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Pete Davidson headed to space on Blue Origin craft

Pete Davidson headed to space on Blue Origin craft

NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Davidson is heading to space.The “Saturday Night Live” star is among the six passengers on the next launch of Jeff Bezos' space travel venture Blue Origin, the company announced Monday.The launch is scheduled for March 23 and Davidson will be the third celebrity on a Blue Origin flight. , blasting off from West Texas and reaching a height of roughly 66 miles above Earth on the 10-minute jaunt.Former NFL great and "Good Morning America" co-host Michael Strahan flew on Blue Origin's second passenger flight in December, Shepard's . Bezos, the founder of Amazon, flew on the...

Mar 14
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Waka Flocka ignites debate over Atlanta’s place in rap  

Waka Flocka ignites debate over Atlanta’s place in rap  

ByA bold declaration from Waka Flocka Flame has ignited a debate on social media.The Atlanta-based rapper, who currently stars on the WE-TV reality series, “Waka and Tammy: What the Flocka,” posted a prompt on Instagram this week that led many to chime in online.» A post shared by (@wakaflocka) on Apr 12, 2020 at 8:10am PDT“Atlanta been running rap longer than any coast!! Say it ain't so,” Waka Flocka, whose given name is Juaquin James Malphurs, said in the screenshot. Encouraging chatter among his followers, he added in the caption, “Let’s debate about this!”Debate they did.A few raised an...

April 15, 2020
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UPDATE: Trump invokes Insurrection Act to suppress national unrest

UPDATE: Trump invokes Insurrection Act to suppress national unrest

ByDeclaring himself “the president of law and order,” President Donald Trump on Monday announced new measures to put down the “riots and lawlessness” that have gripped the nation since the death of George Floyd.“My first duty is to defend our great country,” Trump said in a six-minute speech in the Rose Garden. “All Americans were rightly sickened and revolted by the death of George Floyd. I will fight to keep them safe,” he said.The president then invoked the Insurrection Act of 1807, a federal law that allows the president to deploy military troops within the United States to suppress...

June 1, 2020
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DeKalb Schools: Sole superintendent finalist not chosen for role

DeKalb Schools: Sole superintendent finalist not chosen for role

Rudy Crew, the DeKalb County school board’s choice to become the new school superintendent.The vote was a foregone conclusion. So when DeKalb County Board of Education members began openly discussing the coming vote on  during their monthly meeting Monday afternoon, comments were more indicative of a lost opportunity. Two weeks after all but one board member voted to name Crew the district’s sole superintendent finalist, they voted 4-3 not to hire him permanently for the position. “We were very mindful of what we were looking for,” board Chairman Marshall Orson said. “We wanted a...

May 11, 2020
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Incoming Atlanta superintendent to earn $1,400 a day as consultant

Incoming Atlanta superintendent to earn $1,400 a day as consultant

ByThe next Atlanta Public Schools superintendent will be paid $1,400 a day to work as a consultant before she takes over as chief on July 1.The Atlanta school board to hire , the current Birmingham, Alabama, school system superintendent. After the vote, at the request of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the board released copies of her employment and consultant agreements.Herring will earn an annual base salary of $320,000, plus $2,000 monthly for expenses. In the next month and a half, she will work as a consultant and be paid $1,400 a day for each day she works.The idea is to give her...

May 12, 2020
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Man who filmed Ahmaud Arbery video charged with murder

Man who filmed Ahmaud Arbery video charged with murder

ByWilliam “Roddie” Bryan, who shot the video capturing the final seconds of Ahmaud Arbery’s life, has been arrested and charged with his murder, the GBI announced Thursday.Bryan, 50, has maintained his innocence. On Monday, his attorney, Kevin Gough, insisted his client had no communication with the McMichaels the day of the shooting. “If there was a lynch mob or posse, Mr. Bryan was unaware of it,” Gough said.» COMPLETE COVERAGE: Cox Media Group station Action News Jax interviewed Bryan recently:Bryan claimed he got involved only after hearing the commotion generated by the pursuit of...

May 21, 2020
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Georgia teens can skip driving test during pandemic

Georgia teens can skip driving test during pandemic

ByLast week’s decision by Gov. Brian Kemp to allow bowling alleys, restaurants and other businesses to reopen  that has obscured another provision of his executive order: Teenagers and others will no longer have to take a driving test to get their license. Kemp’s April 23 executive order waives the requirement for most automobile road tests until the public state of emergency for the  is lifted. According to the state Department of Driver Services, if you’re 16 to 18 years old and you’ve had a learner’s permit for one year and one day with no violations, you can get your regular license...

April 30, 2020
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Gwinnett commissioners may not place transit issue on November ballot

Gwinnett commissioners may not place transit issue on November ballot

ByGwinnett County commissioners, unable to find a compromise on whether should be part of the county’s to voters, may instead choose to not put any plan on the .Over more than three hours Tuesday, four of Gwinnett’s five commissioners of a proposal that would extend MARTA’s heavy rail service to Jimmy Carter Boulevard against a plan that would offer more bus rapid transit connections countywide.A fifth commissioner, Tommy Hunter, has not participated in the months of discussion about transit expansion and has said he won’t support putting any on the ballot.Underlying the debate is the of a...

June 9, 2020
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Voters see short lines but a few glitches in Georgia runoffs

Voters see short lines but a few glitches in Georgia runoffs

Voting was quick in Tuesday’s runoff elections, a sharp contrast to Georgia’s that kept some voters in lines for hours.The lower-turnout runoff, along with better-prepared poll workers, led to a smooth election in most areas, where voters reported waits of no more than 10 minutes.But elections will be more strained in November’s presidential election, when turnout is expected to exceed 5 million voters.Some voters said they never received the absentee ballots they requested, a problem that forced them to vote in person. Other voters experienced delays when poll workers had trouble operating...

August 11, 2020
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Rangers to break up large gatherings at lakes and parks, state says

Rangers to break up large gatherings at lakes and parks, state says

ByThe state will begin enforcing social distancing requirements in areas where large groups congregate at state parks and lakes, officials said Sunday.Rangers with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will patrol lakes and campgrounds, monitoring coves and other areas where people tend to gather, according to a statement from Gov. Brian Kemp and DNR Commissioner Mark Williams.The announcement   that large groups had gathered in boats on Georgia’s lakes over the weekend.Due to growing concerns over the coronavirus, the governor issued an executive order last week banning gatherings of...

March 29, 2020
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