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Atlanta to have
Dallas mayor pro tem’s “Pull Up
a Black mayor
Your Pants” campaign revived
by Gordon Jackson who is well known for her strong Caraway said. “You don’t have to
by Sheronda K. Gipson
mother figure roles in movies like show just every single thing. Keep it
DALLAS - Having garnered nation- Soul Food, A Family Thing, a secret for a while.”
ATLANTA - Kasim Reed is ready to
al attention, Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Collateral, The Ladykillers and Meet Minister and psychiatrist Dr.
take the reigns as mayor of Atlanta
Dwaine Caraway is taking to anoth- the Browns. Karen Hollie, supported Caraway’s
even as Mary Norwood on Tuesday
er dimension his fight against young She taught in Dallas public position.
demanded a recount.
Black men sagging their pants. Now schools from 1962 to 1984 before Hip hop artist Dewayne Brown
The Dec. 1 mayoral runoff race
he's got Big Mama in his corner. her acting career flourished. aka Dooney Da’ Priest came forward
between Reed and Norwood was
During a recent press conference She directed her words to the and composed a rap song, Pull Your
particularly stiff. Norwood, who
at City Hall, Caraway relaunched the youth. “I want to see the very best Pants Up! which recently was nomi-
would have become the city’s first
“Pull ‘Em Up!” campaign he started for you and see you reach your full nated for a Stellar Award in the cate-
White mayor in 36 years, trailed
last year, adding “Keep It A Secret,” potential. gory of Rap/Hip Hop Gospel CD of
Reed by only 620 votes, according
a message to young urban girls. “I’m still teaching school, I just the Year.
to initial reports.
Caraway had a message for young have a bigger classroom,” Hall said. Caraway said he recently spoke
Those early reports were that
men. That’s why Caraway reached out with rapper 50 Cent, who expressed
Reed, who is Black, received 42,348
“The banks are not going to hire to her. his support for the program. He
votes or 50.37 percent, and
you. You’re not going to become a “Whatever Big Mama said, it added that Dallas Cowboys
Norwood had 41,728 votes or 49.63
lawyer and think you can walk into a goes,” he said. “When you reach out Martellus Bennett and Ken Hamlin
percent. However, there were 560
court and think you can defend any- to folks with such a great bright once sagged but have changed their
provisional ballots that had not been
one,” he said. career and they choose to get on positions.
Caraway recruited acclaimed board, that’s the best and biggest Hall gave the youth a message of
“The swearing in of Atlanta’s next
actress and returning Dallas resident endorsement you can have. Every self-empowerment.
mayor will take place in just under
Irma P. Hall to help get the messages movie she’s been in, she's been in “I have always believed that every
one month and it’s crucial that our
Kasim Reed across. Hall’s picture will be includ- control.” child has a right to positive praise,”
city’s next mayor use all of that time building an administration that is
ed in new posters and billboards Caraway explained the secondary she said. “I also believe that every
to build an administration that is going to address the serious chal-
expressing the double-slogan. Media message of “Keep It A Secret,” child has the right to knowing their
ready to govern on day one,” Reed lenges facing Atlanta.”
giant Clear Channel, who also has a geared toward young females, importance.
said in a statement. “While I respect The runoff election brought out
large outdoor advertising division, encouraging them to dress more “For some reasons, we are not
Mrs. Norwood’s request for a nearly 11,000 more voters than the
has donated 22 billboards for the modestly, not wearing such reveal- telling our children that you are
recount in this election, I must move original election on Nov. 3.
posters to be displayed on through- ing attire that exposes a lot of skin. young gifted and Black or white or
Special to
forward and focus my energies on
out the city. “The girls are trying to keep up brown.
the NNPA from the Atlanta Daily World
“I’m on board because I love you. with the boys. We have to try to send “You are young gifted and power-
I am the Big grandmother, I am the a dual message out to say to the ful. Look like it,” Hall said. Special to
Big Mama in my family,” said Hall, young ladies ... tighten it up,” the NNPA from the Dallas Weekly News
Ohio executes inmate with one-drug injection
by Andrew Welsh-Huggins elsewhere to succumb to the three- sodium thiopental, a common anes-
drug combination. thetic, along with pancuronium bro-
LUCASVILLE, Ohio - Ohio made The mother, sister and brother of mide, which paralyzes muscles, and
history in September when an exe- Biros’ victim, Tami Engstrom, potassium chloride, which stops the
cution was botched so badly the applauded as the warden announced heart. The single-drug technique
governor called it off. The state the time of death. amounts to an overdose of the anes-
made history again Tuesday, execut- “Rock on,” Debi Heiss, thetic - a method that injection
ing an inmate with just one drug for Engstrom’s sister, said a moment experts and defense attorneys
the first time in the United States. earlier as the curtains were drawn agreed would not cause pain.
Kenneth Biros, 51, was pro- for the coroner to check on Biros. Biros’ executioners struggled for
nounced dead shortly after one dose “That was too easy.” several minutes to find suitable
of sodium thiopental began flowing Ohio's switch to one drug was veins, inserting needles repeatedly
into his veins at the Southern Ohio born of a botched execution attempt in both arms before completing the
Correctional Facility. The U.S. on another inmate in September, but process on just his left arm. He
Supreme Court had rejected his critics of the three-drug method winced once, and his attorney, John
final appeal two hours earlier. have long argued that it amounts to Parker, said he was concerned by all
Experts had predicted that sodium cruel and unusual punishment in the needle sticks. But prison offi-
thiopental - used in many parts of violation of the U.S. Constitution cials declared nothing amiss.
the world to put pets down - would because it can subject the con- Prisons director Terry Collins said
take longer to kill than the previous demned to extreme pain while leav- the process worked as predicted.
method. But the 10 minutes it took ing them immobile and unable to That backup plan allows a two-
Biros to die was about as long as it cry out. drug injection into muscle if a
has taken other inmates in Ohio and The three-drug method consists of usable vein cannot be found. AP
Chicago Defender • • December 9-15, 2009
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