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State Reaching Out to Gay Georgians

ATLANTA -- The state Department of Community Health is reaching out to Georgia's gay community in hopes of curbing the  spread of HIV.

"HIV infection rates among gay men are more than 44 times higher than rates among heterosexual men," Dr. M. Rony Francois, Director of DCH's Division of Public Health and State Health Officer, said in a statement. "Georgia is clearly in urgent need of a comprehensive HIV prevention campaign for gay and bisexual men."

Atlanta Police Officers to Box for Charity

ATLANTA -- Crime isn't the only thing Atlanta police officers are fighting.

Next month, two of the city's finest will climb into the ring for a cause close to their hearts, the Atlanta Police Athletic League, a non-profit program that uses sports, education and recreation to connect police and local youth.

Atlanta police officers Jaidon Codrington (19-2) and Josue Blocus (15-2) will open the "Protect and Serve" Live Boxing series on Oct. 9 at Metro Fitness (formerly Run N Shoot) on Metropolitan Parkway.

Codrington (19-2) starred in the third season of NBC's TV show "The Contender" (Season 3) and was previously a world top 15 light heavyweight. Blocus competed in the 1996 Olympics and is a former NABO heavyweight champion.

Randi Passoff Passes Away

ATLANTA -- Loved ones will gather Friday to celebrate the life of Randi Passoff, a warrior in the fight against breast cancer and founder of the Atlanta 2-Day Walk.

A two-time breast cancer survivor, Randi was determined not to let the disease that kills thousands of women every year break her stride.

After the Avon Breast Cancer Walk left Atlanta in 2004, Randi had a plan. She took the reins and created the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, a 30 mile walk to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. This year's walk runs Oct. 2 through 3. 

It's been seven years since the first one, and the organization Randi founded has raised nearly $7 million and awarded 107 local grants to breast cancer organizations.

Bishop Long and Accusers Spur Debate

ATLANTA -- Radio talk show host Frank Ski of V-103 knew he had to say something to his listeners Wednesday about the sexual abuse allegations against Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

"As a member of the church and a person who accepts Bishop Eddie Long as my spiritual leader, I stay in faith," Ski said on "Frank and Wanda in the Morning". "As a friend and extended family member, I am loyal."

Long, who heads one of the largest churches in the Southeast, is the focus of two lawsuits filed on Tuesday.

Dating's Great Disappearing Act

ATLANTA -- There is no good excuse for the "Great Disappearing Act" in dating, according to Atlanta relationship expert Blane Bachelor.

"It's a punch to the gut," she said. "It makes it feel like you don't deserve an explanation."

The Great Disappearing Act happens when someone you've been dating suddenly stops calling, she said.

"If it hasn't happened to you, it's a matter of time. It's almost like a rite of passage in dating," said Bachelor, who writes a column for The Sunday Paper and recently released a book of columns, On Being a Bachelor: Thoughts on Dating, Mating and Relating.

Bachelor said cowardice is behind the Great Disappearing Act.

Get 'Followed' by a Celeb by Donating to Haitian Kids

ATLANTA -- A local church is doing its part to contribute to relief efforts in Haiti. Their efforts include a lot of old-school labor, funded in a new-school way.

One of the fun things about Twitter is following your favorite celebrities. An Atlanta church pastor has figured out a way to capture that enthusiasm and help a good cause all at once.

"One of the things that everybody on Twitter thinks but never says is that they wish a celebrity would follow them on Twitter," said Pastor of The Courageous Church Shaun King Wednesday.

King is the man behind TwitChange.com, an online auction that pairs you with one of your favorite celebrities. For the past week, visitors to TwitChange have had the opportunity to bid for a coveted follow, re-tweet or Twitter message from one of over 150 celebrities - Eva Longoria, Ryan Seacrest and Joel McHale, just to name a few.

Baby Formula Recalled, May Contain Bugs

NORTH CHICAGO, IL -- Drugmaker Abbott Laboratories said Wednesday it is recalling millions of containers of powder-based infant formula that may be contaminated with insect parts.

The voluntary action affects less than 5 million Similac-brand powder formulas sold in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and some Caribbean countries. The company said the products may contain a small beetle or larvae, which could cause stomach ache and digestion problems.

A company spokeswoman said Abbott uncovered the insects last week in one section of a Michigan manufacturing plant.

"We immediately shut down that one area and began an investigation," said Abbott's Melissa Brotz. "We're in the process of resolving it now."