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Rather than build a line connecting the Mall at Stonecrest with downtown, maybe it’s time MARTA looked to the north instead. 4

Admirers of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stretched from Border’s Bookstore to Macy’s to have her sign copies of her memoir. 8

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Funeral set for Southwest DeKalb student killed in crash By Jennifer Ffrench Parker and Carla Parker

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Band members attend a candlelight vigil for Carmon McBride, 14, who died Oct. 29.

A week after a tragic car crash claimed the life of Southwest DeKalb High School freshman flute player Carmon McBride and critically injured three other band members, family, students, faculty and friends will bury the 14-year-old Carmon McBride on Nov. 8. The funeral service will be 1 p.m. at the Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur. The viewing will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Gregory B. Levett and Sons Funeral Home and Crematory in

Saying goodbye to Carmon A viewing for Carmon McBride will be held Nov. 7 from noon to 8 p.m. at Gregory B. Levett and Sons Funeral Home and Crematory, 4347 Flat Shoals Parkway in Decatur. The funeral service will be 1 p.m. on Nov. 8 at Ray of Hope Christian Church, 2778 Snapfinger Road in Decatur.

brother, Myles McBride, was driving the car, which hit a Lexus SUV and overturned when he swerved to avoid hitting a dog. Police say they don’t believe alcohol or excessive speed contributed to the accident. The students had just left band practice at their school where they were rehearsing for the school’s Oct. 30 football game against Miller Grove High and preparing for their encore performance at the Rose Bowl in California in January. At press time on Thursday, Myles and Shakaré Gilbert, 18, both seniors at Southwest DeKalb High, and Jasmine Coleman, a Chapel Hill Middle eighth-grader who plays with the band, were hospitalized and listed as critical but stable.

Decatur. Carmon was killed and the other students were injured on Oct. 29 when the Mazda Protégé they were riding in collided with another car, flipped and overturned just after 8 p.m. less than a mile from the school. DeKalb Police say Carmon’s 18-year-old Please see VIGIL, page 7

Runoffs for judge, School board seats Mixed bag for incumbents; three members safe By Jennifer Ffrench Parker

Three incumbent DeKalb School Board members beat back opposition on Election Day to keep their seats for another term, but voters will return to the polls on Nov. 30 to pick winners in the Districts 1 and 7 School Board races and to choose a successor to DeKalb Superior Court Judge Robert Castellani, who is retiring. In sparse voting on Nov. 2, only 31.2 percent, or 141,481, of the county’s 452,902 registered voters went to the polls. South DeKalb logged the county’s lowest turnout with eight precincts where less than 30 percent of the voters showed up. The Covington Highway Library precinct, where only 222 – or 17.5 percent – of its 1,268 registered voters cast ballots, was at the bottom of that list. The voters who went to the polls picked Districts 3, 5 and 9 incumbents Sarah Copelin-Wood, Jay Cunningham and Dr. Eugene “Gene” Walker for new four-year terms on the School Board, but District 7 member Zepora Roberts and District 1 member Tim Redovian are facing challengers in the Nov. 30 runoff. Former DeKalb Assistant District Attorney Courtney Johnson will face lawyer Michael Rothenberg in the runoff for the Superior Court bench. Johnson nabbed the most votes, 36.7 percent, on Nov. 2 in the four-member race. Rothenberg got 26.1 percent of the vote. The rest of the votes in the race that fielded three African-American women lawyers and Rothenberg, who is white, were split 18.7 percent for Denise Warner and 18.1 percent

Zepora Roberts

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Congressman Hank Johnson (left) gets a hug from supporter Julia Abrams at his election night victory party. Curtis Parker / CrossRoadsNews

for Yvonne Hawks. Advance voting for the runoff takes place Nov. 22 to 24 at the DeKalb Voter Registration & Elections Office, 4380 Memorial Drive in Decatur. On Nov. 2, voters also picked former DeKalb Solicitor General Robert James to be the next district attorney and returned U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson with a landslide.

Two incumbents battle for seats The results of the School Board races show that voters did not pay attention to high-profile endorsements from eduKalb and the Organization of DeKalb Educators. Only one of the candidates endorsed by both groups won on Election Day. Two lost, and two will be in the runoffs.

Marjorie Richardson, who lives in Decatur, said voters did not really want the incumbents back but they didn’t want eduKalb more. “The votes were more of a message to eduKalb,” she said. “Now we will deal with the arrogance of the incompetent School Board members.” In the School Board District 3 race, Copelin-Wood won with 51.2 percent of the vote. Challengers Corey Wilson got 30.2 percent and Robert Holt, who did not campaign or attend any candidate forums, got 18.4 percent. In the District 5 race, Cunningham won with 64.3 percent. His two challengers, Jacques Hall Jr. and Dr. Kirk Nooks, got 23.5 percent and 12.1 percent of the vote,

respectively. Copelin-Wood and Cunningham were snubbed during the campaign by eduKalb and the Organization of DeKalb Educators, who both endorsed newcomers in their races. Roberts, who also did not get the nod from the groups, is in a battle for her seat. Redovian, who earned endorsements from eduKalb and ODE, also is facing a runoff for his seat. Roberts, who was caught on tape telling a persistent television reporter that she will “slug” her, garnered 37.4 percent of the vote in the four-member race. She will face accountant Donna Edler, who got 30.7 perPlease see VOTE, page 6



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Yancey was on the lam for five months before he was captured in Belize and returned to jail on Sept. 26, 2009.

Yancey is guilty of double murders Long responds to all Derrick Yancey is facing two life sentences plus 10 years for the murder of his wife, Linda Yancey, and day laborer Marcial Cax Puluc in the couple’s Stone Mountain home two years ago. Yancey, 51, a former DeKalb County sheriff ’s deputy, was found guilty Nov. 3 after a weeklong trial for the June 9, 2008, murders in the basement of couple’s Southland subdivision home. After deliberating for three days, the jury returned four guilty verdicts – two counts of murder and two Linda Yancey counts of weapon possession – against Yancey, who was accused of staging a robbery to explain away the murders. Yancey told police that Cax Puluc killed his 44-year-old wife during a robbery and that he killed him, but prosecutors told jurors that Yancey staged the scene to look like the 20-year-old day laborer from Guatemala had robbed his wife. There was little talk during the trial about a motive in the shootings other than that the Yanceys were having marital troubles. The couple’s 20-year-old son, Karron, testified that his parents argued a lot and that his father had talked of divorce. While on house arrest at his mother’s Jonesboro home, Yancey cut his ankle monitor and fled April 4, 2009, on a Greyhound bus. Surveillance video at the Atlanta bus station showed that Yancey, who used to be cleanshaven, had grown his hair and a beard. He was on the lam for five months before he was captured in Belize in South America and returned to jail on Sept. 26, 2009. Yancey and his wife, who was a DeKalb sheriff’s detention officer, were high school sweethearts. They were married for 17 years and had two sons. Yancey worked for the Sheriff ’s Office for 18 years. Most of his time was spent securing DeKalb courtrooms like the one where his trial was held. Yancey often picked up Hispanic day laborers to do work at his home.

lawsuits, denies sex By Carla Parker

The changing face of Derrick Yancey. From left, in court this week, when he was captured in Sept. 26, 2009, and 2008.

Prosecutors said he used two different guns for the killings and placed one of them near Cax Puluc’s left hand as he lay bleeding on the floor. The laborer was right-handed. When the police arrived, Yancey told them he had just given his wife $2,000 and Cax Puluc tried to rob her. He was arrested and charged with the murders on Aug. 14, 2008, after investigators found blood splattered on his hand and legs that matched the shooter. Even though he pleaded for help to a 911 dispatcher from his home, medical examiners testified that Yancey did not perform CPR on his wife. During the trial, prosecutors told jurors that Yancey shot his wife several times in the chest and once in the neck before pumping a final shot into her chest that blew her heart apart. When the verdict was read Wednesday, Yancey stared straight ahead. He showed no emotion as his former colleagues and friends handcuffed him and led him back to solitary confinement to await sentencing. Sheriff Thomas Brown, who was in court for the verdict, said the healing can now begin for Linda Yancey’s family and for the DeKalb Sheriff ’s Office family, who lost two colleagues with the murder. “Justice has been done,” he said, adding that Yancey became a suspect early when his story did not match the evidence at the scene. Superior Court Judge Linda Warren Hunter, who heard the case, has not scheduled sentencing.

Bishop Eddie Long said he shared rooms with his four accusers and gave them gifts, but that he did not have sex with them. Long filed four separate responses in DeKalb County State Court on Nov. 1, denying all allegations made by Maurice Robinson, Anthony Flagg, Jamal Parris and Spencer LeGrande, and asked for the four lawsuits to be dismissed with prejudice. “The plaintiff ’s claims of sexual misEddie Long conduct are not true,” he said on each of his responses. In September, the four men filed lawsuits against Long, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, and the Longfellows Youth Academy, a program based at New Birth that caters to young males ages 13 to 18. They allege that Long coerced them into sexual acts in exchange for lavish trips, cars and money. The four allege the sexual relations occurred when they were 16 or older, the legal age of consent in Georgia. All are seeking a trial by jury and unspecified damages. In the documents filed in DeKalb State Court, Long said he traveled with the four men and other members of his congregation, and that he “often shared a room with other members, including the plaintiffs.” He said that other members of his travel party, including Andrew Moman ­– who serves as athletic director at New Birth – “were familiar with his practice of sharing a room with members of his congregation.” Long also admits to giving gifts to the men and providing “sporadic financial assistance to the plaintiffs, as he does to many other members of New Birth,” but denies exchanging those gifts and financial assistance for sex. He also denies that he “encouraged” the young men to call him “Daddy.” He said that the entire New Birth membership calls him “Daddy” or “Bishop,” that Longfellows participants call him “Pop,” and members of other churches often call him “Granddaddy.”

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MARTA recently held information sessions to discuss proposals for rail service linking the Mall at Stonecrest to downtown Atlanta. Instead of spending more money on a rail line that mirrors or parallels the existing Indian Creek line, MARTA should consider instead a line that links the Mall at Stonecrest with the station at Perimeter Mall, using elevated rail over I-20 and I-285 for much of the trip. I envision this line utilizing DOT’s existing rights of way along I-285, much like the Buckhead line that parallels Ga. 400, thus keeping property-acquisition costs down. This line should also link with Indian Creek or the Kensington station, to serve the commuters needing a transfer to downtown, and with the Doraville station. Throw in new stations in the Snapfinger Woods Industrial Park – to serve commuters near Panola and Wesley Chapel roads – and near North DeKalb Mall and/or Northlake Mall, and this NorthSouth DeKalb line potentially be-

Not only that, this North-South DeKalb line would show that MARTA is still a viable regional transit resource by getting more commuters where they want and need to go. Curtis Parker

comes a shopper’s transit paradise, while underutilized areas such as the Snapfinger Woods Industrial Park and the General Motors plant in Doraville begin to look a lot more desirable to manufacturers and/or developers, who could bring much-needed jobs and tax revenue to DeKalb County. Not only that, this North-South DeKalb line would show that MARTA is still a viable regional transit resource by getting more commuters where they want and need to go. The North-South DeKalb line could relieve congestion on I-285, especially when motorists stuck in rush-hour traffic watch as the

MARTA train soars overhead. It could also serve as an impetus in the just-voted-on-but-yet-tobe-realized expansion into Clayton County, by continuing the North-South spur along I-285 to Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. I believe this would produce a rapid-transit system worthy of high praise, and one that would surely attract more federal transportation dollars as it takes even more cars off the road. It might even convince other metro Atlanta counties that MARTA’s transit options deserve a second look. Curtis Parker is the general manager of CrossRoadsNews.

Trauma care campaign is a noble cause By Dennis Ashley, M.D.

I would like to take a few moments and provide some personal insights into the recent trauma [care] campaign that was on the ballot on Nov. 2 as Amendment 2. Many thanks to all of the patients, paramedics, nurses, physicians, and the entire Yes 2 Save Lives campaign team and supporters for their tireless efforts in attempting to provide sustainable funding for Georgia’s trauma system. This is a noble cause with the ultimate goal of providing rapid access to lifesaving trauma care to all Georgians involved in a serious accident. Although disappointed in the outcome, it is important to note that 1.2 million Georgians supported access to trauma care and were willing to pay an additional fee of $10 per year. This is a significant amount of support even in these difficult economic times. As I traveled throughout the state and heard comments from voters and evaluating the polling data, it is clear that even the people that voted “no” want the same ac-

It is clear that even the people that voted “no” want the same access to trauma care and the development of a trauma system. They, however, would like the funding to be provided by the general fund of the state with no new taxes at this time. So it is important that we realize that this “no” vote is not against trauma system development, but simply an objection to the source of funding at this particular time in history. cess to trauma care and the development of a trauma system. They, however, would like the funding to be provided by the general fund of the state with no new taxes at this time. So it is important that we realize that this “no” vote is not against trauma system development, but simply an objection to the source of funding at this particular time in history. The Georgia Tea Party has stated in various reports over the last two months that they support trauma care, but no new fees. The Trauma Commission will take this information back to our legislators in the next legislative session and we look forward to working with them to develop a statewide

trauma system that will provide the rapid access to trauma care that we need. In closing, we must remember that the injured patient is the reason that we continue to fight this battle for trauma system development. Our patients are grateful for our support and are counting on us. I hope that everyone will continue to work with us in the development of our system and again thank you for your tireless efforts supporting trauma care in Georgia. Dr. Dennis Ashley is chairman of the Georgia Trauma Commission and a spokesman for Yes 2 Save Lives.

Dropout rate is puzzling Sixty-three percent of black males in South DeKalb are not graduating high school? The second most “affluent” black community in America and we can only graduate 37 percent of our young men? If this were in north county, the governor would probably declare a state of emergency. Why have School Board members allowed this to happen? Why haven’t programs that have been successful in various pockets around the country been studied and replicated?   Is it because board members are selected for us by those who do not have our best interests at heart? Or are they just too timid to rock the boat? Just asking. Ron Gilliam lives in Decatur.

Why must ID be scanned before voting? At my voting precinct in South DeKalb, they scanned my ID. When I went to the first table to fill out the form, they asked for my ID. Then when I went to the second table, they asked for it again. Then they scanned it. I asked what was the reason, and they said it makes the process faster, and it saves them time from not having to write down the information. So now we have gone from not having to show ID at all to having the ID scanned. The Voter ID law is bad enough. Now they want to scan it also?! For what? I was curious to see if this was happening in other precincts. I called some friends in Gwinnett County, and they said their IDs were not scanned. I called some family in Macon, and their IDs were not scanned either. So why did they scan my ID in South DeKalb? I’m just wondering.… Jim Thompson lives in Decatur.

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I just want to commend you on how informative your newspaper is. I especially want to commend the Voter Guide information you had in the Oct. 23rd edition. The amendment questions and what they meant in layman terms was so helpful. I was able to read over the questions and mark my answers and bring that section

Kudos to CrossRoadsNews for putting out such an informative issue with the 2010 Voter Guide on Oct. 23. As Election Day was getting closer, I was not very familiar with many of the candidates nor the referendums. After reading the 2010 Voter Guide, I circled the

into the polls with me! I even shared the amendment questions with those who missed picking up that weekly edition. For future elections, please continue to do all that you did in the Oct. 23rd edition. Job well done! Glenda Adams lives in Lithonia.

candidates on Page B2 for whom I would be voting. I also read the referendums and what they mean and I had a better understanding of them. I loved the way you broke it down in layman’s language. Again, CrossRoadsNews did a fantastic job. Eunice Wight lives in Decatur.

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Advance voting for the runoff takes place Nov. 22-24 at the DeKalb Voter Registration and Elections Office, 4380 Memorial Drive in Decatur.

Not all constitutional amendments get nod

Robert James to be new district attorney

DeKalb voters overwhelmingly approved the extension of the DeKalb Homestead Exemption for another five years and supported all the constitutional amendments on the Nov. 2 ballot, even when the rest of the state did not. They approved the homestead exemption with a 77.6 percent. The yes vote extends the DeKalb Property Tax Assessment Freeze through 2016. It was set to expire with the 2011 tax year. DeKalb voters said yes to Amendment 1 – which sought to make Georgia more economically competitive ­– with 69.5 percent. It passed statewide with 67.6 percent. Amendment 2, which sought to add a $10 trauma charge to certain vehicles to fund trauma care, got 57.7 percent of the votes cast in DeKalb. It failed statewide with 52.5 percent of voters saying no. Amendment 3, which wanted to allow the Georgia Department of Transportation to enter into multi-year construction agreements, got 54.8 percent of DeKalb’s vote but failed statewide with 50.1 percent of Georgia voters saying no. Countywide, 71.1 percent of voters supported Amendment 4, which sought to make government buildings more energy-efficient. Georgia voters also supported it with 60.8 percent of their votes. DeKalb voters mirrored the statewide support for property owners changing the industrial designation on their properties. They voted 63.2 percent for it. Across the state voters approved it 63.5 percent. For the referendum that sought to exempt business inventory from state property tax, 50.3 percent of DeKalb voters said yes. Statewide, 54 percent of voters agreed.

cent of the vote, in a runoff. Willie Mosley got 22.3 percent of the vote and Richard Gathany, 9.3 percent. In the District 9 race, Walker won 55.6 percent of the vote, and challenger Ella “Coach� Smith got 44.2 percent. In the District 1 race in North DeKalb, Redovian got 44.5 percent of the vote and will face Nancy Jester, who got 45.7 percent. Merope Gillis rounded out the total in that race with 9.4 percent.

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New leader for DA’s office James won 112,256, or 64.1 percent, of the vote to replace former District Attorney Gwen Keyes Fleming, who resigned to become EPA administrator for the Southeast. Constance Pinson Heard got 61,567, or 35.2 percent of the vote. James said on Thursday that he is eager to take office and expects to be sworn in no later than Nov. 16. James will return to the office where he was a prosecutor until 2006, when he left to run for DeKalb solicitor general. He said he is eager to get started because there are a lot of big cases awaiting trial. “There is a lot of work to be done and I am ready,� he said. As expected, Johnson sailed to victory in the 4th District race with 74.6 percent of the vote to Republican Liz Carter’s 25.4 percent. In other contested races, state Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield and state Sen. Ronald Ramsey triumphed over their Republican rivals. Stuckey Benfield got 87.1 percent of the vote in her race, and Ramsey, 79.8 percent.


The IRS will be hiring for 500 temporary positions on Nov. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the DeKalb Workforce Development Center, 320 Church St. in Decatur. Georgia’s unemployment rate is at 10 percent, while the national rate is 9.8 percent.


Election results Here are results of contested races in DeKalb County.

U.S. House of Representatives

Salary: $174,000 4th District Henry C. “Hank� Johnson Jr. (D)(I), 130,865 (74.6%) Lisbeth “Liz� Carter, (R), 44,563 (25.4%)

Georgia House

Salary: $17,341 District 85 Stephanie Stuckey Benfield (D)(I), 11,920 (87.1%) Kenneth Brett Quarterman (R), 1,762 (12.9%) District 94 Dar’shun N. Kendrick (D), 12,189 (82.8%) Steven Conner (R), 2,531 (17.2%)

Georgia Senate

Salary: $17,341 District 43 Ronald B. Ramsey Sr. (D)(I), 43,092 (79.8%) Diana Williams (R),10,937 (20.2%)

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Salary: $23,400 District 3 Sarah Copelin-Wood (I), 11,229 (51.2%) Corey E. Wilson, 6,615 (30.2%) Robert Holt, 4,044 (18.4%)

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District 5 Jesse “Jay� Cunningham (I), 20,322 (64.3%) Jacques Hall Jr., 7,436 (23.5%) Kirk A. Nooks, 3,822 (12.1%) District 7 Zepora W. Roberts (I), 7,029 (37.4%) Donna Edler, 5,777 (30.7%) Willie R. Mosley Jr., 4,198 (22.3%) Richard Gathany, 1,753 (9.3%) District 9 Eugene P. Walker (I), 42,046 (55.6%) Ella “Coach� Smith, 33,467 (44.2%)

District Attorney, Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit

(Special election to fill the unexpired term of Gwen Keyes Fleming) Salary: 167,000 Robert James (D), 112,256 (64.1%) Constance Pinson Heard (D), 61,567 (35.2%)

Judge, Superior Court of the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit

(To succeed Robert J. Castellani) Salary: $169,000 Courtney Johnson, 57,892 (36.7%) Michael Rothenberg, 41,266 (26.1%) Denise M. Warner, 29,592 (18.7%) Yvonne Hawks, 28,598 (18.1%)

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“Parents can set limits with their teen driver by implementing a parent-teen driving agreement.”

Study links crash risk, number of teens in car Too many teens and cars don’t go well together. That is the word from a Johns Hopkins University study that found that the likelihood of a crash increases with each additional teen in the car. The study found that with two teens, the likelihood of a crash increases by 86 percent. With three teens, it goes up to 182 percent. Just last week, the South DeKalb community was painfully reminded of the increased risks when a car filled with four teens crashed on Kelley Chapel Road in Decatur as the car swerved to avoid hitting a dog. The teens, all members of the Southwest DeKalb High Marching Panthers, had just left band practice at their school, less than a mile away. Myles McBride, the 18-year-old driver, was critically injured. His sister, freshman flute player Carmon McBride, 14, died, and two other passengers – Shakaré Gilbert, 18, and Jasmine Coleman, a Chapel Hill Middle eighth-grader – were critically injured. Despite the increased risks of multiple teens in a car, a recent AAA Consumer Pulse Survey found that 58 percent of parents allow their teen driver to drive with other teens in their vehicle, and 69 percent allow their teen to be a passenger in the vehicle driven by another teen. In that same study, 22 percent of parents surveyed said they set no limits on the number of passengers their teen can have in their vehicle as long as everyone wears a safety belt. AAA has launched a new teen driver Web site – – as a resource for parents and teens with interactive learning tools, videos, state-specific laws and driving school directories to help curb accidents and traffic deaths. In 2002, the National Highway Traffic

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A Johns Hopkins University study found that with two teens, the likelihood of a car crash increases by 86 percent. With three teens, it goes up to 182 percent.

Safety Administration estimated the economic impact of accidents involving 15- to 20-year-old drivers at $40.8 billion. Experts say most accidents are entirely preventable and that drivers are most likely distracted, tired, driving too fast, or possibly drunk. Leticia Messam, AAA’s traffic safety manager, said that adequate driver education, both written exams and firsthand experience, is critical to ensure novice drivers are as prepared and safe as possible before they are given full privileges to drive. “Parents can set limits with their teen driver by implementing a parent-teen driving agreement.” Many states have a Graduated Driver License system – a three-stage licensing process that places restrictions on novice drivers and allows them to gradually gain exposure to complex driving situations until the driver reaches the age of 18 – coupled with pas-

senger restrictions to decrease the number of teen crashes. AAA says that in conjunction with state laws, parents should enforce a driving agreement to set limits and rules for where, when and under what conditions the teen is allowed to drive. Passenger restrictions also can be outlined. The agreement sets the parents’ expectations of the teen driver and the teen’s acceptance of set rules. The site features AAA StartSmart, a series of online newsletters and webisodes based on the National Institutes of Health’s Checkpoints program, which has been scientifically shown to help parents improve teen driver safety. Topics include nighttime driving, distracted driving, and alcohol and other drugs. For a parent-teen driving agreement, visit

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Roger Woodard, the driver of the SUV, was hospitalized at Atlanta Medical Center, and his 3-year-old son, Nicolas Woodard, was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Their injuries were not believed to be as serious as those sustained by the high school students. School principal Angela Bethea said they are in a state of grief and shock. “They are all great kids and good students, and the seniors are leaders at our school,” she said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with their families.” At an Oct. 30, tear-filled candlelight vigil in the school’s parking lot, after the school defeated Miller Grove 7-0, several hundred students and parents remembered Carmon as a sweet and fun girl with a big personality, big eyes and a big smile. Jazmine Johnson, a Southwest DeKalb junior, called Carmon very sweet and nice. “She had a good spirit,” she said. Gloria Williams, Shakaré’s aunt, said she was at the school Friday night to pick up Shakaré from band practice. When Shakaré didn’t answer her phone, Williams said she left because she thought they were still practicing. On her way home she saw the police and ambulance lights flashing but never thought her niece was involved. “It doesn’t seem real,” she said, holding a candle at the vigil. “We’re just keeping her in prayer and put it in God’s hands.”

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November 6, 2010

“She is probably one of the most profound African-American females on the world stage. We need to use her as a role model.”

Emory forum Rice admirers cross party lines for autograph explores civil rights justice By Jennifer Ffrench Parker

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Women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces will be honored at a special Veterans Day program on Nov. 11 at the Decatur Square. The theme for the 11 a.m. program, sponsored by the DeKalb Veterans Advisory Board, is “Honoring the Proud Service of Our Women Veterans.” The Decatur Square is at the rear of the historic Courthouse in downtown Decatur. For more information, call 404371-6305 or 404-371-3688.

People” ­– one for his granddaughter, one for his stepdaughter and one for his wife. “She is probably one of the most profound African-American females on the world stage,” he said. “No one – black or white – has done what she has. We need to use her as a role model.” Teena Cash Hargrove of Stone Mountain got two books, one for the media center at Crim Open Campus in Atlanta where Natosha Huggins, who started reading “Extraordinary, she is the media specialist and Ordinary People” in line, called Rice “a great storyteller.” one for her girlfriend. “I grew up with her in Titusville,” she said. “We went to the same be in school.” Rogers Hague, one of the few white church, Westminster Presbyterian Church people in the line, came all the way from in Birmingham, which was founded by her Marietta to buy a book for his wife, Laree, grandfather and father. I want to see if she discussed stuff in the book from when we and one for himself. were growing up.” “I really respect her,” he said. Dr. Susan Clark, who came from StockHague, who collects political books, said his copy is for his bookshelf while his wife’s bridge to see Rice, said she is a positive model for inspiring women to be successful. is for reading. Clark, a Christian psychologist, got two “If she wants to wrinkle the pages in hers, books, one for herself and one for her husI can’t yell,” he said. “I have my own.” Mona Miller said she and Rice share band. “I want to be able to make notes in mine,” similar backgrounds and she just wanted to she said. meet her. Eric Hubbard, who got a book for him“I understand her story,” said Miller, who lives in Lithonia. “I was born in Birmingham self, called Rice a phenomenal woman. “Party politics aside,” he said, “when it and she was too. My mother and sister are accomplished musicians and we both grew comes to an African-American – man or woman – to achieve that level of distinction up during the civil rights movement.” Raymond White of Lawrenceville bought in the world, I have to say bravo and applaud three copies of “Extraordinary, Ordinary her for that.”

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signs copies of her memoir on Nov. 3 at Borders at Stonecrest. The line of fans wound all the way to Macy’s on the mall’s upper level.

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U.S. Rep. John Lewis and former Assistant U.S. Attorney General John Doar will be the featured speakers at the National Civil Rights Access to Justice Forum on Nov. 11-12. The conference, hosted by Emory University School of Law, will revisit the history of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and explore whether recent Supreme Court decisions involving John Lewis changes in the pleading standards for plaintiffs bringing civil rights cases to federal court and the compulsory arbitration of discrimination claims have made civil rights laws less effective. Doar, who prosecuted the notorious “Mississippi Burning” case involving the murders of three civil rights activists, will speak from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 11. Lewis, who helped lead the 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., will deliver the conference’s keynote address at 9 a.m. on Nov. 12. Both speeches will be delivered in the Tull Auditorium, 1301 Clifton Road in Atlanta. On Nov. 11, free parking will be available in Lowergate South parking facility, adjacent to Emory Law. For parking on Nov. 12, visit http://transportation.emory .edu/parking/visitors.html. For more information and to register for the conference, visit .edu/civilrightsforum.

When former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice comes to town, politics don’t matter. Rice, who was a top official in the two Bush White Houses, stopped by Borders at Stonecrest on Wednesday to sign copies of her book, “A Memoir of Family – Extraordinary, Ordinary People,” and South DeKalb’s Democratic population flocked to see her. Rice, a Republican, is on a national booksigning tour to promote her memoir. By noon, when she started speed-signing 500 copies of her book for Borders customers, the line of fans wound all the way to Macy’s on the mall’s upper level. Security was tight around Rice, but the line moved fast and there was no small talk. Rice, who now teaches at Stanford University in San Francisco, grew up in segregated Birmingham, Ala. She entered college at 15 and rose to the apex of the American political power structure as Soviet and East European Affairs adviser to President George H.W. Bush and national security adviser and secretary of state to his son, President George W. Bush. She was the 66th secretary of state and the only African-American woman to hold the position. Even when they hate her politics, fans who crowded the mall on Nov. 3 to buy her book called her inspirational, phenomenal and positive. Natosha Huggins began reading Rice’s book while waiting in line. “She is very inspirational,” she said. “I don’t agree with her politics, but she is a great storyteller.” DeKalb NAACP President John Evans was among those waiting for a chance to meet the former secretary of state. “When someone has accomplished as much as she has, we want to touch their garment,” he said. “We have so few people to get to make it, we ought to recognize and celebrate them.” Sabrinna McTier of Lithonia said Rice is more popular in her household than Michael Jackson. “Though we don’t agree along political lines, her contributions are undeniable,” she said. “She is a leader of our times, a role model, and so intelligent.” McTier said she wished her 9- and 4-yearold daughters could have accompanied her to see Rice. “I have told them about her and they know I was coming today, but they had to

November 6, 2010




The Lady Eagles are the defending state Class AAA champions, and the Lady Panthers are three-time Class AAAA champions.

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Teacher Judy Newmark, who is a Master Gardener, helps students make paper from kudzu (left photo). Above, sixth-graders Izegboya Oyakhire and Courtney Parker water the plant beds.

Gardening enhances the three R’s at Stone Mountain school By Carla Parker

At the DeKalb Academy of Technology and Environment Charter School in Stone Mountain, the daily lesson plan for math, science, language arts and social studies is more than textbooks. There is also nature – two gardens/outdoor classrooms for the school’s 526 students. Willie Edwards, a fifth-grade math and science teacher, said the school’s Project Base Learning includes using the gardening concept to teach subjects. “Each grade level has a garden bed, and each two students have a square in the bed to work in,” he said.

The school, which began operations on Klondike Road in 2005 as the Lithonia Academy of Technology and Environment, relocated to Kelton Drive in Stone Mountain in 2009. Last summer, Edwards and four other teachers completed the Master Gardening program at Fernbank Science Center, where they learned gardening and landscaping techniques to create an outdoor classroom. Students are growing vegetables such as brussels sprouts, broccoli, red lettuce and collards. Teachers say they are learning about caring for the environment, soil samples and the origin of food and to understand the relationship between nature and academics. Proceeds from the Nov. 9 preseason showdown between Southwest DeKalb High’s Lady Panthers (top) and Columbia High’s Lady Eagles will go to both teams to obtain their championship rings.

Lady Eagles, Lady Panthers face off Two of DeKalb’s defending state champions in women’s basketball will face off in a preseason showdown on Nov. 9. The Lady Eagles of Columbia High School will play the Lady Panthers of Southwest DeKalb High School at the Southwest DeKalb gymnasium at 5 p.m. The Lady Eagles are the defending Class AAA champions, and the Lady Panthers are three-time Class AAAA champions. The game will feature halftime performances by Columbia’s Dancing Dolls,

Drumline and Boys Step Team and Southwest DeKalb’s Drumline and Showstoppers. Tickets – $5 in advance and $8 at the door – are available at both schools. Proceeds will go to both teams to obtain their championship rings. Columbia High is at 2106 Columbia Drive in Decatur, and Southwest DeKalb High is at 2863 Kelley Chapel Road in Decatur. For more information, call Columbia High at 678-874-0802 and Southwest DeKalb High at 678-874-1902.

“We’re getting them outside of the box of learning,” Edwards said. “We can teach them from the book all day, but if they can’t touch it, feel it or smell it, they won’t grasp the concept.” Ashley Scott, the fifth-grade language arts and social studies teacher, said some students thought vegetables come from Wal-Mart. “Now they see that food is grown from the ground,” he said, adding that the garden also is changing students’ perception of subjects like math. “They’re always saying, ‘Math is hard,’ and we’re trying to disarm that type of thinking,” he said. “When teaching them math, we have them measure the square foot of

the garden bed and use variables, and they find it fun.” Sixth-grader Mariah Mitchell said she enjoys working in the garden. “You get to help do things, and it’s like doing community service because you’re helping,” she said. Scott said there are plans to add a chicken coop, a fishpond and a compost area. “We’re hoping to add five to six chickens to get organic eggs. We also want to have a live camera on the garden so the kids can check on the garden and keep a timeline.” For more information about the school and its outdoor classroom project, call 770484-5865.



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CrossRoadsNews, November 6, 2010