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DeKalb CEO focuses on water billing, but complaints persist

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


Female Fulton fire captain alleges pay discrimination in lawsuit

Female Fulton fire captain alleges pay discrimination in lawsuit

A Fulton County fire captain has filed a lawsuit for gender discrimination, saying she is paid less than her male peers. The federal suit says Donna Dingler, who has been a captain in the Fulton County fire department since 2002 and has worked for the county since 1994, makes less money than male fire captains who have less experience. Dingler makes $66,954 a year, says the suit, filed Wednesday....
House bill fast-tracked to dissolve DeKalb’s CEO form of government

House bill fast-tracked to dissolve DeKalb’s CEO form of government

Members of a House committee approved a surprise piece of legislation that would eliminate DeKalb County’s unique CEO form of government.  Now, the bill that was filed just Tuesday is eligible for a vote on the House floor. Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, was among the Democrats who voted “no” in the House Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday. She said she...
2 Gwinnett parks are getting new playgrounds

2 Gwinnett parks are getting new playgrounds

Two Gwinnett County parks are getting new playgrounds.  The county commission approved Tuesday a $750,000 contract that will cover removing and replacing “playground equipment and surfaces,” as well as improving handicap accessibility, at George Pierce Park in Suwanee and Mountain Park Park in Lilburn.  Landscape Structures Inc. was awarded the contract, which will be paid...
DeKalb: Greenhaven cityhood bill remains a long shot

DeKalb: Greenhaven cityhood bill remains a long shot

The bill that would authorize a referendum on establishing the city of Greenhaven still hasn’t received a hearing this legislative session, and time is running out. If the legislation is not approved, it would make the fourth consecutive year that the cityhood measure has stalled at the General Assembly. Rep. Ed Rynders, an Albany Republican who is chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee...
Inside Gwinnett’s quest to find 350 Spanish-speaking poll workers

Inside Gwinnett’s quest to find 350 Spanish-speaking poll workers

Gwinnett County’s elections office is holding its first-ever “hiring events” for poll workers this week and, to be honest, Lynn Ledford isn’t quite sure what to expect. Ledford, Gwinnett’s elections director, knows she needs north of 2,000 poll workers before (and after) May’s primaries — and that, thanks to a federal mandate, about 350 of them should...
Atlanta transit bills headed for votes this week

Atlanta transit bills headed for votes this week

Two bills that could reshape mass transit in metro Atlanta are headed for key votes in the General Assembly this week. The Senate Transportation Committee today will take up Senate Bill 386, which would create a new board to oversee transit planning and construction in a 13-county region. The House Transportation Committee is expected to take up similar legislation – House...
Nearly a decade later, Gwinnett begins $75M courthouse expansion

Nearly a decade later, Gwinnett begins $75M courthouse expansion

It’s been a long time coming — but it’s finally coming. “We’re moving forward,” Gwinnett County Chief Superior Court Judge Melodie Snell Conner said Tuesday. Gwinnett officials broke ground Tuesday afternoon on the first phase of the county’s long-delayed, $75 million courthouse expansion, a project that was planned nearly a decade ago but postponed...
Gwinnett holding poll worker hiring events, needs Spanish speakers

Gwinnett holding poll worker hiring events, needs Spanish speakers

Gwinnett County is holding a pair of hiring events this week for poll workers — and especially ones that speak Spanish. The first event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at OneStop Norcross, 5030 Georgia Belle Court, Norcross. The second will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at OneStop Centerville, 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville. Officials are looking for potential poll workers of...
Stockbridge leaders seeking help from higher power in Eagle’s Landing fight

Stockbridge leaders seeking help from higher power in Eagle’s Landing fight

Stockbridge leaders, fearing the effort to carve a city of Eagle’s Landing from parts of Stockbridge is gaining momentum, held a candlelight prayer vigil Monday seeking help from a higher power to nix the move and asked residents to sign a petition against separating the community from the city.   “We continue to need your support to save your city, our city,” Stockbridge...
Future of South Downtown galleries uncertain after fire

Future of South Downtown galleries uncertain after fire

One of the most enduring and resilient independent Atlanta art institutions, the non-profit gallery and performance space Eyedrum Art and Music, has survived the kind of trials that would sink lesser organizations. It has weathered recessions; Atlanta’s rapid gentrification; three location changes; personnel flux and just about everything else fate can dish out. For 20 years the peripatetic...
DeKalb pays former CEO Burrell Ellis $1.1 million for defense costs

DeKalb pays former CEO Burrell Ellis $1.1 million for defense costs

DeKalb County taxpayers paid a final tally of $1.1 million to reimburse former CEO Burrell Ellis for the legal fees he incurred defending himself against charges of corruption before his conviction was overturned. That amount is roughly 50 percent higher than the payout amount initially anticipated by the Board of Commissioners, which signed off on a $755,561.98 payout for Ellis’ legal...
DeKalb commissioners will receive update on high water bills

DeKalb commissioners will receive update on high water bills

DeKalb County commissioners will hold an evening meeting  on Tuesday where they will hear from the public about the county’s lingering issues with costly -- and often inaccurate -- water bills. At this regularly scheduled “committee of the whole” meeting, the Board of Commissioners will hear from two advisory groups: one that is studying water billing issues and another...
Is being creepy enough to be banned from youth sports?

Is being creepy enough to be banned from youth sports?

Georgia’s mandatory reporting laws protect anyone who reports suspected child abuse to law enforcement from being sued for defamation. But what about when someone’s behavior is simply, well, creepy? Or what if police find insufficient evidence to build a criminal case? Legal experts say coaches, administrators and others in positions of responsibility can and should limit a person&rsquo...
Eagle’s Landing friction: 5 things to know about new proposed Henry County city

Eagle’s Landing friction: 5 things to know about new proposed Henry County city

Leaders of the city of Stockbridge are in a battle with some of their constituents over an effort to form a separate town by breaking away from a portion of the Henry County community. Residents of Eagle’s Landing, comprising a number of largely wealthy neighborhoods in southern Stockbridge, are trying to break away and form a separate city. They say they want better control over their...
Who’s among the new faces on the Atlanta City Council?

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

With so many contenders in the 2017 Atlanta mayoral race, a fair amount of City Council seats turned over to new representatives. See who’s returning to the Council get to know the new members and see who was replaced, all listed below. PHOTOS: Find your Council member here, too Moore, a real estate broker and resident of northwest Atlanta's Collier Heights neighborhood, was elected...
New Orleans lawyer to lead investigation of Georgia Tech’s Josh Pastner

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

A New Orleans-based lawyer is leading an investigation into allegations that Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner sexually assaulted an Arizona woman. Tech hired attorney Scott Schneider of the law firm Fisher Phillips to lead the review, announced last week after the woman, Jennifer Pendley, and her boyfriend, Ron Bell, sued Pastner. The coach had earlier sued Pendley and Bell,...
Ethics Board to investigate former DeKalb director Marcus Kellum

Ethics Board to investigate former DeKalb director Marcus Kellum

Marcus Kellum is no longer a DeKalb County employee, but the Ethics Board is moving forward on investigating him on a variety of issues raised during his tenure. Kellum, the county’s former beautification director, first drew attention when Channel 2 Action News reported that he did work for his private consulting business while still collecting government checks. He was later sanctioned...
Will Presidents Day affect Gwinnett’s trash collection schedule?

Will Presidents Day affect Gwinnett’s trash collection schedule?

No. No it will not. The majority of Gwinnett’s county offices will be closed Monday for the Presidents Day holiday, but your local garbage men and women won’t be so lucky. Presidents Day is not a trash and recycling holiday in unincorporated Gwinnett, which is most of the county. Pickup will not be affected Monday or the rest of the week. Those who live within the limits of a city should...
DeKalb CEO Thurmond leaves his mark on county budget process

DeKalb CEO Thurmond leaves his mark on county budget process

DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond likes to tell people that he inherited last year’s budget since he only had 15 days to make tweaks before it was submitted to the Board of Commissioners. But he takes full credit for the 2018 proposal now under review. In this year’s plan, Thurmond eliminates deficit spending. The $603.3 million in general fund expenditures is a $3.2 million decrease...
Some Atlanta libraries find ‘lease’ is more in meeting demand for books

Some Atlanta libraries find ‘lease’ is more in meeting demand for books

When Fire and Fury hit the shelves, nearly 200 people turned to the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library system to get their hands on the gossipy look inside the Trump White House. Despite the clear demand, the library system didn’t want to buy dozens of copies of the book, which would sit on its shelves long after the public’s attention moved on to the next tell-all. Instead, it leased...
DeKalb takes next step in decriminalizing marijuana

DeKalb takes next step in decriminalizing marijuana

DeKalb commissioners have agreed to ask the General Assembly for flexibility to decriminalize marijuana. Cities like Clarkston and Atlanta have already done so, making possession of less than an ounce of marijuana no longer subject to arrest and reducing fines from a maximum of $1,000 to $75. Counties can’t do the same unless laws are changed at the state Capitol. The board voted 6-1 on Tuesday...
Tiny Paine College in Augusta is looking for a lifeline

Tiny Paine College in Augusta is looking for a lifeline

Paine College’s new president is a religious man who’s attempting a Hail Mary to keep his school afloat. Jerry Hardee’s plan includes an unusual recruiting tool: freshmen pay nothing for room and board. Hardee also wants to build new dorms for 750 students, although he said Paine’s enrollment is 425. “It’s a chance, but it’s a good chance on my part,&rdquo...
Ga. doctor under DEA scrutiny over prescribing of weight-loss drug

Ga. doctor under DEA scrutiny over prescribing of weight-loss drug

A high-profile Georgia weight-loss doctor is closing her practice and facing scrutiny from federal authorities following an Atlanta Journal-Constitution investigation of the sale of a prescription diet drug over the internet. A spokesman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Atlanta said the agency is looking closely at Dr. Jan McBarron as a result of the newspaper’s December...
Ga. Legislature: Child sex abuse bill fails to make it out of subcommittee, again

Ga. Legislature: Child sex abuse bill fails to make it out of subcommittee, again

Adults who believe they were molested as children could sue later in life under legislation debated by Georgia lawmakers again Wednesday. The bill that would extend the statute of limitations for adults to file lawsuits against their abusers and the institutions that failed to protect them as children. The sponsor of House Bill 605, Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, said the law needs to be amended...
Gwinnett chair: ‘Significant’ transit expansion is ‘next big decision’

Gwinnett chair: ‘Significant’ transit expansion is ‘next big decision’

Perhaps the biggest indicator of Gwinnett County’s readiness to consider expanding its transit options is the increasing willingness of its leaders to advocate for it without fear of political repercussions. In her 2016 state of the county address, Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash noted Gwinnett’s growing need for more transit options, flashing images of new-age buses and other...
MARTA paratransit drivers stage one-day strike

MARTA paratransit drivers stage one-day strike

5:20 p.m. update: MARTA spokeswoman Stephany Fisher said the agency was able to provide more than half of its scheduled paratransit trips Wednesday.A spokesman for MV Transportation said the company was not aware of any safety concerns with MARTA paratransit vehicles. He said if any concerns are raised, vehicles are pulled from the road and inspected. He said they are not returned to the road until...
Strike affects nearly half of MARTA paratransit trips

Strike affects nearly half of MARTA paratransit trips

5:20 p.m. update: MARTA spokeswoman Stephany Fisher said the agency was able to provide more than half of its scheduled paratransit trips Wednesday. A spokesman for MV Transportation said the company was not aware of any safety concerns with MARTA paratransit vehicles. He said if any concerns are raised, vehicles are pulled from the road and inspected. He said they are not returned to the road until...
Cobb approves Sheriff’s Office pay raises as budget crisis looms

Cobb approves Sheriff’s Office pay raises as budget crisis looms

The Cobb County Commission narrowly approved pay raises for some senior members of the Sheriff’s Office Tuesday, in a split vote that highlighted divergent opinions on the county’s looming budget crisis. Cobb is facing a $30 million shortfall in its 2019 budget. Some blame a new salary scale approved last year that included raises for about half of the county’s 5,000 employees. Criticism...
Fulton County could expand transit under proposed legislation

Fulton County could expand transit under proposed legislation

Fulton County could raise more money to expand MARTA under proposed legislation that would pave the way for more transit in the metro area in the coming years. The proposal would let Fulton County increase sales taxes that go to MARTA by up to a quarter of a penny per dollar spent, if voters approved the plan.  For more than a year, Fulton has been studying transit expansion. Mayors and other...
Construction starts on College Park arena for Hawks development team

Construction starts on College Park arena for Hawks development team

The new arena in College Park, which will host the Atlanta Hawks development team, will bring a “whole new tone” to metro Atlanta cities south of I-20, mayor Jack Longino said at a Monday groundbreaking. The facility will be known as the Gateway Center at College Park, and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. The 5,000-seat arena will cost $42 million. For Hawks development...
Driver’s attorney ‘relieved’ new charges sought for ex-Gwinnett cops

Driver’s attorney ‘relieved’ new charges sought for ex-Gwinnett cops

Gwinnett County’s district attorney intends to seek new felony charges against the now-former police officers caught on camera striking a motorist during a 2017 traffic stop. And the attorney representing that motorist is “relieved.” “We are relieved to hear that the District Attorney's Office is taking the necessary steps to address the criminal aspect of the behavior...
Free Atlanta Streetcar rides? MARTA considers changes

Free Atlanta Streetcar rides? MARTA considers changes

Riding the Atlanta Streetcar may be free again when MARTA takes over its operation later this year. The transit agency also may reduce the streetcar’s operating hours but run it more frequently along its 2.7-mile route through downtown. And it may align transit schedules to make it easier for passengers to hop off a MARTA train and use the streetcar for the last legs of their journeys. Those...
Georgia Tech to investigate sexual assault allegations against coach

Georgia Tech to investigate sexual assault allegations against coach

Georgia Tech opened an investigation Friday into accusations that its men’s basketball coach sexually assaulted an Arizona woman. After refusing to comment on allegations against second-year coach Josh Pastner, Tech released a statement saying it will hire an “outside, independent” investigator to look into the matter. “We expect every member of our community to practice...
New budget deal to extend tax credits for Georgia Power’s Vogtle

New budget deal to extend tax credits for Georgia Power’s Vogtle

Consumer advocacy groups in the state argue the extension of the nuclear production tax credits would not be necessary for Plant Vogtle had the project been completed on time. Georgia Watch and the Southern Environmental Law Center said although the extension would provide ratepayers with much needed cost relief, Georgia Power continues to benefit from its mismanagement of the project. “The...
Fayette 911 center controversy debated in marathon meeting

Fayette 911 center controversy debated in marathon meeting

Fayette County administrators are standing behind their embattled 911 director, Bernard “Buster” Brown following a 7-hour meeting Thursday where current 911 employees defended him against charges of harassment. Others, including former center employees, restated their complaints against Brown, signaling the controversy is not over yet. The meeting came amid complaints from former...
Gwinnett mails bilingual voter cards; 1,600 have new polling place

Gwinnett mails bilingual voter cards; 1,600 have new polling place

Gwinnett County voters can say goodbye to those little postcards from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, the ones that come from time to time to remind — or inform — them of their polling place. Gwinnett’s elections office recently mailed out its own versions of those precinct notification cards. Part of a federal mandate for the county to offer bilingual voting...
A Georgia mother’s struggle to unmask a beloved coach as a predator

A Georgia mother’s struggle to unmask a beloved coach as a predator

At first, she thought of Ron Gorman as a godsend.  They met when she was recently separated from her husband and new to Cobb County. Her son, who was starting middle school, had joined the wrestling team on which Gorman was a volunteer coach. Immediately, the sympathetic Gorman seemed to adopt her son into his own brood, including him in family dinners and day trips, paying for things she couldn&rsquo...
Tech coach Pastner accused of sexual assault in court filing

Tech coach Pastner accused of sexual assault in court filing

At least 14 times in 10 months, Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner sexually assaulted or harassed the girlfriend of his self-described biggest supporter, the woman alleges in court papers Thursday. Jennifer Pendley, 45, of Tucson, Arizona, said Pastner tried to force her to engage in a sex act and repeatedly groped her against her will. She claimed the sexual misconduct...
Fulton County inmate threatens jail employee in coded letter

Fulton County inmate threatens jail employee in coded letter

When a letter was found in an inmate’s cell at the Fulton County jail, there was no indication that there was anything out of the ordinary about it. But on a hunch, the chief jailer sent it to a cryptographer who found a death threat that was hidden in plain sight. The letter, found in the jail cell of Janorris Spears, wasn’t what it seemed, Fulton chief jailer Mark Adger said. It...
PHOTOS: New renderings of Gwinnett’s $75 million courthouse expansion

PHOTOS: New renderings of Gwinnett’s $75 million courthouse expansion

New renderings released this week paint a better picture of what Gwinnett County’s long-awaited, $75 million courthouse expansion will look like when it’s completed in 2020. The Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center opened in 1988 and houses courtrooms and other criminal justice operations, as well as administrative offices like the Board of Commissioners and the tax assessor...
Decatur solicits input on United Methodist Children’s Home property

Decatur solicits input on United Methodist Children’s Home property

The city of Decatur will hold a kick-off celebration and workshop on Sunday to gather public input on the United Methodist Children’s Home property purchased last year. The event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at the main building at 500 S. Columbia Drive and will include remarks from Mayor Patti Garrett around 2 p.m. and self-guided tours of the 77-acre site. The visioning process is...
Fayette commission to discuss allegations of 911 director’s conduct

Fayette commission to discuss allegations of 911 director’s conduct

Former employees of the Fayette County 911 Center have come forward with claims of verbally abusive, harassing and degrading treatment they received at the hands of the center’s current director, Bernard “Buster” Brown. The controversy around Brown’s management of the center became public in December when former employees brought their complaints to the Board of Commissioners...
Perilous times for historically black colleges

Perilous times for historically black colleges

Two years ago, Amelia Smith received the one thing she thought she always wanted – a blue envelope from Spelman College. She had been accepted to what many consider the finest black college in America. Her grandmother went to Spelman. So did her mother. And her aunt. And her sister, who’s a senior there now. So Smith wasn’t surprised when she was accepted, too.  She is just...
Red Cross says 21 staffers paid for sexual service in past 3 years

Red Cross says 21 staffers paid for sexual service in past 3 years

A member of the International Committee of the Red Cross said that in the past three years, 21 staff members have resigned or were fired for “paying for sexual services,” CNN reported. Two other staff members suspected of sexual misconduct also did not have their contracts renewed, according to Yves Daccord, director general of the ICRC. "This behavior is a betrayal of the people...
What covering the 2017 NRA convention was like

What covering the 2017 NRA convention was like

Last year’s National Rifle Association convention brought 80,000 people to downtown Atlanta, and on opening day I interviewed some of the nicest people I’d ever met. Given the heated protests that preceded the April 2017 event at the Georgia World Congress Center and the “fake news media” narrative some have embraced, I thought covering it might be awkward. Nope. Everyone I...
Deputy who failed to engage Parkland shooter had solid work history

Deputy who failed to engage Parkland shooter had solid work history

For years, Scot Peterson loved working as a school resource deputy with the Broward Sheriff’s Office in South Florida. He was dependable. He intervened in conflicts as a mediator. He was awarded school resource deputy of the year about four years ago and was recognized at a Parkland City Commission meeting. He volunteered to help with a lockdown drill at a Catholic school four years ago...
Senior at Parkland high school recalls moments when gunman opened fire

Senior at Parkland high school recalls moments when gunman opened fire

A high school senior spoke about her terrifying experience in the building at a high school in South Florida where a gunman opened fire last week, killing 17 people, WFOR reported.  Samantha Fuentes said she bruised her eye and cut her forehead during the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. She also suffered gunshot wounds to both legs, WFOR reported. &ldquo...
3 rental car companies cancel discounts for NRA members

3 rental car companies cancel discounts for NRA members

Three car rental companies have discontinued discounts and deals for National Rifle Association members, The Dallas Morning News reported. The moves by Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental, all owned by Enterprise Holdings, were done in the wake of the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead. The car rental companies will end their discounts...
McDonald's manager in Cleveland accused of firing shots at customers

McDonald's manager in Cleveland accused of firing shots at customers

A McDonald’s manager in Cleveland allegedly fired shots at three women in a car at the restaurant’s drive-thru, police said. Cleveland police said they have issued an arrest warrant for the man after the alleged incident Wednesday morning, WJW reported. According to a police report, the women were buying a smoothie at the drive-thru window. When one of the women opened her water...
Could blood and urine test be used to diagnose autism?

Could blood and urine test be used to diagnose autism?

A newly developed blood and urine test could potentially detect autism in young children. That’s according to new research from scientists in the United Kingdom and Italy who conducted tests searching for damage to proteins previously known to be higher in children with autism spectrum disorders. The study, published this week in the academic journal Molecular Autism, tested 38 children...
Indiana man's casket discovered missing from gravesite after wife's death

Indiana man's casket discovered missing from gravesite after wife's death

An Indiana woman is angry after learning her father’s casket is missing from his gravesite, WISH reported. Mary Helen Samson Bovenschen died Feb. 18 at the age of 88. She was to buried next to her husband, Charles Bovenschen, who died Nov. 4, 2006 at age 80. But the couple’s daughter, Sandi Vasel, was stunned when speaking to a funeral home employee after her mother&rsquo...
Proposed bill in California would provide a choice in driver's license photos

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

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

Teen admits to killing Tennessee couple, setting apartment on fire

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

Convicted murderer mistakenly released from jail 

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

Insurance plans push healthier choices at grocery store

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

Flu shots less effective than normal, CDC report says

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

FDA approves first blood test that can help diagnose a concussion

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a first-ever blood test to detect the telltale signs of serious brain injury, bringing to fruition a long quest to make the diagnosis of concussions simpler and more precise. After deliberations that took less than six months, the FDA approved the marketing of the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator to aid the evaluation of concussions in adults. The speedy...
Britney Spear’s ex K-Fed wants child support increase amid star’s Vegas success

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

After seeing how successful her four-year Las Vegas residency has been, Britney Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline is asking for an increase in child support. >> Read more trending news  Federline’s attorney reportedly sent the pop singer a letter recently indicating that he would like to renegotiate the $20,000 monthly payment he currently receives from...
Actress Nanette Fabray, Tony, Emmy-winning star of stage and screen, dead at 97

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

Award-winning actress and comedian Nanette Fabray has died at the age of 97, Variety reported Friday. Fabray was known for her charm, energetic exuberance and multi-talented performances in musical theatre in the 1940’s, as well as movies and TV in the 1950’s. >> Read more trending news  She won a Tony Award for her performance in the Broadway musical “Love Life&rdquo...
Jennifer Lopez celebrates twins Max and Emme’s 10th birthday

Jennifer Lopez celebrates twins Max and Emme’s 10th birthday

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony’s twins are growing up so fast! Max and Emme celebrated their 10th birthday on Feb. 22, and Lopez was right there to celebrate with her kids, sharing multiple posts on Instagram.  >> Read more trending news  Sharing a video of her kids’ -- whom she affectionately calls her coconuts -- cutest moments throughout the years, Lopez wrote, &ldquo...
5 simple things you can do for the environment and your health

5 simple things you can do for the environment and your health

With climate change predictions coming from scientists on a regular basis, many people are increasingly concerned about their personal impact on the environment. At the same time, who isn't concerned about their health and well-being? While it's a no-brainer that severe pollution and ominous natural disasters can be detrimental to humanity, there are small things we do daily that negatively impact...
Police: Man hit woman with pickup after she refused his advances

Police: Man hit woman with pickup after she refused his advances

A man is accused of hitting a woman with his pickup in Texas after she refused his advances toward her, according to an arrest affidavit. Carlos Amozurrutia, 27, of Round Rock, was charged with accident involving personal injury, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The victim said Amozurrutia was giving her a ride home Sunday when he began making unwanted advances...
Kentucky teacher arrested after allegedly snorting crushed pill in class

Kentucky teacher arrested after allegedly snorting crushed pill in class

A Kentucky teacher was arrested Thursday on suspicion of snorting drugs in class, WLEX reported. Students at Menifee County Elementary/Middle School in Frenchburg told officials they saw Cherish Rednour, 41, crush a pill with a credit card and make a line with the powder. They alleged that after snorting the pill, Rednour slumped over her desk and was having trouble staying awake. Rednour was...
A decade later, Russian couple discover their dead infant son is actually alive

A decade later, Russian couple discover their dead infant son is actually alive

For nearly a decade, a Russian couple believed their infant son was dead. Instead, they discovered the child is alive; an “administrative mix-up” led to miscommunication. In 2011, the couple, who live in Volgograd, were told by their doctor that their newborn boy would die within the week, The Independent reported. Believing that their time with him was coming to a close, the...
Veteran claims homeless woman she invited into home stole her car

Veteran claims homeless woman she invited into home stole her car

A military veteran thought she was being a good Samaritan when she invited a homeless woman into her California home to avoid cold weather. Instead, she is lamenting the loss of her car, which she alleges the homeless woman took, KRON reported. Sharon Larson, 69, said she saw a homeless woman outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Fairfield on Monday night and wanted to help. “There&rsquo...
Pennsylvania school district officials cancel classes over potential threat

Pennsylvania school district officials cancel classes over potential threat

Officials in a school district in Pennsylvania decided to cancel classes for Friday after an alleged threat was found at a high school. The Greater Latrobe School District announced that a note was found in a bathroom at Greater Latrobe Senior High School, school officials said. The note was scribbled on a bathroom wall and mentioned Friday's date.  School leaders do not think it's credible,...
Texas superintendent threatens suspension for students who protest gun laws

Texas superintendent threatens suspension for students who protest gun laws

A superintendent in a Texas school district near Houston threatened a three-day suspension for any student who walks out to protest current gun laws, the Houston Chronicle reported. Needville Independent School District Superintendent Curtis Rhodes sent letters to parents and posted on social media that an out-of-school suspension would be enforced. Students nationwide have been protesting in...
Rev. Billy Graham chose John 14:6 to be placed on his grave marker

Rev. Billy Graham chose John 14:6 to be placed on his grave marker

Before his death, Rev. Billy Graham chose one of his favorite Scripture verses from the Bible to be placed on his grave marker. Graham selected John 14:6 and the following inscription to be on his marker: BILLY GRAHAM NOVEMBER 7, 1918 – FEBRUARY 21, 2018 PREACHER OF THE GOSPEL OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST JOHN 14:16 John 14:6 reads, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way, the truth, and...
Teen’s warning thwarts possible school shooting in Vermont

Teen’s warning thwarts possible school shooting in Vermont

A high school junior in New York may have prevented an 18-year-old man from carrying out a shooting last week at a Vermont high school, the Poughkeepsie Journal reported. Angela McDevitt, 17, who attends Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, New York, said she was trading Facebook messages with Jack Sawyer of Poultney, Vermont, when he said that he planned “on shooting up&rdquo...
Police: Student was punched, spat on before dorm stabbing

Police: Student was punched, spat on before dorm stabbing

A Georgia State University student walked up to another student, spat on him and punched him before the suspect stabbed him multiple times in a university dorm, the school’s police chief said Thursday. University and Atlanta police responded to a call about the fight Tuesday, GSU police chief Joe Spillane said. Nakia Roach was found in the the laundry room of a dorm with multiple stab wounds...
Some Ohio school districts arm staff, but don't tell public 

Some Ohio school districts arm staff, but don't tell public 

Several school districts in Ohio have armed staff and teachers in an effort to prevent school shootings, but some of those districts have not told parents, students and taxpayers about the firearms in their buildings. On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said that if one of the victims, a football coach, in last week’s Florida school shooting had been armed “he would have shot...
NC woman wins $1 million scratch-off jackpot

NC woman wins $1 million scratch-off jackpot

Winner, winner, before that chicken dinner. A North Carolina woman is $1 million richer after buying a scratch-off ticket while purchasing her meal, WRAL reported. Sayanna Bragg bought a dozen chicken wings and a soft drink at a Durham convenience store and decided to purchase a Million Dollar Fever scratch-off ticket.  When she got to her car, Bragg began to scratch the ticket. “When...
Georgia dad, daughter sing their way to more Girl Scout cookie sales

Georgia dad, daughter sing their way to more Girl Scout cookie sales

Who knew Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” would make good Girl Scout cookie-selling music? A father and daughter team from Georgia created a viral video in which they ride in the car while subbing out the song’s original lyrics to push Girl Scout cookies. The song is performed by Grammy-winning Georgia artist Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover. Seymore Harrison Jr. and his...
67-year-old Jane Seymour poses for ‘Playboy,’ ‘I feel much sexier now’

67-year-old Jane Seymour poses for ‘Playboy,’ ‘I feel much sexier now’

Elegant actress Jane Seymour is about to grace the pages of “Playboy” magazine at 67-years-old. >> Read more trending news  The former Bond girl took to social media Wednesday to share a modest photograph from her upcoming spread in the iconic men’s magazine. “I’m thrilled to finally share this with you! I was recently photographed and interviewed in my home...
Here are tips on keeping a snake-free yard

Here are tips on keeping a snake-free yard

Forget about "Snakes on a Plane," we're more concerned with snakes in the yard. Even though snakes are nowhere near as prevalent as our irrational fears would have us think (assuming you don't live smack dab in the middle of rattlesnake territory), if you're a homeowner with a bit of landscape or yard under your direction, you may encounter snakes on occasion. That should be no biggie...
Douglas town hall: 'We’re not a generation to stay silent'

Douglas town hall: 'We’re not a generation to stay silent'

Nicholas Hernandez was recounting the frightening moment he heard knocking on the door of his classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day. “When we found out, this is not a drill,” Hernandez said late Wednesday night, “it’s almost like the world came crashing down and souls died in a way. It was a near-death experience. I’d like to think...
Seasonal allergies could be affecting your pets

Seasonal allergies could be affecting your pets

The weather in some parts of the country is not helping people with allergies, and your pets could also be feeling the effects of the high pollen (and other allergens) count.  >> Read more trending news  Pets are often sniffling grass, other pets and the ground. They are also much closer to where the allergens can sit, so they could be more exposed to more allergens, such...
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's relationship had issues before marriage, report says

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's relationship had issues before marriage, report says

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux may have been doomed from the start. A new report in People claims that the celebrity couple’s relationship was riddled with issues even before they got married. “Ever since they became serious, the living issue often made them bicker. It was always hard for Jen to understand why Justin didn’t like, or at least could learn to like...
Tennis champ Serena Williams reveals she ‘almost died’ after giving birth to first baby

Tennis champ Serena Williams reveals she ‘almost died’ after giving birth to first baby

Tennis champion Serena Williams revealed she “almost died after giving birth” to her first child, daughter Olympia, last fall, according to a column by Williams on CNN.com.  >> Read more trending news  Williams had a relatively easy birth Sept. 1, 2017, delivering her daughter by C-section, but two hours later, she was in a fight for her life that lasted six days,...
Sneaky ways to save money on your next road trip

Sneaky ways to save money on your next road trip

You hop in the car with a few friends or the family and a mere 1,000 miles later you're down $400 when you only intended to spend $150. What happened? Probably just a few overruns on the road trip budget. With a little effort, you'll find it's just as simple and sometimes even more pleasant to take a road trip that will save you hundreds. Credit Donkey shared the secret to saving money on road trips...
Don't try this at home: Top home repairs that aren't DIY

Don't try this at home: Top home repairs that aren't DIY

Everyone wants to feel self-sufficient, and even those with deep pockets find it's a good idea to stick to some kind of home maintenance budget. If you chuckled at the thought of having "deep pockets," you're probably even more concerned with controlling costs on the home front. But frugal isn't always better, even if you have monster DIY skills. "When it comes to doing your own home...
Michelle Obama praises 'Black Panther' on Twitter: 'I loved this movie'

Michelle Obama praises 'Black Panther' on Twitter: 'I loved this movie'

Former first lady Michelle Obama tweeted a shoutout Monday to the new Marvel superhero film, “Black Panther.” “Congrats to the entire #blackpanther team!” she tweeted. “Because of you, young people will finally see superheroes that look like them on the big screen. I loved this movie and I know it will inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find...
'I am not a crisis actor': Florida teens fire back at right-wing conspiracy theorists

'I am not a crisis actor': Florida teens fire back at right-wing conspiracy theorists

Welcome, Parkland shooting survivors, to the ugly world of politics in 2018. In the aftermath of last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, some of the most powerful testimonies have come from the teenagers who survived the rampage. They have repeatedly detailed their harrowing experience to national news networks, many calling for stricter gun control laws while decrying President Donald Trump...
The 9 affordable buys that make every first home look expensive

The 9 affordable buys that make every first home look expensive

Whether you’re moving into your first apartment or a new rental, there’s always a myriad of things to consider. But perhaps the first and foremost is your budget. While your stylish eye wants all the designer pieces, your frugal purse is looking at those luxury look-alikes with an affordable price tag. But you don’t have to declare war with your bank account — it is possible...
Bring your personality to life in your decor

Bring your personality to life in your decor

The secret to creating a beautiful home isn’t in cloning a big-name designer’s style, or washing a room in the latest trend. It’s about thoughtfully constructing a space that celebrates the people who live there. Our design choices should not only be inspired by today’s “it” color palettes or furniture styles, but by the opportunity to bring to life the story of...

Set of chairs is attractive and functional, but not antique

Dear Helaine and Joe: I am looking for information about a set of chairs I purchased a few years ago. They were found in a barn, covered with layers of dust, and the owners sold them to me. The seats appear to have been recovered at some point. One is a captain’s chair, and there are five others without arms. There is a paper label on one that reads, “Square Brand, Burlington, Iowa.&rdquo...
Weeping yaupon, like a living piece of art

Weeping yaupon, like a living piece of art

The weeping yaupon holly is beyond stunning right now. No, the weeping plant wasn’t nuked or genetically modified to obtain that graceful appearance. It was found naturally and native and then simply propagated vegetatively by cutting. Yaupons are native geographically in almost a third of North America. Botanically speaking they are Known as Ilex vomitoria with the weeping type known as Ilex...
Insider secrets to online design — and an awesomely eclectic home

Insider secrets to online design — and an awesomely eclectic home

SEATTLE — Granted, Hayley Francis holds a couple practical advantages over the rest of us run-of-the-mill do-it-ourselves-ers. Professionally, Francis is the Trend & Design manager of The Mine, a Kirkland-based online home-furnishing company with an uncanny knack for … well … trends and design. It’s fair to assume she is rather plugged-in to cool things. Genetically, her...
How fungi grow in forest, lawns

How fungi grow in forest, lawns

I discovered fungi in the coastal forests of Northern California. There I came to recognize the mushrooms, lichens and liverworts, all small primitive plants you might not notice. What makes fungi different is they cannot photosynthesize like green plants because they lack chlorophyll. That’s why edible mushrooms are cultivated in darkness. Due to the primitive nature of fungi, it’s doubtful...
Queen Elizabeth surrounded by fashion royalty at her first London runway show

Queen Elizabeth surrounded by fashion royalty at her first London runway show

This year’s London Fashion Week ended with the biggest name in fashion meeting the biggest name in London. >> Read more trending news  Queen Elizabeth II made quite the splash Tuesday as she sat next to Vogue’s infamous editor-in-chief Anna Wintour in the queen’s historic appearance at a fashion show. Her Majesty came dressed to impress in a pastel blue coat and jacket...
Missing Uber, Lyft driver found at LA hospital

Missing Uber, Lyft driver found at LA hospital

A California man who worked for two ride sharing services and had been missing for more than a week was found Monday night in a Los Angeles hospital, KABC reported.  Joshua Thiede, an Uber and Lyft driver, was last seen around 11:30 a.m. Feb. 11 in Los Angeles, KABC reported. The next day, his mother said a 911 call had been made from his home but the caller had hung up. On Monday,...
911 dispatcher dies in crash; husband hears emergency call on scanner 

911 dispatcher dies in crash; husband hears emergency call on scanner 

A Minnesota man listening to emergency dispatch audio learned that his wife, a 911 dispatcher, was killed in a crash with a wrong-way driver as she headed for work, the Star Tribune reported. Jenna L. Bixby, 30, died Saturday night in the head-on crash in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Park, authorities said. Her husband, Daniel Bixby, was listening to the audio that first reported the crash...
Texas jail guard thanks inmates who aided him during heart attack 

Texas jail guard thanks inmates who aided him during heart attack 

A former Texas jail guard still becomes emotional when he thinks about the day several prisoners helped save his life when he suffered a massive heart attack. “Instead of overtaking me and taking my gun, and killing me or taking a hostage and escaping, they looked at me as a human being,” Gary Grimm told WFAA.  Grimm, 52, was guarding prisoners in a basement holding cell at the...
Police: Ohio 7th-grader suffers self-inflicted wound after bringing gun to school

Police: Ohio 7th-grader suffers self-inflicted wound after bringing gun to school

A seventh-grader was hospitalized after suffering an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at an Ohio middle school, police said Tuesday. Shortly before 8 a.m., the boy shot himself in a restroom at Jackson Memorial Middle School, Jackson Township police Chief Mark Brink said. Superintendent Christopher DiLoreto said middle school officials will decide later whether classes will be held Wednesday...
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