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‘Concerns,’ but no consequences, after suicides in mental health system
 The 16-year-old drew pictures that scared her mother. Angels crying tears of blood. Devils. People hanging from trees. Then the girl attempted suicide, and her mother sought help from Georgia’s community-based mental health system. But therapists never flagged the girl’s risk for suicide, even after she inflicted what they...

Posted: 7 days ago

The 16-year-old drew pictures that scared her mother. Angels crying tears of blood. Devils. People hanging from trees. Then the girl attempted suicide, and her mother sought help from Georgia’s community-based mental health system. But therapists never flagged the girl’s risk for suicide, even after she inflicted what they...
In jailhouse calls, Josh Pastner’s accusers suggest charges fabricated
 Ron Bell sat in an Arizona jail, stewing and swearing. He was trying to figure out how he could avoid extradition to Georgia for an old probation violation. And, in remarkably vulgar terms, he was blaming this predicament on his girlfriend, the woman he claimed was sexually assaulted by his former friend, Georgia Tech men’s basketball...

Posted: 12 days ago

Ron Bell sat in an Arizona jail, stewing and swearing. He was trying to figure out how he could avoid extradition to Georgia for an old probation violation. And, in remarkably vulgar terms, he was blaming this predicament on his girlfriend, the woman he claimed was sexually assaulted by his former friend, Georgia Tech men’s basketball...
Lawyers for Pastner’s accusers cast doubt on evidence of sexual assault
 An Arizona man claimed to have one piece of irrefutable evidence that Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner sexually assaulted his girlfriend: a T-shirt onto which the coach allegedly ejaculated. But on Friday, amid mounting indications that Pastner was the victim of an elaborate con, the man’s own lawyers suggested...

8:20 PM Friday, Jun. 08, 2018

An Arizona man claimed to have one piece of irrefutable evidence that Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner sexually assaulted his girlfriend: a T-shirt onto which the coach allegedly ejaculated. But on Friday, amid mounting indications that Pastner was the victim of an elaborate con, the man’s own lawyers suggested...
In #MeToo era, AMA asked to confront doctors’ sexual misconduct
 Nobody was more surprised than Dr. Meg Edison when another physician in her office was accused of sexual misconduct with a patient. That doctor, Dwayne Cook, was married, the father of seven children. He led weekly Bible studies. He drank neither coffee nor wine and couldn’t recognize the smell of burning marijuana. He seemed, Edison...

4:58 PM Friday, Jun. 08, 2018

Nobody was more surprised than Dr. Meg Edison when another physician in her office was accused of sexual misconduct with a patient. That doctor, Dwayne Cook, was married, the father of seven children. He led weekly Bible studies. He drank neither coffee nor wine and couldn’t recognize the smell of burning marijuana. He seemed, Edison...
17 former students now allege sex abuse at Georgia boarding school
 A year after reports surfaced of decades-old sexual abuse at a Georgia boarding school, seven more former students say they, too, were victims. Sixteen former students of the Darlington School in Rome now allege that a longtime English teacher and dorm master molested or sexually harassed them during the 1970s and 1980s. Another former...

9:12 PM Thursday, Jun. 07, 2018

A year after reports surfaced of decades-old sexual abuse at a Georgia boarding school, seven more former students say they, too, were victims. Sixteen former students of the Darlington School in Rome now allege that a longtime English teacher and dorm master molested or sexually harassed them during the 1970s and 1980s. Another former...
Sex assault claims against Tech coach an elaborate con, report says
 Ron Bell presented himself as Josh Pastner’s biggest fan. So when the Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach didn’t show the proper appreciation for his loyalty, Bell lashed out. “You know in poker, Kerri, they say that if you can’t spot the sucker at the table, then the sucker is you,” Bell texted the coach&rsquo...

4:18 PM Monday, Jun. 04, 2018

Ron Bell presented himself as Josh Pastner’s biggest fan. So when the Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach didn’t show the proper appreciation for his loyalty, Bell lashed out. “You know in poker, Kerri, they say that if you can’t spot the sucker at the table, then the sucker is you,” Bell texted the coach&rsquo...
Georgia Tech investigation dismisses claim basketball coach sexually assaulted woman
 An investigation commissioned by Georgia Tech has found “no credible evidence” to support allegations that its head men’s basketball coach sexually assaulted a fan. A lawyer hired by Tech issued a lengthy report that the school says exonerated coach Josh Pastner. The coach had been accused by the girlfriend of...

2:16 PM Monday, Jun. 04, 2018

An investigation commissioned by Georgia Tech has found “no credible evidence” to support allegations that its head men’s basketball coach sexually assaulted a fan. A lawyer hired by Tech issued a lengthy report that the school says exonerated coach Josh Pastner. The coach had been accused by the girlfriend of...
After 42 years in state institutions, a home of her own
 Georgia has kept 44-year-old Lucretia Felder in state institutions, from foster care to a prison hospital, for 42 years. On Friday, a judge gave the state 90 days to find her a home. Felder, whose case was the focus of a recent investigative story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will live alone but will have full-time caregivers...

5:45 PM Friday, Jun. 01, 2018

Georgia has kept 44-year-old Lucretia Felder in state institutions, from foster care to a prison hospital, for 42 years. On Friday, a judge gave the state 90 days to find her a home. Felder, whose case was the focus of a recent investigative story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will live alone but will have full-time caregivers...
Police sickened by chemical fumes at hotel where body found
 Three DeKalb County police officers were taken to a hospital Saturday after they were overcome by chemical fumes while investigating a dead body at an extended-stay motel. The officers were conscious and alert at the hospital and are expected to recover, said Shiera Campbell, a spokeswoman for the DeKalb police. Authorities are not treating...

11:09 PM Saturday, May. 12, 2018

Three DeKalb County police officers were taken to a hospital Saturday after they were overcome by chemical fumes while investigating a dead body at an extended-stay motel. The officers were conscious and alert at the hospital and are expected to recover, said Shiera Campbell, a spokeswoman for the DeKalb police. Authorities are not treating...
Apathy leads the field in advance voting for Georgia primary
 Four election workers. Fifteen voting machines. Zero voters. The scene at 10:30 Saturday morning at the C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center in southwest Atlanta underscored an apparent lack of excitement surrounding Georgia’s May 22 primary elections. Entering the final week of advance in-person voting, on the last weekend...

8:36 PM Saturday, May. 12, 2018

Four election workers. Fifteen voting machines. Zero voters. The scene at 10:30 Saturday morning at the C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center in southwest Atlanta underscored an apparent lack of excitement surrounding Georgia’s May 22 primary elections. Entering the final week of advance in-person voting, on the last weekend...
Sean Hannity, a Trump defender, under scrutiny for real-estate deals
 On his Fox News program last summer, Sean Hannity effused praise for his guest, U.S. housing secretary Ben Carson. “I know you have done a good job,” Hannity said. “You are a good man.” Carson’s presence gave Hannity a chance to address a favorite topic: What he considers a low rate of home ownership in the United...

10:40 PM Monday, Apr. 23, 2018

On his Fox News program last summer, Sean Hannity effused praise for his guest, U.S. housing secretary Ben Carson. “I know you have done a good job,” Hannity said. “You are a good man.” Carson’s presence gave Hannity a chance to address a favorite topic: What he considers a low rate of home ownership in the United...
After 42 years in state institutions, woman seeks a home of her own
 Lucretia Felder was 2 when social workers placed her in foster care. Soon she moved on: to group homes, to a residential school for intellectually disabled children, to a “retardation center” for adults. She spent time in one state psychiatric hospital, then another, then one more. She went to jail. Finally, she ended up...

6:48 PM Friday, Apr. 20, 2018

Lucretia Felder was 2 when social workers placed her in foster care. Soon she moved on: to group homes, to a residential school for intellectually disabled children, to a “retardation center” for adults. She spent time in one state psychiatric hospital, then another, then one more. She went to jail. Finally, she ended up...
Marchers in Atlanta plan for more in political season
 In Atlanta and Washington, in Dahlonega and Parkland, in more than 800 cities across the nation, Americans marched Saturday against gun violence, trying to transform a moment of outrage into a movement for change. “Enough is enough!” chanted Atlanta protestors, estimated by police to number 30,000. “Not one more!”...

11:04 PM Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018

In Atlanta and Washington, in Dahlonega and Parkland, in more than 800 cities across the nation, Americans marched Saturday against gun violence, trying to transform a moment of outrage into a movement for change. “Enough is enough!” chanted Atlanta protestors, estimated by police to number 30,000. “Not one more!”...
In Atlanta and across the nation, protesters say, ‘Enough is enough’ 
 In Atlanta and Washington, in Dahlonega and Parkland, in more than 800 cities across the nation, Americans marched Saturday against gun violence, trying to transform a moment of outrage into a movement for change. “Enough is enough!” chanted Atlanta protesters, estimated by police to number 30,000. “Not one more!”...

10:42 PM Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018

In Atlanta and Washington, in Dahlonega and Parkland, in more than 800 cities across the nation, Americans marched Saturday against gun violence, trying to transform a moment of outrage into a movement for change. “Enough is enough!” chanted Atlanta protesters, estimated by police to number 30,000. “Not one more!”...
Tech coach’s accuser jailed on old Georgia warrant
 The Arizona man who accused Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner of sexually assaulting his girlfriend has been arrested as a fugitive from Georgia. Ron Bell, 51, of Tucson was arrested on a warrant issued by a judge in Cobb County in 2001, shortly after he moved out of Georgia without permission while serving a probated...

7:22 PM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

The Arizona man who accused Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner of sexually assaulting his girlfriend has been arrested as a fugitive from Georgia. Ron Bell, 51, of Tucson was arrested on a warrant issued by a judge in Cobb County in 2001, shortly after he moved out of Georgia without permission while serving a probated...
Pastner’s accuser jailed as a Georgia fugitive
 The Arizona man who accused Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner of sexually assaulting his girlfriend has been arrested as a fugitive from Georgia. Ron Bell, 51, of Tucson, was taken into custody Wednesday on a fugitive warrant from Georgia and is being held without bond, according to the Pima County, Arizona, sheriff&rsquo...

12:41 AM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

The Arizona man who accused Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner of sexually assaulting his girlfriend has been arrested as a fugitive from Georgia. Ron Bell, 51, of Tucson, was taken into custody Wednesday on a fugitive warrant from Georgia and is being held without bond, according to the Pima County, Arizona, sheriff&rsquo...
New Orleans lawyer to lead investigation of Georgia Tech’s Josh Pastner
 A New Orleans-based lawyer is leading an investigation into allegations that Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner sexually assaulted an Arizona woman. Tech hired attorney Scott Schneider of the law firm Fisher Phillips to lead the review, announced last week after the woman, Jennifer Pendley, and her boyfriend, Ron Bell...

8:09 PM Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

A New Orleans-based lawyer is leading an investigation into allegations that Georgia Tech men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner sexually assaulted an Arizona woman. Tech hired attorney Scott Schneider of the law firm Fisher Phillips to lead the review, announced last week after the woman, Jennifer Pendley, and her boyfriend, Ron Bell...
The coach and the ex-con
 For his 40th birthday last fall, Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner got a unique gift from his biggest fan. It was a limited-edition T-shirt bearing some of Pastner’s favorite motivational phrases: “Positive energy only.” “Attitude of gratitude.” “Hope is a bad strategy.” And this: &ldquo...

5:00 AM Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

For his 40th birthday last fall, Georgia Tech basketball coach Josh Pastner got a unique gift from his biggest fan. It was a limited-edition T-shirt bearing some of Pastner’s favorite motivational phrases: “Positive energy only.” “Attitude of gratitude.” “Hope is a bad strategy.” And this: &ldquo...
Georgia Tech investigating sexual assault claims against coach Josh Pastner
 Georgia Tech opened an investigation Friday into allegations its men’s basketball coach sexually assaulted an Arizona woman. The school said it would hire an “outside, independent” investigator to look into charges against second-year coach Josh Pastner. He was accused in a lawsuit filed Thursday of assaulting or harassing...

11:35 PM Friday, Feb. 09, 2018

Georgia Tech opened an investigation Friday into allegations its men’s basketball coach sexually assaulted an Arizona woman. The school said it would hire an “outside, independent” investigator to look into charges against second-year coach Josh Pastner. He was accused in a lawsuit filed Thursday of assaulting or harassing...
Georgia Tech to investigate sexual assault allegations against coach
 Georgia Tech opened an investigation Friday into accusations that its men’s basketball coach sexually assaulted an Arizona woman. After refusing to comment on allegations against second-year coach Josh Pastner, Tech released a statement saying it will hire an “outside, independent” investigator to look into the matter...

8:51 PM Friday, Feb. 09, 2018

Georgia Tech opened an investigation Friday into accusations that its men’s basketball coach sexually assaulted an Arizona woman. After refusing to comment on allegations against second-year coach Josh Pastner, Tech released a statement saying it will hire an “outside, independent” investigator to look into the matter...
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