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In a Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 photo, A person dressed as Donald Trump waves before a rally for health care at Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich. Thousands of people showed up in freezing temperatures on Sunday in Michigan to hear Sanders denounce Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, one of dozens of rallies Democrats staged across the country to highlight opposition.  (Robin Buckson/The Detroit News via AP)

World may end Friday, media almost reports

12:07 pm Jan. 17, 2017

Georgians are tough. It’s still early in 2017 but we’ve already survived a winter blast, the Seattle Seahawks and the return of hundreds of politicians and lobbyists to the state capitol.

According to my Facebook feed we’re going to have to get even tougher.

President Obama is leaving office at 9 a.m. Friday and, from what I’ve read, you’d think the Apocalypse is upon us.

One friend posted our next president will be a “total

The Gold Dome of Georgia's Capitol.   BOB ANDRES  / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Getting creative with Georgia taxes

1:30 pm Jan. 10, 2017

With the Georgia Legislature back in session, new laws that will greatly improve the lives of every Georgian are now being discussed intelligently by the caring folks we elected into office.

Or maybe not.

I have a theory that most new laws are crafted to divert money from the people to politicians.

Those in charge don’t like the word “tax” — it gives opponents too much ammo come reelection time — but they have

December 28, 2016 - Fulton County -  This Citgo gas station on Campbellton Road added cameras and a security guard to combat crime. Reports of car jackings and other crimes are up in South Fulton at gas stations. BOB ANDRES  /BANDRES@AJC.COM

Slide into 2017 without losing your car to thieves

1:35 pm Jan. 3, 2017

Atlanta has a problem with “sliders” and I’m not talking about small, delicious sandwiches.

Sliders are thieves who slide up alongside a car getting fuel at a convenience store gas station and steal whatever they can. Sometimes the crooks take off with a purse or an iPad.

Sometimes they drive off with the whole car.

I’ve never been a victim, but I’ve seen it happen. I was sitting at a red light in

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New Year’s resolutions for other people

12:07 pm Dec. 27, 2016

I once had a boss who said all journalists work in “paragraph factories.”

It wasn’t the first time I had run into someone delusional, but it was the first time I’d met anyone so unfamiliar with real work.

The same fellow also told me “grits” is a singular noun and the headline “Grits are good” is grammatically incorrect.

Fearing an uprising of the south Georgia populace, we both moved north after the “Grits is good” headline

If you don't get everything you asked for this Christmas remember that Mr. and Mrs. Claus had time to appear in multiple parades this holiday season. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

News to Me: An Atlanta shopping list for Santa

2:04 pm Dec. 20, 2016

Wednesday’s the first day of winter, and, if you’re a true Southerner, you’re ready for it to be over already.

Some people like cold weather. The fashion potential of “sweater season” excites them.

I prefer T-shirt season and driving on stuff that’s not ice.

The best things about winter are I don’t have to mow my lawn and my neighbor’s dilapidated pool no longer spews mosquitoes.

Many of my friends want 2016 to be over too. It’s been

Keeping it real in the era of fake news

2:20 pm Dec. 13, 2016

The truth is out there, it’s just getting harder to find.

The proliferation of fake news is such some people don’t know what to believe.

Today I read Kanye West was meeting with our next president at

How to not save $10 or $125 billion

12:54 pm Dec. 6, 2016

Winter is coming.

Local prognosticators allege the temperature  will dip below freezing early Friday morning. Overnight lows in the 20s are expected all weekend.

Like most Georgians, I’m frightened. And, like most of you, I’ve properly hoarded copious

Money thrown at hopeless recount

12:18 pm Nov. 29, 2016

Counting money never made anyone rich.

Recounting votes never made anyone president.

Yet, Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who has no chance of winning anything, is raising millions for recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan and possibly other states.

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