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Emory Men's Tennis Advances To National Quarterfinals

ATLANTA -- The No. 2-ranked Emory men's tennis  team has advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA D-III Championships following a victory over No. 19 North Carolina Wesleyan in the regional final played Sunday afternoon at Emory University.   The Eagles raised their overall record to 22-0 following a 5-1 decision over the Battling Bishops who closed out the campaign with a won-lost slate of 17-3. 

Local company may hold key to HIV prevention vaccine

ATLANTA, Ga. --- One of the keys to HIV/AIDS prevention, or possibly even a cure, may very well be sleeping in frozen quiescence in a small freezer in a hidden corner of a non-descript one-story building in Smyrna.

Emory swimming heading to US Olympic trials

ATLANTA, Ga -- Most student athletes would probably be more than happy to graduate from college with a nine individual championships and three team titles, others would be happy to have a job lined up after school. 

Claire Pavlak has all of the above, and just added another line to her resume-US Olympic trial qualifier. She's the first swimmer from Division III Emory to ever qualify for the trials in Omaha this July. 

There she'll be up against the fastest swimmers in the country.

"She's really charting new territory for us, it's exciting," said Emory swim coach Jon Howell.

The best part about her qualifying time? It wasn't even planned. 

FBI seeks help in locating serial bank robber

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Dekalb County Police and the FBI are seeking the public's assistance in locating a man they think is responsible for seven bank robberies in the DeKalb County area. 

PHOTOS | "Serial bank robber" at large in DeKalb County

According to investigators, each of these robberies occurred in a "similar fashion." Witnesses said a black male would enter the banking center wearing a baseball cap, wait in line, then approach the teller window on a cellular phone and demand money from the teller. 

Investigators believe the same man conducted robberies at the following locations: 

FAMU band director retires in wake of Robert Champion death

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- The director of the Florida A&M University Marching 100 Band has retired after 40 years with the university's music department. 

Dr. Juilan E. White announced his retirement by issuing a statement through his attorney, Chuck Hobbs, on Thursday afternoon.  

His retirement follows the investigation into the death of Marching 100 drum major Robert Champion, who died during a hazing incident after the Florida Classic in November. 

PHOTOS | Robert Champion funeral 

White was placed on administrative leave with pay in November. 

According to his attorney, "Dr. White remains a loyal FAMU Rattler and wishes his alma mater continued success in the future. He looks forward to spending more time with his family."

HIV crisis facing black women in metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- 11Alive News is sounding the alarm.

Research shows African-American women, many living in Atlanta, are being infected with HIV -- so much so that the new cases are being compared to African countries. 

Data collected in 2009 from the health departments in Clayton, Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Douglas and Gwinnett counties indicates infection rates of HIV and AIDS, respectively, as follows: (This is for women and men combined, all races.)

Fulton: 4,213 and 7,342 

DeKalb: 3,257 and 3,983 

Clayton: 847 and 943 

Cobb and Douglas: 1,030 and 1,288 

Gwinnett: 884 and 1,041

In another study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, black women make up 60 percent of all new HIV cases among women. That's 15 times higher than white women and four percent higher than Hispanic women.

Emory law student talks about being imprisoned in Egypt

ATLANTA -- Conflict. Protest. Revolution. Whatever you call it, Egypt became home to it through early 2011.

It also became home to an Emory law student who for more than four months was held without charge in an Egyptian prison.

Ilan Grapel is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Israel; six years ago he served in the Israeli Defense Force. Last summer he headed to Egypt on an Emory internship, providing legal aid for Sudanese and Iraqi refugees. Grapel was spotted at a protest, though he said he was simply passing through as a tourist in a public square. Not long after, late on a Saturday night, Grapel said he was asleep in his hostel when an Egyptian SWAT team broke in.

"It was 40 guys in mustaches breaking down the door," Grapel recalled. "They took me downstairs to an unmarked van, put me in a blindfold and took me off. [They said], 'You're accused of espionage on behalf of a foreign entity, Israel, with the intent to do damage.'"