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Heavy rains, fog slow morning commute

ATLANTA -- Rush hour was expected to be more frustrating for commuters than usual Wednesday morning as heavy rain showers swept across Metro Atlanta.

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The line of storms reached the Atlanta area early Wednesday morning.  It brought heavy rain, lightning and thunder to the pre-dawn hours.  Pea-sized hail was possible along with gusty winds, 11Alive Meteorologist Chesley McNeil said.

Heavy fog also complicated the morning commute, bringing visibility levels down to less than one mile, McNeil said.

2 suspects arrested in armored car robberies

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Gwinnett County police announced two arrests in connection with a series of ATM and armored car robberies in Metro Atlanta over the past 5 months.

Stacy Lamont Dooley and Quinton Lamar Booker have been charged in the series of eight armed robberies and the murder of an armored car guard beginning last fall.

Police captured the men at about 9 a.m. Wednesday on Georgia 141 near Medlock Bridge Road when authorities blocked their vehicle. 

Georgia's first hand transplant performed at Emory

ATLANTA -- "I thought I was dreaming honestly," said 21-year-old Linda Lu.

She is only the tenth person in the country to ever get a phone call telling her she was getting a new hand. This shy college student from Florida showed off her new hand to the world today just two weeks after a team of Emory surgeons attached it in a 19-hour surgery, making it the first ever hand transplant in Georgia.

Seated at a long table with the transplant team, facing a team filled with media, Lu said, "I don't think there's anything that can describe just how I feel other than happiness."

The opportunity afforded this young woman will extend to service men and women who've lost limbs at war. Emory is partnering with Veterans Affairs to become a leading limb transplant center in the country. The Department of Defense has given Emory a grant.

For The First Time, World-Renowned Yoga Master Sadhguru Vasudev Presents “Inner Engineering” Program

For The First Time, World-Renowned Yoga Master Sadhguru Vasudev Presents “Inner Engineering” Program

Thousands Expected for Rare Opportunity to Learn Life-Changing Yoga Practice Directly from One of India’s 50 Most Influential People


When: Saturday, May 14; Sunday May 15, 2011

Where: SPB Hall, 5331 Royal Woods Parkway, Tucker, GA 30084


What: For the first time in 25 years, world-renowned yogi Sadhguru Vasudev will personally conduct the Inner Engineering Shambhavi Mahamudra program in a specially constructed two-day format.


Inner Engineering is a combined online and in-person program for self-empowerment and personal growth derived from the ancient science of yoga. This scientifically structured program presents simple but powerful processes from the yogic tradition to purify the human physiological system and increase health and inner well-being.


An initial seven-part online course prepares pa

Atlanta Man Crowned Beer King

Atlanta--Most adults at some point in their lives develop a hobby.

However, most of us don't get very good at our hobby.

One Atlanta man is the exception.

Because of his unique ability, in his hobby, he is five thousand dollars richer and his picture is on posters and on beer bottles everywhere in America .

Richard Roper is a genial guy who lives near Howell Mill Road with his wife.

He is the kind of guy you want to drink a beer with.

And he is the kind of guy you want to brew your beer.

Richard Roper was one of the two grand champion winners of the 2010 Samuel Adams American Homebrew contest.

11Alive's Jeff Hullinger stood in Roper's kitchen amidst beer making equipment and asked, "How thrilling is it to see your face on bottles of Samuel Adams?

Rally planned to protest Georgia immigration bills

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Indigo Girls plan to join activist groups at a rally at the Georgia state Capitol to protest proposed immigration laws.

The folk rock duo plans to speak and perform at the rally Thursday that is organized by a coalition of civil liberties and immigrant rights groups. Organizers say they expect thousands of people, including students and religious leaders.

The groups say immigration legislation proposed by state Rep. Matt Ramsey and state Sen. Jack Murphy, both Republicans, would harm Georgia's economy and lead to racial profiling.

Supporters of the legislation say the bills, which include some provisions that are similar to a tough law enacted last year in Arizona, are necessary to fight illegal immigration in the state since the federal government hasn't solved the problem.

Emory invites public to Tibet Week

ATLANTA -- Emory University is set to observe its 11th annual Tibet Week.

The event, which is scheduled for next Monday through Saturday, will feature music, art, lectures, panel discussions and other exhibits and events for adults and children.

Emory has a close relationship with Tibet and hosted the Dalai Lama for three days in October.

The week is meant to provide opportunities for people at Emory and the broader community to get a firsthand look at Tibetan Buddhist culture. Tibetan artists and monks will be on campus as ambassadors to share religious and artistic traditions.

Tibet Week events are mostly free and open to the public.