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There’s more: ESPN reports the Feds have Arizona’s Miller on tape

Sean Miller is considered one of the nation’s 10 best coaches. He won at Xavier and has won at Arizona. Whenever we media types are thinking who might be the next guy at one of the sport’s tentpole programs – the guy after Calipari at Lexington or Ol’ Roy in Chapel Hill – Miller’s name always arises. (Last spring’s cool/weird rumor: That Archie Miller had...


The Commodores kick off 2018 season at ‘The Fred’ in Peachtree City

The Commodores kick off 2018 season at ‘The Fred’ in Peachtree City

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The Commodores will kick off the 2018 concert series at Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater. The storied R&B-soul group revered for classics including “Easy” and “Three Times a Lady,” will play The Fred at 8 p.m. April 13. Bogey and the Viceroy will open. This is the first show announced for the upcoming season at the Peachtree...
Briefs: 94.9/The Bull’s morning producer Freckles leaves, former Star host Cassiday Proctor gives birth live on air

Briefs: 94.9/The Bull’s morning producer Freckles leaves, former Star host Cassiday Proctor gives birth live on air

Posted Friday, February 23, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog Freckles (real name Emily Raines) is leaving 94.9/The Bull after seven years as producer of the Jason Pullman and Kristen Gates morning show. She made the announcement today on air. Freckles grew up in Powder Springs and attended Georgia Tech so this is her first major departure...
This Life: Vietnam vet says AR-15 has no place in civilized society

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...
In gunfights, trained officers have 18 percent hit rate. Yet, we want to arm teachers?

In gunfights, trained officers have 18 percent hit rate. Yet, we want to arm teachers?

After meeting Wednesday with student survivors and parents of teens killed in last week’s shooting spree at a Florida high school, President Donald Trump endorsed the idea of arming teachers. "If you had a teacher who was adept with the firearm, they could end the attack very quickly," he said today. "This would be obviously only for people who were very adept at handling a gun...
Teacher: How can we prevent the next school shooting?

Teacher: How can we prevent the next school shooting?

Educators are offering their own solutions to preventing more school shootings. Here are the suggestions of Ben Needle, a history teacher at Wheeler High School in Cobb County. By Ben Needle With every school shooting, I struggle as an educator. What can we do and what have we done? My training as an educator coincided with the shootings in Columbine -- 1999, the year that school shootings became...
Chandler Riggs on ‘The Walking Dead’ Carl’s death: “It’s bittersweet”

Chandler Riggs on ‘The Walking Dead’ Carl’s death: “It’s bittersweet”

Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes – The Walking Dead _ Season 8, Episode 9 – Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC Posted Thursday, February 22, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog And then there were four. “The Walking Dead,” where carnage is the norm, the pending death of Carl Grimes this Sunday leaves only his father Rick Grimes, laconic tough...
Braves’ Anthopoulos favors baseball shortening ‘dead time’ in games

Braves’ Anthopoulos favors baseball shortening ‘dead time’ in games

The gold medal for women’s Olympic hockey was just decided by a shootout (the U.S. defeated Canada 3-2 while you were sleeping or ignoring). This isn’t disimilar to baseball ending a game with a home-run contest, basketball with a round of “HORSE” or college football with, yes, each offense starting with the ball on the 25-yard line. Not a fan. I’m not big on anything...
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...
A lesson from 1969: The price paid for a high school protest

A lesson from 1969: The price paid for a high school protest

Jack Kingston, the former Georgia congressman, was going on about how high school students who had survived the massacre down in Florida were being hijacked by lefties. Others were postulating that their anti-gun messages were far too well-crafted to be coming out of the mouths of mere teenagers – surely, these were planted “crisis actors.” Still more thought it was just unseemly...
Betty Price says she opposed drive-talk restrictions ‘because they ignored my bill last year’

Betty Price says she opposed drive-talk restrictions ‘because they ignored my bill last year’

Last year, state Rep. Betty Price, R-Roswell, introduced House Bill 163, a measure to restrict use of cellphones by Georgia drivers. It never made it out of the House public safety committee. On Thursday, the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee took up a similar bill. HB 673 is the work of state Rep. John Carson, R-Marietta. The bill won passage, but one “no” vote stood out. It belonged...
Ossoff decides against another bid for Georgia’s 6th District

Ossoff decides against another bid for Georgia’s 6th District

Democrat Jon Ossoff said Friday he won’t make another bid for Georgia’s 6th District this year, leaving it up to lesser-known contenders to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Karen Handel in the north Atlanta district.  “I’m grateful beyond words for the support and hard work of the thousands of Georgians who volunteered with my campaign last year,” he told the AJC,...
It’s official: We’re no longer ‘a nation of immigrants’

It’s official: We’re no longer ‘a nation of immigrants’

Given the current state of affairs in Washington, you had to see this one coming. From the New York Times: On the bright side, Emma Lazarus’ poem about “huddled masses yearning to breathe free” remains at the base of the Statue of Liberty. For now. The current immigration debate is being driven, in large part, by U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., who is partnering with colleague...
Sonny Perdue’s lonely quest on immigration

Sonny Perdue’s lonely quest on immigration

Listen to former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue give a speech these days and he’s quick to talk about his frequent road trips.  He’s traveled to 33 states in his first 10 months as secretary of agriculture. And as Perdue told it at an Agriculture Department-sponsored conference in Virginia on Thursday, farmers in every region of the country ask him about more or less the...
At Georgia gov forum, friction over competing Democratic strategies  

At Georgia gov forum, friction over competing Democratic strategies  

The Democratic race for governor has long shaped up as a clash in competing strategies. A question near the end of a forum featuring the two candidates Thursday put that division on vivid display.  Asked why this election can reverse a string of Democratic defeats in Georgia, the two quickly showed why this race is being watched nationally as a test of the party’s message in an increasingly...
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