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Roadwork planned for Downtown Connector, other highways

Roadwork planned for Downtown Connector, other highways

(WXIA) -- The Downtown Connector is one of several metro Atlanta highways to be affected by weekend roadwork.

Georgia Department of Transportation engineer Shun Pringle said three left northbound lanes of Interstate 75/85 will be closed nightly for sign work. The closures will happen between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Pine Street.

Three left southbound lanes will also be closed nightly at Freedom Parkway for bridge painting.

All Downtown Connector work will happen at night; Pringle said the interstate will be completely open during daylight hours.

However, some daylight work will occur on I-85 in both directions between Clairmont and Lenox roads. Crews will work on highway signs, forcing them to close two left lanes in each direction. Drivers traveling through the area should plan ahead for possible delays.

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7th Amendment essay competition to award 2 scholarships

7th Amendment essay competition to award 2 scholarships

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Trial Lawyers Association is holding a scholarship essay competition for high school seniors.

The contest focuses on the 7th Amendment, which is an American's right to a trial by jury.

To enter, a college-bound senior must write an essay in response to this question:

Since the ratification of the Bill of Rights in 1791, the 7th Amendment Right to Trial by Jury has been the cornerstone of the Civil Justice System. And yet, in the two-plus centuries since, the Right to Trial by Jury has been under near-constant assault. In your opinion, what role does the 7th Amendment play in the 21st Century, and why do you believe that it is important to safeguard this right?

All essays must be submitted to the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association no later than Monday, Apr. 7. One grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. The runner-up will get $500.

13-year-old makes amazing buzzer beater shot

CUMMING, Ga. -- The clock was ticking down in North Forsyth Middle School's basketball game. It was the first game in the final tournament of the season. Losers go home; winners keep playing. 

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As the timer counted down to the end of the first half, 13-year-old Kaleb Justice (#32 in the video), stopped at the opposing 3-point line flung the ball into the air. And made the basket. 

The cheerleaders looked stunned, and after a moment the parents in the stand go wild. Kaleb's mom, Erica, tells 11Alive's Julie Wolfe she was just trying to get it all on video. 

"I always record all of his basketball games. But sometimes, I get so excited, I miss it!" 

RadioShack to close 500 stores

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- RadioShack scored big points with its comedic 1980s-themed Super Bowl ad that poked fun at the retailer's outdated image, but the mood was more somber on Tuesday when news broke that around 500 stores will close in the coming months.

WATCH | RadioShack Super Bowl ad

The Wall Street Journal says it isn't clear which of the Fort Worth, Texas-based company's 4,300 stores will be closed or when.

The closings are part of a restructuring. Says the WSJ, "The retailer has struggled to reverse a string of losses deepened by a sales strategy focused around smartphones, which failed to improve revenue over the past two years."

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Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

Doodle 4 Google contest accepting entries

(WXIA) -- It's back! The wildly popular Doodle 4 Google contest, which gives children the opportunity to create a Google Doodle, is now accepting entries.

Students in grades K-12 can enter the competition by drawing the Google logo with the theme, "If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place ..."

"So many of the world's greatest inventions started out as simple doodles -- just think of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of flying machines long before airplanes were made. We hope students will think big and surprise us with their creative ideas, just like they've done in years past!" Google said in a release.

Google will choose one finalist from each state. Last year's Georgia winner was Christine Jeong, a 5th grader at Wilson Creek Elementary School in Johns Creek. Meet Christine and see her winning doodle.

Commuter Dude: Plotting a better route around Georgia 400

ATLANTA -- In an effort to ease the stress of your morning commute, 11Alive's Commuter Dude is plotting and testing alternate routes for metro drivers.

For Lisa Barwick, Commuter Dude and the 11Alive Traffic Team attempted to trim time off of her 45-minute drive from Cumming to Alpharetta.

Our route avoided Georgia 400 by taking Highway 20, Georgia 371, and Georgia 9.

The result was a viable alternative for those days when Georgia 400 is just unbearable.

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USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll

ATLANTA-- The latest installment of the USA Today Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is ready for inspection. There are changes and new faces, but the name at the top in unchanged.

 McEachern leads the way with Southwest DeKalb second again this week. Redan, Archer, and Parkview make up the top 5.

Wesleyan, Tucker, Hillgrove, Norcross, and North Forsyth complete the top 10.

The Metro Atlanta Super 25 Girls Poll is computer generated and produced exclusively for 11Alive News and 11 Alive.com by USA Today High School Sports.