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Runners test the AJC Peachtree Road Race course

ATLANTA -- With 11 days to go, Saturday was a milestone for hundreds of runners training for the AJC Peachtree Road Race.

They took part in what they called a "pre-Peachtree" run to test out the hills and the heat.

"I'm struggling because it's a little humid for me," said runner Chuck Moreland. "But we're getting through it, and it feels pretty good so far."

The Atlanta Track Club organized this official test run and encouraged runners to get up early to cover the entire 6.2 mile course from Phipps to Piedmont Park.

As many as 300 runners with the In-Training for Peachtree Program presented by Publix took part.

Race veterans also ran the course. 

Fulton County seeks resident input regarding transportation projects for unincorporated Fulton

Fulton County seeks resident input regarding transportation projects for unincorporated Fulton

Fulton County Seeks Resident Input Regarding Transportation Projects for Unincorporated Fulton

Fulton County residents are invited to attend a series of upcoming community meetings to provide input regarding transportation projects for unincorporated Fulton County.

Meetings are scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Cliftondale Community Center, 4645 Butner Road, College Park
  •  Thursday, June 28, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Burdett Park, 2945 Burdett Park, College Park
  •  Tuesday, July 10, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Southwest Library, 3665 Southwest Library, Atlanta
  • Thursday, July 12, 6:30 p.m. – 8: 30 p.m. – Renaissance Middle School, 7155 Hall Road, Fairburn

The purpose of the meetings will be to discuss transportation needs in unincorporated Fulton County and to develop a project list for consideration by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

Police chase ends in Buckhead

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Three suspects were arrested Thursday after leading police through a high speed chase that crossed from DeKalb County into Buckhead. 

DeKalb County Police said the suspects carjacked a woman at gunpoint near Blackburn Park on Ashford Dunwoody Road. They led officers on a chase, which ended when the suspects crashed the victim's car at Lenox Road and GA 400.

All three suspects are charged with aggravated assault; police say more charges are possible. The suspects' names have not been released.

Ga. police launch crackdown on drunk drivers

Ga. police launch crackdown on drunk drivers

ATLANTA -- Police officers, sheriff's deputies and state troopers across Georgia are launching a statewide crackdown on drunken driving through the upcoming Fourth of July holiday.

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The Governor's Office of Highway Safety says its summer campaign, Operation Zero Tolerance, begins Friday and will run for about two weeks.

During that period, law enforcement officers in the state are expected to keep a close lookout for drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol.

State officials say 298 people died in alcohol-related crashes in 2010 -- roughly a fourth of traffic deaths in the state.

The summer anti-DUI campaign in Georgia coincides with the national crackdown called Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Fulton unemployment exceeds metro rate in May

Fulton unemployment exceeds metro rate in May

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's preliminary unemployment rate rose to 8.6 percent in May, up one-tenth of a percentage point from 8.5 percent in April.

The rate was 9.5 percent in May 2011.

Fulton County's unemployment rate in May 2012 was 9.5 percent.

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

They say the rate increased because the labor force grew by 16,578 job seekers, and while most found jobs within the month, 6,008 did not.

Officials also say there were 269 new layoffs in profession and technical services, educational services, health care and social assistance, and accommodations and food services.

Braves outslug Yankees in home run derby

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Jason Heyward hit a pair of homers and knocked in three runs as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Yankees, 10-5, in a game that featured nine home runs.

Freddie Freeman, Martin Prado and David Ross also homered for the Braves, who won the final two contests of this three-game set.

Tommy Hanson (8-4) got the win despite giving up four runs on five hits over five-plus innings. He allowed four home runs.

Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez, Eric Chavez and Derek Jeter hit solo homers for the Yankees, who have lost two in a row after winning their previous 10. Curtis Granderson added an RBI.

Phil Hughes (7-6) allowed six runs on six hits over 4 1/3 frames. He gave up a career-high four homers and now leads the American League in home runs allowed with 19.

Coming into Wednesday's game, Yankees starters had tossed at least six innings in each of their last 19 games.

 

Elephant abuse banned in Atlanta

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta City Council has approved a measure that would make it illegal to use instruments to abuse elephants.

The legislation, which did not specifically name bullhooks, was approved Tuesday by a vote of 13-1. It was introduced by Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean.

"I would be happier if we moved beyond the bullhook and talk about all forms of animal abuse," Adrean said in a statement after the amendment passed. "Any instrument can be used properly or improperly."

Although Fulton County banned bullhooks in 2011, the city of Atlanta did not have any similar legislation until Tuesday.