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Will Falcons’ new stadium drive more development to downtown Atlanta?

As flashy, costly and imposing as it is, the stadium by itself probably won’t reshape downtown, experts say.


Publicist: Jerry Lewis, comedian, telethon host, dies at 91

Publicist: Jerry Lewis, comedian, telethon host, dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91. Publicist Candi Cazau says Lewis died Sunday of natural causes in Las Vegas with his family by...
Atlanta march evokes non-violence in Charlottesville’s wake

Atlanta march evokes non-violence in Charlottesville’s wake

A diverse group of protesters decried racism, sexism and tolerance of injustice before taking to the streets of Atlanta Saturday night in a rally organized in response to last week’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The interracial crowd — numbering about 2,000 — marched to the tomb of Martin Luther King Jr. Similar rallies were taking place in other cities on Saturday. Thousands...
Long waits mar new Uber, Lyft pickup plan at Hartsfield-Jackson

Long waits mar new Uber, Lyft pickup plan at Hartsfield-Jackson

The Atlanta airport’s new ride-share pickup location drew complaints from both drivers and passengers after long waits and traffic backups Thursday, when many fliers return from business trips. During the peak Thursday night period, some passengers said they waited as long as 40 minutes or more for ride-share drivers to reach them after being stuck in long lines of vehicles trying to enter the...
Torpy at Large: Confederate monuments whitewash the truth

Torpy at Large: Confederate monuments whitewash the truth

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams announced she wants to blast the Confederate carving off Stone Mountain. Removing Confederate monuments from public spaces has become a white-hot issue since the deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va. It’s the old hate-versus-heritage debate, only now the brass knuckles are out. So Abrams, who is staking out her place in a heated...
JetBlue expanding in Atlanta, but issue with gate space remains

JetBlue expanding in Atlanta, but issue with gate space remains

JetBlue Airways this week announced plans for three new routes from Atlanta next year, to go along with its current service to Boston. But the New York carrier says it has had problems getting the gate space it wants at Hartsfield-Jackson International, accusing the airport of “discriminatory” practices that have affected its flights. The Federal Aviation Administration says it is investigating...
Fulton County plans to improve customer service by rewarding workers

Fulton County plans to improve customer service by rewarding workers

Fulton County wants to do better. And it wants its residents to notice. So county leaders this week took a series of steps that they hope will result in better customer service and a more engaged workforce. For years, county employees have been working with outdated technology, in buildings where the roof leaked or the elevator didn’t work. Their pay didn’t always match...
Baby girl hustle

Baby girl hustle

My granddaddy is the only black man I’ve ever met who was never broke a day in his life. He ran an illegal liquor house in Decatur, selling moonshine for 50 cents a shot from behind a bar he built himself out of plywood and old scraps of carpet and red leather. Granddaddy’s real name was George Walker, but folks called him Bear Cat or .38 for the two pistols he kept in his front pockets...
Mary Rose Taylor faces greatest challenge yet

Mary Rose Taylor faces greatest challenge yet

Mary Rose Taylor is typing with her right thumb. One letter at a time, she explains herself, touching the screen on her iPhone with the only digit that works, carefully shifting for capital letters and punctuation. Her Buckhead condominium is quiet but for the hiss of the portable ventilator, automatically inflating her lungs every three seconds. The compact breathing machine is packed under her motorized...
Lanes closed after fatal crash on Ga. 400

Lanes closed after fatal crash on Ga. 400

Three lanes were closed on Ga. 400 South after a fatal crash about 4:45 p.m. Sunday, officials said.  The driver of a Dodge pickup truck with a jon boat on its trailer died after hitting a tractor-trailer, Sandy Springs spokeswoman Sharon Kraun said.  Kraun said the tractor-trailer was stopped on the shoulder of Ga. 400 at the time of impact.
Braves get Flowers grand slam in 6-run inning to rout against Reds

Braves get Flowers grand slam in 6-run inning to rout against Reds

However your Sunday went, chances are it was more enjoyable than Drew Storen’s afternoon at the park. Tyler Flowers hit a grand slam and the Braves pounced on Reds reliever Storen for six runs in the fifth inning of an 8-1 win to avert a sweep at SunTrust Park, where Atlanta rookie Sean Newcomb picked up his second win and first home win by working out of a few tight spots before his teammate...
Here's where you can get freebies and deals to celebrate the solar eclipse

Here's where you can get freebies and deals to celebrate the solar eclipse

The solar eclipse is just hours away, and a gang of companies are celebrating the big celestial event with freebies and deals.  From sweet treats to kitchen appliances, take a look at the offerings below to score all of the best discounts.  The chain is honoring the occasion with its Perfect Eclipse Margarita. The special is only good on Aug. 21 at participating locations. From Aug...
Takkarist McKinley to make NFL debut 

Takkarist McKinley to make NFL debut 

Rookie defensive end Takkarist McKinley, this year’s first-round pick, took full load of practice last week and he came through with flying colors. McKinley will make his NFL debut in the exhibition game against the Steelers at 4 p.m. Sunday.  McKinley, who was the 26th player taken in the NFL draft, has recovered from a surgically repaired right shoulder.McKinley combination of speed and...
Rescue workers search for missing swimmer at Lake Allatoona

Rescue workers search for missing swimmer at Lake Allatoona

A 21-year-old man drowned Sunday in Bartow County, officials said. The man, whose name has not been released, was reported missing in the water about 1:15 p.m. at Red Top Mountain Beach at Lake Allatoona, Bartow County EMS spokesman Brad Cothran said. Rescue operations started at 2 p.m., Cothran said.  —Please return to AJC.com for updates.
Phillips’ move to 3B: seamless and even spectacular

Phillips’ move to 3B: seamless and even spectacular

In case you were wondering, it’s not just the basic “eye test” that tells us Brandon Phillips has been exceptional defensively since moving this month to third base, a position the former Gold Glove second baseman had not played professionally except in a Double-A game in 2001. It’s also statistics, both basic and advanced, that support that position regarding Phillips&rsquo...
Teen is first homicide in 11 years for local city, police chief says

Teen is first homicide in 11 years for local city, police chief says

An 18-year-old found shot to death in Morrow is the first homicide the city has investigated in 11 years, its police chief says. The man’s body was found about 3:30 a.m. Sunday near railroad tracks in Morrow, police Chief James Callaway said.  Police initially responded to reports of shots fired in the area of Oxford Townhouses on Lee Street. “This is a murder investigation at this...
Steelers with Georgia connections to watch tonight 

Steelers with Georgia connections to watch tonight 

Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin is a regular on the Pro Day scene at Georgia and Georgia Tech. You can usually spot him at the Auburn Pro Day, too. The Steelers seem to always love players from Georgia and have another strong contingent on their 90-man roster. Here are the Steelers with Georgia connections to watch tonight:  --Joshua Dobb, QB, Tennessee, Alpharetta High. He slated to start for Ben...
Dansby has his swagger back since return from Triple-A

Dansby has his swagger back since return from Triple-A

To say that Dansby Swanson looks like a different player since returning from a Triple-A demotion wouldn’t be accurate. What he’s looked like is something closely resembling the player he was for most of his entire life outside of the weeks this season when the Braves rookie shortstop struggled like never before and let it affect him outwardly. “Lot more confidence, that’s...
This is the best thrift store in Georgia

This is the best thrift store in Georgia

Looking for an expensive find for less? Consignment shops are a great place to scavenge. But there’s one spot in Georgia that stands above the rest, because it has been named the best thrift store in the state.  To determine the results, Business Insider partnered with Yelp to track down the top-rated secondhand stores in every state.  Lost-n-Found Thrift and Consignment was the winner...
North Georgia is one of the clearest spots in the US for the solar eclipse

North Georgia is one of the clearest spots in the US for the solar eclipse

Headed to north Georgia for the solar eclipse? You’ll be in the perfect spot, because the area will be one of the clearest spots in the U.S. for the big celestial event.  » RELATED: How Georgians can watch the rare total solar eclipse this summer  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently released a map of the cloud coverage forecast expected for Monday. ...

Andrew Young: Don’t blame the Klan or ‘uneducated white people’

If you watched NBC’s “Meet The Press” this morning, you saw former Atlanta mayor and U.N. ambassador Andrew Young address President Donald Trump’s self-made crisis over race and symbolism:   But if you relied on the video alone, you missed much of what Young said. Some 20 minutes before the Atlanta broadcast, MTP released a transcript of Young&rsquo...
Few clouds expected during Monday’s solar eclipse

Few clouds expected during Monday’s solar eclipse

Today: Sunny. High 94 Tonight: Clear to partly cloudy. Low 72 Tomorrow: Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. High 89 We’ve got a beautiful day Sunday with temperatures currently 90 degrees and climbing, meteorologists say. Temperatures are expected to hit the mid-90s, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Katie Walls said.  But what most people are more interested...
Where to get your free eclipse glasses 

Where to get your free eclipse glasses 

According to the official system website, the following libraries in the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will be participating with special eclipse watch parties on Monday, Aug. 21, where folks will have the chance to snag a free pair of eclipse glasses. Adamsville-Collier Heights Library Adams Park Library Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library Northwest Library at Scott’s Crossing...
This map shows exactly where (and when) the total solar eclipse will cross Georgia this August

This map shows exactly where (and when) the total solar eclipse will cross Georgia this August

It’s the final countdown: We are officially one month away from the first total solar eclipse to cross the country coast to coast in nearly 100 years. This August, the sun, the moon and planet Earth will all align as space junkies revel in the most-talked-about celestial event in years. The Aug. 21 eclipse, dubbed the Great American Eclipse by astronomers, will also mark the first time...
How Georgians can watch the rare total solar eclipse this Monday

How Georgians can watch the rare total solar eclipse this Monday

It’s the final countdown to the first total solar eclipse to cross the United States coast to coast in nearly 100 years. » RELATED: The ultimate guide to the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse this August  This August, the sun, the moon and planet Earth will all align as Americans witness the country’s first total solar eclipse in 38 years. The Aug. 21 eclipse...
No winners in Saturday’s Powerball drawing; jackpot now $650 million

No winners in Saturday’s Powerball drawing; jackpot now $650 million

No, you didn’t hit Saturday night’s $541.9 million Poweball jackpot. No one else did, either. But you could be a new millionaire. Tickets sold in South Carolina and Tennessee won $2 million prizes, while winning tickets worth $1 million were sold in California, Florida, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Saturday’s winning numbers were 17, 19, 39, 43, 68 and...
Southern Fried Soccer: Mercedes-Benz Stadium opens for business

Southern Fried Soccer: Mercedes-Benz Stadium opens for business

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Doug Roberson discusses the opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium to Atlanta United and its fans on Saturday. [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/338681901" params="visual=true&show_artwork=true&maxwidth=640&maxheight=960" width="100%" height="400" iframe="true"...
Gennett’s ninth-inning slam costs Braves in 11-8 loss to Reds

Gennett’s ninth-inning slam costs Braves in 11-8 loss to Reds

Two innings did the Braves in. After watching three Reds homer in the sixth inning Friday night, the Braves’ fate was again sealed by the long ball. What looked to be a Scooter Gennett insurance grand slam proved important, costing the Braves an 11-8 defeat to the Reds on Saturday. The team stranded 22 runners on base the past two nights. The Braves have lost five consecutive games at home...
Civil rights activist, comic legend Dick Gregory (1932-2017) has passed

Civil rights activist, comic legend Dick Gregory (1932-2017) has passed

CHICAGO, IL – APRIL 11: Dick Gregory attends the Roger Ebert Memorial Tribute at Chicago Theatre on April 11, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images) This was posted on Saturday, August 19, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk Civil rights activist and comic Dick Gregory has passed at age 84. TV commentator ...
There's more to this Georgia mountain community than the solar eclipse

There's more to this Georgia mountain community than the solar eclipse

If you're one of the many people who are flocking to Rabun County to see the solar eclipse, you'll want to make the most of your trip to the northeastern corner of Georgia. The area – which includes the towns of Dillard, Clayton and Mountain City – includes amazing natural beauty and plenty of genuine small-town charm. It's become one of the most sought after areas to watch the solar...
Matt Kemp reactivated, back in Braves lineup versus Reds

Matt Kemp reactivated, back in Braves lineup versus Reds

The Braves reactivated outfielder Matt Kemp from the disabled list Saturday before hosting the Reds, as expected. Kemp started in left field and hit fourth in the lineup. Kemp had been on the DL since July 29 because of an injured right hamstring, missing the past 19 games. Hamstring issues have caused Kemp to miss 28 games this year on the DL.  He and the team determined Friday that Kemp was...
On Heritage Weekend, Snitker reflects on man who hired him: Hank Aaron

On Heritage Weekend, Snitker reflects on man who hired him: Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron is a true face of the franchise not just for the Braves and the Atlanta community, but all of baseball. The Braves celebrated Aaron with their “Hank Aaron Heritage Weekend” Friday through Sunday as the team hosted the Cincinnati Reds. They wore the same uniforms Aaron wore in the early 1970s, and he made an appearance Friday night. Aaron’s influence on the organization...
Flowers on extension: ‘Hopefully that’s something on Braves’ mind’

Flowers on extension: ‘Hopefully that’s something on Braves’ mind’

Tyler Flowers has exceeded expectations in his return home. And he hopes the Braves reward him with a contract extension. Flowers, a Roswell native, has filled what once appeared to be a huge void at catcher. In his second season with the Braves, he’s put together the best statistical season of his career.  Flowers is hitting a career-best .293, well above his collective .241 average since...
Protesters gather for rally in Atlanta

Protesters gather for rally in Atlanta

A march in Atlanta, a conversation in Decatur: The aftershocks from Charlottesville are putting the issue of Confederate monuments on the streets here Saturday night. Thousands of participants are expected at Centennial Olympic Park at 6 p.m. to hear a range of speakers before marching to rally at the tomb of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Auburn Avenue, said Janel Green, co-founder of the Georgia...
Metro Atlanta drug trafficker had $130K under mattress

Metro Atlanta drug trafficker had $130K under mattress

A man convicted of drug charges Thursday in Douglas County had $130,000 hidden under his mattress and more than $40,000 in his car when he was arrested in 2015, according to prosecutors. Lorenzo McClure was convicted on charges that included trafficking cocaine, possession of stolen firearms and DUI-drugs, district attorney spokesman David Emadi said in a news release. McClure was arrested on Nov...
Atlanta dads become first black LGBT family to represent clothing line

Atlanta dads become first black LGBT family to represent clothing line

You may find many parents playing in the park or taking a dunk in the pool with their kids. But one Atlanta couple has a slightly different agenda. They’re modeling with their little ones, and they’ve just made history as the first black LGBT family to represent a high-fashion European clothing line.  Kordale Lewis and Kaleb Anthony first entered the spotlight in 2014 when they posted...
Paul Johnson supports Navy coach’s ailing son

Paul Johnson supports Navy coach’s ailing son

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson offered his support to the son of a former assistant who is fighting a rare heart condition that likely will require a transplant. Jarren Jasper is the 14-year-old son of Navy offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper, who played for Johnson at Hawaii and then coached for him at Georgia Southern and two different stints at Navy. Jarren is suffering from supraventricular tachycardia...
Paul Johnson on B-backs: ‘We’ve got guys that can play’

Paul Johnson on B-backs: ‘We’ve got guys that can play’

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson isn’t joining the fans despairing over the loss of B-back Dedrick Mills. Following his team’s scrimmage Saturday morning at Bobby Dodd Stadium, he offered confidence in Mills’ backups and his offense in the wake of Mills’ dismissal from the team for violating athletic-department policy. “You’d like to have the best player, but I&rsquo...
Solar eclipse: Will peak event in North Georgia bring peak traffic?

Solar eclipse: Will peak event in North Georgia bring peak traffic?

It seems as if no major event of sports or weather is complete without a traffic jam, so a hugely anticipated, spectacularly hyped, once-in-a-century occurrence like Monday’s eclipse could provide a doozy.  After all, there’s already near-gridlock around metro Atlanta 10 times a week just from the comings and goings of a typical work day. And this coast-to-coast, celestial happening...
Senior care worker charged in death of man, 91

Senior care worker charged in death of man, 91

A worker at a Cobb County senior care facility was charged after a 91-year-old resident died from injuries suffered at the site, police said Friday. Landon Terrel, 33, of Powder Springs, is facing felony murder and aggravated battery charges in connection with the death of Adam Bennett, Sgt. Dana Pierce said in a news release. Officers went Tuesday to WellStar Kennestone Hospital after a man was taken...
What will weather be like for the solar eclipse?

What will weather be like for the solar eclipse?

TODAY: Plentiful sunshine. High: 92 TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Low: 70 TOMORROW: Sunny skies. High: 92 The much-anticipated solar eclipse is just two days away. So many metro Atlanta residents and people traveling in for Monday’s big event are wondering: What will the weather be like? Looks like some clouds could join the picture. “I don’t know about clear skies,&rdquo...
Broadband in rural Georgia poised to become a 2018 election issue

Broadband in rural Georgia poised to become a 2018 election issue

A Verizon lineman grips the strands contained in a fiber optic cable in this file photo. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan In an election year, it is the fortunate politician who can stand, arms akimbo, between a voter and an unrelenting foe. In much of rural Georgia, and in some urban deserts, that enemy isn’t Kim Jong-un or terrorists from the Middle East or an army of white supremacists...

What NASCAR has to say about Atlanta-filmed “Logan Lucky”

At first it seems like just about the only absolutely believable elements in “Logan Lucky,” in theaters now, are Dwight Yoakam’s Southern accent and hideous suits. He plays a sniveling prison warden to perfection. After that, you gotta suspend a lot of disbelief. With its breezy slew of implausibilities and quirky vibe, the movie, largely filmed in Atlanta and starring...
Georgia congressmen spent millions while cruising to re-election

Georgia congressmen spent millions while cruising to re-election

The money went to luxury fishing trips on the Chesapeake Bay, fundraisers at D.C.’s poshest restaurants and a 75th-birthday blowout at the Tabernacle in Atlanta. There were also tickets to the Masters golf tournament and a hotel room in the Virgin Islands, not to mention a stable of high-level campaign and social media consultants. Georgia’s U.S. House members faced only token opposition...
Before Cabinet ascent, Price was Georgia’s biggest campaign spender

Before Cabinet ascent, Price was Georgia’s biggest campaign spender

Members of Georgia’s U.S. House delegation raised and spent millions of dollars ahead of last year’s election, but the state’s undisputed master of the political money game was former U.S. Rep. Tom Price. The Roswell Republican spent almost $2.5 million in 2015 and 2016, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of federal filings, nearly twice as much as the state&rsquo...
Where to watch, listen to Falcons at Steelers

Where to watch, listen to Falcons at Steelers

Here’s where you can find the Atlanta Falcons (0-1) at the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) game which is set for 4 p.m. Sunday at Heinz Field. TV:  Atlanta’s CW69 (WUPA-TV). AT&T U-Verse 1069. Charter 709. Comcast 810. DirecTV 69. Dish Network 6376. Play-by-play: Justin Kutcher. Color: Coy Wire. Sideline: D.J. Shockley. NFL Network. LOCAL RADIO: 92.9 The Game — Play-by-Play:...
Woman dies a week after being found with head injury; suspect at large

Woman dies a week after being found with head injury; suspect at large

Authorities are looking for a man accused of giving a woman a critical head injury that led to her death a week later, Fulton County police said.  Joya Chester, 45, was found with a head injury Aug. 3 inside a home on White City Road in College Park, Fulton County police Cpl. Maureen Smith said. Chester died Aug. 11 at Grady Memorial Hospital as a result of her injuries.  Police said Chester...
Opinion: The bigger-is-better promise of college consolidation isn’t true for dual enrollment

Opinion: The bigger-is-better promise of college consolidation isn’t true for dual enrollment

Rick Diguette is a frequent Get School contributor on higher ed issues. He is a local writer who retired from college teaching earlier this year. In this piece, Diguette discusses how the absorption of Georgia Perimeter College into Georgia State University has rendered the Move on When Ready program, which he worked with closely, less responsive and more complicated....
Man accused of killing homeowner who was changing locks arrested 

Man accused of killing homeowner who was changing locks arrested 

A 19-year-old man accused of shooting and killing a homeowner while he changed the locks on his new house was arrested, Fulton County police said.  Dexter Hubbard turned himself in at the Fulton County jail Aug. 11 accompanied by his lawyer, police Cpl. Maureen Smith said. Hubbard remains in jail on murder, aggravated assault, cruelty to children and possession of a weapon charges. ...
DeKalb jail officer fired, arrested after allegedly giving tobacco to inmate

DeKalb jail officer fired, arrested after allegedly giving tobacco to inmate

A DeKalb County jail officer was fired and arrested Friday, accused of providing contraband to an inmate, the county’s sheriff’s office said. Detention officer Elizabeth Ashley Meta Young, 33, was charged with violation of oath of office and two counts of crossing the state/county guard lines, according to spokeswoman Cynthia Williams. All of the charges are felonies. A news release said...
Paul Johnson addresses Dedrick Mills dismissal

Paul Johnson addresses Dedrick Mills dismissal

In the wake of two suspensions last year, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson stuck by B-back Dedrick Mills, offering his belief in his character. He did so again Friday, this time at a news conference to address Mills’ dismissal from the team for a violation of athletic department rules. “He’s a good kid,” Johnson said. “I don’t think there’s a bad bone in his...
Falcons set to add backup tackle help 

Falcons set to add backup tackle help 

The Falcons agreed to terms on a one-year contract with offensive tackle Austin Pasztor on Friday, according to his agent Sanat “Sunny” Shah. The Falcons are at the 90-man roster limit and must make room by releasing a player before adding Pasztor, who’s made 43 starts and played 58 games over five seasons in the NFL. Pasztor, who’s 6-foot-7 and 305 pounds, played three seasons...
Site of I-85 bridge fire, collapse now has a fence 

Site of I-85 bridge fire, collapse now has a fence 

Those who make their usual commute under the site of the I-85 bridge collapse in March likely noticed a new chain-link fence Friday where flammable materials once lived.  The $20,000 project is intended to prevent people from trespassing on the state’s property, potentially averting another massive interstate fire like the one that paralyzed the city for seven weeks.
Investigators, school district mum on Lithia Springs

Investigators, school district mum on Lithia Springs

The moments immediately after a Douglas County school shooting sped by quickly. Law enforcement rushed to the scene early Thursday and within hours provided the public with a rough sketch explaining why Lithia Springs High School had closed so suddenly. A veteran teacher was wounded after shooting himself with a handgun in his classroom office around 7:15 a.m. As the hours ticked by and Thursday morning...

VOTE: Who will lead Michigan State in rushing yards in 2017?

If you ask LJ Scott, he’ll tell you it’s a “three-headed monster.” In 2017, Michigan State brings back the trio of running backs that split time a year ago: Scott, Gerald Holmes and Madre London. Scott took the bulk of the carries, rushing 184 times for a team-leading 994 yards. Holmes, who now enters his senior season, finished with 431 yards. London...

Why Gus Malzahn sees preseason injuries as ‘a blessing’ for Auburn football

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn understands that injuries are bound to happen during the course of fall camp. It’s not something he looks forward to, but he has come to appreciate that the accidental bumps and bruises may actually benefit his program. “Anytime you go through fall camp and it’s physical, you’re going to have some...

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin ‘proud’ school cancelled on-campus white nationalist rally

Earlier in the week Texas A&M cancelled a white nationalist rally that was scheduled for Sept. 11 due to security concerns. Sumlin, who spoke for the first time since the school’s decision on Saturday, praised the announcement. “I’m really proud of [the school’s decision],” Sumlin told reporters on Saturday. “I was thankful and very, very proud...
Study: Raising the price of cigarettes by $1 could help smokers quit

Study: Raising the price of cigarettes by $1 could help smokers quit

Want to quit smoking? Raising the price of cigarettes could be a solution, according to new research.  A group of scientists from Drexel University conducted a study, which was recently published in Epidemiology, to determine how the cost of cigs could affect smokers. To do so, they examined smokers from six different places whose ages ranged from 44 to 84 and factored in 10 years of neighborhood-level...

Michigan preseason camp: What we learned in the third week

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Michigan football team completed its third week of preseason camp, and while practices remain closed, we’ll fill you in on what we’ve learned. This rundown this week includes Michigan quarterback John O’Korn explaining how his working relationship with Wilton Speight is in a better place, how Speight slimmed down in the offseason...
Comedy genius Jerry Lewis has died at 91

Comedy genius Jerry Lewis has died at 91

Legendary comedian, brash entertainer,  zany actor and dedicated humanitarian Jerry Lewis has died in Las Vegas at the age of 91. He died at his home at 9:15 a.m. , according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal and confirmed by his agent, Variety reported. Lewis was born Joseph Levitch in 1926 in Newark, New Jersey to show business parents and made his professional debut at the age of 5...

After rough spring, Ohio State QB Tate Martell loses black stripe

Freshman quarterback Tate Martell arrived at Ohio State with high expectations. And after a rough spring, it seems the nation’s No. 2 dual-threat signal caller for 2017 has began adapting to college football. On Saturday, Martell joined safety Brendon White and offensive lineman  Wyatt Davis as the latest Buckeyes to lose their black...

Lane Kiffin on FAU: It’s LSU. ‘Last Strike U’

As you may or may not have noticed, Lane Kiffin has added a new number of transfers in his short time at FAU. After bringing DeAndre Johnson and Tim Bonner, who came from East Mississippi Community College, he’s added John Franklin III, who left Auburn this week, and former West Virginia wide receiver Jovon Durante announced on Saturday that he was transferring to the...
Madonna celebrates turning 59, posting first family pic with all six kids

Madonna celebrates turning 59, posting first family pic with all six kids

Photographed for the very first time! Pop star Madonna shared a debut family portrait Friday that featured her and all six of her children. The Material Girl posted the photo on Instagram following her 59th birthday party at a two-day, gypsy-themed celebration in Italy. From top left Rocco, 17,  David, 11, and Mercy James, 11, to the right of Madonna. From bottom left, Lourdes, 20, kneeling along...

Florida football: ‘Uncomfortable’ fall camp getting Gators ready for season

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — When Florida coach Jim McElwain took to the stage at Florida’s media day, he planned for one common thread to surround the Gators’ fall camp. “This camp is going to be uncomfortable for our guys,” McElwain said. McElwain and the Gators have lofty goals heading into this season. They’re eyeing a third straight...

Georgia Tech coach says offense so much more than triple option

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson wants it to be known that the Yellow Jackets offense is not what you think — it’s much more, and it’s much better. The triple option, Johnson explained on the SEC Network earlier this month, is only the beginning. RELATED:  Georgia Tech aims to prove ACC superiority against Tennessee “The triple option is one play...

Toughest games looming for the Dawgs, and other season predictions

Whenever Dawgs fans gather this time of year, the talk quickly turns from hearsay assessments of how preseason camp has gone, and which freshmen are likely to contribute the most, to out-on-a-limb predictions of what sort of season Georgia will end up having. Saturday afternoon in Athens, the King brothers (and one of my nieces and her husband) sat in a Baxter Street...

Sen. John Boozman: Frank Broyles had gift for politics, kept ‘Arkansas at the forefront’

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Washington, D.C., always could have used a man like Frank Broyles. Perhaps now more than ever. Broyles was a man of principle, a man of character, and a man of determination. The Arkansas icon knew his way around a table of power players. He, himself, was one. Not just small-town, middle-America power plays, either. Lest anyone think Broyles was too...

Approval rating for LSU football coach Ed Orgeron: You decide

With the season just around the corner, we’re going to find out how Ed Orgeron is going to do in his second chance. Orgeron became LSU’s full-time coach in November after taking over on an interim basis in September following the dismissal of Les Miles. Orgeron moved quickly to retain Dave Aranda as defensive coordinator and later brought in Matt Canada...

Approval rating for Ole Miss coach Matt Luke: You decide

A month ago, few people in the college football world knew who Matt Luke was. Now, he’s the interim coach at Ole Miss, his alma mater. Luke replaced  Hugh Freeze after the former coach resigned after it came out that he had called an escort service. Luke had been on Freeze’s staff since 2012 and served as the offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator...

Approval rating for Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema: You decide

Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema faces a tall task this season. The Razorbacks must replace their leading rusher from 2016 in  Rawleigh Williams, who retired from football after another scare involving a neck injury. The loss of Williams, the third-leading rusher in the SEC last season, comes on top of the Razorbacks losing four of their top-five pass catchers...

Approval rating for Tennessee football coach Butch Jones: You decide

While some in the media have been critical of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones, that hasn’t slowed him or his recruiting efforts. The Volunteers have the top class in the SEC at the moment and the No. 6 class in the country, per the 247Sports composite rankings. That strong start will quell upset fans. As for the 2017 season, Jones will have to replace star defensive...

Ohio State releases video of final week at camp

Ohio State fans, your 2017 football season is just a mere 11 days away. This past week was the Buckeyes’ final week of fall camp, now leaving the season opener against Indiana as the next attraction. Thanks to Ohio State football’s official Twitter account, the team released a video on Sunday showcasing everything that went on over the past seven days. If this doesn’t...

Approval rating for Alabama football coach Nick Saban: You decide

In the past month, some have called Nick Saban overrated. But given his resume, that’s not the case. He’s won four national championships and three consecutive SEC titles. And he’s got the No. 1 team in the country according to the first coaches poll. But that talent and experience doesn’t mean Saban won’t have to overcome challanges...

Approval rating for Georgia football coach Kirby Smart: You decide

Georgia football coach Kirby Smart enters his second season with big expectations after an 8-5 mark in 2016. The Bulldogs are the favorites to win the SEC East and possibly challenge Alabama to win the SEC. Georgia will be led by quarterback Jacob Eason and a slew of big-time contributors. With seven returning starters, including RBs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, Georgia could have...

Approval rating for Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops: You decide

After a bowl appearance and an upset win over Louisville, Kentucky fans are feeling good about football coach Mark Stoops and the future of the program. The Wildcats are coming off a 7-6 season, but they have the potential to build on that heading into this year. They bring back both quarterbacks, Stanley Johnson and Drew Barker. Kentucky’s top recruit, Lynn Bowden, was...

Approval rating for Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen: You decide

Few football coaches are having a better offseason than Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen. Mullen, heading into his ninth season,  received a four-year contract extension in late February, which bumped his salary to $4.5 million per year. Mullen’s name has been linked to a number of jobs over the years, such as Georgia in 2015 and Oregon in 2016. This...

Approval rating for Florida football coach Jim McElwain: You decide

The future looks bright for Jim McElwain and Florida. The present is murkier. The Gators have yet to name a starting quarterback for the season as Malik Zaire, Feleipe Franks and Luke Del Rio battle for the job. McElwain also suspended seven players, including star wide receiver Antonio Callaway. As for the long term, it appears as if recruits are buying...
4-year-old accidentally shoots, kills himself with gun, father charged

4-year-old accidentally shoots, kills himself with gun, father charged

A four-year-old boy is dead after accidentally shooting and killing himself Saturday at a residence in Memphis, Tenn. The child’s father is facing a number of charges, including reckless homicide. Police said the incident happened around 6:30 p.m. on the city’s southeast side. When police arrived, they found the child on a walkway, according to news outlets. He was transported to a local...

Approval rating for Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn: You decide

Coach Gus Malzahn has done what many Auburn fans have long waited for. He’s named Jarrett Stidham Auburn’s starting quarterback. Even before Stidham had been named the starter, many were high on the Tigers. Some have pegged them as a potential College Football Playoff team. Given Stidham’s talent and Malzhan’s success with quarterbacks, the hype might be warranted...

Approval rating for Missouri football coach Barry Odom: You decide

While it’s been a tough couple of years for Missouri, the second season with Barry Odom as coach has a lot of promise. The 2017 team should be a lot of fun to watch as the Tigers offense will be led by junior quarterback Drew Lock. The SEC Network’s Jordan Rodgers has gone on record saying Missouri will have the best offense in the SEC. To Odom’s credit...

Penn State announces 2017 team captains

Football season, depending on exactly how you define it, is just around the corner. With Penn State’s 2017 season opening up on Sept. 2 at home against Akron, just 13 days remain in between. On Sunday, the official Nittany Lions’ Twitter account posted a photo of the team’s captains for the season ahead. Offensive team captains include QB Trace McSorley, RB Saquon Barkley...

Approval rating for Texas A&M football coach Kevin Sumlin: You decide

Just about everyone knows Kevin Sumlin is on the hot seat. His athletic director said it. Paul Finebaum did as well. Even his players spoke about it when asked at SEC Media Days. “We just do our best not to worry about that,” Texas A&M offensive tackle Koda Martin said. “We don’t think about that. It’s not our concern. Our...
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