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Black populations fall in major cities, including Atlanta

Black populations fall in major cities, including Atlanta

WASHINGTON (USA Today) -- The black population is declining in a growing number of major cities - more evidence that the settlement pattern of African Americans is changing as they disperse to suburbia and warmer parts of the nation.

2010 Census data released so far this year show that 20 of the 25 cities that have at least 250,000 people and a 20% black population either lost more blacks or gained fewer in the past decade than during the 1990s. The declines happened in some traditional black strongholds: Chicago, Oakland, Atlanta, Cleveland and St. Louis.

The loss is fueled by three distinct trends:

•Blacks - many in the middle or upper-middle class - leaving cities for the suburbs.

•Blacks leaving Northern cities for thriving centers in the South.

•The aging of the African-American population, whose growth rate has dropped from more than 16% in the 1990s to about 10% since 2000.

New Technology to be added to the Stone Mountain Lasershow this summer

New Technology to be added to the Stone Mountain Lasershow this summer

Stone Mountain, Ga.-  (submitted by Edelman)  Georgia’s most visited attraction Stone Mountain Park today unveiled Mountainvision, which will debut as the “Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision” on Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-29).

Mountainvision uses an unprecedented digital, multi-dimensional projection onto one of the world’s biggest outdoor “screens,” the rock face of Stone Mountain. The projection on the mountain is taller than the Statue of Liberty and measures four to five times the size of an IMAX screen. Audiences will see Stone Mountain Park “turn into” a volcano, waterfall and other surprises from within the granite mountain.

Census data shows slight growth in DeKalb County

Census data shows slight growth in DeKalb County

DECATUR, Ga. – The population of DeKalb County grew slight over the past ten years according to data released by the United States Census Thursday.

According to the Census, 691,893 people called DeKalb County home in 2010.  That’s up 3.91 percent from the last Census in 2000.

The Atlanta Metro Red Cross has begun mobilizing in support of Japan

The Atlanta Metro Red Cross has begun mobilizing in support of Japan

According to the Atlanta Metro Red Cross blog, they have beun to mobilize and send assets to the areas most affected by the tsunami. 

They said, "At this time the Red Cross in unable to accept inquiries to contact or locate family and friends in Japan. However, there are several resources available as follows.

Inquiries concerning U.S. citizens living or traveling in Japan should be referred to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747  or 202 647-5225 "

A link is provided on the blog for help to locate individuals in Japan and affected areas.

The Google Person Finder site is available at: http://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/?lang=en

Also, The Hawaii Red Cross is supporting tsunami warning and potential evacuation efforts.

Gwinnett Residents To Meet and Question the Commission Chairman Candidates Tonight

Gwinnett Residents To Meet and Question the Commission Chairman Candidates Tonight

Gwinnett County, GA--  Residents of Gwinnett have the unique opportunity to hear directly from the Gwinnett Commission Chairman candidates this evening.  The Council for Quality Growth and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Candidate Forum from 4-5:30pm today at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

The forum will include the 4 current candidates, Will Costa, Larry Gause, Duane Kissel, and Charlotte Nash. 

“Tonight’s Candidate Forum will offer the citizens of Gwinnett an opportunity to hear from the candidates themselves in an impartial setting on issues affecting the success of our county,” said Michael Paris, president & CEO, Council for Quality Growth.

Gwinnett County Recorders Court Offers Amnesty During Month of March! No Fees, No Warrants!

Gwinnett County Recorders Court Offers Amnesty During Month of March! No Fees, No Warrants!

Gwinnett County, GA--  (Submitted by Gwinnett Communications)  

If you have an outstanding traffic citation in Gwinnett County Recorder's Court issued as far back as 1983, you will have from March 1 to 31, 2011, to settle your case without additional penalty. Fines may be paid at Recorder's Court located at 115 Stone Mountain Street in Lawrenceville weekdays from 8:00am to 4:30pm.

Operation Hours Revised for Dekalb's Central Records Office

Operation Hours Revised for Dekalb's Central Records Office

Tucker, GA--  (submitted by Dekalb County Govt.) The DeKalb County Police Department Central Records Office operation hours are being revised.  Beginning March 7, 2011 the general public will be able to pick up reports during the following days and time:

Monday - Thursday:  9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

                               1:30 p.m. - 5:00p.m.

                                (Closed daily from 12:30 p.m.