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Sunday sales off to a brisk start in many cities

Sandy Springs, GA -- The Roswell Package Store in Sandy Springs rang up about $700 in sales in the first 30 minutes of the first day of business on Sunday.

"We're thrilled," said general manager Maulik Patel. "Our customers wanted Sunday sales, and so did we."

Sunday alcohol sales began at 12:30 p.m. in more than a dozen metro Atlanta communities that approved the measure on election day.

There was a countdown and ribbon-cutting in the beer and wine section at Trader Joe's in Sandy Springs.

"I've lived in Georgia for 25 years, and I can finally buy alcohol on Sunday," said Mark Meltzer, who took a picture of his purchase to post on Facebook.

"I got a few bottles to be part of Georgia history," said customer Augusto Becco.

This truly is historic since blue laws have banned the sale of beer, wine and spirits on Sundays in Georgia since the 1800s.

25 worst passwords of 2011

25 worst passwords of 2011

Everyone uses passwords these days and I thought this would be good information for all of our community news readers to have.  This is a list of the 25 worst passwords.  These passwords are so common and will serve as little to no protection for you.  


(CNN|Money) -- You've got locks on your doors and maybe even an alarm system guarding your home.

Commuter Dude gives Limo rides to work all week long

Commuter Dude is always working hard to help improve your commute. But sometimes, due to sheer traffic volume, that's just not possible. So all week long, Dude is trying to ease commuter pain by giving free limo rides to five drivers who absolutely hate their commutes.

Monday's trip takes Dude out to Lawrenceville to pickup frustrated commuter Laura Burgess.

Tuesday, Dude treks from Duluth to Dunwoody with commuter John Woods.

On Wednesday Dude is headed north to Woodstock to chauffeur commuter Kimberly Cox to Sandy Springs. 

On Thursday, it's down to McDonough for a 36 mile haul to the edge of Decatur with happy passenger Chanika Brown.

Dude wraps up the week with three spirited sisters who commute from Douglasville to Norcross, more than a hundred thirty miles round trip each day.   



LAWRENCEVILLE: Teen murder suspect turns himself in

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- A teenager suspected of murdering a man in Lawrenceville has turned himself in to Gwinnett County police.

Cpl. Jake Smith said 17-year-old Brandon Prasad was taken into custody at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Prasad is accused of shooting 18-year-old Jose De Manuel Alfaro to death. Alfaro's body was discovered in the front yard of a home on the 500 block of Simonton Ridge Trail at about 11:45 p.m. Monday. Ritter said Alfaro did not live in the neighborhood.

Prasad has been charged with murder, possession of a firearm and marijuana possession.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for Northwesten Cobb County and Paulding County until 1:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Weather and warnings are going off all over the greaert metro area.  Please visit 11alive.com for most up to date info and also visit our weather blog at WizArmy.11Alive.com 

Disabled passengers left paying double transit fares

ATLANTA -- Paratransit riders in Metro Atlanta are stuck paying double the fare for the same ride as everyone else.

Gwinnett Paratransit riders pay one fare, then pay again when they switch to MARTA. In comparison, regular passengers - whether on Gwinnett Transit or MARTA - pay once and get a free transfer.

This angered 91-year-old Mildred Mallory so much that she and her caregiver, Harriet Bradley, journeyed from Norcoss to attend the MARTA board meeting in Atlanta.

"To go to the MARTA board meeting is costing us $14.50, and that is a gross inequity," Bradley said.

Both Mallory and Bradley spoke at MARTA's board meeting but got no reaction from board members. The pair later met with MARTA's Lyle Harris.

"It needs to be fair, and it's not fair," Bradley said. "As a regular passenger, I have free transfers. The people on the express buses have free transfers. But people who have disabilities, they don't have those options."

Some areas to begin Sunday sales this month

ATLANTA -- Now that many of the communities that put Sunday alcohol sales on the ballot have passed it, some of them are actually starting to implement the sales -- with some of them beginning this week.

In Metro Atlanta, Alpharetta, Dawsonville, Duluth, Griffin, Lawrenceville, Milton, Roswell, Senoia, Snellville, Sugar Hill and Suwanee all will begin Sunday sales during November.

Some other communities will begin in December, including Acworth, Cartersville, Covington, Doraville, Dunwoody, East Point, Fayetteville, Hoschton and Stone Mountain.

Decatur says they will begin on either November 22 or December 1; Kennesaw and Pine Lake say they will start in December or January.

Norcross says "one month after" the election, which would put implementation in early December. Sandy Springs and Flowery Branch say they will begin "upon certification," which puts their start date in November.