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Acting DeKalb County DA Sworn In, Today

Decatur, GA –Javoyne Hicks White has been sworn in as the acting DeKalb County, Georgia district attorney. She assumed the job on Sept. 3, 2010.  

“I look forward to serving as acting district attorney,” said Hicks White. “DeKalb County citizens can rest assured that our office’s talented and committed lawyers and support personnel will continue to provide them with the same level of service they have received during the past five and one-half years.”

Hicks White was one of two existing chief assistant district attorneys who reported to District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming. She recently accepted a position as a regional district administrator for the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Atlanta Bread Among Top 5 Healthiest Fast Food Options

SMYRNA, GA -- In the recently released 2010 Zagat Fast Food Survey, which included 136 national restaurant chains, Atlanta Bread received top five distinctions in two key categories.

The survey's more than 6,500 participants voted Atlanta Bread among the top five large chains (places with less than 5,000 locations) in the Healthy Options and Facilities categories. This is the second straight year that Atlanta Bread placed among the top five chains in these two categories.

Decatur-based Paste Magazine Goes Online Only

DECATUR, GA -- Paste Magazine on Wednesday ended its run in print.

The Decatur-based monthly music magazine's editor Josh Jackson made the announcement on the magazine's website, saying the magazine would no longer come out in print but would focus on online ventures.

"Struggles with mounting debt were made public last year when our readers responded with generosity to save the magazine," Jackson wrote. "But the prolonged downturn of the ad market has forced a hiatus. All subscribers have access to the digital version of their magazines through the June/July issue on PasteMagazine.com. Paste, while considering strategic alternatives, is focusing on its digital assets, including PasteMagazine.com."

The magazine reportedly had more than 200,000 subscribers.

DeKalb County COO Keith Barker Fired After Admitting Affair

DECATUR, GA -- DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis says he fired the county's chief operating officer, who admitted having an affair with a county employee.

Ellis said Thursday at a news conference that the COO, Keith Barker, came to him on Wednesday and admitted having the affair. Barker was the county's second-in-command.

The CEO's spokesman, Burke Brennan, said the fact that Barker is married and that the woman is a county employee both figured in the firing, based on Barker not meeting expectations for a high-ranking official.

Brennan says Barker, who did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment, was paid $200,000 a year and will get six months pay as severance.

Theatre Emory opens with "Rent"

Via Emory University:

Theater Emory Opens Pulitzer Prize-Winning Season Of Plays With “Rent”

Theater Emory will open its 2010-2011 season focused on Pulitzer Prize-winning plays with the Broadway smash-hit rock musical, “Rent” (Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2010 Performing Arts Studio, 1804 North Decatur Road). With music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson, this iconic production is based on Giacomo Puccini’s “La Boheme” and follows a bohemian group of young New York artist and musician friends during the height of the AIDS epidemic. Theater Emory has decided to stage the performances in concert version.

“There is a maturity and a more grounded feel,” says music director Bryan Mercer about a concert version of this dynamic music. “There is a different focus and a finer ability for our performers to act through the microphone to project the story to the audience.

Research at Georgia Tech, Emory May Make Flu Shots Easier

WASHINGTON -- One day, getting a flu vaccine may be as pain-free as wearing a Band-Aid. 

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University are working on a new method of vaccine delivery involving microneedles that are so small they can hardly be felt.

The tiny needles, which are attached to a patch, barely penetrate the skin before they dissolve and release their vaccine.

Georgia Tech lead researcher Mark Prausnitz says the business side of the patch feels like fine sandpaper and that in tests of microneedles without vaccine, people rated the discomfort at one-tenth to one-twentieth that of getting a standard injection.

Nearly everyone said it was painless.

Emory Poet Puts Katrina In Perspective

DECATUR, GA -- The impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is the focus of a new book by Natasha Trethewey, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and professor at Emory University.

She takes a deeply personal look at her hometown of Gulfport in "Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast."

"Many Mississippians have felt a little bit forgotten in some ways," she told 11Alive's Jennifer Leslie.  "People are still struggling with recovery."

Trethewey's book provides a revealing look at how Katrina affected her brother, Joe.

"I began to think my brother's story became emblematic of of the stories of lots of people we may not hear about," she said. 

Joe was on the right track before the hurricane hit. Afterward, he lost his job and began running out of money.