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December 13 - 19, 2012 Volume 85 Issue 19 ADW ATLANTA DAILY WORLD Powered by Real Times Media Bounce TV Adds Markets Shaq’s Comedy Tour in Atlanta Ford Celebrates Unsung Heroes Page 16 Page 11 Page 6 Getting Back to Number One NAACP Releases Education Agenda for America Special to the Daily World On Georgia’s education front there is good news and bad news. The good: the Georgia Department of Education has announced high school students are performing slightly better on a statewide writing exam (see The bad: Georgia high school graduation rates for Black and Hispanic students are still lagging (see story on Page 9). Meanwhile, nationally, the NAACP has taken an in-depth look at education in America and has released "Finding Our Way Back to First: Reclaiming World Leadership by Educating All America's Children." The organization says this report identifies the best practices for educating America's children. Local Neurosurgeon Publishes Children’s Book About the Brain Special to the Daily World Dr. Cargill H. Alleyne Jr. was taking his family to Disney World four years ago when he had an idea for a children’s book. “It was a long drive, and my kids started asking questions about the brain,” Alleyne said. So the neurosurgery chief at Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center began to share his scientific knowledge about the brain with his son and daughter. “I started droning on and on about the brain, and I think they started to fall asleep. So, I began making up limericks about the brain instead – how it looks and how it functions. I had to stop and scribble things down a few times so I wouldn’t forget. But by the end of the trip, I basically had the book written.” “Ned’s Head” was published in July 2012 through Create Space self-publishing. It is a light-hearted, rhyming book that examines what’s inside a little boy’s head. The boy’s name is Ned, and while getting ready for bed one night, he wonders what’s inside his head. Readers are taken on a ride through the inside of Ned’s brain, getting acquainted with all of the nerves and parts of the brain that help answer questions many kids have, such as “How do I smile or frown? How do my eyes move around? How do I taste?” and “How do I stick out my tongue?” In addition to the facts presented in “Ned’s Head,” there is a glossary at the end of the book that provides definitions and pronunciations of the medical terms. A real “brain teaser” in the book is that the illustrators included small hidden brains in each of the illustrations for readers to find. Those illustrators are Michael A. Jensen and Karen G. Bradley. Jensen is an assistant professor in the Department of Medical Illustration in Georgia Health Sciences University’s College of Allied Health. Besides medical drawings and artwork, Jensen has illustrated 12 Curious George children’s books. Bradley, who received her degree in medical illustration from GHSU, is an award-winning medical illustrator and founder of KB Illustrations. Page 3 It is the first time in nearly a decade that the NAACP has put forth a comprehensive education agenda. "If America is going to lead the world in this century the way we did the last, we must lead the world again in education," stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. "'Finding Our Way Back To First' is the road map for our activists, the communities they serve, and the nation as a whole. Our proposition is simple: if every public school does what the best schools do, every child will be able to get a great education. The NAACP has pushed America towards greatness before, and with this plan as our guide, our army of advocates will do it again." Page 3 Mayor Signs Resolution Backing Same-Sex Marriage Special to the Daily World In a largely ceremonial, but nonetheless groundbreaking move, Mayor Kasim Reed this week announced his support for same-sex marriage. Reed signed a resolution supporting marriage equality sponsored by openly gay City Councilman Alex Wan that was passed by the Council on Dec. 3. The resolution supports the city's lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual community by endorsing marriage equality for same-sex couples. "Today marks an important day as I announce my support for marriage equality," said Reed. "It is well known that I have gone through a good bit of reflection on this issue, but listening to the stories of so many people that I know and care about has strengthened my belief that marriage is a fundamental right for everyone." Since the state, rather than individual cities, must rule on marriage law, the resolution was largely just a symbolic gesture, but Reed's support is Page 3 INSIDE ADW Follow us @adwnews News................ Business.......... Technology....... Politics............. Features.......... 3 6 7 8 10 Health.............. Sports.............. Classified......... Viewpoints....... Entertainment.. 11 12 13 14 16

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