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Police investigate a fatal shooting at a Stone Mountain motel on Monday morning.

Man shot and killed at DeKalb County extended stay motel

DeKalb County police were investigating a fatal shooting early Monday at an extended stay motel near Stone Mountain. The shooting happened about 5 a.m. at the Savannah Suites in the 4800 block of Memorial Drive. DeKalb police Lt. Mark Lavigne said officers responding to a call about unknown trouble found ...

Friendship agrees to sell for stadium

The congregation of Friendship Baptist Church overwhelming accepted on Sunday an offer to sell its facility to make way for a new football stadium. The church and nearby Mount Vernon Baptist Church are on a site preferred by city officials and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority for the new ...

Investigation continues in deadly I-20 accident

Police are still working out the details in a tragic accident Friday evening in Douglas County that killed a child and sent four more to the hospital. Police say a woman driving an SUV on I-20 flipped the vehicle several times, apparently while trying to make a last-minute exit at ...

Off-duty Atlanta police officer carjacked

An off-duty Atlanta police officer was carjacked early Sunday after being held at gunpoint while stopped at a traffic light, authorities said. The officer was traveling west on North Avenue and stopped at the traffic light at Argonne Avenue when a man walked to his vehicle and pointed a handgun ...

Man's penis amputated after he abuses erection drug

A Colombian man's attempt to impress a new girlfriend with his sexual prowess backfired in an ironically tragic way. According to the La Nacion newspaper, the 66-year-old had to have his penis amputated after reportedly overdosing on the erectile disfunction medication Viagra. Doctors in southern Colombia say the man intentionally ...

Man, 20, shot to death in northeast Atlanta

Atlanta police are investigating after a man was fatally shot in northeast Atlanta early Sunday. Authorities responded to a person shot call in the 400 block of Wabash Avenue around 1:30 a.m. Derrick Benning, 20, of College Park was shot a least one time, Channel 2 Action News reported. He ...

Former Southern Christian Leadership Conference President Dr. Joseph Lowery and his wife Evelyn attend a memorial service at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. The church held a ceremony honoring the memory of the four young girls who were killed by a bomb placed outside the church 50 years ago by members of the Ku Klux Klan. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Wife of Rev. Joseph Lowery suffered “irreversible damage” from stroke, family says

Evelyn Lowery, the wife of civil rights leader Joseph E. Lowery, suffered “irreversible damage” from a stroke on Wednesday, according to a statement released Saturday by her family.“After many consultations with top medical experts, the Lowery family is saddened to learn that the stroke suffered by our beloved Evelyn has ...

Melissa Fincher speaks at a joint meeting of RESA Mathematics Mentors & ELA Professional Learning Specialists at the Georgia Department of Education in Atlanta on Thursday August 1st, 2013. She is the associate superintendent over testing.

Scoring errors jeopardize tests: Poor oversight raises risk

Tommy Parker knows that failing one of Mississippi’s high-stakes tests in high school can change a life. It can mean the difference between college and a factory job; between scraping by and a chance for more. The former principal is still haunted by the few times he told parents their ...

Civil rights leader Joseph Lowery, shown recently in his Atlanta home, will celebrate his 92nd birthday in October. The oil painting behind him includes his image along with that of his friend, the slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, and the first African-America president, Barack Obama. Its inscription says “to be a witness.”

Lowery prepared to mark a birthday as others celebrate his legacy

Two Sundays from now, the Rev. Joseph Lowery will gather with admirers and well-wishers to celebrate his 92nd birthday. To some, his age renders him just an old man, but nary a day passes when Lowery isn’t busy preaching and prodding America toward her best self. Still, he admits time ...

Atlanta native Scotty Barnhart is the new director of the Count Basie Orchestra, which performs Wednesday at the Cobb Energy Center as part of a “Tribute to Ella, Joe and Basie.”

Atlanta native takes Basie band baton

Scotty Barnhart, an Atlanta native and jazz trumpet virtuoso, was a starstruck high school musician back in the early 1970s when he saw the Count Basie Orchestra perform at the Fox Theatre.Standing outside on Peachtree Street, waiting for his parents to come give him a ride home, Barnhart suddenly saw ...

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