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  AARP Georgia will host a panel discussion focused on age discrimination in the workplace on Friday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to noon, at Georgia Public Broadcasting 260 14th St., N.W., Atlanta.     The Asso


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Pediatrics expert: Recommit to better sleep on Nov. 2 (Daylight Savings)


Daylight Savings begins Sunday, Nov. 2, which means we will be gaining an extra hour and it will start to get darker earlier. Dr. Stephanie Walsh, medical director of Child Wellness at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, reminds parents that when setting the clock back one hour to revisit their child's sleep routine.

Walsh serves as a local and national Strong4Life media spokesperson and has appeared on CBS The Early Show, OWN (the Oprah Winfrey Network) and more, providing parents with healthy tips for their children.

Once kids are past the baby stage, it¹s easy to let sleep schedules slip, said Walsh. When they get enough sleep, kids not only eat better, they're able to learn better, handle emotions and be more active during the day.

The American Association of Pediatrics recommends that children younger than 5 years old get at least 11 hours; children 5-10 years old get at least 10 hours; and children 10 and older get at least 9  hours.

Parents can get tips to help their children get the sleep they need by visiting:


Enjoy a Halloween Treat by Using Georgia Commute Options to Avoid Traffic on October 31st


With Halloween approaching this Friday, Georgia Commute Options is encouraging Atlantans to plan ahead for the frightening traffic associated with the holiday. Georgia Commute Options wants Atlantans to consider travel alternatives to and from work, such as transit, carpooling, and teleworking to avoid the congestion.


The commute on Halloween normally begins earlier than usual as parents head home to get their kids ready to “trick-or-treat.” This can lead to an influx of commuters on the roads around 3 p.m. which, when coupled with Atlanta’s normal Friday rush, could produce the worst afternoon commute of the year.


“We’re encouraging everyone to consider alternative commute options for traveling home on Halloween or to telework that day,” said Phil Peevy, Air Quality & Technical Resource Branch Chief, Georgia Department of Transportation. “Options such as MARTA, CCT, GCT, GRTA, and other transit systems will not only take cars off the roads but can also alleviate the stress and hassle of commuting on Halloween. Carpooling can also limit the number of cars on our streets and highways. And working from home on Halloween is a great alternative, for those who can, to just avoid the traffic altogether.” 



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Hay rides, music, games and big fun at Arabia

DeKalb County's Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs will host a fall festival this weekend. The festival will be held Friday, Oct. 31, 3-9 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, 3787 Klondike Road, Lithonia. Festival admission and parking are free.

The event will include hayrides, face art, music, games, and entertainment for residents of all ages. Patrons will also have the opportunity to meet staff, tour the nature preserve, and learn about various educational activities and programs offered by the department throughout the year.


For more information, call Erica Brooks at 404-371-3695.


Rockdale's Probate Judge says dispute with woman is 'a political vendetta'

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Rockdale County's Probate Court Judge Charles K. Mays says a financial dispute with a woman who befriended his family has turned into a political vendetta intended to destroy him as the county's first elected African American probate judge.


Mays was sworn into office in January 2012 with the "slate of 8" African Americans who made history in Rockdale with their elections to the county's highest offices.  


Freya PearsonFreya Pearson, who alleges that Mays owes her $19,705.92 in back pay, filed an application for arrest warrants for felony theft on Monday, Oct. 27, through her attorney, Michael Waldrop. They are seeking to have Mays arrested for not paying Pearson, as well as an unrelated allegation concerning a water bill at the Mays' residence.


Waldrop could not be reached to discuss the case, despite attempts to reach him at his office on Monday, Tuesday and today (Oct. 29).


Pearson also could not be reached at the Mays' family home where she has been living since February. Mays said she moved there after moving from an extended stay hotel in Gwinnett County with a young daughter and granddaughter.


Mays said Pearson's claim that he owes her $19,705.92 is frivolous....


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African-American Bar Associations to support ‘Ferguson to Atlanta’ conference this weekend

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Some of Georgia's largest and oldest African American bar associations are supporting a conference focused on community organizing, legal rights and legislative changes to address many of the issues raised nationally as result of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and other unarmed African American men by police. 

The “Empowering Ourselves Now Conference: Asserting Our Rights and Educating Beyond Ferguson” will be held this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25, at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC),  700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta. 

The Bar Associations supporting the conference are the Gate City Bar Association, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorney's, Georgia Alliance of African America Attorneys, DeKalb Lawyer's Association, Advocacy for Action, Black Law Student Association of Georgia State University and Attorney's United for Peace and Justice.  

On Friday, there will be a town hall meeting from 7 to 9 p.m.  where victims of police brutality will speak along with community organizers from Ferguson Missouri. 

On Saturday, there will be several workshops including discussions on police body cameras, litigating police brutality cases, serving as legal observers during protests, the impact of judicial elections on the African American community, and teaching people their legal rights when encountering the police. State Sen....


Supporters urge D.A. not to retry case

Mistrial leaves Ellis in limbo


Suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis remains in limbo and it is unclear if he will ever return to finish his second, four-year term, which will expire at the end of 2015.

Superior Court Judge Courtney Johnson declared a mistrial in the Ellis case on Oct. 21 after jurors had deliberated 51 hours over 11 days and could not reach a unanimous decision on any of the 13 felony charges against Ellis. While the mistrial means Ellis still has his freedom, he is not really free. He would have needed an acquittal to avoid prison time and return to work.  


Now, it remains to be seen if District Attorney Robert James will retry the case or if a plea deal may be negotiated or the case dropped altogether. James has not made any statement regarding the case because of a court gag order. Neither has Ellis nor his attorneys because of that order.    


Meanwhile, a group led by DeKalb NAACP President John Evans, is urging James not to retry Ellis. The group held a news conference the day after the mistrial was declared asking to meet with James, who was unavailable.





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