JASON GETZ / JGETZ@AJC.COM
HEAD TO HEAD--U.S. Congressman and Civil Rights Leader John Lewis greets and thanks a child from the Renaissance Learning Center after the group of children sang Congressman Lewis a song during the dedication of HERO, a mural honoring Lewis, on the west side of the Renaissance Walk at the corner of Jesse Hill Jr. Drive N.E., and Auburn Avenue Friday morning in Atlanta, Ga., August 24, 2012.
JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
WRONG WAY FATALITY--The southbound lanes of Ga. 400 in Sandy Springs reopened following the second fatal wrong-way driver crash on the highway in as many weeks on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. The two-vehicle wreck happened around 3:30 a.m. on Ga. 400 southbound between Holcomb Bridge and Northridge roads. Sandy Springs police spokesman Steve Rose said Carlyn Emily Royball, 22, of Alpharetta, was driving northbound in the southbound lanes when she struck a sport utility vehicle head-on. The SUV driver, Kelly Stevens, said he was on his way in to work as morning show co-host on B98.5 FM when he encountered the wrong-way driver. "I was in the left lane and all of a sudden, I just looked up and there were headlights and it was a wrong-way driver," said Stevens, who called in to the show from Grady Memorial Hospital. " Royball, a 2008 graduate of Milton High School, died. Rose said investigators had not yet determined whether Royball got on going the wrong way at Northridge Road or further south. All southbound lanes of Ga. 400 were blocked after the crash, but by 5 a.m., traffic was easing by the wreck scene in the right emergency lane. Authorities reopened all southbound lanes about 6 a.m.
JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
STORE CONSTRUCTION PROTESTED--Dozens of southwest Atlanta residents came together for a press conference and protest that was held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 24 across the street from a construction site for a planned Family Dollar Store at Fairburn Road and Benjamin E. Mays Drive. District 10 City Councilman C.T. Martin, who represents the area, opposes the project and said his office has been flooded with phone calls in opposition of the discount retailer opening in an area already disproportionally saturated with similar stores. Martin said the store doesn't fit the neighborhood. There are three Family Dollar Stores on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive alone, said Martin, who through research found that no stores were located north of North Avenue in Midtown Atlanta. Sixteen locations exist in the city limits alone and more are planned. Family Dollar Stores plans to open 450 to 500 new stores nationwide in the current fiscal year, including Atlanta's new Cascade Road store, according to the corporation. Outcry has risen in communities from New Orleans to Chapel Hill, North Carolina against the company's pattern of locating their stores in minority communities.
VINO WONG / VWONG@AJC.COM
KIDS TRIATHLON--Over 800 kids participated in the Atlanta Kids Triathlon, consisting of swimming, biking and running at West Gwinnett Aquatic Center Sunday August 26, 2012. Kids race against other kids in their same age group. For Juniors ages 6-10: Swim is 100 meters, Bike is 3 miles, and the Run is 1/2 mile. The event is organized through the Strong Kids Program of the YMCA.
KENT D. JOHNSON / KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM
MURDER TRIAL STARTS--Opening Arguments in the murder trial of Tracen Franklin at the Douglas County Courthouse Wednesday August 29, 2012. For more than two weeks Tracen Franklin has sat silently as his lawyers and prosecutors question people who will be asked to decide if he was a cold-blooded murderer who should die for killing Bobby Tillman or an 18-year-old college freshman who got caught up in mob dynamics that led him and others to attack. Franklin, now 20, is the only one of four charged with killing Tillman facing the prospect of a death sentence. A former Douglas High School football standout, Franklin was by then a freshman at Alabama State University, and he was home that weekend almost two years ago to visit his mother who was recuperating from surgery.
JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
FATAL BUS ACCIDENT--One person was killed Thursday morning, Aug. 30, 2012 in a collision between an SUV and a school bus in south DeKalb County DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said the bus was stopped at the intersection of Panthersville and Oakvale roads about 7:20 a.m. when, according to witnesses, a black sport utility vehicle approached “at a high rate of speed” and slammed into the back of the bus. The SUV driver died, Parish said. She told the AJC that the bus driver and the one student on the bus were uninjured. The bus was headed to nearby Oak View Elementary School. The identity of the deceased SUV driver, an adult male, was not immediately available. Panthersville Road was shut down in both directions while authorities investigated and cleared the wreck.
JOHNNY CRAWFORD / JCRAWFORD@AJC.COM
UNLEASHING IMAGINATION--Nathan Gelaude,6,works on his assignment as Dr. Kamau Bobb, chairman of the board at Wesley International Academy, talks to his classmate, Kevin Harris, at the school on Tuesday, August 28, 2012. This school once was managed by Imagine Schools Inc. , but the school is no longer with the company. All five Georgia charter schools once managed by Imagine Schools Inc. have either had to shut down or sever ties with the company.
(AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
GRADUATION DAY---Afghan National Police officers carry boxes of equipment during their graduation ceremony at a National Police training center in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, August 30, 2012. Over 141 National police officers graduated after receiving 2 months of training in Jalalabad.
(AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)
AT LEAST THE DOGS ARE HAVING FUN--Protesters shield themselves from a police water canon after a student protest ended in clashes with authorities in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Protesters in favor of education reform say the education system fails families with poor quality public schools, expensive private universities, unprepared teachers and banks that make education loans at high interest rates most Chileans can ill afford.
(AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
UP TO HIS NECK--A man carrying a bottle in his mouth slips as he wades through a flooded street, triggered by Tropical Storm Isaac, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. Tropical Storm Isaac swept across Haiti's southern peninsula early Saturday, dousing a capital city prone to flooding and adding to the misery of a poor nation still trying to recover from the 2010 earthquake.
HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES--Rev. Larry Ervin, of Stone Mountain, who also graduated from Morris Brown College in 2009, cheers during "A Day of Prayer" vigil at John Lewis Sports Complex on Morris Brown College on Saturday, August 25, 2012. Morris Brown College holds "A Day of Prayer" to raise awareness and money for the school, which is facing foreclosure if it cannot come up with $13 million by Sept. 4, the date in which parts of the school are slated to be auctioned off.
(AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
OLYMPIC RELIC--A silver cup won at the first modern Olympic Games, in Athens in 1896, by marathon runner Spyros Louis, is on display at the Acropolis Museum, on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. The cup, recently sold by the Greek athlete's descendants, was bought by a private Greek foundation at an auction in London.
PREACHER KILLING PROTESTED--A riot police officer near to a tire on fire, lit by Muslim youths, outside Masjid Musa Mosque, in Majengo, Mombasa, Kenya, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. Police and protesters fought running battles as a violent backlash to the killing of a radical Islamic preacher continued Tuesday in Kenya's second largest city, which left several people hospitalized, a police and human rights official said. Police officers teargased rowdy youth on their second day of protests over the killing Monday of Aboud Rogo Mohammed, who was sanctioned by the U.S. government and the U.N. for his alleged connection to an al-Qaida-linked Somali militant group, al-Shabab, regional Police boss Aggrey Adoli said.
(AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
FINDING SAFETY--Danessa Lee, left, comforts her granddaughter Ashanti Lee, 12, after their family was rescued in Pearlington, Miss., by law enforcement officers and first responders using boats, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, during the nonstop rain from Isaac. A number of residents of the small community were trapped by the rising waters and had be rescued or waited until the low tide when waters receded so they could walk out.
THE RED PLANET--In this image released by NASA on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, a chapter of the layered geological history of Mars is laid bare in this color image from NASA's Curiosity rover showing the base of Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual science destination. The image is a portion of a larger image taken by Curiosity's 100-millimeter Mast Camera on Aug. 23, 2012. Scientists enhanced the color in one version to show the Martian scene under the lighting conditions we have on Earth, which helps in analyzing the terrain. The pointy mound in the center of the image, looming above the rover-sized rock, is about 1,000 feet (300 meters) across and 300 feet (100 meters) high.