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  • Daniel Blumen wants to welcome you to Atlanta. The soon to be 13 year old and his family have put together a charming rap video to say as much.

    Daniel's Bar Mitzvah is set for this coming May and instead of making up a slew of cards to mail out, the family decided to do something a little more creative. Their Save the Date video is a lovable remake of 2002's popular "Welcome to Atlanta" music video by Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris.

    Rapping lines like, "Now I get top billing and I'm just chilling. Just wish I weren't allergic to Penicillin," Daniel is definitely the star of the video, but staying true to the original, there are plenty of big name cameos. Throughout, Daniel is shown hanging with Mayor Kasim Reed, "talking much smack with Shaq and Barkley," DJing with Frank Ski, and even Ne-Yo makes an appearance.

    The video features shots from all the Atlanta hot spots like Turner Field, World of Coca-Cola, the TNT studios, and Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Most of

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  • Sony PlayStation 4 Announcement Expected Today

    Sony is amping up their consumer base as they prepare to unveil "the future" of Playstation at a 6 p.m. EST press conference in New York City. If the advertising campaign leading up to the announcement is any indicator, we're due for a fourth home console to be unveiled tonight.

    The focus of Sony's marketing so far has been nostalgia, with video retrospectives on the Playstation brand posted to YouTube over the last week that have already seen about half a million views apiece.

    Video: Sony's chronicling of the Playstation's original launch and ascent to popularity, complete with a few of those commercials with a megaphone-toting Crash Bandicoot from 1995.

    Video: Sony looks back at the PlayStation 2, the best-selling home video game console of all time with 153.6 million units sold. Sony

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  • Boaters aboard a whale watching safari off the coast of California got their money's worth when a gray whale got up close and personal.

    The whale allowed the delighted adults and children on the boat to pet its skin and inside its mouth, something that could make whales just like their human admirers.

    "According to the naturalists who see them every day, these gray whale calves enjoy having people touch them, even in their mouth and on their baleen," reads the description with the video of the encounter posted on YouTube this week. "Even though these whales don't have teeth, perhaps it is like a teething child who enjoys having his gums rubbed."

    The close encounter with the wild mammal occurred during a whale watching safari off the coast of upper Magdalena Bay piloted by Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari, a Dana, Calif.-based whale watching company.

    The company says the whales, which can grow to as long as 50 feet and weigh as much as 40 tons,

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  • Federer stuns Djokovic in Dubai
    Federer stuns Djokovic in Dubai

    Roger Federer claimed the 84th title of his legendary career, kept his nose in front in his personal rivalry with Novak Djokovic, and equalled his best achievement at any tournament by winning the Dubai Open for the seventh time on Saturday. He had to be pleased with what he had done, he reckoned, even if it was the first time that he had lost in his five finals here.

  • Keshi says Nigeria offered him 'slave contract'
    Keshi says Nigeria offered him 'slave contract'

    Coach Stephen Keshi has said a new deal offered to him by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF)amounts to a "slave contract". A debate has raged whether 52-year-old Keshi should be given a new contract after he failed to qualify the Super Eagles for the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea. His initial contract of three years ran out after last year's World Cup in Brazil, where Nigeria reached the last 16 knockout stages. After a long wait, Keshi, who triumphed with Nigeria at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, said he had received his new contract from the NFF but had been far from impressed with what was on offer.

  • Giroud aims to recover from Arsenal's Monaco embarrassment
    Giroud aims to recover from Arsenal's Monaco embarrassment

    Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has vowed to bounce back from his Champions League humiliation against Monaco when the Gunners host Everton on Sunday. Giroud missed a succession of chances as Arsene Wenger's side slumped to a shock 3-1 last 16 first leg defeat, and the France international is keen to make amends when the Toffees visit the Emirates Stadium. Giroud first faces an anxious wait to see whether he will retain his starting spot for the meeting with Roberto Martinez's team as Arsenal attempt to maintain their grip on third place in the Premier League.

  • Soccer-Tottenham's Eriksen happy to carry hopes of Spurs fans

    By Ken Ferris LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - If Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen gets his hands on the League Cup after the final with Chelsea on Sunday he can thank his father who coached him and was his harshest critic. The 23-year-old Danish international will walk out onto the Wembley turf with the hopes of trophy-starved Spurs fans on his shoulders. This time he will have a key role for Spurs as they try to lift silverware for the first time since their 2008 League Cup triumph over Chelsea. Tottenham have struggled against Chelsea in the league in recent years but thumped them 5-3 at White Hart Lane on New Year's Day which has given them belief they can repeat the feat.

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