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Owners of Blighted, Foreclosed Homes in DeKalb County Face $1000 a Day Fines

DECATUR, Ga. -- The hammer's about to come down, hard, in DeKalb County on owners of foreclosed homes who let their properties deteriorate.

DeKalb is the first local government in Georgia to crack down like this; beginning October 25, owners of any blighted, foreclosed homes in DeKalb County will have to pay a fine of $1,000 a day until they fix them up and clean them up.

"Somebody's coming after them now," said Homeowner Brenda Pace Tuesday evening.

Her neighborhood's story is an old, sad one -- with, maybe, a new, happy ending.

Pace is President of the East Lake Terrace Neighborhood Association, off of Glenwood Ave. in DeKalb County.

New Show at TheatreSouth Atlanta

Herman LeVern Jones and TheatreSouth Atlanta, presents the award winning play, “Black Angels Over Tuskegee,” the untold story of the Tuskegee Airmen featuring acclaimed actor Lamman Rucker. The play will run from September 23 to October 10th 2010.

With a successful run Off Broadway, “Black Angels Over Tuskegee” was awarded the 2009 NAACP Award for Best Ensemble and the 2009 Hollywood Artistic Director Achievement Award for Best Play. The play was also selected as a main stage production at the National Black Theatre Festival, requested to perform at the Los Angeles African American Museum, The Tom Joyner Foundation Cruise throughout Canada, and most recently The National Tuskegee Airmen Convention in Las Vegas.

Ken Follett to speak at Carter Center

Best-selling author Ken Follett has a new epic novel, Fall of Giants and the day after it hits the bookstores, he’s coming to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library. The Carter Library, Acappella Books and WABE are proud to welcome Ken Follett for this special event on Wednesday, September 29th at 7pm at the Carter Center’s Cecil B. Day Chapel.

WABE’s Valerie Jackson will interview Follett before a live audience for her program “Between the Lines.” Following the taping, the audience will have an opportunity to ask their own questions.

The event is free, but because of the large expected turnout, tickets will be required for admission. Tickets can be picked up at Acappella Books (484-C Moreland Ave. NE) or reserved at the store by calling 404-681-5128. Limit 4 tickets per name. A book signing will follow the discussion. In order to have Mr.

Many Kids Need 2 Doses of Flu Vaccine

ATLANTA -- While most people will need only one flu shot or spray to guard against H1N1 and the seasonal flu, this year, many children will need two, according to the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of 2010-11 flu vaccine for children 6 months through 8 years of age unless they received at least one dose of 2009 H1N1 vaccine last flu season and at least one dose of seasonal vaccine prior to the 2009-2010 flu season or two doses of seasonal flu vaccine last flu season.

The first dose "primes" the immune system, while the second dose provides immune protection, according to the CDC. The second dose should be given 28 or more days after the first dose.

North Atlanta Pediatrics explains it this way on its website:

Mendenhall's TD in OT leads Steelers over Falcons

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Rashard Mendenhall broke off a 50-yard game-
winning touchdown run on the Steelers' first play of overtime as Pittsburgh
persevered for a 15-9 win over Atlanta in a defensive battle at Heinz Field.

After the Falcons faltered on the first possession of OT, Michael Koenen's
poor 36-yard punt from the 14-yard-line gave the Steelers prime field
position.

Mendenhall wasted little time in making it count, bursting through a hole off
right tackle sealed off by a textbook block from tight end David Johnson on
his way to the end zone.

Mendenhall ended with 120 yards on 22 carries while Hines Ward came up huge
for Dennis Dixon with six catches for 108 yards.

Important Information about Forclosure

DECATUR – As DeKalb County prepares to launch its Foreclosure Registry, a public information session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Joseph Skibell Book Signing at B&N

Award-winning novelist Joseph Skibell will sign copies of his new book A Curable Romantic at Barnes & Noble @ Emory (1390 Oxford Rd, Atlanta GA 30322) on Sept 28 at 7pm.  

Skibell is a professor at Emory University and director of the Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature.  His awards include Halls Fiction Fellowship, a Michener Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship.  

A Curable Romantic is his third novel.  It follows the life of a young doctor who meets Sigmund Freud in Vienna in 1890 then later becomes involved in the Esperanto universal language movement and the Warsaw Ghetto.

More information on the book is at http://www.workman.com/products/9781565129290/