By Erin Coleman
A brand new local pickup and delivery service thinks it's the next big thing. Kanga launched in the metro area last week.
The company delivers just about anything in Atlanta from an envelope to furniture on the same day.
“My product will go straight to the customers the same day that they've posted an order, so the immediate gratification is already satisfied,” said Carla Foster with the Carson Brice Trading company.
Foster is one of several business owners who've already signed up with Kanga.
Here's how it works: retailers set a flat rate for delivery. For everyone else, once you download the app to your phone, you type in what you want delivered, how big it is, where it's going and then name your price.
Drivers like Michael Wilson can accept your price and get your delivery to you the same day, even down to the hour.
“I actually do Lyft driving so I actually like that same idea doing it with packages,” Wilson said.
Kanga is like Lyft or Uber, meeting with UPS or FedEx. It’s an idea that co-founder Everett Steele says has huge potential.
“Basically we connect people who are already running around town with people who need things delivered, shipped, moved, retailers, individuals, kind of anybody,” Steele said.
The Atlanta-based company started operating last week and already has 300 users and 35 drivers in the system.
Steele says it's another example of technology putting people to work and making small businesses more competitive.
“It really gives them a competitive advantage with companies like Amazon who provide two-day shipping or the big box stores,” Steele said.
“I think it will really boost our sales, get our name out there and we really just want to deliver some happy,” Foster said.
Channel 2 Action News reached out to Atlanta based UPS to get their thoughts on the competition. A spokesperson said they we would get a statement shortly, but we never heard back.
Kanga wants to expand nationwide in the next year and half.
By Marcus K. Garner
Relatives of a slain Atlanta couple are asking for the public's help to solve a March double murder case.
Alina Schiavo, 24, and Johnnie Jackson, 23, were shot and killed execution style in their southeast Atlanta apartment on the morning of March 9, police said.
Loved ones have raised money to increase the Crime StoppersAtlanta reward to $5,000, and are pleading with anyone aware of what happened to tell police.
"These people need to be caught," said Keith Neeley, Schiavo's stepfather. "Whoever's out there and you know what happened, you could be standing here next, because they're going to kill again."
Jackson's mother said she is haunted by memories of her son.
"I wake up every morning at 3 a.m. (from) dreaming about Johnnie being shot in the head," Taska Washington said. "Someone went into his home pretending to be his friend and took his life."
Around 3 a.m. on the morning of March 9, the couple was attacked inside their apartment at 900 Conley Road.
"We still don't know all the details, but we do know it was extremely violent, there were multiple assailants, perhaps several weapons used and multiple shots fired," Atlanta Police homicide unit Capt. Paul Guerrucci said.
Both victims were shot multiple times, police said.
APD homicide Detective James Thorpe said Jackson was killed on his sofa, and Schiavo was struck as she tried to flee the apartment.
"The girl ran through a hail of gunfire and fell down the steps outside the apartment," Thorpe said.
That's where Schiavo was found by people coming to visit the couple, police said.
She was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where she died, authorities said.
Investigators arriving at the scene initially believed that Schiavo's 4-year-old son was with her at the time of the shooting, but later learned that the child was with another family member.
"It causes me so much pain because I know that Jordan will never get to hug his mother again," Schiavo's mother, Sabine Schiavo said.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers Atlanta at (404) 577-8477, online at www.crimestoppersatlanta.org or via text message by sending the tip to CRIMES (274637).
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NBC has signed singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams as a coach for the upcoming seventh season of its musical competition series "The Voice."
Williams scored an Oscar nomination this year for his song "Happy" from the film "Despicable Me 2." He also had a Grammy-winning collaboration with Daft Punk on the dance hit "Get Lucky."
He was an adviser to team Usher on season four of "The Voice," and performed the song "Blurred Lines" with Robin Thicke on the show last May.
NBC said it would announce the remainder of the coaching line-up at a later date.
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Researchers might have found the Holy Grail in the war against cancer, a miracle drug that has killed every kind of cancer tumor it has come in contact with, the New York Post reported.
The drug works by blocking a protein called CD47 that is essentially a "do not eat" signal to the body's immune system, according toScience Magazine.
This protein is produced in healthy blood cells, but researchers at Stanford University found that cancer cells produced an inordinate amount of the protein thus tricking the immune system into not destroying the harmful cells.
With this observation in mind, the researchers built an antibody that blocked cancer's CD47 so that the body's immune system attacked the dangerous cells.
So far, researchers have used the antibody in mice with human breast, ovary, colon, bladder, brain, liver and prostate tumors transplanted into them. In each of the cases the antibody forced the mice's immune system to kill the cancer cells
By Mark Niesse
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta’s finalist for school superintendent, Meria Carstarphen, answered questions from parents all day Saturday as she visited six high schools across the city.
Carstarphen, who could be hired by the Atlanta school board next month, told community members she’d work with them to improve everything from graduation rates to the taste of cafeteria food.
During her stop at Maynard Jackson High School in Glenwood Park, she said she wants to strengthen communications with parents and make administrators better serve schools.
“If you flip the organizational chart on its head, that’s probably a better way of looking at how I see central office administration,” she said, receiving a round of applause from more than 50 people in attendance.
Carstarphen said she would attempt to raise graduation rates by reaching children when they’re young, offering early childhood education opportunities and continuing to provide support through high school.
The crowd gave her a standing ovation, and teachers and parents said she she left a strong first impression.
“She’s amazing — a breath of fresh air with her warmness and authenticity,” said Christal Presley, a data coach who works at Jackson High.
Chris Murphy, chairman of Jackson High’s local school council, said he hopes Carstarphen can make administrators more responsive to the needs of students, parents and teachers.
“She said the culture is going to change to the point where the central office supports the school, not the other way around,” he said.
In addition to Jackson High, Carstarphen met with communities at Washington High, North Atlanta High, Grady High, South Atlanta High and Mays High throughout the day.
By Jennifer Brett
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s granddaughter, Yolanda Renee King, served as flower girl during the recent wedding of Andrea Idelle Young, daughter of former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, and art consultantJerry Thomas Jr. The wedding was held March 8 at La Fontaine Bleue in Glen Burnie, Md.
The bride, daughter of the former mayor and United Nations ambassador and the late Jean Childs Young, is an attorney and executive director of the Atlanta-based Andrew J. Young Foundation.The groom, also an attorney, is the founder of Jerry Thomas Arts, an art consulting and art brokerage firm that specializes in African and African American art.Both have family, business and educational ties to the Washington D.C. area.
Andrea Young Thomas graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Law, and Jerry Thomas Jr., the son of Estell Thomas and the lateJerry Thomas Sr. of Washington, earned his law degree at George Washington University.
Andrew Young, in attendance with his wife, Carolyn Young, escorted his daughter down the aisle. Olympic Gold MedalistEdwin Moses served as best man.The bride’s sisters, Paula Young Shelton and Lisa Young Alston, served as matrons of honor with Yolanda Renee King, the only grandchild of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, as flower girl.The groom’s brother, Rev. Nathaniel Thomas, conducted the ceremony.
The couple met 2008 when Andrea Young visited Thomas' in-home art gallery. Some 30 years before, while Thomas was serving as a Congressional aide, he met the man would be become his future father-in-law.
Andrea Young recently participated in international conferences in the United Arab Emirates, Gabon, and the Republic of Congo, and led a delegation to Senegal to develop 21st century uses for traditional medicine. She has led the African development program for the United Church of Christ.
Earlier, as a legislative aide to U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy, she worked to adopt the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Act and to impose economic sanctions against South Africa under apartheid. She is the author of "Life Lessons My Mother Taught Me," a reflection on her upbringing as the daughter of a children’s rights activist and educator. She also contributed to her father’s memoir, "An Easy Burden: Civil Rights and the Transformation of America."
Thomas, a former telecommunications lawyer who studied at The Hague Academy of International Law, moved to Atlanta in 1987 as Director of the Goodwill Games, a division of Turner Broadcasting Systems.Afterwards, he resumed a law career representing clients involving major artists, art institutions and collectors.
In 2013, he set a record price for the sale of a Thornton Dialartwork on paper to record producer Swizz Beatz. In 2012, Thomas’ own Romare Bearden collection was featured when the Romare Bearden Foundation hired him to curate the art for Atlanta’s observance of the artist’s 100th birthday. In addition, Thomas recently became strategic consultant to Martin Luther King III, and is a founding board member of the Edwin Moses Foundation, an initiative supporting science, technology, engineering, and math education.
The couple lives in Grant Park.
Former Lakers star and current Atlanta resident Shaquille O’Neal spent a couple of hours Saturday meeting and greeting fans to promote his new menswear line at the Lenox Square Mall.
The clothing is not just for big and tall folks like Shaq himself. According to the press release, “Retailing from $150 for a pant to $400 for a jacket, Shaquille O’Neal will allow the 60XL guy to shop in the same store and look just as dapper as his size 40R friend.”
More than 150 people showed up to get an autographed picture and photo taken with him on their smartphones. Many people, moments after their meeting, jumped on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to show off their time with Shaq, however brief.
By Trent Fitzgerald
Elle Varner is planning to give fans a ‘Refill’ of her soulful voice with a new project. The R&B songstress announced the title of her second album.
According to ThisisRNB.com, Varner is calling her new LP ’4 Letter Word.’ The 26-year-old singer describes the project as an emotionally driven and based around four words.
“The album is a beautifully gut wrenching body of songs that I went to a very vulnerable place to create,” says Elle about the album. “The title is open to interpretation, hence the symbols used in the campaign — ‘>$a!’”
“It’s whatever you feel when you experience the album,” she continued. “Does ‘>$a!’ stand for love? Pain? Life? That’s for the listener to decide. ’4 Letter Word’ has the kind of range that can’t be embodied by a single word or phrase.”
Varner has released a couple of tracks so far in preparation for the album. There’s the seductive ballad ‘Rover‘ (featuring Wale) and her latest single, ‘Cold War.’
’4 Letter Word’ is the follow-up to Varner’s debut album ‘Perfectly Imperfect,’ which boasts the chart-topping hit single, ‘Only Wanna Give It to You.’
Varner plans to release the set’s official single in the spring with the album due to arrive in the summer.
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We all know that Drake and Rihanna have been dating on and off for quite some time. And since the two have been spotted together in Paris, it’s been rumored that they are a couple.
Well now it’s being reported that Drizzy and RiRi are exclusively dating.
According to TMZ, a source have told them that the pair have gone from casually hooking up to making it official.
The Bajan beauty reportedly has been spending every single night with the Young Money superstar while he tours Europe. The ‘Stay’ singer loves how he caters to her on the road.
Apparently, Drake is falling head over heels for Rihanna as well. “He’s in the best mood he’s been in a long time,” said the source.
Keep in mind that this information is coming from TMZ, and given their track record for writing half-truths, this may or may not be true.
Nevertheless, there is evidence that Drake and Rihanna are boo’d up.
During his European trek, Drake has been covering Rihanna’s song ‘Stay’ back with his ballad ‘Too Much.’ And most recently, RiRi introduced Drizzy to her favorite television drama ‘Breaking Bad.’ Now that’s love.
The powerhouse couple also shares a penchant for strip clubs. Last year, the dynamic duo made it rain at a Houston strip club, dropping over $17,000 during their stay.
Do you think Drake and Rihanna are officially a couple? Tell us in the comments below
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Oprah Winfrey is selling Harpo Studios in Chicago to a developer, but the studio will remain on the property for another two years.
Winfrey filmed "The Oprah Winfrey Show" at the studio from 1990 to 2011, when she ended the talk show to start the Oprah Winfrey Network on cable.
"We have entered into a purchasing agreement with Sterling Bay for the four-building Harpo Studios campus in Chicago's West Loop," Harpo told Crain's Chicago Business (http://bit.ly/1iRqccg ) in a statement. "We expect the transaction to be closed in 30 days. The property will be leased back to Harpo for two years and the studio will continue to produce programming for OWN."
About 200 people work at the 3.5-acre campus, which will sell for about $32 million, Crain's reported Sunday. Harpo said it expects to close the transaction in 30 days.
Winfrey first came to Chicago in 1984 to WLS-TV's morning talk show, "A.M. Chicago." A month later, the show was No. 1 in the market and renamed "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 1985.
Winfrey moved to Harpo Studios in 1990 and is credited with transforming the once-gritty industrial area to a neighborhood filled with families and trendy restaurants.
In 2011, then-Chicago Mayor Richard Daley named the street outside Harpo Studios "Oprah Winfrey Way."
Information from: CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS.
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