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Family says vehicle unfairly booted


ATLANTA – A family is upset after they say their car was unfairly booted after being parked for minutes.

The Hernandez family says they parked their vehicle in a 15-minute parking zone on 7th Street Sunday so they could get settled at a nearby restaurant. By the time the father returned to his car, it had already been booted.

"He said my husband he would have to pay 75 and our car was booted," said Erin Hernandez. "And my husband was like, 'Who are you? What is this?' Because we hadn't even been there 15 minutes."

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First Sunday at Ebenezer since Confederate flag issue


ATLANTA -- The first Sunday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta since what the reverend calls a terroristic threat was full of emotion and passion.

Inside Ebenezer Baptist Church, the home of Martin Luther King Jr., emotions typically run high on an ordinary Sunday.

"Ebenezer, America's freedom church," said the Rev. Raphael Warnock, Ebenezer Baptist Church.

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The pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church is calling the discovery of four confederate flags on church property a terroristic threat.


ATLANTA – The pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church is calling the discovery of four Confederate flags on church property a terroristic threat.

"This is the same as a swastika on the campus of a Jewish temple," said Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of the church.

A church maintenance worker discovered the flags around daybreak Thursday morning placed in strategic areas around the church and the adjacent Martin Luther King, Jr. Visitor's Center.

Mother charged with murder in 2 year old's death


ATLANTA -- Atlanta Police have charged a mother with murder after her 2-year-old daughter died during a Greyhound bus trip.

Alexus Washington, 19, is also charged with reckless conduct and second-degree cruelty to children in the death of Ty'Mia Simpson.

Washington and her daughter were traveling by Greyhound bus from Greenville, S.C., to New Orleans July 21, 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 Simpson 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.

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.

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.