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Migos rapper Offset arrested in Jonesboro on gun, drug charges

Migos rapper Offset arrested in Jonesboro on gun, drug charges

Migos member Offset was arrested after a traffic stop in Jonesboro at approximately 3 p.m. Friday.  The rapper was pulled over in a 2014 Porche 911 Carerra after performing what Clayton County Police deemed an improper lane change at Upper Riverdale Road and Tara Boulevard. Upon approaching the vehicle, officers detected an odor of marijuana and during a search of the car located three handguns...
Venerable weight loss retreat isn’t just about shedding pounds anymore

Venerable weight loss retreat isn’t just about shedding pounds anymore

For more than two decades, I’d driven by Hilton Head Health on my visits to the South Carolina barrier island and wondered if it was for me. It was once known primarily as an extended-stay weight loss resort, but several friends had told me it had undergone major changes. With more than a few pounds to drop and in need of a break from my less-than-healthy lifestyle, I had to find out...
'Guardians of the Galaxy' director James Gunn fired over offensive tweets

'Guardians of the Galaxy' director James Gunn fired over offensive tweets

The director of the successful “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies, James Gunn, has been fired from the franchise’s third installment over offensive tweets about pedophilia and rape. >> Read more trending news  The shocking tweets, which had been taken down, aren’t new and Gunn had apologized for them in the past, but conservative media personalities resurfaced...
Jason Aldean will play Macon benefit concert this fall

Jason Aldean will play Macon benefit concert this fall

Jason Aldean will commandeer a massive stage on Saturday when he plays SunTrust Park for the first time.  But in September, the Macon native will return home for a more intimate event. Aldean will perform at Macon Centreplex Coliseum on Sept. 6 for his third “Concert for the Kids” charity show. His previous two concerts raised more than $1.2 million for the Beverly Knight Olson Children&rsquo...
'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' is getting a reboot

'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' is getting a reboot

Buffy fans, this is not a drill:  A reboot is coming to a screen near you. » RELATED: 8 TV shows canceled due to controversies A reboot of the supernatural drama "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is in development at Fox 21 Television Studios, the cable/streaming division of 20th Century Fox TV, USA TODAY has confirmed.       ...
Peach problem: Georgia fruits clobbered again

Peach problem: Georgia fruits clobbered again

Uncooperative weather has taken a jumbo bite out of the Peach State’s peach crop , a second year of pain for growers of the iconic fruit. And similar hardship appears to have eliminated half Georgia’s more lucrative blueberry yield. The difficult years have left Atlanta shoppers in the produce aisle facing the prospect of paying more for a limited selection of peaches compared...
Varsity memories: 90 years of ‘what’ll ya have?’

Varsity memories: 90 years of ‘what’ll ya have?’

Get yourself a walking dog, a bag of rags and settle down. We’re going to talk about The Varsity’s 90th birthday. When did you first hear “What’ll ya have?” What are your Varsity family traditions? Do you remember football Saturdays, Flossie Mae’s hats, night-time hungries? Send your favorite Varsity memories to Ligaya.Figueras@coxinc.com, and use the hashtag #Varsity90th...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Smashing Pumpkins, Tony Bennett

Atlanta Concerts this week: Smashing Pumpkins, Tony Bennett

SATURDAY The Macon native, a lifelong fan of the Atlanta Braves, said his first concert at SunTrust Park will rank at the top of his career highlights list — along with his 2013 performance at Sanford Stadium in Athens. No surprise, then, that the country star has lined up a fun list of co-stars. With Hootie & the Blowfish, Luke Combs and Lauren Alaina. SUNDAY No, bassist D’arcy...
Atlanta History Center: a lesson in swampy southern music

Atlanta History Center: a lesson in swampy southern music

The Swampers, the legendary rhythm section from FAME studios, were celebrated by rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd in their 1974 song “Sweet Home Alabama.” They not only played on 500 albums—75 of them gold and platinum—but they typified a sound that would draw the world to the tiny North Alabama crossroads called Muscle Shoals. The “Muscle Shoals sound” was hard to pin...
Atlanta History Center: a lesson in swampy southern music

Atlanta History Center: a lesson in swampy southern music

The Swampers, the legendary rhythm section from FAME studios, were celebrated by rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd in their 1974 song “Sweet Home Alabama.” They not only played on 500 albums—75 of them gold and platinum—but they typified a sound that would draw the world to the tiny North Alabama crossroads called Muscle Shoals. The “Muscle Shoals sound” was hard to pin...
The B-52s want fans to be prepared to dance at Chastain concert

The B-52s want fans to be prepared to dance at Chastain concert

No matter how many decades have passed, The B-52s will never lose the weird and quirky shades that define their music. The Athens-birthed band is still spritzing their live shows with color and dancing with abandon as they pump out late-‘70s cult hits “Rock Lobster” and “Planet Claire” and ‘80s radio regulars “Love Shack” and “Roam.” Guitarist...
Boy George and Culture Club will bridge old and new at Chastain concert

Boy George and Culture Club will bridge old and new at Chastain concert

If social media existed in the 1980s, Boy George would have been a frequent presence on your timelines. Between 1982 and 1986, the rainbow-bright frontman and the rest of Culture Club were as ubiquitous as a Kardashian at an NBA game, with hits including “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “Time (Clock of the Heart)” and, what has now become a staple of any ‘80s club night...
Should I give a tablet to my 4-year-old?

Should I give a tablet to my 4-year-old?

Q: I’ve noticed that my mom friends all give their preschool-age kids tablets (to play games, watch videos, etc.). Should I get one for my 4-year-old daughter? I admit that it would be a great tool to use while waiting in lines, sitting in restaurants or doing something where it would be helpful if she were occupied. Also, maybe the games that kids play on these tablets are educational? But...
‘Mamma Mia!’ provides escapist fluff of the highest order

‘Mamma Mia!’ provides escapist fluff of the highest order

Welcome back to the magical island of Kalokairi, a sun-strewn rocky outcropping in the azure Aegean Sea, a land where white people can only express themselves with the music of Sweden’s most enduring musical group, ABBA. The sequel/prequel hybrid “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” arrives a decade after the bonkers filmed adaptation of the stage musical “Mamma Mia!” Vehicles...
The farmers principle: reaping what we sow

The farmers principle: reaping what we sow

“You have a magical green thumb, daddy!” “No, I don’t. I just take care of my plants, that’s all. I was but a little boy when my dad taught me a valuable lesson. We didn’t have much money, so father planted vegetables in our backyard. One day, I was helping him sow some seeds. I had just placed some in the ground, put dirt back in the hole and was patting it with...
‘The Equalizer 2’ coasts on Washington’s charms

‘The Equalizer 2’ coasts on Washington’s charms

It seems every venerable actor of a certain age has got to have a trusty action franchise to fall back on these days. And for Denzel Washington, that’s “The Equalizer” films, based on the ’80s TV show about a former intelligence agent using his skills to help the less fortunate. Directed by Antoine Fuqua, the 2014 film featured Washington demonstrating a facility with a hammer...
Rare Georgia grasslands are home to a variety of plants

Rare Georgia grasslands are home to a variety of plants

In the book “The Natural Communities of Georgia,” the authors write: “From cool, moist mountain peaks in the Blue Ridge to the sun-drenched shores of our Atlantic coast, this state boasts an amazing diversity of natural habitats.” Indeed. The many different habitats, which support a wide range of flora and fauna, make Georgia the nation’s sixth most biologically diverse...
BB&T Atlanta Open will launch with concert from Home Free

BB&T Atlanta Open will launch with concert from Home Free

The BB&T Atlanta Open is bringing some country to the courts this year. To celebrate the kickoff of the annual tennis tournament, country vocal band Home Free will perform from 8:30-10 p.m. Saturday at the BB&T Atlanta Open Stadium Court at Atlantic Station. The Minnesota quintet, which won NBC’s “The Sing-Off” in 2013, released their most recent album, “Timeless” last...
Jason Aldean at SunTrust Park: Tickets, parking, lineup and other info

Jason Aldean at SunTrust Park: Tickets, parking, lineup and other info

When Jason Aldean showed up at SunTrust Park on a chilly March day to announce his summer concert, he already had a simple goal: “We want to come in and make a statement show,” he said. On Saturday, Aldean will get his wish to commandeer the Braves’ home when he stages his “High Noon Neon Tour” at the stadium. Expect to hear plenty from his stash of hits, including &ldquo...
Single malts, Johnny Cash and a killer unicorn: things to do in Atlanta on Thursday, July 19

Single malts, Johnny Cash and a killer unicorn: things to do in Atlanta on Thursday, July 19

Your Thursday will probably include humidity, if not thunderstorms. Here are a few ways to stay crisp. RING OF FIRE: THE MUSIC OF JOHNNY CASH, AT THE GEORGIA ENSEMBLE THEATRE Warm your soul with the classics. The music of the late great Man in Black will echo off the river when the Georgia Ensemble Theatre performs “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” at the Chattahoochee Nature Center...
The dreaded diaper rash: A pediatrician's advice for preventing and treating an angry bottom

The dreaded diaper rash: A pediatrician's advice for preventing and treating an angry bottom

Your child will likely spend two to three years in diapers. Regardless of the type of diaper you choose, you can expect to battle at least a few diaper rashes. They are common and rarely dangerous, but with these prevention and treatment pointers, you should be better equipped to handle and conquer even the angriest of diaper rashes. Most diaper rashes are caused when a baby's sensitive skin comes...
Atlanta couple wins ‘The Knot Wedding of the Year’

Atlanta couple wins ‘The Knot Wedding of the Year’

While they came from opposite ends of the East Coast (she was born and raised in New York and he is from Florida), Daly and Summerton’s love story began somewhere in between - Atlanta, Georgia.   In 2013, the pair struck up a friendship after both moving to Georgia for work. Daly worked in marketing and Summerton worked full-time in business while pursuing a successful career in racecar...
This Life with Gracie: He’s on autism spectrum but manages to write a comic book

This Life with Gracie: He’s on autism spectrum but manages to write a comic book

All too often people with autism are stymied by life’s disappointments, unable to move past the frustrations of being let down. Dr. Tyler Whitney, an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University School of Medicine with an active practice in Alpharetta, knows how that happens. “With most of the people who are on the autism spectrum and are past high...
Man dies after eating raw oysters at Florida restaurant, report says

Man dies after eating raw oysters at Florida restaurant, report says

A man died from a Vibrio vulnificus bacterial infection after eating raw oysters at a Florida restaurant, health officials say. The 71-year-old man reportedly died two days after eating the raw oysters in a Sarasota restaurant. Health officials have not said which restaurant. "We have an individual that consumed some raw oysters and to the best of our knowledge had no exposure to salt water...
Want to beat the heat and rain? Here are some things to do indoors

Want to beat the heat and rain? Here are some things to do indoors

Whether to beat the heat or rain, there are plenty of places to enjoy yourself indoors in metro Atlanta. Some places offer fun and activities for the whole family, including little ones. Other activities can be done solo. From Great Wolf Lodge in LaGrange to shopping or dining at Ponce City Market or visiting the King Center or one of several museums in the area, there are many ways to enjoy the summer...
Review: Kajun Crab offers Vietnamese with an Acadian twist

Review: Kajun Crab offers Vietnamese with an Acadian twist

Among the tenants of 5000 Buford Highway, a sprawling strip mall just north of Chamblee Tucker Road, there is a grocery store with notable selections of Southeast Asian produce and Latin American snacks. There is a homey Korean joint that makes a mean budae jjigae, the Spam- and hot dog-laden stew influenced by the tastes of American GIs stationed on the Korean Peninsula. There is a hit Malaysian...
What are the biggest tours and busiest Atlanta venues so far this year?

What are the biggest tours and busiest Atlanta venues so far this year?

By the time Ed Sheeran gets to Atlanta in November, he could buy a ton of seat licenses at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The British pop-soul-folk singer is leading the touring charts halfway through the year, having grossed $213.9 million so far (last year’s midpoint leader was Guns N’ Roses, with $151.5 million). While Sheeran’s worldwide jaunt – he’s been in Australia...
Bruce Springsten’s Broadway show is coming to Netflix

Bruce Springsten’s Broadway show is coming to Netflix

If you couldn’t snag (or afford) a ticket to Bruce Springsteen’s lauded appearances on Broadway, at least there’s the TV version. Netflix will launch “Springsteen on Broadway” on Dec. 15, the same night as the artist’s final show of what will be a 236-performance run at Jujamcyn’s Walter Kerr Theatre. Springsteen’s historic series of intimate, acoustic...
Georgia Archives to celebrate 100th anniversary with August dinner

Georgia Archives to celebrate 100th anniversary with August dinner

The Georgia Archives was founded in 1918 in a small room in the State Capitol. On August 18, its centennial will be celebrated at a special dinner. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Georgia Archives — now at 5800 Jonesboro Road in Morrow — with a reception, tours and an exhibit on Georgia’s earliest land records. Next, those attending will move across the plaza to the National...
A 25-foot statue of Jeff Goldblum has been erected in London

A 25-foot statue of Jeff Goldblum has been erected in London

London has many fine sights for tourists: There’s London Bridge, the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, and now … there’s a giant statue of an almost-shirtless Jeff Goldblum. Yes, you read that correctly. On Wednesday, a huge statue of a the “Jurassic Park” actor appeared on the banks of the River Thames by London’s Tower Bridge. The 25-foot statue depicts Goldblum...
Listen: AJC podcast explores 2019 Super Bowl entertainment, preparation and possibilities

Listen: AJC podcast explores 2019 Super Bowl entertainment, preparation and possibilities

Listen now or open in iTunes or Google Play: See that bright, shining light in the distance? That’s the Super Bowl of 2019, heading straight for Atlanta. It will take a while to get here — on Feb. 3, to be exact — but the excitement is already building. And there’s so much preparation and anticipation filling the coming months. Join us at ajc.com/53 as we...
Things to do in and around Atlanta for Wednesday, July 18

Things to do in and around Atlanta for Wednesday, July 18

Hump Day! Yeah, we know. You’re tired of hearing about it. But not as tired as you are of trying to slog through it with no rewards along the way. That’s why we’re here. Here are a few suggestions for fun and interesting things to do this Hu -- er, this Wednesday.  “VIOLENT FEMMES AND ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN” It’s 1983 all over again! And yes, that’s a...
Grammy Awards set 2019 date in Los Angeles

Grammy Awards set 2019 date in Los Angeles

The Grammy Awards will head back to their usual home of Los Angeles for the 2019 edition. The 61st annual ceremony will return to the Staples Center on Feb. 10 and air live on CBS at 8 p.m. Last year, the Grammys were held in New York for the first time in 15 years, but were always slated to revert to the West Coast following the 60th anniversary production. Nominations for the 2019 awards will be...
Long strange trip: Deadheads to meet-up in Atlanta movie theaters

Long strange trip: Deadheads to meet-up in Atlanta movie theaters

Grateful Dead fans are renowned for their loyalty and longevity. (And for making tie-dye T-shirts seem cool, so, thanks for Casual Fridays at work, guys!) But, will Deadheads, who followed the band from Whisky a Go Go and Psychedelic Supermarket to the muddy fields at Woodstock be able to handle this? A movie theater meet-up. On August 1, the Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies will be truckin&rsquo...
Prince Louis' christening portraits revealed: Kate Middleton, royal family stun in new photos

Prince Louis' christening portraits revealed: Kate Middleton, royal family stun in new photos

Update 8:08 a.m. EDT July 17: The British royal family has released an additional photo from the christening of Prince Louis, the youngest son of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hope that everyone enjoys this lovely photograph of Prince Louis as much as they do,” Kensington Palace tweeted Monday. Matt Porteous, who took the photo,...
Healthy Cooking: Making the best out of the best berries of the season

Healthy Cooking: Making the best out of the best berries of the season

It’s like the berries are showing off. Farmers market blueberries, produce aisle strawberries and backyard blackberries are all an abundance of superlatives right now. The berries are so ripe, so sweet, so colorful and so reasonably priced that I’ve forgiven them for costing $6 per half-pint back in February. This weekend, I gathered a bag full of berries in anticipation of making cobblers...
Things to do in and around Atlanta Tuesday, July 17

Things to do in and around Atlanta Tuesday, July 17

Enjoy some early week comedy or shorter lines at the Georgia Aquarium. Here’s some more details on ways you can make your Tuesday truly enjoyable. Head over to Meehan’s Public House at Atlantic Station and be entertained for free. Around 10 or 12 comics will help you laugh the night away. 8 p.m. Tuesday. The event is sponsored by Good People Brewing Company. (Currently scheduled for...
This Life with Gracie: One man’s home becomes another man’s Restaurant Holmes

This Life with Gracie: One man’s home becomes another man’s Restaurant Holmes

The last time George Jones stepped foot into this old Southern bungalow, someone had bought it and transformed it into a real estate office, and before that, it was a school for children. A few days ago, he returned and it was bustling with men and women eating plates of coal-roasted beets, seafood crudo, hand-cut pasta, and wood-fired fish entrees executed by owner and chef Taylor Neary on opening...
Heather Harman, 24, of Alpharetta lost 40 pounds

Heather Harman, 24, of Alpharetta lost 40 pounds

Former weight: 160 pounds Current weight: 120 pounds Pounds lost: 40 pounds Height: 5 feet 4 inches Age: 24 years How long she’s kept it off: “I started in mid-November of 2017 and ended in June of 2018,” Harman said. Personal life: I am the director of operations for an event company in Atlanta called Track Seven Events,” Harman said. “I design, organize and plan events...
ATL Collective and Atlanta History Center will showcase the music of Muscle Shoals

ATL Collective and Atlanta History Center will showcase the music of Muscle Shoals

The music produced at Muscle Shoals studio is legendary: Paul Simon (“Kodachrome”), Bob Seger (“Old Time Rock and Roll”), Bob Dylan (“Gotta Serve Somebody”), Lynyrd Skynyrd (“One More Time”) and The Rolling Stones (“Wild Horses”) are a mere smattering of artists whose work was crafted in the unassuming building in Sheffield, Ala.  On...
Cardi B leads MTV VMA nods with 10

Cardi B leads MTV VMA nods with 10

The year of Cardi B continues — this time with 10 MTV Video Music Award nominations. MTV announced Monday that the white-hot rapper is the most nominated act at this year's show, which returns to New York City's Radio City Music Hall on Aug. 20. Five of Cardi B's nominations are thanks to her collaboration with Bruno Mars on the upbeat anthem, "Finesse (Remix)." The song's video, inspired...
Russ will play a hometown headlining arena concert this fall

Russ will play a hometown headlining arena concert this fall

 Following last year’s Music Midtown performance, we surmised that the next time Russ came to town, it would be on a bigger stage. The New Jersey hip-hip artist who now calls Atlanta home will indeed grace a larger platform when he brings his “I See You Tour Part 2” to Infinite Energy Arena on Oct. 24. Tickets for the show are $29.95-$59.95 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. July...
Prime time: A day of deals at Amazon — and at its rivals

Prime time: A day of deals at Amazon — and at its rivals

Amazon is extending its annual "Prime Day" promotion to 36 hours this year and will try to lure more deal-seekers to the aisles of Whole Foods. Shoppers will have plenty of sales to choose from as other retailers offer promotions to try to take a share of the spending. This year's sales event, which starts Monday afternoon, will be six hours longer than last year's and will launch new products...
Theater preview: ‘The Book of Mormon’ still showing its heart

Theater preview: ‘The Book of Mormon’ still showing its heart

In the seven years since “The Book of Mormon” stampeded Broadway with its artful mix of the sardonic skewering of Mormon beliefs and well-intentioned sweetness, dozens of musicals have floundered. But the script and songs from “South Park” inventors Trey Parker and Matt Stone and “Avenue Q” alum Robert Lopez (now also the youngest person to score an EGOT &mdash...
Google gear helps create virtual tours of Georgia sites

Google gear helps create virtual tours of Georgia sites

Miles of central Georgia trails and some of Macon's most prominent historic landmarks can now be toured online on Google Maps. Ocmulgee National Monument Superintendent Jim David says anyone with an internet connection can take a virtual journey to the top of the mounds and get 360-degree views of the places they're walking. The views were captured with a Google Street View Trekker — a 45-pound...
Where can I find it?

Where can I find it?

Q: My boyfriend and I attended the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival last month and had the best pimento cheese from a company represented there. I believe the name of the product is Wicked Pimina Cheese and it’s made by Harvest Moon. I haven’t been able to find it in stores, yet, and the company’s website address leads to a dead end. Where can I find it? Alicia Battiste, email A: Wicked...
Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Good Charlotte, Jon B. 

Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Good Charlotte, Jon B. 

Strung Out. 7 p.m. Aug. 4. $18. Masquerade. TM. Creek Boyz. 7 p.m. Aug. 10. $15-$40. Masquerade. TM. The Pink Spiders. 7 p.m. Aug. 12. $13. Masquerade. TM. Hasan Minhaj. 7 p.m. Aug. 25. $29.50-$64.50. Tabernacle. LN. Sam Evian. 9 p.m. Sept. 21. $10. Drunken Unicorn. www.masqueradeatlanta.com. Bat House. 7 p.m. Sept. 28. $10. Masquerade. TM. Watsky. 7 p.m. Oct. 5. $18. Masquerade. TM. Local H. 8 p...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Tedeschi Trucks Band, REO Speedwagon and Chicago

Atlanta Concerts this week: Tedeschi Trucks Band, REO Speedwagon and Chicago

FRIDAY Some music listeners might only remember Hornsby from his late-‘80s run of radio hits – “The Way it Is,” “Mandolin Rain” and “The Valley Road” among them. But the Williamsburg, Va., native long ago deserted the chase for radio play, preferring instead to hone his piano/keyboard craft with Ricky Skaggs, The Grateful Dead and Branford Marsalis,...
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