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Plane catches fire, passengers evacuated at Atlanta airport

Plane catches fire, passengers evacuated at Atlanta airport

ATLANTA - Passengers aboard an Atlanta-bound Delta flight were evacuated after the plane caught fire upon landing Saturday afternoon.

Flight #2284 from Pittsburgh landed at Hartsfield-Jackson airport at 4:14pm when the brakes overheated and started a fire, according to Delta Airlines representative Leslie Parker.

FAA officials report that a blown tire started the fire.

There were 43 passengers and 5 crew members aboard the MD-88 plane, but no major injuries reported. Four passengers were treated at the scene and released.

Deadly storms blow across Metro Atlanta

Deadly storms blow across Metro Atlanta

ATLANTA - Three people were killed in a round of severe thunderstorms that rumbled across Georgia Thursday bringing down trees and utility lines.

A 19-year-old Mableton man was killed by a falling tree. Authorities tell 11Alive Alonzo Terry Daniel was clearing debris from his grandfather's driveway on Stroud Drive when a large oak tree hit him. He later died at Wellstar Cobb Hospital.

Terry graduated from Washington High School last year. He was working full time at Grady Memorial Hospital in the housekeeping department. He had plans to join the United States Army.

Terry's family told 11Alive News that they don't have any money to mourn the loss of their son.

Marion Irwin, 61, and Geraldine Grady, 64, were killed on Paces Ferry Road in Northwest Atlanta when a tree fell on their Mazda Miata.

Irwin and Grady, both residents of Decatur were driving along the narrow, wooded Paces Ferry Road when the tree crashed down on their convertible.

Prevent the dreaded Memorial Day hangover

Prevent the dreaded Memorial Day hangover

ATLANTA - When a Memorial Day weekend's forecast includes sunny skies and highs in the upper 80s - 9s on the WIZometer - there's a good bet people will be spending a lot of time outside. 

And when people spend a lot of time out by the pool or on the lake, there's probably alcohol around.

Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can have devastating consequences. So, it's always a good policy to drink responsibly, assign a designated driver and keep things safe when you're drinking. 

But, as anybody who's had a little too much to drink will tell you, the dreaded hangover is the most common consequence of over-drinking.

PORSCHE reacts to Arizona-based group regarding Georgia’s new anti-immigrant law

Somos Republicans received a reply from the Porsche general counsel.  First of all, he states he did not receive our letter, however, we have a print screen that proves our feedback was received by their main site.  See below:

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Secondly, I’m a little perturbed and take issue when Porsche wrote:

“…but to the extent you are suggesting we should have decided to leave our people behind, or uproot all of them, because we may take issue with one piece of legislation, we respectfully disagree…”

Gwinnett unemployment lower than Georgia rate in April 2011

Gwinnett unemployment lower than Georgia rate in April 2011

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate decreased to 9.7 percent in April 2011.

That's down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.8 percent in March.

The rate decreased because there were 16,400 new jobs added in Metro Atlanta in April, mostly in leisure and hospitality, and professional and business services.

The lowest Georgia rate, at 7.1 percent, was recorded in Metro Athens, while the highest was in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region around Dublin, with 11.5 percent unemployment.

Gwinnett County had an 8.7 percent unemployment rate in April.

April 2011 marks the 43rd consecutive month that Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.0 percent.

The LAA's Copa Latina de Atlanta - June 11th

The LAA's Copa Latina de Atlanta - June 11th

On June 11th the Latin American Association will host its second annual charity soccer tournament: Copa Latina de Atlanta. The tournament will be held at the Atlanta Silverbacks Park, 3200 Atlanta Silverbacks Way.

The tournament is open to adult, teen and youth teams. Two games are guaranteed and all players will receive a t-shirt.

Registration Information:

Team Captains should register teams before June 3, 2011. You may register at www.thelaa.org, email smarske@thelaa.org, or call 404-471-1892.

Fees -

  • Individual teams $250
  • Youth Teams (11-14 yrs) $140
  • Corporate Sponsored Teams $350

In addition to the soccer tournament, there will be a free Family Fiesta beginning at 11 a.m.!

For further information, visit the website www.thelaa.org!

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

Lawmakers to look for charter school solutions

ATLANTA -- State lawmakers are planning to meet next week to hammer out solutions for more than a dozen charter schools that face closing after a Georgia Supreme Court ruled the state commission that created them is unconstitutional.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Fran Millar said the meeting is set for June 3 at 10 a.m. at the Capitol. The Atlanta Republican says the goal is to make sure the 16,000 students enrolled in the schools have an "education setting that meets their needs" when school starts this fall.

Millar has invited several state officials, including state schools Superintendent John Barge and Mark Peevy, executive director of the Georgia Charter Schools Commission.