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A Boston medal for an Atlanta friend

A Boston medal for an Atlanta friend

ATLANTA -- Atlanta has always had a very vibrant running community.

However, over the last 40 years one man has been the Pied Piper of his own local version of Hamelin.

In 1973, Jeff Galloway finished fifth in the Boston Marathon. And on Monday night, he gathered about 100 friends and customers from Phidippides Atlanta, his running store in Ansley Mall, to run for Boston.

It was a night of meaning for those who live for running and love the symbol of their sport -- the Boston Marathon.

"I'm changing when all of a sudden a huge explosion and it was like a war zone," Dennis Murray said.

The war zone for the Johns Creek resident was the finish line. He just cleared the area long enough to collect his seventh Boston Marathon medal

"Sirens came and everything else, and I tried to find my wife in 45 minutes and it was panic city," he said.

Mike Wien and his friend Bishop Leatherbury were there too. They traveled to run and they did.

Atlanta: America's nerdiest city

Atlanta: America's nerdiest city

ATLANTA -- Meredith Placko's closet isn't about clothes. Instead, it's about an identity. The racks contain many of the essential ingredients for a life she lives proudly as a nerd.

"The whole world is kind of embracing the geek chic concept," said Placko, a blogger and freelance TV producer.

It starts with Dragon*Con, the annual downtown Atlanta sci-fi nerdfest that cinched Placko's decision to move here from south Florida three years ago. Dragon*Con helped vault Atlanta to the top of a list of America's nerdiest cities, according to a real estate site.

PHOTOS | Dragon*Con 2012

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

Jasmine Guy takes her campaign against child sex trafficking to Georgia Perimeter College

On the heels of a successful campaign launch for "I Am Not Yours!"- a campaign committed to taking a stand against child sexual exploitation, Jasmine Guy has been making her case in national media with the likes of 

Fulton County Youth Commissioners to distribute care boxes to citizens living on the streets

Fulton County Youth Commissioners to distribute care boxes to citizens living on the streets

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Youth Commissioners will take to the streets of Atlanta and Fulton to distribute H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everyday) Boxes on Saturday, Mar. 23 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Youth Commissioners will assemble at the Fulton County Government Center starting at 8 a.m. and distribute H.O.P.E Boxes to locations used by the homeless, primarily in District 5. 

The primary purpose of the H.O.P.E. Box initiative is to disseminate information regarding sources for assistance in low-income areas throughout Fulton County. Each box includes a H.O.P.E. resource card, which highlights County services.  Information is provided regarding how  and where to find shelter, rehabilitation, health services, employment search assistance and other programs offered by Fulton County and collaborating organizations that are designed to help homeless citizens to achieve stability and an improved quality of life.

Fulton County senior multipurpose facilities to celebrate Black History Month

Fulton County senior multipurpose facilities to celebrate Black History Month

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Senior Multipurpose Facilities will host the following Black History observances during February:

Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility
Black History Month Celebration
Monday, February 18, 2013
10:00am – 11:30am
Program will feature the Darnell Chorus, the Adult Day Program Bells of Darnell, representatives from the Darnell Players, Toast Masters, the Darnell Divas & Dudes and more.
Contact information:  Terryl Sparkman, Senior Services Manager, 404-699-8580

Adult Day Program Black History Month Celebration
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
10:30: a.m. – Noon
Participants will recognize the contributions of Africans Americans to the nation’s history through music and theatrical presentations.
Contact Information: Partrounar Bryant- James – 404-6998595

H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility

Fulton residents encouraged to 'Walk Ga.'

Fulton residents encouraged to 'Walk Ga.'

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Cooperative Extension wants all residents to develop regular physical activity habits, get healthier and have fun while “walking across Georgia”.  Daily activities such as walking the dog, going for a jog and playing catch with the kids quickly add up to virtual miles that are used to “walk” across the state. 

“We invite all residents who made New Year’s resolutions to get fit and be healthier to join our initiative,” says Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Although this event is called Walk Georgia, any form of activity can be logged to track mileage.  The primary goal is to get moving.”

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

Hundreds attend AKA peace rally

ATLANTA -- More than 200 metro Atlanta middle school students attended a peace rally and workshop hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. over the weekend.

The rally was a kickoff for 40 Days of Peace, which begins Monday. 40 Days of Peace is a commitment to kindness and service that encourages young people to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

At Saturday's rally, speakers encouraged attendees to stop bullying and stay out of gangs. Police officers gave a presentation on how to interact with law enforcement.

A concurrent workshop for the parents in attendance focused on implementing strategies to keep children safe and on the right track in life.