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Dragon Con could see largest-ever crowd in Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Organizers say they're hoping for the largest crowd ever at Dragon Con, the pop culture convention underway this weekend in downtown Atlanta.

The convention began Friday, and event spokesman Dan Carroll projects that 57,000 people will visit by the time it concludes Monday. About 52,000 attended last year.

William Shatner and some stars from the Georgia-filmed TV series The Walking Dead are among 400 actors scheduled to make appearances. Several key scenes from the AMC show were filmed a few blocks from the five hotels hosting Dragon Con. One of the actors set to appear, Michael Rooker, was hand-cuffed to the rooftop of a nearby railroad building during the show's first season.

Dragon Con's free parade on Saturday morning also returns this year with a new route that's slightly longer.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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Atlanta boy, 1, dies after being shot with BB gun

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta police say a 1-year-old child has died after being shot with a BB gun.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that officers were called to an apartment complex on Hank Aaron Drive in southeast Atlanta shortly after 9:15 a.m., where they found the injured child. The boy was later pronounced dead.

WSB-TV reports that the boy was shot in the chest.

Few other details were immediately available late Friday morning.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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DeKalb County ministers to partner with schools

TUCKER, Ga. (AP) — The DeKalb County Police Department is partnering with local ministers and schools to create an after-school program to help troubled teens.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that DeKalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander is recruiting ministers to partner with high schools to identify students whose truancy or troubles with the law will likely lead them to prison rather than graduation.

The ministers involved say they have been disturbed by recent high-profile crimes that have been linked to juveniles and agreed they wanted to help.

The Rev. Kerwin Lee of Berean Christian Church in Stone Mountain will be coordinating the effort.

Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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