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Georgia Aquarium says beluga whale is pregnant


ATLANTA (AP) - Officials at the Georgia Aquarium say a 20-year-old beluga whale, Maris, is expecting a calf in the spring.

Dr. Greg Bossart, the aquarium's chief veterinary officer, says Maris is healthy and the calf appears to be developing normally.

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Maris gave birth to her first calf in May 2012, but that calf had multiple medical problems and died less than a week after her birth. The aquarium says first-time pregnancies in belugas and other marine mammals are often unsuccessful, both in captivity and in the wild.

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Protesters block traffic on Downtown Connector


ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Members of the group Black Lives Matter, protesting police brutality across the nation, but focusing on the situation in Ferguson, Mo., following the August death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown, led a protest early Wednesday evening in Atlanta, marching and blocking traffic along the Downtown Connector (I-75/85) and Freedom Parkway for a brief time.

Various factions of the group have led protest marches in a number of cities across the nation, and have raised protest banners at events that have included Sunday's St. Louis Rams football game.

Southerners On New Ground field organizer Mary Hooks says she and other grassroots organizers helped plan the protest as part of a national week of resistance to mass incarceration and police brutality. The demonstration also used the Twitter hashtag #blacklivesmatter.

Fulton County offers 2 early voting weekends

Fulton County offers 2 early voting weekends

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County registered voters will have the opportunity to vote on Saturday and Sunday for the next two weekends.

During the weekend of Oct. 18 -19, seven Fulton County locations will be open for early voting.

During the weekend of Oct. 25 – 26, 19 Fulton County locations will be open for early voting.

Fulton County is offering more weekend voting opportunities than any other Georgia County. Residents are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the early voting period, including weekend voting.

“We hope that our expanded dates and locations for early voting will encourage more Fulton County registered voters to cast their ballots,” said Richard L. Barron, Director of the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections. "Voting early reduces lines on Election Day and is more convenient for voters."

Fulton County Early Voting Locations

Monday, October 13 - Friday, October 31

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

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Atlanta firefighters sing about fire prevention

Atlanta firefighters sing about fire prevention

ATLANTA -- We all know that humor -- and song lyrics -- help people learn.

The Atlanta Fire Department hopes for a lot of laughs in addition to fire safety preparation with the video its firefighters made for Fire Safety Prevention Month.

The firefighters changed the words to the Doors' "Light My Fire" -- with hilarious results. A spokeswoman for the fire department put it best: "We are well aware that it's a good thing these folks have real jobs."


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Rome Alexander debuts new single 'Bring Me Back'

Rome Alexander debuts new single 'Bring Me Back'

ATLANTA-- Rome Alexander's Atlanta Listening Session for "Bring Me Back" was held Thursday, Oct. 9 at The BQE Restaurant and Lounge.

Guests enjoyed signature dishes provided by the restaurant and a special toast sponsored by Voscato. Hosted by BET Music Director Buttahman, guests got a sneak peak of Rome Alexander's new singles as well as received signature Rome Alexander promotional items.

Rome Alexander's single is currently ranking high over several national and international charts as well as receiving recognition on several high-profile media outlets.

Darnell Senior Facility Artists Walk features creativity of participants and professionals

Darnell Senior Facility Artists Walk features creativity of participants and professionals

ATLANTA -- The Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility hosted its third annual Artists Walk on Thursday, Sept. 25, with dozens of citizens viewing the creativity of Darnell Facility participants and local artists.

The display, which was open Wednesday and Thursday featured personally designed greeting cards, paintings, jewelry, clothing, quilting and other forms of tapestry as well as creatively styled home goods. Those who believe that quilting is a fading art form would have been pleasantly surprised as dozens of colorful and meticulously designed quilts were on display. Participant creations were completed in Darnell Facility creative classes such as art, jewelry making and pottery.

For more information about classes offered at the Darnell Senior Multipurpose facility and Fulton County’s three other senior multipurpose facilities, call the Fulton County STARline at 404-613-6000.