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A Georgia prison inmate who has served nearly 25 years of a sentence of life without parole will get a re-sentencing hearing, after acting as his own lawyer.

The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday morning that the case of Guy Philmore be resentenced. Philmore has been serving a sentence for stabbing a man to death in Glynn County in 1990.

Stephannie Stokes / WABE

Means Street is a short narrow road near train tracks west of Georgia Tech. Square nondescript brick buildings rise up on each side.

As Bill Gould walks up the street, he says it gets its name from an early Atlanta landowner, Alexander Means. That name is part of what first drew Gould here almost 30 years ago.

“All these buildings were largely abandoned, covered in Kudzu with the windows all missing. And it was really beautiful, but a little bit edgy, scary and mean, so,” Gould says.

David Goldman / Associated Press

There's a push to make Cobb County more pedestrian-friendly.

The Cobb County Department of Transportation just received nearly $38,000 in grant funding from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. The funds will be used to support the Cobb County Pedestrian Safety Campaign. The campaign will include books and a short video that highlight safety messages for children. Officials say the campaign's goal is to bring down the number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities. 

At the Rivals on Five sports bar in Stone Mountain, fans were loud and pumped during the first three quarters of the game but grew quiet when the New England Patriots made their historic comeback at the end of the game.
Tasnim Shamma / WABE

The Atlanta Falcons lost Super Bowl LI to the New England Patriots 34-28 in overtime Sunday night.

Football fans left sports bar and house parties dejected after what's considered the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.

At the Rivals on Five sports bar in Stone Mountain, the crowd was loud and pumped for the first three quarters of the game.

But when the game went into overtime: a first in Super Bowl history, things got quiet, and waiters started handing out free shots.

Fans fill the stadium during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston.
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They looked old and outmanned. Their star quarterback was frazzled, their stingy defense was a sieve.

So what? Tom Brady and the New England Patriots shrugged and did what they always seem to do: Win the Super Bowl.

Brady led one of the greatest comebacks in sports history highlighted by a Julian Edelman catch that was almost beyond belief. The Patriots pulled themselves out of a 25-point hole against the Atlanta Falcons to a 34-28 win for New England's fifth NFL championship. It was the first Super Bowl decided in overtime.

Closer Look: Super Bowl Edition

Feb 3, 2017
Alison Guillory / WABE

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

Atlanta Regional Commission

Boston has the T, Atlanta has MARTA. Boston has cream pie, Atlanta has peach cobbler. Boston has baked beans, Atlanta has boiled peanuts. 

Both cities will be convening in Houston to battle out their differences in the most American of ways -- through a high-stakes, high-publicity, highly-commercialized game of football. 

GSU Students Unhappy With Graduation Venue Change

Feb 3, 2017
GSU Winter
Alison Guillory / WABE

Some Georgia State University graduating seniors aren't happy with the school's choice of venue this spring.

GSU's commencement ceremonies this spring will be held at Georgia Tech's McCamish Pavilion.

McCamish is eight times smaller than the Georgia Dome, which is where GSU has held its graduation ceremonies for the past nine years. The pavilion can only accommodate 8,600 people, where the dome could hold a little more than 70,000.

But the dome closes for good in March. 

Stephannie Stokes / WABE

This spring, Atlanta will start work to recreate a historic park on the city’s Westside. Local officials have high hopes for the new space, that it could even become a tourist attraction.

But the proposed park recently got caught up in Atlanta’s complicated past.

Civil Rights And Peace

In Vine City, just a mile from the new Falcons stadium, is a wide open field. There’s not much to look at, other than some trees and boarded-up apartments off to the side.

But Rodney Mims Cook Jr. has big plans to change that.

Atlanta-Based Businesses Sport Falcons Pride

Feb 3, 2017
The Atlanta Falcons prepare to play the Carolina Panthers during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Atlanta.
John Bazemore / Associated Press

Major Atlanta-based companies are gearing up for the Super Bowl this Sunday, when the Atlanta Falcons face the New England Patriots.

Companies like SunTrust Bank are encouraging their employees to wear Falcons jerseys or red and black in support of the city's team.

Susan Johnson is SunTrust's chief marketing officer.

"If you go to any of our banking centers you're going to see a lot of black and red," Johnson said. "We got balloons, we got posters, we got rally towels. This is our hometown team and we're really proud."

North Georgia drought, Georgia drought, Atlanta drought
Alison Guillory / WABE

A major metro Atlanta water supplier is suing the federal government, claiming the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is not allowing it water that the state of Georgia has allocated to it.

College Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame

The Atlanta Falcons are headed to Super Bowl 51 this weekend, so it’s time to celebrate. Many people already have their Super Bowl watch plans set, but what’s going on before all the parties? Or what if you’re not interested in the big game? Atlanta PlanIt has picked out four things to do to help kick off your Super Bowl weekend.

Experience Emory’s Alternative "Bowl"

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Andrew Eccles / Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Atlanta performers, museums and historic locations are paying tribute to Black History Month this February with a host of special events. Atlanta PlanIt has gathered 10 events you shouldn't miss. You can go to a memorable concert experience, visit a museum to see historic murals, or watch a performance by one of the country’s top dance companies. All these and more are happening this February in Atlanta in tribute of Black History Month.

1. Taste the best of Sweet Auburn.

A crowd of more than 600 listened to speakers at the Georgia Tech Campanile Thursday who spoke out against President Trump's recent ban on immigration from seven countries.
Al Such / WABE

Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Georgia Tech Campanile Thursday to demonstrate against a recent immigration freeze set in place by President Donald Trump.

Trump's executive order, signed Friday, stopped people from seven Muslim-majority nations from being admitted to the U.S. and suspended refugee resettlement. Protests broke out across the U.S. Saturday. On Thursday, several speakers took the stand at the Campanile to discuss the impact the ban had on the Georgia Tech community.

An Indivisible chapter in Atlanta called The Red Clay Rebellion met Tuesday in front of Senator David Perdue's downtown Atlanta office. The national movement is working to resist President Donald Trump's policies.
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On Saturday morning, Margo Smith served coffee and muffins to about a dozen women in her living room in Clarkston.

"I, like many people, am just appalled about what's happening since Trump became president,” Smith said. “It feels like we've got to fight to maintain our democracy."

Saturday was the first meeting of Indivisible Clarkston, one of many small grass-roots groups that have formed in the Atlanta area to resist President Donald Trump's policies.

Dueling Groundhogs Make Opposite Predictions

Feb 2, 2017
Keith Srakocic / Associated Press

How long will we have to suffer through an incredibly mild winter? Not much longer if Georgia's most famous groundhog is right. 

General Beauregard Lee, who resides at the Yellow River Game Ranch in Lilburn, woke up Tuesday morning and didn't see his shadow. As the legend goes, that means spring is on its way. But that Pennsylvania woodchuck predicted winter will stick around, according to his handlers.

Eric Gay / Associated Press

The Atlanta Falcons continue to practice at Rice University today, getting ready for Super Bowl Sunday.

"I feel good about my routine, I feel good about where I'm at. I feel like I know how to get myself prepared and ready to play," Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan told reporters in Houston on Wednesday.  

And Ryan said he expects wide receiver Julio Jones will have a big day.

"He's such a huge part of what we do in terms of creating explosive plays and, you know, changing how a defense is going to defend us," Ryan said. "So we'll get him involved for sure."

In this May 9, 2015 file photo, pipes for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline are stacked at a staging area in Worthing, S.D.
Nati Harnik / Associated Press file

Getting big controversial pipelines built, like the Dakota Access and Keystone XL, is one of President Donald Trump's priorities. But in Georgia there's a moratorium on building petroleum pipelines while state lawmakers review regulations.

Elly Yu / WABE

Areen Lukman Hussein tries to quiet her baby, who’s not even a month old. She just fed him with a bottle, but he’s still squirming in her arms.

She’s at the International Rescue Committee in Atlanta with her family on Monday, where refugees have been gathering to hear more about President Donald Trump’s executive actions on immigration.

Another man from Syria in the room, also a refugee, chimes in about the baby.

“Maybe the baby misses his dad,” he says in Arabic through an interpreter.

Courtesy of Archdiocese of Atlanta

Catholic leaders in the region are asking Augusta prosecutors not to pursue the death penalty for a man charged with killing Florida priest Rene Robert. They said, it would go against the wishes of the priest himself.

‘A Declaration of Life’

Robert was found dead in the woods near Augusta last year. A man named Steve Murray was charged with murder in the priest's kidnapping and slaying. Shortly after, the District Attorney filed intent to seek a death sentence.

Susan Grimes / Atlanta Regional Commission

The city of Norcross has achieved the highest rating possible – platinum – from the Atlanta Regional Commission's Green Communities program.

That voluntary program, which began in 2009, focuses on making areas as environmentally-friendly as possible.

That's something Norcross officials have been doing in its government buildings.

Jeff Haynes / Associated Press Images for Panini

The run-up to Super Bowl 51 included lots of cameras and microphones last night and the NFL's Media Night took place in Houston.

Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan told reporters that he has nothing but respect for Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady.

"Just the way he works week in and week out, year in and year out.  He plays the game the right way and plays really hard," said Ryan.

And now that the media hoopla with the players is over, it's time for the Falcons to get down to business, according to Atlanta sports analyst I.J. Rosenberg.

A travel advocate accuses Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines of shaming certain customers into buying a higher fare ticket. Delta says it's providing transparency as a way to better inform customers.
Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press

Delta Air Lines says its operations are back to normal following a systems outage Sunday that disrupted hundreds of flights.

The computer problem forced Delta to cancel roughly 300 domestic flights over the past two days.

Delta officials tweeted yesterday the tech issue was resolved and offered an apology to passengers who had to adjust their travel plans.

Airline Weekly analyst Seth Kaplan says the glitch, the second in less than 12 months, shouldn't have a long-term effect on the Atlanta-based carrier.

Airport Crowd Welcomes Afghan Refugee Family To Atlanta

Jan 31, 2017
Don Freeman and his son wait to welcome the Afghanistan refugee family at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Miranda Hawkins / WABE

The first refugee family to arrive in Atlanta since President Donald Trump signed his executive order on immigration landed at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport late Monday night.

The Afghan family of four, including a 5-year-old girl and 3-year-old boy, were welcomed by family members, a group of almost 40 people and the International Rescue Committee, a refugee resettlement organization. 

An Atlanta Public Schools school bus
Alison Guillory / WABE

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says the city will deliver 10 deeds to school properties to Atlanta Public Schools.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Reed made the announcement Monday.

Alison Guillory / WABE

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

Protesters stand outside of the South Domestic Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Sunday. The Atlanta airport protest was among several that occurred in airports across the country.
Alison Guillory / WABE

Two metro Atlanta college students are among those unable to return to the United States because of the Trump administration's travel ban.

Reham Noaman is a third-year graduate student at Clark Atlanta University, while her sister, Rakhaa, is a sophomore at Georgia State University.

Both have student visas, according to their schools.

BRANDEN CAMP / Associated Press

Aside from the protests to President Donald Trump's immigration order, there was another issue that had people up in arms at airports this weekend.

About 170 Delta Air Lines flights were canceled Sunday due to a systems outage.

Other flights were delayed for hours as a result of the glitch.

Alison Guillory / WABE

One of the rarest salamanders in the country lives in Georgia – or, at least, it used to – a survey last year didn't turn any up in the wild. It's called the frosted flatwoods salamander, and there's a new project in Atlanta to breed the species in captivity.

The last time scientists documented one of these guys in Georgia was in 2015, near the coast. That's where they'd usually live, in longleaf pine forests.

Now, a bunch of flatwoods salamanders live in Buckhead.

Protesters stand outside of the South Domestic Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Sunday. The Atlanta airport protest was among several that occurred in airports across the country.
Alison Guillory / WABE

A few thousand people crowded outside the Atlanta airport Sunday to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration order. They packed onto the sidewalks and some of the lanes outside the airport’s south terminal with drums, megaphones and a lot of signs.

Clarence Alston’s sign was nearly wordless, but captured his general dismay about Trump’s presidency.

“My sign says, ‘Nah Bruh, NOPE.’ Because it captures what I can’t put into a more eloquent phrase,” he said.