NEWS BRIEFS: Georgia’s transportation, overall tax collections climb

Georgia’s recent gas tax increase continues to boost the state’s overall income.

Justices to decide on sentences for young prison ‘lifers’

Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Hurt was on truant patrol when he came across a teenager in a Baton Rouge park on a cool fall morning. The teenager pulled a gun from his jacket, panicked, he said, and shot Hurt dead.

YOUR VOICE: What responsibility, if any, should a gun dealer have for selling a firearm to someone that appears to be irrational and that person uses it to kill people?

James Pennie, Atlanta “At the end of the day people have to be responsible for their own actions… If you decide to take gun and go kill someone, just because you are angry, upset or mad or just to prove ...

Farrakhan advocates for Black Unity at MM

A sea of Black men, women and children covered every bit of open space on the National Mall during the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, held on Saturday, Oct. 10 in Washington, D.C.

Sidmel Estes – Media Trailblazer, Beloved Mentor

The Atlanta and national media community were stunned this week at the sudden passing of Sidmel Estes, a longtime media advocate, producer and educator. She died of Oct. 6 at DeKalb Medical Center at Hillandale in Lithonia.

Thousands of drug inmates approved for early release

Drug criminals once described by prosecutors as unrepentant repeat offenders are among those poised to benefit from new sentencing guidelines that are shrinking punishments for thousands of federal prisoners, according to an Associated Press review of court records.

YOUR VOICE: How do you feel about members of the Atlanta Board of Education and school district staff marching together in the 2015 Atlanta Gay Pride Parade this weekend?

Raine Beckett, Decatur “I can’t say that I feel one or another about it….They are just representing what they have to deal with because nowandays there are a lot of kids that are gay and lesbian so I don’t see ...

News Briefs: Handcuffed man crashes through window, dies after 40-ft fall

A handcuffed man seeking to avoid arrest died after crashing head-first through the third-floor window glass of a downtown Atlanta office building and falling 40 feet to the ground, authorities said Tuesday. The man reported Tuesday to a pretrial services ...

Carter to mediate the dispute between the King children

Former President Jimmy Carter may have taken on his biggest mediation challenge since leaving the White House.

YOUR VOICE: In wake of the recent execution of Kelly Gissendaner, the first woman to be put to death in this state in 70 years, what are your current views on capital punishment in Georgia?

Taniah Morgan, Atlanta “I don’t specifically agree with the death penalty at all. I feel like if we are trying to rectify a mistake, doing the exact same thing doesn’t rectify it. So if you kill a murderer, you become ...

HBCUs, Others Play for Pay in the NCAA

Like many teams at historically black colleges and universities across the nation, Howard University’s football team lost its first two games of the season by embarrassingly large margins; for Howard, a combined score of 118 to 0.

Black Women Face Increased Violence

Black women were murdered at more than double the rate of White women in 2012 and almost all (92 percent) of these women knew their assailant, according a report titled, “When Men Murder Women” by the Violence Policy Center.

Eight Atlanta Public Schools students named Class of 2020 REACH Georgia Scholars on Statewide Signing Day

Eight Atlanta Public Schools (APS) eighth grade students were named REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) Georgia Scholars and participated in the REACH Statewide Signing Day Ceremony with APS Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen, Ed.D, Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal, and ...

NNPA Black Press Honors Black Leaders

At a reception during the 45th Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference, the National Newspaper Publishers Association honored five Black luminaries with its Leadership Awards.

The Time is Ripe for Economic Justice - #BoycottChristmas

In his call for ‘Justice Or Else,’ the 20th Anniversary gathering of the Million Man March on October 10, in Washington, D.C., the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan also called for a boycott of Christmas