5 things to know today: Weekend traffic to be nightmarish

1.    Watch out for traffic snarls around metro Atlanta. Expect heavy traffic along I-20 and I-75 this weekend due to extensive lane and ramp closures. [Read here]

2.    Protests continue in Charlotte. Charlotte mostly kept its cool on the third night of protests over a recent deadly police shooting. [Read here]

3.    Kemp homes twice as Braves win. The Marlins felt the brunt of Atlanta's recent trade acquisitions Thursday, when Matt Kemp hit two home runs and Josh Collmenter pitched seven sharp innings in a 6-3 win at Marlins Park that extended the Braves' winning streak to six games, matching their season high. [Read here]

4.    Hot weekend ahead. Metro Atlanta has a hot Friday and an even hotter weekend ahead. But temperatures will drop and rain chances will increase early next week. Highs in Atlanta are expected to reach 91 degrees Saturday and 89 degrees Sunday before temperatures drop to the lower 80s Monday. [Read here]

5.    Kasim Reed on CNN: 'Donald Trump is lying' about black communities. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed went toe-to-toe Thursday with a Cleveland pastor over Donald Trump's recent comments that "our African-American communities absolutely in the worst shape they've ever been in before, ever, ever, ever." [Read here]