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Five things to know about Fulton County property assessments

Fulton County will send its 2018 property assessments out on Tuesday. If you own a home in the county, here are the five things you need to know. 1. RISING VALUES: In many cases, property values will be substantially higher this year. In 2017, Fulton County leaders froze values at 2016 levels after residents complained about huge jumps in their values. That won’t happen again...


In state of county address, Fulton chair says there’s room to improve

In state of county address, Fulton chair says there’s room to improve

Robb Pitts thinks Fulton County is a big deal. But that doesn’t mean the county commission chairman doesn’t also see room for improvement. He’d like to see more attention paid to HIV, where Fulton has one of the highest rates of new cases in the nation. He thinks there’s more that can be done to reduce overdose deaths in the county, and respond to the opioid crisis...
Stockbridge seeking injunction, files lawsuit in Eagle’s Landing battle

Stockbridge seeking injunction, files lawsuit in Eagle’s Landing battle

Attorneys for Stockbridge filed a lawsuit on Thursday seeking an injunction to stop November’s referendum on Eagle’s Landing cityhood and calling efforts to de-annex Stockbridge unconstitutional. The lawsuit, which names the Henry County Commission and the county’s elections board as defendants, was not unexpected. Leaders of the Henry County city had said they would turn to the...
Georgia DOT seeks fast work on Atlanta’s Courtland Street Bridge

Georgia DOT seeks fast work on Atlanta’s Courtland Street Bridge

For decades, the Courtland Street Bridge stood as downtown Atlanta rose round it. It’s been shored up many times, but the bridge is showing its age. “When I got here in 2009, there was concrete falling off the bridge,” recalled Russ Seagren, facilities planning director for nearby Georgia State University. “The city had to come in and put netting in there to make sure the pedestrians...
Cobb chief’s focus on community policing garners both praise, disdain

Cobb chief’s focus on community policing garners both praise, disdain

It’s 7:30 in the evening on a Wednesday, and Cobb Police Chief Mike Register is about to speak to the We Thrive in Riverside Renters Association. The organization, formed to get South Cobb renters more involved in community issues, is holding a town hall meeting. Register is there to talk about Precinct 2’s public safety report. But before he does, he decides to also weigh in on the subject...
Fulton County transportation tax collections are lower than expected

Fulton County transportation tax collections are lower than expected

A year into Fulton County’s collection of a sales tax to pay for road, bridge and sidewalk improvements, less money is coming in than was projected. That shortfall could mean some of the lower-priority projects that residents voted on will not be completed unless collections improve. The county expected to bring in $109.3 million for transportation improvements in 2017. Instead, it has...
DeKalb CEO pledges more mowing for county roads

DeKalb CEO pledges more mowing for county roads

DeKalb residents who complained for years that certain neighborhoods, especially in the southern parts of the county, were being neglected now have proof directly from CEO Mike Thurmond. He told commissioners on Tuesday that 125 roads maintained by the county were only scheduled for mowing once a quarter, and workers skipped over one out of every five on this list. The CEO is now asking for emergency...
Gwinnett animal shelter ‘so much better’ under new department’s control

Gwinnett animal shelter ‘so much better’ under new department’s control

A little more than a year ago, the Gwinnett County animal shelter was lifted from the supervision of the local police department and placed beneath the umbrella of community services. It was a change animal advocates had long lobbied for, arguing that the shelter and animal control operations needed to have a less rigid, more caring, more animal-centric philosophy — and that the police department...
Study says Gwinnett has the happiest water customers in the country

Study says Gwinnett has the happiest water customers in the country

Gwinnett County has the happiest water customers in the South — and the entire country, according to a newly released study.  The study from global marketing information firm J.D. Power measured satisfaction among residential customers of 88 water utilities across the country that serve at least 400,000 people. It evaluated utilities using six factors: delivery, price, conservation...
Gwinnett residents will (eventually) be able to text 911

Gwinnett residents will (eventually) be able to text 911

By this time next year, Gwinnett County residents may be able to send emergency text messages to 911.  The county’s Board of Commissioners approved Tuesday a $615,000 contract that will allow the Gwinnett police department to upgrade its current 911 call-handling  system. Deputy Chief Brett West said during the commission meeting that the upgrade would take the current analog system...
Gov. Deal again vetoes plan to put Fulton Industrial in South Fulton

Gov. Deal again vetoes plan to put Fulton Industrial in South Fulton

For the second year in a row, Gov. Nathan Deal has vetoed legislation that would let the year-old city of South Fulton absorb the 7.5 square miles of commercial and industrial land known as Fulton Industrial. A 1979 local amendment to the state constitution restricts the area from being annexed by any city. Deal signed legislation that would let Fulton County residents vote to lift...
DeKalb CEO Thurmond says county must apologize for ignoring its roads

DeKalb CEO Thurmond says county must apologize for ignoring its roads

DeKalb County CEO Mike Thurmond said residents who have long complained their roads aren’t getting enough attention were right after all. A recent review of maintenance operations found that at any given time about 25 roads are not being mowed according to an already lax maintenance schedule. “Really, we need to apologize to the folks who have been complaining,” Thurmond said. &ldquo...
Reed withheld subpoena aimed at airport in Atlanta bribery probe

Reed withheld subpoena aimed at airport in Atlanta bribery probe

Former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration last year withheld from the public a potentially explosive federal subpoena, concealing the full scope of the corruption investigation at City Hall, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have learned. The 10-point subpoena — dated Sept. 9, 2016, and kept from the public with Reed’s knowledge — included demands...
Failure to release subpoena may have broken Georgia records law

Failure to release subpoena may have broken Georgia records law

The Reed administration’s decision to withhold a grand jury subpoena last year may have violated Georgia’s open records laws, experts told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Sept. 9, 2016, subpoena, obtained last week by the AJC and Channel 2 Action News, should have been promptly released in response to an open records request in January of last year that sought all federal subpoenas...
Atlanta bribery probe: When has the city received federal subpoenas?

Atlanta bribery probe: When has the city received federal subpoenas?

The city of Atlanta has received at least eight federal grand jury subpoenas in relation to the ongoing federal corruption probe of City Hall. The one on Sept. 9, 2016, is the only one not promptly released by the city within days or a few weeks of requests by the media.  Aug. 19, 2016: Prosecutors seek records related to Mitzi Bickers, a former director of human services and political...
Cityhood for Eagle’s Landing could mean bigger bills for Stockbridge

Cityhood for Eagle’s Landing could mean bigger bills for Stockbridge

If Eagle’s Landing becomes Henry County’s fifth city this fall by annexing part of Stockbridge, the remaining residents could be on the hook for $13 million in bond debt repayments. Stockbridge owes about $13 million in urban and development bonds and $1.5 million in water and sewer bonds, but Eagle’s Landing would not inherit that debt, even though the new hamlet is the beneficiary...
DeKalb Ethics Board schedules hearing on former commissioner Watson

DeKalb Ethics Board schedules hearing on former commissioner Watson

DeKalb County’s Board of Ethics has scheduled a Thursday hearing on the case of former Commissioner Stan Watson, who is accused of using secret accounts to spend money he solicited from county vendors. Although Watson is no longer a member of the Board of Commissioners -- he stepped down in 2016 to run for tax commissioner but lost -- he can still be held accountable for any violations...
More early voting locations are open this week in Gwinnett

More early voting locations are open this week in Gwinnett

Additional early voting locations are open this week in Gwinnett County.  Advance voting in Gwinnett — which includes state races like gubernatorial and legislative primaries, as well as high-profile local school board and commission races — began late last month, but only at the county’s elections office in Lawrenceville.  IN-DEPTH COVERAGE: In Gwinnett...
Fulton County COO to depart, drove transportation improvements

Fulton County COO to depart, drove transportation improvements

Fulton County’s chief operating officer, who was the architect behind a transportation tax to improve roads and sidewalks in the county, will leave in June. Todd Long, who was the deputy commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation before he came to Fulton County in 2015, will return to the transportation industry, a statement from the county said. In his role, Long handled...
MARTA transit plan includes 21 miles of light rail

MARTA transit plan includes 21 miles of light rail

MARTA and Atlanta have proposed building 21 miles of light rail lines and other transit improvements with the proceeds of a sales tax approved by city voters in 2016. But it’s not enough for advocates of the Atlanta Beltline, who say the project is getting shortchanged. The list of projects recommended by the city and MARTA - obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - includes the Clifton...
DeKalb commissioners say they work hard. The AJC looked at their calendars

DeKalb commissioners say they work hard. The AJC looked at their calendars

Two and a half months ago, with little warning and no discussion, DeKalb County commissioners voted to give themselves a 60 percent pay raise. Anticipating the public backlash, DeKalb Commissioner Kathie Gannon made an offer: “If anyone would like to see what the hours are that I work, I would invite them to spend the week with me.” That sentiment, that commissioners put in long hours...
DeKalb news: New public safety building in Brookhaven will border Greenway

DeKalb news: New public safety building in Brookhaven will border Greenway

A new public safety facility that will house offices for the Brookhaven Police Department, as well as its Municipal Court and Emergency Operations Center, will be built on a tract of land bordering the Peachtree Creek Greenway.  The county recently announced that the public safety building will be built on a portion of the 19-acre tract that will also house a trailhead for the greenway,...
Grady EMS closer to providing south Fulton County ambulance service

Grady EMS closer to providing south Fulton County ambulance service

A regional board has recommended Grady EMS take over ambulance service in south Fulton County following complaints of dangerously long response times, but a representative for the current provider said he intends to appeal that decision. The recommendation, approved in a 10-1 vote by an eight-county EMS council, with six abstentions, still must be approved by state Public Health Commissioner J. Patrick...
State review finds potential conflict in Fulton tax assessor’s office

State review finds potential conflict in Fulton tax assessor’s office

A senior appraiser in the Fulton County tax assessors’ office was flagged for a possible conflict of interest for touting his position on a website soliciting clients for a tax return and accounting business he owns. The employee, Victor Ifeadi, advertised his connection to the county on the website for Norvic Tax & Accounting in Fairburn, a report from a state Department of Revenue Performance...
Atlanta may write off $9M in delinquent water and sewer bills

Atlanta may write off $9M in delinquent water and sewer bills

The city of Atlanta wants to write off more than $9 million in unpaid water and sewer bills that city officials say are uncollectible. The bills, all of which the city said have been delinquent for more than a year, come from some 284 customers stretching from Buckhead to Lakewood. Each owe at least $10,000, and one condo association for a long-vacant community owes more than $1 million, city records...
In Gwinnett, Democratic commission primaries are already historic

In Gwinnett, Democratic commission primaries are already historic

Gabe Okoye chortled. It was the end of the March candidate qualifying period, and Okoye — the chairman of the Gwinnett County Democratic Party — had been asked a simple enough question. Was it a regular occurrence, at least in recent history, for his party to have a primary election in a race for the Board of Commissioners? Was it normal for more than one qualified Democrat to, in the...
Buckhead library, early Fulton Co. voting site, reopens

Buckhead library, early Fulton Co. voting site, reopens

The Buckhead library, which has been closed since Monday, has reopened. The library, which is an early voting site for Fulton County, was closed for two days for sewer repair. Early voting was not available at the location while the library was closed. The library is at 269 Buckhead Ave. NE in Atlanta. Early voting started last Monday and will continue through Friday, May 18. The election...
Gov. Deal vetoes bill creating term limits for Stonecrest mayor

Gov. Deal vetoes bill creating term limits for Stonecrest mayor

Gov. Nathan Deal has vetoed a bill that would have imposed term limits on Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary but not the five City Council members. House Bill 600 also prohibited the mayor from voting on matters before the council except to break a tie. Voters approved creating the city of Stonecrest in November 2016, and HB 600 was introduced just days before the city’s first election....
Atlanta Housing Authority names interim leader, plans CEO search

Atlanta Housing Authority names interim leader, plans CEO search

The board of the Atlanta Housing Authority on Tuesday named board member Brandon Riddick-Seals as interim CEO, and announced plans for a national search for a new leader. The board announced it accepted the resignation of chief executive Catherine Buell, pending a separation agreement. Buell was one of seven senior city of Atlanta leaders whose resignations Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms accepted...
Grady EMS may get south Fulton ambulance service after response issues

Grady EMS may get south Fulton ambulance service after response issues

Cities in south Fulton County, which have complained about dangerously long ambulance response times, should ditch their current provider and go with Grady Emergency Medical Services instead, an arm of the state public health department recommended Tuesday. A committee of the metro Atlanta regional EMS council opted to recommend Grady EMS over the only other bidder, current provider American...
DeKalb incumbents face challenges in primary election

DeKalb incumbents face challenges in primary election

Four DeKalb County incumbents — a judge, and two county commissioners and a school board member — face opposition in the May 22 primary election. The ballot also includes a Board of Education seat and a judicial post that became open because of retirements. Among the incumbents in contested races is the Board of Education’s current vice chairman Marshall Orson, who faces...
Fulton County voters will elect government chair, school board members

Fulton County voters will elect government chair, school board members

Fulton County voters will find a number of competitive races on the ballot when they go to the polls this month, including a race for the top job in county government. In addition to electing a Fulton County commission chair, voters may have school board races on their ballots, as well as elections for judges, city council members and in one city, a new mayor. This is the second time in...
Cobb looks to unload parking decks, surplus property

Cobb looks to unload parking decks, surplus property

Cobb County plans to sell or lease at least ten properties, including two county-owned parking decks off Marietta Square, as elected leaders face down a $30 to $55 million impending budget deficit.  Cobb changed the parking fee structure just a few months ago in an effort to shore up the parking decks’ finances, but now commissioners are looking for someone to take them off their hands...
DeKalb commissioners approve gun control resolution

DeKalb commissioners approve gun control resolution

In a non-binding and mostly symbolic measure, members of the DeKalb Board of Commissioners approved a gun control resolution they say is in response to a Florida school shooting, as well as events closer to home. The measure was approved 6-1. Among other things, it encourages state and federal lawmakers and retailers to limit or prohibit gun sales to people under age 21 or who have been...
Atlanta mayor proposes ‘transparency officer’ at City Hall

Atlanta mayor proposes ‘transparency officer’ at City Hall

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Monday introduced reforms to the way the city handles open records requests, including the creation of a “transparency officer” to ensure compliance with state sunshine laws. The legislation from Bottoms’ office follows a tumultuous two months for the city, in which Bottoms has had to grapple with the fallout of alleged open records abuses under...
Statement on behalf of former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Statement on behalf of former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

“This allegation is a complete mischaracterization of the events which took place surrounding this Open Records Request. Jenna Garland worked tirelessly to respond to open records requests and media inquiries in good faith each and every day. There are no circumstances under which the City would refuse to comply with a valid Open Records Request. The City was responding to numerous records requests...
‘No action needed’: Texts show possible Kasim Reed role in records request

‘No action needed’: Texts show possible Kasim Reed role in records request

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have obtained text messages that raise fresh questions about former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s role in delaying public information requests under Georgia’s sunshine laws. In the messages, dated March 22, 2017, Reed’s former press secretary Jenna Garland tells a Watershed Department employee how she should handle a Channel...
Man wrongfully arrested aims to sue former DeKalb judge, administrator

Man wrongfully arrested aims to sue former DeKalb judge, administrator

DeKalb County Recorder’s Court became so dysfunctional, officials say, that the General Assembly dissolved it in 2015.But not before the court’s errors turned Bobby Schroeder III’s life upside down. When he was issued a traffic ticket in 2013, he went to Recorder’s Court and paid the fine, he said. But the court reported to the state Department of Driver Services that...
Buckhead library closed to early voting in Fulton County for sewer fix

Buckhead library closed to early voting in Fulton County for sewer fix

A Fulton County early voting site is closed Monday after an emergency sewer repair has shut down the building. The Buckhead library, at 269 Buckhead Ave. NE in Atlanta, will be closed until the repairs are complete, and no early voting will take place there. VIDEO: In other Fulton news Early voting started last Monday and will continue through Friday, May 18. The election is Tuesday, May...
Ambulance providers competing for Fulton County contract

Ambulance providers competing for Fulton County contract

Over 11 days last August, five people who called 911 in southern Fulton County ended up taking their own vehicles to the hospital when an ambulance was not available, and there was no indication of how long it would be before one was free. In other instances, it took more than an hour before an ambulance showed up to help. And on several occasions last fall, the south Fulton ambulance provider, American...
GBI records investigation moves closer to ex-Mayor Reed

GBI records investigation moves closer to ex-Mayor Reed

The GBI criminal investigation into open records violations at Atlanta City Hall now includes records associated with former Mayor Kasim Reed’s communications director and the mayor himself, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News have learned. On Friday, the GBI informed lawyers for the AJC and Channel 2 it wants records detailing how the city responded to an AJC request...
Elections: Taxes likely to dominate May 22 Cobb primaries

Elections: Taxes likely to dominate May 22 Cobb primaries

Cobb voters heading to the polls for the May 22 primaries will have an opportunity to shape the outcomes of several important local races, including county commission and school board seats.  County Commission candidates have sought to distinguish themselves on the subjects of taxes, transit, and zoning. The school board races will likely turn on local concerns as well as budgetary issues. ...
Fulton County to hold Tuesday public meeting on Central Library plan

Fulton County to hold Tuesday public meeting on Central Library plan

Atlanta’s Central Library is slated to close for renovations this summer, but what, exactly, will be done to the building is still a matter of debate. The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System has proposed an upgrade that would add more glass to the Brutalist, concrete building that was the last designed by famed architect Marcel Breuer. Some preservationists have called foul...
Police: Florida man tasered after walking naked through neighborhood carrying cooking oil

Police: Florida man tasered after walking naked through neighborhood carrying cooking oil

A Florida man was arrested Thursday for allegedly walking naked through a neighborhood during a rainstorm and carrying cooking oil, the Pensacola News Journal reported. Joseph John Musso, 63, was charged with loitering and prowling, lewd and lascivious behavior, resisting an officer without violence and exposure of sexual organs, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office said. According to...
Aimovig: New migraine prevention drug approved by FDA

Aimovig: New migraine prevention drug approved by FDA

If you suffer from chronic migraines, relief is here. According to The Associated Press, the Food and Drug Administration last week approved Aimovig, a monthly shot that aims to reduce migraines. The drug, developed by Amgen Inc. and Novartis AG, is "injected monthly just under the skin using a pen-like device," the AP reported. Its price tag: $6,900 annually before insurance. But how...
Chrissy Teigen, John Legend share first photo, reveal name of newborn son

Chrissy Teigen, John Legend share first photo, reveal name of newborn son

Aww! Model, TV host and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen took to Instagram on Sunday to share a sweet photo and reveal the name of her newborn son. "Hello, world! This is Miles Theodore Stephens," Teigen wrote. "We are drowning in his little peeps and nuzzles. Our household feels overwhelmed with love. Thank you for all your well wishes!" Meanwhile, Teigen's husband, singer...
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry donate royal wedding flowers to hospice patients

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry donate royal wedding flowers to hospice patients

Patients at St. Joseph's Hospice in London received a special gift after Saturday's royal wedding. According to People magazine, Britain's Prince Harry and bride Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, gave the hospice some flowers that had been used to decorate St. George's Chapel for their ceremony. "Today we got a very special delivery. Beautiful bouquets made from the #royalwedding flowers...
Original 'Kiss Me, Kate' star Patricia Morison dead at 103

Original 'Kiss Me, Kate' star Patricia Morison dead at 103

Patricia Morison, who played the shrewish lead role in the 1948 Cole Porter Broadway musical “Kiss Me, Kate,” died Sunday, Variety reported. She was 103.  Morison also appeared on stage with Yul Brynner in “The King and I” and starred in films such as “The Song of Bernadette.” She also appeared as Basil Rathbone’s foil in the 1946 Sherlock Holmes...
Accused Santa Fe shooter won't get death penalty -- and could get paroled someday 

Accused Santa Fe shooter won't get death penalty -- and could get paroled someday 

Even though Dimitrios Pagourtzis was charged as an adult in the mass shooting at a southeastern Texas high school Friday, he will not face the death penalty and could even be eligible for parole someday, the Houston Chronicle reported. Pagourtzis, 17, a high school junior, admitted to the shootings that killed 10 and wounded 13, according to court documents. While he is facing a capital murder...
Trump demands Justice Department probe claims of spying on his 2016 campaign

Trump demands Justice Department probe claims of spying on his 2016 campaign

In a tweet Sunday afternoon, President Donald Trump said he will demand that the Justice Department investigate whether it or the FBI spied on his 2016 presidential campaign for political reasons, CNN reported. "I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow, that the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political...
LSU football legend, Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon dead at 80

LSU football legend, Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon dead at 80

Billy Cannon, the 1959 Heisman Trophy winner who led Louisiana State University to a national title in 1958, died Sunday, The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported. He was 80. Cannon, a running back, is the only player in LSU football history to win the Heisman. His famous “Halloween run” -- an 89-yard punt return in the fourth quarter against No. 3 Ole Miss in 1959 -- remains one...
South Carolina authorities searching for 3 escaped inmates

South Carolina authorities searching for 3 escaped inmates

South Carolina authorities are searching for three inmates -- two of whom are charged with murder -- who escaped from a jail, WRDW reported. The Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that the trio escaped from the county detention center Saturday night and that all are considered dangerous. The three inmates were identified as Tyshon Demontrea Johnson, 27, Curtis Ray...
Police: 13-year-old in custody after 2 children shot in Central Florida city

Police: 13-year-old in custody after 2 children shot in Central Florida city

Two children were hospitalized after being shot in a Central Florida city Saturday evening and a 13-year-old boy was in custody, police said.  The incident occurred shortly before 6 p.m. in the Brevard County city of Palm Bay. Two juvenile victims, who police did not identify, were taken to nearby hospitals in serious but stable condition, police said.  One victim was later transported to...
North Carolina deputies find nearly $91 million of liquid meth on truck

North Carolina deputies find nearly $91 million of liquid meth on truck

Deputies in North Carolina on Saturday seized a tractor-trailer containing $90.8 million worth of liquid methamphetamine in the driver's side fuel tank, WTVD reported. Raul Topete Arreola, 49, and Aquileo Perez Pineda, 48, were charged with three counts of trafficking methamphetamine, according to the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said they found 120 gallons of liquid meth in...
25 people in New York City hospitalized for synthetic marijuana overdoses

25 people in New York City hospitalized for synthetic marijuana overdoses

Twenty-five people in New York City were hospitalized Saturday night after apparently having a negative reaction to synthetic marijuana, WABC reported. Lt. Paul Ng of the New York Police Department said that the drug, known as K2, was taken by people in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. They were taken to the hospital after reports of being unresponsive, WABC reported. Officials said...
Police: Massachusetts man arrested for allegedly hitting dog with baseball bat

Police: Massachusetts man arrested for allegedly hitting dog with baseball bat

A Massachusetts man was arrested Friday for allegedly abusing a dog with a baseball bat. Gregory Ostiguy, 50, of New Bedford, was arrested by Dartmouth Police and charged with animal cruelty. Police responded to a report of animal abuse at around 6:50 p.m. on Friday. After an investigation, police determined that Ostiguy did in fact strike the dog with a bat. The dog was transported...
Meghan Markle's rescue dog, Guy the beagle, goes from shelter pup to royal pet

Meghan Markle's rescue dog, Guy the beagle, goes from shelter pup to royal pet

A new member of the royal family is making headlines – and no, we're not talking about Meghan Markle. According to the Guardian, a beagle named Guy was in a Kentucky kill shelter until Ontario-based A Dog's Dream Rescue saved him and offered him for adoption at a 2015 event in Canada. That's where he met his new owner, Markle, who went on to marry Britain's Prince Harry on Saturday. A royal...
Royal wedding: Kitty Spencer stuns with resemblance to her aunt, Princess Diana

Royal wedding: Kitty Spencer stuns with resemblance to her aunt, Princess Diana

Bride Meghan Markle wasn't the only one turning heads at Saturday's royal wedding. Many fans of the royals said Lady Kitty Spencer, niece of the late Princess Diana and daughter of Earl Charles Spencer, Diana's brother, looked just like her famous aunt. According to the New York Daily News, the 27-year-old model wore a forest green Dolce & Gabbana dress with a matching hat and veil.  >>...
Royal wedding: Meghan Markle wears Princess Diana's aquamarine ring to reception

Royal wedding: Meghan Markle wears Princess Diana's aquamarine ring to reception

After Saturday's royal wedding, Meghan Markle honored the late Princess Diana, Prince Harry's mother, with a little "something blue." According to "Today" and Vogue, the Duchess of Sussex wore Diana's emerald-cut aquamarine ring to the couple's evening wedding reception. >> Read more trending news  The ring wasn't the only nod to the Princess of Wales. BuzzFeed...
Doctor laced his ex-girlfriend's tea with abortion pills, got three years in prison

Doctor laced his ex-girlfriend's tea with abortion pills, got three years in prison

A Washington-area doctor was sentenced to three years in prison for slipping an abortion pill into his pregnant ex-girlfriend's drink, causing her to miscarry. » RELATED: He was caught on video, but Georgia doctor kept his medical license Sikander Imran, a former doctor at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, was sentenced Friday after his former girlfriend, Brook Fiske...
Puppies' cuteness peaks right when they need humans most, study finds

Puppies' cuteness peaks right when they need humans most, study finds

It is not clear exactly when or precisely how, but at some point thousands of years ago, dogs became the world's first domesticated animal. When those descendants of wolves hitched their star to humans, they hitched it hard. » RELATED: Bill blocks Georgia cities from outlawing puppy sales at stores Consider one key difference between the pups of wolves and the pups of street dogs, which...
California woman reunited with man she found buried alive as baby 

California woman reunited with man she found buried alive as baby 

A California woman who found a newborn buried alive 20 years ago was reunited with him Thursday, KABC reported. As Matthew Christian Whitaker celebrated his 20th birthday, his biggest present was meeting Azita Milanian, a woman who saved his life after finding him covered with dirt along a hiking trail in Altadena, California. On May 17, 1998, Milanian was jogging with her dogs on the hiking...
Report: Hertz customers arrested after rental cars mistakenly reported as stolen

Report: Hertz customers arrested after rental cars mistakenly reported as stolen

More than  half a dozen customers of a national rental car company were arrested after their vehicles were mistakenly reported as stolen, WPVI reported. Hertz is being forced to pay thousands of dollars to customers after they were jailed despite being paying customers with no delinquent accounts. Pennsylvania resident Kelly Grady was driving her rented Chevy Yukon from Hertz when the lights...
Lyft driver in Indianapolis orders gay couple out of his car after they kiss

Lyft driver in Indianapolis orders gay couple out of his car after they kiss

The Lyft driver picked up Ben Martella and Alec Jansen at Indianapolis' Butler University and didn't say anything during what was supposed to be a ride to Broad Ripple, Indiana.           That is, until they kissed. At a stoplight around 5 p.m. on May 5, the driver ordered the gay college couple out of his car. » RELATED: ...
'Suits' cast reunites in England on eve of royal wedding

'Suits' cast reunites in England on eve of royal wedding

Meghan Markle's former “Suits” castmates had a reunion Friday night in the United Kingdom in anticipation of the royal wedding and shared some photographs on social media, Harper’s Bazaar reported. Patrick J. Adams and his wife, Troian Bellisario, visited the Royal Standard of England, the country’s the oldest pub, while Gabriel Macht and his wife Jacinda Barret strolled...
Meghan Markle, Michelle Obama trace families to same Georgia town

Meghan Markle, Michelle Obama trace families to same Georgia town

Michelle Obama and Meghan Markle both can trace their families to the same Georgia town, and not only were their ancestors both Jonesboro residents, they also lived there at the same time. According to professional genealogist Megan Smolenyak, both had third great-grandmothers living in Jonesboro in the years after the Civil War. Meghan Markle’s great-great-great grandmother on her...
Harry and Meghan’s new titles: Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Harry and Meghan’s new titles: Duke and Duchess of Sussex

On the morning of the royal wedding Queen Elizabeth II conferred the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, CNN reported. Harry will hold several titles: His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Markle will be known as Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Sussex. Titles are decided by the Queen when a relative either comes of age...
Flag-carrying, armed man near Texas school after shooting sparks outrage

Flag-carrying, armed man near Texas school after shooting sparks outrage

A video clip of an unidentified man holding an American flag and wearing a pistol near the site of Friday’s mass shooting at a southeastern Texas high school has sparked outrage, CNN reported. “You’ve got a handgun on your hip. What’s going on? Where are you walking to?” a reporter asks the man, who was near Santa Fe High School where 10 people were killed and...
Affidavit: Santa Fe High School shooting suspect spared students he liked

Affidavit: Santa Fe High School shooting suspect spared students he liked

The suspect in the Santa Fe High School shooting in southeastern Texas said he did not shoot people he liked and meant to kill the students he targeted, according to a probable cause affidavit. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, allegedly used a shotgun and a revolver to kill 10 people and injure 10 others. He has cooperated with police, Galveston County Magistrate Mark Henry told CNN.  In a video...
Who is John Barnes, the officer injured in the Santa Fe shooting?

Who is John Barnes, the officer injured in the Santa Fe shooting?

John Barnes, the school police officer who confronted the shooter at Santa Fe High School on Friday, has had a long career in law enforcement, the Houston Chronicle reported. Barnes, 49, and another officer confronted Dimitros Pagourtzis, the 17-year-old junior accused in the shooting. Barnes was wounded from a shotgun blast, according to Houston Police Department Capt. Jim Dale, a close friend...
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt offers to pay for funerals of Santa Fe victims

Texans defensive end J.J. Watt offers to pay for funerals of Santa Fe victims

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt has offered to pay for the funerals of all the victims in Friday morning’s mass shooting at Santa Fe High School, KRIV reported. “Absolutely horrific,” Watts tweeted Friday in response to the shooting, which left 10 people dead and 10 others injured at the high school located southeast of Houston.  The Texans confirmed Friday...
Sprained your knee? The cost of a brace could sprain your wallet

Sprained your knee? The cost of a brace could sprain your wallet

One July evening, Carol Harnett was in a crosswalk in downtown Portland, Ore., when a driver made an illegal turn and hit her. Transported by ambulance to a hospital, she was diagnosed with a severely sprained right ankle and left wrist, as well as a concussion. At the emergency room, doctors gave her steel-reinforced braces for her wrist and ankle and told her she was free to go. “But I can&rsquo...
Never heard of third-hand smoke? Here’s why you should care

Never heard of third-hand smoke? Here’s why you should care

PHILADELPHIA — Dodging the clouds of toxic cigarette smoke along city streets and at building entrances has become the norm for those wanting to avoid the health risks from breathing in second-hand smoke. But if you think being in a smoke-free building will shield you from the negative health effects of second-hand smoke, you are in for a surprise. Now there is third-hand smoke: the residue...
Uptick in vector-borne illnesses in US and what it means to you

Uptick in vector-borne illnesses in US and what it means to you

Illnesses caused by disease-infected ticks, mosquitoes and fleas have tripled in the U.S. in recent years, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Lyme disease is the most common illness attributed to ticks. “It’s the most common vector-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere and in North America, in the U.S. specifically,” says Dr. Bobbi...
Scientists devise a game to find a cure for Alzheimer’s

Scientists devise a game to find a cure for Alzheimer’s

“Stall Catchers” Alzheimer’s research game stallcatchers.com —- Want to cure Alzheimer’s? Get in line. Researchers have long been puzzled by the disease and vexed by how long it’s taking to unravel its mysteries. One group of scientists is helping speed up that process with assistance from the public. “Stall Catchers,” a game created by Cornell University&rsquo...
Rumors swirl about Meghan Markle’s wedding gown

Rumors swirl about Meghan Markle’s wedding gown

Leading British designer Stella McCartney is a favorite to design the wedding gown for friend Meghan Markle, when she marries Prince Harry at the royal wedding of the century Saturday at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor. >> Read more trending news  British bridal designer Carolina Castigliano told Page Six that she believes  McCartney, best known for...
Video: This woman did CPR on a parakeet and it actually worked

Video: This woman did CPR on a parakeet and it actually worked

Chelsea Steiner is a certified emergency medical technician, but she doesn't have a job in that field yet. She works as a manager at Domino's, volunteering with paramedics in her free time to get hands-on experience. » RELATED: 7 places in the Atlanta area to learn child and infant CPR Earlier this week, when she was visiting friends on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Steiner, 22, had an...
SeaWorld Orlando will pour free beers on Fridays this summer

SeaWorld Orlando will pour free beers on Fridays this summer

Sea water won’t be the only thing flowing at SeaWorld Orlando this summer. The theme park will offer free beer for guests on Fridays this summer, starting Friday. Guests aged 21 and older can visit Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen Patio to get up to two free seven-ounce beers per visit. The free beer will flow from 10:30 a.m. until one hour before the park closes. The beer selection will include...
Burglar ransacks dead man's Manhattan apartment

Burglar ransacks dead man's Manhattan apartment

A burglar broke into a dead man’s apartment in Manhattan and stole more than $13,000 in valuables, the New York Post reported. Marcus McHugh died in his apartment May 11. The theft was discovered Wednesday when McHugh’s 71-year-old mother went to his apartment with a police escort to retrieve his belongings, the Post reported. The police seal that was put on the door of McHugh&rsquo...
Former Russian spy released from British hospital after poisoning

Former Russian spy released from British hospital after poisoning

Sergei Skripal, the ex-Russian spy who was poisoned with a nerve agent in the United Kingdom in March, was released from a hospital on Friday, the BBC reported. Skripal was found slumped on a park bench in Salisbury on March 4 along with his daughter, Yulia Skripal, after being exposed to Novichok, a nerve agent, CNN reported. Yulia Skripal, 33, was released from the hospital on April...
Man who fired shots at Trump golf course in Miami wounded by police

Man who fired shots at Trump golf course in Miami wounded by police

A man who fired shots at a Miami-area golf course owned by President Donald Trump was shot and wounded early Friday, the Sun-Sentinel reported. The man, identified as Jonathan Oddi, 42, of Doral, was not a guest at the resort, The Miami Herald reported. The suspect was waving an American flag and “yelling and spewing some information” about Trump at Trump National...
Wrong directions: Alabama interstate signs contain incorrect information

Wrong directions: Alabama interstate signs contain incorrect information

Drivers on an Alabama interstate did double takes Wednesday after viewing a new sign in the Birmingham area that displayed incorrect highway directions, AL.com reported. The sign at the I-65 junction with I-59 and I-20 that is called “Malfunction Junction” by local residents, instructed drivers to stay in the middle lane for “I-65 West and I-59 South,” toward Tuscaloosa...
Ohio woman catches man recording her in restaurant bathroom

Ohio woman catches man recording her in restaurant bathroom

An Ohio woman using a restroom at a Cleveland restaurant Tuesday knew something was wrong when she noticed a pair of men’s bowling shoes in the next stall. Her fears intensified when she saw a black iPhone being held over the stall wall at the Punch Bowl Social restaurant, recording her from behind. She swatted at the cellphone and knocked it to the floor, WJW reported. Then, the 24-year-old...
Teen girl hospitalized after being choked, punched by male student

Teen girl hospitalized after being choked, punched by male student

A 15-year-old Tennessee girl spent hours in the hospital Thursday after she said she was punched and choked by a male student while riding a school bus home. The Craigmont Middle School student told Memphis police that she felt like at one point she could not breathe. The girl's mother took her to the hospital after they filed a formal complaint with the school. The family also filed a report...
Photo of Texas teen shading woman with umbrella goes viral

Photo of Texas teen shading woman with umbrella goes viral

A photo of a Texas teen who shaded a woman in a wheelchair with an umbrella has gone viral, KTRK reported. Louis Jordan was picking his mother up from work in downtown Houston when he saw a stranger sitting in the heat. "It was unbearably hot. I wouldn't want to be out there in the sun," Jordan told KTRK. Jordan went back to his car and grabbed an umbrella, then returned to offer shade...
Special education teacher in Georgia arrested on drug charges

Special education teacher in Georgia arrested on drug charges

A special education teacher in Georgia was arrested in Henry County on drug trafficking charges, police said. Alma Nichole Jones, 33, teaches pre-kindergarten at Livingston Elementary in Newton County. She is on administrative leave pending a Newton County Schools investigation, a school spokeswoman said. On May 10, Jones was arrested along with Adrian Vernay Barlow, 35, at a home in McDonough. Drug...
Missouri firefighters rescue pit bull puppy caught in pipe

Missouri firefighters rescue pit bull puppy caught in pipe

A 5-week-old pit bull puppy was pulled to safety by Missouri firefighters after the animal fell about 20 feet down into a PVC pipe, KTVI reported. Members of the Ferguson Fire Department rescued Poncho on Wednesday after the puppy became wedged in the pipe. The animal had been a gift for a boy one day earlier. “They let the puppy in the backyard to play and apparently the grass has been...
Texas students turn hospital room into prom ballroom for classmate

Texas students turn hospital room into prom ballroom for classmate

A Texas high school student confined to a hospital bed because of a condition he has endured since birth still got to enjoy his senior prom -- and was even crowned prom king, WFAA reported. Terrence Mayhorn was born with encephalocele, a rare birth defect of the neural tube that affects the brain. He required surgery when he was 3 days old to drain excess fluid from his brain into his abdomen...
Royal gambling fever: Who’s walking Meghan Markle down the aisle, color of Queen’s hat, will Harry shave?

Royal gambling fever: Who’s walking Meghan Markle down the aisle, color of Queen’s hat, will Harry shave?

Oddsmakers are taking bets on both the most mundane and the more unusual possible occurrences at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding extravaganza on Saturday at Windsor Castle. >> Read more trending news  Bets range from the obvious, like who will walk Markle down the aisle now that her father has bowed out, and the color of the Queen’s hat, to whether Markle&rsquo...
New autism research could predict whether children as young as 3 months old are at risk

New autism research could predict whether children as young as 3 months old are at risk

A groundbreaking study is being done at Boston Children's Hospital that researchers say could potentially predict whether a child as young as 3 months old is at-risk for developing autism. Right now, most children can't receive a reliable diagnosis until they are at least 1 year old.  Chase Minicucci and his mother, Hillary Steele Minicucci, regularly go to Boston Children&rsquo...
Chrissy Teigen, John Legend welcome baby boy

Chrissy Teigen, John Legend welcome baby boy

Cookbook author and TV personality Chrissy Teigen and singer John Legend have welcomed their second child, a son, People reported.  >> Read more trending news  "Somebody’s herrrrrrre!" Teigen, 32, wrote early Thursday in a tweet that included baby bottle emojis. The celebrity couple also have a daughter, 2-year-old Luna.  According to E!, Teigen and Legend...
Bread and milk: Why do we panic-buy those foods before a storm?

Bread and milk: Why do we panic-buy those foods before a storm?

Whenever severe winter weather approaches, grocery store aisles are always clear of eggs, bread and milk. But why is that the case? >> Read more trending storiesThe CDC recommends bread as a no-cook food to stock ahead of a storm, but not perishables like milk and eggs. A power outage means those foods may not last until the storm passes. Duke University behavioral economist Dan Ariely...
Family emergency supply kit must-haves

Family emergency supply kit must-haves

Emergency Supplies: Water, food, and clean air are important things to have if an emergency happens. Each family or individual's kit should be customized to meet specific needs, such as medications and infant formula. It should also be customized to include important family documents.. Recommended Supplies to Include in a Basic Kit:  Water, one gallon of water per person per day, for drinking...
Pro tips to make your home orderly and attractive

Pro tips to make your home orderly and attractive

If you’re a borderline hoarder with serious home organization issues in desperate need of some professional advice, follow The Home Edit on Instagram. If you’re a neat freak with a decluttering obsession and an eye for design, follow The Home Edit on Instagram. Either way, you won’t be disappointed. Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin started The Home Edit, a home-organization business...
Tackling the fixer-upper next door

Tackling the fixer-upper next door

Every morning, when I sit at my dining room table with my first cup of coffee, this is what I see out my window: our fixer-upper next door looking pretty nasty right now. The poor little house is half-dressed in its new wood shingles, surrounded by a sea of mud and accented with a big green dumpster. It’s been worse, let me assure you. When we bought it, it was covered with bright blue siding...
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