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Nobel recipient Muhammad Yunus promotes Atlanta as city of peace

By Maria Saporta

At two separate events over two days, Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus spread his message of social business and peace in Atlanta.

It was his way to kick-off next year’s 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Summit that will be held in Atlanta from Nov. 15 to Nov. 19 – expected to be the largest gathering of people and organizations of people who have received the Nobel Peace Prize since the founding of the annual summit.
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Atlanta Hawks rank 25th among NBA teams as a draw on the road

By Maria Saporta

The Atlanta Hawks may be trying to get top dollar when it comes to selling the team, but right now the team is not a hot ticket on the road.

TickPick, a no-fee secondary ticket marketplace, just released a study showing that the Hawks rank near the bottom in road team popularity – 25th among the 30 teams in the National Basketball Association.
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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its musicians agree to mediation

By Maria Saporta

Late Saturday, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra sent out a press release saying that the ASA management and its musicians had agreed to mediation to try to find consensus on a contract.

The ASO management and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Players’ Association (ASOPA) agreed to restart collective bargaining agreement discussions using a federal mediator.

The mediator is Allison Beck, deputy director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. She served as the mediator during the Metropolitan Opera Musicians’ labor dispute in August.
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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed meeting with NBA’s Adam Silver over Hawks

By Maria Saporta

Before flying up to New York City to meet with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he was optimistic the Atlanta Hawks would be in good hands based on the number of potential owners he has talked to.

Reed made his comments in an interview with only two reporters following the quarterly meeting of the Atlanta Committee for Progress, a blue-ribbon panel of business leaders that is advising the mayor on key city initiatives.
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Two women – Amy Phuong and Melissa Mullinax – given a promotion by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

By Maria Saporta

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has made a couple of significant appointments these past couple of days – promoting two of his key staff members.

On Wednesday, he announced that he is nominating Amy Phuong as commissioner of the Department of Parks and Recreation. Phuong has been serving in that position as an interim commissioner since May after George Dusenbury left the administration.

Just the day before, Mayor Reed appointed Melissa Mullinax as a senior advisor. She will provide guidance on legislative issues and manage Reed’s external relationships with government officials, neighborhood and community organizations.
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Georgia makes strides in research, but is missing bioscience ‘focal point’

By Maria Saporta

In the 24 years since the founding of the Georgia Research Alliance, federally-funded research and development grants to Georgia’s universities has increased five-fold.

The state’s total share of federal research funding increased to nearly 3 percent, ranking 12th and one of only five of the top 16 states that is increasing its market share.

These are the findings in new report prepared by consultants for the Georgia Research Alliance that was presented to the board at its recent meeting.
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The Home Depot piloting the ‘Do-It-Yourself’ automotive business

By Maria Saporta

From homes to cars.

Atlanta-based Home Depot is eagerly testing a new business opportunity – the “Do-It-Yourself” automotive segment.

Carol Tomé, chief financial officer for the Home Depot since 2001, disclosed the company’s interest during a talk to the Rotary Club of Atlanta Monday.

In response to a question about what was the next area of opportunity for the company, Tomé said the company currently had “Do-It-Yourself Automotive” in pilot “right now” in some of its stores.
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Mayor Kasim Reed pledges to do all he can to keep Hawks in Atlanta

By Maria Saporta

Mayor Kasim Reed is going to do all he can to keep the Atlanta Hawks in town within the city limits, he pledged during a press conference Tuesday in his office Tuesday.

Less than a year ago, the mayor held a press conference in the same room reacting to the news that the Atlanta Braves would be leaving Turner Field to build a new stadium in Cobb County.

The Braves announcement had caught the city off-guard. And it was readily apparent on Tuesday that Mayor Reed wasn’t going to let another professional sports team leave the city under his watch – if he could help it. (Atlanta’s professional hockey team – the Thrashers – were sold and moved to Winnipeg in 2011).
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Community concerns about Fort Mac-Tyler Perry deal draws large turnout

By Maria Saporta

More than 100 community members filled the meeting at Fort McPherson Tuesday evening – mainly to complain about how they had been left out the process of deciding the future of the 488 acres strategically located between downtown Atlanta and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

It was a regular board meeting of the McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority (MILRA), a body that has been meeting for about seven years on various plans and ideas for what would be the best use of the site once the base had closed.
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Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice becomes sixth (and first woman) president of the Morehouse School of Medicine

By Maria Saporta

What a week it has been for Valerie Montgomery Rice.

She was inaugurated as the sixth president of the Morehouse School of Medicine (and its first woman president) during a multi-day series of events that would be exhausting for an ordinary person.

After the investiture ceremony on Thursday, President Rice participated in six community service projects Friday morning to highlight the six different president of the Morehouse School of Medicine.
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