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Round Two Community Development Plan Meetings Get Underway in March

Round Two Community Development Plan Meetings Get Underway in March

Would you like to see more retail districts, parks or pedestrian-friendly options in your community?  Would you like to give your input on how much industrial land is set aside where you live or work?  The City of Atlanta is inviting non-profits, civic and community groups, neighborhood associations, citizens and businesses to attend the March 2011 community meetings for the City of Atlanta Community Development Plan (CDP) that begins March 1. 

Nearly 200 attendees participated in the first round of 2011 CDP community meetings and had an opportunity to give input on the future plans for their Atlanta neighborhoods.  The Department of Planning and Community Development’s Office of Planning has announced it is hosting the second round of CDP community meetings. All meetings are from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M., with the exception of the March 10th meeting, which is from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Examining Violence In Georgia

It was refreshing and surprising, sadly, to hear Dick Williams call-out a questioneer during a U.S. Representative Paul Broun gathering at the end of today’s Georgia Gang show as an example of negativity in Georgia news and politics.

Williams was refering to a deeply misguided person who asked *Who’s going to shoot Obama?* to Rep. Paul Broun at a Tuesday, February 22, 2011 townhall meeting at the Oglethorpe County Commission chamber.

Emory Students Tackle World's Longest Taco Line

ATLANTA -- Emory students and staff took a break from the books Wednesday to try to break the record for the world's longest taco line.

They used more than 80 pounds of Alaskan cod, 45 pounds of organic vegetables and 4 gallons of salsa to make 260 fish tacos, which they lined end-to-end. The university will submit the feat to Guinness World Records.

The tacos were served up for lunch to highlight one of the newest additions to Emory's dining menu - sustainably grown fish.

By 2015, the university hopes that 75 percent of its food will be locally or sustainably grown.




GOP Plan Would Cap HOPE Awards

ATLANTA -- Gov. Nathan Deal and legislative leaders have agreed on a plan to rescue Georgia's cash-strapped HOPE scholarship that would cap the awards so they no longer rise as tuition does, effectively ending a 20-year-old audacious promise: free public college tuition to any student who earned a B average or better.

Deal plans to announce the plan on Tuesday, says Senate President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams.

Georgia's popular HOPE program is set to go broke by 2012, a victim of its own success after paying for more than 1 million students to attend college.

While the state's lottery proceeds have continued to grow, they haven't been able to keep pace with rising tuition and exploding student enrollment.

Commissioner Stan Watson to Address Issues Impacting Black DeKalb

DECATUR – In recognition of Black History Month, DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson is pleased to present to the citizens of DeKalb County the “State of Black DeKalb” - How Far Have We Come?  The event will feature a series of panel guests in a discussion to share insight on issues that impact critical quality of life issues.

Topics covered in the “State of Black DeKalb” include:

  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Community Partnerships and Resources
  • Political Aspects
  • Faith-Based Community
  • Future of DeKalb

The event will be held at the Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center on Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the main theatre.

Authorities Search for Victims of Possible Serial Rapist

DALLAS, GA -- A Metro Atlanta man behind bars, charged with three rapes, could be responsible for many more.

Authorities say Dallas, GA native Calvin Gene met his victims on the adult section of Craigslist. Lt. Bruce Ferguson with Douglas County's Sheriff's Department says at least two of Gene's alleged victims were soliciting sex online.

"We're talking about escort services, and it's illegal, but like I said we have bigger fish to fry," Ferguson said. "He sets up these meetings and when he gets there, he's actually robbing and raping them."

Gene is accused of raping three women back in September, one in Douglasville, two in Dekalb County. Ferguson says Gene's approach, "was just to go up knock on the door. Girls would open the door, and he would rush in at gunpoint, make them go to the bedroom, take off their clothes and rape them and then when he was leaving, he would take their money and cell phones."

Flashes of Hope

ATLANTA -- It can be the toughest time in a family's life, when their child is diagnosed with cancer. One of the last things most families would want? Professional portraits taken of their child in the middle of grueling treatment. But that's exactly what Flashes of Hope does.

Scott Chester is one of several professional photographers who donate their time to take the portraits at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Aflac Cancer Center.

Flashes of Hope is a nonprofit whose mission is simple, to take  portraits of children battling cancer and give them to their families.

"I'd see these people all having their pictures taken," Mom Stephanie Skelly said. "And I'd think 'Oh gosh James doesn't..I don't know if I want pictures of this'."

James Skelly had leukemia. A few years ago he had his first Flashes of Hope portrait done.

"As soon as the flash went off, he said 'Oh I'm a star'," Skelly said.