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HERO operator seriously injured by alleged DUI driver


ATLANTA -- A HERO operator is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle on I-75 early Saturday morning.

An Atlanta Police Department spokesperson said HERO operator Moses King was setting out road flares following another accident on I-75 south of 17th Street when he was struck by a 2006 Mazda 3 operated by 25-year-old Lindsay Clark.

Clark also struck another vehicle after skidding into King.

King was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Clark was taken into custody and is now facing traffic violations that include driving under the influence, reckless driving and serious injury by vehicle. She had her first court appearance Monday morning, where her bond was set at $77,500.

2 shot in Midtown Atlanta parking lot


ATLANTA -- Two people were shot in the parking lot of a Midtown Atlanta nightclub early Sunday.

The double shooting happened during a fight outside of Quad on Spring Street. Witnesses said a large fight broke out inside the club just before 3 a.m. As people were leaving the club, another fight broke out in the street.

One group said after they ran to the parking lot of the Varsity, they realized one man had been shot.

The victims -- one shot in the leg, another shot in the chest -- were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Around the same time of the shooting, there was a carjacking in a parking lot across the street.

It's not yet known if those two incidents are connected.

Fans, musicians brace for demise of two music venues


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Music fans are already lamenting an Atlanta without two of its most durable concert venues. A few days ago, a developer bought the property surrounding the Masquerade, the concert hall housed in an old mill on North Avenue.

And Smith's Olde Bar is getting the boot from its new property owner in Midtown, following the death of the previous longtime owner.

"Nirvana, David Bowie, Warren Zevon..." Steve LaBate is ticking off the names of venerable acts that have played at Smith's and the Masquerade. The musician and music publicist is standing on the Atlanta Beltline, overlooking the venue.

LaBate says the spirit of the Masquerade is fueled by its lively history. The gritty property hosting an electronic music festival this weekend may be hosting apartments and trendy eateries before long.

Smith's Olde Bar ordered to vacate; building up for sale


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ATLANTA -- An Atlanta bar with decades of history - in a building continuously owned by the same family for many more - is getting the boot as the historic building goes up for sale.

Smith's Olde Bar sits at the apex of Piedmont and Monroe in building familiar to locals for 90 years. But now, the future of the bar - and the building - is unknown.

"It could be residential, it could be office - it's a very cool old building," Tim Holdroyd of City Realty Advisors said.

He's in charge of the sale of the building.

"This building was built before Morningside was in the city of Atlanta," he said.

'The Biggest Loser' casting in Atlanta


ATLANTA -- Casting directors for "The Biggest Loser" will be in Atlanta this weekend, looking for a new batch of contestants who want to lose weight, get healthy and potentially win $250,000.

Open call auditions will be held Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Georgian Terrace Hotel in Midtown.

"The Biggest Loser" is looking for teams of two -- husbands and wives, parents and children, siblings, best friends and co-workers. Those who have as least 80 pounds to lose are encouraged to apply.

For more information, visit thebiggestlosercasting.com.

The Georgian Terrace Hotel is located at 659 Peachtree Street NE.

Daybreaker


Are you tired of the same old morning routine? Do you want a fresh new start to your day? Look no further!

On Wednesday, July 15 Daybreaker returns to Atlanta at the Castle on 87 15th Street Northeast from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Enjoy the sounds of s​oulful beats and live improvisation by some of the best local musicians. Show off your moves and meet new people by participating in the pre-dance yoga by Charlie Baxter Graham of KOP's Yoga in the Park. The Fresh Prince of Atlanta, Wil May will also be attending.

Delicious coffee from Octane, fresh pressed juices and KIND breakfast snacks will be provided.

For more information and ticket purchases visit www.dybrkr.com.


Atlanta Rollergirls to host All Star Showdown


ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Rollergirls will host a grudge match this weekend, where teams captained by two of the league's superstars will go head to head for bragging rights.

The All Stars Red vs. Blue match-up will be half of Saturday's doubleheader. The evening will begin at 5 p.m., when the undefeated Sake Tuyas take on the Denim Demons.

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The all star match is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m., with the participating teams led by Creative Loafing Readers' Choice Favorite Local Athletes Queen Loseyateefa (2014) and Wild Cherri (2013).