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    Atlanta officials say they are ready for winter and they'll put that to the test today. Crews are making a dry run with salt spreaders, plows and brine trucks. While winter weather is not forecast here this weekend, crews are getting ready. When the trucks roll out this morning, you expect to see anywhere from 8 to 10 trucks ranging from our salt spreaders, to brine trucks. We're giving you an exclusive look at the new snow removal equipment for winter on Channel 2 Action News Saturday AM. Who can forget the scenes from 2014 when snow and ice paralyzed the city? Atlanta's Commissioner of Public Works Allen Smith says his crews have been checking equipment and getting last minute training on their brine trucks, so they are ready for today's winter weather practice run.    We flew NewsDrone 2 to get a look at the fleet of vehicles in a maintenance yard. It included dozens of brine trucks, snow plows and salt spreaders. 'The old saying is true, practice makes perfect. What we want to show people is that we're ready for winter weather,' Smith said.   
  • Atlanta Hawks (5-17, 14th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Charlotte Hornets (9-15, 10th in the Eastern Conference) Charlotte; Sunday, 5 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Trae Young leads Atlanta into a matchup against Charlotte. He currently ranks fourth in the NBA averaging 28.7 points per game. The Hornets are 0-2 in division games. Charlotte is 6-2 in games decided by 3 points or fewer. The Hawks are 1-2 against the rest of their division. Atlanta is the top team in the Eastern Conference with 53.9 points in the paint per game led by Young averaging 10.6. The matchup Sunday is the first meeting this season for the two teams. TOP PERFORMERS: Devonte' Graham leads the Hornets averaging 3.7 made 3-pointers and scoring 19.1 points per game while shooting 42.1 percent from beyond the arc. Terry Rozier has averaged 20 points and 5 rebounds while shooting 47.5 percent over the last 10 games for Charlotte. Young leads the Hawks averaging 28.7 points and is adding 4.0 rebounds. Jabari Parker has averaged 14 points and totaled 6.4 rebounds while shooting 44.3 percent over the last 10 games for Atlanta. LAST 10 GAMES: Hawks: 1-9, averaging 109.9 points, 39.4 rebounds, 23.4 assists, 8.6 steals and four blocks per game while shooting 45.3 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 121.2 points on 49.4 percent shooting. Hornets: 3-7, averaging 104.6 points, 42.5 rebounds, 24.6 assists, 6.9 steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 44.8 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 111.5 points on 48.0 percent shooting. Hornets Injuries: Marvin Williams: day to day (knee). Hawks Injuries: Chandler Parsons: day to day (illness), Allen Crabbe: day to day (right knee), De'Andre Hunter: day to day (finger). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
  • When Mark Lusink first started his career in engineering, it wasn’t long until he was building nuclear submarines. Now, he’s building something he said is much more complex: Dollhouses. These aren’t the Barbie Dreamhouses you might have played with when you were young. These dollhouses are treated like and decorated like a house you’d buy in a nice neighborhood in town. They don’t come out of a mold and have only a passing familiarity with the word “plastic.” And there’s a reason for that — these dollhouses can sell for $40,000 or even $100,000. “Well, I enjoy making things,” said Lusink, standing in his Lula basement surrounded by houses he designed and built. “And knowing we were going to retire at some point, I wanted to have something to do when I retired. I didn't quite realize I was going to be involved as much as I am.” But he’s about as involved as he can get. He has a CNC router in his basement that cuts the large sheets of Baltic birch plywood to make the sides and walls and roofs of the houses. And on the other side of the shop sits a laser engraver that cuts intricate designs for the doors, windows and smaller touches for the houses. He’s made a full business out of it, selling houses and parts online with his wife, Chris. And keeping up with the business takes a lot of work — none more so than designing the homes themselves, which require as much care and precision as actual homes. “It takes more time to design it and put it in the computer than it does to cut it and build it,” Mark said. “Everything's got to be exact. A small change on the bottom makes a huge change on the top.” One of those houses he designed and built is called “the Palace.” It’s a European-style, grandiose dollhouse with stairs and columns in the front. There’s a chandelier hanging in the foyer and a harp in the music room. There’s a lady’s bedroom and a gentleman’s bedroom along with a couple sitting rooms, a nursery, dining room, servant’s quarters, wine cellar, butler’s pantry and music room. Then there’s Chris’ favorite room — the kitchen. It’s outfitted with everything you’d see in your own kitchen if you owned a mansion: hearth, stove, pantry, cabinets, a table (dressed, of course) and chairs. The room itself, like much of the house, is wallpapered. “It's an addiction,” Chris said. “And the thing that's so neat is you can put things in it that you might not put in your own home.” She has about $300,000 worth of furniture, decorations and people in curio cabinets in her basement that she’s collected from miniature shops over the years. It’s taken about 25 years to get it all but everything has its place and is special in some way. “What I've noticed over the years, it's really got to be special for me to buy it now,” Chris said. “Because I have so much.” Even with so much and numerous dollhouses completely decked out, Chris remembers the beginning of it all. She bought a dollhouse kit from the store, then started buying up furniture from stores she found while traveling for work and got hooked. One of the stores she frequents is Miniature Designs in Lawrenceville. Chris has been going there for years and it’s where Mark sells many of his dollhouses. “Mark has incredible designs,” said Beverly Simon, who co-owns the store with her husband, Ken. “He’s a very, very talented man.” She said the Lusinks sell some of those windows, doors, railings and trim to the store, too. “Typically, someone in the dollhouse industry that sells houses, they sell houses that they can build and turn,” Beverly said. “But Mark builds dollhouses that are unique. The furniture will actually be workable in the room and they're unusual designs. So they have more curves, more angles, more intricate trim than the ordinary dollhouse companies that sell them.” After a while of shopping around at stores like Miniature Designs, Chris saw a dollhouse in a magazine and told her husband she wanted it. That was before he had all his fancy equipment, so he went to the basement and got to work designing and building it by hand. He said “it was much slower” than it is now, but he got it done. “It’s better than the magazine,” Mark said. That house still sits in the basement, across the room from The Palace. Though it’s not as ornate with a $300 oil painting inside and beds that were dressed for $200 a piece, it’s just as grand and special to the Lusinks. The hobby is special to a lot of people, too. Chris said most of her customers who buy from her website are at least 40 years old. But it’s a community she said is still very active and popular. And it’s a community she and her husband will never give up. “We have Lula friends, but then I have friends all over the country that are my miniature friends,” Chris said. “You might only see each other on Facebook or you might from time to time call one another just to see how you're doing, but we're close with each other.”
  • The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Cash 3 Night' game were: 9-9-0 (nine, nine, zero)
  • The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Cash 4 Night' game were: 0-1-8-2 (zero, one, eight, two)
  • The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'Fantasy 5' game were: 03-25-34-37-40 (three, twenty-five, thirty-four, thirty-seven, forty) Estimated jackpot: $125,000
  • A murder scene spilled over onto Cleveland Avenue on Friday night after someone shot a woman to death in front of a restaurant. The shooting happened about 6:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Cleveland Avenue, Atlanta police spokeswoman TaSheena Brown said. When officers arrived at the scene, the woman had already died. Channel 2's Matt Johnson was at the scene, where officers were collecting the bullet casings along the roadway.  'We have some theories on what occurred, and we have some evidence and leads we're following up on,' said Atlanta Police Major Dan Rasmussen.  Investigators are hoping to look through surveillance video that may help them identify a suspect and a motive. 'We have little to go right now with this investigation. We're asking for the help of the general population,' Rasmussen said.  Stay with Channel 2 Action News as police search for the woman's killer 33 year old woman was shot and killed tonight along Cleveland Ave in SW Atlanta. Police have not identified her officially and they have not named a suspect. pic.twitter.com/ZXV9IhE2RH — Matt Johnson (@MattWSB) December 7, 2019
  • The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the 'Mega Millions' game were: 20-31-40-46-61, Mega Ball: 20, Megaplier: 5 (twenty, thirty-one, forty, forty-six, sixty-one; Mega Ball: twenty; Megaplier: five) Estimated jackpot: $285 million
  • The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Georgia Lottery's 'All or Nothing Night' game were: 02-04-05-09-10-11-13-14-18-20-21-22 (two, four, five, nine, ten, eleven, thirteen, fourteen, eighteen, twenty, twenty-one, twenty-two)
  • Ike Smith had 17 points to lead six Georgia Southern players in double figures as the Eagles rolled past Carver College 100-70 on Friday night. Elijah McCadden and Quan Jackson added 13 points apiece for the Eagles. Eito Yuminami and Trey Dawkins chipped in 11 points each. McCadden also had seven steals for the Eagles. Georgia Southern has scored 100 points twice this season, beating Reinhardt 109-55 on Nov. 8. Jessy Haynes had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Cougars. Antonio Gardner added 12 points. He also had nine turnovers but only three assists. Jhonny Lutula had 10 points. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com