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Mega Parenting Event This Weekend

ATLANTA -- One of America's leading parenting experts is coming to Atlanta this weekend for three days of events aimed at helping parents raise principled, purposeful kids in today's complex world.

John Rosemond, whose nationally-syndicated column appears weekly in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will join with Connect With Kids founder Stacey Dewitt for the program at South Forsyth High School on Saturday, October 2, Marist School on Sunday, October 3, and Mount Paran Christian School on Monday, October 4.

Rosemond has written 14 books on parenting.  DeWitt is an attorney, an award-winning journalist, and mom who regularly appears as a parenting expert on 11Alive News and on other news outlets nationwide.

The events at South Forsyth High and Marist School cost $20 per person or $35 per couple.  The Mount Paran event costs $12 per person.

Earthquake Survivor Gets A New Arm

 

ATLANTA -- A life-changing trip to Atlanta is coming to an end soon for an earthquake survivor from Haiti.

Guerline Charles will return next week with a new arm and a full heart.

"I will go with everyone here in my heart," Charles said through her friend and interpreter Rachel Isons, who is also from Haiti. "I will not forget them. I will not forget the amazing love." 

Charles arrived in Atlanta in May to heal from the devastating earthquake that rocked her homeland.

When it hit in January, she spent two days trapped in the rubble of a school building with her arm crushed by concrete. She was the only survivor in her classroom.

Doctors decided there was no way to save her arm without risking her life.

"The minute they told me they had to amputate, yes, I did grieve and cry," she said. "Then I decided I need to live."

Try It Review: Cami Secret

ATLANTA -- As a stay at home mom, Erin Casper knows that low cut sweaters and tops are fine most of the time, but not so appropriate at church or school events.

"When I have a low cut top like this, which I love," she said, "I kind of want to cover when I don't want too much to show."

The Cami Secret claims it's a new fashion accessory that looks like a camisole and can make your favorite low cut blouse office ready in just seconds.

For $10 plus shipping and handling you get a set of three in white, black and beige. Other colors are also available.

The Cami Secret is made of light, breathable fabric with a pretty lace trim. It's hand wash only.

The one-size fits all accessory just clips to your bra straps. You can raise our lower it depending on the look you want.

Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.

MARTA Bus and Train Services Changes Saturday Morning

ATLANTA -- MARTA bus riders will wake Saturday morning to find routes all over the city have been eliminated.

With his cane in his hand, Frank Reed spent Friday evening waiting for his last ride on MARTA bus route 57. He sat beneath a sign that tells him his stop on Old Gordon Road in N.W. Atlanta is going away.

Reed doesn't have a car. The closest stop he knows of is a half-mile away from his routine stop. The cane and knee wrap tell you it won't be an easy walk.

"I have bone cancer and diabetes," said Reed. "Walking period is strenuous for me."

MARTA is making cuts that even the transit authority admits are unprecedented and severe. Facing a 69-million dollar budget shortfall, MARTA has made cuts to the rail line that will mean trains will come less frequently, adding an average of five minutes to your wait. On weekends, trains that started running at 4:45 a.m., won't start running until 6 a.m.

Vote on Georgia 400 Tolls Coming Friday

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- Georgia commuters say the state will be breaking a promise if the tolls on Georgia 400 don't end next year.

"We've had enough crooked politicians trying to steal our money," said driver Dan Selton as he prepared to pay his 50 cents.

Selton and others remember the vow when the toll plaza on Georgia 400 appeared, how the state signed an agreement that the tolls would end when the bonds to finance the road were paid off in the year 2011.

As that date approaches, the Georgia State Tollway Authority will vote Friday on whether or not to keep the coins coming. If the tolls remain, the additional revenue would be used to make improvements at places like the often congested interchange of Georgia 400 and I-85.

To former Atlanta mayor Sam Massell, it's plenty of reason to keep the tolls intact.

Dating's Great Disappearing Act

ATLANTA -- There is no good excuse for the "Great Disappearing Act" in dating, according to Atlanta relationship expert Blane Bachelor.

"It's a punch to the gut," she said. "It makes it feel like you don't deserve an explanation."

The Great Disappearing Act happens when someone you've been dating suddenly stops calling, she said.

"If it hasn't happened to you, it's a matter of time. It's almost like a rite of passage in dating," said Bachelor, who writes a column for The Sunday Paper and recently released a book of columns, On Being a Bachelor: Thoughts on Dating, Mating and Relating.

Bachelor said cowardice is behind the Great Disappearing Act.