Hyundai has packed the 2019 Santa Fe to the brim with safety features. But unlike many other manufacturers, the Korean automaker is not doing away with  safety components that often get overlooked or outright thrown out in today’s touchscreen, voice-controlled and driver attention-monitoring…

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For generations, paranoid parents have blamed television for glorifying sex, violence, criminal activity and a myriad of other factors they consider a moral detriment to their sons and daughters. But even Apache gunship of helicopter parents have no issue with what I consider to be a truly w…

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I recently spoke with Bill Purdie, president of the new nonprofit Milton Arts Council, and he brought up an interesting point. Purdie heralded the Milton Theatre Company, stating their productions are more on par with a professional troupe than a group of high school-aged teens. And with tha…

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I don’t say “bless you” when someone sneezes. I refuse to utter the phrase for many reasons, chief of which is the fact that I don’t believe sneezing leaves someone susceptible to demonic possession, having their soul stolen or that it wards off the Black Plague. Secondly, I believe that it …

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I recently had a discussion with a friend regarding his 16-year-old daughter and her newly pressed driver’s license. He was wrought with anxiety over her traversing the roads alone, anguished that she now has newfound freedom away from home and has taken a major step toward womanhood.

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I am completely in support of radio stations banning the tune, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Not because I feel the song is inappropriate, rather it is because I can’t stand Christmas music of any sort. 

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“Without question, Atlanta is the worst sports town in America. If the New York Yankees are the standard for excellence in baseball, Atlanta is the epitome of the bottom of the barrel when it comes to fan support.”

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While I respect Carson’s opinion on Thanksgiving, I also condemn it as un-American. What other holiday is more representative of Americans than an entire day dedicated to gluttony, greed, sloth, and if you’ve ever seen how good my roast duck looks coming out of the oven — lust. 

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It’s not often we stop to ponder our own career, and more often than not, we view the negatives before we readily appreciate the better aspects of what pays the mortgage. And I must say, I have a damn interesting job. 

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I was quite upset when I first laid eyes on the MINI Cooper Countryman when it was launched in 2010. I’ve had an affinity for MINI since I first grabbed the key’s to my older brother’s Cooper and essentially stole it for a test drive many years ago.

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Idi Amin was a Ugandan military officer and served as the country’s president from 1971-79, a fantastically interesting and tyrannical reign. 

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High school football games are an onslaught to the senses. The smell of grilled hamburgers permeates the air so greatly you can almost taste them. Sights of freshly painted helmets, the fans decked out in school colors and the impeccably green turf fills the eyes. There’s the touch of the fa…

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It is easily forgotten that there was criticism of Atlanta being considered an expansion market for Major League Soccer around six years ago.

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I believe there is no better area in the state to be a high school sports journalist than North Fulton and Forsyth County. Unless you are a lazy sports journalist, that is.

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I have felt the rush of hitting a home run to secure a championship. I have experienced the thrill of making a buzzer-beating layup to win a game. I have had adrenaline surge through my veins after making a crucial block that sprung a running back loose for a touchdown. I have made a soccer …

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With spring on the horizon, wedding season will soon be in full swing. And as their special day approaches, brides-to-be are emitting such a vast amount of anxiety that astronomers are warning of the creation a wedding-stress-induced black hole that will bring the end to Earth as we know it.

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Michael Williams, a conservative candidate for governor, is quick to point out that he was the first elected official in the state to publicly endorse Donald Trump. And for the past 18 months, he hasn’t so much ridden on the coattails of President Trump as much as clawed to his leg, begging …

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Fox News host Laura Ingraham recently called out Lebron James for comments made during an online interview with UNINTERRUPTED, in which the NBA superstar criticized President Trump. On her show, the Ingraham Angle, the host took issue with the comments, stating it’s “always unwise to seek po…

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I am grateful to live in a time where I can quickly pop down to a shop or grocery store and purchase all the food necessary for life. If that were not an option, I would be dead from starvation.

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Nearly a year has passed since my wife and I adopted our little hairy bundle of joy, a 6-year-old boxer named Daphne. Her life was far from toilet bowl water wishes and caviar dreams before she was rescued, and it is thanks to the tireless and astonishing efforts of animal rescue workers and…

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Soon we may be able to thank Ford Motor Company for helping save the environment. Though over a hundred years ago they were the first manufacturer to mass-produce automobiles – making the horseless carriage available to the average family – and in turn creating huge amounts of environment-da…

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When I turned 18, my father wrote on my birthday card, “Happy birthday. I love you. I hope it hurts like hell.” He wrote this final line in response to how I would be spending my birthday — having the Atlanta Thrashers logo tattooed on my leg.

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Though I have only covered Milton for a short time, two things have become abundantly clear — residents and city representatives certainly love greenspace, and when a development is proposed, it is thoroughly vetted and discussed, ensuring it fits the city’s vision and is the right kind of d…

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I was given the opportunity to attend the Atlanta International Auto Show last week, and being a car lover, I couldn’t pass it up. I could also not pass up the opportunity to drive a Fiat 124 Spider while at the show.

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Two years ago, an Appen Media employee picked the winners in her bracket not based on win probability, head-to-head statistics, offensive prowess versus lackluster defense or anything else we really expect to decide the winner of a game. No, she picked the winners based on how much she liked…

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I always wondered why it seemed like everyone’s father could diagnose a problem within the home, and more often than not, fix it himself. It baffled me. Was there some kind of innate gene that allowed him to be handy with a saw and have technical data of home repair built in to his knowledge-base?