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Atlanta firefighters sing about fire prevention

Atlanta firefighters sing about fire prevention

ATLANTA -- We all know that humor -- and song lyrics -- help people learn.

The Atlanta Fire Department hopes for a lot of laughs in addition to fire safety preparation with the video its firefighters made for Fire Safety Prevention Month.

The firefighters changed the words to the Doors' "Light My Fire" -- with hilarious results. A spokeswoman for the fire department put it best: "We are well aware that it's a good thing these folks have real jobs."


See more fun Atlanta Alive moments here.

AP exam participation: Atlanta Public Schools

AP exam participation: Atlanta Public Schools

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Atlanta, 1,407 students took 2,017 AP exams in 2014, and 637 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each APS high school:

B.E.S.T. Academy
14 students took 16 exams
1 passing score

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include:

APD adopts transgender interaction policies

APD adopts transgender interaction policies

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department has established new policies for officer interaction with people who are transgender or intersex.

Police Chief George Turner said the policies will go into effect at the end of November, which gives officers time to be trained on them.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed called the new policies "another step forward in our efforts to celebrate diversity."

"I commend the Atlanta Police Department for their commitment to equal and respectful treatment of Atlanta's transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming individuals, citizens and visitors," Reed said.

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Some highlights of the new guidelines include:

* Treating transgender/intersex people in a manner appropriate to the gender with which they identify

Atlanta Public Schools names new chief academic officer

Atlanta Public Schools names new chief academic officer

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools announced Monday it has hired Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins as its new chief academic officer.

APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen nominated Jenkins for the job. The city's board of education approved her recommendation.

"I look forward to being a part of Atlanta, APS and a strong team that is dedicated to supporting students and leading our teachers and staff to academic success for all our students," Jenkins said in a statement.

Dr. Jenkins brings more than 25 years of education experience to APS. He is credited with transforming Michigan's Saginaw Public Schools District, increasing its graduation rate by more than 14 percentage points and reducing the dropout rate by 4.9 percentage points over four years.

DeKalb to hold neighborhood summit next month

DeKalb to hold neighborhood summit next month

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County will hold its annual neighborhood summit on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Tucker High School.

The event gives DeKalb residents an opportunity to mingle with local government officials and discuss ways to improve the quality of life in the county.

This year's summit will feature Curbside Consulting, a rotating series of sessions where residents will be encouraged to sit down and ask questions about issues that matter to them.

Curbside Consulting will run from 9 a.m. to noon and will cover several topics:

* Community organizing/building
* Marketing/social media
* Fundraising/grant writing
* Meeting facilitation
* Volunteer/board management
* Program planning and development
* Neighborhood Nexus/community needs assessment

1st Atlanta Streetcar test goes smoothly


ATLANTA -- Overnight Wednesday intro early Thursday morning, the Atlanta Streetcar underwent testing to see if the project was ready to move forward.

It was the
first test of the streetcar using its own power. An earlier test in August towed the cars onto the tracks to test alignment. Sharon Gavin, who is overseeing the project, said there were engineers and planned to test through 7:00 am, but finished early around 3:00 am. Gavin said it was because the test went off without a single problem.