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Mendenhall's TD in OT leads Steelers over Falcons

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Rashard Mendenhall broke off a 50-yard game-
winning touchdown run on the Steelers' first play of overtime as Pittsburgh
persevered for a 15-9 win over Atlanta in a defensive battle at Heinz Field.

After the Falcons faltered on the first possession of OT, Michael Koenen's
poor 36-yard punt from the 14-yard-line gave the Steelers prime field
position.

Mendenhall wasted little time in making it count, bursting through a hole off
right tackle sealed off by a textbook block from tight end David Johnson on
his way to the end zone.

Mendenhall ended with 120 yards on 22 carries while Hines Ward came up huge
for Dennis Dixon with six catches for 108 yards.

Blind Guide Shares Eye-Opening Life Story

ATLANTA -- Inside a unique exhibit at Atlantic Station, Derrick Maddox turns the tables on a group of teenagers.

He's the only one who knows where he's going, even though he's the only one in the group who can't ever see a thing.

"It gives people a different perspective on blindness," he said.

Maddox is a tour guide at Dialog in the Dark, which is being extended for another year after drawing steady crowds for the past two years.

It's especially popular for first dates, school tours and team-building groups.

Dialog's visually-impaired guides lead guests through a series of pitch-black galleries created to replicate everyday experiences.

Maddox was drawn to Dialog after his life took a dramatic turn.

"I lost my sight at the age of 19," he said. "I got shot in the face with a 12-gauge shotgun."

"Wig Wearing Bandits" Drive Bank Robberies Up

ATLANTA -- You might think there have been a lot of bank robberies from watching news recently. The FBI says you're right. What is troubling them most is the nature of those robberies. Many of them are violent with customers and employees being terrorized inside the banks.

On Tuesday, a man wearing a porcelain mask jumped over the counter at the Chase Bank on Piedmont Road in Atlanta. He had a gun and cleared out the teller drawers.

On Thursday, two men wearing hoodies stormed a SunTrust Bank on Paces Ferry Road in Vinings shouting orders and brandishing a gun. The FBI calls them "Takeover Robberies". They are the kind that grabs media attention and yours.

Metromix Soundcheck: Julie Gribble

ATLANTA, Ga -- When you log on the Atlanta native Julie Gribble's website, the first think you'll see is the quote, "It's about the journey, not the arrival."

Friday morning Julie's journey brought her the 11Alive Midtown studio for our morning show's Metromix Soundcheck Segment. You can hear her "Traditional Americana/Country" music on the link to the right.

Julie started out acting and writing poetry, which led to her song-writing.

She's opened for John Mayer, and her music has been featured on Lifetime movie "Dive at Clauson's Pier," popular Nickelodeon shows "Zoey 101," "Drake and Josh" and their TV movie "Drake & Josh Go to Hollywood," "South of Nowhere" on Noggin, "Smallville," "CW Now," and the new movie "Housebroken" starring Danny DeVito.

She, along with Sean Bennett on drums, and vocalist Rich DeSantis on the bass, has a new CD out called "Letting Go.

CNG Stations: If They Build Them, Will You Come?

ATLANTA -- Regular? Premium? Or natural gas? At the urging of the Georgia Public Service Commission, the Atlanta Gas Light Company has come up with a proposal to open several natural gas fueling locations in the City of Atlanta within a few years.

Which comes first: the vehicle or the fuel? When it comes to a projected natural gas transportation system, it's the fuel.

"We'll begin to build that infrastructure and the customers will come" said Donna Peeples, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Atlanta Gas Light Resources.

"You're confident that that's going to happen," 11Alive's Marc Pickard asked. 

"Absolutely," she said. "With the tax credits available and the reduction in fuel costs, the clean, abundant supply here domestically, it's a natural."

Bottleneck Threatens Atlanta's Rail Plans

ATLANTA -- A rail version of Atlanta's gridlocked Five Points is threatening a planned network of passenger rail lines just as the state is starting to make progress on a critical transit hub.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is seeking $4 million in federal funds to help rail planners figure out how to speed up the flow of freight and passenger trains through Howell Junction, an interchange in northwest Atlanta where five rail lines converge.

All of the potential solutions run into the hundreds of millions of dollars, said Erik Steavens, director of the DOT's Intermodal Division.

But until the agency chooses one and fixes the problem, the Multimodal Passenger Terminal being planned for downtown Atlanta will be a hub with no spokes.

"If we don't solve Howell Junction, we can't get to the MMPT with the trains," said David Doss, a member of the State Transportation Board. "It's not a small hurdle. It's a big one."

'Secure Communities' Rolls Out in Cobb, Fulton Counties

MARIETTA, GA -- A new federal program is going into effect in Cobb and Fulton Counties.  The program screens the fingerprints of people who are arrested against a national database, in an effort to verify their immigration status.  It's drawing praise and criticism.

Fingerprints are one of the few distinguishing features almost all of us have.  Being fingerprinted is an activity widely associated with being arrested for committing a crime.

Now, a new program, called Secure Communities, will run the fingerprints of those arrested, against a national database to check an inmate's immigration status.