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DeKalb District Attorney, Assistant D.A. sworn in

DeKalb District Attorney, Assistant D.A. sworn in

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James was sworn in for his second term Thursday.

"I am honored to serve the people of DeKalb County as their district attorney," James said in a statement. "I remain committed to seeking justice for every victim and in every case. I thank the voters for entrusting me with the responsibility and duty that comes with this office."

James' second term will officially begin Jan. 1.

Nicole Marchand Golden was also sworn in Thursday as DeKalb County's Chief Assistant District Attorney. She and James were sworn in by DeKalb County Judge Gregory Adams.

The county's other Chief Assistant D.A., Don Geary, announced his resignation earlier this month. Geary left DeKalb for a similar position in Cobb County.

Da Hot Commodity presents J-SHAW"of Tuff Tone Records

Da Hot Commodity presents J-SHAW"of Tuff Tone Records

ATLANTA -- J-SHAW was born in Queens, New York in 1986. Soon after, his parents permanently relocated him to Lithonia, Ga. After hearing 2Pac's "I Get Around" at the age of 7, JUSTIN knew then that he wanted to be a major contributor to the world of Hip-Hop.

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

Gov. Deal swears in Ga. Supreme Court justice

ATLANTA (AP) - Gov. Nathan Deal has sworn in the newest justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Keith Blackwell was sworn in Thursday morning in the House Chamber of the State Capitol.

Deal last month appointed the 37-year-old Blackwell to fill a vacancy left by Chief Justice George Carley. Carley's resignation as chief justice was effective Tuesday.

Blackwell had served on the Court of Appeals since he was appointed in 2010 by former Gov. Sonny Perdue. He is the 92nd justice since the court's creation in 1845.

Blackwell previously practiced civil and criminal law. He will serve on the court until 2014, when voters will decide whether to keep him on the bench for a six-year term.

A runner's resilience through life, love, war and loss

A runner's resilience through life, love, war and loss

By 1st Lt. Katie del Castillo

My story is a tragic one. I'm a 25-year-old U.S. Army officer, marathon runner and war widow. I lost the love of my life, Dimitri, while we were both deployed to Eastern Afghanistan in June of 2011. We were on top of the world when we left for Afghanistan-we were recent graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, newlyweds and had just spent 10 months living in Hawaii before we deployed. Then the world came crashing down.

PHOTOS | Remembering 1st Lt. Dimitri del Castillo

Gladys Cook Scholarship winners announced

Gladys Cook Scholarship winners announced

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- The DeKalb County Council of PTAs has announced this year's winners of the Gladys Cook Scholarship.

The prize, named for a former DeKalb PTA president, is awarded annually to one student from each county high school. It comes with $1,000 for them to use toward their college educations.

"I want to congratulate each of the wonderful students recognized by the Council of PTAs and the Gladys Cook Scholarship," DeKalb Schools Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Atkinson said in a statement. "One of our slogans is, 'Miracles Happen in DeKalb Schools Every Day.' These students and their inspiring stories are outstanding examples of those miracles."

This year's scholarship recipients include:

Arabia Mountain High School
Kyle Jackson Woumn
Will attend Georgia Tech
Major: Computer engineering and Spanish

Miller Grove senior named Gatorade Ga. Boys Basketball Player of the Year

Miller Grove senior named Gatorade Ga. Boys Basketball Player of the Year

LITHONIA, Ga. -- A Miller Grove High School student-athlete has been named the 2011-2012 Gatorade Georgia Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

Senior Tony Parker is the first Miller Grove student to receive the honor.

At 6-feet-9-inches tall, Parker is a force to be reckoned with on the court. He led the Wolverines to a 23-9 record and the Class AAAA state championship this season, averaging 16.2 points per game.

Parker also maintains a 3.0 GPA, volunteers for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and the Special Olympics, and participates in annual food and clothing drives for needy families. In addition to the Gatorade honor, he was a 2012 McDonald's All-American Game selection and a 2012 Jordan Brand Classic game invitee.

"Tony Parker has been a force in our region for the last two years," said Adam Griffin, head coach at rival Dunwoody High School. "His game has improved each year and he consistently plays hard no matter the outcome of the game."