Winners of the Georgia APME contest were announced Saturday in Atlanta.

Twenty-five newspapers, television and radio stations submitted 553 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories, features graphics, video and photos.

WSB-TV in Atlanta, WRDW-TV in Augusta and WABE Radio in Atlanta won the broadcast Pacemaker awards for the best overall performance among stations in their broadcast divisions.

Kenny Gray / Courtesy of Nan Kemberling

Friday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

Residents near Turner Field say they would like to see the stadium and parking lots redeveloped into a mixed-use community, affordable housing or a major retail shopping area.
Tasnim Shamma / WABE

Last week, the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority board agreed to the terms of the sale of Turner Field to a development team that includes Georgia State University, Carter and Oakwood.

But residents near Turner Field said they are still pushing for a binding "community benefits agreement" with the developers.

This would require the developer to provide specific amenities the community wants on the 67-acre parcel.

Jason Dozier of Mechanicsville said there's no guarantee the developers will build what they've proposed.

Tasnim Shamma / WABE

An immigrant advocacy group is planning a rally at the state Capitol Monday.

The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights is protesting the U.S. Supreme Court's decision that leaves in place a ruling that stops President Barack Obama's plan to allow some people who came here illegally to stay temporarily.

Azadeh Shahshahani, legal advocacy director with the nonprofit Project South, says she plans to attend the event.

Lisa Cupid says she hopes this meeting will address concerns within her district.
Michelle Wirth / WABE

A year after Cobb County Commissioner Lisa Cupid accused a county police officer of following and racially profiling her, one precinct is working to build bridges with the community.

At the South Cobb Community Center at 10 a.m. Saturday, county officials will host a public meeting that will include an open discussion between citizens and police and help on several issues including how to file a complaint against an officer.

Although Cupid doesn't tie Saturday's seminar to her experiences, she says she hopes it will address community concerns in her district.

Closer Look: Advocate Rana Allam; 'Vine City'; And More

Jun 24, 2016
Jim Burress / WABE

Friday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Atlanta City Council

Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond is responding to allegations that he failed to report campaign contributions and expenses.

The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission said that between 2009 and 2015, Bond improperly used campaign funds 30 times and failed to disclose campaign contributions and expenditures 252 times.  

“I think it's a very big deal,” said Stefan Ritter, the head of the commission. “What we see here are truly egregious violations.”

Elly Yu / WABE

Hundreds of pilots for Delta Air Lines took turns picketing Friday at Hartsfield-Jackson ​Atlanta International Airport and in airports across the country about contract negotiations.

John Malone, chairman of the Delta pilots union, said the union has been in negotiations with Delta Air Lines for more than 15 months, and he said the picketing was to highlight a sense of "urgency" in negotiations. He said the union has been pushing for higher pilot compensation, and that the company has been highly profitable.  

A 91-year-old Pennsylvania man who has for years lectured to school groups and others about what he said were his experiences at Auschwitz now says he was never a prisoner at the concentration camp.

Joseph Hirt made the admission in a letter to LNP newspaper Wednesday and apologized. He said he used poor judgment and faulty reasoning in trying to tell the story of those affected by the Nazis.

Atlanta Public Schools Police Chief Ronald Applin stands in front of officers in the newly formed Atlanta Public Schools Police Department.
Alison Guillory / WABE

Atlanta Public Schools now has its own police force. A new chief of police and 67 officers were sworn in Thursday night at the Center for Learning & Leadership. 

These new officers will act as the school district's school resource officers and replace members of the Atlanta Police Department in the city's middle and high schools starting July 1. 

APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen said these are sworn police officers, but they'll also teach and counsel students.

Proposed Development To Overlook Piedmont Park And BeltLine

Jun 24, 2016
Alison Guillory

The Atlanta BeltLine continues to attract new development. The latest project on the drawing board is a four-acre project next to Piedmont Park.

Atlanta-based Fuqua Development is looking to build a project along Monroe Drive near 10th Street. According to this week’s Atlanta Business Chronicle, the development would include apartments, townhomes and a boutique hotel. Developers are also considering including a natural foods grocery store and chef-inspired restaurants next to Park Tavern restaurant overlooking Piedmont Park and the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail.

From left, Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. and Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., sing "We Shall Overcome" on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2016.
Carolyn Kaster / AP Photo


While the British were voting to leave the European Union, it was a big week in politics on this side of the pond. Atlanta Democratic Congressman John Lewis led a sit-in on the floor of the U.S. House, which was watched around the world on social media. And the Supreme Court issued some big decisions on affirmative action and President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration.  

A northwest Georgia judge threatened to lock a defendant up for years and used a gay slur after the defendant repeatedly shouted obscenities and threatened to kill the judge's family.

Citing a transcript from the June 17 hearing in Rome, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Denver F. Allen repeatedly swore at Judge Bryant Durham Jr. after his request for a new public defender was denied. Allen told Durham he would "cut (Durham's) children up into pieces."

Durham used the gay slur after Allen said he liked to have sex with boys.

Molly Samuel / WABE

The family of a man who was shot and killed by a DeKalb County police office in 2014, say they’re figuring out their next steps. Earlier this week the district attorney’s office said it would not bring charges against the officer who shot Kevin Davis.

Thursday evening, about 40 people gathered in front of the DeKalb County courthouse for speeches, chants and prayers.

Davis was shot when he called police to his house, after an altercation between his girlfriend and a co-worker.

His sister, Delisa Davis, said at the vigil that she’s not giving up his cause.

Greg Allen/Invision/AP

This weekend, Atlanta clubs, concerts halls and stadiums will ring with the sounds of '80s goth rock, a hip-hop hit-maker and indie rock duos a-plenty.

Contributor Mara Davis joins WABE host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at the upcoming concert calendar.

Closer Look: Balancing Work And Singing; And More

Jun 23, 2016
Courtesy of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Thursday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

Civil rights activist and Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. is introduced before speaking at the unveiling of a U.S. Postal Service stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, Friday, Aug. 23, 213, at the Newseum in Washington.
Charles Dharapak / Associated Press

U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who shed blood in Selma for civil rights, sat shoulder to shoulder with fellow Democrats on the House floor as the leader of an extraordinary protest demanding votes on gun control.

Evan Vucci / Associated Press

Georgians are reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court 4-4 deadlock on immigration, which leaves in place a lower court decision stopping President Obama’s executive actions.

About 140,000 people in Georgia could have been temporarily shielded from deportation under the president’s program, according to estimates by the Pew Research Center.

DeKalb School Board Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green
Al Such / WABE

The DeKalb County school board has approved a budget for the upcoming year. The district is directing more money toward the classroom than it has in past years.

The plan includes almost $20 million for staff raises, $4 million for signing and retention bonuses for teachers and $2 million to develop district-wide curricula.

Courtesy of MARTA

MARTA CEO Keith Parker is scheduled to meet with federal transportation officials in Washington, D.C., next week about more than $20 million in potential funding for a nearly seven-mile, $42.3 million bus-rapid-transit line along Northside Drive and Metropolitan Parkway.

Courtesy Maria Saporta

Atlanta’s first African-American mayor, Maynard Jackson Jr., was elected in 1973 when he was only 35. He went on to become a national pioneer – establishing affirmative action and joint venture programs to better integrate the economy – both in Atlanta and throughout the United States.

And producers are working a documentary about his life.

On June 20, 2003, three days before he died, Jackson delivered the keynote address to a gathering of the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP).

Federal prosecutors in Atlanta say 13 members of a drug-trafficking cell have been sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy to distribute drugs and launder money.

Prosecutors said in a news release Thursday that the group smuggled "staggering amounts" of illegal drugs from Mexico. The sentences ranged from 2½ to 20 years in prison.

U.S. Attorney John Horn said the case highlights Atlanta's role as a hub for Mexican cartels.

Zoo Atlanta

Thursday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

David Goldman / Associated Press

The Georgia Aquarium announced this week that it would stop its efforts to collect beluga whales and dolphins from the wild, except in rescue efforts. 

The statement follows the decision by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration to deny the aquarium's permit to import 18 beluga whales from Russia, a decision that was upheld by the U.S. District Court in Atlanta last year. 

associated press

Updated at 3:06 p.m. Thursday

Weary but jubilant House Democrats ended their extraordinary sit-in on the chamber's floor Thursday more than 24 hours after it began, a protest that let them broadcast their demands around the world for gun-control votes in the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida nightclub.

There were no indications that Republicans who run the House had granted Democrats' insistence for votes on bills strengthening background checks and barring firearms sales to people on the government's no-fly list.

Courtesy of Ruth Dusseault

Missing drinking your favorite beer at Atlanta's beloved Manuel's Tavern? It may not be long before you can sit down in the watering hole's booths again.

Writing on Facebook, Brian Maloof, owner and son of the bar's founder, Manuel Maloof, said that the opening was getting closer every day.

"Construction is on schedule and should be completed by July 22 or 23. We should open shortly thereafter," Maloof wrote.

Andrew Harnik / Associated Press

President Barack Obama says the Supreme Court decision blocking his immigration plan sets the system back and "takes us further from the country we aspire to be."

Obama says America has been a refuge for the world for more than two centuries. He says it's a diverse and inclusive nation because it's a nation of immigrants.

Obama sought to use his own authority to shield from deportation millions of immigrants living illegally in the country.

The high court, which tied 4-4, effectively kills Obama's plan for the duration of his presidency.

Jon Elswick, File / Associated Press

A tie vote by the Supreme Court is blocking President Barack Obama's immigration plan that sought to shield millions living in the U.S. illegally from deportation.

The justices' one-sentence opinion on Thursday effectively kills the plan for the duration of Obama's presidency.

Jail records show the son of R&B legend Gladys Knight has been released from a jail near Atlanta after the restaurants named after his mother were raided.

The Clayton County jail's website says 39-year-old Shanga Hankerson was released Wednesday afternoon on charges of two counts of felony theft by taking.

Hankerson is the owner of Gladys Knight's Chicken & Waffles restaurants, which were raided Tuesday by the Georgia Department of Revenue.

All three Atlanta area locations have been closed.

Lisa Hagen / WABE

Chris Novy is thinking about getting his concealed carry license.


"I am new to a lot of the more free, Second Amendment culture," Novy said. “If I see someone walking with a gun down the street, in California, that’s not a thing. In Georgia, it is.”

He said figuring out what his rights are is important. Novy was one of about a dozen people to show up to the Atlanta chapter of an LGBT gun group, Pink Pistols. They were holding their first meeting since the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando earlier this month.