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The Falcons have the 31st pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, which will be held April 27-29.

Georgia secretary of state tells election officials to count absentee ballots

Georgia secretary of state tells election officials to count absentee ballots

Georgia Secretary of State Robyn Crittenden instructed county election officials Monday to count absentee ballots even if they lack a voter’s date of birth, as long as the voter’s identity can be verified. Crittenden issued the guidance for county election officials as they face a Tuesday deadline to certify the results of the Nov. 6 election.
Special session will cost $40,000 a day, but Georgia has other options

Special session will cost $40,000 a day, but Georgia has other options

A week after an election was supposed to choose a new governor, the General Assembly will start a $40,000-a-day special session that the current governor probably didn’t need to call. While Republican Brian Kemp prepares to replace Gov.
Comic book legend and Marvel co-creator Stan Lee dead at 95

Comic book legend and Marvel co-creator Stan Lee dead at 95

Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer and co-creator of Marvel Comics, has died, according to multiple reports. He was 95. Lee's daughter told TMZ that he died after being rushed Monday morning to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee's daughter, J.C. Lee, confirmed to The Associated Press that Lee died Monday. Lee was born on Dec.
UPS Freight workers approve new labor contract, avoiding strike

UPS Freight workers approve new labor contract, avoiding strike

UPS Freight workers have approved a new labor contract, averting the risk of the company’s first strike in more than two decades. The company said it will resume normal operations “and will immediately begin accepting new volume from UPS Freight customers.
Georgia Olympic wrestling official investigated over predator coach

Georgia Olympic wrestling official investigated over predator coach

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.
Democrats search for votes before Georgia election results finalized

Democrats search for votes before Georgia election results finalized

Stacey Abrams’ campaign is racing to track down all remaining provisional ballots and any other uncounted votes to force a runoff against Brian Kemp, but any chance she has is narrowing as more counties report their final ballots and certify their votes. In another tight election, Carolyn Bourdeaux is scrambling to close a gap of roughly 900 votes  between her and U.S. Rep.
Winner: Best charity in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta 

Winner: Best charity in Atlanta | Best of Atlanta 

When it came time to pick a favorite local Atlanta charity, y'all did not mess around. You made your voices heard, loud and clear. In this season of giving, there are dozens of organizations to support. One nonprofit just happened to sweep this category for its commitment to chronically ill children and their families. Bert's Big Adventure swept the vote with 57 percent.
Opinion: Fulton is losing superintendents and teachers

Opinion: Fulton is losing superintendents and teachers

Tom Pemble served as a Fulton County high school science teacher for 28 years. He is one of several Fulton residents who have sent me essays about the recent resignation of Superintendent Jeff Rose, who leaves next month. Rose cited personal reasons, but some Fulton parents believe the school board is at the root of his abrupt departure after two-and-a-half years on the job.
Punishment of Brookwood band pranksters may never be revealed

Punishment of Brookwood band pranksters may never be revealed

The fate of the four Brookwood High band members who pulled a racially charged prank during the halftime show last Friday will never become public knowledge. Federal laws to protect student records won’t allow school systems to reveal names of students who commit school infractions or the punishments. On Friday, Nov.
Delta to start Atlanta-Burbank flights

Delta to start Atlanta-Burbank flights

Delta Air Lines announced plans to start flying from Atlanta to Hollywood Burbank Airport next summer. Atlanta-based Delta said the new route will connect Atlanta’s film industry with Hollywood. The twice-daily flights are scheduled to start July 8, 2019. Delta says it will be the only airline to fly nonstop between Burbank and the southeastern United States.
As stock market swings, Atlanta’s money managers hold on

As stock market swings, Atlanta’s money managers hold on

For Atlanta’s money managers, the roller-coaster stock market the past two months is a test of their resolve to look beyond the daily fluctuations while constantly assessing the meaning and cause of the current ride. There’s a lot at stake – for the economy, as well as the clients whose wealth is in their hands.
How art made this Atlanta senior community feel more like home

How art made this Atlanta senior community feel more like home

A multipurpose room at the Clairmont Place was tidy and perfectly functional. In a room with a flat-screen TV and several tables and chairs, residents at this senior community in the Decatur area gathered here for movies and documentaries, bingo games and conversations over cups of coffee. But all the while, the space was missing something — original art.
Kitchen Curious: What makes Creole-style Mac and Cheese a winner?

Kitchen Curious: What makes Creole-style Mac and Cheese a winner?

There are two areas of my culinary life that I’m working to improve these days: getting a handle on spicy heat and overcoming my skepticism of the Instant Pot. Last year, I literally cooked my family out of the house when I used handful upon handful of Naga Morich peppers to make a hot sauce.
Ramona Wood, 54, of Lawrenceville lost 91 pounds

Ramona Wood, 54, of Lawrenceville lost 91 pounds

Former weight: 244 pounds Current weight: 153 pounds Pounds lost: 91 pounds Height: 5 feet 5 inches Age: 54 years How long she’s kept it off: “On April 29, 2015, I had bariatric surgery, the sleeve,” Wood said. She reached her current weight eight months later and has maintained it ever since. Personal life: “I live in Lawrenceville with my husband and three cats.
Report: Amazon chooses N.Y. and Va. for new headquarters

Report: Amazon chooses N.Y. and Va. for new headquarters

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.
WATCH: 5-year-old football players shake hands as parents, coaches throw punches

WATCH: 5-year-old football players shake hands as parents, coaches throw punches

While a group of 5-year-olds shook hands after a youth football game Saturday, parents and coaches began throwing punches. Cellphone video obtained by Channel 2 Action News shows the brawl that started between coaches after a Georgia Youth Football Alliance game that eventually included parents.
UGA basketball: Runway mishap grounds Dogs in S.C.

UGA basketball: Runway mishap grounds Dogs in S.C.

Tom Crean’s first road trip as Georgia’s basketball coach didn’t get off to a flying start. Due to a runway mishap at Anderson (S.C.) Regional Airport, the Bulldogs were unable to get off the ground Monday night on their charter flight to Philadelphia, where they are to face Temple on Tuesday night.
Marietta man ejected from truck, seriously injured during Cobb crash

Marietta man ejected from truck, seriously injured during Cobb crash

A man was seriously injured after being ejected from his truck during a two-vehicle wreck in Cobb County Monday, police said. Patrick Bruce, 38, of Marietta, was driving his 1998 Ford F-150 north on Canton Road when he left the roadway around 6:30 a.m. for unknown reasons, striking a utility pole and a stone wall, Cobb County police said in a news release.
Walton County lawyer, judge faces 12 child porn, enticing children charges

Walton County lawyer, judge faces 12 child porn, enticing children charges

A Walton County lawyer, part-time judge and ex-special assistant attorneys general (SAAG) faces 12 charges of sexual exploitation of children, Channel 2 Action News reported. George Randolph Jeffrey, who goes by Randy, was arrested Friday amid a joint investigation by the GBI and FBI, Channel 2 reported.
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Tuesday, Nov. 13

Things to do in and around Atlanta on Tuesday, Nov. 13

Give your Tuesday a boost of fun and inspiration by considering an evening with a beloved cook Ina Garten, or checking out a spectacular film about the journey of monarch butterflies. Here are some more details on ways to enjoy your Tuesday: A food network star, Ina Garten comes to Atlanta in celebration of her her newest cookbook, “Cook Like a Pro.
3 reasons why Georgia’s odds of beating Alabama keep improving

3 reasons why Georgia’s odds of beating Alabama keep improving

Georgia football is looking more and more like a legitimate national championship contender, improving its odds of beating Alabama each week. First things first, Coach Kirby Smart has challenged his players to maintain their intensity for non-conference cupcake UMass in what amounts to the final dress rehearsal of the season at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The No.
Ronald Acuna wins NL Rookie of the Year

Ronald Acuna wins NL Rookie of the Year

- The buzz on social media after Acuna named NL Rookie of the Year Braves’ star outfielder Ronald Acuna has been named the 2018 National League rookie of the year, the league announced Monday.  He topped fellow outfielder Juan Soto of the Nationals 114-89. Acuna garnered 27 first-place votes while Soto had two. Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler was the third finalist.
Cops: Man driving 118 mph — in 45-mph zone — says he was testing new car parts

Cops: Man driving 118 mph — in 45-mph zone — says he was testing new car parts

A Lawrenceville man was cited last month after he was caught allegedly driving more than 100 mph — in a 45-mph zone, police said. Channel 2 Action News reported that a Duluth officer was patrolling on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard when he clocked a 2007 BMW going 118 mph and swerving around traffic.
Cherokee students arrested on weapons charges

Cherokee students arrested on weapons charges

Cherokee County schools sent out a message to parents Monday saying that two River Ridge High School students were arrested on weapons charges. The students, whose names are not being disclosed due to privacy laws, were charged by the school police for possessing a weapon on a school campus.
Is Georgia overselling benefits of dual enrollment to teens?

Is Georgia overselling benefits of dual enrollment to teens?

Is dual enrollment effective? Georgia is pushing more high school students to take college courses, but there are concerns about the value of the programs. Many top metro high schools advise their students to opt for Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes rather than dual enrolling in entry-level college courses.
DeKalb Schools’ graduations under contract for week after school ends

DeKalb Schools’ graduations under contract for week after school ends

Any hope parents had of convincing DeKalb County School District officials to change the districts graduation plans, currently expected for the week after school ends, are mostly moot. District officials signed contracts on Oct. 12 to hold 2019 high school graduation May 28 to June 2, the week after school ends.
Gwinnett Aldi reopening after upgrades; win free produce for a year

Gwinnett Aldi reopening after upgrades; win free produce for a year

Aldi is reopening its Centerville Highway store in Snellville, and you could win free groceries if you show up for the celebration. The Aldi at 3340 Centerville Highway is opening on Thursday, Nov. 15 after undergoing renovations. The store’s upgrades include a new “emphasis on fresh, organic and easy-to-prepare options,”a spokesman said.
Delta says California wildfires may affect flights at some airports

Delta says California wildfires may affect flights at some airports

Delta Air Lines is warning customers that the California wildfires may affect flights at some airports. Atlanta-based Delta is allowing customers with flights booked to or from Los Angeles, Burbank, Oakland or San Francisco on Monday or Tuesday (Nov. 12-13) to change their travel plans without paying certain change fees.
Jalen Johnson honored by ACC

Jalen Johnson honored by ACC

After a standout performance against Miami Saturday night, Georgia Tech linebacker Jalen Johnson was named ACC linebacker of the week on Monday. Johnson was credited with eight tackles, including two for loss, in the Yellow Jackets’ 27-21 win over the Hurricanes at Bobby Dodd Stadium. It followed Johnson’s nine-tackle game against North Carolina last week, which was a career high.
Despite Eagle’s Landing defeat, Stockbridge mayor presses court fight

Despite Eagle’s Landing defeat, Stockbridge mayor presses court fight

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.
Inmates pen letter of support for slain Gwinnett officer

Inmates pen letter of support for slain Gwinnett officer

Three weeks after the death of a Gwinnett County police officer, authorities shared their appreciation for the support of an unlikely segment of the community: inmates in the county jail. The office of Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway shared a letter from a group of 20 inmates to the agency’s Facebook page on Friday.
How Georgia Tech band came to play rap hit ‘Mo Bamba’

How Georgia Tech band came to play rap hit ‘Mo Bamba’

The Georgia Tech marching band had a new addition to its playlist for Saturday’s home game against Miami. And the band partly had defensive end Tyler Merriweather to thank. Beginning with Miami’s first offensive series and later at different points of the game, fans at Bobby Dodd Stadium were treated to the hook of the rap track “Mo Bamba” by Sheck Wes between snaps.
Sandy Springs OKs design contract for downtown crossroads

Sandy Springs OKs design contract for downtown crossroads

The Sandy Springs City Council has awarded a $930,000 design contract to Jacobs Engineering to draw construction plans to untangle the downtown crossroads of Johnson Ferry Road and Mount Vernon Highway. Jacobs previously completed the concept phase of the project. The council on Oct.
Roswell accepts towels, blankets for humane society

Roswell accepts towels, blankets for humane society

The city of Roswell and the Keep Roswell Beautiful nonprofit will celebrate America Recycles Day by accepting “gently used” bath towels, hand towels and blankets to benefit the Atlanta Humane Society, the city announced. America Recycles Day is Thursday, Nov.
Cherokee sets hearings on updating tree, street, zoning codes

Cherokee sets hearings on updating tree, street, zoning codes

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners has scheduled three public hearings in December on amending the county tree, street naming and zoning ordinances. The hearings are to take place on Tuesday, Dec. 4, the date of the next county board meeting.
The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons took Browns lightly, got steamrolled  

The Bow Tie Chronicles: Falcons took Browns lightly, got steamrolled  

In the 89th episode of The Bow Tie Chronicles podcast, we dissect how the Falcons will try to pick up the pieces after getting pummeled by the Cleveland Browns 28-16 on Sunday.  Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Matt Ryan stop by to tell us what happened to the passing attack against the Browns.  --- Subscribe to “The Bow Tie Chronicles” podcast with the AJC’s D.
Truck hauling eggs overturns on interstate ramp; driver cited

Truck hauling eggs overturns on interstate ramp; driver cited

A truck hauling eggs overturned on an I-285 exit ramp early Monday morning, officials said. The tractor-trailer blocked the ramp from I-285 South to I-20 East, DeKalb County police spokesman Sgt. E. McCown said about 10:50 a.m. in an emailed statement. No one was injured in the 1:30 a.m. crash, but it caused some traffic delays.
Bobby Petrino, bad guy, is fired for being a bad coach

Bobby Petrino, bad guy, is fired for being a bad coach

As many jobs as Bobby Petrino has had – and he has had many, though not as many as Brian VanGorder – it was easy to read of his firing and think, “So what else is new?” But this was technically the first time Petrino has been fired for losing. Not losing was the reason, for all his foibles, people kept hiring him.
Georgia schedules home-and-home series with Clemson, Texas

Georgia schedules home-and-home series with Clemson, Texas

Georgia announced non-conference home-and-home series with Clemson and Texas on Monday. The Bulldogs’ matchups with Texas are scheduled for the 2028 and 2029 seasons. Georgia will travel to Austin on Sept. 2, 2028, and host the Longhorns on Sept. 1, 2029. Georgia also announced it will play Clemson in 2029 and 2030. Clemson will host Georgia on Sept.
Photos: Ed Sheeran at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Photos: Ed Sheeran at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium

British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran returned to Atlanta for the final night of his “Divide” tour, commanding the massive stage at Mercedes-Benz Stadium with just and his voice and a guitar. 
Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: Player ratings

Atlanta United 3, NYCFC 1: Player ratings

My ratings for Atlanta United’s players from Sunday’s 3-1 win against NYCFC in the second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference playoff series at Mercedes-Benz Stadium: Goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 8:  Finished with three saves, claimed two crosses and dealt with David Villa’s shenanigans throughout the night. ... Tough save in the 16th minute to preserve a 0-0 tie. ... Not much he could...
Cars catch fire at DeKalb County auto salvage yard

Cars catch fire at DeKalb County auto salvage yard

Fire officials are investigating an early Monday morning fire at a DeKalb County auto salvage yard. No one was injured when several cars caught fire at the salvage yard on Covington Highway at Redan Road, DeKalb fire Capt. Dion Bentley said. The cause of the fire has not been determined. Fire investigators were called to rule out arson, Bentley said.
Downtown Decatur coffee shop closed for at least one month after fire

Downtown Decatur coffee shop closed for at least one month after fire

A popular downtown Decatur coffee shop is closed for at least one month after an overnight fire ripped through the business and damaged two others nearby. The blaze caused extensive damage to Java Monkey on Church Street, and two nearby restaurants, Fresh to Order and Noodle, had smoke damage, deputy fire Chief Vera Morrison told AJC.com. Fire crews were called to the coffee shop about 11:25 p.m....
3 killed, 3 injured in fiery crash with South Fulton police cruiser 

3 killed, 3 injured in fiery crash with South Fulton police cruiser 

Three people were killed and three others were hurt in a fiery crash between a work van and a South Fulton police cruiser. The officer in the cruiser was pursuing a recently stolen Mercedes Benz on Ga. 138, traveling east into Union City, according to the Georgia State Patrol. When the patrol cruiser approached I-85 about 9:40 p.m.
LIVE UPDATES: Flooding remains a threat as rain starts to move out of metro area

LIVE UPDATES: Flooding remains a threat as rain starts to move out of metro area

Monday: High: 49 Monday night: Low: 47 Tuesday: High: 52 [6:37 p.m.]: Power has been restored to several traffic signals in Sandy Springs. The problems were on Northridge Road and Colquitt Road. [6:10 p.m.]: The bridge at Buice Road in Johns Creek that was shut down earlier due to flooding is now clear, Channel 2 reported. [5:53 p.m.
Concert review: Christina Aguilera (finally) returns to Atlanta after 11 years

Concert review: Christina Aguilera (finally) returns to Atlanta after 11 years

Fans waited 11 years to see Christina Aguilera live - and then they waited some more. For a tour that’s been rolling since late September and ending Tuesday, was a near-hour wait for Aguilera really warranted? But, that’s what concertgoers endured on Sunday night at the Fox Theatre following Big Boi’s prompt, satisfying opening performance.
Things to do in and around Atlanta on Monday, Nov. 12

Things to do in and around Atlanta on Monday, Nov. 12

Enjoy fall days with a stroll or take in a new exhibit at the Bremen Museum. Here are some ideas to start your week: There are more than two miles of path in the 65-acre Fernbank Forest. Enjoy views of the natural landscape while listening to songbirds and watching for animals.
What Matt Ryan said after loss to Browns 

What Matt Ryan said after loss to Browns 

Here’s what Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said after the 28-16 loss to the Browns on Sunday: On the difficulty of the loss after a three game win streak: “It was disappointing. Obviously, you have to give credit to Cleveland. I thought they played really well and made a lot of good plays. We fell short and did not make enough plays when we needed to.
What Falcons players said after loss to Browns 

What Falcons players said after loss to Browns 

While cornerback Desmond Trufant and Damontae Kazee declined to speak to the media after the loss, here’s what other Falcons players said after getting body-slammed 28-16 by the Browns Sunday:  On what happened: “We have to go to the film, see what we have to correct and move forward.
Beating Miami ‘a great feeling’ for TaQuon Marshall

Beating Miami ‘a great feeling’ for TaQuon Marshall

The mantle of leadership is not often light, a lesson Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall has learned over the course of his two seasons as the Yellow Jackets starting quarterback and team captain. However, late Saturday evening, Marshall felt unburdened. After the Jackets came up short of bowl eligibility last season at 5-6 and then started out this season 1-3, Marshall felt it.
On armistice centennial, a Georgia Tech star who never came home

On armistice centennial, a Georgia Tech star who never came home

On Sunday, on a pristinely landscaped 40.5-acre plot of land in the east of France, the memories of 4,135 men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country were to be honored. The day marks the centennial anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, and at St. Mihiel American Cemetery in Thiaucourt, France, a ceremony was to begin at 11 a.m. local time.
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