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Suspect turns traffic violation into police chase, wreck


ATLANTA -- Police say a suspect's attempt to flee from police has likely turned a routine traffic violation into a long list of violations - both misdemeanor and felony.

A police spokesperson said Dimetrius Smith was initially being stopped for failing to use a turn signal.

But instead of pulling over for the blue lights in his mirror, police said the suspect fled from them in a high speed vehicle chase that ended abruptly at 1660 Peachtree Apartments where the suspect crashed before running away from the scene on foot.

Police said he left his vehicle in flames at the Midtown-Buckhead line and temporarily evaded arrest. But that didn't last long.

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Midtown Alliance offers June "Try Transit" program

ATLANTA - When you finally get tired of fighting the Atlanta traffic and pulling your hair out over where to park, Midtown Alliance in offering you a chance to "Try Transit".

The program offers one round-trip passage for your commute into Midtown for work.

"I like MARTA, it gets me into Midtown easily," said commuter Kathy Simcoe. "You can do other things on the train that you can't do while you're driving. You can do e-mail, I can text. I can catch up with work, I can read."

A new position in Midtown led Simcoe to give the train a try again. Her job can at times require her to have a car close at hand, Kevin Green with the Midtown Alliance says checking out your transit options, even just for occasional use, is a start.

Early Voting Begins Tuesday, May 26th for State House District 55

Early Voting Begins Tuesday, May 26th for State House District 55

House District 55 voters are encouraged to cast their ballots early for the June 16, 2015 Special Election for State House District 55 to fill the unexpired term of Tyrone Brooks who resigned the seat. Residents can cast their ballots beginning Tuesday, May 26 through Friday, June 12 and on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Please note that on Saturday, June 6, 2015, residents can only vote at the Registration and Election Headquarters from 9:00am-4:00pm. Beginning Wednesday, June 10 through June 12, 2015, two (2) additional locations will be available for early voting.

Early Voting

May 26 - June 12, 2015

8:30 am - 5:00 am

Registration and Elections Headquarters

130 Peachtree St, SW, Suite 2186, Atlanta, GA


Saturday Voting - June 6, 2015

Ga. Tech researchers create painless vaccine

ATLANTA -- Imagine a vaccine that causes no pain, requires no refrigeration and can be easily disposed once given.

It's not too far in the future. Researchers at Georgia Tech and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are developing a device that will do just that. They created a patch of needles smaller than the height of a credit card, with the hope it will be able to deliver life-saving vaccines for illnesses like measles.

"We first got started with the general idea 20 years ago," Georgia Tech chemical and biomolecular engineering professor Mark Prausnitz said. "We have scaled down the idea of a needle and made it very small, made it microscopic small, less than a millimeter in length."

Think of it as a syringe and needle condensed into a Band-Aid. When it is applied and removed, it leaves behind a vaccine.

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Andrew Young involved in accident with cement truck

ATLANTA -- Former Atlanta Mayor and U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young was involved in an accident involving a cement truck in Midtown Atlanta on Monday.

Young told 11Alive's Brenda Wood that he is OK and has a bump on his shin. He was taken to Emory University Midtown Hospital as a precaution. He said five people were in the accident and they all walked away.

Young told Wood that his car was totaled.

"I was looking for an excuse to get a new car," Young joked.


Fulton County holds 'Food Talk' sessions to teach about nutrition

Fulton County holds 'Food Talk' sessions to teach about nutrition

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- SNAP-Ed Food Talk sessions offered by Fulton County Cooperative Extension are designed to teach healthy eating on a budget for low-income parents (and other low-income individuals) who receive SNAP benefits. As the cornerstone of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrition assistance programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) plays a vital role in helping to improve nutrition in the Nation among low-income individuals.

The goal of SNAP-Ed is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for SNAP will make healthy food choices within a limited budget and choose physically active lifestyles consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and MyPlate.

Turner Construction employees volunteer at Piedmont Park, Action Ministries

Turner Construction employees volunteer at Piedmont Park, Action Ministries

ATLANTA -- On May 6, Turner Construction employees in Atlanta joined forces with partners around the world in a day of community service. More than 60 Atlanta Turner volunteers worked at Piedmont Park and at Action Ministries in honor of the company’s 113th anniversary and its long history of community engagement.

Turner employees worldwide organized volunteer and community partnership efforts under the umbrella of the company’s “Paint the Town Blue” initiative.

In Buckhead, Turner volunteers made and bagged 1,000 lunches and snack packs for children at Action Ministries, an organization that focuses on helping Georgians with hunger relief, housing and education.