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Fire Chief suspended after publishing anti-gay comments

Fire Chief suspended after publishing anti-gay comments

ATLANTA -- Atlanta's fire chief is suspended without pay after publishing a book calling homosexuality "unclean", "a sexual perversion", "vulgar", and "inappropriate".

The book titled Who Told You That You Were Naked? is on sale at Amazon.com. It was authored by Atlanta's Fire Chief, Kelvin Cochran. The summary of the book refers to God's words to Adam in the Bible:

From God's perspective nakedness meant so much more. It meant condemnation and deprivation to his most precious creation-mankind. Though He reconciled Adam's condition by clothing him in coats of lambs' skin, Adam never got over what he had done. Condemnation has dominated ever since. Now we have a more permanent solution. We have been clothed with Christ! Redeemed men who carry the curse of condemnation and deprivation cannot fulfill their purpose as husbands, fathers, community and business leaders-world changers!

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

Last weekend of roadwork for a while

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has good news and bad news.

The bad news: Scheduled road maintenance will make weekend commutes difficult in several spots around Atlanta.

The good news: It's the last major construction weekend before workers take a break for Thanksgiving.

This weekend's projects include:

Clayton County
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed at Highway 138 from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete replacement.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

EXCLUSIVE: Reed announces plans for largest infrastructure investment in 30 yrs.


ATLANTA-- Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed broke news about plans for a massive infrastructure re-haul for the city of Atlanta during his interview with 11Alive's Karyn Greer on 11Alive News at noon.

Hundreds of questions came into 11Alive's Facebook and Twitter accounts for the planned interview. One of them was from Justin Cullifer: "It looks like there are thousands of new apartments being built throughout Atlanta, but the roads around those new buildings have not been expanded or even paved. Does the mayor believe it's OK to pack in more full time residents without improving traffic flow?"

Fulton County opens comment period for Annual Draft Action Plan

Fulton County opens comment period for Annual Draft Action Plan

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County wants citizen review and comment on its Annual Action Plans and Consolidated Plan.  The Consolidated Plan requires local governments receiving federal funds directly from HUD, to determine strategies, community needs, long and short-term objectives, resources and proposed projects for submission as a combined planning and application document.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra completes 4-year deal with Woodruff Arts Center


ATLANTA -- The 70th anniversary season of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will open on Thursday, November 13, after the Orchestra's musicians and management came to terms on a new four-year collective bargaining agreement this week.

Robert Spano, Music Director of the ASO, will conduct the Orchestra and Chorus performing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5 with David Coucheron on November 13 and 15.

The new agreement was reached Thursday after lengthy negotiation sessions between the musicians and management with mediators from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services. The agreement was approved by the Woodruff Arts Center's Governing Board and ratified by the membership of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players' Association over the last two days.

Police: Child could be part of violent robbing crew


ATLANTA – Police say a child could be part of a violent robbing crew targeting Midtown Atlanta.

One victim told police that he was walking on 9th Street when a dark colored car pulled up beside him. According to police, two men held the victim at gunpoint while a third person – who appeared to be a child -- punched him in the face and stole his cell phone. The boy attempted to get a wallet out of the victim's pocket, according to Officer Ralph Woolfork of the Atlanta Police Department.

Investigators said the suspects could face additional charges if they enlisted a child to take part in a crime.

Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call the Atlanta Police Department.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.