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Shining apples for Atlanta teachers


ATLANTA -- Tuesday night, the Rotary Club of Buckhead thanked teachers in a very "old school" way -- by polishing red apples and getting ready to place them on desks.

The Rotary Club has done this for 41 years. About 100,000 apples later, they are still doing their part to remind teachers of how much they are appreciated for what they do for children.

More than 3,500 apples were polished this week.

"They're delivered tomorrow morning to every Atlanta school, along with our thank you to the teachers," Rotary Club president Elizabeth Gill said.

The apples will be on teachers' desks Wednesday morning.

The Rotary Club has also given more than $125,000 to literacy programs in Atlanta.


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$10M land sale in Buckhead Village threatened by property dispute


Veteran Atlanta developers are caught up in a property dispute involving a more than $10 million real estate deal in the heart of the Buckhead Village.

At stake is the sale of a high-profile site next to the historic Buckhead Theatre.

An affiliate of the The Loudermilk Cos. on Oct. 17 filed a complaint in federal bankruptcy court that claims Rohrig Investments L.P. and its owner George Rohrig is preventing the pending sale of a more than one-acre parking lot near the intersection of Roswell and Peachtree roads.

In August, Houston developer The Hanover Co. had put the site under contract for more than $10 million and just submitted plans to build a 351-unit apartment tower with street-level retail there.

But in its lawsuit, Loudermilk says a former parking agreement with Rohrig now is clouding the property title.

Fulton County offers 2 early voting weekends

Fulton County offers 2 early voting weekends

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County registered voters will have the opportunity to vote on Saturday and Sunday for the next two weekends.

During the weekend of Oct. 18 -19, seven Fulton County locations will be open for early voting.

During the weekend of Oct. 25 – 26, 19 Fulton County locations will be open for early voting.

Fulton County is offering more weekend voting opportunities than any other Georgia County. Residents are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the early voting period, including weekend voting.

“We hope that our expanded dates and locations for early voting will encourage more Fulton County registered voters to cast their ballots,” said Richard L. Barron, Director of the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections. "Voting early reduces lines on Election Day and is more convenient for voters."

Fulton County Early Voting Locations

Monday, October 13 - Friday, October 31

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include:

Boston fugitive arrested in Atlanta

Boston fugitive arrested in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- A man on the Boston Police Department's Most Wanted List was arrested in Atlanta Friday morning.

Tyrone J. Shorter, 24, was taken into custody at a Buckhead apartment complex.

Shorter was wanted in Boston for two armed robberies. He is being held in the Fulton County Jail, where he is awaiting extradition to Massachusetts.

U.S. Marshals and Atlanta Police arrested Shorter. Marshals spokesperson Gavin Duffy said police used information gathered by Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta to track down the fugitive.

APD adopts transgender interaction policies

APD adopts transgender interaction policies

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department has established new policies for officer interaction with people who are transgender or intersex.

Police Chief George Turner said the policies will go into effect at the end of November, which gives officers time to be trained on them.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed called the new policies "another step forward in our efforts to celebrate diversity."

"I commend the Atlanta Police Department for their commitment to equal and respectful treatment of Atlanta's transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming individuals, citizens and visitors," Reed said.

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Some highlights of the new guidelines include:

* Treating transgender/intersex people in a manner appropriate to the gender with which they identify