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Teachers implicated in APS cheating could lose licenses

ATLANTA -- The state agency that licenses teachers is expected to begin investigating Atlanta Public Schools educators caught up in a test cheating scandal.

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The Georgia Professional Standards Commission will meet Wednesday and Thursday to vote on whether to look into some of the nearly 180 educators accused in the scandal. An investigation made public in July showed widespread cheating in nearly half of the district's 100 schools dating as far back as 2001.

The educators are no longer in classrooms - some have quit or retired while others are on paid leave. But all could lose their teaching licenses or have their certification suspended with the state.

The commission is not expected to discuss the cases publicly.

Atlanta voters to decide on Sunday sales

Atlanta voters to decide on Sunday sales

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta City Council has voted to let Atlanta voters decide in November whether they want alcoholic beverages sold at retail stores on Sundays.

The council voted Tuesday by a 9-2 margin to put the initiative on the Nov. 8 ballot. The city also will hold a special school board election that day.

Georgia's Legislature approved a measure this year giving communities the option of allowing Sunday sales. Many cities and counties have scheduled votes on the issue.

In Gwinnett County, 13 cities plan to hold November votes on Sunday sales.

Criminal Records expects to close

Criminal Records expects to close

When it opened two decades ago, Criminal Records was a cutting-edge music store. But as the years passed, it slowly became a throwback--  embracing old vinyl and comic books and CDs in spite of dwindling sales.

"When you're making two bucks a CD it doesn't take -- it didn't take much to push us over," said Eric Levin, who opened the store in 1991 and still owns it.

Now Levin says Criminal Records is no longer sustainable as a business. He says the store will close, perhaps in November.

Criminal Records may be Atlanta's foremost independent record store.  It has a high-profile location in Little Five Points.  It stages regular free in-store concerts and autographs signings by music acts visiting Atlanta.

Atlanta woman wins Duncan Hines Cupcake Challenge

Atlanta woman wins Duncan Hines Cupcake Challenge

ATLANTA, Ga. – In the case of an Atlanta woman, cupcakes and causes have the potential to offer sweet rewards.

Atlanta resident, Christine Blake poved that a little baking can go a long way by winning the Duncan Hines Cupcake Challenge.  Later this month, Blake will get the chance to attend the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards show as a result of her winning and Duncan Hines will donate $100,000 to the Share Our Strength non-profit organization.

Blake was chosen as one among five winners of the contest.

EF1 tornado confirmed in Cherokee County

EF1 tornado confirmed in Cherokee County

ATLANTA -- At least one tornado, along with severe storms, ripped through parts of Metro Atlanta Monday, damaging dozens of homes and claiming the life of a Gwinnett County man.

Surveyers from the National Weather Service said a long-tracked EF1 tornado touched down in Woodstock and moved northward some 24 miles before lifting at Ball Ground. Officials said the twister clocked winds at about 90 mph, and at its widest was a quarter-mile wide. Most tornadoes associated with tropical systems like Lee produce very short touchdowns.

Officials said about 400 structures had been affected, and that it was the fifth tornado in Cherokee County over the past four years. County officials said they were lucky that it struck on the holiday with school out of session. School buses would have been on the roads were the storm to happen on a school day.

Eco-Fabulous Explored on Beltline Tour

Eco-Fabulous Explored on Beltline Tour

The Atlanta Beltline project is a diverse 2.8 billion project to renovate neighborhoods, parks and commercial space for an area of the city that will be connected by town-car (incorporating old railroad tracks).  The project incorporates nature and neighborhood's existing materials to create a neighborhood that's "eco-fabulous", as our tour guide called it. Brian Leary, the brain behind this project was a college student who was inspired by a similar plan in Paris.

Every Friday and Saturday at 9:30AM, the Atlanta Beltline hosts a free three hour tour along this beltline that highlights the circle that the town cars will transit. Currently, this Beltline tour is reserved for the next year but I was lucky enough to find a seat, due to a cancellation.

I didn't know what to expect on these tours. When I signed up I had never imagined the tour would take three hours out of my Saturday.

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