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Mayor: Peach drop isn't canceled, after all


 

ATLANTA -- With just two weeks to go until New Year's Eve, Atlanta's mayor says the city's traditional Peach Drop will happen on schedule. 

Ga. Aquarium releases cause of beluga whale's death


ATLANTA -- Georgia Aquarium said that a beloved beluga whale died of acute heart failure.

Maris, one of the first beluga whales to arrive at the facility, passed away unexpectedly in October.  Prior to her death, aquarium officials said that Maris appeared in "excellent physical condition."

A necropsy conducted by University of Georgia pathologists and Georgia Aquarium veterinarians found microscopic lesions in the heart and other tissues that indicate the cause of death, officials said.

Security beefed up for SEC Championship Game


ATLANTA – Police have increased security for this week’s SEC Championship festivities in Atlanta.

Authorities came up with a plan shortly after the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris. The plans took on importance given another deadly shooting in California this week.

Resident pulled into government's red tape


ATLANTA – An Atlanta man is frustrated that the street lights near his house don’t work. He’s reached out repeatedly to the city to no avail.

Three months later, Matt Henderson continues to be update that no one will take responsibility to fix the problems on John Wesley Dobbs Avenue.

Henderson has heard of government red tape, but this time, he's actually been asked to tie it himself.  It was Henderson who marked several poles to help crews identify the street lights that didn't work.

Parents say teen who ran, shot at police was good kid in "wrong crowd"


 

ATLANTA -- The parents of 18-year-old Darius Smith didn't know he was in Atlanta until they received a call alerting them he had died in a shootout with police. 

"He was a good kid with the wrong crowd," Father Morris Smith told 11Alive's Rebecca Lindstrom.  Smith was living in Greer, South Carolina. His parents didn't know why he was in Atlanta Monday night when police attempted to pull over the car he was riding in with driver Isaiah Irby. 

Police: Teen dead in police shootout in downtown Atlanta


ATLANTA -- Police say one person died after an officer-involved shooting in downtown Atlanta Monday night. 

The incident happened on Ted Turner Drive near Baker Street just before 8 p.m. outside the Aloft hotel. 

Atlanta police said that officers saw a vehicle driving the wrong way on Ted Turner Drive. As officers made a U-turn to make a traffic stop, the wrong-way vehicle was involved with a crash at Ted Turner and Ivan Allen Blvd. 

After crashing, police said two men jumped out of the vehicle and began to run. The driver was apprehended at Williams Street and Ted Turner Drive. The second man ran behind the Aloft hotel with a handgun, police said. He then allegedly began shooting at officers, who returned fire. The suspect was shot multiple times and died. 

No officers were injured.