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"Bad" Astronomer Hosts Talk, Book Signing at UWG

CARROLLTON, GA -- Dr. Phil Plait, host of "Phil Plait's Bad Universe" on the Discovery Channel, will give a lecture and a book signing at the University of West Georgia on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

The lecture, entitled "Death from the Skies: These Are the Ways the World Will End" will take place at 8:00 p.m. in the Coliseum.

Plait is an astronomer and a self-proclaimed skeptic who loves fighting misuse of science and praising the wonder of real science. After 10 years of working on the Hubble Space Telescope and six more working on astronomy education, Plait began his career as a writer. He has written two books, numerous blog posts, and articles for publications such as Maxim and the Huffington Post.

Plait currently runs the Web site Bad Astronomy, which is devoted to debunking bad science and popular misconceptions.

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UWG Initiates "Go West" Branding Campaign

CARROLLTON, GA -- The University of West Georgia is initiating a bold branding campaign that aims to communicate to prospective students, parents and the public the exciting changes the university has experienced recently and its ambitious plans for the future.

The campaign, headlined by the brand message "Go West," has been rolled out gradually across campus over the past week and will be unveiled to the general public on Monday, Nov. 1.

That launch will include a Web site (gowestgeorgia.com) that will link to the main university site, billboards, TV, radio, print and digital media advertising, and messaging on cinema screens throughout metro Atlanta.

Rounds of Storms Batter Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Rounds of severe weather struck all over metro Atlanta Wednesday, bringing the evening rush hour to a crawl, dropping trees on homes and yards in northern suburbs, and damaging a city hall.

Morning tornado warnings brought heavy rains over Carroll County, Douglas County, and south Fulton County. A tractor trailer jackknifed at I-285, Rains sept into the Whitesburg city hall, soaking the floors and doing minor damage. Sheets of water poured down the walls, leaving an inch of water on the floors and soaking computers.

But some residents complained the nearby storm siren didn't go off, despite being under tornado warning much of the morning.

"They test it periodically and I've heard it when they test it," one woman said. "It's extremely loud when they test it, and I never heard it go off."

All seemed clear by the noon hour. But then without warning, the tornado warnings returned in the afternoon, lasting into the evening.

Not So Scary Fairy Tales at UWG

CARROLLTON, GA -- The Townsend Center for the Performing Arts at the University of West Georgia invites everyone to take an adventure through a magical maze of fantasy and wonder: the "Not So Scary Fairy Tales."

Enter an enchanting land where fairy tales live once more in 12 interactive and unique rooms. Explore the realm of Beowulf, the forest home of the Star Maiden and the pirates' ship from Treasure Island. Find out what's bugging Chicken Little, Geppetto and those crafty Three Little Pigs. Carefully cross the frozen land of the Snow Queen and enter the mine of the Seven Dwarves. And watch out for the Giant lurking around the beanstalk.

The Not So Scary Fairy Tales will run Thursday, Oct. 28 and Friday, Oct. 29 with group tours beginning at 6:30 p.m. and running through 8:30 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 30, tours will begin at 2:30 p.m.

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Pace of Recovery Dismal According to Top Economist

CARROLLTON, GA -- The economy is improving, albeit at a disappointingly lethargic pace, according to the chief economist of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Martin Regalia offered that assessment at the annual University of West Georgia Economic Forecast Breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

"The good news is we're growing again.

Costume Contest to Be Held at Final UWG Football Game

CARROLLTON, GA -- Local youth are invited to participate in the second annual "Howl-o-ween" costume contest on Saturday, Oct. 23, when the University of West Georgia Wolves football team takes on Delta State University at 2:00 p.m. in University Stadium.

For area children, $25 cash prizes will be awarded at halftime for the best costumes in the "ages six and under" and the "ages seven to 12" categories. A $50 cash prize will go to the winner of the "teenagers" category. UWG students in costume will be admitted to the game free of charge.

There will also be categories for UWG students, UWG faculty and staff (including retirees) and Delta State University students.

To participate, check in at the judging table at the stadium site between 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on game day.

Separation of Church & State Seminar

WACO, GA -- On Thursday, Oct. 21 and Friday, Oct. 22, there will be seminars on the separation of church and state, held at the Murphy Campus of West Georgia Technical College (176 Murphy Campus Boulevard, Waco, 30182).

Dr. Dave Miller of Apologetics Press will be speaking on "The Silencing of God: The Dismantling of America's Christian Heritage."

This seminar will address several key questions, including:

* Did the Founding Fathers advocate "separation of church and state?"

* Did the Founding Fathers oppose public expression of religion?

* Was America originally intended to be a Christian nation?

The seminars are free and open to the public. They will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. both nights.

For more information, call Patrick Gray at 678-469-0726.