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Should Georgia Mom Serve Jail Time In 4-Year-Old Son’s Jaywalking Death?

Should Georgia Mom Serve Jail Time In 4-Year-Old Son’s Jaywalking Death?

It saddens me to read about the death of anyone but when it is a child it absolutely breaks my heart. So when I read about the Marietta, GA mom – Raquel Nelson – who will be facing sentencing tomorrow over the death of her 4-year-old son – A.J. - in a jaywalking accident (see complete story here), I was completely overtaken with emotion. Quite honestly, I sit here typing with tears in my eyes because it is unfathomable to me this loss that this woman and her family have had to deal with.  And what troubles me more  is that she may face up to three years in prison for a horribly tragic mistake. What, you may ask, is the reason this mom may serve time?

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

People urged not to shop, work to protest Ga. law

ATLANTA (AP) -- As many parts of Georgia's law cracking down on illegal immigration take effect, a Latino community group is organizing "a day without immigrants" to protest the measure.

The Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights is calling for a day of non-compliance, asking businesses to close and community members to stay home and not work or shop Friday.

Alan Conner, owner of Dakota Blue restaurant in Grant Park, said he thinks the law is unjust and planned to close for lunch Friday in solidarity.

But some urge caution. Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, says skipping work without authorization could cost people jobs in a tough economic climate.

Groups are also organizing a "march for justice" on Saturday at the state Capitol to protest the law.

(The Associated Press)

LOCAL PROFILE: R&B Scene in Atlanta

LOCAL PROFILE: R&B Scene in Atlanta

ATLANTA – Derived from popular genres of music like jazz, blues and gospel, rhythm and blues was born. Rhythm and Blues music, which is widely referred to as R&B, is unique in that it has the ability to take on many musical identities, at once. Some say the genre was first identified in Harlem, during the Harlem Renaissance, which is known as one of the most prominent cultural movements for African Americans during the 1930’s. However, others think the genre originated in the 1940’s when African Americans began moving to northern cities, creating cultural fusion.  

The music evolved from “race music”, which was an offensive term that referred to the music of African Americans, into jump blues which was known for having a swing boogie, big band sound.

BEST SPOTS: Skincare and Barberspas

BEST SPOTS: Skincare and Barberspas

ATLANTA – It’s the summer time, ‘tis the season for chic fits, light fabrics, mandals, murses and clean faces and we know you want to let it all hang out. However it’s more important for today’s modern fashionmister to have clean and healthy skin. From cleansers to exfoliants, shavers to straight ravors, shaving creams to soaps, moisturizers and sunscreen men have a wide range of product selections to maintain their signature smirk.

Of course, every guy has their own routine; some skip a day to stay smooth others use a hot towel and facial scrub, either way; they all work to achieve the same goal which is smooth skin.

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

ATLANTA – According to the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, “country music is a perennial Southern favorite in Atlanta and it won’t disappoint”. The music, which has its roots in the south, is known as a blend of, both, traditional and popular music. The country music genre gained widespread popularity around the mid-1900’s as music known as “hillbilly” or old-time music began to decline. Hillbilly music was a genre of music native to the people of the Ozarks. The music was usually played on acoustic instrument like a guitar or a banjo.

Over the years, old-time music changed however most of the lyrical content and instrumentation stayed the same. As it evolved, the arrangement of instruments grew to include the electronic keyboard, drums, the bass, fiddle and the harmonica.

State Supreme Court upholds death penalty ruling

State Supreme Court upholds death penalty ruling

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- The Supreme Court of Georgia has partially upheld a lower court's ruling in a Douglas County death penalty case involving a man's claim that he is mentally retarded and therefore cannot be executed.

The state's highest court ruled 6-1 that Alphonso Stripling did not prove his alleged mental retardation "beyond a reasonable doubt."

Stripling is on death row for the Oct. 1988 murders of two of his coworkers at a Kentucky Fried Chicken in Douglasville. During his 1989 trial, his attorney argued that he was insane, mentally ill and mentally retarded; the jury still convicted him of murder, armed robbery and aggravated assault.

Georgia is the only state that requires inmate to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that they are mentally disabled.

WEEKEND EVENTS: Concerts, Crafts and Plants

WEEKEND EVENTS: Concerts, Crafts and Plants

MABLETON, Ga. – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Visit O’neal Plaza On May 7 for “Spring Concerts on the Plaza” which is being presented by the Cultural Arts Council of Douglasville and Douglas County. The concert will be held between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. O’Neal Plaza is located at O’Neal Plaza and Church Street.

Neighbors can buy plants grown by master gardeners and receive growing advice at the Master Gardner Plant Sale in Carrollton. This event is one of the biggest events for the CCMGA and proceeds fund all of the diverse programs run by the association throughout the year. The sale will be held on Saturday, May 7 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.