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'Fixer Upper' stars Chip and Joanna Gaines welcome baby boy, reveal his name

The latest addition to Chip and Joanna Gaines' family has arrived. The "Fixer Upper" stars took to social media Saturday to announce the birth of their fifth child, sharing a photo of the baby boy and revealing his name. "Our baby boy, Crew Gaines, is here and we couldn’t be more in love," Joanna wrote Saturday night on Instagram. "He made an unexpected (and speedy)...
Actress Brigitte Nielsen delivers 5th child, a daughter, at age 54

Actress Brigitte Nielsen delivers 5th child, a daughter, at age 54

Actress Brigitte Nielsen has a new baby, delivering her fifth child, a daughter, on Friday in Los Angeles, according to People magazine. >> Read more trending news  Nielsen, 54, announced her pregnancy last month with husband Mattia Dessi.  “We are overjoyed to welcome our beautiful daughter into our lives,” the couple told People. “It’s been a long road, and...
What is salmonella and how can you protect yourself?

What is salmonella and how can you protect yourself?

Over the past few weeks, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned consumers about outbreaks of potential salmonella infections. The Atlanta-based CDC estimates that the salmonella bacteria causes about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations and 450 deaths each year in the United States. Salmonella is a key cause of food poisoning. The main source? Contaminated food and...
XXXTentacion's mom says his girlfriend is pregnant: 'He left us a final gift'

XXXTentacion's mom says his girlfriend is pregnant: 'He left us a final gift'

XXXTentacion’s legacy will live on following his death Monday. The Florida rapper’s mother, Cleopatra Bernard, revealed on Instagram on Thursday that her son was expecting a baby with his girlfriend, who remains unnamed. “He left us a final gift,” Bernard wrote in the caption of a photo showcasing a sonogram. » Who was XXXTentacion? 5 things about the late rapper...
Sometimes, the most powerful answer is silence … or kindness

Sometimes, the most powerful answer is silence … or kindness

I scrolled down her phone to read the string of ugly messages received. From insults to Bible verses, the communication chain made me angrier by the second. Self-righteousness, hypocrisy, anger, misinterpretation — each bubble in the chat window showed someone very different from the person I thought I knew. On the other side of the table, my friend looked at me, puzzled, trying to make sense...
Personal Journeys: Set in stone

Personal Journeys: Set in stone

The garage door gapes open on Mart Clamp’s metal prefab shop, located on a gravel driveway the same shade of gray as the overcast sky. Crammed inside are assorted hammers, knives and rollers of all sizes, an air compressor, wood fragments and chunks of granite ranging in size from a TV tray to a small child. The light from a floor lamp slices through the dusty daylight as the tall, sturdy 48-year-old...
In ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,’ the story’s bite is shallow

In ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,’ the story’s bite is shallow

The best thing “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” has going for it is director J.A. Bayona, who takes a mediocre script by Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow and directs the living daylights out of it. This installment may have merely shallow ideas, but it’s easy to be distracted in the moment by the verve and style “The Orphanage” auteur brings to the beloved dino franchise...
To stop summer brain drain, set fun learning goals

To stop summer brain drain, set fun learning goals

Q: What is your perspective on having kids do “homework” over the summer? My two kids (finishing fourth and second grades) both love to read and are above grade-level readers, so I am not worried about that element. But I wonder whether, and how much, time should be spent reviewing math, etc., over break. I have used the summer workbooks before, and while the subject matter is usually...
Caterpillars very picky about what they eat

Caterpillars very picky about what they eat

During the weekly Nature Ramble at the State Botanical Garden in Athens last week, we paused to examine a sprawling purple passion-flower vine on a fence. Now blooming across Georgia, the passion-flower, or may-pop, is one of the state‘s most beautiful, eye-catching wildflowers. We were paying more attention, though, to the vine’s bright green leaves, looking for the orangish-colored caterpillars...
Fashion journalist finally gets his due in admiring new documentary

Fashion journalist finally gets his due in admiring new documentary

“Fashion is fleeting, style remains.” That is one of several arresting aperçus uttered by André Leon Talley, the charismatic subject of “The Gospel According to André.” At 6-foot-plus, his prodigious frame draped in a breathtaking collection of capes and caftans, the fashion journalist presents a literally larger-than-life figure throughout this admiring...
Why evangelicals still line up behind Trump after child separations

Why evangelicals still line up behind Trump after child separations

Pastor Jack Lee was troubled when he heard about immigrant children being separated from their parents at the border. That changed to relief on Wednesday when President Donald Trump signed an executive order that reversed the controversial policy that forced children from their mothers and fathers as part of the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy for people who enter the country...
Summer concert guide: Zac Brown Band, Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Jay-Z and many more

Summer concert guide: Zac Brown Band, Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Jay-Z and many more

From the return of Sugarland to the expected seasonal appearance by Phish to the stadium takeovers by Zac Brown Band, Def Leppard and Journey, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé and Jay-Z, this summer’s concert season fits all styles and sizes. Here are 25 shows coming to Atlanta worth your consideration. Tickets to all shows can be purchased via ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000 unless...
See what was in the care package Kim Zolciak-Biermann sent NeNe Leakes

See what was in the care package Kim Zolciak-Biermann sent NeNe Leakes

They say that in the hard times, you discover who your true friends are — and that sure appears to be the case with NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak-Biermann. Though the two reality stars have had a longtime rivalry, which most recently exploded in and all-out war on the tenth season of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Leakes and Zolciak-Biermann seem to be on good terms...
During opioid crisis, regular citizens are saving lives

During opioid crisis, regular citizens are saving lives

It was 8:30 in the morning and the young man parked in the Mercedes SUV was already dead. He had an iced coffee from Starbucks in his lap. He wasn’t breathing. His lips were blue. Luckily, he picked a good place to die: right in front of Ira Katz’s pharmacy. Katz, alerted by a passerby, ran out of his pharmacy, yanked open the car door and saw the marks on the young man’s arm. He...
This Life with Gracie: Cultivating deeper learning through silence

This Life with Gracie: Cultivating deeper learning through silence

The education of Patricia Owen-Smith’s students begins with moments of silence at the start of every class. Instead of whipping out their cellphones and pencils, they wait until the professor retrieves her singing bowl, pings it three times and altogether they settle into the silence — one of several contemplative practices Owen-Smith believes helps facilitate deep learning. Those who...
Secret no more: An insider’s guide to hidden menus in metro Atlanta

Secret no more: An insider’s guide to hidden menus in metro Atlanta

The secret menu item is irresistible to diners, restaurateurs and journalists alike. It takes a variety of forms, such as the off-menu Meat Stick at One Eared Stag, an open secret for years now. Sometimes it’s offered in limited quantities, like the original burger at Holeman & Finch, where tightly controlled supply drove demand to unusually frenzied heights. In other restaurants, it’s...
Review: Ok Yaki brings Osaka to Atlanta

Review: Ok Yaki brings Osaka to Atlanta

Okonomiyaki is the sort of food that inspires unreasonable, outlandish devotion. It is most commonly described as a Japanese pancake, a flat concoction of cabbage and batter cooked on a griddle and topped with various meats and a distinctive sweet and savory sauce. That is technically accurate, in the way it is technically accurate to describe pizza as some dough, sauce and cheese baked with some...
AJC EXCLUSIVE: Chef Kevin Gillespie talks about his battle with cancer

AJC EXCLUSIVE: Chef Kevin Gillespie talks about his battle with cancer

One month ago, chef Kevin Gillespie underwent surgery to remove a kidney after having been diagnosed with renal cancer. The 35-year-old Atlanta native with the red beard that gives his restaurant group its name has since been recuperating in his home, contemplating what could have been, as well as what’s to come. “I feel like I dodged not a bullet, but an atom bomb,” Gillespie said...
Anthony Bourdain to be honored with ‘food trail’ in home state of New Jersey

Anthony Bourdain to be honored with ‘food trail’ in home state of New Jersey

New Jersey is honoring native son and award-winning celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain with a “food trail” of his favorite New Jersey restaurants. >> Read more trending news  Although the popular writer, storyteller and host of CNN’s Emmy-winning “Parts Unknown” was born in New York, according to his biography, Bourdain grew up in Leonia, New Jersey, and spent...
Thirteen bald eagles were found dead in a field. This is what killed them.

Thirteen bald eagles were found dead in a field. This is what killed them.

The 13 bald eagles were found lifeless on a Maryland farm more than two years ago, many with wings splayed, bodies intact, and talons clenched. Several were too young to have their species' distinctive white heads. And at least six, according to a federal lab report, had ingested a highly toxic pesticide that has been essentially banned from the U.S. market, in part because it is lethal to birds....
What parents should know to prevent — and deal with — bug bites

What parents should know to prevent — and deal with — bug bites

For children, summer brings the delight of endless hours outdoors, enjoying nature in full flourish. But that natural world includes insect life, some of which bite humans - including our children. While most are harmless, there are several issues that can cause concern. Let's explore briefly the world of insect bites — when to worry, and when not to. » Why do mosquitoes bite you, but...
These college students moonlight as 'grandkids' for hire. Seniors love it.

These college students moonlight as 'grandkids' for hire. Seniors love it.

When Andrew Parker's grandfather began suffering from dementia three years ago, his grandmother had to start taking care of the house and caring for him. It was hard work, and one day, Parker got the idea to hire a college student to help out. "I said, 'Hey, can you go hang out with my grandfather and make him a sandwich or something? I'll pay you, lets see how it goes." His grandfather...
Featured food events in metro Atlanta June 20 - 24: Gunshow, Better Half chefs team up for dinner

Featured food events in metro Atlanta June 20 - 24: Gunshow, Better Half chefs team up for dinner

Head to Midtown this weekend for a special garden event filled with authentic cultural flavors from international chef. Gunshow and Better Half chefs will team up for an exclusive six-course dinner this week. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time. Thursday...
Active ingredient in sunscreen could cause cancer

Active ingredient in sunscreen could cause cancer

There's a health warning about a chemical found in most sunscreens. A new study found that when that chemical comes into contact with sun and chlorine, it can become toxic. If you flip over your sunscreen, chances are avobenzone is first ingredient you'll find. In fact, Boston's WFXT went into a couple of drug stores and found the vast majority of the sunscreens on the shelves have this...
This College Park restaurant serves a Baltimore specialty that isn't crab cakes

This College Park restaurant serves a Baltimore specialty that isn't crab cakes

Dish of the Week: Baltimore pit beef sandwich at the Brake Pad Baltimore pit beef is one of those regional specialties that is very specifically defined in the minds of locals, but easily can be misinterpreted by outsiders. A common comparison is that pit beef is Maryland's version of barbecue. Search for Baltimore pit beef sandwiches in Atlanta online and you'll find a list of local barbecue joints...
Michael Jackson musical being developed for Broadway

Michael Jackson musical being developed for Broadway

  Following theatrical biopics of Donna Summer (“Summer: The Donna Summer Musical”), Cher (“The Cher Show”) and The Go-Go’s (“Head Over Heels”), comes news of a stage musical based on the life of Michael Jackson. The as-yet-untitled show is being developed by the Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia Live Stage. The book will be handled by Lynn Nottage...
Daryl Hall talks playing the hits, touring with Train and why he isn’t ready to retire

Daryl Hall talks playing the hits, touring with Train and why he isn’t ready to retire

One of the most reliable outings of the summer comes from Daryl Hall and John Oates. Armed with one of pop music’s brawniest catalogs — they might need a full day to perform all of their hits — the duo is still rolling out its shimmery soul (“She’s Gone,” “Maneater”), ‘80s-slick pop (“Out of Touch”) and even a new song — &ldquo...
Recording of crying immigrant children separated from parents at border sparks outrage

Recording of crying immigrant children separated from parents at border sparks outrage

A recording of crying immigrant children who reportedly were separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border circulated online Monday, sparking outrage among critics of the Trump administration's controversial "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration. The eight-minute audio clip, first published Monday by ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative news site, was recorded at...
A forest ranger posed for a selfie with a python he had captured. It nearly strangled him.

A forest ranger posed for a selfie with a python he had captured. It nearly strangled him.

The rock python had just killed and eaten a goat, but perhaps more troubling, the reptile had crushed and consumed its meal within shouting distance of a school. Something had to be done. So worried residents in Jalpaiguri, a city in northeast India, called Sanjay Dutta, the local forest ranger, according to Reuters. As onlookers stared, Dutta corralled the 18-foot snake with an animal-control pole...
This Life with Gracie: Of cakes, children and Christ: Moral dilemmas abound

This Life with Gracie: Of cakes, children and Christ: Moral dilemmas abound

It’s understandable, given what’s happening at our nation’s borders, if you’ve forgotten the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision. News these days seems to come in torrents with many important issues arising every day only to be forgotten because of new outrages. We’d barely been able to digest the Supreme Court decision from earlier this month, when news of immigrant children...
Healthy Cooking: How to reimagine cucumber salad without sour cream

Healthy Cooking: How to reimagine cucumber salad without sour cream

Dear Husband Bob eats cucumbers with sour cream the way I drink gin with tonic: enthusiastically consuming both items in equal measure, oblivious to the judgment-filled stares of others. Drowning vegetables in full-fat dairy is a trick he learned from his mother, who appreciated the nutritional value of fresh veggies, but needed the paths of least resistance (Velveeta, butter, and cream of all varieties)...
Michelle Menifee, 47, of Stockbridge lost 35 pounds

Michelle Menifee, 47, of Stockbridge lost 35 pounds

Former weight: 198 pounds Current weight: 163 pounds Pounds lost: 35 pounds Height: 5 feet 3 inches Age: 47 years How long she’s kept it off: “My most sincere start was August 2017,” said Menifee, who reached her current weight in May. Personal life: “I’ve been a widow nearly five years. I’m a member of Beulah Baptist Church and Delta Sigma Theta Inc. Sorority.&rdquo...
Chadwick Boseman gives his ‘best hero’ award to James Shaw Jr.

Chadwick Boseman gives his ‘best hero’ award to James Shaw Jr.

The MTV Movie & TV Awards gave "Black Panther" its first taste of awards glory, with Marvel's blockbuster taking home four honors including two awards for its star, Chadwick Boseman. Boseman quickly handed off his best hero award to James Shaw Jr., who wrestled an assault-style rifle away from a gunman in a Tennessee Waffle House in April. "This is going to live at your house,"...
U.S. census could contain valuable information for genealogists

U.S. census could contain valuable information for genealogists

The United States has been taking a population census since 1790, authorized by the U.S. Constitution in order to apportion the House of Representatives. Until 1840, only the names of the heads of household were recorded. But, fortunately for genealogists, over the years more and more information was included. In 1850, following the British model, census takers began listing the names of all members...
Nicki Minaj and Future tour will play Philips Arena this fall

Nicki Minaj and Future tour will play Philips Arena this fall

The hip-hop hits of Nicki Minaj and Future will help christen the newly renovated Philips Arena later this year. The pair announced their “NickiHndrxx” tour last week without an Atlanta date, but they will indeed perform on Oct. 25. Tickets are $56-$182. A pre-sale for Citi cardholders will launch at 10 a.m. June 19 (www.citiprivatepass.com); additional pre-sales from Live Nation, Artist...
World Health Organization declares gaming disorder official condition, publishes diagnosis criteria

World Health Organization declares gaming disorder official condition, publishes diagnosis criteria

Parents may think their children are addicted to video games. now The World Health Organization has declared it a new mental health condition.  Specifically, the WHO has listed gaming disorder as a condition in the 11th edition of the International Classification of Diseases, CNN reported. The WHO announcedlast year that it was going to include the disorder in the latest edition. Dr. Vladimir...
Why has ‘Top Chef’ shunned Atlanta and Georgia?

Why has ‘Top Chef’ shunned Atlanta and Georgia?

Bravo’s “Top Chef” contestants have cooked wild boar in the snow in Telluride, Col. They fed judges in the outfield of Boston’s historic Fenway Park right in front of the Green Monster. They created “sexy” dishes at a San Francisco fetish shop with cheeky names like Naughty Nuts and Edible Underwear Drawer.  But no “Top Chef&rdquo...
First Look: Tiny Lou’s a French-American brasserie at the new Hotel Clermont

First Look: Tiny Lou’s a French-American brasserie at the new Hotel Clermont

When Tiny Lou’s opened in the boutique Hotel Clermont on June 8 , it was the culmination of a long-time-coming project that included the complete renovation of the landmark Clermont Motor Hotel on Ponce de Leon Avenue, and the preservation of the world-famous Clermont Lounge in the basement. The French-American brasserie is named for Tiny Lou, a famed dancer of yesteryear. It&rsquo...
On Father’s Day, John Legend shared photo of Chrissy Teigen — pumping breast milk — with sweet message

On Father’s Day, John Legend shared photo of Chrissy Teigen — pumping breast milk — with sweet message

John Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen, are a unique brand of couple goals. On the one hand, they're relatable — Teigen has a history of sharing real moments on her social media accounts, like a photo of stretch marks on her thighs and, more recently, one of her in postpartum underwear after the birth of the couple's second baby on May 17, 2018. Then, on the other hand, they're...
Markle’s dad in interview: talked politics with Harry; Meghan cried he wouldn’t be at wedding

Markle’s dad in interview: talked politics with Harry; Meghan cried he wouldn’t be at wedding

The father of the former Meghan Markle says he talked politics with Prince Harry over the phone — and Harry argued that he should give President Donald Trump a chance. Thomas Markle told broadcaster ITV on Monday that he had several phone conversations with Harry, including one in which the prince asked for permission to marry his daughter. » How Queen Elizabeth helped Meghan Markle sparkle...
Parents' warning after 2-year-old climbs pool safety ladder goes viral

Parents' warning after 2-year-old climbs pool safety ladder goes viral

An Attleboro, Massachusetts, couple recently realized the ladder designed to keep their 2-year-old boy from accidentally drowning in the swimming pool didn’t work.  Keith and Tonya Wyman share the fear any parent would experience after what could have been a tragic accident. “If I turned my back for a minute, he would have been right in,” Tonya said.  Their son, Cody...
Celebrate International Sushi Day with 2-for-1 sushi in Midtown

Celebrate International Sushi Day with 2-for-1 sushi in Midtown

Konichiwa! In honor of International Sushi Day, RA Sushi is offering two-for-one Viva Las Vegas rolls for dine-in guests today. The roll is comprised of rolled crab and cream cheese, lightly tempura battered then topped with spicy tuna, crab mix and sliced lotus roots; it’s finished with sweet eel sauce and green tempura bits. 1080 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-267-0114...
Three things we learned from Beyonce and Jay-Z’s ‘Everything is Love’ album

Three things we learned from Beyonce and Jay-Z’s ‘Everything is Love’ album

Just when you thought Beyonce and Jay-Z were turning their attention to their globe-trotting “On the Run 2” tour, which kicked off earlier this month in Wales, the couple managed to re-direct the conversation with the surprise weekend arrival of “Everything is Love.” Here are three things we learned from the nine-song release, which is available on Tidal, the streaming service...
A guide to Beyoncé and Jay-Z's surprise joint album 'Everything is Love'

A guide to Beyoncé and Jay-Z's surprise joint album 'Everything is Love'

There is arguably no couple better at controlling their own press than Beyoncé and Jay-Z. When a video surfaced in 2014 showing Bey's younger sister Solange attacking her brother-in-law in an elevator, rumors of a strained marriage proliferated. Rather than battle the tabloids, the spouses used the gossip to fuel two critically beloved, commercially successful records: "Lemonade"...
Celebrate Father's Day with these 10 so-bad-they're-good dad jokes

Celebrate Father's Day with these 10 so-bad-they're-good dad jokes

Happy Father's Day! Twitter users around the world are using the hashtags #DadJokes and #FunnyThingsDadsSay to celebrate their dads with baffling wisecracks and head-scratching words of wisdom. >> Read more trending news  Check out 10 of the best-worst jokes below: 3. "It's not a dad bod. It's a father figure." – @chrismakespuns 4. "Was going to go to the...
Cardi B and Migos’ Offset pose for  risqué Rolling Stone cover

Cardi B and Migos’ Offset pose for  risqué Rolling Stone cover

In the year since “Bodak Yellow” arrived, Cardi B has escalated from projected one-hit wonder to ubiquitous charmer. Her frank talk and unapologetic attitude toward her past as a stripper have only bolstered her Internet appeal; she’s landed everywhere from “Saturday Night Live” to Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show to the Grammy Awards (albeit as a collaborator...
Summer meals programs allow youths to eat healthy when school is out

Summer meals programs allow youths to eat healthy when school is out

Clara Bennett, a retired school nurse, used to worry about how her two great-grandchildren would make it through summer without the meals provided by their schools. For the last several years, though, Bennett has received food through a summer meals program run by several groups, including the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta. The Islamic Speakers Bureau works with other organizations, including...
You could make up to $25,000 in McDonald’s commercial: Here’s how to audition

You could make up to $25,000 in McDonald’s commercial: Here’s how to audition

Are you ready to make your mark on the TV and film industry? You just might be able to get a foot in the door with a new opportunity to audition for a McDonald’s commercial. >> Read more trending news  The fast food chain is getting ready to film a new commercial, but has not released specifics on the premise, other than to put out a casting call. Casting directors are seeking the...
World's Ugliest Dog Contest: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog slurps up 2018 title

World's Ugliest Dog Contest: Zsa Zsa the English bulldog slurps up 2018 title

An English bulldog has fetched the crown in the 2018 World's Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California. According to The Associated Press, Zsa Zsa, a 9-year-old pooch from Anoka, Minnesota, won the pageant Saturday, beating out more than a dozen less-than-pretty pups for the $1,500 grand prize. According to the event's website, Zsa Zsa "was a puppy mill dog for five years in Missouri,...
‘Game of Thrones’ co-stars Kit Harington, Rose Leslie wed in Scotland

‘Game of Thrones’ co-stars Kit Harington, Rose Leslie wed in Scotland

“Game of Thrones” co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie married at an ancestral castle in Scotland on Saturday. The couple and guests celebrated with an afternoon service at Rayne Church, which is close to the 900-year-old Wardhill Castle owned by Leslie’s family.  >> Read more trending news  Guests included “Game of Thrones” co-stars Peter Dinklage...
Netflix executive apologizes, resigns after using racial slurs

Netflix executive apologizes, resigns after using racial slurs

Netflix’s chief communications officer apologized and resigned after using a racial slur in front of colleagues on at least two occasions, CNN reported Friday. >> Read more trending news  Jonathan Friedland apologized on Twitter and said he was leaving the company after seven years. "I feel awful about the distress this lapse caused to people at a company I love and where...
Superman trades cape for badge: Dean Cain sworn in as reserve police officer in Idaho

Superman trades cape for badge: Dean Cain sworn in as reserve police officer in Idaho

Superman has changed uniforms. >> Read more trending news Actor Dean Cain, who played the Man of Steel in the show “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” was recently sworn in as a reserve officer in Idaho, Fox News reported. Cain, 51, was sworn in as a reserve for the St. Anthony Police Department, Fox News reported. The Idaho State Police tweeted the news...
Former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul dead at 54

Former Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul dead at 54

Drummer Vinnie Paul, a founding member of the heavy metal band Pantera, died Friday night, the band announced on Facebook. He was 54. >> Read more trending news  "Vincent Paul Abbott aka Vinnie Paul has passed away," Pantera wrote on Facebook. "Paul is best known for his work as the drummer in the bands Pantera and Hellyeah. No further details are available at this time...
Can fish oil supplements treat depression?

Can fish oil supplements treat depression?

Fish oil supplements may ease depression in some people. Some studies in adults suggest that omega-3 fatty acids may help treat mild to moderate depression, but more research is needed. Fish oil is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which play an important role in brain function. People with depression may have low blood levels of brain chemicals called eicosapentaenoic (i-koe-suh-pen-tuh-e-NO-ik)...
Research comes to surprising conclusion about runners and arthritis

Research comes to surprising conclusion about runners and arthritis

A new study comes to the somewhat counterintuitive conclusion that marathon runners have less arthritis than non-runners. The study Most people would assume that serious runners face a high risk for arthritis of the hip and knees. Yet prior research has generally failed to uncover such a connection. The most recent study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, actually found that veteran...
4 tips for a safer picnic

4 tips for a safer picnic

Picnics can be a lot of fun. But improper handling of the food can mean trouble in the form of foodborne germs. Before you fill your cooler, review these tips for safer picnics. Picnic tip No. 1: When you open the cooler, keep an eye on the clock. “The general rule is to have food out only two hours,” says Kate Zeratsky, a Mayo Clinic registered dietitian nutritionist. “However,...
Righting wrongs in a family torn asunder

Righting wrongs in a family torn asunder

He’s a star preacher on the Pentecostal circuit, “burning through all the churches round these parts” and “praying like a fever let loose.” So what makes Asher Sharp change? To be sure, he’s grown skeptical of prayer, not the godliest of conditions for a pastor at the Cumberland Valley Church of Life in rural Tennessee. There’s his wife, Lydia, from whom he&rsquo...
He started vaping as a teen and now his habit is ‘impossible to let go’

He started vaping as a teen and now his habit is ‘impossible to let go’

DENVER — The debate over the health risks of Juul, vaping and e-cigarettes is now spilling into the public square. In one of the most restrictive measures nationwide, San Francisco voters recently upheld by what looks to be a large majority — nearly 70 percent in a preliminary tally — a ban on the sale of flavored vaping products, as well as conventional menthol cigarettes. Even...
Ways to protect kids from sun’s harmful rays

Ways to protect kids from sun’s harmful rays

It’s long been known that excessive childhood sun exposure and sunburns are significant risk factors for developing skin cancer and premature aging (such as sun spots and wrinkles) later in life. Children have thin, delicate skin and are even more susceptible to sunburns than adults. Prevention and moderation are the keys to protecting your kids, and there are plenty of options for barriers...
Alzheimer’s Association, Atlanta Braves team up for folks with dementia

Alzheimer’s Association, Atlanta Braves team up for folks with dementia

Atlanta seniors living with dementia were recently treated to a feast of the senses designed to prompt their memories of America’s favorite pastime. There was the smooth feel and smell of a leather glove, the bright red stitching of a Rawlings, the salty taste of popcorn and roasted peanuts, and the sights and sounds of a crowd cheering and announcers going wild in a video-recording of Hank...
Private vs. public: 6 ways private and public school differ 

Private vs. public: 6 ways private and public school differ 

For parents of preschoolers right on up to those with high schoolers eyeing the all-important college admissions game, the decision to attend private versus public school can be a weighty one. And you can't even rely on long-held assumptions about the merits of each. A recent Time piece asserted that sending a kid to private school could actually save you $53,000 if you opted for a less expensive...
College students moonlight as ‘grandkids’ for hire

College students moonlight as ‘grandkids’ for hire

When Andrew Parker’s grandfather began suffering from dementia three years ago, his grandmother had to start taking care of the house and caring for him. It was hard work, and one day, Parker got the idea to hire a college student to help out. “I said, ‘Hey, can you go hang out with my grandfather and make him a sandwich or something? I’ll pay you, lets see how it goes.&rdquo...
The Piedmont Park 2018 schedule: festivals, concerts and preservation

The Piedmont Park 2018 schedule: festivals, concerts and preservation

Bought in 1834 for $450, closed to traffic in 1983, and today the 189-acre crown jewel of Atlanta green space, Piedmont Park is an Atlanta icon. Centrally located in the heart of Midtown, it’s big enough to host our largest concert and festival productions, and versatile in its offering for families, young professionals and day-drinking festival herds alike. For that versatility and...

Faith calendar

Basketball league: Boys will be able to improve their skills and have fun during a summer basketball league. Sessions will include warm-ups and rotating scrimmages. Open to boys in kindergarten through second grade. Registration is $90. 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, June 26 and July 10-24. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody. 770-394-0675, dunwoodyumc.org. Book signing: A Page from...
Atlanta Constitution history: ‘Gone With the Wind’ premiere

Atlanta Constitution history: ‘Gone With the Wind’ premiere

How The Atlanta Constitution covered the premiere of “Gone With the Wind” on Saturday, Dec. 16, 1939: The idea of a movie premiere being a big deal may seem strange in today’s multi-media, multi-digitized world. But "Gone With the Wind" was no ordinary film, not for that time, and certainly not for Atlanta. Margaret Mitchell’s novel had been an international...
First look: Here's everything to know about the all-new Hotel Clermont

First look: Here's everything to know about the all-new Hotel Clermont

Atlanta can once again breathe easy, as the once Clermont Hotel – one of the city's most famous motor lodge and basement adult entertainment venues– has risen from the ashes and reopened as the Hotel Clermont, a 94-room boutique hotel. Built in 1924 in the heart of the Poncey-Highland neighborhood, Hotel Clermont has long been a landmark for the city of Atlanta. The late...
Zoo Atlanta mourns Koko the gorilla 

Zoo Atlanta mourns Koko the gorilla 

Koko, the gorilla who loved her kittens and mastered 1,000 words in sign-language, helped gorillas everywhere, including those at Zoo Atlanta. Koko died at age 46, according to the Gorilla Foundation, based in Woodside, Calif., where she made her home.  Some gorillas, such as Koko, and Atlanta’s Willie B.,  become larger personalities, and they encourage zoo visitors and...
What is selfitis? 5 things to know about the obsessive selfie disorder 

What is selfitis? 5 things to know about the obsessive selfie disorder 

The term "selfitis" may have started off as a hoax back in 2014, but now psychologists have warned it's a genuine mental health issue. Researchers form the Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom and Thiagarajar School of Management in India actually investigated the social media phenomenon, leading them to create a "Selfitis Behavior Scale." Now, individuals...
A guide to Stone Mountain Park’s Lasershow

A guide to Stone Mountain Park’s Lasershow

Lights, fireworks, pop songs and flame cannons, what’s not to love about Stone Mountain Park’s laser show?  A DeKalb County staple since its opening in 1983, the 45-minute laser show is a little different each year as the park adds new songs, features and updated fan experiences. Keeping up with the times, its newest update launched in 2017 includes sky-dancing drones ...
Atlanta Constitution history: Great Fire of 1917

Atlanta Constitution history: Great Fire of 1917

How The Atlanta Constitution covered what became known as the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917 on Tuesday, May 22, 1917: Most people associate Atlanta and fire with the damage wrought in 1864, but this blaze was far more destructive, especially for residents. The fire originated around noon on May 21 in the Old Fourth Ward, and burned for 11 hours. About 10,000 people were left homeless and the damage...
Things to do in and around Atlanta for Thursday, June 21

Things to do in and around Atlanta for Thursday, June 21

Summer! On this first day of the sacred season, we should reflect on the words of Henry James, who wrote “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  It’s time for muggy days, rock and roll nights, smoothies, dancing and outdoor festivals.   MAMMA MIA! AT THE FERST CENTER FOR THE...
Designer wallcovering gives a serene vibe at Druid Hills home

Designer wallcovering gives a serene vibe at Druid Hills home

Judy Ragunas spotted a hand-painted wallpaper in multiple design magazines and was enticed by the chinoiserie pattern with birds and branches. When she redecorated her dining room, she decided to splurge — and wait — on the designer wallcovering. The process took a year to sketch the drawings, measure the wall space for a custom fit, finalize the drawing, paint the wallpaper and ship it...
Your guide to finding the best lawn care pros this summer

Your guide to finding the best lawn care pros this summer

The “Agony and the Ecstasy” may be a literary classic, but it's also an on-point description of owning a house with a lawn. Yes, it offers a wonderful play space for the kids and a respite from the workaday world for the adults. But when the heat climbs and the brown spots start showing and the lawn guy who signed up in cooler months starts ghosting you, your lawn can turn into real...
Here’s how to identify (and get rid of) venomous spiders in your home

Here’s how to identify (and get rid of) venomous spiders in your home

Most people aren't too happy when they encounter a spider, and that's especially true if the creepy-crawly you come across happens to be venomous. Although it's understandable to be anxious about venomous spiders, it’s important to know the difference between a harmless spider and a dangerous one. Here are some important tips from experts on dealing with venomous spiders and what to do if you...
6 perfect dinner (or lunch) dates for the amateur chef

6 perfect dinner (or lunch) dates for the amateur chef

If the way to a heart is through the stomach, Atlanta's culinary scene has plenty of date options even for those who are still getting the hang of boiling water. Sure, surprising a date with a gourmet meal right at home is a worthy goal, but these six Atlanta cooking classes make great date ideas regardless of skill level in the kitchen. 660 Irwin St. NE, Atlanta. 404-889-6568.  This Old...
New boozy push pops contain more alcohol than a glass of wine

New boozy push pops contain more alcohol than a glass of wine

If you miss the summer days of cooling off with a Push-Pop, never fear! Buzz Pop Cocktails, a Las Vegas-based company, has invented liquor-infused push pops with flavors including Lemon Drop Martini and Moscow Mule. Each Buzz Pop Cocktail is 15 percent alcoholic by volume -- double the amount of alcohol in a glass of beer, or nearly two glasses of wine. >> Read more trending news  The pops...
Atlanta Constitution history: Titanic ocean liner sinks

Atlanta Constitution history: Titanic ocean liner sinks

How The Atlanta Constitution covered the sinking of the Titanic on Tuesday, April 16, 1912: One of the world’s biggest stories of the 20th century happened at the worst possible time for The Constitution’s press deadlines. The doomed liner sank in the early morning hours of April 15, and it would take hours more for the news to reach offices of American newspapers. Still, The Constitution...
Orchid needs correct light to bloom

Orchid needs correct light to bloom

Q: My orchid has had new growth but no blooms for two years. What can I do to promote blooms? K. W. Branton, email A: Most often it is a question of light. Orchids grow naturally on jungle trees, so they like intermittent sunlight with a little shade for most of the day. That is hard to accomplish in most homes. Try moving your orchid to a brighter window. Keep an eye on the leaves for...
Mom warns of sunless heatstroke after toddler almost doesn't wake up from nap

Mom warns of sunless heatstroke after toddler almost doesn't wake up from nap

A Canadian mother is warning other parents about the dangers of indoor heatstroke after her daughter endured a frightening ordeal. Jennifer Abma of Edmonton, Alberta, told "Today" that she was keeping her daughters inside when a heatwave hit their town. Her 3-year-old daughter, Anastasia, went upstairs to take a nap a few weeks ago after playing with her 1-year-old sister. An hour...
Review: Actor’s Express stages moving production of ‘The Color Purple’ musical

Review: Actor’s Express stages moving production of ‘The Color Purple’ musical

“If God ever listened to the prayers of a poor colored woman, the world would be a different place.” During the early 20th century, when “The Color Purple” takes place, and in 2018 an unfortunate truth remains — to be a poor woman of color in America is to be invisible and subject to suffering. Specifically, black women deal with higher rates of police brutality...
How to get free admission to top Atlanta attractions

How to get free admission to top Atlanta attractions

Atlanta has a lot of great attractions, but seeing them all can get expensive. While deals and discounts are sure to pop up periodically, there are some paths to free admission that are always available. It may require patience to cash in on them, such as waiting until your birthday or the first weekend of the month, but eventually the time will come. Here are some of the ways you can gain free admission...

Changing washcloths daily helped control acne

Q: I have had acne since the age of 13. I have found a very simple approach most helpful. I purchased about 20 white washcloths so I can change them daily. I use a salicylic acid cleanser before bed and benzoyl peroxide in the morning. This routine keeps my face clear. I think the twice-daily cleansing plays a big part. A: Another reader also reported success using a fresh washcloth each time she...
Impact of folk art on the trained artist revealed in show at the High

Impact of folk art on the trained artist revealed in show at the High

If Americans remained unaware of outside art and folk artists during most of the last century, trained artists, from Pablo Picasso to Kara Walker, have been paying close attention. The exuberance of the folk artist, the dedication to a singular vision and the willingness to pursue that vision in the absence of any acclaim often inspired the trained artist to pursue their own muses with vigor...
Coyote killing contest draws additional criticism

Coyote killing contest draws additional criticism

On Tuesday a coalition of more than 25 wildlife and animal protection organizations, including the Humane Society of the United States, delivered letters urging Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to cancel the “Georgia Coyote Challenge.” During the six-month period from March to August the challenge offers Georgia residents the chance to win a lifetime hunting license. Residents enter...
‘Drive My Car’: Paul McCartney climbs behind wheel for ‘Carpool Karaoke’

‘Drive My Car’: Paul McCartney climbs behind wheel for ‘Carpool Karaoke’

James Corden has hitched a ride with divas, broadway stars and rockers. Now he’s tapped a music legend to help him navigate the roads as they sing a hit song or two.  >> Read more trending news  Paul McCartney is the latest to “Help” a mate get through traffic, and the teaser spot for the upcoming bit shows the pair singing “Drive My Car,” Variety...
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