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ATLANTA -- A spike in crime on the east side of Atlanta has residents nervous, especially those who hang out in the Edgewood retail district.

They're getting tired of looking over their shoulders every time they go to the store.

The area is a very popular place to shop for many residents. Unfortunately, that includes criminals shopping for victims.

"I think they come into areas where they know there's opportunity," said David Heitz, an Atlanta resident who now only rarely shops in the district. "And I think that underground garage at Edgewood is the perfect opportunity."

Roadwork resumes this weekend

Roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta drivers enjoyed a break last weekend when the Georgia Department of Transportation postponed road projects for the July 4 holiday.

But now that the fun is over, the work begins again.

Crews will be on several interstates throughout the metro, working on much-needed improvements. Delays are expected in all areas where roadwork will be performed.

As always, projects are weather permitting. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms could temporarily halt or delay work.

Here is some of this weekend's scheduled roadwork:

Cobb County
* Two right southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.

Zagat names Atlanta’s ’10 Hottest New Bars'

Zagat names Atlanta’s ’10 Hottest New Bars'

ATLANTA -- Zagat has released its list of the “10 Hottest New Bars” in Atlanta. The list includes new places and established ones, such as Holeman & Fitch, doing new things, the food guide says.

In introducing the list, Zagat said, “If you want a drink, you're in the right city. Whether you're looking for a quiet place to confer with knowledgeable mixologists about a still-under-the-radar Italian liqueur, a rowdy place to throw back some cold ones with friends or just a casual neighborhood joint where the cocktails are great, the drinking scene in Atlanta provides. Where are Atlantans drinking right now? What's hot and new? Read on to find out.”

Bars on the list include:

*Bar Amalfi (Zagat says, “This breezy Home Park bar in the Piazza San Gennaro mini-complex conjures sunny thoughts of coastal Italy, with striped blue-and-white umbrellas and open-air cabanas draped in flowing linens.”)

Recording artists raise money for Habitat for Humanity

Recording artists raise money for Habitat for Humanity

ATLANTA -- An upcoming concert at Chastain Park Amphitheater will also support Habitat for Humanity - DeKalb.

O.A.R. and Phillip Phillips will perform at the Atlanta amphitheater on Saturday, July 26 at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the non-table show.

Tickets range in price from $35.50 to $40.50 and can be purchased at classicchastain.com.

Habitat for Humanity - DeKalb spokesperson Julie Hopkins said that for every ticket O.A.R. and Phillip Phillips sell on their summer tour, $1 will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. DeKalb partners families and representatives will attend the July 26 show as special guests of the artists.

Learn more about Habitat for Humanity - DeKalb at dekalbhabitat.org.

Brutal carjacking leaves neighborhood shaken

Brutal carjacking leaves neighborhood shaken

ATLANTA -- There have been two robberies at the Edgewood Shopping Plaza so far this year -- that's almost as many as the area saw all year in 2013.

The number of carjackings is even more disturbing, last year there were none. This year, there have been three in the area alone.

Just a few miles from her house, one woman thought she was safe at the popular shopping plaza in the middle of the day.

The victim does not want us to show her face, because the men who carjacked her have all of her personal information, but says she wanted other people to shop in the Edgewood area to be on guard.

"If you look up, I'm going to shoot you," she said.

From the second she saw her attackers, she didn't resist.

"So I said, take everything, and I just looked face down," she said.

The carjackers took her purse, her phone, her car, even the glasses off her face.

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will celebrate the July 4 holiday by taking a break from all road projects.

The weekend construction that has plagued drivers for weeks will be temporarily halted at noon on Thursday.

However, GDOT expects considerable delays in certain areas, especially on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to run in or watch the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, which will close several roads in Buckhead and Midtown. Fireworks displays and other Independence Day celebrations will also affect commuters Friday night.

An international Jehovah's Witnesses convention will be held at the Georgia Dome this weekend; 34,000 people from 14 countries will attend. GDOT said this event may also have an impact on traffic in the area.

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

Eye care experts urge parents to leave fireworks to pros

ATLANTA -- Thousands of Georgia parents are buying sparklers for their children this Fourth of July, thinking they are a safe way to celebrate. But, as a Georgia eye expert warns, sparklers heat up to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit -- hot enough to melt some metals -- and are the number one cause of fireworks injuries requiring trips to the emergency room.

Members of the Georgia Optometric Association are urging parents to leave all the fireworks to the professionals and avoid fireworks that may cause serious eye injuries when used inappropriately. Some of the most common fireworks injuries are eye abrasions, lacerations, contusions and foreign matter in the eye. The majority of these cases are related to the use of sparklers.