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One year later: A look back on APS

ATLANTA -- The common themes throughout last year's special state report on CRCT cheating within Atlanta Public Schools were ethics and the lack of security measures to stop those who didn't have them.

The district says both, and many other issues, have been addressed in the past 12 months. As for security, the district says tests arrived shrink wrapped with a tamper resistant seal. They are now kept in a locked safe room at each school, and it takes a key and an assigned access code to get to them.

Hotel district streets in need of clearer signage

When people come to visit Atlanta, they often stay in the Downtown Hotel District. For that reason, driving in that part of town can be a little dicey. That's why viewer Daniel Helminiak contacted 11Alive for help with signage. Daniel says drivers who aren't familiar with Courtland Street don't know the way to the Interstate is by turning on Ellis. And that, he says, is what causes the Courtland Street chaos. 

Bucks on the Street bring branding to Buckhead

ATLANTA -- The metro's menagerie is growing.

Sandy Springs has the turtles. Downtown has the dolphins. And now Buckhead has Bucks on the Street.

In fact, it's a whole herd of creative statues that are designed to put an eclectic brand on the city's most upscale community.

"We were like 'We love that!'" enthused Donna Kain, co-creator of the campaign. "We wanted something really fun in Buckhead. We wanted to bring 'bucks' to Buckhead, literally. How appropriate could it have been to have something that is so symbolic to our community?"

Kain is a local businesswoman, who along with fellow businesswoman Elizabeth Gill, came up with the novel idea of using the bucks on the street as the latest in a new species of advertising.

Monica hits the BET Awards Red Carpet in $3,500 Alexander McQueen Sequin Leggins

Monica hits the BET Awards Red Carpet in $3,500 Alexander McQueen Sequin Leggins

ATLANTA -- Tastemakers, is it us or did we miss a separate broadcast of BET red carpet fashions on Sunday? Seriously, we saw nearly zero arrivals and almost no fashion awakenings that put us through the roof. We sincerely hope BET realizes that as much as we love a good show, we live to see what our Tastemakers are wearing and the fashion “Rock It” or “Stop It” moments that make us take to twitter! We’ve rounded up all your favorite Altanta celebrities to show you what they were wearing + we picked our best dressed celebs of the evening. Let’s talk about it!

Get Your Kids Moving Outdoors

Get Your Kids Moving Outdoors

By Eric King, ASLA, King Landscaping, www.EricKingLandscaping.com

Childhood obesity is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. Physical activity can help control weight; build lean muscle; reduce fat; promote strong bone, muscle and joint development; and decrease the risk of obesity. To grow up to a healthy weight, kids need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day.

It's getting more difficult to get children to want to go outdoors. Let's Move, a nationwide effort to raise a healthier generation, says eight to 18 year-old adolescents spend an average of 7.5 hours a day using entertainment media during a typical day.

We are fortunate to live in a warm climate that provides ample opportunities for children to play outside. What we need to do is remove the obstacles that deter them from doing so.

Braxton Family Values reality series returns to WE TV August 16th at 9p est

Braxton Family Values reality series returns to WE TV August 16th at 9p est



BLOG | I'm a Locavore: Day 4

11Alive's Julie Wolfe is blogging about her participation in the Locavore Challenge through the month of July. The goal is to eat 90 percent of food from local sources.

VIDEO | Watch the original Locavore story

ATLANTA -- The Locavore Challenge started on Sunday, July 1, but I started a day late for a simple reasons: s'mores. I spent the weekend camping and hiking at Black Rock Mountain State Park in north Georgia. I couldn't possibly have a campfire without roasting marshmallows and squishing them between graham crackers with melting chocolate. (See, you want one right now, don't you?)

It turns out, I found the perfect place to start eating 90 percent local food.