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19-story tower implosion success


ATLANTA -- The 19-story old hotel that stood along I-85 and North Druid Hills is no more. The Saturday morning implosion went off without a hitch.

The Executive Park Motor Hotel was built in the 1970's. It's stood empty for years. Children's Healthcare of Atlanta bought the property for $10 million. They plan to turn the area into office space and parking. CHOA used the implosion as an opportunity to bring the community together on "Cape Day".

Four-year-old DJ often wore capes during his six-month stay at the hospital after he accidentally swallowed a dangerous engine cleaning material. Now, there's just one thing left for him to do, and it's a fantasy for most 4 -- and even 40 -- year-old boys.

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

Weekend roadwork: I-285 and the south side

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will work on a number of infrastructure projects on Atlanta's highways this weekend.

Drivers are strongly encouraged to avoid Interstates 20 and 285 on the west side of the city, as well as I-75 south of the Perimeter, if possible.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled projects include:

Bartow County
* 2 southbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between one mile south of Emerson-Allatoona Road and two miles north of Glade Road Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for bridge maintenance.

Clayton/Henry counties
* 2 northbound lanes of I-75 will be closed between Hudson Bridge Road/Eagles Landing Parkway and Mount Zion Boulevard from 9 p.m. Friday to 9 p.m. Sunday for concrete slab replacement.

Teen hit by car in NE Atlanta


ATLANTA -- A teenage girl was hit by a car in northeast Atlanta Wednesday morning.

It happened shortly before 8 a.m. at the intersection of Cheshire Bridge and Lavista roads.

Dispatchers said the victim ran in front of the car that hit her. A police officer on the scene said the 16-year-old victim darted into the street to catch a bus.

Atlanta police spokeswoman Kim Jones said the victim was conscious after the accident and was taken to a nearby hospital with a broken ankle. Her name was not released.

The incident is under investigation.

The Science of Fear: Animals


ATLANTA -- This is part of a special series, Science of Fear, that will air Tuesday-Friday on Atlanta Alive. The Fernbank Museum and Emory University assistant professor and V.A. research scientist, Seth Norrholm, explain the science behind the human reaction to fear. You can explore more by visiting Fernbank's Goose Bumps exhibit open through January 4, 2015.

It was my nightmare inside a glass box: a dozen cockroaches hissing and wiggling and waiting to crawl up my nose. OK, maybe not that last part.

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

Atlanta-area unemployment drops to 7.3 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate fell seven-tenths of a point in September.

Last month's rate was 7.3 percent, well below August's 8.0 percent. The unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in September 2013.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in September.

Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said there were nearly 20,000 fewer unemployed people in Atlanta last month, and companies reported fewer layoffs. Industries that added jobs in September include government; education and health services; construction; and trade and transportation.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest unemployment rate in September, at 5.7 percent. The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest, at 9.5 percent.

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

Weekend roadwork: The I-285 debacle continues

(WXIA) -- It's going to be another messy weekend on metro Atlanta's highways.

The Georgia Department of Transportation encourages drivers to stay off Interstates 20 and 285 if they can.

As always, all work is weather permitting.

Scheduled construction projects include:

Bartow County
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday for bridge maintenance.
* 1 northbound lane of I-75 will be closed between two miles north of Glade Road and one mile south of Allatoona Road from 7 a.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday for bridge maintenance.

Cobb County
* 1 lane of the I-75 southbound exit ramp to I-285 west will be closed from 9 p.m. Saturday to 7 a.m. Sunday for work on the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project.

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

Weekend roadwork: Lots of projects on the schedule

(WXIA) -- A major project on a heavily traveled interchange is bound to cause some headaches for Atlanta-area drivers this weekend.

It's just one of several scheduled construction sessions throughout the area. All work is weather permitting.

Crews will be hard at work on the Kennedy Interchange in Cobb County much of the weekend. The Kennedy Interchange is where Interstate 75 meets Interstate 285 in the Cumberland area.

The Georgia Department of Transportation said sign installation will require multiple lane closures on the Outer Loop of I-285 just before the exit ramp to Cobb Parkway and I-75 north. Two right lanes will close at 9 a.m. Saturday; that will expand to three lanes between 11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday. Outer Loop traffic will also be paced in the area beginning at around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Other weekend road projects include: