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Fulton County residents encouraged to register to vote for 2014 elections

Fulton County residents encouraged to register to vote for 2014 elections

(WXIA) -- The Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections reminds residents who intend to vote in the primary election on May 20 that the voter registration deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 21.

Voter registration forms are available for download at www.fultonelections.com.

Richard Barron, Director of Registration & Elections, encourages new Fulton County residents to register to vote and recommends that all registered voters ensure that their information on file with the department is up-to-date.

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Michael Merlin named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

Michael Merlin named to Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors

ATLANTA, GA March 11, 2014– Morgan Stanley announced today that Michael Merlin, Managing Director, Financial Advisor, in the Firm’s Atlanta Wealth Management office, has been named to Barron’s list of America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: 2014 State-by-State.

The “Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors” is a select group of individuals who are screened on a number of criteria. Among factors the survey takes into consideration are assets under management, revenue produced for the Firm and quality of service provided to clients.

“I am extremely proud that  Michael Merlin is representing Morgan Stanley Wealth Management on this list,” commented Michael Outlaw, Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Atlanta office. “This listing recognizes an elite group of financial professionals who are dedicated to providing clients with exceptional wealth management services.”

Google Fiber not a sure thing for College Park after all

Google Fiber not a sure thing for College Park after all


COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- Google Fiber is not a sure thing for College Park after all.

City officials say they prematurely announced on Tuesday that the south Fulton County city was selected for the high-speed Internet service. College Park and eight metro Atlanta cities are still in the running for Google Fiber.

Google Fiber delivers Internet speeds of one gigabit per second -- up to 100 times faster than basic broadband.

Other cities being eyed by Google are Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Smyrna. Google is expected to make an announcement by the end of 2014.

Georgia schools rank high on U.S. News and World Report's 2015 'Best Grad Schools' list

Georgia schools rank high on U.S. News and World Report's 2015 'Best Grad Schools' list


(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Several Georgia schools scored well on U.S. News and World Report's 2015 list of Best Graduate Schools.

U.S. News says it analyzed more than 1,300 graduate programs to determine this year's rankings.

The University of Georgia's public affairs program is ranked No. 4 among the nation's top public affairs schools -- higher than Princeton University (No. 5). Georgia State University's Andrew Young School of Policy Studies is ranked No. 23, while Georgia Tech's program is ranked No. 53.

Georgia Tech's graduate engineering program is ranked No. 6 among engineering programs, tied with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The top five engineering grad schools are, in order, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, California Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University.

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Digging deeper on Grady High School investigation

ATLANTA-- Atlanta Public Schools released part one of an investigation into fraudulent residency requirements for Grady High School football players. The 23-page report found 14 players with addresses outside the district. 

READ| Response from APS Superintendent Erroll Davis

The report shows both parents and school employees were involved in the fraud, some going to extreme lengths to play for the Grady football team. 

Of the 58 students investigated, the district says its verified 14 falsified documents, with 13 still under investigation.  Students are only listed by number in the report.   

GALLERY | Flip through the summary of student cases

Ga. Tech student injured in explosion dies

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Tech student injured in an explosion in his Midtown apartment last month has died, the Fulton County Medical Examiner has confirmed.

Saamer Akhshabi suffered third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body in the Feb. 4 incident. Lighter fluid and a charred pillow and mattress were found inside the apartment, along with the apparent Molotov cocktail and several plastic bottles filled with gasoline and kerosene.

PHOTOS | Grad student burned by incendiary device

Recruiting Scandal: 14 Grady HS players had fraudulent addresses

ATLANTA -- Atlanta School Superintendent Erroll Davis said Wednesday that out of 58 football players on the Grady High School football team, 14 of them were found to have had fraudulent addresses on record at the school.

In a 23-page report released Wednesday evening, Davis said both parents and school employees were involved in the fraud.

READ | Details of the full report here

Since the investigation began, a number of players have withdrawn from the school voluntarily, while more were asked to leave the school. In the cases of those who live outside the school's service area, tuition bills were sent to parents.

Davis said at least one player had never seen the inside of a Grady High School classroom.