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Since its inception in 1952, the Emory Law Journal has never elected a black editor-in-chief — until now.

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The college announced last week that Emory University School of Law student Janiel Myers was named to the Journal's highest role.

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The Georgia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Georgia) has called on leaders of Georgia’s mosques to improve their security measures.

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Last month, three mosques in and around metro Atlanta received identical emails from a self-described "Muslim slayer" threatening widespread attacks against Muslims in the area on March 15. Other mosques around the U.S. have received similar threats.

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Volunteers from across Georgia this spring will work with the Civil War Trust to help clean up battlefields and other historic sites in Georgia and several other states.

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The goal is to maintain and restore several sites as part of Park Day, a nationwide effort on April 1 that includes more than 130 historic sites in 30 states, The Athens Banner-Herald reported.

 

Volunteers will be doing mostly outdoor jobs.

 

The University of Georgia arch in Athens, Georgia on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (Photo/Brenna Beech)
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University of Georgia officials say they will rebury the remains of 105 bodies discovered when expanding a building on the campus.

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Construction to expand Baldwin Hall was temporarily halted after workers found grave sites in December 2015, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

 

The grave sites were part of Old Athens Cemetery near Baldwin Hall. The area served as the official town cemetery for most of the 19th century.

 

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.
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An Atlanta man accused of threatening the staff of U.S. Rep. John Lewis is set to appear in court for a hearing to decide whether he'll continue to be held in custody.

 

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The detention hearing for 42-year-old Dante Antoine Rosser is set for 11 a.m. Monday in Atlanta.

 

Newly unsealed court records say Lewis' Atlanta-based staff members expressed "grave concerns" for their safety after Rosser visited their office and also made repeated phone calls.

 

John Rempel, a quality control and training specialist at Georgia Tech's AMAC Accessibility Solutions and Research Center, demonstrates how the screen-reading program JAWS communicates information from a webpage to a user who might not be able to see it.
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One in every eight Georgians – more than 12 percent – identifies as having a disability. Whether it’s a physical or learning disability, it can be difficult for those people trying to access the internet.

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Members of the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi said they're heading to Douglas County this weekend. It's to protest a judge's prison sentence for two people there this week.

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Kayla Norton and Jose Torres will each serve several years in prison for disrupting a black child's birthday party in 2015. They made armed threats, said racial slurs and waved the Confederate battle flag.

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It’s time to start making weekend plans, so Atlanta PlanIt is here to help give you some ideas. Broadway fans have two great options for events this weekend, including a special cabaret performance from Alan Cumming as well as the national tour of “The Phantom of the Opera.” For those looking to try something new, Georgia Tech’s “EarFilms: To Sleep To Dream” blindfolds audiences for an all-immersive aural experience. And there’s a retrospective of American 20th century art at the High Museum of Art.

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The judge assigned to the case of a slain Georgia teacher who vanished nearly 12 years ago acted too broadly by ordering investigators, potential witnesses and family members to keep silent outside the courtroom and by sealing the court record from public view, said an attorney for Georgia news organizations.

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Georgia Power is suspending its study of a site near Columbus for a new nuclear power plant.

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In a letter Wednesday to the Georgia Public Service Commission, the utility told officials that the proposed nuclear plant in Stewart County would not be needed as soon as previously expected.

 

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Amid a surge of bomb threats and vandalism at Jewish institutions nationwide, members of Atlanta's Jewish community have felt a familiar wave of apprehension about what may come next.

 

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Because all of that, and worse, has happened before.

 

Gwinnett DOT Holds Meetings To Create Transportation Plan

Mar 2, 2017
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The Gwinnett County Department of Transportation is holding several meetings this month to get a better idea of what Gwinnett citizens want, be it public transportation options or road expansions.  The second meeting will be Thursday night at Snellville City Hall. 

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Georgia is loosening water use restrictions in more than 80 counties as the drought has eased, but not for most metro Atlanta counties.

The drought has improved in much of Georgia over the past couple months, but it's still affecting Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River.

So while the state is lifting outdoor water use rules in 86 counties, the restrictions are staying in place for 12 counties that rely on that water. They are Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Lumpkin, Paulding and White counties.

A fan holds a scarf during a party at which Atlanta United FC was announced as the name of an MLS soccer expansion team, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Atlanta. The team is scheduled to begin to play in 2017 at the city's new retractable-roof stadium.
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Professional soccer is returning to Atlanta.

The city's new Major League Soccer team, Atlanta United FC, is kicking off its first season this weekend.

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Dan Courtemanche, executive vice president of communications for MLS, said the team has a good shot of bringing together Atlantans of all backgrounds.

That's partly because the league hasn't been around that long.

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An Atlanta man accused of threatening the staff of U.S. Rep. John Lewis appeared confused in court on Thursday before a judge ordered him held until his next hearing.

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Dante Antoine Rosser, 42, was taken into custody Thursday on a charge of threatening to assault a federal official, said FBI Special Agent David LeValley, head of the agency's Atlanta office.

A raised flower bed in Mattie Freeland Park, with the words 'We Are Better Together' painted on the side.
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The Atlanta neighborhood of English Avenue doesn't have many parks, but there's one that a community got together and built themselves in honor of a local resident who was like a grandmother to her neighbors.

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Mattie Freeland was the kind of woman who always shared her food and checked in on people, say people who knew her. They called her "Miss Mattie." She passed away several years ago, but the park that’s grown next door to her house was sort of her idea.

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A well-known jewel thief who reflected on her six-decade criminal career in a 2013 documentary has been deemed too ill to stand trial for an alleged 2015 theft.

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that 86-year-old Doris Payne's trial was scheduled to start Feb. 21 in connection with the theft of a pair of Christian Dior earrings from a Saks Fifth Avenue store.

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Updated 12:55 p.m. Thursday

A search continues in South Georgia for the remains of a teacher who's been missing for more than 11 years.

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Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge J.T. Ricketson tells multiple news outlets that investigators returned to a pecan farm Wednesday morning, searching for Tara Grinstead's remains. Investigators dug through a wooded area Tuesday for Grinstead, who went missing from her Ocilla home in 2005.

Presidents of Clark Atlanta University and Georgia Piedmont Technical College signed a new partnership agreement on Wednesday at Clark Atlanta University's campus.
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Leaders of historically black colleges and universities in Atlanta are back home after a visit to the White House.

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Their trip ended Tuesday afternoon with President Donald Trump signing an executive order that he said supports HBCUs.

The presidents of Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College and Morehouse College were among the dozens of HBCU leaders in attendance.

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President Donald Trump is directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to revisit a regulation on clean water.

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The Obama-era rule, known both as the Clean Water Rule and "Waters of the United States," was intended to clarify what bodies of water are protected by the Clean Water Act: Big rivers are, but what about creeks that feed into them, or streams that go dry part of the year, or wetlands? The rule would have protected those too.

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Mercedes-Benz USA next week will ask the city of Sandy Springs  to rename Barfield Road, adjacent to its new headquarters, to Mercedes-Benz Drive.

The name change would mean a new address for its neighbor, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Wendy Sharp works at the Mormon church and lives just a mile away. She said she feels sad watching the trees fall down, but swallowing a proposed name change is even more difficult.

A Georgia judge sentenced two people to lengthy prison terms for their role in the disruption of a black child's birthday party with Confederate flags, racial slurs and armed threats.

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Jose Ismael Torres, 26, will spend 13 years in prison; Kayla Rae Norton, 25, is to serve six years, Atlanta news outlets report.

Both wept as the sentences were handed down Monday in Douglas County, west of Atlanta.

"Their actions were motivated by racial hatred," said Superior Court Judge William McClain.

Outside metro Atlanta, GDOT launched CHAMP, a new highway assistance program for the major interstates.
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Drivers in metro Atlanta have come to rely on HERO units, Highway Emergency Response Operators.

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Now Georgia’s Department of Transportation has launched a similar program for the rest of the state’s major highways.

CHAMP, the Coordinated Highway Assistance and Maintenance Program (CHAMP) is similar to HERO. However, HERO, with its signature bright orange trucks are primarily in metro Atlanta. That program's focus is emergency response and traffic control.   

Photo Courtesy of Roy Stanley

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

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Marcuss Ealy walks through a big warehouse, passing aisles filled with various shapes of cardboard boxes.

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The warehouse on the westside of unincorporated Fulton County is part of a national printing company, Integrated Merchandising Systems (IMS). Ealy points to workers who are getting orders ready to ship.

“See I started on this aisle way back where that lady at,” Ealy said. “That’s the packer.”

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By day, Jamey Adams works as a forensic chemist for the U.S. Army crime lab in Atlanta. But at night he trades his fatigues for a pint as he steps into the role of brew master at Arches Brewery, one of Georgia's up and coming craft enterprises.

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"This is my professional hobby," said Adams who founded the company with four friends and is already getting ready to expand their capacity within their first year of operation.

Atlanta Streetcar near Centennial Park
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The Atlanta Streetcar is offering other cities a lesson – in what not to do.

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In the District of Columbia, the executive director of the District Department of Transportation said he will keep the streetcar free for the next four years.

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The attorney for a black man shot by Atlanta police last month says the officer had no reason to fear for his life and a video released today proves it.

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Surveillance footage shows DeAundre Phillips sitting in the passenger seat of a car at the Atlanta Public Safety Annex.

Two plain-clothes officers approach him. They talk with Phillips and then there's a struggle.

Phillips crawls into the driver's seat to drive off, when one officer jumps through the passenger door.

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Traveling while black in America was once a perilous endeavor. Jim Crow and rampant prejudice meant many public accommodations weren't open for those citizens. The Green Book was a travel guide, published between 1936 and 1966, which listed establishments where black travelers would be welcome.

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A huge development around the Brookhaven MARTA station may still happen.

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That's after plans recently hit a dead end.  

MARTA has been pursuing transit-oriented development throughout metro Atlanta.

Those are mixed-use developments located at or near MARTA stations.

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