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  • SummerSafety

    Get Into The Swing Of Summer Safety

    (NAPS)—Known as “trauma season” among public health and medical professionals, summer is a time when serious injuries and unintentional deaths increase dramatically among children. Statistics show that 40 percent of all injury-related emergency room visits happen between the months of May and August. Fortunately, many of these injuries can be prevented with a few simple precautions.


    “Sustaining a serious injury can be a life-altering event for a child,” said Dale Stauss, chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children®. “We see patients every day with injuries caused by accidents, and we are committed to raising awareness about how to stay safe this summer.”


    As experts in the treatment of pediatric orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries and burns, Shriners Hos-pitals for Children provides critical, surgical and rehabilitative care to children, regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Shriners Hospitals encourages families to take these simple precautions to enjoy a safe, injury-free summer.


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  • ScalySlimeyZoo

    Scaly, Slimy Spectacular At Zoo Atlanta

    Zoo Atlanta never stops improving and that is remarkable for a facility which has been delighting Atlantans and tourists for over 125 years. The newest attraction is the stunningly beautiful, multi-million dollar “Scaly, Slimy Spectacular.” This shiny new building and exhibit space houses the zoo’s collection of reptiles and amphibians.


    Admission to this new “pavilion” is part of the total zoo experience, so after reveling in the cuteness of the baby pandas, playful lemurs and elegant giraffes or pink flamingoes, the cool air-conditioned reptile/amphibian house is a perfect way to wind up any visit. Outside are the giant tortoises and a towering atrium welcomes visitors on the inside with its waterfall flowing into a pool of American alligators.


    After that, there is a wide, meandering walk through the exhibits and aquariums filled with geckos, lizards, toads, iguanas, monitors, frogs and, of course, snakes. Safely behind glass, the predatory and huge anacondas, pythons, co-bras, rattlers and vipers are all fascinating. The bright emerald green tree boa must be   Read more...

  • MotherJones

    Mother Jones “Crusades” in Atlanta

    She was called “the most dangerous woman in America” at one time, but nothing seemed to stop Mary Harris Jones in her tireless drive to improve working conditions for American workers. In July 1915, “Mother Jones” arrived in Atlanta for her first visit.


    True to form, she held nothing back and, at age 78, the grandmotherly Mrs. Jones demanded an end to the no-torious use of children in southern textile mills. Statistics showed that 25 percent of southern textile workers were age 15 or younger, with half of those under age 12. Many started work full time [six days a week] at age 9. Mother Jones stated to the local press, stop sending “your women and children into the mills – the sweatshops of the south – to work their frail lives away.” Jones was born in 1837 and had lived in Memphis, Tennessee before the Civil War. In 1867, she lost her husband and all four children to yellow fever. Moving to Chicago, her dressmaking business was wiped out in the Great Fire of 1871. From then on, she devoted her life to union organizing, including the Knights of Labor, Internation   Read more...

  • BravesComeToAtlanta

    The Braves Come to Atlanta – Can It Be 50 Years?

    This year Atlanta marks the 50th anniversary of the city’s first major league sports team. For those of us who remember the turbulent decade of the 1960s, it may not be surprising that the move of the Bos-ton/Milwaukee Braves was not a smooth one way back in 1965-66. In fact, the 1965 season was one of uncertainty and the Braves could well be described as a team with two hometowns.


    While Milwaukee fought to keep the franchise from moving south that year, the Braves had one of the most unusual seasons in baseball history. The team came to its new “hometown” in a series of un-official games against other major league clubs on its “off days.” It also played a three game series against the Detroit Tigers in the brand new Atlanta Stadium built for them. In June 1965, the “Milwau-kee/Atlanta” Braves took on the Chicago White Sox in one of their “off day” games.

    The “Atlanta” Braves came away with a 5-1 victory but with another, even more impressive, statis-tic. The new stadium was filled with over 24,000 fans. Along with the three exhibition games agains   Read more...

  • LighteningStrike

    Lightning Strike Survivor an Advocate for Healthy Living

    Gail Skinner has run the natural food department at the Embry Hills Kroger for six years, she’s a been a fitness instructor for over 30 years, worked as a DJ and singer and has been struck by lightning and and lived to talk about it. “ Eighteen years ago Skinner grabbed the telephone at a fitness center where she worked as an in-structor. It was storming outside and Skinner recalled “it was like I heard my mothers voice saying-don’t pick that phone up. I remember seeing a flash of light, a ball of fire went up the phone line and the next thing it [phone] was thrown from my hand and I was thrown back. “80 percent of lightning strike survivors sustain long-term injuries, and Skinner is no exception, but you would never know it. “I was always the optimistic one,” she said. “I’m a miracle-I feel like for some reason God kept me on this earth – maybe it’s to work with people. I used to question it but I don’t anymore.”


    Skinner continued to work as a fitness instructor following the accident. “Teaching the water aerobics classes all these years has helped   Read more...

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