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9 retailers closing the most stores

9 retailers closing the most stores

(USA TODAY) -- Brick-and-mortar retailers have been suffering from slow economic activity for years, as well as from increased competition from online retailers. The rise in store closings is a prominent sign of their struggles. Weakened companies cannot afford the real estate and personnel costs that go along with supporting hundreds of unprofitable locations. The clearest proof of the problem was RadioShack's recent decision to close more than 1,000 stores.

RadioShack is hardly alone. During that last several years Gap has closed 20% of its locations. Even Macy's, which has forecast strong earnings and is considered the most successful of the mid-market retailers, closed stores recently.

Google Fiber not a sure thing for College Park after all

Google Fiber not a sure thing for College Park after all


COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- Google Fiber is not a sure thing for College Park after all.

City officials say they prematurely announced on Tuesday that the south Fulton County city was selected for the high-speed Internet service. College Park and eight metro Atlanta cities are still in the running for Google Fiber.

Google Fiber delivers Internet speeds of one gigabit per second -- up to 100 times faster than basic broadband.

Other cities being eyed by Google are Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Smyrna. Google is expected to make an announcement by the end of 2014.

Random Act of Kindness: Kaye Graves

ATLANTA -- Kaye Graves, also known as Nurse Graves to the students at Drew Charter School, was nominated for a Random Act of Kindness by third grade student Haven Ward.

Haven was recently diagnosed with asthma, and Nurse Graves has helped her to easily manage her diagnosis while at school.  Kaye shows compassion and warmth for not only students, but the entire staff at Drew Charter School.

Villas by the Sea Resort in Jekyll Island, surprised Kaye with a two-night stay at one of their two bedroom ocean-side villas, plus complimentary golf, mini-golf, tennis, bicycle rentals and a visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.  Kaye and her husband will be able to take a much-needed mini vacation, thanks to Villas by the Sea!

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

Ga. Connections Academy accepting students for 2014-15 school year

(WXIA) -- A few seats are still available at Georgia Connections Academy for the 2014-15 school year.

Georgia Connections Academy is a virtual K-12 public school that allows students to learn at their own pace. It is fully accredited and open to all school-age Georgia children.

"We are enrolling 1,000 additional students across all grade levels for the coming academic year," lead principal Heather Robinson said in a release. "We have a waiting list as we open enrollment, so we encourage parents to get their applications in now."

Georgia Connections Academy will hold a number of information sessions across the state for parents who want to know more. Additional enrollment information is available at connectionsacademy.com/georgia-virtual-school.

Upcoming information sessions in the Atlanta area include:

Weekend roadwork planned for I-85, Ga. 400, Connector

Weekend roadwork planned for I-85, Ga. 400, Connector

(WXIA) -- With a warm weekend on the horizon, the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to perform some much-needed roadwork throughout north Georgia.

Closures and delays can be expected on a number of major roads and highways.

"Plan ahead -- I can't say it enough," GDOT District Construction Engineer Shun Pringle said in a release. "If you plan ahead, you can avoid some potentially heavy delays."

Some notable roadwork includes:

Downtown Connector
Two right lanes of I-75/85 north near University Avenue will be closed for pavement work Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

I-285
Three lanes will be closed in both directions between West Paces Ferry and Roswell roads for sign replacements. All work will take place overnight -- from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Best Buy to cut hundreds of jobs

(BUSINESS JOURNAL) -- Best Buy Co. Inc. plans to cut hundreds of jobs throughout its U.S. store operations, according to a report in the New York Post.

The article, citing anonymous insiders, says the "layoffs could affect upwards of 2,000 managers," though the exact scope isn't known. The retailer does not plan to close any of its 1,055 U.S. stores at this time.

Best Buy, which reports its fourth-quarter earnings on Thursday, declined to comment. The chain has 19 stores in metro Atlanta.

Late last month, Best Buy announced it was laying off roughly 950 full-time employees at its Best Buy and Future Shop stores in Canada as part of a store-restructuring initiative. The company said it will consolidate sales departments and reduce management layers in an effort to "streamline its store operating model as part of the company's long-term growth strategy in Canada."

Atlanta Public Schools makes big principal changes

ATLANTA -- In an effort to "move in a different direction," Atlanta Public Schools leaders are making principal changes across several schools.

11Alive's Duffie Dixon has confirmed 11 to 13 principals at schools will be removed.

Those changes include:
- The principal at Mays High School
- The principal at Grady High School
- The principal of South Atlanta Computer Animation and Design
- All principals at Washington High School
- The principal at Carver High School's School of Technology
- The principal at Miles Elementary

By state law, any tenured principal must be given another principal contract. APS has only five tenured principals.

The non-tenured principals are being told their contracts are not being renewed, and if they are interested in a teaching contract they should contact the district.