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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....


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...
Mass shootings spur metro Atlanta students to plan school walkouts

Mass shootings spur metro Atlanta students to plan school walkouts

Students across metro Atlanta plan to walk out of at least two dozen middle schools, high schools and universities next month as part of a national protest against gun violence. The National School Walkout is one of three high-profile demonstrations that students around the country are joining as they call for gun law changes after last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Fla. Student activists...
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...
Ossoff won’t make another run at Georgia congressional seat this year

Ossoff won’t make another run at Georgia congressional seat this year

Democrat Jon Ossoff said Friday that he won’t make another bid this year for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, leaving it up to lesser-known contenders to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Karen Handel in suburbs north of Atlanta. “I’m grateful beyond words for the support and hard work of the thousands of Georgians who volunteered with my campaign last year,” he told...
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...
Trump campaign aide pleads guilty, cooperating in Mueller inquiry

Trump campaign aide pleads guilty, cooperating in Mueller inquiry

WASHINGTON — A former top adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign indicted by the special counsel plead guilty Friday, a move that signals he is cooperating with the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The adviser, Rick Gates, is a longtime political consultant who once served as Trump’s deputy campaign chairman. The plea deal could be a significant...
Secrecy surrounding Amazon HQ2 bid keeps Georgians in the dark

Secrecy surrounding Amazon HQ2 bid keeps Georgians in the dark

The hunt for Amazon’s second headquarters remains the buzz among lawmakers at Georgia’s State Capitol and business elite. But it’s the absence of information about Georgia’s bid to win HQ2 and its promise of 50,000 jobs that’s been most confounding to good government groups and tax watchdogs who fear winning the project could come with a staggering price tag...
Georgia distracted driving bill: What’s legal, what’s not?

Georgia distracted driving bill: What’s legal, what’s not?

After several public hearings and a lot of tweaks, legislation to crack down on distracted driving cleared a state House of Representatives committee on Wednesday. House Bill 673 would require drivers to use hands-free technology when using cell phones and other electronic devices while driving. The goal is to pry our eyes away from cell phones while we’re behind the wheel – behavior experts...
Coca-Cola taps into nostalgia with new fruit-flavored sodas

Coca-Cola taps into nostalgia with new fruit-flavored sodas

Coca-Cola is going back to its roots with two new artisanal sodas. Coca-Cola Georgia Peach and Coca-Cola California Raspberry hit grocery stores, restaurants and bars across the country this week.  Although the Atlanta-based brand has been moving away from full sugar beverages with recent rebranding efforts such as Coke Zero Sugar, the specialty sodas mark the company’s effort...
Undercover Russians took aim at Atlanta through Twitter posts

Undercover Russians took aim at Atlanta through Twitter posts

A Russian “troll farm” accused of meddling in the U.S. presidential election spread criticism of U.S. Rep. John Lewis, bashed Atlanta-based CNN, and helped spread messages on police shootings in Georgia, an AJC analysis has found.
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.

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...
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...
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;...
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...
Georgia facing pressure to win down the stretch

Georgia facing pressure to win down the stretch

After losing at South Carolina on Wednesday, Georgia moved directly into the “now or never” scenario for any hope of a postseason appearance.  The Bulldogs (15-12, 6-9 SEC), who host LSU (16-11, 7-8) at 2 p.m. Saturday, need to run what’s left of the table just to finish at .500 in the conference and would probably need to win a game or two in the SEC tournament to merit even...
Hawks, Ilyasova reach tentative buyout agreement

Hawks, Ilyasova reach tentative buyout agreement

The Hawks and forward Ersan Ilyasova tentatively agreed to a buyout of the remainder of his contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. Once Ilyasova accepts a buyout and clears waivers, as expected, he will be free to sign with any other team for the rest of the season. Ilyasova’s contract expires at the end of the season and he is eligible to become a free agent in the...
Suspects sought in deadly south Fulton apartment shooting

Suspects sought in deadly south Fulton apartment shooting

Authorities are searching for two men accused of killing another man in a south Fulton County apartment complex earlier this week.  The men were recorded on several video cameras entering Country Squire Apartments just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, Fulton County police Det. S.E. Webb said in a statement.  It is not clear what led to the shooting, but Robert Corker was found dead from multiple gunshot...
Father of girl who disappeared in 2016 headed to prison

Father of girl who disappeared in 2016 headed to prison

The father of a Hall County girl who was the subject of a national Amber Alert in 2016 has been convicted on several child sex and molestation charges. Stephen Spires, 32, was sentenced to life plus 120 years in prison in Spalding County on Thursday after a jury found him guilty on child molestation, statutory rape and other charges, a court official said. Authorities found Spires and Brooklyn...
Gwinnett sheriff offering firearms training class for local teachers

Gwinnett sheriff offering firearms training class for local teachers

Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway is offering a responsible firearms carry and safety course for local teachers at the end of March, the sheriff’s office announced on Facebook. After 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14, some, including President Donald Trump, have said that teachers should be allowed to carry...
Greater Atlanta Christian, Beach girls prepared for rematch, a look at Class AAA after Round 2

Greater Atlanta Christian, Beach girls prepared for rematch, a look at Class AAA after Round 2

If the quarterfinal matchups in the Class AAA state high school basketball tournament look familiar, they should.It starts on the girls' side where three of last year’s Final Four teams – Greater Atlanta Christian, Beach, Johnson-Savannah – are still alive. The premier game offers a meeting between two of the top programs -- Beach at GAC. Both advanced to the quarters with blowouts...
Georgia serial killer set to die for strangling elderly women

Georgia serial killer set to die for strangling elderly women

An execution date has been set for one of Georgia’s most notorious serial killers. Carlton Gary is scheduled to die by lethal injection on March 15 at 7 p.m. Known as the “Stocking Strangler,” Gary, now 67, was convicted of raping three elderly women and then strangling them with their own pantyhose. The three murders all took place in a middle class neighborhood in Columbus...
A Braves new spring, from batting cage English to walks on wild side 

A Braves new spring, from batting cage English to walks on wild side 

If Socrates could have thrown a sinker, this is what it would have been like: To set the scene, it is a little after 8 in the morning, early in the Braves’ spring-training cycle when only pitchers and catchers are required to be in Florida. And before that time of day when any of them are obliged to sweat. There is not a soul in the home dugout except Tim Hudson, the former Brave who is a 222-game...
Tighter rules for Uber Eats delivery, visitors at Atlanta high school

Tighter rules for Uber Eats delivery, visitors at Atlanta high school

After last week’s school shooting in Florida, North Atlanta High School will institute safety measures that include disciplining students who order food delivery and tighter rules for visitors.  North Atlanta principal Curtis Douglass sent a letter to parents Friday outlining security changes at the high school.  Among the changes are requirements that all visitors enter through...
Woman shot in head didn’t know it for 2 months; boyfriend wanted by FBI

Woman shot in head didn’t know it for 2 months; boyfriend wanted by FBI

The FBI is asking for the public’s help locating a fugitive wanted on assault charges. Jerrontae Cain, 38, is wanted on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with an attack on his girlfriend, police said. Atlanta police said Cain’s 41-year-old girlfriend went to Atlanta Medical Center complaining of head pain last...
Game preview: Hawks begin post-break schedule at streaking Pacers

Game preview: Hawks begin post-break schedule at streaking Pacers

When/where: 7 p.m. today, Bankers Life Fieldhouse  TV: Fox Sports Southeast  Stream: Fox Sports Go  Radio: 92.9 The Game  Injuries: Hawks—Malcolm Delaney (knee), Tyler Cavanaugh (ankle) and Antonius Cleveland (ankle) are out; Isaiah Taylor (ankle) is questionable.  Pacers—Darren Collison (knee) is out.  What to watch for: The Hawks (18-41) return from the...
Ex-NFL player Jonathan Martin detained by LA police after threatening Instagram post

Ex-NFL player Jonathan Martin detained by LA police after threatening Instagram post

Former offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, whose NFL career ended shortly after his accusations of being bullied by Miami Dolphins teammates in 2013 resulted in a league investigation and the firings of a coach and trainer, reportedly was detained and questioned by the Los Angeles Police Department on Friday afternoon after posting a chilling story on his Instagram page. The post features a picture...
Proposed bill in California would provide a choice in driver's license photos

Proposed bill in California would provide a choice in driver's license photos

Have you ever met anyone who liked their driver’s license photo?  Of course not.  Photos on driver’s licenses always seem to show a person at his or her worst, but a bill proposed in the California state legislature would give drivers a choice, KABC reported. The bill would allow drivers to have multiple photos taken, and would allow them to choose a favorite for the...
Teen admits to killing Tennessee couple, setting apartment on fire

Teen admits to killing Tennessee couple, setting apartment on fire

A Tennessee man was arrested in connection with the deaths of a Memphis couple who was found dead in an apartment that caught fire Thursday afternoon. Aareon Berryman, 18, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, aggravated arson, possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture or sell, and possession of ecstasy with the intent to manufacture or sell...
Convicted murderer mistakenly released from jail 

Convicted murderer mistakenly released from jail 

The Georgia jail that mistakenly released a convicted murderer said no one will be disciplined for what happened. The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office realized a mistake was made after the murder victim's family saw the murderer on the streets. "Sounds like somebody didn't relay the right information or didn't look," one DeKalb County resident said. Jail officials said they didn't...
Insurance plans push healthier choices at grocery store

Insurance plans push healthier choices at grocery store

MINNEAPOLIS — Sandy Brezinski savored the savings last week when her preferred brand of organic tortilla chips went on sale. Not only did her grocery store discount the item to $2.99, a program offered through her employer’s health insurance knocked another $2 off the price. “You get that for 99 cents,” Brezinski said. “How good is that?” More health plans are dabbling...

DeKalb County restaurant inspection scores

DeKalb County • American Deli, 225 E. Ponce De Leon Ave., Decatur. 87/B • Coyote’s Mexican Grill, 105 Sycamore Place, Decatur. 94/A • Las Brasas, 614 Church St., Decatur. 70/C • Raymok Bar and Grill, 3420 E. Ponce De Leon, Scottdale. 85/B • Skip’s, 48 N. Avondale Road, Avondale Estates. 91/A
Walkability luring homebuyers to small town centers

Walkability luring homebuyers to small town centers

Anyone who has been tormented by Atlanta’s traffic may have wished for the option of ditching the car, if at least for the evening or weekend. Yet the metro area’s sprawl often means going for a gallon of milk or out to a movie means getting back behind the wheel. The dependency on vehicles that sprawl has created is a habit many homebuyers are looking to break, even if it’s for...

Cobb County restaurant inspection scores

Cobb County • Baby Tommy’s Taste of New York, 497 Cobb Parkway, Marietta. 93/A • Otter’s Chicken, 3155 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta. 100/A • Tandoor Restaurant, 279 Powers Ferry Road, Marietta. 70/C • Taco Cantina, 2517 Spring Road, Smyrna. 70/C • Tilted Kilt, 2960 Cobb Parkway, Atlanta. 86/B

Fulton County restaurant inspection scores

Fulton County • Big Daddy’s Kitchen, 3085 Campbellton Road, Atlanta. 80/B • Fontaine’s Oyster House, 1026 ½ N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. 84/B • JP Sushi, 1530 Old Alabama Road, Roswell. 100/A • Sweet Auburn BBQ, 656 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. 90/A • Thumbs Up Diner, 826 Marietta St., Atlanta. 88/B
PolitiFact roundup

PolitiFact roundup

PolitiFact recently checked President Trump’s remark on Britain’s national health system. We also looked at claims by Sen. Bernie Sanders on how many guns are obtained without background checks and by Georgia governor candidate Stacey Adams on poor people in jail because they can’t pay bail. Here are summaries of our findings. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. &ldquo...
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...

Gwinnett County restaurant inspection scores

Gwinnett County • 2 Spicy Burritos, 960 Pleasant Hill Road, Lawrenceville. 92/A • Crazy Wings, 1455 Pleasant Hill Road, Lawrenceville. 87/B • Don Jose Mexican Restaurant, 4030 Lawrenceville Highway, Lilburn. 87/B • Italian Pie, 3059 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville. 96/A • Riverside Pizza, 3330 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. 92/A

Flu shots less effective than normal, CDC report says

It turns out the rumors were true: This year’s flu shot is indeed less effective than usual. An unusually resilient strain of influenza called H3N2 has been the predominant assailant this season, and the vaccine rolled out last year was ill-suited to protect against it. While previous analyses from Canada and Australia on its H3N2 effectiveness lent some non-significant support to suspicions...

Forsyth County restaurant inspection scores

Forsyth County • Apu Grill, 433 Canton Road, Cumming. 93/A • Cinco Mexican Cantina, 5755 N. Vickery St., Cumming. 95/A • Dutch Monkey Doughnuts, 3075 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Cumming. 91/A • Nido Café, 575 Clarion St., Cumming. 84/B • Provino’s Italian Restaurant, 1610 Market Place Blvd., Cumming. 85/B
FDA approves first blood test that can help diagnose a concussion

FDA approves first blood test that can help diagnose a concussion

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a first-ever blood test to detect the telltale signs of serious brain injury, bringing to fruition a long quest to make the diagnosis of concussions simpler and more precise. After deliberations that took less than six months, the FDA approved the marketing of the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator to aid the evaluation of concussions in adults. The speedy...
Atlanta’s police recruits: hard to find and hard to keep

Atlanta’s police recruits: hard to find and hard to keep

One smoked dope. Another lied about his family’s involvement with a gang. A third shot and wounded the boyfriend of a woman he’d befriended on social media. All three men were in training to become city of Atlanta police officers and were fired after the department learned of their alleged crimes. Channel 2 Action News found five other recruits who APD fired for criminal or ethical violations...
President Donald Trump admits to trying to hide his bald spot

President Donald Trump admits to trying to hide his bald spot

Over the years, much has been speculated about President Donald Trump’s hair, but he’s never admitted to having a reason for choosing his particular hairstyle other than the fact that it’s the way he “likes it.” However, on Friday, that all changed when he finally admitted to having a bald spot — and trying to hide it. “Oh, I try like hell to hide the bald...
Teen admits to killing Memphis couple, setting apartment on fire

Teen admits to killing Memphis couple, setting apartment on fire

An arrest has been made after a Memphis couple was found dead in an apartment that went up in flames Thursday afternoon. >> Read more trending news  Aareon Berryman, 18, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, aggravated arson, possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture or sell, and possession of ecstasy with the intent to manufacture...
Britney Spear’s ex K-Fed wants child support increase amid star’s Vegas success

Britney Spear’s ex K-Fed wants child support increase amid star’s Vegas success

After seeing how successful her four-year Las Vegas residency has been, Britney Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline is asking for an increase in child support. >> Read more trending news  Federline’s attorney reportedly sent the pop singer a letter recently indicating that he would like to renegotiate the $20,000 monthly payment he currently receives from her for...
Alabama gymnastics lands season-best score in win at Auburn

Alabama gymnastics lands season-best score in win at Auburn

Seniors Kiana Winston and Nickie Guerrero, and freshman Lexi Graber, scored consecutive 9.90s on balance beam as the University of Alabama gymnastics team closed out its meet at Auburn with a 197.300-195.400 victory on Friday night. The team score was a season high for the Crimson Tide. “The ladies just never lost their grit, their fight, their focus,” Alabama...
Dogs separated at adoption randomly find each other at crowded market

Dogs separated at adoption randomly find each other at crowded market

A couple strolled through downtown Seattle’s iconic, bustling Pike Place Market food stands on a clear winter Saturday when their dog started running through the booths.  "We noticed a puppy who looked very similar in age and appearance to [our dog] Maui, and once they saw each other they got really excited and started playing together," owner Kaitlyn Hawkins told KIRO 7. "...
Man accused of beating wife, an online exhibitionist, to death with absinthe bottle

Man accused of beating wife, an online exhibitionist, to death with absinthe bottle

An Alabama man charged with killing his wife, whose slaying last month unveiled her double life as an online exhibitionist, is accused of beating her to death with a bottle of absinthe, court records show. The partially-clothed body of Kathleen Dawn “Kat” West, 42, of Calera, was discovered lying in the road in front of her home just after 5 a.m. on Jan. 18, Calera Police Chief Sean...
What Chris Holtmann said after Ohio State’s 80-78 win over Indiana

What Chris Holtmann said after Ohio State’s 80-78 win over Indiana

Ohio State was looking to close out its 2017-18 regular season with a win against Indiana on the road on Friday night and did so with an 80-78 double overtime victory. Related: C.J. Jackson clinched the win with this 3-point bomb to end the game With the win, the Buckeyes are now 24-7 overall going into the Big Ten Tournament. As it currently stands, the team’s 15-3 ...
Michigan State basketball assistant coach Dwayne Stephens becomes latest tied to corruption emails

Michigan State basketball assistant coach Dwayne Stephens becomes latest tied to corruption emails

The fun seems to only be getting started. And, by fun, we mean horrific nightmare for many people around the landscape of college basketball. The sport as a whole is essentially under fire, as major programs within the sport — which involve iconic coaches — are tied to potential NCAA violations. The latest name to be brought up in regard to NCAA corruption is Michigan...
LSU baseball: Offense, Zack Hess dominate as Tigers blow out Texas 13-4

LSU baseball: Offense, Zack Hess dominate as Tigers blow out Texas 13-4

BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU baseball team has successfully put its rough opening weekend behind it. Behind 6 solid innings from sophomore right-hander Zack Hess and an explosive showing from an offense going against a previously dominant starting pitcher, No. 22 LSU (3-2) blew out No. 14 Texas (3-2) 13-4 on Friday night. The win was a stark reversal from LSU&rsquo...
Actress Nanette Fabray, Tony, Emmy-winning star of stage and screen, dead at 97

Actress Nanette Fabray, Tony, Emmy-winning star of stage and screen, dead at 97

Award-winning actress and comedian Nanette Fabray has died at the age of 97, Variety reported Friday. Fabray was known for her charm, energetic exuberance and multi-talented performances in musical theatre in the 1940’s, as well as movies and TV in the 1950’s. >> Read more trending news  She won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway musical “Love Life&rdquo...
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