DeKalb County Sheriff-elect Derwin Brown, left, was murdered at the direction and Sidney Dorsey, the outgoing sheriff, in 2000. (File photos)

5 things to know today: DeKalb political rivalry led to blood shed; TV doc features KKK family from Georgia

1. 16 years ago: DeKalb’s sheriff had his political rival murdered. In 2000, blood was shed in a shocking act of political corruption. Derwin Brown, who’d just defeated Sheriff Sidney Dorsey for DeKalb County’s top law enforcement position, was ambushed in the driveway of his home and shot dead. Dorsey claimed he was innocent all along but later confessed to the murder in 2007 while serving life. [Read here]

2. The 9 burning political questions of 2016, answered. Before the start of the new year, erstwhile Insider Daniel Malloy and Greg Bluestein laid out questions in Georgia politics that we’d be watching this roller-coaster year. We’re reprinting that column in full, with answers attached beneath each question. Take a trip down memory lane with us. [Read here]

3. Six Falcons voted to Pro Bowl. Voters placed six Falcons players on the 2017 Pro Bowl team announced Tuesday night: quarterback Matt Ryan, wide receiver Julio Jones, running back Devonta Freeman, center Alex Mack, linebacker Vic Beasley and kicker Matt Bryant. The six Falcons selections were the most among NFC teams. [Read here]


4. A&E’s new KKK series features a family from Georgia. A&E plans a new documentary series about KKK members, including a family from Georgia. Network officials say “Generation KKK,” which debuts Jan. 10, is not in any way meant to support the group known for burning crosses and terrorizing people while wearing pillow cases on their heads. [Read here]

5. On first day of winter, a freezing fog advisory. Winter is here, metro Atlanta. “And some spots have fog but not too bad here in town,” Channel 2 meteorologist Karen Minton said. A freezing fog advisory is in effect for the metro area and does not expire until 9 a.m. [Read here]

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