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Georgia medical board ends sex abuse study

Georgia has concluded a year-long review of physician sexual misconduct cases brought to light by The AJC with a vague plan that focuses on educating doctors instead of seeking new patient protections as some states have done.


Fulton commissioners freeze property assessments at 2016 levels

Fulton commissioners freeze property assessments at 2016 levels

Thrilling residents and frustrating governments that depend on rising property values to fund operations, Fulton County commissioners voted unanimously Wednesday to freeze residential assessments at 2016 levels. The move is intended to ease the expected burden for residents worried they could not afford to pay their higher tax bills after 2017 assessments rose dramatically. The proposed residential...
Coca-Cola laying off 421 as part of earlier plan to cut 1,200 jobs

Coca-Cola laying off 421 as part of earlier plan to cut 1,200 jobs

Coca-Cola said it is laying off 421 people at its headquarters and two other Atlanta locations on July 15, according to a notice sent to state officials. The lay-offs, which include 334 at its headquarters near downtown Atlanta, are part of about 1,200 job cuts then-Coca-Cola President James Quincey announced just before he stepped in as the company’s new chief executive on May 1. The other...
Hartsfield-Jackson's manager of $6 billion expansion to leave airport

Hartsfield-Jackson's manager of $6 billion expansion to leave airport

The man leading Hartsfield-Jackson International’s $6 billion expansion and modernization is leaving the airport to take another job. Assistant general manager of planning and development Frank Rucker’s last day working for the world’s busiest airport will be July 7, when he will leave for a position at Jacobs Engineering Group in Singapore. Jacobs has an aviation team that does...
Homeland Security official: Russian government actors tried to hack election systems in 21 states

Homeland Security official: Russian government actors tried to hack election systems in 21 states

People connected to the Russian government tried to hack election-related computer systems in 21 states, a Department of Homeland Security official testified Wednesday. Samuel Liles, the Department of Homeland Security’s acting director of the Office of Intelligence and Analysis Cyber Division, said vote tallying mechanisms were unaffected, and the hackers appeared to be scanning for vulnerabilities...
Torpy at Large: Georgia officials excel at suppressing public info 

Torpy at Large: Georgia officials excel at suppressing public info 

It’s a proud moment to see the state of Georgia finally get the recognition it so richly deserves. From the rural hills up north to the gritty urban streets of Atlanta, there’s one thing politicians have in common — they don’t like your nose in their business. And so the national organization Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) last week nominated two Georgians for its...
Sex ed complaints arise again, this time in Gwinnett

Sex ed complaints arise again, this time in Gwinnett

Talking about sex in Georgia’s public schools is no easy chore, many metro Atlanta school districts have learned. Gwinnett County is the latest school district facing scrutiny about some of what’s taught in its sex ed classes. About two dozen parents, students and former students came to last week’s school board meeting, with some saying during the public comments portion that one...
How much do Atlantans spend on an engagement ring?

How much do Atlantans spend on an engagement ring?

Traditionally, men have been advised to spend two months’ salary on an engagement ring, but have you ever wondered if that is what people are really spending? Related: Big rock? Engagement ring price and divorce rate could be related Anyone shopping for engagement rings in Atlanta faces a unique challenge. Unlike other large cities, there is no diamond district and finding the perfect diamond...
Music, heirlooms inspire Decatur Craftsman’s decor

Music, heirlooms inspire Decatur Craftsman’s decor

A rocking chair and album covers make folk singer Caroline Herring’s kitchen a welcoming space for meal prep and conversation. Her husband’s parents had the same rocking chair in the kitchen of their home in Mississippi, where the couple grew up. “When we moved here, that seemed like a great space for it. It is a good place to sit and talk,” she said. Herring and her husband...
AP sources: Senate GOP would halt Obamacare penalties, taxes

AP sources: Senate GOP would halt Obamacare penalties, taxes

Top Senate Republicans prepared Wednesday to release their plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law, a proposal that would cut and revamp Medicaid, end penalties on people not buying coverage and eliminate tax increases that financed the statute's expansion of coverage, lobbyists and congressional aides said. Departing from the House-approved version of the legislation &mdash...
Estelle Hill, 110: Golden rule marked supercentenarian’s life

Estelle Hill, 110: Golden rule marked supercentenarian’s life

Estelle Hill wouldn’t be caught out in public in flat shoes or at the breakfast table without proper dress and jewelry. “She was always very formal up until about five years ago,” son-in-law Michael Deis of Newnan said. Myrtle Estelle Morrow Hill, 110, died peacefully June 17. She was at the home of daughter Sandra Deis and son-in-law Michael Deis, where she had lived for the past...
How much are property taxes increasing in DeKalb in 2017?

How much are property taxes increasing in DeKalb in 2017?

Property tax rates are holding steady in most of DeKalb County this year, but some residents will still receive higher bills because their homes gained value. Tax rates will remain unchanged in unincorporated areas, according to DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond’s proposed mid-year 2017 budget. In the county’s 13 cities, tax rates for county government services are rising slightly in three...
Arrest made in hit-and-run that killed teen

Arrest made in hit-and-run that killed teen

Police have made an arrest in a hit-and-run that left a 16-year-old girl dead, according to Channel 2 Action News. About 9:30 p.m. Monday, Tasia Gartner and a friend were walking along Ga. 81 near McDonough, Henry County police spokesman Mike Ireland said. The friend crossed the highway successfully, but Gartner was hit by a car in the westbound lane when she attempted to cross, Ireland said. ...

The celeb-friendly Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill popped up on our radar yesterday when he posted a photo of himself with Robert De Niro, who’s in town filming “The War With Grandpa.
Madison, Warren counties praised for school innovation

Madison, Warren counties praised for school innovation

The school districts for Madison and Warren counties are the winners of this year’s recognition for charter system performance. The 4,900-student Madison County School System near Athens won the Georgia Charter System Foundation’s leadership award, and the 600-student Warren County School District near Augusta won for system of the year. Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who pushed the 2007 legislation...
D.C. United 2, Atlanta United 1: What was said

D.C. United 2, Atlanta United 1: What was said

What was said by Atlanta United’s players and coaches following Wednesday’s 2-1 loss at D.C. United: (Quotes are provided by the teams) Atlanta United Gerardo Martino “We made many mistakes tonight, especially individual marking mistakes and against D.C., it’s obvious that those mistakes have cost us in both games. They were individual mistakes and I think you’ve seen...
Tropical Storm Cindy dumps more rain in metro Atlanta

Tropical Storm Cindy dumps more rain in metro Atlanta

Today: More rain. High: 81 Tonight: Showers continue. Low: 69 Tomorrow: Scattered storms. High: 87 Bad news for your drive into work: Roads are already wet, and more rain is expected, according to Channel 2 Action News. “Pack your patience and umbrella today,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"...
D.C. United 2, Atlanta United 1: 5 observations

D.C. United 2, Atlanta United 1: 5 observations

There’s something about playing the black and red of D.C. United that doesn’t agree with the red and black of Atlanta United. For the second time this season, D.C. United defeated Atlanta United. After knocking them off 3-1 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in April, D.C. United beat Atlanta United 2-1 on Wednesday at RFK Stadium in heat and humidity better suited for a sauna than a soccer game. &ldquo...
LEADOFF: With 200 days to go, plans take shape for CFP title game

LEADOFF: With 200 days to go, plans take shape for CFP title game

The countdown to the College Football Playoff national championship game in Atlanta reaches a milestone today: 200 days to go. On Jan. 8, the college football championship will be decided at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, marking the first time the sport’s champion will be crowned in Atlanta. Two hundred days may seem like a lot of time. For event organizers, it’s not. The Atlanta Football Host...
Mad About Metals

Mad About Metals

In her elegant and edgy jewelry, Atlanta artist Kristi Hyde takes style cues from patterns and textures in nature. The artist: Grew up in Decatur, Ala., influenced by the fields, woods and Tennessee River around her. Hyde graduated in 1998 with a degree in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Savannah campus and studied clay at the Penland School of Crafts (North Carolina)...
Life with Gracie: Local admin for The Citadel group invited to Facebook summit

Life with Gracie: Local admin for The Citadel group invited to Facebook summit

A full year after her son Nelson graduated from The Citadel, Dorie Griggs was still getting telephone calls and email from parents of incoming Knobs. Griggs had spent years blogging about her experiences as a Citadel mom and had become a trusted adviser about all things Citadel. What items should cadets bring with them? What’s the difference between men’s briefs and jockeys? How to empower...
Home ballpark quirks help Braves beat Giants

Home ballpark quirks help Braves beat Giants

The Braves beat the Giants on Wednesday night with some help from the quirks of their new ballpark. Matt Kemp sneaked a walk-off homer over the fence in right field in the 10th after Tyler Flowers hit a home run that bounced off the top of the short left-field wall in the seventh. The Braves weren’t apologizing for getting some favorable breaks at SunTrust Park. “Other teams have taken...
Kemp’s 11th-ining homer gives Braves another walk-off win

Kemp’s 11th-ining homer gives Braves another walk-off win

The Braves blew a 3-1 lead in the late innings Wednesday, perhaps just so they could dump another cooloer of Powerade on someone while celebrating another walk-off win. Matt Kemp got the blue-liquid shower this time after hitting a two-run homer with one out in the 11th inning to give the Braves a 5-3 win against the San Francisco Giants, their third walk-off win in the past five days at SunTrust...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Pitbull with Enrique Iglesias, John Mellencamp

Atlanta Concerts this week: Pitbull with Enrique Iglesias, John Mellencamp

Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias will visit Infinite Energy Arena on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Chicago and the Doobie Brothers Chicago trombonist James Pankow said the band recently enjoyed a celebratory dinner to commemorate its 50th anniversary and, like many veteran acts, acknowledged that he never knows when a tour might be the final one.
Review: Muss & Turner’s East Cobb sparks love affair with sandwich

Review: Muss & Turner’s East Cobb sparks love affair with sandwich

Never thought it would come to this. Never thought I’d utter these words: I’m embroiled in a long-distance relationship with a sandwich. Neither a conventional looker nor a singular slab of beef, the one I lust for does boast a rather coquettish name and a pedigree akin to royalty in the Atlanta delicatessen world. My princess calls herself Pastrami on Wry, and she’s just that: a...
‘Beatriz at Dinner’ will make you laugh, squirm

‘Beatriz at Dinner’ will make you laugh, squirm

A subtle comedy with considerable pathos, “Beatriz at Dinner” made me laugh a bit and squirm a lot. That’s its aim as it focuses on a clash between the 1-percenters among Los Angeles’ Anglo society and the Mexican immigrant working class. At one point, John Lithgow, playing a real estate billionaire, shows Salma Hayek, an idealistic Latina health practitioner, a photo on his...
ASO music director releases recording of his own music

ASO music director releases recording of his own music

Some musicians love to compose new music. For better or worse, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano says he’s not that sort of musician. “I always find it really daunting and challenging and nauseating,” he says of the composing process. ”I think it’s because, as a performer, every moment you look to the next thing. You just have to keep putting...
‘The Exception’ an engrossing piece of alternative history

‘The Exception’ an engrossing piece of alternative history

“The Exception” is a handsomely mounted World War II-era romantic thriller, enlivened by vibrant performances and vivid sexual encounters and inspired by a little-known footnote to history, the story of a ruler who left but never went away. That would be Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II, engagingly played by the veteran Christopher Plummer. Though the kaiser exited history’s stage...
Food Tour: Hapeville

Food Tour: Hapeville

Wedged between I-75 and I-85, and a stone’s throw from Hartsfield-Jackson airport sits the tiny town of Hapeville. You might not expect restaurants in this city of only 6,600 residents to do such brisk business, especially for weekday lunch, but it starts to make sense when you see Delta and Porsche lanyards draping around everyone’s neck. Hapeville feeds many an employee of these companies...
Playing Tupac’s mom in ‘Eyez’ expanded love for rapper’s story

Playing Tupac’s mom in ‘Eyez’ expanded love for rapper’s story

Afeni Shakur was more than just the mother of one of the world’s biggest and, arguably, best, rappers of all time. A leader of the New York chapter of the Black Panthers, she was powerful and influential in her own right. How else does one, while pregnant, successfully defend herself in a 1971 court case, facing a 300-year sentence for allegedly conspiring to bomb department stores and police...
Latest ‘Transformers’ is more, more, more

Latest ‘Transformers’ is more, more, more

Michael Bay is the kind of filmmaker who has always understood machines better than people. In his films, chrome hurtles through space with a sensual weightiness; the clangs and thuds of metal against metal send a frisson down the spine. “Transformers: The Last Knight” does not stray from this formula, except that it is more; it is the most. It’s shinier, louder, crazier; it&rsquo...
Colleges seek to confront legacy of racism

Colleges seek to confront legacy of racism

Brown University in Providence, R.I., became the first college to acknowledge it links to slavery in 2003. In 2011, Emory University’s trustees acknowledged connections to slavery and expressed regret for “this undeniable wrong.” They also expressed regret for decades of delay in acknowledging slavery’s harmful legacy. Emory was founded in 1836 by Methodists in the town of...
Watchdog: What does the Civil War have to do with us?

Watchdog: What does the Civil War have to do with us?

When House Speaker David Ralston punished fellow Republican Rep. Tommy Benton last week, stripping him of his committee chairmanship and removing him from a study committee on civics education, it came after nearly two years of provocative political acts. But it was the distribution to his House colleagues of an article from the magazine “Confederate Veteran” that triggered Ralston&rsquo...
Author Events June 25-July 1

Author Events June 25-July 1

Alan Alda, “If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating With Others.” Alda (“Never Have Your Dog Stuffed”) brings us an indispensable guide to improve the way we communicate. 7:30 p.m. June 27. Discussion. $37 includes copy of book. Marcus Jewish Community Center, Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road...
As the Han Solo spinoff fires directors, can this thing still fly?

As the Han Solo spinoff fires directors, can this thing still fly?

Now that directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller have been fired in dramatic fashion from the young Han Solo spinoff film, the state of the “Star Wars” movie will be reflected in the answer to one question: “Who shot second?” Whomever Lucasfilm selects as the replacement director will be charged with bringing into port a movie that began shooting way back in late January...
Sam Elliott takes deserved spotlight in ‘The Hero’

Sam Elliott takes deserved spotlight in ‘The Hero’

With his shock of white hair, crosshatched tan skin and deep, sonorous voice, 72-year-old Sam Elliott seems less human than something forged out of silver, leather and smoke. He’s long been a valuable supporting player, whether on-screen (“Grandma,” “I’ll See You In My Dreams”) or mostly off (“The Big Lebowski”). In “The Hero,” Elliott finally...
3 Fun Things: June 23 - 25

3 Fun Things: June 23 - 25

JOHNS CREEK Shawn Mullins Concert On June 23, ev-er-y-thing’s gonna be all right in John’s Creek as the city hosts Atlanta native Shawn Mullins live in concert. A performer who’s born to shimmer and born to shine, Grammy-nominated Mullins will perform at 7 p.m., but those who arrive an hour early when the gates open will have an easier time snagging a spot on the green. You can also...
D.C. United 2, Atlanta United 1: Player ratings

D.C. United 2, Atlanta United 1: Player ratings

Player ratings for Atlanta United following its 2-1 loss on Wednesday at D.C. United: Goalkeeper Alec Kann, 3: His heavy touch and slip while trying to make a pass led to D.C. United’s first goal. … Got down to his left to deflect a shot from close range in the 45th minute . … Punched away another shot just a few seconds later. … Took a knee to the jaw in the 50th minute...
D.C. United 2, Atlanta United 1: By the numbers

D.C. United 2, Atlanta United 1: By the numbers

A by-the-numbers look at Atlanta United’s 2-1 loss at D.C. United on Wednesday: 1 Time Patrick Nyarko hit the bar before he scored D.C. United’s second goal. - 2 Losses to D.C. United this season. They will play one more time, also at RFK Stadium. - 3 Goals for Julian Gressel this season. - 5 Assists for Miguel Almiron this season, after he assisted on Gressel’s goal. - 5 Of D.C...
Michael Vick’s father facing federal heroin distribution charges

Michael Vick’s father facing federal heroin distribution charges

Michael Vick’s father has been charged with federal crimes relating to heroin distribution and money laundering, the Virginian-Pilot reported. Michael Dwayne Boddie, 55, of Hampton, Va., was among 12 people named in a federal indictment in Norfolk, Va. Seven of the 12 made initial appearances Wednesday in U.S. District Court but Boddie was not one of them. The alleged conspiracy stretched from...
Police increase reward in DeKalb man’s murder

Police increase reward in DeKalb man’s murder

With few clues, Doraville police announced an increased reward for information leading to an arrest in the murder of Clarence "Alex" Maddox.  Maddox, 38, was found dead in the 3900 block of Flowers Road on May 30. He was shot twice in the stomach and left in a parking lot near Buford Highway Farmers Market and a DeKalb County Schools facility.  Doraville police are offering a $5...
Atlanta United beaten again by D.C. United

Atlanta United beaten again by D.C. United

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Atlanta United, the league’s highest-scoring team with 31 goals, faced D.C. United, the lowest-scoring team with 10, on Wednesday at the home held together by duct tape, hope and possibly stifling humidity, RFK Stadium. Despite playing a team that had just two wins its previous eight home games, and an anemic offense, Atlanta United succumbed 2-1 in a game that wasn&rsquo...
Prison guard has inmate’s baby, pleads guilty to oath violation

Prison guard has inmate’s baby, pleads guilty to oath violation

After having a sexual relationship with an inmate in 2016, a former prison guard on Monday pleaded guilty to violating her oath of office.  Deenesha Lemandy Carter, 23, worked as a corrections officer at Central State Prison, where an inmate impregnated her, the Macon Telegraph reported. Walter Lee Harris, an inmate serving a life sentence for a DeKalb County murder, is the father of the baby...
Atlanta city employees, firefighters get pay bump in FY 2018 budget

Atlanta city employees, firefighters get pay bump in FY 2018 budget

The Atlanta City Council on Wednesday approved the city’s $648.6 million fiscal 2018 budget, including a bump in the minimum wage for city employees, a 3 percent raise for all employees except those making $150,000 and above, and an increase in the starting salaries for firefighters. Beginning next month, the minimum pay for city employees will rise from $10.10 an hour to $13 an hour and increase...
2 Georgia lawyers jailed when child custody hearing leads to fistfight 

2 Georgia lawyers jailed when child custody hearing leads to fistfight 

You’d think the only fight that would happen in a courtroom would be between an estranged husband and wife during a child custody hearing.  Think again.  Pierce County Sheriff Ramsey Bennett locked up two feuding lawyers, John Thigpen Jr. and Kenneth E. Futch, on Wednesday when they started fistfighting two hours into court proceedings, the Florida-Times Union reported...
Snitker anticipating lineup possibilities when Freeman returns

Snitker anticipating lineup possibilities when Freeman returns

In two or three weeks, Braves manager Brian Snitker expects to start making out lineups that feature sluggers Freddie Freeman, Matt Kemp and Matt Adams in the middle. A trio of big boppers, thanks to Freeman’s decision to move to third base once he returns from the disabled list, to allow Adams to remain at first base. You better believe Snitker is already considering the possibilities. &ldquo...
Atlanta council OKs bright lights in new district to energize downtown

Atlanta council OKs bright lights in new district to energize downtown

In an attempt to carve out a distinct identity for downtown Atlanta, the City Council voted to create a new district with special advertising rights that encourage more bright signs to light up the city sky. Council members say the creation of an Atlanta Arts and Entertainment District can increase tourism, attract conventions and promote large events.  The concept is inspired by places...
Accused Midtown shooter indicted in Atlanta lawyer’s murder

Accused Midtown shooter indicted in Atlanta lawyer’s murder

The man accused of killing an Atlanta attorney in Midtown and then shooting two construction workers in a two-day crime spree was indicted Wednesday on murder, assault and weapons charges, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.  Raylon Browning is accused of killing Trinh Huynh as she walked along the intersection of Peachtree Street and Peachtree Place early April 3...

Federal health care plan would dig $400M Ga. budget hole

Since its inception in the late 1960s Medicaid has been a lifeline for the nearly 2 million Georgians who depend on it for vital health services. The modest medical coverage provided by Medicaid goes to the most vulnerable in our society. In fact, 92 percent of Medicaid goes to children, seniors or the disabled.  Medicaid is administered by the state, but with a shared funding, about 60 percent...
Latest conviction brings life sentence for metro Atlanta man

Latest conviction brings life sentence for metro Atlanta man

A Henry County man with previous felony convictions received a mandatory life prison term Tuesday for a 2013 armed robbery. Kerry Albright, 51, was convicted of robbing a Dollar General store in McDonough, district attorney spokeswoman Megan Matteucci said. Albright was convicted of two counts of armed robbery and illegally possessing a firearm, Matteucci said. During the trial, evidence showed Albright's...
Braves’ Julio Teheran slowly regaining form

Braves’ Julio Teheran slowly regaining form

Julio Teheran looks to have found his footing at SunTrust Park. He faced one over the minimum through seven shutout innings against the Giants on Tuesday night. Things came unraveled in the eighth. Giants rookie Austin Slater planted a two-seam fastball into the stands to give San Francisco a 3-2 lead and an eventual 6-3 win. “That’s baseball,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said....
Atlanta United’s 11 vs. D.C. United

Atlanta United’s 11 vs. D.C. United

Atlanta United’s starting 11 for Wednesday’s game at D.C. United: Goalkeeper Alec Kann Right fullback Tyrone Mears Centerhalf Michael Parkhurst Centerhalf Leandro Gonzalez Pirez Left fullback Greg Garza Holding midfielder Jeff Larentowicz Holding midfielder Kevin Kratz Right midfielder Julian Gressel Attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron Left midfielder Yamil Asad Striker Hector Villalba
Mom has ingenious way to store babies’ bottles, momshamers attack after post goes viral

Mom has ingenious way to store babies’ bottles, momshamers attack after post goes viral

When you have a good idea and post it online, that’s when momshamers come out to “help” show where the poster went wrong. That’s exactly what happened to Brooke McDaniel when she shared, first with her friends, an idea she had to store her babies’ bottles. McDaniel pointed out that she is not a blogger, that she was just sharing an idea with friends. >> Read more...

Trump basks in Handel’s victory in Iowa: ‘All we do is win, win, win”

President Donald Trump may have been in Iowa last night, but Georgia was clearly on his mind. The commander-in-chief called Republican Karen Handel soon after her victory over Jon Ossoff and tweeted about the race several times Tuesday, but he wasn’t done reflecting on the contest and its symbolism for his agenda. The GOP’s stronger-than-expected win in Georgia was still...
Senate health care bill: What is in it, when it will be released; where you can read it

Senate health care bill: What is in it, when it will be released; where you can read it

On Thursday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will release a draft of the Senate’s health care bill.  The draft, already slammed for being prepared behind closed doors, is said to be similar to the House health care bill, but will dramatically roll back taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act, according to a story from the Washington Post. Here is what is known about the bill. The draft...
Thursday marks World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Thursday marks World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

Since summer is officially here, what better time is there than now to learn how to swim safely? Thursday marks the eighth annual World’s Largest Swimming Lesson. Pools all over the world will be teaching kids and their parents water safety skills and showing how teaching children how to swim can save lives by preventing drowning. >> Read more trending news The Centers for Disease Control...
Prince Harry opens up about Diana's funeral, doesn't think any royals want to be king or queen

Prince Harry opens up about Diana's funeral, doesn't think any royals want to be king or queen

When he was just 12 years old, Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, died in a car accident, and participating in her highly publicized funeral is something the now 32-year-old royal will never forget. “My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television,” he recalled the...
Low scores at Erin Hills have traditionalists seeing red

Low scores at Erin Hills have traditionalists seeing red

Brooks Koepka is a modern golfer who won his first major on a modern golf course.  That would be one way to look back at this U.S. Open.  No one played better. No one did a better job of answering every challenge. He putted for birdie on every hole except the 13th, where Koepka made a clutch par putt that sent him toward three straight birdies, a knockout punch. That 8-iron he hit to the...
Diamondbacks’ pitching strikes gold with carbon-copy catchers

Diamondbacks’ pitching strikes gold with carbon-copy catchers

Sometimes the catcher for the surging Arizona Diamondbacks is a 34-year-old veteran of four teams with a low batting average, a bargain contract and a deep commitment to helping his pitchers. Other times, he is a different catcher who meets those same criteria. But there is one big difference between the Arizona catchers Chris Iannetta and Jeff Mathis: Iannetta had 10 years 13 days of major league...
At site of congressional shooting, community finds normalcy in game

At site of congressional shooting, community finds normalcy in game

The smaller diamond at Alexandria's Eugene Simpson Stadium Park — Little Simpson, to locals — attracted a reported 4,000 people when it opened for the city's Little Major Leaguers in 1953. The field's dimensions were laid out by the head groundskeeper at Griffith Stadium. The diamond had a $9,500 lighting system, attracted major leaguers like Bob Feller and Mickey Vernon, and was, according...
Tracking Twain by the marks he left

Tracking Twain by the marks he left

Who flies to Reno on a spring evening, rents a car and heads into the mountains with no skis, no mountain bike and a backpack full of books? Me. Why? Because in 1861 a 25-year-old Missouri riverboat pilot named Sam Clemens boarded a stagecoach bound for the same territory. He was going to dodge the Civil War for a few months, work for the government, do some writing, maybe dig for silver. Instead...

Talk travel: Tips for gratuities and other travel questions answered

The Washington Post's travel writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:  Q: When I order room service, the gratuity (18-20%) and a service charge (up to $10) are already included. There is an additional blank tip line. Are we generally expected to tip more on top of the fees that are already included? In one hotel, the man who delivered...
Plugging a watermelon with vodka ruins both. There's a better way.

Plugging a watermelon with vodka ruins both. There's a better way.

A friend of mine recently told me about a time in college when she and her buds decided to throw an end-of-year party in the picnic area near their dorm. Most of them were still slightly underage, so openly bringing six-packs of beer was a recipe for trouble. But they were college kids, majoring in liberal arts and minoring in high jinks. There was no way The Man (or the notoriously rules-y RA who...

A visit to Pandora

Pandora — the World of Avatar opened in May at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, and travel companies that specialize in Disney vacations were ready and waiting with Pandora packages.  Robert Merlin of SmartFlyer received several hundred phone calls in the past few months from people interested in trips to the fictional world depicted in the “Avatar” movie of...
Navigating business, basketball awaits incoming NBA rookies

Navigating business, basketball awaits incoming NBA rookies

Sixty NBA draft hopefuls will hear their names called Thursday night as members of the 2017 rookie class. For many of the top picks it will mark the start of the transition from college underclassman to instant millionaire.  It is the ultimate finishing school. A journey that continues to evolve for NBA newcomers that has trended younger during the one-and-done era.  Boston's Jaylen Brown...
Survey: Optimism grows among Democratic staffers

Survey: Optimism grows among Democratic staffers

Republican congressional staffers remain hopeful that they'll enact significant legislation in 2017, but their Democratic counterparts are gaining confidence that they can block the GOP agenda, according to the June Capitol Insiders Survey of Hill aides. Two-thirds of the Republican respondents expected it's at least somewhat likely they'll enact legislation to repeal and replace the 2010 health care...
Karaoke coast to coast

Karaoke coast to coast

I was in a friend’s small, bright, WNYC-soundtracked Brooklyn apartment when I first heard about Santa’s in Nashville. They serve only beer because things got too crazy when they served liquor, this friend told me. Yes, it is Santa-themed, and you can still smoke inside. And there is karaoke every night.  My plan was to drive solo from Brooklyn to Los Angeles — where I hoped...
Hi-yo silver: Hitting the road in an Airstream

Hi-yo silver: Hitting the road in an Airstream

For more than 80 years the Airstream trailer company has been a fixation for American road warriors entranced by its sleek, bullet-shaped aluminum body and the promise of camping in luxury, nowadays known as glamping. The shiny trailers, built in Ohio, cast a strange spell. Smitten by some combination of nostalgia and wanderlust, a cross-generational section of Americans — from the still ambulatory...
A blackberry farm chef goes for a broader audience

A blackberry farm chef goes for a broader audience

A big smile broke out on the chef Joseph Lenn’s face when an elderly woman with a cloud of platinum hair burst through the door and waved excitedly at him. “That’s Mary Evelyn,” he said. “I’m pretty sure I’m related to her. I’ll have to call my mom later and ask her how.” Lenn, 40, has been cooking in and around his hometown, Knoxville, Tennesee...

Family travel: 5 dreamy destinations that cater to kids as well as adults

Looking for luxury? Here are five dreamy destinations to consider.  ———   1. Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Lanai City, Hawaii   It's a lush island of contrast, where sea-faring activities and land adventures compete for your attention. Pairing a family-friendly attitude with well-crafted luxury, your family will feel right at home amid the towering pines, tropical...
Former Michigan State recruit Donovan Winter recounts  spiral

Former Michigan State recruit Donovan Winter recounts spiral

When a phone call awakened Blaise and Angie Winter at 1:47 a.m., Jan. 31, they weren't surprised, but the news was still devastating. Their 18-year-old son Donovan Winter, a Bishop Moore (Fla.) high school football star who had accepted a scholarship offer from Michigan State University, was in jail. "For parents to receive a call ... on my birthday, to get the news that it has finally come to...
Still chasing the Stratford Streak, 80 years after he left ice

Still chasing the Stratford Streak, 80 years after he left ice

Howie Morenz wept when he finally agreed to join the Montreal Canadiens in 1923, abandoning his family and a budding career as a railway machinist in Stratford to become the world’s greatest hockey player. That’s the story: He didn’t want to go, refusing to believe he was good enough for the NHL. Within the year, he won his first Stanley Cup. He was already what an admiring rival...
McDonald's ends four-decade Olympics sponsorship

McDonald's ends four-decade Olympics sponsorship

Citing a decision to "focus on different priorities," McDonald's announced on Friday it will no longer sponsor the Olympics. "We have been proud to support the Olympic Movement, and we thank our customers and staff, the spectators, athletes and officials, as well as the [International Olympic Committee] and local Olympics Games organizing committees, for all of their support over the...
The ideal lemon bar: A fierce filling and a strong supporting crust

The ideal lemon bar: A fierce filling and a strong supporting crust

When pastry chef Shuna Lydon was preparing for the opening of Bouchon, chef Thomas Keller’s supposedly casual and impossibly perfect French bistro in Napa Valley, he told her it would be the hardest thing she’d ever done — more difficult than her work creating desserts like white truffle egg creams at The French Laundry. “He said, ‘You can do whatever crazy thing you...
Let’s eat: Crispy eggplant with kale pesto fettuccine

Let’s eat: Crispy eggplant with kale pesto fettuccine

Say “pesto,” and many people automatically will think of the classic combination of Italian basil, crushed garlic and European pine nuts blended with Parmigiano-Reggiano and olive oil. That doesn’t mean you can’t be creative with other ingredients. This tasty alternative adds chopped kale and walnuts to the mix, which adds a bright, herby punch to any dish. Here it’s...
In the Trump era, Obama nostalgia is a booming industry

In the Trump era, Obama nostalgia is a booming industry

Pat Cunnane spent six years in the White House helping to promote Barack Obama's message. From the outside, he still does: On Tuesday, Cunnane became the latest Obama alumnus to land a contract for a book on his experiences. While much of the world obsesses about the more impetuous musings of President Donald Trump — or perhaps in reaction to that obsession _ a new market for Obama nostalgia...
Democrats seethe after loss: ‘Our brand is worse than Trump’

Democrats seethe after loss: ‘Our brand is worse than Trump’

Democrats seethed, second-guessed and sought to regroup Wednesday after a disappointing special election defeat in Georgia, with the party’s campaign chief in the House of Representatives outlining alternative paths to taking power, and some lawmakers questioning anew the leadership and political strategy of Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader. By fiercely contesting a congressional...
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