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DEALCHICKEN: $18 for $37.90 from Hidden Springs Maple

DEALCHICKEN: $18 for $37.90 from Hidden Springs Maple

ATLANTA -- Who doesn't love pancakes and maple syrup? Monday's DealChicken Atlanta deal is a big serving of this classic breakfast dish for less.

For one day only, DealChicken members can pay half the usual price for several offerings from Vermont-based Hidden Springs Maple, a premiere maker of syrup.

Choose from:

* A six-pint case of syrup for $36 ($72.80 value)
* A half-gallon jug of syrup for $18 ($36 value)
* Two Vermont Maple Leaf gift sets, which include syrup and maple leaf candy, for $18 ($37 value)
* Two Vermont Pancake gift sets, which include syrup and buttermilk pancake mix, for $18 ($37.90 value)

This deal expires on June 19, 2012. Learn more about Hidden Springs Maple at www.hiddenspringsmaple.com.

TELETHON: 11Alive Help Desk helps Hosea Feed the Hungry

ATLANTA - Bill Liss activated the 11Alive Help Desk this morning and was joined by a team of Hosea Feed the Hungry volunteers as they took donations to support their mission of feeding and clothing the homeless and the less fortunate this holiday season.

Bill Liss along with Valerie Hoff and the Hosea volunteers received calls all morning long and raised over $7000.

RELATED: Photos of Hosea Feed the Hungry Volunteers

FDA approves first heart pump for infants

FDA approves first heart pump for infants


WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal health regulators have approved the first heart pump for children with heart failure, offering an important treatment option for patients who are too small to receive adult implants.

The Food and Drug Administration says the device from Berlin Heart will be used to keep children alive until they can receive a heart transplant. Very few medical devices are designed specifically for children, posing major challenges to doctors and surgeons who treat pediatric cases of life-threatening diseases.

Heart failure is rare in children. Among infants, the normal wait time for a heart transplant is more than four months. Nearly a quarter of all infants die while waiting for a transplant, according to the FDA.

The Excor heart device comes in various sizes to accommodate patients from infants to teenagers.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Zombie Santa, Gavin DeGraw and Hawks

WEEKEND EVENTS: Zombie Santa, Gavin DeGraw and Hawks

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.

Pop singer, Gavin DeGraw will be performing at Atlantic Station’s “Winter Wonder Jam series. Atlantic Station will host a free concert series, which will conclude on December 23. The series has featured popular acts like: Sister Hazel and Citizen Cope, over the past couple of weeks. Attendees can text JAM to 57682 the week of each show to find out who plays next. The concert will be held at Atlantic Station’s Central Park.

The Atlanta Hawks will be holding an Open Scrimmage on Friday night from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Highlight Factory.

Electronics in her heart, dancing on her mind

ATLANTA -- It's the time of the season for feel-good song-and-dance.

On Thursday, Gabee Thomas and her high school show choir performed at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

For Gabee, it was a thank you for the hospital's help when this lively singer and dancer was in danger of losing her life.

"She was never tired, always full of energy," recalled her father, John. "So we were really surprised when the cardiologist told us she had something really serious, and she needed surgery."

Gabee has been dancing since she was a toddler, but that young age is also when she began battling a partial AV block in her heart.

Then she turned 11, and the partial block became a complete one.

Gabee would need three surgeries, and doctors at Egleston would have to install a pacemaker. All of this was extremely dire, but Gabee had another concern: as part of her recovery, she wouldn't be able to dance for a year.

Ga. ex-employee pleads not guilty in ticket case

Ga. ex-employee pleads not guilty in ticket case

DECATUR, Ga. -- A former Chamblee Police Department employee charged with fixing traffic tickets has pleaded not guilty in DeKalb County Superior Court.

Bobbi Jean Farrell was indicted in October on four counts of theft by taking. She's charged with arranging to have more than $3,000 in refunds from traffic arrest bonds sent to herself.

Traffic offenders arrested in Chamblee who put up bond and later are acquitted or have their cases dropped are subject to a refund.

According to earlier reports, prosecutors think that between April and June of this year, the Farrell funneled some of that money to herself by changing the citations of guilty offenders to show that prosecutors had dropped the charges.

Farrell was arrested on July 13 and subsequently fired.


Ted Turner Talks Captain Planet Foundation

Watch as we head to the Captain Planet Foundation's annual fundraiser at the Georgia Aquarium. Why is Ted Turner so passionate about this foundation? Watch and find out!

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