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Judge: McIver’s inability to say ‘I’m sorry’ says it all

The jury that convicted Claud “Tex” McIver of his wife’s murder barely heard his voice: The politically connected attorney chose not to testify. Before his trial, McIver spoke out often, raising suspicions with almost every word. And on Wednesday, McIver demonstrated again why silence can be golden, delivering a rambling 16-minute diatribe, lamenting his travails, thanking his supporters...


VIDEO: Gwinnett restaurant owner accused of assaulting employee over wrong order  

VIDEO: Gwinnett restaurant owner accused of assaulting employee over wrong order  

Attorneys for a former Gwinnett County restaurant employee said their client was fired after a video posted on Facebook appeared to show the owner assaulting her after a customer complained about an incorrect order.  At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Ju’Nea Turner said she suffered bruises on her breast during the alleged assault captured by a customer’s cellphone. Turner...
Georgia Republicans face infighting while Democrats work on unity

Georgia Republicans face infighting while Democrats work on unity

Georgia Republicans braced for what’s sure to be a combative nine-week runoff for the state’s top office, while Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams quickly began to rally her party around her after emerging relatively unscathed from her primary. Abrams won a spot on the national stage after notching a 53-point victory over former state Rep. Stacey Evans, taking a big step toward becoming...
AJC Peachtree Road Race start time is changing this year

AJC Peachtree Road Race start time is changing this year

Runners and walkers will have to rise and shine even earlier for this year’s AJC Peachtree Road Race. The Atlanta Track Club recently announced that the 10k, which is in its 49th year, will start 30 minutes earlier on July 4 to ensure the safety of all of the potential 60,000 participants. “We realize the July weather isn't getting any cooler in Atlanta,” read an update in ATC&rsquo...
Atlanta chef’s ‘Soul’ cookbook honors food from the heart

Atlanta chef’s ‘Soul’ cookbook honors food from the heart

When I exchanged emails some weeks ago with Southern cookbook writer Virginia Willis upon the release of her new cookbook, “Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover’s Tour of the Global South,” she commented, “It’s very a exciting time — Ed Lee’s book is Southern diversity , Eddie Hernandez’s and Susan Puckett’s book is Southern...
Hartsfield-Jackson moving forward on $130 million emergency generators

Hartsfield-Jackson moving forward on $130 million emergency generators

Hartsfield-Jackson International is moving forward with a $130 million plan for emergency generators to prevent the type of massive power outage that halted operations at the world’s busiest airport one day last December. The airport plans to install 20 to 21 generators to enable it to generate about 60 to 65 megawatts of power for full backup, enough to supply roughly 49,000 homes. It is expected...
Braves pitcher Tom Glavine’s $6.75M North Fulton home is for sale

Braves pitcher Tom Glavine’s $6.75M North Fulton home is for sale

A sprawling estate backed up to the Chattahoochee River and featuring a 16,000-square foot house and several sports courts and fields is for sale in Johns Creek. And for a cool $6.75 million, the property called “Field of Dreams” at 910 Hurleston Lane can be yours. The seller is one of the greatest left-handed pitchers to play in Major League Baseball. The home belongs to Tom Glavine,...
NFL owners adopt new policy on national-anthem protests

NFL owners adopt new policy on national-anthem protests

NFL owners adopted a new policy Wednesday aimed at ending – or at least concealing from public view – player protests during the national anthem before games.  The policy, approved by the owners at the league’s spring meetings in Atlanta, will require players who are on the field to “stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem.” However, the policy will provide...
Torpy at Large: Is ‘progress’ worth a Toco Hill of beans … or bagels?

Torpy at Large: Is ‘progress’ worth a Toco Hill of beans … or bagels?

As metro Atlanta continues its headlong drive toward progress, up-scaling and gentrification, there’s sure to be roadkill. The latest body found on the side of the street is the Bagel Palace, an old-fashioned deli and bakery that served up Reuben sandwiches, egg salad and, of course, its circular namesake. The popular restaurant in the Toco Hill (or Hills, as most prefer) shopping center...
Betsy DeVos: Up to schools whether to report undocumented students

Betsy DeVos: Up to schools whether to report undocumented students

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos alarmed civil liberties advocates with comments Tuesday that it falls to schools to decide whether to report undocumented students to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  At a meeting of the House Education and Workforce Committee, U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-New York, asked the Secretary: “Inside the school if a principal or a teacher finds out that...
New report reveals danger of childhood drownings in open waters

New report reveals danger of childhood drownings in open waters

Red-and-white checkered tablecloths, the sound of burgers sizzling, and long warm nights. As we head into Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, we are drawn to cooling off in pools, oceans, lakes. Unfortunately, the risk of drowning rises with warmer weather. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. A new report by Safe Kids Worldwide and Nationwide&rsquo...
Cooking as marriage therapy

Cooking as marriage therapy

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry aren’t the only ones getting hitched of late. This month, especially Memorial Day weekend, marks the start of high wedding season. I’m a Memorial Day weekend bride myself. In fact, my husband and I have a hard time remembering the exact date of our anniversary. We just know we tied the knot that holiday weekend 23 years ago. I could tell you it has been 23...
Memo to the Braves: The National League is there to be seized

Memo to the Braves: The National League is there to be seized

The Braves moved into first place May 2. They’ve been there since. They’ll be there when they leave Philadelphia. Their lead has never been more than 1-1/2 games, which is what it was as of Wednesday morning, but it remains a lead.  It’s not as if the Braves sit atop a division of mediocrities. The Mets occupy fourth place in the National League East; they’d be leading...
MEMORIAL DAY WEATHER: Have a rain plan for outdoor celebrations

MEMORIAL DAY WEATHER: Have a rain plan for outdoor celebrations

Saturday: High: 80; Low: 68 Sunday: High: 80; Low: 67 Monday: High: 80; Low: 69 It may be smart to have a backup plan for outdoor Memorial Day weekend activities. “It’s going to be a wet Memorial Day weekend,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Karen Minton said. “There’s a very likely chance of showers and some storms through Monday. We're not going to get out...
BREAKING: Police investigating homicide in Gwinnett County

BREAKING: Police investigating homicide in Gwinnett County

Gwinnett County police are investigating a homicide in unincorporated Snellville, the department said via a tweet. The scene is on Smokecreek Parkway, and police were dispatched a little before 10 p.m.  No other details were released. The investigation is ongoing. — Please return to AJC.com for updates.
Police say officer accidentally shoots himself, remains in stable condition

Police say officer accidentally shoots himself, remains in stable condition

A police officer accidentally shot himself in southwest Atlanta Wednesday, authorities said. The motors officers accidentally shot himself on his right side along Southside Industrial Parkway, Atlanta police spokesperson Stephanie Brown said. The officer was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, Brown said. “He is complaining of side pain,” Brown said, but he is in stable condition.
University of North Georgia unveils $37 million convocation center

University of North Georgia unveils $37 million convocation center

University of North Georgia officials on Wednesday showed off its new $37 million convocation center, located on its Dahlonega campus. The 103,000 square-foot facility will be used for basketball games, commencement ceremonies, concerts and military training exercises. Additionally, the center has classroom space and three labs. It will also host community and regional events, such as job fairs...
WATCH: DeKalb bus driver allegedly caught on video texting and driving

WATCH: DeKalb bus driver allegedly caught on video texting and driving

The DeKalb County School District is investigating one of its bus drivers after a video surfaced allegedly showing a driver on her phone while driving a school bus, Channel 2 Action News reported. A parent, who asked to remain anonymous, told Channel 2 he saw a bus driver texting and driving while on I-20, so he began filming. The video allegedly shows a cell phone in the bus driver’s left hand...
Autopsy results revealed in Rockdale County inmate’s death

Autopsy results revealed in Rockdale County inmate’s death

Two months after a Rockdale County jail inmate was found dead in his cell, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation ruled the inmate died of pulmonary thrombi due to dehydration.  Shali Tilson died March 12, nine days after he was jailed, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. He was in the Rockdale County jail on charges of disorderly conduct and obstruction of a law enforcement officer...
No parole for woman who raped, tortured, murdered Georgia girl in 1982

No parole for woman who raped, tortured, murdered Georgia girl in 1982

Judith Neelley, the youngest woman ever sentenced to be executed in the United States, will remain in prison for the 1982 murder of a 13-year-old Georgia girl, a decision reached by the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles 18 years after the then-governor commuted her death sentence to life in prison. Neelley was 18 and a mother of three when she was sentenced to the electric chair for kidnapping...
Grad from ‘bad school’ tackles testing, talent and typecasting

Grad from ‘bad school’ tackles testing, talent and typecasting

I have seen lots of wisdom this year from student speakers at high school graduations. Here is a brilliant example from an Athens graduating senior. Cedar Shoals High School salutatorian Henry Vencill first talked about what earned him the distinction of addressing his classmates. He said: “But because I was able to perform well in a hyper-structured system, our society deemed that I deserved...
THURSDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Mostly cloudy, but a break from heavy rainfall

THURSDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Mostly cloudy, but a break from heavy rainfall

Thursday: High: 82 Thursday night: Low: 69 Friday: High: 81 A possible tropical storm lurks south of Georgia near the Yucatan Peninsula, and it’s expected to bring multiple inches of rain over the next few weeks. However, Atlanta should be decently dry Thursday. Channel 2 Action News Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said Thursday should have a mostly cloudy morning and afternoon, which should...
Cops: Man took upskirt photos of woman in Milton Walmart

Cops: Man took upskirt photos of woman in Milton Walmart

Police are searching for a man accused of taking upskirt pictures of a woman at a Walmart in north Fulton County. The woman was shopping at the Milton location in the 5200 block of Windward Parkway when she noticed the man following her, Milton police said in a news release.  RELATED: Ga. official: Upskirt photo taken during closed meeting After hearing two clicks, which sounded like they came...
Two Fulton County libraries close for renovations

Two Fulton County libraries close for renovations

Two Fulton County library branches are scheduled to close next month for renovations. The East Point library will be closed beginning June 5. The Fairburn library will close June 13. The closures mark the beginning of a two-year plan that will redesign and modernize 23 of Fulton County’s 34 libraries. The projects are each expected to take between six and nine months. While the East Point library...
Woodstock hears FY 2019 budget proposal

Woodstock hears FY 2019 budget proposal

The Woodstock City Council has accepted on first reading a proposed budget for the 2019 fiscal year that calls for a 2.5 percent cost-of-living pay raise for eligible city employees and an unchanged millage rate of 6.808 mills. A second and final reading and adoption of the budget is scheduled for the June 11 council meeting. The budget envisions spending of $42.04 million, up from $41.33 million...
Pay raises, security upgrades in Cherokee schools budget

Pay raises, security upgrades in Cherokee schools budget

A proposed budget for the Cherokee County School District envisions continued reductions in class sizes, more spending on safety and security, and no tax rate increase, with the millage rate unchanged at 19.45 mills for fiscal 2019, officials said. The School Board recently reviewed the tentative budget and scheduled hearings for 11:30 a.m., June 13, and 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., June 21, in the school...
Roswell launches website to counter rumors

Roswell launches website to counter rumors

Unfounded rumors can quickly go viral on the Internet, so Roswell has launched a website, “The Facts Just Ahead,” to offer what officials say will be the truth about projects, issues and community concerns. “The page will cite a ‘rumor’ – a piece of incorrect information that has been circulating within the community or on social media – and counter it with...
Hartsfield-Jackson canopy construction moving to next phase

Hartsfield-Jackson canopy construction moving to next phase

The final piece of steel has been placed for the construction of one of the massive curbside canopies at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. It took eight months to erect the steel structure for the canopy over the Terminal North curbside. Construction crews placed an American flag on top of the structure Tuesday evening to mark the completion of the steelwork. The next step is to install the ...
Police: Man allegedly threatened to shoot people in GSP barracks

Police: Man allegedly threatened to shoot people in GSP barracks

Police are searching for a man who allegedly threatened to shoot people inside Georgia State Patrol barracks in Rome on Wednesday. Floyd County police said the suspect entered the GSP Post 38 barracks at 3386 Martha Berry Highway. He then allegedly pulled out a handgun and threatened those inside. No one was injured during the incident, police said. The suspect, who left the scene, hasn’t been...
APS teacher allegedly asked students to call him 'daddy,' hid arrest

APS teacher allegedly asked students to call him 'daddy,' hid arrest

An Atlanta Public Schools tribunal upheld the two-day unpaid suspension of a teacher who allegedly asked his students to call him “daddy” and failed to disclose a decade-old arrest.  Nicolas Alarcon, 37, appealed the superintendent’s December recommendation to suspend him after an internal investigation into allegations he referred to himself as “daddy” in class...
Voting opens Thursday on MLS All-Star game in Atlanta

Voting opens Thursday on MLS All-Star game in Atlanta

Supporters of MLS can being voting on Thursday for which of the league’s players they want to see on the All-Star team that will play Juventus in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Aug. 1. Voting can be done on the MLS app. Voting will also open online June 8-20. More than 40,000 tickets have been sold for the game. Atlanta United had three players participate in last year’s All-Star game against...
Fulton election results come in before midnight, and other counties

Fulton election results come in before midnight, and other counties

At 20 seconds to midnight, Fulton County was done. A green pie chart tracking the number of precincts reported was all green, 100 percent. Election night ended Tuesday night. It didn’t spill into Wednesday. That wasn’t the case last year, when it took until 2 a.m. before final results were posted in the heated Atlanta mayor’s race in November. Or in April, when final results for...
Phone scams on the rise, Georgia Power says

Phone scams on the rise, Georgia Power says

Reports of fraudulent activity targeting Georgia Power customers are on the rise. The company said scammers, posing as Georgia Power employees have been defrauding residential customers and businesses threatening disconnection if bill payments are not made immediately. The scammers allegedly attempt the scams in person, over the phone or online. Georgia Power warns customers to be wary of...
Paulding commissioner candidates headed to runoff as second airport issue looms large

Paulding commissioner candidates headed to runoff as second airport issue looms large

Candidates for two seats on the Paulding County commission are headed for a runoff as a debate over a proposed second commercial airport in metro Atlanta looms large in campaigns. At issue is a plan announced in 2013 to commercialize Paulding County’s airport and attract airline flights. Lawsuits filed by the county and residents challenging the commercialization have halted the plan. But some...
3 counties, 12 stores: Alleged serial robber ‘getting more aggressive’

3 counties, 12 stores: Alleged serial robber ‘getting more aggressive’

A man allegedly began a robbery spree at a Dollar General in Henry County in March, police said. Since then, he has struck 11 more times in three metro Atlanta counties, Channel 2 Action News reported. Targeted locations include dollar stores, an AutoZone and a CVS in Henry, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties. Police said there are similarities in the incidents. The robber will buy a candy bar or soft drink...
Georgia economy tightly tied to global factors, says GSU forecaster

Georgia economy tightly tied to global factors, says GSU forecaster

The economic trajectory of Georgia is now pretty much the same as the national track, making the state’s growth sensitive to the same big factors – especially trade and interest rates, according to a high-profile forecaster. Job growth will continue – albeit more slowly than in the past several years – but after nearly nine years of expansion, the economy could be tipped ...
Atlanta comedienne Sweet Baby Kita vying to win ‘Showtime at the Apollo’

Atlanta comedienne Sweet Baby Kita vying to win ‘Showtime at the Apollo’

SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO: Contestant Sweet Baby Kita in the all-new “Finale” season finale episode of SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO airing Thursday, May 24 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: FOX. © 2018 FOX Broadcasting. Posted Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Sweet Baby Kita has been plugging away in the comedy...
Gwinnett police searching for Florida man who has been missing for 11 days

Gwinnett police searching for Florida man who has been missing for 11 days

Police are searching for a Florida man who has been missing for almost two weeks after traveling to Gwinnett County for a job interview, Channel 2 Action News reported. Jon Green, 25, of Jacksonville, came to Loganville earlier this month. His family told Channel 2 that he spoke with his grandparents via FaceTime from a hotel room to say he made it to metro Atlanta on May 10. The last thing...
‘Huge victory for women’: Georgia rape victim speaks about $1B verdict

‘Huge victory for women’: Georgia rape victim speaks about $1B verdict

A rape victim was awarded a $1 billion settlement verdict Tuesday by a Clayton County jury in a civil lawsuit, according to court documents. Hope Cheston, who is now 20 years old, sued a security company whose employee, Brandon Lamar Zachary, was convicted of rape and sentenced to 20 years in prison. The rape occurred in October 2012 when Cheston was 14.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution&rsquo...
Falcons sign fullback Ricky Ortiz 

Falcons sign fullback Ricky Ortiz 

The Falcons signed fullback Ricky Ortiz and waived cornerback Joseph Putu on Wednesday. Ortiz, who played at Oregon State, was signed as a rookie free agent by Baltimore after the 2017 draft. He was on the Ravens’ practice squad last season.  Ortiz, who’s 6-foot and 230 pounds,  was used mostly as a blocker in college.  Putu was a reserve defensive back, but played on special...
NORAD military plane exercise planned over metro Atlanta Thursday

NORAD military plane exercise planned over metro Atlanta Thursday

Military plane exercises planned for Thursday morning could bring some low-flying aircraft over metro Atlanta. Weather permitting, the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region plans to conduct aircraft training flights in the greater Atlanta area from approximately 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Some portions of the flights will be at about 3,500 feet “and may be visible from...
Oh, say have we seen an anthem solution? As good as any, we guess

Oh, say have we seen an anthem solution? As good as any, we guess

After the better part of a year, the roiling anthem debate has been “solved.” The NFL owners did so Wednesday at their spring meeting, arriving at what shall forever be known as The Atlanta Compromise.   I don’t know why we would look to a league that has such trouble defining what a catch is to lay out the perimeters for a complex subject like patriotism. But here we are...
Region 5-AAAA Breakdown

Region 5-AAAA Breakdown

The countdown to Region 1 continues. This week, I’m highlighting Region 5. Links from each of the previous region previews will be provided in each upcoming preview. Region 5: Cartersville, Cedartown, Central-Carroll, Chapel Hill, LaGrange, Sandy Creek, Troup Cartersville has won six consecutive region championships, with five perfect regular seasons, two state titles and an incredible...
Strong APR scores for Georgia Tech, though men’s basketball dips

Strong APR scores for Georgia Tech, though men’s basketball dips

Four Georgia Tech varsity teams earned perfect 1,000 scores in the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate, which measures eligibility, graduation and retention for scholarship athletes by sport. Of Tech’s 15 varsity sports, 11 outscored the national average for their sports, including the football team at 980 (national rate: 968). The score is an average of single-year scores over a four-year period...
Judge to Tex McIver: “I didn’t ever hear you say you were sorry”

Judge to Tex McIver: “I didn’t ever hear you say you were sorry”

Tex McIver will almost certainly spend the rest of his life behind bars for killing his wife, Diane. Judge Robert McBurney sentenced the Atlanta attorney on Wednesday to life in prison, the punishment mandated by his conviction last month on felony murder.  McBurney granted McIver the possibility of parole -- on the recommendation of both the prosecution and defense -- but it wasn’t much...

Updated baseball: 7A series moved to Parkview, rest to Rome

Except for the highest classification, all remaining games in the high school baseball best-of-three championship series will be played at State Mutual Stadium in Rome, the GHSA has announced.  Weather issues this week and the lack of other available sites led to the move to Rome, where the weather forecast is better than for other parts of the state in the next couple of days.  The Class...
Football: A productive spring at Warner Robins

Football: A productive spring at Warner Robins

It was a good spring at Warner Robins, where last year’s state runner-up escaped without major injuries and began to find some players to plug in to replace those who graduated.  “A lot of guys stepped up,” coach Mike Chastain said. “We’re going to be a little younger this year and we’ve got a good ninth grade class that we think could be special.” Warner...
NFL wants anthem protesters to stay out of sight. Will this work?

NFL wants anthem protesters to stay out of sight. Will this work?

It’s not a problem, anymore. At least until it’s a problem again. It’s not a problem, anymore. At least until NFL players en masse feel compelled to exercise their First Amendment rights in public view and not hidden in the shelter of a locker room, as the league’s commissioner and owners and image consultants prefer. Because kneeling or looking “disrespectful”...
LOOK: NFLPA responds to new NFL national anthem policy 

LOOK: NFLPA responds to new NFL national anthem policy 

NFL owners announced a new national anthem policy Wednesday during the owners meetings in Atlanta. The new policy requires players to stand if they are on the field for the national anthem, however the policy does give the players the option to stay in the locker room.  If players or team personnel kneel during the national anthem, the team is subject to a fine.  » More: Read...
Clayton County public swimming pool inspections for 2018

Clayton County public swimming pool inspections for 2018

Want to know the track record of the pool you’re planning on taking the kids to this weekend? Search our repository of public swimming pool inspection data for Clayton County.  The inspections in our dataset go back as far as 2012 and include inspections as recent as early this year. Data was obtained from the Clayton County Board of Health and the Georgia Department of Public Health. ...
Five things we learned from Manuel today 

Five things we learned from Manuel today 

Falcons defensive coordinator Marquand Manuel spoke to the media on Wednesday. Here’s what he had to say on five key topics: 1. On tackling presentation.  The Falcons are ahead of the curve with teaching the proper tackling drills. He showed several big hits where the Falcons led with the shoulder and not their helmet. He also showed several clips of them teaching the technique is slow...

Greater Atlanta Christian shows no signs of slowing down heading into 2018

Greater Atlanta Christian has been a powerhouse in Class AA and Class AAA football for the past four seasons, and it would be remiss to think the metro Atlanta program won't factor in 2018.The Spartans have repeated as region champions each year since 2014. In the past 10 years, GAC has been to the championship game twice, the semifinals three times and the second round twice. Last season, the Spartan...
Suspect in custody after 5-hour Clayton County standoff 

Suspect in custody after 5-hour Clayton County standoff 

A SWAT standoff with a barricaded gunman in Clayton County ended after about five hours Wednesday, authorities said. Nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution after a 30-year-old man, identified as Robert Earl Gordon, barged into a home on Ernest Drive in Forest Park around 9 a.m.  The home is near Forest Park Middle School. The school was not on lockdown and dismissed at 1 p.m. as planned...
Cobb woman killed when car hits tractor-trailer

Cobb woman killed when car hits tractor-trailer

A Cobb County woman was killed early Wednesday when her car hit a tractor-trailer in the 1000 block of Six Flags Road, police said. Margaret Lightfoot, 31, of Austell, was pronounced dead at the scene, Cobb police Sgt. Sarah O’Hara said. About 12:40 a.m., Lightfoot’s 2000 Chrysler Town & Country was heading west on Six Flags Road when a 2003 Freightliner tractor with a semi-trailer left...
Hawks player season review: Jaylen Morris

Hawks player season review: Jaylen Morris

Rookie wing Jaylen Morris suffered an ankle injury against the Bulls on March 11, hours after the Hawks had signed him to a second 10-day contract. He wouldn’t play again this season, but the Hawks signaled their desire to keep him around for the summer by signing him to a non-guaranteed contract for 2018-19. Morris played just 98 minutes for the Hawks but flashed defensive potential during...
Braves have no answer for Arrieta, drop series to Phillies

Braves have no answer for Arrieta, drop series to Phillies

The Braves offense nor defense backed up Luiz Gohara in his first start of the season. Gohara lasted four innings, striking out six and walking four in a 4-0 loss to the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday. It was the Braves’ first series loss to the Phillies in four opportunities. Jake Arrieta was brilliant in his first start against the Braves as a Phillie. The righty went 6 2/3 scoreless...
West Virginia baseball starts Big 12 Tournament with win over Oklahoma State

West Virginia baseball starts Big 12 Tournament with win over Oklahoma State

To get back to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, West Virginia likely needs to win the Big 12 Tournament. And on Wednesday, they got their tournament run started right with an 8-5 win over No. 2 seed Oklahoma State. West Virginia’s new all-hands-on-deck style of handling the pitching staff paid off on Wednesday. Starter B.J. Myers, who will likely start...
What is the UV Index and how to
protect your skin from sun’s fierce rays

What is the UV Index and how to protect your skin from sun’s fierce rays

During the spring and summer months you may often hear meteorologists talking about the strength of the UV index.  >> Read more trending news  The UV index is a scale used to measure the strength of the sun's UV rays and how it could have an impact on the average person. The higher the UV index, the more likely someone could develop a sunburn. Here are a few ways to protect yourself...
Arizona defeats Alabama to win NCAA women’s golf championship

Arizona defeats Alabama to win NCAA women’s golf championship

Junior Haley Moore’s 5-foot birdie putt in sudden death lifted the Arizona women’s golf team to the NCAA championship, defeating No. 1 seed Alabama 3-2 in match play Wednesday at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma. It’s the Wildcats’ third national title and first since 2000, as well as the second won in sudden death. Arizona’s 1996 championship...
Black driver pulled over, handcuffed by white cops over ‘vegetation’ on his car

Black driver pulled over, handcuffed by white cops over ‘vegetation’ on his car

An African-American driver in Winfield, Kansas, was pulled over by two white police officers May 13 for “vegetation stuff” on his car window, according to a Facebook Live video posted by driver Rudy Samuel. >> Read more trending news  Samuel started recording the traffic stop soon after it happened, when one of the officers first told Samuel he was pulled over for...
Oklahoma recruiting: What offensive spots do Sooners have left to fill?

Oklahoma recruiting: What offensive spots do Sooners have left to fill?

Stay up to date with Oklahoma football recruiting with the latest news and notes and analysis in the daily edition of DieHards’ Wagon Wheels. In this edition, we look at the remaining offensive needs for the 2019 class. There’s no doubt the 2019 class has the early pieces to be one of the best the Sooners have signed in well over a decade. Oklahoma coach...
George Zimmerman, unemployed, $2.5M in debt, gets public defender in latest legal battle

George Zimmerman, unemployed, $2.5M in debt, gets public defender in latest legal battle

A judge in Seminole County, Florida, has granted George Zimmerman a public defender to represent him in his latest legal battle. Zimmerman told the judge that he’s indigent, unemployed and has $2.5 million in debt and liabilities, according to court documents. Zimmerman is facing a misdemeanor stalking charge that was filed by the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office earlier this...
Braves don’t have timetables for returns of Soroka, Ramirez

Braves don’t have timetables for returns of Soroka, Ramirez

The Braves have no timetable for the returns of starter Mike Soroka and reliever Jose Ramirez. Ramirez was placed on the disabled list April 18 with shoulder inflammation. He was shut down after two abysmal outings in which Ramirez allowed nine runs and walked five in 1-1/3 innings. He has a 17.05 ERA in 6-1/3 innings this season. But he had a 3.19 ERA in 62 innings last season. Ramirez recently threw...
South Carolina recruiting: Linebacker set to announce, visit Gamecocks

South Carolina recruiting: Linebacker set to announce, visit Gamecocks

Whenever Will Muschamp lands a commitment, the South Carolina coach drops a #SpursUp on Twitter. Come to SEC Country for the latest news, notes and observations in South Carolina recruiting.  For previous editions of SpursUp Surveillance, check out the link. Thursday is decision day for 3-star linebacker ...
Report: Domestic violence charges dropped against former Alabama LB Reuben Foster

Report: Domestic violence charges dropped against former Alabama LB Reuben Foster

The domestic violence charges against former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster were dropped during a hearing Wednesday night, according to Cam Inman with the Bay Area News Group. The move comes just a week after a preliminary hearing where Foster’s former girlfriend recanted her allegations and said she lied about the situation. Foster isn’t completely out of the...
Arkansas makes cut for 2 of Louisiana’s best prospects

Arkansas makes cut for 2 of Louisiana’s best prospects

Welcome to SEC Country’s  daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook . In this edition, we discuss the new staff recruiting in Louisiana, the offer list for a top in-state target and more. Arkansas’ previous staff under Bret Bielema did a good job making inroads recruiting in Louisiana. Led by former wide receivers ...
Ishmael Burdine confident LSU offer is on the way

Ishmael Burdine confident LSU offer is on the way

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting , with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss 3-star Louisiana defensive back ...
ESPN: TCU’s defensive line a strength for 2018

ESPN: TCU’s defensive line a strength for 2018

TCU has always made its mark on the defensive side of the ball, and in 2018, the bulk of that defensive production is likely to come from the Horned Frogs’ defensive line. ESPN’s Jake Trotter thinks TCU’s line will be its greatest strength next season. “The Horned Frogs are going to be a load up front,” Trotter wrote. “Defensive end Ben Banogu ...
Atlanta musician starts festival to highlight local artists

Atlanta musician starts festival to highlight local artists

Six artists. One day to perform. That’s Kamau Austin’s plan as he launches a new music festival in Atlanta next week. MTK&Co. isn’t Coachella, Afropunk or Bonnaroo — yet. But Austin, who dubbed the festival after his stage name of Mauie the King Jr., is hoping to make a dent in the scene with a one-day music festival highlighting local Atlanta artists. “It&rsquo...
Maker of Sweethearts candy message hearts, Necco Wafers sold for $18.83 million

Maker of Sweethearts candy message hearts, Necco Wafers sold for $18.83 million

The bankrupt maker of Necco Wafers, Sweethearts conversation hearts and other beloved American candies has a new owner. >> Read more trending news  The Ohio-based Spangler Candy Co. offered the winning bid of $18.83 million for the iconic New England Confectionery Co., the country’s oldest continuously operating candy company, at a federal bankruptcy auction in Boston Wednesday...
40,000 pounds of chicken feathers blocks freeway in Washington

40,000 pounds of chicken feathers blocks freeway in Washington

Drowsy driving may have caused the driver of a semitrailer to hit a guardrail and roll his truck, dumping 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers onto Interstate 5 in Federal Way, Washington and causing a backup that stretched for miles. The crash happened on northbound I-5 around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.  Initially, four lanes were closed by the crash. All lanes were back open more than four hours...
Northside Hospital–Atlanta to take part in lung cancer study

Northside Hospital–Atlanta to take part in lung cancer study

Northside Hospital–Atlanta, a member of the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute consortium will be one of the initial hospitals to take part in a groundbreaking study to measure and monitor lung cancer patient’s response to treatments using blood-based biopsies, according to a press release. “Testing for genetic markers in a lung cancer patient’s blood during their treatment...
Braves again give Sean Newcomb extra day of rest

Braves again give Sean Newcomb extra day of rest

Sean Newcomb has excelled with an extra day’s rest, so the Braves will continue to accommodate. Manager Brian Snitker said Wednesday that the Braves would switch Julio Teheran and Sean Newcomb this weekend in Boston. Teheran will start in the series opener Friday, with Newcomb going the next day against his native state’s team. Mike Foltynewicz will pitch the finale. The Braves are off...
Suwanee boosts hotels/motel regs, adds loitering/prowling as offense

Suwanee boosts hotels/motel regs, adds loitering/prowling as offense

The Suwanee City Council recently approved an amendment to the City Code of Ordinances to provide enhanced regulations for hotels/motels. The added amendment is designed to ensure proper maintenance of hotels, motels, and extended-stay hotels and to protect the health, safety and welfare of hotel, motel, and extended-stay hotel inhabitants. Specific items address parking, room equipment, lighting...
New roundabout planned for Peachtree City

New roundabout planned for Peachtree City

In an effort to improve traffic flow at a busy intersection, Peachtree City plans to install a roundabout where Peachtree Parkway South meets Crosstown Road. The City Council voted 5-0 on May 17 to approve an intergovernmental agreement with Fayette County that would devote $1.5 million of county Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds for the project. Any costs above that, estimated at $500...
Smyrna approves 2 subdivisions, annexation

Smyrna approves 2 subdivisions, annexation

Two new subdivision developments were approved unanimously May 22 by the Smyrna City Council. They include 33 single-family houses on 11.3 acres at 3305 and 3311 Old Concord Road and 23 townhomes on 2.02 acres at 2881 and 2885 Elmwood Drive. The 11.3 acres will be annexed into the city from Cobb County effective June 1. Representing CS Realty Group, applicant attorney Kevin Moore said $500,000 is...
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