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Plans of action may change
for some candidates Oct. 17
I By TONYA V. SMITH
ChronicJe Staff Writer
Both mayoral primary elections will head into
overtime Oct. 17, and respective candidates are
working on their political layups for the last game
before the Nov. 7 playoffs.
Martha S. Wood, who lost by a slim 87 votes to
G. Dee Smith in the Sept. 26 Democratic Primary,
filed earlier this week for a runoff election. Republi
? can mayoral candidates Lenville M. Sale and
? William T. Skidrnufe~wiH also have a rematch. Mr.
Sale, edged Mr. Skidmore for the GOP nomination,
924 votes to 806 votes.
Neither Mr. Smith nor Mr. Sale won 50 percent
of the vote, which gave Mrs. Wood and Mr. Skid
more the right to call for a runoff.
More of the same, hard work, is what you can
look for from "the people's choice" candidate, Mrs.
"Our supporters are strong and unwavering and
they are committed to the task and doing what has to
be done during the next two weeks," said the North- *
west Ward alderman.
She declined to divulge her campaign strategy,
but a look at last' week's voter tallies clearly indicate
that Mrs* Wood must do better in her home ward, as
well as the iwter, pjftdrealflia^ that
Mrs. Wood won in the three predominantly
Afro-American wards in the North, Northeast and
- Eastern sectors of the city. She also won Alderman
Larry W. Womble's Southeast Ward, which is most
representative of the city's racial mix with 60 percent
of its residents being white, and 40 percent are Afro
Mr. Womble, unlike his fellow Afro-American
aldermen who are seeking reelection, has not pub
licly announced who he is supporting for mayor. He
33t^c-fc~TOObiisy wlitmtT"Own campaign to worry ^
about someone else's. Mr. Womble will meet chal
lenger Dale R. Folwell in the Nov. 7 general election. ?
Alderman Virginia K. Newell, threw her support
early on to Mrs. Wood. Northeast Ward Alderman
_Vivian S. Burke has campaigned heavily for Mr.
Smith, but Mrs. Wood won the ward 1,271 votes to
570. Pat Hairston, who did not seek reelection as
alderman of the North Ward, has not publicly voiced
support for any of the candidates, but he has never
been known to be a big fan of Mrs. Wood's.
Mr. Smith said earlier this week that he did not
plan to do anything differently or change his cam
paign strafiegy. However, when the final tallies came
in from Tuesday's primaries Mr. Smith said his camp
would have to work more on getting the Afro- Ameri
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Panther to politician
Nelson Malloy comes full circle"
By TONYA V. SMITH
Chronicle Staff Writer
The crossroads of life is sup
posedly that point where one must
choose between different courses
of action. One could arrive at the
crossroads as the result of a per
sonal revelation or because^of
some sort of supernatural inter
Nelson Lee Malloy Jr. has
had at least two confrontations
with life at the crossroads.
"Man, I've experienced so
many different events and occa
sions, but I think the one that real- "
ly was a turning point for me was
when I became politically aware
and conscious and was able to put
the plight of Afro-Americans in
perspective in terms of injustice,
discrimination and the second
class citizenship that the system
had placed us in," said the recent
ly nominated Democratic candi
date for the North Ward seat on
the city Board of Aldermen.
"I can remember segregation
very, very well. I remember the
signs over the water fountains
saying 'white' and 'colored.' I
remember the separate bathrooms
and how we couldn't go to certain
"My mother worked as a
domestic worker so she spent her
life cleaning. But on her days off
she would take us to the movies
and other things. We had to use
the fire escape to watch a movie
in the old Carolina Theatre that's
now the Steven's Center. I would
ask myself, 'Why do these white
people treat us so differently."'
Mr. Malloy, the oldest of six
children, remembers his family's
house on then unpaved Pittsburgh
Avenue. He also remembers mov
ing to what he called a "shotgun
shack" on 10 1/2 Street.
"We didn't have inside plumb
ing so we had to use an outhouse,
that housed the commode, in the
backyard," he said. "Our water
faucet was out in the backyard
too, and four or five other families
used it and the outhouse. Our
house was I guess what you call a
shotgun shack because one room
served as the living room, bed
room and kitchen.
"There was no electricity so
we had to use kerosene lamps. We
had an ice box that the ice man
V" t ? Photo by Mikq Cunningham
Some on-lookers might have thought that part of the Dixie Classic Fair ended up on Liberty
Street recently, but city employee Charles Adams was just renewing an old gas line.
camc to fill. We had a coal and
wood stove to heat and cook by."
Seeing the disparities between
the ways whites and Afro-Ameri
cans were treated, and the differ
ences in the respective qualities of
life, were eye-opening, life trans
forming experiences for Mr. Mal
loy, he said. Those early encoun
ters with life mapped out his
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in assault incident^
By TONYA V. SMITH
Chronide Staff Writer
The elementary school princi
pal accused of striking and shov
ing several Afro-American stu
dents was charged Monday with
seven counts of assault on chil -
dre n_ Le ss__ th an_L2_.yc ars old
according to court documents.
Summonses charged William
E. Honeycutt, principal of Mineral
Springs Elementary School for the
last 10 years, with assaulting
seven children between the ages
of 6 and 1 1 years old.
On Sept. 11 Mr. Honeycutt,
52, allegedly boarded a bus load
ed with Afro-American students,
looking for Miriam Potter. The
girl's mother, Adline, said she had
called the principal earlier that
day because the bus had left her 8
Children interviewed by the
School's investigative team and by
Dctcctivc Allean D. Sims, of the
city police department, have said
that Mr. Honeycutt began yelling,
shoving and hitting students.
The court documents charge
him with slapping a girl on her
-Hace, hitting another on the side of ?
her head, shoving four others, and
kicking a little boy. If found guilty
of all 12 misdemeanors Mr. Hon
eycutt could be sentenced to a
maximum 14 years in prison.
Mr. Honcycutt maintains that
he is innoccnt of any wrongdoing.
"I can't comment on the bus
incident other than to say that I'm
completely innocent of any wrong
doing," he said. "I have done
On Sept. 18, Superintendent
Larry D. Coble suspended Mr.
Honeycutt with pay and said fur
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Drug abuse: Not all df the addiction is
happening on the streets
By TONYA V. SMITH
Chronide Staff Writer
Nearly everyone knows that crack, cocaine, marijuana and heroin
are illegal drugs abused by a large percentage of the populace. But what
a lot of people don't know is that drugs prescribed by licensed physi
cians are abused daily by patients and doctors alike.
Each day thousands of people visit their family physician s office
or make a trip to a local hospital's emergency room and leave the
respective facilities with a prescription and usually some kind of assur
ance that the recommended drug will ease the pain, relax the tension or
cause the coughing to subside.
However, those same prescribed drugs have led to patient addiction
and even deaths because they weren't properly administered or were
Last year the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
estimated that about 17,000 of the nation s 650,000 doctors and a frac
tion of the 50,000 pharmacists doled out prescribed drugs purely for
financial gain. Inappropriate prescription writing is the most comma*
complaint heard by medical review boards, said science# m&gL
researcher and writer Ellen Ruppel Shell in an article "First,
harm: Lack of understanding often results in the misprescriptionSt]
drugs," appearing in the May 1988 issue of The Atlantic Monthly mag
"But the vast majority of what is called inappropriate prescribing
does not involve those unscrupulous 'scrip doctors,'" Ms. Shell
explained. "Hundreds of thousands of^Jollars worth of unnecessary and
even irrational prescriptions are writt^fcfiy^y ^ear
a perfectly legal capacity. ... the cni*^:A>" - ?
doctors who simply do not know or, in
cation that they are recommending fo
sive or dangero
re . . . pen
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3s from 1988 indica?fj?ai piore than ?alf of| all drug
yy room cases invo%jjrd .^rugs lhaj/Were legally pre
6n, 70 percent of all; drug-re Wted deaths involved pre
believe a better Educated patient population could
;dude/the Incii^tJ ^^escx^tion misuse. In conjunction Svith that
Ij9al^efcUjty.,is joining the national effort
Ab0tffePi*s??%ions Month." The organi
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tiffort to ask thc|r doctor^>
DrJv^ck, a ptfa
Medicine, Spends a ...
Health Center. Many%T hi*3>atiettts
means when he tells them to take their medicine three times a day, he
"At Reynolds Health Center a fair percentage of patients never get
the prescription, either because they don't want to, they don't under
stand and some don't have the money," said Dr. Mack. "Many of my
"ptfttfnts don't understand what I mean when I tell them to take the
m?<|cine three times a day. I told a mother to put ear drops in her
chjl|'s ear three times a day. When she came back two weeks later like I
tojdiher to, I asked her if she'd used air the medicine. She said yes. I
asjc< d her if she had put the drops in three times a day and she said yes.
WJn n I asked her at what times she said at eight, ten and eleven."
| Dr. Mack said he tried to make the mother understand that she
shbi Id nri?dicipd to her child every eight hours so it would be
e>fe^y'tnstM|bed,thfoughout the 24-hour day, however, he said the
dirfni?Bow whether there were 12 or 24 hours in a day.
faybe, one patient out of 50 that is like that, and you cah't
people, because it's not their problem," Dr. Mack said. "That's
J^risk my patients about their lifestyles and schedules, and then I
down what times they should take their medicine."
Vhen patients are given a prescription, they should ask the physi
[the name of the drug and whatat's supposed to do, how and when
fc^the medicine, how long to take the medicine, what foods, drinks.
Indications, or activities to avoid while taking the drug and ask
possible side effects and what to do if they occur, according to
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