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3 APS schools saved, 7 to close

3 APS schools saved, 7 to close

ATLANTA -- In a meeting that lasted more than 12 hours and had more than 500 attendees, some chanting and carrying signs, the Atlanta school board approved a controversial redistricting plan late Tuesday night.

The board unanimously approved the plan advanced by Superintendent Erroll Davis with three amendments: to keep Towns, D.H. Stanton and F.L. Stanton elementary schools open.

Outbursts from the audience stopped the meeting twice. At one point, while the superintendent was absent, someone from the crowd yelled that Davis needed to return before they continued. The crowd began chanting "We want Davis." In a separate incident, a man who reportedly caused a commotion was escorted out by Atlanta police officers.

Former Atlanta Mayor Ambassaor Andrew Young celebrates 80

Former Atlanta Mayor Ambassaor Andrew Young celebrates 80

Living a life of many hats, many jokes, and many roles; civil rights crusader, and political leader Andrew Young born March 12, 1932, celebrated 80 years Tuesday with family and friends.

Receiving an early birthday gift a week before in Atlanta, also known as “the city which he built;” Young’s birthday and achievements were recognized during a surprise reception at Atlanta City Hall, chaired by Councilman Michael Julian Bond.

“I’ll be damned, they put one over on me,” Young said, joined by his daughter Andrea and co-conspirator wife Carolyn Young.

Mrs. Young revealed that her plot to surprise "Andy" was inspired after speaking with Bond during a Trumpet Awards Civil Rights Walk of Fame induction January; and from her to desire to do something for a man always doing for someone else.

APS board votes to replace Muhammad

APS board votes to replace Muhammad

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Public Schools board has voted 5-4 to elect Reuben McDaniel as its new chairman.

McDaniel will replace Brenda Muhammad, who was elected in June 2011 to take the place of Khaatim Sherrer El.

The board also voted 5-4 Monday to make Byron Amos its vice chairman.

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

ATLANTA -- Jud Turner has been appointed director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR board made the appointment official this week after Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Turner for the post.

Turner replaces F. Allen Barnes, who is leaving to work in the private sector.

Turner is a founding partner in the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett LLC and public affairs firm Georgia360 LLC. He was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's lead attorney and represented the governor during negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during the state's severe drought.

Turner has also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education.

DeKalb DA named to '40 Under 40'

DeKalb DA named to '40 Under 40'

DECATUR, Ga. -- DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James has been named to this year's distinguished "40 Under 40" list by the National Law Journal.

Every year, this list honors 40 minority lawyers who are younger than 40 years old and enjoy thriving careers.

"I am honored to be recognized with this distinguished group of young professionals selected by the National Law Journal," said James, 39. "I am inspired every day I wake up to continue to make a difference for the people I serve in DeKalb County. I made a pledge when I took office in 2007 to ensure that justice is served in our community, and I look forward to upholding that promise as DeKalb's DA."

James has also been recognized as an accomplished leader in a number of leading publications, including the Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Daily Report.

Musical artist, Lalah Hathaway returns to Atlanta on November 5th

Musical artist, Lalah Hathaway returns to Atlanta on November 5th

Lalah Hathaway will be returning to the Little 5 Points venue, Variety Playhouse, on November 5th.  For more info on the artist read the full bio below.

 

Her name is legendary. 

Her music is timeless.

Her lyrics touch you at the core.

Her voice possesses rich warmth that soothes your ears and holds you close..

She is Lalah Hathaway.

Born to R&B/Soul music royalty, most people know her simply as the daughter of late Soul music legend, Donny Hathaway. But there is more to her than that. A trained pianist and vocalist, she is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music and her career has spanned two decades. 21 years after the release of her first LP, her career continues to thrive.