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Pets in panic, helping them through storms

Pets in panic, helping them through storms

ATLANTA -- Your cat, dog, maybe even your bird is going nuts! You don't know what is going wrong until suddenly you notice the blue sky has suddenly grown dark.  A storm is coming from nowhere.  Somehow your pet had a clue before you did.

Many pet owners will tell you, their dogs and cats can do some pretty strange things when they're stressed by severe weather.  "A lot of them can hurt themselves," Dr. Shannon South, a veterinarian at the Briarcliff Animal Clinic said Monday. "I've seen dogs jump through windows.  I've seen them going missing for a couple of weeks at a time."

Dr. South said dog's habits can be changed, if they're young.  "Try to redirect their activity.  Get them to play. Make the storm a good experience," she advised pet owners.

Lewis running for Congress again

ATLANTA (AP) - Civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis says he's running for office again.

The Georgia Democrat told the Atlanta Press Club Tuesday he is "not in any way tired" and plans to stand for election again for his Atlanta district, which he has represented since 1986.

Lewis was a prominent civil rights activist long before going to Congress. He joined the Freedom Riders in 1961, riding interstate buses in a push to get the federal government to enforce a Supreme Court ruling prohibiting segregation in bus stations. Along the way, they were arrested, fined and attacked by mobs.

Lewis was recognized for his bravery during the civil rights era in February, when he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

Bill Campbell slowly raises his post-prison profile

Monday, Bill Campbell attended an Atlanta Press Club event -- not exactly the venue to maintain a carefully guarded low profile. For a while, the former mayor seemed to be at its center -- accepting hugs and handshakes and posing for photos.

Monday, Bill Campbell attended an Atlanta Press Club event -- not exactly the venue to maintain a carefully guarded low profile. For a while, the former mayor seemed to be at its center -- accepting hugs and handshakes and posing for photos.

"Well, I never really left Atlanta. This is my home," Campbell told us.

But as Bill Campbell knows better than most, he did leave Atlanta after he left the mayor's office nine years ago. He practiced law full-time in Florida. Then he went to federal prison, then a halfway house, following a tax evasion conviction.

Fulton unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in March

Fulton unemployment exceeds Georgia rate in March

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in Metro Atlanta decreased to 9.8 percent in March.

This is down four-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.2 percent in February.

Metro Atlanta's jobless rate was 10.1 percent in March 2010.

"The unemployment rate decreased in Atlanta, as well as in all of the state's other 24 local areas," said State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler.

Top 5 ways to ward off computer hackers

ATLANTA - It could happen to anyone.

That's the warning from an ex-hacker turned computer security specialist. Gregory Evans spent years hacking computers, tapping into everything from high school grades to corporate business files. Now, he's using his powers for good: trying to keep cyber-crimes from happening to anyone else.

Evans is the CEO of LIGATT Security International in Norcross, a company investigating high-tech crime and working to keep computers secure. He says everyone is susceptible to hackers, but there are some things you can do to help ward them off:

Atlanta firefighters question mayor's math

ATLANTA -- One out of every five dollars in the city of Atlanta is spent on pensions. The mayor is trying to change that, but is being met with stiff objections from the city's police and fire employees.

Members of the Atlanta Professional Firefighters on Wednesday questioned Mayor Kasim Reed's math on the city's troubled pension plan.

Union members called on city council members to hire pension professionals to review the mayor's pension reform report.

They've accused the mayor of breaking promises to employees, and they've said he could be breaking the law.

"People can say what they want in the heat of argument, but math is math," Mayor Reed said during a town hall meeting with city employees on Tuesday night. "I could actually get out of being mayor, and this wouldn't blow up in my time in office. But I wouldn't have a clear conscience, and I wouldn't feel comfortable living in this city."

Best Spots: Dates on a Dime

ATLANTA - For this week's installment of Best Spots, we have compiled a list of inexpensive dates for you to take your special someone.

In today's economy, it's important to find companionship which, in our opinion, is the cheapest form of entertainment. However, it's the springtime, and people like to get out every now and then. So, check out these suggestions for fun under $15.

If you think you date is a star, take them to the Fernbank Planetarium, one of the largest planetariums in the United States. You and your date can wish upon a star in this celestial theater that showcases every planet and major constellation. If the sky and clear and you want to stay late, you can stargaze in the museum's observatory. Admission to the planetarium is $4.