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Atlanta forum, film screening to discuss redistricting

ATLANTA -- An alliance of open government groups is hosting a community forum and movie screening on redistricting, in Atlanta on Tuesday night.

The Georgia Redistricting Alliance is sponsoring the event, which will feature selections from the documentary "Gerrymandering" and a panel discussion with officials from Common Cause Georgia, the League of Women Voters and the American Civil Liberties Union.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta at 1911 Cliff Valley Way NE. To R.S.V.P., visit Common Cause Georgia's website.

GA Marathon: Good Weather and Road Closures

ATLANTA -- With the Publix Georgia Marathon and Half-Marathon scheduled for Sunday, a number of roads will be closed through the downtown area.

The race course passes through many neighborhoods in Atlanta and Decatur, including Five Points, Georgia State University, Atlanta Civic Center, the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr, Little 5 Points, The Carter Center, Olmstead Park, Agnes Scott College, Decatur Square, Emory University, Druid Hills, Virginia-Highland, Piedmont Park, and Georgia Tech.

Weekend Events Could Snarl Traffic

ATLANTA -- Nothing says marathon like a tidy row of waiting porta potties. The preps are underway at Centennial Olympic Park and the masses are getting their packets at the expo at the Georgia Dome, preparing to move into downtown before dawn Sunday morning. 

Publix Georgia Marathon Race Director Jeff Graves says, "We'll have close to 18,000(participants) including all the events this weekend."

Census data shows slight growth in DeKalb County

Census data shows slight growth in DeKalb County

DECATUR, Ga. – The population of DeKalb County grew slight over the past ten years according to data released by the United States Census Thursday.

According to the Census, 691,893 people called DeKalb County home in 2010.  That’s up 3.91 percent from the last Census in 2000.

Fernbank fertile ground for astronaut

ATLANTA -- Dr. Debi Huffman does not encourage her students to keep their feet on the ground. She wants them to soar.

"When you teach, you do things you never dreamed you would do," she said.

Huffman started teaching aeronautics at the Fernbank Science Center during the Cold War and the race to space. It was a time when every little kid wanted to be a hero: an astronaut. Many made the "when I grow up..." promise. One was different.

Atlanta lands $8 million for clean air research

ATLANTA -- Atlanta will be home to one of four federally funded "Clean Air Research Centers."

The Environmental Protection Agency awarded an $8 million, five-year grant to Emory University and Georgia Tech to create the Southeastern Center for Air Pollution and Epidemiology (SCAPE), which will "characterize ambient air pollution mixtures and determine their specific role in human health risks, using new measurement and modeling approaches," Emory said.

Researchers at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health will look at data linking air quality with health endpoints in children and adults, including birth outcomes, asthma, and cardiac illness.

Air quality engineers and scientists from Georgia Tech will develop and apply measurements and new modeling techniques to identify and track atmospheric contaminants and mixtures of these contaminants suspected of having adverse health effects.

93-Year-Old Bag Boy Loves His Job

93-Year-Old Bag Boy Loves His Job

ATLANTA, Ga.-- Joe Perling is a superior bag boy.

"He's one of the hardest workers we have here," Publix manager, Joseph London, said. "Whoever hired him, I'd like to thank that man."

He's had a lot of practice.

"Well, of course, I grew up during the Great Depression where you worked for 12 hours, earned two dollars a day, and thought you were rich," Mr. Joe said.

He wasn't 93 when he started at Publix. "I don't know if I should say this: but I just don't look it," he said.

He was young... Just 75.

"I filled out an application. I thought they would throw it away, but three days later, they called me back. I've been with Publix ever since," he said. "I always felt if I work for somebody, if they give me a dollar, I give them a dollar of work. Maybe a dollar and two cents. That's my motto."