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APD appoints LGBT liaison

APD appoints LGBT liaison

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department has named a new LGBT liaison officer to serve the department.

Officer Kristin Knight was appointed to her position last week by Chief George Turner.

"I'm looking forward to this wonderful and challenging opportunity to serve as a link between the LGBT community and the brave men and women of the Atlanta Police Department," Knight said after she was appointed. "As a proud member of both the gay community and the APD, I will take great pride and care in ensuring we continue our mutual respect and understanding."

Knight joined APD in 2005, working as a patrol officer downtown and in Midtown. Last year, the Connecticut native joined the Community Liaison Unit. She originally moved south to attend Clark Atlanta University and is now completing her bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Saint Leo University.

Fulton County to Celebrate Older Americans Month

Fulton County to Celebrate Older Americans Month

 

Atlanta Braves recognize that you’re “Never too Old to Play” through the donation of 200 tickets to Fulton County Senior Multipurpose Facilities

The month of May is when the nation honors older Americans and the theme for 2012 —Never Too Old to Play!— recognizes the value that older adults continue to bring to our communities through spirited participation in social and faith groups, service organizations, and other activities. Throughout May, Fulton County will shine the spotlight on the important role older adults play in our community.  The celebration officially begins May 2, when the Fulton County Board of Commissioners issues a proclamation honoring senior adults living in Fulton County.

22 APS students win Gates Millennium Scholarship

22 APS students win Gates Millennium Scholarship

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools can now boast the third-highest number of 2012 Gates Millennium Scholarship winners in the United States.

The prestigious scholarship covers tuition, room and board for any major at any university. Only 1,000 students in the country receive the honor every year.

This year's recipients from APS include:

Carver Early College High School
Makeeva Walker

Carver School of the Arts
Ashley Thomas

Carver School of Health Sciences & Research
Cesar Chavez

Frederick Douglass High School
Kaitlin Camp
Jasmine Davis
Rifat Mursalin

Henry W. Grady High School
Abena Amoakuh
Chantil Coleman
Raveen Ford
Shafiq Gyagenda

Maynard H. Jackson High School
Alexander Greene

Benjamin E. Mays High School
Douglas Ruffin

VIDEO | Think like a Man Red Carpet Premiere

VIDEO | Think like a Man Red Carpet Premiere

ATL Profile host Christopher Martin walks the red carpet in Atlantic Station at the premiere of the new film Think like a Man and talks to stars Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Steve Harvey, Terrence J, Gabrielle Union, Regina Hall, Gary Owens, Frank Ski, Keshia Knight Pulliam, & Judge Glenda Hatchett in this episode brought to you by Solera Salon & Med Spa [READ MORE]

One Boy USO Creates a Coloring and Activity Book to Help With His Fund Raising Efforts

One Boy USO Creates a Coloring and Activity Book to Help With His Fund Raising Efforts

Cody Jackson, known across America as the One Boy USO, is announcing his soon-to-be released children's book  Pint-Sized Patriots Coloring and Activity Book, of which a portion of the sales will go to Cody's fund raising efforts for sending  packages to military men and women overseas. Cody became popular across America after being featured on CNN, FoxNews, CBS, and NBC for thanking over 10,000 troops at the Atlanta airport.

Cody's journey as the One Boy USO began when he was four, with a simple question: "Why is it so hard to get on a plane?" Ever since the moment his parents tried to explain what happened on 9/11, Cody has been a new boy. Every day he goes out of his way to thank our military men and women and regularly goes to the airport to salute our men and women in uniform. As a way to thank more soldiers personally, Cody also collects donations to help fund care packages to ship to deployed troops.

Radio personality, Michael Baisden, to speak to Clark Atlanta's first-year Business School students

Radio personality, Michael Baisden, to speak to Clark Atlanta's first-year Business School students

ATLANTA --  Clark Atlanta is hosting Michael Baisden, who is one of the most outspoken and familiar voices in black radio.  Baisden will be speaking to Clark Atlanta University's CEO Academy as part of their "Take a Millionaire to Lunch" series.

WHEN: Thursday, April 19, at 11 a.m.

WHERE: The multipurpose room of the Bishop Cornelius L. Henderson Student Center, 223 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W BACKGROUND: Based in New York, Baisden is the author and publisher of the highly successful and provocative books: "Never Satisfied: How and Why Men Cheat," "Men Cry in the Dark," "The Maintenance Man," and "God's Gift to Women." His activism led him to spearhead the famous “Jena 6” march in Jena, La., in support of six black teenagers convicted in the beating of a white high school student in 2007.

3 APS schools saved, 7 to close

3 APS schools saved, 7 to close

ATLANTA -- In a meeting that lasted more than 12 hours and had more than 500 attendees, some chanting and carrying signs, the Atlanta school board approved a controversial redistricting plan late Tuesday night.

The board unanimously approved the plan advanced by Superintendent Erroll Davis with three amendments: to keep Towns, D.H. Stanton and F.L. Stanton elementary schools open.

Outbursts from the audience stopped the meeting twice. At one point, while the superintendent was absent, someone from the crowd yelled that Davis needed to return before they continued. The crowd began chanting "We want Davis." In a separate incident, a man who reportedly caused a commotion was escorted out by Atlanta police officers.