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Memorial Day comes as troops fight in Afghanistan

Memorial Day comes as troops fight in Afghanistan

ATLANTA -- Americans from Washington to California are marking Memorial Day with parades, barbecues and special tributes tied to the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

An annual holiday honoring the nation's war dead was infused with new meaning this year, coming just months before the 10-year anniversary.

Memorial Day celebrants began filing into Marietta National Cemetery early this morning. As the noon commemoration approached, members of the Patriot Guard Riders lined the driveway, welcoming everyone to the event.

Governor Nathan Deal made an appearance, giving thanks to the brave men and women who have fought in every major U.S. conflict, from the American Revolution to the War in Iraq.

ADOPT A PET: Meet Jack

ADOPT A PET: Meet Jack

 

ATLANTA – If you dream of coming home to a wet nose, wagging tail and tons of kisses (in addition to, perhaps, a half-chewed shoe or an overturned trashcan) adopt a puppy from your local Humane Society. According to the ASPCA, approximately 5 million to 7 million domesticated animals enter animal shelters nationwide, every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. However, you can change those numbers by adopting a “companion” for yourself or for your family. Pets are an investment but, in our opinion, an investment well worth the money.

Grant Park Opening Day Pool Party, today at 2:30pm

Grant Park Opening Day Pool Party, today at 2:30pm

Atlanta, GA --  Slip on the flippers and throw on the goggles. The annual opening of the Grant Park Pool is only one week away.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

Swimming officially starts again on Monday, May 30th (Memorial Day) at the Grant Park Pool, located at 625 Park Avenue in the beautiful 132-acre Grant Park.

In honor of this annual rite of summer, District 1 Atlanta City Councilmember Carla Smith will host the annual Grant Park Pool Opening Day Party from 2:30 until 4:30 p.m. on the pool deck.

15th Annual Tattoo Festival coming this weekend

15th Annual Tattoo Festival coming this weekend

Atlanta, GA --  Sacred Heart Tattoo presents the 15th annual Atlanta Tattoo Festival at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Atlanta-Perimeter Northwest on Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5, 2011. The annual three-day festival features world-class tattoo artists and offers live tattooing, seminars, book signings, vendors, contests, food, drinks and much more.  In conjunction with the 15th anniversary celebration, the festival has added daily live music performances. The festival is open to all ages and one, two and three-day passes starting at $20 are on sale now and available at www.atlantatattooartsfestival.com.

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.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Food and Festivals

WEEKEND EVENTS: Food and Festivals

ATLANTA -- There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Check out the weekly Food Truck event at Atlantic Station on Friday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. During this week, five or more local food truck vendors gather on 17th Street in Atlanta and they offer a variety of dining selections.

Gear up your taste buds for the beginning of Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week, which starts this weekend. This event showcases participating Downtown Atlanta restaurants with special dining promotions of three-course dinners for $25 and $35 per person, plus tip and tax.

The NBA and Sprite are holding a special dunk contest at the Atlanta Jazz Festival at Piedmont Park on Saturday, May 28. The event will be judged by Darryl Dawkins and Hall-of-Famer Dominique Wilkins.

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.