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Rep. John Lewis responds to the the news of Osama bin Laden's death

Rep. John Lewis responds to the the news of Osama bin Laden's death

Atlanta, GA--  (from Rep. John Lewis)  "I am not one to rejoice in the death of any person, but Osama bin Laden took the lives of thousands of innocent people in this country and around the world.  He committed heinous crimes that ended the hopes and dreams of many courageous public servants as well as a group of excited young children and dedicated teachers on  a field trip to California.  Many people left home for work that day never to return. Today thousands of families are missing their fathers and mothers, sons and daughters due to the violence this man fomented and supported.

"His terrorism changed not only individual lives, but it promoted an environment of fear and the need for ever-ready security to assure the defense of this nation and others around the world.

Weekend Events Around Atlanta

ATLANTA-Did you have a royal weekend?  If an early morning kick off (pics of the wedding here)  left you feeling sleepy Friday night, we have you covered.  Metromix took pics at some of the cities big event this weekend, from the wedding itself to the Inman Park Festival, we captured some great moments.

There was also the much talked about opening of "do" (dough) pizza bar on the Westside.

And the Prado beer festival held at The Prado in Sandy Springs featured  150-plus brews hand-picked from more than 40 world-class breweries.  

Galleries:

Royal Wedding

Ringgold residents return to 'utter devastation'

Ringgold residents return to 'utter devastation'

RINGGOLD, Ga. -- As homeowners hit by this week's tornadoes take stock of what's left and what's lost, they are looking to the state and federal government for help getting their lives back together.


RELATED: 11Alive to host tornado relief special Friday


"We need some federal money to help with the front-end cost and for the long term for individuals," Gov. Nathan Deal told 11Alive News.


He spoke to the president by phone and sent him a letter requesting federal assistance. "He obviously expressed sympathy to the families that had lost individuals, but also promised that he would have the federal agencies to continue to work with our state agencies."

Getting around this weekend's construction

ATLANTA - Plenty of road construction this weekend across Metro Atlanta, and we've got your alternates so you can get around the backups.

Cobb / Fulton

I-75 NB/SB between 10th/14th Street (Exit 250) and Cumberland Blvd. (Exit 258)
8 p.m. Friday - 5 a.m. Monday
3 left lanes

Alternate for I-75 Southbound: With this many lanes blocked, an alternate may be necessary. You can take exit 259 and follow to US 41 - Cobb Pkwy. Turn left on Cobb Pkwy. and follow across the river where it becomes Northside Pkwy. Follow Northside Pkwy. across Moores Mill Road where it becomes Northside Drive. Follow Northside Drive all the way to 14th or 10th Street.  If traffic gets really bad, take I-285 Southbound to I-20 Eastbound back into Downtown Atlanta.

Weekend events: April 29-May 1

ATLANTA--Looking for the royal treatment? There are lots of events in Atlanta this weekend that are fit for a king--and we're not just talking about all the Royal Wedding parties.

Of course, if you are celebrating along with Prince William and Kate Middleton, then don't miss the viewing party at Piedmont Park on Friday morning. Then on Friday night, head over to Fado for the Rooftop Royal Wedding Reception.

LINK: Royal wedding events in Atlanta

DEA ATLANTA hosts 2nd pill takeback event on April 30th

DEA ATLANTA hosts 2nd pill takeback event on April 30th

Atlanta, GA --  On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and numerous state and local law enforcement agencies will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  You can bring your medications for disposal to numerous sites across the state and the metro Atlanta area.

Mayor Kasim Reed makes preparations for Severe Weather tonight

Mayor Kasim Reed makes preparations for Severe Weather tonight

ATLANTA --  Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed activated the Joint Operations Command Center today in the Public Safety Headquarters, in response to the major thunderstorms that are expected to hit Atlanta..

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm advisory for this evening for many parts of metro Atlanta.  Our own Merteorologists at 11Alive have said that the last time there were "similar conditions to what we are having today and tonight, was the day after the Atlanta tornado in March 2008."  In the event of the weather turning very bad, the Mayor has the essential personnel from the APD, Atlanta Fire and Rescue, Department of Public Works, and the Department of Parks on standby.  As well, key operational agencies will monitor weather, traffic, and reports of power outages and fallen trees. 

All of these Atlanta agencies will be housed together in one main Command Center so that there can be a coordinated emergency response to situations.

Residents should report downed trees by calling the Department of Parks Customer Service at 404-546-6813.  After 4:30 p.m., residents should call 9-1-1 for fallen trees.

The Following are guidelines released by the Mayor's Office:

Residents are encouraged to stock up on flashlights, fresh batteries, blankets, non-perishable food items and bottled water ahead of time. Should the weather worsen this evening, residents should seek refuge in their basement.  Those without basements will be safest in an interior hallway, closet or bathroom and away from windows.

In the event of a power outage and downed trees, residents should remember the following:

  • Dial 9-1-1 if anyone has a life-threatening medical emergency;
  • Always avoid downed power lines. Any downed line should be considered live and therefore dangerous. Report downed lines immediately to public safety authorities and stay out of the immediate area;
  • Avoid debris on the ground that may conceal downed power lines and make sure there are no downed lines before allowing children out to play. Do not attempt to make repairs to electrical system or pull limbs off lines;
  • Watch out for falling trees, tree limbs and power lines.
  • Steer clear of crew work areas. Equipment and energized lines may be in the area that could create a safety hazard;
  • When driving, watch for crews working along the roadways, and obey all traffic signs and directions around work areas;
  • When leaving your home and power is off, turn off the main breaker as a precaution to avoid a power surge once the power is restored; and
  • Be patient. When major outages occur, crews must first restore power to transmission lines and distribution circuits before working on distribution lines that feed directly to homes and businesses.

The Atlanta Fire and Rescue Department has advised residents to keep the following in mind:

  • Get off the roads early enough to avoid being trapped by severe weather;
  • Wear sturdy shoes and clothing that provides some protection, such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and a cap;
  • Listen to a battery-powered radio and follow local evacuation instructions;
  • Secure your home: Close and lock doors and windows;
  • Stay away from windows and seek shelter in the interior of your residence;
  • Unplug electrical equipment, such as radios and televisions, and small appliances such as toasters and microwaves;
    • Leave freezers and refrigerators plugged in unless there is a risk of flooding;
    • Be alert for washed-out roads and bridges;
    • Do not drive into flooded areas; and
    • Stay away from downed power lines.