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MARTA Bus and Train Services Changes Saturday Morning

ATLANTA -- MARTA bus riders will wake Saturday morning to find routes all over the city have been eliminated.

With his cane in his hand, Frank Reed spent Friday evening waiting for his last ride on MARTA bus route 57. He sat beneath a sign that tells him his stop on Old Gordon Road in N.W. Atlanta is going away.

Reed doesn't have a car. The closest stop he knows of is a half-mile away from his routine stop. The cane and knee wrap tell you it won't be an easy walk.

"I have bone cancer and diabetes," said Reed. "Walking period is strenuous for me."

MARTA is making cuts that even the transit authority admits are unprecedented and severe. Facing a 69-million dollar budget shortfall, MARTA has made cuts to the rail line that will mean trains will come less frequently, adding an average of five minutes to your wait. On weekends, trains that started running at 4:45 a.m., won't start running until 6 a.m.

Bishop Long and Accusers Spur Debate

ATLANTA -- Radio talk show host Frank Ski of V-103 knew he had to say something to his listeners Wednesday about the sexual abuse allegations against Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

"As a member of the church and a person who accepts Bishop Eddie Long as my spiritual leader, I stay in faith," Ski said on "Frank and Wanda in the Morning". "As a friend and extended family member, I am loyal."

Long, who heads one of the largest churches in the Southeast, is the focus of two lawsuits filed on Tuesday.

Dating's Great Disappearing Act

ATLANTA -- There is no good excuse for the "Great Disappearing Act" in dating, according to Atlanta relationship expert Blane Bachelor.

"It's a punch to the gut," she said. "It makes it feel like you don't deserve an explanation."

The Great Disappearing Act happens when someone you've been dating suddenly stops calling, she said.

"If it hasn't happened to you, it's a matter of time. It's almost like a rite of passage in dating," said Bachelor, who writes a column for The Sunday Paper and recently released a book of columns, On Being a Bachelor: Thoughts on Dating, Mating and Relating.

Bachelor said cowardice is behind the Great Disappearing Act.

Get 'Followed' by a Celeb by Donating to Haitian Kids

ATLANTA -- A local church is doing its part to contribute to relief efforts in Haiti. Their efforts include a lot of old-school labor, funded in a new-school way.

One of the fun things about Twitter is following your favorite celebrities. An Atlanta church pastor has figured out a way to capture that enthusiasm and help a good cause all at once.

"One of the things that everybody on Twitter thinks but never says is that they wish a celebrity would follow them on Twitter," said Pastor of The Courageous Church Shaun King Wednesday.

King is the man behind TwitChange.com, an online auction that pairs you with one of your favorite celebrities. For the past week, visitors to TwitChange have had the opportunity to bid for a coveted follow, re-tweet or Twitter message from one of over 150 celebrities - Eva Longoria, Ryan Seacrest and Joel McHale, just to name a few.

Chambliss: Gay Slur Came from Office

ATLANTA -- Republican U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss has confirmed that a threatening anti-gay slur posted on a gay and lesbian message board came from his Atlanta area office.

Investigators had yet to identify who was responsible for the making the derogatory remark. The statement said the case has been handed over to the Senate sergeant-at-arms and is still under review.

All this comes after Republicans in the Senate fought to keep "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in play.

Sen. Chambliss has drawn the ire of homosexuals throughout the country.

During a Senate hearing eight months ago, he expressed concern that repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" would cause a host of problems and "create unacceptable risk to the armed forces."

So when news spread that a threatening homophobic slur might have originated from a Cobb County office near Sen. Chambliss' headquarters, some influential bloggers went to work.

Italians Name Atlanta Pizzeria Best in U.S.

ATLANTA -- You don't have to cross the Atlantic for some of the most authentic pizza in the world. Italian pizza experts say the best pizza in this country is closer to Atlantic Station. 

Officials at the Festa Della Pizza, held annually in the birthplace of pizza near Naples, have named Atlanta's Antico Pizza Napoletano a "Top in Class" pizzeria.

"To even be considered for this is a tremendous honor for me and my family," said Antico Pizza owner Giovanni Di Palma. "This recognition in Naples for pizza is like winning an Oscar in Hollywood. We are beyond thrilled."

Antico Pizza Napoletana, which opened at 1093 Hemphill Avenue in October 2009, got a special Italian certification and was named best pizza in the United States by the Festa Della Pizza in Naples in 2010.

Chemical Spill Cleared in Midtown

ATLANTA -- A hazardous materials spill that shut down several busy Midtown streets has been cleared.

Atlanta Police Officer K.Y. Jones said a 15 to 20 gallon container of pesticide or herbicide fell off a truck on Northside Drive and 17th Street shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The chemical spill shut down 17th Street between Northside Drive and Howell Mill for roughly three hours. Northside Drive was also closed from 14th Street to Deering until about 1:15 p.m. 

There were no injuries nor evacuations.