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Clark helped to further the music of African-American artists

ATLANTA -- It is said that at Lakewood Park in southeast Atlanta, television legend Dick Clark diffused a potential KKK rally during a filming of The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beachnut Show featuring Sam Cooke and Conway Twitty. 

According to the story -- on October 11, 1958 at the Southeastern Fair, the two entertainers performed on the same stage and brought their, both, Caucasian and African-American fans together. 

John Harris of the Silver Moon Barbershop remembers when Dick Clark came to Atlanta; he says he remembers Dick Clark and the way he tried to help black entertainers. 

"It took fellas like him to look beyond what was starring people in the face. He was quite a 'fella'," Harris says. 

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Hawks rout Pistons

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Tracy McGrady led six Hawks in double figures with 17 points as Atlanta used a first-half explosion to rout the Detroit Pistons, 116-84, on Wednesday.

Ivan Johnson had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Josh Smith added 12 points and nine boards and Joe Johnson netted 13 for Atlanta, which tallied a season-high 72 points in the opening 24 minutes. The Hawks have won six of their last eight games.

Atlanta is three games behind idle Indiana for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and moved a half-game ahead of Orlando, which is currently playing in Boston, for the fifth seed.

Greg Monroe finished with 17 points, while Walker Russell tallied 15 for the Pistons, who have dropped six of their last eight contests.

The Hawks jumped on the Pistons immediately with 39 first-quarter points and never looked back.

Braves destroy Mets

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Juan Francisco, Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman each hit a two-run homer on Wednesday and the Braves pounded the Mets, 14-6, in the finale of a three-game series.

Atlanta, which was swept by the Mets to begin the season, has won seven of its last eight games overall, including the final two in this series.

Michael Bourn went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Martin Prado also knocked in a pair. Jair Jurrjens allowed four runs on seven hits over four-plus innings and Cristhian Martinez (1-0) earned the win after giving up one run in two innings of relief.

David Wright had three RBI, Ike Davis hit a solo home run and Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles for the Mets, losers of three of their last four.

R.A. Dickey (2-1) took the loss and saw his major league-leading streak of 14 straight quality starts come to an emphatic end. He was charged with eight runs on eight hits and two walks over 4 1/3 innings.

Lost Luggage In Atlanta? Here Is Where It Actually Goes!

Has the Atlanta Airport ever lost your luggage? The Travel Channel's newest show Baggage Battles goes behind the scenes to see where your lost bags are actually going. We had a chance to speak with the stars of the show after they visited Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson Airport. The results are shocking!

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Falcons 2012 regular season schedule released

ATLANTA -- The National Football League released the 2012 regular season schedule for all NFL teams Tuesday evening.

The Dirty Birds open the season with a match-up against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 9 at Arrowhead Stadium in Missouri. 

The season opener is followed by the Falcons' first Monday night game, which is a match-up against the Denver Broncos and their all-star quarterback Peyton Manning at the Georgia Dome on Sept. 17. 

Georgia college tuition rates raised

ATLANTA -- Parents are going to have dig a little deeper in their pocketbooks to pay for college next school year.

The University System of Georgia's Board of Regents voted Tuesday to raise tution by upwards of 2.5 percent, starting this fall.

For students at most state schools, that translates to an extra $31 to $91 in tuition per semester, depending on the college or university.

The regents note it's the lowest increase in a decade.

"The board and I are very sensitive to the present economic realities facing our students and parents," USG Chancellor Hank Huckaby said in a statement.

The board voted on higher tuition hikes at metro Atlanta's three big schools.

Georgia State University students will face a 3.5 percent tuition increase this fall.

University of Georgia students will see a 5 percent increase in tution.