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Police: Student accused of Emory shooting threat says it was a joke


ATLANTA -- Police say that an Emory student, arrested for threatening to carry out a mass shooting at Emory's Oxford College, told the arresting officer she meant it as a joke.

Other Emory University students told 11Alive's Blayne Alexander the threat was posted to Yik Yak, an anonymous messaging service. Students screen-captured the threat - later attributed to Emily Hikari Sakamoto - and called 911.  The message said, "I'm shooting up the school. Tomorrow. Stay in your rooms. The ones on the quad are the ones who will go first."

The threat was specific to Emory's Oxford College in Newton County, where she is a sophomore, authorities said.

Emory reboots Ice Bucket Challenge

ATLANTA -- Watching brilliant doctors chest bumping with the enthusiasm of college coeds is always a good time. The story behind the picture is a reboot of last summer's 'The Ice Bucket Challenge,' a challenge the heads of Emory's ALS Center are issuing again.

Emory has one of the largest centers for ALS in the country, so their lead team stood in front of Emory's School of Medicine to promote the 'Every August until a cure campaign,' encouraging people to do it again, to donate money again, to help research and find a cure for ALS.

Doctors Nicholas Boulis and Jonathan Glass bumped chests after getting the buckets dumped on their heads. They said they will do this every August, until there is a cure.

Emory professor arraigned on child porn charges

ATLANTA -- An Emory University professor was arraigned, Wednesday, on child pornography charges in U.S. District Court.

Kevin M. Sullivan, 60, of Atlanta who is still listed on the university’s website as a professor in the epidemiology department, was arraigned on federal charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.

“Sullivan is charged with downloading images that record the sexual abuse of children,” said U.S. Attorney John Horn. “We remain committed to the primary goal of Project Safe Childhood, which is to protect children by finding and prosecuting those who exploit children through child pornography.”

Some question Emory's warning system

ATLANTA -- The search for two suspects sparked a campus-wide alert at Emory University Tuesday morning.

DeKalb County Police Captain Steven Fore told 11Alive News it started when officers responded to a robbery and carjacking on North Indian Creek Dr. Two men said they were getting into their Jeep Wrangler when they were approached by two young black men. They were dressed all in black and carrying handguns. After forcing the two victims out of the Jeep, the suspects fled in the Jeep. 


Jimmy Carter recovering after surgery at Emory

ATLANTA -- Former President Jimmy Carter is recovering after undergoing surgery at Emory University Hospital .

The elective procedure removed a small mass from his liver.

A spokesperson for the Carter center said the operation went smoothly and the former president is expected to make a full recovery.

Carter has been on a book tour promoting his new autobiography, A Full Life.


Emory apologizes for issuing bogus tornado warning

ATLANTA-- Emory University has apologized for mistakenly issuing a tornado warning during Tuesday night's storms. The university initially said it did so out of what it called an abundance of caution – even though there were no tornado warnings issued by the National Weather Service.

Emory issued the warning on Twitter, on its text and email alerts, and folks at Emory say the university even sounded warning sirens – all for a tornado warning that wasn't.

WellStar, Emory no longer planning to merge

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- WellStar Health System no longer plans to merge with Emory Healthcare.

The two health systems announced in February they had begun formal discussions about the possibility of uniting.

But in a statement released Tuesday, WellStar Board of Trustees chair Gary Miller said the board "has determined a new strategic direction."

"WellStar has declined to enter the next stage of discussions with Emory University," Miller said. "We respect Emory University as a leading, international academic medical center. WellStar will accelerate multiple horizontal and vertical integration opportunities with other potential partners."