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Want to Run in Atlanta's Half Marathon this Thanksgiving? Train with a Coach Now

Atlanta, GA-- For those runners who will be running in the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving morning, Coach Will Dillard, along with Fleet Feet Sports Atlanta, will have a training program designed specifically for intermediate and veteran runners.

An informational meeting and sign up will be at Fleet Feet Sports Atlanta on Sunday, September 12th at 3:00 p.m., and group runs begin Saturday, September 18th.

The cost of the program is $99.00 and will include the following: Ten Saturday group runs from various locations with optional Wednesday training runs beginning October 6th, a detailed written schedule, seminars on injury prevention and nutrition, access to Coach Will at the runs and by email for training questions, weekly email training tips, a long sleeve technical tee for race day, and socks and other goodies from program sponsors.

Along with coaching numerous runners over the past twenty years, Coach Will has trained many of his runners

As Campaign Reignites, Barnes Distances Self from Obama

HAPEVILLE, GA -- Roy Barnes fueled up at a labor union cookout Monday, a traditional Labor Day haunt for vote-seeking Democrats.  Barnes will need the backing of reliable traditional Democrats in a state that has become predictably Republican.  Yet he has tried to distance himself from the national party and the unpopular president who leads it.

"I consider myself an independent Democrat, more in the mold of [former US Senators] Sam Nunn and Richard Russell and Zell Miller, than I do out of the national Democratic party," Barnes told 11Alive News.
 
Republican Nathan Deal says he wasn't invited to the cookout.  He walked in a Labor Day parade in Douglasville, seeking votes among spectators after spending most of the last month raising money for the fall campaign.  Deal will have help from the well-funded Republican Governors association, which is painting Barnes as a Democrat in lockstep with President Obama.  

Hartsfield Parking Lot Goes Ticketless

ATLANTA -- Parking at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's west economy lot just went ticketless.

Credit card in/out, an automated ticketless system is now available in the west economy lot, letting customers insert a credit card into the card reader when entering the lot and then swipe the same credit card to exit without the need of a ticket.

The system computes fees based upon length of stay and charges the credit card.

The west economy lot, which has 1,150 spaces, is at the west end of the terminal beyond the ground transportation center.

Hartsfield-Jackson will implement the credit card in/out system throughout all parking lots by the end of 2011.

Woman Died From Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

DECATUR, GA -- Results from an autopsy on the woman involved in the shooting at the Delta Air Lines maintenance facility on Monday show she died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

A statement from the GBI says the autopsy results match evidence crews found in her vehicle. They have identified the woman as Caren Archer, 55, from McDonough.

The investigation of the incident is continuing.

Woman Dead in Shooting at Delta Maintenance Facility

ATLANTA -- A woman who authorities believe was looking for a Delta Air Lines employee outside a maintenance facility near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Monday. 

Clayton Police Lt. Tina Daniel says police believe the woman sought to confront a Delta employee at the Delta Technical Operations Center. She says the woman was stopped by police at a security checkpoint outside the facility, where workers maintain Delta's fleet.

Delta, AirTran Agree to Hartsfield Payments

ATLANTA (AP) - Two airlines have agreed to make supplementary terminal rental payments of $30 million over four years to support bond financing for the international terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced the deal on Tuesday between the city and Delta Air Lines and AirTran Airways.

Reed and interim airport manager Robert Kennedy said the supplemental payments will enable the airport to get bond financing by the end of this year to complete the international terminal in 2012. The goal would then be to repay the airlines.

Reed also announced Tuesday his signing of a new seven-year lease with Orlando-based AirTran, following the Atlanta city council's approval of the AirTran lease in July.

Suspicious Package at Airport Found

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department's bomb squad is investigating a suspicious package found at the airport this Monday morning.  Dispatchers say that the package was found in the airport's north terminal at the lower level baggage claim area.

Police say that the area surrounding the package was evacuated and that the main baggage claim areas on the upper level were not affected. Reports say that it looked like a pipe bomb, and that the airport was not evacuated and traffic is moving normally.