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Children’s Museum of Atlanta unveils plans for renovation

Children’s Museum of Atlanta unveils plans for renovation

ATLANTA -- Children’s Museum of Atlanta officials announced today plans for a massive renovation of the downtown attraction. The project, set to be completed in late 2015, will add two new permanent exhibits and a new 3,000 square foot mezzanine level. Project highlights also include the re-invigoration of the four existing galleries of the Museum, the addition of a new permanent performance space for the Imaginators, the Museum’s troupe of professional actors and educators, and many other upgrades to existing spaces that will completely transform the experience for Museum visitors.

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Donna Brazile to deliver Spelman College commencement address

Donna Brazile to deliver Spelman College commencement address

ATLANTA -- Donna Brazile, an academic, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, and political strategist, has been named commencement speaker for the Spelman College Class of 2015. Brazile, who will receive an honorary degree, will address more than 475 graduates on Sunday, May 17 at 3 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center.

“Donna Brazile has been a trailblazer in the political arena and a staunch advocate for human and civil rights,” said Spelman College President Beverly Daniel Tatum. “We are pleased she will have an opportunity to impart words of wisdom to Spelman graduates as they begin the next phase of life's journey, and join the ranks of Spelman alumnae who have made a choice to change the world.”

Motions filed on behalf of APS defendants


ATLANTA -- Attorneys for two of the defendants convicted in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial filed motions in Fulton County Superior Court Monday afternoon.

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Scott Smith, attorney for Theresia Copeland, filed for a modification of sentencing.

11Alive legal analyst Philip Holloway has predicted we will see more similar filings.

Attorney Gerald Griggs, filed a notice of appeal to the Georgia Court of Appeals on behalf of Angela Williamson.

All of the defense attorneys had 30 days from the date of sentencing to file their appeals.

Mayor Reed praises Hawks sale, urges Philips upgrade


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- There is no doubt that part of Kasim Reed's legacy in Atlanta will involve sports.

During his time as mayor, he has presided over the departure of the NHL's Thrashers, the arrival of an MLS franchise, stadium deals for the Braves and Falcons, and now a change of ownership for the Hawks.

The NBA's Atlanta Hawks announced Wednesday their sale to an ownership group led by businessman Tony Ressler.

"I could not be more proud of the Atlanta Hawks," said Mayor Reed. "You have a clear owner, a clear leader of the organization, which is something that I said I wanted when I stood in my office."

Reed says the city's only demand was that the team stays in Atlanta. As for what's next, the mayor mentioned an issue that did not come up during the sale: upgrading Philips Arena.

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Fulton County Fire Rescue Department urges residents to protect against CO poisoning

Fulton County Fire Rescue Department urges residents to protect against CO poisoning

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Fire Rescue Department urges every resident to learn the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 150 people in the Unites States die every year from accidental non-fire-related CO poisoning associated with consumer products, including generators and other products including faulty, improperly-used or incorrectly-vented fuel-burning appliances such as furnaces, stoves, water heaters and fireplaces.

“Because CO is odorless, colorless, and otherwise undetectable to the human senses, people may not know that they are being exposed,” states Chief Larry Few, Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “Although the popularity of carbon monoxide alarms has been growing in recent years, it cannot be assumed that everyone is familiar with the hazards of carbon monoxide poisoning in the home.”

Judge Jerry Baxter has scheduled a modification of sentence hearing for the three top administrators convicted in the APS cheating trial


ATLANTA (WXIA) --The twists continue in the Atlanta Public School cheating case.

In the latest move, Judge Jerry Baxter has scheduled a modification of sentence hearing for the three top administrators convicted in the APS cheating trial: Sharon Davis-Williams, Michael Pitts and Tamara Cotman.

The move seems unusual because none of the attorneys for the trio has filed a motion for a modification of sentencing with Judge Baxter.

Source: APS defendants to be re-sentenced


ATLANTA – Some convicted former Atlanta Public Schools educators will be re-sentenced, 11Alive has learned.

A source tells 11Alive's Donna Lowry that a sentence modification hearing has been scheduled for April 30.

The source said Fulton County Judge Jerry Baxter will issue new sentences for Sharon Davis Williams, Michael Pitts and Tamara Cotman. It's not yet known if other defendants will also have their sentences modified. At least one defense attorney said he would attempt to get his client's sentences modified.

Last week, Baxter sentenced the three to 20 years (7 to serve), $25,000 fine, 2000 hours of community service, and no first offender status.