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BLOG | I'm a Locavore: Day 4

11Alive's Julie Wolfe is blogging about her participation in the Locavore Challenge through the month of July. The goal is to eat 90 percent of food from local sources.

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ATLANTA -- The Locavore Challenge started on Sunday, July 1, but I started a day late for a simple reasons: s'mores. I spent the weekend camping and hiking at Black Rock Mountain State Park in north Georgia. I couldn't possibly have a campfire without roasting marshmallows and squishing them between graham crackers with melting chocolate. (See, you want one right now, don't you?)

It turns out, I found the perfect place to start eating 90 percent local food.

Maholm strong on mound again as Cubs top Braves

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Paul Maholm tossed six solid innings and the Chicago Cubs topped the Braves, 5-1, in the third portion of a four-game series.

Maholm (6-6) pitched his second straight strong outing, allowing one run on eight hits and a walk while striking out five. The 30-year--old left-hander pitched 8 1/3 scoreless against Houston in his last start.

Bryan LaHair, Jeff Baker and Anthony Rizzo hit solo home runs for the Cubs, who have won seven of their last nine. For Rizzo, it was his third home run in 31 at-bats since being recalled on June 26.

Randall Delgado (4-9) was lost his fourth straight decision for the Braves after allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks in six-plus innings. He struck out five.

Michael Bourn picked up three hits, including a double and triple, but Atlanta lost for the fifth times in its last seven games.

 

Centennial Park opens gates after rain

ATLANTA -- Centennial Park has opened their gates for tonight's fireworks show.  

Park officials opened the gates an hour after schedule because of the threat of storms in the area. 

Centennial Park says the fireworks presentation will begin around 9:40 p.m. and will last until about 10 p.m. 

 

Chipper's 5 hit night carries Braves over Cubs

ATLANTA --  Chipper Jones celebrated his eighth All-Star berth in a big way.

Jones, who was announced as Matt Kemp's replacement in the Midsummer Classic Tuesday, picked up his third career five-hit game and knocked in four runs in the Braves' 10-3 win over the Chicago Cubs.

Michael Bourn delivered a bases-clearing triple in the Braves' come-from- behind five-run fifth inning and scored three times in the second installment of this four-game set

Jair Jurrjens (2-2) picked up the win after allowing three unearned runs on nine hits in five innings. Jurrjens was sent to the minor leagues after struggling in his first four starts, when he started 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA. In three starts since being recalled on June 22, the 26-year-old right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.49 ERA.

Braves' Chipper Jones added to NL All-Star roster

ATLANTA -- Braves third baseman Chipper Jones is replacing Dodgers third baseman Matt Kemp on the NL All-Star roster.

Jones had been a candidate to be voted onto the team by fans in baseball's Final Vote campaign. Instead, the 40-year-old Jones is replacing Kemp, who is on the disabled list with a hamstring injury but plans to participate in the All-Star home run derby.

The Braves announced Jones' addition to the NL roster on Tuesday.

Jones will be making his eighth All-Star appearance in his final season. He has announced plans to retire after the season.

Jones is hitting .291 with six homers and 29 RBIs.

The Braves organization is encouraging fans to vote for centerfielder Michael Bourn in the Final Vote campaign. 

Wes Wilcox Joins Hawks as Assistant GM

ATLANTA, GA -- The Atlanta Hawks have named Wes Wilcox as Assistant General Manager, according to President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Danny Ferry.

Wilcox comes to the Hawks from the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he was most recently Director of Player Personnel, as well as serving as General Manager of the Cavs' NBA Development League team, the Canton Charge.  He joined the Cavaliers in 2003, and held the roles of advance scout, college scout and pro personnel scout.

Wilcox got his NBA start in 2001-02 as an intern with the Miami Heat in their scouting/video department, before moving to New Orleans as the Hornets' video coordinator in 2002-03. He is a graduate of Cal-State Fullerton, and he and his wife Larisha have a son, Noah.

Fourth of July fireworks in Atlanta

Fourth of July fireworks in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Fireworks are the pièce de résistance for any Independence Day celebration. Find out where you can see them in Atlanta this Fourth of July.

Legendary 4th of July at Lenox Square
The largest fireworks display in the Southeast returns to Lenox Square in Buckhead this year. The fun begins at 10 a.m., when the mall itself opens. Local bands Party on the Moon and Sons of Sailors will begin gearing up the crowd at 6 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled to start at around 9:35 p.m. Learn more about the Legendary 4th, courtesy of 11Alive contributor Atlanta News.