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The Roads are Open; We Have Your Traffic Information at 11Alive.com

All the roads in Metro Atlanta are open today. You need to pack a huge load of patience while you get going though. There are many delays out there. For details on particular routes, check http://11alive.com/traffic.


The left lanes have ice in them. Stay out of those left lanes. Assume that all overpasses have ice on them; many have glaze ice that you will not be able to see until you are on them.

ALL of the on and off ramps have ice in them. Approach them slowly and carefully. If you speed onto an offramp or try to turn suddenly, you will slide and crash.


All have some ice on them. Most with three lanes ordinarily are down to two; most with two lanes regularly, are down to one lane.

DeKalb to Close 12 Schools and Uproot More Students

DeKalb to Close 12 Schools and Uproot More Students

DEKALB COUNTY, GA -- Public hearings are scheduled to start next week in DeKalb County, after the school board proposed closing 12 elementary schools, citing too few students. Livsey Elementary School is one on the proposed list to close.

Beloved by families in the neighborhood, officials say it has low enrollment and that consolidating student populations is the best way to maximize learning and funding.

Marshall Orson, president of Fernbank Elementary's School Council says, "This is a school that was built for the Druid Hills neighborhood. It's been here for 52 years. It's a phenomenal school, probably one of the highest performing in DeKalb County, probably all of Georgia."

"My Orange Duffel Bag" Offers Foster Kids Hope

Atlanta - In the movie "The Blindside", a family takes a risk and opens their hearts and home to a homeless kid who eventually makes it to the NFL. Michael Ohers' true story is unique, but not so different.

"I wasn't as good a football player (as Oher)," said Sam Bracken, author of "My Orange Duffel Bag", an autobiography on growing up abused and abandoned.

The book is written as a collage of words and pictures from Bracken's life.

"Age four, left with nuns in an orphanage. Mommy comes back," Bracken writes. "Age 5, my left arms is doused in lighter fluid by an older boy."

Like Oher, Bracken survived thanks to the generosity of others. But, he unlike Oher, the people who came to his rescue weren't wealthy.

"I was helped by poor families. Average families. And, I was helped by a lot of families, not just wealthy family."

A Simple Blood Test for Early Detection of Cancer -- Maybe

ATLANTA, Ga. -- A potentially revolutionary cancer test announced in Boston on Monday could detect cancer almost immediately, when the emerging cancer is nothing more than a few cells in the blood, long before it has grown and spread.

Many cancer patients and survivors in Atlanta and across the rest of the country are wary, because the test is still years away from reality.

"I was absolutely elated" at first, Kristen Moss, a cancer survivor, said Monday evening about hearing the announcement earlier Monday:

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston said they are teaming up with Johnson and Johnson to develop and market a blood test for cancer.

It would be a test in which a doctor could detect, in one drop of blood, a single cancer cell out of a billion healthy cells.

Tibetan Monks Studying Science at Emory

ATLANTA (AP) - Some of the newest students at Emory University's student body may act like typical college kids, but there's a key difference.

They're Tibetan monks sent by the Dalai Lama to the United States to learn science.

Wearing the traditional crimson robes and closely shorn heads of Tibetan monastics, the six men are taking physics, biology and chemistry classes with hopes of returning to Tibetan monasteries in India to teach science to other monks and nuns.

It's the first established program for Tibetan monks from India to train at a Western university. The program is the newest evolution of the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative, which is helping the Dalai Lama with his goal of training monastics for the 21st century.

Old Tickets from Christmases Past Haunt Georgians

Old Tickets from Christmases Past Haunt Georgians

If you've ever gotten a traffic ticket in Dekalb County you could be in for quite a surprise. People who paid their traffic tickets years ago are getting notices in the mail that they'd better come in again and pay them again. 

"I have the proof I have the legal documentation and yet I was arrested for it," LaToya Salley told the Center for Investigative Action about an old ticket for not wearing a seat belt. She was arrested while on an unrelated traffic stop for failing to appear on that ticket.

She is not alone.  Dozens of people inside the DeKalb County Recorders Court were there fighting old tickets that they'd already paid. They'd come in because they'd received notices stating that they failed to appear and if they didn't pay up, they'd lose their license.

"We're already paid how can you prove it after so many years," Bella Fishman said about an old speeding ticket her husband received in 2003.  

Dekalb County Schools Designate January 2011 as Bullying Awareness Month

Dekalb County Schools Designate January 2011 as Bullying Awareness Month

Atlanta, GA--  (Submitted by Cohn&Wolfe)  

The DeKalb County School System will on Jan. 3, 2011, join parents, students and community leaders to launch “Bullying Awareness Month,” a 30-day campaign to highlight the DeKalb County School System’s enhanced policy aimed at reducing incidents of bullying. During the Jan.