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Atlanta Pride announces full schedule

The Atlanta Pride Committee released this morning the full schedule for the Oct. 8-10 festival, with events ranging from the time-honored marketplace, commitment ceremony and Pride parade to new offering like a kickball tournament.

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Dogs-only pool party

Piedmont Park will host “Splish Splash Doggie Bash,” a dog-only pool party at the Piedmont Park Aquatic Center today

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Piedmont Park to host dog-only pool party

Piedmont Park will host “Splish Splash Doggie Bash,” a dog-only pool party at the Piedmont Park Aquatic Center on Sept. 18. This marks the second year of the event.

Puppies will only be allowed in the pool during the time slots. No humans allowed!

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Atlanta tops list of deadliest cities for pedestrians

Atlanta has been named as the deadliest city for pedestrians, according to GOOD Magazine.

The article states that some 10.97 people die for every 100,000 residents each year.

This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to residents of Midtown who cross 10th Street on their way to Piedmont Park or Blake’s, as drivers routinely forget to stop at the crosswalks or are forced to slam on their brakes to avoid hitting those on foot. I can attest to this first-hand.

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Pets: Piedmont Dog Park returns

Piedmont Park's new dog park

Area pet owners will soon be able to bring their beloved pooches back to Piedmont Park’s popular Dog Park. The park re-opens Aug. 12, complete with a grand opening ceremony.

The former Dog Park opened to the public back in 2002, but closed when the Piedmont Park Conservancy decided to upgrade it. According to Yvette Bowden, president and CEO of the Piedmont Park Conservancy, there has been much discussion since that time on how to expand the Dog Park location and make it as enjoyable as possible to everyone.

Bowden acknowledges that the Dog Park has long been one of the most frequented areas of Piedmont Park and that she, like many others, is looking forward to the opening.

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Charges against teens in anti-gay bias crime spark community debate

The six teens charged with a bias-crime attack on a gay Atlanta pastor at Piedmont Park will be tried as adults. Four of the teens are minors. The youngest is 13 years old.

Several readers have reached out to us to express their views on the charges. Some readers, like Twitter user @jcstarr are happy with the decision to charge the teens as adults. “GOOD!!! I hope the judge throws the book at them,” he wrote via Twitter.

Several of our Facebook fans supported the charges, as well.