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Friendship Towers residents sweltering as air still doesn't work

ATLANTA (WXIA) – The summer's scorching temperatures have been especially hard on the residents of the federally subsidized Friendship Towers apartment community on Northside Drive.


The community has been plagued with broken air conditioning for the past month – and according to some residents, for as long as five or more years.

Residents there go back to court on Friday as part of their lawsuit, which alleges that living conditions there are unacceptable. One of their charges is that the air conditioning does not work properly.

Friendship Towers AC issue lands in court

ATLANTA -- A judge heard community concerns Friday about why deadlines haven't been met to fix air conditioning at Friendship Towers in Atlanta.

Several residents of the complex have complained that they've been without relief from the heat for weeks. Lawyers asked the judge to find Friendship Towers in contempt of court for failing to comply with Judge Gail Tusan's orders to provide residents with additional cooling units.

Attorneys for Friendship Baptist Church, which owns the complex, argued that they weren't required to provides units for all residents -- only those who requested them.

Suspect steals beer and cigarettes from Atlanta store

ATLANTA -- A man is accused of smashing a convenience store's window in order to steal Bud Light and cigarettes.

The break-in happened shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday at International Peach Mart in the 200 block of Peachtree Street NE.

Police responded to an alarm call at the store and discovered someone had used a cinder block to break a window and get inside. The store owner reported beer and 20 cartons of cigarettes stolen.

About 30 minutes after the break-in, an Atlanta Police officer witnessed a fight between two men at the intersection of Mitchell and Broad streets. One of the men ran when he saw the officer.

Yet another delay in relief for Friendship Towers residents

ATLANTA (WXIA) – Monday marks 27 days since 11Alive News first told you about disabled and senior citizens sweltering without air conditioning in the Friendship Towers high rise just west of downtown Atlanta.


As of 7:35 p.m. Monday, all units have a second air conditioner.

After a judge issued an injunction ten days ago, residents were promised extra portable units until the new larger system arrived.

Protesters Chant Outside Georgia Aquarium

ATLANTA -- A day after the death of a baby beluga calf at the Georgia Aquarium, protesters arrived calling for the release of marine animals.


It was part of the third annual "Empty the Tanks" protests that were scheduled prior to the calf's death.

The protests took place around the world with many happening across the U.S.

"All we want is to just open your eyes a little bit," said Zoe Walker.

She joined a group of protesters hoping to change the minds of aquarium visitors.

#EmptyTheTanks trending ahead of Aquarium protest

ATLANTA (WXIA) – The hashtag #EmptyTheTanks was trending Saturday morning ahead of a worldwide protest against marine animals in captivity.


One of those protests was set for Atlanta, fueled by the death on Friday of a baby beluga whale at Georgia Aquarium.

Aquarium officials said gastrointestinal problems caused problems preventing the beluga calf from getting nutrients it needed in order to grow, gain weight and survive.

Officials plan a necropsy, but say they may never fully know the cause of death.

Man arrested in fatal Underground Atlanta shooting

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- A suspect has been arrested in a fatal shooting at Underground Atlanta.

It happened at around 5:30 p.m. Thursday. According to Atlanta Police Sgt. Ralph Woolfolk and MARTA Police's Lyle Harris, the victim went to the Peachtree Street exit of the Five Points MARTA station for help.

MARTA Police assisted Atlanta Police in taking 24-year-old Allan Dumas into custody near the CVS store on Forsyth Street on the opposite side of the Five Points Station.

The shooting victim was identified Friday morning as Maurice Cosby. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he was reported in critical condition and later died. Cosby was shot in the neck, according to police.

Dumas is being held in the Fulton County Jail on a murder charge. Police said he and Cosby were arguing before the shooting.