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Vote Now for Atlanta's Cutest Dog

Atlanta, GA--  Because we find it almost impossible to resist a cute dog, we—with help from our friends at Pets in the Sity—asked our users to submit their favorite photos of their pets. We got a great response. In fact, 100 dogs are part of Metromix Atlanta's Cutest Dog Contest 2010. ----READ MORE, Click Link.

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Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.

2nd Chance Offender Re-entry Program in DeKalb County

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded a grant in the amount of $424,852 by the US Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs for the 2nd Chance Offender Re-entry Program.

The 2nd Chance Act Prisoner Re-entry Initiative aids in the funding of local and state governments for projects that help with the transition from incarceration to dealing with other individuals in the workplace and other capacities once released from jail.

The funds from the grant will provide pre-release and case planning, mentoring, housing, education, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, services to enhance family reunification, job training and readiness, and post-release case management and supervision.

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office will be partnering with two non-profit organizations to help implement this program. They are STAND, Inc.

Mayor Reed and the Edgewood Community Celebrates Groundbreaking of 100 Affordable Homes

Atlanta, GA--  Columbia Townhomes at Edgewood will be one of Georgia’s first major projects funded by federal stimulus dollars through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). The NSP awarded $2.7 million to the project to help redevelop communities that have suffered from foreclosures and abandonment.

MARTA Botched New Bus Stop, Residents Say

ATLANTA -- The number 4 to Thomasville and beyond is one of more than 100 MARTA routes modified or eliminated over the weekend. In this case, the modification shortened the Southeast Atlanta route and moved at least one bus stop.

"It's very unsafe because now, my people have to cross this state highway to get to the bus," said Anne Phillips, president of the Stonewall Heritage Community Association.

The highway is a two lane called Constitution Road, a popular route for truckers.   MARTA placed a new bus stop on the south side of Constitution, and riders aren't happy about it.

"I'm afraid about the tractor trailers, the big tractor trailers," said Faye Tucker, moments after exiting the number 4 bus Monday afternoon. 

Thursday is DeKalb Employee Empowerment Day

September is Workforce Development month and In continuing the celebration of Workforce Development Month; DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis, Board of Commissioners, and various county departments, in collaboration with DeKalb Workforce Development, will host the first ever DeKalb Employee Empowerment Day Thursday, Sept. 30 at 9 a.m.

Neighborhood Crime Alert...Be on the Lookout for a Purple late-model Honda

Atlanta, GA--  The following post was from our Community Content Provider from the Old Fourth Ward/Inman Park neighborhood. They need your help in solving a home invasion crime. Please help if you can.

"Our neighbors' house was broken into and a roommate was shot today on Wylie.

The perps shot thru the door, broke in, took some computer equipment and left the person on the ground bleeding. He apparently was shot in the leg and is at Grady but not in critical condition. This is the house on Wylie next to the big granite church that is now the Magnetic Theatre.

The perps were spotted and described as 4 high school age black males. One with shoulder length dreads. They were driving a distinctive car-a custom paint PURPLE late model Honda. They have been seen previously in the neighborhood and possibly live here.