Metro news for Thursday

Fifty-seven Atlanta Public Schools high school students earned special recognition for their achievement on 2011 Advanced Placement exams. The exams are given at the end of the college-level Advanced Placement courses, and can translate to college credit. Those who score exceptionally on the exams can earn "Scholar Awards" recognition. In Atlanta, students from Grady, Douglass, Mays, North Atlanta and Washington high schools earned the recognition. To see the names of those honored, visit JAIME SARRIO


Metro Atlanta Ambulance patients will be riding in style next year when the company plans to replace its fleet with state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans.

Ninety ambulances will be replaced with the he Mercedes-Benz vehicles over the next two years. The new vans are expected to double fuel efficiency and include driving safety systems for skid control and anti-lock braking.

The company recently upgraded its monitoring/defibrillation equipment in every vehicle, and will also equip vehicles with a portable chest compression system. JANEL DAVIS


The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice has announced that DJJ staff members have collected hundreds of pounds of warm clothing donations for women and children victims of domestic violence.

The effort began Nov. 26 with staff from facilities around the state -- including the DeKalb and Metro Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC), as well as the Gwinnett and Marietta RYDCs. Some facilities were so overwhelmed with donations that they arranged for early drop-offs to their community domestic violence shelters. Drop-offs will be completed by Jan. 9. ANDRIA SIMMONS

County by county

Three of a Kind

Working out at the Y across metro Atlanta. B5

Restaurant Inspections

How does your favorite restaurant rate with the county health inspector. B4