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Wall Street protestors call for students to walk out

Wall Street protestors call for students to walk out

NEW YORK -- Organizers of the anti-Wall Street demonstration are calling for students at college campuses across the nation to walk out of class in protest Wednesday afternoon.

This, as the demonstration started by about a dozen people in New York's Financial District continues to grow.

The Working Families Party and the Chinatown Tenants Union are just two groups planning to join the protest Wednesday.

DORAVILLE: Complaints about Express Lanes lead to change in other states

ATLANTA, Ga. -- As the Georgia's Tollway Authority gets an earful from frustrated commuters over the I-85 Express Lanes, complaints have led to changes with High Occupancy Toll lanes in at least one other state.

RELATED: I-85 Express Lane FAQ
RELATED: SRTA sees 'positive experience' for Peach Pass drivers on I-85

Since Georgia's first High Occupancy Toll lanes opened on Saturday, commuters have complained that few drivers are using them. Some squawk that it has caused bigger traffic jams in the general lanes. Others say the Express Lanes are confusing, expensive, and don't have enough entry and exit points.

NORCROSS: SRTA sees 'Positive experience' for Peach Pass drivers on I-85

NORCROSS, Ga. - There were complaints from commuters Tuesday who, for a second day, said they were late to work because of the new Express Lanes on I-85 in Gwinnett and DeKalb Counties.

RELATED: I-85 Express Lane FAQ
RELATED: Complaints about Express Lanes lead to change in other states

Many commuters said the toll lanes have simply made traffic worse adding as much as 30 to 45 minutes to their old commute.

If you ask anybody who travels the 15 mile stretch of I-85 that employs the Express Lanes and you'll hear a consistent response - the Express Lanes are virtually empty, while other lanes feel more packed than ever.

NORCROSS: I-85 Express Lanes face first rush hour test

NORCROSS: I-85 Express Lanes face first rush hour test

ATLANTA -- The new Express Lanes on I-85 in parts of Gwinnett and DeKalb counties got their first real test during the Monday morning rush.

RELATED: I-85 Express Lane FAQ

After months of construction and weeks of testing, the toll lanes officially opened just after midnight on Saturday with a starting toll of $1.55 for the entire 15.5-mile ride from Old Peachtree Road to Shallowford Road.

As of 7:30 a.m Monday, the full ride was $4. It got as high as $5.50, toll officials said Monday afternoon.

Express Lane FAQ

ATLANTA -- The new Express Lanes on I-85 opened over the weekend and faced their first test during Monday morning's commute.

Despite months of preparation, many commuters still had questions.

State Road and Tollway Authority spokeswoman Malika Reed Wilkins joined 11Alive News Today Monday morning for a live chat and answers.  

Q: When will you have to pay to use the Express Lane?

A: The Express Lanes are open 24/7.

Q: Where is the Peach Pass sticker supposed to go in your car?

A: You can place your Peach Pass behind your rear view mirror about two inches down. If it's in that vicinity, you'll be fine.

Q: How much did this whole Express Lane project cost to put into place? How much do you expect the tolls to bring in every year?

What's On Sale October 2nd

TheTykes, Tots and Teens Consignment Sale starts next Saturday, October 8th at the International Horse Park in Conyers.
The sale starts at 9am and runs through through the 15th. Children are not permitted on opening day.

Cheapos Thrift Store in Lawrenceville is opening for a special sale today (Sunday, October 2nd)  from 2 to 6 pm.
The store is not normally open Sundays but they are having a clothing clearance sale with some items as low as a quarter.
Selected furniture and housewares are also half off, and lots of other items are marked Name Your Price, so you can try your hand at haggling.   Cheapos is at 850 Dogwood Rd in Lawrenceville. Those who like the store on Facebook get a ten percent discount.

Gwinnett county libraries cutting their hours

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - The Gwinnett County Libraries voted Thursday to cut hours at all of their branches, effective Oct. 23.

The library system's budget has been cut by 15 percent. The library board opted to cut the hours in order to make up the shortfall.

Each branch will remain open seven days a week, but only for a total of 44 hours, down from the current 53 hours per week.

Hours will vary through the week, but the branches will have the same hours on weekends: Fridays 10-3, Saturday and Sundays, 10-5.