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Atlanta Braces for Big Labor Day Weekend

ATLANTA -- A weekend off is about to go on the books in big numbers. Labor Day Weekend has become one of Atlanta's busiest holidays. Several big events will bring in thousands of visitors and more than $60 million. Here's a rundown of this weekend's biggest events:

DragonCon events run Friday through Monday, including a parade down Peachtree on Saturday at 10 a.m. A Georgia State University study showed the event brought in $25 million in 2008. About 30,000 people are expected to attend this year.

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Yellow Jackets begin 2010 campaign against Bulldogs

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - The reigning ACC Champion Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will open the 2010 season in front of a packed crowd at Bobby Dodd Stadium when they host the South Carolina State Bulldogs this weekend.

In just his second season at Georgia Tech, coach Paul Johnson led the Yellow Jackets to an 11-win campaign and the ACC title. It was the first outright ACC title for Georgia Tech since 1990. Also, after last season Johnson became the first coach in ACC history to be named conference Coach of the Year in back- to-back campaigns.

The Bulldogs open the new campaign as the defending MEAC champions. It was the second straight league title for SC State, which finished last year with 10 victories. This will be the ninth season for head coach Oliver "Buddy" Pough, who has collected 67 wins over the previous eight campaigns.

This will be the first meeting between the two schools on the gridiron.

Missing Person: Ariel Richards

Ariel Richards travelled by bus to Atlanta on 08/22/2010.  She was last seen at the Waffle House on Northside Dr on 08/22/2010.  She may be in the area of Decatur GA (unincorporated Dekalb County).  Ariel Richards may use the last name of BEARD and the DOB of 06/14/1990.  If you have any information on the whereabouts of Ariel Richards please contact APD Homicide/Missing Persons at 404-546-4235.

Atlanta Bread Among Top 5 Healthiest Fast Food Options

SMYRNA, GA -- In the recently released 2010 Zagat Fast Food Survey, which included 136 national restaurant chains, Atlanta Bread received top five distinctions in two key categories.

The survey's more than 6,500 participants voted Atlanta Bread among the top five large chains (places with less than 5,000 locations) in the Healthy Options and Facilities categories. This is the second straight year that Atlanta Bread placed among the top five chains in these two categories.

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First Human Case of West Nile Virus, this year

Via Fulton County Health Services:

Fulton Health Services Reports First Human Case

of West Nile Virus

Department of Health and Wellness Urges Residents to Use Prevention Measures

The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness has confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) for the 2010 season. 

The lab confirmed case involved a 67 year old female residing in Midtown.  The woman, who suffers from underlying health conditions, was hospitalized and has since recovered.  Residents are urged to take precautions when outside and to clear areas of standing water, which is where mosquitoes breed.

“We are in the season for increased mosquito activity,” says

'Phantom of Fox' to Leave Theatre Home

ATLANTA -- It appears the "Phantom of the Fox" will be leaving his home of more than three decades.

Joe Patten was given a lease for life on a 3,600 square foot, two-bedroom apartment upstairs at the Fox after he helped save the theatre from demolition and restore it to its original glory all those years ago.

But there was an out clause: a two-third's majority vote by the board, of which he is a member, could end his lease at any time.

That happened Monday night.

Visibly upset and angry by the board's decision, Patten told reporters after the private meeting, "I made a serious mistake in saving this building."

The board has offered him a new occupancy agreement to remain in the apartment.

"He will continue to be able to live...rent free and the Fox will continue to pay the majority of his utilities...",  Delaney said.

Research at Georgia Tech, Emory May Make Flu Shots Easier

WASHINGTON -- One day, getting a flu vaccine may be as pain-free as wearing a Band-Aid. 

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University are working on a new method of vaccine delivery involving microneedles that are so small they can hardly be felt.

The tiny needles, which are attached to a patch, barely penetrate the skin before they dissolve and release their vaccine.

Georgia Tech lead researcher Mark Prausnitz says the business side of the patch feels like fine sandpaper and that in tests of microneedles without vaccine, people rated the discomfort at one-tenth to one-twentieth that of getting a standard injection.

Nearly everyone said it was painless.