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Atlanta Archbishop Selling $2.2M Home

Proceeds to go to Catholic community: Wilton Gregory

(Newser) - Trying to appease angry parishioners, the Roman Catholic archbishop of Atlanta said today that he will sell a $2.2 million mansion just three months after he moved in. Archbishop Wilton Gregory announced the decision following a closed-door meeting with members of several church councils at his headquarters north of... More »

Archbishop Apologizes for $2.2M Mansion

Atlanta's Wilton Gregory says he failed to consider the 'pastoral implications' of move

(Newser) - Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory has issued an apology after reports that he'd built himself a $2.2 million mansion sparked outrage in the diocese. Gregory bought the mansion with a $15 million posthumous gift from Gone With the Wind heir Joseph Mitchell, who wanted the money spent on "... More »

North Carolina Is This Storm's Atlanta

Ice and snow bring gridlock, too

(Newser) - Today's big winter storm is arriving as advertised throughout parts of the South, and the images emerging from North Carolina suggest that the state didn't learn from Atlanta's mistakes last month . The AP reports that pretty much the same thing happened to Raleigh and other cities this... More »

Atlanta Losing Power as 'Catastrophic' Storm Begins

Georgia governor: Ice 'our biggest enemy'

(Newser) - The warnings haven't minced words , and the potentially "catastrophic" weather set to hit the South has begun, with Atlanta already feeling the effects: Some 39,000 and counting have lost power there, with that number climbing by the thousands within spans as short as 10 minutes. In terms... More »

South Buckles Up for 'Mind-Boggling' Ice Storm

Worst is a wedge from Alabama to North Carolina

(Newser) - At least Atlanta won't have traffic jams for this storm, unlike last month . The AP reports that "streets and highways in metro Atlanta were largely deserted" this afternoon ahead of what is expected to be a monster ice storm in parts of the South. It helps that the... More »

'Perfect Storm of Factors' Crippled Atlanta

A rundown of ignored warnings, bad decisions

(Newser) - How is it that just a couple inches of snow managed to cripple Atlanta ? CNN calls it "a perfect storm—pun intended—of factors."
  • Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal called Tuesday's storm, which left commuters stranded on gridlocked highways and forced students to spend the night at
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National Guard to Escort 2.4K Atlanta Kids Home

There have been 791 accidents

(Newser) - The National Guard is being called in to help escort school buses as they evacuate the 2,400 students who have been trapped in Atlanta-area schools and buses since yesterday's three inches of snow , Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal announced today. State police will also be involved. Deal said the... More »

Atlanta 'Like Walking Dead' Over 3 Inches of Snow

Officials say storm was 'unexpected'

(Newser) - Three inches of snow may not sound like enough to shut down an entire big city, but it is quite enough when that city is Atlanta and the storm is, as the governor of Georgia said last night, "unexpected." Drivers trying to get home from work spent as... More »

Dizzying Feat: Girl Breaks Handspring Record

Video of a flipping Mikayla Clark is pretty awesome

(Newser) - Flutter those spirit fingers for Atlanta-area teen Mikayla Clark, who recently broke the Guinness world record for the most consecutive back handsprings. The 16-year-old flipped 44 times last Friday, beating out the previous record of 36, reports WSB-TV . "I was looking at world records and I just happened to... More »

Man Causes Traffic Jam, Then Car Crash

Falls asleep at wheel, then crashes truck when he wakes

(Newser) - Here's a spectacular specimen of stupid driving from Atlanta. On Saturday, a man caused a traffic jam after he fell asleep at the wheel, his truck stopped in the middle of the road. A local news truck happened to be passing by, and called 911 (while turning on its... More »

School Shooting Suspect Had 500 Rounds

Michael Brandon Hill previously threatened to kill brother

(Newser) - It could have been a disaster: Police say the 20-year-old arrested at an Atlanta-area school yesterday with an AK-47 had 500 rounds of ammunition with him, reports WSB-TV . Though Michael Brandon Hill fired a few shots at police, nobody was injured before his arrest in a school office. It also... More »

Tough, Chatty Clerk Thwarted Ga. School Gunman

She kept him talking, persuaded him to put gun down

(Newser) - There could have been a bloodbath at an Atlanta-area elementary school yesterday were if not for the efforts of aptly-named school clerk Antoinette Tuff. When a man dressed in black sneaked into the school armed with an AK-47 and took Tuff and several other employees hostage, she kept him talking—... More »

Urban Sprawl Is Literally Stranding the Poor

Paul Krugman thinks social mobility is suffering, poor stay poor

(Newser) - Detroit spent the last decade spiraling into bankruptcy, while Atlanta spent it growing like mad. But the two cities have something in common: "Both are places where the American dream seems to be dying," writes Paul Krugman at the New York Times . Social mobility is low in both... More »

16 Hurt in Airport Shuttle Crash in Atlanta

Bus hits tractor-trailer making a U-turn

(Newser) - Sixteen people were taken to the hospital today, at least two in serious condition, after they were hurt in a crash between a hotel shuttle bus and a tractor-trailer near Atlanta's airport, officials said. The morning crash occurred on the road that loops around Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, the world'... More »

Cops: Peeping Toms Crash Through Ceiling

Two men charged after falling into women's stalls

(Newser) - Two men in Duluth, Georgia, who face peeping tom charges weren't hard to find. Police say they crashed through the ceiling of a women's restroom and landed inside the stalls, reports . The manager of the movie theater where the alleged peeping took place thinks Eduard Petrovich... More »

Witherspoon on Arrest: 'I Had One Drink Too Many'

Actress apologizes for 'deeply embarrassing' arrest

(Newser) - Reese Witherspoon released a contrite statement after news broke of her arrest last night. Witherspoon, who reportedly said things like, "Do you know my name?" as her husband was being given a field sobriety test, says she is "deeply embarrassed about the things I said." "I... More »

4 Firefighters Safe; Gunman Dead in Hostage Standoff

Police officer wounded in rescue mission in Suwanee, Georgia

(Newser) - Four firefighters are safe and the gunman who was holding them hostage in northeast Georgia is dead after police stormed the home this evening. The firefighters have only superficial injuries, though a police officer was shot in the hand during the rescue. Police used explosives to enter the home in... More »

Thieves Stealing Storm Grates for Scrap Metal

Theft creating safety hazard, officials warn

(Newser) - The theft of metal storm drain grates has become a major problem in communities across the US, costing hard-up local governments thousands and creating a serious safety hazard, USA Today finds. The grates, which weigh around 250 pounds, cover drains that often have a drop of more than 10 feet,... More »

Ex-Atlanta Schools Chief Indicted in Cheating Scam

Beverly Hall, 34 underlings accused of massive testing fraud

(Newser) - The astonishing improvement in test scores made by students in Atlanta last decade earned schools chief Beverly Hall plaudits from around the nation and superintendent-of-the-year honors in 2009. Now, they might get her 45 years in prison. Hall and 34 underlings were indicted today and accused of orchestrating a massive... More »

Mom: Cops Used Facebook to Inform of Son's Death

Message unread in 'other' folder for weeks

(Newser) - An Atlanta mother is peeved after what sounds like a police outreach fail following her son's death. When Rickie Lamb, 30, was hit by a car and killed in late January, police sent word to his mother via Facebook, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . One problem with that is that... More »

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