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Any weekend with good food and music is pretty great, but this weekend is outstanding.

Atlanta Greek Festival 2010
Greek Orthodox Cathedral - 2500 Clairmont Road NE - Atlanta
October 1 : 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
October 2 : 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
October 3 : 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Enjoy an authentic taste of Greek cuisine and culture at this annual festival, which features an early bird drive-thru window serving gyros, souvlaki plates, spanakopita and more.

Metromix Soundcheck: Johnny Rockbridge & the High Chairs

ATLANTA, Ga -- The band Johnny Rockbridge and the High Chairs rocked the Metromix Soundcheck stage Friday on 11Alive News.

They're an up and coming rock band in Atlanta. The band members have been friends since going to Shiloh High School in Suwanee together.

You can see them play live Friday, October 15th at the Publik Draft House in Midtown Atlanta.  They'll take the stage at 10:00pm.
You can celebrate Halloween with the band Friday, October 29th when they play at the Glenn Hotel in downtown Atlanta. 
For more on the band and their upcoming shows, check out their MySpace page.  They're also on Facebook.



N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.

Barnes on Jobs Plus the RNC

ATLANTA -- With little more than four weeks left before election day -- a shift in one campaign for Georgia governor.

Democrat Roy Barnes was asked by 11Alive Bullfighter Jeff Hullinger if he is going to change tactics with television ads attacking Republican Nathan Deal.

"It's time now, it's time to talk about specifics," Barnes said. According to one poll this week, the former Governor isn't getting a lot of traction with those familiar ads. 

Thursday a new television commercial didn't mention Nathan Deal, but talked jobs in a state of double-digit unemployment

And jobs were the focus of the Barnes campaign at Centergy off 5th Street.

"This week I have unveiled my plan to revive Georgia's economy," added the Marietta Democrat.

Mega Parenting Event This Weekend

ATLANTA -- One of America's leading parenting experts is coming to Atlanta this weekend for three days of events aimed at helping parents raise principled, purposeful kids in today's complex world.

John Rosemond, whose nationally-syndicated column appears weekly in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will join with Connect With Kids founder Stacey Dewitt for the program at South Forsyth High School on Saturday, October 2, Marist School on Sunday, October 3, and Mount Paran Christian School on Monday, October 4.

Rosemond has written 14 books on parenting.  DeWitt is an attorney, an award-winning journalist, and mom who regularly appears as a parenting expert on 11Alive News and on other news outlets nationwide.

The events at South Forsyth High and Marist School cost $20 per person or $35 per couple.  The Mount Paran event costs $12 per person.

Earthquake Survivor Gets A New Arm


ATLANTA -- A life-changing trip to Atlanta is coming to an end soon for an earthquake survivor from Haiti.

Guerline Charles will return next week with a new arm and a full heart.

"I will go with everyone here in my heart," Charles said through her friend and interpreter Rachel Isons, who is also from Haiti. "I will not forget them. I will not forget the amazing love." 

Charles arrived in Atlanta in May to heal from the devastating earthquake that rocked her homeland.

When it hit in January, she spent two days trapped in the rubble of a school building with her arm crushed by concrete. She was the only survivor in her classroom.

Doctors decided there was no way to save her arm without risking her life.

"The minute they told me they had to amputate, yes, I did grieve and cry," she said. "Then I decided I need to live."

Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.