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Washington High School mold problem persists


ATLANTA -- More than a year after mold problems were first discovered at Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta, the Atlanta Public School system is still working to fix the problem.

In October 2013, 11Alive first exposed the mold issues. The district held an emergency meeting.

During the 2013-2014 school year, the district had been posting updates for parents on the school's website. In March of this year, those updates stopped. But the mold issues did not.

"We have been doing this for over a year. At some point, APS must make the west side a priority," Washington High School alum Valerie Williams said.

Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'

Georgia-based Carmike backs out of 'The Interview'

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Columbus-based Carmike Cinemas has become the first theater chain to decide not to show the upcoming Sony film "The Interview", according to both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter Tuesday evening.

Carmike operates 2,917 screens in 278 theaters over 41 states, including nine theaters in metro Atlanta -- Athens, Cartersville, Canton, Conyers, Newnan, Snellville, Cumming, Hiram and southwest Atlanta.

Sony said earlier in the day Tuesday that they were moving ahead with plans to distribute the controversial comedy on Christmas Day, despite messages from hackers that appeared to threaten violence at theaters showing the film. The threats evoked the memory of 9/11, and suggested that violence of that sort would come to theaters and theater goers as a result of the film's going into wide release on Christmas weekend.

Atlanta Police Department gains 24 new officers

Atlanta Police Department gains 24 new officers

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department will graduate Class #237 Tuesday evening.

The class of brand new officers consists of 21 men and three women. All 24 graduates concluded 22 weeks of training at the Atlanta Police Academy -- including arrest techniques, physical fitness and classroom courses -- and 12 weeks of field training with veteran officers.

They will officially become members of the Atlanta Police Department during a ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Atlanta City Hall Atrium. Robin Loudermilk Jr., CEO of the Loudermilk Companies, will be the keynote speaker.

Three of the graduates have military backgrounds, while nine have college degrees, according to the Atlanta Police Department.

Atlanta attorneys to co-chair Stars and Stripes fundraiser

Jessica Reece Fagan, an associate with the family law firm Hedgepeth, Heredia, Crumrine & Morrison, and Ashley Akins, an associate with Hamilton, Westby, Antonowich & Anderson, will co-chair the State of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division 2015 Signature Fundraiser, this year benefiting the Augusta Warrior Project. The event will be held February 28, 2015 at Terminal West (887 West Marietta Street, Atlanta).

The Augusta Warrior Project provides assistance to former members of the military and their families in the Greater Augusta area of Georgia and South Carolina to improve their lives.

Now in its ninth year, the Signature Fundraiser is an evening celebration hosted by the State Bar of Georgia’s Young Lawyers Division that is well-attended by influential and up-and-coming leaders in the legal community. The event raises money and support for a non-profit organization chosen by the YLD Board of Directors.

Fulton County Fire Rescue provides guidelines to prevent holiday fire hazards

Fulton County Fire Rescue provides guidelines to prevent holiday fire hazards

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- As residents string up the lights and ignite the candles, the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department encourages everyone to keep fire safety in mind.

According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), fires involving Christmas trees caused more than $16 million in property damage per year between 2004 and 2008. Holiday lights and other decorative lighting caused more than $8 million dollars in property damage per year over that same time period.

Spelman student wins Marshall Scholarship to study in U.K.

Spelman student wins Marshall Scholarship to study in U.K.

ATLANTA -- Tayler Ulmer ('15) has been awarded a Marshall Scholarship. Ulmer is the fifth Spelman College student to receive the scholarship since its inception in 1954. The scholarship finances young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree at an academic institution in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 Marshall Scholars are selected each year. Ulmer, an anthropology/sociology and international studies major, plans to pursue a master’s degree in social anthropology of development at the School for Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.