The middle aged couple don't fit the profile of common criminals. As they fiddled with the lock on the door of the foreclosed trailer their son had just bought, the couple didn't hear danger creeping up behind them.

Porterdale resident Robert Canoles and his teenage son, Branden, heard noises coming from the property next door Thursday night. Just like George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman in Sanford, Florida -- the Canoles saw a black man, and automatically assumed he was a criminal.

They grabbed their AR-15 rifles and snuck up behind Jean-Joseph Kalonji, 61, and his 57-year-old wife, Angelica.

"Shut up or I'll shoot," Canoles allegedly told the Kalonjis who attempted to explain that their son Benji purchased the property legally.

But when asked to provide paperwork to prove the sale, the Kalonjis didn't have the papers with them.

Earlier that day, after their son closed on the sale, their real estate agent urged the couple to go out to the 11 acre property and change the locks on the door.

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The subpar ratings for the Residences of Morgan Falls apartments in the Sandy Springs suburb of Atlanta tells the story of residents living in fear for their lives.

It's not just the open air drug dealing, or the crumbling structures that cause 2nd floor railings to give way at the slightest touch -- it's the two shootings that occurred there within a week of each other.

Just two days after turning 40, attorney Adina Parson was shot eight times -- 3 times in the head -- and left for dead in the breezeway of her apartment building.

On Monday she was in critical but stable condition in Grady Memorial hospital's ICU unit, a close friend told the AJC.

So far, Sandy Springs police have no leads.

“Adina is very loving person so we’re all baffled," Lisa Baker, Parson's friend, said by telephone from Grady. "It just doesn’t fit. We’re just dumbfounded."

Parson was on her way to pick her husband up from work when she was shot around 11:45 p.m. Friday, according to the AJC. The shooter, laying in wait, emptied a gun clip into her -- a sign that the shooting may not have been random.

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VH1's reality tv series "LOVE & HIP HOP: ATLANTA" is filming the opening credits sequence in Atlanta today. The show, which is a spin off of the successful New York show, features rappers Diamond, Rasheeda; and singer Nivea, among others. If you want to be seen in the opening credits, you will have 2 chances to represent for your hood today.

See how you can participate in the casting call after the break!

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Most of us who didn't watch season 4 of Bravo's partially scripted 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' really don't care that the reunion show is coming up. But some of you do care. So here's the tea: RHOA veteran Sheree Whitfield has apparently been shown the door -- but she won't be leaving quietly. Sources say Sheree will "lose her mind" during the show's finale. She was irrelevant anyway.

It didn't help matters for Sheree that her ex-husband, Bob Whitfield, started dating Atlanta blogger Michelle, owner of StraightfromtheA.

They say Sheree was so intimidated by Michelle that she apparently used her pull with the show's producers to keep Michelle from joining the cast 2 seasons ago.

Well, Sheree's "pull" is now gone, and apparently so is she.

Bob Whitfield's disastrous appearance on the show this season failed to generate a story line. So he packed his things and moved to the west coast where he has enrolled in college. According to sources, Michelle and Whitfield continue their relationship long distance. She is considering a move to the west coast, since Bob has no plans to return to the Atlanta area.

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Actress Gabrielle Union was among the celebrities in town for the 'Think Like a Man' Atlanta screening yesterday. It was a star-studded week in Atlanta as the cast of Screen Gems' upcoming romantic comedy 'Think Like a Man' hit the city for promotional activities.

Think Like a Man is based on the best-selling book by Steve Harvey, seen here with his wife, Marjorie Harvey.

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A high ranking member of the controversial New Black Panther militant group was jailed yesterday on charges of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

...or so says his jail paperwork.

The real reason that Hashim Nzinga, 49, sits behind bars is that $10,000 "bounty" that the Black Panthers announced for the capture of George Zimmerman, the man who gunned down 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla.

The media is making a mockery of this shocking case of racial profiling gone wrong.

In a shameless rush to blame the victim, the national media is portraying the middle class Miami teenager as a gold teeth wearing thug who was suspended for 10 days for having weed residue in his book bag.

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According to celebrity gossip blog, TMZ.com, the estranged wife of former NBA star Allen Iverson wants him to list all the names of every groupie he has slept with "from the date of the marriage to the date of trial.”

That's a mighty tall order, even for a professional basketball "playa" like Iverson.

Everyone in Atlanta knows at least one groupie that Iverson has slept with. Given that the population of the city of Atlanta is around 600,000 residents -- give or take a hundred thou -- that's a lot of groupies for Iverson's legal team to hunt down for their government names.

Back in June 2011, Tawanna Iverson told TMZ her split from Allen had "nothing to do with another woman."

But Tawanna has changed her tune and earlier this month filed documents requesting A.I. "give the name and telephone number of every person other than your spouse whom you have had sexual relations and/or intimate physical contact from the date of the marriage to the date of trial." Source

TMZ is guessing that Tawana is trying to make Iverson look bad in court. But he can do that all by himself. Iverson has been hit with lawsuits from jewelry and auto companies demanding hundreds of thousands of dollars for unpaid bills.

Sports groupie Stiletto Jill believes that Tawana wants to show the judge who Iverson gave all that jewelry (and maybe a couple of cars) to.

The assumption is that Tawanna wants this evidence to help push Iverson towards a settlement faster. She’s also looking for documentation of any purchase he’s made over $1,000 during the course of their marriage. If you recall, Tawanna accused AI of buying jewelry instead of providing for her and their 5 children. Source

According to a well-connected source, local attorney Phaedra Parks has lawyered up, one day after a VIBE magazine ran an exclusive exposing Phaedra's alleged criminal history.

According to my source, Phaedra has retained the services of B.J. Bernstein and Lin Wood, two of the top defense attorneys in Atlanta.

Both attorneys are considered among the best in their fields. Most of you are familiar with Bernstein, who filed a sexual misconduct suit against embattled Pastor Bishop Eddie Long in 2010. Wood is currently representing disgraced former presidential candidate Herman Cain, who is now a radio host on WSB in Atlanta.

According to my source, Phaedra, who is a cast member on 'Real Housewives of Atlanta,' must think she's in hot water if she hired both Bernstein and Wood, who don't come cheap!

She could have just as easily hired B.J. Bernstein by herself, said my source, but Phaedra obviously thinks her situation is dire if she hired two of the top criminal attorneys in the country.

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A verdict has been reached in the infamous Dunwoody day-care shooting case that dominated Atlanta headlines for over a year.

The eight-woman, three-man jury found former GE engineer Hemy Neuman guilty but mentally ill in the shooting death of Russell "Rusty" Sneiderman outside a Dunwoody pre-school in Nov. 2010.

Sneiderman, a married father of two had just dropped off his 2-year-old son at school and was walking back to his car when a gunman approached him from behind and fired four shots into him at close range. Sneiderman collapsed and died in the parking lot of the school his toddler attended.

One of the pre-school's 48 surveillance cameras captured the getaway vehicle -- a silver Dodge minivan -- as it exited the parking lot traveling west on Mount Vernon Road. The van was later determined to be a rental -- a fact that would figure prominently later on in Neuman's trial.

Police said Sneiderman likely didn't see his killer, but if he did, he would have recognized Neuman.

Less than a year earlier, Neuman's wife, Ariela, had begged her husband to give Sneiderman's wife a job. "There is a couple, they have two babies and the husband's not working," recalled Neuman's Israeli-born wife of 22 years.

"I told him, ‘Please, help this couple,'" she told the Atlanta Journal exclusively.

Neuman eventually hired Sneiderman's wife, Andrea Sneiderman. The two co-workers later began an office romance that would end in Sneiderman's assassination.

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