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The Atlanta Opera is Looking for Singers for the 24-Hour Opera Project!

The Atlanta Opera is Looking for Singers for the 24-Hour Opera Project!

 

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Opera singers from all over may apply to compete in the second annual 24-Hour Opera Project on January 20 and 21, 2012. Apply online at atlantaopera.org.

Selected singers will join composers, lyricists, and stage directors, who will be randomly put into teams, and will have 24-hours to compose, stage and rehearse a 10-minute opera, to be performed as part of a showcase on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 7pm. Compositions and performances will be judged by a panel of judges, and by the public, tuning in via live webcast. Prizes will be awarded to the judge’s choice and audience favorite. No travel, housing or per diem provided.

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APS board votes to replace Muhammad

APS board votes to replace Muhammad

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Public Schools board has voted 5-4 to elect Reuben McDaniel as its new chairman.

McDaniel will replace Brenda Muhammad, who was elected in June 2011 to take the place of Khaatim Sherrer El.

The board also voted 5-4 Monday to make Byron Amos its vice chairman.

ADOPT A PET: Meet Wyatt

ADOPT A PET: Meet Wyatt

 

ATLANTA, Ga. – If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half-chewed shoe or an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers by adopting a "companion" for yourself or for your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

Wyatt is a nine-month-old Labrador Retriever mix and he’s looking for a permanent home with a loving family. According to the Humane Society, Wyatt needs someone who is patient, caring and loving. And since he’s young he will need someone to train him and teach him how to become a well-behaved adult dog. He has a great deal of energy and would do well in an obedience class.

MIDTOWN | Civil rights leader's widow to speak at Tech

MIDTOWN | Civil rights leader's widow to speak at Tech

ATLANTA -- The widow of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers will speak at Georgia Tech as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day events.

Myrlie Evers-Williams will speak Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Georgia Tech student center ballroom.

Evers was chairman of the NAACP when he was shot and killed in his driveway in 1963. His killer wasn't convicted until 1994.

Evers-Williams continued her husband's civil rights work after his death, eventually becoming chairwoman of the NAACP in the 1990s. She has written several books on civil rights and her husband's legacy.

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Thick fog blankets much of state Monday morning

Thick fog blankets much of state Monday morning

ATLANTA -- Thick fog reduced visibility across central and north Georgia, leading to a dense fog advisory for much of the state.

The National Weather Service said the dense fog advisory was in effect through 10 a.m. Monday.

The advisory covered most of the state, including all of metro Atlanta.

Cities included in the advisory included Rome, Dalton, Dahlonega and Blairsville in the northern part of the state. Officials said the advisory also covered Americus, Athens, Columbus, Dublin, LaGrange, Macon and Vidalia.

The weather service said visibility would be reduced to less than a quarter-mile, and rapid drops in visibility would make travel treacherous on roads.

Save your Christmas tree for the Chipper

Save your Christmas tree for the Chipper

ATLANTA -- Now that Christmas is over, it's time to think of ditching your tree.  Georgia's tree recycling program is hoping you'll keep them in mind this weekend.

Bring One for the Chipper has recycled millions of trees over the past two decades.  

Mulch from the trees has been used on playgrounds, beautification projects and private lawns across the state.

For details on where to donate your tree or get free mulch after Christmas, check Keep Georgia Beautiful's website.

GT Football: Peters To Play In All-Star Game

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech senior defensive end Jason Peters has been selected to play in the Casino Del Sol All-Star Game Jan. 16 in Tucson, Ariz.

The head coaches for the game will be former Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt and former Fresno State head coach Pat Hill. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Arizona.

Peters, a Baton Rouge (La.) native, recently concluded a consistent four-year career at Georgia Tech. He played in 49 career games, started 30 times, recorded 109 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. He also had two career fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one interception.