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WEEKEND EVENTS | BaconFest, Open House and the Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Fest

WEEKEND EVENTS | BaconFest, Open House and the Mother Clucker Fried Chicken Fest

ATLANTA - It's spring break and most of the city has run from the beach or the mountains. The weekend forecast calls for bright skies and everyone left in the city will be soaking up the sun. Check out some of the events being held around the city.

Come out to Dad's Garage for live music, games and BACON! The 12th Annual BaconFest will be held on Saturday, March 31 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Inman Park theatre. BaconFest! is a celebration chock-ful-of bacon, PBR and Ale Yeah! beer; the event, also, features a silent auction, a wheelchair obstacle course and performances by Darling Norman. Tickets to BaconFest start out at $25 and are on sale to all Atlantans who are 21 and older. BaconFest will be held outside in the parking lots of Dad's Garage Theatre in Inman Park at 280 Elizabeth Street, Suite C- 101. Attendees are encouraged to take MARTA. 

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ATHENS | UGA applications break record

ATHENS, Ga. -- More high school seniors than ever before applied to attend the University of Georgia this year, reports the Athens Banner-Herald.

Between 19,000 and 20,000 students sought one of about 5,000 slots in the university's fall 2012 freshman class, setting a new record, according to UGA President Michael Adams.

Applicants who have not received early admission notification will learn their fate Friday afternoon when the Office of Admissions releases final admissions decisions for first-year students applying to start UGA this fall, the Athens paper reported.

Atlanta breaks another pollen count record

ATLANTA -- Friday marks the 15th consecutive day Atlanta's pollen count has topped 1000, a new record. Friday's figure is 1275, high for mulberry, oak, pine and sycamore trees.

UGA professor gets $900K toxicology grant

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A University of Georgia professor has received a $900,000 grant to study the effects of pyrethroid insecticides in infants and children.

James Bruckner, a toxicology professor, will forward his findings to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help develop insecticide exposure guidelines for agriculture and in homes. Researchers know little about how children's bodies handle pyrethroids, an organic compound found in most household insecticides.

Studies have looked at the effects of high doses of the substance, but researchers have not looked at levels low doses similar to those found in most households effect children. Pyrethroids became common after the EPA banned DDT and organophosphates in insecticides but didn't develop scientific guidelines for safe use.

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Bulldogs Continue Spring Drills With Prep Coaches Watching

ATHENS -- The Georgia football team continued spring practice on Thursday, working out for 90 minutes at the Woodruff Practice Fields.

Georgia is hosting its annual high school coaches clinic this week, and many of those coaches took in the Bulldogs' practice.

"Today was the first day of our coaches clinic and we had a really good crowd out there," said Georgia head coach Mark Richt. "We had a little bit of a shorter practice because we'll go today, tomorrow and scrimmage Saturday morning. We didn't want to take too much out of them. It was a very competitive day. Both sides of the ball did a nice job."

Richt noted that sophomore Malcolm Mitchell, who has been practicing at cornerback this spring, also saw time on offense Thursday.

Bone marrow drive for sick 12-year-old exceeds expectations

ATHENS, Ga. -- A sleepless 24-hours was worth it for friends and supporters of 12-year-old Kajal Patel as efforts to find a bone marrow match exceeded expectations.

PHOTOS | 24-Hour Bone Marrowthon

A 24-hour Marrow-thon began at 4 p.m. Tuesday and continued until 4 p.m. Wednesday, as friends of 12-year-old Kajal Patel worked to find a bone marrow donor.

Over 27-hundred cheek swab samples were collected in hopes of finding one person that might qualify as a donor. The odds of finding a bone marrow match for the sixth grader who has been hospitalized since February is one in 20-thousand.

11Alive was there throughout the entire 24-hours to document the effort with live reports through the day and night.

Organizers say the 27-hundred samples collected may be a world record for a 24-hour period.

Metro unemployment exceeds Clarke rate in Feb.

Metro unemployment exceeds Clarke rate in Feb.

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate declined to nine percent in February.

The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday that the preliminary unemployment rate is down one-tenth of a percentage point from a revised 9.1 percent in January.

In Clarke County, the jobless rate was 7.2 percent in February.

Statewide, Georgia's February seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined for the seventh consecutive month to 9.1 percent -- the lowest rate since March of 2009, when it was also 9.1 percent.

Metro Dalton had the state's highest area unemployment rate at 12.3 percent. Metro Athens had the lowest area rate at seven percent.