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Mother of alleged gunman discusses son, daughter-in-law

ATLANTA -- The mother of the man accused of shooting his wife eight times -- three times in the head -- outside their Sandy Springs apartment spoke to 11Alive News Tuesday.

Margaret Parson, mother of Michael Parson, said she was in shock and disbelief over the allegations that her son tried to kill his wife of three years Adina.

"They seemed to be a happy, little couple," Margaret said from her home in South Carolina. "If something was wrong, they didn't confide in me."

Margaret said she loves Adina like a daughter and prays for her speedy recovery.

Doctors for Adina Parson held a Tuesday afternoon news conference to discuss her condition.

She has been transferred to the Shepherd Center from Grady Memorial Hospital.

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Banks accused to neglecting homes in minority neighborhoods

ATLANTA -- Empty and abandoned houses are a dangerous blight on their communities. Because of the mortgage meltdown, many are now owned by the banks.

The question is why are such a large number of abandoned homes in communities where the predominant population is people of color?

"What we found was neighborhoods of color were substantially less well maintained than white neighborhoods," said Gail Williams, Executive Director of Metro Fair Housing Services. "And here in the Atlanta area we've got a clear disparity."
The National Fair Housing Alliance has filed discrimination complaints with HUD against several banks for allegedly leaving hundreds of homes in disparate states of disrepair.

The organization says it used a metric based on 39 basic maintenance and marketing issues, incorporating everything from curb appeal and landscaping to security and mold infiltration.

LaHair lifts Cubs to series win over Braves

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Bryan LaHair continued his early-season production, knocking in the game's only run in the seventh inning to help the Cubs take the rubber match of a three-game set with the Braves, 1-0, on Wednesday.

David DeJesus singled to lead off the seventh, moved to second on Tony Campana's sacrifice bunt and third on Starlin Castro's groundout. LaHair then roped a single into the hole in left and DeJesus jogged home.

LaHair raised his average to .384 and batted in his 18th run of the season, while starter Paul Maholm (4-2), James Russell and Rafael Dolis combined for the four-hit shutout as Chicago won its third in four tries. Dolis converted his third save of the year with a perfect ninth.

Tim Hudson (1-1) suffered the setback, despite surrendering just five hits and the lone run over seven innings.


HIV crisis facing black women in metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- 11Alive News is sounding the alarm.

Research shows African-American women, many living in Atlanta, are being infected with HIV -- so much so that the new cases are being compared to African countries. 

Data collected in 2009 from the health departments in Clayton, Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Douglas and Gwinnett counties indicates infection rates of HIV and AIDS, respectively, as follows: (This is for women and men combined, all races.)

Fulton: 4,213 and 7,342 

DeKalb: 3,257 and 3,983 

Clayton: 847 and 943 

Cobb and Douglas: 1,030 and 1,288 

Gwinnett: 884 and 1,041

In another study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, black women make up 60 percent of all new HIV cases among women. That's 15 times higher than white women and four percent higher than Hispanic women.

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Braves eye another series win in Chicago

(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Braves have only lost two sets this season and split another, and are lined up for a series victory today in the final game of three straight against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Atlanta lost the opener of this Windy City series on Monday, then pulled out a 3-1 triumph last night to even things up. Dan Uggla put the Braves ahead for good with a two-run single in the eighth inning and finished with a game-high three hits for the Braves, who have won nine of 14 games and are just percentage points behind Washington for the NL East lead.

Braves reliever Kris Medlen picked up the win with a 1-2-3 seventh inning, while Craig Kimbrel retired the side in order in the ninth to notch his 10th save. Starter Randall Delgado gave up a run on three hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings in the no-decision.

Uggla lifts Braves over Cubs

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Dan Uggla had three hits, including a go-ahead two-run single in the top of the eighth inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves past the Chicago Cubs, 3-1, in the second test of a three-game set.

Michael Bourn went 1-for-5, extending his hitting streak to 12 games, to go with a run scored for the Braves, who have won four of their last five games.

Kris Medlen (1-0) picked up the win with a 1-2-3 seventh inning, while Craig Kimbrel retired the side in order in the ninth to notch his 10th save of the season.

Alfonso Soriano was responsible for Chicago's lone run with an RBI double in the sixth.


PHOTOS | Hawks stay alive, edge Celtics 87-86

ATLANTA -- Al Horford scored 19 points in his first start since January, and the Atlanta Hawks held on for an 87-86 victory over the Boston Celtics in a thrilling Game 5 of the Eastern Conference playoffs Tuesday night.

PHOTOS | Game 5 Hawks vs. Celtics highlights

The Celtics lead the series 3-2 heading back to Boston for Game 6 on Thursday. If the Hawks can steal one on the road, the deciding game would be Saturday in Atlanta.

Boston had a chance to clinch the series when Rajon Rondo stole Josh Smith's inbounds pass with 10 seconds remaining and raced down the court, looking for the winner. But he got hemmed in along the sideline and Smith knocked away a desperation pass, the ball rolling away as time ran out.

A relieved Smith collapsed on the scorer's table.