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DeKalb History Center celebrates soul food on Feb. 10

Chef Asata Reid, a community health educator, and culinary historian/author Akila McConnell will give presentations about the places, people and recipes that shaped DeKalb’s soul food history.

Afterward, guests may partake of a catered soul food meal prepared by Phenomenal Foods by Chef Holly and participate in an informative panel discussion.

Attendance at this event is capped at 60% and may be further reduced.

Sponsors have priority with their in-person tickets.

If COVID-19 conditions cause the event to go entirely online, guests will receive an equal number of online tickets.

Properly worn masks are required unless guests are actively eating, drinking or presenting.

To ensure the well-being of guests, volunteers and staff, the DeKalb History Center requires each guest to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result that has been obtained within 48 hours (two days) of this event.

COVID-19 tests will not be available on-site.

To speed up check-in, guests may email a copy of their vaccine card or vaccine record to [email protected]

Tickets: bit.ly/3fGQyPc

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DeKalb County homicides

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More homicides were recorded in DeKalb County in 2021 than in 2020, which also set a record.

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SOURCE: DeKalb County Police Department

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We as a nation have to stop normalizing violence against woman, by feeling sorry for and making excuses for men who...

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He argued Washington’s job hinged on his ability to gain access to the Doraville-based gas terminal, which stores more than 250,000 pounds of petroleum blending materials.","_id":"USDQHQ6GJBCHNNNRMTKRXG35LM","additional_properties":"comments":[],"_id":"EX332BCJKNHPLPG3DF72DLA35Q","type":"interstitial_link","content":"Land fights, public opposition left Georgia reliant on one pipeline","url":"https://www.ajc.com/news/business/land-fights-public-opposition-left-georgia-reliant-on-one-pipeline/SKHTLMFV7FHGVMQB3OPKGSJMEA/","_id":"MYB47OYHVRD43IVYZ3KVEVCSRA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1643051025053,"type":"text","content":"In July 2019, Washington was charged with battery family violence and hindering a 911 call after the incident in Henry County. He accepted a plea deal in May 2021, according to court records.","_id":"O6OV5WKUOVDWJNIEGEDUGXXVWQ","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1643051025054,"type":"text","content":"“While Mr. Washington may have violated that letter of the law by his guilty plea … he didn’t violate the spirit of the law,” Johnson said.","_id":"JHZT6S3WUVCTXEPTGP6I4NN63M","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1643051025055,"type":"text","content":"Councilwoman Rebekah Cohen-Morris said Washington’s two charges are typically misdemeanors unless it’s a third conviction, which it was in this case. While “violent felony” isn’t a legal term in Georgia, she said “serious violent felony” is and includes crimes like murder, rape and assaults. 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According to his indictment, he left the victim with a red welt on her forehead and a red mark across her chest while stopping her from calling authorities.","_id":"7BGMJLOYQJCMHNMK43WE7RK6YA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1643039872834,"type":"text","content":"“The ordinance clearly states that you lose your right to drive a tanker truck or a truck hauling propane if you are convicted of a felony, which he was,” she told the AJC.","_id":"LWIZXQJ7CZB2LIPXCZYLLDAGHQ","additional_properties":"comments":[],"_id":"LD66MKTD3JBANDVXOZGXPJTSQU","type":"interstitial_link","content":"Doraville changes district map, voting method for 1st time in 50 years","url":"https://www.ajc.com/neighborhoods/dekalb/dekalb-city-changes-district-map-voting-method-for-1st-time-in-50-years/5NHMUDAOSNAR3DJKRJTV7RHLPM/","_id":"OS3NWOCVFFGUTG6ILAQHRXDGI4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1643051025060,"type":"text","content":"Before voting whether to reinstate Washington’s permit, Alexander added that she’s a victim of domestic violence and felt his action’s were being downplayed. She abstained, which effectively acted as a no vote. Koontz and Councilman Chris Henshaw also voted no, while Cohen-Morris and councilmen Andy Yeoman and Gerald Evans voted yes. Mayor Joseph Geierman broke the tie, allowing Washington back his permit.","_id":"RTQ3GLS47JC7VE72SZMAGKCWAI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1643051025061,"type":"text","content":"“Georgia’s courts had already ruled on what punishment Mr. Washington should receive,” Geierman told the AJC. “I could not see how denying the man his livelihood would help make the people of Doraville safer, and would only add to hardships for him and his family.","_id":"N5R54NDMTBDY5MFUOTU2K3IDMY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1643051025062,"type":"text","content":"Geierman and councilmembers also said they’d like to reexamine this ordinance and how appeals are handled. 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Last week, the planning commission voted 4-2 to recommend the revision’s denial due to the inclusion of a potentially hefty fee for residents who remove protected trees.","_id":"X3ROPUJGWJDBZD2K7ATRA2AEEU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1642627220789,"type":"text","content":"This led to a groundswell of residents rushing to defend the policy Tuesday.","_id":"LTXWJ7SAWFDRPJ5PHAQUFWJSMA","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1642627220790,"type":"text","content":"“If the City of Decatur is serious about achieving its goal of preserving the tree canopy, as it claims to be, then this ordinance clearly is absolutely necessary, Alan Ambramowitz, a resident, argued during public comment.","_id":"HSW3GQIDGRGDTFITUR6GRIVFXE","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1642627220792,"type":"text","content":"The new ordinance removes a controversial clause that allowed residents to cut down three trees every 18 months — no questions asked. In many situations, if a tree is cut down, two trees will have to be planted to replace it. In addition, the revised ordinance prohibits developers from scraping entire lots for projects.","_id":"VQ45XBBKXZHEXC3ENEBJJADMWY","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1642627220793,"type":"text","content":"The policy will also prompt the city to hire another city arborist to keep up enforcement and facilitate Decatur’s goal of reaching a 65% tree canopy coverage over the entire city. It’s currently at 57%.","_id":"ALD2QPGHURD5JIXIVYRYU4BWKE","additional_properties":"comments":[],"_id":"YJB7DD65Y5BQRAIDC6RGT54PJI","type":"interstitial_link","content":"Despite gripes from developers, Brookhaven adopts new tree ordinance","url":"https://www.ajc.com/neighborhoods/dekalb/despite-gripes-from-developers-brookhaven-adopts-new-tree-ordinance/F2OMCJJKZ5GV7J447WSMVVI2OY/","_id":"4YDB6HEN3RAOHMRLNPG7CUW7BI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1642627220795,"type":"text","content":"While most residents who participated in Tuesday’s meeting were vehemently supportive of the policy, a few residents voiced their dissent. Leslie Petosa, a builder in the area, said she felt the ordinance was extreme and would stifle development.","_id":"GKYB546YOZG3FLVSXMFK7IEFZI","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1642627220796,"type":"text","content":"“If everybody wanted to live in a forest, they’d live in Blue Ridge,” Petosa said, referring to the small city in the North Georgia mountains.","_id":"22CDBK6IQNHTVCNBVJT27RSQN4","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1642627220797,"type":"text","content":"The most divisive policy proposal was the creation of a canopy tree loss fee, which carries a hefty fine for removing protected trees. 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Lary and other city leaders touted they would bring development projects that otherwise wouldn’t come to their area of southeast DeKalb, a historically undercapitalized area that is more than 93% Black.","_id":"ATHJQ4LZ5FEONALXREPFHOE2VU","additional_properties":"inline_comments":[],"comments":[],"_id":1642183522238,"type":"text","content":"The Stonecrest Development Authority launched in 2018 and was lauded as the economic tool to attract large development deals. Allen was among the first members appointed to the authority’s board, undergoing training with the members who would end up granting his tax break a year later. 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Instead, it’s a real estate deal where a development authority, which does not pay property taxes, gets a developer’s property in exchange for having a say in how the developer’s project is designed. 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