Gun store owner shoots, kills armed robber, police say

Published: Monday, December 26, 2016 @ 6:14 PM
Updated: Monday, December 26, 2016 @ 6:14 PM


            Gun store owner shoots, kills armed robber, police say

A gun store owner shot and killed a man attempting to rob his store Monday morning, according to police.

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The owner of Dixie Gun and Pawn in Cobb County was preparing to open the store when two men with ski masks and guns came in, police said. Police said the owner pulled out his gun and fired, hitting one of the gunmen.

The second gunman took off into a nearby Mableton neighborhood, according to police. Police are still searching for that man, and they believe he is armed.


'I remember when you got arrested': George W. Bush embarrasses daughter on live TV

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 3:50 PM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 5:35 PM


            'I remember when you got arrested': George W. Bush embarrasses daughter on live TV

While stopping by the set of the “Today” show, former President George W. Bush teased his daughter on live television.

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Jenna Bush Hager sat down with her father and Kathie Lee Gifford on Monday morning, and the former president answered questions about his time in the White House. He also poked fun at his daughter.

“Do you watch Jenna on the show every day?” Gifford asked, to which Bush responded with a curt “No.”

“Dad, you're supposed to say, ‘Yes,’” Jenna Bush Hager joked. 

“Has she ever said anything where you said, ‘I’m going to get that girl!?’” Gifford asked.

“No. That all happened when she was a teenager,” President Bush said.

Then, to his daughter’s horror, he brought up the time the former first daughter was arrested.

“I remember when you got arrested for a fake ID,” he said, laughing.

Bush said he is very proud of his daughter. 

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WATCH: George W. Bush dishes on if he watches Jenna Bush Hager in the mornings and that one time he passed out from choking on a pretzel…

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Photo of Kellyanne Conway kneeling on Oval Office couch sparks Twitter debate

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 5:36 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 5:36 AM


            Photo of Kellyanne Conway kneeling on Oval Office couch sparks Twitter debate

Just as the jokes about the fictitious "Bowling Green massacre" and "alternative facts" were starting to die down, White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway is once again at the center of a Twitter debate.

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According to USA Today and The Week, the Agence France-Presse news service tweeted a photo Monday of Conway kneeling on the Oval Office sofa after taking a snapshot of President Donald Trump with the heads of dozens of historically black colleges.

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The image quickly went viral as critics and supporters clashed in a surprisingly fierce – and often humorous – feud over her sitting position. 

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What is Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and how do we celebrate?

Published: Monday, February 08, 2016 @ 1:01 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 8:37 AM


            What is Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and how do we celebrate?

As we celebrate Fat Tuesday, staring Ash Wednesday and 40 days of Lent straight in the face, it's a good time to remember, reflect and, possibly make sure you have money for bail, as the Carnival season comes to an end with Mardi Gras.

Ever wonder what all the fuss is about? Take at look at this primer about Carnival, Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season.

What is Mardi Gras?

While it is  commonly referred to as a season of events, it is actually only one day. Mardi Gras is French for fat Tuesday. Some call it Shrove Tuesday, which grew out of an English term (Shrovetide) meaning the last day before the liturgical period called Lent. Shrove means to  confess or be absolved of sin.

The celebration dates back centuries to pagan celebrations of fertility and the season of spring.

 The season of floats, parades and, to put it mildly, partying (read debauchery) leading up to Mardi Gras is called Carnival.  The day after Fat Tuesday, when all the nonsense is to stop and you have about six weeks to try to remember what you did and ask forgiveness for it, is called Ash Wednesday.

Ok, I’ll bite. What happens on Ash Wednesday?

In the church, Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and reflection. It is also the first day of Lent on the Christian calendar. Lent last 46 days, and ends on Easter. Traditionally, one will give up something during the Lenten season in commemoration of the 40-day fast Jesus experienced in the Judaean Desert. Lent last 40 days with the six Sundays that fall within the period being non-fasting days. It gets its name -- official the “Day of Ashes,” --  because of the practice of rubbing ashes on one’s forehead in the sign of a cross. 

Why the name Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday?

The name is believed to have come from the practice of eating richer, fatty foods prior to fasting during the Lenten season.

How is the date for Mardi Gras determined?

You better sit down for this one. The date of Mardi Gras is determined by the date of Easter. Mardi Gras is 47 days before Easter.  Easter is the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon, or ecclesiastical full moon, which is the first full moon on or after March 21.  The earliest Easter can be is March 22. It was on that day in 1818 and will not be on that day again until 2285. The latest Easter can be is April 25. It will be that again in 2038.

That would make Feb. 3 the earliest Mardi Gras can be. March 9 the latest it could fall.

Unless, of course, you are a member of an Orthodox/Eastern church. They use a Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar  to determine the date of Easter. The earliest Easter can be for Orthodox churches, as it would fall if you used a Gregorian calendar, is April 4 and the latest is May 8.

I hear Mardi Gras has its own color scheme. What is it?

The official colors of the Carnival season in New Orleans and most other places is gold, purple and green. Gold for power, purple for justice and green for faith.

When did the celebration first start in the United States?

Well, this is where some controversy comes in. While New Orleans is known worldwide for its Mardi Gras celebration, history tells us that the first continual Fat Tuesday observance was likely in Mobile, Ala., in 1702 hosted by French settlers along Mobile Bay. 

What are you  supposed to do on Mardi Gras?

The  general consensus is that you should party as much as you can, because Ash Wednesday and Lent are coming.

Some of the most famous Carnival season/Mardi Gras celebrations are in South America. The Carnaval celebration in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,  is considered the largest in the world.  In Columbia, the Barranquilla carnival started on Saturday and continues until Ash Wednesday. Europe also celebrates. In Cologne, Germany, Karneval is marked with role playing celebrations that include a prince, a farmer and a virgin. In Italy, they stick to the script and put on a more traditional Fat Tuesday celebration.

Of course in America, New Orleans is synonymous with Mardi Gras and letting good times roll. Weeks of parades,  balls and street parties mark Carnival in the Crescent City.

Each year a celebrity is chosen to be "Bacchus" and ride  the parade route as king of the Krewe of Bacchus. This year, Bacchus was New Orleans native Anthony Mackie who has appeared as "The Falcon" in Marvel comics  franchise movies.

There were some 70 parades in New Orleans during the 2016 Carnival season, with eight of them scheduled for Tuesday.

What’s that saying I hear from New Orleans concerning Mardi Gras?

Laissez les bon temps rouler ( lay-zEh leh bAwn taw rOO-leh)  – “Let the good times roll!”

Trump ready to lay out agenda in first speech to Congress

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 10:29 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 10:30 AM

After a non-stop first five weeks in office, President Donald Trump goes before Congress tonight with the opportunity to frame his legislative goals before the nation, as he addresses the Congress for the first time, ready to focus on immigration, a bigger defense budget, extra border security, health care reform, and much more.

“You can expect a speech grounded firmly in solving real problems for every American,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

“The President will address the Americans who have been waiting for help from their leaders for too long, and let them know that help is on the way,” Spicer told reporters.

“I think we are going to see a positive message and a vision that is carrying over from the campaign,” said Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), who expects a strong message about repealing the Obama health law.

“I think he’s serious about his mission,” said Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC) of the President. “He came here to be a change agent.”

One unknown about tonight’s address – will there be any notable protests of President Trump, whether from Democrats on the floor or people watching in the galleries?

There are Republicans who are worried about that, especially after recent dustups at Congressional town hall meetings.

“I am concerned that the environment that has been created about protests could be disruptive,” said Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH).

“The decorum in this House should not stoop to that,” said Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL).

“I am concerned there is going to be disruption,” said Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA). “We did not do that to President Obama.”

But before Loudermilk was elected to Congress, there was a moment like that in September 2009, when President Obama addressed Congress about his plans to reform health care, as Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), who is still in the House, shouted “You lie!” at Mr. Obama.

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On Inauguration Day, a number of Democrats boycotted the Trump swearing-in and speech; it’s not clear if some will do the same tonight.

“I don’t know what I’m going to right at this moment,” said Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) said on Monday night.

Each lawmaker gets a ticket for one guest – some Democrats are using that to make a variety of statements, bringing along illegal immigrants, people helped by the Obama health law and immigrant “Dreamers.”

Mr. Trump has his own focus with guests – here is his list as provided by the White House:

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