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Reclaiming My Language

On a Sunday in November 2016, I found it difficult to read the words jumping around on my cellphone screen. I cleaned my eyeglasses and tried it again and again, but nothing came into focus. I shrugged it off. I went back to sleep for a few hours and did chores before driving to a luncheon with friends. When I arrived, I was disoriented. My voice was garbled. A friend knew the signs and called 911...


Report: #MeToo leader, Weinstein accuser Asia Argento paid off her sexual assault accuser 

Report: #MeToo leader, Weinstein accuser Asia Argento paid off her sexual assault accuser 

#MeToo advocate Asia Argento, one of the first women to accuse disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, paid off an ex-child actor who accused her of sexual misconduct,according to legal documents obtained by The New York Times.           Jimmy Bennett, who was 17 at the time of the encounter, alleges that he was assaulted by...
Elections: Georgia counties respond to hacking, security threats

Elections: Georgia counties respond to hacking, security threats

As Georgians prepare to cast their ballots in a nationally watched gubernatorial race, the security and reliability of the state’s election system remains a point of concern for many voters and security experts. Polls show that a large percentage of Americans believe there’s a concerted effort underway by foreign entities to undermine American Democracy and promote discord, using everything...
Gwinnett County programs grow young entrepreneurs

Gwinnett County programs grow young entrepreneurs

Twins DeAndre and Darion Nelson showed talent for anticipating chart-topping tunes, getting kids onto the dance floor with their deejaying skills and pulling in hundreds of patrons to their teen parties. But what they thought was a successful hobby turned out to be a financial drain. “We’d have all these people at the parties and be counting all this money at the end,” said DeAndre...
DeKalb, metro school buildings need thousands of fixes

DeKalb, metro school buildings need thousands of fixes

A clutter of garbage cans sit in a hallway at DeKalb School of the Arts. Above, ceiling tiles have been removed to let water fall freely from a leaking HVAC system. The school year just started, and many issues — no air conditioning, leaks throughout buildings, crumbling ceiling tiles and filthy carpet — among those to be addressed by the DeKalb County School District are holdovers...
AP preseason poll released: Alabama No. 1, Georgia No. 3

AP preseason poll released: Alabama No. 1, Georgia No. 3

The Georgia Bulldogs, the nation’s No. 2 college football team at the end of last season, will open this season at No. 3, according to the Associated Press poll released Monday.  The AP’s preseason poll of media members ranked Georgia behind No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson.  Alabama, which defeated Georgia in overtime in last season’s national championship game at Mercedes-Benz...
‘Dems have no idea...’ the right says

‘Dems have no idea...’ the right says

1. Dems Have No Idea What Demons They Are Unleashing From Fox News: “In normal times, the declarations of a fringe party and ideology in America would not merit much attention.” 2. Dems Struggling to Make Sense of Socialist Surge From The Guardian: “Anti-Trump activists such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the Democratic Socialists of America have galvanised disillusioned...
This is your brain on football

This is your brain on football

A walkout by members of the Grayson High School football team last week over strenuous workouts has been characterized as exhausted teens growing frustrated over grueling practice conditions.  But are we downplaying the real health risks of the game?  The players, who returned to practice the following day, were reportedly upset over full-force hitting in shorts. The Gwinnett high school...
Austin Ford, priest and 1st director of Emmaus House, became neighbor

Austin Ford, priest and 1st director of Emmaus House, became neighbor

In 1967, the Rev. Austin Ford, an Episcopal priest, moved into a run-down, two-story house in the Peoplestown area. He was a strange sight at first. The white man in his late 30s rode his bicycle through the predominantly black community and knocked on doors to talk to residents about ways they could work together to improve the area. The polished but affable Ford, who grew up DeKalb County, moved...
The un-celebrity president: Jimmy Carter shuns riches and lives modestly in his Georgia hometown

The un-celebrity president: Jimmy Carter shuns riches and lives modestly in his Georgia hometown

PLAINS — Jimmy Carter finishes his Saturday night dinner, salmon and broccoli casserole on a paper plate, flashes his famous toothy grin and calls playfully to his wife of 72 years, Rosalynn: "C'mon, kid." She laughs and takes his hand, and they walk carefully through a neighbor's kitchen filled with 1976 campaign buttons, photos of world leaders and a couple of unopened cans...
‘... the more he mirrors Richard Nixon’ the left says

‘... the more he mirrors Richard Nixon’ the left says

1. Nixon, Clinton and Trump From New York Times: “The more Trump is cornered, the more he mirrors Richard Nixon.” 2. Trump just took us another step closer to the abyss From Washington Post: “In revoking John Brennan’s security clearance, the president carried out a personal political vendetta.” 3. Editorial: The Trump White House, where...
Domestic violence: Why the deaths don’t tell the whole story in Georgia

Domestic violence: Why the deaths don’t tell the whole story in Georgia

If she felt like she was in danger, Claudine Rosalind-Angelique Hargrove didn’t let on. Not even to her sister. “We had that closeness where she knew that she could come to me and she wouldn’t have to hold back,” Karen Hargrove told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The two sisters planned to spend a recent weekend together. But two days after her 38th birthday, Claudine Hargrove...

Atlanta, in search of “vision,” calls time out on new charter schools

Next year, Atlanta will have two new charter schools, but they won’t be part of Atlanta Public Schools. Confused? It’s the result of two events: a decision by voters in 2012 to create a state-level charter school agency, and the Atlanta school system’s apparent decision to tap the brakes on new charter schools. The State Charter Schools Commission can authorize schools that don&rsquo...
BREAKING: East Point officer accused of sexually assaulting 15-year-old 

BREAKING: East Point officer accused of sexually assaulting 15-year-old 

An East Point police officer is on paid administrative leave after authorities said he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl, Channel 2 Action News reported.  The victim’s lawyer, Thomas Reynolds, told Channel 2 his client and three other people may have been followed from a Waffle House and stopped at Syskes Park in East Point when the officer approached them.  According to Channel...
Fulton judge dismisses murder indictment in heroin overdose case

Fulton judge dismisses murder indictment in heroin overdose case

A Fulton County judge has dismissed a murder indictment against Graham Williams, who allegedly injected heroin into the vein of a Milton man who then overdosed and died. The case was seen as a key test of how tough metro-Atlanta prosecutors can be as they seek to combat a surge of deaths linked to opioids, methamphetamine and other drugs. Fulton prosecutors had obtained a felony murder indictment...
Stockbridge municipal bondholder sues to stop Eagle’s Landing cityhood

Stockbridge municipal bondholder sues to stop Eagle’s Landing cityhood

One of the nation’s biggest issuers of municipal bonds is suing the state of Georgia and Henry County to put the brakes on this fall’s vote for Eagle’s Landing cityhood. Capital One Public Funding — the municipal bonding arm of banking giant Capital One — has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court seeking an injunction to keep the creation of what could be Henry&rsquo...
Neighbors find 16 dead dogs a month after owner was reported for animal cruelty

Neighbors find 16 dead dogs a month after owner was reported for animal cruelty

When Stephanie Maro heard a dog owner was recently evicted from his home, her heart was with his pets.  A concerned Maro and her husband went to the Old Sanders Farm Road home to check on the animals only to find 16 dead dogs on the property, the Athens Banner Herald reported.  Maro immediately called the property owner and the Oglethorpe County Sheriff’s Office, who had warned the...
Thefts from cars hit Cherokee County: ‘You always feel violated’

Thefts from cars hit Cherokee County: ‘You always feel violated’

Cherokee County resident Annette Castaldo has always felt all right with leaving her car doors unlocked. But when she saw her car door ajar Sunday morning, she had a bad feeling. “I left my car door unlocked and I never really thought about it,” she told Channel 2 Action News, “because we've never had any problems here.” She wasn’t alone.  Police say they are...
Georgia Tech president rebuked for ethical lapses under his watch

Georgia Tech president rebuked for ethical lapses under his watch

Georgia Tech President George P. “Bud” Peterson got a stern rebuke from his boss over ethical lapses at the university. “As we agreed, lax management and unethical behavior at Georgia Tech have resulted in misuse of resources and a failure to hold staff accountable, and, as president, you are ultimately responsible,” University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve W. Wrigley...
Did Roswell councilman break trust with comments about tennis center?

Did Roswell councilman break trust with comments about tennis center?

On social media and in the press, Roswell City Councilman Marcelo Zapata played the foil. If residents were upset with plans to put a $50 million tennis center in a popular city park, he was, too. But the truth is, Zapata voted for the tennis plan in a closed meeting, documents show. And at least one member of the city council is questioning Zapata’s assertion that he had his own issues...
Consumer groups demand more details from Georgia Power on Vogtle

Consumer groups demand more details from Georgia Power on Vogtle

In the wake of the recent announcement of increased project costs at Plant Vogtle, consumer groups in the state are calling for the Public Service Commission to require Georgia Power to be more transparent during its bi-annual progress reports. Georgia Interfaith Power and Light and the Partnership for Southern Equity questioned how the cost to complete forecast could have increased by $2.3 billion...
Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ tour will visit Atlanta this fall

Travis Scott’s ‘Astroworld’ tour will visit Atlanta this fall

Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” gave the Houston rapper another number one album on the Billboard 200 album chart, and now he’s created the “Astroworld: Wish You Were Here” tour to accompany the release. For his biggest tour yet, Scott will visit arenas this fall, including a 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 performance at Philips Arena. Tickets for the Atlanta show are $89.95 for...
Hartsfield-Jackson post sparks song lyric tweets from other airports

Hartsfield-Jackson post sparks song lyric tweets from other airports

A tweet by Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport inspired competing airports’ social media managers to show off their knowledge of Backstreet Boys song lyrics in an unusual Twitter exchange. The Atlanta airport’s Twitter account on Monday afternoon posted an image from the airport’s giant screen in the domestic terminal showing Brian Littrell, a longtime Atlanta resident...
The cautious optimism of Atlantic City

The cautious optimism of Atlantic City

Atlantic City hasn’t had much reason to celebrate in recent years. In 2014, four of the city’s 12 casinos closed. A fifth, the Trump Taj Mahal (owned by President Donald Trump until filing for bankruptcy in 2014) shuttered in 2016. Some Atlantic City mainstays managed to skirt the bleakness: James Beard-winning restaurant Chef Vola’s still required reservations months in advance...
Ronald Acuna named NL player of the week

Ronald Acuna named NL player of the week

Ronald Acuna’s brilliant week was rewarded Monday afternoon. MLB announced Acuna as the National League player of the week for Aug. 13-19. He hit .464 with four homers, including three straight leadoff shots against the Marlins. “It’s a great honor,” Acuna said through an interpreter. “It’s a reminder and testament to the hard work and discipline of being a...
Uber pilots airline selection for airport drop-offs

Uber pilots airline selection for airport drop-offs

Uber says it is launching a pilot project at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, allowing passengers to select their airline in the app when taking the ride-hailing service to the airport. Doing so will “help riders have more accurate pricing” and estimated time of arrival, according to Uber. Passengers also won’t have to tell their driver what airline they’re flying...
Ann Wilson of Heart ready to rock with Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers

Ann Wilson of Heart ready to rock with Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers

As Ann Wilson puts it, people aren’t coming to a concert featuring her, Jeff Beck and Paul Rodgers “to be blinded by technology and super production … they come to hear music.” The robust voice of Heart is part of one of summer’s most interesting touring alliances — especially for music fans who like their rock ‘n’ roll spiked with big choruses and...
Anti-racism religious service planned at Stone Mountain

Anti-racism religious service planned at Stone Mountain

OneRace, an event focused on combating racism with a nondenominational religious message, will be held at Stone Mountain Park on Saturday. Gospel artists like Tasha Cobbs, Travis Greene and United Pursuit will be featured during the service, which is divided among the themes of “healing and repentance,” “reconciliation,” “unity” and “justice.&rdquo...
Woman jailed after calling 911 on herself, officials say

Woman jailed after calling 911 on herself, officials say

A northeast Georgia woman was arrested after she called 911 on herself and reported she accidentally left her 3-year-old son in a car for about three hours, officials said. Alejandra Suarez, 26, of Gainesville, is in the Hall County Jail on a charge of second-degree cruelty to children, sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Scott Ware said Monday in an emailed statement. Just after 8 p.m. Aug. 13, Suarez...
New life for former research chimps

New life for former research chimps

On a sunny Tuesday in May, 11-year-old Hercules made a brave move and ventured outside alone. He moved slowly at first, looking at the ground and shaking his head before walking across 2 acres of forest to observe the sights and sounds around him. Not far behind him was Leo, also 11, who ran forward before stopping, sitting down and staring up at the sky. Hercules and Leo are former research chimpanzees...
The Eagles overtake Michael Jackson for best-selling album honors

The Eagles overtake Michael Jackson for best-selling album honors

The best-selling album of all time honors has seesawed back to the Eagles. The band’s “Greatest Hits 1971-1975” maintained that crown for nearly a decade, until Michael Jackson’s 1982 landmark “Thriller” bypassed it in 2009, a surge attributed to his untimely death. But The Recording Industry Association of America released new data Monday that certifies the Eagles&rsquo...
Braves will bounce back in Pittsburgh

Braves will bounce back in Pittsburgh

The Rockies swept the Braves at SunTrust over the weekend. The Braves ended the day still leading the NL East by a half game because the Phillies lost to the Mets in the evening. The Braves tonight open a three-game series at the Pirates, who just split a four-game series against the Cubs despite scoring just five runs.  I’m thinking the Braves will right things against the Pirates. Pittsburgh...
Inmate back in custody; man wanted in jail escape captured, too

Inmate back in custody; man wanted in jail escape captured, too

Troup County authorities said they have captured the remaining inmate from a recent jailbreak. “Thomas Cuddington is in custody,” sheriff’s officials said Monday on Facebook. Cuddington and Eric Bell escaped just before 11 p.m. Wednesday. Bell was captured Friday. RELATED: 2 inmates use drainpipe to escape from Georgia jail, officials say MORE: Man wanted in connection...
House begins review of DeKalb strong CEO government 

House begins review of DeKalb strong CEO government 

A House committee formed to evaluate the way Georgia’s various counties are run to determine the most effective and efficient methods held its first meeting today. The County Governance Study Committee was created in part because some legislators disapprove of DeKalb’s strong CEO form of government. DeKalb is the only county where an elected chief executive controls day-to-day operations...
430 authors to descend on Decatur for annual book fest

430 authors to descend on Decatur for annual book fest

It has been a watershed year for the AJC Decatur Book Festival as it approaches its 13th annual outing this Labor Day weekend. With founding executive director Daren Wang no longer at the helm, programming director Julie Wilson took charge, juggling both jobs and a budget that wasn’t as robust as she would have liked. “It has not always been well known how fluid the finances have...
10 Decatur Book Festival authors you don’t want to miss

10 Decatur Book Festival authors you don’t want to miss

There is no shortage of literary star power scheduled to appear at the AJC Decatur Book Festival this year. Armistead Maupin, Karin Slaughter, Tayari Jones, Rick Bragg and Charles Frazier are but a few of the authors sure to pack sanctuaries and conference rooms Labor Day weekend. Here are 10 other authors we recommend checking out at the 13th annual event. David Peisner. The Atlanta journalist&rsquo...
Child injured in car accident at Gwinnett elementary school

Child injured in car accident at Gwinnett elementary school

An Ivy Creek Elementary School student was injured and transported to a hospital after a car accident Monday morning outside the school, Gwinnett County police said. READ | DFCS examining training policies after Gwinnett girl’s starving death The child has not been identified, but it is a boy under the age of 10. The accident at the Buford school was reported at 7:21 a.m. A police spokeswoman...
Woman critical after jumping on MARTA tracks to save mom

Woman critical after jumping on MARTA tracks to save mom

A woman was critically injured Sunday after a man pushed her mother at the Midtown MARTA station and she jumped on the tracks to save her, according to the transit agency’s police department. “MPD can confirm that the victim in this case was pushed wayside by the suspect,” MARTA police Cpl. Brian Lauda told AJC.com Monday morning in a statement. “The victim’s daughter...
Clayton college prep and help seminar for everyone

Clayton college prep and help seminar for everyone

Clayton County Public Schools will host a seminar to help students connect to colleges. The system wants high-achieving, first-generation and underrepresented minority 11th and 12th-grade public high school students from Metro-Atlanta, as well as the teachers and counselors who serve them to come. The Metro-Atlanta College Access College Conference will take place at 5 p.m. at Towers High School located...
Quinn to shuffle defensive tackles against Jaguars 

Quinn to shuffle defensive tackles against Jaguars 

The biggest hole on the Falcons’ roster was at defensive tackle this offseason. Dontari Poe signed with the Panthers in free agency. The Falcons drafted defensive tackle Deadrin Senat in the third round and signed veteran Terrell McClain in an attempt to fill the void. Through two exhibition games, Senat and McClain have made a push to be the primary replacement. “Right now they are really...
JUST IN: 2 dead in Forsyth County murder-suicide; 2 children safe

JUST IN: 2 dead in Forsyth County murder-suicide; 2 children safe

A woman killed her husband “sometime over the weekend” before taking her own life early Monday, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the home in the 5400 block of Memphis Street after a friend of the family received a concerning phone call or text message, Forsyth County sheriff’s spokesman Cpl. Doug Rainwater told AJC.com. When...
DeKalb police target drag racing on notorious stretch of Moreland Avenue

DeKalb police target drag racing on notorious stretch of Moreland Avenue

DeKalb police are cracking down on street racing along Moreland Avenue one week after a car ran through concrete barriers, smashed into a business and flipped on its side. The owners of George Imports told Channel 2 Action News they believe the driver who wrecked their auto repair shop Aug. 12 was drag racing. The stretch of Moreland Avenue near Key Road is notorious for it, they said. On Sunday...
Leadoff: Braves’ out-of-division record doesn’t measure up

Leadoff: Braves’ out-of-division record doesn’t measure up

The Braves’ past two series demonstrated how unevenly they have built their division-leading record of 68-55.  Last week’s four-game sweep of the Miami Marlins underscored the Braves’ success against National League East opponents and particularly against the division’s two worst teams, the New York Mets and the Marlins. The Braves are an extraordinary 40-19 vs. NL East...
Victim, suspect ID’d in deadly Walmart parking lot shooting

Victim, suspect ID’d in deadly Walmart parking lot shooting

An argument over a parking space turned deadly Sunday night outside a crowded metro Atlanta Walmart, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Fadil Delkic, 49, was fatally shot about 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Walmart on Scenic Highway in Snellville, according to the news station. Troy Dennis Hunte, 27, of Grayson, has been charged with voluntary manslaughter in connection with the deadly shooting...
Photo released of man wanted in shootout with GSU police

Photo released of man wanted in shootout with GSU police

Authorities have released a photo of a man they say opened fire on Georgia State University police before attempting to carjack a student’s vehicle. The shootout and the attempted carjacking prompted a lockdown of the downtown Atlanta campus hours before the start of the fall semester. According to university police Chief Joseph P. Spillane, four officers responded to suspected drug activity...
Atlanta United 3, Columbus 1: Player ratings

Atlanta United 3, Columbus 1: Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s players from Sunday’s 3-1 win against Columbus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 7: Not much he could do to stop Gyasi Zardes’ first goal. ... Denied him from close range in the 53rd minute. ... Finished with two saves and even created a chance. Right fullback Franco Escobar, 7.5: He’s not going to be an offensive threat, but defensively...
Breaking the MLS mark, not tying, driving Atlanta United’s Martinez

Breaking the MLS mark, not tying, driving Atlanta United’s Martinez

It took some prodding, but Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez finally opened up about the chase for the MLS single-season scoring record. After tying the league record with his 27th goal in Sunday’s 3-1 win against Columbus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Martinez was asked how it felt to get the win, and tie the mark. His answer expressed respect for Columbus and how happy he was for Atlanta United&rsquo...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Wiz Khalifa, Jeff Beck with Paul Rodgers and Ann Wilson of Heart

Atlanta Concerts this week: Wiz Khalifa, Jeff Beck with Paul Rodgers and Ann Wilson of Heart

TUESDAY The lanky Pittsburgh MC and Mississippi-raised, Atlanta-residing duo of Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi have teamed for a 27-city run of amphitheaters with perhaps the most obvious tour name ever created —“Dazed and Blazed Summer 2018.” Wiz released his sixth studio album, “Rolling Papers 2,” in July, on which he shares the song “Hopeless Romantic” with Swae...
Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 3, Columbus 1

Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United 3, Columbus 1

In this episode of the podcast “Southern Fried Soccer,” Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Jason Longshore of 92.9FM and SoccerdownHere.com discuss Atlanta United’s 3-1 win against Columbus on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. They discuss Josef Martinez’s record-tying goal, Hector Villalba’s stunning run, Miguel Almiron’s confidence, Ezequiel...
WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Showers drench evening commute

WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Showers drench evening commute

Monday: High: 85 Monday night: Low: 72 Tuesday: High: 86 Storms soaking metro Atlanta aren’t expected to end until 11 p.m., according to Channel 2 Action News.  Following a largely muggy day, heavy rains have developed in Decatur, Douglasville and parts of Cobb and Gwinnett counties, the news station reported.  “We’re going to continue to be muggy through...
History tied as Atlanta United thumps Columbus

History tied as Atlanta United thumps Columbus

Josef Martinez made history, Hector Villalba scored a goal-of-the-year candidate and Miguel Almiron added one more to lift Atlanta United to a 3-1 win against Columbus on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Martinez tied the MLS single-season scoring record when he notched his 27th goal, Columbus’ Gyasi Zardes scored the equalizer in the 50th minute, and then Villalba dribbled through most of the...
Woman pushed in front of MARTA train; man in custody

Woman pushed in front of MARTA train; man in custody

Police have a 28-year-old man in custody who allegedly pushed a woman into the path of a MARTA train Sunday afternoon. Witnesses watched in horror as the incident involving the unidentified man unfolded at the Midtown station on Peachtree Place. A second person tried to save the woman, they said. According to Channel 2 Action News, both people were hit. One person, described by MARTA police as a 27-year-old...
Falcons release official depth chart for Jaguars’ game 

Falcons release official depth chart for Jaguars’ game 

The Falcons have released their official depth chart for the Aug. 25 exhibition game against the Jacksonville Jaguars TIAA Bank Field.  Backup guard Ben Garland (strain) won’t play against the Jaguars, according to head coach Dan Quinn. Also, middle linebacker Deion Jones (strain) was not at practice, Kicker Matt Bryant (undisclosed injury) and cornerback Desmond Trufant, who...
Quinn: Riley shined while replacing Jones at middle linebacker vs. Chiefs

Quinn: Riley shined while replacing Jones at middle linebacker vs. Chiefs

The Falcons were forced to shuffle their linebackers Friday with Deion Jones (strain) out against the Chiefs. “Duke (Riley) moved over the play what we call the (middle linebacker) and we put Foye (Oluokun) at the (weakside),” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “So, I was glad to see the progress made from Game 1 to Game 2 from a tackling standpoint he was really rock-solid, and that&rsquo...
Ortiz winning battle at fullback spot

Ortiz winning battle at fullback spot

Ricky Ortiz, an avocado farmer whose football dream was nearly derailed by respiratory and sinus problems, has pulled ahead in the battle to earn the Falcons’ starting fullback position. Luke McNitt started and played three plays against the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday. Ortiz, who played linebacker, tight end and fullback at Oregon State, played 13 offensive snaps in the game.  &ldquo...
Atlanta United’s Martinez ties MLS goal-scoring record

Atlanta United’s Martinez ties MLS goal-scoring record

Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez tied the MLS record for goals in a single season on Sunday when he scored his 27th in the 31st minute against Columbus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Martinez joins Roy Lassiter, Chris Wondolowski and Bradley Wright-Phillips as the greatest single-season scorers in league history. Martinez has nine games remaining to break the record.  The Venezuelan has scored...
Roswell man fought off 3 men trying to steal his lawnmower, police say

Roswell man fought off 3 men trying to steal his lawnmower, police say

Police in Roswell do not recommend victims of crimes take matters into their own hands, but one man did last weekend when three men from Atlanta tried to take his lawnmower. According to a police report, on Aug. 12 three men in a Penske van pulled up to a business on Old Alabama Road around 2:20 p.m. where Eduardo Baizel, 31, of Roswell, was mowing the lawn. When Baizel wasn’t looking, the men...
Colorado father charged with murder in deaths of pregnant wife, two daughters

Colorado father charged with murder in deaths of pregnant wife, two daughters

A Colorado father has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his pregnant wife and two daughters, according to Denver News 9. >> Read more trending news  Chris Watts, 33, was charged with five counts of murder, one each for his wife and two daughters, and two counts for the murder of a victim under 12, according to CBS Denver. Watts was also charged with...
Man spends nearly a month in jail for crime he didn’t commit

Man spends nearly a month in jail for crime he didn’t commit

When Kobe Jones was robbed at gunpoint, he hoped Atlanta police would find those responsible. But instead of being treated like a victim, Jones was arrested and charged with a crime in Clayton County. It was a crime he didn’t commit. Jones, 21, had the same name as the real suspect accused of breaking into a rental home, damaging floors and walls, and stealing a power tool. That Kobe Jones was...
Bode Miller’s wife shares photo of last time she held her dying daughter

Bode Miller’s wife shares photo of last time she held her dying daughter

  Top U.S. ski champion Bode Miller and his wife, Morgan, lost their youngest child, Emeline “Emmy” Grier Miller, in a pool drowning accident in early June. >> Read more trending news  The grief-stricken couple publicly talked about their loss in late July and now Morgan Miller has shared a heartbreaking photo of the last time she held her 19-month-old daughter. Miller...
CONTINUING COVERAGE: 11 kids found in N.M. desert raid need help, local relative says

CONTINUING COVERAGE: 11 kids found in N.M. desert raid need help, local relative says

DeKalb County relatives of the 11 children seized during a police raid of a ramshackle New Mexico desert compound intend to help get the kids out of government custody. They also plan to retrieve the remains of a 3-year-old Clayton County boy found dead in a tunnel on the property. “We’re praying we can lay baby Abdul-Ghani (Wahhaj) to rest this upcoming week,” Jamella A. Jihad...
Report: DFCS didn’t pursue ‘red flags’ before Gwinnett toddler starved

Report: DFCS didn’t pursue ‘red flags’ before Gwinnett toddler starved

There were multiple “red flags” that Georgia Division of Family and Children Services workers did not follow up on months before nearly 3-year-old Reygan Moon starved to death, records show. DFCS released the 188-page file covering Reygan Moon’s 35-month life and the immediate aftermath of her death to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday. Those files show that Reygan Moon&rsquo...
Review: Outfit’s blissful ‘Book of Will’ honors the Bard

Review: Outfit’s blissful ‘Book of Will’ honors the Bard

Decatur native Lauren Gunderson’s engagingly well-read “The Book of Will” chiefly concerns a factual story about the magnanimous effort that went into gathering, publishing and preserving the timeless classics of William Shakespeare. In the process, as splendidly directed by David Crowe, Theatrical Outfit’s enthusiastic new production of it also embraces and fulfills the...
Hawks officially sign Daniel Hamilton, Alex Poythress

Hawks officially sign Daniel Hamilton, Alex Poythress

The Hawks made two roster moves official with Daniel Hamilton and Alex Poythress signing previously agreed upon contracts on Monday. Vince Carter is the final player with a contract agreement with the Hawks that remains unsigned. The veteran is expected to sign later this week. Hamilton, a 6-foot-7 guard/forward, agreed to a one-year deal. He spent last season on a two-way contract with the Thunder...
Trump calls out Mueller following Times report

Trump calls out Mueller following Times report

President Donald Trump pressed his criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller on Monday, accusing Mueller’s team of “enjoying ruining people’s lives” and “looking to impact the election.” Trump’s tweets followed a New York Times report that the White House general counsel, Don McGahn, has been cooperating extensively with the special counsel team investigating...
Atlanta police seek suspect in case of driver shot by a stray bullet

Atlanta police seek suspect in case of driver shot by a stray bullet

A suspect allegedly involved in the recent shooting of a driver near the Mall at West End has been added to the Atlanta Police Department’s “most wanted” list.  Brandon Welch, 27, is sought in connection with the crime — in which a man fired rounds into the air on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard on June 7. Police declined to say how Welch was involved, but...
Asia Argento, #MeToo activist, settled sex assault claim against her, report says

Asia Argento, #MeToo activist, settled sex assault claim against her, report says

A prominent #MeToo activist and Harvey Weinstein accuser recently agreed to pay $380,000 to settle a sexual assault complaint against her, according to a new report. The New York Times reported Sunday that actress Asia Argento, who said last year that Weinstein raped her in 1997, settled a claim by former child star Jimmy Bennett, now 22. In a notice of intent to sue that Bennett filed shortly after...
Cobb event space will open soon after $13M revamp

Cobb event space will open soon after $13M revamp

Soon you can say hello to Cobb County’s fanciest new venue. There will be an 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting event for the new 41,00-square-foot Jim R. Miller Park Event Center on Sept. 7. It cost $13,231,144 in 2016 SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) funds to build, said Tom Bills, a senior project manager for construction with the county. It is the largest structure to be funded by...
Man wants bond after allegedly killing woman over a watch in DeKalb

Man wants bond after allegedly killing woman over a watch in DeKalb

The man accused of killing 24-year-old Taylor Bins in DeKalb County is asking for bond. Jason Leroy Brown, 34, who is accused of murder for allegedly killing her during a fight over a watch, is set to appear in court at the county courthouse Friday at 9 a.m The woman died July 26 around 7 or 8 a.m. on Hitt Lake Trail off Rockbridge Road outside Stone Mountain. Warrants say witnesses told police the...
Cobb cops: Man hit Lyft driver in the head with a hammer

Cobb cops: Man hit Lyft driver in the head with a hammer

Cobb County police accuse a man of attacking his Lyft driver with a hammer. Malik Yeamen was arrested early Wednesday on charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault, jail records show. Yeamen ordered a Lyft about 2 a.m. for him and his girlfriend, according to a police warrant. Soon after getting in, he pulled a hammer from his backpack and hit the driver in the head, the warrant said. READ | ...
Nicki Minaj accuses Travis Scott of using Kylie Jenner to promote his now No. 1 album

Nicki Minaj accuses Travis Scott of using Kylie Jenner to promote his now No. 1 album

Nicki Minaj has a few explanations for why her latest album didn’t debut at the top of the charts. This month, Travis Scott and Minaj have have both released albums, but while Scott’s “Astroworld” has held the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart for the past two weeks, the 35-year-old rapper’s “Queen” debuted in the number two spot...
Woman stabbed, strangled by man she met online, police say

Woman stabbed, strangled by man she met online, police say

A woman is recovering after she was stabbed and beaten in her home by a man she met online, according to Clinton police. Officers were called just after midnight Saturday to the emergency room at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital. A woman with severe injuries had been dropped off at the hospital by a man who told staff that they had been robbed. However, the victim told police that she was actually...
TSA officer breaks it down in dance battle with young flyer

TSA officer breaks it down in dance battle with young flyer

A TSA agent brought smiles to the security line after he showed off his dance moves and competition skills with a young flyer. Joshua McCall noticed a boy was dancing as his family of five was going through security at Newark Liberty International Airport, USA Today reported. The boy then challenged McCall to a dance-off.  The TSA posted the ensuing battle to its Instagram account, where it...
Hall of fame Ivy League football visionary: Georgia No. 1, ‘change of Alpha Dawg’

Hall of fame Ivy League football visionary: Georgia No. 1, ‘change of Alpha Dawg’

ATHENS — Georgia football fans will take comfort in knowing where the No. 1 vote the Bulldogs received came from in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Poll. Two-time Super Bowl combatant Reggie Williams is more than just the only African-American Ivy League player in the College Football Hall of Fame. Williams, a former NFL linebacker and World Football League general manager, is...
Your all-inclusive guide to splash pads near Atlanta

Your all-inclusive guide to splash pads near Atlanta

Although kids have gone back to school, there are still plenty of hot summer days ahead for the greater Atlanta area. Keeping cool can be a challenge, but one fun way to help your little ones avoid the heat is by taking them to a place where they can find cold water and good times. Georgia is home to a number of splash pads where children can run, play and cool down. Here is a list of splash pads...
New Zealand politician rides bicycle to give birth

New Zealand politician rides bicycle to give birth

New Zealand’s minister for women rode her bicycle “mostly downhill” to a hospital Sunday to give birth, The New York Times reported. >> Read more trending news  Julie Anne Genter, 38, who is also associate minister for health and transport, posted pictures on social media of herself and her partner, Peter Nunns, enjoying a “beautiful Sunday morning” ride...
7 swimmers rescued from dangerous rip currents; 2 dead

7 swimmers rescued from dangerous rip currents; 2 dead

Two people are dead after rip currents forced several rescues at a New Hampshire beach. >> Read more trending news  Seven swimmers were pulled from the water at Seabrook Beach, near 131 Ocean Drive, just after 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Seabrook Police said two of the people were unconscious when they were brought to shore. The beach does not have lifeguards, but lifeguards from nearby Hampton...
Woman chases down man she said recorded daughter change in store's dressing room

Woman chases down man she said recorded daughter change in store's dressing room

A Utah woman wasn’t going to let the man she said was trying to record her daughter who was trying on clothes in a store’s changing room get away. Police said the woman chased down Jorge Leon-Alfaro after witnesses said the 36-year-old man was trying to record the woman’s daughter from a changing room next to the teen at a Rue 21 in Salt Lake City, KSTU reported. The mother...

READERS WRITE: AUG. 21

Solving voting-machine integrity can be simple Integrity in our voting process is simple and inexpensive. When a citizen completes his choices on a direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting machine, but before he certifies the input and makes it permanent, the machine prints two paper copies of his vote choices. The voter then compares one paper copy to the entries listed on the machine, and if they...
Shanann Watts ‘beat all the odds’ to have her children, brother says

Shanann Watts ‘beat all the odds’ to have her children, brother says

Shanann Watts’ Facebook profile is one filled with love; love for her family and love for her job. The pregnant Colorado mother of two was found buried in a shallow grave Thursday, not far from where the bodies of her daughters, Bella, 4, and 3-year-old Celeste, were found hidden inside oil tanks on the property of Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the oil and gas exploration company for which...
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