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Silverbacks sign new defender

Silverbacks sign new defender

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Silverbacks have acquired a new defender on a season-long loan.

Cristian Quiñones comes to Atlanta from his native Colombia, where he has played at professional and youth international levels.

The 20-year-old center back most recently played three seasons for the Independiente Santa Fe in the Colombian first divisions; before that, he was part of two club teams, Deportivo Cali and Independiente Medellín.

Quiñones recently represented his country at the U-15 and U-17 international levels, participating in several South American tournaments.

"We're very excited to have Cristian with us this season," said Silverbacks director of soccer Rodrigo Rios.

LAA Cine Latinoamericano Film Series to present Sergio

LAA Cine Latinoamericano Film Series to present Sergio

The Latin American Association (LAA) will present the documentary film Sergio Thursday, June 23rd  at 6 p.m. as part of its Cine Latinoamericano Film Series

Sergio is based on Pulitzer Prize winner Samantha Power’s biography of Sergio Vieira de Mello, a charismatic Brazilian U.N. diplomat who ventures into Baghdad in 2003 during the U.S. occupation of Iraq under President Bush’s administration. While there he is captured and held hostage by terrorists and later killed during an attack of the Canal Hotel in Baghdad.

Atlanta Hawks launch Spanish website

Atlanta Hawks launch Spanish website

ATLANTA -- In an effort to respond to growing demand from its Hispanic audience, the Atlanta Hawks have launched a new website, Atlanta Hawks en Español.

Featuring original video content, Twitter feeds from Hispanic players in the NBA and a blog from the Hawks' Al Horford, the team hopes to expand its reach among a population that has grown 96 percent in Georgia in the past decade.

"Our goal as an organization has always been to look for ways to further engage our fans and provide a comprehensive Hawks experience for each and every one of them," said Tracy White, chief sales officer and senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Hawks.

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

ATLANTA – According to the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, “country music is a perennial Southern favorite in Atlanta and it won’t disappoint”. The music, which has its roots in the south, is known as a blend of, both, traditional and popular music. The country music genre gained widespread popularity around the mid-1900’s as music known as “hillbilly” or old-time music began to decline. Hillbilly music was a genre of music native to the people of the Ozarks. The music was usually played on acoustic instrument like a guitar or a banjo.

Over the years, old-time music changed however most of the lyrical content and instrumentation stayed the same. As it evolved, the arrangement of instruments grew to include the electronic keyboard, drums, the bass, fiddle and the harmonica.

Silverbacks sign new forward

Silverbacks sign new forward

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- The Atlanta Silverbacks have signed forward Conor Chinn, pending approval from the United States Soccer Federation.

A third-round draft pick of the New York Red Bulls in the 2010 Major League Soccer draft, Chinn comes to Atlanta after a short stint with another MLS club, Real Salt Lake.

The 6-foot-tall La Jolla, Calif. native didn't make an appearance for Real Salt Lake this season, but he played in nine games for the New York Red Bulls in 2010.

He had a successful college career with the University of San Francisco, scoring 37 goals and recording 12 assists in 78 games.

Mayoral candidate forum slated for June 16

Mayoral candidate forum slated for June 16

DORAVILLE, Ga. -- The race is on for the top civic post in Doraville.

There will be a special candidate forum on Thursday, June 16 at the Doraville Civic Center (3770 Central Avenue), where the three candidates will answer residents' questions in an event moderated by former Atlanta Business Chronicle editor Thornton Kennedy.

Carol Gilman, Tom Hart and Donna Pitman will field questions submitted by Doraville residents and business owners. The questions will be accepted in writing from the audience beginning at 6 p.m., with the forum scheduled to begin at 6:30. There will be no verbal questions allowed from the floor.

This will not be a debate; the candidates will address the issues to the moderator and not each other.

The purpose of the forum is to allow Doraville residents to get to know the candidates and hear their positions on the city's top issues.

Voting in the special election will take place Tuesday, June 21.

Cross Keys High graduates two stellar students

Cross Keys High graduates two stellar students

ATLANTA -- More than 6,000 seniors graduated from DeKalb County high schools in 2011.

But two graduates from Cross Keys High School in North Atlanta accomplished some pretty amazing things during their years in DeKalb schools and are ranked among the country's best and brightest.

Mpaza Kapembwa and Thuy "Vy" Thi Tran both graduated with honors and received full scholarships to some of America's top colleges.

Mpaza immigrated to Atlanta from Zambia as a child.