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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.

Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.

Revisiting Week Five's HS Football Predictions

Fayetteville, GA -- Massey Matchups correctly picked the winner of 15 out of 17 games in Week Four. Did the computer predictor tool have similar results in Week Five?

In the Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week, Starr's Mill was expected to tie Whitewater 20-20. The computer regarded Starr's Mill as the better team, but gave Whitewater the benefit of home field advantage. Starr's Mill actually won the game 21-14.

Buford was supposed to make up for their 2009 loss to Lovett with a 26-19 win this year. The Wolves got their revenge, but the computer underestimated Buford. Coach Jess Simpson's team beat Lovett 37-14.

Week 5 Massey Matchups Predictions

FAYETTEVILLE, GA -- Starr's Mill at Whitewater handily won Game of the Week with 65 percent of the vote, but will it turn out to be the closest contest? Massey Matchups lets us know.

 The Region 3-4A Division B matchup should have playoff implications for the undefeated Starr's Mill Panthers and the one-loss Wildcats. Both teams are undefeated in their region since Whitewater's lone loss came at the hands of defending 4A champ Sandy Creek, who is now in 3A.  

The two teams are expected to play to a 20-20 draw. But if the game were at Starr's Mill's place or on a neutral field, Massey Matchups gives Starr's Mill the edge.

Comedies Return Tonight on 11Alive

Will Pam and Jim be happy with Michael's latest hire?  The team at Dunder Mifflin gets back to work tonight at 9 pm on "The Office" on 11Alive.  Steve Carell confirmed this seventh season will be his last, so get your fix starting tonight.

Week Five Game of the Week Nominees

HIRAM, GA -- The high school football season is wearing on and most teams are finally into region play. As far as the playoffs go, region play is all that matters, and Atlanta.HighSchoolSports.net's Game of the Week nominations are all down that alley.

Kell and Hiram are both 4-0 and battling it out for a playoff spot in the competitive Region 5-4A North. And making the postseason in a sub-region with seven teams is no easy task.

Kell has handed Grayson, Etowah, Woodstock, and East Paulding, all 3-1 teams, their only losses of the season. The wins would not be described as blowouts, though. The Longhorns have won their four four games by a combined 27 points.

Hiram is in the opposite position. The Hornets have been blowing through opposing teams, but their schedule has not been that tough. Hiram's four wins have come against teams with a combined 4-11 record.

Many Kids Need 2 Doses of Flu Vaccine

ATLANTA -- While most people will need only one flu shot or spray to guard against H1N1 and the seasonal flu, this year, many children will need two, according to the CDC.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends two doses of 2010-11 flu vaccine for children 6 months through 8 years of age unless they received at least one dose of 2009 H1N1 vaccine last flu season and at least one dose of seasonal vaccine prior to the 2009-2010 flu season or two doses of seasonal flu vaccine last flu season.

The first dose "primes" the immune system, while the second dose provides immune protection, according to the CDC. The second dose should be given 28 or more days after the first dose.

North Atlanta Pediatrics explains it this way on its website: