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Self-defense: What you're doing right, wrong


(WXIA) -- There have been too many stories lately of women being attacked while exercising on public trails.

These reports sparked a conversation among the Atlanta Alive team, centered around ways to avoid becoming a victim.

So what does a victim look like? With all of today's technology, in a word, distracted. Self-defense experts Cole and Vanessa Parker accompanied 11Alive's Kaitlyn Ross to Piedmont Park to see just how easy it is to become less aware of your surroundings.

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Excitement in the air ahead of Music Midtown


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- With just four days before the shows begin, the excitement is already in the air at Piedmont Park -- home of Music Midtown 2014, which is now a $13 million project and a huge financial boon.

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Nine thousand workers are employed for the week-long set-up and the two days of shows. The steel work for all three main stages is complete, as is the protective plastic, covering the grassy areas around the stages.

Next, the roofs which will hold the 30-foot-wide video screens, the food stands, vendor tents and viewing stands. Those will be put together in time to welcome the 160,000 concertgoers.

MARTA moves forward to build atop rail stations

MARTA moves forward to build atop rail stations

ATLANTA -- MARTA is asking developers to submit ideas for developing air rights atop four rail stations – Arts Center, Lenox, Midtown and North Avenue.

MARTA is soliciting Project Vision Statements from local and national developers capable of developing the air rights at these stations into vibrant, visionary mixed-use projects that can be upheld as a national standard for its Transit-Oriented Development program, the transit system said in a press release issued Friday.

MARTA has formally released a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for air rights development at the stations. The RFEI will be used to gauge market potential and assess which stations are most suitable to be subsequently released for air rights development through an open and competitive Request for Proposals process, MARTA said.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and other sad stories

(WXIA) -- Another weekend, another series of road projects -- it's a familiar tune in metro Atlanta.

Crews will be on Interstate 285 and other highways throughout the weekend. As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Cobb/Fulton counties
* Two southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Bolton Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement.

DeKalb County
* Two northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Glenwood Road and Covington Highway from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for sign work.

Commissioners pledge to fight hunger in Fulton County

Commissioners pledge to fight hunger in Fulton County

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County Commission Vice-Chair Emma I. Darnell, District 5, presented a resolution declaring support for Hunger Action Month during the Wednesday, September 3, 2014, Board of Commissioners meeting.  The resolution was approved by the board with District 6 Commissioner Joan P. Garner and District 7 Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards joining as co-sponsors.
 
The resolution emphasized Fulton County’s efforts to fight hunger through Meals on Wheels, Project Open Hand, WIC, Health and Wellness Department, Cooperative Extension’s Fulton Fresh Mobile Farmers Market, Food and Nutrition Programs, Fulton County Office of Aging, Multipurpose Senior Facilities and Neighborhood Senior Centers. The resolution also expressed support for community and faith-based organizations that provide programs and services to fight hunger in Fulton County. The resolution affirmed Fulton County’s continuing commitment to fight hunger.

Voter education available for Fulton County residents

Voter education available for Fulton County residents

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Voter Education is an essential non-partisan comprehensive approach to providing the citizens of Fulton County with vital information and data to enhance the voter experience.

The Department of Registration and Elections regularly partners with civic, business and religious organizations to conduct voter registration drives. Groups interested in scheduling a drive can contact the Department of Registration and Elections by phone 404-612-7020 or by fax 404-730-7024.

Fulton County voter educators will be at the following community events:

September 13 – 8 a.m.

Community Engagement - Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue SW, Atlanta

September 16 – 5 p.m.

Big Bethel AME Church Get Out the Vote Summit, 220 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta

September 17 – 10 a.m.

Constitution Day

Herzig University, 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1003, Atlanta

Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

Weekend traffic: Another mess on I-285

(WXIA) -- Last week's break from interstate roadwork was short-lived. The Georgia Department of Transportation said crews will be back on the roads this weekend.

Interstate 285, especially the portion above I-20, will be GDOT's main focus, as several projects are scheduled for that corridor.

As always, all work is weather-permitting.

Clayton/Fulton counties
* 1 Outer Loop lane of I-285 will be closed at I-75 south from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for resurfacing
* 1 outside lane of I-285 will be closed at I-85 north from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for bridge repairs

Cobb County
* 2 northbound and 2 southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between South Cobb Drive and Paces Ferry Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for concrete slab replacement
* Pacing will occur at the I-285 Kennedy Interchange with I-75 overnight Saturday