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Snake, mildew found inside apartment unit; residents complain of deplorable conditions

Residents at the Sierra Forest Apartments in Mableton, Georgia, called Channel 2 Action News asking for help. 

Channel 2's Rikki Klaus visited the complex Tuesday and discovered feces surrounded Building 2200 as young children played nearby. 

A snake showed up in a disabled woman's apartment. Family members said there are snakes everywhere outside. 

"All I think is snake, snake. Is a snake in the bed with me? Is a snake under the bed? I cannot get it out my mind," a resident said after discovering the reptile.

Another neighbor told Klaus fungus layers the furniture and carpet inside the apartment unit.

Hear the residents' health concerns and how responsive the VP of the company says they've been to apartment issues on Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m.

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Jennifer Garner honored with star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Actress Jennifer Garner has waited two decades for a top honor that she finally received on Monday: a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Garner, 46, who has worked in television and movies since the 1990s, was surrounded by her children and other members of her family during the ceremony.

“I have some fancy new neighbors,” she said about the placement of her star, according to KABC-TV. “Max Factor, nice to meet you. Zoe Saldana, I’m a big fan. Tom Cruise, I also do my own stunts, my star wants your star to know.”

Garner, after a supporting role in the movie “Pearl Harbor” in 2001, gained recognition for her role as CIA officer Sydney Bristow in the TV spy thriller “Alias” from 2001 to 2006. She won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her work on the “Alias” series.

In 2004, Garner played the lead in “13 Going on 30” and appeared in supporting roles in “Daredevil,” “Elektra” and “Juno.” She also starred in the 2016 film “Miracles from Heaven” and “Love, Simon,” among other movies.

Garner explained why a star on the Walk of Fame is so meaningful.

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"The idea of being remembered, I guess, is what this star is all about, although it's only a reflection of the thing that matters, which is our work," Garner said, according to KABC.

Her new movie, “Peppermint,” is out this fall, and she has a new series, “Camping,” debuting soon on Netflix.

Racial slur and hand-written note trigger workplace lawsuit

A workplace racial discrimination lawsuit is headed to trial, with allegations that a former Atlanta executive’s handwritten notes prove an employee did not receive a promotion because he’s black.

Lonnie Gray is a former Experis recruiting manager. Gray, who is black, said he’d been in long-term discussions with the company’s Regional Vice-President, regarding his upward mobility within the company.

Robert Persiano, the VP, is white according to the plaintiffs. The two worked in an Atlanta-based office for the company.

In the lawsuit, Gray’s attorneys explain his advancement with consistent promotions over the six-year period ahead of a 2014 meeting with Persiano. Gray had turned down other advanced opportunities outside and within the company at Persiano’s urging and in preparation for a managing director’s job, according to the suit.

That promotion did not materialize, but a year later Persiano’s handwritten notes about the “Lonnie Discussion” were discovered by another employee.

They contained two troublesome sentences, Gray said. “Someone has to clean the floor, Janitor.” “(N-word) your (sic) never going to have this job!”

“When I saw the discriminatory notes for the first time, my heart broke,” Gray told Channel 2 investigative reporter Nicole Carr. “I had hoped that my work ethic and capabilities would be considered by ManPower (Experis parent company) without regards to the color of my skin, but clearly I was wrong.”

“Well I have to tell you that you seldom come across direct evidence of discrimination like in this case,” said Gray’s Atlanta-based attorney, Zahra Karinshak.

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“The testimony will be that they (the notes) were to be shredded and that person saw the note and was alarmed by what was in the note and brought it to the attention of Mr. Gray who was a supervisor,” she said.

Carr reached out to Wisconsin-based Manpower, which acts as a parent company to Experis. The group specializes in talent placement for IT, engineering , finance and accounting and similar firms, according to their website.

The company put Carr in touch with Experis’ Atlanta-based attorney, Tasha Inegbenebor.

“The company takes any allegation of discrimination extremely seriously, and that’s why the company investigated these allegations as soon as they were raised,” Inegbenebor  told Carr in a phone interview. “They performed an investigation several years ago and found the allegations not to have any merit.”

Inegbenebor confirmed the notes were in Persiano’s handwriting, but they were not his words from that 2014 meeting. She says he was documenting Gray’s words, and the company plans to “vigorously defend itself against the allegations.”

“Would you speak to why you all believe he would have said those things during this conversation?” Carr asked.

“I really can’t speak to Mr. Gray’s state of mind or why he made the comments that are present in the notes, but what I will say is that the manager simply documented the conversation and that’s reflected by the quotation marks that are included there,” Inegbenebor replied.

Neither of the men work for Experis today, and the company could not discuss the circumstances of the departures. Inegbenebor noted Gray received raises following the 2014 meeting, and promotions that came ahead of the meeting and under Persiano’s leadership. The lawsuit outlines allegations of an unqualified, white male receiving the managing director position that Gray said he was in line to receive.

Gray took a similar, out-of-state job with another company shortly after discovering the note and filing the lawsuit. 

“It’s been a long time,” Gray said. “I’m looking forward to the truth coming out.”

Swift looks to fulfill hype as Georgia reloads at tailback

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - Zamir White's knee injury takes some of the mystery out of Georgia's attempt to reload at tailback after losing Nick Chubb and Sony Michel to the NFL.

D'Andre Swift, already the favorite to take the first snap in No. 3 Georgia's opener against Austin Peay on Sept. 1, now is even more important to the Bulldogs.

Swift had success last year, when he ran for 618 yards as a freshman in a complementary role behind Chubb and Michel. Now Swift must prove he can handle a bigger share of the carries.

"It's great," Swift said after practice Tuesday. "I've got to show a lot to people. I've got a little bit of hype behind me so I've got to show people what I can do."

White, one of the biggest names in Georgia's top-ranked freshman class , was expected to push Swift, Elijah Holyfield and Brian Herrien and possibly eventually start this season.

Instead, White suffered his second serious knee injury in less than a year and is expected to miss the season.

White was still wearing a protective brace on his surgically repaired right knee, hurt late in his senior season in high school, when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Saturday's scrimmage. White was working on a punt coverage team and was not hit when he suffered the injury, according to coach Kirby Smart.

Georgia is left with four scholarship players at tailback including freshman James Cook, who has impressed teammates with his speed in practice.

"Georgia is known as RB U. so our coaches will figure it out," said Holyfield, the son of former boxing champion Evander Holyfield.

Holyfield (5-11, 215) is a strong, punishing runner who, like his father, has good balance and is difficult to bring down.

Swift (5-9, 215) has more big-play potential, as he showed with his 64-yard touchdown run in Georgia's Southeastern Conference championship game win over Auburn last season. But he never had more than 10 carries in a game.

Swift says he's not worried about possibly tiring in a game due to Georgia's depth at the position, even after losing White.

"We're so deep at the position," Swift said. "When I come out and Elijah comes out we're not going to lose anything at all."

When asked how Swift has grown into a possible lead role this year, Holyfield just smiled.

"Well, Swift has been good since he got here," Holyfield said. "He hasn't had to. I mean, he's gotten better in other aspects of his game, becoming a more complete back. I think he's going to be very ready to step into that role and be awesome."

Outside linebacker D'Andre Walker says Georgia's running game won't suffer a letdown.

"I don't think it really changes," Walker said. "I feel like they recruit some of the similar guys each year. They are all very fast and they don't mind running you over."

Swift agreed.

"We have a great group of guys here," he said, adding "I think we'll have a great year at running back."

Walker compared Cook, the younger brother of Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, with Michel. "But a little bit faster," he said.

Chubb and Michel are significant losses after ranking second and third, respectively, behind only Herschel Walker on the Bulldogs' career rushing list.

"Last year when we were behind Sony and Nick we'd prepare like we were going to start the game," Holyfield said. "Now that it's our time, we'll be prepared."

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Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 4 Evening' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 4 Evening" game were:

8-0-4-7

(eight, zero, four, seven)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Georgia FIVE Evening' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Georgia FIVE Evening" game were:

2-0-0-0-3

(two, zero, zero, zero, three)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Cash 3 Evening' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "Cash 3 Evening" game were:

7-9-6

(seven, nine, six)

Winning numbers drawn in '5 Card Cash' game

ATLANTA (AP) _ The winning numbers in Tuesday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's "5 Card Cash" game were:

JC-AD-7C-5H-7S

(JC, AD, 7C, 5H, 7S)

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