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Code Orange smog alert for Thursday

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division has issued a Code Orange (unhealthy for sensitive groups) Air Quality Alert for Metro Atlanta for Thursday.

Under Code Orange conditions, the outdoor air is likely to be unhealthy for some people. Children, people who are sensitive to ozone and people with heart of lung diseases should limit prolonged outdoor exertion during the late afternoon or early evening when ozone concentrations are highest.

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CNN pioneer Burt Reinhardt dies at 91

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Burt Reinhardt, a television pioneer who helped lead the evolution of 24-hour news coverage as president of CNN, died Tuesday at 91, according to family members.

Reinhardt died at home in Marietta, according to his daughter, Cheryl Reinhardt. She said he had been suffering complications following a series of strokes earlier this year.

Cable News Network founder Ted Turner remembered Reinhardt, who stayed away from the limelight, as an influential, if taciturn, executive.

"We both wanted to run a great news organization," Turner said. "He just did a masterful job. He got the stories covered, but he did it within the budget."

After a stint as a vice president, Reinhardt served as CNN president from 1983 to 1990. He later was vice chairman of the organization until his retirement in 2000.

Former CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour said Reinhardt was a leader who made the trains run on time.

LearningRx Kennesaw expands staff to meet growing demand

LearningRx Kennesaw expands staff to meet growing demand

Kennesaw, GA - May 11, 2011 – LearningRx Kennesaw is a local franchise facility owned and operated by former Cobb County educator Kristen Thompson. This month Kristen is delighted to announce three new trainers hired to meet the centers growing demand and expanding number of students.

Temi Dubre, Dustin Cox and Katherine Swain have all joined LearningRx Kennesaw as cognitive skills trainers. Each new team member underwent an intensive training and certification program before meeting with students.

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

ACWORTH, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of public pools in the area for you, your family and friends to take a dip and cool off in the heat of the summer sun.

With an economy like ours, it’s imperative that people look for a bargain wherever they can and public pools offer fun with that’s easy on the pockets. Check out these local pools and enjoy a classic, cost-effective, exciting summertime experience.

Cobb County

Cobb County is home to four indoor aquatic centers and two outdoor seasonal pools. The outdoor pools usually open, soon, after Memorial Day and the indoor pools are open year-round. Daily passes can be purchased from $3.30 and monthly passes can be purchased for $18.00.

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Deals of the Day: Free Waffle, Free Arby's Sandwich

ATLANTA -- A coupon for a free waffle at Waffle House and a free sandwich at Arby's are some of the hot deals of the day .

The big coupon deals include a free cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory and a free appetizer at Smokey Bones.

Get more details on Atlanta MomsLikeMe.com.

Cobb fifth graders improve writing scores

Cobb fifth graders improve writing scores

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County students' scores on the Fifth Grade Writing Assessment improved five percentage points in 2011.

This year's results show 83 percent of Cobb fifth graders met or exceeded expectations, compared to 78 percent in 2010.

Cobb students' average scale score of 218 topped the stage average by four points.

The writing performance of students in special populations, such as Students with Disabilities (SWD) and English Language Learners (ELL), continues to show strong results.

In Cobb, 57 percent of SWD met or exeeded standards, compared to just 44 percent statewide.

MARIETTA: Alcohol, speed suspected in deadly crash

MARIETTA, Ga. -- Police say alcohol and speed were factors contributing to a crash that killed a 31-year-old driver and injured two others Tuesday evening.

Police said a 1998 Dodge Caravan driven by Sergio Mendoza Leon of Marietta struck a utility pole on Wallace Road, then crashed into a building.

Leon was ejected from the vehicle and killed. Two passengers received non-life threatening injuries.

Police said the crash caused structural damage to the building and a gas leak. Wallace Road at Gresham Road was closed while crews repaired the leak.