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Reed says he will seek reelection

Reed says he will seek reelection

ATLANTA -- During his fourth State of the City address, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced his intention to seek a second term in the mayor's office.

Reed began his remarks by teasing the audience about his future plans. Later in the speech, he said he had given his future considerable thought and that he would be with President Barack Obama during his visit to metro Atlanta on Thursday.

As the crowd held its collective breath, Reed laughed and said he would run again.

The audience broke into a cheering standing ovation as Reed laughed and said, "Fooled you!"

APS Board postpones decision on Davis

ATLANTA -- On Monday night, the Atlanta Public Schools Board met to discuss whether interim superintendent Dr. Erroll Davis should take over the position permanently. 

Some North Atlanta High parents gathered at the meeting as an act of protest due to the recent removal of the principal of their school. 

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At the culmination of the meeting, the board decided not to decide on whether Davis would be retained. The board decided to make a decision regarding Dr. Davis in November or December.

If Davis is permanently placed, he will be the superintendent of the Atlanta Public School system for two years. 

Dismissed North Atlanta High Principal speaks out

Dismissed North Atlanta High Principal speaks out

ATLANTA - A handful of parents greeted the ousted former principal of North Atlanta High with applause Tuesday morning when he showed up Atlanta Public School headquarters.

Mark Mygrant came to file a formal Open Records Request asking about an anonymous teacher's alleged claims of racism against two of his former administrators.

Mygrant believes that's why he was suddenly dismissed last Friday and several administrators transferred, one month before the retired interim principal was to have been replaced anyway.

"I would have gladly put the keys under the mat and rode off into the sunset and I was prepared to do that until I heard that other administrators were taken down by this," he said.

He and his supporters insist the allegations are unfounded and shameful.

"I truly believe that it stems from the very highest up; there might be even board involvement and that it's just political greed gone wild," Mygrant added.

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has sworn in the newest justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Keith Blackwell was sworn in Thursday morning in the House Chamber of the State Capitol.

Deal last month appointed the 37-year-old Blackwell to fill a vacancy left by Chief Justice George Carley. Carley's resignation as chief justice was effective Tuesday.

Blackwell had served on the Court of Appeals since he was appointed in 2010 by former Gov. Sonny Perdue. He is the 92nd justice since the court's creation in 1845.

Blackwell previously practiced civil and criminal law. He will serve on the court until 2014, when voters will decide whether to keep him on the bench for a six-year term.

APD appoints LGBT liaison

APD appoints LGBT liaison

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department has named a new LGBT liaison officer to serve the department.

Officer Kristin Knight was appointed to her position last week by Chief George Turner.

"I'm looking forward to this wonderful and challenging opportunity to serve as a link between the LGBT community and the brave men and women of the Atlanta Police Department," Knight said after she was appointed. "As a proud member of both the gay community and the APD, I will take great pride and care in ensuring we continue our mutual respect and understanding."

Knight joined APD in 2005, working as a patrol officer downtown and in Midtown. Last year, the Connecticut native joined the Community Liaison Unit. She originally moved south to attend Clark Atlanta University and is now completing her bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Saint Leo University.

22 APS students win Gates Millennium Scholarship

22 APS students win Gates Millennium Scholarship

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools can now boast the third-highest number of 2012 Gates Millennium Scholarship winners in the United States.

The prestigious scholarship covers tuition, room and board for any major at any university. Only 1,000 students in the country receive the honor every year.

This year's recipients from APS include:

Carver Early College High School
Makeeva Walker

Carver School of the Arts
Ashley Thomas

Carver School of Health Sciences & Research
Cesar Chavez

Frederick Douglass High School
Kaitlin Camp
Jasmine Davis
Rifat Mursalin

Henry W. Grady High School
Abena Amoakuh
Chantil Coleman
Raveen Ford
Shafiq Gyagenda

Maynard H. Jackson High School
Alexander Greene

Benjamin E. Mays High School
Douglas Ruffin

Tee Off for Hope at East Lake Golf Club

Tee Off for Hope at East Lake Golf Club

ATLANTA -- Tee Off for Hope, the annual charity golf tournament for Atlanta's Society of St. Vincent de Paul, will be held Monday, Apr. 30 at East Lake Golf Club.

Participants in the tournament will become "Members for the Day" of the exclusive club, home to golf legend Bobby Jones. Several notable Atlantans are scheduled to attend and participate, including former UGA football coach Vince Dooley, Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory and 11Alive's own Fred Kalil.

Money raised by Tee Off for Hope goes to help local families struggling with hunger, poverty and joblessness. The funds support such organizations as St. Vincent de Paul's Family Support Centers and Food Recovery and Distribution Program.

To register for the tournament, visit www.svdpatl.org.