Interesting news breaking on the Internet from the AJC

Are Georgia casinos worth the gamble for education?

3:24 pm May. 9, 2018

Other than my daily commute on I-285, I’m not fond of gambling.

Or am I? I buy a lottery ticket every week. For $2, it’s a cheap source of hope.

The Georgia Lottery provides a more practical type of HOPE to high school students — the hope they can afford to go to college.

When the lottery-funded scholarship debuted in 1993 it paid 100 percent of tuition at public Georgia universities. The lottery

Locks key to car and child theft prevention

1:49 pm Apr. 25, 2018

“If you love something, set it free” sounds nice in theory, but in practice can lead to disaster.

If you don’t believe me, try it the next time you are pet-sitting a friend’s parakeet, goldfish or 18-foot emotional support anaconda.

People must really love their cars because they’re constantly releasing them to the wild.

Not long ago I saw a woman pull into a convenience store to get gas, walk inside to pay and

Midnight trains to Georgia filled with NYC sewage

3:34 pm Apr. 18, 2018

The North has been dumping on the South since we lost the War Between the States, many an old-timer might say if you could only get them to admit the war is over.

As wrong as those people can be, they sometimes guess right.

The tiny town of Parrish, Ala., reportedly “smells like death” because a New York City “poop train” is stranded there, reports the Associated Press and area noses.

The train

Georgians worst at keeping guns safe

1:46 pm Apr. 11, 2018

At the risk of boring you, I must ask: “Why does government exist?”

There are many reasons, of course, but maybe a good one is to protect the public.

For example, if the neighborhood bully takes your TV, your local government will send over a police officer to say “Bad news: We won’t find it. Good news: You can buy a new one for less than your insurance deductible.”

Only 26 percent of

Ticketing the smartphone scapegoat

2:51 pm Apr. 4, 2018

For decades, the most haphazardly slapped-together thing produced in America was cars.

My dad bought a Datsun pickup in the 1970s and it got more than a few strange looks. Why would anyone buy anything made in Japan? They bombed Pearl Harbor!

To tell you the truth, 10-year-old me was a little embarrassed and apologetic. I didn’t feel that way long. My Ford Mustang was cool and had a great 8-track player, but

Atlanta computers hacked in 2017, expert says

1:23 pm Mar. 28, 2018

I’ve seen a lot of change in five decades.

Most of it has been for the good, but penmanship is surely a lost art. And I’m still not sure how I feel about the 3-pointer in basketball.

The biggest change? Computers. Everyone loves and hates them and no one can do their job without one.

Well, almost no one.

Somehow, after City of Atlanta computer systems were taken down by a “ransomware attack,” folks

Confederates lose elementary battle

12:22 pm Mar. 7, 2018

Heritage or hate?

You might run across that short question when reading news articles about the Confederate flag, statues or Daisy Dukes.

I have a long history with that now-reviled flag.

For most of my life, the “Rebel” flag was the primary component of the state flag of Georgia. It was flown outside every school I attended. It flew over yours too, if you went to a public school in Georgia between 1956