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Short early voter lines in DeKalb, but daily voter turnout decreased
 As Jodie Greenwald and her daughter Rachel exited the Dunwoody Library, they did what so many do after they vote: take a selfie. The colored hair duo was in and out of the precinct early Friday within 10 minutes, conveniently avoiding any potential rush.  The mother-daughter team said they voted for Stacey Abrams, citing her commitment...

8:10 PM Friday, Oct. 19, 2018

As Jodie Greenwald and her daughter Rachel exited the Dunwoody Library, they did what so many do after they vote: take a selfie. The colored hair duo was in and out of the precinct early Friday within 10 minutes, conveniently avoiding any potential rush.  The mother-daughter team said they voted for Stacey Abrams, citing her commitment...
A look at #MeToo and its mostly hidden impact at the Georgia Capitol
 Since mid-October, a dozen state lawmakers have resigned and two others have been expelled from legislatures in nine states amid sexual harassment allegations, according to national data. Add in those who have been punished in other ways — such as being booted from a leadership position — and the numbers increase. But...

4:25 PM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

Since mid-October, a dozen state lawmakers have resigned and two others have been expelled from legislatures in nine states amid sexual harassment allegations, according to national data. Add in those who have been punished in other ways — such as being booted from a leadership position — and the numbers increase. But...
#MeToo slow in coming — and kept mostly out of view — at Georgia Capitol
 In a place run largely by men, where discretion is prized if not expected, the imbalance of power has resulted in a Capitol culture that one former lawmaker called a “cesspool of misogyny.” A system of laws and policies has kept sexual harassment claims mostly hidden and left many women reluctant to speak up. The system designed...

8:33 PM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

In a place run largely by men, where discretion is prized if not expected, the imbalance of power has resulted in a Capitol culture that one former lawmaker called a “cesspool of misogyny.” A system of laws and policies has kept sexual harassment claims mostly hidden and left many women reluctant to speak up. The system designed...
DeKalb water main break: School, business and office closings
 A major water main break in Doraville early Wednesday morning has left much of DeKalb County without water or with low water pressure. The break has impacted schools and businesses across the county, with many of them closing for the day.  Here’s the rundown on county closings: Decatur City Schools are closed
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4:30 PM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

A major water main break in Doraville early Wednesday morning has left much of DeKalb County without water or with low water pressure. The break has impacted schools and businesses across the county, with many of them closing for the day.  Here’s the rundown on county closings: Decatur City Schools are closed DeKalb County...
Local schools track trouble via social media
 In an age when school-related shootings are not unusual, Georgia colleges and school systems are preparing for the worst.  When Cobb County school police got a tip last week that a middle school student had threatened to "shoot up" a school the day after the Oregon college campus killings, they acted.   Officers...

2:13 PM Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

In an age when school-related shootings are not unusual, Georgia colleges and school systems are preparing for the worst.  When Cobb County school police got a tip last week that a middle school student had threatened to "shoot up" a school the day after the Oregon college campus killings, they acted.   Officers...
Fannie Lou Hamer: ‘Sick and tired’ sharecropper became political force
 By the time civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer delivered her famous line, “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired,” she had lived through more hardship than most people combined. If fact, Hamer’s entire life was hard. She was born the 20th child of Mississippi Delta sharecroppers and followed her parents into the...

5:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 03, 2018

By the time civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer delivered her famous line, “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired,” she had lived through more hardship than most people combined. If fact, Hamer’s entire life was hard. She was born the 20th child of Mississippi Delta sharecroppers and followed her parents into the...
FAQs for power outage at Atlanta airport
 Last updated Tuesday at 10:36 a.m. Originally published Monday morning. Power has been restored at the world’s busiest airport after a massive power outage Sunday afternoon left planes and passengers stranded for hours, forced airlines to cancel more than 1,100 flights and created a logistical nightmare during the already-busy...

3:32 PM Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

Last updated Tuesday at 10:36 a.m. Originally published Monday morning. Power has been restored at the world’s busiest airport after a massive power outage Sunday afternoon left planes and passengers stranded for hours, forced airlines to cancel more than 1,100 flights and created a logistical nightmare during the already-busy...
Stranded at the Atlanta airport? Here’s where to spend the night
 Power is restored at most of the Atlanta airport, but thousands of passengers remain stranded at Hartsfield-Jackson International on Sunday night. For people not wanting to stay at the airport tonight, the nearby Georgia International Convention Center is prepared to accommodate up to 10,000 passengers, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said...

3:11 AM Monday, Dec. 18, 2017

Power is restored at most of the Atlanta airport, but thousands of passengers remain stranded at Hartsfield-Jackson International on Sunday night. For people not wanting to stay at the airport tonight, the nearby Georgia International Convention Center is prepared to accommodate up to 10,000 passengers, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said...
Photos: Irma’s effects on Georgia, Day 2
Fallen trees are seen crashed into the tennis court fence in the Wynbrooke neighborhood in Stone Mountain on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in the wake of the previous day's Tropical Storm Irma. (Janel Davis / jdavis@ajc.com)

2:37 PM Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017

Fallen trees are seen crashed into the tennis court fence in the Wynbrooke neighborhood in Stone Mountain on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in the wake of the previous day's Tropical Storm Irma. (Janel Davis / jdavis@ajc.com)
Irma update: Metro Atlanta schools closed through Tuesday
 Metro Atlanta public schools and colleges will stay closed another day through Tuesday as Hurricane Irma, now downgraded to a tropical storm, brings strong winds and heavy rain to the area. Here’s the rundown: Atlanta Public Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday. Cobb County School District schools and facilities will be closed...

6:26 PM Thursday, Sep. 07, 2017

Metro Atlanta public schools and colleges will stay closed another day through Tuesday as Hurricane Irma, now downgraded to a tropical storm, brings strong winds and heavy rain to the area. Here’s the rundown: Atlanta Public Schools will be closed Monday and Tuesday. Cobb County School District schools and facilities will be closed...
Clayton County starting school year with 4 new principals
 Clayton County Public Schools students begin classes in less than a week on Aug. 7. When some of them return it will be to new leaders at their schools. The system is welcoming four new principals this school year; three at the elementary level, and one new high school chief. Here are the new principals:  Charlotte Shoemaker...

8:16 PM Tuesday, Aug. 01, 2017

Clayton County Public Schools students begin classes in less than a week on Aug. 7. When some of them return it will be to new leaders at their schools. The system is welcoming four new principals this school year; three at the elementary level, and one new high school chief. Here are the new principals:  Charlotte Shoemaker...
Cause of fire unknown, but items stored under bridge a likely culprit
 It wasn’t known late Friday what caused the massive fire that caused a portion of I-85 to collapse. But materials being stored under the bridge appeared the likely culprit, according to transportation and fire officials. Those materials — including PVC and high-density polyethylene pipe which cover fiber optic cable &mdash...

10:05 PM Friday, Mar. 31, 2017

It wasn’t known late Friday what caused the massive fire that caused a portion of I-85 to collapse. But materials being stored under the bridge appeared the likely culprit, according to transportation and fire officials. Those materials — including PVC and high-density polyethylene pipe which cover fiber optic cable &mdash...
Atlanta colleges offer flexible schedules after I-85 bridge collapse
 Atlanta’s downtown universities are offering their students and employees flexible reporting and working schedules on Friday following a massive fire Thursday night on I-85 that led to a portion of the highway collapsing. Emory, Georgia Tech and Georgia State universities posted alerts on their websites late Thursday encouraging their...

3:47 AM Friday, Mar. 31, 2017

Atlanta’s downtown universities are offering their students and employees flexible reporting and working schedules on Friday following a massive fire Thursday night on I-85 that led to a portion of the highway collapsing. Emory, Georgia Tech and Georgia State universities posted alerts on their websites late Thursday encouraging their...
Ga. Tech professor: Will take time to access full damage from fiery I-85 collapse
 Around 7 p.m. Thursday, crews were battling a massive fire on I-85 northbound just south of Ga. 400 when a section of the highway collapsed, officials said. Fire officials extinguished it on Thursday night after it burned for more than an hour, fire officials said. » RELATED: 5 things to know about the fiery I-85 bridge collapse ...

2:07 AM Friday, Mar. 31, 2017

Around 7 p.m. Thursday, crews were battling a massive fire on I-85 northbound just south of Ga. 400 when a section of the highway collapsed, officials said. Fire officials extinguished it on Thursday night after it burned for more than an hour, fire officials said. » RELATED: 5 things to know about the fiery I-85 bridge collapse ...
Here’s Clayton County Public Schools’ 2017 graduation schedule
 Clayton County Public Schools has released its 2017 graduation schedule. High school graduates will get their diplomas over a three-day period, May 24-26. All 10 Clayton County high schools will hold commencement ceremonies this year at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park. In previous years, the district has held...

4:56 PM Monday, Mar. 27, 2017

Clayton County Public Schools has released its 2017 graduation schedule. High school graduates will get their diplomas over a three-day period, May 24-26. All 10 Clayton County high schools will hold commencement ceremonies this year at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park. In previous years, the district has held...
20 students compete to be Georgia’s top s-p-e-l-l-e-r
 It’s that time of year: March Madness. For 20 Georgia elementary and middle school students, this month is their championship. They are the state’s top spellers and will participate in this year’s Georgia Spelling Bee. The annual state bee, sponsored by the Georgia Association of Educators, is set for Friday at Georgia...

6:15 PM Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017

It’s that time of year: March Madness. For 20 Georgia elementary and middle school students, this month is their championship. They are the state’s top spellers and will participate in this year’s Georgia Spelling Bee. The annual state bee, sponsored by the Georgia Association of Educators, is set for Friday at Georgia...
Atlanta University Center: A symbol of educational excellence
 Before he was walking red carpets, delivering memorable movie lines and getting all us Falcons fans to Rise Up, he was Samuel Jackson, Morehouse College graduate, class of 1972. Jackson’s Atlanta ties began where they do for many notable icons: the Atlanta University Center. The AUC, as it’s called, is the largest collective...

6:14 PM Monday, Feb. 06, 2017

Before he was walking red carpets, delivering memorable movie lines and getting all us Falcons fans to Rise Up, he was Samuel Jackson, Morehouse College graduate, class of 1972. Jackson’s Atlanta ties began where they do for many notable icons: the Atlanta University Center. The AUC, as it’s called, is the largest collective...
Wimbush child abuse case: A timeline of events
 A timeline of events in the felony child abuse case of Gwinnett couple Recardo and Therian Wimbush. Recardo, 33, and Therian, 37, Wimbush turn themselves in at the Gwinnett County jail to face allegations that they locked the oldest of their 10 children in a basement bedroom for about 18 months as punishment for allegedly stealing, lying...

4:27 PM Monday, Jan. 30, 2017

A timeline of events in the felony child abuse case of Gwinnett couple Recardo and Therian Wimbush. Recardo, 33, and Therian, 37, Wimbush turn themselves in at the Gwinnett County jail to face allegations that they locked the oldest of their 10 children in a basement bedroom for about 18 months as punishment for allegedly stealing, lying...
Georgia colleges wade through ‘uncharted waters’ of Trump order
 While protests broke out around the country, Georgia’s college leaders were working to decipher the impact of President Donald Trump’s immigration order on their students and faculty, while trying to also reassure them. Officials in the state’s public college system were hesitant to speak about the order. A statement sent...

11:03 PM Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

While protests broke out around the country, Georgia’s college leaders were working to decipher the impact of President Donald Trump’s immigration order on their students and faculty, while trying to also reassure them. Officials in the state’s public college system were hesitant to speak about the order. A statement sent...
Clark Atlanta student stuck in Saudi Arabia after immigration order
 A Clark Atlanta University student was detained at the airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday following President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, signed late Friday. Reham Noaman, 31,  is a third-year doctoral student from Yemen studying  education leadership at the historically black university....

7:06 PM Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017

A Clark Atlanta University student was detained at the airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday following President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration, signed late Friday. Reham Noaman, 31,  is a third-year doctoral student from Yemen studying  education leadership at the historically black university....
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