Georgia News Roundup
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Zoo Atlanta celebrates oldest living male gorilla

ATLANTA (AP) — Zoo Atlanta officials say they're throwing a birthday party for the world's oldest living male gorilla.

Zoo Atlanta spokeswoman Keisha Hines says the zoo is hosting a party Sunday for Ozzie, a western lowland gorilla who turns 53-years-old this year. Officials say Ozzie was transferred to the zoo from an Emory University research center and has 10 surviving children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Zoo Atlanta President and CEO Raymond King calls Ozzie a piece of living history who is an example of the evolution of the zoo's gorilla program.

Zoo Atlanta officials say fathers will be offered free admission with the purchase of any regularly-priced child or adult ticket on Sunday.

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CAU alumnus makes $150,000 donation to university

ATLANTA (AP) — Clark Atlanta University officials say a trustee has made a donation in hopes of strengthening the school's fundraising efforts.

Officials say Delores P. Aldridge has donated $150,000 and her academic papers to the university.

Officials say Aldridge earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology from Clark College in 1963 and a master's degree in social work from Atlanta University in 1966. Aldridge in 1971 became the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. in sociology from Purdue University.

Clark Atlanta officials say the school will name the auditorium in the Thomas W. Cole Center for Research in Science and Technology after Aldridge and her late husband, Kwame Essuon — an electrical engineer who helped develop train control for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority's rail system.

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Athens man dies of injuries after fire at his home

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a fire that claimed the life of a 50-year-old Athens man.

Authorities said Jeffery Ray Ayers died of his injuries on Thursday after being flown to an Augusta hospital's burn center.

Police tell The Athens Banner-Herald that it appears the man set fire to his home after dousing it with gasoline Wednesday night.

Jeff Scarbrough, chief of Athens-Clarke County Fire and Emergency Services, said Ayers fought with firefighters who struggled to get him out of the burning home.

Athens-Clarke County police Sgt. Jeff Clark said investigators knew of a possible motive, but that it was not going to be publicly released.

An autopsy on the man's body is scheduled for Friday at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation State Crime Lab in Decatur.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, 

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Man shot to death inside Waffle House

ATLANTA (AP) — Police are investigating a deadly shooting inside a Waffle House near Atlanta's western border.

CBS Atlanta reports that the gunfire happened around 3:34 a.m. Friday at the restaurant on Fulton Industrial Boulevard, just south of Interstate 20.

Fulton County police detectives say a dispute between two men sparked the shooting, when one of the men pulled a gun on the other. Police apprehended a suspect.

The victim's identity wasn't released, and no further details were available early Friday.

Information from: WGCL-TV.

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Police probe report of ropes that resemble nooses

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Police are investigating a report of ropes resembling nooses at an Opelika manufacturing plant.

Opelika police say the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People reported the incident at Semyoungjin Hitech, which makes racks for automotive suppliers.

Vinyatta Davidson of West Point, Georgia, said there were three ropes hung in the warehouse that resembled nooses.

Davidson, who is black, tells the Opelika-Auburn News that he and a co-worker untied the nooses a few times but then found them re-tied the next day.

Semyoungin attorney June Towery said a rope was used to connect a hook to hold a door open, and that it was put in place before Semyoungjin began its operations in the building.

Towery said the company is committed to providing a friendly multicultural work environment.

Information from: Opelika-Auburn News, 

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

Georgia settles with 3 ex-ethics commission employees

By Christina A. Cassidy, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — The state ethics commission has settled for more than $1.8 million with three former employees alleging retaliation stemming from an investigation into complaints against Gov. Nathan Deal.

Chairman Kevin Abernethy said Friday that the commission is pleased to put the matters behind it.

Under the terms, the commission's former deputy, Sherry Streicker, will receive $1 million, former IT specialist John Hair will receive $410,000 and former staff attorney Elisabeth Murray-Obertein will receive $477,500.

The settlements follow a jury verdict in favor of the commission's former executive secretary, who said her pay was slashed and Streicker's position eliminated as they were preparing subpoenas in the Deal investigation. The commission has denied any wrongdoing, and Deal has said he was not involved.

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