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Georgians Challenge Federal Immigration Law

ATLANTA -- A potential class-action lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Atlanta over a government program that allows local authorities to enforce federal immigration law.

Marietta lawyer Erik Meder with Ave Maria Legal Services filed the lawsuit last Friday on behalf of three immigrants in Georgia.

Experts say it could be the first lawsuit to directly challenge the legitimacy of the program known as 287(g), which was designed to catch dangerous criminals.

The lawsuit claims that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has improperly delegated its power to local authorities and names various county, state and federal officials.

"287(g) essentially abdicates that discretionary authority to state actors," claimed attorney Meder. "Congress entrusted the Constitution, entrusts it only to the federal government."

The lawsuit alleges that ICE has failed to train, supervise and otherwise oversee sheriff's deputies in Cobb County.

Acworth Woman Billed $1 Billion for Electricity

ACWORTH, GA -- Almost all of us have been shocked when we open up our bills. Sometimes those electricity bills can get pretty expensive, especially during the summer when our air conditioners are running almost constantly. But an Acworth woman's 10-digit (before the decimal point) power bill might set a record.

When Scarlett Hall sat down to pay her bills, she realized it was probably going to take quite a few Benjamins to pay a $1,016,500,130.09 dollar electricity bill.

Hall lives in an Acworth home with her husband and three children. She's had high power bills before, but nothing like this. "Last month I pawned the title to my car to pay the light bill," she said Tuesday. "Now, I think I might need to start selling organs."

Compete for a chance to appear on the "3 Minute Game Show"

Town Center Mall and Discover Mills, in conjunction with Radio Disney AM will host a version of the popular “3 Minute Game Show,” this Saturday and Sunday. The “3 Minute Game Show” is a children’s game show that airs on the Disney Channel. 

Kids ages 16 and younger can test their Disney Channel knowledge for the chance to win a trip to Los Angeles to watch a taping of “3 Minute Game Show” and they could even win the chance to be a contestant.

Town Center Mall (400 Ernest W Barrett Pkwy, Kennesaw) will host their event on Saturday, October 16th on the Upper Level near JCPenny from 1-3 p.m. And Discover Mills (5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville) will host their event in the Food Court from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, October 17th.

Kennesaw Teen Named Semifinalist for SportsKid of The Year

KENNESAW, GA -- She's a stellar athlete, a good student and a volunteer for several local organizations. Now, Kendell Williams also has the chance to be a cover girl.

Williams, 15, of Kennesaw is one of 10 semifinalists to become the 2010 Sports Illustrated Kids' SportsKid of The Year. She now competes to become one of three finalists for the title.

The SportsKid of The Year will be featured on the December cover of SI Kids, honored at SI's annual Sportsman of the Year award celebration in New York City and appear on Cartoon Network's first-ever Hall of Game awards show in early 2011.

According to her biography on the SI Kids website, Williams is a record-setting track & field star at Kell High School in Marietta.

Haunted Museum, Ghost Train Roll into Kennesaw

KENNESAW, GA -- Climb aboard the ghost train at the Southern Museum (2829 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw, 30144) for an event that is so much fun, it's scary.

The Haunted Museum returns on Friday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23, just in time for Halloween. Aside from a few ghouls and spooks, the Southern Museum will provide great activities for the whole family, including a pumpkin trail, pony rides, petting zoo, costume contest, face painting and more.

This event will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on both nights. It is recommended for ages 10 and up. The tour is $5.50 for ages 10 to 12 and $7.50 for everyone else; the outdoor events are free. The museum will be closed during regular business hours on these days.

To purchase advance tickets, contact Jane Pies either via email or at 770-427-2117 ext. 3058.

Kaiser Permanente Kicks Off Fall Influenza Campaign

Atlanta, GA (Kaiser Permanente of Georgia) -- On October 9th, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia will kick off its fall influenza campaign by offering flu shots at no charge to its members in metro Atlanta on Flu Shot Saturday.

The flu shots will be given on a first come, first served basis at select Kaiser Permanente locations from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Non-members who are caregivers to Kaiser Permanente members can also receive a flu shot for $25. However, the member must be present at the time the non-member requests the vaccine.

Top Experts To Address Marketing’s Biggest Challenges at the Social Media Integration Conference

The challenges of integrating social media strategies into interactive, public relations and marketing programs is one of the top issues facing professionals and business owners today. On October 22-23, 2010, the prestigious Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University will offer real-world guidance from top experts at the Social Media Integration Conference.

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