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Transportation CEO Steps In Front of Train to His Death

Jeffrey Parker, head of Atlanta's MARTA, died by suicide Friday

(Newser) - The CEO and general manager of MARTA, Atlanta's transportation service, has died by suicide, per CNN . Jeffrey Parker, who'd led the agency since 2018, stepped in front of an oncoming train in Decatur on Friday, according to local outlet Decaturish . Parker's death was confirmed in a statement...

Thieves Seize UPS Truck and Driver, Stealing Cargo

Company later uses GPS, finding employee unharmed

(Newser) - Thieves seized a loaded UPS tractor-trailer on an Atlanta street on Tuesday, tying up the driver and taking him with them. The driver was unharmed in the crime, NBC reports. The 18-wheeler was stopped at a traffic light about 3:30am when a gunman got into the cab and ordered...

Woman Murdered While Walking Dog Had 'F' 'A' 'T' Carved on Chest

Police have made no arrests in slaying of Katherine Janness

(Newser) - Update: The woman found slain in an Atlanta park in July had the letters "F" "A" "T" carved in her chest, authorities say. She had also been stabbed dozens of times, NBC News reports, citing the medical examiner's report. The murders of the woman and her...

Teen Shot While Waiting for School Bus Dies

Georgia boy, 16, was shot in head Tuesday morning

(Newser) - A 16-year-old Georgia boy is dead after he was shot in the head while waiting for his school bus Tuesday morning. Timothy Barnes Jr. was a sophomore at Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, about 30 miles from Atlanta. A 17-year-old student at the high school has been arrested and...

This Time, He Pleads Not Guilty to Fatal Spa Shootings

Robert Long faces death sentence in 4 cases; other 4 were handled in different county

(Newser) - Update: A man already sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to fatally shooting four people at a massage business outside Atlanta pleaded not guilty to shooting four others on the same day at two spas inside the city, per the AP . Robert Aaron Long, 22, appeared briefly...

Her Vehicle Shook. Then, 'a Lady Screaming'

Police say at least 2 injured after explosion at Atlanta-area apartment complex

(Newser) - An explosion collapsed part of a building Sunday at an apartment complex in suburban Atlanta, news outlets reported. The Dunwoody Police Department wrote on social media that they received a report of an explosion at Arrive Perimeter apartments shortly before 1:30pm. Photos from the scene show part of a...

World's Oldest Male Gorilla Has COVID

A dozen others in addition to Ozzie have also tested positive at Zoo Atlanta

(Newser) - The coronavirus has overtaken more than a dozen gorillas at Zoo Atlanta, officials say, including the oldest male gorilla in the world. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Ozzie —a 60-year-old, 350-pound silverback who's sired 12 gorillas at the zoo and is said to be a "terrific father"...

Nearing Retirement? This State Looks Tempting

4 Fla. cities, including Orlando, make WalletHub's top 10 list for the best places to retire

(Newser) - Whether you're decades away from retirement or right around the corner, where you head after you clock out for the last time may already be percolating. WalletHub looked at more than 180 of America's cities, analyzing metrics in four main categories: affordability (cost of living, taxpayer friendliness, and...

Atlanta Student Killed in Horrific Elevator Accident

Witnesses say football player was trapped when it went into free-fall

(Newser) - A student athlete in Atlanta was killed in a horrific accident involving an elevator that was apparently long overdue for inspection. Witnesses say three Champion Prep Academy football players boarded the elevator in an upper floor of an apartment building on their way to practice Tuesday afternoon, CBS 46 reports....

Families Plead for Vaccinations
Families Plead for Vaccinations

Families Plead for Vaccinations

Rallies honor loved ones lost to COVID-19

(Newser) - On the day the US returned to averaging 100,000 new daily coronavirus infections, victims of the virus and their families held rallies around the country to encourage people to get vaccinated and wear masks. "If it saves one person from hurting, just one person, it would have been...

Kanye Finishing Album in an Odd 'Private Space'

Rapper is holed up in tiny room in Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium

(Newser) - It's not really surprising that Kanye West's latest album didn't drop on the day it was supposed to. What is odd, however, is where he appears to be holed up as he finishes Donda, named for his late mother. On Tuesday, the 44-year-old rapper posted on Instagram...

OK, We Get It—This City Is Extremely Fit

Arlington, Va., named fittest city in America for 4th straight year on ACSM's annual list

(Newser) - For the 14th straight year, the American College of Sports Medicine, in conjunction with the Anthem Foundation, has published its Fitness Index , ranking America's largest 100 cities and Washington, DC, on more than 30 indicators regarding various health behaviors, local infrastructure, and chronic diseases. And for the fourth year...

Chat in Workplace Bathroom May Have Saved 2 Men's Lives

Co-workers Susan Ellis and Tia Wimbush each gave up one of their own kidneys

(Newser) - A chance conversation in a workplace restroom led to a happy ending for two men in desperate need of new kidneys. That meeting took place in August 2020 in a bathroom at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Co-workers Susan Ellis and Tia Wimbush had learned in 2019 that their husbands...

Ikea Employees Outraged by Juneteenth Menu

Fried chicken, watermelon among items selected to honor Black Americans

(Newser) - An Ikea store in Atlanta is apologizing after offering a lunch menu of fried chicken, watermelon, macaroni and cheese, and collard greens to honor "the perseverance of Black Americans." Employees spoke out, claiming the menu was created without input from Black employees was sent to workers, and that...

Cashier Dead, Deputy Wounded After Face Mask Dispute

Customer retrieved gun, opened fire after argument Monday: GBI

(Newser) - A grocery store cashier in Georgia died Monday when a shopper was told to put on a face mask and instead opened fire, per WSB . A reserve sheriff's deputy was also injured in the shooting, which erupted at the Big Bear grocery store in Decatur shortly after 1pm. A...

Horniest US City Has Appropriately Hedonistic Name

While Texas cities suffer from a lethargic libido

(Newser) - It looks like Nevada's Paradise is aptly named, at least for those who are yearning for physical human contact after a long year of lockdowns. The city sits at the top of LawnStarter's list of America's "horniest" cities, published in advance of National Sex Day on...

Atlanta Suspect to Face Death Penalty, Hate Crime Charges

Grand jury returns indictment against Robert Aaron Long in four of the spa shootings

(Newser) - A man accused of killing eight people , six of them women of Asian descent, in shootings at three Atlanta-area massage businesses was indicted Tuesday on murder charges, and a prosecutor filed notice that she'll also seek hate crime charges and the death penalty. A Fulton County grand jury indicted...

Keisha Lance Bottoms' News Shocks Atlanta

Mayor announces she's not seeking re-election

(Newser) - Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Thursday she will not seek a second term, an election-year surprise that marks a sharp turnabout for the city’s second Black woman executive who months ago was among those President Biden considered for his running mate. Bottoms, 51, disclosed her decision publicly in...

Cop Charged With Murder Sees His Firing Reversed

Board rules that Garrett Rolfe was wrongly terminated after shooting Rayshard Brooks

(Newser) - Garrett Rolfe, the Atlanta police officer fired and charged with felony murder after shooting Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy's parking lot last year, has seen that firing reversed. The Atlanta Civil Service Board has ruled that Rolfe was wrongly terminated the day after the Black man's death, CNN...

Local News Crew Spots Escaped Murder Suspect

Man was recaptured after Atlanta airport escape

(Newser) - A local TV news crew in Atlanta became part of the story Thursday night as they reported on an escaped murder suspect. WSB-TV reports that its reporter Matt Johnson and photojournalist Joe Booker were preparing their story on fugitive Jsaan Carlos Strover when the man ran past their truck and...

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