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IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

(WXIA) -- IHOP will once again participate in the National Pancake Day promotion on Tuesday, Mar. 4.

Customers who visit any IHOP location on National Pancake Day will be treated to a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In exchange, the restaurant chain encourages diners to leave a donation for a number of charities, namely the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Beginning this Saturday, Feb. 1, IHOP will collect donations for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Customers can buy paper balloons that cost either $1 or $5. The balloons will hang in IHOP restaurants through National Pancake Day.

Anyone who purchases a $5 balloon will receive a $5 IHOP coupon to use on a future visit.

Learn more about the promotion at ihoppancakeday.com.

Unemployment plunges to 6.8 percent

Unemployment plunges to 6.8 percent

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in December, down from 7.0 percent in November.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced the new figures Thursday morning.

December's unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in Fulton County.

Georgia Department of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said the rate decreased because nearly 11,200 more Atlanta residents were employed in December, and the number of jobs in the area grew to 2,450,000 -- the most since May 2008.

December's unemployment rate was also down considerably from the December 2012 rate of 8.4 percent.

Metro Athens had Georgia's lowest jobless rate in December at 5.2 percent. The highest was 10.2 percent in the Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region.

Missing East Point man found

EAST POINT, Ga. -- An East Point man who walked away from a nursing home over the weekend has been found.

William Edward Jones left the Bonterra Nursing Center on Felton Drive Sunday at around 3:45 p.m. Police said he suffers from bipolar disorder and dementia.

Monday evening, East Point police reported Jones returned to the nursing home. Officers confirmed his identity and called his family to report that he was safe.

MARTA reschedules Adamsville Workforce Development bus operator recruitment

MARTA reschedules Adamsville Workforce Development bus operator recruitment

ATLANTA -- MARTA has rescheduled bus operator recruitment from Friday, Jan. 31 to Friday, Feb. 7 at Fulton County’s Adamsville Workforce Development Office.

The deadline for completion of customer service assessments has been moved to Wednesday, Feb. 5. Adamsville is located at 3700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW. The office is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Before visiting Adamsville, all applicants must take the following steps:

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AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest open

ATLANTA -- Calling all artists: the AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is now accepting entries.

Designers have until Friday, Feb. 28 to submit their works of art. All entries will be whittled down to five finalists, which will be unveiled on ajc.com/peachtree on Saturday, Mar. 15.

No one will see the winning design until race day, when it will adorn tens of thousands of finishers' T-shirts.

"The AJC Peachtree Road Race T-shirt design contest is a great way to showcase the work of our local artists, and we are always impressed with the entries we receive," Atlanta Track Club interim executive director Sue Payne said in a statement.

Whoever wins the contest receives $1,000, while each of the four finalists gets $100.

2 indicted for shooting outside Smyrna restaurant

2 indicted for shooting outside Smyrna restaurant

SMYRNA, Ga. -- A man and woman have been indicted by a Cobb County Grand Jury in the shooting deaths of two people outside a restaurant last fall.

Isadore Walker Barboza, 44, of Marietta and Renee Elizabeth Harris, 24, of East Point have been charged in a robbery and shooting at Doc's Food & Spirits on Cumberland Boulevard in Smyrna.

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The shooting happened on Oct. 28. According to the indictment, Barboza, Harris and Quondre Bentley tried to rob Ebone Driskell and her friend outside the restaurant.

Driskell pulled out a gun and shot Bentley, who died. One of the suspects then fatally shot Driskell.

Barboza and Harris face charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and firearm possession. Both suspects are being held without bond in the Cobb County Jail.

Veterans a focus of 2014 homeless count

Veterans a focus of 2014 homeless count

ATLANTA -- The U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Fulton County representatives, DeKalb County representatives, City of Atlanta officials and about 200 volunteers will take to the streets of metro Atlanta to count the unsheltered homeless on Monday, Jan. 27 from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m.  Additionally, surveys of homeless citizens in emergency shelters and transitional housing programs will begin earlier in the day at 4 p.m.