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STONE MTN: 3-Day for the Cure draws thousands of walkers

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- A flood of pink-clad women and men descended on Stone Mountain Friday morning, braving the chilly conditions for a very important cause.

The 2011 Susan G. Komen Atlanta 3-Day for the Cure began at Stone Mountain Park this morning. Its 2,200 participants, including 11Alive Today anchor Karyn Greer, will take a three-day, 60-mile journey through Metro Atlanta, ending Sunday at Turner Field.

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Along the way, they will raise awareness and money for breast cancer research with every step they take.

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EMORY: African-American studies expert Byrd dies

ATLANTA (AP) - Emory University professor and African-American studies expert Rudolph Byrd has died. He was 58.

Emory spokesman Ron Sauder says Byrd died Friday from multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells.

Byrd is a founding co-chair of the Alice Walker Literary Society and helped bring the Pulitzer Prize winning author's literary archive to Emory's library. He also founded the university's James Weldon Johnson Institute, a residency program that brings together scholars to study the modern civil rights era.

Earlier this year he published a new critical edition of Jean Toomer's "Cane," with Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Emory University Provost Earl Lewis called Byrd "an individual with an enormous spirit" who was committed to educating his students and to fostering connections between the university and the broader Atlanta community.

EMORY: Fmr. Army nurse outraged over 'bad law'

DECATUR, Ga. -- An Army nurse who was hired to work at Emory Hospital found out she couldn't start the job because of a legislative glitch. The law says her Army training doesn't qualify her to be licensed in the state.

11Alive News has learned that the glitch was a screw-up by lawmakers.  It has reportedly affected about a hundred nursing license applicants.

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Lawmakers admit it's a problem and say they will fix it, but not until January. They say they have to follow the law and there's nothing they can do.

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ASO to honor Metro Atlanta music teachers

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will hold an appreciation ceremony for more than 180 Atlanta-area music teachers Friday evening.

The teachers will be recognized at 7 p.m. by ASO president Stanley Romanstein. Afterward, the instructors will attend the evening's concert featuring the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky.

ASO cellist Joel Dallow will also receive a special award from Romanstein for his arts education advocacy work throughout Georgia.

Both the 8 p.m. concert and the preceding reception will take place at the Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street NE, Midtown.


Growing Up A Turner

Can you imagine what it would be like growing up in the shadow of Ted Turner? Watch as we talk to his two daughters, Laura and Jenny, about their childhood and how they hope to help save the planet. 

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Dekalb Basketball prepares for a Special Season

Dekalb Basketball prepares for a Special Season

TUCKER, Ga. -- The high school basketball season peomises to be very special in Dekalb County, where three boy's teams are ranked among the top 50 teams in the nation.

The ESPN FAB50 ranked Miller Grove No. 2 in the national preseason poll. The Wolverines have won three straight Class AAAA titles and will feature 6-9 Tony Parker, who averaged 17 points, 15 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots per game. Parker is ranked No. 31 among the nation's top college prospects and will team with 6-7 forward Brandon Morris who has already committed to attend the University of Georgia.

Two-time defending state Class AAA champion Columbia is ranked  No.12 in the national poll. The Eagles won their fourth state title in the last six seasons. Junior point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen averaged 13 points, 8 assists, and 3 steals per per game and was Class AAA Player of the Year.

Sec. of State: Law requires denial of license to Army nurse

ATLANTA -- Secretary of State Brian Kemp says Sgt. Beth Linderborg is one of 100 or so nursing applicants who can't get licensed in Georgia because of a glitch in the law.  Linderborg is an Army-trained nurse.  11Alive News reported on Georgia's failure to recognize Army nursing training Wednesday.

Secretary Kemp said Thursday that he has no choice. His office cannot license Sgt. Linderborg because Georgia law says the training is insufficient.

"If we were to issue a license, I would be violating my oath I took to uphold the laws of this state," Kemp said.  "Even if they're bad laws, I've got to follow them."