- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 10, 2009


Atlanta chooses black man as mayor

ATLANTA | A recount in the race for Atlanta mayor confirmed lawyer Kasim Reed as winner Wednesday after an election that exposed a racial fault line.

City Council member Mary Norwood, who would have become the city’s first white mayor since 1974, picked up just one vote in the recount she had requested.

She finished 714 votes behind Mr. Reed with about 84,000 votes cast, Fulton County’s election office said.

Mr. Reed was declared the winner of the Dec. 1 runoff and announced his priorities would include selecting a new police chief and shoring up city finances.

Voting mirrored Atlanta’s demographics, with Mr. Reed running up big numbers in the south and west sectors, which are majority black and include some of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.

Ms. Norwood’s support base was in mainly white northern council districts.


Woods loses medal promoter

A California congressman is dropping his effort to honor Tiger Woods with a Congressional Gold Medal.

Democratic Rep. Joe Baca proposed legislation in March that called for the golfer to be recognized for promoting good sportsmanship and breaking down barriers in the sport.

Mr. Baca said in a statement Wednesday that “in light of the recent developments surrounding Tiger Woods and his family,” he won’t pursue legislation this session to give him the award.

Mr. Woods’ recent car accident has led to a media firestorm surrounding his personal life. The world’s No. 1 golfer hit a hydrant and a tree on Nov. 27, and he was cited for careless driving and fined $164.

The accident - and Mr. Woods’ refusal to answer questions about it - fueled speculation about a possible dispute between him and his wife, Elin.

Mr. Woods has been out of the public eye since the crash and subsequent allegations of extramarital affairs.


Carter’s grandson to run for office

ATLANTA | Jimmy Carter’s grandson is following the former president into politics with a run for the Georgia state Senate.

Democrat Jason Carter says he will run for an Atlanta area seat that’s being vacated by President Obama’s nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Singapore.

If David Adelman is confirmed as ambassador in January, a special election could be held in March for his Senate seat representing part of DeKalb County.

Jason Carter is the only person so far to say he would run for the seat, a Democratic stronghold.

The 34-year-old said his grandfather, once the governor of Georgia, encouraged him to enter the race.

But he doesn’t feel much pressure to live up to his family’s famous last name.

“To the extent that there’s pressure, it is pressure to do the right thing, to maintain integrity that comes with the name,” he said.

Jason Carter is a lawyer who focuses on voting rights at an Atlanta firm.


Drones may drop supplies to troops

The U.S. military is taking a serious look at resupplying combat troops in Afghanistan using unmanned aircraft, an Air Force general said Wednesday.

Faced with the task of delivering vast amounts of supplies by land and by air to troops in the mountainous, landlocked country, senior officers were considering using pilotless aircraft to help with the job, said Transportation Command chief Gen. Duncan McNabb.

After talks with the Marine Corps, Gen. McNabb said, his command had acquired a number of drones for possible supply missions.

“We bought some, to see how that would work,” he told a gathering of defense writers.

The general said drones could ferry smaller-scale cargo and retrieve global positioning system receivers left behind when supplies are airdropped.

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