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Atlanta's 'Phantom of the Fox' Wonders if He Has to Move Out

ATLANTA -- The relationship between Joe Patten, otherwise known as the Phantom of the Fox, and his landlords, otherwise known as the board of trustees for the Fox Theatre, has degenerated into an emotional standoff.

Patten, who has lived in an apartment above the Fox for the last 31 years, was presented with a new lease arrangement by the board on Monday -- and, on advice of his lawyer, refused to sign.

Patten is not sure what's next.

A poster made by an 11-year-old girl rests on a couch in Joe Patten's living room in his apartment above the Fox. It pleads with the Fox board to let the Phantom of the Fox stay.

"I feel very, very invigorated," said Patten. "It appears to me that I had more support than I ever thought I would ever have."

What's on Sale: Aquarium Tickets and More

Restaurant.com gift certificates are available at an 80 percent discount this week.   $25.00 dollar gift certificates are $2.00 when you use the code: "CLEARANCE.  " Many of the certificates require a minimum food purchase of $35.00 and do not include alcohol.

K and G Fashion superstore is having a Summer Clearance Sale. Men and women's clothing that was already on sale is now 50 percent off the sale price.

North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawsonville is having a Labor Day weekend sale. Many of the outlets will have big bargains from Friday to Monday, and some stores like Polo and Guess have already started markdowns.

The Case of the Missing Zoo Atlanta Rattlesnake -- Solved

ATLANTA -- Residents and visitors in the Grant Park and Zoo Atlanta area can relax.

The rattlesnake missing from the quarantine section of the reptile building since Friday was found over the weekend, its identity confirmed by the Zoo Monday.

That ends this reptilian whodunnit.

"From the snake's perspective, obviously, there could've been a better ending," said Dr. Dwight Lawson, Ph.D, Deputy Director of Zoo Atlanta. "But we're very relieved and pleased to know that the situation is is over."

Not knowing where the two-foot-long, broom-handle-thick tiger rattlesnake was had Zoo Atlanta staffers on edge all weekend.

Monday morning between 6 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., the zoo got a call from a woman who'd heard that a snake had escaped from its cage at the zoo.

Latino Fest a Success, Despite 1 Major Incident

Atlanta, GA--  Sunday August 29th saw thousands of Atlanta's Latino community come downtown to celebrate a festival of their own. With food, fun for the kids, and music for all, there is no doubt that the Latino Fest has found a home in Atlanta's downtown.

Though the event was marred by one incident of violence, by all accounts the event was a success.  There were vendors cooking traditional Latin foods, as well as hundreds of people waving their country flags and celebrating their family heritage.

The only incident of violence occured when 2 groups of young men began arguing, which then escalated to a fight and a subsequent stabbing.  The victim of the stabbing is still in critical condition at Grady Hospital according to the AJC, as his heart was nikked by the knife.  There is an ongoing investigation and several people were taken into custody who may be involved.

Weekend Fun at Grant Park's Summer Shade Festival

Atlanta, GA--  This past weekend in Atlanta, the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival celebrated its 8th annual family fun event.

The Summer Shade Festival began as an event to raise awareness and funds to support the Grant Park Conservancy- a nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, care and maintenance of the city's oldest public park.  In 1883 Lemuel Pratt Grant, a prominent businessman and entrepreneur, donated 100 of his 600 acres to the city of Atlanta.  Since then the park has hosted millions of visitors.

At this year's fest there were more than 100 vendors selling everything from locally made jewelry to "Granny's Old Fashion Lemondade". There were also many corporate sponsors taking the opportunity to promote new "Organic" food brands.  The live concert stage kept the music going all day and the large oak trees provided great shade for families to enjoy the day.

Friday Night's Prep Football Scores

Friday's Scores

By The Associated Press


Abbeville, S.C. 24, Lincoln County 21

Allatoona 24, Kennesaw Mountain 22

Alpharetta 42, North Cobb 19

Americus Sumter 28, Liberty County 7

Apalachee 35, Habersham Central 7

Appling County 18, Dodge County 17

Aquinas 35, Landmark Christian 17

Armuchee 28, Trion 16

Athens Academy 34, Southwest Atlanta Christian 14

Bainbridge 14, Early County 7

Baldwin 14, Burke County 8

Banks County 40, Social Circle 14

Bethesda Day 41, Bible Baptist 8

Bleckley County 27, Lamar County 19

Blessed Trinity 44, Benedictine Military 0

Bremen 27, Howard 0

Brookstone 42, Macon County 9

Buford 40, Gainesville 19

Butler 42, Westside-Augusta 0

Calhoun 27, Dalton 14

Piercing Tongues To Achieve Self Sufficiency

ATLANTA -- Every Fourth of July we watch in amazement, as wheelchair athletes negotiate the rugged Peachtree Road Race course.

But many of the disabled have difficulty getting up their front steps -- let alone scaling "Heartbreak Hill."

Georgia Tech is part of research going on now, that promises greater independence for those who are wheelchair-bound.
This breakthrough technology is on the tip of our tongues.

The tongue is an amazing organ.

We use it to eat and to talk and in some cases to decorate.
It gets its instructions, not through the spinal cord, but directly from the brain.

"Even the highest level of spinal cord injury which results in the paralysis of the rest of the body, does not affect the tongue at all," said Georgia Tech's Doctor Maysam Ghovanloo of the electrical and computer engineering school.