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School tax passes, two cities elect mayors
From staff reports DeKalb County voters passed a school tax that could generate $645 million for the school systems of DeKalb County, Decatur and Atlanta on Nov. 8. Also passing in many cities was the right for stores to sell alcohol on Sunday. In addition, voters in Avondale Estates and Lithonia selected mayors. There will be runoffs for mayor in both Doraville and Dunwoody. The vote will not be made official until later in the week. The one percent SPLOST sales tax, which kicks in on July 1, 2012, passed with approximately 62 percent voting yes. “We’re excited about the vote. This is a good day for the county. We knew we had taken steps to improve transparency and the huge margin is a testimonial to that. When you look at the accountability with new auditors, new legal procedures and a new oversight committee in place, those are the things that made the difference,” DeKalb School Board Chairman Tom Bowen said of the results.







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Badicea McLeod (left) stands beside her son Allan Jarvis as they remember McLeod’s 35-year-old daughter Shawndell, who has been missing for more than a month. Police have released little information about Shawndell McLeod’s disappearance. Photos by Andrew Cauthen

Vigil held for missing Lithonia woman
by Andrew Cauthen an older sister. “She always told me, ‘Don’t let a day go by and y’all don’t hear from Allan Jarvis said his me because then you defiolder sister’s disappearance nitely know something hapmore than a month ago has pened.’” left an unimaginable void in “We fear for her safety,” his life. said Maj. James Conroy, of “Me and Shawndell were the DeKalb County Police always close,” Jarvis said. Department. “When I found out what hapWhen asked if police bepened, all I did was work. I lieves McLeod is still alive, can’t stay at home and dwell Conroy said, “We hope so. on her. Any extra hours We don’t have any evidence [available], I work.” to the contrary.” Shawndell McLeod, 35, Still looking for a man of Golod Way in Lithonia, who drove McLeod’s vewas last seen at approximate- hicle to Atlanta, the police ly 12:15 a.m. on Sunday, department has no updates to Sept. 25, by a male friend at release in the case, Conroy her home. She was schedsaid. uled to be at work at 3 a.m., “We’re very prayerful and but never arrived. Police hopeful that she will return have found her 2011 Nissan to us shortly,” said Edward in the metro Atlanta area, but Hightower, president of would not say exactly where. the Riverbend Overlook Her family believes that she Homeowners’ Association, is in danger. during a candlelight vigil in Sharlene Grenville, the McLeod’s home on Oct. 29. missing woman’s cousin, Describing McLeod as went to McLeod’s house “temporarily missing,” Highwhen McLeod’s mother tower said the homeowners’ could not reach her daughassociation organized the ter. Grenville knocked on vigil “to support the McLeod windows and, upon realfamily during this difficult izing McLeod’s car was time. gone, called McLeod’s em“We need to all just come ployer. Then, she learned that together and support each McLeod had not shown up other,” Hightower said. for work or called in. With 2,300 Americans “That right there just kind reported missing each year, of crushed me,” said GrenMcLeod’s disappearance is ville, who considers McLeod representative of a national problem, Hightower said. “Some are adults and some are children and they’re missing for various reasons,” Hightower said. “We want to make a broader issue–a plea to acknowledge the missing throughout America, as well as Shawndell.” McLeod’s mother, Badicea, said life has been very difficult during the past month. “It’s so hard—very, very hard,” Badicea McLeod said, with a shaky voice. “I lost a child. I lost a friend. I lost a part of me.” Badicea McLeod said she is struggling to keep hope alive. “I pray to God every day to bring her back,” she said. “She’s not dead. She’s alive. She’s alive. She’s not dead. Shawndell is not dead. She’s alive.” James Simon, McLeod’s friend, said, “It’s going to take all of us working together to bring Shawndell home. Shawndell is counting on us.”

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The GOP’s empty rhetoric on Obama’s immigration record
This administration is deporting immigrants at a record pace.
ring a bell? It’s the day after President Barack Obama’s first term (or entire presidency, depending on what happens at the polls next year) comes to an end. Among other restrictions, the HALT Act would take away the administration’s ability to protect the most vulnerable immigrants. It would condemn all undocumented people to deportation for the slightest of infractions — or no infractions at all. It would tell people who know only this country that they simply can’t prove their American identity. By law, the Obama administration can’t act alone to grant a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. But there’s something the federal government should do: pass an executive order to grant relief to the groups that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has identified as deserving “discretion,” thus allowing those least likely to be deported to apply for legal work permits. The Obama administration is waging court battles around the country to block efforts by Republican-controlled state legislatures to restrict immigrants’ civil rights. Infamous “papers please” by Matias Ramos tors aren’t applying this “discretion” across the board. The Obama administration, But Republicans in Congress which is currently deporting a have responded as though this new record 400,000 people each year, policy, which isn’t fully in force, took a minor step to protect immi- will crush the immigration engrants. Now many Republicans are forcement system. accusing him of treason. “PotenHomeland Security Secretary tial illegal immigrants may surge Janet Napolitano recently exacross the border making it difplained to the Senate Judiciary ficult for the border patrol,” Rep. Committee that new policy isn’t Candice Miller (R-Mich.) said at some kind of “administrative a recent hearing. amnesty.” That’s the term that Under a policy instituted in anti-immigrant Republicans apply August, immigration agents and when they think the immigration judges are supposed to use more bureaucracy is creating a path to “discretion” when deciding wheth- citizenship–without the requisite er to deport someone. Immigration action by Congress. enforcement has allowed for some Sen. Chuck Grassley of discretion for “appealing human Iowa led the charge, calling the factors” since 1975, but under the new policy a “blatant attempt to new rule the government is explic- circumvent Congress.” His counitly focusing on deporting undocu- terparts in the House of Represenmented immigrants with criminal tatives have made similar accusarecords. People who have studied tions. Some lawmakers have even hard, have family members who proposed temporarily removing are United States citizens, or have certain immigration powers from lived in the United States for most the executive branch. of their lives, are a lower priority. The “Hinder the AdministraIn September, I was shackled tion’s Legalization Temptation” with an electronic device during a (HALT) Act, introduced by Rep. routine check-in with immigration Lamar Smith (R-Texas), would authorities. Based on my personal suspend discretionary forms of experience, I can assure you that immigration protection and relief the authorities and their contracuntil Jan. 21, 2013. Does that date laws in Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia could foster racial profiling. Many Republican members of Congress and their counterparts in state legislatures seem united in their zeal to accelerate Obama’s record deportation rate. They’re eager to take away the powers of the executive branch in order to do so. In the same way that Obama directed ICE to exercise discretion in preventing people’s deportations, he can order immigration authorities to allow those same undocumented immigrants to apply for legal work authorization. This next small step would take people out of their legal limbo and into a position where they can better contribute to our society and economy. It would also enable Obama to rise above the empty rhetoric and provide a common-sense solution to a long-standing national challenge. Matias Ramos, the Institute for Policy Studies’ Carol Jean and Edward F. Newman fellow, is a formerly undocumented student and a co-founder of the United We Dream Network.

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JFK would be doing back flips
Congressman John Lewis making a well-intentioned attempt to speak to “Occupy Atlanta” is stunning in its idiocy. From all reports, Lewis, a walking civil rights icon, came to welcome this assemblage to his hometown, as well as his Congressional district, and to wish them well in their work. He was declined the opportunity to speak. Leadership is not endlessly parroting the words of others. John Lewis is a leader. Leaders lead. It may well be a stated goal to bring the “1 percent down to the level of the other 99 percent”–but who is Occupy Atlanta to judge the relative societal position of whom? Our constitution and republic are not an absolute democracy, nor are we governed by mob rule. We select, nominate and elect, at the local, regional, state and national levels, our representatives, mayors, sheriffs, senators and presidents to establish the rule of law and the government by which we run our society. Ours is a far from perfect system. Please suggest for me a better system in place somewhere else? Perhaps the multi-cultural, multi-planet federation from Star Trek? I am hard pressed to comprehend what the Occupy crowd is seeking, other than perhaps an end to capitalism, complete re-distribution of wealth and earned income, and a cradle-to-grave system where the federal government heals all wounds. These protests are not akin to the Tea Party rallies of two years ago, nor the civil rights demonstrations of two generations ago—they have much more in common with Woodstock and Bonnaroo. Notwithstanding all the topless young women and potheads amusing the business folk still working on Wall Street, these thousands of park protesters across the country are endangering themselves, public health and safety, and requiring an inordinate amount of overtime from sanitation, police, fire and other public safety personnel all attempting to preserve and protect these people and the precious green spaces which these protesters are actually defecating on, as well as the American flag. One of the most memorable days of my young adult life, I joined my father and several thousand marchers, walking behind and in support of the Rev. Hosea Williams during his 1987 march on Cumming and Forsyth County, in support of residential integration and change for a very closed way of life in that community at that time. Forsyth County is now one of Georgia’s fastest growing communities and has an incredibly diverse business and residential population. We had a message, a short mission, following the Rev. Williams lead during a second Forsyth march when a smaller group had been stoned and abused the preceding week, Forsyth County and its leadership heard the word–and things began to change. The marchers from a wide cross section of humanity and our country walked back from the square in downtown Cumming to Georgia 400, and returned home. Those asked their leaders to lead, and expected better from the local government, and they got it. The folks singing Beatles songs in their Occupy campus of choice may believe that no individual is more “special” or has a voice more important than another, as they indicated to Congressman Lewis, but I suspect that the followers of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. King, Moses, Mohammed and even Jesus Christ, who all each had a message, a medium and an agenda might beg to differ. As we soon commemorate Veterans Day on 11/11/11–remember that freedom is not free and others paid a steep price for the rights of the far left to make asses of themselves in the name of “equality and fairness.” Bill Crane is a DeKalb County native and business owner, living in Scottdale, Georgia. He also serves as chief political analyst and commentator for 11Alive News and WSB Radio, News/Talk 750. Contact Bill Crane at

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“And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country!” –President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, inaugural address, Jan. 20, 1961. As Americans, and as patriots, we support a nation where we are all created equal though not necessarily guaranteed equal outcomes. Individual effort, hard work, intelligence, integrity and many other intangibles, combined with personal choices, character and even more than a bit of luck eventually deliver our lives and those outcomes. As I have witnessed the spectacle of “Occupy Wall Street,” “Occupy Atlanta” and similar demonstrations across our nation–referred to as “civil disobedience” and compared to the marches and sit-ins of the Civil Rights Movement–I am torn between being amused, confused by and angered with these current protesters. Witnessing the recent YouTube playback of Georgia’s 5th District

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It's not fair to ask sacrifices only from those least able to afford it simply because they have the least political power.
taxes (either directly or indirectly) and sales taxes. They are exempted from income taxes because they have so little income. That’s why they call them “poor.” I’ll give you this, though: they don’t pay many luxury taxes. In response to my now famous “theclass-war-is-over-the-rich-guys-won” column, a gentleman from Kentucky writes a rather snarky letter posing several piercing questions that I will now answer: Q: How much do we have to make to be “rich?” A: There’s no set number for richness. Generally, 250-grand a year is a good wage, but if you have four kids who expect to go to a good college, you are a long way from rich. If you’re single making the same wage, you at least have no trouble seeing rich from where you stand. If, on the other hand, your kids have escaped college and you live in a nice house and have a nice second house (and a boat) at a vacation retreat, and you belong to one of the better country clubs in town, and head waiters at the best restaurants know your name, you’re probably rich. If politicians want to have their picture taken with you, rather than the other way round, you are definitely rich. Q: What percentage of the nation’s revenue should the “rich” pay: 50 percent, 60, 95? A: That too is an impossible figure to quantify. Where do corporations fit in your tax world? Should they be taxed too or should they, like GE last year, get off scot-free? If you filtered out all the tax breaks, unwarranted deductions and subsidies available to the rich and corporate (the courts tell us that corporations are people too, you know), you’d have some idea of what the aggregate income is in this country and could start allocating taxes justly. Right now we’re flying blind. Q: At what income level should people begin to contribute through taxation? A:This question assumes that poor people who don’t pay income taxes are untaxed. They aren’t. They pay Social Security taxes, gas taxes, property Q: How many “poor” people have ever hired someone or given someone a job? A: All of them. Every time they buy a bottle of milk, or purchase a lottery ticket for that matter, they contribute to the economy. When enough of them do it, somebody gets hired. (I’d be grateful if the Kentucky gentleman could point out a corporation that is “giving” people jobs. I thought people earned jobs.) Q: Name a corporation/business that doesn’t factor taxes into the cost of doing business and therefore into what the public (including the poor) pays for their product or service. A: They all try to, but it’s harder than you think. Pricing is as much art as science; failure to master it is one of the chief factors that send young, promising firms into bankruptcy. Generally speaking, corporations charge as much as they think they can get away with. There’s some play in that number of course, and when taxes or labor costs or the costs of materials rise, they try to raise prices accordingly. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. But believe this, if a corporation can make a widget for $10 and sell it for $20, it will. And if it finds that it can sell that same widget for $100, it will do that too, regardless of taxes. It’s called capitalism. The issue that underlies these questions is the fairness of progressive taxation: making richer people pay more of their income in taxes than poorer people do. I think it fair, particularly in difficult waters, to ask the strongest in the boat to dip their oars a little deeper, to do more than their share in the interest of group survival. It’s not fair to ask sacrifices only from those least able to afford it simply because they have the least political power. Oh, and if you have any more questions, please send them to George Will. You’ll like his answers better. OtherWords columnist Donald Kaul lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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New Birth members sue Long over alleged $1 million investment fraud
I am very sorry that people have to go through bad situations before they open their eyes. The truth is, SOME not all churches, have become a business and not a place for the lost and hurting. There are some people out there that regardless of where they are, they are set on hurting others. There are some people that speak the truth but do not harbour that truth in their hearts. Remember the devil himself was God’s in heaven next to God. We must ask God to give us a spirit of disernment so we will be able to see people for who they really are or see them through God’s eyes. Remenber God did not harm you nor did he forsake you man did. May God bless those that have been hurt and bring true peace to their hearts. – Patrick posted this on 11/5/11 at 11:20 p.m.

Animal task force: County needs new shelter
Gunter - your lack of compassion towards animals says more about you than you may realize. And I am exercising a great deal of self-control by not saying exactly what that is. – Common sense posted this on 11/1/11 at 7:43 p.m. Gunter... Way to embrace the spirit of change! I have a better idea: Why not do the right thing in every circumstance and stop pretending that we have to pick and choose when to behave correctly? Given the link between the ill-treatment of animals and our ill-treatment of one another, creating life-affirming animal shelters would help us all. – ElJay posted this on 10/31/11 at 12:25 p.m. Easy solution - immediately euthanize them. Problem solved. Few of the animals have any owners and it will teach the errant owners a lesson in responsibility anyway. My concern is that we don’t have enough resources to support needy people. Why spend it on homeless animals? Why not homeless people ! - Gunter posted this on 10/30/11 at 8:12 p.m.

Commissioners may support extending proposed transportation tax
I’m betting that not one Metro County votes for the Additional Transportation Sales Tax ! And who would want to give the DeKalb CEO or The DeKalb BOC another dime to waste ? Not this citizen ! – JerryMyer Jackson Jr posted this on 11/2/11 at 1:55 p.m.

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Murder suspect arrested in Stone Mountain
Terrell Hayward Ellison-Jordan was arrested Nov. 2 in connection with a New Year’s Day shooting and carjacking, according to DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Adrion Bell. Ellison-Jordan, arrested at his job in Stone Mountain, is charged with murder in the death of Travis Moore and is in the DeKalb County Jail. According to a sheriff’s office warrant, Ellison Jordan fatally shot Moore in his head, chest and leg with a handgun on Jan. 1, at 2505 Summit Lake Drive, Stone Mountain. The shooting happened over an alleged carjacking by the victim, according to Bell.

lives in the 9-11 attacks. The memorial is located at DeKalb County Public Safety headquarters in Tucker.

Belinda Pedroso
“We let people know what is available and that they can participate in civic leadership. We’re very fortunate to have these opportunities; it’s a responsibility.” A graduate of Leadership DeKalb, Pedroso also is a member of the Junior League of DeKalb County and the White House Project, a non-profit organization working to advance women in politics, business and media. She was featured in a 2009 publication as the face of Georgia’s emerging leaders, Who’s Who in Black Atlanta in 2005, was inducted into YWCA Leadership Academy of New York and recognized by the Girl Scout Council of Middle Georgia for Outstanding Leadership. When she is not volunteering, Pedroso stays busy as owner of a financial consulting business. She is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., and earned a masters degree at Georgia Tech. Pedroso remains active with her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, as chairwoman. “I always wanted to own my own business,” Pedroso said. “I think you work harder when you have you own business. It was a goal I set for myself. It gives me more flexibility to participate in civic activities.” Pedroso still finds time to pursue another passion—quilting. Pedroso began the Ebony Stitchers Quilt Exhibition in 2008, which is the largest quilt exhibition displaying quilt art and quilts created by African American quilters. Pedroso, who has had her quilts and quilt art displayed throughout the Southeast, also started the Ebony Stitchers quilt guild in 2009.

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Residents reminded to check smoke alarm batteries
DeKalb County reminds residents to check or change the batteries in their smoke alarms. DeKalb County Fire Rescue promotes regular smoke alarm maintenance to reduce fire deaths and injuries. Smoke alarms with working batteries cut the chances of dying in a reported fire in half. In addition to changing the batteries in smoke alarms, the following steps are recommended for residents to ensure their home is fire safe: Dust or vacuum smoke alarms when batteries are changed. Test smoke alarms once a month with the test button. Replace the entire alarm if it is more than 10 years old or does not work properly when tested. Install smoke alarms on every level of the house, including the basement, and both inside and outside of sleeping areas. Make sure everyone in the house understands the warning of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.

Fire Chief Edward O’Brien, firefighter Doug Harms and Deputy Chief Norman Augustin. Photo provided

Harms named county’s firefighter of year
DeKalb County Fire Rescue presented firefighter Doug Harms with the 2011 Firefighter of the Year Award. Harms was recognized for leading a team effort to construct the DeKalb County 9-11 Memorial Project. Earlier this year, Harms and a group of DeKalb County firefighters secured a piece of the World Trade Center and drove to New York on their time off to retrieve it. Harms collaborated with volunteer artists to incorporate the piece into a larger memorial sculpture dedicated to those who lost their

Decatur police investigating sexual assault
The Decatur Police Department is investigating the sexual assault of a juvenile that happened in Winona Park on Halloween night. According to a press release sent by Decatur Deputy Chief Keith Lee, the victim was transported to an area hospital by her parents, where she was treated and released. Investigators of the Decatur Police Depart-

Passion is a quality that serves Belinda Pedroso well throughout all her endeavors. She has a simple philosophy that drives her volunteer efforts as president of the DeKalb County chapter of the League of Women Voters and as a member of the board of directors of the United Way of DeKalb County. “Those organizations represent ideals I really believe in,” Pedroso said. “I believe we all have a civic responsibility to participate in government. Black people died to get the right to vote.” Pedroso has been involved with the LWV off and on for 20 years. She began by working on committees, then worked on fundraising and was nominated to the board as fundraising chairman for the organization, which supports voter’s rights and voter education. As president of the DeKalb chapter, Pedroso organizes community forums and has done public speaking. “It’s our responsibility [to make sure] that everyone can participate in a fair and open governmental process,” Pedroso said. Pedroso has volunteered with United Way since moving to Atlanta in 1996. “There are a lot of people in the county who can benefit from United Way’s services,” she said.

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During a recent town hall meeting, DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis said the revenue from a proposed transportation tax would be a “significant return on investment for DeKalb County.” Photo by Andrew Cauthen

Regional transportation discussion dominates CEO’s town hall
by Andrew Cauthen When asked during a Nov. 3 town hall meeting whether he wanted DeKalb County voters to support the proposed transportation tax, DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis said he was not ready to commit. “We need to start talking about what are we going to do about the Transportation Investment Act (TIA),” said resident Benita West, a member of Area Coalition for Transportation Now (ACT Now). “What position are we going to take?” Ellis said he wanted to give DeKalb residents a chance to decide for themselves when he, as a member of the Atlanta Regional Roundtable for transportation, voted to pass the $6.1 billion project list. Enacted last year by Georgia’s legislature, the TIA provides for regional referendums in 2012 in which voters will decide whether to accept a pennysales tax to fund various transportation projects, including transit, roadway, safety, and bicycle and pedestrian improvements. “This plan has a significant return on investment for DeKalb County citizens and I wanted this plan to go before DeKalb County citizens so that they could make a decision,” Ellis said. “The best reason I can give you to support this plan is …there is no Plan B.” Many South DeKalb residents have voiced opposition to the sales tax because a $522 million plan to extend the MARTA rail system from the Indian Creek station to the Wesley Chapel area was slashed to $225 million, which would only fund a bus system in the area. Resident Sandy Johnson told Ellis, “It is my plan, because South DeKalb has no transportation where I live, to vote no next year.” Ellis said that although the project list only had $225 million of the $522 million needed for the I-20 project, it was a step in the right direction. “The reality in life is that sometimes you can’t get everything you want,” Ellis said. “The reality in politics is you also don’t get everything you want. The $225 million on the table is $225 million that you can leverage.” Of the $6.14 billion in regional projects, DeKalb County has $1.3 billion on the list. In DeKalb County, the proposed penny sales tax is expected to generate $800 million, which is a 145 percent return on DeKalb’s investment, Ellis said. “Nobody got everything that they wanted; understand that,” Ellis said. “We advanced the ball. We didn’t start this discussion with the TIA and we’re not going to end it with the TIA.” Backed up by various county administrators who helped him answer questions from the attendees, Ellis presented his 2011-12 Report to Stakeholders and said the county is wellmanaged and its fiscal house is in order. “We’ve downsized government,” Ellis said. “We’ve cut our spending. We’ve identified non-tax sources of revenue. We did raise the millage rate this year, but we did that in order make sure that we get a strong bond rating.”

The Champion Free Press, Friday November 11, 2011

Home buying program helps first responders, teachers
by Andrew Cauthen get as much of a house. “It’s amazing,” Hooker said. “It’s a little big for me Police officers, fire resand my son, but it’s beauticue personnel and teachers ful.” may be able to purchase Ed Jennings, Southeast homes a little easier with a regional administrator for new DeKalb County prothe U.S. Department of gram. Housing and Urban DevelDeKalb CEO Burrell opment, on hand for the proEllis said the program is a gram’s unveiling, said, “You “unique opportunity to adfeel safe when you live next dress the foreclosure crisis to CEO Ellis, but you feel by providing quality and even safer when Officer affordable homes to our Hooker walks in that unihometown heroes.” form, carrying that gun.” The Good Neighbor Next “We want to see dozens, Door initiative is a HUD hundreds of more families program geared toward throughout the country have teachers, law enforcement this opportunity,” Jennings and fire rescue personnel. said. DeKalb is the first The program helps those county in the country to imworkers to purchase homes plement the Good Neighbor at a 50 percent discount in Next Door. DeKalb County revitalizaJennings said that 5.1 tion areas, which include million Americans have had designated communities in mortgage modifications durDecatur, Lithonia, Ellening the administration of wood and Stone Mountain. President Barack Obama. The initiative is one of Of that number, one million the tools of the county’s were FHA mortgages. One DeKalb Lives umbrella “It’s a big, big deal,” program that encompasses Jennings said, adding that several housing initiatives families that have received designed to “proactively mortgage modifications combat the housing and have saved approximately foreclosure crisis that is dev- $6,000 per year in mortgage astating so many families, payments. neighborhoods and commu“That money goes into nities.” the community,” Jennings DeKalb Police Officer said. “That money goes into Bernadette Hooker used local restaurants. That mona similar program to purey fuels the economy.” chase a house in the same Citizens Trust Bank is a Stone Mountain neighborlending partner in the prohood where Ellis, DeKalb gram. County Commissioner “Don’t let anybody tell Sharon Barnes Sutton and you that banks aren’t lendcounty school board chairing,” said Jim Young, presiman Tom Bowen live. dent and CEO of Citizens “The best part of the Trust. “That’s not true.” whole program is coming Young said the Good home every evening with Neighbor Next Door promy son and being able to gram is a rare opportunity. lay my head down and rest “We’re making mortin peace, and get back up gages as low as $25,000,” the next morning and do it Young said. again,” said Hooker, who Ellis said that next week has lived in the house for a he would be making a major year and a half. jobs announcement. Hooker said she is happy “In the middle of some of to have a “safe haven” that the most difficult economic belongs to her. times that we’ve seen as “As an employee of a community, as a people, DeKalb [who works] to as a nation, and of course, protect and serve and make around the globe, we’re my community better, I also bringing a series of initiawant to live in DeKalb and tives… right here in DeKalb live comfortably and live in County that is designed to a safe place,” Hooker said. bring good news, to uplift “I probably would have the spirits of our people, to been able to get a house. I provide relief to these criwould not have been able to ses,” Ellis said.

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DeKalb Police officer Bernadette Hooker said she is happy with the home the county helped her purchase. The county unveiled a program that will help first responders and teachers to purchase homes at discounted prices. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

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Food, music lineup growing for international festival
Organizers seek additional food vendors
by Robert Naddra A local rising star in country music will perform at the DeKalb County International Food and Music Festival on Nov. 12. Singer-songwriter Erica Nicole, who grew up in DeKalb but now lives in Los Angeles, will be among the diverse entertainment at the festival. The event will be held in the parking lot at the General Motors property in Doraville, 2-8 p.m. “I am so honored to take part in the DeKalb Food and Music Festival,” Nicole said. “Having grown up in DeKalb County, I am so proud to see that my county is recognizing and promoting all the various cultures from around the world by holding this great inaugural festival. I look forward to sharing my music and giving back to a community that has given so much to me.” There will be music, dancing and other entertainment on three stages. The entertainment includes Chinese, Taiwanese and Caribbean dancing, a martial arts demonstration, and Jamaican music as well as jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues and country music, according DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Watson, organizer of the event. In addition to music, there will be food vendors offering cuisine from around the world. Fifteen restaurants have committed to participate and Watson said his goal is to have 25 restaurants serve as vendors. Asian, Indian and Caribbean restaurants have committed to the event. At a kickoff reception held Nov. 1, Watson said organizers would like to have additional food vendors, particularly Hispanic, East African and South American. Admission to the festival is free, and there is a $5 parking fee per vehicle. All entertainment is free and visitors can buy food tickets to sample the international cuisine. Also, there will be a children’s play area where arm bands can be purchased for $5, which allows kids to play all day. All proceeds after expenses will benefit the Police Athletic League and the DeKalb Police Alliance.

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The Champion Weather
Seven Day Forecast THURSDAY
Mostly Sunny High: 58 Low: 34

Nov. 10, 2011
Today's Regional Map Weather History
Nov. 10, 1915 - An unusually late season tornado struck the central Kansas town of Great Bend, killing 11 people along its 35-mile track. The tornado destroyed 160 homes in Great Bend, causing a million dollars in damage. Nov. 11, 1955 - An early arctic outbreak set many November temperature records across Oregon and Washington. The severe cold damaged shrubs and fruit trees. Readings plunged to near zero in western Washington and hit 19 degrees below zero in the eastern part of the state. Dunwoody 56/33 Lilburn Smyrna Doraville 57/34 57/34 57/34 Snellville Decatur 58/34 Atlanta 58/34 58/34 Lithonia College Park 59/34 59/34 Morrow 59/34 Union City 59/34 Hampton 60/35

In-Depth Local Forecast
Today we will see mostly sunny skies with a high temperature of 58º, humidity of 50%. Northwest wind 10 to 20 mph. The record high temperature for today is 77º set in 1946. Expect clear skies tonight with an overnight low of 34º. The record low for tonight is 26º set in 1933.

Sunny High: 56 Low: 34

*Last Week’s Almanac
Hi Lo Normals Precip Date Tuesday 68 36 68/47 0.00" Wednesday 66 39 67/47 0.00" Thursday 70 45 67/47 0.53" Friday 62 44 67/47 0.00" Saturday 60 37 67/46 0.00" Sunday 66 44 66/46 0.00" Monday 71 45 66/46 0.00" Rainfall . . . . . . .0.53" Average temp . .53.8 Normal rainfall . .0.88" Average normal 56.7 Departure . . . . .-0.35" Departure . . . . .-2.9
*Data as reported from De Kalb-Peachtree Airport

Mostly Sunny High: 63 Low: 41

Partly Cloudy High: 63 Low: 48

Mostly Sunny High: 65 Low: 49

Mostly Sunny High: 62 Low: 44 Full 11/10

Local Sun/Moon Chart This Week
Day Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Sunrise 7:04 a.m. 7:05 a.m. 7:06 a.m. 7:07 a.m. 7:08 a.m. 7:09 a.m. 7:10 a.m. Sunset 5:38 p.m. 5:37 p.m. 5:36 p.m. 5:36 p.m. 5:35 p.m. 5:35 p.m. 5:34 p.m. Moonrise 5:27 p.m. 6:09 p.m. 6:57 p.m. 7:48 p.m. 8:44 p.m. 9:43 p.m. 10:44 p.m. Moonset 6:54 a.m. 7:49 a.m. 8:43 a.m. 9:35 a.m. 10:23 a.m. 11:07 a.m. 11:47 a.m. New 11/25

Tonight's Planets
Mercury Venus Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Rise 9:00 a.m. 8:55 a.m. 12:51 a.m. 4:52 p.m. 5:07 a.m. 3:22 p.m. Set 6:44 p.m. 6:52 p.m. 2:08 p.m. 6:01 a.m. 4:33 p.m. 3:27 a.m.

Partly Cloudy High: 59 Low: 45 Last 11/18

First 12/2

Local UV Index

National Weather Summary This Week
The Northeast will see scattered rain today, mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with a few showers Friday and Saturday, with the highest temperature of 66º in Taunton, Mass. The Southeast will see partly cloudy skies with a few showers today, mostly clear skies Friday and Saturday, with the highest temperature of 82º in Hollywood, Fla. The Northwest will see mostly clear skies today, partly cloudy skies with a few showers Friday and Saturday, with the highest temperature of 62º in Colville, Wash. The Southwest will see mostly clear skies today through Saturday, with the highest temperature of 80º in Chino, Calif.

Weather Trivia
On average, how often do sun spots occur?
Answer: Every 11 years.

0 - 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11+


UV Index 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, 6-7: High, 8-10: Very High 11+: Extreme Exposure

StarWatch By Gary Becker - Empty Magnification
Last week, I wanted to continue a dialogue on telescopes, since the holidays are fast approaching and scopes have an affinity to find themselves under Christmas trees; but a freak Halloween snowstorm which blanketed the East Coast stole the show. Clean up still continues, but the snow is gone and almost everybody has had their electricity restored. I wanted to say a few words about magnification since it is considered so important to people purchasing their first scopes. It should never be the prime consideration for owning any telescope, but it does have its place in using a telescope properly. Mathematically, magnification equals the focal length of the telescope divided by the focal length of the eyepiece. The focal length is simply the distance that light takes to come to a precise focus. Both the telescope and the eyepiece play a role in how powerful a telescope’s magnification can become. Because of the nature of light, images are brought to a focus as a series of dots or diffraction disks similar to a newspaper photograph. Larger aperture scopes produce smaller diffraction disks and can tolerate higher powers. The observer looking at an image in the eyepiece is totally oblivious to this fact, but the analogy is an accurate one. Every time the magnification is doubled, the field of view and the brightness of the image become one quarter of their original value which is a function of inherently larger diffraction disks. If a person looks more closely at a newspaper photo, there comes a point where no new information can be gleaned, and at even closer distances, less detail is perceived. Likewise, simply “jacking up the power” in telescopes produces “empty magnification” where no new detail can be revealed. The upper limits of magnification are about 50-60 power per inch of light gathering aperture. Beyond this point the magnification becomes empty, in other words, useless.

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Developers unveil plans for North Decatur Walmart
by Andrew Cauthen the leading shopping ter in the area after Lenox Square, Selig said. Nearly 200 residents “We know that it has were on hand Nov. 2 to deteriorated and we’re not hear plans for a proposed proud of that fact,” Selig Walmart planned for the said. Surburban Plaza on North Selig said his company Decatur Road. is talking to or has letters Glenn Wilkins, a senior of interest from other remanager of public affairs tailers including Staples, and governmental relaHH Gregg, Michael’s, tions for Wal-Mart Stores, Dick’s Sporting Goods, LA Inc. presented concepFitness, Home Goods and tual plans for the proposed buybuy Baby. 150,000-square-foot store “We want make all of which would have grocerthose, but we will make ies, a deli, pharmacy and some of them and that’s the an optical center. Parking kind of quality set-up that for the store would be an we expect to bring into the underground garage. area,” Selig said. Wilkins stressed that the Selig predicted that the plans were not finalized. improved development, “If you don’t like it, which will increase by don’t get married to it,” 30,000 square feet, is exWilkins said. pected to add 600-800 jobs At the meeting sponto the community and spur sored by the Medlock Area redevelopment in the corNeighborhood Associaridor. tion, some residents voiced “As far as I can see, this concerns about the impact is really a win-win,” Selig on other nearby Walmart said. “It’s a win for the stores. One is located five neighborhood. It’s a win miles away on Memorial for DeKalb County. It’s Drive near Avondale Esgoing to create jobs. It’s tates and one is seven miles going to create more tax away in Tucker. revenue.” Walmart recently an“This is the best thing nounced plans to construct that we could do for this another store six miles neighborhood,” Selig said. away near the corner of Selig said his familyMemorial Drive and Hairowned company plans to ston Road. continue to own the plaza “We’ll probably impact after it is developed. the other stores,” Wilkins “We don’t build to sell,” said. “But we don’t think Selig said. “We build to it’s going to be substantial. hold. We’ve owned it for If we thought it were sub50 years. We will hopestantial, we would not be fully own it for another 50 here today proposing this years.” to you. The crowd laughed “I can assure you we when Selig said developwill not be shutting down ment would have a miniother stores,” Wilkins said. mum effect on traffic. “They were too expensive To go forward the deto build in the first place.” velopment would need a As proposed, Walmart parking variance from the would be the anchor store county. Currently, the shopin a renovated Suburban ping center has 3.8 spaces Plaza. per 1,000 square feet of Steve Selig, president floor space. The developers of Selig Enterprises which want 3.91 spaces per 1,000. owns Suburban Plaza, County regulations require said his company has been 5.5 spaces per 1,000. The working for seven to eight county commission is exyears to revitalize the shop- pected to consider granting ping center. the variance in its Dec. 14 Developed by his grand- meeting. father in 1960s, Surburban Plaza was once probably

Medlock area residents are able to see plans for a proposed Walmart in Suburban Plaza on Medlock Road. This is the second Walmart announced in recent months for DeKalb County. Photos by Andrew Cauthen


   The  proposed  Capital  Improvement  budget  for  the  renovation  of  the  Beach House for the City of Pine Lake will be available for public review at  the  Pine  Lake  City  Hall,  462  Clubhouse  Drive,  Pine  Lake,  Georgia  during  regular business hours, beginning the week of November 7, 2012.     The City Council for the City of Pine Lake will conduct a Public Hearing to  solicit  citizen  input  on  the  proposed  budgets  during  the  regular  City  Council meeting scheduled for November 29, 2011, beginning at 7:30 PM.   The  Public  Hearing  will  be  held  in  the  Courtroom/Council  Chambers  located at 459 Pine Drive, Pine Lake, GA 30072.     All interested citizens are invited to attend and be heard. 

The Champion Free Press, Friday, November 11, 2011

Seventh-grader recognized for saving drowning child
ustice Pate, a seventh-grader at the DeKalb School of the Arts, did not set out to be a hero. He was just trying to have

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by Andrew Cauthen

fun. The Pate family was in Bridgeton, Mo., on a family reunion in August. Justice was playing in an indoor pool at the Embassy Suites hotel where they were staying. While swimming in the crowded pool, Justice’s foot kicked something at the bottom. “I kind of kicked it to see if it was alive or it was just a kid playing around,” Justice said. “When it didn’t move, I came to the top of the pool and told my dad.” His father, Garry Pate, looking into the cloudy, packed pool, did not think the object was a child. “He said, ‘No, it’s just a painting on the bottom of the [pool],” Justice said. But the object was 7-year-old Desmond Aiken, unconscious at the bottom. Lucky for Desmond, Justice did not wait for the adults; he swam back to the bottom of the pool. “So then I pulled him out and I pushed him over the water,” Justice said. “My dad grabbed him and pulled him out.” Once the child was out of the pool, Garry Pate and the victim’s father administered CPR. Desmond made a full recovery. For his heroic actions, the Bridgeton City Council and mayor sent a commendation, Bridgeton Police cap, patch and T-shirt. The items were presented to Justice on Oct. 25 by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners. From DeKalb County, he received the first Citizens Lifesaving Award by the county’s fire rescue department.


DeKalb Fire Rescue Chief Edward O’Brien, from left, Police Chief William O’Brien and Commissioner Larry Johnson recognize Justice Pate, a seventh-grader at the DeKalb School of the Arts, for saving a child from drowning in a hotel swimming pool this summer. Photo provided

Stephenson running back Mike Davis celebrates after scoring the go-ahead touchdown against M.L. King in the final minute. The lead was short-lived as the Lions ran back the ensuing kickoff to win 50-49. Photo by Travis Hudgons

“We’re fortunate to have this young man as part of our community,” said DeKalb Police Chief William O’Brien. Justice’s mother Sherina Pate said her son is an avid swimmer. “He loves the water,” Sherina Pate said. “He sometimes gets into trouble because he loves it so much and doesn’t want to get out of it. “I know that God played an intense role in this because he is one of the best swimmers in the family,” his mother said. “He was in the right place at the right time and I’m so happy the little boy made a full recovery.” Justice “acted with bravery,” said Garry Pate. “He didn’t have to do it. He chose to do it.” Justice, who likes to draw and is a member of his school’s traveling acting troupe called Shows to Go, said it feels good being a hero “but you can’t take advantage of it.” “Just because I’m a hero doesn’t mean you can do anything you want,” Justice said. “You still got to do all your schoolwork.”

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We knew they couldn’t stay with our passing game if we gave [Jonquel] enough time to throw.” M.L. King quickly built a 12-0 lead after two Stephenson mistakes. The Jaguars didn’t cover the opening kickoff, a line drive that appeared to be rolling out of bounds, but bounced back toward the middle of the field and was covered at the Jaguars’ 5-yard line by an M.L. King player. Andrecas Jackson scored two plays later on a 1-yard run for a 6-0 M.L. King lead. A fumbled snap on Stephenson’s first possession gave the Lions the ball at the Stephenson 21. Tibbs caught a 20-yard touchdown pass two plays later as the lead grew to 12-0 less than two minutes into the game. But Stephenson turned the tide and scored the next 36 points. Sweat caught touchdown passes of 37 and 48 yards, and Davis, Colvin and T.J. Moon each ran for touchdowns. While the Jaguars’ offense was pulling away, their defense was keeping the Lions at bay. Dawson was intercepted twice and sacked twice during the span. But a 50-yard interception return by Jeremy Tyler set up an M.L. King touchdown that cut the lead to 36-20 right before halftime. Both teams will try to refocus and prepare for the first round of the state playoffs. M.L. King will host Coffee on Nov. 11 and Stephenson will host Lowndes on Nov. 12 in the first round of the AAAAA state playoffs. Both games are 7:30 p.m. at Hallford Stadium. A total of eight teams in DeKalb County will play in the state playoffs beginning Nov. 11. In Class AAAA, Southwest DeKalb (8-2) plays at East Paulding (9-1), Tucker (10-0) faces Sprayberry (5-5) at Adams Stadium and Kell (8-2) plays at Marist (9-1) on Nov. 11. In Class AAA, Shaw (5-5) plays at St. Pius (10-0) and Columbia (64) plays at Carrollton (9-1) on Nov. 12. Cedar Grove (7-3) plays at Troup County (8-2) on Nov. 12.

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Jackson said her priorities will be to raise employee morale and “to bring resources to the city to make things happen.” Four new members will be joining the Lithonia City Council: Darold Honore, Pat Miller, Tracy-Ann Williams and Shameka Reynolds. With 46 percent of the vote, current Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman will have to face retired chemist Tom Hart in a run-off. Hart received 31 percent of the vote. Pittman has been Doraville’s mayor since winning a special election in July held to fill the remaining term of former mayor Ray Jenkins who died in February. For Pittman the campaign for the run-off race will be her fourth in the past six months. “I’m going to have a positive campaign and continue to move the city forward,” Pittman said. “We’ve done a lot of good things and I think the people will continue to recognize that.” The other mayoral candidate, Lou Ella Jenkins, widow of the city’s former mayor, received 21 percent. For the contested council seats, incumbent Pam Fleming retains her seat and two other seats will go to runoffs. Of the three candidates vying to be Dunwoody’s second mayor, no one received a majority of the votes. Attorney Bob Dallas received 43 percent of the vote, and will have to face businessman Mike Davis, who received 39 percent in a run-off. Gordon Jackson, a former president of the Dunwoody Homeowners’ Association, received 18 percent. “I’m certainly pleased that the majority of the voters approved what my conversation was and voted for me,” Dallas said. “It’s very heartening. I look forward to more conversations about the future of Dunwoody. I believe the best days are ahead of us.” Dallas said his two decades of public service is “borne out of a deep desire to improve the county in which I live. The other candidates have no experience in non-profits and how to manage a government entity.” Residents of each city within DeKalb County also voted whether to allow alcohol to be sold by retailers between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on Sundays. The referendum passed in all of the county’s cities, the closest being in Lithonia where it passed with approximately 59 percent. Voters in Doraville passed a binding referendum that will change its form of government. The close vote—50.47 percent voting yes and 49.53 voting no—will change the city’s government to one with a part-time mayor and a full-time city manager. Doraville voters also passed a homestead exemption referendum, which provides a tax exemption for municipal purposes in the amount of $25,000 of the assessed value of the homestead of residents and repealed prior exemptions. In Doraville voters also passed a redevelopment referendum that will allow the city to execute redevelopment powers under the “Redevelopment Powers Law,” which gives the city the authority to sell bonds to finance infrastructure and other redevelopment costs. A similar referendum was also passed by Dunwoody voters by approximately 54 percent to 45 percent. Approximately 60 percent of Dunwoody voters said no to a referendum to allow the city to acquire new green space for parks through the issuance of $33 million of general obligation bonds as well as on a parks improvement bond. In Decatur, where the mayor is selected by the city commission, Mayor Bill Floyd ran unopposed for his city commission seat. Incumbents Jim Baskett and Kecia Cunningham were also the lone candidates for their commission seats and incumbent Julie Rhame had no competition for her city board of education post. The only contest election in Decatur was for the city board of education District 1 Post B seat won by Garrett Goebel with 64 percent of the vote over Peg Bumgardner with 36 percent. Clarkston voters elected Jean Brown, Dianne Leonetti and Warren Hadlock to fill three city council seats. In Stone Mountain, incumbents Richard Mailman and Chakira Sallee, both ran unopposed while Cyril Mungal and Denise Glenn will be in a runoff for the Post 2 seat.

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DeKalb Schools plan to give principals more power
by Daniel Beauregard DeKalb County School System Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson has proposed an action plan which officials say will help the system be more accountable and give principals more power to run their schools. The plan, which was backed by each member of the board of education, is an effort to bridge the gap between high-performing and low-performing schools and make the system successful across the board. DeKalb School System spokesman Walter Woods said the plan is two-fold. Woods said schools will be allowed more autonomy while the ones that are struggling will receive more help. “That level of autonomy gives the principals some pull over hiring and firing and how they select their team and manage the school’s budget,” Woods said. “Right now there are pockets of excellence and it needs to be district-wide.” Woods said allowing principals to have increased involvement in staffing and budget issues would be different from the way the system is currently operating. “There’s not a consistent policy. Some principals feel like they have a great level of autonomy and some don’t… Another piece of this is curriculum is, everyone needs to have a sense of what’s expected with parents and teachers,” Woods said. In addition to allowing principals from successful schools more management power, the system has hired Kathy Howe as new director of teaching and learning. It is also in the process of hiring an external auditor to maintain transparency. Woods said the new initiatives are part of Atkinson’s plan to execute a top-tobottom reform of the school system. Recently, Atkinson has been holding fireside chats with parents and teachers throughout the system. Woods said a common theme at the chats was making the central office more efficient. “People in the community are clambering for it and demanding it. Every parent forum we’ve had, people have talked about central office staff and it has been an ongoing issue that needs to be addressed,” Woods said. To address the issue, the system has hired a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm to do a comprehensive reform of its current organizational structure. The firm, Management Advisory Group Inc., will examine every job and salary within the system. “The first phase is looking at central office staff. In January we’ll present to the board a new organizational chart,” Woods said. Although the action plan would not grant the new superintendent any additional power, Woods said Atkinson wanted to run it by the board to make sure it understood what she was trying to do. School Board Chairman Tom Bowen said Atkinson’s plan was well received by the board because them helped it understand what kind of changes the system needs and why. “The overall thing is that we need to improve student achievement,” Bowen said. Bowen said shifting more responsibility to individual principals or schools would be a good thing but it has to be done on a case-by-case basis, based on whether the school has established itself as a leader in the system. Since her appointment in September, Bowen said, Atkinson has “hit the ground running” in developing her 90-day entry plan and identifying what the system needs to do to build student success and address inefficiencies. “It has been critical—just as she promised in her 90day plan—that she would be transparent. I think that the fact that she’s held so many focus groups and meetings to get unfiltered input has shown everyone that she has,” Bowen said. Bowen said the most important thing is for Atkinson to take action on all the points she addressed in her proposed plans. “The public is holding its breath until they see the action on the input,” Bowen said.

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Nearly 40 shops and restaurants all around the City of Decatur stay open late with refreshments and special deals every Terrific Thursday through Dec. 15
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Decatur’s Terrific Thursdays are back with 28 businesses participating
In a tradition that’s now more than a decade old, the city of Decatur is making a special effort to encourage area residents to keep their holiday shopping dollars in the community. Terrific Thursdays in November and December are designed to make shopping and dining in Decatur easy, fun and an economic boost for the city. In this holiday shopping season “mallternative,” businesses are staying open until 9 or 10 p.m. on Thursdays through Dec. 15, luring customers with a variety of bargains and special offers at downtown Decatur shops, galleries and restaurants. “We want to help shoppers make holiday buying a pleasure, not a hassle, and support local businesses at the same time,” said Catherine Lee, development services coordinator for the city of Decatur. In prior years, the city provided a mini-bus to drive shoppers around, but city officials have discovered that Terrific Thursdays participants prefer to park once and walk around town. Some participating businesses in addition to staying open late, are offering beverages, snacks and special offers. For examples, Parker’s On Ponce offers free appetizers with a receipt from a participating Terrific Thursday shop, and Boogaloos Boutique, in addition to offering discounts on merchandise, is serving wine and hors d’oeuvres. In December the old bearded man himself joins in the fun. Santa will be visiting shops and restaurants within the city limits. This year, participating businesses are: Alexia Gallery Blue Elephant Books Blue Moon Designs Boogaloos Boutique Boutique Karma Café Alsace Cakes & Ale Bakery Cook’s Warehouse & Sherlock’s Wine Merchant Farm Burger Green Mosaics Greene’s Fine Foods Heliotrope HomeGrown Little Shop of Stories Mane Street Hair Company Mingei World Arts New Orleans SnoBall Cafe Parker’s On Ponce Salon Red Salon Red Kids Sawicki’s Squash Blossom Sushi Avenue Sushi Avenue on the Square The 17 Steps The Seen Gallery Wild Oats and Billy Goats Worthmore Jewelers

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Cousins announces Emory Point retailers
Cousins Properties Inc. announced Nov. 4 the first group of retailers to sign leases at Emory Point. The mixed-use development is in the Clifton Corridor, adjacent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and near Emory University and Emory Healthcare. The first group of retailers includes CVS, Jos A. Bank, Marlow’s Tavern, Which Wich, Solar Dimensions and Carriage Cleaners. “From locally owned stores and restaurants to national chains, Emory Point will provide the trade area with a unique mix of upscale retail and restaurant options,” said Larry Gellerstedt, Cousins president and CEO. “Additionally, Emory Point retailers will create approximately 600 jobs for the local community.” The $100 million-plus Phase I of the project will include more than 80,000 square feet of retail space and 443 luxury apartments. Construction began in July and is expected to be complete by fall 2012. The second and third phases of the project will be developed according to market demand. The development includes the first new retail project built in the trade area in 20 years. It is the largest private development started inside the Perimeter in more than three years and the first partnership between Cousins and Gables – two Atlanta-based development companies.

Senior Connections receives Blue Flame Award
Debra Furtado, CEO of Senior Connections, recently announced that the 38-year-old non-profit organization has been awarded one of four Blue Flame Awards–$5,000 from Georgia Natural Gas® (GNG). “The real winners are the seniors we will be able to help with emergency home repairs,” Furtado said. GNG awarded a total of $50,000 in grants to 13 Georgia non-profit organizations. Prevent Blindness Georgia (PBGA) received the top grant of $10,000. Other Blue Flame Award winners were Friend’s House, House Proud / Atlanta Community ToolBank and North Fulton Community Charities. “This grant will be used to make emergency repairs on homes for low-income seniors who own their own homes and are capable of living on their own,” Furtado said. “The need is great – right now Senior Connections has a long waiting list of more than 1,600 seniors in need of home repairs.” More than 100 applications were received by Georgia Natural Gas® from non-profits throughout the state. Entry finalists and winners were selected by an independent cross-section of civic leaders.

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Notice of availability of Proposed 2012 Budget,   Budget Public Hearing and 2012 Budget Adoption  Clarkston City Council     The City of Clarkston Proposed 2012 Budget will be available to view on the Clarkston City  Website ( and copies to view will be available at the Clarkston City  Hall and the Clarkston Public Library on November 17, 2011.  The Clarkston Council will hold a  Public Hearing on Tuesday, November 29, 2011, starting at 7:00PM, Clarkston City Hall, 3921  Church Street for the purpose of taking public comment on the 2012 Proposed City of Clarkston  Budget. The Council will vote to adopt the Clarkston 2012 Budget at their regular Council  Meeting on December 6, 2011 at 7:00pm. The public is invited to attend.     

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Fundraiser to benefit Rape Crisis Center DeKalb Rape Crisis Center (DRCC) will host A Night in Good Taste Wine Tasting and Silent Auction on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 6 - 9:30 p.m. The event will feature wine, food and entertainment from jazz guitarist Dan Coy and will be held at Druid Hills Country Club. Chair Julie Childs and honorary chair Bob Wilson encourage online ticket purchases at Tickets are $55 in advance and $75 after Nov. 7. All proceeds benefit the center’s counseling services and prevention education programs. For additional information, contact Beth Jansa, special events, at (404) 317-4642 or visit Girls on the Run 5K upcoming The New Balance Girls on the Run 5K Atlanta race will be held Nov. 13 at 9 a.m. at the Atlanta Youth Soccer fields at the Arizona Avenue Soccer Complex in Kirkwood. The race is a non-competitive timed event. Entry fee is $25 which includes technical running gloves for all participants. Runners can register online at com/framed/event_detail.cfm?EVENT_ ID=1974647&CHECKSSO=0. Race packets can be picked up the morning of the race, beginning at 7:30 a.m., or at the Ansley Mall location of Phidippides at 1544 Piedmont Ave., on Nov. 10-11. Call race director Ed Williams at (404) 3277738 for more information. parents care for his younger brother Trent, who has autism. Blake is the son Jeanette and Howard O’Dell, who reside in Dekalb County. Waldorf School to hold Holiday Fair The Waldorf School of Atlanta is holding its annual Holiday Fair, Saturday, Nov. 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. There will be shopping for children in the Enchantment Shop. The Fish Pond stocked with handmade fish and water-themed treasures, and the Artist Market and Forest Shop, will offer gifts, food and live music throughout the day. The puppet show for the 2011 Holiday Fair is Child of Faerie, Child of Earth, based upon the book by Jane Yolen. Multiple showings will be offered. Admission to the event is free; however, there are fees for activities. Adjacent parking is available at Columbia Presbyterian Church, 711 S. Columbia Drive. For more information, visit

Auction, ‘Kids Zone” activities and pony rides. For children 7 and older, parents can shop while the kids enjoy crafts ($10 for 90 minutes). For the first time this year, families can book a time for their Santa visit online. Paid childcare also is available Last year, the festival drew 5,000 guests and raised enough money to build two Habitat Homes for the first time in church history. The homes were built by volunteers, including the homeowners, and dedicated in April 2011. The event will be 9 a.m.-4 p.m., with a pancake breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. Dunwoody United Methodist Church is at 1548 Mount Vernon Road in Dunwoody. For more information, visit www. or Senior Connections to host golf tournament Senior Connections will host its third annual golf tournament Monday, Nov. 14, at the Dunwoody Country Club golf course. Individuals and teams are invited to play in this tournament, benefiting the Atlantabased non-profit that provides critical services to seniors throughout metro Atlanta. Funds raised from this tournament will help support Senior Connections’ Meals On Wheels, In-home Care and Home Repair programs. “Every time you swing your club on Nov. 14, you’ll be hitting a long drive toward keeping another senior safe in their homes for just a little longer,” said Debra Furtado, CEO of Senior Connections. Player fees are $250 for individuals, and $850 for a team of four. Sponsorships ranging from $500 to $10,000 are available as well. Each tournament pass includes cart and green fees, 18 holes of golf, box lunch and after-golf buffet. Registration for the Senior Connections Golf Tournament will start at 8:30 a.m. and the tournament’s shotgun start will be at 10 a.m. For more information, visit website in Atlanta and the Southeast. The band will be playing original compositions and interpretations of classic jazz repertoire in a mix of jazz, Latin and gospel-inspired music. Tickets are $10. St. Timothy UMC is located at 5365 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain. For tickets or more information, call (404) 292-5969.

Green Party to meet The Green Party of DeKalb County will hold its regular membership meeting on Monday, Nov. 14, 7-8 p.m., at the Barbara Loar North branch of the DeKalb Public Library, 3772 Lavista Road, Tucker. The meeting will include a report on the party’s recent activities (support for coalition opposing military recruiting in DeKalb Public Schools, opposition to a gasification plant in Lithonia, expansion of public transportation, etc.), taking nominations for open seats of elected servants of county affiliates and discussing organizing strategies for the future. Members are urged to be on time as the meeting will end at 8 p.m. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact Al Herman at (678) 662-6346 or Republican women to meet The North DeKalb Republican Women will hold its next meeting at the DeKalb Republican Party Headquarters, 3583-G Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta (Embry Hills Shopping Village) at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12. Guests will be Rick Richardson from the Georgia State GOP and Brian DiNapoli from the DeKalb County GOP, who will speak about how to become involved in the Republican Party, the delegate/convention process and basics as to what the party does. The public is invited. The NDRW is a non-profit organization involved in public service, working with the USO, Ronald McDonald House, the V.A Hospital and local schools. The organization is collecting diapers for families of the American military. Those who would like to contribute can bring the diapers to the DeKalb GOP Headquarters on any meeting date. For more information, contact Wyolene Richardson at (770) 491-8708.

International food and music festival upcoming The inaugural DeKalb International Food and Music Festival is set for Nov. 12, 2-8 p.m., in the parking lot at the General Motors property in Doraville. There will be three music stages, an international and domestic food and drink court, a children’s stage featuring magic and entertainment by children, a comedy stage and a global family village with entertainment and games for children including pony rides. Also, arts and crafts will be on display at the World Bazaar Vendors Market. Admission is free, and all music and entertainment is free. There will be a $5 parking fee per vehicle. Tickets can be purchased to buy food and drinks. The General Motors plant is at 3900 Motors Industrial Way in Doraville.

Homecoming king crowned at Decatur High Blake O’Dell was crowned 2011 Homecoming King of Decatur High School on Oct. 21. O’Dell attended Shadow Rock Elementary, Tucker Middle School and currently is a senior at Decatur, where he participates in track and field, and cross country. Also, O’Dell was team manager for the varsity basketball team as a sophomore and junior. He attends Antioch AME Church in Stone Mountain, where he is a member of the Youth Usher Board. At home, he helps his

Holiday festival to benefit Habitat for Humanity Dunwoody United Methodist Church will celebrate the holiday season and raise money for Habitat for Humanity at the 20th Annual Holiday Festival on Saturday, Nov. 12. All proceeds will support the building of Dunwoody UMC’s 20th Habitat House in the spring. The festival will feature holiday gifts from 132 artisans, casseroles-to-go, a gourmet shop, attic treasures, photos with Santa, the “Book Nook,” a huge Silent

Jazz group to play at St. Timothy UMC Metro Atlanta jazz band Will Scruggs Jazz Fellowship will be in concert at St. Timothy United Methodist Church on Nov. 13, 5 – 7 p.m., with special guest Wes Funderburk. Saxophonist Will Scruggs is a native of Atlanta and a graduate of Emory University. Funderburk, also a home grown talent, is one of the most sought after trombonists and arrangers

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at Marist (9-1) on Nov. 11. In Class AAA, Shaw (5-5) plays at St. Pius (100) and Columbia (6-4) plays at Carrollton (9-1) on Nov. 12. Cedar Grove (7-3) plays at Troup County (8-2) on Nov. 12. M.L. King and Stephenson will have to overcome emotional and physical fatigue to be ready for the playoffs. The Lions trailed 36-12, then 43-26 in the second half before scoring three unanswered touchdowns to take a 44-43 lead. Stephenson, however, scored in the final minute to take a 49-44 lead before the Lions’ Blake Tibbs returned the ensuing kickoff 82 yards for the winning score. “This is like a whole new season,” Tibbs said about the playoffs. “We’re going to state to try to win state.” This will be the Lions’ ninth straight trip to the state playoffs, and they have lost in the first round only once. Stephenson has qualified 12 straight seasons, but failed to make it past the first round three of the past four years. “Maybe this win [against Stephenson] will give us the foundation for winning a state champion-

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PLAyoFF reADy: eight teams earn berths in state football tournament
by Robert Naddra By now, M.L. King players have forgotten about their come-from-behind 50-49 win over Stephenson in the final game of the regular season Nov. 4. At least, Lions coach Mike Carson hope they’ve erased it from their memory. M.L. King, just a few days removed from clinching the Region 2-AAAAA regular-season title, has spent the week preparing for a home game against Coffee on Nov. 11 in the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs. “It took a lot out of us,” Carson said. “We had to deal with so much adversity and it was such an emotional game. But we’ll have to be ready.” The Lions are one of eight teams in DeKalb County that qualified for the state football playoffs that begin Nov. 11. Stephenson hosts Lowndes on Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m., at Hallford Stadium. In Class AAAA, Southwest DeKalb (8-2) plays at East Paulding (9-1), Tucker (10-0) faces Sprayberry (5-5) at Adams Stadium and Kell (8-2) plays

ship,” said Lions’ quarterback Jonquel Dawson, who threw six touchdown passes against the Jaguars. “We’re in the state playoffs, so there’s no excuses.” While most of the DeKalb teams in the playoffs are used to the postseason pressure, Columbia is making its first appearance since 2005 and the second since 1997. “We’ve been trying to change the culture and the expectations here,” said coach Mario Allen, in his third season at the school. “Now expectations skyrocket. Now that they’ve had a taste of the playoffs, anything less than going to the playoffs is going to be a failure.” Tucker, meanwhile will try to continue its postseason success under coach Franklin Stephens. The Tigers finished 10-0 for the third time in the past five seasons, advanced to the state semifinals last year and won a state championship in 2008. “We want the kids to understand the sense of urgency and know the magnitude of what’s going on,” Stephens said. “It’s one game at a time and if you lose it’s over.”

Underclassmen lead St. Pius to second straight cross country title
by Robert Naddra It didn’t happen the way coach Ryan McClay had envisioned it, but St. Pius won its second straight boys’ Class AAA state cross country championship. With one of its top five runners sidelined with an injury and another weakened with an illness, four sophomores and a junior led the Golden Lions to a one-point victory over second-place North Hall in Carrollton on Nov. 5. “This was supposed to be a down year for us but everyone bought into putting the work in during the offseason,” McClay said. “When you start a winning tradition, the kids want to be a part of it and are willing to put in the work.” The performance of sophomore Joseph Ferrugia was an example of that commitment that McClay said he will use to inspire future runners. The No. 7 runner on varsity most of the season, Ferrugia placed 25th overall and was fourth among St. Pius runners at state. “He really stepped up and saved our season,” McClay said. “You never know who will be the hero of the day. Last year [Ferrugia] saw those kids win state and saw them get their rings. He really worked hard in the off season and he was doing all that just to be No. 7.” St. Pius placed its top five runners among the first 27 to finish, while North Hall’s fifth runner (the final runner to score) was 36th. Austin Sprague placed third overall with a time of 16:05.09 for the Golden Lions while Calvin Tirrell was seventh in 16:34.23. Andrew Anastasiades came in at No. 18 and Chris Beach was No. 27. The championship marked a successful day for schools in DeKalb County at the state meet. Marist placed second in the AAAA boys meet while Lakeside was sixth. The War Eagles won the Class AAAA girls’ state title, with five runners placing among the top 30. Also, Dunwoody finished third in the team standings, just six points out of second place. St. Pius finished second in the Class AAA girls’ meet, with two runners among the top 18. Here is a list of the top 20 individual DeKalb finishers: AAAA boys: 2. Michael Thurston, Marist, 16:11.85; 13. Jacques Williams, Southwest DeKalb, 16:50.28; 16. Daniel Navarro, Marist, 16:59.43; 17. Brent Reynolds, Lakeside, 16:59.80. AAA boys: 3. Austin Sprague, St. Pius, 16:05.09; 7. Calvin Tirrell, St. Pius, 16:34.23; 14. Andrew Whetten, Druid Hills, 17:01.33; 16. Ray Lumb, Druid Hills, 17:03.10; 18. Andrew Anastasiades, St. Pius, 17:05.63. AAAA girls: 3. Alex Cameron, Dunwoody, 19:07.54; 4. Morgan Ilse, Marist, 19:09.01; 10. Greciana Cooper, Southwest DeKalb, 19:48.54; 11. Kate Northrop, Marist, 19:57.19; 20. Myriam Shehata, Marist, 20:25.53. AAA girls: 11. Devon Dabney, St. Pius, 20:20.32; 18, Tessa Schwarze, St. Pius, 20:42.09.

Southwest-Columbia to meet in exhibitions


The boys and girls basketball teams from Southwest DeKalb and Columbia will face off in a pair of exhibition games. The girls’ game is set for Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m., at Southwest. The boys will play Nov, 15 at Columbia. There will be an alumni game at 6 p.m. and the boys’ game will begin at 7 p.m. Columbia has won the boys Class AAA state championship two years in a row and four of the past six seasons. Coach Phil McCrary surpassed the 500-win milestone last season and led the Eagles to a 30-3 record. Southwest finished 24-6 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class AAAA tournament, its best outing in the tournament since 1998. The Columbia girls went 25-7 last season and advanced to the Class AAA semifinals after winning the state title in 2010. Southwest finished 17-10 last season but won three straight Class AAAA state championships 2008-10.

Standard said. White has rushed for 1,907 yards and 21 touchdowns on 272 carries in his career. He also has passed for 1,518 yards with 16 touchdowns and has completed 60.4 percent of his passes. He will sign a national letter-of-intent with the Bulldogs on Feb. 1, 2012, the designated national signing day for football. White is second with 245 yards on the St. Pius single-game rushing list and has three of the top five longest runs from scrimmage in school history. He has won 27 games as a starter and the Golden Lions are 9-0 this season.

oglethorpe’s historic soccer season continues
The Oglethorpe University men’s soccer team accomplished a pair of firsts at the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament on Nov. 6. The Stormy Petrels beat Centre College 1-0 for their first conference championship and will participate in the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time. The team set several school records this season. The Stormy Petrels had a school-record 12-game winning streak on its way to a 15-3 overall record, including 8-1 in the NCAA Division III Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. The number of overall and conference wins are school records, as is the .833 winning percentage for the regular season.

St. Pius QB chooses The Citadel
St. Pius senior quarterback Trey White has committed to attending The Citadel on a college football scholarship, Golden Lions coach Paul

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M.L. King 50, Stephenson 49: Blake Tibbs scored the gamewinning touchdown on an 82-yard kickoff return with 16 seconds remaining for the Lions (10-0), who won the Region 2-AAAAA title. Tibbs finished with six catches for 116 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback Jonquel Dawson passed for 305 yards and six touchdowns. Cornell Boyd caught two touchdown passes. For Stephenson, Justin Holmon, who ran for a score, was 7 of 9 passing for 204 yards and three touchdowns. Demarcus Sweat caught five of those passes for 135 yards and three touchdowns. Mike Davis led the Jaguars (9-1) on the ground with 211 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Also, Shawn Blaylock intercepted two passes for Stephenson, which finished second in the region. Both teams will host first-round state playoff games. Marist 57, Redan 29: Myles Willis rushed for 172 yards and four touchdowns for the War Eagles, who finished the regular season 9-1. Marist had 348 yards rushing as Gray King, William Curran and Chase Masterson also scored touchdowns. Redan stayed in the game through nearly three quarters with its passing game. Monquavious Johnson passed for 264 yards and two touchdowns—67 yards to D’ounte Tolen and 55 yards to Tevin Isom. Johnson also passed for a pair of two-point conversions and ran for another. The Raiders end the season 3-7. Tucker 57, Lakeside 7: Special teams and defense accounted for four touchdowns as the Tigers finished the regular season undefeated for the third time in the past five years. Terrell Simmons (31 yards) and Austin Benton (15 yards) each scored on interception returns for the Tigers. Also, Dominic Sanders returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and Marqeeye Biggs returned a punt 77 yards for a score. Also, four players—Dallas Rivers, Juwaan Williams, Jordan Landry and Yusuf Minor—ran for touchdowns as the Tigers piled up 302 yards rushing. Solomon Jackson led the defense with eight tackles, including two sacks. St. Pius 21, Woodward Academy 6: Trey White, who had missed the previous two weeks with a sprained ankle, rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns as the Golden Lions (10-0) won the Region

DeKalb High School Sports Highlights
5-AAA championship. Geno Smith scored on a 42-yard run and intercepted two passes for St. Pius. Smith had 107 yards rushing as the Golden Lions gained 328 yards on the ground. T.J. Holloman had 15 tackles and Joe Crochet had 13 to lead the defense, which created three turnovers.

Cedar Grove 20, Washington 15: Marlon Coley scored on a 2-yard run and added a two-point conversion run with 53 seconds remaining to lift the Saints (7-3) into the playoffs. Xavier Cooper caught a 72-yard touchdown pass from Johnathan McCrary and returned an interception for a touchdown for the Saints. The Saints finish as the No. 3 seed from Region 5-AAA and play at Troup County on Nov. 11 in the first round of the state playoffs. Columbia 35, Grady 7: The Eagles scored 23 points in the second quarter to qualify for the state playoffs for the first time since 2005. Jabari Menefee passed for 250 yards and two touchdowns, and Kenno Loyal ran for three scores for the Eagles (6-4). Mials Woodberry and Gerald Everett each caught a touchdown pass. Dextin Love led the defense with 11 tackles. Dunwoody 49, Douglass 8: The Wildcats’ defense dominated, holding the Astros to minus-10 yards rushing and 110 yards total offense. Dunwoody (64) had 11 tackles for loss and five sacks in the season finale. Connor Weaver led the defense with five tackles, including three for losses. Also, Dazel Claytor returned an interception for a touchdown for the second straight game. Joseph Farrar led the offense with 107 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Tim Nelson, Aaron Alexander and Temyrick Mosley each ran for a touchdown, and Justin King passed to Ryan Gaines for a score. The win marked the Wildcats’ sixth straight winning season. McNair 32, North Springs 0: Jeremiah Anderson rushed for more than 150 yards and two touchdowns for the Mustangs (1-9), who avoided their second losing season in 25 years of football. Defensively, Jalandis Sellers had three interceptions and returned one 25 yards for a touchdown. Also, Michael Corley had eight tackles and two sacks.

T.J. Moon, top left, ran for a touchdown and Demarcus Sweat, top right, caught three touchdown passes for Stephenson in a 50-49 loss to M.L. King. M.L. King’s Cornell Boyd (19), above photo, found the end zone once. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Tucker’s Juwaan Williams (13) ran for a touchdown in the Tigers’ 57-7 win over Lakeside. Photo by David Sibley

Geno Smith (4) of St. Pius, who ran for a touchdown and intercepted two passes, eludes Woodward Academy defenders in the Golden Lions’ 21-6 win. Photo by David DiCristina

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Stephenson wins Trail to the Title championship in overtime thriller
by Mark Brock tephenson’s Darrian Warner held on to a tipped pass in the end zone to give the Jaguars a thrilling 6-0 overtime victory over the Bethune Lions in the championship game of the Trail to the Title Middle School Football Championship on Nov. 5 at Hallford Stadium. Stephenson’s Amari Andrews and Shomar Jackson had stopped Bethune’s Jayson Harrell just short of a first down in the Lions’ half of the overtime period to get the ball for the winning drive in overtime. Stephenson’s Khalil Ladler carried the load for the Jaguars in overtime with five carries from the 15 to get the Jaguars to the Bethune 6-yard line and facing a third and goal. Stephenson quarterback Dallas James faked a run and stepped back to lob a pass toward Warner in the end zone. Bethune’s Demetrice Gilbert appeared to get a hand on the pass as he dove to defend, but Warner was able to control it before falling to the ground in the end zone for the winning score. Ladler was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after piling up 10 tackles, a pass break up and rushing for 103 yards on 21 carries for Stephenson. Warner took home the Offensive MVP trophy for hauling in the winning touchdown pass. Bethune’s Myles Donaldson earned the Defensive MVP award with eight tackles. Donaldson finished with 74 yards rushing on offense to lead Bethune. It was Stephenson’s fourth Trail to the Title championship in the eight years of the event. Bethune was making its second appearance in the championship game.


Darrian Warner is defended by Demetrice Gilbert.

Khalil Ladler was named MVP. Photos by Travis Hudgons

Darrian Warner celebrates after game-winning catch.

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