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Ben Brasch is a digital reporter and producer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Tex-Mex joint near Perimeter Mall fails health check
 A Tex-Mex chain eatery near Perimeter Mall failed its recent inspection, according to Georgia health department records.  Chuy’s, 118 Perimeter Center West, scored a 65 on Monday. Any score below a 70 is considered failing.  A manager declined to comment to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday.  The inspector noted...

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A Tex-Mex chain eatery near Perimeter Mall failed its recent inspection, according to Georgia health department records.  Chuy’s, 118 Perimeter Center West, scored a 65 on Monday. Any score below a 70 is considered failing.  A manager declined to comment to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday.  The inspector noted...
Man tried to hire hitman to kill Cobb ex-wife for $10K, Hawks tickets
 An Acworth inmate promised $10,000 and two Atlanta Hawks tickets to anyone who could kill his ex-wife and her current boyfriend. Word got around, including to an FBI informant. Michael Lawrence Dane McEarchern, 29, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday, according to federal court documents. McEarchern was in Bartow County jail during...

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An Acworth inmate promised $10,000 and two Atlanta Hawks tickets to anyone who could kill his ex-wife and her current boyfriend. Word got around, including to an FBI informant. Michael Lawrence Dane McEarchern, 29, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday, according to federal court documents. McEarchern was in Bartow County jail during...
Delta throws 102nd birthday bash for one of first flight attendants
 (Begin old-timey announcer voice) The war was in its second year. Bugs Bunny has just made his debut. Ted Koppel was born. The year? 1940. (End old-timey announcer voice) And Delta is hiring its first class of stewardesses, now called flight attendants. Among them was Sybil Peacock Harmon, then a 24-year-old nurse. Delta recently threw a...

Posted: 11 hours ago

(Begin old-timey announcer voice) The war was in its second year. Bugs Bunny has just made his debut. Ted Koppel was born. The year? 1940. (End old-timey announcer voice) And Delta is hiring its first class of stewardesses, now called flight attendants. Among them was Sybil Peacock Harmon, then a 24-year-old nurse. Delta recently threw a...
Cobb woman beat her longtime husband in the face with three-hole punch
 An argument turned into a three-day attack that left William Ralph Long stuck on his living room floor with multiple facial fractures. His wife of more than 20 years waited two days before calling 911. A Cobb County judge sentenced Barbara Joanne Long, 69, to five years in prison on Friday for the August 2016 beating of her husband, according...

Posted: 18 hours ago

An argument turned into a three-day attack that left William Ralph Long stuck on his living room floor with multiple facial fractures. His wife of more than 20 years waited two days before calling 911. A Cobb County judge sentenced Barbara Joanne Long, 69, to five years in prison on Friday for the August 2016 beating of her husband, according...
Delta throws 102nd birthday bash for one of first flight attendants
 (Begin old-timey announcer voice) The war was in its second year. Bugs Bunny has just made his debut. Ted Koppel was born. The year? 1940. (End old-timey announcer voice) And Delta is hiring its first class of stewardesses, now called flight attendants. Among them was Sybil Peacock Harmon, then a 24-year-old nurse. Delta recently...

Posted: 22 hours ago

(Begin old-timey announcer voice) The war was in its second year. Bugs Bunny has just made his debut. Ted Koppel was born. The year? 1940. (End old-timey announcer voice) And Delta is hiring its first class of stewardesses, now called flight attendants. Among them was Sybil Peacock Harmon, then a 24-year-old nurse. Delta recently...
Six Flags is hiring 300 people for Fright Fest during July
 Do “strong time management skills” and being “motivated to thrive under pressure” describe you? Well, if you’re also good with a brush then you could be a makeup artist at Six Flags Over Georgia for its annual Fright Fest. The Austell amusement park is looking to hire 300 people for all sorts of positions. The...

Posted: 3 days ago

Do “strong time management skills” and being “motivated to thrive under pressure” describe you? Well, if you’re also good with a brush then you could be a makeup artist at Six Flags Over Georgia for its annual Fright Fest. The Austell amusement park is looking to hire 300 people for all sorts of positions. The...
Cobb weather: Humid Monday with scattered showers
 Early risers and commuters in Cobb are seeing temperatures in the 70s this morning that will rise to the upper 80s to low 90s for sticky heat later today.  “When dewpoints get to the 70s it starts to feel very tropical, very muggy and that’s what we’re starting to feel today,” said Channel 2 meteorologist...

Posted: 3 days ago

Early risers and commuters in Cobb are seeing temperatures in the 70s this morning that will rise to the upper 80s to low 90s for sticky heat later today.  “When dewpoints get to the 70s it starts to feel very tropical, very muggy and that’s what we’re starting to feel today,” said Channel 2 meteorologist...
Man fires gun into pants, shrapnel hits woman and child in Cobb
 Call it dumb. Call it luck. It was certainly dumb luck. A man dropped a gun checking out of a Marietta hotel over the weekend. Some shrapnel from the round going into the ground hit a woman and a child nearby. No one was injured. No one was charged with a crime. Marietta police spokesman Officer Chuck McPhilamy said officers have discretion...

Posted: 3 days ago

Call it dumb. Call it luck. It was certainly dumb luck. A man dropped a gun checking out of a Marietta hotel over the weekend. Some shrapnel from the round going into the ground hit a woman and a child nearby. No one was injured. No one was charged with a crime. Marietta police spokesman Officer Chuck McPhilamy said officers have discretion...
Man on bond for attempting to have sex with Georgia girl tries again
 While out on bond for trying to have sex with a 13-year-old girl who turned out to be an online, undercover Marietta cop, Christopher Bradley Braden tried again. He went back to the Meet24 app and drove from his home in Alabama to a gas station in Bremen for sex with a 14-year-old girl. And she, too, ended up being a cop. Braden, 40...

Posted: 4 days ago

While out on bond for trying to have sex with a 13-year-old girl who turned out to be an online, undercover Marietta cop, Christopher Bradley Braden tried again. He went back to the Meet24 app and drove from his home in Alabama to a gas station in Bremen for sex with a 14-year-old girl. And she, too, ended up being a cop. Braden, 40...
Santa will be on the Marietta Square sweating it up on Saturday
 You yearning yuletide spirit? Well you can get your Christmas fix Saturday morning at Marietta Square with Santa Claus. The bearded dude will be there from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for a Christmas in July appearance, the city said. There are lots of theories on why Christmas in July is a thing, but none of them really matter because who needs...

Posted: 4 days ago

You yearning yuletide spirit? Well you can get your Christmas fix Saturday morning at Marietta Square with Santa Claus. The bearded dude will be there from 9 to 10:30 a.m. for a Christmas in July appearance, the city said. There are lots of theories on why Christmas in July is a thing, but none of them really matter because who needs...
Cobb church minister’s gospel Chick-fil-A flash mob video goes viral
 It’s not uncommon to sing praises in a Chick-fil-A. But it’s rare for 60 professional a capella gospel singers from around the world to plan a flash mob performance inside one. Video of just that was recorded by the worship minister of a Marietta church and has drawn 8 million views after posting it to his Facebook page Saturday...

Posted: 4 days ago

It’s not uncommon to sing praises in a Chick-fil-A. But it’s rare for 60 professional a capella gospel singers from around the world to plan a flash mob performance inside one. Video of just that was recorded by the worship minister of a Marietta church and has drawn 8 million views after posting it to his Facebook page Saturday...