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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, January 10, 2008, Page A2, Image 2

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Nivvssat Sharpton leads protest over shooting of white teenager by black man RIVERHEAD, N.Y. ( AP) - The Rev. A1 Sharpton led a rally Saturday to protest the conviction of a black man in the fatal shooting of a white teenager on Long Island, saying the prosecu tion of the case was unjust. The civil rights activist was joined by John White, who was found gUilty of manslaughter last month but is free on bail pending sentencing. Several hundred people gathered outside -Uhf i.oiutHwti'se where the case was tried. He is free on bail until sentencing and has said he will appeal. "There is a road ahead," he said Saturday. "I don't know what it may bring, yet J know that God will walk with me through the lye." The teenagef, Paniel Cicciaro Jr.. had 1 ? ? snown up ai wniie s nome on au^. v. White 2006, with a group of angry friends. Sharpton has described Cicciaro and his friends as a "mob" that had threatened White. White has said he was trying to protect his home and family when he grabbed a gun and went to face the teens outside the house in the predominantly white community of Miller Place. The conflict began with a bogus MySpace posting claiming White's 19-year-old son. Aaron, wanted to rape a female friend of one of the white teens. John White claimed the gun fired accidentally when Cicciaro lunged for it, killing the 17-year-old. Prosecutors argued that White was rash to confront the teens, rather than locking the door and calling police. The teens, who were unarmed, were not prosecuted. White. 54, faces a potential prison term of five to 15 years. He has said he will appeal. Georgia public defender put on leave for using racial slur DECATUR, Ga. (AP) - Longtime DeKalb County public defender Larry Schneider is on administrative leave pending an investigation into his use of the n-word during a meeting. Schneider, who is white, says he was telling a story about a Superior Court judge who used the racial slur in 1984 as a way to "illustrate my familiarity with racial bias in the court system" with staff members of the state public defender council. The council voted Friday to put him on paid leave until a spe cial master can conduct a hearing and make a recommendation to the council on whether Schneider should be fired for his conduct 1 >in the DeCTTfneeting. Judge in James Brown case staying, despite argument he be removed AIKEN, S.C. (AP) - A judge handling James Brown's corf tested fortune refused Friday to remove himself from the case despite an argument from the late soul singer's former ttOStte* that he forced them to resign. "I would never force anyone to do anything, that's not me," circuit juage jacK tariy saia. Former trustees Buddy Dallas and Alford Bradley, who both spent years han dling Brown's financial affairs, resigned in November. A couple of weeks later, they claimed the judge pressured them to resign On Friday, an attorney for the trustees tried to retract the argument the judge be removed, but Early wouldn't allow it and then ruled he wouldn't step aside Administrators looking into the han- Brown dling of Brown's estate told the judge in September that another former trustee. David Cannon, may have misappropriated up to $7 million. And the singer's six adult chil dren have been at 'odds with the trustees, claiming money has been mismanaged. Dallas and Bradley have denied claims they violated Brown's trust. Attorneys for Brown's adult children and a woman who cliyms to be his fourth wife argued the judge should stay. / Brown died in Atlanta on Christmas Day 2006. throwing into turmoil the future of his trust, which is said to contain most of his primary assets, including music rights and his 60-acre Beech Island home in South Carolina. The total value is still unclear. Since he died, several people, including some claiming to be Brown's unacknowledged children, have come forward wanting a piece of his estate. ?? Assistant fire chief demoted over video JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - An assistant fire chief has been demoted after allegedly appearing in a 13-year-old video that a Jackson firefighters' union official claimed made fun of blacks. Fnr -Chief Vernon Hughes said at a iwws_ conference Fffitay that he had concluded that the person who appeared on tape was Assistant Chief Todd Chandler, despite Chandler's insistence that he was not in the videotape . ,? 0 Chandler's was demoted to captain and reassigned to the divi sion that supplies air tanks to firefighters, Hughes said. The videotape, made in 1994, is a video tour of Station 12. One clip shows a Confederate flag on a blackboard. Then comes a segment showing a firefighter, who Local 87 firefighters union President Brandon Falcon said is Chandler, using phrases and ges tures associated with derogatory stereotyping of blacks as he imi tates a black firefighter. Falcon, who distributed the videotape to several media outlets, would not say who gave it to him. Chandler is a 22-year veteran of th^fire department. The Jackson Fire Department now is about 72 percent black, Hughes said. Hughes, who is black, saidlie would qame a new assistant chief soon. The Chronicle (USPS 067-910) was established by Ernest H. Pitt and Ndubisi Egemonye in 1974 and is published every Thursday by Winston-Salem Chronicle Publishing Co. Inc., 617 N. Liberty Street, Winston-Salem, N.C?. 27101. Periodicals postage paid at Winston-Salem, N.C. Annual subscription price is $30.72. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: The Chronicle, P.O. Box 1636 Winston-Salem, NC 27102-1636 Campbell interviews Hugo Chavez THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he likes Prince Charles and thinks President Bush is crazy, in an interview with Naomi Campbell in the British edition. The 37-year-old supermodel spoke to Chavez in her role as contributing editor to British GQ, the magazine - said. Excerpts were released Monday. Chavez, who lost a referen dum last month that would have greatly expanded"?is powers and institutionalized his version of "21st-century socialism," gave Campbell his views on a range of subjects. He said President Bush was "completely crazy. But he's on his way out." We re seeing the tall ot the Chavez empire. ... Like the fairy tale, the emperor is naked," he was quoted as saying. Asked to name the world's most stylish leader, Chavez chose Cuba's Fidel Castro. "Fidel, of course! His uniform is impeccable. His boots are polished, his beard is elegant," Chavez said. Campbell asked if Chavez would appear topless in photos as Russian President Vladimir Putin has done. "Why not?" he said. "Touch my muscles!" The Venezuelan leader asked Campbell if she knew Prince Charles. "I like the Prince," he said. "Now he has Camilla, his new girl. She's not as attractive, is she?" GQ said Campbell would interview other high-profile figures in politics, sports and entertainment. The full interview with Chavez is in GQ's February issue, to be released today. Campbell wrote that she had hoped to get a sense of "Hugo Chavez the man" "1 found him to be fearless, but not threatening or unreasonable," she wrote. "I hope Venezuela's, relations with America will improve in the immediate future." PRNewsFoto Naomi Campbell is one of the world's best-known models. Judge to Farrakhan: Please explain allowance BY ERNEST ALEXANDER AFRO AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS WASHINGTON (NNPA) - Nation of Islam leader Min. Louis Farrakhan is being hauled into court over his son's hit and run accident. A ' federal judge has ordered Farrakhan to appear in court next month to explain why p 3 V t"230ade to his son are nof consid ered income, but char ity The i m n o r - tance of Farrakhan the dis tinction comes in light of his 48-year-old son Nasir Farrakhan's failure to pay Charles and Gladys Peterson, an Indiana couple, punitive damages of $325,000 after he slammed his father's Hummer into their car and fled the scene in 2003. "They were traveling in [the] same lane in the same direction and Nasir was behind them and he hit them," said the Peterson's lawyer, Michael Back. "And then when he tried to flee the scene as they were puHing off the road, he hit them again," ' According to Back, the jury determined that he was under the influence of some substance and that testimony identified it as likely being an overdose of Vicodin. A crack pipe was found in the car by the Illinois State Police when they fina}]y chased Farrakhan down. Back said. Earlier this month, U.S District Magistrate Andrew Rodovich ordered Louis* Farrakhan and a financial rep resentative of the Nation of Islam to appear in court in Hammond on Jan. 24 for a preceding supplemental hear ing to answer questions from the Peterson's lawyer as to why the younger Farrakhan had failed to make any pay ments to his clients despite the fact that he receives $1,400 a month from his father, said a spokesperson from Rodovich's office. The younger Farrakhan said in court that he couldn't pay because he has no income, hps never been employed, has no checking account or savings and has never filed income taxes in his entire life. Back said. Farrakhan added that the $1,400 in cash he receives from his father each month is legally considered charity, even though he has acted as head of the minister's 24-man security force for many years. Back said. A substantial amount of money exceeding $464,000 has already been collected by the Petersons, but that the money came from Farrakhan's insurance. Back said. Farrakhan has made no attempts to pay the couple out of his own pocket, Back said. Neither The Nation of Islam's headquarters in Chicago nor representatives from the Final Call responded to repeated calls regarding the incident. l JL fad BlueCross BlueShield nir W of North Carolina "Your plan for better Healths Blue Medicare HMO" Blue Medicare PPO" Medicare Advantage plans offered by PARTNERS National Health Plans of North Carolina, Inc. (PARTNERS) and administered by its parent company, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) Plans with low monthly premiums NEW! No referrals required to see specialists ? NEW! PPO Enhanced Plus plan with the same copayments in- and out-of-network for most services Attend an upcoming Medicare Advantage meeting in your area! 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