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Dalai Lama Promotes Compassion at Emory

ATLANTA -- Fans and followers started lining up two hours before the Dalai Lama presented his teachings on compassion at Emory University on Sunday morning.

"That's exactly why this crowd is so easy-going," said Emory parent Lynn Sankey, who bought tickets for the event three months ago. "Looking at all these people, I can't believe it. Everyone's going with the flow. It's a lot of people and a long wait."

Sunday was the first of a three-day visit by the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, who was named a presidential distinguished professor at Emory University three years ago.

The Tibetan spiritual leader received a warm welcome from a crowd of about 3,000 inside the Woodruff Physical Education Center, which was transformed to look like a Tibetan monastery.

Emory University Opens Exhibit on Coca-Cola Founder

ATLANTA -- Emory University is opening an exhibit on the life of Coca-Cola Co. founder Robert W. Woodruff.

The exhibit at the university's library named for the business pioneer runs Thursday through March 25. It features photographs of Woodruff by photographer Jay B. Leviton, documents from his years at Coca-Cola and a collection of Woodruff's home movies from the 1920s to the 1960s.

The movies give rare glimpses of downtown Atlanta in the 1920s, including the Terminal train station.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours, which are generally 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.





Top Deals: 50% off Cafe, 50% off Shoes, 57% off Pet Boarding

ATLANTA --  The top daily deals on Atlanta.Momslikeme.com include a half off deal for Cafe Lapin in Buckhead, half off shoes at Sole Shoes in Edgewood, and 57 percent off pet boarding at Chateau Animalia on Monroe Drive.

Participating Quiznos restaurants are offering up two freebies -- a free cookie, no purchase required, and a free kidz meal, purchase required.

You can save half off Disney on Ice tickets, 65 percent off Dreamgirls tickets and 45 percent off the Thrashers opening night on Friday at Philips Arena.

Early Voting in Two Counties Bodes Ill for Democrats

CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA -- Business has been brisk at this early voter precinct in Cherokee County, a reliably Republican Atlanta suburb. The director of elections says the governor's race between Republican Nathan Deal and Democrat Roy Barnes seems to have captured the imagination of the early-voting electorate.

The votes won't be counted until November of course, but the favorite here is no secret.

"Cherokee County is predominantly a Republican county," said Elections Director Janet Munda. She says early voters in Cherokee County are turning out at about two-thirds the level of early voting in 2008 -- a record year with a presidential election. It will be, she says, a strong turnout.

"We're looking at, I think, pretty much a 50 percent turnout," Munda said. "It's going to be an impressive turnout."

State Releases Info on Race to the Top Allocations

ATLANTA -- The state of Georgia has released numbers for how the Race to the Top stimulus money will be allocated. Metro Atlanta has four of the 29 school districts from across the state receiving money over the next four years.

Atlanta City Schools will get $39.3 million, Clayton County will get $15.3 million, Dekalb will see $30 million and Gwinnett gets about $20.8 million.

In order to keep these funds schools must submit a budget and must be in line with four assurances. These include teacher and leader effectiveness and money for turn-around schools -- which are the lowest performing schools in each district.

For a full look at all the schools from across the state getting money, take a look at the table below.


5 Georgia College Students Get Help from White House

ATLANTA -- The White House is giving five students with Georgia ties a leg up in their college careers.

Three will receive scholarships funded by the money President Barack Obama received for the Nobel Peace Prize. Two others have been picked to intern at the White House this fall.

Morehouse College student Howard Campbell and Acworth native and Georgetown University student Rod Solaimani were announced as fall interns on Tuesday. The deadline for the White House Internship Program's Spring 2011 program is Oct. 10.

N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.