🌱 Kidnapper: ATMs To Shooting + UGA vs Michigan + Morehouse Move

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Happy Friday, neighbors! Let's get you all caught up on what's happening locally to start today off on an informed note.

First, today's weather:

Cloudy and warm with showers. High: 73 Low: 64.

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Here are the top 5 stories in Atlanta today:

  1. Police are searching for a man who allegedly kidnapped a woman at gunpoint around 7:30 Thursday morning and forced her to withdraw money from Atlanta-area ATMs before shooting her. According to authorities, the man forced the woman into a car at gunpoint, then ordered her to drive to several ATM machines and withdraw cash from her account. While at an ATM machine in the 3400 block of Memorial Drive, the man shot the woman in her leg and ran off, police said. The woman drove herself to an area hospital, where officials said she was treated for injuries that are not life threatening. Anyone with information is asked to call the Decatur Police Department at 404-373-6551. (11Alive.com WXIA)

  2. No. 3 Georgia’s football team looks to be back to full strength when it plays No. 2 Michigan in a College Football Playoff semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl tonight. The team had a number of players with COVID-19, but Georgia coach Kirby Smart said several unnamed players had recovered. The coach said booster shots were offered to players and some took the shots but others declined. The winner will play the victor of today's No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Cincinnati game. (ESPN.com)

  3. Atlanta's Morehouse College will transition to remote instruction until Jan. 28 because of the increase in COVID-19 transmissions. Classes are scheduled to resume virtually on Jan. 12, with in-person operations delayed for most nonessential employees and all on-campus events in January canceled or moved. Residential house move-in and in-person operations will also be delayed, and Morehouse will add new testing requirements prior to arrival on campus for the spring semester and include a booster shot mandate for its approximately 2,200 students. (CBS46 News Atlanta)

  4. What were the Peach State's top news stories of 2021? From the good (the Atlanta Braves winning the World Championship) to the bad (the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic) and all points in between, Patch reporters covered each breaking story, as these highlights show. (Atlanta Patch)

  5. If one of your New Year's resolutions is to catch more live entertainment in 2022, you're in luck if you're in Atlanta. Whatever you're in the mood for – concerts, theater, festivals or exhibitions – 2022 will have something for everyone. (The Atlanta Voice)

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Today in Atlanta:

  • Fernbank 's Newest Exhibit, "Antarctic Dinosaurs," runs through Jan. 2, 2022 (10:00 AM)

  • Bubble Bash at Children's Museum of Atlanta (Noon)

  • Celebrate New Year's Eve at Illuminarium! (6:30 PM)

  • Alternative New Year's Eve Celebration at Kadampa Meditation Center Georgia (7:30 PM)

  • Best of Atlanta Comedy Showcase- New Year's Eve Celebration - at Laughing Skull Lounge (10:30 PM)

From my notebook:

  • MARTA's New Year's Eve & New Year's Day Holiday Schedules: 🎆 Fri. 12/31: All rail lines operate on Saturday schedules. Buses operate on Saturday schedules. Sat. 1/1: All rail lines operate on Saturday schedules. Buses operate on Sunday schedules. (Facebook)

  • New Year’s Eve 1946 was one for the books as President Truman signed a declaration marking the official end of World War II. 320,000 Georgians served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the war, according to the Atlanta History Center, while thousands of others served in wartime industries. (Facebook)

  • Based on the forecast, it looks like we're ending 2021 with rainy weekend. The City of Atlanta Police Department says please SLOW DOWN and continue to drive safely, Atlanta! (Facebook)

  • Bella was brought to the Atlanta Humane Society Veterinary Center after a family member realized she needed specialized care. Her mom was living on Social Security and knew our vet center's affordable and quality care was just what Bella needed. Bella had an infected paw and bladder stones that our veterinarians quickly treated. And thanks to the support of partners such as PetSmart Charities that provide accessible care, Bella's care remained affordable and she was able to go back home healthy and happy with the family who loved her. (Facebook)

  • Did you know that, this past summer, the City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation's largest park, Westside Park, achieved SITES Gold Certification which helps conserve, restore and create environmental benefits. (Facebook)

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Now you're in the loop and ready to head out the door on this Friday. See you all tomorrow morning for another update!

Kathy Cioffi

This article originally appeared on the Atlanta Patch

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