News Briefs: Man shot and killed on Memorial; AT&T leaving tower; new arena name

Atlanta Police are searching for the suspect who shot and killed a man as he changed a flat tire along Memorial Drive on Sunday night. According to WSB, Justin Edwards, 34, had pulled over at an abandoned building around 11:30 p.m. to change his tire near the intersection of Memorial and Boulevard. Edwards’ girlfriend was also in the car, but was unharmed. Police are hoping surveillance video from nearby businesses will provide clues in the case.

AT&T tower in Midtown (Courtesy Midtown Alliance)

AT&T will vacate its 47-story Midtown tower and consolidate its workers in smaller office spaces in Midtown and Buckhead, according to a report by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, The building, located behind the Fox Theatre, is now being touted as a potential home for Amazon’s HQ2 headquarters. The office tower was originally constructed in 1982 for BellSouth and spurred the “Save the Fox” campaign when the historic theatre was threatened with demolition.

Philips Arena will get a new name after the technology company announced it would not renew naming rights for the Downtown venue. According to Venues Today, the naming agreement will expire in June 2019. Philips has shifted its focus to residential lighting and healthcare technology, and indicated that the naming deal no longer fit with the brand.

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