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Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Mayor Shirley Franklin

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Mayor Shirley Franklin

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Jimmy Carter

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Ron Young
"People" magazine named him one of the country's most eligible bachelors. CNN hired him for a stint as a special contributor. Such celebrity treatment is the reward a soldier gets nowadays after enduring with grace and bravery his 22 days as a prisoner of war. Lithia Springs' RON YOUNG was captured whenmore...
"People" magazine named him one of the country's most eligible bachelors. CNN hired him for a stint as a special contributor. Such celebrity treatment is the reward a soldier gets nowadays after enduring with grace and bravery his 22 days as a prisoner of war. Lithia Springs' RON YOUNG was captured when his Apache helicopter was shot down in Iraq last year. You're not likely to find the 27-year-old ex-warrant officer recounting his ordeal in barrooms, though, because Young's parlayed his story into a career as a motivational speaker. less...

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Jimmy Carter

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Clark Howard

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Harriet Robinson
It took a divorce 20 years ago to get HARRIET ROBINSON, 64, into a lab to use her Ph.D. in microbiology. Now she stands at the threshold of thwarting a killer. Robinson, a scientist at Emory, has developed an AIDS vaccine that has just entered human trials after proving successful in tests on monkeys.more...
It took a divorce 20 years ago to get HARRIET ROBINSON, 64, into a lab to use her Ph.D. in microbiology. Now she stands at the threshold of thwarting a killer. Robinson, a scientist at Emory, has developed an AIDS vaccine that has just entered human trials after proving successful in tests on monkeys. She pioneered (and was initially ridiculed for) DNA vaccine research, and now her vaccine is thought to be among just a handful of top candidates to finally stop the disease's spread. Even if the human trials prove successful, it will likely be years before doctors have the vaccine in their hands, but Robinson's election to the mega-prestigious National Academy of Sciences seems a safe bet. less...

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Wes Woolf
Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center 404-521-9900 www.selcga.org It's one thing to recycle, donate money to environmental causes and bitch about Atlanta's smog. It's quite another to buck Gov. Roy Barnes and the state's business and political establishment during a high stakes court battle.more...
Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center 404-521-9900 www.selcga.org It's one thing to recycle, donate money to environmental causes and bitch about Atlanta's smog. It's quite another to buck Gov. Roy Barnes and the state's business and political establishment during a high stakes court battle. That's all in a day's work for Southern Environmental Law Center attorney Wesley Woolf. For years, the Macon native has argued on behalf of environmental groups like the Sierra Club for a transportation plan that would help clean up Atlanta's air instead of make the air dirtier. In June, Woolf and Barnes went head to head before U.S. District Court Judge Beverly Martin. To put it bluntly, Woolf lost that round when Martin gave the Georgia Department of Transportation the go-ahead to begin work on 137 road projects listed in the $36 billion transportation plan. But Woolf - who has the intelligence, demeanor and wardrobe that could have gotten him a sweet gig as a silk-stocking, big-business lawyer - carries on in a way that inspires us. He has other lawsuits pending. Victorious or not, his fight against asphalt-crazed bureaucrats is nothing less than a mission to make all Atlantans breathe easier. less...

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Clark Howard Radio talk show host, 750 WSB-AM

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
Hank Aaron
With each passing year, the ordeal Henry Aaron endured on his way to becoming baseball's home-run king in 1974 seems more incredible. It took John Rocker's ignorance to remind us that things have not changed much. But Aaron continues to be gracious in the face of bigotry, and despite the inferior qualitymore...
With each passing year, the ordeal Henry Aaron endured on his way to becoming baseball's home-run king in 1974 seems more incredible. It took John Rocker's ignorance to remind us that things have not changed much. But Aaron continues to be gracious in the face of bigotry, and despite the inferior quality of the ne0w, harder baseballs, it seems more and more unlikely that his record of 755 home runs will ever be approached, let alone broken. less...

Best Local Hero BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Critics
Andres Galarraga
The Braves' first baseman isn't the first person to battle cancer and survive. But to watch the Big Cat come back after a year of treatment and play well enough to be an All-Star, and to do it all with a smile wide enough to wrap itself around the whole city makes us want to stand up and cheer. "A hero?more...
The Braves' first baseman isn't the first person to battle cancer and survive. But to watch the Big Cat come back after a year of treatment and play well enough to be an All-Star, and to do it all with a smile wide enough to wrap itself around the whole city makes us want to stand up and cheer. "A hero? I don't feel like a hero," he says. "But I feel like I'm helping people to stay positive and keep trying." less...
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