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very Saturday for the past two months, as the sun sets, the sound of a lone bagpiper can be heard drifting from the gazebo in Stone Mountain Village. The bagpipes have had a presence in Stone Mountain for more than 30 years, Geno Summers since a resident founded Atholl Highlanders Pipes and Drums USA. Each year, Stone Mountain Park also hosts the Scottish Highland Games, at which the pipers perform. “It’s just a great tradition to draw people to downtown,” Rich MacPhee, business manager of the Atholl Highlanders said. MacPhee, who has performed under the gazebo before, said the group consists of approximately 40 bagpipers living in the Atlanta area. “It’s a great chance for everyone in the band to go out and play a solo engagement like that,” MacPhee said. “It’s also good for us to give back to the community.” Although the Atholl Highlanders is a nonprofit organization, MacPhee said the group charges the city a modest stipend to pay for expenses. The bagpipe is an instrument not often seen in this part of the world but MacPhee said playing the pipes is a tradition dating back hundreds of years. MacPhee also noted that the instrument is so versatile that it’s as likely to heard at a wedding as at a funeral. “The pipes always bring a kind of solemnness and some joy. It’s wonderful what it can bring on these Saturday afternoons—these tunes can be a bit lighter but always end with a bit of remembrance,” MacPhee said. Those who want to dedicate a song to a love one who has passed away or someone they want to remember can provide a donation and the
Every Saturday for the past two months, a different lone bagpiper has played by the gazebo in Stone Mountain village. Each piper is a member of the Atholl Highlanders Pipes and Drums USA. Geno Summers, who comes from a family of bagpipers, played on the square Nov. 24—his wife and son are also members of the Atholl Highlanders and have performed at the gazebo. Photos by Travis Hudgons. SCAN THE QR CODE ABOVE TO VIEW VIDEO or visit www.youtube.com/championnewspaper.
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Ellis names new deputy development chief
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis announced the appointment of Luz Borrero as deputy chief operating officer of development effective Nov. 19. “In the current economic climate, characterized by a national recession and a declining tax digest, I believe that it is extremely important to engage in activities that encourage and promote jobs creation, economic vitality, and increase the county’s tax digest,” Ellis said. The appointment unifies the various functional areas that have responsibilities to promote community development, economic development and jobs creation under a multi-year strategic plan, according to a media release. Ellis has assigned the following departments to report to the deputy chief operating officer of development: planning and sustainability, economic development, community development and workforce development. In addition, Borrero will serve as DeKalb County’s liaison with related authorities. Borrero brings more than 22 years of professional experience to DeKalb County. Since December 2010, Borrero has worked as vice president of Purpose Built Communities, an Atlanta-based organization that seeks to transform struggling neighborhoods into vibrant and sustainable communities. From 200410, she was Atlanta’s deputy chief operating officer. Borrero has also worked for the Southern Regional Council and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, among others. Borrero has a law degree from the University of Santiago de Cali and a postgraduate degree in international economics from the Université de Montpellier in France. “With her depth of knowledge and experience, I am excited that Luz Borrero has accepted this position,” Ellis said.
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Dunwoody City Council considers school system
by Daniel Beauregard email@example.com Each year the Dunwoody City Council identifies items that are legislative priorities in a list given to the city’s local representatives in the General Assembly. Councilman Terry Nall said although there has been no specific talk about the city of Dunwoody creating its own school system, the idea was added to the list. “I raised the question because if we ever in the future want to consider having a school system, we’d have to change the constitution to permit the creation of new school systems,” Nall said. Currently Georgia’s constitution doesn’t allow for the creation of any new school systems in the state. Nall said the idea was added to the list of legislative priorities simply to pave way for discussion of the possibility in the future. “There has long been conversation in the community about us having our own school system and I
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Doraville searches for new city manager
by Daniel Beauregard firstname.lastname@example.org Last year voters in Doraville passed a referendum allowing the city to change its form of government to one with a part-time mayor and a full-time city manager. Doraville is one of the last cities in DeKalb County to convert to such a form of government. The change means that Mayor Donna Pittman will share some of her powers with whoever is hired to be the city manager. Pittman said that although the change means she will have less power, it will be important for her to maintain a close relationship with residents. She said is important for residents to continue to Pittman have the opportunity to speak openly with their mayor. “I think it’s very important that you maintain the relationship that [residents] enjoy with the mayor. [Residents] like that one-on-one, and I think that’s very important,” Pittman said. In 1981 Doraville changed from a city manager to a full-time mayor form of government by way of a referendum. The city has hired Colin Baenziger and Associates, a local executive search firm, to conduct a search for the new city manager. Luke Howe, Pittman’s assistant, said the firm has interviewed the mayor, city council members, department heads and residents, and held a town hall meeting. Baenziger said they have received 92 applications for the job. “We’ve got some really good people,” Baenziger said. Since Doraville is a city that is transitioning from a strong mayoral form of government to one run primarily by a city manager, Baenziger said his firm is looking for someone who has served as a city manager in a similar situation. “We’re looking for someone who has been a city manager and ideally we’re looking for someone who has been [an inaugural] city manager,” Baenziger said. Baenziger said the alternative is to have a candidate who has been both a mayor and a city manager at some point in their career. The firm began screening applicants at the beginning of November; Baenziger said the firm will present the semi-finalists for the job to the Doraville City Council Dec. 10. After the city council has narrowed down the list it will conduct one-on-one interviews and announce its top choice for the position on Jan. 14; the council will also submit the top three candidates for the job for publication. Baenziger said officials hope to have made an official decision on the new city manager no later than Feb. 1.
Judge sets trial date for Lewis criminal case
by Daniel Beauregard email@example.com DeKalb County Judge Cynthia Becker has set a start date of April 15, 2013, for the racketeering trial against former DeKalb County School Superintendent Crawford Lewis. Lewis, his former construction chief Patricia Reid and Reid’s ex-husband Tony Pope are being charged along with him for conspiring to defraud the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) of approximately $2.4 million through illegal contracts. Reid allegedly used her role as the district’s construction chief to award contracts to then husband Pope. According to officials and court documents, Lewis signed off on contracts and knowingly participated in the conspiracy. Lewis and Reid also are charged with taking tickets from contractors to professional and college sporting events, shows and balls. Becker said she is reserving three weeks for the case, which was supposed to start at the end of this year but was pushed back. Earlier in November, the DeKalb County school board voted to waive a policy setting the indemnity cap for Lewis’ legal representation at $100,000. According to district officials, the board’s decision to waive the cap also relates to a civil case involving construction firm Heery International, which is closely related to the criminal case. Lewis is expected to be one of the main witnesses to testify in the civil trial, on which the DeKalb County School District has already spent nearly $30 million in legal fees to date. Since both of the cases involve issues regarding decisions made when Lewis was superintendent, school spokesman Jeff Dickerson said the district has a legal obligation to pay for Lewis’ representation. “They’re lifting that cap but we don’t know what those fees are going to look like,” Dickerson said. The board also voted that any more costs to be incurred by Lewis’ legal firm Goodman, McGuffey, Lindsay and Johnson, would come before the board and be approved on a monthly basis. Additionally, the board has the right to impose further caps if it deems it necessary. Board chairman Eugene Walker said that raising the cap was in the best interest of the district.
Dunwoody Police looking for man who tried to entice child
The Dunwoody Police Department is looking for a suspect who attempted to entice a child while in the restroom of the Perimeter Mall. On Nov. 12 at approximately 7 p.m., a 15-year-old male was in the restroom when he was approached by the suspect, according to a media release by the Dunwoody Police Department. The suspect displayed a wad of cash to the victim and asked him for sexual favors. The victim fled the scene and reported the incident to mall security, according to the release. The suspect, who was last seen running from the mall, is described as a Black male, approximately 6 feet and bald. He was wearing a puffy jacket, black dress pants and shoes. He is in his late 30s to early 40s. Anyone who recognizes this individual or has any further information regarding this incident should contact Detective Robert Bentivegna at (678) 382-6911. Anonymous crime tips can be submitted via the “Submit a Crime Tip” button on the left side of the Dunwoody Police webpage at www.dunwoodypolice. com, or via text messages to “CRIMES” (274 637). Use the key word DPDTIPS at the start of your message.
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trust that conversation has also gone in some of the other small cities as well,” Nall said. Nall said that since Dunwoody is working well since it became a city and the reason it was founded was based on the premise of local control, it’s not unusual to discuss the creation of its own school system. “It’s a natural conversation—to talk about local control of schools,” Nall said. “The city limits also mash up very well with the elementary, middle school high school feeder system already in place.” With Dunwoody being created fairly recently, along with other small cities in the area such as Brookhaven, Nall said it is logical to discuss the possibility of allowing the creations of new school systems. “We believe that this isn’t just about Dunwoody as a city, this is about every city in the state of Georgia and there are over 500,” Nall said. Nall said if the constitution is eventually changed to allow cities to establish new school systems, the legislature could still create restrictions such as making them go through an approval process for a charter system.
A 13-year-old DeKalb County girl who is accused of stabbing her 2-year-old sister to death may be tried as an adult. What a tragedy. What this young adolescent needs is intensive counseling and psychiatric evaluation until she is 21. She too is a victim. Victim? How can one in his or her right mind call this alleged cold-blooded teen killer a victim? Easily. Bill Cosby said it best. “Hurt people hurt people.” This young girl is as much a victim as the young life she allegedly took. If she is guilty, there is no excusing what she did, but there are many plausible explanations that the authorities hopefully will get to the root of. Either way, 13-yearold Tyasia Jackson is alone again, possible being charged as an adult—like the burden that was
thrust upon her young shoulders of caring for three siblings. Questions: Why is a 13-yearold saddled with the responsibility of carrying for three young siblings? How often did this occur? Why is she so angry? Why was that anger directed only at her half-sister Sasha Lamaya Ray? What is the relationship between the stepfather and the young teen and her mother? As the eldest of nine with the youngest 17 years my junior, I can say with all candor that I sometimes resented the responsibility of diapering, feeding and hauling around so many younger siblings in our parents’ absence. The difference, however, was the love modeled in the home by our mutual mother and father. We parents don’t begin to comprehend the conflict that occurs as a result of our blended families. Since the beginning of humankind, sibling rivalries have been commonplace. Those rivalries, however, are most often exacerbated by different blood lines. Case in point: I once attended a mother-daughter retreat up in North Georgia as a featured speaker. During the breakout sessions,
Opinion The Newslady
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the question was put to the participants, “What would you want your mother to know that you had not expressed to her before?” One well-groomed, articulate young 15-year-old shared with her mother that she felt like she was all alone. She went on to explain that her father and his new wife and children had their family and that her mother with her new husband and children had their family. She concluded by saying she felt like she didn’t belong anywhere. Mind you, this was a situation that on the surface appeared to be working. There were no issues of abuse or obvious dysfunction in the home. But deep in this young teen’s heart was a feeling of loneliness that no one would begin to understand. All of her physical and material needs were being met in fine fashion. She was performing well in school and seemed to be coping well with her mother in their blended family environment. Still, in what was seemingly the optimum circumstance, this young girl felt alone. Her mother was moved to tears by this startling revelation. As we adults go our merry
ways seeking our own happiness away from spouses we’ve “grown apart from” and who we vowed to stay with until “death do us part,” we seem to forget the toll our disposable relationships have on our children. Do we unwittingly force our children to put up brave, adult-like facades of acceptance for our new husbands, new wives, male friends and lady friends du jour? Are we creating generations of detached, cold-hearted, unfeeling robots who have no real sense of family bonds? Talk to anyone. On first introduction, some of their first words, good or bad, is about their home life. Psychologists say repressed feelings turn to unexpressed anger. Tyasia’s anger was apparently unleashed last week and now she is alone again. So many of our young people are home alone, not in the literal sense, but emotionally. African proverb: “The ruin of a nation begins in each home.” Steen Miles, The Newslady, is a retired journalist and former Georgia state senator. Contact Steen Miles at Steen@dekalbchamp.com.
America’s security and prosperity depend on our children’s ability to drive the economy of the future.
by Marian Wright Edelman this long economic downturn. To move forward, America’s Barack Obama won his resecurity and prosperity depend on election fight because Americans our children’s ability to drive the who are committed to moving foreconomy of the future. If a majorward turned out in record ity of our kids can’t read and numbers to vote, especompute at grade level, we cially in battleground won’t have a strong econostates. my. But we can’t go Our leaders face cruforward unless Congress cial budget decisions. They sits down and makes the must craft solutions that will hard decisions required protect the already porous to create a just budget safety nets on which so that invests in children, many children and families and creates jobs for their Wright Edelman rely, and invest in the health, struggling parents while making early childhood development and sure those who have benefited from education of our children. huge tax cuts pull their weight. The fundamental principle of Exit polls on Election Day protecting children and other vulmade it clear: A clear majority of nerable populations has been a corvoters agree that the richest Ameri- nerstone of deficit reduction since cans need to pay higher taxes. the bipartisan Balanced Budget Act Children, the poor and the of 1985. Every automatic budget middle class cannot afford more cut mechanism of the past quarter devastating cuts and instability as century has exempted core lowthey continue to struggle against income assistance programs from hunger, homelessness, joblessness any cuts triggered when budget and loss of summer school and targets or fiscal restraint rules were regular school days as a result of missed or violated. The American people still strongly support this principle. Last year, a Gallup poll found that 55 percent of Americans oppose cutting spending on anti-poverty programs. A Public Opinion Strategies poll showed even larger numbers of likely voters oppose cuts to Medicaid (73 percent) or education programs (75 percent). Cutting children from the budget now will cost us all more in the long run. On the other hand, economists agree that investing in children promotes economic growth. For example, investments in education that raise high school graduation rates have been shown to yield a public benefit of $209,000 per student in higher government revenues and lower government spending, and an economic benefit to the public purse that is 2.5 times greater than the costs. Children constitute the poorest age group in the United States. More than 16.1 million children in America live in poverty — more than one in five of all children and more than one in three children of color — so special efforts must be made to address the needs of these most vulnerable among us. Poor children lag behind their peers in many ways beyond income: they are less healthy, trail in emotional and intellectual development, are less likely to graduate from high school and to find steady work as adults, and are more likely to head poor families. Every year we keep these millions of children in poverty costs our nation at least half a trillion dollars in lost productivity, poorer health and increased crime. Rather than imposing strict austerity measures without regard for the human consequences, we must invest now in children to prepare them for the future and help create jobs. Be careful what you cut. If our children aren’t ready for tomorrow, neither is America. Marian Wright Edelman is the president of the Children’s Defense Fund.
Don’t cut our kids out of the budget
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A tale of two bakers
Ga., and founded in 1919. Flowers has 9,400 employees, operates 43 bakeries and sells its products primarily regionally through an extensive direct-store delivery network across the mid-Atlantic, southeast, southwest and select markets, including California and Nevada. Flowers Foods products include Sunbeam Bread, Nature’s Own, Roman Meal, Tastykake and Honey Buns to name only a few. Flowers has not only gobbled and consolidated, over the decades it has also spun out enterprises and holdings, including the Keebler Company and Mrs. Smith Pies, which continue to exist to this day, under different ownership. So what is a baker’s primary “secret ingredient” or recipe for success? A special yeast? Billions in brand advertising over decades? Perhaps it is in reality as simple as the cost of a loaf of bread. In its far flung operations, Hostess had 372 collective bargaining agreements that covered 15,000 of its 18,500 employees. The efficiency of some of these agreements, including one of the Teamsters’ favorites, required that bread and pastries heading to the exact same location, at the same time must do so in separate trucks, each with its own driver. In the end, the bakers and their unions rejected Hostess management’s final offer by voice vote. Almost immediately 15,000 Hostess workers lost their jobs. Hostess will maintain roughly 3,200 non-union workers and managers to wind down operations and liquidate assets. This headcount will also continue to drop, up to 94 percent over the next 16 weeks (four months) of the shutdown. By early 2013, other than some potentially surviving products and facilities, the world’s largest baker will be but a memory. Flowers Foods has been both a privately held and now publicly traded concern. Flowers has two large operating divisions, one which focuses on direct store delivery of bread and its perishable baked goods, and the other that produces frozen products for grocers and vending companies. Since going public in 1968, Flowers has completed more than 100 acquisitions, while maintaining a solid bottom line. With the demise of Hostess, Flowers is now the nation’s second largest baked goods producer, with 7.9 percent of the industry. Flowers has only a handful of bargaining agreements with its employees, yet a very stable workforce and all but 900 of its employees are non-union. The most likely new owner of the indestructible (some say indigestible) Twinkie and a few of its cousins? Flowers Foods. The company is at least getting ready to increase its appetite. On Nov. 19, Flowers amended and extended its $500 million line of credit loan facility. During 2011, Flowers sales were $2.8 billion. Wall Street has recently awarded Flowers a 10 percent spike in its share price, for its record of stewardship as well as potential increase in market share. So back to our Lincoln quote regarding rights and wrongs. Where do you see the major difference in paths to success among the Flowers and Hostess enterprises? If bread is still a staff of life, I can’t help but come to the conclusion that a high starch and sugar diet shared by both greedy workers and management, gorging on carbs and sweets, ultimately took Hostess down, while Flowers continues to grow in the sunbelt. There may still be room for more in the Flowers pantry, but as their prior wise acquisition of other assets over time has demonstrated, be careful what you swallow, and be sure to allow time for full digestion before eating again. Hope y’all had a good Thanksgiving, too. Bill Crane also serves as a political analyst and commentator for Channel 2’s Action News, WSB-AM News/Talk 750 and now 95.5 FM, as well as a columnist for The Champion, Champion Free Press and Georgia Trend. Crane is a DeKalb native and business owner, living in Scottdale. You can reach him or comment on a column at billcrane@ earthlink.net.
“It is the eternal struggle between these two principles—right and wrong. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time and will ever continue to struggle. It is the same spirit that says, ‘You work and toil and earn bread...and I’ll eat it.’”—President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), America’s 16th president. This is the Tale of Two Bakers—one is Hostess Brands, which failed. Founded in 1930, and most recently based in Irving, Texas, it had 18,500 employees, 5,500 delivery routes and operated 33 bakeries, 553 distribution centers and 527 bakery outlet stores, selling brands including Wonder Bread, Merita, Nature’s Pride, Dolly Madison, Drake’s Cake and Hostess cupcakes, Twinkies, SnoBalls and HoHos as well as Ring Dings and Ding Dongs (I’m not kidding). Further south, the baker with quite a few buns still baking hot in the oven is the lesser known Flowers Foods, based in Thomasville,
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For more than a year, Ana Guimaraes has served as a volunteer librarian for the DeKalb History Center. Guimaraes, a college librarian who had done some work with archives, began volunteering with the center while she was looking for fulltime work. Sorting through approximately 50 years of donations, Guimaraes catalogued reference books, setting aside duplicates and works that did not ﬁt the DeKalb History Center’s mission of collecting, preserving and sharing the history of DeKalb County. Some of the books Guimaraes weeded out have been sold at book festivals and library fundraising events while others have been donated to other libraries including the Stone Mountain genealogical library. “We made them a huge donation,” Guimaraes said. Guimaraes, who volunteers at the center four hours a week, is also relabeling many of the remaining books stored at the history center “making sure that the collections are accessible to the public,” she said. Many of the books Guimaraes is cataloguing were donation as early as the 1950s. And as more donations come in, the DeKalb History Center is “trying to focus the donations so that they are relevant to DeKalb County,” Guimaraes said. Guimaraes also volunteers at the Decatur Book Festival on behalf of the DeKalb History Center and helps with the Decatur Tour of Homes making sure visitors have correct information about the homes on the tour and about Decatur. Guimaraes and her husband moved to Decatur in 2011. She had lived in the state of New York for approximately 10 years. “I’ve really gotten involved with the life of the city of Decatur in a way that I wouldn’t have if I didn’t volunteer,” she said. Guimaraes, who has parttime jobs as a reference librarian at Kennesaw State University and at the Pie Shop in Buckhead, said, “The reason I started [volunteering] is diﬀerent from the reason I stay.” She started volunteering to stay current in the library ﬁeld and continues because of the relationships she has formed. “I’ve built nice relationships with the ladies that I work with,” she said. Volunteering “made me feel like Decatur is a home. Decatur is a great place.” Guimaraes said she is always spreading the word about the DeKalb History Center and has convinced some associates to become due-paying members. “Any history center—particularly one with a rich history—needs to be preserved,” Guimaraes said. “We connect people to the past. It’s important work.” Located inside the historic Old Courthouse on the Square in downtown Decatur, the center’s archives and museum are open to the public Tuesday through Thursday. Visitors can research many local history topics including genealogy and family history, cemeteries, historic homes and properties, the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement and DeKalb cities.
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at the Brookhaven Library, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 3 - 3:45 p.m. It is open to first 25 participants. The Brookhaven Library is located at 1242 N. Druid Hills Road, NE, Atlanta. For more information, call (404) 848-7140.
Superintendent to address Chamber members The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce’s First Monday Luncheon on Dec. 3 will feature DeKalb County School District Superintendent (DCSD) Dr. Cheryl Atkinson. She will discuss the district’s progress toward the goals and initiatives outlined in the five-year strategic plan to the business community. During the address, DCSD will also unveil new initiatives planned for 2013. The luncheon will be held 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter, 4836 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta. Tickets purchased by November 30, are $35 for members and $45 for non-members. For additional information on the chamber or the luncheon, visit www. Dekalbchamber.org or call (404) 3788000. Church to hold pre-Christmas family event Shallowford Presbyterian Church will hold its annual “Joy of Giving” preChristmas event Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. It will include a visit with Santa, the Secret Santa Shop, face painting, crafts to make, homemade baked goods for sale, a silent auction and more. Admission is free; the community is invited to attend. Children can visit with Santa, shop for their parents in the Secret Santa Shop, have their faces painted and make holiday crafts and enjoy the Bounce House. Adults can visit the silent auction and raffles, snack at the food concessions and take home goodies from the bake sale. Shallowford Presbyterian Church is located at 2375 Shallowford Road, Atlanta. For more information, call (404) 321-1844 or visit www.shallowfordpreschool.net.
Musician to perform at library Ja’Naan comes back to Decatur Library’s Musical Bookings stage Sunday, Dec. 9, 3 - 4:30 p.m., with her jazz ensemble, Beat’N-Sync, to usher in the festive season with holiday classics, old and new. Family and friends of all ages are welcome. Decatur Library is located at 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. For more information, call (404) 370-3070. Church to hold Advent Festival Gingerbread houses and holiday decorations will take center stage as Columbia Presbyterian Church hosts its annual Advent Festival on Sunday, Dec. 2, in Hazelwood Hall, beginning at 4 p.m. The festival is open to the public and children especially are invited to attend the event. There also will be a Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Worship on Dec. 24, at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary. Columbia Presbyterian Church is located on 711 Columbia Drive, Decatur. For more information, call (404) 284-2441, or visit cpcdecatur.org. Author to speak on Rich’s department store Jeff Clemmons, author of the new book, Rich’s: A Southern Institution, will join the DeKalb History Center for a special lecture and book signing on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Clemmons will trace Rich’s 137-year history, including the true stories behind Penelope Penn, Fashionata, The Great Tree, the Pink Pig, Rich’s famous coconut cake and much more, including how events at the downtown Atlanta store helped John F. Kennedy become America’s thirtyfifth president. In 1867, less than three years after the Civil War left the city in ruins, Hungarian Jewish immigrant Morris Rich opened a small dry goods store on what is now Peachtree Street in
downtown Atlanta. Over time, his brothers Emanuel and Daniel joined the business; within a century, it became a retailing dynasty. Although born in Alabama, Clemmons considers himself an Atlantan, having lived in the metropolitan area for the past 26 years. His family has an even older connection to the city, with his great-great-grandfather Archibald Clemmons having fought in the Atlanta Campaign, including the Battle of Atlanta, during the American Civil War. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase. The free event will be held Dec. 4, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., at the DeKalb History Center located in the historic DeKalb Courthouse, 101 E. Court Square, Decatur, second floor, superior courtroom. For more information, contact Contact Melissa Forgey at (404) 373-1088, ext. 22. Library fundraiser to feature wifehusband duo
ment and feedback on their works-inprogress as well as completed projects. Writers and those aspiring to be writers are afforded the opportunity to read and/or discuss their work. Reading/discussion time is limited based upon attendance. Attendees are asked to participate by providing positive comments and useful evaluations. All writers are welcome. Stonecrest Library is located at 3123 Klondike Road, Lithonia. For more information, call (770) 482-3828. Area residents invited to create mini-scrapbooks Lithonia area residents are invited to Salem-Panola Library on Saturday, Dec. 1, 1 - 2:30 p.m., to come and create mini-scrapbooks. “Life is full of great memories. Make a gift of those memories by creating a mini-scrapbook,” states an announcement from the library. Participants should bring photos. All other materials will be provided. Funding is provided by the Friends of the Salem-Panola Library. Salem-Panola Library is located at 5137 Salem Road, Lithonia. For more information, call (770) 987-6900.
Holiday decorating class set Sarah Brodd of the UGA Cooperative Extension will demonstrate ways to create holiday decorations using materials from the yard and around the house. The demonstration, Designing Holiday Greenery, will be held
The DeKalb County Public Library will present prize-winning storyteller Carmen Deedy and her Grammynominated musician husband John McCutcheon Monday, Dec. 3, for a special evening of storytelling and music to benefit the DeKalb Library Foundation. “Carmen’s delightful books, including her latest, Return of the Library Dragon, 14 Cows for America and The Cheshire Cheese Cat have won her fans all over the world. John is one of folk music’s greatest living storytellers and instrumentalists with more than 20 albums and thousands of in-person performances to his credit,” according to an announcement from the library. The DeKalb Library Foundation raises funds to help buy books and support programs at DeKalb County Public Library. The event will be at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church Decatur, 308 Clairmont Ave., Decatur.
FODAC to hold Breakfast with Santa fundraiser Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) will hold its annual “Breakfast with Santa” Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. – noon, at Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort in Stone Mountain Park. The ballroom festivities will include a gourmet breakfast buffet, free park admission, an all attractions pass for the park for each person (a $27 value), a toy for each child, and an opportunity to meet and take pictures with Santa and his favorite elves. Special guest host is WSB traffic reporter Captain Herb Emory. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children ages 5-11. Children younger than 5 are admitted free. All proceeds benefit FODAC. Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort in Stone Mountain Park is located at 4021 Lakeview Drive, Stone Mountain. For more information, visit www.fodac.org or contact Pam Holley, email@example.com or (770) 491-9014, ext. 112.
Writers group to meet Stonecrest Writers’ Support Group will meet Tuesday, Dec. 4, 6:30 - 8 p.m., at the Stonecrest Library. The organization offers writers encourage-
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Anthony Joseph prepares green beans for Saturday dinner at Emeritus Senior Living. At bottom right, peeled shrimp are ready to go into the jambalaya, cooking at bottom center. The finished jambalaya is pictured at top right; at top center, Joseph places freshly heated rolls in a pan for serving. Photos by Kathy Mitchell
Cook brings New Orleans flavors to Decatur senior community
by Kathy Mitchell kathy @dekalbchamp.com Anthony Joseph left his native New Orleans in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. While his old Louisiana neighborhood has been completely destroyed, Joseph brought one thing with him to Atlanta that no storm could wipe out—his knowledge of Louisiana cooking. “My grandmother raised me because my mother was, well, caught up in another world and my father was a Black Panther, so I grew up in my grandmother’s kitchen. She loved to cook and I would ask her, ‘Grandma, how do you cook this, how do you cook that?’” Now a chef at Emeritus Senior Living in Decatur, Joseph takes pride in preparing food the residents enjoy. “You could just warm up the beans and serve them and that would be all right with some people who cook at places like this, but I like to add some onion, some garlic—give it some taste,” he said. His specialty is shrimp jambalaya, made from a recipe he developed himself. “Each time I made it I would try a little something different,” he said. “It seems the more I experimented the more people like it.” “Anthony’s shrimp jambalaya is as tasty and authentic a recipe as any in New Orleans,” said Rachel Kohl, regional director of operations at Emeritus at Decatur. “The residents just love it.” Joseph tried driving a truck for a while, but said, “It was just a way to make money; I didn’t love it. I love cooking. Most truck drivers stop on the road and eat at a restaurant. I waited until I got home and cooked my own food.” When he placed his daughter, who’s now 11, in nursery school he asked the kitchen staff lots of questions about how the food was prepared. They ended up hiring him to cook there. “They told me, ‘It doesn’t pay much,’ and I said, ‘That’s OK. I cook for the smiles. I cook for the enjoyment.’” Youngsters at the school raved so about the food Joseph prepared that parents started asking questions. “How did you get my kid to eat carrots?” a parent asked. “He never eats carrots at home, but he loves your carrots.” After his daughter was in elementary school she told her dad that he should cook for the school, and that opportunity came. For career day, Joseph came to the school and talked to his daughter’s class about his work as a chef. He brought beignets (pronounced been-YAY), a New Orleans fried dough pastry, traditionally sprinkled with powdered sugar. “There was powdered sugar everywhere. They loved it,” he recalled. “All the parents have to put in a certain number of volunteer hours,” Joseph continued. “When they found out I cook, that’s what they wanted me to do.” Joseph said he uses little salt in his jambalaya because “there’s plenty of taste in there already.” He also never measures. “I have a talent for gauging amounts without measuring,” he said. “I can tell half a cup just by looking at it.” At restaurants where he’s worked over the years, Joseph said, he has created his own dishes and developed his own sauces and seasonings. “Everyone has something they are blessed to do well,” he said. “I believe we are supposed to use the gifts we are given to make life nicer for other people. With me, it’s cooking.” For Anthony Joseph’s Jambalaya Recipe, visit our website at www.championnewspaper.com.
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The Mayor and City Council of the City of Chamblee, Georgia will hold a public hearing on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at the Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad Street, Chamblee, GA 30341 at 6:00 p.m. to receive public comments regarding the following zoning matters: 1)Pursuant to Appendix A, “Zoning Ordinance”, Article IX “Civic Design”, Section 902 B and as illustrated in the “Streetscape Guidelines: Street Designations” requires the landscape zone to be placed immediately adjacent to the curb. The landscape zones along Clairmont Road, Peachtree Boulevard, and Buford Highway require tree planting and pedestrian lighting within the landscape zones (which are typically within the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) right-of-way. The street sections along state roads must be approved by GDOT and require that street trees and lighting be located in a manner not to obstruct site distances for pedestrians and vehicles. The City of Chamblee, Ga seeks to modify the zoning text as well as the guidelines in order to be consistent with GDOT’s standards by moving the street trees and lighting behind the sidewalk when conditions do not allow for placement a minimum of 14’ behind the back of curb along State Highways as required by GDOT. 2)Pursuant to Appendix A, Zoning Ordinance”, Article II, “Administration”, Section 202.A.1 the City of Chamblee, GA seeks public comments regarding proposed text amendments to the Industrial Transitional Zoning Standards. 3)Pursuant to Appendix A, Zoning Ordinance”, Article II, “Administration”, Section 202.A.1 the City of Chamblee, GA seeks a zoning map amendment to rezone the following properties to the Industrial Transitional (IT) District:
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Children taken by noncustodial mother will remain with her
by Andrew Cauthen firstname.lastname@example.org A woman accused taking her four children to Texas in violation of a child custody agreement will keep the children for now. Melisa Ivey, of Carrollton, TX, appeared in court Nov. 19 for a hearing on her emergency petition to change custodial custody of her children ages 14, 12, 11 and 10. The children were in the custody of their father Micah Parker, and Ivey’s ex-husband, from 2006 until Ivey took them in June. Superior Court Judge Courtney L. Johnson ordered that the children remain with their mother until a February hearing when a ruling will be made in the case. A guardian ad litem will be appointed to oversee the younger children’s welfare. During the hearing Ivey, said she was concerned about her children’s safety. “It was an unsafe environment and they were in danger physically,” Ivey said. “They were mistreated and physically abused. They continued to call me tell me what they were subjected to.” Ivey said she took her children because she was concerned “they would end up being another statistic because of the things that they had endured and the pain that they have experienced living with their father.” She said she noticed a bruise on child. Ivey, a self-employed hairstylist, testified that her children have not been dissatisfied or expressed a desire to return to their father’s home. When she returned to Texas with the children, Ivey said she notified Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. Parker, who said he had neither seen nor spoken to his children since June 10, said the welfare of his children has never been questioned. Although the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) has been called to home, DFCS has never opened a case involving him, he said. Under cross examination, Daniel Meachum, Ivey’s attorney, asked about various alleged incidents of abuse which Parker denied. Parker’s attorney, Kimberly Beard, presented several character witnesses for Parker. Celeste Howard, a former teacher of one of Parker’s children, described Parker as “very loving and caring.” “I really admire Mr. Parker with how involved he was…in everything they did,” said Howard, who has known him for five years. Obelia Hall, principal of Stephenson Middle School, where two of the children attended, said Parker, was a “mainstay” at the school, serving on the school’s PTSA and starting a morning reading program. “He is very concerned about his children’s welfare.” In his testimony, Parker’s pastor, Robert Jackson, said, “I know that [Parker] loves the kids immensely. I see him as a serious family.” “I have a great deal of respect for [him],” said Jackson, who has known Parker for approximately five years. “I see him as a serious father.”
A member of Greenforest Community Baptist Church on Rainbow Drive is suing the church and its pastor over alleged funds mismanagement and leadership issues. Photo by Andrew Cauthen
Church member files lawsuit against pastor of Greenforest church
by Andrew Cauthen email@example.com A filed lawsuit against Greenforest Community Baptist Church, Inc., its pastor, deacons and bylaws committee contains allegations of a power struggle and misuse of church funds. The lawsuit was filed in October by attorney Sylvia Goldman, a minister at the church. According to the lawsuit, the defendants have proposed changes to the church’s current bylaws which “eliminate the members as stockholder and decision makers in the church” and “cede sole decision making authority” to the pastor, Rev. Dennis Mitchell. Neither Goldman nor Mitchell returned calls by The Champion to discuss the lawsuit. James Chester, a human resource manager at the church, said church officials would not comment on the lawsuit unless it goes before a judge. Chester said the church is trying to avoid the courts and are “trying to resolve this in a biblical fashion, in a quiet fashion.” According to the church’s website, Mitchell was called to serve as interim pastor of the church in January 2007 after the death of Greenforest’s previous pastor. Mitchell, who served as the church’s executive pastor from 1996-98, was selected in November 2007 to be the church’s senior pastor. With a membership of more than 4,000, Greenforest’s 94-acre campus includes the Greenforest-McCalep Christian Academic Center which houses an early learning center for children ages 6 weeks to 4 years and an accredited academy for grades K-12; the Green Forest Community Development Center; a 161-unit apartment complex; and a federally chartered credit union. The church is located at 3250 Rainbow Drive in unincorporated Decatur. According to the lawsuit, the pastor has “continuously violated” the church’s current bylaws. The proposed bylaws attempt to “legitimize the pastor’s decisions and behavior that violate the church’s current bylaws,” the lawsuit states. Several church members have “voiced and written objections” regarding the various violations. The defendants “mingled the church funds with personal assets and those of corporate and other business entities in which they exercise control and interest over” and used the funds for their personal benefit,” the lawsuit stated. Goldman states that in June she made a written request of the church’s CEO and head deacon “to call a special meeting of the members to initiate the process of terminating the pastor.” That request was denied in September. On Sept. 7, Greenforest members were notified by email about proposed bylaws review sessions scheduled for Sept. 11 and 22. The meetings were to discuss “proposed changes to the current bylaws of Greenforest Community Baptist Church, Inc. that are not amendments to the current bylaws but a new set of bylaws.” In her lawsuit Goldman stated that church members were not given “sufficient time to read, question and know the necessity for the proposed changes” detailed in the 150-page document. “The pastor will have the sole power to unilaterally make decisions,” the lawsuit states. “The proposed changes to the bylaws will deprive…the members of the right to hold the pastor accountable for his decisions and behavior.” The church’s bylaws committee “has not provided any explanations for the proposed changes and [their] intended impact,” the lawsuit states. “The proposed changes…seek to change the structure and the operation of the church from spiritual to a secular corporate structure, contrary to [the] purpose of the nonprofit corporation status,” the lawsuit states. Goldman filed a request for temporary restraining order against Mitchell and the other defendants which would restrict them from convening any meetings or votes and from “selling, disposing of, or encumbering church property and funds.” The restraining order would also keep Mitchell “from functioning in the capacity of pastor of the church pending the determination of [the] court or ordering a special meeting for the members to vote to terminate his service.”
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Suspected Walmart thief dies during confrontation
by Andrew Cauthen firstname.lastname@example.org A man suspected of stealing DVD players from a Lithonia Walmart died Nov. 25 after a confrontation with employees. DeKalb County Police were dispatched to the Walmart located at 5401 Fairington Road at approximately 1:45 p.m. Officers found a Walmart security officer and another employee detaining a man “on the ground,” according to an incident report. The Walmart employees told police that the suspect “was violent and attempting to swing on them,” the report stated. As an officer placed handcuffs on the suspect, “he noticed that the suspect was unresponsive and limp.” The officers checked for a pulse and signs of breathing, but did not find any. They then called for an ambulance. According to the report, the incident began when a Walmart employee called a manager to report that a man wearing a black hat and black hoodie had placed two Bluray DVD players in his bag. When the suspect was asked for a receipt, the man ran into the parking lot where employees “grabbed him by the hoodie and slammed him down to the ground,” according to the report. As the suspect got up and fought back, one employee pushed him into a car and a security officer “rushed the suspect,” causing the employees and the suspect to fall. “The security officer placed the suspect in a headlock to calm him down”
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Vestina Inanahazwe is a refugee from Burundi who lives in Clarkston with her two children. Inanahazwe is trying to reunite with the rest of the family through a program run by the Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta. Photo by Daniel Beauregard
Program works to unite refugees with family members
by Daniel Beauregard email@example.com Vestina Inanahazwe received a call Nov. 15 from her mother in Burundi who told her that her brother is missing. Inanahazwe, a refugee from Burundi, has been living with her two children in Clarkston for the past six years. Her mother, brother and sisters are living in Burundi and her father is in Tanzania. “Burundi right now is not safe,” Inanahazwe said. “I don’t even know what to do.” She said her mother told her that one day her brother went to the store and never came back. Although Inanahazwe likes Atlanta, she said it doesn’t matter where she lives because her family isn’t with her and she feels like she lacks the support system she needs in her life. “It’s hard because I cannot go to school and sometimes it’s hard for me to keep a job and I have bills to pay,” Inanahazwe said. Inanahazwe’s husband, who is also the father of her children, came to Clarkston with her when she was granted asylum but began drinking heavily and stopped working. He left four years ago and the last she heard he was homeless. “It’s not good to be with no family,” she said. Each day as her daughters arrive home from school, Inanahazwe is getting ready to carpool to Gainsville with her coworkers. Like many refugees in Clarkston, she works nights at a chicken processing plant, leaving at 4 p.m. and returning home well past midnight. If she can’t find a baby sitter she is unable to work. The Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta (RRISA) has recently reopened its refugee reunification program, which had been closed since 2008. Now, Inanahazwe has a chance of reconnecting with her family if they are granted asylum. “It was pretty successful and what actually happened was, they put it on hold because they decided to use DNA testing and there were a lot of mismatches,” said Lesley Ediger, immigration services manager of RRISA. Ediger said relocating Inanahazwe’s family will be a lengthy process but that her mother, brother and sisters are eligible for asylum. Her father will have to move to another country because he is ineligible for the program as long as he lives in Tanzania. “A lot of people are interested in the program but they might not be eligible for different reasons,” Ediger said. Many of the people who were reunited before the program closed in 2008 were biological relatives of those who had already been granted asylum. However, Ediger said there are some exceptions such as a family that has taken in and raised an abandoned child. Inanahazwe hopes to soon be united with her family and has been speaking to her mother every couple of days to get updates on her brother, whom they believe is still alive.
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Light Up Dunwoody
Dunwoody residents celebrate the start of the Christmas season with a treelighting ceremony that dates back to the early 1990s. Dancing girls from Once Upon a Ballet and other dancers in brown reindeer outfits from Atlanta Jazz Theatre, the tree lighting at Cheek-Spruill Farm House, a parade, caroling and Santa were all part of this year’s Light Up Dunwoody celebration. Photos by David DiCristina
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Occupy Atlanta protests in support of Wal-Mart workers’ rights
by Carla Parker firstname.lastname@example.org While shoppers were searching for the best deals at the Wal-Mart on Memorial in Decatur on Black Friday, members from Occupy Atlanta were across the street boycotting the major chain store. Approximately 10 protesters gathered in the parking lot of Aaron’s across the street holding signs and passing out flyers about the nationwide protest in support of Wal-Mart employees organizing for their rights. The protest also included an alternative to shopping, where people could pick up clothing items and toys for free. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has roughly 1.3 million U.S. workers. Shayan Adelman of Occupy Atlanta said Wal-Mart employees are being treated poorly by their employer. “They just want basic rights and dignity,” she said. “All workers should have a good living wage and be able to work full time, have access to health care and things like that. According to the flyer that was being handed out, Making Change at Wal-Mart, and other activism groups are demanding that Wal-Mart employees be paid at least $13 per hour, have predictable scheduling, be offered expanded health care coverage, and be given fulltime work. Misty Novitch of Occupy Atlanta said most workers are not making enough money to make ends meet. “Most Wal-Mart workers are on government aid even though they are working 35 hours a week,” she said. The group also wants workers to have the freedom to unionize without retaliation. “Workers are trying to organize unions all over the country but they are being retaliated against or fired,” Novitch said. “A lot of us are supportive of unions because we know that workers tend to work better when they have a union.” Adelman said she hasn’t spoken with Wal-Mart employees directly about the working conditions and forming a union, but said other organizers have spoken with them and were told that employees are afraid to organize a union. “They’re afraid of losing their jobs, and in this economy if you lose your job it’s not easy to go and find another one,” she said. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has asked the National Labor Relations Board for a ban against protests staged by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union that have sprung up at stores nationwide, the Wall Street Journal reported. “We are taking this action now because we cannot allow the UFCW to continue to intentionally seek to create an environment that could directly and adversely impact our customers and associates,” WalMart spokesman David Tovar said in a statement this week. “If they do, they will be held accountable.” In response to protesters’ complaints about working conditions, Wal-Mart said it has 250,000 associates who have worked for the company for more than 10 years, that it promoted 165,000 hourly employ-
Occupy Atlanta participated in the nationwide protest of Wal-Mart in support of Wal-Mart employees organizing for their rights during Black Friday on Nov. 23. Photos by Carla Parker
ees last year, and its turnover rate of 37 percent is lower than the retail industry average of 44 percent.
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while another employee grabbed the man’s legs, the report stated. The man was transported to DeKalb Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The victim has not been identified and detectives are waiting on autopsy results for the cause of death and to determine if any charges will be filed, according to DeKalb Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish.
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Seven Day Forecast THURSDAY
Sunny High: 59 Low: 42
Nov. 29, 2012
Today's Regional Map Weather History
Nov. 29, 1969 - Dense fog along the Jersey Turnpike resulted in a chain reaction of vehicle collisions during the morning rush hour. A propane truck jackknifed and was struck by a trailer truck. Other vehicles continued to pile into the fiery mass. Nov. 30, 1989 - Squalls produced heavy snow in the Lower Great Lakes region, with 15 inches reported at Chaffee, N.Y. and at Barnes Corners, N.Y. Tropical Storm Karen drenched parts of Cuba with heavy rain. Punta Del Este reported 14 inches of rain in 24 hours. Dunwoody 57/41 Lilburn Smyrna Doraville 58/42 58/42 58/42 Snellville Decatur 59/42 Atlanta 59/42 59/42 Lithonia College Park 60/42 60/42 Morrow 60/42 Union City 60/42 Hampton 61/43
In-Depth Local Forecast
Today we will see sunny skies with a high temperature of 59º, humidity of 62%. East wind 5 mph. The record high temperature for today is 75º set in 1949. Expect mostly clear skies tonight with an overnight low of 42º. The record low for tonight is 17º set in 1955.
Mostly Sunny High: 62 Low: 48
*Last Week’s Almanac
Hi Lo Normals Precip Date Tuesday 68 46 62/42 0.00" Wednesday 69 40 62/42 0.00" Thursday 67 38 61/42 0.00" Friday 71 37 61/41 0.00" Saturday 50 33 61/41 0.00" Sunday 58 26 60/41 0.00" Monday 66 29 60/41 0.00" Rainfall . . . . . . .0.00" Average temp . .49.9 Normal rainfall . .0.98" Average normal 51.2 Departure . . . . .-0.98" Departure . . . . .-1.3
*Data as reported from De Kalb-Peachtree Airport
Partly Cloudy High: 64 Low: 49
Several families displaced after condo fire
A Nov. 23 fire at a DeKalb County apartment building has left several families displaced after destroying several units at the Brannon Hills Apartments complex on Brannon Hills Road in Clarkston. When, DeKalb County Fire Rescue personnel were dispatched to 6508 Brannon Hills Road at 7:14 p.m., they found heavy smoke and a “working fire,” said Deputy Chief Norman Augustin. Approximately 30 people were displaced, but no residents suffered injuries in the fire, Augustin said. One firefighter had a “medical event unrelated” to the fire, he said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Partly Cloudy High: 67 Low: 48
Mostly Sunny High: 68 Low: 46
Partly Cloudy High: 64 Low: 45 Last 12/6
Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week
Day Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Sunrise 7:22 a.m. 7:23 a.m. 7:24 a.m. 7:25 a.m. 7:26 a.m. 7:26 a.m. 7:27 a.m. Sunset 5:29 p.m. 5:29 p.m. 5:29 p.m. 5:29 p.m. 5:29 p.m. 5:29 p.m. 5:29 p.m. Moonrise 6:31 p.m. 7:22 p.m. 8:15 p.m. 9:10 p.m. 10:07 p.m. 11:04 p.m. No Rise Moonset 8:09 a.m. 8:56 a.m. 9:39 a.m. 10:19 a.m. 10:56 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 12:04 p.m. First 12/20
Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Rise 5:48 a.m. 5:04 a.m. 9:50 a.m. 5:38 p.m. 4:51 a.m. 2:13 p.m. Set 4:31 p.m. 3:59 p.m. 7:36 p.m. 7:47 a.m. 3:52 p.m. 2:27 a.m.
Partly Cloudy High: 62 Low: 41 New 12/13
Local UV Index
National Weather Summary This Week
The Northeast will see partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain and snow today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 57º in Germantown, Md. The Southeast will experience mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with a few showers today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 83º in Punta Gorda, Fla. In the Northwest, there will be partly cloudy to cloudy skies and widespread rain today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 62º in Colville, Wash. The Southwest will see isolated showers today, mostly clear to partly cloudy skies Friday and Saturday, with the highest temperature of 80º in Gila Bend, Ariz.
What is the blinding effect of a blizzard called?
Answer: White out.
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StarWatch By Gary Becker - Small Moon Rising
The week starts with the moon heading towards its full phase on Wednesday, November 28. Then, coincidentally, five hours later, Luna will be at its farthest distance from Earth. The moon’s phase period is about 29.5 days. During this interval we see our nearest neighbor slowly emerge from the sun’s glare in the west as a fragile, thin waxing (growing) crescent. Then the moon blossoms from first quarter, when it is half on and half off, into a waxing gibbous moon, where Luna’s limb and its terminator, both appear bulbous. The moon reaches its full phase just under 15 days after it was new and invisible. Luna’s phase cycle then repeats itself in reverse, first diminishing into a waning gibbous moon, then a last quarter moon, and finally a waning crescent before once again becoming invisible at its new phase. While the phases are occurring, there are many other cycles happening right before our very eyes that are more difficult to detect. Take, for instance, the distance of the moon from the Earth. Luna orbits the Earth in the shape of an ellipse (oval). This means that its distance from the Earth is continuously changing. When it is closest to our planet and moving with its fastest orbital speed, the moon is said to be at perigee. When farthest and traveling the slowest, Luna is at apogee. Just like any object which is seen as its distance varies, its size or angular diameter will decrease when it is farther away and increase when it is closer. For the moon this difference in size is 1/15 degree, nearly impossible to observe with the human eye, but easily recorded with a camera. I already have my perigee full moon image, and now I only have to hope that the early evening of November 28 cooperates with clear skies, so that I can snap my apogee picture and contrast the two. The comparison will be posted if successful. Clear skies to you and to me! www.astronomy.org
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by Daniel Beauregard email@example.com A DeKalb County judge presiding over Andrea Sneiderman’s upcoming murder trial has ordered her to stay away from a witness prosecutors said is her live-in boyfriend. Sneiderman was allegedly having an affair with her boss Hemy Neuman, who later admitted to killing her husband Rusty Sneiderman. However, during a Nov. 16 hearing prosecutors said Joseph Dell may have also played a role in Sneiderman’s alleged plot to murder her husband. Dell’s name was included in an updated witness list presented by prosecutors Nov. 16. Chief Assistant District Attorney Don Geary said he believed that Dell left his wife while she was six months pregnant to begin a relationship with Sneiderman. Neuman later admitted to killing Sneiderman’s husband in November 2010 and was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison. In the indictment against Sneiderman, prosecutors said she and Neuman conspired to kill her husband to claim his nearly $2 million in assets. Prosecutors said Sneiderman may have convinced
Judge bars Sneiderman from having contact with live-in male friend
Neuman to kill her husband so that she and Dell could be together. However, defense attorney Thomas Clegg said Dell’s relationship with the defendant will have no bearing on the outcome of the case. “They are close friends and at this time Mr. Dell is providing invaluable assistance for Mrs. Sneiderman,” Clegg said. In an order dated Nov. 26, Judge Gregory Adams instructed Sneiderman not to have any contact with Dell pending the outcome of the trial, unless otherwise ordered by the court. Lawyers have until Dec. 7 to file any additional motions before setting a trial date.
Nia’s Place Supervised Visitation and Exchange Center in Decatur provides supervised child visitation and exchange for families affected by domestic violence in the Atlanta area. Photos by Carla Parker
Nia’s Place provides safe haven for victims and children of domestic violence
by Carla Parker firstname.lastname@example.org
Domestic violence has a lasting effect on not just the victims but also on the children of the victims. An estimated 3.3 million to 10 million children witness the abuse of a parent or adult caregiver each year, according Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, a book on the subject. Research also indicates children exposed to domestic violence are at an increased risk of being abused or neglected. Children living in violent homes may experience higher teen pregnancy rates and lower self-esteem, and males raised in violent homes are more likely to behave violently in their future intimate relationships. Prevention centers such as Nia’s Place Supervised Visitation and Exchange Center in Decatur are doing what they can to help domestic violence victims and their children avoid the negative effects of domestic violence. Nia’s Place, in cooperation with DeKalb County, provides supervised child visitation and exchange for families affected by domestic violence in the Atlanta area. Nia’s Place services are available to families affected by domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and stalking. Jean Douglas, executive director of the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, said the center is all about keeping children and the domestic violence victims safe. “Nia’s Place has a home feel to it,” she said. “It’s open and very child-friendly. When the mothers leave their children there they know that they’re leaving them in a safe place.” The idea of Nia’s Place came in 2005, when the Women’s Resource Center joined a coalition of domestic violence advocacy organizations and DeKalb County government agencies to investigate the availability of supervised visitation and exchange services in Atlanta. Approximately two years, with a grant from the Office on Violence against Women, the coalition recognized the need for services in the Atlanta and Decatur area and created a plan for their provision. The Women’s Resource Center was asked to lead the implementation project and in 2007, the Office on Violence against Women granted additional funds for the creation of Nia’s Place through the Safe Havens program. Douglas said the name Nia’s Place come from the definition of Nia. “Nia means purpose,” she said. “And that’s what Nia’s Place is, a place of purpose.” Nia’s Place is the only visitation and exchange program in Georgia with a focus on the specific safety needs of families impacted by domestic violence. Nia’s Place is currently working with 46 families and the Women’s Resource Center works with more than 11,000 victims a year, Douglas said. “The numbers have increased over the years and we expect it to increase some more,” she said. “More and more people are becoming aware of the resources and are seeking help.” The center accepts donations such as snacks and toys for children to play with while they are visiting with a parent. “Our hope is that the children bond and have a positive interaction with the parent,” Douglas said. To make a donation to Nia’s Place, visit www.niasvisitation.org.
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DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis reminds you of the Best Practices for Proper Disposal of
F.O.G. enters plumbing through garbage disposals, sinks and toilets. It coats the inside of plumbing pipes and also empties into DeKalb County’s sewer system. Here are three simple guidelines to help keep F.O.G. out of our pipes and sewers:
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POUR fats, oils or grease into a sealable container, allow it to cool and throw it in the trash. Do not pour down the drain or toilet. SCRAPE plates and cookware before washing. Do not throw scraps of any kind down the drain. Instead, place them in waste containers or garbage bags. WIPE excess grease from all plates, pots, pans, utensils, and surfaces with a paper towel before washing. Throw the greasy paper towel away.
Plumbing and sanitary sewer systems are simply not designed to handle the F.O.G. that accumulates in pipes. When it gets into the pipes and hardens, blockages occur and cause sewage to backup and overflow out of manholes or into homes. This is expensive for you, and for the County. The damages caused by fats, oils and grease in the sewer system are costly to repair. Over time, they increase the costs of our water and sewer services.
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Continued From Page 1A piper will perform a song in the person’s honor. The idea to have a piper on the square each Saturday was presented to Susan Ryles, the executive director of Main Street Stone Mountain, by resident Chris Strawbridge. “I was actually leaving a city council meeting and it was around dusk—off in the distance I heard some bagpipe music and I looked across the street and the bagpipers were practicing in the church parking lot,” Strawbridge said. Strawbridge, who collaborates with the nonprofit Georgia Foundation for Public Spaces, said he has been working with the city and presenting different ideas to bring more people into the community and bring people closer together. He proposed the idea of having a lone piper play at sunset and, Ryles said, so far, there has been a very positive response. “We kind of brainstormed and got some donations for the first month and we started soliciting donations from the community to have this be an ongoing presence in the village,” Ryles said. So far, they have gotten enough donations to fund the
As the sun sets, bagpiper Geno Summers plays Amazing Grace by the gazebo in Stone Mountain Village. Photo by Travis Hudgons
weekly pipers through the end of January 2013. Ryles said the response to the bagpipers has been interesting. Some residents will wander over to the gazebo to watch the performance and pass-
ing cars will slow down to see what’s happening. “We haven’t had huge crowds yet but we feel that it’s something that will grow,” Ryles said. MacPhee said the pipers’ pres-
ence beneath the gazebo is a symbiotic relationship—good for the Atholl Highlanders and the city. “We’re a nonprofit and people give up a lot of time to do this,” MacPhee said.
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Adoption Continued From Page 1A
brings awareness to the need for more adoptive parents. “It’s just wonderful to see all the beautiful families here,” said Debra DeBerry, DeKalb County’s clerk of Superior Court, who started the DeKalb event last year. “Adoptions are probably the greatest thing we do in this office,” DeBerry said. “It’s a joyous and happy occasion to provide a warm, nurturing home for a child who doesn’t have one.” DeBerry said there are more than 1,000 children waiting to be adopted in DeKalb County. Nationally, 4,500 adoptions were expected to take place on adoption day. “Our purpose is not only to celebrate the families who have joyously opened their hearts and opened their homes to provide a family for a child, but to also bring recognition to the event and to urge others to consider doing the same,” she said. “Families that adopt children are special people,” DeBerry said. “There’s no greater love and service that a family can do than to adopt a child. It’s a beautiful, wonderful thing.” Patrick and Amanda O’Neill of Tucker, adopted Morgan, now 20 months old, from China. “It’s been a very rewarding process,” Patrick O’Neill said. “We look forward to starting the process again next year.” Patrick O’Neill offered advice to people considering adoption: “Definitely do your research. Definitely find an agency you believe in and feel good with and go for it. It’s been a wonderful journey.” “It was love at first sight,” Amanda O’Neill said. “We don’t even think of her as adopted. She’s just our daughter.” Devon and Dian Mott of Conyers finalized the adoptions of three DeKalb County children, Raven, 8; Justin, 6; and McKeithan, 5. The Motts, who have been foster parents since 1996, worked with a private agency, Community Connection of Stone Mountain, during the adoption, which began in January. “We love children,” Dian Mott said. “We have two grown children of our own. When these kids came into our home, we loved them so much we didn’t want them to go anywhere else. We just wanted them to be a part of our family.” Justin said he was glad to be a part of the new family “because my mom can’t work with me—my other mom. So I went from house to house to house.” During the adoption finalization, one by one each family was called into Judge Adams’ chambers where they were sworn in by an adoption attorney who questioned them to ensure they understood the adoption process. “[Do] you understand that you have certain rights and obligations to the children—food, clothing, shelter, education, things that parents do for children?” asked Attorney Willie Hamilton. “You’re doing that already because they’re living in your house. You’re going to continue to do that.” Judge Adams asked, “Mr. and Mrs. Mott, is there anything you want to tell me before I excecute the final judgment? You can’t turn back.” After the couple said they had no questions, the judge said, “I grant your request. Congratulations. It is final.” Adams, who spent several minutes posing for pictures with the new family, said, “We do adoptions year-round. It’s probably one the highlights of the things we do as a superior court judge—bringing families together. I was more than willing to do this because I think it’s very important to have families united so that children will have support. It’s just the right thing to do. Adoptions generally take approximately a year, but can range from a few months to several years, Adams said. “Some of the adoptive parents are adopting children with special needs,” Adams said. “That is a need within the greater community for people to step forward and help. Adams said adoptive parents are to be commended. “I’m doing the easy part—bringing them together and signing the legal documents,” he said. “They’re doing the real work—rolling up their sleeves and providing a loving home, safe environment, nurturing environment.”
Continued From Page 1A
Kash, Beautiful and Diamond await the finalizations of their adoptions. Kash and Diamond were adopted by Delois Spencer, while Beautiful was adopted by Gwendolyn Lee. Photos by Andrew Cauthen
From back left, Devon and Dian Mott pose for a picture with Judge Gregory Adams in his chambers after the adoption finalization of Justin, McKeithan and Raven.
The courtroom of Superior Court Judge Gregory Adams was filled with parents waiting to finalize adoptions during DeKalb County’s second observance of National Adoption Day. In DeKalb, there are approximately 1,000 children waiting to be adopted, according to Debra DeBerry, clerk of Superior Court, who organized the event.
Dian Mott receives final instructions from adoption attorney Willie Hamilton. Below, Mott and her husband Devon finalize the adoptions of three children as they are questioned by Judge Gregory Adams and Hamilton.
Creek and Sandy Springs have application fees ranging from $100-300. Although the licensing fee has dropped significantly, Bergthold said he didn’t expect it to be an indicator that more adult businesses would begin moving to the city. “I wouldn’t anticipate that at all,” Bergthold said. “Number one, Doraville has a very strong regulatory ordinance and number two, it’s such an investment that the amount of the licensing fee isn’t going to be a significant issue.” Doraville City Councilman Brian Bates said there are concerns with the club being within city limits but that Doraville’s ordinances for adult-related businesses prohibit them from serving alcohol. “I think that will play a large part of whether they want to move into the city,” Bates said. Resident Cindy Bradford, a cofounder of the Citizens for Progress group in Doraville, said she has heard concerns from residents about the club becoming part of the city. Bradford’s said her main concern was that the annexation, which will expand the city’s borders by approximately a half square mile, was finalized without an impact study being done. “We don’t even know how much this is going to cost us,” Bradford said. Bradford also said she is worried there may not be enough of a police presence to deal with the increase in crime a strip club might bring. She is also worried that having one adult business move in will encourage others to relocate or open in Doraville. “It’s unfortunate that we have to fight all of these negative things when there are so many posivitive things about this city,” Bradford said.
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GPC cancels fall graduation ceremony, doesn’t reimburse student fees
by Daniel Beauregard email@example.com David Schick, editor of Georgia Perimeter College’s (GPC) student newspaper The Collegian, said the college’s fall graduation ceremonies have been canceled and students haven’t been offered a reimbursement of their graduation fees. Schick said students and officials received an email Sept. 21 from Interim President Rob Watts, who was appointed during a budget crisis by University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby. This year, GPC underwent drastic cuts due to a projected $16 million budget deficit. In the letter, Watts said that over the past three years, the college has seen a steady increase in the number of students and guests attending the fall and spring commencement programs. “In addition to the continuing increase in student participation, we have also experienced an increase in the cost associated with holding multiple commencement programs,” Watts said in the letter. To deal with the increased participation and save approximately $14,000, officials have decided to hold one graduation ceremony at the Atlanta Civic Center during the fall instead of two each year in GPC’s Clarkston Campus Gymnasium. Schick, who is graduating this fall but hadn’t planned on attending the commencement ceremonies, said each student graduating is required to pay a $25 graduation fee. “They have been told they could participate in the ceremony in the spring time…as of now there’s no refund if they don’t attend,” Schick said. Recently, The Collegian polled students from several of the college’s campuses to ask them whether they heard fall graduation had been canceled and what they thought about it. Schick said the only people who had gotten Watts’ email notifying them of the cancellation were the students scheduled for fall graduation.
Students at Georgia Perimeter College’s Clarkston campus walk to their next class. Recently, Interim President Rob Watts announced that the fall commencement ceremony would be cancelled due to cost cutting measures. Photos by Daniel Beauregard
“I think there would have been a lot more outrage if more people had known about it,” Schick said. This fall, Schick said there are approximately 788 students scheduled with the college’s registrar office to graduate. Based on the application fee, the amount
of money collected from students is nearly $20,000— well over Watts’ projected savings. In addition to polling students, Schick said he and several of his coworkers at the news paper have met with Student Government Association officials
and college administrators who have “seemed to pay little attention to students concerns.” An online petition garnered nearly 400 student signatures that were opposed to combined graduation ceremonies.
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The Memorial Drive Walmart quickly filled with bargain-hungry shoppers Thanksgiving evening. Some shoppers scuffled over marked-down towels while others navigated a maze of caution tape in search of low-priced TVs and other goods. Photos by Andrew Cauthen
The big kickoff day for winter holiday shopping traditionally known as Black Friday at many locations started early with shoppers crowding malls and big box stores Thanksgiving evening. More than 35 million Americans visited retailers’ stores and websites Thursday—up from 29 million last year—scoring deals on everything from hot electronic items to cashmere sweaters and toys, according to a National Retail Federation survey conducted by BIGinsight, which reported that more people than ever before also shopped online and in stores on Black Friday, as 89 million shoppers braved the crowds, up from 86 million last year. According to the survey, a record 247 million shoppers visited stores and websites over Black Friday weekend, up from 226 million last year. Responding to retailers’ promotions, the average holiday shopper spent $423 this Thanksgiving weekend, up from $398 last year. Total spending nationally reached an esti-
Shoppers leave the football and turkey in search of holiday bargains
mated $59.1 billion. Locally, Northlake Mall opened on Friday at 4 a.m., offering free coffee and other treats to early shoppers. The Mall at Stonecrest opened at midnight and several Walmart stores started offering bargains before the clock struck 12. While some retail employees protested having to work on the holiday, bargain hunting shoppers were out in force. According to the survey 28 percent of weekend shoppers were at the stores by midnight preceding Black Friday, compared to 24.4 percent last year. “From green beans to great deals, millions of Americans found time this Thanksgiving to make the most of retailers’ promotions and enjoy a special family holiday,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “To keep their customers excited about holiday shopping, retailers will continue to offer attractive promotions through December, and provide strong consumer value with low prices, enhanced mobile and online offerings, and unique product assortment.” The weekend shopping bonanza wasn’t limited to stores; consumers also spent more of their holiday budget online. According to the survey, the average person spent $172.42 online over the weekend, or approximately 40.7 of their total weekend spending, up from 37.8 percent last year. NRF also asked shoppers which days they shopped online. More than one-quarter (27.0 percent) of holiday shoppers said they shopped online on Thanksgiving Day, and nearly half (47.5 percent) on Black Friday. “There’s no question that millions of people were drawn to retailers’ aggressive online promotions this weekend, making sure to research and compare prices days in advance to ensure they were getting the best deal they could,” said BIGinsight Consumer Insights Director Pam Goodfellow. “However, with shopper traffic increasing at department, discount, and clothing stores over the weekend, it’s clear that consumers still recognize Black Friday as one of the biggest shopping days of the year, as they have for decades.” While it might be reasonable to assume that the late night-early morning shoppers were looking for items on their holiday giving list, that wasn’t always the case, according to the NRF survey. Lured by deep discounts and practical spending habits, eight in 10 (79.6 percent) shoppers took advantage of retailers’ weekend promotions to buy non-gift items. Over their weekend shopping trips, looking for both “self-gifts” and gifts for others, nearly six in 10 (57.7 percent) bought clothing and clothing accessories, up from 51.4 percent last year. Gift buyers also bought toys (34.6 percent), books, CDs, DVDs, video games (39.8 percent), electronics (37.7 percent), and jewelry (15.2 percent). Nearly one-third (32.6 percent) of shoppers bought gift cards over the weekend, up nearly 10 percentage points from the 23.1 percent who did so last year last year.
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Jimmy Carter: I’m a ‘traveling salesman’
by Bill Barrow ATLANTA (AP) Former President Jimmy Carter once humorously called himself a traveling salesman in describing his three decades as international public health advocate. The 88-year-old said the harder work fighting conditionssuch as an Guinea worm disease, river blindness and malaria is done by physicians and public health workers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and from The Carter Center. The 39th president and his wife, Rosalynn, opened the center in Atlanta in 1982, a year after Carter left the White House after a single term. Carter spoke after receiving the CDC Foundation’s annual Hero Award for building public-private partnerships to advance The Carter Center’s public health projects around the world. “I’m thankful to you attention to the malady, common in undeveloped countries that lack sources of drinking water, after smallpox was eliminated. At the outset, 3.5 million Guinea worm cases were spread across Africa and Asia. In 2011, there were 1,058 cases reported in four African nations. Through August of this year, 498 cases had been reported. Ongoing Carter Center programs also are seeking to control malaria and lymphatic filariasis, both mosquito-borne infections; river blindness, a debilitating eye infection spread by flies; trachoma, another eye infection spread because of poor hygiene; and schistosomiasis, a parasitic condition contracted through dirty water sources. Carter noted that none of the conditions is present in the developed world, with the threat confined to hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest people. The former president recalled that he and Rosalynn launched The Carter Center with the idea that it would become “a mini Camp David” for world leaders to come and resolve disputes. But Carter said he quickly became interested in partnering with government, not-for-profit organizations and private donors to attack health issues. Rosalynn Carter has used the center to advance mental health access and awareness, a cause she pursued when her husband was president. Carter—who has lived longer after completing his White House tenure than any other president—said his status opened the door to hammer out agreements between The Carter Center and foreign governments. Beyond the pomp of state welcomes, Carter said his mind is seared with images of people stricken with maladies not seen in wealthy nations. “We went to Ghana to deal with river blindness, to a little village to give out free medicine,” he said. “There was a woman holding a little baby. She was the baby’s grandmother. She was only 31 years old. The little baby was the same age as one of my newest great-grandchildren. With the free medicine we were giving out, I knew we couldn’t cure the grandmother’s blindness, but the baby would never suffer from it.” Besides the humanitarian necessity, Carter said the eradication and control campaigns are important because they empower individuals and nations. Overall quality of life can improve because “governments don’t have to provide routine interventions” and societies can focus on growth beyond simply dealing with preventable disease. “Any illness doesn’t just hurt that person,” he said. “It diminishes their family, their community, their country and the world.”
for stretching my heart and stretching my mind to encompass the plight of people around the world who are suffering unnecessarily,” the former president told the assembly, “and for giving me a small role to play in helping relieve their suffering.” One of The Carter Center’s first major public health commitments, in partnership with CDC, was to eradicate Guinea worm disease. The center launched the program in 1986. CDC leaders had turned their
Unprecedented ‘black mold’ meningitis a challenge
by Lauran Neergaard WASHINGTON (AP) The black mold creeping into the spines of hundreds of people who got tainted shots for back pain marks uncharted medical territory. Never before has this particular fungus been found to cause meningitis. It’s incredibly hard to diagnose, and to kill—requiring at least three months of a treatment that can cause hallucinations. There’s no good way to predict survival, or when it’s safe to stop treating, or exactly how to monitor those who fear the fungus may be festering silently in their bodies. “I don’t think there is a precedent for this kind of thing,” said Dr. Arjun Srinivasan of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Health officials and doctors have tracked down most of the 14,000 people potentially at risk for fungal meningitis, blamed for the deaths of 24 people and sickening more than 300. “This is definitely new territory for us,” he said. The fungus’ brown-black color signals an armor that—along with being injected near the spine—helped this mold sneak past the immune defenses of otherwise healthy people, said Dr. Arturo Casadevall, a fungal disease specialist at New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine. “What we’re dealing with here is fundamentally different” from a typical fungal infection, he said. “This is a bug that most of us don’t know much about.” But they’re learning fast, piecing together clues that promise some hope. Doctors are beginning to detail in medical journals the first deaths in this outbreak, and the grim autopsy findings make clear that treating early is crucial, before the fungus becomes entrenched. In one case, a woman died in Maryland after the fungus pierced blood vessels in her brain, leading to severe damage. People getting treated earlier “seem to be doing OK,” with fewer of the strokes that characterized the outbreak’s beginning, said Dr. Carol Kauffman of the University of Michigan. She has advised the CDC and co-authored advice in the New England Journal of Medicine on how to handle the complex medication used in treatment. People who got contaminated steroid shots made by a Massachusetts pharmacy have been told to be on guard for months for meningitis symptoms. But the CDC said that the biggest risk for getting sick seems to be within 42 days of receiving one of the implicated back injections. With the tainted shots recalled in late September, that means the period of greatest risk is nearing an end. And it should help doctors bombarded with calls from the worried determine who most needs a spinal tap to look for the very earliest signs of infection. The CDC said doctors have two valid options: To watch patients closely for symptoms or to consider a justin-case spinal tap, possibly repeated weekly, for at-risk people still inside that 42-day window. However, CDC officials note that spinal taps come with their own risks. “We know the farther out you are from receiving an injection, the lower your risk becomes for developing meningitis or other infections. We want to emphasize that,” CDC’s Dr. Tom Chiller told a conference call for physicians on Oct. 25. Still, public health officials recall a 2002 meningitis cluster linked to steroid injections contaminated with a different fungus; one of those victims got sick 152 days after the shot. Fungal infections don’t get a lot of attention, but they afflict millions around the world, said David Perlin of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, who is studying better ways to diagnose them. Most are skin infections like athlete’s foot, but fungi also can cause pneumonia, sinusitis and other problems. Serious infections tend to strike people with immune systems weakened because of cancer, AIDS or other problems. Fungus-caused meningitis in particular is extremely rare—especially in otherwise healthy people like in this outbreak—and it’s “very bad news,” said Michigan’s Kauffman. While the more common bacterial and viral forms of meningitis tend to strike quickly with obvious symptoms, fungal meningitis grows very slowly and is hard to diagnose. Few antifungal drugs are absorbed into the central nervous system, limiting treatment options. Plus, human cells and fungal cells have a lot of similarities, making it hard to attack the fungus without side effects, Kauffman explained. The main culprit in this outbreak is a black mold called Exserohilum rostratum, common in dirt and grasses. Only 33 human infections previously had been reported, mostly eye or skin infections in people with weak immune systems, Casadevall said. • Here’s how scientists think it’s sneaking into the well-guarded spinal cord and brain of a healthy person: • The steroid injected near the spine reduces inflammation, one of the immune system’s defenses against contamination. • The mold grows quietly until enough accumulates for it to burrow a tiny hole, or abscess, into the lining of the spinal canal, said Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University. Reaching the spinal fluid inside offers a direct pathway to the brain. • The fungus’ color signals how intractable it is. Brown-black molds produce melanin, the same chemical that helps human skin tan. It guards against the sun’s mold-killing ultraviolet rays—and inside people, it fends off both antifungal drugs and other immune-system attacks, Casadevall said. • The good news: Black mold is treatable with a drug named voriconazole, with far fewer side effects than the older treatment initially recommended when the outbreak began. • Still, Kauffman cautioned doctors to carefully monitor patients because differences in metabolism can make levels surge in the bloodstream, causing hallucinations, confusion, nausea and occasionally liver damage. On the flip side, their bodies may process the drug too quickly to battle the fungus. Plus, voriconazole can interact badly with a list of other common medications. • “It’s not clear” how long to treat but at least three months is advised, Kauffman said. It begins with intravenous infusions that are hard to administer outside of a hospital. Then once the patient is stable enough, pills can be used.
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The Champion Free Press, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
Tucker moves closer to defending state title
by Carla Parker
he Tucker Tigers are a step closer to winning a second straight state title after defeating North Paulding 40-21 on Nov. 23 in the second round of the Class AAAAA playoff. The No. 5 ranked Tigers dominated the North Paulding Wolfpack with its run game, racking up 530 yards on the ground in the victory. Quarterback Juwaan Williams rushed nine times for 140 yards and three touchdowns, two in the third quarter. Wide receiver Dominik Sanders scored first for the Tigers with a 75-yard touchdown run on Tucker’s second play of the game. The Ti-
gers were up 6-0 after failing to convert a 2-point conversion. The Tiger defense forced a three-and-out for North Paulding on its opening drive of the game, but the Wolfpack got the ball back after Tucker running back Devin Towns fumbled the ball. North Paulding took advantage of the turnover and went up 7-6 after quarterback Chase Noonan connected with receiver Kayden Bishop on a touchdown pass. Tucker responded on its first play of its next possession with a 90-yard touchdown run by running back Dallas Rivers to go up 13-7. The Tigers were ahead 20-7 in the second quarter after a 13-yard touchdown run by Williams, but the Wolfpack shortened that lead to 2014 before halftime on a trick play.
North Paulding came out strong in the third quarter and got its second lead of the game when Bishop scored on a screen pass from Noonan to go up 21-20. Williams got the lead back for his team with a 60-yard touchdown run to put the score at 27-21. After Sanders intercepted a Noonan pass, Williams scored again from 43 yards out to give the Tigers a 33-21 lead. After the game, Williams credited his offensive line and coaching staff for his three touchdown runs. “We drew it up last week and we saw what North Paulding wasn’t doing and pulled our two [linemen] around and we had a lead fullback in there,” he said. “So, we knew if we outnumbered them we could possibly have a chance to score points and get big yards.”
Tucker got its final touchdown of the game from running back Elijah Sullivan, who scored from 18-yards out. Despite some mistakes and giving up a the lead in the third quarter, Tucker head coach Bryan Lamar said he thought his team played pretty good overall. “That was a good football team we played,” he said. “A very good offense and we contained them for most of the night. But, we made some mistakes and they capitalized. But, overall I thought we did a good job.” The Tigers move on to a rematch with No. 1 Northside-Warner Robins in last year’s Class AAAA semifinal game they won 17-16. The game is set for 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in Warner Robins.
McCrary becomes DeKalb County’s all-time career passing leader
by Mark Brock Each week The Champion spotlights former high school players from the county who are succeeding in athletics on the college level. Cedar Grove senior quarterback Johnathon McCrary became DeKalb County’s all-time career passing yardage leader during Cedar Grove’s playoff loss to Buford on Nov. 16. McCrary passed for 267 yards and one touchdown and hit on 25 of his 32 passes to bring his career total to 9,025 yards. He finishes with 2,927 yards on the season with 25 touchdowns. He surpassed Martin Luther King Jr.’s Jonquel Dawson (2008-2011) who set the record last year with 8,798 yards. The Vanderbilt commitment and December graduate also moved into second on the Georgia high school passing list coming up just 38 yards of breaking the record of 9,062 set by Zach Stanford of Metter from 2001 to 2004. McCrary owns one single season record in the passing categories as he broke his own pass completion percentage record of 68.5 (165-241) of 2011 by hitting at a 75.2 (203-270) clip during his senior season. He is also fifth on the list with his 2010 season of
Kayla Lewis, Florida (basketball): The sophomore guard from Southwest DeKalb scored 11 points and had eight rebounds in the 80-63win over Northern Iowa on Nov. 24. She is averaging 7.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game this season. Justin Colvin, Alabama A&M (basketball): The freshman guard from Miller Grove scored 19 points off 6 of 8 field goal attempts and 5 of 7 three point attempts on Nov. 20 in the 103-77 win over Oakwood. He is averaging 6.3 points per game this season. Mike Davis, South Carolina (football): The freshman running back from Stephenson helped lead his team in its 27-17 win over Clemson on Nov. 24. He had 12 carries for 43 yards in the win. He finished the regular season with 52 carries for 289 yards and two touchdowns.
65.2 (193-296). He also is listed three times in the top 10 of the single season passing yardage, passing touchdowns and completions for DeKalb. The passing yardage list has McCrary at third (3,343) fourth (2,927), and sixth (2,643) while he is tied for second in completions with 203, fifth with 193 and seventh with 165. His 27 touchdowns in 2011 give him the fourth spot on the list on which he also comes in fifth (25) and sixth (24).
The Champion Free Press, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
Jaguars move into Class AAAAA state quarterfinals
The No. 9 ranked Stephenson Jaguars moved on to the next round of the playoffs with a victory in the Class AAAAA state high school football playoffs on Nov. 23. The Jaguars knocked off No. 3 ranked East Paulding 35-7 on the road in the Boneyard behind running back Evan Jones second consecutive 100-yard rushing game of the state playoffs. Jones who had 114 yards in a round one 31-11 victory over Pope on Nov. 17 ran for 172 yards on 22 carries and scored two second half touchdowns as the Jaguars pulled away from a 7-6 halftime lead. Jones made it 14-6 with 6:47 to play in the third quarter as he broke away for a 55-yard touchdown run and following an interception by defensive back Cameron Glenn of an East Paulding pass the score went to 21-7 as quarterback Justin Holman connected with wide receiver Dexter Neal for a 33-yard touchdown pass. Kicker Wisdom Nzidee hit both points after kicks.
The lead expanded to 28-6 early in the fourth quarter as Jones took it into the end zone from five yards out. Running back DeJuan Beck made the final margin of 35-7 with an 18-yard touchdown run later in the fourth quarter. Nzidee was good on both point after attempts. While Jones and his offensive teammates were expanding the lead, the Jaguar defense was putting the squeeze on the East Paulding offense only allowing 37 second half yards and only 150 for the game. East Paulding’s rushing attack is led by a pair of 1,000-yard rushers, but the duo was held to a combined 87 yards in the game. Holman had given the Jaguars a 7-0 lead in the second quarter on a 1-yard run before East Paulding managed a pair of field goals to trim it to the 7-6 halftime margin. The Jaguars (9-2) move on to face Ware County (11-1) on the road in the quarterfinals on Nov. 30 at 8 p.m.
The Champion chooses a male and female high school Athlete of the Week each week throughout the school year. The choices are based on performance and nominations by coaches. Please e-mail nominations to carla@dekalchamp. com by Monday at noon.
MALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Myles Willis, Marist (football): Willis ran for 74 yards on 24 carries and scored three touchdowns in the War Eagles 4337 five-overtime win over Carrollton in the second round of the Class AAAA playoff. The quarterback also passed for 74 yards and had a total of 148 yards.
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Kaliyah Mitchell, Stephenson (basketball): Mitchell averaged 23.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 4.7 steals, 2.7 assists and 2.3 blocks in the Jaguars three wins at the Morrow Thanksgiving Tournament. She scored 25 points vs. Drew, 24 points vs. Fayette County, and 22 points vs. Dutchtown. She had 13 rebounds vs. Fayette County, and seven steals, four assists and four blocks vs. Drew.
Allatoona rallied for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to nip the No. 2 ranked Martin Luther King Jr. Lions.
Other playoff scores
Allatoona 20, M.L. King 19 Allatoona rallied for two fourthquarter touchdowns to nip the No. 2 ranked Martin Luther King Jr. Lions 20-19 at Hallford Stadium on Nov. 23. The Lions (11-1) had fallen behind 6-0 early but rallied to take a 12-6 lead at the half as quarterback Roland Rivers passed 20 yards to wide receiver Demarquis PoliteBray and 27 yards to wide receiver Rashard Oglesby for touchdowns to take the lead. Rivers then hit wide receiver Donald Clark for 49 yards and another score in the third quarter for the 19-6 lead before No. 10 ranked Allatoona rallied and then intercepted a pass at the Allatoona 1-yard line as the Lions were driving for what looked to be the winning score in the final minute of play. Marist 43, Carrollton 37 Marist defeated Carrollton 4337 in five overtimes on Nov. 23. The War Eagles will face Stockbridge High School at Stockbridge on Nov. 30 in the Class AAAA state quarterfinals. Saint Pius X 31, Hart County 19 Saint Pius X also moved on to the Class AAAA state quarterfinals with a 31-15 win over Hart County on Nov. 23. The Golden Lions will face Washington County on Nov. 30.
Allatoona interception late in the fourth quarter. Photos by Travis Hudgons
The Champion Free Press, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
Highlights from Thanksgiving tournaments
DECATUR TIP-OFF CLASSIC (Nov. 19-20) The Decatur High School third Annual Tip-Off Classic featured the boys and girls teams from Arabia Mountain, Decatur, Druid Hills and Paideia. blocks against Drew. ALCOVY HIGH SCHOOL THANKSGIVING BASKETBALL CLASSIC (Nov. 23-24) The Alcovy High School Thanksgiving Classic in Covington featured girls basketball teams from Alcovy, Chamblee, Cross Creek, Douglass, Houston County, Jackson County, Miller Grove, and Mundy’s Mill. The Chamblee Lady Bulldogs and the Miller Grove Lady Wolverines went 2-0 in the Thanksgiving basketball classic. Chamblee defeated Mundy’s Mill 48-46 on Nov. 23 and Jackson County 42-36 on Nov. 24. Miller Grove defeated Houston County 55-23 on Nov. 23 and Alcovy 39-20 on Nov. 24. Forward Auriana Broughton led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring with 13 points and forward Ashli Hodges led the team in rebounds with seven in the win over Mundy’s Mill. Guard Candace Rhodes led the team in scoring with 19 points in the win over Jackson County. Broughton had five points and eight rebounds. Miller Grove freshman guard Imani Richardson scored 13 points in the win over Houston County and guard Tashi Thompson added 10 points. Guard Katie Hunt led the team in scoring with 16 points in the win over Alcovy. Freshman center Chrystal Ezechukwu had nine points and 11 rebounds. TENNESSEE TURKEY CLASSIC (Nov. 23-24) The Stone Mountain Lady Pirates lost 65-26 to Lee High School from Montgomery, Ala., in the Tennessee Turkey Classic in Nashville, Tenn., on Nov. 23.
Boys: The Decatur Bulldogs defeated the Arabia Mountain Rams 73-67 on Nov. 19 in the first round of the tournament. Decatur guard Murad Dillard led the Bulldogs in scoring with 22 points. He also had six rebounds and three assists. Small forward Davante Meadows had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. The Druid Hills Red Devils defeated Paideia 66-42 in its first game on Nov. 19. Deshon Burgess led the team in scoring with 17 points. The Bulldogs beat Druid Hills 48-44 in their second game on Nov. 20. Decatur shooting guard Adarius Lucas led the team in scoring with 14 points. Dillard added 12 points and five rebounds. Arabia Mountain bounced back Nov. 20 and defeated Paideia 78-47. Austin Henderson was the leading scorer with 21 points. Girls: The Decatur Lady Bulldogs defeated the Arabia Mountain Lady Rams 65-40 on Nov. 19 in the first round of the tournament. Decatur power forward Jordan Dillard led the team with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Alana Johnson added 12 points, eight rebounds and two assists. The Druid Hills Lady Red Devils lost to Paidea 34-28 on Nov. 19. Paideia’s Nia Smith led her team in scoring with 14 points. Decatur defeated Druid Hills 6434 in its second game on Nov. 20. Dillard led the Lady Bulldogs with 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. The Lady Rams also lost to Paid-
Stephenson’s Senior forward Kaliyah Mitchell (25). Photo by Mark Brock
eia 45-36 on Nov. 20. Smith led the Fayette County 70-49 on Nov. 24. team in scoring again with 17 points. Senior forward Kaliyah Mitchell led the Lady Jaguars in the tournaMORROW THANKSGIVING ment, averaging 23.7 points, 8.3 CLASSIC (Nov. 19-24) rebounds, 4.7 steals, 2.7 assists and 2.3 blocks in the three games. She The Stephenson Lady Jaguars scored 25 points against Drew, 24 went 3-0 in the Morrow Thanksgiv- points against Fayette County and 22 ing Classic at Morrow High School. points against Dutchtown. She had They defeated Dutchtown 81-60 on 13 rebounds against Fayette County, Nov. 19, Drew 69-28 on Nov. 23, and and seven steals, four assists and four
The Champion Free Press, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
Brookhaven prepares for Dec. 4 runoff election Police searching
by Daniel Beauregard firstname.lastname@example.org Residents will vote for the rest of Brookhaven’s city officials Dec. 4 in a runoff election, which will take place less than two weeks away from the date set for the official establishment of the city. The election in November yielded only one clear winner for a Brookhaven City Council post. Real estate broker and businessman Jim Eyre will represent residents in Council District 2. After Brookhaven residents voted in favor of cityhood during the July 31 general elections, Governor Nathan Deal appointed a volunteer commission to help ease the formation of a new government. Kim Gokce, a Brookhaven resident and co-founder of The Cross Keys Foundation, is on the five-member commission. Gokce said a runoff was expected and the commission has continued to do groundwork for the city such as reviewing proposals for city services. The day after the election, Gokce said they were required to submit a report of the commission’s findings to all of Brookhaven’s newly-elected officials. Since only one was elected, Eyre was provided with the preliminary report. “Even though it’s not required we’ll have an additional report to provide to all the elected officials,” Gokce said. Eyre, who received 54.63 percent of the overall vote, is a board member of the Brookhaven-Peachtree Community Association. Since the official establishment of the city is Dec. 17, Eyre said he has had a head start to become familiar with the commission’s findings and review the different services that have been proposed. Eyre also said that he thinks the first thing he and his colleagues should do, after they’ve been elected, is to begin working on a
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Three people were killed early morning on Nov. 21 in a shooting at a DeKalb County apartment complex. The victims, two men and a woman, were found dead in a parking lot at the Crystal Point Apartments off Columbia Drive near Flat Shoals Parkway in Decatur. The shooting happened after 1 a.m. DeKalb County Police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said police believe they know who is responsible for the shooting. “It’s still an open and active investigation,” she said. Parish said the suspect and victims were meeting at the apartment complex to discuss a dispute over money that was stolen. “When the money was stolen or how much we’re talking about is unclear,” she said. “But we do believe they were meeting to discuss some money that was stolen and during that meeting is when the suspects fired shots.” Police have not released the names of the three people killed until next of kin is notified.
budget for Brookhaven’s first year. “We’ve got to get the city on strong footing with a balanced budget—we’ve also got to put away some reserves,” Eyre said. During the time leading up to the July general elections, residents for and against the creation of Brookhaven voiced their concerns. Eyre said the debate was contentious at times but now, as far as he’s concerned,
“Brookhaven YES and NO went away July 31.” Eyre said he would do his best to form a good working relationship with his fellow council members. “I’ve told all my fellow council candidates that I have the best interest of Brookhaven in mind,” Eyre said. “If it’s the best for Brookhaven then let’s get it done.” Each term of office lasts until 2015.