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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.

Union Vote Begins for Delta Flight Attendants

ATLANTA -- Delta Air Lines flight attendants who are against unionizing held a rally on Wednesday, while those who support the idea held a news conference to call on Delta management to stay neutral.

The National Mediation Board will begin sending out voting instructions and pin numbers today.

The voting period will last through November 3. Once a ballot is cast online or over the phone, it cannot be changed.

This is the third time in eight years that flight attendants have voted on whether to unionize.

During the last time two years ago, 40 percent said "yes," well short of the 50 percent, plus one vote needed to pass.

But this time around, some of the rules and the dynamics have changed.

There are 20,000 Delta flight attendants who will have a chance to vote.

That number includes about 7000 from Northwest Airlines who were unionized before the merger with Delta.

Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.

Hapeville City Government tells all Residents to check their Water Bills

Atlanta, GA--  Hapeville city government put out this notice to all residents on its website:

The Water Department will no longer pass out cut-off notices (door hangers) to delinquent customers starting in September. Late fee notices are listed on the monthly water bill. If a bill has not been paid by noon on the 26th of each month, the account will be turned off that afternoon, or the next working day, as the case may be.

Metromix Atlanta's Cutest Dog Contest 2010: Group One ; VOTE NOW

Atlanta, GA--  Because we find it almost impossible to resist a cute dog, we—with help from our friends at Pets in the Sity—asked our users to submit their favorite photos of their pets. We got a great response. In fact, 100 dogs are part of Metromix Atlanta's Cutest Dog Contest 2010. ----READ MORE, Click Link.



Crime Stoppers Atlanta and Atlanta Public Schools to Launch Campus Crime Stoppers

Atlanta, GA--  Atlanta Public Schools, in partnership with Crime Stoppers Atlanta, will launch a new crime fighting program aimed at getting high school students and their parents involved in the crime prevention effort.

The new program encourages students, parents, school-based faculty and staff to proactively report crimes and criminal activity to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta organization through the group’s Web site, by text message or by telephone.  Tipsters have the option of remaining anonymous, and cash rewards are provided to those whose information leads to an arrest and indictment.

Campus Crime Stoppers will be launched at a news conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at Douglass High School, 225 H.E.

MARTA Bus and Train Services Changes Saturday Morning

ATLANTA -- MARTA bus riders will wake Saturday morning to find routes all over the city have been eliminated.

With his cane in his hand, Frank Reed spent Friday evening waiting for his last ride on MARTA bus route 57. He sat beneath a sign that tells him his stop on Old Gordon Road in N.W. Atlanta is going away.

Reed doesn't have a car. The closest stop he knows of is a half-mile away from his routine stop. The cane and knee wrap tell you it won't be an easy walk.

"I have bone cancer and diabetes," said Reed. "Walking period is strenuous for me."

MARTA is making cuts that even the transit authority admits are unprecedented and severe. Facing a 69-million dollar budget shortfall, MARTA has made cuts to the rail line that will mean trains will come less frequently, adding an average of five minutes to your wait. On weekends, trains that started running at 4:45 a.m., won't start running until 6 a.m.