Happy 80th Birthday, Andrew Young

There was a big celebration in Atlanta this weekend in honor of civil rights icon and former Congressman/U.N. Ambassador/Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young. A great man. A great life. Happy Birthday. Mr. Young. Biography.

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New evidence in Trayvon Martin case a mixed bag

The Huffington Post has an interesting roundup piece on evidence recently released in the Trayvon Martin case.  Some of it bolsters George Zimmerman’s claim that he was severely beaten the night he shot and killed the unarmed teenager. And while there were traces of THC (marijuana) in Martin’s system, Zimmerman was taking prescription medications: Adderall (a stimulant to control ADHD) and an insomnia medication. Read more. An autopsy report on Martin was also released. Click here for coverage.

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Looks like Jeremiah Wright will be behind every tree this fall. Or maybe not.

Update: Billionaire thinks maybe it’s not such a good idea. He’s connected to the Chicago Cubs, which are looking to the President’s old chief of staff and now Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for some major money to rebuild Wrigley Field. Awk-ward. And as Nelson Muntz would say, “Ha, ha.” Jim Galloway has more. Some billionaire who doesn’t like Barack HUSSEIN Obama plans to spend millions on a negative campaign that focuses on Obama’s relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, his fiery ex-preacher.  I’ve got an idea: Why don’t we vote based on what Obama has done for the past three years, not on something somebody said ten years ago? The New York Times has the story. Both Mitt Romney’s and Obama’s camps have responded. Let’s…

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DeKalb author continues Forsyth controversy

Article in today’s DeKalb Neighbor Download as pdf:  DeKalb Neighbor By Bobby Tedder btedder@neighbornewspapers.com Chamblee resident Jonathan Grant is destined to kick up some dust with his new novel, a unique take on Forsyth County’s checkered past. “Brambleman” tackles Forsyth County’s reported acts of racism—violence-fueled expulsion of black residents in the early 1920s and ensuing white flight—and its repercussions unto the third and fourth generation. Despite its historical context, Grant cautioned prospective readers not to expect the book to be “some dry, documentary treatment of historical events.” In fact, he characterized the book as wildly funny, with a heavy supernatural twist and an anti-hero styled protagonist. Grant, an admitted follower of the “smart alee principle,” said the book is not meant to…

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Trayvon Martin targets sell out, spawn outrage

From WKMG-TV, Orlando: An unidentified entrepreneur admits he is trying to profit off Trayvon Martin’s death by selling gun range targets featuring the teen who’s death has sparked a nationwide controversy. Although Martin’s face does not appear on the paper targets, they feature a hoodie with crosshairs aimed at the chest.  A bag of Skittles is tucked in the pocket and a hand is holding a can resembling iced tea. *** According to an advertisement for the targets that had been posted on a popular firearms auction website, the sellers stated they “support Zimmerman and believe he is innocent and that he shot a thug.” That online ad has since been removed. “This is the highest level of disgust and the lowest…

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FAMU update: Alleged killers performed at victim’s funeral

In all, 11 members of the famed—and now suspended—Florida A&M Marching Band have been charged in the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion of Decatur, Ga., on Nov. 19, 2011. Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Bo Emerson writes: Looking back, the horror and betrayal Robert Champion’s family feels is crystallized in this fact: prominent in his funeral procession were several of those now accused in his death. At least two of them had already been expelled by Florida A&M University in conjunction with the hazing incident that cost the drum major his life, but the family wasn’t aware of that. “To be there, to participate as if you were totally innocent,” said his mother, Pam Champion, sitting in her Decatur living room and shaking…

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