Celebs dazzle Dragon*Con fans at Walk of Fame

(Photo: Holly Pennebaker)

(Photo: Holly Pennebaker)

ATLANTA – Dragon*Con’s Walk of Fame allowed for fans to meet their favorite sci-fi celebrities, take photos and get autographs during a meet and greet on Saturday afternoon at the Hilton.

At the Walk of Fame, each celebrity set up with managers at booths. Lines were formed for each fan to get a minute or two with each celebrity. Actors from television and movies, voice actors and authors were all in the Hilton’s Grand Ballroom.

PHOTOS | Dragon*Con 2012 Walk of Fame

Some of the favorites, according to fans outside were Billy Boyd of “Lord of the Rings,” HBO’s “True Blood” cast, actor Richard Dean Anderson and actress Gillian Anderson.

According to Dragon*Con, Inc., Richard Dean Anderson was a part of the soap opera “General Hospital” beginning in 1976, played MacGyver in the 1980′s television show, acted in “Legend” and was the show’s executive producer in the 1990′s. Anderson has also appeared in “Stargate SG-1,” “Stargate: Atlantis” and “SGU Stargate Universe.”

Anderson’s assistant, Paul Brown said, “Richard’s first impression was overwhelming in sheer magnitude and size. We readjusted. From Richard’s perspective, he’s really enjoying it and the variety of costumes.”

Gillian Anderson was signing autographs next to Richard Dean Anderson. She has won an Emmy Award, Golden Globe, and two Screen Actors Guild awards for “Best Actress in a Drama Series,” according to Dragon*Con, Inc.

Also among celebrity guests to Dragon*Con was Dean Cain, American actor in “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Spiderman.” In 1993, Cain took on the role as Clark Kent/Superman for four seasons.

Tembi Locke also greeted at Dragon*Con’s Walk of Fame. She said she did not have as much sci-fi knowledge as many of the fans, but was enjoying her time. Locke has appeared in a number of television shows including “The Mentalist,” “CSI: NY,” “Friends,” “Bones” and “Windfall.”

Dragon*Con attendee Lydia Walker was thrilled to have Adam Baldwin of Fox’s drama series, “The Inside” to sing to her. He sang a couple lines from the song, “Lydia” from the 1990′s. She also got to meet Billy Boyd and get his autograph.

“He was good to say hello although they meet so many fans, ” she said. “They make you feel that they’re happy to meet you.”

Niall Matter was a favorite for Aileen Atwood of Atlanta. She was a huge fan of “Eureka” television series that just completed its final season.

“He’s gorgeous and adorable, and I look forward to future shows which he plays in,” Atwood said.

 

A Sunday at the 77th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival

(Photo: Holly Pennebaker)

(Photo: Holly Pennebaker)

ATLANTA – For 77 years, the Atlanta Dogwood Festival has taken place in Atlanta and has grown to be a favorite for all residents. Thousands of people packed Piedmont Park on Sunday to enjoy the festivities and sunshine. The 2013 springtime fest had plenty to pick from, offering artwork and jewelry from all over the country, live music, food from vendors, disc dogs and activities for kids.

PHOTOS | 77th Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Funeral of tears and praise held for Chris Kelly

(Photo: Holly Pennebaker)

(Photo: Holly Pennebaker)

ATLANTA — The funeral for Chris Kelly of the ‘Kris Kross’ duo was held in Atlanta on Thursday. The group’s other half Chris Smith said through tears that without Kelly, his life will never be the same.

PHOTOS | Chris Kelly funeral

Crash leaves Ex-Hawks player Mookie Blaylock critical, driver dead

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(Getty Images)

JONESBORO, Ga. — Mookie Blaylock, former NBA player for the Atlanta Hawks, was taken off life support shortly after 8:00 p.m., and is now in guarded, but critical condition.

On Friday evening, 11Alive learned from Jonesboro Police Chief Allen that another person involved in the crash died. 41-year-old Monica Murphy of Gwinnett County passed around 10:00 p.m.

USA TODAY | Mookie Blaylock in critical condition after car wreck

The vehicle collision happened just after noon on Friday, near Tara Boulevard and Dixon Road in Clayton County. The wreck, according to Allen, involved a van and a car.

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Morehouse students face rape, other charges

Mugshots - Morehouse students charged

ATLANTA — Three Morehouse College athletes have been accused of rape and other charges.

Chukwudi Ndudikwa and Malcolm Frank face rape and aggravated sodomy charges.  Tevin Mgbo is looking at charges of aggravated sodomy, kidnapping and reckless conduct.

According to court documents the incident involving those three suspects happened March 8 at the East Suites.

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A guide to Veterans Day celebrations in, around Atlanta

ATLANTA — Veterans Day will fall on Sunday, November 11, and Atlanta neighborhoods will be in full celebration of the annual holiday.

For those wishing to participate in the memorial by attending a local event, 11Alive has compiled a list of celebratory occasions taking place nearby over the weekend, from parades, ceremonies, parties and more.

 

While America observes Veterans Day, many local residents will gather downtown for the 30th Annual Georgia Veterans Day Parade. According to the Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association of Atlanta, Inc., the parade will begin on Saturday at 11:11 a.m., and stretch through Peachtree Street and Baker Street, and continuing around Centennial Olympic Park.

Later Saturday evening, the Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association of Atlanta, Inc. will throw the 2012 Freedom Ball. The black tie party brings Veterans together for fellowship, music, food, a silent auction, and a moving motivational speaker.

The Ball is set for Saturday evening at 6 p.m. in the Oceans Ballroom of the Georgia Aquarium.

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Pink Out 2012 brings out FAITH in fighting cancer

Alyssa Leonard with friends (Photo: Holly Pennebaker, 11Alive News))

 

ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. — Adairsville Middle School students, faculty, parents and friends hit the football field on Friday morning for their annual Pink Out.

PHOTOS | PINK OUT 2012

Pink Out 2012, according to Math teacher Christy Ridley, was recently made into an annual event to promote cancer awareness and to honor the people who are fighting cancer, specifically breast cancer, and those who have lost their battle with the disease.

“We are coordinating with local doctor’s offices and businesses to invite all cancer survivors, including breast cancer survivors and caregivers to come out and join us,” Ridley said.

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Foodies, celebrity chefs, secret ingredients flock to Taste of Atlanta

Volunteers come to Taste of Atlanta to provide help to everyone who attends (Photo: Holly Pennebaker, 11Alive News)

ATLANTA – The annual Taste of Atlanta took its 11th anniversary festival to downtown Atlanta on Saturday and Sunday, October 6, 7.

PHOTOS | TASTE OF ATLANTA 2012

Over 90 Atlanta Metropolitan eateries set up in Tech Square to share local favorites with thousands of food lovers from Atlanta, and other areas.  Each vendor provided smaller portions, just a couple bites as samples for everyone to try.

There were also local wines and craft beers, demonstrations from local celebrity chefs, and entertainment for families. While there was plenty to do over the weekend, the food was the star of the show.

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Ludacris talks Music Midtown, his own sponsor, a clean act

Ludacris (Photo: Holly Pennebaker, 11Alive News)

ATLANTA – Rapper, actor Ludacris talked with the press before taking the stage at Music Midtown on Saturday afternoon.

Compared to the shows he has done in the past, Ludacris said his performance, to last just over an hour, would be cleaner for his hometown. He also said that an hour gave him enough time to perform songs from all of his eight albums.

His first time on the Music Midtown stage, Ludacris said being back in Atlanta is great. Just moments before his show time, he said he had heard about this show for years, and he is glad to bring his music back to the city where he started.

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Music Midtown 2012 brings 52,000 music fans to Piedmont Park

Music Midtown at Piedmont Park (Photo: Holly Pennebaker, 11Alive News)

ATLANTA – Music Midtown 2012 brought ten artists to perform on two stages in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park on Saturday, September 22.

PHOTOS | MUSIC MIDTOWN 2012

Continuing from Friday, Saturday’s lineup drew in local fans, as well as those coming from outside of Georgia. The concert series put artists from a variety of genres on each stage.

Civil Twilight, a rock band out of South Africa, started the show off on Saturday afternoon on the Electric Ballroom Stage, located just behind Park Tavern.

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