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ADOPT A PET: Meet Homer

ADOPT A PET: Meet Homer

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.

Homer is a six-month-old Labrador Retriever/Hound mix in search of a forever home. Homer would be most comfortable with a family who would take him on long walks and play catch and other active games with him. This dog isn’t trained; however, he would thrive if he was. Bring your family by to meet him.

NETHERWORLD Haunted House Returns for its 15th Season as a Top Halloween Destination

NETHERWORLD  Haunted House Returns for its 15th Season as a Top Halloween Destination

GETTING OLDER ISN’T SCARY FOR NETHERWORLD
Legendary Haunted House Celebrates 15 Years of Fear in 2011!

 

MARTA fares jump to $2.50

ATLANTA -- MARTA fares jumped from $2 to $2.50 over the weekend for one-way fares on all buses and trains.

The board of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority approved the fare hike in May to keep the system from draining its reserves to cover operating expenses.

"It's bad," rider Eric Boykin said on Sunday morning. "I'm not working too much, but I don't have another option."

It's the second time in two years fares have gone up.

Riders with monthly passes will have to pay $95 up from $68.

Studies show more than 134,000 people ride MARTA each weekday.

MARTA expects to lose 9 percent of ridership as a result of the fare increase.

Breeze tickets are also going away. Riders will have to buy Breeze cards, which will add $1 to the price of the fare. The cards can be reused and reloaded.

The fare increase makes a ride on MARTA more expensive than the New York City Subway, at $2.25 a ride.

Coca-Cola Freestyle coming to Five Guys

Coca-Cola Freestyle coming to Five Guys

ATLANTA -- Five Guys has become the largest restaurant chain to sign up for the Coca-Cola Freestyle dispenser system.

The burger chain will begin installing two Coca-Cola Freestyle fountains in all company-owned restaurant locations across the country next month.

Five Guys has about 875 restaurants across the United States and Canada. It began testing Coke's Freestyle system in the Atlanta market, home to 24 of its restaurant locations, in 2010.

The touch screen-operated Freestyle lets consumers create their own personal and customized drinks, dispensing more than 100 sparkling and still beverage brands from one machine.

Firehouse Subs also recently adopted the Freestyle for its restaurants.

OLD FOURTH WARD: History of City Hall East

ATLANTA -- A building that's been an eyesore for decades is now closing for massive renovations, and will re-emerge in three years as Ponce City Market.

At the corner of Ponce de Leon and Glen Iris Drive, sits the largest brick structure in the Southeast, and Atlanta's largest abandoned building. 

City Hall East holds 2 million square feet of space. That doesn't count the parking garage attached to it. It is Atlanta's largest abandoned building. But, since 1989, it's sat mostly empty. The city of Atlanta bought the building in 1991 but never used more than a third of the space. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed happily handed the building's keys over to Jamestown Properties when it sold earlier in the summer.

City Hall East, aka the former Sears building, has a storied past. In the 1860s, the site attracted visitors with the healing waters of Ponce de Leon springs. It later became an amusement park, called "The Coney Island of Atlanta."