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Boot Camp for a Cause

ATLANTA -- Under a sliver of moon and a few flashlights, Piedmont Park fills before sunrise. Some people are dressed in old sweatpants that have seen better days, and others are dressed in high-tech wicking tights. They stand side by side, shivering and jogging in place. All of them are lured by the explosion in the number of fitness boot camps.

"I don't know if they're just all morning people or what, but they're in such a great mood," first timer Jackie Westhoven said with an exhausted chuckle.

Each of the groups must register with the city of Atlanta and pay a permit fee. "Funds do not come to the park at all," said Monica Thornton with the Piedmont Park Conservancy. "They go into the general fund for the city."

Fate of Wyland Whaling Wall Grim

ATLANTA -- You can't miss the "Whaling Wall" mural passing by Underground Atlanta. But the structure it's painted on needs repairing which means the mural must go.

The images of right whales and dolphins at play has graced the Atlanta skyline for seventeen years. It was created by Wyland who has painted similar murals of marine life all over the world.

"The idea was to use public art to create awareness about the right whales that were very threatened off the coast there," Wyland said by phone from Laguna Beach, California Monday.

The Wyland Whaling Wall lives on the side of the 90 Central Parking Deck. But the years have been hard on the Wyland Whales. On the surface, the paint is cracked and chipping. Under the paint, The Georgia Building Authority says the deck is in need of structural repairs that will require the mural to be destroyed.

Popular Teams = Bad Traffic

ATLANTA -- It all comes down to the last game of the year for the Atlanta Braves. And if you want to witness history at Turner Field Sunday you better be ready to spend what may seem like extra innings on the highway.

It has been a busy event weekend in Atlanta and traffic downtown won't get any easier Sunday. Over 50,000 fans filled Turner Field for a baseball game to honor a legendary manager. As if that wasn't enough, the BET Hip Hop Awards are in Atlanta along with several festivals and a college football game.

At Turner Field fans tried to get to the game early for a tribute to Bobby Cox, but many missed it because of traffic. Fans were still entering the stadium an hour after the game got under way. "It was really bad, we've been circling for an hour and thirty five minutes," said Steve Hunt.

"It took us about 45 minutes to get through about five miles," said Theresa Zimmerman.

What's Hot This Weekend

Any weekend with good food and music is pretty great, but this weekend is outstanding.

Atlanta Greek Festival 2010
Greek Orthodox Cathedral - 2500 Clairmont Road NE - Atlanta
October 1 : 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
October 2 : 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
October 3 : 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Enjoy an authentic taste of Greek cuisine and culture at this annual festival, which features an early bird drive-thru window serving gyros, souvlaki plates, spanakopita and more.

Metromix Soundcheck: Johnny Rockbridge & the High Chairs

ATLANTA, Ga -- The band Johnny Rockbridge and the High Chairs rocked the Metromix Soundcheck stage Friday on 11Alive News.

They're an up and coming rock band in Atlanta. The band members have been friends since going to Shiloh High School in Suwanee together.

You can see them play live Friday, October 15th at the Publik Draft House in Midtown Atlanta.  They'll take the stage at 10:00pm.
You can celebrate Halloween with the band Friday, October 29th when they play at the Glenn Hotel in downtown Atlanta. 
For more on the band and their upcoming shows, check out their MySpace page.  They're also on Facebook.

 

 

N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.

Mega Parenting Event This Weekend

ATLANTA -- One of America's leading parenting experts is coming to Atlanta this weekend for three days of events aimed at helping parents raise principled, purposeful kids in today's complex world.

John Rosemond, whose nationally-syndicated column appears weekly in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will join with Connect With Kids founder Stacey Dewitt for the program at South Forsyth High School on Saturday, October 2, Marist School on Sunday, October 3, and Mount Paran Christian School on Monday, October 4.

Rosemond has written 14 books on parenting.  DeWitt is an attorney, an award-winning journalist, and mom who regularly appears as a parenting expert on 11Alive News and on other news outlets nationwide.

The events at South Forsyth High and Marist School cost $20 per person or $35 per couple.  The Mount Paran event costs $12 per person.