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U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Michael Smith, Atlanta Dr. Mark Beaty, Sara White and former Falcons QB Michael Vick at a medically themed news conference in Houston. Photo: Jennifer Brett

An Atlanta doctor and Michael Vick teamed up during Super Bowl week

1:56 pm Feb. 7, 2017

HOUSTON – Early in Super Bowl week, as the dazzling fan plaza and NFL Experience destination downtown were starting to get cranking and the Falcons’ heartbreak was still days away, a low-key, medically themed news conference with just a relative handful in attendance began with a newsflash.

In walked former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick.

Old No. 7 (whose Atlanta jersey we spotted here and there in the crowds throughout the week)

Photo: Courtesy of MBUSA

Celeb spotting at the Super Bowl

7:30 pm Feb. 5, 2017

HOUSTON – I’m here in the press box at NRG Stadium, keeping one eye on the game and the other out for celebs in the crowd.

My colleague Melissa Ruggieri ran into Jon Hamm – shown

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Someone flew a drone over the Falcons’ Super Bowl practice. Guess what happened

5:30 pm Feb. 3, 2017

HOUSTON – The Atlanta Falcons have been practicing at Rice University in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, and an eager fan apparently got crafty in trying to sneak a peek.

“With the field situated next to a residential area abutting the Rice campus, there was extra security between the edge of the field (with a fence and high hedges) and the neighborhood, so the Falcons could feel secure

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Donald Trump at National Prayer Breakfast: “The hell with it”

7:10 pm Feb. 2, 2017

President Donald Trump’s remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast were characteristically off the cuff, and at one point – while praising remarks by Senate Chaplain Barry Black – he uttered the phrase, “The hell with it.”

Trump began his remarks with a bit of reflection and quickly segued into politics.

“Today we continue a tradition begun by President Eisenhower some 64 years ago,” he said. “This gathering is a testament to

NFL security chief Cathy Lanier, standing, was joined by local and federal authorities including Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, seated from left,  Perrye K. Turner special agent in charge of the FBI s Houston Division and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. Photo: Jennifer Brett

Super Bowl security: from protests to prostitution, authorities are ready

3:00 pm Feb. 1, 2017

HOUSTON – Fans headed to the Super Bowl should expect to see lots of strict security measures and a flood of law enforcement personnel, but the measures they don’t see are just as key.

“We hope you don’t see us this week,” Perrye K. Turner, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Houston Division, said during a join news conference with local and federal officials, “but have no doubt we are