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11 Things You Need to Know for Friday, July 5

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ATLANTA -- Top local and national stories that will make news through the day on Friday, July 5. It's everything you need to know to start your day informed in Metro Atlanta.

1. AJC Peachtree Road Race Photos

A photo gallery of Thursday's big day, where you can add your own!

2. Fireworks at Lenox Square go on

Organizers of the fireworks celebration at Lenox Square pressed on Thursday night, despite the less than favorable weather.

3. Early morning wreck on Interstate 75

A wreck with as many as eight vehicles involved prompted authorities to close all southbound lanes of Interstate 75 at C.W. Grant Parkway around 3:20 Friday morning.

4. DeKalb County SWAT situation

DeKalb County dispatchers said police left the scene in DeKalb County, where a SWAT situation took place outside a home early Friday morning.

5. Local fire crews dedicate run to Arizona firefighters

Somewhere between the starting line and mile six you may have noticed the race gear that was very out of place.

6. Dunwoody parade celebrates July 4

Several parades in the area were canceled or postponed. But organizers of the largest July 4th parade in Georgia took a chance on the weather.

7. Free swimming lessons for kids 

The City of Atlanta Department of Parks and Recreation is offering swimming lessons free of charge at Pittman Park.

8. Man faces 20 years in $96 Family Dollar robbery

A Stone Mountain man could spend up to 20 years in prison for a crime that reportedly netted him just $96.

9. Paula Deen parts with agent

Paula Deen is ending her business relationship with a longtime agent after her admission that she used racial slurs in the past resulted in the loss of major pieces of her media and merchandising empire.

10. Having fun on the Fourth of July

Having a great July 4th? Show us your photos!

11. Find something to do

Need to make plans for this weekend? Check out our Events Calendar for cool things to do in and around Atlanta. 



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