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'Don't go east, don't go west': Weekend construction alert

'Don't go east, don't go west': Weekend construction alert

(WXIA) -- "Avoid I-20 if you can." That warning, from Georgia Department of Transportation district construction engineer Shun Pringle, applies to Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

Several road projects and lane closures will be in place along the east-west highway.

"We don't like to close lanes, but the work has to get done, and we have to take advantage of the good-weather weekends," Pringle said in a release.

Scheduled I-20 projects include:

* Two left eastbound lanes will be closed between Highway 138 (Rockdale) and Alcovy Road (Newton) from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

* Two right westbound lanes will be closed between Bill Arp and Liberty roads (Douglas) from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

* Two right eastbound lanes will be closed between Liberty and Bill Arp roads (Douglas) from 7 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for resurfacing.

Miguel Southwell named GM of Atlanta's airport

Miguel Southwell named GM of Atlanta's airport

ATLANTA -- Miguel Southwell on Monday was named the new chief of the world's busiest airport.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed named Southwell general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. He will replace Louis Miller, who retired at the end of last year.

"I'm confident that Miguel Southwell is the right executive to continue Hartsfield-Jackson's dominance as the world's busiest passenger airport, and grow its capabilities as a leading global cargo hub," Mayor Reed said in a statement.

Southwell was a finalist for the position in 2010, when Miller was appointed during Mayor Reed's first term. He has been interim aviation general manager since Miller left.

Atlanta Police looking for ATM bandits


ATLANTA – Atlanta Police are looking for two men they said were involved in the robbery of an ATM at the Airport Renaissance Hotel on May 1.

Police responded to a report of ATM vandalism at the Renaissance Hotel at One Hartsfield Center Parkway on May 1. Upon arrival, the officer was met by an ATM technician who said that after he came to the service the ATM, he discovered some wires cut and the electron journal cable disconnected.

The responding officer requested a police technician to come to the location and survey the machine.

The technician found that about $14,700 in cash was missing from the machine. The responding officer said he was not certain of the time that it went missing, however.

Investigators released surveillance video on Monday that showed two men that officers said they were looking for in connection with the incident.

Senior University 2014 features documentary honoring Tuskegee Airmen

Senior University 2014 features documentary honoring Tuskegee Airmen

ATLANTA _- Fulton County seniors were treated to a presentation of the historical documentary video of “Double Victory: The Tuskegee Airmen at War” on Thursday, May 08, 2014, at the Harriett G. Darnell Senior Multipurpose Facility. The documentary tells the actual story of the segregation and racial prejudices endured by the Tuskegee Airmen during World War II.  

I-20 construction continues through the weekend

I-20 construction continues through the weekend

(WXIA) -- The Interstate 20 delays that plagued metro Atlanta commuters last weekend will return.

Georgia Department of Transportation district construction engineer Shun Pringle said backups are expected in Douglas, Newton and Rockdale counties as crews work to complete some major road projects.

"Please do what you can to avoid these project areas. Plan ahead, look for alternate routes or call 511," Pringle said in a release. "We want everyone to enjoy the weekend, and I'm sure that doesn't include sitting in traffic backups."

Several events may also cause delays on Atlanta's roads. From 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, State Route 9 near Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza will be closed for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Pringle said traffic in the area will be detoured.

Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

Fulton County Fire Rescue promotes vehicle arson prevention during Arson Awareness Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each year during the first full week in May, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) work to raise awareness of arson and provide individuals with strategies to combat it in their community. This year, Arson Awareness Week is May 4-10 and focuses on vehicle arson.

“Vehicle arson is a very serious matter,” said Chief Larry Few, Director of the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department. “The motivations behind the burning of vehicles are similar to those of other types of arson crimes. Fulton residents should learn ways they can prevent vehicle arson from happening to them.”

Motivations behind vehicle arson include, revenge, concealing another crime, excitement, insurance fraud/arson for profit and vandalism.

Tips to prevent vehicle arson

Delta flight diverts after windshield cracks


(CNN) -- A cracked windshield was not part of traveler Jennifer Squires' flight plan when she boarded a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles on Saturday, May 3.

The Boeing 767-300 aircraft was flying at 38,000 feet when the pilot told passengers over the intercom that they would be making an emergency landing in Albuquerque, wrote Squires, via e-mail.

"I immediately thought someone was ill," she wrote. "A few minutes later he (the pilot) told us that because of pressure, the windshield in the cockpit arched, bubbled, and then shattered."

Not the entire windshield, clarified a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman. "Our initial information was that the outside part of the windshield shattered but the interior part remained intact," wrote FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford, via email.