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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

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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

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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

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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

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Monday August 31, 2009 04:15 pm EDT

Number of Georgia Tech students suspected to have contracted swine flu in the first two weeks of classes: 150

Number of cases confirmed: 12

Number of cases confirmed at the University of Georgia in a 12-day period in August: 20

Percentage of swine flu cases that end in death: 0.4

Percentage of regular flu cases that end in death: 0.1

Percentage of the 1918 Spanish flu...

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Sunday August 23, 2009 04:50 pm EDT

Total amount lobbyists spent wining, dining and wooing state lawmakers in May, June and July: $193,000

Number of days General Assembly was in session during those months: 0

Amount lobbyists for Georgia Power, the natural gas and beverage industries spent on House Republicans' annual retreat: $26,000

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Saturday August 15, 2009 12:51 pm EDT

Number of people arrested during a Missouri town hall meeting on health care reform held by Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan: 6

Number of Democratic congressmen who have received death threats from or have been hanged in effigy by health care reform protesters: 4

Number of people who "liked" Sarah Palin's Facebook note accusing health care reform of potentially establishing "death...

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Saturday August 8, 2009 02:07 pm EDT

June 2009 U.S. unemployment rate: __9.5 percent

July 2009 U.S. unemployment rate: __9.4 percent

Number of months, before July 2009, since the U.S. saw a decrease in unemployment: 16

Number of point by which in the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased immediately following the release of the new unemployment data: 142

Average U.S. weekly income, June 2009:...

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Saturday August 1, 2009 01:02 pm EDT

Number of homeless families who were relocated from New York through the city's one-way airline ticket program, since 2007: 550

Amount it costs the city of New York to house a homeless family for a year: $36,000

Amount the city spent to buy plane tickets for the 550 families: $1,000,000

Number of plane tickets the city purchased to relocate a family to Paris: 5

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Saturday July 25, 2009 12:13 pm EDT

Number of years since Buford Dam began operations on the Chattahoochee River, creating Lake Lanier: 53

Number of years since Alabama filed lawsuit that began the “tri-state water wars”: 19

Daily volume of water Atlanta withdraws from Chattahoochee, in million of gallons: 180

Daily volume of water Gwinnett withdraws from Lake Lanier, in million of gallons: 150...

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Sunday July 19, 2009 03:12 pm EDT

Amount of federal stimulus dollars allocated for Georgia transportation improvements: $1.1 billion

Of that $1.1 billion, the amount Georgia will spend on road construction and maintenance: __$932 million

Amount of federal stimulus dollars earmarked for MARTA: $63 million

Amount the the state of Georgia contributes to the operating costs of MARTA: $0

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Saturday July 11, 2009 04:12 pm EDT

Percentage of Georgia adults who qualify as obese: 28

Percent of Georgia children aged 10-17 who qualify as obese: 37

Georgia's national rank among the 50 states for adult obesity: 14

Georgia's national rank among the 50 states for childhood obesity: 3

Number of the top 10 most obese states that are in the South: 8

Percentage of national health care costs associated...

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Saturday July 4, 2009 01:12 pm EDT

Number of cars that were damaged as a result of the June 29 parking deck collapse in Midtown: 38

Number of injuries: 0

Number of parking spaces not impacted by the collapse, according to a statement from Atlanta-based Hardin Construction Co., which built the deck, to help "put this incident in perspective": 1,377

Number of times the deck has been inspected by the city since...

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Saturday June 20, 2009 01:14 pm EDT

Number of reported burglaries, larcenies and automobile thefts in Atlanta in 2008: 38,978

Percentage rise in Atlanta property crimes in 2008, compared to the previous year: 7.6

Percentage that property crime decreased across the country in 2008: 1.6

Number of times a Poncey-Highland gym was broken into in the first weeks of June: 5

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Saturday June 13, 2009 04:22 pm EDT

Number of years since "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was adopted as federal policy: 16

Number of servicemembers discharged from the U.S. armed services since 1993 because because they were gay: 12,342

Number of times, including a June 8 U.S. Supreme Court decision, that federal courts have upheld the policy: 6

Percentage of Americans in favor of allowing gays to serve openly in the...

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Saturday June 6, 2009 05:12 pm EDT

Number of Georgia rivers, lakes and streams with fish that, according to the state, people should never eat: 7

Percentage of "do-not-eat" fish advisories Georgia issued in 2008 because of mercury contamination: 74

Percentage of Chattahoochee River’s analyzed area that exceeds acceptable levels of fecal coliform bacteria: 39

Number of places the state has deemed contaminated...

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Monday June 1, 2009 02:14 pm EDT

Rank of Atlanta among 10 cities when it comes to the highest percentage of arrestees who tested positive for drugs last year: 6

Rank of Atlanta when it comes to the highest percentage of arrestees who tested positive for cocaine, specifically: 1

Percentage of New Yorkers arrestees who tested positive for cocaine: 27

Percentage of Atlanta arrestees who did: 40

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Saturday May 23, 2009 12:15 pm EDT

Number of Chrysler dealerships targeted for elimination nationwide by June 9: 789

Number of GM dealerships estimated to be eliminated nationwide by late 2010: 1,110

Chrysler dealerships set to close in Metro Atlanta: 3

Chrysler's net loss in 2008: $16.8 million

Amount Chrysler has received in federal loans: $4 million

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Saturday May 16, 2009 02:00 pm EDT

Number of pounds of methamphetamine seized in a Duluth drug bust last week: 351

Wholesale value of the meth seized: $6 million

Number of people arrested during the busts: 4

Number of other meth busts in eastern United States larger than that: 0

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Saturday May 2, 2009 04:01 pm EDT

Number of confirmed cases of swine flu in the United States, as of April 30: 109

Number of U.S. states with confirmed cases of swine flu, as of April 30: 13

Number of confirmed human cases in Mexico, where the unknown strain originated, as of April 30: 97

Number of cases in Georgia as of April 30: 1

Number of confirmed deaths in Mexico from swine flu as of April 30: 7...

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Saturday April 25, 2009 11:50 am EDT

Asking price for Clermont Hotel, in millions of dollars: 6.5

Number of times the building has been listed for sale in past half-century, including now: 2

Reported sale price in 2003, in millions of dollars: 3.4

Room number for one-time hotel resident G.G. Allin: 216

Number of other Atlanta buildings that employ elevator operators: 0

Year the Continental...

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Saturday April 18, 2009 04:00 pm EDT

Total amount, in percentage, total taxes and other revenues decreased in March 2009 compared to March 2008: 14.5

Amount, in percentage, individual income taxes revenue declined in March 2009 compared to March 2008: 18.8

Amount, in percentage, sales tax revenue declined in March 2009 compared to March 2008: 5.9

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Saturday April 11, 2009 12:29 pm EDT

Number of state employees laid off this fiscal year: 345

Number of state employees who were furloughed in late February: 24,969

Percentage by which the number of furloughed employees has increased since then: 27

Total number of employees in the state Department of Corrections: 13,500

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Saturday April 4, 2009 12:16 pm EDT

Number of cities in the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller housing index: __20

Number of cities in the report that showed monthly and annual home price declines: 20

Amount, in percentage, home prices dropped nationally since January 2008, their largest decline: 19

Amount, in percentage, metro Atlanta home prices dropped since January 2008: 14.5

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Saturday March 28, 2009 12:28 pm EDT

Number of counties in Georgia: 159

Number of Georgia counties with an unemployment rate in the double digits, as of March 25: 87

Percentage of working-age Americans who are jobless: 8.1

Percentage of working-age Georgians who are jobless: 9.3

Percentage of working-age Georgians who were jobless this time last year: 5.4

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Friday March 20, 2009 06:49 pm EDT

Amount of carbon dioxide, in metric tons, Atlanta’s city government emits every year: 540,000

Amount of carbon dioxide, in metric tons, the city will emit in 2012 if it meets its carbon-reducing goal: 502,200

Percentage of the city’s carbon footprint that comes from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport: 28

Number of energy-efficient light bulbs that will be...

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Saturday March 14, 2009 02:27 pm EDT

Amount of money seized from illegal drug operations in Gwinnett and other metro counties in 2008, in dollars

70 million

Metro Atlanta’s ranking among 195 major cities in the U.S. as a drug-cartel activity center


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Saturday March 7, 2009 05:06 pm EST

Number of Georgians currently incarcerated or on probation or parole: 562,763

Georgia’s national rank for percentage of population in the corrections system: 1

Chance that a Georgian is in the corrections system: 1:13

Chance that a New Hampshire resident is in the corrections system: 1:88

Average daily cost, in dollars, to house and provide for a Georgia inmate: 48...

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Tuesday February 10, 2009 04:00 pm EST

Current amount, in dollars, of President Obama’s stimulus plan aimed to create jobs and spur the economy: 827 billion

Amount, in dollars, Mayor Shirley Franklin recently requested for Atlanta projects: 1.88 billion

Estimated number of city jobs Franklin says the federal stimulus plan could create: 40,000

Number of police officers Franklin wants to add with stimulus money:...

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