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Staples holding Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen contest

Staples holding Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen contest

(WXIA) -- Atlanta-area Staples customers have the chance to appear in a nationwide commercial for the office supply chain.

Staples is holding a Make 15 Seconds of Fame Happen contest. Kids, teens, parents and grandparents can enter by submitting their best videos of them doing the "shopping cart dance."

The contest winners will star in a national back-to-school campaign, and will also receive a $250 Staples gift card.

To enter, visit staples.com/shoppingcartdance. Entrants must film themselves dancing to the commercial song, which is available on the website.

Submissions will be accepted until Monday, June 23 at 5 p.m.

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Ga. Supreme Court rules against fired sheriff's officials

Ga. Supreme Court rules against fired sheriff's officials

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has ruled against 11 former sheriff's officials who claimed they were fired for political reasons.

In Monday's decision, Georgia's high court wrote that it dismissed the officers' appeal because they failed to ask permission to file it.

The two sergeants, four captains and five lieutenants worked for the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. They were laid off in February 2013 during what Sheriff Duane Piper called a "reduction in force."

The officials appealed their firing, saying it was due to age discrimination and political retaliation. However, the Forsyth County Civil Service Handbook clearly states that county employees may be subject to reassignment, suspension and termination with no cause or right to appeal.

Ga. libraries launch college savings sweepstakes

Ga. libraries launch college savings sweepstakes

(WXIA) -- Public libraries across Georgia will participate in this year's Summer Reading Program and college savings sweepstakes.

The initiative, which is hosted by Georgia's Path2College 529 Plan, will award one grand prize and four regional scholarships to five lucky participants. The winners will be chosen at random from five groups.

The grand prize is a college scholarship worth $5,529 and a $1,529 grant for the winner's library. The runners-up will each get $1,529 to put toward a Path2College 529 Plan and $529 for their libraries.

Georgia parents, grandparents and legal guardians can sign up their children at path2college529.com. Entry closes on Aug. 10.

The program provides students with activities throughout the summer and encourages them to read by giving them prizes for finishing books, ebooks, audiobooks and magazines.

Participating library groups include:

Weekend roadwork to affect I-20, I-285 drivers

Weekend roadwork to affect I-20, I-285 drivers

(WXIA) -- Road projects are scheduled to take place on Interstates 285 and 20 this weekend.

All work is weather permitting, but drivers should still look out for road crews and plan for possible delays.

Among the scheduled projects:

Cobb County
* Intermittent pacing will take place on I-285 at Atlanta Road from 6 a.m. to noon Saturday

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Nightly sign construction will close two lanes in each direction of I-285 between I-75 and New Northside Drive

Douglas County
* Two westbound lanes of I-20 between Bill Arp and Liberty roads will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly

Fulton County
* Three eastbound lanes of I-285 between Riverside Drive and the Glenwood Connector will be closed nightly

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911 calls released in Forsyth Co. courthouse shooting


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- Forsyth County released the 911 calls from Friday's shooting incident outside the courthouse in downtown Cumming.

The 911 calls captured the chaos, the concern and the raw terror of the people caught in the middle of the shooting.

"A car ran into it. And shots are still being fired," one caller tells the operator.

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

Kroger raises $232K for Children's Miracle Network

(WXIA) -- Kroger customers in metro Atlanta recently showed that they are a charitable bunch.

During the final two weeks in May, shoppers raised $232,000 for the Children's Miracle Network through the Miracle Balloons promotion.

For only $1, a customer could purchase a paper balloon to hang in a local Kroger. All proceeds from the fundraiser went directly to Children's Miracle Network hospitals and health networks, such as Children's Hospital of Georgia in Augusta and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

"Kroger customers consistently show their care for our communities by constantly going above and beyond with their charitable donations," Glynn Jenkins, spokesperson for Kroger's Atlanta division, said in a release. "Through their support of the Miracle Balloons program, we can continue to make a difference in the lives of children."

Man killed in violent assault on Forsyth Co. Courthouse


FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. -- An armed man was shot and killed by officers outside the Forsyth County Courthouse Friday morning, authorities said. A sheriff's deputy was wounded in the gunfire.

Police identified the suspect as 48-year-old Dennis Ronald Marx, a gun trader. Investigators believe Marx had been planning the courthouse shooting for a long time.

Forsyth County Sheriff Duane Piper said the incident began at around 10 a.m., when Marx drove up onto the sidewalk in front of the courthouse and threw spike strips and explosives out the car window, then began shooting through the windshield with an assault rifle, striking a deputy below the right knee.

"It appeared that he was trying to actually drive through the front of the courthouse," Piper said.