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Big changes for metro Atlanta schools, opening soon

More than 800,000 students will return to schools in metro Atlanta by early August, and they and their parents will see some changes, as will anyone who uses the roadways or pays taxes. Seventeen school districts in the metro area will be open by Aug. 8, with most of them starting the week before that. >>See when school districts reopen New laws will change testing, discipline, funding and what&rsquo...


Atlanta company eyeing sports betting industry outside Georgia

Atlanta company eyeing sports betting industry outside Georgia

When Inside Injuries launched in 2016, the company was intended to supply fantasy sports players and companies with injury analysis on top players across sports, CEO Tracy Hankin said. Sports betting wasn’t in the company’s sights. A Supreme Court ruling in May, which struck down a federal law outlawing sports betting outside of Nevada, has changed all that. Now, as some states move...
Georgia rises, still in bottom third of Kids Count education rankings

Georgia rises, still in bottom third of Kids Count education rankings

A new snapshot of how Georgia’s children and families are faring offers sobering statistics sprinkled amid good news. For the first time in six years, Georgia climbed higher than No. 40 in the nation in a Kids Count ranking of education, economic, health, and family factors reported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Not that Georgia has soared to the top. The state’s overall...
Stormy Daniels cancels Sunday performances at Brookhaven’s Pink Pony

Stormy Daniels cancels Sunday performances at Brookhaven’s Pink Pony

Stormy Daniels, the pornographic film star who has alleged she had an extramarital affair with Donald Trump before he became president, has canceled her scheduled performances for this Sunday at the Pink Pony strip club in Brookaven. Her attorney said Daniels — her real name is Stephanie Clifford — cancelled because of a “family issue,” though he declined to elaborate, calling...
Expert: Georgia inmates in solitary confinement at ‘grave risk of harm’

Expert: Georgia inmates in solitary confinement at ‘grave risk of harm’

Craig Haney, hired to assess conditions in the solitary confinement unit at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison, has visited some of the nation’s most dangerous prisons, but nothing could prepare him for what he witnessed on the E Wing. The atmosphere was “as chaotic and out-of-control as any such unit I have seen in decades of conducting such evaluations,” he wrote...
With library closed for renovations, Atlanta history will go online

With library closed for renovations, Atlanta history will go online

When she wants to visit old Atlanta, Rebecca Burns turns to the collection of city directories at the Atlanta Central Library. Flipping through their pages, she has figured out who rebuilt after the great fire of 1917, learned who lived close to a man killed in the 1906 Atlanta race riot, and perused old advertisements, like one for a KKK chapter that ran next to a promotion for the Spelman seminary...
Atlanta’s AmericasMart and International Market Centers finalize merger

Atlanta’s AmericasMart and International Market Centers finalize merger

AmericasMart, a 7.1-million-square-foot showroom that has occupied downtown Atlanta for more than 50 years, finalized a merger with International Market Centers Friday, creating the world’s largest permanent showroom business. The merged company, which IMC CEO Robert Maricich called a “growth play,” will operate under the International Market Centers name and will now boast 20 million...
Capitol Recap: GOP race reveals an opening for medical marijuana

Capitol Recap: GOP race reveals an opening for medical marijuana

The two Republicans still running for governor appear to be more open to discussing the in-state cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes than the man currently sitting in the big chair at the Capitol. Neither Casey Cagle nor Brian Kemp has actually endorsed legalizing in-state cultivation, but they both said during their debate last week on Channel 2 Action News that they would take advice...
Bodies of 95 black forced-labor prisoners from Jim Crow era unearthed in Sugar Land 

Bodies of 95 black forced-labor prisoners from Jim Crow era unearthed in Sugar Land 

Today the city of Sugar Land is a sprawling suburb southwest of Houston, home to Imperial Sugar Co., shopping malls and endless cul-de-sacs. But, more than a century ago, it was a sprawling network of sugar cane plantations and prison camps. Sugar Land was better known then as the Hellhole on the Brazos. From sun up to sun down, convicts who were leased by the state to plantation owners toiled in...
‘I’m just lost’: Relatives talk about losing 9 family members in duck boat accident

‘I’m just lost’: Relatives talk about losing 9 family members in duck boat accident

A metro Atlanta man spoke to Channel 2 Action News about losing nine of his relative in a duck boat accident on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo. Thursday night. “I’m just lost. I don’t know. I can’t place it. I can’t imagine it,” Gary Coleman told Channel 2. “We’ve had a death in the family — one or two. Not a whole family at one...
Peach problem: Georgia fruits clobbered again

Peach problem: Georgia fruits clobbered again

Uncooperative weather has taken a jumbo bite out of the Peach State’s peach crop , a second year of pain for growers of the iconic fruit. And similar hardship appears to have eliminated half Georgia’s more lucrative blueberry yield. The difficult years have left Atlanta shoppers in the produce aisle facing the prospect of paying more for a limited selection of peaches compared...
Shadowy Gwinnett lab goes bankrupt and debt collectors hound patients

Shadowy Gwinnett lab goes bankrupt and debt collectors hound patients

A Gwinnett County toxicology lab accused in a kickback scheme to bilk Medicare out of millions of tax dollars is causing headaches for people around the nation as debt collectors try to collect on alleged unpaid lab bills. For Deborah Smith of Houston, Texas, the calls started this spring from a debt collection agency seeking $1,400 in past due bills for urinalysis tests for her adult son. There was...
Torpy at Large: What’s really at fault in the assault on Atlanta trees

Torpy at Large: What’s really at fault in the assault on Atlanta trees

Once again, Atlanta, which likes to call itself the “City in a Forest,” is going to see a bit more city and a little less forest. The latest flash point in that ongoing drive toward deforestation is a block-long stretch along DeKalb Avenue where a small private school once operated. It’s a 3-acre property shaded by perhaps 250 trees. A few months back, neighbors went into panic mode...
Things to do in and around Atlanta for Monday, July 23

Things to do in and around Atlanta for Monday, July 23

Greetings, Yet Another Atlanta Monday. If you think you’re getting us down, what with your sky-high humidity and your long work week looming, guess again. There are plenty of things going on in and around town today that are guaranteed to elevate our spirits and maybe even stimulate our collective brain cells a bit. All we have to do is get off the couch and go do them. Here are three irresistible...
Concert review: Jason Aldean and friends pack SunTrust Park for homecoming show

Concert review: Jason Aldean and friends pack SunTrust Park for homecoming show

It involved an hour-plus “severe weather” delay (though it never actually, um, rained), but Jason Aldean got to check off the second stadium concert on his bucket list. He achieved the first in 2013 with an historic play at Sanford Stadium in Athens – the first-ever concert held at the home of the Georgia Bulldogs – and was joined by Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett and Jake Owen....
Atlanta school board to vote on tax rate

Atlanta school board to vote on tax rate

The Atlanta school board will vote today to set a property tax rate, a decision homeowners are watching closely as they brace for higher tax bills amid climbing property value assessments. The millage rate vote will follow a third and final public hearing at 6 p.m. at the Atlanta Public Schools’ headquarters, 130 Trinity Ave. S.W. When residents complained last year about soaring Fulton County...
Group studying transit options to get around Hartsfield area easier

Group studying transit options to get around Hartsfield area easier

Mobility in the area around Hartsfield-Jackson International must be improved before the southside of Atlanta can live up to its potential, leaders hoping to boost economic development say. While MARTA makes it easy to get to Hartsfield-Jackson International, getting around the surrounding areas can be a challenge, said Grady Smith, a project manager for planning and engineering firm VHB, which has...
SUNDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Rain should continue; severe thunderstorms shouldn’t

SUNDAY’S WEATHER-TRAFFIC: Rain should continue; severe thunderstorms shouldn’t

Sunday: High: 88 Sunday night: Low: 70 Monday: High: 84 There’s a decent chance of scattered showers Sunday, but these will be very different from the showers and storms that hit Georgia Saturday. The thunderstorms Saturday blew down trees, power lines, flooded I-75 and started everyone’s morning off really soggy. As Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan put...
Atlanta United’s Martinez is MLS hat-trick leader

Atlanta United’s Martinez is MLS hat-trick leader

Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez got a record, got a win, but he said he’s still not happy. “I’m always mad,” he said. Martinez may have been playing to the cameras, but he became the MLS all-time leader in hat tricks when he posted his sixth Saturday, giving Atlanta United a 3-1 win against D.C. United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Martinez accomplished the feat in 42...
Migos rapper Offset arrested in Jonesboro on gun, drug charges

Migos rapper Offset arrested in Jonesboro on gun, drug charges

Migos member Offset was arrested after a traffic stop in Jonesboro at approximately 3 p.m. Friday.  The rapper was pulled over in a 2014 Porche 911 Carerra after performing what Clayton County Police deemed an improper lane change at Upper Riverdale Road and Tara Boulevard. Upon approaching the vehicle, officers detected an odor of marijuana and during a search of the car located three handguns...
Carleton will make first MLS start for Atlanta United

Carleton will make first MLS start for Atlanta United

Andrew Carleton will receive his first start in MLS as part of Atlanta United’s (12-4-5) starting 11 for Saturday’s game against D.C. United (3-7-5) at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Carleton is in for Barco, who didn’t make the 18. Carleton, a native of Powder Springs, was the team’s first Homegrown signing. Additionally, Eric Remedi is in the 18. He recently was signed by the team...
APS delays tax-rate vote after failing to give proper legal notice for meeting

APS delays tax-rate vote after failing to give proper legal notice for meeting

The Atlanta school board will postpone Monday’s vote to set a property tax rate after the district failed to give proper legal notice for the meeting. Atlanta Public Schools announced Saturday afternoon that the school board still would hold a public hearing Monday but would wait until Aug. 6 to vote on the millage rate.  Monday’s public hearing begins at 6 p.m. at the APS headquarters...
Buckhead country club allegedly hid 2 restaurants from health department

Buckhead country club allegedly hid 2 restaurants from health department

A whistleblower accused a Buckhead country club of hiding two restaurants from the health department, Channel 2 Action News reported. A former employee of the Capital City Country Club, who asked to remain anonymous, told Channel 2 he was fired after complaining to managers about being asked to hide from health inspectors. “They hurriedly asked us to clean off all the tables and hide in...
19-year-old killed in single-vehicle crash on Ga. 400, police say

19-year-old killed in single-vehicle crash on Ga. 400, police say

A young man died in a car accident late Friday night on Ga. 400, Sandy Springs police said. Seth Wheeler, 19, of Marietta, allegedly lost control of the 1998 Ford Explorer he was driving and wrecked near the southbound exit to I-285 west, Sandy Springs police Capt. Forrest Bohannon told Channel 2 Action News. 19-year-old passenger John Carpenter, of Marietta, was killed as a result of the crash, Bohannon...
Is active or passive investing best? You may be surprised

Is active or passive investing best? You may be surprised

It’s hard to believe, but we’re more than halfway through 2018. So far, it’s been a year of market ups and downs. We’ve endured a correction, experienced a rebound, and are now back closer to flat. The recent choppiness makes this a good time to revisit the great debate between active and passive investing. Last year, an email from a listener to my “Money Matters&rdquo...

Late-night raid saves a big 19th century keepsake

In 1970, the days were numbered for Acworth’s old train depot. The Louisville & Nashville Railroad had sold it for $50 on the condition that it be moved off the tracks. Some local teens thought it wrong to lose the old station and have nothing to remember it by. They snuck into the building late one night and made off with one of the biggest, heaviest mechanical contraptions still in there &ndash...
Venerable weight loss retreat isn’t just about shedding pounds anymore

Venerable weight loss retreat isn’t just about shedding pounds anymore

For more than two decades, I’d driven by Hilton Head Health on my visits to the South Carolina barrier island and wondered if it was for me. It was once known primarily as an extended-stay weight loss resort, but several friends had told me it had undergone major changes. With more than a few pounds to drop and in need of a break from my less-than-healthy lifestyle, I had to find out...
Teen allegedly posts death threats to Instagram for APD officers involved in brawl

Teen allegedly posts death threats to Instagram for APD officers involved in brawl

Atlanta police arrested an 18-year-old teenager for allegedly making death threats online against two officers who were seen in a viral video brawling with a suspect during a drug arrest, Channel 2 Action News reported. RELATED: WATCH: Atlanta police officer, suspect trade punches during arrest Sadrious Sebastian Brown is accused of making these death threats on his Instagram page, which have...
WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Severe thunderstorm watch issued for much of Georgia

WEATHER-TRAFFIC UPDATE: Severe thunderstorm watch issued for much of Georgia

Saturday: High: 87 Saturday night: Low: 70 Sunday: High: 86 UPDATE [7:33 p.m.]: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Rockdale, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Walton and Newton counties until 8:15 p.m., according to Severe Weather Team 2. UPDATE [5:48 p.m.]: A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for much of Georgia, including all of metro Atlanta, until 2 a.m. by the National...
Ex-Roswell teacher arrested, accused of pulling student’s hair out

Ex-Roswell teacher arrested, accused of pulling student’s hair out

A former Roswell private school teacher faces child cruelty charges for allegedly pulling a 7-year-old’s hair so hard that one of her braids came out, Channel 2 Action News reported. Josie Djachechi was a teacher at the International Charter School of Atlanta when she allegedly got angry with the student, Channel 2 reported. “She was messing around with some hand sanitizer, and the teacher...
Gwinnett man allegedly threatens to kill girlfriend — and judge, police officers

Gwinnett man allegedly threatens to kill girlfriend — and judge, police officers

A man was arrested after threatening to murder his girlfriend — and anyone who got in his way, including police and a judge. Rochell McCoy, 51, of Lilburn, was upset about a temporary restraining order his girlfriend filed against him, which prompted him to allegedly send multiple threatening text messages to her, Gwinnett County police told Channel 2 Action News. In warrants obtained by...
Atlanta is getting another Newk’s. Here’s where.

Atlanta is getting another Newk’s. Here’s where.

Atlanta is getting another Newk’s Eatery before the month’s over.  The new 5,125 square-foot location will open on July 30 at 1715 Howell Mill Road. It’ll accommodate more than 200 guests and have a patio and available parking. The menu includes toasted sandwiches, salads, soups, pizzas and cakes. Newk’s is known for its “roundtable,” which holds...
Andrew Lincoln confirms his ‘The Walking Dead’ exit

Andrew Lincoln confirms his ‘The Walking Dead’ exit

  This is gonna hurt.     On Thursday during Comic-Con’s “The Walking Dead” panel in San Diego, Andrew Lincoln confirmed the rumors: He’s exiting the series that he’s been the face of since the beginning.  » RELATED: Andrew Lincoln departing 'The Walking Dead' season 9    “I want to say something...
Texted slur stirs alarm at Georgia Southern

Texted slur stirs alarm at Georgia Southern

A student at Georgia Southern University shared an allegedly racist student text message that caused concern on campus. The student, in screening a new roommate, mistakenly sent out a text to the wrong person, in which she used the slur. The student apologized, saying she meant to type “triggerfish” but that was autocorrected by her phone to the slur. “I meant to say triggerfish...
Fried, rather than Gohara, likely to get nod Tuesday

Fried, rather than Gohara, likely to get nod Tuesday

The Braves are leaning toward starting Max Fried on Tuesday in Miami. Luiz Gohara, once presumed the likelier candidate, had a spotty start with Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday, allowing four runs on seven hits in 4-1/3 innings. His velocity was up and down, according to manager Brian Snitker. “It spiked a little bit, but not consistent where you’d like to see it,” he said. &ldquo...
Cobb man abused toddler, causing irreversible brain damage, cops say

Cobb man abused toddler, causing irreversible brain damage, cops say

A man was arrested after he allegedly abused a 2-year-old boy, causing the toddler to have irreversible brain damage and flatline twice before being revived, authorities said. Pedro Tamayo, 27, of Marietta, was charged with felony aggravated battery and first- and third-degree child cruelty, according to a warrant obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He was arrested Thursday after the Cobb...
Jason Aldean will play Macon benefit concert this fall

Jason Aldean will play Macon benefit concert this fall

Jason Aldean will commandeer a massive stage on Saturday when he plays SunTrust Park for the first time.  But in September, the Macon native will return home for a more intimate event. Aldean will perform at Macon Centreplex Coliseum on Sept. 6 for his third “Concert for the Kids” charity show. His previous two concerts raised more than $1.2 million for the Beverly Knight Olson Children&rsquo...
Atlanta students will gain broad access to library system this fall

Atlanta students will gain broad access to library system this fall

Starting this fall, all Atlanta Public Schools students will have access to the Fulton County Public Library system — whether or not they have a library card. Library officials are changing the rules in the hopes of removing any barriers that prevent students from using Fulton’s facilities. The move echoes efforts in Gwinnett and Cobb counties and is intended to provide equal access to...
Former Atlanta councilman says catfish profiles are using his images

Former Atlanta councilman says catfish profiles are using his images

By most accounts, Alex Wan is a good-looking guy.  In fact, he might be so good looking that dozens of men around the world want to be him — or at least have his face.  Images of the former Atlanta City Councilman and current executive director of Horizons Atlanta are popping up all over social media on the pages of men claiming to be him.  Like Kim Chan Sun. And Wilson B. Larry...
Ex-Georgia Tech fraternity president admits raping girlfriend, sentenced to 20 years

Ex-Georgia Tech fraternity president admits raping girlfriend, sentenced to 20 years

A former Georgia Tech fraternity president pleaded guilty to rape Friday, more than two years after police say he sexually assaulted his ex-girlfriend on her 21st birthday, The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office said in a release detailing the sex crime.  Christian Kahf’s ex-girlfriend told police he raped her at least seven times over the course of their relationship, Fulton...
Weekend weather and events in DeKalb County: Expect cloudy skies

Weekend weather and events in DeKalb County: Expect cloudy skies

Channel 2 Action News meteorologists are expecting a cloudy weekend in DeKalb County. There is a 20 percent chance of rain, with temperatures likely climbing to 86 degrees and a low of 71 degrees. Check out some art?  A little comedy? The weather should be about the same as Friday. Special access to Fernbank Teach the kids togetherness? The chance of rain and thunderstorms increases to 40 percent...
Delta relaunches Atlanta-Shanghai flights

Delta relaunches Atlanta-Shanghai flights

With a lion dance on Concourse F of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Delta Air Lines on Friday welcomed passengers onto the first flight of its relaunched route from Atlanta to Shanghai. It’s the third time Atlanta-based Delta has tried the route, after previous attempts in 2008 and 2010 failed to attract enough passengers. This time, Delta hopes a close partnership with China...
How Paul Johnson (and TaQuon Marshall) see the new redshirt rule

How Paul Johnson (and TaQuon Marshall) see the new redshirt rule

Support for the new NCAA rule regarding redshirting was a no-brainer for Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson and his ACC coaching colleagues. In June, the NCAA enacted a rule change regarding redshirting – players can play up to four games in a season and still use a redshirt. Previously, if a player was on the field for one play, that constituted use of one of his four seasons of eligibility. At...
North Fulton weekend weather & events: Storms could be on the way

North Fulton weekend weather & events: Storms could be on the way

It should be dry for your Friday drive home, but storms could be on the way. Channel 2 Action News meteorologists are projecting scattered storms beginning Saturday and possibly lasting through next Thursday. Temperatures will range between the 70s and 80s. The storms are moving into metro Atlanta from the Midwest. Wind gusts could get up to 60 mph. Friday: This might be your only time this weekend...
Cobb weather and events: Expect cloudy sunsets and some rain

Cobb weather and events: Expect cloudy sunsets and some rain

This weekend may not be the one to try your hand at sunset photography. Expect, at least, signs of afternoon and evening storms, said Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Katie Walls. Other than maybe get rained on, here’s what else you can do in Cobb County this weekend. Friday: A thunderstorm system from the Midwest will move toward northwest Georgia on Friday night, Walls said. It&rsquo...
7 Atlanta places where you can comfortably enjoy the rain

7 Atlanta places where you can comfortably enjoy the rain

When there’s a lot of rain in the forecast, sometimes it’s tempting to just curl up at home with a good movie without even looking outside. However, there are plenty of places around Atlanta where you can watch the rain yet stay comfortably warm and dry. Dancing Goats Coffee Bar: With plenty of chairs and ceiling-to-floor windows, it’s easy to recline, sip some coffee...
Weekend weather and events in Gwinnett County: Expect cloudy skies

Weekend weather and events in Gwinnett County: Expect cloudy skies

Expect a dry and cloudy commute home this afternoon, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologists. Only a 20 percent chance of rain on Friday, with temperatures reaching a high of 86 degrees and a low of 71 degrees. Don’t feel like cooking? Head to downtown Duluth for their food truck Friday. Get creative at the Infinite Energy Center’s The Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. Tickets...
Gwinnett schools, Atlanta food bank partner to feed minds, bodies

Gwinnett schools, Atlanta food bank partner to feed minds, bodies

Summer break can mean lazy days of sleeping in and hanging out by the pool for many students, but for some, it means a lack of nourishment for the body and for the mind. To combat this “summer slide,” as it is often referred to, Gwinnett County Public Schools and the Atlanta Community Food Bank have partnered to bring books, snacks and meals to kids who receive free or reduced-priced lunch...
Police: Person of interest sought in Walmart assault for sucker-punching shopper

Police: Person of interest sought in Walmart assault for sucker-punching shopper

Police are searching for a person of interest in an assault at a Covington Walmart where a man said he was sucker-punched. The shopper said the person of interest approached him in a aisle and asked his if he was “looking for something with sugar” before striking him from behind, according to the Covington police incident report obtained by The AJC.com. The person of interest allegedly...
After 73 years, World War II prisoner of war receives recognition

After 73 years, World War II prisoner of war receives recognition

During World War II, Ralph G. Rumsey of Woodstock was a prisoner of war in Germany for six months. After struggling with his wartime experiences for 73 years, he’s been awarded a Prisoner of War Medal, gaining the recognition he thought might never come.  At 96, Rumsey said he’s finally feeling some sense of closure. He’s not satisfied yet, however; now, he wants to put the...
Atlanta United flattered by Miami interest in VP

Atlanta United flattered by Miami interest in VP

Though Miami’s interminable search for a stadium is ongoing, the hopeful MLS expansion club is reportedly trying to hire Paul McDonough, vice president of Atlanta United. Five Stripes president Darren Eales, in a statement from the club, said Miami’s interest in McDonough is a “positive reflection of the club,” but pointed out that McDonough is under contract through 2022...
Happy 5th birthday, Prince George! Kate Middleton, Prince William share sweet photo of oldest son

Happy 5th birthday, Prince George! Kate Middleton, Prince William share sweet photo of oldest son

Someone looks very happy to be turning 5. Kensington Palace shared an adorable photo of a smiling Prince George, the oldest child of Britain's Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, on Saturday, one day before the pint-sized royal's birthday. "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to share a new photograph of Prince George to mark his fifth birthday – thank you...
Remains of woman missing since 2016 found in Washington state

Remains of woman missing since 2016 found in Washington state

The remains of a Washington state woman who was missing for years was found near Snohomish in May this year, King County sheriff’s officials said Thursday.  The remains have been identified as Jamie Haggard. Haggard was reported missing in June 2016.  Officials said the remains were found near Downes Road and Fales Road on May 9. Deputies said a crew cleaning up roadside...
Veteran's American flag stolen; now a heartbreaking plea to get it back

Veteran's American flag stolen; now a heartbreaking plea to get it back

The sign says, “Please return my flag, sentimental to me. I brought it back from Iraq. The bottom four stripes have my buddy’s blood on them.”  “This was very important to him,” said Kim Phillips, who lives in Tacoma, Washington. She said veteran Nolan Gomez, also of Tacoma, was doing some yard work when someone stole his American flag.  The flag usually...

Cobb County restaurant inspection scores

Cobb County • Food Big Apple, 2727 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 80/B • McDonald’s, 5145 Cowan Road, Acworth. 85/B • Paleteria La Delicia, 1869 Cobb Parkway, Marietta. 91/A • Tapestry at the Old Mill, 4271 Southside Drive, Acworth. 100/A
Gridlock Guy: Our city’s parking problems are a reflection of our traffic woes

Gridlock Guy: Our city’s parking problems are a reflection of our traffic woes

Atlanta gets more flack than Roberta about how slow its traffic moves. While rush hour, lack of mass transit, and often just plain sloppy organization with big events are killing drivers softly with a very slow song, another vehicular problem needs consideration. Businesses, organizations, and cities need to do better with how they handle parking. » RELATED: Metro Atlanta's 10 most consistently...

Cherokee County restaurant inspection scores

Cherokee County • Arby’s, 1461 Riverstone Parkway, Canton. 87/B • Bojangles, 1665 Ball Ground Highway, Canton. 91/A • Five Guys, 1359 Riverstone Parkway, Canton. 99/A • Hong Kong City, 12050 Highway 92, Woodstock. 78/C • Pizza Hut, 12050 Highway 92, Woodstock. 95/A

Fulton County restaurant inspection scores

Fulton County • Church’s Chicken, 860 Bankhead Highway, Atlanta. 92/A • Goldberg’s Bagels and Deli, 1272 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 94/A • Hikari at Johns Creek, 10820 Abbott’s Bridge Road, Johns Creek. 91/A • Johnny’s N.Y. Style Pizza, 5495 Cascade Road, Atlanta. 86/B • Stop Bop Go, 4000 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. 95/A

Coweta County restaurant inspection scores

Coweta County • Big Chic, 7280 E. Highway 16, Senoia. 86/B • Mother’s Kitchen, 33 ½ E. Broad St., Newnan. 99/A • Neighborhood Corner Café, 12 Bonnell St., Newnan. 90/A • O’Charley’s, 545 Bullsboro Drive, Newnan. 87/B • Southern Country Restaurant, 34 Chestlehurst Road, Senoia. 95/A

Opinion: Putin speaks code. Does Trump understand?

Back when word first leaked that Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and Donald Trump Jr. had met with a Russian lawyer and others offering dirt on Hillary Clinton, President Trump seemed to think he was supplying an exculpatory cover story. Flying home from Germany on Air Force One, Trump reportedly instructed Don Jr. to claim that he and the Kremlin-linked lawyer had “primarily discussed a program...

Opinion: The GOP’s War on the Poor

Four years ago, on the 50th anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty, House Republicans led by Paul Ryan issued a report declaring that war a failure. Poverty, they asserted, hadn’t fallen. Therefore, they concluded, we must slash spending on the poor. Last week, Donald Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers issued a new report on poverty, recognizing what most experts in the...

Newton County restaurant inspection scores

Newton County • Bojangles, 5156 Highway 278, Covington. 83/B • Butcher Block Deli, 6171 Highway 278, Covington. 96/A • Gwen’s Island Diner, 7100 Washington St., Covington. 97/A • Ms. Pearl’s BBQ, 3730 Salem Road, Covington. 91/A • Subway, 13015 Brown Bridge Road, Covington. 100/A
Boat breaks free, crashes onto truck towing it, officials say

Boat breaks free, crashes onto truck towing it, officials say

A large boat broke free from its trailer Saturday and landed on top of the truck towing it.  Rescue crews responded to the unusual scene at 5:38 p.m. to secure the boat and treat victims for injuries, the Union Hill Fire Department said on Facebook.  The victims, whose identities were not released, were treated at the scene.
1 dead, suspect in custody when hostage situation unfolds at Los Angeles Trader Joe’s, officials say

1 dead, suspect in custody when hostage situation unfolds at Los Angeles Trader Joe’s, officials say

A man crashed a car and ran into a Los Angeles grocery store Sunday afternoon and took hostages during a standoff with police, authorities said.  The man was taken into custody after a tense standoff with police. A hostage was killed during the incident, the Associated Press reported.  The incident started with the shooting of an older and younger woman in a residential area around 1:30...
Trump Chicken balloon to fly in San Francisco Sunday

Trump Chicken balloon to fly in San Francisco Sunday

Move over Baby Trump balloon, an inflatable Trump Chicken is already making appearances in America. The 33-foot tall inflatable caricature of President Donald Trump will be seen Sunday when it’s attached to a boat and sails along the shores of San Francisco. The chicken, dressed in a shirt with “Prisoner 45” emblazoned across it, first floated April 15, 2017, at the San Francisco...
Atlanta United’s Barco out as disciplinary measure

Atlanta United’s Barco out as disciplinary measure

Ezequiel Barco committed an act of indiscipline, which is why he was left out of the 18 for Saturday’s 3-1 win against D.C. United, according to Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino. Martino wouldn’t say what Barco did, but that it wasn’t related to on-field performance.  Barco will not play against Montreal on July 28. Martino said he’s not sure when Barco will next...
11-year-old graduates Florida college 

11-year-old graduates Florida college 

When William Maillis was 2-years-old, he learned simple mathematical equations. At 4 he was on to algebra. He was declared a genius when he was 5 by an Ohio State University psychologist. At 9, he graduated high school. Maillis, now 11, turned the tassel on his mortarboard Saturday as he graduated with his associates degree from St. Petersburg College. He plans to start on his bachelor’s degree...
Martinez’s three goals lift Atlanta United past D.C. United

Martinez’s three goals lift Atlanta United past D.C. United

Three more goals from Josef Martinez set a new MLS record and lifted Atlanta United to a 3-1 victory over D.C. United on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Martinez has a league-leading 22 goals this season, and the hat trick moved him atop the league’s career list in that category, with six. He accomplished the feat in only 42 games.  Atlanta United, which had an attendance of...
Hawks agree to deal with center Alex Len

Hawks agree to deal with center Alex Len

The Hawks did make a free-agent signing after all. The Hawks have agreed to a deal with free-agent center Alex Len, according to a person familiar with the situation. The deal will be for two years and $8.5 million. The deal, first reported by Yahoo Sports, will be fully guaranteed. The Hawks have not announced the deal. It likely won’t be made official until after the agreed-upon three-team...
Officer killed by suspected drunken driver during funeral escort, Dallas police say

Officer killed by suspected drunken driver during funeral escort, Dallas police say

A 32-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department died early Saturday after he was hit by a suspected drunken driver during a funeral escort, authorities said. Senior Cpl. Earl “Jamie” Givens died early Saturday while he and other officers were escorting the body of Senior Cpl. Tyrone Andrews from Laurel Land Funeral Home to East Texas, police said. Andrews died of cancer, The Dallas...
Offset 'very concerned' about Cardi B and new baby after arrest, says lawyer

Offset 'very concerned' about Cardi B and new baby after arrest, says lawyer

    Rapper Offset is “very concerned” about his wife Cardi B and their new baby after his latest run-in with the law.  » RELATED: Migos rapper Offset arrested for gun possession In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, Offset’s lawyer Drew Findling says the Migos member is thinking of his family during their difficult time. “He is...
Braves-Nationals game postponed; makeup date TBD

Braves-Nationals game postponed; makeup date TBD

Saturday’s Braves-Nationals game was postponed because of inclement weather, the Nationals announced roughly five hours before the scheduled 7:05 p.m. start. Sean Newcomb was set to face Gio Gonzalez in the second meeting of a three-game set. The Braves won Friday night 8-5, behind an offensive outburst from leadoff man Ronald Acuna. Mike Foltynewicz is scheduled to oppose Max Scherzer in the...
Men accused of stealing $8M in rare books, items from Pittsburgh library

Men accused of stealing $8M in rare books, items from Pittsburgh library

Two men are facing charges of stealing or damaging more than $8 million in rare books and materials from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh over more than two decades. Investigators on Friday charged Greg Priore and John Schulman with the crimes, alleging the two men worked together to remove the items from the Oliver Room.  According to the criminal complaint, Priore worked as the manager and...
Officers responding to noise complaint end up in dance-off with kids

Officers responding to noise complaint end up in dance-off with kids

Barnstable police officers found themselves in an unexpected competition on Thursday while responding to a noise complaint. The department posted a video on their Facebook page of an impromptu dance-off that the officers had with children after responding to the complaint on Spring Street in Hyannis. Raphael Morales sent in the video. He said a noise complaint had been sent in to police...
Hawks waive Antonius Cleveland

Hawks waive Antonius Cleveland

The Hawks waived Antonius Cleveland on Saturday. Cleveland had a non-guaranteed contract worth $1.378 million. The move will help the Hawks complete the three-team trade with the Thunder and 76ers agreed upon Thursday involving Dennis Schroder. Cleveland appeared in four games with the Hawks last season. The guard averaged 3.3 points and 1.0 rebounds in 10.4 minutes. He also was a part of the Hawks&rsquo...
WATCH: Jonathan Ledbetter explains how Kirby Smart makes Georgia football recruiting special

WATCH: Jonathan Ledbetter explains how Kirby Smart makes Georgia football recruiting special

ATLANTA — Georgia football sits No. 8 in the current 2019 team recruiting rankings, though this hardly appears to be an off year. The Bulldogs lead the nation with three 5-star commits. Their ranking is more a byproduct of having just 12 players in the class (as of July 21) while temporary No. 1 Alabama has used up 20 commits. Georgia, clearly, is a safe bet for another...
Toddler drowns in babysitter's pool, twin brother hospitalized, deputies say

Toddler drowns in babysitter's pool, twin brother hospitalized, deputies say

A young girl drowned and her twin brother was hospitalized Friday after they were found in a swimming pool while staying with a babysitter in Tennessee, according to Knox County sheriff’s deputies. The children, who were identified only as nearly 2-year-old twins, were staying at a home on Fox Lonas Road in West Knox County when the incident happened, deputies said. Their babysitter told authorities...
Marine son stationed overseas surprises firefighter father for his birthday

Marine son stationed overseas surprises firefighter father for his birthday

A Marine stationed in Norway traveled around the globe to surprise his father in South Carolina on his birthday. The two reunited in an emotional moment at Friday’s celebration for Perry Clanton, an assistant volunteer fire chief, in Lancaster, South Carolina. Family and friends gathered for the occasion at the Buford Fire and Rescue building. Clanton thought he was doing an interview with WSOCTV...
Captain said not to worry about life jackets before deadly duck boat crash, survivor says

Captain said not to worry about life jackets before deadly duck boat crash, survivor says

A woman who lost nine family members when a duck boat capsized in Missouri’s Table Rock Lake on Thursday said the captain of the boat told passengers not to worry about life jackets before the accident. Tia Coleman was one of the 11 members of the Coleman family to board the duck boat Thursday, according to WXIN-TV. She told the TV station that she and her nephew were the only survivors of their...
Trump: NFL players should be suspended for kneeling during anthem

Trump: NFL players should be suspended for kneeling during anthem

President Donald Trump said Friday that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem should be suspended as team owners and the NFL Players Association agreed to halt the enforcement of rules regarding the new national anthem policy. Team owners approved the policy in May. It would require players to stand during the anthem or stay in the locker room or off-field while it’s being played...
Police say man went on date with woman, stole her car, went to movie with other woman

Police say man went on date with woman, stole her car, went to movie with other woman

A Memphis man is accused of going out on a date with a woman, then stealing her car and using it to go out on a date to a drive-in movie with another woman.     » RELATED: Suspect in alleged stolen vehicle hits several cars in Atlanta -          Kelton Griffin, 21, is accused of playing the dual roles...
Heart doctor for former President H.W. Bush killed in bicycle drive-by shooting 

Heart doctor for former President H.W. Bush killed in bicycle drive-by shooting 

A cardiologist who treated former President George H.W. Bush was shot and killed Friday in a bicycle drive-by shooting near Texas Medical Center in Houston. >> Read more trending news  Police said Dr. Mark Hausknecht, 65, was riding his bicycle near Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women just before 9 a.m. on Friday when he was shot by another bicyclist going in the other direction, ...
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