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Widow wants justice after husband's death on the job


ATLANTA -- A metro Atlanta widow is demanding a change. Two years after her husband was killed by a drunk driver while on the job, she wants justice.

Derryl Simmons was the passenger in a garbage truck when the driver lost control and flipped it, throwing Simmons from the cab. Even though an investigation proved the driver's blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit, his widow tells 11Alive News she has no legal recourse. She says the only way anything will change is if the city is forced to take responsibility for what happened.

After years of stonewalling, Louise Simmons says the city won't give her any information about his death, and state law prevents her from getting justice.

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Officials: New air units installed, working at Friendship Tower


ATLANTA -- More than two months after the air conditioning system broke at Atlanta's Friendship Towers, the cooling system has finally been repaired.

The building's management released a statement on Saturday that said the new cooling unit was received on Friday and that all air systems inside are working properly.

The ownership had been under a court order to make repairs and said that the custom-built unit made it into place 20 days before the deadline.

Now, they are going door-to-door to make sure that the air conditioning is reaching every unit.

Pricey new stadium project makes billionaire smile


ATLANTA -- "That's a small hat," muttered Arthur Blank as he squeezed a hard hat onto his scalp Thursday morning.

Small may describe the fit of Arthur Blank's hard hat. But it's the wrong word to use to describe his stadium, an expansive construction project that has the size and power to brighten the mood of the serious-minded Atlanta billionaire.

"Every time I have a down day for any reason, I come down here and I walk away with a big smile on my face," Blank said. He was standing near what will become the 50 yard line, where his Atlanta Falcons will play for the first time in the summer of 2017.

The construction project is scheduled to take roughly 900 days total. Blank's portion of the cost is $1.3 billion. The math says he's spending more than $1.4 million per day, although the actual spending pattern is undoubtedly much more complicated than that.

Mother charged after 2-year-old dies at Greyhound station


ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police have filed charges against the mother of a 2-year-old girl who died after a Greyhound bus trip.

The child and her mother, 19-year-old Alexis Washington, were traveling by Greyhound bus from Greenville, S.C., to New Orleans early Tuesday, police said. The bus had a scheduled stop in Atlanta.

According to the police report, Washington missed her connecting bus and decided to walk around the city. She then got a ride back to the bus station from a police officer. While at the station, she noticed her daughter was unresponsive. She then took the child outside to cool her off. As she was walking back to the bus station, she saw that the child was still unresponsive. She then tried CPR.

Instead of calling 911, police said Washington chose to walk to the hospital even though she wasn't familiar with the area.

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Judge calls Friendship Towers emergency hearing


ATLANTA - Fulton County Superior Judge Jerry Baxter called an emergency hearing for the residents of Friendship Towers on Monday.

For months, tenants at the complex have been complaining about cooling issues.

A minister with Friendship Baptist Church, which owns the building, was supposed to pay a visit today to the apartments. Activist Derek Bozeman says the minister never came, at the advice of his attorney

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In June, a judge gave the church 60 days to fix the issue. That time's not up yet.

Man wanted for exposing himself inside hotels


ATLANTA -- Police are looking for a man accused of flashing people inside several Downtown Atlanta hotels.

The suspect was recently spotted inside several hotels in the area of Peachtree and Baker streets. An Atlanta Police spokesman said the same person is also a suspect in an attempted sexual assault.

Police described the suspect as a black man in his early to mid 20's, and said he may be homeless. He has been seen wearing a lime green backpack and carrying a blue notebook.

Anyone who can help police identify the suspect is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS.

Man killed in shooting at Atlanta restaurant


ATLANTA -- One person died in a shooting at Blue Ivory in Downtown Atlanta Wednesday morning.

Shots rang out at around 4 a.m. inside the 24-hour restaurant and lounge in the 500 block of Whitehall Street. Police said 25-year-old Clarence Carter of Fairburn was struck and killed.

Witnesses told 11Alive's Kaitlyn Ross an argument over a drink led to the shooting. They described the scene inside the restaurant as "chaos."

No one has been arrested. Atlanta Police believe the suspect may have been able to escape out the building's back door. Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage taken inside the restaurant.

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