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Impromptu State Election Board meeting met with ire, jeers

The attorney general’s office, in an email, warned the board the meeting could violate the law.

Morehouse College’s president to step down

Thomas plans to remain in Atlanta where he will assume a faculty position at Morehouse and help with the capital campaign he started.

Alec Baldwin weeps in court as judge announces involuntary manslaughter case is dismissed midtrial

‘Stupid, stupid, stupid’: Former Georgia insurance commissioner gets 3.5 years in prison

John Oxendine, a former Georgia insurance commissioner and gubernatorial candidate, was sentenced to prison for his involvement in a $3 million health care fraud scheme.

Your Data at Risk

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AT&T says hackers breached customer cellular calls and texting records

AT&T on Friday announced that hackers obtained data on the calls and text messages of essentially all its customers over a period of several months.

Q&A

What customers need to know about the AT&T cell data breach

Nearly all AT&T cellular customers have been impacted by a data breach involving call and text records.

ONE TECH TIP

What to do if your personal info has been exposed in a data breach

Health Alerts

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Georgians sickened after consuming Diamond Shruumz microdosing candies

Several people have been hospitalized and one person in another state may have died as a result, health investigators say.

Nearly half of cancer deaths linked to lifestyle factors, study finds

Can social media limits boost kids’ mental health?

Efforts increase to limit social media recently in response to growing concern about its relationship to a mental health crisis among today’s youth.

Lead and other toxic metals found in tampons, study finds

Recent studies have discovered lead, arsenic and other toxic metals in tampons used by millions of women in the U.S..

Metro

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Gwinnett County opposes new city of Mulberry in court

The county is officially joining calls to nullify the city that voters approved in May.

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SATURDAY'S WEATHER

Highs in the upper 90s, low humidity

Little relief from the heat is expected Saturday, with highs reaching the upper 90s and the atmosphere remaining dry.

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Fulton sheriff calls jail renovation plan ‘shortsighted’

Labat called plans to renovate the jail rather than building a new, $1.7B facility “shortsighted.” He thinks a Justice Department probe will recommend a new facility.

Shaping Shepherd Center

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The backbone of Atlanta’s Shepherd Center is its 94-year-old founder

Still making a difference and keeping it positive, Alana Shepherd is keeping one of the nation’s leading rehabilitation hospitals on the right path.

From patient to doctor: His life was upended by paralysis, but he refused to give up his dreams

It was a noteworthy feat when Woody Morgan, a former patient at Atlanta's Shepherd Center, recently returned to the rehab facility as a doctor.

Shepherd Center patients gather to watch AJC Peachtree Road Race in annual tradition

Crime and Public Safety

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Scholarship honoring Secoriea Turner raises more than $12K in minutes

A scholarship created in honor of slain 8-year-old Secoriea Turner raised more than $12,000 just moments after it was announced Friday morning.

Suspect charged after man found dead in DeKalb woods

Accused drug dealer charged in Gwinnett overdose death

A woman is facing a murder charge after allegedly selling drugs laced with fentanyl to a man who then died of an overdose, Gwinnett County police said.

Stolen SUV chase with 10 kids aboard ends in crash; 4 flown to Atlanta

An SUV packed with 10 youths suspected of breaking into cars was pursued through Macon until crashing into a utility pole, causing four children to be airlifted to an Atlanta

True Crime

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‘Dateline’ to visit Atlanta ahead of episode featuring Ga. missing person case

Ever wondered what goes into the production of a “Dateline NBC” episode? You can learn more at Savanah College of Art and Design’s TVfest: True Crime in Atlanta June 12.

Georgia journalists write the book on murder trials as a hobby

Neil Gordon is publisher/editor of the Augusta Business Daily, and Mike Petchenik is a media consultant and former reporter for Channel 2 Action News.

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AJC podcast 'Breakdown' covers Georgia's most important criminal cases

FROM 2020

“The Imperfect Alibi”: New clues in old church murder case

A new examination of the murders at a South Georgia church in 1985 from the AJC. New DNA tests were prompted by the newspaper's reporting.

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Georgia

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Can social media limits boost kids’ mental health?

Efforts increase to limit social media recently in response to growing concern about its relationship to a mental health crisis among today’s youth.

Gulfstream delivering new G700 jet to customers ‘around the world’

Savannah, Georgia-based Gulfstream began delivering its new flagship business jet, the G700, following certification from the Federal Aviation Administration in March.

For some Georgia correctional officers, inmates are their weapons

Some Georgia correctional officers have allowed inmates to carry out violent attacks on other prisoners or even instigated them. An AJC investigation.

Opinion

Readers write

07/12 Mike Luckovich: Fight club

Editorial cartoon about Democrats disagreeing on candidacy of Joe Biden. By Mike Luckovich

OPINION

Black leaders must ask Biden to go

The president can solidify the Democratic Party by passing the reins to his vice president.

Politically Georgia

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LISTEN

State senator reflects on former roommate’s rise to a lead Trump VP pick

State Sen. Josh McLaurin, D-Sandy Springs, joined “Politically Georgia” to discuss U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance’s shift from a Donald Trump critic to a lead Trump vice president pick.

Georgia tax collections end fiscal 2024 down, but big surplus likely, again

POLITICALLY GEORGIA

Georgia RNC delegates torn over Trump VP favorites

Some Georgia delegates want U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida or J.D. Vance of Ohio as a Republican vice presidential candidate. Others prefer a younger choice.

CAPITOL RECAP

Georgia Democratic delegates maintain support for Biden

Election 2024

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07/12 Mike Luckovich: Fight club

Editorial cartoon about Democrats disagreeing on candidacy of Joe Biden. By Mike Luckovich

Counterprogramming: Pro-Biden rally in Georgia timed for start of GOP convention

President Joe Biden’s campaign plans to hold a rally to coincide with the start of the Republican National Convention.

Democrats seek to block RFK Jr., third-party contenders from Georgia ballot

National and state Democrats are behind legal challenges Friday to block Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and three long-shot presidential contenders from Georgia’s November ballot.

ELECTION & ECONOMY

Project 2025 aims to radically shake up business as usual in Washington

Project 2025, an ultra-conservative blueprint designed to shape a potential second term for Donald Trump, seeks to roll back major aspects of U.S. government and the economy.

Latest politics

US

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State senator reflects on former roommate’s rise to a lead Trump VP pick

State Sen. Josh McLaurin, D-Sandy Springs, joined “Politically Georgia” to discuss U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance’s shift from a Donald Trump critic to a lead Trump vice president pick.

Democrats seek to block RFK Jr., third-party contenders from Georgia ballot

National and state Democrats are behind legal challenges Friday to block Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and three long-shot presidential contenders from Georgia’s November ballot.

LISTEN

Citing 1980 crisis, former congressman urges Biden to step aside

Former U.S. Rep. Michael Barnes reflects on the 1980 Democratic National Convention, comparing Jimmy Carter's challenges to Joe Biden's reelection bid.

Columnists

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Opinion: ‘Vindication has never been so unfulfilling’

Opinion: Without reelection looming, Warnock dives into the grind of lawmaking

Opinion: Two rulings, two very different times

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on immunity for Donald Trump's "official acts" as president marked a big departure from how it handled a case involving Richard Nixon.

Trump Investigations

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What happens to the Georgia election interference case if Trump wins the White House?

A constitutional fight is possible if Donald Trump wins in November and Georgia district attorney Fani Willis continues to prosecute the election meddling case.

Food & Dining

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Review: Azucar Cuban Cuisine adds to international dining mix in Brookhaven

Former Atlanta food truck Azucar Cuban Cuisine opened a brick-and-mortar in Brookhaven, serving Cuban snacks, sandwiches, entrees and sides.

‘Food hub’ SocialBites opening in Sandy Springs and more Atlanta restaurant news

Mini food hall SocialBites will open in Sandy Springs in July 2024 and more Atlanta restaurant news from the week.

The Pub @ EAV seeks to reimagine the traditional pub in former Elder Tree space

The Pub @ EAV will open in 2024 at 469 Flat Shoals Ave. SE. in the former Elder Tree space in East Atlanta Village.

Sidetracked Wine Co. opens in Chamblee this weekend

The team behind Atlanta boutique bottle shop Elemental Spirits and zero-proof beverage shop the Zero Co. opened Sidetracked Wine Co., in Chamblee.

Things to Do

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What customers need to know about the AT&T cell data breach

Nearly all AT&T cellular customers have been impacted by a data breach involving call and text records.

Where can I find it: Victrola repair,

‘Godfather’ director Francis Ford Coppola has opened a hotel in Georgia

The hotel offers 27 luxury rooms designed by the filmmaker, starting at $170 per night. Larger suites, including the one he occupied during “Megalopolis” shoot, are higher

Lifestyle

Gel manicures and acrylic nails linked to ‘ugly health risks’

There are chemicals in nail adhesives and other products that can irritate skin and cause dermatitis

Morehouse College’s president to step down

Thomas plans to remain in Atlanta where he will assume a faculty position at Morehouse and help with the capital campaign he started.

These 5 plants and fungi can help relieve stress

Adaptogens are natural compounds found in certain plants and fungi that help our bodies cope with daily stressors.

Entertainment

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Tyler Perry, promoting Amazon film ‘Divorce in the Black,’ planning time off

Tyler Perry said "Divorce in the Black" starring Meagan Good and Cory Hardrict is very much like many of his earlier dramas featuring a woman in peril and faith-based homilies

Guitarist Phil Collen proud of Def Leppard’s enduring live act, songs

Def Leppard is coming back to Truist Park for a third time, this time with Journey and Steve Miller Band. I talk to Phil Collen, long-time guitarist.

Crash Clark returns to the Morning X on 99X, doing double duty with 11 Alive

"Crash" Clark is returning back to 99X nearly 20 years after he was fired from the station.

Health

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Georgians sickened after consuming Diamond Shruumz microdosing candies

Can social media limits boost kids’ mental health?

Efforts increase to limit social media recently in response to growing concern about its relationship to a mental health crisis among today’s youth.

Nearly half of cancer deaths linked to lifestyle factors, study finds

Travel

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Hartsfield-Jackson ranks among best in nation for stress-free travel

It may be the busiest airport, but it's also one of the least stressful, according to new rankings.

News Partners

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30th anniversary of ‘The Great Flood’ brings back memories of devastation, kindness

As southwest Georgians celebrated the Fourth of July weekend in 1994, Tropical Storm Alberto moved into Georgia and dumped rain over several days.

21-year-old Georgia woman becomes youngest female mayor

Brooke Huckaby was elected mayor of Arabi, a small town in Crisp County, when she was just 20 years old and has been serving while attending college full-time.

What’s it like to drive an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile? This Columbus native was hired

Sarah Oney is one of 12 Wienermobile drivers Oscar Mayer selected for the 2024-25 season from more than 7,000 applications.

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Investigations

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For some Georgia correctional officers, inmates are their weapons

Some Georgia correctional officers have allowed inmates to carry out violent attacks on other prisoners or even instigated them. An AJC investigation.

Georgia town alerted to off-duty work before firing police chief, suspending its force

Days before it fired its chief, suspended its police force and called in GBI, Warm Springs received an anonymous email about its officers' off-duty jobs.

‘A procedural tragedy’: Inmate letter exposes cracks in decades-old case

The case of Leslie Singleton, convicted for the murder of an Atlanta police officer, fell through the cracks of the Fulton County court system for 22 years.

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The Penguin and the Egg: See the latest images from the James Webb Telescope

The Penguin and the Egg: See the latest images from the James Webb Telescope

Former GA Insurance Commissioner sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for healthcare fraud

Former GA Insurance Commissioner sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for healthcare fraud

Photos

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Photos: Dream fall to the Las Vegas Aces

Photos from the Dream's WNBA game against the Las Vegas Aces on Friday, July 12, 2024.

PHOTOS: Student readers have 4-legged audience

Therapy dog Winston was the center of attention Friday as groups of second and fifth grade students read to him as a part of Horizons Atlanta at Kennesaw State University's su

Photos: Police canvass neighborhood where 13-year-olds were shot

Podcasts

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LISTEN

State senator reflects on former roommate’s rise to a lead Trump VP pick

State Sen. Josh McLaurin, D-Sandy Springs, joined “Politically Georgia” to discuss U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance’s shift from a Donald Trump critic to a lead Trump vice president pick.

Braves Report podcast: Splitting Arizona with a split

Southern Fried Soccer: Atlanta United’s busy summer getting busier