Originally created 11/16/02

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School board voids contracts by Schrenko

ATLANTA -The state Board of Education is seeking reimbursement of more than $500,000 in contracts that board members say Superintendent Linda Schrenko authorized by sidestepping them.

The board voted Thursday to void the contracts and said the departments that were supposed to receive the services had not received them almost four months after they were approved.

Mrs. Schrenko could not be reached for comment. Her deputy, Merle Temple, said she was recuperating from back surgery.

Music writer is sued for using his name

ATLANTA - Bill Wyman is getting sued for being himself.

Mr. Wyman, a music writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, was recently notified of legal action against him for having the same name as a former Rolling Stones bassist.

"I must ask that you immediately cease and desist from authorizing or permitting any such use of our client's name," according to a letter written by an attorney for the Stones' Bill Wyman, who left the band in 1993.

The legal threat came after Mr. Wyman wrote about some old Rolling Stones albums for the newspaper.

The letter said Mr. Wyman could continue using his name if he adds a disclaimer to everything he writes in the future "clearly indicating that (he is) not the same Bill Wyman who was a member for the Rolling Stones."

Carter family resigns from Friendship Force

ATLANTA -Former President Carter's wife and son have broken official ties to Friendship Force International, an overseas exchange program that Mr. Carter helped start.

James E. "Chip" Carter III resigned as president at the agency's annual conference in Dallas on Sunday. Former first lady Rosalynn Carter, who has served as honorary chairwoman since the Atlanta-based agency was founded, also resigned.

Board Chairman Tony Coates said the resignations followed a difference of opinion on the financial future of the organization.

Police arrest two in shooting of 3-year-old

DECATUR - Police arrested two men Thursday in connection with a drive-by shooting that left a 3-year-old girl wounded in the abdomen in her DeKalb County home.

The girl, Hialeah Seals, was in critical but stable condition Thursday night.

Timothy Askew, 20, of Decatur, and Germaine Mountain, 18, of Lithonia, were charged with aggravated assault. The suspects returned to the house after an argument and fired shots from a pickup, according to police reports.

Congregation's youths go home to parents

ATLANTA - Five children from the House of Prayer were returned to their parents Thursday after being in group homes and foster care for more than a year.

A juvenile court judge ordered their release.

Last month, the Rev. Arthur Allen and four other members were found guilty of aggravated assault and cruelty to children for whipping two boys in front of the congregation in February 2001.