Atlanta cop suspended after mayor threat

ATLANTA, May 24 (UPI) -- The head of the Atlanta police union has been suspended after he allegedly said he wanted to hit Mayor Shirley Franklin in the head with a bat, officials say.

Atlanta mayor cuts 53 police jobs

ATLANTA, July 12 (UPI) -- Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin told the public she plans to close the city's budget gap partially by leaving 53 police officer positions vacant.

U.S. South raked by storms

ATLANTA, March 16 (UPI) -- Dangerous storms cut a swath through Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama, killing at least two people and causing widespread destruction.

Dignitaries turn out for King tribute

ATLANTA, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Atlanta's mayor, speaking Monday at a tribute to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., noted historic changes that occurred since King's assassination.

Arrest warrants in Atlanta nightclub row

ATLANTA, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Atlanta police sought a man who allegedly put another man in a coma when an altercation erupted over videotaping of the mayor's daughters outside a nightclub.

Fitness trainer beaten unconscious

ATLANTA, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- An Atlanta fitness trainer was in a coma Friday, two days after he was beaten while he escorted two daughters of Mayor Shirley Franklin.

Fonda celebrates 70th birthday in Atlanta

ATLANTA, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Sally Field, Eve Ensler, Rosie O'Donnell and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin all turned out for Hollywood icon Jane Fonda's 70th birthday party.

Atlanta police overhaul raid procedures

ATLANTA, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- To mark the anniversary of a botched drug raid that killed an elderly woman, Atlanta police announced new policies and a procedural overhaul.

Atlanta wants to keep pandas for cheaper

ATLANTA, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Zoo Atlanta wants to keep its two adult giant pandas beyond the 2009 expiration of the current agreement with China, but not at the current price.

King items to go on display in Atlanta

ATLANTA, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Officials at Atlanta's Morehouse College have said 10,000 items belonging to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will go on display in January.

Georgians say goodbye to Coretta King

ATLANTA, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Thousands of people waited in a long line outside the Georgia state house Saturday to say good bye to Coretta Scott King.

Atlanta considers civil rights museum

ATLANTA, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Atlanta officials are thinking about adding a museum on the civil rights movement to its tourist mix.

Atlanta tries to deal with panhandlers

ATLANTA, June 23 (UPI) -- Many U.S. cities are taking action to limit panhandling, including licensing of beggars, who can scare away tourists and business.

Time names best/worst U.S. mayors

NEW YORK, April 18 (UPI) -- Of the 29 largest U.S. cities, Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley emerged as the best municipal leader in a Time Magazine study published Monday.

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Shirley Franklin
Atlana Mayor Shirley Franklin opens the second day of the Democratic National Convention in the Pepsi Center in Denver on August 26, 2008. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Shirley Clarke Franklin (born May 10, 1945) is an American politician, a member of the Democratic Party, and, since January 7, 2002, the mayor of Atlanta, Georgia. The 58th mayor of Atlanta, she was the first female to hold the post and became the first black woman to be elected mayor of any major Southern city. Franklin is the fourth black mayor of Atlanta, the latest in a line of African American mayors that stretches back to 1974. Mayor Franklin has been appointed to an ad hoc Department of Homeland Security special task force along with Frances Townsend and Judge William H. Webster for 60-day review of the Homeland Security Advisory System as of mid July 2009.

Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Franklin received her B.A. in sociology from Howard University and her M.A., also in sociology, from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an Honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Franklin served as the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs under Mayor Maynard Jackson. Subsequently, she was named Chief Administrative Officer and City Manager under Mayor Andrew Young.

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