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Vol.XXXVUINo.24 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. THURSDAY, February 9, 2012
Photos by Todd Luck
Judges Sam Ervin IV, Wanda Bryant and Linda McGee
stand outside Forsyth County Democratic Headquarters.
leads state judges
BY TODD LUCK ,
North Carolina voters got to
know some of their appellate
court judges last Friday during a
lunchtime meet and greet at the
Forsyth County Democratic
mere are three
N.C. Court of
Appeals judges up for
re-election this year.
Two of them, Linda
McGee and Wanda
Bryant, attended The
third judge, Cressie
Thigpen, who was
appointed to the
Court in 2010, was
scheduled to appear
but his plans changed
N.C. Court of
Appeals Judge Sam
Ervin IV, who is run
ning for the N.C. Supreme
Court, was also on hand.
The judges greeted attendees,
including local judges and politi
cians, chatted and answered ques
tions. Forsyth Clerk of Court
Susan Frye. who arranged the
event, said that she tried to get
the word out to everyone, not
just Democrats, to come meet
the judges, who are all
Democrats running in nonparti
san races. Frye said events like
the meet and greet are especially
relevant to candidates who will
appear on ballots statewide.
"It's very important for them
to go county to county and be
introduced to as many people as
^xlssible," said Frye.
Judicial candidates tend to
have limited campaign funds and
have to rely more on personal
appearances and less on advertis
ing. They also tend to stay clear
of political issues and discussing
specific issues, since they will
likely have to make rulings on
"I used to tell peo
ple you don't want me
to tell you what my
position on an issue
is, then I won't be able
to sit on your case,"
McGee is the
longest serving female
judge in N.C. Court of
Appeals history with
17 years on the bench.
When she first came to
the bench, she was the
onlv woman. Now.
seven of the 15 N.C. Court of
Appeals judges are female.
McGee, who prior to becom
ing a judge was a lawyer in
Boone for 17 years, said she
hopes voters will keep her expe
rience in mind.
"I think experience matters,
particularly for judges." said
McGee. "...I've been at it for a
period of time. I believe I bring
a sense of fairness ... I try to be
thorough. I am willing to listen
to different view points and try
to come out with a sensible, rea
Bryant, who has served on
See Judges on A19
Groups threaten legal action against cops
Photo by Lay la Farmer
NAACP President S. Wayne Patterson speaks to the group as
the ACLU's Raul Pinto looks on.
BY LAYLA FARMER
An ongoing battle over the placement
and legality of stationary license check
points in Winston-Salem could end up in
the courts if the North Carolina
American Civil Liberties Union
(ACLU), the NAACP and the Winston
Salem Police Department can't come to
an understanding, leaders from the two
civil rights organizations said last week.
The ACLU's Raul Pinto spoke about
the issue last Thursday at the headquar
ters of the Winston-Salem Branch of the
"The checkpoints have become sort
of a routine part of Winston-Salem life,
and that is a problem for us," said Pinto,
who has been investigating the police
department's tactics and procedures with
regard to the checkpoints since last year.
Pinto, who has called the 244?*:heck
See ACLU on A2
Photos by Layla Farmer
Carta Matthews (center) leads the'class through a lively routine at the Metropolis Center.
Local, regional acts to take part in line dancing showcase
Co-Instructor Tyke Matthews dances
alongside his mother.
BY LAYLA FARMER
It's more than a hobby.
For city, native Carla
Matthews, soul line dancing is a
way of life.
"I can officially say I'm a
line dancing addict." she
declared. "It's just an awesome.
stress reliever. 1 feel so much
better (after dancing). My soul
is so lifted. It has given mes
something that 1 can look for
ward to, that I hav? a passion
Matthews is hoping to
spread the joy and excitement
she's found in soul line dancing
- which is similar to its country
Western predecessor but is set to
hip hop or R&B music.
Line dancing, where every
one of the dance floor performs
exact moves that are sometimes
dictated by the songs being
played - has gained some popu
larity in recent years with popu
lar songs/line dances like the
"Cupid Shuffle" and the "Cha
Cha Slide." Matthews hopes to
Sec Dancing on A6
Women urged to pay
attention to their bodies
BY LAYLA FARMER
Mary Roscana has two birthdays: the day she
was born, and the day she
was given a second chance at
Roscana, the volunteer
coordinator for the Kate B.
Reynolds Hospice Home,
suffered a massive heart
attack on March T5, 2011.
She underwent open heart
surgery, and with the help of
health care professionals at
Forsyth Medical Center,'
recovered and was well
enough to return to work in July.
The experience has left its mark. Roscana said
See Go Red on A10
Ptxxm h\ Layla Fanner
Dr. Glenda Newell addresses the audience.
Meet & Greet
WSSU Photo by Garrett Garms
CNN Anchor Soledad O'Brien (center) poses with Emery
Rann III and Dr. Velma Watts on Jan. 23 during a
Martin Luther King Jr. celebratory luncheon on the
campus of Winston-Salem State University. Later that
day, O'Brien gave the keynote address at Wake Forest
University for the annual MLK Day event that WSSU
and WFU sponsors jointly.
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