35 years of MARTA History

Ellis case in hands of jury

DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James tells jurors that the case against indicted county CEO Burrell Ellis is about “public corruption.” Photo by Andrew Cauthen

After three weeks of testimony, the fate of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis is in the hands of a jury comprised of a dozen of his constituents. Closing arguments were heard Oct. 6 in the trial of Ellis, who is facing four counts of criminal attempt to commit theft by extortion; three counts of […]

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OPINION: A dozen reasons $15/hour minimum wage is a bad idea


“The minimum wage has caused more misery and unemployment than anything since the Great Depression.” – Presidential candidate Gov. Ronald Reagan of California in 1980. There is an illogic causing some to think money from someone else’s pocket is free.  Substantially raising the minimum wage costs politicians virtually nothing to propose, and is almost guaranteed […]

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OPINION: What’s important in life


The other day I received an email from a public relations representative writing obituaries for Georgia Southern University. She had run across a story I wrote a couple of months ago and wanted permission to use a photo. The story was about Shermaine Lee, a lead teacher in special education for the DeKalb County School […]

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Sports complex owners help others live dreams

Ramone Ward and, right, Jacque Morgan say opening Atlanta Sports Complex in east Atlanta fulfills a dream they had for more than a decade.

For years, Ramone Ward ran a successful sanitation company, but he knew what he really wanted to do and where he wanted to do it. With a degree in physical therapy, Ward wanted to build a business around sports training, and he wanted to do it in the east Atlanta neighborhood where he grew up.In […]

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EDITORIAL: Domestic violence: a societal problem that needs better solutions


The rise in public domestic violence cases in the NFL has some people saying, “the NFL has a domestic violence problem.” That is far from accurate. The NFL does not have a domestic violence problem, society has a domestic violence problem. Domestic violence has been happening in millions of homes for centuries. Domestic violence can […]

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40 plays in four days

Scenes from productions staged last year. This year’s festival is a series of plays, readings, one-woman shows and more. Photos provided

Theater lovers rejoice! For the third year, the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival is bringing a cavalcade of plays, readings, one-woman shows and more to metro Atlanta and home base is in our own backyard. The Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center in Decatur is where 40 plays will be performed in four days […]

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Chamblee offers electric vehicle drivers place to fill up

electric car

In December 2013, Chamblee made national news, and not in a good way. A Chamblee resident was arrested and charged with stealing $10-15 worth of electricity from a local school. He had plugged in his all-electric Nissan Leaf to an outlet at Chamblee Middle School. It turns out that after charging the car for only […]

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Movement conveys message

Anne Zimmerman, shown here interpreting at the GPC convocation, said studying sign language at the college led her to “the best job ever.” Photo by Lauren Ramsdell

Speaking American Sign Language, or ASL, isn’t like speaking American English. For one, you’re not speaking with your mouth and vocal chords, but rather your hands, face and body all at once. And, while the languages are related, they’re not the same. That’s where sign language interpreting takes over. Interpreters bridge the gap between spoken […]

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