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Metro Atlanta's best hospitals ranked

ATLANTA -- The unofficial authority for college and university rankings is switching gears. For the first time ever, U.S. News and World Report has ranked the best hospitals in America's largest cities.

Out of the 57 hospitals in Metro Atlanta, Emory University Hospital tops the list.

It's followed by the Shepherd Center, Piedmont Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown (formerly Emory Crawford Long Hospital) and Kennestone Hospital.

The "metro Atlanta" rankings provided by U.S. News and World report only identified hospitals in the City of Atlanta, Sandy Springs and Marietta.  Children's hospitals also were not included in the rankings.

DeKalb County unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in February

DeKalb County unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in February

ATLANTA -- The preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in Metro Atlanta decreased to 10.2 percent in February.

This is down two-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.4 percent in January.

The February rate decreased because there were 16,400 new jobs, mostly in service-related industries, construction and manufacturing.

Unemployment rates decreased in 20 of the state's 25 local areas, with the other five remaining unchanged. At 7.7 percent, Metro Athens recorded the state's lowest rate, while Metro Dalton had the highest at 12.2 percent.

DeKalb County's rate was 10.5 percent.

February marked the 41st consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 8.9 percent.

The jobless rate in Metro Atlanta in February 2010 was 10.7 percent.

Heavy rains, fog slow morning commute

ATLANTA -- Rush hour was expected to be more frustrating for commuters than usual Wednesday morning as heavy rain showers swept across Metro Atlanta.

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The line of storms reached the Atlanta area early Wednesday morning.  It brought heavy rain, lightning and thunder to the pre-dawn hours.  Pea-sized hail was possible along with gusty winds, 11Alive Meteorologist Chesley McNeil said.

Heavy fog also complicated the morning commute, bringing visibility levels down to less than one mile, McNeil said.

DeKalb Representative seeks to end celebratory gunfire

DeKalb Representative seeks to end celebratory gunfire

DeKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- On Monday, Mar. 28, members of the Georgia House of Representatives will vote on House Resolution 341, which seeks to end celebratory gunfire by urging government and private entities to promote awareness of the dangers associated with this practice.

State Representative Michele Henson (D-Stone Mountain) introduced the resolution.

DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis has been raising awareness of the dangers of celebratory gunfire since June 2010. His platform is Marquel's Pledge, a community campaign started in honor of a DeKalb four-year-old who was killed while sitting in church by a stray bullet believed to have been fired by a New Year's Eve reveler.

Marquel's Pledge works with citizens, community organizations, churches and businesses to encourage citizens to refrain from practicing celebratory gunfire.

For The First Time, World-Renowned Yoga Master Sadhguru Vasudev Presents “Inner Engineering” Program

For The First Time, World-Renowned Yoga Master Sadhguru Vasudev Presents “Inner Engineering” Program

Thousands Expected for Rare Opportunity to Learn Life-Changing Yoga Practice Directly from One of India’s 50 Most Influential People


When: Saturday, May 14; Sunday May 15, 2011

Where: SPB Hall, 5331 Royal Woods Parkway, Tucker, GA 30084


What: For the first time in 25 years, world-renowned yogi Sadhguru Vasudev will personally conduct the Inner Engineering Shambhavi Mahamudra program in a specially constructed two-day format.


Inner Engineering is a combined online and in-person program for self-empowerment and personal growth derived from the ancient science of yoga. This scientifically structured program presents simple but powerful processes from the yogic tradition to purify the human physiological system and increase health and inner well-being.


An initial seven-part online course prepares pa

Atlanta Man Crowned Beer King

Atlanta--Most adults at some point in their lives develop a hobby.

However, most of us don't get very good at our hobby.

One Atlanta man is the exception.

Because of his unique ability, in his hobby, he is five thousand dollars richer and his picture is on posters and on beer bottles everywhere in America .

Richard Roper is a genial guy who lives near Howell Mill Road with his wife.

He is the kind of guy you want to drink a beer with.

And he is the kind of guy you want to brew your beer.

Richard Roper was one of the two grand champion winners of the 2010 Samuel Adams American Homebrew contest.

11Alive's Jeff Hullinger stood in Roper's kitchen amidst beer making equipment and asked, "How thrilling is it to see your face on bottles of Samuel Adams?

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.