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Protesters block intersection on Peachtree St. near Lenox entrance


ATLANTA -- Protesters took to Peachtree Street in front of the entrance to Lenox Mall Saturday afternoon.

In all, there were about 10 protesters, who formed a a circle on the ground while linking themselves together. The protesters were shouting "No justice, no peace."

The protest caused major delays in and around the intersection between Lenox and Phipps Plaza on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

Last weekend of roadwork until 2015

(WXIA) -- Drivers in the Atlanta area: Just make it through this weekend, and then you'll get a much-needed break.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said it will suspend all construction-related lane closures from Dec. 23 to Jan. 2.

Until then, many of the usual areas will see crews hard at work through next Monday morning.

As always, all work is weather permitting. A complete list of closures and possible delays can be found at 511ga.org.

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two eastbound lanes of I-20 will be closed for about one mile past Six Flags Parkway from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Saturday for bridge joint and header replacement.

Coweta County
* One northbound lane of I-85 will be closed between two miles south of Highway 14 and McCollum-Sharpsburg Road from 8 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for barrier wall setting.

Atlanta Police Department gains 24 new officers

Atlanta Police Department gains 24 new officers

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department will graduate Class #237 Tuesday evening.

The class of brand new officers consists of 21 men and three women. All 24 graduates concluded 22 weeks of training at the Atlanta Police Academy -- including arrest techniques, physical fitness and classroom courses -- and 12 weeks of field training with veteran officers.

They will officially become members of the Atlanta Police Department during a ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Atlanta City Hall Atrium. Robin Loudermilk Jr., CEO of the Loudermilk Companies, will be the keynote speaker.

Three of the graduates have military backgrounds, while nine have college degrees, according to the Atlanta Police Department.

North Fulton voters can vote absentee by mail for special election

North Fulton voters can vote absentee by mail for special election

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Some North Fulton County voters may prefer to vote absentee by mail for State House District 50.

To request an absentee ballot, registered voters may fax or mail a written request for an absentee ballot. Voters can vote absentee by mail for any reason. Citizens can request an absentee ballot through Friday, Jan. 2.

Election Day is Tuesday, Jan. 6. Requests for absentee ballots may be submitted now.

Absentee VOTE BY MAIL

Eligible voters (meaning registered voters) desiring to vote by mail may do so without providing a reason or identification if they mail in their application for a ballot. However, this does not apply to voters who registered for the first time in Georgia by mail and did not provide ID with their registration application.

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

Weekend roadwork: Once again, avoid I-20 on the west side

(WXIA) -- Drivers are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 20 on Atlanta's west side this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation crews will perform several road projects on I-20 as well as other areas of metro Atlanta. Lane closures and delays are expected.

All work is weather permitting.

This weekend's work by county includes:

Cobb County
* Two northbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.
* Two southbound lanes of Cobb Parkway will be closed at the Chattahoochee River on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. for pavement repairs.

Report: Jermaine Dupri loses Atlanta mansion in foreclosure


After numerous efforts to keep his Atlanta mansion, rapper/producer Jermaine Duprihas lost the property to foreclosure, several websites that follow the Hip Hop music industry and celebrity news are reporting.

Dupri's home is at 1240 Mount Paran Road.

According to the Jasmine Brand, "A notice of sale for Jermaine Dupri's home was filed by the new owner of the deed and stated, 'The debt secured by said Deed to Secure Debt has been and is hereby declared due because of, among other possible events of default, non-payment of the monthly installments on said loan. The debt remaining in default, this sale will be made for the purpose of paying the same and all expenses of this sale'"

A portion of a previous foreclosure notice filed in December 2012, said:

Fundraiser to help OK Cafe staff


ATLANTA -- A fundraiser has been established for employees of the OK Cafe. The popular Buckhead restaurant was closed indefinitely Sunday after an electrical fire broke out inside the building.

Fundraiser organizers are collecting money from regular customers and the public to "help ... staff members enjoy the holiday season with their families, as if OK Cafe was never shut down." As of Thursday afternoon, the OK Cafe Christmas Fund has received more than $38,000.

All proceeds go directly toward the restaurant's 100 employees.


Donate to the OK Cafe Christmas Fund.