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Sept. 23: Mastermind EVP Mike Gelfond Speaks on Social Media ROI at LIFT Summit in Atlanta

Mike Gelfond, EVP of Atlanta-based Mastermind, a leading social, digital and promotion agency, will be part of a panel discussing how businesses can measure social return on investment (SROI).  The panel, “The Roadmap to Measuring Social Return on Investment,” is part of the one-day Lift Summit on Sept.

Statewide Early Voting Starts Today

ATLANTA (AP) - Think you might not be able to make it to the polls on election day? Get your vote in early.

Early voting for the Nov. 2 general election began Friday in some Georgia counties and will be open all over the state Monday.

There are early voting locations all over the state. Voters can check the secretary of state's office website for early voting locations and hours.

Be sure to bring one of the six accepted forms of photo ID. They are: a valid state or federal government-issued photo ID; a Georgia driver's license, even if it's expired; a valid employee photo ID from any local, state or federal government; a valid U.S. passport; a valid U.S. military photo ID; valid tribal photo ID.















Delta Plane Blows a Tire on Take-off from ATL

ATLANTA -- A Delta flight out of Atlanta Thursday night blew four tires on its takeoff; it had to stop and transfer its passengers, headed to Ohio, onto a new plane.

It's a scary headline, but Delta officials say it sounds a lot more dangerous than it likely actually was.

Several aviation insiders agree that flat tires actually happen a handful of times every year. When they do, they usually occur as it did Thursday.

The DC-9 plane was accelerating on the runway. The tire blew -- Delta officials are still investigating why -- and while the plane could have still taken off, the pilot made the safer choice and began to stop.

Former FAA spokesperson Jack Barker says that's when the plane's safety measures kicked in.

"With the safety that's built into it, once [the pilot] starts to brake, the other tires will deflate just to make sure the plane doesn't go anywhere," Barker said.

Mayor Reed Names New City Attorney for Atlanta

ATLANTA --  Mayor Kasim Reed named Cathy Hampton as his pick for City Attorney on Friday.

Hampton most recently served as chief legal officer, general counsel and secretary at RARE Hospitality International, a restaurant franchisor. Before that, the Spelman and Harvard grad served as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at Earthlink and Counsel at Turner Entertainment Group and the National Basketball Association. 

"Cathy Hampton brings an impressive breadth and depth of legal experience to the City of Atlanta," Reed said in a statement. "Her knowledge of government compliance issues, corporate law, negotiation and contract administration will be an invaluable asset to the City of Atlanta. She is a seasoned attorney who will make an important difference in the management and leadership of the City's Law Department."

11Alive Help Desk Wipes Out Double Fines for Parking Tickets

ATLANTA -- The 11Alive Help Desk made a unique request to the Atlanta Municipal Court, and it could save you a bundle.

It involves hundreds of people who got Atlanta parking tickets from mid-July to mid-September and now have to pay double the fines.

One of them was Katha Dewees.

She got her parking ticket at Hartsfield-Jackson as she waited at curbside.

She tried to pay the $25 fine but couldn't pay it either online or by phone.

Her fine doubled to $50.

"I called the number that was listed on the ticket. I put the citation number in. It said citation number not found. Then I tried to talk to a person. Every time I would take the option to talk to an operator it would disconnect me," Dewees said.

The Help Desk found that a computer virus had crippled the Atlanta Municipal Court touch tone and online system for much of the summer.

A Pessimist's Guide to Braves Baseball: Become an Optimist Instead

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves have seriously vexed their fans this month, falling into second place while the Philadelphia Phillies have surged into first place in the National League East.  A season that seemed to promise a pennant is becoming a bit of a stumble instead.

"So I'm kind of worried they won't get it done, but I'm going to keep my fingers crossed," said Jeff Wiggins of Vinings. Wiggins was seated along the third base line of Wednesday's game with the Washington Nationals.

There are many ways to look at the remaining 15 games of the season.

Atlanta Police Chief Recommends Rezoning Precincts

ATLANTA -- The time it takes police to respond to calls for help in Atlanta could be changing.

On Tuesday, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner released his recommendations for redrawing police beat boundaries and zones to improve reaction time and increase police visibility and availability citywide.   

City Councilman Michael Julian Bond requested the Precinct Boundary Redesign study in January.

"Improving response times and police availability were top priorities communicated to me by citizens across the entire city as I was seeking office last year," Bond said, adding his appreciation for the police chief's recommendations.

Currently, Zone 1 covers 19 square miles, Zone 2 covers 40 square miles, Zone 3 covers 24 square miles, Zone 4 covers 32 square miles, Zone 5 covers 8 square miles, and Zone 6 covers 16.6 square miles.