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MUSIC MIDTOWN RETURNS--September 22, 2012 Atlanta - Florence + The Machine performs during Day 2 of Music Midtown 2012 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Saturday, September 22, 2012. One of Atlanta's favorite music festivals returns returns to the Meadow at Piedmont Park to host the best ensemble of talent on two stages over two days. Friday's lineup includes: Foo Fighters, Van Hunt, TI, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts and The Avett Brothers and Saturday includes: Pearl Jam, Ludacris, Girl Talk, Garbage, Adam Ant, Neon Trees, Florence + The Machine, Civil Twilight, LP and O'Brother.
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LEGION OF HONOR--September 27. 2012 Atlanta: Marion Nesmith of Snellville, left, and Morton Waitzman of Atlanta, right, salute the flag during the singing of the National Anthem. Nesmith, who served with the 38th Infantry Regiment and Waitzman, who served with the 115th Infantry Regiment during WWII were two of the 12 veterans who received the Legion of Honor from Denis Barbet, consul general of France in Atlanta. Veterans from Georgia and Alabama were honored during a ceremony Thursday September 27, 2012. The National Order of the Legion of Honor is the oldest, most prestigious French decoration. Founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, the honor recognizes those who rendered eminent services to the Republic of France or who have demonstrated exceptional courage, bravery and a spirit of sacrifice beyond the ordinary.
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HEY, WHADDYA YOU IN FOR?--Sept. 22, 2012-CONYERS: Ty Todd and his family dog American Bully "Boss", both nine-months-old, wait for the start of The Atlanta Bully BBQ Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. The show featured classes in American Bull breeds and Single French Bulldogs.
PHIL SKINNER / PSKINNER@AJC.COM
CITY OF REFUGE--SEPTEMBER 26, 2012-ATLANTA: Barbara McGaughey walks her three-year-old daughter Knowledge to after school activities at the City of Refuge, a homeless facility in the gritty Bluff area of Atlanta on Wednesday Sept. 26th, 2012. The founder of the facility that serves 165 women and children is doing things right and getting along with the city's political structure, a mirror image of the facility run by the long troubled shelter by Anita Beaty. One of the ministers who opened City of Refuge has just published a book that tells in-depth stories of the flotsam and jetsam of society, people who are not in the conversation as the nation digs itself out of a recession and faces a historic election.
JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
FATAL WRECK--September 27, 2012 Gwinnett County: Gwinnett County firefighters work the extrication of the patient in the twisted wreckage. The westbound lanes of Ga. 316 were shut down Thursday morning, Sept. 27, 2012 after a car collided with a tractor-trailer at a Gwinnett County intersection. The crash happened shortly about 6:45 a.m. when a westbound car slammed into an eastbound tractor-trailer that was turning left onto Hurricane Trail., Gwinnett police Cpl. Edwin Ritter told the AJC. The car, a Nissan Maxima, ended up wedged beneath the truck, Ritter said. Gwinnett fire Capt. Eric Eberly said his department’s Technical Rescue Team used air bags and large timbers to raise the tractor-trailer off the ground and stabilize the truck. They then dragged the Nissan out from under the truck and cut the driver out of the mangled Maxima. The driver, whose name has not been released, was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center in critical condition, Eberly said. The westbound lanes of Ga. 316 were shut down, causing a huge traffic jam for motorists headed toward Atlanta.
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A BIRTHDAY CHEER--Sept. 21, 2012, DECATUR, GA: Arabia Mountain cheerleader Brieana Hill celebrates her birthday cheering for the Rams in the first half of their high school game against Miller Grove at Panthersville Stadium in Decatur, Ga., Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.
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HONORS FOR FALLEN SOLDIER--At the graveside ceremony of Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Thalia S. Ramirez, her husband, Sgt. 1st Class Jesse Belbech, left, and her mother, Alexandra Moll, center, receive folded flags as Ramirez is buried with full honors, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. Ramirez died Sept. 5, 2012, when the OH-58 Kiowa helicopter she was piloting crashed in the Pul-e Alam district of Logar Province in Afghanistan. She served in the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division based at the Fort Bragg military base in North Carolina.
JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM
INDOOR PARKING--September 26, 2012 Atlanta: The GSP survey the damage after the accident. No one was seriously injured Wednesday morning, Sept. 26, 2012 when a vehicle slammed into a fast food restaurant in southeast Atlanta. According to the Georgia State Patrol, four vehicles, a Lincoln Navigator, a Ford Expedition, a pickup truck and an Audi were involved in a wreck about 7:45 a.m. at the intersection of Moreland and East Confederate avenues, and the Navigator came to a stop inside the nearby Zesto restaurant. GSP Senior Trooper Larry Schnall said that the driver of the Expedition was southbound on Moreland Avenue when she lost control, striking several other vehicles and setting off a chain reaction crash. The Navigator “traveled airborne into the building, causing significant damage to the establishment,” Three of the four drivers were transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries that were believed to be minor. He said investigators had not yet determined what caused the Expedition driver to lose control of her vehicle.
(AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
MY, WHAT BIG TEETH YOU HAVE--Ten-year old Adele Anhalt inspects the mouth of a model of a dinosaur in the exhibition 'World of Dinosaurs' in Hohenfelden near Erfurt, central Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. From Sept. 15 up to the Nov. 4, 2012 the exhibition shows 65 models of 56 species of dinosaurs reproduced under scientific instructions in natural size. Among them are stegosaurs, diplodocus, triceratops, archaeopteryx, tyrannosaur, and other representatives of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
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NO THANKS, I THINK WE'VE HAD ENOUGH, EVERYTHING'S SPINNING--A waitress carries beer mugs in the Hofbraeuhaus tent after the opening of the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012, will see some million visitors. EDS NOTE - SHUTTER SPEED CAUSING BLUR
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MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL--Visitors tour the illuminated decorations and lighting of small bulbs set up at popular Victoria Park to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival in Hong Kong Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. Like ancient Chinese poets, Hong Kong people appreciate the beauty of the full moon in the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on Sunday Sept. 30 this year. Chinese people believe that on that day, the moon will be the biggest, roundest and brightest, and the term "round" implies family reunion in Chinese.
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AN EVENING DIP--An Indian boy dives into the River Ganges, as tourists ride a boat in Varanasi, India, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. Varanasi is among the world's oldest cities, and millions of Hindu pilgrims gather annually here for ritual bathing and prayers in the Ganges river considered holiest by Hindus.
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JAMMIN IN THE PARK--September 22, 2012 Atlanta - Neon Trees fans cheer during Day 2 of Music Midtown 2012 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Saturday, September 22, 2012. One of Atlanta's favorite music festivals returns to the Meadow at Piedmont Park to host the best ensemble of talent on two stages over two days. Friday's lineup includes: Foo Fighters, Van Hunt, TI, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts and The Avett Brothers and Saturday includes: Pearl Jam, Ludacris, Girl Talk, Garbage, Adam Ant, Neon Trees, Florence + The Machine, Civil Twilight, LP and O'Brother.
(AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)
FIREFIGHTER DOWN--Lt. Joseph Cuccia holds the helmet of Atascocita Volunteer Fire Department Capt. Neal W. Smith as he and fellow firefighters lead a procession in front of the fire truck that was carrying Capt. Smith's casket on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Humble, Texas. More than 300 firefighters from the greater Houston area gathered to honor Smith and his family. Smith died in a Beaumont-area hospital Sept. 17 from complications of heat-related illness he suffered during a training exercise in Beaumont.
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IN HER SHOES--Former U.S. Marine Paul Lewis, right, along with many other men wearing women's high heels take part in the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes charity event in downtown Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. The event is held to raise awareness and funds for the White Ribbon Campaign to end violence against women.