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Atlanta City Council hit the pause button this week on Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ push for up to $1.75 billion in public financing to redevelop the Gulch. The move shook many City Hall observers. The council seldom asserted itself in the prior eight years under former Mayor Kasim Reed, and for some, the legislative branch’s new-found backbone is a welcomed change.
President Donald Trump criticized a woman who claims his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers in the 1980s, questioning in a series of tweets Friday her failure to report the incident decades earlier. “I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr.
Many Georgia officials cheered as the Trump administration moved toward work requirements for Medicaid recipients. Medicaid is the federal health care program for the poor, elderly and disabled. Now those officials’ hopes are stalled, as the effort ran into a roadblock last week — and those who oppose the work requirements are taking heart.
A Clayton County jury on Friday awarded a boy about $31 million for a botched circumcision, a spokeswoman for his family's law firm said. It isn’t yet clear which of the defendants will have to pay and how much because records weren’t immediately available. The child’s mother, Stacie Willis, didn't want to comment Friday night.
A towering judicial complex that is one of the most expensive building projects in Georgia history could soon bear the name of the politician who has reshaped the state judiciary. House Speaker David Ralston said this week at the State of the Ports gathering in Savannah that he’ll propose legislation next year that names the new state courts building after outgoing Gov.
Chad Haufler told investigators he didn’t remember beating his friend with a stainless steel popcorn kettle, as alleged. He remembers waking up in a chokehold, unable to breathe and fighting for his life, GBI agent Michael Maybin testified Thursday at a probable cause hearing in Greene County. How did he free himself? Haufler, a retired firefighter from Ocala, Fla.
For some time now, the percentage of U.S. adults who say they regularly attend religious services has been declining.
What’s going on, Mother Nature? Metro Atlanta is experiencing prolonged high temperatures, right ahead of the official start of fall. And that bugs Iris Rafi, a former Spelman College professor who now works part time in a library in Alpharetta. “I’ve been ready for fall since May,” said Rafi. “It’s hot and I don’t like heat.
The Braves led the National League East by two games at the close of business Aug. 31. They now lead by 6-1/2 games and are positioned to clinch the National League East with two more victories this weekend. Credit them for doing what needed doing, even as they’ve had a three-game losing streak and a four-game skid in September, a month that has seen them go 11-8.
When the Texas State Board of Education voted to boot Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller from its social studies standards a week ago, critics around the country blasted the decision as small-minded and provincial. Now, Clinton is taught in Texas high school history classes, while Keller is discussed in third grade.
When Georgia voters cast their ballots this fall, some will wonder whether the state’s outdated touchscreen voting machines are safe and accurate. Election officials say voters have nothing to fear, but election integrity advocates say there’s good reason to worry. Electronic voting machines could be hacked if someone got around security measures.
The latest AJC podcast explores the newest way to enjoy the best of Buford Highway. Listen now or open in iTunes or Google Play. Buford Highway is one of Atlanta’s culinary gems. Ethnic restaurants and shops abound on a 10-mile stretch of this roadway, encompassing the cities of Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville.
More dominoes have fallen in the ongoing investigations into financial dealings of Marietta-based MiMedx. The biopharma company announced late Thursday that Parker “Pete” Petit, who had resigned as CEO and chairman in July, has now resigned from the board of directors as well, effective immediately.
Saturday: High: 90 Saturday night: Low: 70 Sunday: High: 86 How do you know we’re entering fall? Here’s a hint: It definitely isn’t the temperature dropping. College football returns and sports should dominate Saturday around metro Atlanta as the Braves, Atlanta United, Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State all have home games.
The future is again in question for a multi-billion expansion of Plant Vogtle in Georgia. But consumers are likely to pay for the nuclear power project even if it’s never completed. By the end of day Monday, energy organizations from around the state are supposed to vote on whether the expansion should be kept alive despite repeated delays and steep cost overruns.
The two men accused of kidnapping and killing a pregnant woman and her fiance in 2014 will plead guilty to murder charges and return to prison, where they’ll be the rest of their lives, the Fulton County District Attorney said Friday.
A Clayton County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer was fired and arrested after allegedly striking a handcuffed inmate, authorities said Friday. Rufus Lee Webb Jr. faces charges of battery and violation of oath by a public officer, according to Clayton County Jail records.
Fulton County will lose $211,000 in federal grant money that was meant to provide job training for residents because it didn’t adhere to a deadline for spending the funds. The failure to fully utilize workforce development grants has been an intractable problem in the county. Since 2015, officials have left $746,574 on the table that had been awarded for job training.
A Lumpkin County woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an underage boy, authorities said. Erica Christine McDaniel, 32, is charged with two counts of child molestation and two counts of statutory rape, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
A second teenager has been arrested in connection with the death of an Atlanta grandmother who was shot and killed while driving home from her job at a center for homeless mothers, police said. Khalid Bays, 18, turned himself in to Atlanta police Friday, police spokeswoman Stephanie Brown said in a news release. Another 18-year-old suspect, Adarius Jones, was arrested Wednesday.
An Uber driver is accused of stabbing two of her customers Sunday in east Georgia, the Augusta Chronicle reported. Shaunisha Danielle Brown, 29, of Augusta, faces two counts of aggravated assault, the newspaper reported. She’s accused of stabbing two people in the 5000 block of Reynolds Way, according to a Grovetown police incident report obtained by the Chronicle.
The good news for Georgia Tech’s ticket office is that student tickets for Saturday’s game against No. 3 Clemson have sold out. The bad news for the ticket office is that demand for tickets in the rest of Bobby Dodd Stadium is considerably lower. As of Friday, the lowest-priced ticket available on Stubhub was $32. The average price for sold tickets as of Thursday was $48.
The FBI has found a man accused of stealing from seven metro Atlanta dollar stores in a nine-day period. He was already in jail. Wayne Patterson, 38, of Covington, was arrested Aug. 17 by Covington police after allegedly committing an armed robbery at the discount clothing store Citi Trends, the FBI said Friday in a news release.
The commander of the Georgia National Guard’s 48th Brigade is delivering an important message to the roughly 2,200 troops who will be deploying with him to Afghanistan in the coming months: Lace your boots up tight. The Islamic State group is lurking in eastern parts of the country where the Georgia troops are headed, Col.
A Marietta mother and three of her young children died in an eight-vehicle accident in Texas on Thursday morning, police confirmed to AJC.com. Chelsea Standberry, 36, and her kids — 10-year-old Anthony, 8-year-old Anaiyah and 6-year-old Chase — were killed in an accident on I-10 near Beaumont, Texas, according to Houston-based news station KHOU.
A supply-demand mismatch has continued to chill housing sales in metro Atlanta, according to a report from Re/Max of Georgia. The number of home sales last month was down 7.1 percent from the level of a year ago, with the worst plunge coming in Clayton, where sales fell 17 percent. That compares with a national decline of 1.
MINNEAPOLIS – For decades, mass transit has mostly meant one of two things across metro Atlanta: heavy rail that serves only a fraction of the region; or local bus service that, depending on where you live, is either unreliable or nonexistent.
A man is in critical condition after being shot multiple times Friday in southwest Atlanta, police confirmed. The man was shot around 12:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta police spokesman Jarius Daugherty said. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition, Daugherty said. An investigation is ongoing.
Four people were taken to local hospitals in Cherokee County after a “very toxic and dangerous” chemical leaked from a FedEx truck Friday, authorities confirmed. Around 2 p.m., it was discovered the truck was leaking a chemical called organic peroxide type F, which Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Jay Baker told AJC.com is incredibly dangerous to breathe.
In advance of Georgia Tech’s Saturday afternoon matchup with No. 3 Clemson at Bobby Dodd Stadium, Clemson beat writer Grace Raynor of the Post and Courier of Charleston (S.C.) provided the AJC with her insights into the Tigers. Among other things, Raynor was named the co-sports writer of the year for the state of South Carolina by the National Sports Media Association.
Fashion Speaks on the Creek, a special needs fashion show, returns for its third year on Sunday, Sept. 30. Hosted by long-time Atlanta resident and local news anchor Karyn Greer, the show provides a night of joyous fun and a powerful message of inclusiveness and inspiration for some of the city’s most exceptional people.
Not all aspects of school safety have to be expensive. That’s the message some local schools are sending out as districts across the state and country focus on that topic.
All lanes of Ga. 365 in Habersham County have reopened hours after a gasoline tanker crashed, authorities said. The crash occurred just south of Duncan Bridge Road on Friday morning. The overturned tanker was carrying 9,000 gallons of gas at the time, Habersham County Emergency Services Director Chad Black said.
In this edition of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution discusses the factors that he thinks may affect Gerardo Martino’s stay as manager of Atlanta United.
Two McNair High School students were arrested this week over their alleged roles in the stabbing of a DeKalb County school bus driver, warrants and DeKalb County School District officials confirmed. Keniya Lloyd and Donesia Glass, both of Decatur, “are not currently attending classes,” after the Sept.
The Georgia Ports Authority’s need to expand capacity at its Savannah terminal could require a replacement for the city’s Talmadge Memorial Bridge.
A body was found Friday
On September 8, Georgia took another major step forward in improving mobility with the opening of the new Northwest Corridor Express Lanes along Interstate 75 and Interstate 575 in Cobb and Cherokee Counties. The Northwest Corridor is the second new tolled reversible express lanes project in the metro Atlanta region and is the third express lanes project in Georgia.
Imagine a state where all Georgians are self-sufficient and contributing to the state’s economy. Imagine Georgia as the nation’s leader for high school and college completion and workforce preparation. Imagine Georgia’s economy as one that will always grow because we have a literate and educated workforce enabling us to recruit and expand businesses statewide.
This week, we present the ideas of three Atlanta writers, offering their opinion on issues in the news that will impact metro Atlantans, Georgians and, if seen in a reasonably broad sense, Americans. It’s been two weeks now since the Georgia Department of Transportation opened the latest addition to the growing network of toll lanes around metro Atlanta.
Two people have been charged in connection with the May shooting death of a Henry County man. Frank Albert Lawler, 44, and Evelyn Yvonne York, 58, both of Stockbridge, were arrested on murder charges this week in the death of Jonathan Scruggs, Henry County police spokesman Capt. Joey Smith told AJC.com early Friday. Lawler is no stranger to police.
A University of Georgia student was hit by a police car in Athens early Friday, officials said. About 1:10 a.m., an officer in a marked patrol vehicle was traveling east on Baxter Street toward Lumpkin Street, Athens-Clarke County police spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez said in a statement.
Certain things are predictable in church on Sunday. You can bet there will be little girls in sparkly shoes, ladies in lovely dresses and a baby screaming bloody murder at the high point of the sermon. You can also put good money on the pastor mentioning love, since the bedrock of Christ’s teaching is loving our neighbors as ourselves.
The graduation rate reached a new high this year in Cherokee County, with 87.4 percent of seniors earning a diploma within four years of entering high school, district officials announced. Cherokee’s graduation rate rose from 86.5 percent in 2017, according to Georgia Department of Education date released Wednesday, Sept. 19.
Three children were injured in a crash on I-20 East in Douglas County on Friday morning that at times blocked all lanes of the interstate. The east lanes of the interstate were shut down between Chapel Hill Road and Fairburn Road for more than three hours, jamming the morning commute from the Westside. The interstate reopened at 10:20 a.m.
Police are on the lookout for two men in connection with a violent sexual assault and robbery of a woman in southwest Atlanta Wednesday night. The woman told Atlanta police she was sitting in a pickup truck with the men when one of them fired a stun gun into her neck to incapacitate her. She was dragged into the woods and raped, according to a police report obtained by AJC.com.
Police are investigating an overnight shooting at a DeKalb County apartment complex after one victim went door to door seeking help. DeKalb police investigators told Channel 2 Action News two men were involved in an altercation inside a unit at the Forest at Columbia apartments in the 2500 block of Columbia Drive when one man pulled a gun.
The city of Woodstock has called a public meeting to invite comments about the future of the Ridgewalk Parkway Corridor. The meeting is to start at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main St.
East Cherokee Drive at Tripp Road will be reconstructed as part of a $689,393 project to fix what one Cherokee County official described at a commissioner’s meeting as “a very awkward intersection on a very busy road.” The Cherokee Board of Commissioners awarded the construction contract to Bartow Paving Co., which submitted the lowest bid of seven received, staff said.
The drafting of a “Creative Placemaking Plan” for Alpharetta’s North Point area to encourage development and reinvestment “and to create memorable experiences for consumers” has gotten the go-ahead from the City Council.
The resurfacing of 10.8 miles of U.S. 41 in Bartow County will begin soon, now that the Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded a $3.2 million contract for the work. C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc., Marietta, will mill, inlay and do plant mix resurfacing of U.S. 41, also Ga. 3, according to an announcement by GDOT’s Cartersville office.
Doris Adhuze saw no signs on April 21, 2017, that her son planned to take his life. Jovany, she said, was a black teen from a two-parent household known for high-fiving friends and teachers, and quietly buying lunch for students who needed one.
This year will be all about planning for the Atlanta Board of Education. The school board is finalizing its goals for the 2018-2019 year, even though school began Aug. 1.
Nine families at a Gwinnett County apartment complex were displaced after a hoverboard, purchased as a birthday present, caught fire inside an apartment Thursday night. Smoke from the fire at the Fields Peachtree Corners Apartments in the 6500 block of Hillandale Drive damaged an entire building, Gwinnett fire spokesman Justin Wilson said.
Atlanta University Center leaders Thursday afternoon opened a finance lab, complete with 13 computer stations with Bloomberg Terminal software that will primarily be used by students exploring careers in business, economics and finance.
Police are working to learn if the same man is responsible for two attacks on commuters two miles apart in southwest Atlanta. Four men just getting off work at 12:30 a.m. Friday told police a man in a dark-colored Chevy fired shots at their pickup truck at a gas station on the corner of Lee and Oak streets.
The Georgia Bulldogs are back in SEC play for Saturday’s game, facing Missouri on the road. The Dogs climbed one spot in the AP media poll this week, to No. 2, and remained at No. 3 in the coaches’ poll after a 49-7 home victory against Middle Tennessee last weekend. Georgia will try to reach 4-0 with its second SEC victory.
A frustrating loss to Pittsburgh last weekend marked Georgia Tech’s ACC opener. Now the Yellow Jackets (1-2) must face the No. 3 Clemson Tigers (No. 2 in the coaches poll). The Tigers have become a national powerhouse and feature one of the all-time great defensive lines in college football. That’s probably not good news for a team that lives by its run game.
The weekend pulls in too many directions. Prepare to be cleaved and conflicted. There are some very good reasons why this Tour Championship is moving to August.
John Collins has been a power forward much of his basketball career. It appears he will remain in the role as he begins his second NBA season with the Hawks. Under head coach Mike Budenholzer, the power forward and center were described as interchangeable positions as there was an emphasis on spacing and the 3-point shot.
A fugitive suspected of threatening President Trump has been arrested by police after a three-month manhunt. Shawn Christy, 26, was taken into custody Friday afternoon, the U.S. Marshals Service told WPXI. The federal agency said Christy was arrested in Mifflin Township, near Columbus, by marshals and task force members from Ohio and Pennsylvania.
The Georgia State Election Board has asked the state Attorney General to investigate whether former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed violated the state election laws based on a video showing him soliciting votes near a polling place, according to a report by Channel 2 Action News on Friday.
Arodys Vizcaino was not available to the Braves out of the bullpen for Friday night’s game against the Phillies. After pitching a perfect eighth inning in a key win Thursday night, the goal is to get the closer to pitch back-to-back days before the end of the final homestand of the regular season and, hopefully, for the postseason. Vizcaino returned from the 10-day disabled list on Sept.
You wonder why golf coverage is so Tiger Woods-centric? Need a reminder other than a simple overhead shot at this Tour Championship, where some of the biggest weekday crowds in memory have gathered? Then listen to the Golf Channel ratings for Thursday’s first round.
When a code complaint regarding no hot water in a fourth floor unit was filed with Atlanta police on Thursday, it became the 24th complaint about The Darlington Apartments since April 2017.
Sean Newcomb is out of the Braves rotation. For now. The left-hander was skipped from a scheduled start Saturday during this week’s final homestand of the season. Braves manager said the young pitcher will work out of the bullpen for now and the situation re-evaluated following an off day Monday before a regular-season ending six-game road trip.
An Indiana man received a 160-year prison sentence after his conviction in August on 10 counts of child molestation that led to the pregnancy of a 10-year-old girl.
This is what the Braves’ rebuild has been all about. Just ask Nick Markakis. He’s been here for much of it. Markakis is in his fourth season with the Braves, after nine with the Orioles, after signing as a free agent in 2014. After winning 96 games in 2013 – the last time the Braves reached the playoffs – the win totals were 79, 67, 69 and 72. Here are the new Braves.
Nissan is recalling more than 215,000 vehicles because a faulty brake pump could cause a fire and is recommending owners park affected vehicles outside and away from other vehicles. >> Read more trending news On impacted vehicles, the Anti-Lock Brake actuator pump leaks fluid onto a circuit board.
Things will be different Sunday when the Falcons strap up and charge at the Saints, but maybe not that much, really, at least for Wes Schweitzer – the ultimate, uber-smart plodder. He’ll just keep doing what he does, like Forrest Gump kept running across the country, although he’ll have you know that his changes in ZIP code matter not.
A Florida Uber driver allegedly refused to let her fare out of the car Wednesday, forcing the female passenger to jump from the window of the moving vehicle, police said. Destiny Racquel Green, 30, is charged with kidnapping to commit or facilitate a felony and false imprisonment. Leon County Jail records showed Green remained in jail Friday afternoon.
Described as one of Historic Brookhaven’s loveliest homes, residents can purchase it for $3.1 million, according to Zillow. The six-year-old home, located on 4000 East Brookhaven Drive, has been on the market since Sept. 11.
Unless you want to be one of those people with an Election Day selfie, early voting may be a good option during the 2018 midterm elections. Cobb County offers several advance voting locations starting Oct. 15 and ending Nov. 2. Get the latest elections news here. The main office for elections in Cobb has the most availability. At that office, 736 Whitlock Ave.
Georgia football fans can get their statistical fix each week with By the Numbers — a stats-based look at how UGA coach Kirby Smart is doing in his attempt to keep the Bulldogs on top of the SEC and continue the program’s pursuit of a national championship.
Falcons free safety Damontae Kazee was fined $10,026 for the hit he put on Carolina quarterback Cam Newton on Friday. He became the third Falcons player to be fined this season. Grady Jarrett was fined ($20,054) for his hit on Eagles quarterback Nick Foles and tight end Eric Saubert was fined ($10,026) for a face-mask penalty against the Eagles.
A water main break is causing a road closure in Acworth. City police said on Facebook about 3 p.m. Friday that Lake Acworth Drive was completely closed at Cottage Oaks Drive. “A water main break has jeopardized the integrity of the roadway,” cops said. READ | Cobb traffic: Sandy Plains Road to be disrupted a week by $4.
During the public comment period at the Aug. 27 Buford City Schools Board of Education meeting, many residents demanded more transparency from the board. Chairman Phillip Beard said it would happen. The board next meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, and there have been some changes. There is now an email address for the board as a whole and one member on the website.
Five people, including three infants between the ages of 3 days and 1 month, were in critical condition Friday after they were stabbed at an unlicensed daycare center in New York City, according to police and reports. >> Read more trending news Authorities said a 52-year-old woman, identified as a suspect in the case, was found at the scene with a self-inflicted slash to her wrist.
A teacher at an elementary school in Xenia, Ohio, lost his teaching license permanently after he was convicted on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting a 7-year-old student. >> Read more trending news The incident happened at Tecumseh Elementary School in April of 2017. It was caught on camera and occurred with children close by.
A Kirkland, Washington, man is challenging all of us to think about how we get from point A to point B, and he's turning a lot of heads in the process. Bruce Dawson is using a different way to get to the Kirkland Google campus each day in September. So far, he’s flown in a powered paraglider, ridden a mountain unicycle and on Friday, he walked one and a quarter miles in high heels.
In the days after her mother’s death, Tammie Figlinski came across it: A ring her mother wore daily. It might look like costume jewelry, but to Figlinski, it was priceless. >> Read more trending news "It's so sentimental,” Figlinski told WTMJ. “It was passed down from my grandma to my mom. My mom wore this all the time.