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DragonCon 2014


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In 1987, DragonCon was born in Atlanta with 1400 fans. It continues to be the anchor of the city's busiest tourism weekend. This year, attendance is up more than 10% with 62,000 people expected to attend during Labor Day Weekend. They call themselves "the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction & fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film in the universe". It's also the best people watching in the southeast.

Fulton County Fire Rescue offers Labor Day BBQ fire safety tips

Fulton County Fire Rescue offers Labor Day BBQ fire safety tips

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Labor Day is a time for barbeques. It can also be a time of extreme fire danger. According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA) almost 5,000 Americans are injured each year by charcoal/wood-burning and propane grill fires.

“As residents continue to enjoy the summer, we want to remind them to practice safety tips as they are barbequing and camping,” said Chief Larry Few, Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “We want everyone to safely enjoy the holiday.”

Summertime should be a time for fun and making happy memories. Knowing a few fire safety tips and following instructions will help everyone have a safe summer:

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

Labor Day treat: No roadwork this weekend

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation has a surprise for drivers who plan to visit Atlanta over the Labor Day weekend.

All construction-related road closures in metro Atlanta will be suspended from Friday at noon to Tuesday at 9 a.m. GDOT said while some long-term closures may remain in place for safety reasons, no new ones will be added unless there is an emergency.

Traffic is expected to be heavy throughout the area, thanks to a number of major Labor Day events:

* Dragon Con
* AJC Decatur Book Festival
* Black Gay Pride
* Oral-B USA 500 (Atlanta Motor Speedway)
* Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (Georgia Dome)
* Braves v. Marlins/Phillies (Turner Field)
* Celebrate Freedom (Marietta)

Inmates, officers hurt in fight at Atlanta jail

Inmates, officers hurt in fight at Atlanta jail

ATLANTA -- Several inmates and officers were injured in a fight at the Atlanta City Detention Center Wednesday afternoon.

It happened at around 1 p.m. during a routine cell search.

Atlanta Department of Corrections spokesperson Ashanti Moore said an officer noticed contraband inside a cell housing two federal inmates. When the officer entered the cell to confiscate it, the inmates attacked the officer.

A second officer tried to get involved, which caused several more inmates to join the fight, Moore said.

The officer who was attacked was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with injuries to the neck and back. Two more officers received minor injuries and a supervisor suffered a cut to the lip, according to Moore.

One federal inmate sustained mouth injuries and was taken to Grady, while three more inmates reported minor injuries.

Officer shoots knife-wielding man at Woodruff Park


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ATLANTA -- Authorities say a police officer shot a man holding a large knife at Woodruff Park late Tuesday afternoon.

Woodruff Park was full as downtown workers and Georgia State students were leaving for the day.

Witnesses described an escalating fight between a policewoman and an aggressive homeless man she was trying to place under arrest.

Office of Children and Youth needs volunteers

Office of Children and Youth needs volunteers

HAPEVILLE, Ga. -- The Fulton County Call to Womanhood programs, Priceless University and the Youth Leadership Academy for Girls need volunteer academic tutors in math, science and reading.

Volunteer tutors will support the students in the Call to Womanhood programs during meetings beginning in September at the Call to Womanhood Center located at 3444 Claire Drive, Hapeville, next to the Hapeville Library.

Priceless University is a college-prep and career development program for middle and high school girls between the ages of 12 and 17. The program focuses on self-enrichment and self-development courses that help students reach their full potential.  Priceless University meets every Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Call to Womanhood Center.

All About Developmental Disabilities offers workshops on dating, employment

All About Developmental Disabilities offers workshops on dating, employment

DECATUR, Ga. -- All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) will host workshops for families living with developmental disabilities at two locations this fall. Through their Family Support Center, designed to serve individuals and families living with developmental disabilities in metro Atlanta and across Georgia, AADD offers assistance during various life transitions.

Each workshop will help participants learn more about a specific issue, including dating, employment and planning for future needs. Tuesday workshops will be held at AADD’s Family Support Center in Decatur at 125 Clairemont Ave, Suite 300, Decatur, 30030. Thursday workshops will be held at the Marcus Jewish Community Center, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd, Atlanta, 30338.

For registration and information about all workshops, please email Family Support Center Coordinator Madeline Griffin at madeline@aadd.org or call AADD at (404) 881-9777.