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Broadway in Atlanta raises $18K for Bert’s Big Adventure

Broadway in Atlanta raises $18K for Bert’s Big Adventure

ATLANTA -- Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta kicked off its 2014/2015 series in Atlanta this past Tuesday with the city’s debut of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, featuring a special check presentation prior to the start of the show. The donation from the presenters of the first-class touring musicals was given to Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Disney World for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families.

The contribution was a result of previous ticket sales for the Atlanta debut of the series’ musical The Little Mermaid, which ran at the Fox Theatre until July 13. For every ticket sold during pre-season, $5 was donated to benefit the Atlanta-based nonprofit organization.

Fulton County Fire Rescue advises residents to maintain smoke alarms

Fulton County Fire Rescue advises residents to maintain smoke alarms

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the first thing in a home that can alert families to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Whether you're awake or asleep, a working smoke alarm is constantly on alert, scanning the air for fire and smoke,” says Fire Chief Larry Few of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “As firefighters, we continually remind residents to check their smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly.”

The NFPA offers the following tips to help residents safeguard their homes from home fires:

Where do I put smoke alarms in my home?

National blood drive fights ban against gay donors


ATLANTA -- A blood drive in Midtown Atlanta on Friday attracted donors by the pair, but only one of them was allowed to actually give.

The National Gay Blood Drive aimed to raise awareness by asking gay and bisexual men to bring a straight "ally" to give blood in their place. Organizers hoped this would show just how much more blood could be donated if a donation ban by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is lifted.

"We're showing the FDA look at all this blood we are giving you, but we could give you so much more if you modify the outdated policies that you have," said drive leader Ben Nicoara.

Roadwork resumes this weekend

Roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta drivers enjoyed a break last weekend when the Georgia Department of Transportation postponed road projects for the July 4 holiday.

But now that the fun is over, the work begins again.

Crews will be on several interstates throughout the metro, working on much-needed improvements. Delays are expected in all areas where roadwork will be performed.

As always, projects are weather permitting. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms could temporarily halt or delay work.

Here is some of this weekend's scheduled roadwork:

Cobb County
* Two right southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.

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Additional early voting sites opening Monday

Additional early voting sites opening Monday

ATLANTA -- Early voting for the General Primary Runoff Election continues. Early voting began June 30 and continues until July 18 on Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

As of now, there are three early voting locations:

* North Fulton Service Center, Room 232, 7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

* South Fulton Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, Rm. 108, College Park, GA 30349

* Fulton County Government Center, 130 Peachtree Street, Suite 2186, Atlanta, GA 30303

Beginning July 14, six more early voting locations will open in Fulton County:

* Adamsville Recreation Center, 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., SW, Atlanta, GA 30311

* Roswell Library, 115 Norcross St., Roswell, GA 30075

* East Point Library, 2757 Main Street, East Point, GA 30344

* Ocee Library, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Rd., Johns Creek, GA 30005-4601

* Northside Library, 3295 Northside Parkway NW, Atlanta, GA 30327

Police warn about car fix-it scam in Midtown

Police warn about car fix-it scam in Midtown

ATLANTA, Ga. -- A scam in Midtown Atlanta is nearly impossible to protect yourself from and getting dangerous.

Police say Pedro Soto is allegedly disabling cars when their owners are away, and then offering to fix them. But now, police say, he's getting violent.

The scam starts as soon as someone leaves their car and goes inside.

"I had to go deliver a wedding cake," said baker Tom Rhodes.

Within seconds, he's at your car and underneath it.

Fulton County Sheriff swears in new K-9 deputy

Fulton County Sheriff swears in new K-9 deputy

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Sheriff's Office welcomed a new member of the team Wednesday morning.

Kojack, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, was sworn in as a K-9 deputy by Sheriff Ted Jackson. He replaces Marco, who was euthanized in January after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Marco worked with Sgt. Corey Henry. The sheriff's office said Henry was very selective in choosing a replacement, but Kojack meets the criteria, including superior intelligence and all the positive qualities of his breed.

"He has an excellent temperament and very high drive to work," Henry said of Kojack.

Kojack will work as a multipurpose patrol canine in such areas as tracking, criminal apprehension and narcotic detection.