City of Atlanta officials Wednesday broke ground on the first of hundreds of planned projects tied to millions in bond money for infrastructure repairs.
Near the intersection of Cascade Road and Lynhurst Drive on the city’s southwest side, Mayor Kasim Reed and a handful of city officials helped kicked off construction for road repaving, sidewalks repairs and new street lights.
“We’re going to be improving this city in a way that hasn’t been done in 40 or 50 years above ground,” Reed said.
Legendary crooner Tony Bennett and mega pop star Lady Gaga are going “Cheek to Cheek” In Atlanta Wednesday night.
The duo are bringing their tour of their Grammy-winning collaborative album of classic jazz standards, “Cheek to Cheek,” to Chastain Park for one night only. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts when it was released last September.
Atlanta Magazine writer Richard Eldredge called it “a once-in-a-lifetime event” during an interview on “A Closer Look.”
Atlanta's police chief has been named the new president of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
An association news release says Chief George Turner assumed the role of 2015/2016 president on Tuesday. The association represents more than 500 chiefs of police and other heads of law enforcement agencies across the state.
Part of Turner's new duties include chairing the association's executive board and appointing committee chairs.
As Georgia State University associate professor of history Dr. Clifford Kuhn explains, AHEPA, as it came to be known, was founded in reaction to the widespread xenophobia sweeping the South and the nation following World War I.
In 1998, Matthew Diffee was a comic and fine arts painter, and that year, The New Yorker was having a cartoon contest.
Diffee combined his two skills — being funny and making pictures — and won the contest. The cartoon editor, the famed Bob Mancoff, encouraged Diffee to continue submitting to the magazine. Since then, he's become one of their staff cartoonists.
The New Yorker rejects about 90 percent of the cartoon staff's work. As dire as that sounds, Diffee said, “Ninety percent means you’re doing great.”
Every child in the U.S. is entitled to a “free and appropriate education” under federal law. That includes children with disabilities. But some DeKalb parents of children with special needs said their kids aren’t getting the services they should and that the district is unresponsive.
A group of parents met at a library in Tucker recently to compile a list of concerns. They each have at least one child with special needs.
“DeKalb is just broken,” Linda Bryant-Butler said.
Bulldog Nation will boost its staff, and officials say this will result in a better overall experience for students. The University of Georgia plans to hire 56 new faculty members by 2016. This will increase the school's faculty size by nearly 3 percent. And having more staff will trim the student-to-teacher ratio in many classes to below 20. “I think overall it will help students have more success at UGA, beyond UGA and just leave UGA having a better experience,” said Rahul Shrivastav, vice president of instruction at UGA. These faculty additions will cost the school nearly $4.5 million.
A former Habersham County deputy sheriff has pleaded not guilty to providing false information to get a warrant that led to a botched raid that left a toddler critically injured.
Attorney Jeff Brickman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday that Nikki Autry never intentionally misled the judge who signed a no-knock warrant that led to a member of a task force throwing a flash grenade into a home.
Authorities have said 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh was critically injured when the device landed in his playpen.
Georgia retail officials say an upcoming sales tax holiday is meant to offer shoppers back-to-school savings.
Georgia Retail Association spokesman James Miller said in a statement that sales taxes are being dropped from back-to-school goods including clothes and shoes worth less than $100, computers, school supplies and more. Georgia's sales tax holiday runs Friday and Saturday.
It's a big day for the third-largest university in Georgia.
On Wednesday afternoon, Kennesaw State University will celebrate its 100,000th graduate.
"The growth that we've experienced thus far has been tremendous, but I really think the best is yet to come. I think we are poised to become one of the most outstanding universities in the nation over this decade, and I look forward to being a part of that," said Michael Sanseviro, the associate vice president and dean of students at the school.
When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling legalizing gay marriage last month, the decision did not include other areas of concern for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, such as workplace discrimination.
But last week, the federal agency responsible for enforcing anti-discrimination laws in the workplace did.
The U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, or EEOC, ruled in a 3-2 vote that the existing federal laws, like the 1964 Civil Rights Act, already protect the LGBT community from sexual discrimination in the workplace.
People walk across the Clark Atlanta university campus in Atlanta. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders selected 25 members from the program to participate in a six week course at Clark Atlanta University to pick up business and entrepreneurial skills.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a flagship program designed to empower young leaders from Africa between the ages of 25 and 35 through academic coursework, leadership training and networking.
The program, which is part of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, or YALI, provides 500 young leaders an opportunity to spread across the United States obtaining skills in various areas – including business, civic engagement and public administration.
The theme for this year’s festival, which take place Sept. 4-6 in downtown Decatur, is “Read Different,” urging book lovers to “read beyond what you normally do,” especially as it relates to race, gender, form and genre.
Hunger is a silent threat that lurks in the most unlikely places. It’s pervasive among children in pockets of poverty in Atlanta’s suburbs, for example – an area most people don’t expect to find hungry children.
In 2013 Georgia was one of the top five states with the highest number of children without access to regular and nutritious meals, Feeding America reported.
When photographer Sally Mann first published her series titled “Immediate Family” in the early '90s, it caused a stir in the art world. Her black-and-white photographs of her young children, often nude, were immediately praised, but also criticized by those who claimed the photos sexualized her children.
A water boil advisory that was in effect for three days in DeKalb County hurt some local businesses.
The county issued the advisory because crews had to drop the water pressure three times within 36 hours to repair a transmission line that broke late Thursday. It all started last week when a fire hydrant was struck by a crew that was mowing the grass along the road near the transmission line at Henderson Mill and Evans Road.
Filmmaker Tyler Perry's plans for a sprawling movie studio at Fort McPherson may include an amphitheater and a museum, according to documents obtained by an Atlanta newspaper.
A map provided to the U.S. Army shows the amphitheater and museum, but gives little other information, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Perry, who acquired most of the closed Army post in June, has said the studio will feature tours but has been otherwise silent on any public aspects of the project.
About 84,000 4-year-olds are expected to show up in Georgia’s prekindergarten classes this year. But demand for the program is even greater than that.
Anyone can apply for a place in Georgia’s lottery-funded pre-K program. But there’s not enough room for everyone. So, students are chosen by another lottery. “We have about 5,000 children on our waiting list,” Georgia’s pre-K program director Susan Adams said.
Adams said there’s probably more demand, but pre-K isn’t available everywhere.
In it, New Orleans-based author M.O. Walsh breaks down Southern literature, comparing its component parts to that of a bicycle and taking examples from the works of William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Zora Neale Hurston and other well-known authors known to have a bit of a twang to their prose.
It’s likely, if you’re reading this, that you have a favorite podcast or two. Few can dispute that the podcast is experiencing a big cultural moment. Last month, President Barack Obama chose to be interviewed on comedian Marc Maron’s popular podcast, and last year, the podcast "Serial" hit some 40 million downloads around the world.