tackling and I think sometimes guys get a little anxious or overreact,” Mora said, via the Los Angeles Times’ Ben Bolch. “It’s that coaching issue...
Fast, tender chicken dish is flavorful

Fast, tender chicken dish is flavorful

Tender chicken coated with French herbes de Provence and served over a bed of baby spinach salad is a simple and fast dish. Here’s the trick to keeping boneless skinless chicken breasts juicy and tender. Saute the breasts until they are about three-quarters done, and then cover the pan and set it aside to finish cooking in their own heat. Herbes de Provence is a mixture of dried herbs that are...
Let’s eat: Pawpaw Bread with Toasted Walnuts

Let’s eat: Pawpaw Bread with Toasted Walnuts

The super-short pawpaw season is upon us, and if you’re lucky enough to find America’s forgotten fruit at a farmers market or in the wild, make the most of it! I had the good fortune to secure a handful from my sister’s neighbor. Similar in taste to a mango-y banana, this unique fruit with a custardy texture often is eaten out of hand. But it also lends itself to any dessert that...
Move over tater tots: The waistline winner is Crispy Cauliflower Bites

Move over tater tots: The waistline winner is Crispy Cauliflower Bites

The dilemma that makes fried spud lovers break out in a cold, clammy sweat? “Would you like tater tots or fries with that?” It’s a tough choice — a tater tot’s crispy, crunchy exterior vs. a french fry’s fluffy interior. Indecision will not save you from ridicule: The Twitterverse wants to know: Are you #teamtots or #teamfrenchfries? But, hey, if you’re trying...
Test Kitchen recipe: Here’s how to make lobster bisque

Test Kitchen recipe: Here’s how to make lobster bisque

The sights, sounds and aromas of the Free Press Food & Wine Experience are still swirling around in my head. And the edibles prepared and presented by many metro Detroit restaurants are tantalizing my taste buds. Although, I must say, being on stage to introduce domestic diva Martha Stewart as well as celebrity TV chef Graham Elloit was a huge highlight for me. At the event, there was no shortage...
Simplest corn soup recipe you will ever make

Simplest corn soup recipe you will ever make

Cooking used to be a chore. Consider early man, who spent a good five hours running his prey to exhaustion, and then, panting over collapsed antelope, had to ponder Step Two. We’ve got it easy. Meat comes pre-felled, vegetables pre-grown, oil pre-pressed. All we have to do is toss these ingredients into a pot that someone else forged and set it over a fire that someone else built and installed...
Want to try weed wine? Lucky for you if you live in California

Want to try weed wine? Lucky for you if you live in California

Marijuana-infused wine has become quite popular in California. So much so that it’s tough to find vendors that have them in stock and are selling them. California, after all, is the country’s only state where it’s legal to infuse weed with wine. It’s against the law to infuse marijuana with alcohol in all other states, even where weed is legal for recreational or medicinal...
A child’s death brings ‘trauma that doesn’t go away’

A child’s death brings ‘trauma that doesn’t go away’

Anne McBrearty Giotta doesn’t remember much of what happened on that August morning in 2013. One moment she was cursing her older son, Michael, who was supposed to have picked her up for a long-planned beach weekend, but was late and not answering his phone. The next moment, police were at her door in River Vale, New Jersey, saying that Michael, 51, had been found dead in his home, apparently...
How to rescue brown sugar that’s turned hard

How to rescue brown sugar that’s turned hard

Q: What’s the best way to soften brown sugar that has gone hard? A: This question comes up often. And it recently happened to me. I went to measure out some brown sugar for a recipe and it was rock hard. The sugar was stored in its original packaging and I closed the bag, squeezing out the air and put a clip on it. I also put it in a jar with a lid, but not a tight-fitting lid. It turned hard...
Recipe of the Week: Tandoori salmon tacos from ‘Posh Kebabs’

Recipe of the Week: Tandoori salmon tacos from ‘Posh Kebabs’

Every culture seems to have found a way to grill meat on a stick and, more often than not, serve it with a flatbread. In many places, we might call that kebab or shawarma, but cookbook author Rosie Reynolds looked at all the world’s skewered and wrapped meats to create “Posh Kebabs: Over 70 Recipes for Sensational Skewers and Chic Shawarmas” (Quadrille, $19.99), a collection of recipes...
Wines to make your carbonara sing

Wines to make your carbonara sing

For a dish such as this one, full of richness, spice and the pairing nightmare that is asparagus, go for wines with lots of fruit and bright, fresh acidity. Specifically, look to Austria for a gruner veltliner, or stay closer to home with a chardonnay or gamay from California. Even on a Monday, you should enjoy your wine pairing. Make this: Monday Night Carbonara Cook 1 pound spaghetti in a large...
Why does wine on a plane taste blah? It’s about the atmosphere

Why does wine on a plane taste blah? It’s about the atmosphere

Years ago, I had a discussion with the wine consultant/buyer for a major airline, and he told me all about the challenges of his job. Before you start to resent him, let me just assure you that he professed to being ensconced precisely in his dream job, a position he had wanted since he was a young man. He was working not only in the exact role he had wanted to, but also for the exact airline. Eureka!...

Hurricanes, local food, and cocoa tea in Dominica

With so many disasters going on these days it’s tough to keep track. And one of the hardest-hit countries, Dominica, which was brutalized by Hurricane Maria, has flown under the radar. This column will be dedicated to that tiny island with which my family and I fell in love last winter. I’ll leave you with directions for making one of the more popular beverages in Dominica: cocoa tea....
Slicing through myths to rethink bread

Slicing through myths to rethink bread

Two years ago in Paris, Nathan Myhrvold wandered the Louvre on a mission, camera in hand, documenting every image of bread he could find. “Sadly, art historians don’t catalog paintings by whether or not there’s bread in them,” he said. So Myhrvold, the former chief technology officer of Microsoft and a founder of the investment firm Intellectual Ventures, built his own catalog...
Vegetable tops don’t have to go in the trash. Here’s how to use them

Vegetable tops don’t have to go in the trash. Here’s how to use them

Many years ago, I ran into Alain Giraud, one of the best French chefs in Los Angeles, rummaging through crates of discarded vegetable greens at the Wednesday Santa Monica farmers market. This was a good decade before food waste became the sort of thing people talked about on high-profile panels and in beautiful documentaries. Giraud doubtless already knew to use his kitchen’s parsley stems and...
Walking tours await in Rome

Walking tours await in Rome

Like hordes before us, we entered Rome through its northern gate. We had rented a terrace apartment in an old marble-filled building in the Flaminio neighborhood, just outside the ancient city walls. Each day, we kept pace with Romans bustling to work and flowed through the Porta del Popolo, built in the late 1400s as a grand entrance to the city. Centuries before we arrived, barbarian tribes (so...
Mountaineers defense trying to overcome first-half woes

Mountaineers defense trying to overcome first-half woes

Second-half West Virginia was a completely different team than first-half West Virginia on Saturday against Texas Tech. The first-half Mountaineers gave up 338 yards and 28 points to the Red Raiders. Texas Tech quarterback Nic Shimonek went 17-24 with 4 touchdowns and absolutely shredded West Virginia. But the second-half Mountaineers gave up just 175 yards and 7 points, and picked off...
Hostage shot by police nine times during bank robbery files lawsuit

Hostage shot by police nine times during bank robbery files lawsuit

A woman taken hostage during a deadly bank robbery filed a lawsuit against a law enforcement agency for more than $75,000 after being injured.  Officers shot Julie Huff nine times while trying to take down Cedric Norris. Norris was supposed to be in prison in Texas when he robbed the Bank of Eufaula.  Norris walked into the bank and shot and killed Randy Peterson. He shot another employee...
Vance Joseph won’t blame QB Trevor Siemian for Broncos offensive woes

Vance Joseph won’t blame QB Trevor Siemian for Broncos offensive woes

After excellent performances in their first two games of the 2017 season, the Denver Broncos, led by quarterback Trevor Siemian, have fallen on hard times on the offensive side of the ball. The Broncos scored a combined 66 points against the Los Angeles Chargers and Dallas Cowboys in Week 1 and Week 2. In their three games since, they have scored a total of just 42 points...
AP: Oklahoma reviewing basketball program after federal probe rocks nation

AP: Oklahoma reviewing basketball program after federal probe rocks nation

The recent federal probe into college basketball that has dominated the headlines is putting a scare into college basketball programs. Count the Oklahoma Sooners as one of those programs. Oklahoma is one of at least 28 schools conducting a review of its basketball program, according to a report by the Associated Press. The entire Pac-12 Conference formed a task force...
Some students getting paid to walk around Washington campus as digital billboards

Some students getting paid to walk around Washington campus as digital billboards

A start-up in Bellevue, Washington, has taken the concept of billboards, made it digital, and a lot smaller. Nomad has launched the product on college campuses around the country -- starting with the University of Washington. On the way to class on Monday, Derek Ishii made $15 on the University of Washington campus.You’ve probably seen a human sandwich board before — those people who wear...
Arizona’s Khalil Tate named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for second consecutive week

Arizona’s Khalil Tate named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for second consecutive week

Khalil Tate keeps racking up the yards — and the awards. The Arizona quarterback has been named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in as many weeks, the conference announced on Monday. Tate earned the honor last week after he set an FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a win over Colorado, and came fairly close to matching that performance...
Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph reveals biggest regret in Giants loss

Denver Broncos coach Vance Joseph reveals biggest regret in Giants loss

The Denver Broncos suffered an embarrassing 23-10 defeat at the hands of the previously winless New York Giants on Sunday night. While there was plenty for the Broncos to be disappointed about – particularly on the offensive side of the ball – Denver head coach Vance Joseph was particularly upset with the fact that his team lost a game following a bye week. &ldquo...
Orlando Brown and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo have epic practice battles

Orlando Brown and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo have epic practice battles

Oklahoma left tackle Orlando Brown and defensive end Ogbonnia Okoronkwo are two of the best at their respective positions in the country. So when they clash in practice, it’s often the best opposition they’ll face for weeks at a time. Cody Stavenhagen at the Tulsa World detailed what those battles look like. Spoiler alert: both players are better thanks to the sessions. &ldquo...
Wyoming to honor former Purdue coach Joe Tiller with helmet decal

Wyoming to honor former Purdue coach Joe Tiller with helmet decal

Purdue fans remember Joe Tiller for the heights he reached during his tenure with the Boilermakers, but they’re not the only ones with fond memories of him. Before Tiller came to Purdue he was the head coach at Wyoming, so the Cowboys are honoring Tiller with a helmet decal: Tiller coached at Wyoming in 1997 and 1998 as offensive line coach and offensive coordinator, and then returned...
Dana Holgorsen’s son Logan commits to North Texas

Dana Holgorsen’s son Logan commits to North Texas

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen isn’t the only one in the family with football talent. Logan Holgorsen, a junior quarterback at Morgantown High School in Morgantown, W. Va., committed to play for the North Texas Mean Green on Monday. The younger Holgorsen had previously played at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. Dana Holgorsen and North Texas head coach Seth Littrell have...
Wild turkey breaks into dentist's office in Rhode Island

Wild turkey breaks into dentist's office in Rhode Island

On Monday, Pezza Orthodontics posted on its Facebook page that a wild turkey broke into its reception room and perched on one of the chairs. The staff at the Cranston, Rhode Island, dentist's office made the best of the bizarre and surprising situation. They'll need to have a window replaced, as the bird smashed it during the break-in.  In the post, they say it’s just one of those...
Wisconsin basketball raises over $20,000 for cancer

Wisconsin basketball raises over $20,000 for cancer

Wisconsin coach Greg Gard and his wife Michelle teamed up with university students to help raise $20,349 for cancer at the Badgers’ annual sixth-annual “Swish Upon A Cure” event on Monday. In six years, the event has now raised a total of $1,137,106. This was the Gards second year a hosts of the event. From a school release: “The premise of the charity...
Cal LB Devante Downs out for season with lower body injury

Cal LB Devante Downs out for season with lower body injury

Fresh off a massive win over No. 8 Washington State, Cal has suffered a devastating blow. Linebacker Devante Downs is out for the season with a lower body injury, according to a report from the San Francisco Chronicle’s Rusty Simmons, who cited the school’s announcement. The loss of Downs is a massive one for a Cal defense that is coming off a masterful performance against...
Falcons coach Dan Quinn wants WR Julio Jones to get the ball more

Falcons coach Dan Quinn wants WR Julio Jones to get the ball more

The Atlanta Falcons squandered away a 17-point lead in their 20-17 Week 6 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon. The outcome may have been different, though, had they gotten the ball into the hands of their best offensive playmaker, wide receiver Julio Jones, more frequently. Against the Dolphins, Jones, a two-time first-team All-Pro selection, was targeted...
WATCH: High school football player punched in stomach by coach

WATCH: High school football player punched in stomach by coach

Video of a high school football coach in Beaumont, Calif. punching his player in the gut as punishment has been released via FootballScoop.com. Will Martin, the head coach at Beaumont High School, is seen standing close to the player, who has not been identified, and striking in as the player is standing against the wall and with his arms up in the air. One parent of a son...
This Wilton Speight quote from 2016 is Penn State bulletin board material

This Wilton Speight quote from 2016 is Penn State bulletin board material

Michigan rolled Penn State last year, racking up 326 rushing yards in a 49-10 Wolverines win. Nittany Lions LB Manny Bowen doesn’t seem to appreciate Michigan QB Wilton Speight’s description of the game. In the quote, which is from after the 2016 game, Speight appeared to be trying to make a point about his offense rather than saying anything disparaging about Penn State...
Sorry, parents, one of this year’s hottest toys for Christmas is already selling out

Sorry, parents, one of this year’s hottest toys for Christmas is already selling out

It’s mid-October. Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? If not, you may already be too late to snag one of this year’s hottest toys. The L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise, which is sold at major retailers such as Target, Walmart, Toys ‘R’ Us and Amazon.com and is the equivalent of last year’s Hatchimal, is already nearly impossible to find. So what is an L.O.L. Surprise!...
‘Trailer Park Boys’ actor John Dunsworth dead at 71

‘Trailer Park Boys’ actor John Dunsworth dead at 71

John Dunsworth, the Canadian actor known for playing Jim Lahey in the Canadian TV series “Trailer Park Boys,” has died at age 71. Variety reported that Dunsworth’s daughter, Sarah Dunsworth confirmed the news in a tweeted statement. Sarah Dunsworth also acted on the show, which had a cult following. “With heavy and broken hearts the family of John F. Dunsworth...
Former LB Duke Riley credited for turning around LSU’s football season

Former LB Duke Riley credited for turning around LSU’s football season

BATON ROUGE, La. — Duke Riley was named the Most Valuable Player on the 2016 LSU football team. And despite the fact he is currently with the Atlanta Falcons, Riley’s value to the Tigers has not diminished. To a man, members of the 2017 LSU team credit Riley with being the catalyst to the Tigers’ turnaround after their humbling homecoming loss to Troy. Thanks...
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