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ADOPT A PET: Meet Ming

ADOPT A PET: Meet Ming

ATLANTA - If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half-chewed shoe or an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers by adopting a "companion" for yourself or for your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

Ming is a one year old female Hound and Shepard mix and she's available for adoption from the Atlanta Humane Society. Ming came to the Humane Society because her owner couldn’t take care of her, anymore. She is a very active puppy and needs a lot of outdoor play. The Humane Society hopes she finds a home where she can learn new things while being spoiled.

The Youth Empowerment Breakfast (YEB) with Congressman Lewis on July 9th

Dekalb County --  (from the desk of Commissioner Sharon Barnes)  DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton will host the second annual Youth Empowerment Breakfast, Saturday, July 9, 2011, at the Holiday Inn Downtown Decatur, 130 Clairemont Avenue, Decatur, Georgia 30030.  The breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. and event proceeds will benefit the Youth Leadership Academy.  The attire is business.

Save 20% at great Atlanta restaurants throughout the month of July

Save 20% at great Atlanta restaurants throughout the month of July

Atlanta --  The first annual Dinner & A Cause Card benefiting the “Children of Conservation” project is now available.  The card costs only $50 and offers holders a 20% discount at great Atlanta restaurants while contributing 100% of the profits to the education of children and protection of wildlife in third world countries.  Giving Never Tasted So Good!  

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.