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Carter Center, local authors honor grandparents

Carter Center, local authors honor grandparents

ATLANTA -- In honor of Grandparents Day, two local authors who were raised by their grandparents will host a celebration at Atlanta's Carter Center.

President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation for a national celebration of grandparents in 1978. This year's Grandparents Day lands on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

The Carter Center event will begin at 7 p.m. on that day and will be hosted by Michael Morris and Robert Leleux.

Morris based his latest novel, Man in the Blue Moon, on a true story his grandfather told him. In the book, a man on the run for murder is shipped to his family in a crate.

Atlanta singer wins scholarship to Berklee

Atlanta singer wins scholarship to Berklee

BOSTON -- A talented young singer from Atlanta is one of 16 aspiring musicians nationwide to win a full ride to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Robert Gould, who trains at the Little 5 Points Music Center, will head to Berklee to begin his studies this fall.

Recipients of the honor, the City Music College Scholarship, are musicians who have been accepted to Berklee and completed the school's Five-Week Summer Performance Program. The school's City Music program brings music education to children in underserved communities across the United States.

"Every year, for the last 20 years, I am blown away by the power of music," J. Curtis Warner Jr., executive director of Berklee City Music, said in a statement. "When these (scholarship recipients) develop their talents and skills in music, you can see their confidence grow too, and with that, the potential for success is just limitless."

Tickets available for Decatur Book Festival keynote address

Tickets available for Decatur Book Festival keynote address

DECATUR, Ga. -- Tickets are currently on sale for the keynote address of the 2012 AJC Decatur Book Festival.

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Natasha Tretheway will be this year's speaker. She is the current U.S. Poet Laureate, a Pulitzer Prize winner and a professor at Emory University.

Tretheway's address will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31 at Emory's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Tickets are free and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. They can be picked up at Emory's box office, Little Shop of Stories, Eagle Eye Bookshop and Charis Books & More in Little Five Points.

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has sworn in the newest justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Keith Blackwell was sworn in Thursday morning in the House Chamber of the State Capitol.

Deal last month appointed the 37-year-old Blackwell to fill a vacancy left by Chief Justice George Carley. Carley's resignation as chief justice was effective Tuesday.

Blackwell had served on the Court of Appeals since he was appointed in 2010 by former Gov. Sonny Perdue. He is the 92nd justice since the court's creation in 1845.

Blackwell previously practiced civil and criminal law. He will serve on the court until 2014, when voters will decide whether to keep him on the bench for a six-year term.

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.

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

Jimmy Carter speaks at Nobel laureate conference

Jimmy Carter speaks at Nobel laureate conference

CHICAGO -- Former President Jimmy Carter says the United States needs to find a way to be a leader in global peace.

Carter spoke Monday in Chicago at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. The Nobel summit has taken place for a dozen years, but this is the first time it's been held on this continent.

Mikhail Gorbachev, the Dalai Lama and Carter are just a few of the Nobel Peace Prize winners expected at the conference.

Carter says that the United States has a responsibility to promote the values of the Nobel Peace Prize winners because the U.S. is the only global superpower. Carter also spoke about the economic embargoes.

The conference comes just weeks before Chicago hosts President Barack Obama and foreign leaders for the NATO summit.