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Years later, Marine families bear scars of poisoning at Camp Lejeune

Life was about to take a sudden, shattering turn as Paula Twitty Bushman stood in her green, dress uniform of the U.S. Marine Corps, ready for another day in traffic court at Camp Lejeune. The young Marine was a paralegal and four months pregnant. Suddenly, she felt discomfort below her waist and saw blood running down her leg and onto her black patent-leather shoes. A colonel at the court saw a burst...


16th Street Baptist Church: Site of tragedy galvanized a movement

16th Street Baptist Church: Site of tragedy galvanized a movement

The importance of the 16th Street Baptist Church in the annals of African-American history can’t be overestimated. Not only was it the first black church to organize in Birmingham, Ala., it was the target in 1963 of the racially motivated bombing that killed four young girls and galvanized the civil rights movement. As a kid growing up in Philadelphia, the Rev. Arthur Price Jr. often heard bits...
CDC seeks new labs for bioterror pathogens to replace aging facility

CDC seeks new labs for bioterror pathogens to replace aging facility

ATLANTA - Inside a complex of special government labs, scientists in full-body protective suits work with some of the world's deadliest pathogens: Ebola, smallpox and certain strains of bird flu. Many of the organisms have no treatment or vaccine, so the labs housed in this facility on the sprawling campus of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are equipped with extensive safety features...
A lesson from 1969: The price paid for a high school protest

A lesson from 1969: The price paid for a high school protest

Jack Kingston, the former Georgia congressman, was going on about how high school students who had survived the massacre down in Florida were being hijacked by lefties. Others were postulating that their anti-gun messages were far too well-crafted to be coming out of the mouths of mere teenagers – surely, these were planted “crisis actors.” Still more thought it was just unseemly...
Hawks view Antonius Cleveland as long-term prospect

Hawks view Antonius Cleveland as long-term prospect

Hawks rookie guard Antonius Cleveland is scheduled to be cleared for on-court activities early next week. The Hawks plan to sign him to a second 10-day contract when his current one expires and, if all goes well, eventually offer him a contract for next season.  Following that plan the Hawks at minimum would get to work with Cleveland through the end of this season, at Summer League and at 2018-19...
Georgians reflect on Billy Graham’s legacy, how he touched their lives

Georgians reflect on Billy Graham’s legacy, how he touched their lives

The Rev. Billy Graham preached the gospel to the world for more than six decades, attracting millions to his crusades and captivating millions more on the radio and television. Georgia residents have been among the thousands of people sharing how Graham touched their lives, from his example as a gracious man of God to being the faith leader who turned them into believers.    The responses...
Police: DeKalb father, 2 Atlanta drivers were random shooting victims

Police: DeKalb father, 2 Atlanta drivers were random shooting victims

In less than four hours, an Atlanta man fired shots at three separate drivers, killing a father in front of his family and injuring two others, according to investigators. Then, he allegedly spray-painted his stolen SUV to disguise it. Early Friday, DeKalb County police arrested Mikeal Demond Callaway and charged him with murder, eluding police, reckless driving and speeding, jail records showed....
Flu season showing first signs of slowing down 

Flu season showing first signs of slowing down 

Flu activity remains widespread, but there are signs this brutal flu season may beginning to wane.  As of the week ending Feb. 17, the Georgia Department of Public Health said 11.9 percent of patient visits to doctors were for the flu, down from 15.2 percent of patient visits the week before. The number of new flu-related hospitalizations reported added up to 91, down from 165 during the previous...
Georgia’s ‘Stocking Strangler’ serial killer set for March execution

Georgia’s ‘Stocking Strangler’ serial killer set for March execution

One of Georgia’s most notorious serial killers, Carlton Gary, is scheduled to be executed March 15 for murdering three elderly women in Columbus in the late 1970s. Known as the “Stocking Strangler,” seven deaths were attributed to Gary even though he was ultimately tried for the murders of only three women. For seven months in 1977 and 1978, the murders paralyzed Columbus and terrorized...
28 years after Gwinnett’s last MARTA vote, is another coming? And soon?

28 years after Gwinnett’s last MARTA vote, is another coming? And soon?

Gwinnett County voters could decide this fall whether to join MARTA if the General Assembly approves a transit bill in coming weeks. House Bill 930 would allow 13 metro Atlanta counties to hold transit sales tax votes beginning in 2019. But it includes a special provision allowing Gwinnett to vote on joining MARTA this year. MARTA has been a dirty word in Gwinnett politics for decades, and county...
myAJC: Complete coverage — AJC series on the health of HBCUs

myAJC: Complete coverage — AJC series on the health of HBCUs

For more than a century, historically black colleges and universities have produced a significant portion of the nation's doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs, political and religious leaders. Today, some experts fear one-quarter of those schools could be gone within two decades.
Watch: 9 things to know about Braves’ loss to Astros

Watch: 9 things to know about Braves’ loss to Astros

The Braves lost to the Astros 6-1 Saturday afternoon. But don’t worry, it is very early in spring training. Watch the video above to see 9 things to know from the game. The Braves play the Nationals Sunday at 1 p.m. The Braves open the season March 29 when they host the Phillies.
Braves’ Soroka, Wright amped early, but settle in during spring debuts

Braves’ Soroka, Wright amped early, but settle in during spring debuts

Two of the Braves’ top three pitching prospects made their spring-training debuts Saturday, and both Mike Soroka and Kyle Wright came away pleased overall with their performances, despite admittedly feeling some initial nervousness. That was understandable considering it was the first Grapefruit League game for either, and it came against the defending World Series champion Astros, who played...
Braves see this as important spring and year for Swanson

Braves see this as important spring and year for Swanson

Dansby Swanson was the first pick of the June draft less than three years ago, had his picture on billboards and other Braves advertising after just two months in the majors, and had a bobblehead doll featuring his famous “flow” (hair) in his first full season in the majors. So while a year ago no one would’ve anticipated that 2018 spring training would be important for Swanson for...
Nursing home workers arrested in death of WWII veteran

Nursing home workers arrested in death of WWII veteran

Three nursing home employees who were charged in the death of a World War II veteran in their care four years ago are in custody, a DeKalb County sheriff’s spokeswoman said Saturday. Loyce Pickquet Agyeman, 63, was arrested at her Snellville residence Friday, spokeswoman Cynthia Williams said. Agyeman, a licensed nurse practitioner, was released on $10,000 bond. Mable Turman, 62, was arrested...
Acuna shows off considerable power during Saturday batting practice

Acuna shows off considerable power during Saturday batting practice

Before Ronald Acuna made his much-anticipated spring debut Saturday against the Astros, the Braves’ 20-year-old phenom demonstrated one of the five tools that’s helped make him the consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball. Power hitting. Acuna went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts during the 6-1 loss to the Astros at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, but few who were in attendance for batting practice...
BET starts production of ‘The Bobby Brown Story’ biopic in Atlanta

BET starts production of ‘The Bobby Brown Story’ biopic in Atlanta

Woody McClain played Bobby Brown for “The New Edition Story” and is now shooting “The Bobby Brown Story.” CREDIT: (left) BET and (right) album cover Posted Saturday, February 24, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog BET, riding off the success of 2017’s “The New Edition Story” miniseries, is working...
Gohara at least a week behind, but Braves won’t need 5th starter early

Gohara at least a week behind, but Braves won’t need 5th starter early

Luiz Gohara’s strained groin already has put the hefty left-hander at least a week behind other Braves pitchers, and it’s uncertain when the rookie will make his spring-training debut. Manager Brian Snitker said Saturday that the Braves plan to start Julio Teheran on Monday against the Nationals, Mike Foltynewicz on Tuesday against the Pirates and Brandon McCarthy on Wednesday against...
Another record high set; rain on the way

Another record high set; rain on the way

Today: Clouds and sun. High: 79 Tonight: More clouds. Low: 62 Tomorrow: Rain. High: 70 The weather Saturday in metro Atlanta broke new ground again. The temp hit 79, just passing the mark of 78 set last year,  Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Katie Walls said. The 79 reading is 20 degrees above the average temp for this date. Rain is expected to break the warmer-than-usual pattern soon. ...
Atlanta Motor Speedway moves up start time of Sunday’s race

Atlanta Motor Speedway moves up start time of Sunday’s race

With rain forecast for race day, Atlanta Motor Speedway officials announced an hour earlier start time for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. The scheduled drop of the green flag is now 1 p.m., as opposed to the original 2 p.m. start time. That subsequently moves up the scheduled start time for all the pre-race events. Gates will open now at 9 a.m., with the Chris Janson pre-race concert...

7A basketball: Predictability to give way to blockbusters

Two rounds are done in the state basketball tournament, and now it’s about to get interesting in Class AAAAAAA. Rounds one and two have been predicable. This blog correctly forecast seven of the eight quarterfinalists in both the boys and girls brackets. That’s a testament to predictability, not the predictor.  The boys’ elite eight is a quartet of blockbusters and looks like...
Delta ending discount for NRA members

Delta ending discount for NRA members

Delta Air Lines announced Saturday it is ending a discount for National Rifle Association members. Atlanta-based Delta said it is ending its contract for discounted rates through the airline’s group travel program. “We will be requesting that the NRA remove our information from its website,” Delta said in a written statement. The move comes as some other businesses break ties with...
Who won ‘The Rap Game’ season four?

Who won ‘The Rap Game’ season four?

Posted Saturday, February 24, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com o n his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog In a season where the kids often struggled in their pursuit to become stars, Jermaine Dupri gave the fourth season crown of “The Rap Game” to the delightfully fun Street Bud from Atlanta. This is the second time in four seasons Dupri has chosen a hometown...

What covering the 2017 NRA convention was like

Last year’s National Rifle Association convention brought 80,000 people to downtown Atlanta, and on opening day I interviewed some of the nicest people I’d ever met . Given the heated protests that preceded the April 2017 event at the Georgia World Congress Center and the “fake news media” narrative some have embraced, I...

Opinion: Why HBCUs were worth exploring

I didn’t attend an HBCU, but I grew up surrounded, impressed and humbled by their alumni, legacy and history. So I’ve followed with interest The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s recently concluded series on historically black colleges and universities. Given my life’s journey, I can see why this reporting was both important, and why it would be misunderstood, and even reviled...

Editorial: Voices on gun violence

The passage of a little more than a week has not lessened the intensity of renewed national debate over gun violence that gained momentum after the killings of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Some students at the school have gained worldwide attention for their continuing forcefulness in demanding change, including better treatment for mental illness and new laws...

Opinion: On the record

From a letter to the AJC by Spelman College President Mary Schmidt Campbell: According to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), 70 percent of all Black dentists and doctors, 50 percent of Black engineers and public school teachers, and 35 percent of Black lawyers are graduates of HBCUs. Were it not for HBCUs, this country would be hard-pressed to point to Black graduates in the STEM field. HBCUs have...
Biss brings Beethoven sonatas to Symphony Hall

Biss brings Beethoven sonatas to Symphony Hall

It’s understandable if Jonathan Biss becomes known as “the Beethoven guy.” The 37-year-old pianist has made a name for himself by performing and recording Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas, solo pieces that span Beethoven’s entire compositional career. Biss is in the midst of a multi-year performance series of the full cycle at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago. He ends...
Author Events Feb. 25-March 3

Author Events Feb. 25-March 3

Four Women: A Poetry Event featuring Erin Claridy, Theresa Davis, Nikki Gray, and Ashlee Haze. To celebrate Black History Month, and inspired by the work of singer-songwriter and social activist Nina Simone, four poets will add their voices to hers—challenging perceptions, defying conventions, and owning their womanhood. 7:15 p.m. Feb. 26. Readings. Free. Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore...
Lammers invited to pre-draft showcase

Lammers invited to pre-draft showcase

Georgia Tech center Ben Lammers has been invited to the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, a pre-draft showcase event, according to coach Josh Pastner. The tournament brings together 64 college seniors to perform before scouts from the NBA and international leagues. Six players that took part in the 2017 tournament were later selected in the NBA draft. Pastner said he advised Lammers to take part...
Woman was hit by stray bullet as she backed out of her driveway

Woman was hit by stray bullet as she backed out of her driveway

Raven Hicks initially thought injuries she suffered last week were from the windows of her car shattering.  But when she got to the hospital, she found out that wasn’t the case.  “I didn't even know that I had got shot until I got to the hospital, and they did an x-ray,” she told Channel 2 Action News. Hicks was backing out the driveway to her Roswell Road condo when she...
Ten observations from Hawks loss at Pacers

Ten observations from Hawks loss at Pacers

Save for a brief stretch of spirited play early in the fourth quarter, the Hawks had nothing. They were ragged with the ball and the Pacers took advantage with a barrage of steals and transition scores—several times they just plain beat the Hawks back down the floor. By the time the Pacers opened up 23-point lead late midway through the third quarter the Hawks had committed 20 turnovers leading...
Ex-NFL player detained over post showing gun, his high school 

Ex-NFL player detained over post showing gun, his high school 

Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who has struggled with mental health issues after a 2013 bullying scandal that shook the NFL, was taken into Los Angeles police custody Friday after a threatening Instagram post on his account mentioned his former high school and two former NFL teammates. Martin was being questioned by investigators after the post showed a shotgun and referred...
Kyle Busch wins pole for Atlanta’s NASCAR race

Kyle Busch wins pole for Atlanta’s NASCAR race

Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. was the hot topic even as Kyle Busch won the pole Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton. Busch will start in front Sunday in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, the second race of the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup season, after edging Ryan Newman. Busch won the pole with a lap of 184.652 mph. Wallace will start 19th, in the middle of the 36-car field. Much...
The prayers Billy Graham had for Atlanta

The prayers Billy Graham had for Atlanta

A few years before Atlanta hosted the 1996 Olympic Games and decades before the city became the center of filmmaking, home to brand new football and baseball stadiums and a contender for Amazon’s future satellite location, the Rev. Billy Graham recognized the role Atlanta could play on the world stage. “Atlanta seems to be the crossroads of the whole United States,” Graham told a...
How Ben Lammers has dealt with a frustrating season

How Ben Lammers has dealt with a frustrating season

It has not been the season that Ben Lammers hoped, for himself or his team. In his final season, the Georgia Tech center hoped for an NCAA Tournament berth and to be named first-team All-ACC, as well as the league’s defensive player of the year for a second year in a row. The goals were not unreasonable. He was on the preseason All-ACC team. Tech returned three of its top six players from last...
GBI: Woman’s false 911 call led to deadly officer-involved shooting

GBI: Woman’s false 911 call led to deadly officer-involved shooting

An Alabama woman called in a false report that led to a deadly officer-involved shooting last month in northwest Georgia, the GBI said Friday.  Dorothy Marie Gass, 65, was charged with one misdemeanor count of false report of a crime nearly two months after the fatal Walker County shooting, GBI spokesman Greg Ramey said in a statement.  Gass surrendered at the Walker County jail, but she...
Henry County shows its basketball prowess with 3 boys teams in QF for first time

Henry County shows its basketball prowess with 3 boys teams in QF for first time

Boys basketball in Henry County has been on the rise this decade, and it reached new heights this week.   Dutchtown, Stockbridge and Eagle’s Landing Christian all advanced to the boys’ state quarterfinals for the first time on Thursday night.   Dutchtown, the surprise winner of the Region 4-AAAAA tournament earlier this month, defeated Statesboro 75-73 in double overtime on Thursday...
Back to the future: Electric vehicles date back to the 1930s at UPS

Back to the future: Electric vehicles date back to the 1930s at UPS

UPS is adding another 50 electric delivery trucks to its “rolling laboratory” fleet of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. But Sandy Springs-based UPS has had decades of experience with electric trucks, pre-dating the latest resurgence of electric vehicles. Here’s what UPS electric trucks looked like in the 1930s, 1980s and today.
Cops: Pizza store owner, upset about flyers, rammed into rival with car

Cops: Pizza store owner, upset about flyers, rammed into rival with car

An East Point restaurant owner was denied bond Friday after authorities said he threatened a rival owner last month and then rammed his vehicle — all over pizza flyers. Clayton County authorities said Hamayan Rashid acted on his words after repeatedly threatening Prime Pizza owner Shaikh Ahmed and removing his rival’s flyers.  “He said, ‘I’m a dangerous...
Falcons pick up a seventh-round draft pick

Falcons pick up a seventh-round draft pick

The Falcons have gained a seventh-round draft pick, the NFL announced Friday. A total of 32 compensatory choices were awarded to 15 teams. Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents (“CFA”) than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.  The Falcons lost Patrick DiMarco, Tom Compton...
Person killed in shooting at DeKalb hotel; 1 detained

Person killed in shooting at DeKalb hotel; 1 detained

One person has been killed at a hotel near Stone Mountain, according to DeKalb County police. Police responded to the fatal shooting at the Haven Hotel in the 4800 block of Memorial Drive. A person has been detained and police are trying to determine what role that person played in the shooting, spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said. “We are looking to see if anyone else is involved,” she said...
Police: Man fired shots into home with children inside

Police: Man fired shots into home with children inside

Authorities have arrested an Atlanta man who had been on the run since 2016 after he allegedly fired a gun into a home where children were present. Jacques Demond Murray, 30, was booked into the Fulton County jail Friday on two counts of aggravated assault, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and seven counts of third-degree cruelty to children. Police had been searching for...
Georgia bill aims to keep guns from mentally ill — critics say it won’t

Georgia bill aims to keep guns from mentally ill — critics say it won’t

A new Republican House bill, purported to make it harder for mentally ill people in Georgia to have access to guns, would do little to prevent them from obtaining firearms, judges and law enforcement officials said. Under Georgia law, the names of those committed to hospitals for mental health treatment or to address alcohol or drug addictions are removed from the national firearms database five years...
Engineering firm shows students how lessons apply in real world

Engineering firm shows students how lessons apply in real world

A primary focus of today’s school systems is educating students with an eye toward career goals, so engaging private businesses is key. A recent outing sponsored by Columbia Engineering, a community partner with nearby Coleman Middle School, shows why. It gave a group of eighth-graders what teacher LaShandia Hill called “a true ‘day in the life’ experience. They get the chance...
Black women meet in Atlanta to discuss future of their political power

Black women meet in Atlanta to discuss future of their political power

Emboldened by their strong showing in Alabama’s special election that sent the first Democrat to the U.S. Senate in more than 50 years, black women converged on Atlanta this weekend to study how to further pool their political power. They talked about replicating the Alabama results in Georgia, where former state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams is running for governor. If elected, she would...
Braves pitchers impressive until sloppy eighth inning of loss to Mets

Braves pitchers impressive until sloppy eighth inning of loss to Mets

Six Braves pitchers threw a two-hit shutout and had a 2-0 lead in their Grapefruit League opener Friday against the Mets ... until the eighth inning. That’s when, as manager Brian Snitker aptly put it, “Spring training broke out.” Miguel Socolovich’s bid for a bullpen job got off to a rocky start when he was charged with all the runs in the eighth inning of the Braves&rsquo...
$2M-plus drug bust called ‘game-changer’ in Georgia

$2M-plus drug bust called ‘game-changer’ in Georgia

In what one official called “a game-changer,” about $2 million in heroin as well as methamphetamine and cash was found in Gwinnett County, authorities said Friday. A traffic stop Feb. 20 by the Georgia State Patrol led to police dogs finding drugs in the car, officials said at a news conference. They seized about $200,000 in cash and half a kilogram of heroin. That led them to a stash...
Hartsfield-Jackson restricts late-night access

Hartsfield-Jackson restricts late-night access

Hartsfield-Jackson International announced it will soon begin restricting access to the airport between the hours of 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Starting March 2, the world’s busiest airport said access to the terminals, parking decks, SkyTrain and rental car center during that overnight period will be restricted to ticketed airline passengers; people meeting, accompanying or assisting passengers;...
Braves’ starting pitching remains their biggest question (again)

Braves’ starting pitching remains their biggest question (again)

It might be difficult to remember, given the blinding carnage we’ve witnessed over the past three seasons of this rebuild. (”Rebuild”: a Latin word meaning, “Do you have a new roster? I haven’t updated mine in the past 12 seconds.”). But there was a time when the Braves could wrap their golden arms around their pitching staff. Theirs was a staff of strikeouts...
Racing needs more personality? What about Brad Keselowski?

Racing needs more personality? What about Brad Keselowski?

First, before we even get to Brad Keselowski’s underappreciated pizazz, his return to Atlanta Motor Speedway, where last year he hit all lights just right, and his various thoughts on saving stock-car racing as we know it, there’s the matter of his collusion with the self-driving car. It’s right there in his blog, the confession that he, an ultimate symbol of man’s dominion...
DeKalb CEO focuses on water billing, but complaints persist

DeKalb CEO focuses on water billing, but complaints persist

More than a dozen speakers at a recent DeKalb Board of Commissioners meeting made their point clear: The county still has a problem with inaccurate, exorbitant water bills. Some spoke of charges that seemingly skyrocketed overnight, others of being billed for water consumption at empty houses. “I don’t know how much longer we have to endure this, but there should be some kind of fix to...
The unlikely greatness of Tech distance runner Nahom Solomon

The unlikely greatness of Tech distance runner Nahom Solomon

Nahom Solomon is grateful, and he has reason to be. On his life’s course, decisions and turns – some of them his own, some beyond his control – have led him to the highest tier of Georgia Tech’s distance-running realm. A senior, he will graduate in May with a computer-engineering degree and will have competitive eligibility that will enable him to earn a master’s. &ldquo...
1 dead in double stabbing at Massachusetts library

1 dead in double stabbing at Massachusetts library

A 22-year-old woman is dead after a double stabbing Saturday at a public library in Massachusetts. Winchester police tell Boston 25 News they were called to the Winchester Public Library just after 10:30 a.m. When police arrived, they found a female and an elderly man both suffering from stab wounds, Boston25News reported. >> Read more trending news  Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan...
Florida man accused of burglary, sexual battery on sleeping woman, police say

Florida man accused of burglary, sexual battery on sleeping woman, police say

Police arrested a Florida man Monday after he allegedly broke into a sleeping woman’s home and committed sexual battery. Officers responded to an apartment in an undisclosed West Palm Beach neighborhood about 5 a.m.  Feb. 19 when a woman called and said she woke up to a man kneeling at the foot of her bed and touching her genital area, according to the arrest report. >> Read more...
Terminally ill teen dies weeks after marrying high school sweetheart

Terminally ill teen dies weeks after marrying high school sweetheart

Dustin Snyder, the terminally ill teen who fulfilled his dying wish of marrying his high school sweetheart in January, has died after a battle with a rare form of cancer. The 19-year-old Valrico, Florida native “got his wings” on Friday according to his big sister Brittany Hails.  “I love you Dustin Wade Snyder,” Hails wrote on Facebook, attached to a photo of her...
Emma Chambers, 'Vicar of Dibley' actress, dies at 53

Emma Chambers, 'Vicar of Dibley' actress, dies at 53

British actress Emma Chambers, best known for her role as Alice Tinker on the hit BBC show "The Vicar of Dibley," has died. She was 53. >> Read more trending news  The news of her death was announced Saturday, but the BBC reported that Chambers died Wednesday evening. Chambers died of natural causes, the BBC reported. Chambers was well-respected for her comedic talents. She...
Anesthesia from surgery could cause memory loss, study says

Anesthesia from surgery could cause memory loss, study says

Going under the knife often requires anesthesia, but the medicine could cause moderate memory loss, according to a new report.  Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently conducted a study, published in the Anaesthesia journal, to determine how surgery could affect the cognitive function of middle-aged adults. To do so, they examined 312 individuals who had surgery and...
Police: Teen mother arrested, accused of killing newborn baby

Police: Teen mother arrested, accused of killing newborn baby

A Texas teenage mother was arrested Friday, accused of killing her newborn child earlier this month, police said. Erica Gomez, 17, is accused of stabbing her newborn child, wrapping the infant girl in a bathrobe and hiding the body in a storage shed at a home in the El Paso area, police said. The infant's body was found Feb. 9 by authorities, the El Paso Times reported.  >> Read more...
Crews remove Jeep that fell through ice on New Hampshire lake

Crews remove Jeep that fell through ice on New Hampshire lake

A driver was able to escape after his Jeep fell through thin ice in New Hampshire. A Jeep Liberty fell through the ice on Lake Winnipesaukee last weekend, Boston25News reported. “I would have to say snowmobiles are probably one of the most common things we recover, but unfortunately, anything that doesn't float is susceptible to meeting me at the bottom of the lake," said Tim McDonald. ...
Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes far from satisfied after win at Ole Miss

Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes far from satisfied after win at Ole Miss

Coach Rick Barnes wants to see a championship level of play out of Tennessee, so he certainly wasn’t satisfied with the 73-65 win at Ole Miss on Saturday. “A win is a win this time of year, but we were terrible coming out of the locker room in the second half, and it was the same the other night against Florida,” the coach of the No. 19-ranked Vols (21-7,...
Report: Dan Mullen lands his first 2019 commitment in linebacker Jammal Abrams

Report: Dan Mullen lands his first 2019 commitment in linebacker Jammal Abrams

Dan Mullen had a strong close to the 2018 recruiting cycle, landing a number of high profile signees like Emory Jones and Jacob Copeland. And on Saturday, Mullen landed his first commitment with Florida for the 2019 cycle. Linebacker Jammal Abrams of Birmingham, Ala., became Mullen’s first 2019 commit, as he committed to the Gators, per Blake Alderman of ...
Deep pothole appears to be swallowing Michigan police officer

Deep pothole appears to be swallowing Michigan police officer

Heavy rainfall in Michigan has led to flooding and in some cases, dangerous road conditions. >> Read more trending news  In Grand Blanc Township, a road was temporarily closed Friday due to a culvert washout. To demonstrate just how bad the road conditions were, an officer from the Grand Blanc Township Police Department stood in a deep pothole. The photo from the scene was posted on the...
Perilous times for historically black colleges

Perilous times for historically black colleges

Two years ago, Amelia Smith received the one thing she thought she always wanted – a blue envelope from Spelman College. She had been accepted to what many consider the finest black college in America. Her grandmother went to Spelman. So did her mother. And her aunt. And her sister, who’s a senior there now. So Smith wasn’t surprised when she was accepted, too.  She is just...
Georgia coach Mark Fox goes off again on recruiting scandal: ‘I’m disgusted’

Georgia coach Mark Fox goes off again on recruiting scandal: ‘I’m disgusted’

ATHENS – I was going to ask Mark Fox a basketball question. I swear. It was my turn next on the microphone, and I was going to ask the Georgia coach about using only eight men in his team’s 93-82 win over LSU on Saturday. But then, as is occurring nationally, off-field news got in the way of basketball. ESPN reporter David Hale, who had been dispatched mainly to cover the LSU...
USC snaps Utah’s five-game winning streak

USC snaps Utah’s five-game winning streak

USC released a statement a short while before tipoff that forward Chimezie Metu would play versus Utah. Metu played and he performed well in the 74-58 win. Metu was the first Trojan to score in double figures as USC got off to a quick first-half lead. USC led by as many as 17 points in the first 20 minutes. The Trojans went into the locker room at the half...
WATCH: Kerwin Roach sinks layup in final seconds to send Texas past Oklahoma State

WATCH: Kerwin Roach sinks layup in final seconds to send Texas past Oklahoma State

Texas men’s basketball, shorthanded on Saturday, kept its NCAA Tournament hopes afloat with some last minute heroics vs. Oklahoma State. The Longhorns made their way past the Cowboys in a 65-64 win after point guard Kerwin Roach sunk the go-ahead layup with just 1.2 seconds left on the clock. The win brought Texas to 7-9 in Big 12 play after entering the day tied with...
Michigan State basketball assistant releases statement after being linked to ASM Sports

Michigan State basketball assistant releases statement after being linked to ASM Sports

Michigan State basketball assistant Dwayne Stephens released a statement Saturday afternoon saying he was “confident” he had not committed any NCAA violations. Stephens was linked to the ASM Sports Agency in a Yahoo Sports story about college basketball corruption on Friday. According to the Yahoo report, Stephens received an email from ASM Sports&rsquo...
Georgia slams the door on LSU basketball’s NCAA tourney hopes

Georgia slams the door on LSU basketball’s NCAA tourney hopes

The temporary daydream of an LSU basketball bid to the NCAA tournament was throttled back to reality Saturday afternoon as Georgia dusted the Tigers 93-82 at Stegeman Coliseum. The Tigers hit the road with an opportunity to play their way into the tourney conversation by winning their final three regular-season games. Now it appears that LSU (16-12, 7-9 SEC) will likely need...
WATCH: Miami defeats Boston College on Lonnie Walker step-back

WATCH: Miami defeats Boston College on Lonnie Walker step-back

The Miami Hurricanes basketball program finds itself on the bubble after losing three games in an eight-day span earlier this month, but freshman guard Lonnie Walker IV gave them a major boost against Boston College on Saturday. On the game’s penultimate possession with Miami trailing Boston college 78-76, Walker isolated an Eagles defender and created separation with...
Eight is enough: Georgia plays less players and wallops LSU

Eight is enough: Georgia plays less players and wallops LSU

ATHENS – Mark Fox tweaked his lineup yet again, but this time he also shortened his bench. And, related or not, the result is the Georgia men’s basketball team is still clinging to life as the final week of the regular season arrives. Georgia routed visiting LSU on Saturday, 93-82, leading by as many as 21 points and staying comfortably ahead the entire second half...
Shaq’s son Shareef O’Neal to re-open recruitment after FBI investigation hits Arizona

Shaq’s son Shareef O’Neal to re-open recruitment after FBI investigation hits Arizona

Elite forward prospect Shareef O’Neal has de-committed from Arizona in the wake of reports that Arizona’s Sean Miller was caught on tape discussing a $100,000 payment with an agent. Miller hasn’t yet been fired, but it may only be a matter of time before the school takes action. He will not coach Saturday’s game against Oregon. O’Neal, son of...
Arizona uncertainty prompts Shareef O’Neal, son of Shaq, to de-commit

Arizona uncertainty prompts Shareef O’Neal, son of Shaq, to de-commit

The dominoes around Arizona’s basketball program continue to fall in the wake of new allegations involving coach Sean Miller and freshman star Deandre Ayton. The latest is the loss of a prized recruit for 2019. Shareef O’Neal is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal. A 4-star power forward, the 6-foot-9 O’Neal is rated by 247Sports as the No...
Texas forward Mo Bamba exits Oklahoma State game because of toe injury, doubtful to return

Texas forward Mo Bamba exits Oklahoma State game because of toe injury, doubtful to return

Texas freshman forward Mo Bamba exited the Longhorns’ home game vs. Oklahoma State early on Saturday due to an existing toe injury and is doubtful to return, per the Austin American-Statesman’s Brian Davis. Bamba, who is averaging 13.4 points per game this season, did not return to the court after halftime vs. Cowboys. He entered the game battling a left toe injury...
Sean Miller will not coach Arizona vs. Oregon amid FBI probe, per reports

Sean Miller will not coach Arizona vs. Oregon amid FBI probe, per reports

Sean Miller will reportedly not coach Arizona on Saturday night against Oregon. He might never coach the Wildcats again after he was reportedly recorded discussing a $100,000 payment to secure the commitment of Arizona freshman Deandre Ayton. Greg Hansen of the Arizona Daily Star first reported the news that Miller would not be on the sidelines Saturday night. An FBI wiretap...
Mark Richt updates Miami’s search for new defensive line coach

Mark Richt updates Miami’s search for new defensive line coach

The Miami Hurricanes were put in the unenviable position of needing a new defensive line coach just after National Signing Day when Alabama hired away Craig Kuligowski and Miami coach Mark Richt updated where the program was at in the process at an event on Saturday. Earlier in the day, Josh Newberg of 247Sports reported that North Carolina State defensive line coach Kevin...
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