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Girl, 7, Dies After Being Shot While Christmas Shopping

Police believe the Atlanta child was hit by a stray bullet

(Newser) - A 7-year-old Atlanta girl was out Christmas shopping with her mother and aunt last Monday when she was struck by a stray bullet. Tragically, she died of her injuries Saturday night, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Kennedy Maxie's aunt was driving near a high-end shopping mall when she heard gunfire,...

Man Throws Drink at Worker—Then, a 'Blessing'

A customer helps raise money for McDonald's employee

(Newser) - Working at a fast food drive-thru can test your faith in humanity—just ask Bryanna, who works at a McDonald's in suburban Atlanta. An angry customer hurled a drink at Bryanna on Dec. 4, leaving her soaked and sobbing, Today reports. But that act of aggression ended up proving...

Employee Pleads Guilty After Lying About COVID

Trying to get paid leave, an Atlanta man told his company he'd tested positive

(Newser) - An Atlanta employee who went well beyond just calling in sick has been convicted. Santwon Antonio Davis, 35, falsely told his employer he had COVID-19, NBC reports. The company had to shut down a plant temporarily, costing it $100,000, and four of the man's colleagues had to go...

After Offering $50K, Spider-Man Can Film at Closed High Schools

Some Atlanta parents call move 'shameful'

(Newser) - Parents in Atlanta aren't happy about the fact that unless restrictions are lifted, the only students going to high schools in the near future will be Peter Parker's classmates. The schools closed in March and have not reopened, but the district is allowing two high schools to be...

Arrest Made in Actor's Death

Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd was shot in Atlanta

(Newser) - Atlanta police have announced that they made an arrest in the shooting death of actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd. Homicide detectives on Wednesday obtained an warrant for the arrest of 30-year-old Antonio Demetrice Rhynes on a felony murder charge based on evidence and tips from the public, and officers arrested him...

Chief of Staff's New Headache: Daughter's 'Lavish' Wedding

Mark Meadows hosted 70 people at Atlanta event in May, a violation of state rules

(Newser) - President Trump's chief of staff has been taking heat of late over his leadership amid the growing COVID outbreak at the White House, notes Axios . This new controversy probably won't help. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Mark Meadows hosted what it describes as a "lavish" indoor wedding...

Actor From Spike Lee Movies Is Murdered

Thomas Jefferson Byrd, 70, is shot multiple times

(Newser) - An actor acclaimed for his stage work and his roles in Spike Lee films turned up dead Saturday with multiple bullets in his back, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Police aren't saying much, but they responded to a 1:45am call and found Thomas Jefferson Byrd, 70, unresponsive at 2259...

Homeless Woman Caught Dancing After Job Interview

'I was elated, excited and so overwhelmed,' says Kayallah Jones

(Newser) - Kayallah Jones had a good reason to dance, and she sure did. The Atlanta woman broke into what ABC7 calls "a happy dance" after a September job interview at a restaurant called The Spot. Surveillance cameras captured Jones—who had endured two years of homelessness—breaking free in the...

2 Shot Dead in Kenosha Protests

Police are searching for a man seen wielding a long gun

(Newser) - At least three people were shot during a third night of protests in Kenosha, Wis., two of whom died. Shots were fired around 11:45pm Tuesday during a confrontation between protesters and armed men who claimed to be protecting a gas station, reports the New York Times . After initial shots,...

Governor Drops Suit Over Atlanta Mask Mandate, But...

...Gov. Brian Kemp is expected to sign an executive order on the subject on Saturday

(Newser) - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday announced that he was withdrawing the suit he filed against Atlanta's mayor and city council in a bid to block it from enforcing a mask mandate—but not because he's admitting defeat. Far from it. In a statement, the Republican said he...

Cops: Woman Rammed Car, Killing 3-Month-Old Daughter

Atlanta child's father was seriously injured

(Newser) - A 21-year-old Atlanta woman has been charged with felony murder after allegedly ramming a vehicle carrying her 3-month-old daughter and the child's father, killing the infant. Police say Titayanna Phillips deliberately drove into the vehicle after the child's father placed the baby inside and started driving away, Atlanta ...

Georgia Governor Sues Atlanta Mayor Over Masks

Brian Kemp says Keisha Lance Bottoms has no authority to enforce mask mandate

(Newser) - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is suing Atlanta's mayor and city council to block the city from enforcing its mandate to wear a mask in public and other rules related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kemp and Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, in a suit filed in state court late Thursday...

Rapper 'Who Feared Nothing' Shot Dead in Atlanta: Cops

Police believe Lil Marlo was intended target of gunfire over the weekend

(Newser) - An up-and-coming rap artist from Atlanta died over the weekend, and police there say it appears he was the targeted victim of a shooting. Per NBC News , Rudolph Johnson (stage name: Lil Marlo) was confirmed dead by the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office on Sunday morning, with a cause...

Voter Form Arrives in Time —for Cody, a Dead Cat

'How did this happen? It's not reality,' says owner Carol Tims

(Newser) - An Atlanta family says they received a voter registration form in the mail Wednesday—for their cat, Cody Tims, who died 12 years ago. "A great cat, indoor and outdoor, loved his family, loved his neighborhood. He was 18 and a half when he passed away," Carol Tims...

Keisha Lance Bottoms Tests Positive for Virus

Atlanta mayor has coronavirus

(Newser) - Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has tested positive for COVID-19, the day after hosting an in-person press conference regarding the death of 8-year-old Secoriea Turner. "COVID-19 has literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive," she tweeted Monday. She later told MSNBC that the...

Atlanta Mayor to Protesters: 'You Shot and Killed a Baby'

8-year-old Secoriea Turner gunned down near Wendy's where Rayshard Brooks was killed

(Newser) - "Raw emotions and frustration" is how 11Alive describes Atlanta after more than a dozen people were shot, four fatally, in less than 24 hours over the holiday weekend. Among the most devastating of those shootings: 8-year-old Secoriea Turner, who was gunned down and killed near the Wendy's where...

Positive COVID Test Causes Delays at World's Busiest Airport

Atlanta checkpoint was closed for deep cleaning

(Newser) - Despite sharply reduced passenger numbers during the pandemic, there were long lines at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Wednesday after a TSA screener tested positive for COVID-19. The main security checkpoint at the airport was shut down for a biohazard cleaning and travelers were directed to a smaller checkpoint, Fox reports....

'Sickened' Police Chief Fires Officer Over Post

Former Officer Ryan Snow posted an image of an armed protester on Facebook

(Newser) - An Alabama police chief says one of his officers has been fired after posting a photo on social media that depicted a protester in the crosshairs of a rifle scope, the AP reports. Former Officer Ryan Snow was fired Friday, Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis said. The officer posted the...

Judge Makes Ruling on Accused Wendy's Arsonist

Natalie White might also be Rayshard Brooks' girlfriend

(Newser) - A woman accused of torching the Wendy's where Rayshard Brooks was killed will be released—under certain conditions, WSB-TV reports. A judge said Wednesday that Natalie White, 29, can be released on a $10,000 bond if she stays under house arrest and wears an ankle monitor. White was...

MLK Jr. Was Mourned Here. Rayshard Brooks Will Be, Too

Funeral for black man fatally shot by police officer in Wendy's lot takes place Tuesday in Atlanta

(Newser) - The Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his very first sermon, served as co-pastor, and was later mourned after his 1968 assassination will also host Tuesday's funeral for Rayshard Brooks , the 27-year-old black man fatally shot by an Atlanta police officer in a Wendy's parking lot...

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