Georgia News Roundup
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Rushdie to hold public events at Emory University

ATLANTA (AP) — Author Salman Rushdie is set to hold two public events at Emory University during his February visit to the school.

Rushdie plans to give a lecture about the so-called "wonder tales" of the East on Feb. 16. He's also set to discuss current and emerging writers in India during the 5th annual India summit on Feb. 17.

Rushdie is a University Distinguished Professor at Emory. He teaches in the school's College of Arts and Sciences and has placed his papers with the university's library. The archive includes his manuscripts, drawings, journals, letters and photos, as well as digital materials.

He has authored 11 novels, including "Midnight's Children," which was awarded the Booker Prize in 1981. He published his memoir "Joseph Anton" in 2012 and has received numerous awards.

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Clayton State to host civil rights films, panels

MORROW, Ga. (AP) — Clayton State University is using a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in a special event centered on civil rights.

School officials say the event titled "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" will launch at the university on Feb. 19 at the Harry S. Downs Center at 6:30 p.m. The event is slated to feature films and discussions led by university faculty and a student representative.

The school was awarded the grant through the National Endowment for the Humanities' Bridging Cultures initiative.

Planned discussion topics include strategies on nonviolence, legal equality and more.

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Atlanta moves forward with bike-sharing program

ATLANTA (AP) — The City of Atlanta is moving forward with a plan to launch its first citywide bike-sharing program.

Mayor Kasim Reed announced Wednesday that the city is beginning contract negotiations with its preferred bike-share vendor, CycleHop. The company is expected to partner with two local firms to garner sponsors and discuss potential rental locations.

The bike-sharing program calls for residents and visitors to have 24-hour access to GPS-enabled bicycles 365 days a year. The program is expected to launch in spring of 2015.

Interim Chief Operating Officer Mike Geisler says the city is hoping for the program to include 500 bicycles at 50 stations throughout Atlanta.

Among other cycling-related goals, city officials are hoping to double the percentage of people who bike to work from 1.1 to 2.2 percent by 2016.

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Georgia Tech student burned over 90 percent of body

ATLANTA (AP) — Police say a suspected Molotov cocktail and several plastic bottles filled with gasoline and kerosene were found at the scene of a fire that severely burned a Georgia Tech graduate student.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and local police are investigating the Tuesday afternoon blaze inside an apartment in midtown Atlanta.

The student, Saamer Akhshabi, was in Grady Memorial Hospital with third-degree burns over 90 percent of his body, police told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Firefighters were called to the apartment on 10th Street around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday and found the student with severe burns to his hands, arms and chest.

Georgia Institute of Technology officials said the school is working with law enforcement officials in the investigation and providing assistance to the student, his family and his classmates.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.


PETA member wants roadside memorial for chickens

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — An animal rights advocate wants to place a roadside memorial in Georgia to remember several chickens killed in a highway wreck.

A member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals filed an application for the memorial Wednesday with the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that, if approved, a memorial would be placed at the Hall County site where a truck hauling live chickens overturned Jan. 27.

Sarah Segal of Atlanta writes in her application that she wants to place a 10-foot tombstone memorial for one month on the right of way of U.S. 129 to mark the deaths of the chickens.

The driver of the chicken truck and the other vehicle involved were not seriously injured.

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