OPINION: Amos ‘n’ Andy—a second look


When people look back—as they often do in February—on media portrayals of Black people in less enlightened days, inescapably, the much maligned 1950s television program The Amos ‘n’ Andy Show enters the conversation. Over the years, The Amos ‘n’ Andy Show has become the oft-cited example of all that was wrong in early depictions of […]

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OPINION: And ZIP code moves the mail


“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed, rounds.—the unofficial motto of our U.S. Postal Service as inscribed on the James Farley Post Office in New York City.   Our United States Postal Service, (USPS), a quasi-public/private entity, with all the benefits and […]

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Clifton Ridge subdivision gets red light again

Attorney Rob Benfield represents Druid Hills residents who lost an appeal to stop a subdivision. Later, a judge extends a temporary restraining order for the project. Photo by Andrew Cauthen

To their disappointment, residents in the Druid Hills community say they will have to go to court to continue their battle against a proposed subdivision in the historic district. Residents were hoping for an end to their decade-long fight against the subdivision planned by property owners Robert H. Buckler and Anthony McCullar. The men want […]

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Mom: Cellphone ban in cars would have saved son


It was a distracted driver who forever changed the life of Cynthia Williams of Tucker. In August 2006, her 17-year-old son Christopher was a passenger in a vehicle that flipped nine times. Christopher suffered extensive head trauma. “I had to pull the plug on him a week later,” Williams said. “It was on my birthday.” […]

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Governor removes six school board members


  In a news conference Feb. 25, Gov. Nathan Deal announced that he has accepted the unanimous recommendation of the Georgia Board of Education (GBOE) to remove six members of the DeKalb school board. “This is certainly a serious matter. It is a matter that is of grave concern to all of us, especially the […]

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Suburban Plaza protestors lose appeal


Developers are free to begin work in Decatur’s Suburban Plaza after a community group lost an appeal to block a Walmart supercenter. The DeKalb Zoning Board of Appeals voted to deny the appeal of Good Growth DeKalb, a group of residents formed more than a year ago to promote the sustainable development of their community. […]

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DeKalb libraries awarded grant to enhance knowledge about Islam


Muslims have been a part of the American fabric for generations. Yet, it was not until the terrorist attacks on 9/11 that many Americans became aware of their presence. Since then, there has been mistrust and misinformation about the Muslim community and their religion. An effort is under way to increase knowledge about Muslim Americans […]

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