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Controversial Adoption Rules Blocked in Georgia

As the 2017 Legislative Session comes to an end, the LGBT Pride community celebrates Georgia lawmakers’ failure to pass adoption bill updates. The changes to House Bill 159 would have protected adoption agencies who do not wish to work with LGBT couples.This includes private adoption agencies that are funded by the state. Georgia Unites Against Discrimination has been encouraging supporters to contact senators with this message, “Keep discrimination out of GA adoption laws and fix this bill!” “When you’re saying that it’s reasonable for queer couples to not be allowed…

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Parents Struggle to get a Refund from Swim School

Some Oconee County parents want their money back from the Georgia Aquatic Center in Watkinsville. The parents say a disagreement that banned a coach from the swim center last month cost them the program and their money. Coach Sean Gillan ran “Sean Gillan Swim School” for a year and a half out of the facility. Gillan says a disagreement about issues with water chemicals and clarity led to the coach and facility ending their relationship. Gillan says that he had a difficult time working with management, and the situation escalated…

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The Global Compassion of Athens

Compassion International connected Athens residents with kids from South America, Africa, the Caribbeans, and even Asia all in one weekend. They’re looking to connect even more residents to children worldwide. Compassion International came to Cornerstone Church Athens and ushered a walk-through in which attendants went through a twenty-minute visual presentation. Through an audio recording, they heard the stories of two deprived children living in two deprived countries. The stories consisted of Ruben, a boy growing up in Bolivia, who found himself digging through dumpsters to find food because he was unaccepted…

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Week: What You Need To Know

It’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Week and here are 10 things you need to know about childhood cancer: In 2016, an estimated 10,380 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed. Of those 10,380, 1,250 deaths will occur among those children between birth and 14 years old. Mortality rates for childhood cancer (those aged birth to 14 years) have declined by 66% over the past four decades. The number has gone from 6.5 (per 100,000) in 1969 to 2.2 in 2012. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in…

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Extra Special People Summer Camp

Athens, GA–“Teammates” is probably not the first word that comes to mind when you think about Georgia and Georgia Tech. However, that’s exactly what they are today as they reveal their design plans for a summer camp for Extra Special People. Georgia and Georgia Tech students will present their designs to ESP representatives, campers and parents of the campers at the Jackson Street Building from 4-6 p.m. Students from both schools have been working on this summer camp since January. Georgia students created the master and site plans while the…

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The challenges with youth obesity

With hotter and hotter temperatures and summer right around the corner, the urge to hit the gym to get the perfect ‘summer bod’ is a mission for a lot of young people. For some people, dropping those pounds is easier said then done. Weight is an ongoing fight for many of us, but its something that children these days especially struggle with.  This is why there’s a new organization at the University of Georgia called, The Fight Against Youth Obesity (FAYO). The Center for Disease Control says that almost 13…

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Christmas with a Cop

Barrow County, GA- The Barrow County Sheriff’s Department takes a break from battling crime to read letters from local kids.  They received letters from 26 children this year, and will treat one child to “Christmas with a Cop.” The child will be paired with a cop that has a similar experience, and the cop will treat them to a shopping spree. The children not selected will be given a $200 Target gift card. “Christmas with a Cop” will take place on December 13th.

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Children Vote

If children could vote, Obama would be president for the next four years. You may have heard students around the nation are voting. But how much does this vote really count? The Educational Publishing Company Studies Weekly is hosting it’s third presidential election for students. They say if students “vote” every four years as part of their education they will be more likely to vote as adults. Studies weekly held a nation wide election in both 2004 and 2008 and both times students accurately predicted the next president The Athens…

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