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Security steps up for Atlanta race

ATLANTA — Nearly every section of the Peachtree Road Race on July Fourth will be watched by surveillance cameras and police officers under tighter security in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said Thursday.

Organizers of the 10-kilometer race and a local team of law enforcement officials consulted with organizers of the Boston Marathon and a race in Colorado to incorporate their security suggestions.

Every officer in the Atlanta Police Department will be on duty between July 3 and 5 and will work 12-hour shifts, Turner said. Cameras along the race route will help authorities quickly respond to potential emergencies.

About 60,000 people are expected to participate in the race.

Student says no to punishment paper

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A former Charleston school student who used the N-word in a Twitter message has refused to write a 500-word punishment essay ordered by the county school board.

Ashley Patrick has obtained a temporary restraining order against the Charleston County School Board so she does not have to write the essay. The board had told her to present the paper this week.

The former student at the School of Arts used the word about a black classmate earlier this year. Patrick complied with the school district’s five-day suspension and performed 20 hours of community service and has graduated. Her lawyer says Patrick has apologized.

County School Board Vice Chairman Craig Ascue says Patrick should write the essay. “We wanted her to reflect on this whole ordeal. It’s sad that she hasn’t taken advantage of that opportunity do what was asked,” Ascue said.

Patrick’s attorney, Dwayne Green, said the county school board does not have the authority to make a non-student do anything. Ascue says the county board told Patrick to write the paper while she was still a student.

Patrick has filed a lawsuit seeking to have her school records cleared of an intimidation charge.


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