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Bottleneck Threatens Atlanta's Rail Plans

ATLANTA -- A rail version of Atlanta's gridlocked Five Points is threatening a planned network of passenger rail lines just as the state is starting to make progress on a critical transit hub.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is seeking $4 million in federal funds to help rail planners figure out how to speed up the flow of freight and passenger trains through Howell Junction, an interchange in northwest Atlanta where five rail lines converge.

All of the potential solutions run into the hundreds of millions of dollars, said Erik Steavens, director of the DOT's Intermodal Division.

But until the agency chooses one and fixes the problem, the Multimodal Passenger Terminal being planned for downtown Atlanta will be a hub with no spokes.

"If we don't solve Howell Junction, we can't get to the MMPT with the trains," said David Doss, a member of the State Transportation Board. "It's not a small hurdle. It's a big one."

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World Cup In Atlanta? Maybe.

Atlanta, GA – Mayor Kasim Reed and a delegation of sports enthusiasts and community leaders gathered with international and national soccer officials in New York City on Monday to support the United States’ bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. The group was also there to promote Atlanta as one of the potential 18 host cities.  Joining the Mayor in New York were Gary Stokan, Atlanta World Cup organizing committee chairman, Frank Poe, Georgia World Congress Center executive director and Rich McKay, Atlanta Falcons president. 

The U.S. Bid Committee hosted a reception in New York City to welcome the FIFA Inspection Delegation to the United States.  FIFA, the world soccer federation, visited New York City to examine America’s bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.  The United States is among 10 nations bidding for the World Cup.  The announcement is expected to come on Dec. 2, 2010.  If the U.S.

'Secure Communities' Rolls Out in Cobb, Fulton Counties

MARIETTA, GA -- A new federal program is going into effect in Cobb and Fulton Counties.  The program screens the fingerprints of people who are arrested against a national database, in an effort to verify their immigration status.  It's drawing praise and criticism.

Fingerprints are one of the few distinguishing features almost all of us have.  Being fingerprinted is an activity widely associated with being arrested for committing a crime.

Now, a new program, called Secure Communities, will run the fingerprints of those arrested, against a national database to check an inmate's immigration status.

Rob Hunter Out As Watershed Commissioner

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Watershed Management Commissioner Rob Hunter, the source of many angry e-mails to 11Alive News, will be leaving that position by the end of the week.

Hunter announced his resignation on Tuesday, but he will remain as a technical advisor on various issues, including a court-ordered overhaul of the city's water and sewer systems.

"I came to the city ... to implement the federally mandated consent decrees, manage the $4 billion capital program and organize the Department of Watershed Management," Hunter said in a prepared statement. "By the end of the year, I will have substantially accomplished those goals."

Hunter's time as commissioner has been marked by increasing anger on the part of many local residents, who have said that Hunter and the Department of Watershed Management have ignored significant billing problems and claims of overcharging on water bills.

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School Has Never Been This Fun!

WHAT:  Show N Tell: The Musical

WHERE:
14th Street Playhouse Main Stage | 173 14th Street N.E. - Atlanta, GA

WHEN:
October 7 - 10 , 2010

TICKETS:
$25  $20  $15

ATLANTA
- Broadway veteran and Dr. Oz dance fitness guru, Stepp Stewart,  is thrilled to announce that tickets are now on sale for the Atlanta  Engagement of Show-n-Tell, his brand-new high-energy soul-stirring musical for kids ...

Want to Run in Atlanta's Half Marathon this Thanksgiving? Train with a Coach Now

Atlanta, GA-- For those runners who will be running in the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving morning, Coach Will Dillard, along with Fleet Feet Sports Atlanta, will have a training program designed specifically for intermediate and veteran runners.

An informational meeting and sign up will be at Fleet Feet Sports Atlanta on Sunday, September 12th at 3:00 p.m., and group runs begin Saturday, September 18th.

The cost of the program is $99.00 and will include the following: Ten Saturday group runs from various locations with optional Wednesday training runs beginning October 6th, a detailed written schedule, seminars on injury prevention and nutrition, access to Coach Will at the runs and by email for training questions, weekly email training tips, a long sleeve technical tee for race day, and socks and other goodies from program sponsors.

Along with coaching numerous runners over the past twenty years, Coach Will has trained many of his runners

Two Tech Students Find Stranger in Bed

ATLANTA -- Georgia Tech Police issued a safety alert late Saturday after a man snuck into the bedrooms of two female students in the North Avenue Apartments on campus.

Police said the man identified himself to one of the young women as a student who lives in the building.

Police said he ran off after the first student screamed and the second student "declined his advances." He did not hurt either one.

"It's frightening," said student Taylor Poltzer, who lives in the East Building. "I really wasn't expecting it because it seems secure. I guess there are breeches, which is really scary."

Police are looking for an Indian male with a medium to dark complexion, 5'9" to 5'10" in height, 150 to 175 pounds, wearing either short or long pants and a t-shirt.

The North Avenue Apartments require key cards to access, but police said the students' doors were both left unlocked.