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Inner City Mentor for Boys Faces Death Threats

DECATUR, GA -- A Decatur man who helps young inner city boys stay out of trouble isn't going to stop helping them because of threats against his life. One of those threats was apparently carried out when an arsonist set his organization's building on fire.

Mack Major is the founder of No Target For Police To Shoot (NTFPTS) on Candler Road in Decatur. It's an organization that provides diversionary programs for young boys. Major named the non-profit organization after a number of police involved shootings in DeKalb County.

Sterling Lee, 16, has been in the program for several months. "I never had a lot of father figures in my life, not a positive male role model," he said. "That's what this is pretty much all about."

Acting DeKalb County DA Sworn In, Today

Decatur, GA –Javoyne Hicks White has been sworn in as the acting DeKalb County, Georgia district attorney. She assumed the job on Sept. 3, 2010.  

“I look forward to serving as acting district attorney,” said Hicks White. “DeKalb County citizens can rest assured that our office’s talented and committed lawyers and support personnel will continue to provide them with the same level of service they have received during the past five and one-half years.”

Hicks White was one of two existing chief assistant district attorneys who reported to District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming. She recently accepted a position as a regional district administrator for the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Home Dog Breeder Busted; Dogs Sent to Decatur Shelter

DECATUR, GA -- More than three dozen adult dogs and puppies have been confiscated from a home breeder in Morgan County, Georgia, about an hour east of Atlanta, and taken to a no-kill shelter in Decatur.

That's great for the dogs.

But the shelter, PAWS Atlanta, is now overflowing with rescued dogs, and could use some help itself.

"We were planning on getting about 20 dogs" explained shelter operations manager Tara Mitchell, "We got thirty-eight. We couldn't say no."

Mitchell went to get them after being contacted by Morgan County animal control.

"It was relatively clean, actually" Tara Mitchell said of the puppy mill. "The dogs looked to be in pretty good condition. So, we were expecting the worst. But it wasn't as bad as we thought it was going to be."

They rescued Poodles, Chihuahuas, Yorkies, a Dachshund, and a Maltese.

Taking the dogs has put a lot of pressure on PAWS.

Paste Music Magazine to Stop Print Publication

ATLANTA (AP) -- The music monthly Paste has printed its last magazine after struggling financially for more than a year.

Editor-in-chief Josh Jackson said Wednesday that the publication based in suburban Atlanta will keep its popular website going but will no longer send print copies to its more than 200,000 subscribers. The entire staff of nine employees was cut. The three main managers - including Jackson - are staying on for now to run the website, Jackson said.

Last year, the magazine asked readers to donate money to help it stay afloat, drawing thousands of dollars. The donations helped delay the inevitable, after advertising revenue dropped, Jackson said.

"We thought we could make it, but we ran out of fumes," Jackson told The Associated Press in a phone interview. "We're an independent publication doing this out of the love of doing it."

Paste Magazine Suspends Printing

ATLANTA – The music monthly Paste has printed its last magazine after
struggling financially for more than a year.

Editor-in-chief Josh
Jackson said Wednesday that the publication based in suburban Atlanta
will keep its popular website going but will no longer send print copies
to its more than 200,000 subscribers. The entire staff of nine
employees was cut. The three main managers – including Jackson – are
staying on for now to run the website, Jackson said.

Last year,
the magazine asked readers to donate money to help it stay afloat,
drawing thousands of dollars. The donations helped delay the inevitable,
after advertising revenue dropped, Jackson said.

"We thought we
could make it, but we ran out of fumes," Jackson told The Associated
Press in a phone interview. "We're an independent publication doing this
out of the love of doing it."

Atlanta Braces for Big Labor Day Weekend

ATLANTA -- A weekend off is about to go on the books in big numbers. Labor Day Weekend has become one of Atlanta's busiest holidays. Several big events will bring in thousands of visitors and more than $60 million. Here's a rundown of this weekend's biggest events:

DragonCon events run Friday through Monday, including a parade down Peachtree on Saturday at 10 a.m. A Georgia State University study showed the event brought in $25 million in 2008. About 30,000 people are expected to attend this year.

Girls, Girls, Girls: Agnes Scott Welcomes Largest Class in History

According to agnesscott.edu:

This fall’s first-year class at Agnes Scott College is the largest in the 122-year history of the college. About 270 first-year students will attend Agnes Scott this year, breaking the previous record of 257 first-year students in fall of 2000. The college welcomed its fifth largest class ever (237 students) in 2009.

Agnes Scott also received its highest number of fall applications ever—more than 2,100, breaking last fall’s record of 1,984 applications.

The college’s diverse first-year class includes students from 28 states and 10 countries: Bhutan, China, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, South Korea and Vietnam. About 54 percent are from Georgia, 33 percent are from other states in the U.S. and 13 percent are international.