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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...


Pennsylvania report on Catholic abuse cases draws reactions in Atlanta

Pennsylvania report on Catholic abuse cases draws reactions in Atlanta

In response to the release of a damning Pennsylvania grand jury report that outlined decades of sexual abuse by priests and cover-ups by church authorities, Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory penned an open letter to area Catholics. All Catholics, he wrote, “including so many good and generous priests, are rightly angered, confused, and embarrassed by this testimony that the leadership of...
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...
Family celebrates Varsity with goal for ‘the brand to survive’

Family celebrates Varsity with goal for ‘the brand to survive’

Fans swarmed the Varsity’s Midtown restaurant Saturday to get 90-cent deals on the iconic chili-dog chain’s 90th anniversary. It was an all-hands-on-deck day for the North Avenue landmark: Members of the family that owns the restaurant directed traffic in the jammed parking lot and had to turn away the overflow. But the family faces bigger tests for the business. One is how to grow...
THE AJC AND THE FIRST AMENDMENT: Work empowered by freedom’s promise

THE AJC AND THE FIRST AMENDMENT: Work empowered by freedom’s promise

On Thursday, the day that hundreds of American newspapers editorialized about the importance of a free press, I had a conversation with one of our reporters that perfectly illustrated the point. I’ll get back to the bigger issue in a minute, but first follow me on a short journey with Tia Mitchell, our reporter who covers DeKalb County. Tia was pursuing a story about Stonecrest, a new city...
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...
Gridlock Guy: Tanker truck crash on I-20 was one of city’s worst accidents

Gridlock Guy: Tanker truck crash on I-20 was one of city’s worst accidents

We saw a doozy on I-20 Wednesday afternoon. A tanker truck and a tractor trailer collided just after 4 p.m. on I-20/westbound just before Six Flags Dr. (exit 47) and eventually completely shut down the interstate in that direction. Traffic was a nightmare and my colleagues and I with WSB Triple Team Traffic went into hustle mode. Our Traffic Troopers, commuters who call us with info, gave us the alert...
Georgia faces rural doctor shortage

Georgia faces rural doctor shortage

There is no doctor in all of Webster County, and the pharmacist there has seen the wreckage. One woman’s first pregnancy visit was her trip to give birth. One patient has walked miles to Columbus for appointments. Some patients just don’t see a doctor. “They have heart attacks and they die,” said Nikki Bryant, the owner of the county’s lone pharmacy, lodged inside her...
9 fall arts events you don’t want to miss

9 fall arts events you don’t want to miss

Every fall Atlanta’s stages, parks, galleries and movie theaters come alive with so many stellar shows, exhibits and movies, it can be overwhelming. Because you can’t go to everything, we’re here to help by recommending some of the events we’re looking forward to this season. Some are perennial favorites that come around every autumn, others are brand-new. Together they make...

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...
Hartsfield-Jackson shifts plan to add more gates

Hartsfield-Jackson shifts plan to add more gates

The world’s busiest airport is mulling over how it can add more gates and become even busier. But the challenges Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport faces are numerous — finding space to build more gates, predicting airline growth in the years and decades to come, and figuring out how to keep the price tag under control. The Atlanta airport has scrapped plans to build a new international...
DeKalb inmate sentenced to 15 years, released after one

DeKalb inmate sentenced to 15 years, released after one

The Georgia Department of Corrections today said it was no mistake that a man convicted of shooting a police officer in the head with a shotgun was released from prison after serving only 1 year of a 15-year prison sentence. Jermarcus Jordan, 28, is back in custody facing assault charges this week after Atlanta police said he drew a gun on a woman who was in her home with her three children...
Tara Grinstead’s accused killers confessed in 2005, court documents claim

Tara Grinstead’s accused killers confessed in 2005, court documents claim

Within weeks of a South Georgia teacher’s disappearance, two of her former students told friends at a party they had killed Tara Grinstead and burned her body, according to documents filed this week in Irwin County Superior Court.  Grinstead was reported missing in October 2005, and the following month, Ryan Alexander Duke and Bo Dukes told others they were responsible for her death and...
CONTINUING COVERAGE: Legal defense for Atlanta judge’s ethics case climbs to $56K

CONTINUING COVERAGE: Legal defense for Atlanta judge’s ethics case climbs to $56K

Legal representation of Municipal Court Judge Terrinee Gundy, which the city of Atlanta now says was improper, will nonetheless cost taxpayers $56,000, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have learned. The last of Gundy attorney Frank Strickland’s legal invoices were submitted to the city’s Law Department on Aug. 6 — two weeks after City Attorney Nina...
MONDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Storms expected early in week

MONDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Storms expected early in week

Monday: High: 85 Monday night: Low: 72 Tuesday: High: 86 Metro Atlanta is “sandwiched” between weather systems, according to Channel 2 Action News. That should mean more rain early in the week, but nicer weather later, meteorologist Brian Monahan said Sunday. Rain chances are at 60 percent Monday and Tuesday ahead of a cold front, which will bring the potential for...
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...
UPDATE: Suspect in custody after woman reportedly pushed in front of MARTA train, police say

UPDATE: Suspect in custody after woman reportedly pushed in front of MARTA train, police say

MARTA police have a suspect in custody, accused of pushing a woman into the path of a train at the Midtown transit station late this afternoon. Witnesses say a second woman tried to save the other and both “possibly made contact with a train,” police said.  It took nearly 30 minutes to extricate the women but they were “conscious and alert” when transported to...
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...
Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Columbus

Atlanta United’s starting 11 vs. Columbus

Atlanta United’s starting line up for Sunday’s game against Columbus at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who has 58 saves and six shutouts. Right fullback Franco Escobar, who is returning from a yellow card accumulation suspension. Centerback Michael Parkhurst, the team’s captain. Centerback Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, who will make his 23rd consecutive start and whose wife...
‘Chaotic’ robbery, shooting at Cobb apartments; 3 arrested

‘Chaotic’ robbery, shooting at Cobb apartments; 3 arrested

In what police called a “chaotic scene,” three people were arrested after an armed robbery and shootout at a Cobb County apartment complex. About 30 shots were fired, Channel 2 Action News reported. Vehicles and an apartment not associated with the incident were damaged, according to authorities. About 5:20 p.m. Saturday, police responded to WestHaven  Apartments at 3100 Paces Station...
Cherokee schools lease old Hickory Flat gym to county

Cherokee schools lease old Hickory Flat gym to county

The Cherokee County School Board has approved leasing the former gymnasium at Hickory Flat Elementary School to Cherokee County government for community recreation purposes. The School Board voted unanimously to approve an agreement under which the county will pay $1 a year for 50 years to lease the gym at Hickory Flat, 2755 E. Cherokee Drive, Canton, and assume responsibility for its maintenance...
Roswell OKs east side assisted living project

Roswell OKs east side assisted living project

Settling a developer’s lawsuit that contested the rejection of a previous project, the Roswell City Council has approved a 120-unit assisted living facility on 8.4 acres along Holcomb Bridge Road. The council approved rezoning the JNS Holdings parcel, on Holcomb Bridge near Steeplechase Drive on the east side of town, from OP (Office Park) to CC (Commercial Corridor). The zoning allows the assisted...
Woodstock acts on Ridgewalk development moratorium

Woodstock acts on Ridgewalk development moratorium

The Woodstock City Council has approved the third reading of an extended moratorium on development in the Ridgewalk Parkway corridor, giving staff time to review land use requirements and zoning ordinances and recommend revisions. The 30-day emergency moratorium imposed July 17 is being extended to Oct. 16. No permit applications for public hearings, site plan reviews or building would be accepted...
GBI IDs man shot, killed by Atlanta officers

GBI IDs man shot, killed by Atlanta officers

A gun found near the man who was shot and killed by Atlanta officers “appeared to have been discharged,” the GBI said Sunday. The man was identified as Jeremiah Perdue, 33, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said in a statement. About 4:37 a.m., officers went to the area of the 1000 block of Metropolitan Parkway in southwest Atlanta in response to  a 911 call, the GBI said. A person...
WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Rain and clouds to close out weekend

WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Rain and clouds to close out weekend

Sunday: High: 87 Sunday night: Low: 71 Monday: High: 85 Get ready for another day of rain this weekend. It won’t be an “all day washout,” Channel 2 meteorologist Brian Monahan said. So don’t be too quick to cancel any outdoor plans. However, the chance of rain is at 70 percent, and Monahan said get ready for “anytime, anywhere” storms. There...
Police: Driver shot multiple times in aggressive driving incident in Atlanta

Police: Driver shot multiple times in aggressive driving incident in Atlanta

A driver was shot multiple times in the leg Saturday morning after an alleged aggressive driving incident in south Atlanta, police confirmed. Atlanta police responded to the 300 block of Cleveland Street and determined that a man was shot in his car after engaging with other people in another car over aggressive driving, Channel 2 Action News reported. He was transported to the Atlanta Medical Center...
21-year-old ID’d who shot self after 5-hour SWAT standoff in DeKalb, police say

21-year-old ID’d who shot self after 5-hour SWAT standoff in DeKalb, police say

Police have identified the man they said took place in a five-hour SWAT standoff Friday night in a DeKalb neighborhood, Channel 2 Action News reported. Blake Howell, 21, allegedly barricaded himself in a home in the 600 block of Valley Brook Road, police told Channel. After about five hours, he allegedly shot himself in the chest and is now in stable condition at an area hospital. RELATED: 5-hour...
Falcons excited about Ridley’s breakthrough performance 

Falcons excited about Ridley’s breakthrough performance 

While not elated with the 28-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, Falcons team co-builders, coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff, celebrated wide receiver Calvin Ridley’s NFL breakthrough.  “Having that speed and his ability to make plays down the field was a big factor in why Thomas and I felt so highly about him,” Quinn said. “His role on this...
Atlanta man shot, killed in Pittsburgh, police say

Atlanta man shot, killed in Pittsburgh, police say

An Atlanta man died Thursday after being shot earlier this week in Pennsylvania, authorities confirmed. Antwon Jones, 36, was shot early Monday morning in the Bedford Dwellings section of Pittsburgh’s Hill District, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Lamont Pendleton, 40, of the Hill District, was arrested after a brief chase by a Pittsburth police office on patrol who allegedly saw him shoot...
Reports: Ruptured gas line causes coffee shop blast in South Ga., injuring 3

Reports: Ruptured gas line causes coffee shop blast in South Ga., injuring 3

An explosion destroyed a coffee shop and seriously injured three people in South Georgia Friday, authorities confirmed. Investigators determined a nearby construction crew installing fiber optic cable ruptured an underground gas line, causing natural gas to leak into a sewer line connected to the coffee shop, Glenn Allen, Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens, told the...
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Where the Falcons stand after two games

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Where the Falcons stand after two games

In the 70th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles Podcast, we take an indepth look at where the Falcons are after the second exhibition game. First-round pick Calvin Ridley put on a show and he stops by to discuss his performance. Also, linebacker Foye Oluokun made his first NFL start and should offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian be calling plays from the sidelines?  Subscribe to “The Bow...
What Dan Quinn had to say after the 28-14 loss to the Chiefs 

What Dan Quinn had to say after the 28-14 loss to the Chiefs 

Here’s what Falcons coach Dan Quinn had to say after the 28-14 loss to the Chiefs on Friday:  Opening statement: “Good evening everyone. A couple of things I’d like to hit you up on tonight’s game. Primarily, what a tale of two halves. At the end of the first half in the plus, the offense did a nice job of taking care of the ball. Defensively, (Damontae) Kazee with the...
LATEST: Man gets bond after alleged road-rage incident puts driver in ICU

LATEST: Man gets bond after alleged road-rage incident puts driver in ICU

After a road rage incident in Spalding County, two men pulled over and got out of their cars.  At least one of those men really regrets getting out of his vehicle, Channel 2 Action News reported. Travis Abbott said Christopher Futch attacked him with an iron rod, and he suffered broken bones, a fractured eye socket, damage to his nasal cavity and a busted right eardrum, Channel 2 reported. RELATED...
Week 1: Georgia high school football

Week 1: Georgia high school football

Teams open the 2018 Georgia high school football season with the Corky Kell Classic at Georgia State and Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Matt Ryan responds to Jalen Ramsey: ‘I’m about winning games’

Matt Ryan responds to Jalen Ramsey: ‘I’m about winning games’

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who had not spoken to the local media since the Jalen Ramsey controversy broke earlier this week, went on the Dan Patrick radio show Friday and addressed the issue.Ramsey said in an interview with GQ that he believes Ryan is overrated. 
WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Wave of storms begins to enter Atlanta

WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Wave of storms begins to enter Atlanta

Saturday: High: 86 Saturday night: Low: 72 Sunday: High: 86 A mostly cloudy sky blankets metro Atlanta this afternoon, and waves of storms are entering metro Atlanta, Channel 2 Action News reported. “There’s lots of moisture for showers and storms, and certainly a lot of clouds,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said. “From those clouds...
NEW DETAILS: 5th alleged victim joins sex abuse lawsuit against Athens scoutmaster

NEW DETAILS: 5th alleged victim joins sex abuse lawsuit against Athens scoutmaster

A civil lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by a notorious Athens Boy Scouts leader added a new plaintiff Friday — the fifth former Scout to accuse the late Ernest Boland of multiple assaults. The Boy Scouts’ so-called “Perversion Files,” which detail some of the alleged molestations by adult volunteers over a period of several decades, revealed Boland victimized at least...
5-hour SWAT standoff ends in DeKalb; 21-year-old shoots self, police say

5-hour SWAT standoff ends in DeKalb; 21-year-old shoots self, police say

A five-hour SWAT standoff with an armed 21-year-old in a DeKalb neighborhood has come to an end, Channel 2 Action News reported. Police said the man shot himself in the chest, and he is en route to a hospital, Channel 2 reported. Flash bang grenades could be heard and an ambulance was seen shortly after 11 p.m.  DeKalb police spokeswoman Sheira Campbell told the news station the suspect was still...
Wife of Clayton sheriff-hopeful free after Victor Hill-ordered arrest

Wife of Clayton sheriff-hopeful free after Victor Hill-ordered arrest

Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill on Friday said he ordered the arrest of a political opponents’ wife because she wrote him harassing emails. Gerrian Hawes was released on a $1,500 bond from Clayton County Jail on Thursday and livestreamed a video on Facebook calling Hill the harasser. She said she expects to have more run-ins with the controversial law enforcement leader because of her husband&rsquo...
California man arrested with 67 kilos of cocaine in car on I-85, GSP says

California man arrested with 67 kilos of cocaine in car on I-85, GSP says

A California man wanted on drug charges was arrested after authorities found 67 kilos of cocaine in his car on I-85 in Coweta County, according to a police report.  Carlos Miguel Montelongo-Guzman, 32, remains in jail without bond on charges of trafficking cocaine, speeding and following too closely, the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office said.  A Georgia State Patrol trooper pulled...
Gwinnett dog sellers say they were ripped off — but now they face felonies

Gwinnett dog sellers say they were ripped off — but now they face felonies

A Gwinnett County woman and her father said they were shortchanged when they sold a puppy to a stranger.  They now face felony charges for taking matters into their own hands, Channel 2 Action News reported. Jessica Joppa told Channel 2 she was shorted about $700 when she sold the last of her five Siberian Husky puppies Wednesday. “She threw my puppy into her vehicle ... and like I&rsquo...
Cops: Drunken Atlanta man had kids in car when he slammed into police car 

Cops: Drunken Atlanta man had kids in car when he slammed into police car 

An Atlanta man faces more than a dozen charges after he led Cobb County police on a chase with two children in the back seat of his car, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Police initially attempted to pull over Alhagi Jagne on South Cobb Drive on Thursday afternoon for driving with a suspended license, Channel 2 reported. But police said he refused to stop and sped through a Smyrna neighborhood...
Bond denied for accused shoplifter who jumped out of moving truck during chase

Bond denied for accused shoplifter who jumped out of moving truck during chase

An accused shoplifter who police say led them on a dangerous chase in Smyrna was denied bond Friday by a judge who called him a “danger to the community,” Channel 2 Action News reported. In police dashcam video from July, Carl Stroud can allegedly be seen jumping out of his pickup truck on South Cobb Drive but leaving the vehicle in drive, causing it to continue for another quarter...
Roswell mayor says no tennis center will be built in Big Creek Park

Roswell mayor says no tennis center will be built in Big Creek Park

Roswell Mayor Lori Henry announced Friday afternoon that a controversial tennis center that drew the wrath of residents would not be built in a city park. “Despite the sincere efforts of myself and council to do our best to keep our residents informed and involved, it is clear we have not lived up to this goal in our handling of the proposed tennis center at Big Creek Park,” Henry wrote...
Florida airport shooter gets life for killing Marietta woman, 4 others

Florida airport shooter gets life for killing Marietta woman, 4 others

The man who opened fire at a South Florida airport early last year, killing five people including a Marietta woman, was sentenced to life in prison Friday. U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom ordered Esteban Santiago to serve five consecutive life sentences, with 120 additional years to serve for the other six people injured in the shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. RELATED COVERAGE...
Think you’re finished with 2017 property taxes? Maybe not in Fulton

Think you’re finished with 2017 property taxes? Maybe not in Fulton

When the bills arrived last November, most Fulton County residents paid their property taxes. In their minds, after that, the 2017 tax year was over. For county officials, however, 2017 has raged on. Even as they prepare to send out 2018 bills, officials are still trying to get the state Department of Revenue to approve last year’s tax digest. Depending on what a judge decrees, some taxpayers...
Atlanta sanitation workers who went on strike reach tentative deal

Atlanta sanitation workers who went on strike reach tentative deal

Atlanta sanitation workers who went on a daylong strike last week reached a tentative agreement with their employer Friday, according to a union representative. Members of Teamsters Local Union 728 were in negotiations earlier this week with Republic Services Atlanta and Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service mediators. The...
Barbara Washington, 67: Writer, editor loved sports, family

Barbara Washington, 67: Writer, editor loved sports, family

Longtime Atlanta communications and event manager Barbara Buckley Washington had three passions: writing, sports and family. Fresh out of college and drawing on two of those loves, Washington landed a job as the first African-American female high school sports editor for The Associated Press in Atlanta. “She was a serious sports enthusiast,” said her daughter, college professor Lynn Michele...
Deion Jones to miss exhibition game against Chiefs tonight

Deion Jones to miss exhibition game against Chiefs tonight

Falcons Pro Bowl middle linebacker Deion Jones suffered a mild strain on Thursday and will not play in the exhibtion game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, according to the team.  Also, kicker Matt Bryant, who has an undisclosed injury, will not play. Wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Devonta Freeman will be held out of the game in a coaching decision. Neither player has an injury...
Cobb and other districts move to online textbooks. Is it working? 

Cobb and other districts move to online textbooks. Is it working? 

Online textbooks bring both benefits and problems for the school systems that embrace them. In researching districts around the country that use them, it seems the first few years are rough, as revealed by the initial experience of pioneer Fairfax, Va., schools. The Atlantic did a deep dive into the question, quoting proponents who cite the ease with which online textbooks can be updated...
New York Post reveals Aaron Hernandez's suicide notes

New York Post reveals Aaron Hernandez's suicide notes

The letters former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez's wrote before he committed suicide last year were published Saturday by The New York Post. >> Read more trending news  Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts, penned letters to his lawyer, Jose Baez, 48, his fiancée Shayanna Jenkins...
Braves swept by Rockies, finish homestand 6-5

Braves swept by Rockies, finish homestand 6-5

So, let’s talk about the last four days. They have not been kind to the Braves. After Wednesday’s sweep on the Marlins, the Braves held a two-game lead over the Phillies in the National League East. It’s gone. Following those four wins, the Braves were swept in a four-game series by the Rockies, the culmination coming in a 4-2 defeat Sunday at SunTrust Park. The Braves fell back...
Alec Baldwin disapproves of daughter's racy Instagram photo

Alec Baldwin disapproves of daughter's racy Instagram photo

Comedian Alec Baldwin weighed in on the racy snapshot his daughter posted on Instagram on Saturday, voicing his disapproval in the comments section, People reported. >> Read more trending news  “No. Just … No,” Baldwin, 60, posted on the account of Ireland Baldwin. In the Instagram photo, Ireland Baldwin, 22, posed on a motorcycle, leaning forward while wearing a...
Georgia football defense: Kirby Smart indicates unsettled front seven ‘committee’

Georgia football defense: Kirby Smart indicates unsettled front seven ‘committee’

ATHENS — An injury was the lead story coming out of Georgia’s second scrimmage, and the rest of the attention went to Kirby Smart’s displeasure with his quarterbacks. Meanwhile, questions persist about an unproven Bulldogs’ defense that’s trying to replace seven departed starters, including SEC Defensive Player of the Year Roquan Smith...
Ferguson Fire in California fully contained, officials say

Ferguson Fire in California fully contained, officials say

Firefighters battling the Ferguson Fire in California announced Sunday that the blaze is fully contained, KFSN reported. >> Read more trending news  The fire has raged in Mariposa County and around Yosemite National Park since July 13, scorching 96,901 acres and destroying 10 structures, The Sacramento Bee reported. Two firefighters were killed and at least 19 persons were...
Mickey Mantle jersey from 1964 sells for record $1.32 million

Mickey Mantle jersey from 1964 sells for record $1.32 million

A road jersey worn by New York Yankees Hall of Fame outfielder Mickey Mantle in 1964 sold for $1.32 million Saturday night, Sports Collectors Daily reported. The final price in the Heritage Auctions Summer Platinum Night sale, which included a 20 percent buyer’s premium, was a record price paid for any Mantle jersey. >> Read more trending news  Last year, Heritage Auctions...
Shots fired after person goes to wrong address in New Hampshire

Shots fired after person goes to wrong address in New Hampshire

Shots were fired after an unknown person entered a home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, after getting an invitation on social media and going to the wrong address, police said. >> Read more trending news  Portsmouth police responded after hearing gunshots and a resident reporting an unknown man had entered her home. The caller said she and her partner found the man parked in a car on...
California mall offers prime parking spaces -- for a price

California mall offers prime parking spaces -- for a price

A California mall is offering prime parking spots for its customers on the weekends -- for a price. >> Read more trending news  On Aug. 11, the Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto introduced a paid parking program called Front & Center Parking at its busiest entrance, The Modesto Bee reported. There are 200 parking spaces designated in the “assisted valet service” area of...
Small plane forced to land on Florida's 'Alligator Alley' highway

Small plane forced to land on Florida's 'Alligator Alley' highway

A mechanical problem forced a small airplane to make an emergency landing Saturday afternoon on a stretch of I-75 in South Florida known as Alligator Alley, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. >> Read more trending news  The Cessna 172 lost power and landed on a lane for eastbound traffic in western Broward County, The Naples Daily News reported. There were no injuries to the...
Trump compares Mueller probe to 1950s McCarthyism

Trump compares Mueller probe to 1950s McCarthyism

President Donald Trump lashed out angrily Sunday morning on Twitter, labeling a report in The New York Times that a White House counsel cooperated with Robert Mueller’s investigation as a “fake story” and comparing the probe to the McCarthyism of the 1950s. >> Read more trending news  The Times reported that White House lawyer Donald McGahn had participated in...
Box office bomb: Kevin Spacey's new film takes in $126 on opening day

Box office bomb: Kevin Spacey's new film takes in $126 on opening day

Kevin Spacey’s latest film was a box office dud on its opening day in theaters, taking in just $126, according to The Hollywood Reporter. >> Read more trending news  The crime-drama “Billionaire Boys” opened in eight theaters in several states and earned an estimated $500 for the weekend after it was released via video on demand last month, Entertainment Weekly...
3 takeaways from Georgia football RB Zamir White knee injury

3 takeaways from Georgia football RB Zamir White knee injury

ATHENS — Georgia football is under the microscope after one of its most heralded recruits, freshman running back Zamir White, suffered a torn ACL in his left knee on Saturday. The attention has to do with White’s celebrated status as the No. 1-ranked tailback in the 2018 class, and the fact he was practicing with a knee brace eight months after undergoing surgery...
Mystery of infant found in Ohio phone booth in 1954 solved through DNA testing

Mystery of infant found in Ohio phone booth in 1954 solved through DNA testing

The mystery surrounding a baby boy who was found in a telephone booth by bread delivery men in Ohio in January 1954 was solved 64 years later thanks to DNA testing, The Lancaster Eagle-Gazette reported. The man will be meeting his biological mother for the first time later this month, the newspaper reported. >> Read more trending news  Steve Dennis, 64, of Phoenix, said his birth certificate...
Braves activate Sam Freeman from DL

Braves activate Sam Freeman from DL

The Braves activated Sam Freeman from the 10-day disabled list on Sunday, returning the left-hander reliever from his rehabilitation assignment. To make room on the roster, the Braves optioned left-hander Kolby Allard to Triple-A Gwinnett. The moves came before the Braves hosted the Rockies in the finale of a four-game series at  SunTrust Park. Freeman missed the past 20 games due to shoulder...
Georgia football 2018: Toughest games and other predictions

Georgia football 2018: Toughest games and other predictions

As usual at this time of year, with preseason practice taking place in Athens, the talk turns to Georgia football whenever more than one Dawgs fan gathers. That’s certainly the case with the King brothers, and in recent get-togethers we’ve discussed how we think the coming season will play out. Like most of Bulldog Nation, we’re looking...
Cell tower changes at 2 Cobb schools will increase revenue

Cell tower changes at 2 Cobb schools will increase revenue

Amending lease agreements for cell towers was approved Aug. 16 by the Cobb County Board of Education to increase revenue by 15 to 20 percent. Crown Castle maintains the cell towers at Mabry Middle School, 2700 Jims Road, Marietta and Cheatham Hill Elementary School, 1350 John Ward Road SW, Marietta. Cobb County School District and T-Mobile South entered into cell tower lease agreements in 2008 at...
Suwanee’s proposed millage rate means slightly higher property taxes

Suwanee’s proposed millage rate means slightly higher property taxes

Suwanee has proposed a millage rate of 4.93 mills, the same proposed rate used in the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget and the same rate used by the city over the past six years. This proposed millage rate of 4.93 is higher than the calculated rollback rate of 4.809 mills. The rollback rate is the rate that would generate the same total revenue as the previous year after removing growth added due...
Video shows Indianapolis store owner turning tables on thief

Video shows Indianapolis store owner turning tables on thief

An Indianapolis store owner turned the tables on a man trying to rob his furniture store, pointing his weapon at the would-be thief, WXIN reported. >> Read more trending news  According to surveillance video released by the Indianapolis Metro Police Department, a man walked into the Decor Furniture store on July 5 and pulled a gun on owner Doyle Stinson, demanding money and...
Infinite Energy Center begins master plan construction

Infinite Energy Center begins master plan construction

Construction of the Infinite Energy Center master plan is currently underway in Duluth. The first phase of the project includes a seven-level parking deck centrally located on the campus with at least 2,400 spaces. The awarded architect is Wakefield Beasley & Associates, and the general contractor is Brasfield & Gorrie. The construction phase of the project is expected to be complete by fall of 2019...
Marietta increases street safety near West Side Elementary

Marietta increases street safety near West Side Elementary

The Marietta City Council made decisions on Aug. 8 affecting various streets, particularly near West Side Elementary School. They include authorization to: install a rapid flashing beacon pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Cleburne Avenue, using Ward 3 and Ward 4 traffic safety funds. install “No Student Drop Off or Pickup” signs...
Peachtree City sets 2018 millage rate

Peachtree City sets 2018 millage rate

Following the last of its three public hearings about the 2018 millage rate, the City Council of Peachtree City voted 5-0 on Aug. 16 to adopt a combined rate of 6.408 mills. That reflects a reduction of the bond rate from 0.273 to 0.176 mills, but the maintenance and operation rate will remain the same as last year at 6.232 mills. Financial Services Director Paul Salvatore said the 2018 rate is expected...
School board prioritizes E-SPLOST funds

School board prioritizes E-SPLOST funds

The Henry County Board of Education voted Aug. 13 to set priorities for the use of about $4.8 million left over from the previous E-SPLOST, which collected $157 million between 2013 and 2017. Five items were included on the list, in order of priority: security enhancements to establish single-point entry for all high schools; replacement of buses 20 years or older; restoration of print instructional...
Special ed materials approved by school board

Special ed materials approved by school board

The $332,484.44 purchase of a new reading intervention program for special education students was approved Aug. 13 by the Henry County Board of Education. Money for the System 44 purchase will come from IDEA (Individual Disabilities Education Act) funds, according to district staff. The program was described as “a foundational reading intervention program designed for the most challenged struggling...
Oregon spectator injured by Kevin Stadler's shattered golf club

Oregon spectator injured by Kevin Stadler's shattered golf club

Spectators watching golf tournaments are always alert to errant balls flying into the crowd. A piece of a golf club is a different matter. >> Read more trending news  A spectator needed stitches Friday in Oregon when the head of Kevin Stadler’s golf club came loose and flew into the gallery at a Web.com Tour event, ESPN reported. Stadler, 38, was playing in the WinCo Foods...
Reporters aren’t the enemy when it comes to coverage of your Georgia Bulldogs

Reporters aren’t the enemy when it comes to coverage of your Georgia Bulldogs

ATHENS — We’re not the enemy. That’s just a friendly reminder from your longtime local sports correspondent. And when I say “we,” I’m referring to that mass of entities that now all get lumped into the one generalized description of “the media.” It seems like no matter what we do, the media get criticized for being a bunch of meddlers just...
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