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Deal honors Georgia's fallen service members

Deal honors Georgia's fallen service members

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal has honored Georgia's members of the armed forces who gave their lives in service to the United States.

Last week, he paid special tribute to 22 service members who lost their lives fighting for Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

All members were killed in action since last year's ceremony.

"Today, we commemorate these fallen heroes for their courage and sense of honor, for their service and for their love of this nation and our most cherished principles," Deal said. "They have given their lives in defense of freedom, and we owe them our deepest respect and gratitude. But even more, we owe them our allegiance to the principles that they gave so much for -- freedom, justice and equality. This ceremony is a time to recommit ourselves to those high ideals."

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An Atlanta's Music icon called Don Juan R. Ramírez-Hernández

An Atlanta's Music icon called Don Juan R. Ramírez-Hernández

Mexican Music composer Juan R. Ramírez-Hernández is an icon in the classical music and especially in Atlanta where he is a  violinist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, founder of the Atlanta Virtuosi Foundation, Inc. and the Buckhead Youth Orchestra, and conductor of the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra, began his study of music in Mexico. At age 14, he began studying with Henryk Szeryng, and continued as Szeryng became his principal mentor in Mexico, the U.S. and Europe.

Announcing 11Alive's first iPad 2 winner!

Announcing 11Alive's first iPad 2 winner!

MONROE, Ga. -- Congratulations to Sharon Reeves Rogers, the first winner in 11Alive's Favorite Newscaster contest!

Sharon lives in Monroe, Georgia. She is one of five eventual winners to receive an iPad 2 by voting for her favorite morning show personality.

RELATED: 11Alive's Morning Team wants YOU to like them!

Want to be the next winner? Simply "Like" 11Alive on Facebook and click on the iPad 2 Favorite Newscaster Vote. Watch the videos starring Jill Becker, John Gerard, Karyn Greer and Chesley McNeil, then vote for your favorite.

The anchor who receives the most votes will win $1,000 to donate to his or her favorite charity.

You may vote once every 24 hours.

Man wins Caribbean cruise from Georgia Lottery

Man wins Caribbean cruise from Georgia Lottery

ATHENS, Ga. -- An Athens man is celebrating a tropical Georgia Lottery win.

Kevin Marable, 34, won a seven-night Caribbean cruise playing the instant game Royal Caribbean Cruise for Cash.

Perry's Convenience on Lexington Road in Athens sold the winning ticket.

Royal Caribbean Cruise for Cash offers cash prizes of up to $100,000 or vacations for two on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas or Oasis of the Seas -- the largest cruise ships in the world.

The Georgia Lottery will award vacations in four separate drawings.

BBB rewards 'Students of Integrity'

BBB rewards 'Students of Integrity'

ATLANTA -- Each year, the Better Business Bureau honors six high school seniors with the Student of Integrity Scholarships.

Students attending schools in the 42 counties serviced by the BBB of Metro Atlanta, Athens & Northeast Georgia are eligible to compete. They are judged on leadership, community service, academic achievement and an essay written on integrity in the marketplace.

All entries were sent to judges who are experts in the field of ethics.

The 2011 scholarship recipients are:

* Katelynn Burkart
Archer High School, Lawrenceville

* Emily Conley
Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School, Fayetteville

* Melinda Johnson
Dacula High School

* Gi Won "Andy" Kim
Athens Academy

* Davis Nguyen
Lovejoy High School, Hampton

* Jelani F.

Governor commends Georgia's new Master Teachers

Governor commends Georgia's new Master Teachers

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal has announced the names of 86 Georgia teachers who have earned "Master Teacher" certification.

This distinction is based on demonstrated excellence in student achievement and growth for 2011.

"I am proud of Georgia's Master Teachers for their tireless efforts to enrich the minds and lives of our students and for their ongoing work toward reaching our state's goal of providing a high-quality teacher in every classroom," said Gov. Deal.

Former Terry College Real Estate Student Takes on The Big Apple

Former Terry College Real Estate Student Takes on The Big Apple

Stuart Bern’s real estate career started while studying with his peers at the Terry College
of Business. In between real estate class, he managed his first rental property and spent
much of his free time driving back-and-forth to Atlanta working with architects, banks
and the city on a $5 million mixed-use development project. After the market crash in
2007, Stuart moved up to New York City to take a bite out of ‘The Big Apple’.

Within his first year of employment, Stuart Bern recognized an opportunity to increase
Bloomberg L.P.’s exposure to a new market sector – the Commercial Real Estate (CRE)
industry.