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Atlanta mayor’s order requires public mask-wearing, bans gatherings of 10-plus on city property

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has issued a promised executive order requiring everyone to wear a mask or a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth in public places in the city and at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to combat the spread of COVID-19. The order, issued July 8, also prohibits gatherings of more than 10 persons on city property unless they live together or are engaged in businesses or activities exempted by an existing state emergency order. Bottom’s order defies executive orders issued by Gov. Brian Kemp that only encourages the wearing of masks. Savannah, Athens, East Point,...

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Brookhaven and Dunwoody’s ZIP code COVID-19 diagnoses increase at higher rates

COVID-19 diagnoses in the areas of Brookhaven and Dunwoody within the cities’ main ZIP codes are increasing at higher rates, according to a DeKalb County Board of Health case tracker. The local ZIP code diagnoses are at 506 as of the county’s July 6 report, as compared to 411 as of June 30. As of July 6, Dunwoody’s main 30338 and 30346 ZIP codes had 200 cases, which is up 36 cases since the last report on June 30. Brookhaven’s main 30319 ZIP code had 306 cases, which is up 59 cases since the last report on June 30....

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Suspect in Brookhaven and Dunwoody armed robberies arrested in Sandy Springs

Three men allegedly robbed three women at gunpoint in Brookhaven and Dunwoody on June 29 using a vehicle stolen earlier that day, according to the Brookhaven Police Department. One suspect is in custody after an arrest in Sandy Springs, police said. Police are still trying to identify the other two suspects. Brookhaven police responded to a report of a vehicle stolen from the garage of a residence on the 1200 block of Woods Circle at 2 p.m. The vehicle was unlocked and keys inside, police said. About 40 minutes later, police responded to a report of an armed robbery...

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Sandy Springs Society awards 30 nonprofits $258K in grants

The Sandy Springs Society awarded $258,000 in grants to 30 nonprofit organizations that serve the Sandy Springs community. The charitable organization of women supports programs improving the quality of life for city residents. Nonprofits that get support promote the arts, education, the environment, heritage and social services. “The Society is proud of the local impact we have with grants to organizations that contribute a tremendous amount of good work every year to improve the quality of life of the residents of Sandy Springs.” said president Susan Sutterfield. “We were particularly thrilled to be able to fund the social service...

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Two former Dunwoody Police officers and civilian worker claim sexual harassment and other issues, demand $500K each

Allegations of sexual harassment against a former Dunwoody Police Department lieutenant — including claims he demanded sexual favors for work benefits — are what triggered an ongoing internal investigation, according to complaints filed with the city by two former officers and a civilian employee who are demanding settlements of $500,000 each. Former Lt. Fidel Espinoza resigned about five days after the first complaints were filed on April 29. Police Chief Billy Grogan previously said DPD is investigating an “internal matter” he would not specify related to Espinoza’s resignation. Grogan said last week that the investigation is continuing with “no...

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Atlanta mayor issues new administrative orders on police use of force policies

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has issued three new administrative orders on the Atlanta Police Department’s use of force policies from after receiving initial recommendations from an advisory panel. The orders include an increase in use of officer body worn cameras and creating a repository system so that the public can submit videos they take of officers using excessive force. According to a press release from the mayor’s office, the Use of Force Advisory Council provided 10 early action recommendations to Bottoms spanning three focus areas: law and policy, police culture and mindsets, and community and partnerships. “In just 14...

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APD made 43 arrests on June 3 as records show most protesters are from Georgia

The Atlanta Police Department made 43 additional arrests on the night of June 3 as protests over the murder of George Floyd continued around the metro area. As protesters marched to the State Capitol, through Midtown, and gathered at Centennial Park in Downtown and the courthouse square in Decatur, the four former Minneapolis police offers involved in Floyd’s death were charged in the case. Closer to home, six APD officers were charged in an excessive force case against two college students. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said the City of Atlanta would accept a challenge from former President Barrack Obama ...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through June 6

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Abernathy Road lane closures May 29-31, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., westbound between Glenlake Parkway and Ga. 400, one right lane. Ga. 400 closures May 29-31, midnight to 1 a.m., northbound between Glenridge Drive and Hammond Drive closed. Ga. 400 ramp closures June 4, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., and June 5, 9 p.m. to 9 a.m., northbound...

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Voters Guide: Edward ‘Ted’ Terry

Edward “Ted” Terry tedfordekalb.com Occupation: Public Service Previous elected offices held: Mayor of Clarkston, 2014-2020 Other community service experience: Member DeKalb County Board of Health 2014-Present; Leadership DeKalb Class of 2019; Advisory Board of Global Village Project School What is motivating you to run for this office? I’ve spent six years serving as mayor of the city of Clarkston, and six years on the DeKalb Board of Health. I have the experience DeKalb needs to lead us through these increasingly uncertain times. I know the tough questions to ask, and how to hold our leaders accountable. I want to bring new energy and new ideas to the County Commission. My progressive policy achievements in Clarkston are an example of how I will lead on the Commission. I am committed to being a voice for the people and ensuring a transparent, ethical and forward-thinking DeKalb. What is the biggest issue facing the district and how will you address it? COVID-19 has become the biggest issue facing our district. Previously, I would have said our water/sewer and transportation infrastructure. However, if we cannot get this pandemic under control, and put policies and procedures in place for the long term, we risk worsening the situation. I was an early advocate for a strong lockdown approach. I’ve been working with the health department to investigate higher than average positive test clusters, and pushing...

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Voters Guide: Emily Halevy

Emily Halevy emilyfordekalb.com Occupation: National Accounts Manager, Preserve South Previous elected offices held: none Other community service experience: Founder & Board Member, Coalition for a Diverse DeKalb; Board Member, Project Community Connections, Inc (PCCI); Founder, Friends of Avondale-Dunaire Park; Past Board Member, The Museum School Foundation; 2018 Auction Chair, The Museum School; Neighborhood Watch Block Captain; Call Center, Georgia Public Broadcasting; Mentor, Year Up; Event/Fundraising Volunteer, DeKalb Rape Crisis Center What is motivating you to run for this office? I’m passionate about improving the lives of all DeKalb residents. For years, I’ve been fighting for affordable housing, smart development and transit options at the county level and have gotten results that have improved our neighborhoods. I’ve seen firsthand how our communities are our county’s greatest strength. I’m running to be your voice, to address the many specific challenges to our neighborhoods as well as work collaboratively with local, regional and federal partners to tackle our county-wide problems. I want to put my business acumen to work creating policies to increase efficiencies, promote economic development and ensure taxpayer value. What is the biggest issue facing the district and how will you address it? We need to implement smart development policies that address affordable housing, commercial development and sustainability and create thriving, walkable communities, regardless of your ZIP code. I’ll tackle this by implementing inclusionary zoning policies where they make sense,...

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North Atlanta High School virtual graduation celebration to be broadcast May 22

North Atlanta High School’s virtual graduation celebration is scheduled to be broadcast on Friday, May 22 at 7 p.m. The Buckhead school is among 14 that Atlanta Public Schools will hold virtual celebrations for May 18-22. While the traditional in-person graduation ceremonies have been postponed to later in the summer or fall due to social distancing and other guidance from public health officials, APS has created video celebrations for each school, featuring remarks by Superintendent Meria Carstarphen and the school’s principal, valedictorian and salutatorian. The video will stream at facebook.com/AtlantaPublicSchools and will be available on APS Channel 22 on...

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Voters Guide: Tamika Hrobowski-Houston

Tamika Hrobowski-Houston electhrobowskihouston.com Occupation: Judicial Officer appointed to sit by designation as a Superior Court Judge in the Fulton County Superior Court’s Family Division, presiding over domestic relations and Protective Order cases. I am also a solo practitioner litigating and mediating cases involving family law, personal injury, Social Security and VA disability benefit appeals, as well as sports and entertainment contract review and negotiation. Previous elected offices held: None Other community service experience: I am a volunteer with HandsOn Atlanta and the City of South Fulton, packing and distributing groceries. I also volunteer my time to The Enchanted Closet and MedShare, and I have acted as a coach and a judge for Mock Trial competitions. I am a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., where I participate in community service projects we sponsor including, but not limited to, drives to collect toys, bookbags, school supplies, gift cards, food, clothing, eyeglasses, etc.. I am also now a provisional member of the Junior League of Atlanta. What is motivating you to run for this office?  Growing up, I witnessed injustice and mistreatment of suffering people and that motivated me to become an attorney because I wanted to be in a position to help people facing those issues. Those same experiences motivated me to become a judge and to run for this seat. Fulton County deserves neutral, knowledgeable and respectful judges....

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