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DeKalb County: Major sewage spill reported in Brookhaven

A broken pipe created a major sewage spill in Brookhaven this week that polluted public waterways, according to DeKalb County’s government. County officials warned residents Friday to stay away from the waterway until further notice. The spill occurred near Nancy Creek and Mill Creek Road. The county reported the spill Thursday to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Georgia...


Fulton County expanding options to reduce homelessness

Fulton County expanding options to reduce homelessness

With the Peachtree-Pine shelter set to close its doors this month, Fulton County is taking steps to help reduce the homeless population. The county is creating two centralized assessment centers, one each in the north and south parts of the county, to help people who are homeless find shelter and deal with the root causes of the issue. County leaders are also negotiating with Atlanta to open...
4 south DeKalb parks upgraded with new playgrounds and trails

4 south DeKalb parks upgraded with new playgrounds and trails

Remodeled parks, playgrounds, trails and a football field are opening across south DeKalb County. The county held ribbon-cutting ceremonies at Exchange Park, Gresham Park, Midway Park and Longdale Park last month and this month. The four parks are located in DeKalb Commission District 3, which includes East Lake, Gresham Park, Wesley Chapel and surrounding neighborhoods. The $1.1 million in improvements...
Gwinnett judge resigns after controversial Confederate monument posts

Gwinnett judge resigns after controversial Confederate monument posts

The Gwinnett County judge suspended Tuesday for controversial Facebook comments about Confederate monuments and protesters has now resigned. Jim Hinkle, a part-time magistrate judge for 14 years, tendered his resignation Wednesday, Chief Magistrate Judge Kristina Hammer Blum said in an emailed statement released through a Gwinnett County spokesman. “For 14 years, Judge Hinkle has dutifully...
Fulton County taking steps to reduce homeless population, open shelter

Fulton County taking steps to reduce homeless population, open shelter

Fulton County is taking steps to help reduce the homeless population, negotiating with Atlanta to open a new homeless shelter and providing centralized assessment centers in the north and south parts of the county. The shelter, Jefferson Place, had been operated by Fulton County but closed several years ago. With Atlanta planning to close the Peachtree-Pine shelter, the county is negotiating...
Developer David Marvin bet on downtown Atlanta when others wouldn’t

Developer David Marvin bet on downtown Atlanta when others wouldn’t

In the late 90s, after the heady days of the Summer Olympics had faded, downtown Atlanta was perceived by many in the development community as crime-ridden, dirty and overrun with homeless. While most of the big warehouses that covered the landscape had been demolished to make way for Centennial Olympic Park, other low-slung buildings along Marietta Street remained empty after the Games. The gravel...
DeKalb mails more water bills after checking for accuracy

DeKalb mails more water bills after checking for accuracy

Thousands of DeKalb residents will soon receive their first water bills in months as county officials have been working to correct inaccuracies. DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond announced Wednesday that the county is mailing 3,500 more water bills this week from the July and August billing period. In all, the county has now restarted billing for 16,500 of 37,000 customers whose billing...
Andrew Young opposes fight over Confederate statues

Andrew Young opposes fight over Confederate statues

Civil rights icon and former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young said Wednesday he doesn’t back the fight to tear down Confederate memorials around the country and that he fears it could have unintended consequences. “I think it’s too costly to refight the Civil War,” Young said Wednesday at a press conference in which he and fellow civil rights icon C.T. Vivian endorsed Atlanta City...
MARTA ridership down since I-85 reopened in Atlanta

MARTA ridership down since I-85 reopened in Atlanta

When the I-85 bridge collapsed this spring, MARTA increased service and staffing to win over commuters forced off Atlanta highways and onto its trains. But an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of federal transit statistics suggests MARTA got only a small boost in ridership that didn’t last. In fact, ridership on the system’s trains and buses is down more than 2 percent this year...
Another Gwinnett official in hot water over Facebook posts

Another Gwinnett official in hot water over Facebook posts

A Gwinnett County judge and longtime local politician was suspended Tuesday after writing controversial Facebook posts about protests over Confederate memorials in Charlottesville, Virginia, and elsewhere. The controversy surrounding Jim Hinkle — a magistrate judge who served as mayor of the city of Grayson for more than two decades — comes just as the uproar surrounding...
Gwinnett judge suspended after posts about Confederate monuments

Gwinnett judge suspended after posts about Confederate monuments

A Gwinnett County judge and longtime local politician has been suspended after making controversial Facebook posts about protests over Confederate memorials in Charlottesville, Virginia, and elsewhere. Judge Jim Hinkle — a magistrate judge who served as mayor of the city of Grayson for more than two decades before retiring in 2013 — took to Facebook on Saturday to label the Charlottesville...
VA leader tolerates staffer who talks of sending hippies to ‘the ovens’

VA leader tolerates staffer who talks of sending hippies to ‘the ovens’

The head of VA’s national health care enrollment office in Atlanta exchanged a series of unprofessional and racially charged instant messages with another VA employee — raising new doubts about the leadership of the enrollment system that serves millions of veterans nationwide. The exchanges between Angel Lawrence, the director of the VA’s Health Enrollment Center (HEC) based in...
Atlanta mayor orders flags at half-staff, considers renaming Confederate roads

Atlanta mayor orders flags at half-staff, considers renaming Confederate roads

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is ordering flags at City Hall to fly at half-staff after last weekend’s deadly demonstrations in Charlottesville, Va., and is considering petitions calling for streets with Confederate names to be changed. Reed, in a statement, said he has ordered flags on city property to flown at half-staff “out of respect for the victims of violence in Charlottesville...
Little Creek Horse Farm near Decatur set for upgrades

Little Creek Horse Farm near Decatur set for upgrades

Little Creek Horse Farm, a 40-acre park near Decatur that’s a home to dozens of horses, will soon be renovated. The DeKalb Board of Commissioners voted unanimously July 27 to spend $215,000 on parking lots, manure management, roof improvements, pasture management and wireless internet. In addition, a donor is building a pavilion to improve viewing for visitors, said Commissioner Steve...
Atlanta, Fulton expanding animal control after mauling at bus stop

Atlanta, Fulton expanding animal control after mauling at bus stop

Following the mauling death of a kindergartner earlier this year, Fulton County and Atlanta have agreed to add more animal control officers in the city, and to increase patrol hours. With the agreement, approved by Atlanta in July and the county earlier this month, two more officers will be dedicated to Atlanta, raising the number of officers who primarily work within the city to nine. Animal control...
DeKalb needs manager in charge of water billing fixes, auditors say

DeKalb needs manager in charge of water billing fixes, auditors say

DeKalb’s government should put someone in charge of making sure that a plan to fix the county’s inaccurate water billing system becomes a reality. That was the message delivered Friday by financial services firm KPMG, which conducted an audit that recommended 22 ways to eliminate the county’s pervasive problem with high bills. The audit suggested replacing water...
DeKalb Commissioner Greg Adams accused of sexual harassment

DeKalb Commissioner Greg Adams accused of sexual harassment

An assistant to DeKalb County Commissioner Greg Adams is accusing him of sexual harassment by allegedly pursuing a late-night tryst, requesting pictures of her in a bikini and calling himself her “big daddy.” Ashlee Wright, who is Adams’ district director, wants a $750,000 payment from the county government to settle her claims outside of court, according to a letter from her attorneys...
Cobb homeless shelter faces backlash to proposed expansion

Cobb homeless shelter faces backlash to proposed expansion

In the face of growing suburban poverty and a diminishing stock of affordable housing, Cobb County’s only walk-up homeless shelter is looking to grow.  MUST Ministries has been serving the homeless for more than 20 years at its current location off Cobb Parkway.  The organization’s bid to relocate to a bigger facility half a mile down the road has sparked backlash from residents...
Fulton County to refinance $60 million in bonds for Hawks renovation

Fulton County to refinance $60 million in bonds for Hawks renovation

Fulton County will have to refinance $60 million worth of loans on Philips Arena as part of a plan to refurbish the building, Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves said. The Hawks basketball team plans to contribute $50 million toward a $192.5 million renovation of the arena. Fulton County is a part-owner of the property as part of the Atlanta-Fulton Recreation Authority. Eaves said...
Medical board sending Georgia’s doctors to opioid training

Medical board sending Georgia’s doctors to opioid training

Every doctor in Georgia must get training on proper prescribing of opioids under a rule approved Thursday morning by the Georgia Composite Medical Board. “Almost everybody in the state knows we are in the midst of an opioid epidemic right now,” said Dr. E. Dan DeLoach, a plastic surgeon from Savannah who is the chairman of the medical board. “We’re seeing the number of people...
Metro Atlanta cities, counties file water wars brief to Supreme Court

Metro Atlanta cities, counties file water wars brief to Supreme Court

Florida failed to prove that limiting water use in Georgia would have any effect on how much water comes to the state, the Atlanta Regional Commission and seven other metro Atlanta cities and counties said in a friend-of-the-court brief filed Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court. The amicus brief came from Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett and Forsyth counties; Atlanta and Gainesville; and the Cobb County-Marietta...
Fulton Tax Commissioner Ferdinand will collect fee despite opposition

Fulton Tax Commissioner Ferdinand will collect fee despite opposition

More than one county commissioner called the agreement “repugnant,” but still voted to allow Fulton County Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand to earn a $1-per-parcel fee for collecting taxes in the new city of South Fulton. Ferdinand, the highest-paid elected official in the state, had refused last month to negotiate on the fee, which is allowed under state law. He earned about...
Cobb approves more than $600,000 in jail improvements

Cobb approves more than $600,000 in jail improvements

The Cobb County Commission approved more than $600,000 for a new roof and other upgrades to the county jail Tuesday. The jail, which is run by the Sheriff’s Office, currently houses about 2,000 people and can hold more than 3,000, said Col. Roland Craig, who presented the request to commissioners.  “The building is 30 years old now,” he said. “Some of the substructures...
Gwinnett’s swanky new senior center is officially open

Gwinnett’s swanky new senior center is officially open

Gwinnett County officially has a brand new senior center. Officials from the county, the state legislature and others cut the ribbon Tuesday morning on the Centerville Senior Center, which opened the day prior. The new building at 3025 Bethany Church Road more than doubles the number of people who could be served at the previous “satellite center,” which consisted of a single room...
Free DeKalb water park admission on Saturday

Free DeKalb water park admission on Saturday

Want to get into a water park for free this weekend?  Browns Mill Aquatic Center near Lithonia is offering complimentary admission for DeKalb County residents from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. The park has water slides, swimming pools and a lazy river. The 5th Annual Community Appreciation Day, sponsored by DeKalb Superior Court Clerk Debra DeBerry, includes a food ticket and...
Solar eclipse 2017: How Atlanta traffic could be affected

Solar eclipse 2017: How Atlanta traffic could be affected

On the afternoon of August 21, the moon will pass between the sun and Earth for the first total solar eclipse visible in all 50 states in nearly 100 years. Astronomers are calling it the Great American Eclipse. According to NASA, it will create a 60- to 70-mile-wide path where the moon will totally block the sun. The closer viewers are to the center of the path, the longer the view will last...
Lake Lanier advocates ask Georgia to keep drought restrictions in place

Lake Lanier advocates ask Georgia to keep drought restrictions in place

The Lake Lanier area and several northeast Georgia counties are still under significant drought restrictions — and one advocacy group wants to keep it that way. The Lake Lanier Association, a nonprofit that tasks itself with “protecting the quality and quantity" of water at its man-made namesake, released Sunday a page-long statement urging Georgia’s Environmental...
Roswell Mayor Jere Wood, a force in Atlanta region, fights removal

Roswell Mayor Jere Wood, a force in Atlanta region, fights removal

Jere Wood’s impact on the city of Roswell can be felt in everything from its park land to its borders. He’s expanded both in the 20 years he’s been mayor. He’s also championed the city’s river walk, been a proponent for bike lanes and has pushed for infrastructure improvements as a way to spur development. When he comes down the street on a bicycle or sporting a bow tie...
Ex-city clerk files another suit claiming discrimination by Snellville

Ex-city clerk files another suit claiming discrimination by Snellville

Former Snellville city clerk Phyllis Moreland-Richardson has filed a new federal lawsuit against the city, claiming she was discriminated against and prevented from doing her job because she is black. Another suit that Moreland-Richardson filed in 2015 to challenge her contentious firing was dismissed earlier this year. Then-Mayor Kelly Kautz appointed Moreland-Richardson to be Snellville&rsquo...
Report alleges DeKalb gamed federal jobs program

Report alleges DeKalb gamed federal jobs program

DeKalb County took federal money meant for hiring unemployed or underpaid workers and instead spent it on the salaries of newly recruited firefighters who already had jobs, according to a report from the county’s ethics officer. Diverting $150,000 in federal money from the U.S. Department of Labor’s on-the-job training initiative to supplement the salaries of 34 firefighters in 2014...
Moved to make way for Falcons stadium, churches still work to fulfill mission

Moved to make way for Falcons stadium, churches still work to fulfill mission

In Lloyd Hawk’s eyes, the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium is gorgeous, destined to become an icon not only in Atlanta but throughout the South. But when he looks at the corner of Mitchell Street and Northside Drive, he doesn’t just see the future home of the Atlanta Falcons. He sees weddings and funerals, a place where people went to leave their troubles with God and to celebrate holidays and...
How DeKalb (mostly) ended government deficits

How DeKalb (mostly) ended government deficits

When the DeKalb Board of Commissioners approved this year’s county’s budget, they finally found a way to nearly eliminate $27 million in deficit spending. The answer was simple math: Hold the line on expenses even as tax collections are projected to increase. Commissioners dedicated $24.7 million in new tax revenue to shoring up the county’s finances when they passed a...
Fulton County expresses ‘grave concern’ about Aug. 25 R. Kelly concert

Fulton County expresses ‘grave concern’ about Aug. 25 R. Kelly concert

In a Thursday letter to Live Nation, Fulton County Attorney Patrise Perkins-Hooker said the county had “grave concern” about the concert promoter’s decision to schedule a concert with R. Kelly at a county-owned amphitheater. “Based on the allegations reported in various news media outlets regarding this artist, the citizens of Fulton County have expressed their collective...
Court ousts Roswell mayor, rules he violated term limits

Court ousts Roswell mayor, rules he violated term limits

Roswell Mayor Jere Wood, a fixture in north Fulton politics for two decades, was abruptly removed from his post Thursday after a judge ruled he had violated the term limits that he championed. Wood said in a statement that he plans to fight the decision by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig Schwall, but that he will not seek another term in office. His fifth term expires at the end...
Lawmaker: Revive plans for downtown Atlanta passenger terminal

Lawmaker: Revive plans for downtown Atlanta passenger terminal

Decades-old plans to build a mammoth train and bus passenger terminal in downtown Atlanta are getting a new look, in part because of growing interest in mass transit by once-reluctant Republican lawmakers. The state Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday held a hearing on a proposed “multimodal passenger terminal” in the Gulch area of downtown – the first sign of life for the ...
UPDATE: Roswell Mayor Jere Wood plans to appeal term limit ruling

UPDATE: Roswell Mayor Jere Wood plans to appeal term limit ruling

Roswell Mayor Jere Wood said in a statement that he plans to appeal a judge’s decision removing him from office for violating  term limits he put in place. A Thursday order from Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig Schwall said Wood, who was first elected in 1997, was ineligible to run in 2013, when he was last elected. He ordered Wood be removed from office immediately...
300 DeKalb students complete paid summer internships

300 DeKalb students complete paid summer internships

About 300 DeKalb students made money and gained real-life work experience this summer by completing the county’s newly created summer internship program. The DeKalb Works initiative, launched in March, paired participants between the ages of 14 and 24 with 70 employers in the private and public sector. DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond said the program helped fight the 30 percent unemployment...
Fulton County will ask Live Nation to cancel Aug. 25 R. Kelly concert

Fulton County will ask Live Nation to cancel Aug. 25 R. Kelly concert

Fulton County commissioners asked the county attorney on Wednesday to send a letter asking Live Nation to cancel an R. Kelly concert scheduled at a county amphitheater later this month. The request comes after the singer was accused of keeping women as sex slaves in a cult in a Buzzfeed article that ran last month. Kelly has denied the allegations. Kenyette Tisha Barnes, who is part...
Fulton County OKs $60 million for Grady Hospital expansion

Fulton County OKs $60 million for Grady Hospital expansion

The contribution, paid for with taxpayer funds, would be more than a third of the total cost of the nearly $165 million project. The commitment will be a signal to private donors that local government is on board with the hospital’s plan to add a seven-story surgery center at its main campus and increase patient capacity at its Ponce de Leon AIDS and HIV treatment center, said John Haupert...
Abused as children, victims may get more time to sue

Abused as children, victims may get more time to sue

Christopher Gaba thought he was the only one. He could not imagine that others who attended the Darlington School in Rome, Georgia, also had been sexually abused. He certainly had no idea that others had accused the same teacher who molested him. So he said nothing. The statute of limitations for a civil case passed years ago. But this summer, other Darlington alumni went public with allegations...
Bill would let victims sue over cover-ups of decades-old sex abuse

Bill would let victims sue over cover-ups of decades-old sex abuse

Legislation unveiled Wednesday at the Georgia Capitol would let adults who were sexually abused as children sue institutions that they believe shielded their predators. House Bill 605, titled the Hidden Predator Act of 2018, would impose a two-year suspension of the civil statute of limitations in cases alleging childhood sexual abuse. Under current law, victims have until age 23 to file civil...
DeKalb demands compromise before Emory can join Atlanta

DeKalb demands compromise before Emory can join Atlanta

DeKalb County CEO Mike Thurmond and the DeKalb Commission want to slam the brakes on Emory University’s annexation into the city of Atlanta. County commissioners voted 5-0 to approve a resolution Tuesday that could delay the annexation, which is scheduled for a vote by the Atlanta City Council on Sept. 5. The resolution invokes a state law that requires arbitration when a county government...
Two Florida police officers fatally shot, suspect in custody

Two Florida police officers fatally shot, suspect in custody

Two Florida police officers were fatally shot while checking out a report of a suspicious person Friday night, Kissimmee police Chief Jeff O’Dell said. Kissimmee police Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Sam Howard were shot in a scuffle at about 9:30 p.m. at Palmway and East Cypress streets near East Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway and North Main Street, O’Dell said. Baxter died of his injuries...
33 arrested at ‘Free Speech’ rally in Boston, police say

33 arrested at ‘Free Speech’ rally in Boston, police say

A “free speech” rally in Boston Saturday afternoon drew a large crowd of counter-protesters. An estimated 15,000 counter-protesters marched through the city to Boston Common, where rally attendees gathered to deliver a series of speeches.  Police arrested 33 people at the protest, officials said. The rally ended abruptly, and attendees were escorted by police from the rally area....
Jacksonville officer in critical condition after shooting 

Jacksonville officer in critical condition after shooting 

One Florida officer is in critical condition and another is stable after being shot Friday, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said. The officers were responding to an attempted suicide call, Sheriff’s Office Director Mike Bruno said. The suspect was shot by police and later died, deputies said. The injured officers were taken to UF Health Jacksonville after the shooting. When officers...
Charlottesville victim’s mother won’t take Trump’s call

Charlottesville victim’s mother won’t take Trump’s call

The mother of the woman killed in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend said she does not want to hear from President Donald Trump because she believes he was “equating the protesters” like her daughter, Heather Meyer, to white supremacists,  CNN reported. "I'm not talking to the president now," Susan Bro said Friday on ABC's "Good Morning America." "I'm...
New biography about David Bowie reveals details of his wild life

New biography about David Bowie reveals details of his wild life

An upcoming biography of David Bowie reveals new details about the singer’s life, including some strange propositions, NME reported. “David Bowie: A Life” will be released Sept. 12. Written by Dylan Jones, the biography is described as “intimate a portrait as may ever be drawn” about Bowie, who died Jan. 11, 2016, after an 18-month battle with cancer. In the book, groupie...
Taylor Swift wipes social media accounts; website goes dark

Taylor Swift wipes social media accounts; website goes dark

Taylor Swift has wiped her social media accounts clean, and fans of the singer are trying to figure out why, Billboard reported. On average, Swift has put out a new album every two years since her debut in 2006. Her last album, however -- “1989” -- was released in October 2014. Friday morning, fans noticed that Swift had deleted her Twitter avatar and header, along...
Large rattlesnake found beneath New Orleans home

Large rattlesnake found beneath New Orleans home

A wildlife removal expert captured a rattlesnake measuring nearly 6 feet long beneath a home in New Orleans, WVUE reported. Ryan Cook, who operates Gulf Coast Wildlife removal, said he was called after homeowners spotted the canebrake rattlesnake earlier this week. “This thing gets out from underneath the deck and it's pretty much the biggest rattlesnake, the biggest snake I've seen in...
Police name Barcelona attack suspect

Police name Barcelona attack suspect

Spanish authorities said they are looking for Younes Abouyaaqoub, a suspect in the deadly Barcelona terror attack who remains at large, a spokesman for the Catalan police told CNN on Saturday. The spokesman also revealed the names of three of the five suspected terrorists who were killed after a confrontation with police in Cambrils: Moussa Oukabir, Said Aallaa and Mohamed Hychami. Catalan police...
Police: Stabbings in Finland ‘a terrorist attack’

Police: Stabbings in Finland ‘a terrorist attack’

Police in Finland said they believe the killing of two people in the southwestern city of Turku on Friday was a terrorist attack, the BBC reported Saturday. The attacker, who was shot in the leg by police and taken into custody, was an 18-year-old Moroccan. The two people stabbed to death were both Finnish, police said. Eight people were also injured, among them two Swedes and one Italian...
Tensions high after rumored KKK march in North Carolina

Tensions high after rumored KKK march in North Carolina

Tensions were high in a North Carolina city Friday as hundreds of people descended on downtown Durham to oppose a rumored march by the Ku Klux Klan, the Herald-Sun reported. When the white supremacist group did not show up, a smaller group of people marched through the streets of Durham and encountered police wearing helmets and armed with batons, the Herald-Sun reported. “Similar...
2 Pennsylvania troopers shot, suspect dead

2 Pennsylvania troopers shot, suspect dead

Two Pennsylvania State Police troopers were shot and a suspect is dead Friday night in Fairchance. The incident was reported about 9 p.m. near a convenience store in the southwestern Pennsylvania town, police said. One of the troopers was life-flighted from the scene to a hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia, officials said. The other trooper was taken to a hospital via ambulance. Both were stable...
Former Yankees star Derek Jeter, wife welcome first child 

Former Yankees star Derek Jeter, wife welcome first child 

Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was called “The Captain” during his major-league career. Now he can be called a dad. Jeter’s wife Hannah gave birth to a girl, Bella Raine Jeter, on Thursday, according to the verified Twitter account of The Players’ Tribune, which was founded by Jeter in 2014. The Jeters were married in July 2016, and Hannah Jeter announced her...
Confederate-like designs to be removed from NYC subway wall

Confederate-like designs to be removed from NYC subway wall

Metropolitan Transit Authority officials said they will modify wall tiles in a Manhattan subway station that create designs that look like Confederate flags, WNYW reported. The patterns, located at the Times Square station, have been on the walls for nearly 100 years. MTA officials said the tiles represent Times Square’s nickname as the “Crossroads of the World” and are not Confederate...
Students create innovative devices to solve vexing medical problems

Students create innovative devices to solve vexing medical problems

SEATTLE — Last year, there was a national outcry after the price skyrocketed for a medical-injection device that counteracts the life-threatening symptoms of a severe allergic reaction. But for a team of students at the University of Washington, the price jumps for the EpiPen signaled an opportunity — a chance to invent a cheaper device that could do the same thing, only better. The team&rsquo...
Study: Drinkers more likely to live to 85 without developing dementia

Study: Drinkers more likely to live to 85 without developing dementia

SAN DIEGO — The University of California, San Diego claims in a new study that certain people who regularly consume moderate to heavy amounts of alcohol are more likely to live to 85 without developing dementia and other cognitive problems compared to people who don’t drink at all. The long-term study was largely based on white, middle-class men and women living in Rancho Bernardo, a master-planned...
What our Google searches reveal about the drug epidemic

What our Google searches reveal about the drug epidemic

The country’s ongoing drug epidemic, which claimed more than 59,000 lives last year, has left its trace on just about every aspect of American life: politics, religion, family, justice, birth and death. While most of us are familiar, by now, with the annual drumbeat of official statistics from places like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, online search data offers a window into...
For rural veterans, new approaches to health care

For rural veterans, new approaches to health care

REDWATER, Texas — On this long drive, across two state lines and endless fields of corn and cattle, Lynn Graham thinks about how it may be the quality of life, not the quantity, that matters. Graham, 55, has stage 4 liver and colon cancer. It is an 85-mile drive, cutting through Arkansas on mostly country roads, to the closest U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs medical center in Shreveport,...
Still sleepy every morning? You may need a sleep test

Still sleepy every morning? You may need a sleep test

Dear Mayo Clinic: I get between eight and nine hours of sleep most nights but still feel groggy in the morning. Would a sleep study help me figure out why I’m never rested? A: A sleep test may be beneficial. However, before you seek medical attention, consider several things about sleepiness. The most common cause of sleepiness is not sleeping long enough. Getting enough restful sleep is crucial...
Sheriffs honor Texas couple who rescued abandoned baby

Sheriffs honor Texas couple who rescued abandoned baby

A Texas couple who discovered a newborn baby last Thursday was honored by the Harris County Sheriff's Office, KTRK reported. >> Read more trending newsAlbert Peterson and his wife, Sherry Ann, were awarded the "Civilian Lifesaving Award."Albert Peterson said he was headed to work when he heard faint noises from a flowerbed in his apartment complex. He saw the baby girl with her...
CEO: Apple to donate $2 million to anti-hate groups

CEO: Apple to donate $2 million to anti-hate groups

The CEO of Apple said his company would donate $2 million to anti-hate groups, releasing a staff memo that criticized President Donald Trump and others who claim “moral equivalence” between the white supremacists and counter-protesters last weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. Tim Cook sent a memo to employees Wednesday, USA Today reported. He pledged donations to the Southern...
Tennessee congressman to file articles of impeachment

Tennessee congressman to file articles of impeachment

A Tennessee congressman announced Thursday that he plans to introduce articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, CBS News reported. "In response to the horrific events in Charlottesville, I believe the President should be impeached and removed from office," Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen said in a statement released by his office. "Instead of unequivocally condemning...
Woman donates school supplies for all students at Texas school

Woman donates school supplies for all students at Texas school

A California woman donated back-to-school items for every student at a Texas school, KWTX reported. "You can't put into words how much that support means,” Rosebud Primary first grade teacher Kendra Lorenz said. Lorenz said she first connected with the donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, through an online organization called Donors Choose. Last school year, the donor gave...
Secret Service investigating Missouri lawmaker’s post

Secret Service investigating Missouri lawmaker’s post

The Secret Service is investigating comments made on social media by a Missouri state senator who reportedly said she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated, CNN reported. Democratic State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal's comment on personal Facebook page -- “I hope Trump is assassinated -- was deleted, but it has triggered a call for her resignation by fellow legislators....
Police: Houston officer in trouble for DWI once posted provocative photos

Police: Houston officer in trouble for DWI once posted provocative photos

A Houston Police Department officer who was recently suspended after being charged with driving while intoxicated was previously in trouble for posting provocative photos of herself online, Chron.com reported.  Stacey Suro, 47, uploaded nearly 100 photographs -- some of them nude -- to the portfolio website ModelMayhem.com, Chron.com reported. The photos were uploaded in the fall of 2012...
Shawn Mendes to headline return of ‘MTV Unplugged’

Shawn Mendes to headline return of ‘MTV Unplugged’

“MTV Unplugged” is returning to television, and Shawn Mendes will be the first singer to appear on the show, Variety reported. Mendes will appear in the season premiere in a performance shot at Los Angeles’ Theater at Ace Hotel. The show will air on Sept. 8, Variety reported. Mendes currently holds the No. 1 spot in Top 40 radio with his single, “Nothing Holdin’...
Man arrested for making truck look like police vehicle

Man arrested for making truck look like police vehicle

Investigators in Washington State arrested a man in a truck decked out to look like a police vehicle that even had a device that covered the license plate with a plastic cover that read “police.” When a Kitsap County sheriff’s deputy spotted the truck around 2 a.m. Aug. 10, he noticed it looked like a law enforcement vehicle, but not from any department he had seen before. &ldquo...
Nobel laureate Yousafzai accepted to Oxford

Nobel laureate Yousafzai accepted to Oxford

Malala Yousafzai, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014 and survived a gunshot wound at age 15 for speaking out for the right to an education, has been accepted to the University of Oxford, the Evening Standard reported. The 20-year-old activist shared word of her acceptance to the school on Twitter and included the screenshot of her “Congratulations” notice, CBC News reported...
Statue of Roger Taney, author of Dred Scott decision, removed

Statue of Roger Taney, author of Dred Scott decision, removed

The statue of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, who wrote the majority opinion in the infamous Dred Scott case, was removed from the grounds of the Maryland state capitol, the Baltimore Sun reported. Work crews removed the statue, which has sat on the grounds of the state house for 145 years, at 2 a.m., the Sun reported. Taney, a Maryland native, wrote the majority opinion...
Llama bolts onto golf course to save ducks from bear

Llama bolts onto golf course to save ducks from bear

Golfers in New Hampshire were startled Monday when a llama invaded the Eagle Mountain Golf Course. The llama, named Noir, escaped from its nearby home to protect a family of ducks from a bear, WGME reported. Golfers saw the animal on the sixth fairway of the course and called the police. Noir, owned by Russ Miller, jumped over the electric fence surrounding its paddock and ran 3 miles to...
Florida prisons placed on lockdown

Florida prisons placed on lockdown

Florida prisons were placed on lockdown Thursday following reports of security threats.  The Florida Department of Corrections announced that it canceled weekend visitation at all institutions for Saturday and Sunday because of a possible security threat. Correction officials said they received information that indicated small groups of inmates at several institutions would try to disrupt...
Dog lost during windstorm found 2 years later

Dog lost during windstorm found 2 years later

A dog lost two years ago in a massive windstorm has been reunited with its owner, KHQ reported. Shanley Heinsma let her husky, Shadow, out of the house during the storm in Spokane, Washington. That was the last time she saw the dog. Heinsma posted the dog’s photo on Facebook and put up posters hoping that someone might have found it. Last Wednesday, she saw a post for a missing husky...
Third organization joins charities leaving Mar-a-Lago

Third organization joins charities leaving Mar-a-Lago

Three major philanthropic organizations said Thursday they are pulling their events from President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, with one already in discussions to move its 2018 fundraiser to another A-list oceanfront setting. Thursday afternoon, the Cleveland Clinic and American Cancer Society announced they were leaving the president’s Palm Beach estate. Late Thursday, the...
Barcelona van attack: At least 14 killed in terror attack; arrests made

Barcelona van attack: At least 14 killed in terror attack; arrests made

Authorities said a terror attack in Barcelona claimed at least 14 lives on Thursday and left 80 others injured after a van slammed into pedestrians on Barcelona's popular La Rambla street. Mossos d'Esquadra, the Catalonia police force, confirmed the attack in a Twitter post around 5:10 p.m. local time.
Drunken driver runs over ‘Report Drunk Drivers’ sign

Drunken driver runs over ‘Report Drunk Drivers’ sign

One California driver seems to have taken a highway sign far too literally. In a Monday Facebook post, California Highway Patrol said a man has been charged with DUI after crashing his Jeep into a sign reading, “Report Drunk Drivers” on Wednesday morning along State Road 1 near Aptos, California. KSBW reported thatStephen DeWitt, 57, was seriously injured after the Jeep he was driving...
5 missing after Army helicopter reported down off coast of Hawaii

5 missing after Army helicopter reported down off coast of Hawaii

U.S. Coast Guard and Army officials were responding Wednesday morning to reports of a downed Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter off the coast of Hawaii. The helicopter had five crew on board when it reportedly went down, Coast Guard officials said. Officials spotted a debris field just before 11:30 p.m. local time Tuesday near Oahu’s Kaena Point.
Body believed to be 16-year-old found after crash on river, man arrested

Body believed to be 16-year-old found after crash on river, man arrested

A body believed to be that of a young woman who went missing after a personal watercraft collision Sunday night has been recovered from the Merrimack River, according to Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan. The search for the 16-year-old girl was concluded Monday morning after hours of searching. The girl went missing Sunday night after two personal watercraft collided and a search was...
Val Kilmer makes rare appearance during Doc Holliday tribute in Tombstone

Val Kilmer makes rare appearance during Doc Holliday tribute in Tombstone

Val Kilmer made a rare public appearance to help mark the birthday of the real-life man who helped make Kilmer a star. Kilmer was in Tombstone for the “Doc Holli-Days” that help celebrate the life of Doc Holliday, The Associated Press reported. Kilmer portrayed Holliday in the 1993 film “Tombstone.” >> Read more trending news Kilmer, sporting a cowboy hat and sunglasses...
Dave Grohl spotted in crowd at Metallica concert

Dave Grohl spotted in crowd at Metallica concert

No VIP suite or private box for him. Dave Grohl, frontman for the Foo Fighters, was with the rest of Metallica fandom at a recent concert in Pasadena, NME reported. The former drummer for Nirvana has spoken out about being a fan of the heavy metal legends, telling Creative Loafing that he’s “a diehard Metallica fan until the day I die.” >> Read more trending news Grohl said...
3 dead, 35 injured after 'Unite the Right' rally sparks violence in Charlottesville

3 dead, 35 injured after 'Unite the Right' rally sparks violence in Charlottesville

A Saturday rally in Emancipation Park in Virginia around the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee ended before it began, as authorities shut the event down due to violence. The Virginia State Police declared an unlawful assembly and ordered the crowd to disperse about a half-hour before the protest was to begin. After rally attendees and protesters dispersed, a car rammed into a group of people...
The sea level did, in fact, rise faster in the Southeast

The sea level did, in fact, rise faster in the Southeast

For people in the southeastern United States, and especially in Florida, who feel that annoying tidal flooding has sneaked up on them in recent years, it turns out to be true. And scientists have a new explanation. In a paper published online Wednesday, University of Florida researchers calculated that from 2011 to 2015, the sea level along the American coastline south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina...
Tupac's 1996 Hummer back on auction block

Tupac's 1996 Hummer back on auction block

The 1996 black Hummer bought by Tupac Shakur a month before he was killed is on the auction block again, according to the RR Auction website. Item No. 4288 is the fully loaded vehicle customized by the late rapper, equipped with a 6.5-liter turbo diesel V-8 engine. The odometer is at 10,101 miles, and the license plate is a vanity that reads “YAKNPAK,” honoring Shakur and another late...
Michigan man who admitted raping diaper-clad boy pleads guilty

Michigan man who admitted raping diaper-clad boy pleads guilty

A Michigan man accused of raping and exploiting children -- including a diaper-clad boy -- has pleaded guilty to three crimes, WXMI reported. Tyler Lowis of Sparta pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sexual conduct, as well as a count of child sexually abusive materials.  The documents also detailed disturbing videos of the defendant and one of the victims, alleging the man made...
'Angel' saved Missouri man when pipe speared his windshield

'Angel' saved Missouri man when pipe speared his windshield

A Missouri man survived a bizarre incident on an interstate highway south of St. Louis, as a drive shaft from a truck speared the windshield of his pickup truck. Steve Montgomery said he was driving home from a painting job Tuesday evening when he noticed what he believed was a pipe rolling around on the highway, KTVI reported. A tow truck hit the pipe, sending it airborne and into the windshield...
World's oldest man, Auschwitz survivor dies at 113

World's oldest man, Auschwitz survivor dies at 113

Yisrael Kristal, a survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp and recognized last year by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest living man, died in Israel on Friday. He was 113, Reuters reported. According to Guinness, Kristal was born in Poland on Sept. 15, 1903. At the Auschwitz death camp, his first wife, two children and other family members were killed by the Nazis. He married...
Get crazy: 'Jersey Shore' cast reveals date for reunion show

Get crazy: 'Jersey Shore' cast reveals date for reunion show

Snooki, The Situation and the rest of the “Jersey Shore” gang have set a date for their return to television. On Friday, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino went on Instagram to reveal the premiere date for their reunion docu-series: Aug. 20, on E!, People reported. “Love my roomies forever,” Polizzi wrote in a post...
Kevin Durant apologizes for critical comments about India

Kevin Durant apologizes for critical comments about India

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant tweeted an apology Friday for saying that India is “20 years behind” and other comments critical of the country, Fox News reported. The comments stemmed from an interview Durant gave Thursday to the sports website the Atlantic, Durant recently visited India and was blunt about the culture shock he experienced. It’s a country that&rsquo...
Bulldozers threaten Beatles monument in Mongolia

Bulldozers threaten Beatles monument in Mongolia

A statue of the Beatles in the capital city of Mongolia may be at risk because of construction at the site of the tribute, but protesters are asking officials to let it be and are looking for some help from city officials. The statue of the iconic rock ’n’ roll group is located in Ulaanbaatar. It’s a bas-relief structure that was built to commemorate the transition of the former...
Winning Mega Millions ticket worth $393 million sold in Illinois

Winning Mega Millions ticket worth $393 million sold in Illinois

For the first time in nearly four months, there was a winner in the Mega Millions lottery game. There was one winning ticket in Friday’s drawing, paying out an estimated $393 million, CNN reported. It was the fifth largest jackpot in the game's 15-year history. The winning ticket was bought in Palos Heights, Illinois, lottery officials said. The winning numbers drawn Friday night were 23...
Firefighters find Dracula doll in California creek

Firefighters find Dracula doll in California creek

Members of a California fire department did not count on this surprise, but they were relieved nonetheless. The Modesto Fire Department responded to a 911 call Thursday after an E&J Gallo Winery security employee spotted a possible body in a nearby creek, the Modesto Bee reported. What the first responders found, however, was a smiling, stuffed Dracula doll. “For sure, that’s...
Study: Vegetarians twice as likely to suffer depression

Study: Vegetarians twice as likely to suffer depression

A study conducted in Great Britain found that vegetarians are almost twice as likely to suffer depression than meat eaters, KTTV reported. Scientists said vegetarians were more likely to develop depression due to vitamin B12 and mineral deficiencies. Researchers at Bristol University said about 50 percent of vegans and 7 percent of vegetarians have a B12 deficiency, KTTV reported. Red meat is...
30 years after saying wife committed suicide, man charged in her death

30 years after saying wife committed suicide, man charged in her death

It took three decades for a Florida woman to finally ask her father the question that had haunted her: Did you kill my mother?” Yes, James Walter O’Neil admitted, according to authorities who arrested the 83-year-old Thursday and charged him with manslaughter. O’Neil had said his wife, 50-year-old Verna Packer O’Neil, committed suicide on July 23, 1987, in suburban Lake Worth...
Chinese mother tries to mail baby to an orphanage

Chinese mother tries to mail baby to an orphanage

A mother in China is under investigation by police after she tried to mail her newborn baby to an orphanage wrapped in plastic bags, CNN reported. The baby is in stable condition at a hospital in the Chinese city of Fuzhou, CNN reported. The 24-year-old mother was in custody for suspected child abandonment. According to police, the mother placed the baby girl inside several black plastic...
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