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Family pleads for leads in hit-and-run of Decatur cyclist


ATLANTA – Ten days after a Decatur cyclist was run down by a red SUV in northeast Atlanta, authorities still have no suspects.

Greg Germani, 50, remains in a coma, listed in critical condition with a broken back and a brain injury.

Atlanta police said on Wednesday that the investigation remains open. They have received a number of tips and are following up on them.

In the meantime, family and friends continue to gather at Grady Memorial Hospital to support the vibrant, University of Georgia graduate who rode his bike to Turner Broadcasting every day. Germani was a Turner employee of 25 years.

Joyce Carol Oates to headline Decatur Book Festival

Joyce Carol Oates to headline Decatur Book Festival

DECATUR, Ga. -- Joyce Carol Oates has been named keynote speaker of the 2014 AJC Decatur Book Festival.

Oates, 76, will kick off this year's festival on Friday, Aug. 29 at 8 p.m. at Emory University's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. She is the author of more than 40 novels and will soon publish a new short story collection, Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories.

Oates has also received a number of awards, including two O. Henry Prizes, the PEN/Malamud Award, the Poets & Writers Distinguished Lifetime Award and, in 2010, the National Humanities Medal.

"There are few authors -- very, very few -- that rise to Joyce Carol Oates' level of accomplishment," Decatur Book Festival executive director Daren Wang said in a release.

Raise Your Voice: Soldier fights to get well


DECATUR, Ga. -- A successful tour of duty was followed by an unexpected illness. It's not the plan solider Tab Hazelwood had in mind.

When he raised his voice to 11Alive News, he wanted more than help navigating the VA medical system. He hoped his voice would speak for the thousands of American veterans struggling just like him.

Hazelwood remembers every mission during his career.

"I served from '92 to '95. I was an artillery man. We all fell under the 18th Airborne Corps, the Army's first ones in if something happened," he said.

They were bound by duty, but brothers by choice.

"The camaraderie, that's pretty much the main thing, the camaraderie. It's hard when you get back in to the civilian world to recapture that," Hazelwood explained.

Ga. Supreme Court allows woman to sue Agnes Scott College

Ga. Supreme Court allows woman to sue Agnes Scott College

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has unanimously decided to allow a woman to proceed with a lawsuit against Agnes Scott College.

Amanda Hartley sued the DeKalb County college and three of its police officers, claiming she was falsely arrested for sexual assault.

The incident happened in April 2009, when an Agnes Scott student reported that Hartley, then a graduate student at the University of Tennessee, sexually assaulted her in her dorm room. Agnes Scott police officer Gaetano Antinozzi called Knoxville police, who arrested Hartley on charges of sexual battery, aggravated sexual battery and simple battery.

Hartley, who maintained her innocence, was extradited to Georgia and held in the DeKalb County Jail for three weeks. She said her arrest caused her to miss and fail her final exams; as a result, she lost her scholarship and grant funds, and was expelled from her graduate program.

Ga. libraries launch college savings sweepstakes

Ga. libraries launch college savings sweepstakes

(WXIA) -- Public libraries across Georgia will participate in this year's Summer Reading Program and college savings sweepstakes.

The initiative, which is hosted by Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan, will award one grand prize and four regional scholarships to five lucky participants. The winners will be chosen at random from five groups.

The grand prize is a college scholarship worth $5,529 and a $1,529 grant for the winner's library. The runners-up will each get $1,529 to put toward a Path2College 529 Plan and $529 for their libraries.

Georgia parents, grandparents and legal guardians can sign up their children at path2college529.com. Entry closes on Aug. 10.

The program provides students with activities throughout the summer and encourages them to read by giving them prizes for finishing books, ebooks, audiobooks and magazines.

Participating library groups include:

Weekend roadwork to affect I-20, I-285 drivers

Weekend roadwork to affect I-20, I-285 drivers

(WXIA) -- Road projects are scheduled to take place on Interstates 285 and 20 this weekend.

All work is weather permitting, but drivers should still look out for road crews and plan for possible delays.

Among the scheduled projects:

Cobb County
* Intermittent pacing will take place on I-285 at Atlanta Road from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Nightly sign construction will close two lanes in each direction of I-285 between I-75 and New Northside Drive

Douglas County
* Two westbound lanes of I-20 between Bill Arp and Liberty roads will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly

Fulton County
* Three eastbound lanes of I-285 between Riverside Drive and the Glenwood Connector will be closed nightly

Pedestrian hit by car in DeKalb County


DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- A pedestrian is in stable condition after being hit by a car Thursday night.

The unidentified person was struck shortly after 11:30 p.m. at Wesley Chapel and South Hairston roads in DeKalb County.

Investigators said the driver who hit the pedestrian stopped and cooperated with police. The pedestrian was hit in a crosswalk, but police said the person may have been crossing the street against the traffic light.

Charges may be pending in this case.