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10 Things You Need to Know for Friday, June 28th

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ATLANTA-- Top local and national stories that will make news through the day on Friday, June 28th. It's everything you need to know to start your day informed in Metro Atlanta.

1. Good Samaritan Dies 

Early Friday morning, Mike Patterson passed away. Patterson had been struggling to stay alive for 20 days since he jumped into a creek in Rockmart, Ga to save a stranger's child from drowning.

2. Tyrone Brooks in Court

A special commission appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal will hear the case against indicted state Rep. Tyrone Brooks (D-Atlanta) to decide whether says he will appoint a panel Friday to decide whether he should immediately be suspended from office.

3. Chipper Jones Jersey Retired

Tonight, Atlanta celebrates baseball legend Chipper Jones by retiring his number ten jersey. The game is sold out. 

4. FAMU Band suspension lifted 

After more than a year off the field, Florida A & M University announced that their famed marching band will perform again this fall. They were suspended after Decatur native Robert Champion died in a hazing incident.

5. Eugene Walker in Court

The former DeKalb school board chair will try again to get his job back. A hearing continues Friday before an administrative judge on whether the governor should have removed him and five other members from the board earlier this year. 

6. Ellenwood Fire

Late night lightning left behind a scorched home on Northridge Trail in Clayton County. Clayton County fire fighters could only keep it from spreading. No one was hurt, but the home is a total loss. 

7. Zimmerman Trial Continues

It's the final day to the opening week of the trial. The state has already called 15 witnesses. Legal experts say prosecutors will now begin attacking the accuracy of Zimmerman's statement to police. 

8. Aaron Hernandez 

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is still in jail after a judge denied bond. He's been charged with first degree murder. Prosecutors claim he orchestrated the execution. 

9. Nelson Mandela

President Barack Obama heads to South Africa today, but it's still unclear if he will visit Nelson Mandela. The ailing South African President has been in the hospital since June 8th.

10. Alec Baldwin's Tweets

Baldwin got into a heated twitter exchange with a reporter that claimed his wife was tweeting during James Gandolfini's funeral. The tweets quickly got ugly and threatening until Baldwin took down this account. 

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