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Atlanta contacted about 2026 World Cup

Atlanta contacted about 2026 World Cup

Atlanta has been contacted about participating as a host city for the 2026 World Cup. Atlanta Sports Council President Dan Corso confirmed the interest from the United Bid Committee, a group representing the soccer federations of United States, Mexico and Canada, in its joint bid to host the 48-team soccer tournament. The U.S. could host as many as 60 matches, with Mexico and Canada hosting 10 each. Atlanta was a part of the U.S. failed bid to host the 2022 World Cup. The city was submitted as a potential host site for a game(s) and the international broadcast center, with the Georgia World Congress Center serving as the headquarters for that. Atlanta has been one of the better stories in MLS and soccer this season. Atlanta United leads MLS in average attendance (more than 46,000) in eight games at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium. The team's attendance is higher than any of the leaders in MLB, NHL or the NBA, though they host many more games. TRENDING STORIES: Grandson charged in woman's 'highly suspicious' disappearance Hospital denies mother's faith-based healthcare coverage DeKalb Sheriff banned from all parks as part of guilty plea Atlanta United will host Orlando City on Saturday in the final game at Tech. The Five Stripes will move into Mercedes-Benz Stadium in September. Its first game there will come Sept. 10 against Dallas. While giving a tour of the new $1.5 billion stadium Tuesday, Atlanta United President Darren Eales said they want the venue to be good enough to potentially host the finals of a World Cup. The U.S. hosted the 1994 World Cup. Atlanta wasn't one of the host cities. It was preparing to host 1996 Summer Olympics.

DeKalb Sheriff banned from all city parks as part of guilty plea

DeKalb Sheriff banned from all city parks as part of guilty plea

The DeKalb County sheriff is now banned from all Atlanta city parks after reaching a plea deal in his arrest for indecency. Channel 2's Nicole Carr has been digging into the case against DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann since his May arrest in Piedmont Park on indecency and obstruction charges for allegedly exposing himself and running from police. Carr obtained a state report that detailed how Mann admitted to using taxpayer resources and time during his indecent exposure arrest. Mann took a plea deal Thursday, pleading guilty to slightly different charges than he was originally charged with. Mann originally faced indecency and obstruction charges for his May 6 arrest in Piedmont Park, where he was accused of exposing his private parts and running from police. He does not deny running from police. But he also pleaded guilty to lesser disorderly and prohibited conduct charges. Mann is now banned from all city of Atlanta parks for six months. He was ordered to pay a $2,000 fine to the courts right after the hearing and was ordered to complete 80 hours of community service. TRENDING STORIES: Man in custody in grandmother's disappearance Teen charged in crash that killed recent high school graduate Hospital denies mother's faith-based healthcare coverage Handcuffed man escapes custody, roams neighborhood for days That service was completed during his state-issued suspension this month and a state-approved sex offender treatment provider decided he didn't need counseling. 'It's a win for Sheriff Mann but an assurance to the city that Sheriff Mann isn't a further danger to anyone in the park,' Channel 2 legal analyst Esther Panitch told Carr. 'He got weak, and I know all have sinned and come short of the glory of God when you're not really praying and he was not praying that night,' said Pastor Cal Murrell. Supporters said the guilty plea has left questions about his role as sheriff. 'I'm contemplating that, but I want his family to be free,' Murrell said. Mann left court from a side exit. His attorney, Noah Pines, wouldn't talk about the change in admitting guilt. 'I'm not talking, so you can do whatever you want,' Pines said. 'So you're not going to talk about why the plea was changed?' Carr asked Pines. Pines didn't answer Carr. Carr filed an open records request to get the state report used to suspend Mann over the summer. Unlike previous statements, Mann admitted what happened in the park wasn't 'personal time,' that he was in a 'county-issued vehicle' and never should have run from the officer, the document showed. The committee saw a 'conflict of evidence' based on the sheriff's statements, but his attorney continued to 'deny the indecency allegations.' This is still an open case as far as law enforcement is concerned. We know he is back this week from a governor-issued 40-day suspension, but POST, the agency that accredits law enforcement in Georgia, has their own open investigation in the incident.

Beheading of 88-year-old man, killing of wife remain unsolved, haunts Georgia sheriff  

Beheading of 88-year-old man, killing of wife remain unsolved, haunts Georgia sheriff  

Even the internet is baffled. On Reddit, where there are typically 10 conspiracy theories floated for every fact, only questions surface in a discussion group devoted to the grisly murders of Russell and Shirley Dermond, the elderly Eatonton couple found dead more than three years ago. >> Read more trending news For every theory, there’s a contradiction that debunks it. The lead investigator in the case, longtime Putnam County Sheriff Howard Sills, admits the trail for the killers — he’s confident at least two people were involved — has run cold. “We’ve eliminated many, many, many things,” said Sills, a gruff, plain-talking lawman entering his third decade as Putnam sheriff. “But as far as a suspect, we’re probably as far away as we were 3 1/2 years ago.” Recently, Sills agreed to open up the case file to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, sharing autopsy photos, pieces of evidence and his personal reflections on why this has been “the absolute most confounding thing I’ve ever dealt with in my entire career.” ‘They had no enemies’ The call came in on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from inside Reynolds Plantation, a gated community located on Lake Oconee, about 80 miles southeast of Atlanta. >> Related: Eatonton couple ‘the unlikeliest of victims’  Neighbors of Russell and Shirley Dermond had gone to their home inside the Great Waters subdivision out of concern for their well-being. The couple, married for 62 years, hadn’t shown up at a Kentucky Derby party three days earlier. Phone calls went unanswered. As their friends entered through the screened porch where Russell Dermond, 88, would watch the Braves on TV nothing seemed amiss. Shirley Dermond, 87, kept a meticulous home. Nothing was out of place. There was no sign of a struggle, let alone a homicide. Then, inside the garage of the 3,200-square-foot home, one of the neighbors found Russell Dermond’s body, slumped behind one of the couple’s cars. Upon closer inspection, they discovered something beyond macabre — a detail that would escalate this case into the national spotlight. >> Related: Evidence elusive in murder investigation Dermond’s head was missing, and so was his wife. Beheadings are rare. Rarer still was the fact the head was nowhere to be found. Read more here.

Senate sends bill to Trump that toughens sanctions on Russia, Iran, North Korea

In an overwhelming vote of 98-2, the U.S. Senate on Thursday sent President Donald Trump a bipartisan bill that places new economic sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, as members of both parties joined to send a message not only to those three regimes, but also the the White House, on the subject of U.S.-Russian relations and the 2016 campaign.

“We will not tolerate attacks on our democracy. That’s what this bill is all about,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) declared on the Senate floor, as Senators in both parties directly linked Russian interference in last year’s elections to this [More]