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DragonCon 2014


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.

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Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

Free digital textbooks available to Ga. students

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Education has made free interactive digital textbooks available on its website.

Students, parents and educators are welcome to use the books, which feature games, discussion questions, quizzes and other study elements.

They are available for middle and high school courses in such subjects as language arts, math, science, social studies, electives and several world languages -- Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin and Spanish.

State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge said students who have used the digital textbook have had much classroom success with them.

Visit gavirtuallearning.org to access the textbook materials.

Parents urged to provide homework support

Parents urged to provide homework support

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- As the school year moves into high gear, the Fulton County Office of Children and Youth urges parents to help children to transition successfully into their new school year by playing an active role in their children’s education.  The U.S. Department of Education reports that homework helps children to gain an edge by providing extra time for research, development of study skills and time management skills.

“Homework helps children to remember and master material that has already been presented in the classroom and assists them with preparation for future classroom activities,” said Melinda Pruitt, Division Manager for the Office of Children and Youth. Homework allows children to achieve the following skills:

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.