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(METROMIX) -- As far as we're concerned, there's only one event this weekend -- the Metromix Two Year Anniversary Party at Havana Club on Friday night. You don't want to miss it!

Still, even we can't keep the party going for the entire weekend nonstop, so you'll have to make your own fun on Saturday and Sunday.

Republican Candidate for Governor Backtracks on "Open Mind" on Casinos

Atlanta, GA (AP)-- Republican gubernatorial hopeful Nathan Deal is backpedaling on casinos after at least one prominent Christian
conservative activist called to voice concerns.
Deal created a stir when he said earlier this month that he was
willing to keep an "open mind" about the possibility of casinos
in Georgia. This week, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said the
former congressman from Gainesville "personally opposes casino
gambling" and doesn't believe they're the best way to spur the
state's economy. Robinson wouldn't say whether Deal would sign a
veto a casino bill if one landed on his desk.
The campaign of Deal's opponent, Democrat Roy Barnes, said
Deal's waffling shows he "is too unsteady for the job" of
governor.
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Online:
Roy Barnes for Governor: www.roy2010.com
Nathan Deal for Governor: www.nathandeal.org

Atlanta Homeowners Get City Hall Action on Water Bills

ATLANTA -- Looking for answers on why Atlanta water bills have doubled and tripled, angry and frustrated homeowners from 10 Buckhead communities took their issues to City Hall and the Mayor's Office.

The homeowners met for more than two hours Monday night with Atlanta Watershed Commissioner Rob Hunter, and many say they just got round-about and indirect answers.

After an hour long meeting Thursday at City Hall, Atlanta's Chief Operating Officer Peter Aman says the Mayors Office is now taking a direct role is what's happening to homeowner water bills and meter readings.

"I am personally leading this initiative to develop a new plan for Watershed. I will be personally supervising and involved," Aman said.

"We clearly are not delivering the level of service to our citizens that they deserve and there is no question that the City is going to make an aggressive attempt to figure out what is going on," he added.

Atlanta Statue of Provocation

ATLANTA -- As Nathan Deal and Roy Barnes ramp of their campaigns for the governor's office, there is a reminder of the complexity of state politics just outside the office on the state capitol grounds.

The Tom Watson statue has been a point of contention for decades.

It is also one of the most famous pieces of public art in the world.

The Watson bronze has stood in downtown Atlanta since the 1920's. Strangely it wasn't officially commemorated until December 1932.

The lawyer, writer, state legislator and United States senator is depicted with his lower leg forward and his left hand raised in a fist, always a fist.

"A vast majority of Atlantans walk by the statue and have no idea what he stood for -- if they did -- they wouldn't have it there," said Anti-Defamation League Southeast Regional Director Bill Nigut.

"Tom Watson was a first class hater and it wasn't just Jewish people, he hated Catholics and Black people too." added Nigut.

Reed: State Should Slim Down Workforce

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says that the state should eliminate another 10 to 15 percent of its workforce over the next 36 months.

Reed on Wednesday told a panel weighing an overhaul to the Georgia's tax code that the recesssion-wracked state must continue to reduce the number of state jobs in "a drastic and politically painful fashion."

The Democrat made the remarks in front of Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue who noted that Georgia's workforce has shrunk to roughly the same size as it was in 1999.

Reed said the city of Atlanta has shed 25 percent of its workforce since 2008 and more cuts could be needed.

Reed urged the tax panel to consider eliminating may special interest tax exemptions, some of which he voted for as a state senator.

NCAA Football Preview - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - 2009 SEASON IN REVIEW: After winning nine games in his first season at the helm at Georgia Tech, Paul Johnson gave quite an encore performance, as he not only led his Yellow Jackets to a school record 13th consecutive bowl game, but posted 11 victories overall (most since 1990 National Championship team) and took home the ACC title. The team's lone regular-season losses came at Miami early on and against rival Georgia late in the season, with an eight game win streak sandwiched in between, including a statement win over Virginia Tech (28-23) and a nailbiter against Wake Forest (30-27 in OT). Winning the Coastal Division certainly didn't come easy, but the Yellow Jackets made it to Tampa where they took on a Clemson team they snuck by at home in early September (30-27). In perhaps the most memorable and spirited ACC title game to date, Tech came out on top, in a 39-34 slugfest.

Even Quirky Campus Clubs Help College Students

(USA Today) -- Students at Georgia Tech and Georgia State University started school Monday, a week after the University of Georgia. In coming days all sorts of campus clubs will be courting the co-eds for membership, but they're not like the student groups their parents joined.

College experts say students today are attracted to clubs with activities that are more innovative - maybe even downright wacky. Some feed squirrels, pretend to be zombies and use science to whip up bacon-flavored cotton candy. 

Strange as that may seem, experts say students who participate in extracurricular activities are more engaged in the college experience, and benefits can be seen both in and outside the classroom. Kevin Kruger of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators says the students study more, have higher GPAs and are more satisfied with their social lives.