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MARTA union joins ASO musicians in rally


ATLANTA -- Union members from MARTA joined Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a protest at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta on Thursday.

ASO musicians have been on a lockout since Sept. 6 after a contract dispute with management. All performances and concerts have been cancelled until at least Nov. 8.

Hundreds of Atlanta Symphony Orchestra supporters and other union members showed up Thursday for the rally in Midtown.

The protestors say they are fighting for workers to get treated fairly even when the economy changes.

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MedZed launches at-home pediatric care service

MedZed launches at-home pediatric care service

ATLANTA -- MedZed, an Atlanta-based at-home pediatric care service, is providing more healthcare options and significantly more convenience. MedZed’s team of highly-trained pediatric nurses and pediatricians operate after normal office hours, seven days a week, in the comfort of a patient’s home. With MedZed, parents and children now have the option to forego crowded emergency rooms, minute clinics and doctors’ offices for the ease and comfort of an at-home visit still assured to end with a diagnosis and a lollipop.

Fulton County offers 2 early voting weekends

Fulton County offers 2 early voting weekends

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County registered voters will have the opportunity to vote on Saturday and Sunday for the next two weekends.

During the weekend of Oct. 18 -19, seven Fulton County locations will be open for early voting.

During the weekend of Oct. 25 – 26, 19 Fulton County locations will be open for early voting.

Fulton County is offering more weekend voting opportunities than any other Georgia County. Residents are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the early voting period, including weekend voting.

“We hope that our expanded dates and locations for early voting will encourage more Fulton County registered voters to cast their ballots,” said Richard L. Barron, Director of the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections. "Voting early reduces lines on Election Day and is more convenient for voters."

Fulton County Early Voting Locations

Monday, October 13 - Friday, October 31

Beware of fake Uber drivers


ATLANTA (WXIA) – A warning – if you use one of those social media cab services, like Uber or Lyft, Atlanta Police say a man posing as a Uber driver picked up a woman on Sunday and tried to molest her.

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"I absolutely let my guard down," the woman said.

For a local woman, part of last Sunday was a blur. Like thousands of people in town for Pride, she had been out partying in Midtown.

"I left friends and didn't tell them," she said. "I wanted to get home and I just left."

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Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

Atlanta firefighters sing about fire prevention

Atlanta firefighters sing about fire prevention

ATLANTA -- We all know that humor -- and song lyrics -- help people learn.

The Atlanta Fire Department hopes for a lot of laughs in addition to fire safety preparation with the video its firefighters made for Fire Safety Prevention Month.

The firefighters changed the words to the Doors' "Light My Fire" -- with hilarious results. A spokeswoman for the fire department put it best: "We are well aware that it's a good thing these folks have real jobs."


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Random act of kindness at Piedmont Park dog park


ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Alive team headed to Piedmont Park's dog park Thursday for a group random act of kindness.

Vinnie, Chesley, Jaye and Tracy gave dog owners $25 gift cards to pet stores, while the dogs got Frisbees.

The reason behind the giveaway is an important one. October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and the Atlanta Humane Society was also at the park with some very adoptable dogs -- including a 2-month-old dachshund named Fancy. Fancy has a twin brother named Fabio.

It's a big responsibility, but aspiring dog owners are encouraged to adopt one of the wonderful needy pets at the Atlanta Humane Society.


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