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T.MAC raises money for Christopher Sparkman

T.MAC raises money for Christopher Sparkman

(WXIA) -- All 22 Atlanta-area T.MAC restaurants will raise money for Christopher Sparkman this week.

Sparkman was working as a security guard at a Kennesaw FedEx facility last April when he was shot in the abdomen. Since the shooting, Sparkman has undergone more than 30 surgeries. His wife Jamie Lynn quit her job to help take care of him.

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The Sparkman family faces enormous medical bills; Jamie Lynn has spoken publicly about the need for financial assistance.

T.MAC customers who want to help Sparkman pay for his treatment can do so on Thursday, Apr. 2. Diners can drop their receipts in designated collection boxes; 10 percent of their bills will be donated to the Sparkman family.

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APS jury deliberations end day seven with no verdict yet


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Day seven in jury deliberations in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial, and a couple of hopeful indications that the jurors are getting closer to a verdict.

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It is so hard to predict what juries are doing during deliberations. Lawyers have tried to do it for years. On Tuesday, we learned that Judge Jerry Baxter is also curious about what is going on in the jury room.

"So, what do y'all think of me getting the pulse of where they are?" Baxter asked from the bench.

Streetcar to remain free for rest of 2015

Streetcar to remain free for rest of 2015

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed surprised everyone Tuesday morning when he said you won't need that dollar to ride the Atlanta Streetcar.

At the annual meeting of Central Atlanta Progress, Reed said the streetcar will remain free for all of 2015.

The Atlanta Streetcar has been free since it first started running back in December. But riders were supposed to start paying a dollar per fare starting April 1st.

Reed says the original fare collection method, which would have required a card similar to MARTA, was outdated.

Ed Sheeran coming to Philips Arena in September

Ed Sheeran coming to Philips Arena in September

ATLANTA -- Ed Sheeran will bring the second leg of his North American tour to Atlanta this fall.

Sheeran will perform at Philips Arena on Saturday, Sept. 12. His tour kicks off Sept. 3 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Tickets for the Atlanta show go on sale Friday, Apr. 17 at noon. They can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, the Philips Arena box office, or by calling 800-745-3000. Many shows from Sheeran's summer tour sold out in minutes.

Ed Sheeran Fan Club members and American Express holders can buy tickets before the general public beginning Monday, Apr. 13 at 10 a.m.

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Deliberations continue on day six in the APS cheating trial

Deliberations continue on day six in the APS cheating trial

ATLANTA (WXIA) -- For six days and a total of 40 hours, jurors in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial have looked at evidence against the 12 educators accused of racketeering in the largest school cheating trial in the nation.

Of course, no one knows what is happening in the jury room, but we know jurors are looking through lots of documents.

Imagine this – there have been nearly 1 million documents presented in this case. The state has all of the CRCT examinations for students for several years in a locked room.

On Monday, jurors asked to look at tests from Dunbar Elementary School. Attorneys had to go into that locked room to get them – four huge binders filled with test pages.

War of words over Atlanta Nobel Peace Prize summit


ATLANTA -- A 2015 summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners in Atlanta is moving ahead, despite the tense relationship between organizers and city leaders. Mayor Kasim Reed withdrew the city's participation in planning the event and requested all references to the city's support be pulled from the event's web site and advertising.

The event, scheduled for Nov. 15-19, has promised to bring at least 21 of the 30 living recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize to Atlanta. Heads of state and thousands of students are expected to attend events at the Georgia Aquarium and Georgia World Congress Center. United Parcel Service Inc. and The Coca-Cola Co. have signed on as significant sponsors.

Four more city workers arrested in scrap metal theft ring


ATLANTA -- Four more city of Atlanta workers were arrested in a scrap metal theft ring Monday afternoon.

The thefts were part of an Atlanta Police Department investigation that broke March 23rd when two longtime Watershed Management workers, Charles Edwards and William Spaulding, were arrested. They were charged with stealing more than $65,000 worth of copper and brass parts and selling them at recycling centers.