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Crime Victims Rights Week

Crime Victims Rights Week

April 18, 2013 – District Attorney Vic Reynolds announces that his office will pay homage to those intimately affected by crime during the annual Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

“Those who have been hurt by the criminal actions of others are harmed in many ways, yet they are often some of the strongest people I’ve met. Our vigil aims to recognize their suffering and remember those who didn’t survive,” District Attorney Vic Reynolds said. “We are also pleased to open our office for people in the community we serve. This office belongs to them, after all.”

Kimberly B. McCoy, director of the Victim Witness Unit in the Cobb District Attorney’s Office, said,   “Victims of crime suffer emotional, financial, and physical trauma as a result of the crimes inflicted upon them. The least we can do as a society is stand up for victims’ rights, ensuring that victims are kept informed of, allowed to participate in, and advised of options surrounding the criminal justice process.”

Running around Metro Atlanta this weekend

ATLANTA - This weekend's race calendar includes runs in Norcross, Woodstock, Sandy Springs and Inman Park.

For the last weekend in April, runners can lace up their shoes starting Friday night.

The Atlanta edition of the Vampire 5K kicks off - for both vampires and citizens - Friday night at 7:45 at Six Flags Over Georgia. Racers will be able to pick up packets inside the pavilions underneath the Great American Scream Machine from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Race Day Registration is available for $55 per team or $60 per individual. The race course runs through service roads and parking lots, but also takes a jog through the amusement park itself. For more information, visit Vampire5k.com.

Do 2 Union raiders deserve Medals of Honor?

KENNESAW, Ga. -- Research historian Brad Quinlin is working to convince the Defense Department to give Congressional Medals of Honor to two Union raiders from the Great Locomotive Chase, which started in Kennesaw in 1862.

PETITION | Sign the petition to get Private George Wilson and Private Philip Shadrach Congressional Medal of Honor, posthumously

"There's nothing I can find in the regimental records, in the personal accounts, nothing that would say these men do not deserve the Medal of Honor like their comrades," Quinlin told 11Alive's Jennifer Leslie

Jobless rate drops to 7.9 percent

Jobless rate drops to 7.9 percent

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 7.9 percent in March, down four-tenths of a percentage point from 8.3 percent in February.

In Cobb County, the jobless rate was 7.1 percent in March.

State labor officials said Thursday the rate declined because of an increase in the number of jobs and fewer new layoffs.

Metro Athens had the state's lowest jobless rate at 5.9 percent.

The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10.4 percent.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Lacrosse Poll

ATLANTA -- This week's edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Lacrosse Poll is here. With the regular season winding down and the playoffs about to start the same name stands above all the rest.

The Milton Eagles are still on top this week with Lassiter, Walton, Centennial, and Mill Creek in the Top 5.

Chattahoochee, Alpharetta, Westminster, McIntosh, and Roswell complete this week's Top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 Polls are computer generated and produced exclusively by USA Today High School Sports for 11Alive News

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Baseball Poll

ATLANTA -- The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Baseball Poll is here, just in time for the region playoffs. There are lots of changes in the Top 10 this week as we gear up for the state tournament.

The Gainesville Red Elephants are riding high in the top spot this week with Milton second. Loganville, Blessed Trinity, and McEachern complete the Top 5.

East Coweta, Walton, Grayson, Lambert, and Johns Creek complete this week's Top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 Poll is computer generated and produced by USA Today High School Sports exclusively for 11Alive News.

USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Lacrosse Poll

ATLANTA -- The USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Lacrosse Poll is ready for inspection. As the post season gets closer, the name at the top remains the same.

The Milton Eagles are still soaring high above this week's countdown. Centenniel is next, with Lassiter, Decatur, and Northview completing the Top 5.

Chattahoochee is sixth, followed by Lambert, Westminster, Lovett, and Walton rounding out the Top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 is computer generated and produced exclusively by USA Today High School Sports for 11Alive News