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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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'Top Chef' winner Kristen Kish among headliners at Taste of Atlanta

'Top Chef' winner Kristen Kish among headliners at Taste of Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Taste of Atlanta makes its gourmet return to Midtown at Tech Square on Oct. 24-26, and it’s serving up more than just phenomenal food.

Local and nationally-acclaimed chefs -- including Kristen Kish, season 10 winner of Bravo’s "Top Chef"; restaurateur Ron Eyester of The Family Dog, Rosebud and Diner; Jay Swift of 4th & Swift; Shaun Whitmer of The Albert; and Terry Koval of Wrecking Bar Brewpub -- will roll up their sleeves and spill the beans behind their culinary master minds.

On Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26, The Chef’s Table and The Kitchen Workshop cooking stages will offer attendees the chance to take epicurean arts into their own hands with direction from none other than the pros! With more than a dozen interactive demos and seminars spread throughout the weekend, attendees of all ages will be whipping up five star recipes like master chefs in no time!

Taste of Atlanta offers 'pop-up' discounted tickets

Taste of Atlanta offers 'pop-up' discounted tickets

ATLANTA -- Food lovers hungry for a bargain are in for a big surprise. Taste of Atlanta, which is gearing up for its gourmet return to Midtown at Tech Square Oct. 24 – 26, will host special “Pop-Up” ticket sales with $5 off all purchases at select restaurants leading up to the festival. The first 10 purchases at each restaurant location will also receive a complimentary second ticket, as part of a “Buy One, Get One Free” deal.

Discounted tickets will be available at:

* Thursday, Oct. 16: 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at The Family Dog (1402 North Highland Avenue)
* Wednesday, Oct. 22: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at South Main Kitchen (9 South Main Street, Alpharetta)
* Thursday, Oct. 23: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Table at Ten (990 Piedmont Avenue)

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Holy Innocents' picture is 'My Atlanta' contest winner

Holy Innocents' picture is 'My Atlanta' contest winner

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Briana Neal, a Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School junior, has won first place in the high school competition for this year’s My Atlanta Exhibition.

The theme of this year’s show was Embracing Diversity—a theme meant to “communicate the significance of embracing cultural or religious differences,” according to contest guidelines. Neal's winning photo was titled “Poverty.”

Five hundred photos from students at 18 schools were entered in different categories, and judges were Joeff Davis and Gavin Godfrey of the Creative Loafing editorial staff.

The My Atlanta contest is sponsored by Atlanta Celebrates Photography. Photos are on view at the Piedmont Park Community Center during two upcoming Saturdays, Oct. 18 and Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The park is located at 1071 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Park Entrance at 12th street).

AP exam participation: Atlanta Public Schools

AP exam participation: Atlanta Public Schools

(WXIA) -- More Georgia high school students are taking -- and passing -- Advanced Placement exams.

Last school year, 89,806 Georgia students took 154,176 AP exams. That's an 8 percent increase in the number of participants and almost a 9 percent increase in the number of tests.

AP exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5. Passing scores of 3, 4 or 5 often allow the test-takers to earn college credit.

Georgia's seniors earned 86,075 passing scores on their AP exams in 2014, a 9.6 percent increase over 2013.

English Language and Composition was the state's most popular AP exam, followed by U.S. History and World History.

In Atlanta, 1,407 students took 2,017 AP exams in 2014, and 637 of those exams earned passing scores.

Here are the AP exam breakdowns for each APS high school:

B.E.S.T. Academy
14 students took 16 exams
1 passing score

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include: