Burrell Ellis trial in hands of jury


Burrell Ellis’ fate is in the hands of a jury, again. Closing arguments were heard June 24, a  day after testimony ended in the retrial of the DeKalb County CEO accused of strong-arming vendors to donate to his reelection campaign in 2012. “After weeks of testimony, after countless tape recordings…[and] diagrams…the simple truth has not changed,” […]

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Ocean explorer brings new technology to Fernbank


  Audiences at Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s IMAX Theatre can dive into an underwater experience in the new giant screen film Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean 3D, narrated by oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle. On June 2, Fernbank Museum of Natural History held an advance screening of the IMAX film, followed by a live Skype chat […]

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Diligence can reduce pool injuries, deaths

Clarkston Pool 127

While pools can be fun places to beat the summer heat, they also can be deadly and dangerous. In the United States, there was an average of 382 pool or spa-related drownings reported per year from 2010 to 2012 involving children younger than 15 years of age. Additionally there were, on average, 5,400 pool- or […]

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OPINION: Justice can be long and painful


  It was my first big story for The Champion. On Nov. 22, 2010, just 12 days after I joined the county’s legal organ, I was assigned to cover a news conference at the Dunwoody Police Department. Four days before the news conference, Russell Sneiderman, 36, was gunned down at point-blank range after dropping his […]

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Standing up to the challenge of adventure

SUPSunset paddle-1-2

Stepping away from my comfort zone and learning something new and adventuresome excites and scares me.Such mixed emotions washed over me as I walked onto the dock on Jekyll Island in early June preparing for my first stand-up paddleboard lesson. Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a sport that’s been growing in popularity for several years. Some […]

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New park feature makes big splash

Johnson, center, greets visitor Linda Seals, right, and her grandchildren.

At the grand opening of the Spray Ground at Exchange Park June 13, DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson joked that he played in a spray park as a child in Chicago “except they didn’t call it a spray park; it was more an open fire hydrant.” Johnson said the new configuration of fountains, dump buckets […]

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County’s ethics board meeting cancelled


The regular board meeting of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics, originally scheduled for June 22, at 6:30 p.m., was cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. “Proper legal notice was not issued through DeKalb County Communications, even though the Ethics Board supplied the agenda in a timely manner.  I apologize for any […]

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OPINION: The latest tempest

Opinion crane

Summer’s onset often has me strolling down memory lane, and repeating visits (at least in my head) to our favored family vacation spot, Georgia’s Jekyll Island. The Georgia Press Association recently returned to its tradition of annually gathering there for conventions, which also helps guarantee my return to these family fun roots. Once the playground […]

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