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    With just one week until the first game at SunTrust Park, crews are rushing to complete road construction around the new Braves stadium.Cobb County Commissioner Bob Ott says although it may look like a construction nightmare right now, the Georgia Department of Transportation assures him that most projects are on target. RELATED STORIES: Atlanta Braves: No outside food allowed in SunTrust Park SunTrust Park parking guide Cumberland Mall cracks down on parking ahead of SunTrust Park opening Ott says he is checking on the progress nearly every day.'The landscaping is going in and the road projects are finishing up and traffic cones are coming down. You know, it's a lot of stuff over the last 30 months but most of it is coming to completion,' he said.What he says residents and fans can expect over the next week, on Channel 2 Action News at 6:44.
  • With just one week until the first game at SunTrust Park, crews are rushing to complete road construction around the new Braves stadium.Cobb County Commissioner Bob Ott says although it may look like a construction nightmare right now, the Georgia Department of Transportation assures him that most projects are on target. RELATED STORIES: Atlanta Braves: No outside food allowed in SunTrust Park SunTrust Park parking guide Cumberland Mall cracks down on parking ahead of SunTrust Park opening Ott says he is checking on the progress nearly every day.'The landscaping is going in and the road projects are finishing up and traffic cones are coming down. You know, it's a lot of stuff over the last 30 months but most of it is coming to completion,' he said.What he says residents and fans can expect over the next week, on Channel 2 Action News at 6:44.
  • Corey Seager helped the Los Angeles Dodgers make it all the way to the NL Championship Series last year. Michael Fulmer developed into a reliable part of Detroit's rotation, winning 11 games for the Tigers with a 3.06 ERA. Here is a closer look at a group of rookies hoping to have a similar impact this season: —OF Andrew Benintendi, Boston Red Sox: There is a lot to love about the 22-year-old Benintendi, who rocketed through Boston's minor league system after the Red Sox grabbed him with the seventh overall pick in the 2015 draft. He made it to the majors last August and hit .295 with two homers and 14 RBIs in 34 games. He also went deep in the AL Division Series against Cleveland. —2B Yoan Moncada, Chicago White Sox: The Cuban slugger was acquired by Chicago in the blockbuster deal that sent lefty ace Chris Sale to Boston. The rebuilding White Sox plan to go slow with Moncada, who just turned 21 in September. But he could bring his powerful swing and athleticism to Chicago's starting lineup at some point this summer. —RHP Jose De Leon, Tampa Bay Rays: The chance to bring in De Leon was just too tempting for the Rays, who got the right-hander in a January trade with the Dodgers for second baseman Logan Forsythe. De Leon, who likely will begin the year with Triple-A Durham, made his major league debut in September and was 2-0 with a 6.35 ERA in four starts. He went 7-1 with a 2.61 ERA in 16 starts last year at Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he was sidelined for stretches by ankle and shoulder injuries. —SS Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees: The speedy Torres was the youngest MVP in the history of the Arizona Fall League last year at age 19. He carried that success into spring training, drawing praise for his impressive skills and maturity. The Yankees appear set at shortstop for now, but Torres could make it to New York soon. —RHP Jharel Cotton, Oakland Athletics: Cotton dazzled in his first stint in the majors last year, going 2-0 with a 2.15 ERA in five starts. He was acquired by the Athletics in the August trade that sent Rich Hill and Josh Reddick to the Dodgers. —OF Bradley Zimmer, Cleveland Indians: The 6-foot-5 Zimmer drew praise from Indians manager Terry Francona this spring for his bat and improvement in the outfield. Zimmer, a first-round pick in2014 from the University of San Francisco, batted .250 with 15 homers and 62 RBIs in two minor league stops last season. —RHP Tyler Glasnow, Pittsburgh Pirates: The 23-year-old Glasnow struggled a bit in his first stint in the majors last year, but the 6-8 right-hander looked great this spring. He went 8-3 with a 1.87 ERA in 20 starts at Triple-A Indianapolis in 2016. —SS Dansby Swanson, Atlanta Braves: The Kennesaw, Georgia, native played college ball at Vanderbilt before he was selected by Arizona with the first pick of the 2015 draft. The Diamondbacks traded him to Atlanta six months later, and he hit .302 with three homers and 17 RBIs in 38 games with the Braves last year. He was slowed by back stiffness this spring, but he has the look of a budding star. —OF Dylan Cozens, Philadelphia Phillies: The 2012 second-round pick had 40 homers, 125 RBIs and 21 steals in 134 games for Double-A Reading last season. He is expected to begin this year with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but his major league debut could be soon. —OF Lewis Brinson, Milwaukee Brewers: The future of Milwaukee's outfield looks pretty good, with Brinson, Brett Phillips and Ryan Cordell slated to begin the year at Triple-A Colorado Springs. Brinson, who arrived last August in the Jonathan Lucroy trade with Texas, hit .268 with 15 homers and 61 RBIs over three minor league stops in 2016. —OF Hunter Renfroe, San Diego Padres: The 25-year-old Renfroe has big-time power. He was promoted late last year and connected against San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner for his first major league homer on Sept. 24. He also hit the first-ever home run onto the top of the Western Metal Supply Co. brick warehouse in left at cavernous Petco Park. —1B Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers: The son of former Yankees outfielder Clay Bellinger hit 23 homers for Double-A Tulsa last year. With Adrian Gonzalez entrenched at first, Cody Bellinger, 21, also could play in the outfield to speed his ascension to the majors. ___ Jay Cohen can be reached at http://www.twitter.com/jcohenap More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
  • The Atlanta Braves policy regarding food and beverages has changed at SunTrust Park.Turner Field used to allow fans to bring in outside goodies, but SunTrust Park will not permit it, according to the AJC.There will be an exception for infant food and special needs dietary items. Fans may also continue to bring their own water in sealed plastic containers into the park.A Braves spokesperson said the new food and drink policy changes are a result of tighter security being put into place this season throughout the league. Starting opening day, ticket holders can enjoy food and drinks brought from home in one parking lot only, located in a designated tailgating zone, which can be found in the SunTrust Park parking guide. RELATED STORIES: Hundreds of parking jobs open at SunTrust Park SunTrust Park parking guide Here's an inside look at SunTrust Park At the tailgating lot, vendors can sell alcohol and other approved cooler set-ups, which includes the sale of draft beer. Open containers cannot be taken from the lot, and you must be at least 21 years of age to drink alcohol. If fans forget to leave prohibited items behind, the ballpark security may require you to return them to your car, or throw them away before entering. A variety of other things are also banned, including drones, glass containers and even beach balls. Details and updates will be posted on the Braves' site prior to the team's exhibition game March on 31. According to the AJC, SunTrust Park has not yet finalized the bag policy.
  • As a big league pitcher, Dallas Green was pretty mediocre. 'I was a 20-game winner,' he would joke, 'it just took me five years to do it.' Instead, it was in another role where the imposing, 6-foot-5 Green really made noise. 'When you think of big, with that deep voice, that booming voice, he could hold a team meeting, boy, he could scare you right out of your seat,' Cleveland manager Terry Francona recalled. Green, the tough-talking, no-nonsense skipper who in 1980 guided the Philadelphia Phillies to their first World Series championship, died Wednesday. He was 82. The Phillies said Green died at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia. He had been in poor health for a while. Green spent 62 years in baseball as a player, manager, general manager, team president and other roles. 'He was a big man with a big heart and a bigger-than-life personality,' Phillies Chairman David Montgomery said in a statement. As a pitcher, Green went just 20-22 in the 1960s. His most notable distinction on the mound might have been giving up the only grand slam launched by all-time hits leader Pete Rose. In 1980, with Rose playing first base on a team that included future Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt and Steve Carlton, Green guided the Phillies to a very elusive crown, ending a drought that stretched back nearly a century. 'The Phillies lost a prominent member of their family yesterday,' Schmidt said. 'He was our John Wayne figure through the strongest years of Philly baseball.' He sure got his team's attention midway through that championship season. After a loss in Pittsburgh left the Phils around .500, his clubhouse tirade was so loud that writers outside the locker room at Three Rivers Stadium swore they could hear every word. 'Baseball world lost a giant,' Rose tweeted. 'Dallas was a hell of a guy and a real leader.' Green later managed the New York Yankees — where bombastic owner George Steinbrenner liked the idea of someone being able to stand up to him — and the Mets. 'Dallas was pure and simple a 'true baseball man,'' the Mets said in a statement. Green also was the GM and president of the Chicago Cubs and made a shrewd trade to get a young infielder from the Phillies, future great Ryne Sandberg. The deal helped turn a long-dormant franchise into a club that came within one win of reaching the 1984 World Series. 'Dallas Green had an eye for talent. Our fans can credit him for acquiring and drafting several of the most accomplished players to wear a Cubs uniform, including Hall of Famers Andre Dawson, Greg Maddux and Ryne Sandberg, as well as All-Stars like Shawon Dunston, Mark Grace and Rick Sutcliffe,' Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement. In 2006, the Phillies inducted Green into their Hall of Fame. He spent 46 years overall in the Phillies system and was an adviser to their last four managers, always known for his commanding presence and shock of white hair. Green was known for his rugged reputation and embraced it. Yet he was left in tears in 2011 when his 9-year-old granddaughter, Christina-Taylor Green, was shot and killed outside a grocery store in Tucson, Arizona, as she went to see U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Six people were killed in the mass shooting as Giffords met with constituents. 'I'm supposed to be a tough sucker, but I'm not very tough when it comes to this,' Green said at the time. Francona witnessed the effect her death had on Green. 'I know when that happened with his granddaughter, the shooting, I know that that just tore him apart,' he said. 'I saw him at a golf tournament for that, about a year and a half ago, and you could tell that just ate him alive.' 'I don't know if he was sick, but maybe he's happier now,' Francona said. Born and raised in Delaware, George Dallas Green is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sylvia; four children; and five grandchildren.
  • Georgia lawmakers are trying to decide if online fantasy sports is gambling or a game of skill.Atlanta Braves pitching legend Tom Glavine was at the Georgia Capitol Tuesday to show his support for fantasy sports.A fantasy sports bill aims to clarify the gray area for those who play. Currently, playing for cash is neither legal or illegal.The bill would legalize it so that Georgia receives tax revenue from it.Glavine, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in --, said fantasy sports are not gambling but rather a game of skill.'I argue it's more of a game of skill, you know. I think when you play these games, whether its football, baseball, basketball or hockey, even golf now, it's the folks that do their homework that tend to be the most successful at it,' Glavine said.Opponents like the Faith and Freedom Coalition argue that fantasy sports are a form of gambling, and that they want to end it before it gains momentum.The bill could possibly come up for a vote in the Senate this week.
  • Relatives of Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers say the Chicago Bears legend has been diagnosed with dementia. His wife, Ardythe Sayers, tells The Kansas City Star that her 73-year-old husband was diagnosed four years ago and she blames Sayers' football career. He played for the Bears from seven seasons starting in 1965 after setting records at the University of Kansas. 'Like the doctor at the Mayo Clinic said, 'Yes, a part of this has to be on football,'' Ardie Sayers said at their home in Wakarusa, Indiana. 'It wasn't so much getting hit in the head . It's just the shaking of the brain when they took him down with the force they play the game in.' Ardie Sayers and the rest of the family had made no secret of his condition, but hadn't shared it publicly. In 2013, he asked to withdraw a lawsuit filed against the National Football League and a helmet maker that claimed they failed to prevent repeated head injuries. The lawsuit contended that Sayers claimed he suffers headaches, occasional short-term memory loss and other cognitive deficits because of chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Sayers is regarded as one of the greatest players in NFL history. The 'Kansas Comet' played his entire career with the Bears, piling up 4,956 yards rushing in his 68-game career and was voted to four Pro Bowls. Sayers scored 22 touchdowns and 132 points in his first season, both then-rookie records. Ardie Sayers recently determined that it's important that his situation be known and understood to dispel false impressions. While she considers Sayers physically healthy 'as a horse' and notes he is working out with a trainer several days a week, she added, 'That brain controls everything, Doesn't it?' His brother, Roger Sayers, said in a phone interview from Omaha, Nebraska, that it's 'tough' to 'build memories all your life, and the next thing you know you don't remember anything.' While family and friends were attributing his increasing forgetfulness to the normal aging process, others recognized vulnerability. 'You have people who have a little less moral stature than you would like to see in society,' Roger Sayers said of people the family realized had taken advantage of his brother in various ways. Ardie Sayers has been moving her husband home from a facility he'd been staying in for the last few months. She added, 'I felt like I could do better here — give him more attention, give him more of the things he needs. I don't want him to be just sitting around doing nothing. 'No, he's still got a lot going for himself, and I don't want him to forget it.' ___ Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com
  • LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – There were no surprises when the Braves announced their season-opening starting rotation Sunday, beginning with Julio Teheran in his fourth consecutive opening day start April 3 against the Mets. He’ll be followed by Braves veteran newcomers Bartolo Colon, Jaime Garcia and R.A. Dickey, with Mike Foltynewicz in the fifth spot. Four of the five were set before spring training began, and Foltynewicz was a heavy favorite for No. 5 slot. “It’s a great honor that I feel one more time, for the fourth time,” said Teheran, who is 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA in opening-day starts, with five earned runs allowed in 18 innings. “All I’m thinking is for the season, we’ve got a pretty good team. It’s kind of exciting to be the No. 1, but I’m focusing on overall (team).” Teheran will be the third Braves pitcher to start four consecutive season openers, joining Greg Maddux (1993-1996) and Rick Mahler (1985-1988). The only two National League pitchers with longer active opening-day start streaks are the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, who has started six in a row, and the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright, who has started four. “He earned it last year,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said, referring to Teheran’s All-Star season in 2016. “He’s our guy and I think it’s a good choice.” After Teheran starts the opener at Citi Field, there’s a day off (in case of rain) before Colon starts Game 2 against his former Mets team April 5. Left-hander Garcia starts the April 6 series finale in New York, knuckleballer Dickey makes his Braves debut with a series-opening start April 7 at Pittsburgh, and Foltynewicz starts April 6 against the Pirates. If the Braves keep the rotation in order, as Snitker indicated they were likely to do, Dickey would be in line to start the home opener April 14 against the Padres in the first regular-season game at SunTrust Park. The Braves have two off days (April 4, April 10) in the first eight days of the season, but are using all five starters rather than skip someone’s turn. They have the majors’ oldest starters in Colon (43) and Dickey (42), plus Garcia has battled injuries throughout his career and pitched as many as 130 innings only once in the past five seasons. They also have an atypical fifth starter in Foltynewicz, who’s still developing and considered a potential top-of-the-rotation starter at some point, not a swing-type starter or journeyman fifth starter to be skipped whenever the schedule allows. “Right now our plan is to stay in order, until we look at it further,” Snitker said. “We’re just kind of thinking that with these guys, giving them an extra day isn’t going to hurt, just with our staff. Looking at the makeup of our staff, it’s not going to hurt, I think, every little blow we can get throughout the course of the year. “We could adjust as we go and see things, but right now I think that’s kind of the plan.”
  • The prospect of the horrible traffic to and from SunTrust Park in the Cobb Galleria/Cumberland area has hung over the heads of commuters for the three and a half years since the Braves announced moving there. In just under a month, the Atlanta Braves regular season home opener commences on a Friday evening. Near the Interstate 75/Interstate 285 interchange in Cobb County, it could (or will) be a nightmare. Traffic plans put in place by Cobb County and Braves officials should soften some of the blow. The WSB Traffic Team will have expanded coverage during home games in the opening stretch of the season. This past Tuesday, Braves VP of Stadium Operations Larry Bowman, Braves traffic consultant Rob Ross and Cobb PD Lt. J.D. Lorens all joined host Mark Arum, WSB Skycopter reporter Smilin’ Mark McKay, WSB Sports Director Jay Black and me for a Braves traffic-themed roundtable on News 95.5/AM750 WSB answering questions about navigating the Braves property and parking there. We have covered the Braves traffic plan before in this space, so here are some additional facts that surfaced Tuesday. How can fans park most efficiently and how will they pay? Braves officials say that the best way to buy parking is to do so when purchasing a game ticket beforehand, even up to an hour or two before the game. Each parking lot has its own address, so fans can plug that into the traffic feature on the new MLB Ballpark app and it will direct them to that lot. MORE: Where to park at SunTrust Park, stadium lot prices If someone is traveling to SunTrust Park at the spur of the moment, they can buy spaces in Braves-sanctioned lots, if available. Attendants only take credit cards for game day parking. Most lots on the property will open only two hours before game time and only one lot will be open before that for tailgating. Each lot will have security and be integrated into the traffic plan. On non-game days, what will parking at The Battery cost money? The Braves are still discussing how and where people will be able to park for The Battery, which is the complex adjacent to SunTrust Park that will have restaurants, stores and entertainment. They are still trying to formulate if businesses will validate parking, how long people could park for free or how much parking for extended times will cost. What public transit and shuttle options are there? MARTA runs a bus between the Arts Center and Cumberland Mall, but that is not designed for high volume and frequency. Cobb Linc buses can get Cobb residents close to the park, but there is no plan in place to beef up service in other areas on game days. The Cumberland Circulator is a paid shuttle that can transport fans in a very localized area around the property. And the Braves are providing a free shuttle to transport fans from outer-lying lots closer to the property. They will not necessarily take fans directly to the gates. MORE: How to get to the new Braves stadium using MARTA Where do rideshare services, limos and shuttle buses pickup and drop off fans? The Braves have a partnership with Uber, but any ridesharing service can pickup and drop off fans on Windy Ridge Parkway on one side of the road. Shuttle and van pools, charter buses and limos will also drop off in a different section of the same road, just outside of the park. The Uber partnership is unique, because now Uber users will be sent a pin and can wait for the next vehicle in line, instead of being matched ahead of time to a specific vehicle and driver. Will GDOT plan construction closures around game days? Short answer: no. With major construction underway on I-75, I-575, and I-285 for the reversible toll lanes and the big I-285/GA-400 project just getting underway, GDOT still plans to begin closures after 9 p.m. on weeknights. GDOT has told me that they will work with Cobb County to get the word out. The biggest question for this whole experience will be how much worse will the traffic get? The only way we will know for sure, is to put it to the test. On marquee games (like Opening Weekend), try and work out ways to telecommute or carpool. That is the best way to avoid the delays. Stay tuned. RELATED: Are Braves fans willing to buy tickets, parking in advance to keep traffic moving? Doug Turnbull, the PM drive airborne anchor for Triple Team Traffic on News 95-5 FM and AM-750 WSB is the Gridlock Guy. He also writes a traffic blog and hosts a podcast with Smilin’ Mark McKay on wsbradio.com. Contact him at doug.turnbull@coxinc.com
  • Atlanta United FC will play its second regular season Major League Soccer game Saturday at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium and tickets sold out two days in advance.The new team will eventually play at the new Mercedes Benz Stadium in downtown Atlanta, which opens later this summer.But Atlanta United will soon call Marietta home, becoming the second major league team headquartered in Cobb County after the Atlanta Braves' recent move.The Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground on Franklin Gateway is already getting some use. Players and coaches were on the main pitch Friday afternoon, after usually practicing at Atlanta Falcons team headquarters in Flowery Branch. TRENDING STORIES: Three people shot outside southwest Atlanta mall Missing girls found safe in Clayton County Multi-county chase ends in crash on I-85 The new state-of-the-art facility includes six fields and a 30,000 square foot building that should be completed in the next couple of weeks.'(It's) really exciting,' said Atlanta United President Darren Eales. 'Also for the community. This is an area we can use for community use that will be good. Our fans can come and watch some of the open training sessions we're going to do.'The City of Marietta attracted the team after investing millions of dollars to begin redeveloping the troubled Franklin Road area. The process started with a name change to Franklin Gateway, and buying and leveling four out of 14 large apartment complexes along the stretch between Delk Road and South Marietta Parkway.'We'd already planted the seed here, so when they looked here, the property was ready to go when they made their decision,' said Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin.The city is also building its own park with three new fields just down the road from Atlanta United's new training ground. Once complete, they'll work in tandem to attract soccer players, parents, and fans from around the state, region, even the world.'We'll have tournaments that will be regional, countrywide, even international teams are going to come in,' said Eales.The mayor promised two to three major announcements in the near future concerning private investment in the area, of possible retail and/or hotels.'There's a pride in this area where there wasn't three years ago,' said Tumlin.

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  • Long before his short stints in jail turned into years behind bars, Khalid Masood was known as Adrian Elms, with a reputation for drinking and an unpredictable temper. At least twice he was convicted of violent crimes, well before he stabbed a police officer to death Wednesday in London with a motion that one horrified witness described as 'playing a drum on your back with two knives.' But as he checked out of his hotel to head toward London for his deadly rampage, the manager said he was struck by his guest's friendly manner. Within hours, Masood drove his rented SUV across the crowded Westminster Bridge, leaving a trail of dead and wounded. Then he jumped out and attacked Constable Keith Palmer, an officer guarding Parliament, stabbing him to death before being shot to death by police. In all, he killed four people and left more than two dozen hospitalized. Masood, who at 52 is considerably older than most extremists who carry out bloodshed in the West, had an arrest record dating to 1983. The violence came later, first in 2000 when he slashed a man across the face in a pub parking lot in a racially charged argument after drinking four pints, according to a newspaper account. The victim, Piers Mott, was scarred for life, said his widow, Heather. Masood's last conviction was in 2003, also involving a knife attack. It's not clear when he took the name Masood, suggesting a conversion to Islam. Heather Mott said Masood appeared to come out of jail 'even worse.' She said she got chills when she learned the identity of the London attacker. 'What a pity they didn't realize he was a nutter,' she said. Police are combing through 'massive amounts of computer data' and have contacted 3,500 witnesses as they look for clues as to why the British-born man launched the deadly attack. 'Clearly that's a main line of our investigation is what led him to be radicalized: Was it through influences in our community, influences from overseas or through online propaganda? Our investigations and our arrests will help in that, but the public appeal will make a big difference if people come forward with more information,' said Britain's top counterterrorism officer, Mark Rowley. A security official who spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about an ongoing investigation confirmed that Masood had spent time in Saudi Arabia but said investigators were still trying to determine how long he stayed and what he was doing. Prime Minister Theresa May said Masood was 'investigated in relation to concerns about violent extremism' years ago. But she called him 'a peripheral figure.' The Islamic State group described Masood as 'a soldier,' claiming responsibility for the attack. Rowley said police are investigating whether he 'acted totally alone inspired by terrorist propaganda, or if others have encouraged, supported or directed him.' People made arrests across the country as they investigate whether anyone else helped Masood prepare his attack. Six people were released without charge Friday night, leaving four in custody on suspicion of preparing terrorist acts. Detectives have searched 21 properties in London, Brighton, Wales, Manchester and the central English city of Birmingham in one of Britain's biggest counterterrorism operations in years. Wednesday's attack was the deadliest in Britain since suicide bombers killed 52 commuters on London's transit system on July 7, 2005. Once Masood's identity became known, police and the media began tracing his final hours. The manager of the Preston Park Hotel in the beachside city of Brighton where Masood stayed the night before the attack said he seemed unusually outgoing and mentioned details about his family, including having a sick father. 'He was normal, in fact friendly, because we spent possibly five or 10 minutes talking to him about his background and where he came from,' Sabeur Toumi told Sky News. He was 'laughing and joking, telling us stories about where he lived.' Police raided the room, searching for clues about Masood. Masood's mother lives in rural Wales, according to a website on which she sells handmade cushions and handbags. The listings on Folksy by Janet Ajao have been taken down, but in an archived version of the site, she describes living in 'rural west Wales with my husband, border collie and a few chickens.' Calls to the home in remote Trelech, Wales, went unanswered Friday. When Masood was in school, he took his stepfather's name, Ajao. He was athletic and popular in high school, known as someone who liked to party, according to Stuart Knight, a former classmate, who said the young man was one of only two black students in the school of 600. 'I am in shock — that is not sympathy for what he has done — he was a nice guy and I'm surprised he turned and did what he did,' Knight said. In one of the last places Masood lived, a home in Birmingham, neighbors recalled him as a quiet man whose wife was veiled and who wore traditional Muslim clothing. But the neighborhood is not among one of the city's many Muslim enclaves, suggesting he was not deeply embedded in its religious community. Moazzam Begg, a former Guantanamo prisoner born and raised in Birmingham, said the details emerging of the attacker's life raised questions about where was radicalized. 'He did not live in a Muslim neighborhood. In my mind, in my analysis, he was probably a drifter,' said Begg, adding that no one he knew in the community had met Masood. 'I'd also be surprised if he had any connection with a mosque, because sadly they are places where you can no longer discuss politics or air grievances.' Since British authorities began cracking down on mosques, many people are instead being radicalized online, Berg added. Cultural and religious alienation can fuel such violence, he added. Begg helps run a group called Cage that has encountered extremists who spoke of their alienation before they committed attacks. While in prison, Begg said he saw others who succumbed to radicalism. He said groups like IS can exploit people's weaknesses and criminality. Late Friday, the British government honored a lawmaker who battled to save the life of the police officer slain in the Parliament attack, giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. May's office said Tobias Ellwood has been named to the Privy Council, a committee of senior lawmakers, judges and others that advises Queen Elizabeth II. The institution dates back a millennium. Security Minister Ben Wallace, who helped coordinate the government response to Wednesday's attack, was also named to the council. ___ Hinnant reported from London, where Associated Press writers Danica Kirka, Jill Lawless and Gregory Katz contributed.
  • A Cherokee County middle school teacher died Thursday morning after his pickup truck went off a 100-foot embankment on I-575, officials said. The driver of the F-150 was identified as Kevin White, 37, of Canton. He was a chorus teacher at Booth Middle School in Woodstock. The incident happened on the southbound side of the interstate at Little River Bridge near Ridgewalk Parkway in Woodstock. The truck was found upside down. “It’s a significant drop,” Cherokee County sheriff’s Lt. Jay Baker told Channel 2 Action News. “It appears they were traveling at a pretty high rate of speed (considering) the distance where the car went airborne.” Baker said the truck veered into the median and went through a construction zone before striking a gravel embankment that caused it to become airborne. The accident caused major delays during the morning commute. The Cherokee sheriff’s office and Woodstock police are investigating. In other news:
  • U.S. stocks flirted with sharp losses but managed a mixed finish after Republicans canceled a vote on their health care bill because it became clear the bill would fail. Hospital stocks soared in response, while companies that stand to benefit from other Trump proposals faltered. For the second day in a row, stocks started higher and wilted as it became clear the health care bill was in trouble. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged as much as 126 points in afternoon trading on reports of the bill's impending failure, although Wall Street cut its losses after the vote was canceled. Consumer-focused companies like Nike, Starbucks and clothing company PVH rose. The health care act became something of a proxy for the rest of the Trump agenda and it dominated the market for most of this week. It was the worst week for stocks since the week before the presidential election. Banks and small-company stocks, which made huge gains after Trump was elected, both suffered their biggest losses in more than a year. President Trump and other Republican leaders said they were moving on from health care, and Michael Scanlon, a portfolio manager for Manulife Asset Management, said investors will be glad if that happens. 'You're going to see a very quick pivot to corporate tax reform,' he said. A corporate tax cut could give stocks a large boost by increasing profits, and it might also raise tax revenue. After the close of trading, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Republicans will proceed with tax reform proposals, but acknowledged the health care debacle will make that task more difficult. The Standard & Poor's 500 index finished down 1.98 points, or 0.1 percent, at 2,343.98. The Dow lost 59.86 points, or 0.3 percent, to 20,596.72 as Goldman Sachs and Boeing sank. Technology companies inched higher and the Nasdaq composite rose 11.04 points, or 0.2 percent, to 5,828.74. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 1.22 points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,354.64. Trading was relatively light as investors waited for answers about the state of President Donald Trump's business-friendly agenda. That may have contributed to the big fluctuations. Hospitals and insurers that do a lot of business with Medicaid celebrated the demise of the bill. HCA Holdings, the largest U.S. hospital company, climbed $2.87, or 3.5 percent, to $86.04 and Community Health Systems jumped 84 cents, or 9.7 percent, to $9.54. Among Medicaid-focused companies, Centene and Molina Healthcare each gained about 5 percent. The American Health Care Act would likely have left more Americans uninsured and would make big changes to Medicaid, a joint federal-state health program for low-income Americans. Those stocks fell when the bill was introduced because investors were concerned hospitals would have to take in more patients who lack insurance and that insurers would get less money from Medicaid. Insurance companies slumped. Cigna fell $3.36, or 2.3 percent, to $142.82 and Anthem shed $2.63, or 1.6 percent, to $126.77. With Trump and majority Republicans unable to pass the first big item on their agenda, there were some signs of concern that his proposals of tax cuts, infrastructure spending, and regulatory cuts will take longer. Those are aspects of Trump's proposed agenda Wall Street is excited about. Vulcan Materials, a construction materials maker, sank $2.65, or 2.3 percent, to $112.74. Steel maker Nucor declined $1.50, or 2.4 percent, to $59.76. Construction and machinery companies also stumbled. Engine maker Cummins shed $1.45, or 1 percent, to $150.77 and Boeing sank $1.44 to $175.82. Scanlon, of Manulife, said investors want Trump and Congress to come up with a real proposal that changes corporate taxes. 'Something needs to be done with a permanent solution, not just one of these holiday things,' he said, because 'the goal is to be a stimulus for domestic investment.' Bond prices rose slightly. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.41 percent from 2.42 percent. U.S. crude oil futures rose 27 cents to $47.97 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, added 24 cents to $50.80 a barrel in London. In other energy trading, wholesale gasoline gained 2 cents to $1.60 a gallon. Heating oil rose 1 cent to $1.50 a gallon. Natural gas added 3 cents to $3.08 per 1,000 cubic feet. The dollar inched down to 110.80 yen from 111.07 yen. The euro edged up to $1.0808 from $1.0786. Gold rose $1.30 to $1,248.50 an ounce. Silver jumped 16 cents to $17.75 an ounce. Copper lost 1 cent to $2.63 a pound. In Germany, the DAX added 0.2 percent and the French CAC 40 dropped 0.2 percent and Britain's FTSE 100 index dipped 0.1 percent. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose 0.9 percent following recent losses. The Kospi of South Korea shed 0.2 percent while Hong Kong's Hang Seng reversed earlier losses to finish 0.1 percent higher. ___ AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAP His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/journalist/marley-jay
  • A judge has dismissed a large part of the case against the man accused of holding six women against their will inside a Sandy Springs mansion.Kenndric Roberts appeared before a judge Thursday and heard the extensive case against him.Channel 2's Mike Petchenik was inside the courtroom and live-tweeted the hearing as a detective went on the stand to detail the investigation.We'll have more on the new details released in the case on Channel 2 Action News starting at 4Roberts was facing 14 felony charges, including six counts of human trafficking and six counts of false imprisonment, and weapons charges.Charges that remain are:1. False Imprisonment 2. False Imprisonment 3. Weapons charge Prosecutors said Roberts held six women against their will at a mansion and forced them to dance at the Pink Pony strip club.They said he took their money, by one account, $78,000, for just two months of work. RELATED STORIES: Woman held captive was forced to dance at strip clubs, mother says Man accused of holding women captive faces 14 felony charges Man accused of holding 6 women captive in Sandy Springs mansion Investigators also said he also threatened harm to the women if they left him.'He took her phone, we found her passport in his bedroom,' said detective Justin Clutter. 'Basically she was in fear because she saw firearms. He ended up sending her to Dominican Republic to get a breast augmentation and a butt lift. And he started making threats.'Roberts attorney called him a 'poor man's Hugh Hefner,' who had legit contracts with these women to pay them for the work they were doing for him.He argued Roberts lavished them with expensive gifts as part of their payment and that they were free to leave as they wanted. Minute by minute coverage of the case: Judge also sets a bond for Kenndric Roberts. D.A. arguing victims weren't notified about potential bond.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Breaking: Judge dismissed all but three charges against Kenndric Roberts. pic.twitter.com/v0Op6UrYqS-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Defense attorney argues women weren't held against their will, wanted to partake in the lavish lifestyle Kenndric Roberts was providing.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Prosecutor: Roberts threatened to cut the breast implants out of a victim if she tried to leave him.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Attorney: 'My client is a poor man's Hugh Hefner.'-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Attorney points out Kenndric Roberts has no previous arrest record, despite allegations of gang affiliations.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Attorney: 'They were living pretty high off the hog, weren't they?' Det: 'That's debatable.'-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Attorney says Roberts paid for health insurance for the woman, provided them vehicles, expensive jewelry.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Attorney says women had housing, personal chef, tanning contracts and beauty salon stipends while working for Roberts.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Defense attorney argues all the girls had contracts with a 'termination clause' in it.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 I obtained this handwritten note Roberts' attorney says he wrote showing items he says he gave one woman who worked for him. pic.twitter.com/uFQUsoiWLw-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Det. testifies Roberts forced the women to dance at the Pink Pony in Brookhaven, then took all their tips.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Det: Kenndric Roberts put vehicles in the name of one victim who had good credit.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Det.says one human trafficking victim wrote an e-mail to the Attorney General's office laying out allegations of abuse at the home.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Det. says Roberts wouldn't allow the women to keep any money on them at all.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Detective says Roberts stole $78k from women he forced to work at strip clubs.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Detective testifies Roberts sent victim to Dominican republic to have breast work and butt lift.-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 A #SandySprings special investigator is testifying in human trafficking case. pic.twitter.com/Z4GGAli63x-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017 Kenndric Roberts is in court for his prelim hearing on human trafficking charges. pic.twitter.com/w0eXros87D-- Mike Petchenik (@MPetchenikWSB) March 23, 2017