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Atlanta radio station fires three hosts for mocking ex-Saints player Steve Gleason

Former New Orleans Saints safety Steve Gleason announces a draft pick during the third round of the NFL Draft, Friday, April 26, 2013 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) by Greg Botelho (CNN) — If he had been listening from his car Monday morning, radio veteran Steak Shapiro knew what he would have thought of a bit mocking a former New Orleans Saint now battling Lou Gehrig’s disease. “I would have been offended.” Why? The now former host of “Mayhem in the AM” on Atlanta’s 790 The Zone offered up plenty of reasons in an interview Tuesday with CNN’s Brooke Baldwin. And none of his descriptions of the now infamous two-minute radio bit were positive.

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Ex-Atlanta schools leader fighting for legacy

FORMER SCHOOLS CHIEF— In this June 13, 2011 file photo, outgoing schools superintendent, Dr. Beverly Hall, center, arrives for her last Atlanta school board meeting at the Atlanta Public Schools headquarters in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curtis Compton) by Christina A. Cassidy ATLANTA (AP) — When Beverly Hall first arrived in Atlanta as superintendent of the city’s public school system, she cautioned she wouldn’t be riding in on a white horse and that it would take time to fix the problems of low student performance.

Jesse Hill Jr., retired CEO of Atlanta Life Insurance Co., dies at 86

Atlanta business, government and civil rights leaders remember civil rights icon by Dion Rabouin Atlanta Daily World (Real Times News Service)–When Jesse Hill, Jr. the retired CEO of the Atlanta Life Insurance Co. and a legendary civil rights activist, passed away yesterday at the age of 86 the city of Atlanta mourned him. JESSE HILL JR. Leaders in civil rights, business and local as well as state government all had their lives impacted by the late business executive and community leader.

St. Louis American dominates NNPA Merit Awards in Atlanta

ATLANTA (NNPA)—The St. Louis American Newspaper was awarded the highly coveted John B. Russwurm Trophy at The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) Annual Merit Awards ceremony June 22 at the NNPA 2012 Annual Convention in Atlanta. With the award comes the title “Nation’s Best Black Newspaper.” The St. Louis American has captured the distinguished honor seven of the past 14 years. DR. DONALD SUGGSPublisher, St. Louis American

2 Atlanta officers fired after shooting probe

ATLANTA (AP)—Two Atlanta police officers involved in the fatal 2006 police shooting of a 92-year-old grandmother were fired and another resigned after an internal investigation found they lied and falsified documents in the aftermath of the botched police raid. Interim Police Chief George Turner said last week he hoped the results of the investigation would close the books on the grisly shooting, which has scarred the Atlanta department’s reputation and led to a federal investigation. He said the probe has led to several changes in protocol and a more powerful citizen review panel. BOTCHED DRUG RAID—This undated family photo shows Kathryn Johnson, who was shot and killed by Atlanta police officers during a botched drug raid on her home in 2006.

Study: Atlanta overtakes Chicago as second largest Black metropolitan area

by William H. FreyFor New Pittsburgh Courier Editor’s Note: The just released “State of Metropolitan America” study from the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program portrays the demographic and social trends shaping the nation’s economic and societal metropolitan populations. The excerpt below is from the Race & Ethnicity section of the report. The racial and ethnic profile of the United States continued its transformation in the 2000s, reflecting the combined impact of continued immigration and higher fertility rates for nonwhite groups.

Atlanta bar accused of forcing Black men to give up seats for White women

(NNPA)—A discrimination lawsuit filed against a popular Atlanta restaurant by two customers, a former NBA player and a prominent local lawyer may soon go to trial. Former NBA all-star Joe Barry Carroll and Atlanta lawyer Joseph Shaw say they were escorted out of the Tavern at Phipps restaurant in August 2006 for refusing to give up their seats to White women, EURweb.com reported.

Controversial Atlanta billboards link abortion, race

by Errin Haines ATLANTA (AP)—The message on dozens of billboards across Atlanta is provocative: Black children are an “endangered species.” The eyebrow-raising ads featuring a young Black child are an effort by the anti-abortion movement to use race to rally support within the Black community. The reaction from Black leaders has been mixed, but the “Too Many Aborted” campaign, which so far is unique to only Georgia, is drawing support from other anti-abortion groups across the country. RACE-BASED STRATEGY —This this Feb. 11 photo shows an anti-abortion billboard in Atlanta. The eyebrow-raising ads featuring a young Black child are an effort by the anti-abortion movement to use race to rally support within the Black community.

Civil rights icon released from Atlanta hospital

ATLANTA (AP)—Civil Rights icon Joseph Lowery has been released from an Atlanta hospital after two weeks. An Emory University Hospital spokesman said Sunday Rev. Lowery was released Saturday night. The 88-year-old Lowery was admitted to the hospital two weeks earlier with a blood clot in his lung. Rev. Joseph Lowery