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Former Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary sentenced to prison for stealing COVID funds

ATLANTA (CW69 News at 10) — Jason Lary, the former mayor of Stonecrest, is going to prison. On Wednesday, a judge sentenced him to serve more than four years after his conviction for fraud, conspiracy and theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars of the city’s COVID relief funds. Judge Thomas Thrash called Lary’s actions deplorable, before sentencing him to serve 57 months behind bars, followed by three years of supervised release. Lary also has to pay nearly $120,000 in restitution.  Stonecrest neighbors say justice was served. “I’m hopeful that community members will feel that the federal government took this injustice seriously,”...
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Sen. Warnock chairs congressional hearing in Georgia on lowering prescription drug costs

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — US Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) is waging a battle to bring down the high costs of prescription drugs. Warnock visited Fayetteville Senior Services to hear from seniors and healthcare advocates about skyrocketing drug costs. He chaired the Senate Aging Committee’s first congressional hearing in Georgia. “Something I hear consistently from Georgians, especially seniors, is about how they’re being squeezed by the high cost of prescription drugs and the burden it puts on their health and their wallets,” said Warnock. It hits close to home for Gretchen Spring, who lives in Marietta. Her husband, Peter Spring, had...
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Apple stores file papers to unionize, including 1 in Atlanta

(CBS News) — Add Apple to the list of major U.S. companies, including Amazon and Starbucks, facing an incipient push by workers to form a union. At an Apple store in the Towson Mall near Baltimore, Maryland, labor organizers who have been mobilizing workers for about a year on Tuesday announced their wish to unionize in a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook. Workers at two other of the $2.6 trillion company’s stores have also filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) requesting a union vote. “To be clear, the decision to form a union is about us as workers gaining access to...

Dave Chappelle attacked onstage by armed man at L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl

HOLLYWOOD (CBS News) — Comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked onstage by an armed man Tuesday night as he performed at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl arena, with videos from audience members’ cellphones quickly flooding social media and showing a man appear to run onto the stage and tackle the comic. The Los Angeles Police Department told CBS Los Angeles a 23-year-old man armed with a replica handgun that contained a knife blade was arrested and accused of assault with a deadly weapon. Police identified the suspect to CBS Los Angeles as Isaiah Lee of Los Angeles and said he was being held on $30,000 bail. Chappelle was not injured in the attack. Chappelle, whose unapologetic humor has made him a lightning rod for criticism, appeared unscathed by the sudden interruption and later joked (Note: Linked video contains harsh language including profanity) with fellow comedian and actor Jamie Foxx onstage that he’d taken revenge on his attacker. Videos posted to Twitter appeared to show the person who charged Chappelle being detained outside the venue by police and then loaded into an ambulance with visible injuries. Police told CBS Los Angeles the suspect was taken to a hospital but didn’t know his condition. Click here for more details from CBS News.

BBB reports skyrocketing number of cryptocurrency scam victims

ATLANTA (CW69 News at 10) — Cryptocurrency is now a popular way to send and receive digital money and invest in your retirement. It’s also gaining popularity with scammers looking to drain your bank accounts. Michael Britton lived in Alpharetta for 30 years before moving to Florida six months ago. Last year, he responded to an individual on a Facebook blog who was urging people to invest in Bitcoin, the most popular form of cryptocurrency. “Everything seemed legit, you know, you went through, buy the Bitcoin, then you would transfer money over, and he would trade it and put it into...

Former Atlanta news reporter heads to Poland to help Ukrainian refugees

ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — As Russia continues its attack on Ukraine, people worldwide have looked for ways to help Ukrainian refugees. A former Atlanta news reporter traveled to Eastern Poland, near the Ukrainian border, to do what he could to help in person. He gave CW69 an inside look at the journey. Former WXIA Consumer Advocate Reporter John Gerard now works in the tennis industry in Orlando, Florida. He called the Russian war on Ukraine absolutely heartbreaking. “My partner Kattia and I were watching the events unfold on the news just like so many people, and we were both...

Flashback: The 1st Intercollegiate Basketball Game Was Played At Hamline

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This edition of “Good Question” originally aired in 2019.] MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — When the Final Four comes to Minneapolis in April, the pinnacle of college basketball will return to where it all started: at Hamline University in a science hall that’s since been torn down. So, how has the game changed since then? Good Question. “It was a very different game than what we play today,” Jim Hayes, current head coach for the men’s Hamline basketball team, said. The first basketball game played between two colleges was February 9, 1895, between Hamline and the Minnesota School of Agriculture. That school is now...

Delta Air Lines Pilots Protest In Atlanta Over Scheduling Issues

ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — Delta Air Lines pilots protested at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on Thursday, demanding the company address pilot shortages and scheduling issues. They marched outside the airport’s South Terminal to a designated spot, where they launched a silent protest the group referred to as informational picketing. “We’re here to send a message to Delta Air Lines. Our pilots are tired and frustrated,” said Captain Evan Baach, a spokesperson with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), the largest pilots’ union in the world. ALPA represents 62,000 pilots at 38 different carriers worldwide. Accordingly, the union and its Delta...

Metro Atlanta Groups Ride To Selma For 57th Anniversary Of Bloody Sunday

ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) – CW69’s Valencia Jones joined several Metro Atlanta labor and voter advocacy groups on Sunday for a bus ride to Selma for the 57th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday. This commemorates the March 6 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where police brutally attacked civil rights marchers in 1965. Organizers shared why the march for civil rights continues nearly 60 years later. “The purpose of this trip is so we can see certain things and know certain things about our history,” said Bishop Greg Fann, the chairman of the Voter Empowerment Collaborative. In March 1965, demonstrators on the...

The Chicago Police Department’s Secretive Dealings With Confidential Informants And Bad Tips And Wrong Raids

By Dave Savini and Michele Youngerman CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Police Department’s program for using confidential and registered informants is shrouded in secrecy and is lacking full accountability. This important crime-fighting tool helps officers get tips on where to find illegal guns and drugs. But we found officers often simply rely on the word of informants and fail to do the police work required to verify the tips. This has led to, at least, dozens of search warrants being executed at the homes of innocent people. Anjanette Young and Cynthia Eason are just two of the many wrong raid victims who want...

ComfiArt Helps Black, Indigenous Artists Master The Art Of Business

ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — A black woman-owned resource hub called ComfiArt is giving minority artists a hand up in the art of business, addressing the lack of resources and equity gaps many Black artists face when marketing their work. Zarinah Dennis starting painting five years ago as a form of therapy and launched her brand called Bitter Darlings. “I wanted something that was kind of like an oxymoron, good and bad, negative and positive, so that’s where the bitter comes from, and the darlings,” Dennis said. She’s now showcasing her artwork just about everywhere: on canvases, notebooks and blankets, with...

Atlanta’s Spelman College Among HBCUs Targeted On Day 2 Of Bomb Threats

(CBS News) — For the second day in a row, several historically Black colleges and universities received bomb threats Tuesday, resulting in shelters-in-place and canceled classes as authorities swept campuses looking for devices. No explosions have been reported. Howard University, in Washington, D.C., was threatened on both days. It declared an all-clear Tuesday as it did Monday. CBS Washington, D.C., affiliate WUSA-TV says a bomb threat was also reported at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Tuesday. Other schools getting threats Tuesday included Edward Waters University in Jacksonville, Florida; Kentucky State University; Fort Valley State, in Georgia; Xavier University in Louisiana; Spelman College in Atlanta and Morgan State in Baltimore. In addition to Howard on Monday, schools receiving threats included Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida; Albany State University in Georgia; Bowie State University in Maryland and Delaware State University. Click here for more from CBS News.

Dolly Parton Released A Line Of Southern-Style Cake Mixes, But You May Have To Wait To Try Them

(CBS News) — Few people ever reach the status of “living legend” — but Dolly Parton is certainly one of them. And she is now taking on a new venture: a partnership with Duncan Hines, offering cake mixes and frostings. As of Wednesday, all the products were sold out online. On its website, Duncan Hines says the products will soon be available in retailers. The country superstar said her love for baking comes from her southern roots. “I love to cook and I learned to do that growing up in the mountains of East Tennessee. My mom was a great cook, all my aunts and my grandma, so of course, I learned to cook that good ol’ southern stuff,” she told “CBS Mornings” co-host Gayle King. Parton’s cake line includes a limited edition variety of cake mixes that include coconut-flavored and banana-flavored mixes. Her line also includes buttercream frostings. Click here for more details from CBS News.  

Chicago White Sox Plan To Take Action After CBS 2 Investigators Expose Parking Scam Outside Sports Venues: Fans Getting Ripped Off By Conmen, Then Hit With Parking Tickets

By Dave Savini and Michele Youngerman CHICAGO (CBS) — There are new developments in a parking scam first exposed by the CBS 2 Investigators. Conmen have been ripping off fans outside Chicago sports venues for years. Posing as parking attendants, they lure in drivers, take their cash, and often guide them into illegal parking spots. Those fans later find parking tickets from the city on their cars. (Credit: CBS 2) Nothing stopped the men we uncovered running an illegal parking scam – not even the different teams of officers patrolling the city streets outside Guaranteed Rate Field. The scammers are so bold they continued...

Special Grand Jury Granted In Georgia’s Trump Election Interference Probe

ATLANTA (CBS News) — A Georgia district attorney’s request to have a special grand jury impaneled for her investigation into possible interference in the 2020 presidential election by former President Donald Trump has been granted. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis asked on January 20 for the special grand jury. Her request “was considered and approved by a majority” of the county’s Superior Court judges, according to an order filed Monday by Fulton County’s chief judge. Willis had written in her request that her investigators had “information indicating a reasonable probability” that the election “was subject to possible criminal disruptions.” Willis has said in interviews that the investigation includes a January 2, 2021 phone call in which Trump told Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, “I just want to find 11,780 votes.” Trump lost the state to Joe Biden by that margin, and the outcome was affirmed by several recounts. Click here for more details from CBS News.

Americans Are Quitting At Record Rates. Georgia Leads The Pack.

WASHINGTON (CBS News) — A record number of American workers quit their jobs before the holidays, but the trend wasn’t evenly spread across the nation. Employees in a handful of states handed in their resignations at a much higher rate than the national average, according to new government data. About 4.5 million people quit their jobs in November, an all-time high, the government said earlier this month. But on Friday, the Labor Department provided a state-by-state peak at where workers are quitting, noting that 22 states experienced an increase in the so-called “quits rate” in November, while only 2 states experienced a decline in worker resignations. The states with the highest quits rates are those experiencing tight labor markets and low unemployment rates — exactly the combination that’s causing employers to dangle incentives like higher wages and better benefits to lure new workers to their open jobs and keep the ones they already have. It’s all part of the so-called “Great Resignation,” which is marked by workers leaving their current jobs for a number of reasons, ranging from starting their own businesses to opting for early retirement. Click here for more details from CBS News.  

Actor, Comedian Louie Anderson Dies At 68

LAS VEGAS (AP/WCCO) — Louie Anderson, a Minnesota-born actor and comedian, has died at age 68, according to the Associated Press. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Anderson was being treated for cancer in a Las Vegas hospital. He was diagnosed with a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He won a 2016 Emmy for best-supporting actor for his unlikely role in the comedy “Baskets” as Christine Baskets, mom to twin sons played by Zach Galifianakis. Anderson received three consecutive Emmy nods for his performance. He was a familiar face elsewhere on TV, including as host of a revival of the game show “Family Feud” from 1999 to 2002, and on comedy specials and in frequent late-night talk show appearances. Anderson recently appeared in the comedy film “Coming 2 America,” the sequel to the Eddie Murphy 1980s smash film “Coming To America,” which was filmed in metro Atlanta. Click here for more info from CBS News.

Ready To Restart The Race: Phil Keoghan Talks About The Return Of ‘The Amazing Race’ After A 19-Month “Pit Stop”

(CBS Local) – The filming of season 33 of the CBS Original show, ‘The Amazing Race’ started out like any other season with eleven globetrotting teams, collecting clues and vying for the $1 million prize. Then, COVID hit. Out of an abundance of safety for the cast and crew, production was suspended in February of 2020, just six days and three legs into the race. Fast forward nearly 20 months and what host Phil Keoghan calls the “longest pit-stop in the show’s history.” He credits co-creators and executive producers Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri with orchestrating a plan to get the challenge back on track...

Biden, Harris Bring Push For Federal Voting Rights Laws To Atlanta

ATLANTA, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) — President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon to bring attention to voting rights. The two Democrats hope to re-ignite support for legislation currently making its way through Congress. Biden and Harris took the stage at the Atlanta University Center Consortium with their urgent message. “Pass the Freedom to Vote Act. Pass it now. It’s also time to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act,” Biden said. As Biden put it, the next few days will mark a turning point in the country, when the federal voting rights bills...

DCFS Director Held In Contempt Of Court For Violating Rights Of Children And Faces $2,000 A Day In Fines

By Dave Savini and Michele Youngerman CHICAGO (CBS) — For years CBS 2 has been telling you about young children – our most vulnerable in the child welfare system – being left in psychiatric hospitals long after they are ready for discharge. Other children housed in shelters instead of proper placements. Now we are seeing accountability. In a stunning move, a Cook County Juvenile Court judge issued two contempt of court orders against Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Director Marc Smith for violating the rights of two children left languishing in facilities for months. DCFS could soon be fined as much...