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A Christmas Miracle: Help Desk goes to Ethiopia

ATLANTA -- It was five years ago at Christmastime that one of the most remarkable Help Desk stories 11Alive News has ever done came to a dramatic ending. Atlanta resident Sebri Omer built a hospital in his hometown of Harar, Ethiopia, but he needed an ambulance. After a lot of work we found him one, and you won't believe how we got it over there.  

We wanted to update you on the story because much has changed.  And the monumental effort of the Atlanta community to help Sebri continues.  This past fall, 11Alive photojournalist Stephen Boissy traveled with Sebri to get this story. It's the story of how hope can overcome any obstacle and make for the perfect Christmas miracle.      

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Traffic fatalities in Georgia continue to decline

Traffic fatalities in Georgia continue to decline

ATLANTA (AP) - Federal and state authorities say Georgia highway fatalities dropped substantially last year for the fifth year in a row.

Statistics finalized and published this month show a total of 1,244 people died on Georgia highways in 2010. That's a decline of 3.7 percent, or 48 deaths, from the 2009 total of 1,292. It continues a trend in decreased highway deaths that began in 2006.

Traffic fatalities reached a record 1,744 in 2005.

The Georgia Department of Transportation says that as of Monday, 2011 fatalities were on track to decrease from 2010 with 62 fewer than that date a year ago.

Stories of the Heart

ATLANTA -- At 11Alive, we pride ourselves in being a team of journalists who help you.

We always seek the truth, take action, and look for solutions on issues at the heart of our community.

It's that heart that we're celebrating this Christmas.

WATCH | Stories of the Heart

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

Merry Christmas from Gov. Deal

ATLANTA -- Governor Nathan Deal issued a special holiday greeting for Georgia residents on Friday.

As Christmas nears, I wanted to wish every Georgian a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Christmas has a special way of reminding us what is really important: our faith in God, family and the well-being of our fellow man.

But Christmas is not limited to a single season or date on a calendar. These feelings of peace and love are always with us throughout our lives. For many, Christmas serves as a rejuvenation of these values and ideals.

After the gifts are all unwrapped and the candles begin to dim, our spirits will once again be enriched and fully restored.

As we reflect on all we have been able to accomplish this past year, we will cary this rejuvenated spirit to achieve all the goals that we have set for the coming years.

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NORAD ready to track Santa over Georgia airspace

NORAD ready to track Santa over Georgia airspace

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Christmas Eve marks a special day for most Americans as they share gifts and great food with family and friends while keeping those far away close in their hearts.

Tonight also marks the moment in which jolly ole St. Nicklaus' sleigh enters over Georgia airspace en route to the homes of good girls and boys.

Led by Rudolph and eight reindeer, Santa Claus is expected to soar over the east coast of the United States at 9:07 p.m. EST, as he begins his trek toward Georgia, according to the North American Aerospace Defense Command at NORAD.

Classic Christmas TV moments return to networks of 11Alive

ATLANTA -- Some old holiday favorites will be revived this weekend on 11Alive's new sister station, Antenna TV.

The network will launch at 4 a.m. Saturday on Digital TV channel 36.3, Comcast channel 245 and Charter channel 83.

As the name suggests, Antenna TV features classic TV shows from the antenna era, inlcuding "Three's Company," "Good Times," "The Three Stooges," "Father Knows Best," "All in the Family," and "The Monkees."

This weekend, the channel will air special holiday episodes from those series and more. For a full program listing, visit Antenna TV's website.

Jubilant jackpots: Mega Millions $173M, Powerball $125M

Jubilant jackpots: Mega Millions $173M, Powerball $125M

 

ATLANTA – As the holidays near and sugar plum fairies jig, massive jackpots from Mega Millions and Powerball will add to this weekend’s magical moments.

Friday’s $173 million Mega Millions jackpot is especially green, while Saturday’s $125 million Powerball jackpot is merry and bright.

Tuesday’s Mega Millions drawing produced four $10,000 winners with tickets purchased in Midland, Columbus, Marietta and Warner Robins. One player, Eddie Hall of Leesburg, won $250,000 in Tuesday’s drawing with his ticket purchased at Lee Pub, 1561 U.S. Highway 195, Leesburg.

The Mega Millions jackpot has grown since Nov. 4, rolling 14 times. Powerball has rolled nine times since Nov. 23.

It only takes $1 to play Mega Millions and Powerball for a chance to unwrap an enchanted jubilee. Players can multiply prizes with the Megaplier and Power Play options for an additional $1 per play.