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MARTA is scrambling to hire the police officers it needs to cope with the huge crowds expected to descend on Atlanta for the Super Bowl in less than three months. The agency is about 40 police officers short of full staffing as it prepares for the big game on Feb. 3, MARTA said in response to questions from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News.
Just a mile from Atlantic Station, Westside Provisions changed ownership in 2016, and the $128 million sales price reflected its value as one of the city’s premier shopping and dining destinations.
When Keisha Lance Bottoms was sworn in as Atlanta’s 60th mayor, she promised that her administration would “re-inspire confidence in our city government” with the most “sweeping ethics and transparency reform package in our city’s history.
A workshop will be held tonight as part of the Peachtree DeKalb Airport master planning process. The general-aviation facility is owned by DeKalb County and averages 230,000 takeoffs and landings annually. Formally, its name is the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport.
In the middle of Tuesday’s long, sometimes contentious Gwinnett County election board meeting, there was a moment that on any other day would’ve been, well, momentous. The board formally called for a special election to be held March 19 — an election in which the sole question before voters will be if they want to officially join MARTA.
To supporters, they’re an inventive, convenient way to get around the city without much of a carbon footprint. To critics, they’re critters that litter Atlanta’s sidewalks, posing a danger to pedestrians, drivers and the people who use them.
In DeKalb County court Tuesday, an attorney for the state Department of Revenue argued that Fulton County residents — who already paid their 2017 property taxes — need to be billed a second time. Last year, Fulton leaders took illegal actions when they froze most residential property values at 2016 levels, attorney Alex Sponseller said.
UPDATE: At 10:30 p.m., more than eight hours after it originally convened, the Gwinnett County elections board voted to formally accept nearly 2,000 provisional ballots. Those included enough to pull Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux more than 300 votes closer to Republican incumbent Rob Woodall in Georgia’s 7th Congressional District.
The New York City and Washington D.C. metro areas are splitting Amazon’s planned second headquarters project, according to a Wall Street Journal report Monday night. The official announcement could be made as soon as Tuesday, the media outlet said, citing unnamed “people familiar with the matter.
Despite defeating the Eagle’s Landing secession plan at the ballot box last week, Stockbridge Mayor Anthony Ford wants to continue the fight in court. The unprecedented attempt to break away from an existing city to start a new one had drawn statewide interest in the Eagle’s Landing ballot issue.
When Hawkinsville-native Vivian Thomas left South Georgia for Georgia State University in the late 1970s, her father gave her a warning: Be cautious when you drive through Henry County.
A year after a popular Cobb wrestling coach was convicted in Pennsylvania of sexually abusing young athletes, Georgia wrestling officials and school leaders have offered no explanation about why Ron Gorman was allowed to continue coaching despite warnings he was a predator.
More than 100 veterans, including a Medal of Honor winner, turned out Sunday at the Atlanta History Center for a special Veterans Day observance that marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
After news broke that the Atlanta VA Medical Center is now one of the worst in the nation, those who oversee it downplayed the personnel changes that followed. An official public statement Oct.
Fulton County will go to court Tuesday to justify a 2017 decision to freeze most residential property values at the previous year’s levels following an outcry from residents. The county has filed suit against the state revenue commissioner, who still hasn’t approved the county’s 2017 tax digest.
Just before former Mayor Kasim Reed left office, the city of Atlanta unveiled a short list of employees who were eligible for the retirement deal of a lifetime: a pension check until the end of their years. It was a delightful opportunity, especially for high-ranking employees.
More than 100 people attended the Fulton County election board’s meeting Thursday, armed with stories about Election Day snafus and concerns that thousands would be disenfranchised unless officials worked diligently to count every vote before certifying the election.
Fulton County could have as many as 4,700 votes left to count as several hotly contested Georgia races remain too close to call. Richard Barron, the county’s director of registration and elections, said Wednesday that employees are researching about 3,700 provisional ballots that were cast on Tuesday. Additionally, there are about 1,000 overseas ballots that are outstanding.
Stockbridge Mayor Anthony Ford had one thing on his mind Wednesday morning, just hours after voters in his city rejected a referendum that would have allowed the community of Eagle’s Landing to break away and incorporate. Healing.
A pair of congressional races in suburban Atlanta remained in limbo early Wednesday morning with razor-thin vote margins separating the candidates. In Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, Democrat challenger Lucy McBath held a slim lead over incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Karen Handel.
At 2:01 a.m., the votes in Fulton County were counted. Vote tallies were delayed as the county waited for voting cards to come in from three precincts that were kept open past 7 p.m. following a court order, Jessica Corbitt, a county spokesperson, said. The Pittman Park Recreation Center closed at 9 p.m., while the Booker T.
The balance of power shifted in some suburban Atlanta communities Tuesday, mirroring demographic trends that have diversified the region and made it more competitive for Democrats.
Voters in Atlanta and across Fulton County approved a number of local property tax measures Tuesday that were intended to appease residents upset over rising tax bills. All the measures were approved overwhelmingly. They will go into effect in 2019, and will be reflected in property assessments and on residents’ tax bills after they are implemented.
Several of metro Atlanta’s largest counties struggled to report election results Tuesday night, even as residents watched on television and their social media feeds as results came in from across the country. More than two hours after Georgia’s polls closed, Fulton and Cobb counties hadn’t reported results. Fulton first posted partial results at 9:22 p.m.
UPDATE: A controversial referendum to make Eagle’s Landing Henry County’s fifth city was defeated on Tuesday. The proposal would have created the town, in part, by de-annexing about half of Stockbridge. The de-annexation question was also defeated.
Three Fulton County polling precincts stayed open past 7 p.m. The Pittman Park Recreation Center location was open until 9 p.m. after voters encountered long lines on Election Day because of too few machines. Booker T. Washington High School and Archer Hall at Morehouse College both stayed open until 10 p.m.
The next step toward turning 40 acres of weedy parking lots and rail lines into one of the largest redevelopments in the city’s history could be taken this week. The Atlanta City Council Monday night approved $1.
Elixirs sold by a Fulton County business seem to hold the promise of fighting disease and restoring health. There’s a “cold curing, immune boosting, inflammation fighting” elixir made with turmeric, ginger, lemon and cayenne. An “infection healing, allergy reducing, system rebooting” so-called antibiotic made with water, lemon, ginger, garlic and oil of oregano.
The company that runs MARTA’s paratransit service for the elderly and the disabled could lose the job because of concerns over minority contracting. Last week the MARTA Board of Directors voted to allow CEO Jeffrey Parker to search for a new company to operate its paratransit service, which is currently run by Dallas-based MV Transportation.
After more than 10 hours of debate and deliberation on Monday, the Atlanta City Council approved nearly $1.9 billion in public subsidies for a downtown development that will permanently reshape the city’s skyline.
A central figure in the bribery probe at Atlanta City Hall waived her appearance during an arraignment on a fresh charge Monday in federal court downtown. Mitzi Bickers, who prosecutors allege helped contractors win millions of dollars in city of Atlanta business, had been called before U.S.
Nearly 225,000 Fulton County voters cast their ballots early ahead of Tuesday’s election, the highest number of early votes in the county for a gubernatorial contest. In 2014, about 88,000 people voted early for the governor’s race. In the 2016 presidential contest, more than 250,000 people voted early.
Voters across Georgia will cast their votes on Election Day Tuesday. The governor’s race, state and Congressional contests have garnered much of the attention, but many voters in metro Atlanta will elect county commissioners and school board members as well as vote on local ballot questions.
But upon taking office in January, Bottoms walked into a government in crisis. New indictments in a federal corruption investigation loomed. A cyberattack nearly crippled city operations. She also had to absorb the fallout from accusations city employees systematically violated the state’s open records laws.
On Oct. 24, as thousands of local residents and Georgia law enforcement officers lined the streets of Gwinnett County for a funeral procession to honor slain police officer Antwan Toney, one local elected official had no time to wait and confronted deputies to get out of his way, according to witness statements.
More than half of Fulton County residents are willing to pay more in taxes to fund transit expansion, a new survey by the Atlanta Regional Commission shows. The survey, released Friday, is a public opinion survey that covers the thoughts of metro Atlanta residents on everything from transportation to art and culture.
Water poured into Madrika Gray’s apartment from a busted pipe last December, ruining her furniture and puddling onto the worn tiles. Then there was mold, which grew in dark, fine-haired blots on her furniture and made her clothes smell no matter how much she washed them. Now Gray and her children wake up with piercing headaches. A throat and lung infection forced her to the emergency room.
Transportation was the top concern for Cobb residents who took an Atlanta Regional Commission survey, with half saying they would be willing to pay more in taxes to fund regional transit expansion. Nearly fifty percent of those surveyed from Cobb said expanding transit was the best long-term solution to the metro area’s traffic problems.
Georgia’s plans for a 120-mile network of toll lanes across metro Atlanta will be more than halfway complete with Saturday’s opening of new lanes on I-85 in Gwinnett County. The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to open a 10-mile extension of the I-85 express lanes early Saturday morning. They’ll get their first rush-hour test Monday.
Liz Hausmann, a Fulton County commissioner, went to the White House this week as part of a delegation that discussed workforce training. Hausmann, who represents north Fulton, was the only participant from Georgia in the program.
Booting is back on the menu in DeKalb County, where commissioners have revised an ordinance that would regulate the use of immobilization devices for vehicles that parked where they weren’t supposed to. When the Board of Commissioners first began discussing the issue, some members wondered whether booting should be banned outright as other counties in Metro Atlanta have.
The federal review triggered in July by Gwinnett Sheriff Butch Conway’s purchase of a high-powered muscle car has already identified close to $100,000 in misused asset forfeiture funds, according to records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, as Department of Justice officials continue to examine expenditures.
A 73-year-old Colorado grandmother is considering legal action after doctors at the University of Colorado Hospital removed both of her healthy kidneys in May, KDVR reported. >> Read more trending news Linda Woolley, of Englewood, said doctors told her surgery was necessary because she likely had kidney cancer, the television station reported.
A South Florida casino patron expecting a massage got rubbed the wrong way when the “masseuse” left his hotel room with more than $60,000 in cash, casino chips and valuables, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
Florida deputies stopped traffic Wednesday to pull over driver after driver who had passed a stopped school bus on a multi-lane highway, and a video of the incident has been viewed more than 10 million times.
Two Oregon inmates on a work crew Wednesday became intoxicated from the alcohol from hand sanitizer, then stole a four-wheeler before deputies caught them later in the day, The Bulletin reported.
A 3-year-old Indiana boy was left stranded on a school bus for more than an hour Tuesday, The Times of Northwest Indiana reported. >> Read more trending news Luke Collin was left at the School Town of Munster bus barn, his mother, Lauren Collin, told the newspaper. “I didn't know if I'd ever see him again,” Collin said.
Bill Maher is in hot water after making comments that many are calling disrespectful toward the late Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee. » RELATED: Private funeral held for Stan Lee, more memorials in works In a blog post to his website Saturday, the late night host wrote, "America is in mourning.
A dolphin that washed onto a California beach last week died from a gunshot wound, KNBC reported. Marine Animal Rescue posted a $5,000 reward to its Facebook page on Friday after a necropsy confirmed the animal had been shot. Peter Wallerstein, founder and president of the rescue group, received a call about the dolphin in the surf on the morning of Nov. 8, NBC News reported.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton received 11 write-in votes for an election in North Carolina, officials said. >> Read more trending news Newton’s name was written in for the Mecklenburg County Soil and Water Conservation district position, according to the Board of Elections. The two people who won received more than 100,000 votes each.
As a veterinarian, Kristopher Sharpe said he has removed many items from a pet’s stomach. >> Read more trending news But a woman’s wedding ring? That was a new one. A labradoodle belonging to a Michigan couple swallowed a wedding ring belonging to Cindy McCombs, WZZM reported. Bella, a 1-year-old Lab, was the culprit, Sharpe told the television station.
Fifteen years after tossing her twins off a bridge into the Mississippi River, a Minnesota woman is using her story to raise awareness about mental illness, KARE reported. >> Read more trending news Naomi Gaines was 24 when she threw her 14-month-old sons, Sincere Understanding Allah and Supreme Knowledge Allah, into the river near St.
Two California men living in a homeless camp acted swiftly to save a driver whose vehicle was involved in an accident with a truck, KSBW reported. >> Read more trending news On Tuesday, a truck driver lost control of his vehicle in Santa Cruz and slammed into a car, the television station reported.
A lawsuit filed on behalf of a New Mexico author alleges that a Santa Fe hospital revived the woman in violation of her “do not resuscitate” directive while she was in the facility’s care in 2016, the Albuquerque Journal reported. >> Read more trending news The lawsuit filed in New Mexico state district court against Santa Fe's Christus St.
There’s something predictable and comforting about the holiday season. The familiarity of favorite carols, Nana’s homemade desserts, the neighbor’s holiday lights and the huge Christmas tree that nightly illuminates the town square are customs many look forward to year after year.
A photograph of a Utah police officer cradling a baby while the infant’s mother filed a domestic violence report has gone viral, KUTV reported. >> Read more trending news One of the clerks at the West Jordan Police Department snapped a photo of Officer R. Lofgran holding and bottle feeding the baby and caring for the woman’s other young children, KSTU reported.
Workers at a children’s urgent care clinic in Texas were startled when a deer walked into the facility, WFAA reported. >> Read more trending news The 2-year-old buck wandered into the Cook Children’s facility in Fort Worth on Nov. 10, the television station reported.
A homeless Michigan man who realized he won the state’s Lotto 47 game dived into a dumpster to retrieve the winning ticket, WFMY reported. The man, who chose to remain anonymous, was one of two people who split the $9.64 million jackpot with the winning $1 ticket he bought for the Oct. 10 drawing, the television station reported. He bought the winning ticket, worth $4.
Ohio police arrested a woman they found rolling on the ground with her pants and underwear pulled down who asked authorities “You wanna play? We’ll play,” WKBN reported.
The influential Leapfrog Group, which grades nearly 2,000 U.S. hospitals, is launching a national survey to evaluate the safety and quality of up to 5,600 surgery centers that perform millions of outpatient procedures every year.
Depression affects more than 16 million Americans a year, but fewer than half get treatment. Now, researchers are turning to social media to shrink that gap and give doctors another way to find people at risk.
Emily Eekhoff was in the 33rd week of her second pregnancy when she made an unsettling discovery. As she had with her first baby, Liam, Eekhoff had been religiously keeping track of the number of kicks her unborn baby delivered during the third trimester. This baby had been consistent, kicking about 10 times in a 10-minute period.
Minnesota police are trying to find out who put deer carcasses on the hoods of two cars parked outside a YMCA in St. Cloud on Wednesday night, WCCO reported. >> Read more trending news Ali Abdullahi, a Somali interpreter who owned one of the cars, said he smelled something foul when he came out of the YMCA, the television station reported.
A school district in New York has decided to limit students to dispensing two 9-gram packs of condiments per meal, Newsday reported.
A group of Georgia inmates are opening up about a heartfelt letter they sent to the sheriff in the wake of an officer's death in the line of duty. >> Read more trending news Officer Antwan Toney, 30, was shot and killed by a suspect while responding to a call on Oct. 21. The suspect was later killed by police.
A longtime substitute teacher at a suburban St. Louis high school said school administrators banned him after he thanked students for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
OAKTON, Va. – The last time lawyer Erika Byrd talked her way out of an alcohol rehab center, her father took her to lunch. "Dad, I know what alcohol has done to me," she told him that day in January 2011. "I know what it has made me do to you and mom. But that wasn’t me.
A North Carolina woman who forgot to buy soap while shopping decided to buy a lottery ticket when she walked back into the store. >> Read more trending news Doralee Preston-Price cleaned up big time, winning $200,000 on a holiday scratch-off ticket, WRAL reported.
A Georgia toddler allegedly shot and killed himself Thursday, police said. Investigators said they were called to a residence in Jonesboro around noon Thursday about the shooting. Police said the child’s father, Johnathan Butler, 31, was asleep in his bed when the 2-year-old climbed into bed with him.
Fossils believed to be more than 11,000 years old were found by two employees of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, KXAS reported. >> Read more trending news Pieces of a mammoth’s tooth and a bison thigh bone were found in a creek at the airport, WFAA reported.
A Connecticut mother is angry after she said her 17-year-old son’s hair was set on fire, WTNH reported. >> Read more trending news Vivian Mabry, the teen’s mother, said the alleged attack occurred Oct. 26 at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School in New Haven, the television station reported.
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A Wisconsin woman walking her dog Tuesday morning had to remove a drug syringe from the animal’s paw when he stepped on it, WISN reported. >> Read more trending news Christina Lawrence and her fiance were walking Jack Daniels, a chocolate lab-golden retriever, when the dog yelped, the television station reported.
A Massachusetts man was listening to a meditation app in his bedroom when suddenly, things took a chaotic turn with a home invasion. >> Read more trending news Two armed teenagers broke into Evan Luongo's home in Lynn. But what they didn't realize is that Luongo, a 37-year-old who keeps a machete under his bed, was fully prepared to defend himself.
It took more than six decades, but a Minnesota great-grandmother finally wed her teenage sweetheart. >> Read more trending news Janet Skillingstad, 82, married Gene Ertel, 81, on Oct. 26 -- 64 years after she broke off their engagement, KARE reported. “Not too many people get a second chance,” Ertel told the television station.
While it may never reach the level of controversy of how to hang the toilet paper roll or which way to load the dishwasher, the right time to put up the Christmas tree is a heavily-debated household topic. There are answers to this question that depend on everything from Prince Albert to the opinion of tree growers to something called Adelaide Pageant Day.
Disney has released another trailer for the upcoming live-action remake of the animated classic “Dumbo.
The stars were shining in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday night for the 52nd annual Country Music Association awards. >> Read more trending news The star-studded event draws the top talent in country music, including classic bands, favorites singers and new artists.
Pop star Pink’s husband, former motocross star Carey Hart, is warning looters in Malibu-area neighborhoods ravaged by wildfires that he and others are prepared to shoot anyone caught looting. >> Read more trending news He posted a photo on Instagram Tuesday showing a group of armed men wearing masks and dubbed the P.D.C.
Katherine “Scottie” MacGregor, who played the villainous and gossipy Harriet Oleson on the television series “Little House on the Prairie,” died Tuesday, People reported. She was 93.
A 6-year-old Houston girl was shot in the leg during a shooting Monday involving a security guard and robbery suspect, KTRK reported. >> Read more trending news Claire Tidwell underwent surgery Tuesday.
An Australian member of Parliament told a conservative male colleague to “get his hands and his rosaries off my ovaries,” during a contentious debate about abortion, 9 News reported.
Two California men helped save a horse he found tangled in a backyard pool while trying to find a safe spot as the Camp Fire raged through the city, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. >> Read more trending news Jeff Hill of Paradise was checking on a neighbor’s house Saturday when he found the horse, shivering and tangled in a pool cover.
Police are searching for a California woman who attacked a McDonald’s manager after she entered the back of the fast-food restaurant and asked for ketchup, KABC reported. >> Read more trending news On Oct. 27 around 11 p.m., the woman entered the work area of a McDonald’s in Santa Ana and asked for ketchup.
A Texas thief stole a $300,000 Ferrari that was parked in the driveway of a suburban Dallas home, but left his damaged Chevrolet Suburban at the scene, WFAA reported.
Indiana police said a woman murdered her husband on Friday and did not report it until Monday morning, WXIN reported. >> Read more trending news Sheila Ridenour, 55, was charged with murder and failure to report a body, the Indianapolis Star reported, citing an arrest report by police in Montgomery County. According to police, Ridenour called 911 at 3:24 a.m.
A homeless man was caught on surveillance camera sneaking into a Florida restaurant, exiting a bathroom naked, sitting at a picnic table eating ramen noodles and then playing the bongos, WFLA reported. >> Read more trending news It turns out the man plays guitar at the St. Petersburg restaurant and was just using the facilities after hours, the television station reported.
Let’s face it, closets can be messy! One of the main culprits often relates to a lack of proper organization. The key to a well-organized space is for everything to be in place and to have a place. When looking to create a closet that is organized and tidy, here are some tips to keep in mind. 1. Use boxes and bins.
Driving down a city alley the other day, a flash of fur caught my eye. Nope, it wasn’t another chimpanzee-sized rat. It was a formerly prized possession: a faux Moroccan Beni Ourain-style rug, pale and shaggy with a dark diamond pattern, a once-bold accent that had imbued its owner’s apartment with of-the-moment style. Until that moment passed. Or the dog had one accident too many.
Remodeling your bedroom is a great way to revive an outdated space and add value to your home. But like any major home improvement, it’s important to go in prepared — and to plan your budget and design before you get started. Good planning is key not only to saving money, but also to making sure your vision is realized once your project is complete.
There was a gravitational pull too strong to resist when the Nell Hill’s team and I happened upon
At ‘The Garden Guy’s’ house a couple of Camellia sasanquas have started showing a little color while at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah they are already claiming the first Camellia japonica of the year. This is amazing because the Camellia japonica is normally a late winter and early spring bloomer.
EDMONDS, Wash. — Beth and Tom Sanger are not going anywhere. Well, except maybe to the Edmonds Arts Festival at the park directly across the street. Or to the handy kayak/paddleboard-launching beach just down the hill. Or — well, OK — also to the salon/spa that Beth owns, a mere two-block commute, on foot. Otherwise, though: This is it.