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Saturday May 22, 2010 02:57 pm EDT

National percentage increase in people who commute via bicycle since 2000: 43

Percentage of Atlanta commuters who bike or walk to work: 5

Cyclists counted by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition this year in 15 locations around the city: 1,886

Miles of bike trails the Atlanta PATH Foundation is working on building for its Atlanta-DeKalb trail project: 124

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Saturday May 8, 2010 04:20 pm EDT

Estimated value, in dollars, of marijuana seized by police in Gwinnett County on April 26: 327,000

Estimated value, in dollars, of weed seized seized by federal agents in south Fulton on April 24: 1 million

Estimated value, in dollars, of marijuana that law enforcement officials seized in Rabun County on April 7: 3.5 million

Estimated cost, in dollars, of pot arrests for Georgia...

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Saturday April 24, 2010 04:37 pm EDT

Percentage of metro Atlanta's population who own an Apple product: 26

Percentage of people nationwide who own an Apple product: 21.6

Atlanta's rank on Forbes' list of "Most Wired Cities," out of 30: 2

Rank of Atlanta, out of 10, in a survey of cities with the most tech-savvy small businesses: 1

Atlanta's rank on a list of the world's top Twitter cities: 5


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Sunday March 21, 2010 04:50 pm EDT

Number of days, as of March 24, until C-Tran, Clayton County's public transit system, will cease operations: 7

Amount that county commissioners say shutting down service will save during tough economic times: $8 million

Number of county commissioners, out of five, who voted not to end C-Tran service: 1

Number of estimated riders who use the bus system every day: 8,500...

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Sunday March 14, 2010 01:43 pm EDT

Percent of unemployed metro Atlantans, as of January: 10.8

Nation's unemployment rate in January: 9.7

Number of months that Georgia's unemployment rate has consecutively exceeded the nation's: 28

Percentage of Georgia counties where at least one out of every 10 workers was without a job in January: 80.5

Approximate unemployment rate at which economist Jeff Humphreys thinks...

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Saturday March 6, 2010 05:11 pm EST

Amount, in dollars, of proposed cuts to Georgia state colleges and universities: 600 million

Percentage by which tuition might be increased at state colleges and universities to meet shortfall: 77

Total number of temporary faculty and staff jobs that could be eliminated to make up the shortfall: 2500

Estimated drop in freshman enrollment at UGA thanks to reduced number of...

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Sunday February 21, 2010 04:56 pm EST

Amount from the federal stimulus package, in dollars, for research and development projects in Georgia: 123 million

Number of Georgians lifted above the poverty line by unemployment payment extensions and supplements funded by the stimulus package: 250,000

Cut of the stimulus package, in dollars, given to the Georgia Department of Transportation: 1.1 billion

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Saturday February 13, 2010 02:07 pm EST

Number of days Mae Quarterman spent in jail in 1962 for refusing to move to the back of an Albany, Ga., bus: 60

Number of activists arrested in a 1962 civil rights march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through Albany: 217

Number of years since Eliza Ann Grier became the first black doctor licensed in Georgia: 113

Number of years since Maynard Jackson was elected the first...

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Sunday February 7, 2010 10:55 pm EST

Total 2009 incentive pay for top Georgia Teachers Retirement System staffers, in dollars: 435,000

Percentage drop in value of state teachers’ retirement fund during fiscal 2009: 13

Dollar amount contributed to the fund in 2009 by local school districts and the state: 1 billion

Amount of pay Fayette County school officials proposed teachers give back in 2009 to cover budget...

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Saturday January 30, 2010 05:48 pm EST

Percent unemployment rate in the United States: 10

Percent unemployment rate in metro Atlanta: 10.1

Rank of metro Atlanta, among all metro areas, for largest number of Generation Xers per capita: 2

Rank in unemployment of metro Atlanta's 25-to-39 demographic, among all age groups in metro region: 1

Last time the unemployment rate for metro Atlanta 25-to-39-year-olds was so...

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Saturday January 23, 2010 05:31 pm EST

Dollar amount already cut from this year’s state budget: 3 billion

Estimated dollar amount still needed to be cut from the fiscal year 2010 state budget: 1.2 billion

Total amount of Gov. Perdue’s proposed 2011 budget, in dollars: 18.2 billion

Proposed savings, in dollars, from abolishing incentives for board-certified teachers: 7.2 million

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Monday January 18, 2010 05:11 pm EST

Estimated minimum number of people killed after an earthquake devastated Haiti on Jan. 12: 50,000

Number of miles separating Atlanta and Haiti's capital city of Port-au-Prince: 1,287

Estimated amount of cash Atlanta-based relief organization CARE will spend in Haiti on recovery operations in 10 days:__ $700,000

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Monday January 11, 2010 03:44 pm EST

Number of cars involved in a snow-and-ice-related pileup at I-285 and I-85 following last week's snow storm: 29

Number of metro Atlanta roads that were closed as of Friday evening due to the storm: 62

Number of Cobb County law enforcement officers who were forced to jump off a bridge Friday to avoid a car sliding on ice: 2

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Saturday January 2, 2010 05:00 pm EST

Number of DUI arrests made by the Georgia State Patrol statewide during the 2009 New Year's holiday: 279

Number of those drivin' imbibers who were arrested in the five-county metro Atlanta area: 17

Number of crashes reported throughout the state during the 2009 holiday:__ 2,998

Number of people who died in alcohol-related crashes in Georgia during the 2009 holiday: 6...

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Saturday December 19, 2009 02:02 pm EST

Cost of dinner and wine pairings for two, before tax and tip, at Quinones at Bacchanalia: $390

Cost of a framed ink-on-paper drawing from ShopScadOnline.com: $500

Cost of two field-level tickets to the Dec. 27 Falcons-Bills game: $359

Cost of a full day of treatment at Midtown's Blue MedSpa: $495

Cost of a pair of suede Gucci moccasins at Neiman Marcus: $420

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Sunday December 6, 2009 05:15 pm EST

Percentage of registered Atlanta voters who turned out for the Nov. 3 general election: 30

Percentage of registered voters who were predicted to come out for the runoff, which historically sees fewer voters: 12-15

Percentage of registered Atlanta voters who cast ballots in the Dec. 1 runoff: 32

Number of times Fulton County elections official Barry Garner said he's seen runoff...

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Thursday November 26, 2009 01:46 pm EST

Number of hot meals required by law to be served to county inmates daily: 2

Number of weeks that Clayton County inmates have gone without hot meals: 5

Amount of money requested by Clayton County to replace three massive "kettles" for cooking and reheating food: $60,000

Amount of money spent by the Clayton's jail on each inmate's meal: __$0.82

Total spending on food and...

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Saturday November 21, 2009 05:46 pm EST

Number of calls 911 staffers kept on hold for an "unacceptable" amount of time during that time period: 30,813

Percentage of Atlanta 911 calls that were placed on hold in December 2008: 33

Longest period of time, in minutes, that WSB-TV found a 911 caller was reportedly placed on hold: 38

Number of minutes a West End home burned in May before firefighters were dispatched...

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Saturday November 14, 2009 02:24 pm EST

Estimated number of teenage prostitutes working in Atlanta in 2009:  334

Estimated number of teenage prostitutes working in Atlanta in 2007: 251

Estimated minimum number of children at risk for sexual exploitation in the United States: __200,000

Rank of Atlanta among cities with children living in extreme poverty, as of the 2000 census: 1

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Saturday October 31, 2009 03:18 pm EDT

Estimated number of metro Atlanta office jobs lost in the last three years: 50,000

Number of square feet of vacant commercial office space in metro Atlanta: 24 million

Number of years real-estate experts estimate it might take to fill the region’s empty office space: 12

Estimated cost of two full-page Wall Street Journal ads purchased by the Buckhead Coalition to market...

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Sunday October 18, 2009 01:28 pm EDT

Number of Georgia jobs created or retained by the national stimulus package: 23,879

Estimated number of jobs created or retained nationally by stimulus money: 1 million

Current Georgia unemployment rate: 10.2 percent

Georgia unemployment rate at the end of 2008: 7.5 percent

Current national unemployment rate: 9.8 percent

Amount of money allocated to 18 Georgia agencies...

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Sunday October 4, 2009 04:20 pm EDT

Gallons of water the city's R.M. Clayton Water Reclamation Center along the Chattahoochee River treats daily: 180 million

Height of flood water, in feet, that swamped the R.M. Clayton plant on Sept. 22, knocking it offline: 4

Approximate number of hours the plant was unable to treat wastewater and sewage: 24

Estimated cost to repair the flooded wastewater plant, in dollars : 52...

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Sunday September 27, 2009 12:22 pm EDT

Estimated damage caused by last week's the flood, in millions of dollars: 250

Level at which the Chattahoochee River reaches “flood stage,” in feet: 14

Peak crest of the Chattahoochee near Vinings on Monday night, in feet: 28.1

Years since the Chattahoochee reached that height: 90

Number of flooding records broken last week: 9

Number of flood-related deaths:...

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Saturday September 12, 2009 02:23 pm EDT

Number of new coal-fired power plants proposed nationally since 2000: 200

Number of proposed coal-fired power plants canceled or postponed from 2007 to 2008: 83

Years since a new coal-fired power plant was built in Georgia: 20

Rank of Georgia Power’s Plant Scherer among nation’s dirtiest coal-fired plants: 1

Estimated number of new Georgia jobs to be created...

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Friday September 4, 2009 03:00 pm EDT

Estimated cost of the new 14th Street Bridge in Midtown, which opened Sept. 3: $88.5 million

Number of months that commuters lost the use of the east-west route across I-75/85: 16

Number of months ahead of schedule work crews completed construction: 4

Number of motorists, at most, the previous bridge served each day: 18,000

Width, in feet, of the new bridge’s sidewalk...

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