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Emory provost elected Mellon Foundation president

ATLANTA (AP) - Emory University provost Earl Lewis will be leaving to become the new president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

University officials made the announcement Wednesday of Lewis' election as president of the New York City-based foundation. He will remain at the university until the end of December, and start at the foundation in March 2013.

Lewis will replace Don Michael Randel, who is retiring. The foundation is known for supporting libraries, museums, higher education and performing arts.

Lewis has been the provost at Emory since 2004. He previously worked at the University of Michigan.

Lewis has been an author or co-editor of seven books and was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008.

New Ways to Save Money on Groceries

ATLANTA -- Saving money on groceries can be as simple as buying what is in season and on special every week.

But there are alternatives to the big chain grocery stores where you can find bargains every day.

Aldi has just opened its new location in Roswell. The German based chain keeps prices low by stocking only one or two brands of most grocery items and requiring a deposit on your shopping cart.  Shoppers are also required to bag their groceries themselves. 

Tiny international markets in places like Buford Highway also have bargains on some items.   I recently found limes, avocados, cilantro and tortillas for much less than traditional grocery store price in a small market that caters to spanish speaking residents.    But also keep in mind some traditionally American foods are more expensive in these stores. Some also don't take credit cards.

Decatur cat finally climbs down tree after more than a week

UPDATE WED. MAY 2, 2012 -- The cat finally climbed down from the tree.  "After a week and a half, and after all that everybody tried to do for it, it just decided to come down by itself," said Jessica Smith, the mother of the kids who were trying to find someone to help rescue the cat.  Ms. Smith says she was outside at about 5:00 a.m. and saw the cat climb down the pine trunk and run away.  The Smiths think they have identified the cat's owner, and hope to find out that the cat ran home.


DECATUR, Ga. -- Is anyone out there willing to rescue a cat from the top of a very tall tree? 

Well, if you are, some children in Decatur need your help. 

The Smith children -- Aden, 6; Jamie, 6; and Elana, 8 -- and their friends have been trying to rescue a big, orange cat that is sitting, about 100 feet up, in a pine tree. 

3 words: Frappuccino Happy Hour

3 words: Frappuccino Happy Hour

ATLANTA -- It's back! Starbucks' wildly popular Frappuccino Happy Hour event will return this Friday, May 4.

The coffeehouse chain will hold Frappuccino Happy Hour every day through Sunday, May 13, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. All sizes of the Frappuccino frozen drinks are half-price during Happy Hour.

Starbucks has brought back its two coconut drinks -- the Mocha Coconut Frappuccino and the Coconut Crème Frappuccino -- for summer. It also debuted two brand new flavors on Tuesday.

The Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino is "an indulgent blend of rich mocha sauce, vanilla syrup, Frappuccino chips, our signature Frappuccino Roast coffee and milk blended with ice and topped with delicious chocolatey whipped cream and chocolate cookie crumbles."

DeKalb County decides against slashing teacher salaries

DeKalb County decides against slashing teacher salaries

ATLANTA -- The DeKalb County School District has decided not to cut teacher salaries for the 2012-2013 school year despite facing a shortfall of about $70 million.

1958 postcard mailed from Chicago finally arrives

CHICAGO (AP) - A postcard mailed from Chicago in 1958 has finally reached its intended recipient, but not without a little help from Facebook.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported  that a postcard depicting Shedd Aquarium recently arrived at Scott McMurry's Virginia home, more than five decades after his mom mailed it.

The 71-year-old says he immediately recognized his mother's handwriting.

The postcard was addressed to Clairmont Lane in Decatur, Ga., where McMurry grew up. But it recently arrived in Elizabeth Fulcher's mailbox on Clairmont Lane in South Daytona, Fla.

Fulcher posted a picture of the postcard on Facebook and her friends helped track down McMurry.

The half-century mail delay remains a mystery.

In the meantime, the aquarium has offered to give him a tour of the attraction that his late parents visited.

Michael Outlaw Receives Promotion at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Atlanta

Michael Outlaw Receives Promotion at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney in Atlanta

ATLANTA, May 1, 2012– Morgan Stanley Smith Barney announced today that Michael Outlaw has been promoted to Managing Director in the firm’s Wealth Management office in Atlanta. 

Michael, who has been with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and its predecessor firms, since 1996, is a native of Charleston, SC. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Queens College and holds an M.B.A. from the University of South Carolina. Michael currently lives in Atlanta.

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, a global leader in wealth management, provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, credit and lending, cash management, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services.  For more information, contact 404-266-6594.