- Created on 29 March 2013
Lil Wayne says he’s an epileptic and has had seizures for years.
In an interview with Los Angeles-based radio station Power 106 on Thursday, the 30-year-old rapper said epilepsy caused his most-recent health scare earlier this month, when he was rushed to a hospital....
- Created on 28 March 2013
It's ON! Rumors that the budget sequester might threaten the nation's best known Easter Egg event had no substance. On Monday, April 1, the First Family will host the 135th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. This year, more than 35,000 people will flock to the South Lawn for games, stories, and, of course, the traditional egg roll competition.
The Obamas and their guests will be joined by the Easter Bunny and other famous characters as they take part in storytelling, sports courts and cooking demonstrations. Many of the activities will help educate families on smart ways to incorporate healthy eating and exercise choices into their daily routines, which are key pillars of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative.
The First Dog, Bo, is reported to have an excellent nose for sniffing out hidden Easter eggs, and hunters should keep an eye on him during the day.
Atlanta is no slouch when it comes to Easter family fun and games. Churches and organizations around the city will offer opportunities for hunting, rolling and munching Easter eggs and other goodies.
Here are just a few:
Bring a basket and take part in the giant egg hunt at Callanwolde, located at 980 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30306, on Saturday March 30.
Thousands of candy eggs will be hidden on the grounds. Meet the Easter Bunny, play games, pet live bunnies and more! Tickets are $10 for kids ($12 at the door); adult admission is free.
This event starts at 10 a.m. Egg hunts will be set up for three age groups: 11:15 a.m. -- Newborns to age 3, 11:30 a.m. -- ages 4, 5 and 6, 11:45 a.m. -- ages 7 and up. In case of rain, the event will be cancelled. Parking is $5, and shuttle buses will be provided at the Emory University Briarcliff Campus, 1256 Briarcliff Road, just one-half mile north of Callanwolde. For more information call 404-872-5338.
Ben Hill United Methodist Church, under the direction of Senior Pastor Richard D. Winn, invites the community to its Children's Easter Celebration and Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. until noon. Children 5-12 years of age are welcome and asked to bring their own baskets and buckets. Ben Hill UMC also welcomes the public to Easter Sunday Sunrise worship service at 6 a.m. and additional services at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Ben Hill UMC is located at 2099 Fairburn Road, S.W., Atlanta, GA 30331.
For more information on the Saturday Children's Easter Celebration and Easter Egg Hunt and the Easter Sunday Sunrise Church Worship Service and other services, visit the website at www.benhill-umc.org or call the church at 404-344-0618.
- Created on 26 March 2013
When 20-year-old Adam Lanzashot and killed 27 people — 20 school children, 6 educators and his mother, Nancy Lanza — in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, before turning the gun on himself, politicians and gun lobbyists vowed that it was a watershed moment and swore to figuratively hold hands and come to a consensus on the m...
- Created on 27 March 2013
ESPN is staying in the family in giving its Arthur Ashe Courage Award to Robin Roberts at its annual ESPY awards this summer.
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- Created on 25 March 2013
Thousands of participants gathered to raise awareness and funds for a long standing issue in the Atlanta community. More than 15,000 people came out to Turner Field for the 5K Hunger Walk/Run and tackle the fight against hunger. Participants walked and ran through Downtown Atlanta in the 29th annual race.
Every year, the Atlanta Community Food Bank joins five other faith-based organizations to put on the Hunger Walk/Run. The race prides itself on being one of the few events in the Atlanta area that benefits more than one organization. Last year, the walk raised over $560,000. This year's goal was $600,000.
While the Food Bank has not yet tallied up the funds donated this year, online donations can still be made through March 31. Those donating can choose which of the benefiting partners they want the money to go to.
Benefiting partners include the Episcopal Charities Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Lutheran Services of Georgia, Presbytery of Greater Atlanta and St. Vincent de Paul, Inc. Donations can be made under the 'Donate' tab on the organizations website www.acfb.org. All of the proceeds collected from the event will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank and its benefiting partners.
The Hunger Walk also prides itself on its longevity. The walk began in 1984 and was coordinated by the founder of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Bill Bolling. Initially, the Hunger Walk was a grassroots movements started in response to local and global issues with hunger. In 1988, the Hunger Walk/Run became a "special project" of the Food Bank.
"The Hunger Walk basically started with a small group of people who met up at Piedmont Park," said Angie Clawson, public relations manager for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. "Bill wanted to bring together people who supported the food bank and supported the cause of fighting hunger."
Now, 29 years later and Bolling's vision of bringing together the community to tackle one of the world's biggest issues is still a success.
Bolling called the Hunger Walk/Run "one of the Food Bank's most important fundraises each year." Many of the Food Bank's benefiting partners have been involved with the Hunger Walk/Run since it began.
"We have been partners with the Food Bank for at least 20 years now," said Ginny Heckel who currently serves as the chair of board of directors for the Episcopal Charities Foundation. "We are considered the giving arm. We follow the Matthew Mandate, which comes from Matthew 28:16-20. The Mandate says take care of the least among us and that's what we strive to do."
Each benefiting partner will receive a percentage of the proceeds collected to support their direct hunger relief programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens and grant programs.
The Episcopal Charities Foundation plans to distribute its portion of funds through its grant program. The Foundation usually gives between 80 and 90 grants a year to organizations such as the Northeast Georgia Food Bank and Food Pantries, New Hope House, Feeding the Valley and Good Samaritan.
St. Vincent de Paul Georgia, another longstanding partner of the Food Bank, has taken a unique approach to serving its community through 5 Family Support Centers, 10 thrift stores and 38 food pantries.
"I believe we were one of the first benefiting partners," said Terri Medina, the director of marketing and communications for St. Vincent de Paul Georgia. "Our goal was to raise $30,000. We typically have between 350 and 400 participants from approximately 25 teams helping us raise money and feed the hungry."
Other benefiting partners like the Lutheran Services of Georgia have even funded some of their own employees to participate in the event.
"Being an almost overly-obsessed runner, often taking my lunch breaks to run and enjoy the outside, my supervisors at Lutheran Services of Georgia thought that I would be a perfect candidate for this event," said Chad Steinborn, who currently works as a marketing coordinator for the organization. "Also, being a volunteer with the organization with little money, they decided to sponsor me, which persuaded me even more."
As a new Atlanta resident, Steinborn participated in the Hunger Run for the first time this year.
The Lutheran Services of Georgia has set organizational goals of continuing to feed thousands of residents in the Atlanta area, which they do every year. Last year, the church raised $12,591 at the Hunger Walk/Run and recruited more than 100 participants.
The slogan for this year's Hunger Run/Walk was "Take the Next Step." Organizers were determined to recruit record numbers of participants and raise more funds than ever.
Major sponsors for this year's Hunger Walk/Run included The Arby's Foundation, AutoTrader.com, Walmart, Georgia Power, Hall, Booth, Smith, P.C. and The Coca-Cola Company.