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This Life: Vietnam vet says AR-15 has no place in civilized society

In the days since the Florida school shooting, we’ve heard a lot about assault weapons and the AR-15 in particular. It is the same semi-automatic style weapon Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old suspected shooter, is said to have used to kill 17 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students. It was also the choice of weapon in which 27 were killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School...


Big Boi will give hospice patients a Celebrity Trailers ride to see ‘Black Panther’

Big Boi will give hospice patients a Celebrity Trailers ride to see ‘Black Panther’

Big Boi, in Atlanta’s Stankonia Studios, is taking a group of hospice patients to see ‘Black Panther.’ Photo: William Thweatt/AJC Big Boi wants to “bring a little light” to a group of Atlanta hospice patients and take them to see “Black Panther” on Friday. The esteemed Atlanta rapper has rented a theater at Stonecrest 16 in Lithonia and will transport about...
Janelle Monae returns with ‘Dirty Computer’ album, two new videos

Janelle Monae returns with ‘Dirty Computer’ album, two new videos

Janelle Monae’s new album. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Janelle Monae is back. The singer-songwriter-actress-producer-activist hasn’t released an album since 2013 – mostly because she’s been busy conquering acting (“Hidden Figures,” “Moonlight”) and making powerful statements at the Grammy Awards ...
Kempner: Big Delta squeezes Georgia and metro Atlanta’s poorest county

Kempner: Big Delta squeezes Georgia and metro Atlanta’s poorest county

Here’s what we should never forget about Delta: it is fabulously good for Georgia’s economy, and it never tires of squeezing fellow Georgians for more profits. Picture more than 500 local high school students showing up at the headquarters of mighty Delta Air Lines to protest. They were there — at the urging of Clayton County school officials — to fight the company&rsquo...
NBC’s ‘Good Girls,’ shot in Atlanta, blends female power and desperation

NBC’s ‘Good Girls,’ shot in Atlanta, blends female power and desperation

GOOD GIRLS — “Pilot” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Mae Whitman as Annie, Christina Hendricks as Beth, Retta as Ruby — (Photo by: Josh Stringer/NBC) Posted Thursday, February 22, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Beth, a seemingly mild-mannered mother of four played by “Mad Men” vet Christina Hendricks...
Torpy at Large: If lobbyists win, Hidden Predator Act will stay hidden

Torpy at Large: If lobbyists win, Hidden Predator Act will stay hidden

It’s hard to come out — at least publicly — against measures meant to clamp down on child molesters. A bill in the state House called the Hidden Predator Act would expand the age (to 38) that past victims of child sexual assault could sue for damages. Moreso, it would hold accountable organizations, businesses and even churches that were derelict in their duties and allowed kids...
This Life: Former co-chair of 1994 crusade says Billy Graham was man of integrity

This Life: Former co-chair of 1994 crusade says Billy Graham was man of integrity

Funny what we remember about people when they’re gone. In the hours after Billy Graham’s death Wednesday, swollen ankles filled the mind of the Rev. Cameron Madison Alexander. Weeks before Graham’s 1994 Atlanta crusade, the preachers had just wrapped up a meeting in Alexander’s office at Antioch Baptist Church North, when Graham asked to use the restroom. That’s when...
Lil Yachty announces the arrival of ‘Lil Boat 2’ album

Lil Yachty announces the arrival of ‘Lil Boat 2’ album

The cover of Lil Yachty’s upcoming album. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Lil Yachty will drop his next album, “Lil Boat 2,” on March 9. In announcing his new release, the 20-year-old Atlanta rapper, who has vaulted to stardom the past 18 months with his brand of “bubblegum trap” music, released the cover art for the album. In 2017, Lil Yachty&rsquo...
What’s a reasonable projection for Ronald Acuna’s rookie year? 

What’s a reasonable projection for Ronald Acuna’s rookie year? 

Ronald Acuna is Baseball America’s No. 1 prospect. You knew that already. He’ll be playing for the big-league Braves soon – maybe on opening day, surely by Memorial Day. I’ve seen him do more than take batting practice. He’s really good.  He’s also 20. He began last season in Single-A. This time a year ago, he was Baseball America’s No. 67 prospect...
Dispatch will return to Chastain Park Amphitheatre for summer concert

Dispatch will return to Chastain Park Amphitheatre for summer concert

Dispatch will be back. Photo: Allen Ralph BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Dispatch, the indie folk-jam band from Vermont, last summer released their first album in five years, “America, Location 12.” This summer, they’ll head on another tour to support it and will swing through Chastain Park Amphitheatre on July 28. The  band played the venue last June. Tickets...
CNN’s Terence Burke cut as head of national news, replaced by Virginia Mosely

CNN’s Terence Burke cut as head of national news, replaced by Virginia Mosely

Posted by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Terence Burke, senior vice president of national news for CNN, lost his job today, replaced by Virginia Moseley, CNN’s senior vice president of Washington newsgathering and deputy bureau chief. She will report directly to boss Jeff Zucker. Effectively...
Mark ‘Brownmark’ Brown of The Revolution talks Prince, Justin Timberlake and Atlanta

Mark ‘Brownmark’ Brown of The Revolution talks Prince, Justin Timberlake and Atlanta

As the bassist for the Revolution, Mark “Brownmark” Brown was privy to many of the intricacies of Prince. It might have been a 3 a.m. phone call demanding that Brown and his Revolution bandmates stumble out of bed and into Prince’s Paisley Park compound for a studio session. Or the stubborn insistence of the musical genius to never publicly acknowledge that Brown co-wrote...
Exclusive: Frank Ski’s bankruptcy, financial problems laid bare in court documents

Exclusive: Frank Ski’s bankruptcy, financial problems laid bare in court documents

From 2009: Frank Ski slices into his birthday cake with an assist from his then wife, Tanya at his Atlanta home which he sold in 2013. Credit: Ben Rose Posted by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com and BEN BRASCH/ben.brasch@ajc.com on the  MyAJC Radio & TV Talk blog Frank Ski, who just returned as full-time morning host of V-103, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection last...
Will more guns and armed teachers protect students?

Will more guns and armed teachers protect students?

A friend overheard her second grader instructing playmates huddling under a climbing structure at their local playground, “You’re in lockdown. If you come out, the bad man will shoot you.” This is morning in America where parents pray their child’s school doesn’t become the next scene of a mass shooting by an angry young man with a semi-automatic weapon, where children...
Braves catchers define the ideal of teamwork

Braves catchers define the ideal of teamwork

When either head of the Braves’ two-headed, Tyler Flowers/Kurt Suzuki catching arrangement talks about one of the better ideas of the 2017 season, some refreshingly unselfish thoughts spill out.  You want the cure for the common self-absorbed athlete? Take these two quotes and call me in the morning.  “It was almost like I was doing it (on the field) when he was doing it. And...
Louisville loses its 2013 national title, and it had to happen

Louisville loses its 2013 national title, and it had to happen

As the son of a graduate of Louisville’s dental school and also as someone who grew up a Louisville fan – I’m a Kentucky alum, yes, but I was a U of L fan first – it pains me to say that this needed to happen. The NCAA has denied the Cardinals’ appeal to keep the NCAA title won at the Georgia Dome in 2013.  Never before has a Final Four winner seen the fruits of...
Lauren Cohan (Maggie, ‘The Walking Dead’) signs on for ABC drama pilot

Lauren Cohan (Maggie, ‘The Walking Dead’) signs on for ABC drama pilot

Lauren Cohan (Maggie). CREDIT: Rodney Ho/ rho@ajc.com Posted Tuesday, February 20, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Lauren Cohan has been cast as a co star in an ABC pilot called “Whiskey Cavalier” with Scott Foley of “Scandal” fame, which raises a big question about the future of Maggie on “The Walking Dead...
Opinion: No money for priority schools yet lawmakers find $17 million for charters

Opinion: No money for priority schools yet lawmakers find $17 million for charters

Janet Kishbaugh is co-chair of the Georgia Coalition for Public Education, formerly the Committee to Keep Georgia Schools Local. In this commentary, Kishbaugh questions the lack of adequate funding for Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature initiative, state turnaround schools. While the state says it can’t come up with more funding for turnaround coaches in the first set of schools chosen for the...
Delta, Georgia Power CEOs are new Georgia Historical Society trustees

Delta, Georgia Power CEOs are new Georgia Historical Society trustees

Gov. Nathan Deal inducted Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian and Georgia Power chairman, president and CEO Paul Bowers as the Georgia Historical Society’s newest trustees Saturday night at the organization’s 10th annual trustees gala. “I moved to Georgia about 20 years ago. Little did I know when I came to work at Delta that I one day would be responsible...
Todd Rundgren’s Utopia reuniting for first North American tour in 32 years

Todd Rundgren’s Utopia reuniting for first North American tour in 32 years

Todd Rundgren’s Utopia. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Todd Rundgren is reuniting his mid-‘70s band Utopia for their first North American tour in 32 years. The band, which also features Kasim Sulton, Willie Wilcox and Ralph Schuckett, will perform as Todd Rundgren’s Uptopia for a tour that will play the Tabernacle at 7 p.m. April 28. Tickets for the show (all seating...
Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss will visit Atlanta on spring tour

Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss will visit Atlanta on spring tour

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss are playing a series of concerts together this spring, including a May 20 date at Verizon Amphitheatre. Tickets for the show are $30-$125 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 23 via www.livenation.com and the venue box office. Nelson performed in Atlanta in October with a show at Chastain Amphitheatre...
Life with Gracie: Cobb teen engages kids with disabilities in martial arts

Life with Gracie: Cobb teen engages kids with disabilities in martial arts

On most any Friday night, you can find Marcus McAbee on the mat at Karate Atlanta Kennesaw. It isn’t the kind of thing most 16-year-olds will give of their time to after a long week of AP classes, but make no mistake, Marcus isn’t a typical kid. Never has been. Even at just 10, he knew as any good fighter does that sizing up your opponent before the first strike lands is essential to successful...
Braves set spring agenda: Get ready to compete

Braves set spring agenda: Get ready to compete

Gather ‘round, as did the Braves full squad Monday morning in an outfield tribal meeting before the first total workout of spring. Before the drilling – and the Braves would open with what seemed to be an especially long session on Day One – there would be the messaging. Each baseball season has to begin with a message, a variation on a rah-rah theme. Braves manager Brian Snitker...
Cleaning up college hoops won’t be easy - but it can be done

Cleaning up college hoops won’t be easy - but it can be done

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reports that the FBI’s investigation of college basketball recruiting “could result in potential NCAA violations for as many as three dozen Division I programs.” A source tells Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports: “Hall of Fame coaches should be scared, lottery picks won’t be eligible to play and almost half of the 16 teams the NCAA showed on...
Meet Dr. Oz at Northlake, Cumberland malls Sunday, Feb. 25 for CPR training

Meet Dr. Oz at Northlake, Cumberland malls Sunday, Feb. 25 for CPR training

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 07: Dr. Mehmet Oz walks the runway at the Blue Jacket Fashion Show to benefit the Prostate Cancer Foundation on February 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Fernanda Calfat/Getty Images for Blue Jacket) Posted Monday, February 19, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz...
2 Chainz announces new album title via blimp in Los Angeles

2 Chainz announces new album title via blimp in Los Angeles

A message from 2 Chainz. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The next offering from 2 Chainz will be called “Rap or Go to the League.” The Atlanta rapper unveiled the title of this fifth solo album on a blimp floating around Los Angeles during Def Jam’s NBA All Star Weekend party. In an Instagram post and video, 2 Chainz said his new work “shows continued growth...
‘Rent’ and its resonating messages return to the Fox Theatre on 20th anniversary tour

‘Rent’ and its resonating messages return to the Fox Theatre on 20th anniversary tour

Lyndie Moe was 6 years old the first time she sang the national anthem in public. That it happened to be in front of an arena full of people at a Denver Nuggets game (her grandfather Doug was the team’s coach from 1980-1990) is testament to her early ease in the spotlight. Moe, 20, stepped into the role of Maureen Johnson, the feisty bisexual performance artist, last fall as &ldquo...
Here’s one guy who likes the ‘over’ on the Braves. (Two guys, actually)

Here’s one guy who likes the ‘over’ on the Braves. (Two guys, actually)

Apologies for quoting Joe Sheehan as often as the Brits quote Churchill, but Sheehan’s newsletter – it’s available via email subscription – should be at the top of any baseball reading list. In his latest post, he preaches to the choir. (Albeit a choir of one.) Scanning the early Vegas over/under on MLB win totals, this is Sheehan’s first best bet:  “Braves...
No. 3 takes checkered flag at Daytona 500 once more

No. 3 takes checkered flag at Daytona 500 once more

What if they held a race and the car was the star? It’s just inanimate sheet metal and unholy power, after all. But slap the right number on it, place it in the perfect context of place and time, humanize it just short of making it talk, and you have a different kind of headliner for Sunday’s big car fight. Spell it out in big type:  “No. 3 Wins Daytona 500. Again.” It...
‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ recap in Barcelona: season 10, episode 13

‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ recap in Barcelona: season 10, episode 13

Posted by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog This has been an odd trip to Barcelona because the primary battle this week is between NeNe Leakes and – in absentia – Kim Zolciak. Kim is sowing chaos and she is 4,500 miles away. But she didn’t start it. She simply chose not to go to...
Former Fox 5 anchor Roy Hobbs, 64, has died

Former Fox 5 anchor Roy Hobbs, 64, has died

Roy Hobbs at his last TV job. Posted Sunday, February 18, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Roy Hobbs , a former WAGA-TV anchor from 1996 to 2003, has died in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 64. The cause is unknown, according to West Palm Beach authorities. His 22-year-old daughter Taylor posted the news on her Facebook page. Hobbs...
DL Hughley visits Atlanta, promotes radio show on Classix 102.9

DL Hughley visits Atlanta, promotes radio show on Classix 102.9

DL Hughley in the Classix 102.9 studio Friday reading promos for a Philly station he is on. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com Posted Sunday, February 18, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog DL Hughley will forever be known as part of the groundbreaking Original Kings of Comedy tour 17 years ago with Steve Harvey, Cedric...
Concert review: St. Vincent brings pop art performance to The Tabernacle

Concert review: St. Vincent brings pop art performance to The Tabernacle

St. Vincent performs onstage during Spotify and Mastercard present St. Vincent and Maggie Rogers at Mastercard House on January 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Mastercard) “The world isn’t sane right now,” St. Vincent told the audience at her sold-out show at the Tabernacle Saturday night. “So let’s (expletive)...
TV best bets with Winter Olympics, ‘The Walking Dead,’ Regina King

TV best bets with Winter Olympics, ‘The Walking Dead,’ Regina King

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes – The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 8 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC Posted Sunday, February 18, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog We not only get to say goodbye to two weeks of Winter Olympics this Sunday but Carl from “The Walking Dead’ gets his chance...
Pastner on Tech: ‘We will get this program where it needs to be’

Pastner on Tech: ‘We will get this program where it needs to be’

Last season was giddy. This has gone ghastly. Georgia Tech, which reached the NIT final in March 2017, has lost nine of 10 and mightn’t win again. (Circle the date: Wake Forest here March 3.) The Yellow Jackets won 21 games in Josh Pastner’s first season; they’ll have to work not to lose 20 this time.  With every loss, Pastner hammers his latest Talking Point – that he...
Cartersville driver, 66, throws off the curve at Daytona 500

Cartersville driver, 66, throws off the curve at Daytona 500

The theme for Sunday’s Daytona 500, clearly, is how NASCAR pushed its desperate search for the next new star to the front of the Great American Race. Five of the eight drivers starting in the first four rows are 24 or younger. What is this, a stock-car race or a homecoming parade? Then there’s the fellow starting 40th in the 40-car field, Mark Thompson. As well as being from Cartersville...
March Sadness? The reckoning for college hoops draws nearer

March Sadness? The reckoning for college hoops draws nearer

On Sunday, the NCAA tournament committee revealed its top 16 seeds. These were merely to stir conversation. Selection Sunday isn’t until March 11, and much will change over the next month. Here, in descending order, were the February Sweet 16: Virginia, Villanova, Xavier, Purdue, Auburn, Kansas, Duke, Cincinnati, Clemson, Texas Tech, Michigan State, North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio State...
Mo’Nique now owes the U.S. government $560K in unpaid taxes

Mo’Nique now owes the U.S. government $560K in unpaid taxes

Mo’Nique is having issues with federal taxes. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) Posted Friday, February 16, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Since I was checking on Keshia Knight Pulliam’s tax issues earlier this week, I decided to get an update on Mo’Nique’s situation for the first...
Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton, Brian McKnight

Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Steve Miller Band with Peter Frampton, Brian McKnight

The Steve Miller Band, (left to right) Kenny Lee Lewis, Gordy Knudtson, Steve Miller, Joseph Wooten and Jacob Petersen, performs at Verizon Amphitheatre in July. BY LEA HOLLAND/AJC Features Editorial Assistant  If you find a mistake in Hot Tickets, please let us know. Contact Lea Holland at lea.holland@ajc.com. Events are subject to change, so it’s a good idea...
Georgia sheriffs disavow a devilish insult aimed at Nathan Deal

Georgia sheriffs disavow a devilish insult aimed at Nathan Deal

You may not know this, but if an active member of your organization declares that the governor reigns over the seventh circle of Hell, there's a chance that said governor won't sign your favorite piece of legislation. We’re told that the leadership of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Association met with Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday to disavow Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, who last week ...
The Jolt: A sudden, GOP-backed move to end DeKalb’s CEO form of government

The Jolt: A sudden, GOP-backed move to end DeKalb’s CEO form of government

A surprise move to eliminate DeKalb County’s CEO form of government passed the House Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday. House Bill 961 wasn’t on the agenda, and had only been introduced a day earlier by state Reps. Meagan Hanson, R-Brookhaven, and Tom Taylor, R-Dunwoody. Members of the committee were presented with the bill only as the meeting began. Though Hanson said...
A Georgia GOP response to school shootings: More security officers 

A Georgia GOP response to school shootings: More security officers 

More than 1,000 demonstrators gathered at the Georgia Capitol to demand stricter gun laws after the latest school shooting in Florida. A handful of Republican legislators had a different sort of response.  State Sens. Josh McKoon and Michael Williams, both candidates for higher office, each proposed significantly boosting the number of security officers stationed at Georgia’s schools...
A bill to protect pet stores riles up Baptists, foes of Big Tobacco

A bill to protect pet stores riles up Baptists, foes of Big Tobacco

The state Capitol can produce the strangest bedfellows. Over the last few years, as a means of boosting adoption rates for abandoned dogs and cats and discouraging “puppy mills,” several local governments in Georgia have banned the retail sale of pets in their jurisdictions. The trend is an alarming one for chains such as Petland, which has a mixed history -- if you pay attention to ...
Isakson treads carefully on guns following Florida shootings

Isakson treads carefully on guns following Florida shootings

Georgia U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson is taking a cautious approach to the latest gun rights debate after a teen killed 17 former classmates in Parkland, Fla., last week.  The Republican on Tuesday outlined three steps he wants Congress to take in the aftermath of the country’s latest mass shooting, but he steered clear of discussing background checks, “bump stocks” and some...
Georgia 2018: Republican gov candidates split on medical marijuana  

Georgia 2018: Republican gov candidates split on medical marijuana  

Republican Clay Tippins sat at the end of a semi-circle, surrounded by about a half-dozen parents of children who rely on cannabis oil to treat debilitating illnesses. The first-time candidate differs with his rivals in the governor’s race on contentious issues like “religious liberty” legislation and the escalating costs at Plant Vogtle’s nuclear reactors. But his campaign...
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