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Friday Freebies: Lots of Free Events!

Lakeshore Learning Centers have free crafts for kids every Saturday at 11 am. This week at the East Cobb Store location at  at 4287 Roswell Road, Marietta kids  will be making and decorating royal crowns.   Next Saturday's project is a pop up book. No reservations are required. 

Charity's Trailer Stolen From Church Parking Lot

DEKALB COUNTY, GA -- These are tough times for a lot of people. At some food banks, demand is up more than fifty percent. Every dollar, every donation is needed desperately.

A DeKalb County non-profit agency suffered a big setback overnight and it wasn't because of a lack of donations. A trailer they use for delivering food was stolen.

Every other Friday people in need gather at Briarcliff United Methodist Church where they are supplied with two weeks' worth of groceries. It's a program run by a non-profit organization called Contribute 2 America. Contribute 2 America was started by Jeremy Turner two years ago. That's when he left the DeKalb County Police Department. "Being a police officer for that many years I was able to determine that there was some need that the county needed help with," Turner said. "I started it and we've grown over the past two years."

Customers Forced to Ground in Frightening Bank Robbery

ATLANTA -- The FBI is asking for the public's help in identifying two robbers who took over a Decatur bank Friday morning.

Masked by bandanas and armed with handguns, the men forced customers to the ground while they robbed the Chase Bank at 2079 S. Hairston Road at 10:15 a.m.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Brian D. Lamkin says the two took off in a burgundy vehicle with an undisclosed amount of money.

Both suspects are black men who appear to be in their twenties. One is approximately 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. The other is described as between 5 feet and 8 inches tall and 5 feet and 10 inches tall, weighing between 160 and 170 pounds.

Anyone with information on the suspects or robbery is asked to call the FBI's Atlanta office at (404) 679-9000.

Republican Candidate for Governor Backtracks on "Open Mind" on Casinos

Atlanta, GA (AP)-- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nathan Deal is backpedaling on casinos after at least one prominent Christian
conservative activist called to voice concerns.
Deal created a stir when he said earlier this month that he was
willing to keep an "open mind" about the possibility of casinos
in Georgia. This week, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said the
former congressman from Gainesville "personally opposes casino
gambling" and doesn't believe they're the best way to spur the
state's economy. Robinson wouldn't say whether Deal would sign a
veto a casino bill if one landed on his desk.
The campaign of Deal's opponent, Democrat Roy Barnes, said
Deal's waffling shows he "is too unsteady for the job" of
Roy Barnes for Governor: www.roy2010.com
Nathan Deal for Governor: www.nathandeal.org

Athens Doughnut Rivals Luther Burger

ATHENS, GA -- In the same vein as the Luther Burger and the fried Twinkie, meet the Elvis Doughnut.

The peanut butter-coated confection is topped with bacon and bananas.

"[It's] a perfect marriage of flavors and textures," USA Today Pop Candy reader whistleandthumb wrote after Whitney Matheson featured it in her daily pop culture blog.

Like the Luther Burger, the Elvis Doughnut was invented in Metro Atlanta.

22-Year Old Killed in Crash that Closed I-285 West for Hours

DECATUR, GA -- An accident that brought Westbound Interstate 285 to a standstill Tuesday morning has claimed the life of a 22-year-old.

Jerune Tillery died shortly after arriving at Grady Hospital Tuesday.

DeKalb County Police Officer Mekka Parish said there were multiple, serious injuries and two people were ejected from their vehicle when it crashed near Flat Shoals Road just after 4 a.m.

Traffic backed up for miles.

The roadway didn't reopen until about 7 a.m. 








GM Doraville Plan Killed By DeKalb Board

DECATUR, GA -- The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted 5-2 to kill New Broad Street Companies' deal to acquire and redevelop the former General Motors plant on 165 acres in Doraville.

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis lamented the $110 million project would have created 9,000 jobs and pumped $360 million in wages back into the local economy.

Ellis called Tuesday's defeat a "lost opportunity" but said "all hope is not lost." He will try to work with the board to pursue other ideas for the site.