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Colin Kaepernick To Work Out For NFL Teams

(Atlanta, GA) – Almost three years ago, Colin Kaepernick sacrificed his career to take a stand on racial injustice and police brutality. He became known more for kneeling during the national anthem in protest than for his football prowess and it eventually came at the expense of his career.
As the protest picked up support with dozens of other athletes, not just football players, taking a knee with Kap, the NFL found itself in a gray area that left coaches and owners stuck between supporting their players’ rights or the Flag. Even though it was never about the flag or saluting the country, anti-kap supporters quickly turned it into that and Colin Kapernick was soon seemingly banned from the NFL.  So much so, that the former 49er’s QB filed a grievance/collusion suit against the league and won and undisclosed amount of money.
Through it all, Colin has always maintained that his heart was on the field and if ever given a chance to get back in the league, he would take it.  Well, that chance is finally here.
The NFL reached out to Kaepernick and told him that a private workout could be scheduled for him Saturday in Atlanta where all 32 teams in the professional football league would be invited. Most question the league’s sincerity because the workout is on a Saturday, a day where all head coaches and general managers will be traveling and preparing for games on Sunday.
Kap could take it or leave it and Saturday he’ll be in Flowery Branch at the Falcons’ practice facility where he will officially embark on a possible return to the NFL.
The workout includes on-field work and an interview. Kaepernick tweeted he’s stayed in shape and has been waiting for this opportunity for three years.
He arrived in Atlanta early this morning. Good Luck Kap!

Sytonnia ‘Toni’ Moore Getting Comfortable At KISS 104.1

(Atlanta, Ga) – Sytonnia ‘Toni’ Moore has joined Atlanta’s top rated station KISS 104.1 as the morning show co-host and News and Entertainment announcer.

She joins award winning morning man and Atlanta legend Art Terrell, comedian Corey ‘Zooman’ Miller and Neiko Flowers (Producer).  The team operates under program director Terri Avery who has taken the station to #1 in the market in a short time.

Moore says it’s one of the best teams she’s been a part of and she couldn’t be happier. She’s excited for the opportunity and dived right in as you can imagine. Moore says, “It’s a dream come true. KISS 104.1 has been on my vision board for a couple of years; so to see that come to fruition is beyond thrilling. And working under the tutelage of Terry Avery and Chris Eagan is an invaluable experience.”

Tenth Death From Vaping Reported

(Atlanta, GA-AP) – Georgia health officials say a person in the state has died from a vaping-related illness. It’s the tenth death from e-cigarette use in the country. The Georgia Department of Health said the person who died had a history of heavy nicotine vaping use, but didn’t smoke THC vape products.

There are several other cases of people who’ve fallen ill from e-cigarettes in the state. The CDC has also identified hundreds of other people across the country.

Scooter Rider Killed In Accident With Bus

(Atlanta, GA) – Atlanta Police are investigating a deadly accident involving a bus and a scooter. A CobbLinc bus reportedly hit the scooter on West Peachtree Street at 15th Street around 10:30 last night.

The man riding the scooter was trapped underneath the bus and died before firefighters could pull him out. Officers are trying to figure out who was at fault.

While there were passengers on the bus, police say they don’t have any witnesses.

Family members told FOX 5 that the victim was married with two small children and he was on his way home from the Atlanta United game when the accident happened.

 

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Hall County, Georgia Deputy Killed Trying To Stop Stolen Car

(Hall County, GA) — The law enforcement community is in mourning and investigating after a Hall County sheriff’s deputy was killed in the line of duty.

It happened late last night when shots were fired as the deputy was trying to stop a stolen car.

The alleged gunman was injured and taken to the hospital. Several suspects who reportedly jumped from the car got away and authorities are searching for them.

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IWillVote Gala Brings The Democratic Party’s Heavy Hitters To Atlanta

 

(Atlanta, GA) – The IWillVote Gala was back in Atlanta…and what an event by the Democratic National Committee.  Vice President Joe Biden took charge immediately by putting his support behind Women’s Rights and condemning Abortion Laws as certain states move to try and control what a woman does with her body.

Biden stressed once again that it’s time for us to restore American Politics and even the playing field when it comes to education and economic opportunities. He also touched on voter suppression, infrastructure and foreign interference. Uncle Joe had to leave out early because his Granddaughter is graduating.

But, attendees were further charged by Rev. Al Sharpton who didn’t bite his tongue when he challenged citizens (primarily black) to be more cognizant about voter interference plots aimed directly at them and to be blunt..being a complete waste of space as a human being. As Sharpton kept it real…  he encouraged people to brag less about their titles and material possessions and more about what they’re doing to help other people. Sharpton’s speech was so rousing, he received a standing ovation.

Afterwards, Sharpton mingled with an excited crowd that included Rev. Jesse Jackson, Representative Maxine Waters, DNC Chair Tom Perez, Representative Lucy McBath, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms and more.

The Honorable Stacey Abrams was the keynote speaker of the evening closing the Gala out with an impactful speech that focused on the influence Georgia’s population and underrepresented demographics have on elections.   She highlighted Georgia’s Latino, lack and illennial involvement and what that could mean heading into the 2020 election.

The Honorable Beto O’Rourke also laid out parts of his platform; but like Joe Biden he let it be known that regardless of who would be on the Democratic ticket, he would be supportive of the party and the movement.

The IWillVoteGala also featured DNC Chair Tom Perez, Sonya Halpern, Dekalb County CEO Michael Thurmond, Congresswoman Lucy McBath, DNC Assistant Treasurer Lorna Johnson and Vice Chair Michael Blake and DNC Associate Chair Jamie Harrison. Congressman John Lewis was slightly ill and didn’t make it.

The DNC launched IWillVote in 2018 as an unprecedented new campaign with four initiatives: Commit to Vote; Voter Registration; Voter Education and Protection; and Get-Out-The-Vote. Under the IWillVote program, the DNC, in partnership with state parties and organizations, reached over 50 million voters during the midterm elections to engage, educate, and mobilize them to vote for Democrats up and down the ticket.

The party is certainly in a strong position as we move toward 2020.

 

Near Atlanta: Boyfriend Kills Himself, Pregnant Girlfriend And Her Teen Son After Barricading Himself Inside Home For 17 Hours

(Stockbridge, GA) — A standoff that started Thursday morning around 11am ended with four people dead in Stockbridge.  Authorities were responding to a domestic violence call in Henry County at the Eagles Landing Subdivision in Stockbridge.

When police arrived at the house, the suspect, 47-year old convicted felon Anthony Bailey opened fire shooting officer Keegan Merritt in the hand and another officer Taylor Webb in the chest and the hip.  The officers were air lifted to Grady Memorial hospital and were in the Trauma unit at last check.

The two officers were shot after one saw blood on the driveway, running from underneath the garage door and a woman’s bloody lifeless body through the glass. They forced their way into the home.  Upon entry, they were fired upon. Bailey then yelled, “Don’t come in here. Don’t come in here. Do not come in here. I got a lot of shots. I got a hostage. I got a hostage.”

Dozens of law enforcement officers from the Henry County Police Department had the home surrounded with heavy artillery.

They were willing to wait and negotiate for as long as they could after family members informed them their 16-year old nephew, Arkeyvion White, was still in the home.

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The nephews’ aunt is the one who called 911 after she was attempting to enter the home and found her pregnant sister, 39-year old Sandra White, dead in the garage. The shooter, who was the victim’s boyfriend, told authorities he would release the boy but as hours pressed on it seemed unlikely that he would do so.

According to some accounts, last night police decided to make a move and fired gas into the home where the boyfriend responded by firing shots once again at officers.  He had threatened earlier to shoot at anyone who approached the house.  But at this point, officers were willing to take that chance and started their attempts to enter the residence.

At 3 this morning, they finally entered the home and found dead Bailey and Arkeyvion in an upstairs bedroom. Sandra’s body was still in the garage.

Family members say that all was well the day before the incident and that they, including the boyfriend, were planning a big baby shower for this weekend. Reportedly, the pregnant victim was due to give birth to a son named Antonio on April 29th. The pregnant victim’s sister said that she wasn’t happy in the relationship though and that yesterday the boyfriend had been asked to leave and he refused.

Sandra White was a nurse at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center. Sophomore Arkeyvion White was an honor roll student and football player at Dutchtown High School.

Bailey  was a convicted felon who served two years in the 90s on an aggravated assault conviction.

Lyft Giving Free Rides To Black History Museums, Memorial Sites In Atlanta

(Atlanta, GA-AP) — Ride-sharing service Lyft is giving out free rides to black history museums, memorial sites or black-owned businesses in honor of Black History Month. You can get a free ride of up to ten dollars to places in Atlanta, Baltimore, Charleston, New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and other cities.

Lyft said in a statement that it believes in recognizing, celebrating and supporting the contributions of black men and women throughout history. The service us also celebrating the one-year anniversary of its partnership with Black Girls Code, an organization that provides African-American girls with coding skills to help increase representation of black women in technology.

Atlanta Man Found Hanging Off Of MLK Bridge In The AUC

(Atlanta, GA) – Mystery surrounds the death of a man found hanging from a bridge near Atlanta’s historical black colleges.

Believed to be in his early to mid 20s, no other details have been released about the young black male found with a chain around his neck other than it is believed the keys to the chain were in his pocket.

Atlanta police were called to the 600 block of MLK Drive at about 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Atlanta police Sgt. John Chafee said the chain was locked in several places. Chafee also said investigators canvassed the area and located one person who said they overheard someone yelling “don’t do it.”

Early speculation points to suicide but a full investigation has not been completed yet.

 

Carter, Bush And Clinton To Attend Former GA Governor’s Funeral

(Atlanta, GA) – Three former presidents are set to attend today’s funeral services for former Georgia Governor Zell Miller. Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton are all expected to speak. Miller died on Friday at the age of 86 after a battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He will lie in state in the rotunda at the Georgia Capitol following the funeral services.

His funeral procession made its way through Atlanta this morning on the way to the Governor’s mansion.