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Take Marquel's Pledge to stop celebratory gunfire

Take Marquel's Pledge to stop celebratory gunfire

DECATUR, Ga. -- The DeKalb Public Safety Department is reminding residents to remain safe during Fourth of July celebrations and refrain from celebratory gunfire. The department encourages the community to support its efforts to stop the reckless act by signing Marquel's Pledge.

Launched one year ago in June 2010, Marquel's Pledge is a community initiative to raise awareness of the dangers of celebratory gunfire in DeKalb County and throughout Georgia. DeKalb County developed the initiative after 4-year-old Marquel Peters was struck and killed in church by a stray bullet believed to have been fired by a New Year's Eve reveler. 

This past New Year's Eve, there was a 47 percent decline in the number of celebratory gunfire calls to 911 during.

To sign Marquel's Pledge, visit DeKalb County's website.

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

ATLANTA (AP) -- As many parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration take effect, a Latino community group is organizing "a day without immigrants" to protest the measure.

The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights is calling for a day of non-compliance, asking businesses to close and community members to stay home and not work or shop Friday.

Alan Conner, owner of Dakota Blue restaurant in Grant Park, said he thinks the law is unjust and planned to close for lunch Friday in solidarity.

But some urge caution. Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, says skipping work without authorization could cost people jobs in a tough economic climate.

Groups are also organizing a "march for justice" on Saturday at the state Capitol to protest the law.

(The Associated Press)

Atlanta Braves will offer FREE TICKETS TO ALL MILITARY PERSONNEL during the 4th of JULY WEEKEND

Atlanta Braves will offer FREE TICKETS TO ALL MILITARY PERSONNEL during the 4th of JULY WEEKEND

In honor of our nation’s heroes, the Atlanta Braves will offer FREE TICKETS TO ALL MILITARY PERSONNEL during the 4th of JULY WEEKEND AT TURNER FIELD (FRIDAY, JULY 1 – MONDAY, JULY 4).  

All active duty military, reserve military, and veterans can show military ID at the Turner Field Ticket Windows to receive a free Upper Box Ticket.  Family members can buy additional tickets for half price.  

The offer is available at the Turner Field Ticket Windows in advance or on the day of the games.

LOCAL PROFILE: R&B Scene in Atlanta

LOCAL PROFILE: R&B Scene in Atlanta

ATLANTA – Derived from popular genres of music like jazz, blues and gospel, rhythm and blues was born. Rhythm and Blues music, which is widely referred to as R&B, is unique in that it has the ability to take on many musical identities, at once. Some say the genre was first identified in Harlem, during the Harlem Renaissance, which is known as one of the most prominent cultural movements for African Americans during the 1930’s. However, others think the genre originated in the 1940’s when African Americans began moving to northern cities, creating cultural fusion.  

The music evolved from “race music”, which was an offensive term that referred to the music of African Americans, into jump blues which was known for having a swing boogie, big band sound.

Make road trips with kids more fun! 40% off travel toys, games + activity kits from TravelKiddy.com

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Georgia Eye Care Experts Warn Parents of 1,800⁰ F of Holiday Danger & Say Avoid Sparklers on July 4

Georgia Eye Care Experts Warn Parents of 1,800⁰ F of Holiday Danger & Say Avoid Sparklers on July 4
Georgia Eye Care Experts Warn Parents of 1,800⁰ F of Holiday Danger & Say Avoid Sparklers this Fourth of July Georgia Optometric Association Offers Tips to Celebrate the Holiday Safely

BEST SPOTS: Skincare and Barberspas

BEST SPOTS: Skincare and Barberspas

ATLANTA – It’s the summer time, ‘tis the season for chic fits, light fabrics, mandals, murses and clean faces and we know you want to let it all hang out. However it’s more important for today’s modern fashionmister to have clean and healthy skin. From cleansers to exfoliants, shavers to straight ravors, shaving creams to soaps, moisturizers and sunscreen men have a wide range of product selections to maintain their signature smirk.

Of course, every guy has their own routine; some skip a day to stay smooth others use a hot towel and facial scrub, either way; they all work to achieve the same goal which is smooth skin.