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Shooting raises questions about school safety in metro Atlanta

The morning after 17 people were shot and killed inside a Florida high school, Frances Greene was driving her grandson to school when she said he asked a question. “Will it happen at my school, Nana?,” the boy, a seventh-grader at Gwinnett County’s Moore Middle School, wondered. Will it happen at my school? Are schools and law enforcement doing enough to prevent such tragedies? What...


Hartsfield-Jackson spa plans roiled by dispute with minority partner

Hartsfield-Jackson spa plans roiled by dispute with minority partner

The XpresSpa locations at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport are touted as oases of relaxation, where passengers and off-duty employees can leave behind the grind and relax with a massage or manicure. But, beneath the facade of tranquility, is a nasty, years-long business dispute that has cost the city of Atlanta more than $800,000 in legal fees, according to one estimate. The conflict, between...
Atlanta has doughnuts for days

Atlanta has doughnuts for days

When I was a kid, the only place for doughnuts in my hometown of Bainbridge was a humble spot called Loyless Donuts. On damp, foggy mornings, before the sun could even rise, Loyless was a beacon of warmth. Occasionally, we’d pull in and order a dozen to carry along to work or school. Circles of puffy yeast dough, delicately fried and drizzled with white icing, they were paragons of perfection...
Map: Georgia’s officer-involved shootings under GBI investigation

Map: Georgia’s officer-involved shootings under GBI investigation

Since the beginning of 2018, Georgia has seen 15 officer-involved shootings. Thirteen being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are shown on this map. Among the shootings, nine ended in the death of the suspect and one resulted in the death of a police officer. Three people were shot by law enforcement after pulling out fake guns. For a Q and A on officer-involved shootings, scroll...
Braves’ Swanson: ‘Last year is last year, it’s in the past’

Braves’ Swanson: ‘Last year is last year, it’s in the past’

It didn’t seem like much at the time, but perhaps a strained side muscle that forced Dansby Swanson to miss two weeks of 2017 spring training had residual effects during a season that went awry early for the Braves shortstop. Swanson never used it as an excuse or even mentioned that injury again until he was asked by a reporter Friday whether the early spring incident might’ve contributed...
‘Culture of trust’ allowed top GBI official to spend at will

‘Culture of trust’ allowed top GBI official to spend at will

Sandra Putnam was savvy with computers, having run the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s internet crimes against children unit. She once led the bureau’s financial fraud unit, so she knew accounting. Those skills earned her respect within the GBI and a coveted, elite position in its chain of command, where she earned more than $100,000 a year as an inspector. They also helped her enjoy...
Personal Journeys: Testing Gulshan

Personal Journeys: Testing Gulshan

Across three continents, no amount of tragedy could stop Dr. Gulshan Harjee from following her dream. She persevered through war, illness and a mass shooting that took her husband’s life.
It’s Atlanta’s fault that EPA’s Scott Pruitt flies first-class

It’s Atlanta’s fault that EPA’s Scott Pruitt flies first-class

Turns out you’re why Scott Pruitt, head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, needs to fly first-class. He doesn’t want to -- he has to. Specifically, we’re looking at you, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Politico.com has interviewed Henry Barnet, director of the agency's Office of Criminal Enforcement, who explained that flying first class helped...
Freeman can see clearly now, and the (wrist) pain is gone

Freeman can see clearly now, and the (wrist) pain is gone

Cue the Johnny Nash tune: Freddie Freeman can see clearly now and the pain is gone. The Braves slugger reported to spring training Friday and had all positive news regarding after undergoing Lasik surgery on both eyes in October and spending the winter strengthening the left wrist he broke in May, an injury that landed Freeman on the disabled list for seven weeks and spoiled a career-best, MVP-type...
Large exhibition of ‘Titanic’ fashion on display at Biltmore

Large exhibition of ‘Titanic’ fashion on display at Biltmore

Last year was the 20th anniversary of the 1997 film “Titanic.” The film was rereleased at AMC theater for a week in honor of the anniversary. Now the Biltmore has launched the first large scale exhibition highlighting the fashion of the film. “Glamour on Board: Fashion from Titanic the Movie,” features the costumes worn by Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and other actors. The...
March Sadness? The reckoning for college hoops draws nearer

March Sadness? The reckoning for college hoops draws nearer

On Sunday, the NCAA tournament committee revealed its top 16 seeds. These were merely to stir conversation. Selection Sunday isn’t until March 11, and much will change over the next month. Here, in descending order, were the February Sweet 16: Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, Purdue, Auburn, Kansas, Duke, Cincinnati, Clemson, Texas Tech, Michigan State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio State...
Larry Nassar isn’t the only bad doc at the Tucson pen

Larry Nassar isn’t the only bad doc at the Tucson pen

At Larry Nassar’s new residence – the federal penitentiary in Tucson – he’s not the only inmate with both a medical degree and a horrifying criminal history. Nassar, the doctor who was recently convicted for sexually abusing young gymnasts, is now at the same prison where Dr. Craig A. Morgenstern is serving time for his sex crimes. Morgenstern, who practiced in Washington...
10 years later: Altered test scores altered lives, stained Atlanta schools

10 years later: Altered test scores altered lives, stained Atlanta schools

Beverly Hall burnished her reputation as the make-no-excuses superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools using rapidly rising test scores from schools in the district’s poorest neighborhoods. There was one big problem: The test results were fake. In 2008, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported suspicious scores on the state’s Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, and the AJC bolstered...
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.
Max Fried has eyes on spot in Braves rotation

Max Fried has eyes on spot in Braves rotation

Max Fried went to the Arizona Fall League single-minded in his determination to boost his candidacy for a spot in this year’s Braves starting rotation. And the left-hander reported to spring training this week with that same sense of purpose.  “My goal was to put myself in the best position to try to make the team out of camp,” the rookie left-hander said. “I felt like...
Cartersville driver, 66, throws off the curve at Daytona 500

Cartersville driver, 66, throws off the curve at Daytona 500

The theme for Sunday’s Daytona 500, clearly, is how NASCAR pushed its desperate search for the next new star to the front of the Great American Race. Five of the eight drivers starting in the first four rows are 24 or younger. What is this, a stock-car race or a homecoming parade? Then there’s the fellow starting 40th in the 40-car field, Mark Thompson. As well as being from Cartersville...
Girl, 16, killed when UTV crashes into Georgia lake

Girl, 16, killed when UTV crashes into Georgia lake

A 16-year-old girl was killed when a utility terrain vehicle in which she was riding crashed and went into a lake, authorities said. Kate Jones, 16, of Athens, was submerged when the UTV rolled into the lake on private property, Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry said on Facebook. The incident happened about midnight. A deputy and a firefighter dived into the water, which was about 10 feet deep, and...
A warm and wet weekend is likely

A warm and wet weekend is likely

Today: High: 68 Tonight: Low: 48 Tomorrow: High: 66 Get ready for some springlike weather in metro Atlanta. “It is going to be very, very warm (on Saturday),” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said. By noon, the temp should be at 60 on the way to a high of 68, well above the average of 57 for the date. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"...
Lanier girls 58, Alpharetta 54

Lanier girls 58, Alpharetta 54

The Lanier Lady Longhorns overcame a slow start that saw them in a steep hole early, took control late and fended off the Alpharetta Lady Raiders 58-54 at home on Friday in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA tournament. For the No. 5-ranked Lady Longhorns (23-6), it was their first playoff win in a program history that began the 2010-11 season. As a No. 2 seed from Region 8, they advance to the...
Atlanta home prices up nearly 10 percent in a year

Atlanta home prices up nearly 10 percent in a year

Metro Atlanta home prices jumped 9.9 percent on average during the past year, while the supply of homes for sale crashed to what might be record lows, according to the latest report from the Atlanta Realtors Association. The median sales price last month was $245,000, up from $223,000 in January of last year, the monthly report said. Part of what’s driving the increase is the worsening mismatch...
Atlanta Opera takes a comic turn with ‘Daughter of the Regiment’

Atlanta Opera takes a comic turn with ‘Daughter of the Regiment’

“Dying is easy. Comedy is hard,” or so the famous last words ascribed to English actor Edmund Kean tell us. Making audiences laugh has certainly never been easy, but making them laugh while hitting nine high C’s in a row is just one of the extraordinary challenges of performing in a production of Gaetano Donizetti’s bel canto comedy “The Daughter of the Regiment...
Atlanta homebuilder sells out: Deeper pockets may mean faster growth

Atlanta homebuilder sells out: Deeper pockets may mean faster growth

An aggressive Atlanta homebuilder is selling itself to a Japanese-based company, seeing deeper pockets as the only sure way to grow. FrontDoor Communities, is being acquired by Virginia-based Stanley Martin Communities in a deal whose financial details have not been announced. But Stanley Martin itself sold a controlling interest a year ago to Daiwa House USA, a subsidiary of the leading housing and...
2-year-old boy hit, killed in DeKalb County 

2-year-old boy hit, killed in DeKalb County 

For the second time on Friday, a child was hit and killed in DeKalb County, officials confirmed.  A 2-year-old boy was struck by a car Friday evening on Gresham Road, DeKalb County police spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said. The boy was identified as Jeremiah Givens, according to DeKalb police. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died, she said.  The driver remained on scene. ...
Class 7A Girls: Colquitt County 56, Wheeler 44

Class 7A Girls: Colquitt County 56, Wheeler 44

Defensive persistence and outstanding offensive performances by Colquitt County seniors Diamond Hall and Za’nautica Downs lifted the visiting Packers past Wheeler and onto the second round of the girls Class 7A state playoffs Friday night at Doug Lipscomb Gymnasium.  In the first quarter, Downs and junior teammate Eriyona Stokes each drained three-pointers and were two of the five different...

Jackson-Atlanta 57, Columbia 49

It seemed apparent entering the Class AAAAA state tournament that opponents would try to slow down Jackson-Atlanta guard Marquavis Carter and take their chances with his teammates.  That was exactly what Columbia set out to do in Friday’s first-round matchup at Jackson. The Eagles were able to contain Carter for most of the night, but former teammate T.J. Boykin burned them as Jackson took...

Upson-Lee 65, Northside-Columbus 34

Northside-Columbus played a mighty tough region all season, so the Patriots weren’t going to walk into The Castle and be all but done before tipoff. Northside-Columbus played a mighty tough region all season, so the Patriots weren’t going to walk into The Castle and be all but done before tipoff.  And midway through the first quarter, there was Northside controlling the tempo and...
Siblings from metro Atlanta recount Florida school shooting

Siblings from metro Atlanta recount Florida school shooting

Two Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students originally from metro Atlanta were caught in Wednesday’s school shooting.  Siblings Tyler and Maddy Goodman told Channel 2 Action News they each lost a friend after a gunman killed 17 people inside the Parkland, Fla., school. The suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who faces 17 counts of premeditated murder, had been expelled from the school...
Class 6A Girls: Harrison 79, South Paulding 39

Class 6A Girls: Harrison 79, South Paulding 39

The Harrison girls basketball team took an impressive first step on what it hopes will be the road to a return trip to the state championship game.  The third-ranked Hoyas (23-4) swarmed visiting South Paulding in a 29-5 first quarter and cruised to a 79-39 victory Friday in the first round of the Class AAAAAA tournament.  The victory puts Region 6 champion Harrison, which lost to Mays 52-51...
Josh Okogie playing at All-ACC level

Josh Okogie playing at All-ACC level

Georgia Tech doesn’t have much to celebrate at this point of the season, but what guard Josh Okogie is doing this season hasn’t been done in several years. Entering the Yellow Jackets’ game against Virginia Tech on Saturday at McCamish Pavilion, Okogie is averaging 19.1 points per game. No Tech player has finished a season with a scoring average that high since Matt Harpring in 1997-98...
Atlanta police offer $10,000 reward in man's fatal shooting

Atlanta police offer $10,000 reward in man's fatal shooting

Rodney Ellis was found Jan. 23 with at least three gunshot wounds to the head.  He died three days later at Grady Memorial Hospital. Now authorities are hoping a $10,000 reward from Crimestoppers will help them make an arrest in the unsolved case. “Rodney was a kind soul and very free spirited,” family members wrote on a GoFundMe page. “He was creative in producing music...
So, who’ll hit fourth behind Freeman?

So, who’ll hit fourth behind Freeman?

Braves manager Brian Snitker isn’t sure who’ll bat fourth behind slugger Freddie Freeman this season, but ‘Snit’ sounds certain about not dropping Freeman one spot to hit in that position. All of the lineups Snitker has conjured so far have Freeman remaining in the third spot, the manager said Friday. “Freddie’s still hitting third right now, yeah,” Snitker...
Georgia school legislation could cost millions

Georgia school legislation could cost millions

Two school bills that could channel more than $30 million in state tax dollars to private schools and charter schools next year are moving through the Georgia House of Representatives. House Bill 482 allows parents to opt their children out of public schools and take state money with them. The state funding, typically half the amount it costs to educate a student, could be used instead to offset private...
Student arrested, charged after making threat on school bus

Student arrested, charged after making threat on school bus

A 16-year-old male student faces misdemeanor disorderly conduct, simple assault, and disrupting operation of a public school bus charges after authorities say he yelled a threat on a school bus and said he had a gun, Hall County officials said.  Just after 4 p.m. Thursday, Gainesville police and Hall County sheriff’s deputies responded to a potential threat on a school bus carrying students...
Who’s among the new faces on the Atlanta City Council?

Who’s among the new faces on the Atlanta City Council?

With so many contenders in the 2017 Atlanta mayoral race, a fair amount of City Council seats turned over to new representatives. See who’s returning to the Council get to know the new members and see who was replaced, all listed below. PHOTOS: Find your Council member here, too Moore, a real estate broker and resident of northwest Atlanta's Collier Heights neighborhood, was elected to the City...
Mel Tucker, other Bulldogs assistants, get huge raises

Mel Tucker, other Bulldogs assistants, get huge raises

ATHENS — The run to the national championship game has indeed become a financial boon to the staff of Kirby Smart, whose 10 on-field assistant coaches will earn a combined nearly $2 million more than last year.  The highlights on the new salary pool for the 10 assistants, which is $6.42 million, up from $4.56 million:  Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker has received a raise to $1.5 million...
Bill limiting Georgia Power profits would not apply to Vogtle delays

Bill limiting Georgia Power profits would not apply to Vogtle delays

A newly proposed Senate Bill that would have limited charges on Georgia Power customer bills for the Vogtle nuclear expansion project has been amended, to apply only to future nuclear projects. The amended version of Senate Bill 355, which received unanimous support from members of the Regulated Industries and Utilities committee Thursday, will target projects commissioned after January 1, 2018. The...
Blair nearly 40 pounds lighter, seeks to revitalize career

Blair nearly 40 pounds lighter, seeks to revitalize career

In the first days of Braves spring training, more than one clubhouse visitor wondered aloud who the guy was sitting at Aaron Blair’s locker. It was Blair, or about 85 percent of the guy who used to be him.  Blair has lost nearly 40 pounds since last spring, most of the weight shed during a conditioning program this winter when he worked out daily at SunTrust Park while recovering from a...
Meet your Atlanta City Council members

Meet your Atlanta City Council members

PHOTOS: With so many contenders in the 2017 Atlanta mayoral race, a fair amount of City Council seats turned over to new representatives. See who’s returning to the Council and get to know the new faces. 
Photos: The Braves at spring training

Photos: The Braves at spring training

The Braves continued workouts at spring training in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. on Friday. The first full squad workout is Monday. Click through the photo gallery above to see images from the AJC’s Curtis Compton. See how Dansby Swanson, Freddie Freeman and others look. The Braves play their first spring game on Feb. 23 against the Mets. They open the regular season on March 29 against the Phillies...
Woman suing on discrimination claim: ‘AutoZone didn’t care about me’

Woman suing on discrimination claim: ‘AutoZone didn’t care about me’

A South Georgia woman filed a lawsuit in Atlanta against AutoZone last month claiming she was fired for unlawful discrimination. On Friday, the Thomasville woman released a statement through her Atlanta-based attorney, Ian Smith. She said AutoZone “didn’t seem to care” about her and that no one should have to go through with what she dealt with that day. BACKGROUND | AutoZone...
Bulldogs face Tennessee fresh off big win at Florida

Bulldogs face Tennessee fresh off big win at Florida

It’s a fair question to pose – which Georgia team will show up for its SEC battle Saturday evening against No. 18 Tennessee? Will it be the team that charged back from a seven-point deficit with less than 90 seconds left in regulation to defeat Florida 72-69 in overtime Wednesday in Gainesville?  Or will it be the team that offered lackluster defensive performances in consecutive...
Police: Men may be behind robberies at multiple Starbucks locations

Police: Men may be behind robberies at multiple Starbucks locations

Two brothers accused of robbing a Starbucks in Dunwoody may be responsible for thefts at other locations of the coffeehouse company, police said. Quadir T. Johnson, 28, and Jahmsid N. Johnson, 25, have been charged in connection with a burglary Feb. 6 at the Starbucks in the 4000 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody Sgt. Robert Parsons said. Investigators “quickly realized that...
Bill blocks Georgia cities from outlawing puppy sales at stores

Bill blocks Georgia cities from outlawing puppy sales at stores

The Georgia Senate is considering legislation that would prohibit local governments from regulating the sale of pets. Animal-rights lobbyists say the measure would strip local control from cities that want to crack down on pet sales and encourage adoption instead. Canton became the first city to enact a local ban last year shortly after a puppy mill was discovered in Cherokee County. Senate Agriculture...
Game preview: How Hawks Prince, Collins compare to fellow Rising Stars

Game preview: How Hawks Prince, Collins compare to fellow Rising Stars

What: Rising Stars game,  NBA All-Star weekend When/where: 9 p.m. today, Staples Center TV: TNT Taurean Prince and John Collins will represent the Hawks on the U.S. team against an international team in the Rising Stars challenge. The showcase game during NBA All-Star weekend features 10-man rosters of rookies and second-year players. (Lonzo Ball and Malcolm Brogdon were selected for the...
New Orleans lawyer to lead investigation of Georgia Tech’s Josh Pastner

New Orleans lawyer to lead investigation of Georgia Tech’s Josh Pastner

A New Orleans-based lawyer is leading an investigation into allegations that Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner sexually assaulted an Arizona woman. Tech hired attorney Scott Schneider of the law firm Fisher Phillips to lead the review, announced last week after the woman, Jennifer Pendley, and her boyfriend, Ron Bell, sued Pastner. The coach had earlier sued Pendley and Bell,...
Pair gets prison for stealing guns at 50 metro Atlanta fire stations

Pair gets prison for stealing guns at 50 metro Atlanta fire stations

A Lawrenceville duo will do prison time after breaking into more than 200 vehicles through metro Atlanta, many belonging to firefighters. Ayana Dayshina Forest, 22, and Elisha Howard Ross, 26, had law enforcement agencies from 17 counties on their trail of break-ins and thefts between January and June. Prosecutors in a news release announcing their guilty pleas laid out their process: ...
3 DeKalb Schools lock down in wake of Fla. shooting

3 DeKalb Schools lock down in wake of Fla. shooting

DeKalb County school district officials said several schools were on lockdown Friday for various reasons, in wake of a school shooting in Florida where 17 students and staff were killed. Spokesman Andre Riley said Hambrick Elementary and Stone Mountain High School were put on lockdown for about a half hour Friday morning starting at 9:30 a.m. as police chased a suspect through the area. An hour-long...
Georgia experts to speak at genealogical society March meeting

Georgia experts to speak at genealogical society March meeting

Experts from Georgia Public Library Services and the Atlanta History Center are among the speakers who will take part in the March Seminar/Quarterly Meeting of the Georgia Genealogical Society. The March 17 event, to be held at the Georgia Archives in Morrow, runs from a 9:30 a.m. registration to 4:30 p.m. Speakers include: Angela Stanley, director of the library services’ Georgia HomePLACE...
Officials: N. Fulton student arrested after Snapchat threats 

Officials: N. Fulton student arrested after Snapchat threats 

A metro Atlanta student was arrested Friday after he sent a threatening message on Snapchat, a spokesperson with Fulton County schools said. The male student is 12 years old and attends Sandy Springs Charter Middle School. Donna Lowry with Fulton County schools said he was arrested by Sandy Springs police and is being charged with terroristic threats. Officials did not say exactly what the post said...

Opinion: Planting seeds to nourish Westside

Having not long ago celebrated the birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., his words could not ring more true for me and dozens of other Atlantans in this New Year. Just steps from where Dr. King and his family lived during his final years, and across the street from where Civil Rights leaders met to discuss plans for peaceful protests in the 1960s, I had a dream to open a business that would give...
A second look at Georgia Tech’s loss to Wake Forest

A second look at Georgia Tech’s loss to Wake Forest

A closer inspection of how Georgia Tech lost to Wake Forest Wednesday night. For the “5 observations” story, please read here. 1. With just under seven minutes to play in the first half of Georgia Tech’s 79-62 loss to Wake Forest Wednesday night, the Yellow Jackets had the ball with the chance to take the lead and maybe build some momentum going into the half.  About three...
Healthy Aging: Senior communities take precautions against influenza

Healthy Aging: Senior communities take precautions against influenza

If you’re planning to visit a senior residential community any time soon, there’s a good chance you could be turned away at the entrance or bluntly told not to come at all. With flu season in full swing, assisted living communities around Atlanta have proactive measures in place to protect their high-risk residents. At A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehab properties in Atlanta and Marietta...
Now casting: New Oprah series seeking DJ

Now casting: New Oprah series seeking DJ

Are you ready to make your mark on Atlanta’s film and TV industry? Are you the next Tyler Perry? ATL is in need of young stars. Check out the Peach City’s latest casting call for your chance at fame.  The new drama, created by Mara Brock Akil (“Girlfriends”) and Salim Akil (“Jumping the Broom”) will air on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network according to Variety...
Police: Mother accused of giving child hydrochloric acid, chlorine as autism 'cure'

Police: Mother accused of giving child hydrochloric acid, chlorine as autism 'cure'

An Indianapolis mother is accused of feeding her child a dangerous homemade concoction in an attempt to "cure" the child's autism, police said. The woman's husband claims his wife placed drops of hydrochloric acid and a water purifying solution that contained chlorine into their child's beverage, FOX59 reported. The woman reportedly referred to the mixture as the "miracle mineral...
Man arrested 18th time for indecent exposure, police say

Man arrested 18th time for indecent exposure, police say

A Nebraska man has been arrested for the 18th time for indecent exposure, authorities said. The latest incident took place Thursday at an Omaha food court, KETV reported. >> Read more trending news  Witnesses told KETV that Shawn Noble, 39, was yelling obscenities when he emerged from the food court restroom completely naked. When the property manager ordered him back into the...
Texas man accused of possessing 8,000 hits of LSD

Texas man accused of possessing 8,000 hits of LSD

A Texas man has been accused of possessing 8,000 hits of LSD. Cody Wayne Wahrmund, 31, was indicted Thursday for possession of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison, according to an indictment issued Thursday. A Cedar Park police officer stopped Wahrmund in his vehicle Oct. 1 for a defective rear tail light, according to an arrest affidavit reviewed by...
Woman says she found worm in fish bought at Costco

Woman says she found worm in fish bought at Costco

A Maryland woman says there was a live surprise in a package of fish she purchased at Costco last week. >> Read more trending news  Emily Rhoades Randolph said she purchased a package of fresh cod on Feb. 9 at Costco. On Monday, she recorded video of what appears to be a worm wriggling around a corner of the sealed package and posted it on her Facebook page on Wednesday. The sell-by date...
Australian priest reacts to Parkland shooting with swipe at US on church marquee 

Australian priest reacts to Parkland shooting with swipe at US on church marquee 

A rector at a church in Australia sent a pointed message to the United States this week in the wake of the shooting deaths at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14, The Washington Post reported. On the marquee outside the Gosford Anglican Church, the Rev. Rod Bower posted the message, “When will they love their kids more than their guns.” In a Facebook post of a photo of...
ICYMI: Three big stories worth checking out this weekend

ICYMI: Three big stories worth checking out this weekend

Reverberations from school shooting: Georgia students and parents reflected the shock and worry that families across the nation were feeling after Wednesday’s shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school that left 17 dead. Georgia law requires that every public school prepare a school safety plan. Some metro Atlanta parents putting kids in school for the first time get a bitter dose of that...
Kory Holden leaves South Carolina basketball team

Kory Holden leaves South Carolina basketball team

According to a release from the school, redshirt junior guard Kory Holden, a Delaware transfer, has left the South Carolina basketball team. The post Kory Holden leaves South Carolina basketball team appeared first on SEC Country.
News of coach killed in Parkland shooting hit former player 'sideways'

News of coach killed in Parkland shooting hit former player 'sideways'

As the investigation into the Parkland High School mass shooting continues in South Florida, more people in the Jacksonville, Florida, area with connections to the school are coming forward to talk about the people they lost, including like assistant football coach Aaron Feis. “Hearing the stories about Coach Feis, it just, it just totally hit me sideways,” Kaden Culpepper said. Feis is...
Texas sweeps Oklahoma in basketball behind stellar defense

Texas sweeps Oklahoma in basketball behind stellar defense

With Saturday’s punctuating 77-66 victory in Norman, the Texas Longhorns completed a sweep of their arch-nemesis, the Oklahoma Sooners. It took Oklahoma’s freshman phenom Trae Young a while to heat up, and while he still scored 26 points, he was unable to make enough of a dent in the Longhorns’ lead. Instead, it was Texas forward Dylan Osetkowski who won the...
Miami 2019 linebacker target Samuel Brooks Jr. puts Hurricanes in top two

Miami 2019 linebacker target Samuel Brooks Jr. puts Hurricanes in top two

Miami (Fla.) Northwestern linebacker Samuel Brooks Jr. has a total of 23 offers from the likes of Auburn, Florida, Louisville, Michigan, Miami, South Carolina and UCF. On Saturday, though, Brooks announced that he had cut his list down to a pair of finalists moving forward. South Carolina is one; the other – unsurprisingly – is Miami. Despite placing the Gamecocks...
Florida State lands commitment from Fort Myers DB at junior day

Florida State lands commitment from Fort Myers DB at junior day

The Florida State Seminoles welcomed dozens of the nation’s most talented recruits on Saturday at their junior day event and built momentum early in the afternoon by securing the commitment of Class of 2020 defensive back Jadarius McKnight. Despite it being junior day, the sophomore was on campus visiting Florida State, who he also already deemed his dream school. And...
South Carolina recruiting: Gamecocks land first 2020 commitment

South Carolina recruiting: Gamecocks land first 2020 commitment

The 2020 South Carolina recruiting class picked up its first commitment on Saturday when running back Mecose Todd pulled the trigger. Todd, who’s from Villa Rica, Ga., lists offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Memphis, Rutgers, Tennessee and Southern California. South Carolina added his commitment while he was on campus for a visit. The post South Carolina recruiting...
The one stat that shows how much assistant coaching salaries have exploded in recent years

The one stat that shows how much assistant coaching salaries have exploded in recent years

On Friday, Georgia released the salary information o f Kirby Smart’s assistants. A number of them received healthy raises, as defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will now make $1.5 million a year. One could argue that these raises are well deserved, after all Georgia did go from an 8-win team to one that was three plays away from winning the national championship...
Kentucky-Alabama basketball: Live updates, stats, score

Kentucky-Alabama basketball: Live updates, stats, score

Kentucky basketball plays Alabama at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 17, 2018. Follow along below for the score, live updates and stats from the game. Kentucky 20, Alabama 19, 7:58 1H: Kentucky went with a jumbo lineup — SGA (6-foot-6), Knox (6-9), Gabriel (6-9), Vanderbilt (6-9) and Richards (7 feet) — in that last sequence. Vanderbilt is still struggling...
Gators guard Mike Okauru moves past ‘freshman blues’ to find role in rotation

Gators guard Mike Okauru moves past ‘freshman blues’ to find role in rotation

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Last week, coach Mike White said he felt one way his Florida basketball team could strengthen itself down the stretch would be to get more production from its young bench players. It didn’t quite make a difference on the scoreboard Wednesday night as the Gators took a deflating overtime loss to Georgia, but freshman guard Mike Okauru has continued...
Tennessee authorities arrest 'King Pin Granny'

Tennessee authorities arrest 'King Pin Granny'

Authorities said they have caught the “King Pin Granny” in Tennessee. A 75-year-old woman was arrested Feb. 9 in a large drug bust in Decatur County, police said. Police raided the home of Betty Jean Jordan in Parsons and allegedly confiscated more than 1,000 prescription pills, including morphine, Xanex and Oxycodone, WZTV reported. Law enforcement officials nicknamed Jordan...
WATCH: Episode 1 of Kentucky basketball ‘Inside the Madness’ documentary

WATCH: Episode 1 of Kentucky basketball ‘Inside the Madness’ documentary

The first episode of “Inside the Madness: University of Kentucky basketball” premiered Saturday on Facebook Watch. It’s a 10-episode behind-the-scenes documentary series from producers Tom Cappello and Jason Sciavicco. The series will air at least once a week through March 31. Kentucky coach John Calipari said the all-access camera crew hasn’t...
UCLA coach Chip Kelly announces spring practice date

UCLA coach Chip Kelly announces spring practice date

UCLA coach Chip Kelly announced the first day of spring practice in his inaugural season with the Bruins. Kelly set the date for March 6, per Bryan Fenley of UCLA/IMG Network. The decision to schedule spring practices in March is another example that Kelly is shaking things up in Westwood. In years past, UCLA spring practices usually took place in April since UCLA is on the...
Iowa-Indiana basketball score: Live updates, how to live stream online (February 17, 2018)

Iowa-Indiana basketball score: Live updates, how to live stream online (February 17, 2018)

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Iowa men’s basketball team hostsIndiana on Saturday, Feb. 17, for a Big Ten basketball game at 1:05 p.m. CT at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes (12-16, 3-12 Big Ten) are trying to turn things around before the Big Ten Tournament starts at the end of February. The Hawkeyes have have lost four straight games and are tied for 11th in the league...
Hundreds line streets, fill church to honor slain Locust Grove police officer 

Hundreds line streets, fill church to honor slain Locust Grove police officer 

Law enforcement officers from around Georgia were among the hundreds at the funeral Saturday honoring one of their own.  Locust Grove police Officer Chase Maddox, 26, was killed Feb. 9 while assisting Henry County deputies serving an arrest warrant. Four days after Maddox was killed, his wife delivered the couple’s second son. Saturday morning, Alex Maddox and her two boys were seated in...
LOOK: Texas’ Andrew Jones receives support from Oklahoma student section

LOOK: Texas’ Andrew Jones receives support from Oklahoma student section

Oklahoma’s basketball student section had an encouraging message for Texas sophomore guard Andrew Jones. Before the Red River hoops clash between the Sooners and Longhorns on Saturday, Oklahoma students held up a sign that read, “Sooner Nations support you, Andrew. #AJ1 #JonesStrong.” Jones, who was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year, last played for Texas on...
WATCH: Baker Mayfield throws horns down next to Texas bench

WATCH: Baker Mayfield throws horns down next to Texas bench

If anyone was expecting Baker Mayfield to not throw the horns down during Oklahoma’s home game against Texas, they were sorely mistaken. After being honored, Mayfield moved to pump up the crowd, and tossed the horns down fairly close to the Texas bench. Mayfield is Oklahoma’s sixth Heisman Trophy winner. During his career at Oklahoma, he threw for 119 touchdowns and just...
Florida basketball vs. Vanderbilt: Coaches stressing urgency to Gators with time running out

Florida basketball vs. Vanderbilt: Coaches stressing urgency to Gators with time running out

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida coach Mike White doesn’t usually talk about the big picture with his basketball team. He doesn’t discuss overarching goals or focus much past the next practice, the next game, etc. That changed this week. After his Gators took their most crushing loss of the season, blowing a 6-point lead in the final 20 seconds before losing ...
2 SEC teams among those with best odds to win college basketball national title

2 SEC teams among those with best odds to win college basketball national title

March is upon us, which means madness, brackets and bubbles are all gaining steam. And don’t forget about odds. There are eight SEC teams projected to be in the NCAA Tournament, according to just about all the bracketology experts out there. However, only two schools from the conference have been given odds to win the national championship. On Saturday morning, OddsShark released...
LOOK: Oklahoma student section holds sign in support of Andrew Jones

LOOK: Oklahoma student section holds sign in support of Andrew Jones

Oklahoma’s basketball student section had an encouraging message for Texas sophomore guard Andrew Jones. Before the Red River hoops clash between the Sooners and Longhorns on Saturday, Oklahoma students held up a sign that read, “Sooner Nations support you, Andrew. #AJ1 #JonesStrong.” Jones, who was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year, last played for Texas on...
Who is Missouri with Michael Porter Jr. on the floor?

Who is Missouri with Michael Porter Jr. on the floor?

For months, the question of whether 5-star freshman Michael Porter Jr. would be able to return to the basketball court has been, without a close second, the most hotly debated topic among Missouri fans. Despite an initial diagnosis that claimed Porter’s back surgery  “likely” would cost him the season, rumors quickly swirled that that timetable was a...
Presidents Day 2018: When is it and how did the holiday get started?

Presidents Day 2018: When is it and how did the holiday get started?

To many Americans, Presidents Day means retail sales and discounts or even a day off, if they’re lucky. But what is the holiday really about? Even before then, Washington was revered as one of the most important figures in American history and his birthday became a perennial day of remembrance, according to History.com. Sen. Steven Wallace Dorsey of Arkansas was the first to propose the...
Bruce Pearl: ‘I wouldn’t be here coaching if there were greater problems’

Bruce Pearl: ‘I wouldn’t be here coaching if there were greater problems’

Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl hasn’t gone into many details about the internal investigation into his program in the wake of Chuck Person’s arrest on federal corruption charges. In a sit-down interview on ESPN’s College GameDay that was played Saturday morning, Pearl didn’t divulge more of those details, but he sent a message that he’s confident...
Outside linebacker from Miami lists South Carolina in top two

Outside linebacker from Miami lists South Carolina in top two

South Carolina and Miami are the top two schools for 2019 3-star outside linebacker Samuel Brooks, who lists more than 20 offers. Brooks released the news on Saturday morning. Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, North Carolina State, Purdue and Rutgers have also offered Brooks (6-2, 200). Three-star offensive tackle Mark Fox Jr., Brooks’ teammate at Northwestern High...
Mississippi State signee Nathaniel Watson charged with felony following drag race crash

Mississippi State signee Nathaniel Watson charged with felony following drag race crash

Mississippi State signee Nathaniel Watson’s career in Starkville could be in jeopardy before it even begins. According to a report by Joyanna Love of the Clanton Advisor, Watson was arrested on Friday and charged with first-degree assault stemming from a crash following a February 1 drag race with another student at his high school, as well as several other traffic violations...
3 graduate transfers that can help Florida State in 2018

3 graduate transfers that can help Florida State in 2018

New Florida State coach Willie Taggart has been tasked with reconfiguring a roster that yielded a 7-6 season in 2017 and he’s off to a great start with the No. 11 recruiting class in the country and more help could be on the way in the form of graduate transfers. With holes to plug, Taggart has immediate playing time at one of the most prestigious football programs in...
Scouting NBA draft point guard prospects: Will Trae Young or Collin Sexton win the lottery?

Scouting NBA draft point guard prospects: Will Trae Young or Collin Sexton win the lottery?

The 2018 NBA Draft lottery will be highlighted by an array of athletic bigs, a European star, and two true point guards who have separated themselves from every amateur in the world. Oklahoma’s Trae Young and Alabama’s Collin Sexton are likely to be two of first 10 names called on draft night, both with the potential to become franchise cornerstone pieces. Where...
People call Vonn the world's greatest skier. Does she need the  Olympics? 

People call Vonn the world's greatest skier. Does she need the  Olympics? 

About 100 days after her 17th birthday, Lindsey Kildow charged out of the gate in her first race at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics to a startling top 10 finish. At the time, the U.S. women’s ski team was in disarray. Its only star, Olympic champion Picabo Street, was retiring, and the racers who were expected to ascend in her wake were instead wilting under the pressure of the games...
A quarter sheet pan is plenty big enough to hold all my love

A quarter sheet pan is plenty big enough to hold all my love

Nobody would mistake me for being hip and trendy. I have been wearing clogs - not the same pair, mind you - since the Ford administration. Yet I am YASSing and inserting heart emoji on behalf of the quarter sheet pan, which is surfing a wave of popularity. Deservedly so. There it is on social media, roasting a one-pan meal for two. Toasting a handful of nuts so tidily. Cradling a deep-dish pizza for...
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