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Christmas 2017: Here are some last-minute gift ideas

Published: Friday, December 22, 2017 @ 2:10 PM

Holiday Return Policies By Store

It’s down to hours now. 

Since holiday sales have been in full swing since Thanksgiving, you should be near the end of your shopping list, right? You should be looking for the wrapping paper and tape about now, and getting those gifts under the tree. 

You should be doing those things.

If you happen not to be at that exact moment in your Christmas gift shopping journey and are scrambling for ideas, help is here.

There are great buys still to be had. Check out the suggestions below to help you make it to the gift purchasing finish line.

Target

Target has storewide deals, as do other retailers They have deals on the top toys, plus 20 percent off games.

Kohls

Macy’s 

Macy’s has an extra 15 percent to 20 percent off on select items when you use the promo code GIFT.

Best Buy

Walmart

Last-minute gifts ordered by 4 p.m. on Dec. 23 are available for free store pickup on Christmas Eve

Amazon

Order by Dec. 23 and get it by Christmas if you are a Prime member. If not, you can sign up for Amazon Prime and get a free 30-day membership. 

Subscriptions

A quick way to pull together a gift is to give that special someone a subscription to something they love. Maybe it’s cosmetics, or apples, shaving kits or dog treats. There is something for most everyone that keeps gifts coming each month.

Here are a few ideas:
  • barkbox.com – Get boxes of dog food samples, treats, shampoos, leashes, etc. The company donates 10 percent of each sale to local animal rescues. The cost is $29 per box.
  • Birchbox – Get a box of beauty product samples. The cost is $10 per month.
  • bookofthemonth.com – Select one of five curated options from the Book of the Month Club. The cost is $45 per quarter.
  • EBY – From Sofia Vergara and Renata Black, get seamless underwear in the styles you select. The cost is $48 for three pairs. Product ships quarterly.
  • FabFitFun Box – Get a box of health and wellness products. The cost is $49. Box ships quarterly.
  • lovewithfood.com – The box brings hard-to-find gourmet food in themed sets. Every Love With Food box purchase buys one meal donation through the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. The cost is $10 per box.
  • mantry.com – You get ingredients and recipes that help teach someone how to cook. The cost is $59. Product ships every two months.
  • Monti Kids – Get toys for kids based on the Montessori teaching method. The cost is $297 per quarter.
  • mouth.com – Have a pickle lover in your life? This is for them. The cost is $60 per month for three or four pickled products.
  • quarterlanekids.com – Get a box of fiction books for ages 6 to 12. Boxes ship the second week of March, June, September and December. The cost is $49 per quarter.
  • Quirky Crate – Get some different accessories and purses. The cost is $35 per month.
  • Saloon Box DIY Cocktail Kit – The box comes with measured ingredients for creative cocktails. The cost is $37 per month.
  • The Zoe Report Box of Style – From Rachel Zoe, get a box containing fashion, beauty and lifestyle products. The cost is $99 per box. Box ships quarterly.
  • welcomeandwishes.com – Get gifts for the traveler in your life. The cost is $145 for one curated box.
  • Winc – For the wine lover, get a wine recommendation each month. Wines start at $13 per bottle.

Migos producer arrested, accused of driving 125 mph on Georgia freeway

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 5:51 AM

Pierre “Pee” Thomas, a producer credited for starting the careers of Migos, Lil Yachty and others, was arrested for reckless driving by Alpharetta police. (Credit: Alpharetta DPS via WSBTV.com)
Alpharetta DPS via WSBTV.com
Pierre “Pee” Thomas, a producer credited for starting the careers of Migos, Lil Yachty and others, was arrested for reckless driving by Alpharetta police. (Credit: Alpharetta DPS via WSBTV.com)(Alpharetta DPS via WSBTV.com)

A record label co-owner and producer credited with the speedy success of Atlanta-based Migos is facing charges after his alleged speed behind the wheel caught the attention of Alpharetta, Georgia, police.

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Dashcam video obtained by WSB-TV’s Mike Petchenik shows officers pulling over Pierre “Pee” Thomas last Sunday. Thomas, the chief executive of record label Quality Control, has produced records for rappers such as Migos, Lil Yachty, Lil Baby and Rich the Kid.

The officer "observed a red SUV traveling at a high rate of speed,” said Officer Jason Muenzer. “He noticed the vehicle was going about 100 mph.”

Muenzer said the officer got on Ga. 400 near Old Milton Parkway and began following Thomas north.

“That officer tried to catch up to the vehicle, but he himself got up to about 120, 125 (mph) and even then, the officer noticed the vehicle was pulling away from him.”

Eventually, video shows Thomas pull over off McFarland Parkway in Forsyth County.

He told officers he was heading home from the studio.

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“When the officer approached the vehicle, the driver acted as though he didn’t see the officer,” Muenzer said. “The only excuse he had was he didn’t see the officer and he wanted to get home.”

On the dashcam video, the officer questioned Thomas and his speed.

“What were you doing going that fast, man?” he can be heard asking. “You were pulling away from me. I was doing 120 (mph) just trying to catch up to you. You were pulling away from me.”

Officers would later handcuff Thomas and take him to the North Fulton Jail annex on reckless driving charges.

Police told Petchenik this arrest was just one of a series recently on the busy highway.

“It’s getting old,” Muenzer said. “Those speeds, the slightest crack, the slightest item in the roadway, road debris, you can lose control of your vehicle.”

Thomas’ attorney, Drew Findling, told Petchenik that his client was not impaired and complied with officers.

“We will go to court in the city of Alpharetta and look forward to putting this matter behind him,” Findling said. “We will resolve it in court.”

– The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contributed to this report.

Georgia State soccer player suspended over racial slur used on social media

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 2:35 PM

Georgia State Soccer Player Uses Racial Slur On Social Media, Suspended From Team

Georgia State University soccer player was suspended from the team after she used a racial epithet on social media, school officials said.

>> UPDATE: Georgia State soccer player withdraws from school after backlash over racial epithet

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Freshman defender Natalia Martinez’s name was stripped from the team’s online roster after the epithet appeared on her Finsta page, a secret version of Instagram that is growing in popularity among teens.

“We do not tolerate the language the student used in her post,” the university said in a statement.

Associate athletic director Mike Holmes told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that officials were made aware of Martinez’s post Friday morning. 

“We are handling the matter internally at the present time,” he said.

According to an online bio, Martinez is from Weston, Florida. Some Georgia State students are petitioning for her expulsion.

“As a progressive, diverse university, we ... feel like this sort of behavior should not be tolerated,” said India Bridgeforth, who created the petition, which already has more than 500 signatures.

Most underrated fried chicken in America named best in new survey

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 8:42 PM


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(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

There are plenty of reputable options if you want to pull up to a drive-thru and devour some crispy, golden chicken, i.e. KFC and Popeyes. However, an unsuspecting alternative you might have ignored at your last gas tank fill-up has been crowned the true bastion of fried chicken.

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Krispy Krunchy Chicken, established in 1989 in LaFayette, Louisiana, has bested some much more familiar names as Thrillist’s choice for America’s best fried chicken chain. The online entertainment site described the chain’s Cajun-style chicken as “the most underrated item in fast food today.”

KKC, which is typically attached to convenience stores, has more then 2,300 locations in the U.S., Malaysia and American Samoa, according to its site.

Krispy Krunchy doesn’t leave it up to its spicy chicken to do all the work though. Its honey butter biscuits, daubed in honey, Cajun rice balls and macaroni and cheese are also mouthwatering.

The vote of approval was even co-signed by New York-based restaurateur and “Top Chef” contestant Dale Telde.

“Their fried chicken is ill,” he told Thrilllist. “I go there every time that I’m in Miami, and I’m in Miami once per month." 

The Louisiana chicken standard only began expanding outside of its home state in 2000, and its fast-growing franchising is due not only to the winning taste but affordable prices, according to the company’s bio.

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If you haven’t yet tried America’s best fried chicken, according to Thrillist, the site said you need to.

12-year-old charged as adult in armed carjacking at Walmart

Published: Monday, January 22, 2018 @ 11:11 PM

12-year-old Shaquille Dixon, far right, is caught on surveillance video with two other suspects carjacking a woman at gunpoint.
Broward County Sheriff’s Office
12-year-old Shaquille Dixon, far right, is caught on surveillance video with two other suspects carjacking a woman at gunpoint.(Broward County Sheriff’s Office)

A 12-year-old boy in Lauderdale Lakes has been charged as an adult in a carjacking last week, Broward County Sheriff deputies said Monday. 

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According to the sheriff’s office, Shaquille Dixon is one of three juveniles who carjacked an elderly woman at gunpoint on Jan. 15 in a Walmart parking lot. 

Surveillance video from the store on North State Road 7 shows Dixon and two other suspects following the woman into the store. When she is done shopping the woman is seen walking to her car, with the suspects close behind. 

Once the woman got to her car, two of the suspects walked up behind her and the other suspect walked around to the front of the car, pointed a gun and demanded the car keys. The woman complied and the suspects fled with the car so quickly, they almost hit the victim. 

Deputies took Dixon into custody on Jan. 19 and he’s facing felony carjacking charges.