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USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Boys Poll

ATLANTA--The latest edition of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Poll is here. With region tournament time just around the corner, the name at the top stays the same.

 The Spartans of Greater Atlanta Christian top the charts, with Allatoona, Wheeler, North Gwinnett and Norcross making up the top 5.

Miller Grove is next, with Hillgrove, Tucker, Berkmar, and Grayson climbing into the top 10 this week.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 Poll is computer generated, and is produced exclusively for 11Alive News and 11Alive.com by USA Today High School Sports.

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Will you have to pay if your abandoned car was towed?

METRO ATLANTA -- With so many abandoned cars during #snowjam2014 this week, communities are towing cars to get traffic flowing.

Here's the list of who will have to pay and who will get a pass if cars were towed off the road.

Atlanta:
The Atlanta Police Department said they will not begin towing vehicles until Sunday Feb. 2 at noon. APD will waive vehicle impound fees associated with the winter weather. If your car was towed call the Atlanta Property Unit at 404-546-4330.

DeKalb:
Towing fees will be reimbursed for stranded cars. Drivers have until Midnight Friday to claim towed cars. Contact the DeKalb Police Department's Permit office at 404-297-3934 to file for reimbursement. 

Unincorporated Fulton:
They are only towing cars to the side of the road where it was abandoned; they are not sending them to impound lots. If you cannot find your car call the police department at 404-613-5711.

Gwinnett schools reopen Friday

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- The state's largest public school district -- Gwinnett County Public Schools -- has decided to call students back to school on Friday as leaders at most other public schools in the metro Atlanta area keep students home for a third day following Tuesday's winter storm.

Before dawn more than 1800 school buses with more than 120,000 students onboard returned to Gwinett County roads.

All were were open, but some had ice patches.

"There's parts of ice every where and with your kids, you have to be more careful," said Elsa Salzar.

When asked if the school system should have remained closed she said, "Yeah, maybe.  Because most of the schools are closed."

Mother and son killed in murder-suicide

Mother and son killed in murder-suicide

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A missing Gwinnett County mother and her son have been found dead in what police believe is a murder-suicide.

Thuy Phan, 48, and her 24-year-old son Vincent were reported missing Thursday evening by family members.

After Thuy Phan's oldest son found her car in Rock Springs Park in unincorporated Lawrenceville, police began searching the park, according to Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Edwin Ritter.

Thuy and Vincent Phan's bodies were found shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday in a wooded area of the park. Ritter said investigators determined Thuy Phan shot her son, who had been diagnosed with autism, and then turned the gun on herself.

A motive for the murder-suicide has not yet been established.

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IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

(WXIA) -- IHOP will once again participate in the National Pancake Day promotion on Tuesday, Mar. 4.

Customers who visit any IHOP location on National Pancake Day will be treated to a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In exchange, the restaurant chain encourages diners to leave a donation for a number of charities, namely the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Beginning this Saturday, Feb. 1, IHOP will collect donations for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Customers can buy paper balloons that cost either $1 or $5. The balloons will hang in IHOP restaurants through National Pancake Day.

Anyone who purchases a $5 balloon will receive a $5 IHOP coupon to use on a future visit.

Learn more about the promotion at ihoppancakeday.com.

Man arrested for shooting arrows at cops

Man arrested for shooting arrows at cops

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. -- A Gwinnett County man has been arrested for attacking his wife with a hatchet and then firing arrows at responding officers.

The incident happened shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday at a house on Laurel Tree Court in unincorporated Snellville.

Police responded to the house after a woman called 911 and said her husband, 28-year-old Thomas Burt, hit her in the hand with a hatchet and threatened to shoot her with his bow and arrows.

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Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Jake Smith said police arrived and tried to convince Burt to leave the house. He refused and then threatened the officers.

Shortly after midnight, Burt fired an arrow through the front door of his home, according to Smith. The arrow grazed one officer's face.

Unemployment plunges to 6.8 percent

Unemployment plunges to 6.8 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in December, down from 7.0 percent in November.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new figures Thursday morning.

December's unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in Gwinnett County.

Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate decreased because nearly 11,200 more Atlanta residents were employed in December, and the number of jobs in the area grew to 2,450,000 -- the most since May 2008.

December's unemployment rate was also down considerably from the December 2012 rate of 8.4 percent.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest jobless rate in December at 5.2 percent. The highest was 10.2 percent in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.