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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

First Slice 5/14/14: New APS Superintendent urges people to move past cheating scandal, place emphasis on children first

Incoming Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen provided journalists, business leaders, and education officials with a snapshot of what she'll attempt to accomplish once she formally starts on July 7. "We are talking about children first, we spend less time on the politics, we spend less time on adult issues and we make the right decisions for the right reason and the right moment, so we can move forward," she told the Atlanta Press Club.

Five people, including four students, yesterday afternoon were shot near Therrell High School in southwest Atlanta. Atlanta Police have arrested 17-year-old Marcellus Brooks and charged him with five counts of aggravated assault.

Here comes another poll in Georgia's gubernatorial race: A new "exclusive scientific poll" courtesy of 11 Alive hints that Gov. Nathan Deal still holds a small lead over state Sen. Jason Carter.

Atlanta officials and MARTA will partner on operations for the Atlanta Streetcar once it goes live sometime later this year. "We will help them at the outset of getting that service up and running," MARTA CEO Keith Parker told the AJC. "Then over time, they would like to create and build up their own strength to be able to operate the service."

Atlanta popsicle guru Kings of Pops has purchased a 68-acre farm near Douglasville. The company plans to grow ingredients and Christmas trees, plus host a variety of farm-to-table events.

Former Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes has sided with former state Rep. and Georgia Watch Executive Director Elena Parent in the race for Jason Carter's Gold Dome seat and is featured in a new robocall message. And if that wasn't enough, the AJC's Politifact oddly confirmed that, no, Parent was not too conservative, despite claims from her opponent Kyle Williams.

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