Prayer vigil for Anthony Hill held March 24
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Prayer vigil for Anthony Hill held March 24
GPTC President: New campus coming to Wesley Chapel Road
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GPTC President: New campus coming to Wesley Chapel Road
At the Feb. 19 State of the College address, Georgia Piedmont Technical College President Jabari Simama announced plans for a new campus that will open this summer on Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur. Read more at www.ocgnews.com.
McKinney pushes national coalition to stop police brutality
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McKinney pushes national coalition to stop police brutality
Cynthia McKinney is organizing a national coalition to stop police brutality. The former Georgia Congresswoman said during a Jan. 6 press conference that too many blacks and Latinos are being brutalized or killed by police and she wants to find a way for law enforcement and the community to work...
DeKalb Sheriff Jeff Mann discusses jail recruit's death
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DeKalb Sheriff Jeff Mann discusses jail recruit's death
Ellis supporters protest in DeKalb
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Ellis supporters protest in DeKalb
Supporters of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis held a press conference in front of the DeKalb County courthouse to tell District Attorney Robert James to not go through with re-trying Ellis.
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Congressman Hank Johnson irked over “slight” by Rockdale Democrats

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Congressman Hank Johnson scolded the Rockdale Democratic Party and walked out of a breakfast meeting after making it clear he didn’t appreciate courtesies shown to his political opponent, Thomas Brown.

Johnson and Brown, both Democrats, were seated at the same head table when Johnson became upset.
Johnson chastised the Party for allowing Brown to speak at the end of the meeting. Johnson said more respect should have been paid to him because he is the sitting Congressman and he was on the program to make remarks. He said Brown, who was not on the program as a speaker, should not have been allowed to make the final remarks.
 

“I think it’s bad taste that we would have the incumbent go first and then have the challenger go second, that’s just not the way we should do things. How does that make me feel in terms of supporting this Party?” said Johnson.

Party chair Doreen Williams said no one intentionally slighted Johnson.

“I didn’t know that was protocol. It was a holiday breakfast. We allowed him (Johnson) to speak first out of respect for his time. A lot of times, he needs to get to other places,” Williams said.

Johnson’s remarks caught many by the surprise. The packed meeting was held at the Party’s headquarters on 1264 Parker Road in Conyers.
Brown, who plans to step down as DeKalb County Sheriff, did not make a statement about his candidacy for Congress. He greeted the audience and encouraged the Party to work hard for the upcoming election.

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