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Georgia-Based Team Seeks to Impress at Petit Le Mans

BRASELTON, GA -- For husband and wife, Dave and Andrea Robertson, motorsports are a passion that started as a hobby and have grown into a full-time, competitive racing team.

"We both have been enthusiasts for a long time," Dave Patterson said from his team's garage Wednesday.

"We live it, think it, breath it, eat it you name it," Andrea Robertson said. "Never a day goes by that we're not thinking or talking about the car."

The Robertsons make their home in Michigan. But their American Le Mans Series team, Robertson Racing, is headquartered just outside the gates of Road Atlanta. At this weekend's Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, the Robertsons are fielding two Ford GT's.

"I've loved the Ford GT since the '60s. They're beautiful," Dave Robertson said. "They're an important part of American racing history."

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Gainesville Restaurant is one of USA Today's "Best American Burger Joints"

Atlanta, GA--  USA Today rates The Collegiate as one of the top burgers in America. Read more at http://mediagallery.usatoday.com/Great-American-burger-joints/G1777

N.C. Wreck Claims 4 Members of a Gwinnett Family

Washington County, N.C. - - The North Carolina Highway Patrol confirms four members of a family from Gwinnett County, including two young children, died after an SUV lost control in a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon.

The wreck, on U.S. 64, west of Creswell, happened around 12:20 p.m.

The dead are identified as 27-year-old Daniel Alvarez, who was the driver, 29-year-old Natalie Owens, one-year-old Ariela Alvarez and three-year-old Zacharia Alvarez. Ezeikel Alvarez, Zacharia's twin, survived and is being treated at a hospital.

Witnesses told the Highway Patrol that the Jeep hydroplaned on the highway, and went off the right side of the road. The vehicle then ran down a small hill, hit an embankment and flipped over into a canal.

Troopers say those killed appeared to have drowned.

Porsche to Field Hybrid Race Car at Petit Le Mans

BRASELTON, Ga. -- Speed and power are celebrated and rewarded on the track and on the paddock at Road Atlanta. Now one team is using efficiency and a renewable energy source to add power and speed.

The Porsche GT3R Hybrid race car doesn't work like the hybrids you're familiar with. There are no batteries on board. They're too heavy and they'd have to be discarded after every race.

"It's a hybrid that's based on performance and through that performance we regain and we recuperate but we also save fuel," said Porsche GT3R Hybrid Chief Engineer Owen Hayes.

The Porsche uses a regenerative braking system. It's not a entirely new concept. But now racing teams, like Porsche, are experimenting with the system for competition and improving the system's performance. "We know that we're developing something for the future and also developing something that could possibly be put into road cars and not only that, but into race cars as well," Hayes said.

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Mega Parenting Event This Weekend

ATLANTA -- One of America's leading parenting experts is coming to Atlanta this weekend for three days of events aimed at helping parents raise principled, purposeful kids in today's complex world.

John Rosemond, whose nationally-syndicated column appears weekly in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will join with Connect With Kids founder Stacey Dewitt for the program at South Forsyth High School on Saturday, October 2, Marist School on Sunday, October 3, and Mount Paran Christian School on Monday, October 4.

Rosemond has written 14 books on parenting.  DeWitt is an attorney, an award-winning journalist, and mom who regularly appears as a parenting expert on 11Alive News and on other news outlets nationwide.

The events at South Forsyth High and Marist School cost $20 per person or $35 per couple.  The Mount Paran event costs $12 per person.

Burn Ban Lifted, tomorrow

On Oct. 1, 2010, residents of Hall County will again be allowed to burn natural plant growth with the proper permits:

• A residential burn permitis for someone who wants to clean up their yard and wants to burn leaves and small tree limbs (no bigger than 3 inches in diameter). To obtain a residential burn permit, call 770-536-2442. This is an automated line and residents should follow the instructions. At the end of the recording, they will receive a burn permit number good for that day only.

Firefighters to recognize Breast Cancer

From October 1st-9th, Gainesville and Hall County Firefighters will be wearing pink T-shirts to in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The two fire departments together sold almost 1,000 shirts, netting $2,000 for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation.