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VIDEO: Man beaten with own cane in Midtown Atlanta


ATLANTA -- Dramatic video shows two people attacked in Midtown Atlanta, including one victim beaten with his own cane.

The all-out beating started over a blocked parking space outside of a pet store.

The victims -- a man and a woman ----tell 11Alive their car was blocked in at 10th and Piedmont Avenue. When they asked the man to move his vehicle so they could go, they say he started yelling. They said he eventually grabbed their cane and started swinging at them.

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Major roadwork resumes this weekend

Major roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Last weekend, drivers got a bit of a reprieve when several major road projects were postponed. But all that work will resume this weekend.

Some of the problem areas include Interstate 20 in Rockdale and Newton counties, and I-285 in Cobb County.

As always, all roadwork is weather permitting. Rain could halt or postpone projects.

Weekend drivers should use caution and look for crews in these areas:

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* One right southbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles before Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.
* One left northbound lane of I-75 will be closed four miles after Cass White Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab removal and bridge raising.

Fulton County 4-H teaches students through hands-on activities

Fulton County 4-H teaches students through hands-on activities

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- As students head back to school, Fulton County Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Program will begin the fall session with a list of fun, challenging activities to enable them to become self-directing, productive and contributing members of society.

“4-H has been a staple in many communities providing guidance and structure for students,” states Menia Chester, Director of Fulton County Cooperative Extension. “Our program focus is to assist youth in acquiring knowledge and developing life skills through hands-on experiences.”

The Fulton County 4-H Program has offered students fun activities such as going to Cloverleaf Summer Camp (Rock Eagle 4-H Center), taking the Animal Safari Tour and the Cochran Mill Nature Center Tour. Students also receive leadership and communication skills training as well as learn about foods and nutrition, health, energy conservation, and citizenship.

Midtown residents object to Music Midtown 2014


ATLANTA -- Music Midtown drew tens of thousands of people to Piedmont Park last year, despite a daylong rain that nearby residents say, left much of the muddy park unusable for weeks afterward. That damage is just one reason that the neighborhood association surrounding the city's largest park is objecting to this year's Music Midtown.

"What happened last year, with the torrential rains and the way it tore up the park, is an ongoing issue for us," said Terry Bond, president of the Midtown Neighbors' Association. "We think it's too big for the park."

Bond says the other issues are traffic and parking. Last year, the city closed 10th Street for the festival and, he says, routed traffic through neighborhoods that were too small to handle it.

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Back to school: Free and reduced-price lunch guidelines

Back to school: Free and reduced-price lunch guidelines

(WXIA) -- Thousands of Georgia students return to the classroom this week, and many of them meet the requirements for free and reduced-price meals during the school day.

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"It is important to provide our students with healthy, nutritious meals to help improve their chances of success and increase their learning opportunities," Georgia Department of Education School Nutrition Director Nancy Rice said in a statement. "Research indicates that eating habits affect learning. We want to ensure all our children are well nourished and ready to learn."

Families that qualify for free and reduced-price lunch will get applications from their children's schools.

Students can receive the meals if:

Paul Crawley retires after 36 years at 11Alive


ATLANTA-- When Paul Crawley started at WXIA-TV 36 years ago, this was unthinkable.

"This" isn't his retirement. It's me writing this story and you reading it on your laptop, mobile phone, and tablet. It's sending your congratulations wishes on Facebook.

When Paul started, he wrote his stories on a typewriter and recorded interviews on film. Four decades later, whoever said you can't teach an old dog new tricks never met Paul.

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

Back to school surprise: Weekend roadwork canceled

(WXIA) -- This weekend will be a holiday for Georgia families in more ways than one.

The Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended construction-related lane closures on all major interstates and highways within five miles of malls and shopping districts.

This will allow parents and students to enjoy the tax-free shopping weekend without the added stress of road delays.

"The sales tax holiday is an opportunity for Georgians to save a little money during these challenging economic times," GDOT Commissioner Keith Golden said. "The department is glad to offer some relief from lane closures as families prepare for school."

11Alive Ways to Save reporter Valerie Hoff has some of the best tax-free weekend deals. Find out how to get the most bang for your buck.