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The Charlotte post. (Charlotte, N.C.) 1918-????, May 29, 1997, Image 1

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□ □ ^ WNBA hoop dream is reality/IB Youngster holds on for trdnsplant/lOA ^ Improved Prelude Page 14B Cljarlotte THE VOiCE OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY THE WEEK OF MAY 29, 1997 VOLUME 22 NO. 36 75 CENTS ALSO SERViNG CABARRUS, CHESTER, ROWAN AND YORK COUNTiES History beckons trailblazing jurist Fulton could earn top court job By John Minter THE CHARLOTTE POST Superior Court Judge Shirley Fulton could become the top jurist in Mecklenburg County by the end of the year. Fulton, 45, is in line to replace Judge Chase Saunders, who is stepping down from the senior post in September. N.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Burley Mitchell will appoint a replace ment, which usually is based on seniority. “I haven’t heard from the chief justice yet,” Fulton said. “For the most part I know it is going to happen, “Being chief resident judge will be a new challenge, as well as an opportunity to model the court system with some of my thoughts and ideas,” she said. “I would like to leave an imprint on the court system.” Fulton, the first black woman elected to an N.C. Superior Court seat in 1988, said she’s already doing a management and opera tional audit to decide what, if any, changes she will make. A graduate of N.C. A&T State University and Duke University Law School, Fulton once dropped out of college before deciding she wanted to be a lawyer while working in the register of deeds office in Guilford County. “I had a contact with lawyers and my job was a dead end job,” Fulton said. “I thought being a lawyer would be interesting and something I would like to do.” Fulton is a co-organizer and vice president of the grassroots Queen City Congress and a vice president of her Wesley Heights Neighborhood Association. She is also a student in the Queens College MBA program. Saunders will be missed, Fulton says. “I think he is a good judge and his wisdom and guidance will be See FULTON on page 3A Day of the Red Tails A C-17 cargo plane flies behind the Tuskegee Airmen Monument that was unveiled Monday at the old Walterboro Army Airfield in Walterboro, S.C. Many of the black military aviators were trained for duty during Worid War II at the base that currently serves as the Walterboro airport. By Jesse J. Holland THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WALTERBORO, S.C. - 'Tuskegee Airman Eugene Richardson Jr. waved his hand toward phantom buildings at the rural Walterboro Airfield as he remembered his time as a 19-year-old P-51 Mustang pilot 52 years ago. “The control tower was over there and our hangar used to be here,” he said Monday, thinking back to his time at the old Army Air Base about 50 miles west of Charleston. “They’re all gone now. “But this more than makes up for that loss,” the retired lieu tenant from Philadelphia said, turning to the bronze bust and concrete monument dedicated to the heroism of the aviators who broke the color barrier on their way to becoming one of the most respected squadrons of World War II. More than 15 of the famous TYiskegee Airmen returned to South Carolina on Memorial Day to see the dedication of their monument, only the sec ond in the country to them. S.C. honors black fliers PHOTO/PAULA ILLINGWORTH Lt. Col. Hiram E. Mann, retired, center, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, laughs after receiving the Order of the Paimetto from S.C. Gov. David Beasley. Mann's wife, Kathadaza, is to the right. according to Richardson. ’There also is a monument at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, as well as plaques at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia and at their original base in Tuskegee, Alabama, he said. “I thought I would never see the day that something like this would go up in South Carolina, of all the places,” Richardson said. Many of the 1,000 airmen got their flight training in Walterboro in 1943-44 after classroom instruction in Alabama. The monument features a bronze bust of a black aviator atop a concrete tablet with an engraved gray and blue P-51 Mustang with the signature red tail. Beneath that is sn inscription explaining the Tuskegee Airmen and a green and brown P-40 Warhawk, which the airmen also flew. Gov. David Beasley gave the black pilots and one of their white trainers, retired Capt. John Truluck of Walterboro, the See AVIATORS on page 2A PHOTO/CALVIN FERGUSON Shirley Fulton is in line to become Mecklenburg’s top judge. DA’s decision on police shooting is stUl pending By John Minter THE CHARLOTTE POST District Attorney Peter Gilchrist said Wednesday he has not decided on possible criminal charges against two Charlotte police officers who shot an unarmed woman to death on April 8. A police spokesman said the department’s internal investigation will await Gilchrist’s decision, since it may turn up additional wit nesses or evidence. The shooting has sparked renewed support for a citizens review of police actions and a review board is expected to be approved next month. Gilchrist said he’s actively working on the investigative file pro vided by the police department’s homicide unit, but does not know when he will have a decisiVm. “There is some additional forensic work being done,” Gilchrist said. “I don’t know if that will affect any decision.” Laboratory tests are being conducted on evidence in the shoot ing. Gilchrist could file criminal charges against the officers who fired 22 shots into a car in which Carolyn Sue Boetticher, 48, a Concord native, was a passenger. She was shot in the back of the neck and died about five hours later. Officers shot into the car as it sped past. The car had failed to stop at a license check at State and Gesco streets off Tuckaseegee Road in the Seversville community. The driver of the car, Robert G. Lundy Sr., 55, of West Columbia, See DA’S on page 6A Preschool program still has places open for 1,000 children By John Minter THE CHARLOTTE POST Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials are looking for a few good 4-year-olds - or 3- year-olds who will be 4 by Oct. 16. The school system has about 1,000 open slots for its new preschool program and is launching a blitz to fill them. “Our concern is we are not getting some of the children we need to reach,” said Barbara Pellin, assistant superinten dent for student services. “It is designed for 2,000 chil dren the first year. We are about at half that now. That’s just about where we expected to be at this point. We have been screening now about 3 1/2 weeks.” The school system plans to step up its recruitment, Pellin said. “We will be setting up special recruitment pieces, for exam ple at Marie G. Davis (Elementary School)...some of the places where we think there are children who proba bly will qualify. Screening will go on through the summer.” Pellin said the target popula tion is children who have not had adequate preschool experi ences. That doesn’t mean chil dren who have not gone to an organized day care center, since children can get proper preschool experiences, such as frequent reading sessions, in the home. “We are looking at neighbor hoods where kindergartners come to us not ready,” Pellin said. Some are low-income areas See PRESCHOOL on page 3A Inside Editorials 4A-5A Strictly Business 8A Lifestyles 10A Healthy Body/ Healthy Mind 11A Reiigion 12A Sports 1B A&E 5B Regional News 10B Ciassified 12B Auto Showcase 146 To subscribe, call (704) 376- 0496 or FAX (704) 342-2160. © 1997 The Charlotte Post Comments? Our e-mall address is: World Wide Web page address: o 1988/ UUUU1 Please Recycle

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