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Atlanta’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade set for Saturday

ATLANTA – More than 80,000 people are expected to turn out Saturday for the 131st Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade. The annual family-friendly parade, aimed at celebrating the city’s Irish culture and history, steps off at noon on Saturday (March 16). The parade runs along Peachtree Street, from the intersection of Ralph McGill Boulevard and Peachtree Street, to Marietta Street in Five Points. This year’s festivities include a pre-parade performance starting at 11:30 a.m. at the

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Pope: Church must ‘proclaim Jesus Christ’

The Catholic Church must “proclaim Jesus Christ,” otherwise it risks falling short of its mission, Pope Francis I said on his first day as head of the 1.2-billion member Catholic Church. “We can walk all we want, we can build many things, but if we don’t proclaim Jesus Christ, something is wrong,” The Christian Post quoted Pope Francis I as saying Thursday. “We would become a compassionate NGO and not a Church which is the

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Amtrak: We’re 88 percent self sufficient

Amtrak is riding a wave of record ridership to highlight its reducing dependence on federal subsidies to support operations. Last week, the passenger railroad paused to highlight that ticket sales and other revenue support 88 percent of its operational costs. Federal tax revenues supported “just 12 percent of Amtrak’s operating costs,” the railroad noted. The railroad has for years served as a lighting rod for federal critics, who point to it as an example of

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Atlanta’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade set for Saturday

ATLANTA – More than 80,000 people are expected to turn out Saturday for the 131st Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade. The annual family-friendly parade, aimed at celebrating the city’s Irish culture and history, steps off at noon on Saturday (March 16). The parade runs along Peachtree Street, from the intersection of Ralph McGill Boulevard and Peachtree Street, to Marietta Street in Five Points. This year’s festivities include a pre-parade performance starting at 11:30 a.m. at the

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Flight attendants object to TSA knife policy

ATLANTA – Travelers can soon take “small knives” in their carry-on luggage, under a rule change announced this month by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). But, the proposal has seen blowback from flight attendants and the CEO of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines. “Flight Attendants are outraged,” the Flight Attendants Union Coalition, which represents nearly 90,000 Flight Attendants at carriers nationwide, said in a statement. “We are the last line of defense in aviation security and

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Atlanta begins installing tracks for new streetcar line

ATLANTA – Crews last week began installing the first track for Atlanta’s new streetcar line, which is slated to open next spring. Workers are expected to install one block of track every three to four weeks, according to city officials. When the east-west route opens next spring, city officials believe the new $69.2 million line will ferry tourists to and from many of the city’s popular downtown attractions. When completed, the 2.7-mile streetcar line will

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Disney’s Flower and Garden Show opens at Epcot

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida – The 20th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival kicks off this week at Walt Disney World. This year’s festival, which is presented by HGTV, runs through May 19. The 75-day-long festival, held at the Epcot theme park, includes “sweeping garden landscapes” and more than 100 “topiary spectacles,” including one promoting the upcoming Disney movie “Monsters University.” The festival will also feature nighttime illuminated gardens in Future World and the World

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TSA allows small knives in carry on bags

Travelers can now take “small knives” in their carry-on luggage, under a rule change announced this week by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). “This is part of an overall Risk-Based Security approach, which allows Transportation Security Officers to better focus their efforts on finding higher threat items such as explosives,” the agency said in its statement outlining its rationale. The change, effective April 25, also aligns “more closely with International Civil Aviation Organization standards.” With