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Obama optimistic despite partisan rancor

ATLANTA, May 20 (UPI) -- President Obama Sunday told a Democratic National Committee event in Atlanta politics are to blame for the difficulty in getting anything done in Washington.

Falcons Coach Mike Smith out of hospital

ATLANTA, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Falcons Coach Mike Smith returned to Atlanta Monday after being taken to a hospital in North Carolina for a non-emergency treatment, the NFL team said.
Falcons stifle Bon Jovi rumor

Falcons stifle Bon Jovi rumor

ATLANTA, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Falcons have declined to comment on reports rocker Jon Bon Jovi is trying to purchase a part of the National Football League team.

Seven cities vie for two MLS spots

NEW YORK, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Major League Soccer announced Wednesday seven applications had been submitted to fill two expansion franchises to be awarded by 2011.

Vick earning pennies behind bars

ATLANTA , April 7 (UPI) -- Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said imprisoned player Michael Vick told him he is earning 12 cents an hour by washing pots and pans behind bars.
Falcons release RB Warrick Dunn

Falcons release RB Warrick Dunn

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga., March 3 (UPI) -- Running back Warrick Dunn, third on the Atlanta Falcons' all-time rushing list, was released by the NFL team Monday.
Parcells now to join Dolphins front office

Parcells now to join Dolphins front office

MIAMI, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Bill Parcells, one day after he was linked to an Atlanta Falcons front office job, accepted an offer to become an executive in the Miami Dolphins' organization.

Parcells not joining the Atlanta Falcons

NEW YORK, Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Bill Parcells has nixed an offer to become the Atlanta Falcons' director of football operations.

Babineaux animal cruelty charge dismissed

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A felony charge of animal cruelty against Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux has been thrown out.

Falcons won't cut Vick at this time

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The Atlanta Falcons on Monday said they would try to get signing bonus money back from Michael Vick but wouldn’t immediately cut ties with the quarterback.

Report: Vick's potential losses staggering

ATLANTA, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Michael Vick stands to lose about $100 million after his admission Friday to federal charges connected to dogfighting.

Lawyer: Vick agrees to plead guilty

RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- The owner of the Atlanta Falcons says he's not surprised quarterback Michael Vick has agreed to plead guilty to charges involving illegal dogfighting.

Vick hopes he can return to Falcons

ATLANTA, July 30 (UPI) -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, facing federal dogfighting charges, said Monday he hopes circumstances will allow his return to the team.

Ex-U.S. official oversees Vick case

NEW YORK, July 25 (UPI) -- The NFL has appointed a former U.S. deputy attorney general to oversee a review of dog-fighting charges against Atlanta Falcons star Michael Vick.

Vick to be late for training camp

ATLANTA, July 19 (UPI) -- Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick likely will miss the start of training camp next Thursday after his indictment on illegal dog-fighting charges.
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Arthur Blank
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (L) and Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank talk as they leave the field in the Georgia Dome November 13, 2005, moments before the game between the Falcons and visiting Green Bay Packers. Carter was a guest of Blank and the Falcons for the game. The Packers defeated the Falcons 33-25. (UPI Photo/John Dickerson)
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Arthur M. Blank (born September 27, 1942, in Sunnyside, New York) is an American businessman and a co-founder of Home Depot. Today he is known for his philanthropy and his ownership of the Atlanta Falcons team in the National Football League and the Georgia Force team in the Arena Football League.

Arthur Blank grew up in Flushing, New York, with his father, Max, his mother, Molly, and his older brother, Michael. Blank graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City and went on to attend Babson College, where he graduated in 3 years in 1963 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration. He also received a honorary degree from Furman University, where the Falcons held training camp until 2002.

After graduating from Babson College, Blank was hired by Handy Dan Hardware, and worked his way up through the company to become a regional manager. He was fired in 1978 for a disagreement with executives.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Arthur Blank."
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