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Mother fears suspects charged in daughter's death could walk free

A Clayton County mother whose 12-year-old daughter was killed in an accidental shooting two weeks ago is concerned law enforcement officials still haven't found the gun.

Channel 2 Action News has learned the teen boys charged in her death could get out next month.

"Why on Earth would you let them out if they could go back to the gun," the mother asked.

The District Attorney said a 13-year-old and 14-year-old admitted to involuntary manslaughter in court. How they're connected to a gang, on the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11. 

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Sole witness to deadly shooting says Tex McIver 'needs to be in hell' 2 dead, others injured in I-285 crash in South Fulton County Man arrested after beating, stabbing 15-year-old sister to death, police say

 

Charles helps Liberty beat McCoughtry and Dream 79-72

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - Tina Charles scored 29 points and the New York Liberty overcame a strong effort from Angel McCoughtry to beat the short-handed Atlanta Dream 79-72 on Tuesday night.

McCoughtry finished with a career-high 39 points. She was 19 for 22 from the foul line - both career bests. She also had 14 rebounds for the Dream.

The Liberty (4-6) were cruising early in this game, up 16 points in the first half before McCoughtry got going for the Dream. She had 23 points combined in the second and third quarters to rally the Dream (6-6). Her pass led to a three-point play for Damiris Dantas that tied the game at 47 in the third quarter.

The Liberty were up 50-49 heading into the final period and Charles led a 15-6 run to open the quarter. New York's star had five points during the burst and Atlanta could never get closer than five the rest of the way.

Things got a little testy in the final few minutes when Kia Nurse and Jessica Breland got tied up going for a rebound. Officials had to step between Breland and Kia Vaughn, who was defending her teammate. Both were assessed technical fouls.

The Dream were missing Tiffany Hayes and Brittney Sykes, who are both in walking boots. Hayes injured her left ankle in a loss to Indiana and Sykes has missed five games with an injured right foot.

FOUL FEST:

The teams combined to commit 48 fouls and attempt 54 free throws. There were also three technical fouls.

DISHING IT OUT:

New York backup point guard Brittany Boyd had a career-high 11 assists for the Liberty. She also had three rebounds, but was scoreless from the field.

UP NEXT:

Dream: Host Connecticut on Friday before heading out for three more road games

Liberty: Head out for two-game road trip in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

Dream-Liberty, Box

Breland 2-7 2-3 6, Clarendon 2-6 1-2 5, McCoughtry 9-22 19-22 39, Montgomery 4-16 2-2 12, Williams 1-3 2-4 4, Billings 0-0 0-0 0, Dantas 1-3 1-1 3, Dietrick 1-6 0-0 3, Lucas 0-2 0-0 0, McGee-Stafford 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 20-67 27-34 72.

Charles 10-17 8-9 29, Coleman 1-4 0-0 2, Hartley 3-8 3-3 9, Vaughn 2-9 0-0 4, Zellous 5-10 1-2 13, Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Boyd 0-4 0-0 0, Nurse 4-12 2-4 11, Rodgers 1-5 2-2 5, Stokes 3-4 0-0 6, Zahui B 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 29-74 16-20 79.

3-Point Goals_Atlanta 5-27 (McCoughtry 2-5, Montgomery 2-12, Dietrick 1-5, Dantas 0-1, Clarendon 0-2, Lucas 0-2), New York 5-20 (Zellous 2-2, Charles 1-2, Rodgers 1-4, Nurse 1-6, Zahui B 0-1, Coleman 0-2, Hartley 0-3). Fouled Out_Rodgers. Rebounds_Atlanta 43 (McCoughtry 14), New York 38 (Vaughn 9). Assists_Atlanta 10 (McCoughtry 4), New York 23 (Boyd 11). Total Fouls_Atlanta 21, New York 27. Technicals_McCoughtry, Breland, Vaughn. A_1,627 (5,000).

Teacher resigns after being accused of sexual harassment, records show

Documents obtained by Channel 2 Action News say a popular high school physics teacher resigned amid allegations of inappropriate behavior.

Channel 2’s Mike Petchenik received a tip that Matt Odom had abruptly left his post at Chattahoochee High School, just weeks before school let out for the summer, so Petchenik filed an open records request for Odom’s personnel file.

According to documents Petchenik obtained, an investigation by the Fulton County School District determined Odom had acted unprofessionally around female students.

“Witnesses reported that Mr. Odom was touchy feely with students and makes inappropriate comments to students about their clothing. By Mr. Odom’s own admission, he is flirtatious with students,” the report said.

The report said students had complained to the administration about feeling uncomfortable around the physics teacher.

“Although there is no video of the incidents, there is enough evidence to support the allegations of unprofessional conduct,” the report said.

In interviews, Odom denied any wrongdoing.

“I do put my hands on their shoulders or back and say ‘hey’ sometimes,” he said. “Yeah, I’m kind of flirtatious. It’s kind of my personality. It’s not like directly flirtatious. I’m just kind of fun and relaxed with my student generally. If I see that a student is uncomfortable or not comfortable with the interaction, I’m generally, like scale it back or whatever.”

Petchenik spoke to a rising senior at the school who said she experienced the teacher's behavior first-hand.

“I would sit in class and he’d look at me weird and sometimes just rub my shoulder a little bit weird,” she said. “It’s embarrassing to have to resign because you know that it’s true.”

There were no documents in Odom’s file to indicate he resigned due to the allegations or the investigation.

Petchenik attempted to reach Odom by phone and e-mail over the course of two weeks, but never heard back from him.

Public school lunches were never like this

The school meal hall never tasted quite like this.

PHOTOS: Public School 404 in Atlanta

Take a walk back in time to the days of encyclopedias, globes and letter jackets at an Atlanta eatery.

It's called Public School 404. It's a Grill Concepts Restaurant Group creation with nine locations across the country. Each location is dubbed Public School, along with the area code where it's located.

The restaurant bills itself as a chef-driven gastropub that offers “An Education in the Art of Food & Beer.” 

Public School 404's happy hour is known as “Recess." It's held Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.

Public School 404 serves craft beer exclusively. That certainly wasn't available in the meal hall growing up.

The menus are composition books and include offerings such as Brown Bag Fries, PB&J Burger, Hot Mess and "What Came First," a chicken burger that includes a fried egg.

“The overall concept originated in Los Angeles about six years ago,” Phil Kastel, executive vice president of culinary, told AJC.com. “What happened is we were trying to create a gastropub. Something fun. Something for everybody. And the name, Public School, kind of led us in that direction.

“We focus on having a seasonal menu. We change the menu about four times a year, though there are some staples that stay around all year. We pride ourselves on serving local beer and keeping things fresh and energetic with the food.”

Public School 404 is located on Howell Mill Road in Atlanta.

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SUMMER IS ALREADY HERE: The difference between meteorological and astronomical seasons

June 1 marked the official start to the summer season based on the meteorological calendar.

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Typically, many think of the first day of summer arriving in late June, usually on or around June 21, but there are major differences when comparing the meteorological and astronomical seasons.

Dating back to the early-to-mid 20th century, meteorologists have set official seasons based on the same date each year. Summer starts June 1, lasting until Aug. 31. Fall runs from Sept. 1 until Nov. 30, followed by winter from Dec.1 through Feb. 28, and finally spring season from March 1 to May 31.

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Meteorologists believe that keeping the exact three-month pattern can reflect accurate climatological statistics when comparing year-to-year.

Meanwhile, astronomical seasons are based on the position of the Earth in relation to the sun.

This year, astronomical summer starts June 21, the date of the summer solstice. This date typically varies between June 21 or 22, depending on the solstice.

Astronomical winter also varies between Dec. 21 or 22, the date of the solstice. Spring and fall both depend on the vernal and autumnal equinoxes.

Since it takes 354.24 days for the earth to travel around the sun, an extra day is needed every four years, known as Leap Year. This can cause the dates of solstices and equinoxes to vary.

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That, combined with the fact that the elliptical path of the Earth around the sun can cause the length of the path and seasons to be inconsistent, makes keeping climatological statistics confusing year-to-year.

Oprah becomes first black female entrepreneur on Bloomberg Billionaires Index

Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey has broken several records throughout her career, and she’s recently added another to her list of accomplishments.

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The former talk show host and founder of OWN network earned a spot on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which lists the world’s 500 richest people.

Winfrey, 64, ranked 494 on the list, making her the first black female billionaire ever featured in the round-up. 

Winfrey’s fortune hit $4 billion this week thanks to her stake in Weight Watchers International Inc., according to Bloomberg. The company’s share has more than doubled since she partnered with the brand in 2015. 

Her ownership of the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” her cable network OWN and recent partnership with Apple have also contributed to her fortune. 

Winfrey is one of 65 women and one of six female entrepreneurs on the list. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, ranks No. 1. 

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Want to know who else made the cut? Take a look at the full index here

Three months after tornado, city of South Fulton residents struggle to rebuild

Three months after a tornado rumbled through a South Fulton County neighborhood and destroyed people’s homes and lives, several neighbors told Channel 2 Action News they’re still recovering. 

We’ve learned they’re on their own because the storm didn’t fit the criteria to be considered for state or federal disaster relief funds, on the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11. 

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Sole witness to deadly shooting says Tex McIver 'needs to be in hell' 2 dead, others injured in I-285 crash in South Fulton County Man arrested after beating, stabbing 15-year-old sister to death, police say

 

Three months after tornado, city of South Fulton residents struggle to rebuild

Three months after a tornado rumbled through a South Fulton County neighborhood and destroyed people’s homes and lives, several neighbors told Channel 2 Action News they’re still recovering. 

We’ve learned they’re on their own because the storm didn’t fit the criteria to be considered for state or federal disaster relief funds, on the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11. 

TRENDING STORIES:

Sole witness to deadly shooting says Tex McIver 'needs to be in hell' 2 dead, others injured in I-285 crash in South Fulton County Man arrested after beating, stabbing 15-year-old sister to death, police say

 

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