The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia on December 11, 2005 · ZH1
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Filename: ZH1-NSIDE-HZON1211-NSIDE Date/Time created: Dec 10 2005 2:45:04:880AM Username: SPEED4 HZON1211 Sunday, Dec 11, 2005 NSIDE 1ZH HZON 1ZH Cyan Magenta Yellow Black *SUZ21OA001KB* $EGL+*A3))*=4$ 1ZH Cyan Magenta Yellow Black HZON NSIDE Filename: ZH1-NSIDE-HZON1211-NSIDE Date/Time created: Dec 10 2005 2:45:04:883AM Username: SPEED4 THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION CHECK FOR BREAKING NEWS UPDATES AT AJC.COM ZH SUNDAY, DEC. 11, 2005 ajc North Side Tie Atlanta Journal-Constitution H NORTH FULTON, EAST COBB, DUNWOODY, FORSYTH hcXUm IN NORTHSIDE ➤ SWIMMING PREVIEW Northside swimmers are buoyed for meets ahead, with some team members already qualified to compete in the state tournament in February. ZH14 ➤ FESTIVE FORSYTH: Lighting of Northside Hospital tree is a community affair. ZH9 CHARLOTTE B. TEAGLE / Staff Holiday touches ➤ CALENDAR OF EVENTS: Share spirit of season. ZH16 BOB ANDRES / Staff ANDY SHARP / Staff Anita Newby and son John Michael, 3, ride down a sliding board at East Cobb Park. A regular visitor to the 33-acre park with her child, Newby said she would welcome a smoking ban there. By AIXA M. PASCUAL When Scott Paschal makes his morning rounds cleaning up East Cobb Park, he always finds cigarette butts amid the trash, dust and dead leaves. Last weekend, the day after the lighting of the park’s Christmas tree, there were so many cigarette butts “that you could see them speckled throughout the grass,” said Paschal, a maintenance worker at the park. Paschal, 30, is concerned that children who play in the popular park will get used to the sight of cigarette butts. “For the benefit of the kids, it would be better for them not to see it,” he said. If East Cobb Park were in Kennesaw, the use of tobacco products would be prohibited around the pavilions and playgrounds. But in Cobb, and in many parks across the Northside, smoking in city and county parks is, for the most part, OK. Kennesaw, on the other hand, last month approved a sweeping smoking ban in all city parks — the most comprehensive outdoors ban on the Northside. In interviews at parks across the Northside and with others who responded to a Voice of Northside e-mail survey, residents had mixed feelings about Kennesaw’s smoking ban and whether they’d like to see such restrictions in their neighborhoods. What residents are saying about outdoor smoking bans. “This is but another step toward the complete banning of smoking everywhere as a health hazard, and I am in complete favor of banning smoking. The only open question is how long before the total ban happens.” — Jim Murphy, Dunwoody “I am definitely against smoking inside public places, but not being able to smoke outside — that may be going a bit too far.” — Bonnie L. Weiss, East Cobb “As long as smoking is legal, government has no business limiting a legal behavior unless there is a direct, provable harm to others. ... Such laws are nothing more than an attack on liberty and shifting more power over our personal lives to government.” — Jeff Jones, Roswell “As a reformed smoker who gave up his three-pack-a-day habit 31 years ago. I feel that smoking should be confined to the home or, at least, away from any area with recreational activities.” — G. Alan Katz, Marietta Butt out? ➤ Please see SMOKING, ZH7 Many applaud, but some Northsiders say ban on smoking in public parks goes too far THE VOICE OF NORTHSIDE NO IFS, ANDS OR … Outdoor smoking regulations in some areas of the Northside. ➤ Cobb County: Bans smoking at sports fields. ➤ Forsyth County: Recently restricted smoking at athletic parks. ➤ Dunwoody: Has no outdoor smoking restrictions. ➤ Roswell: Prohibits use of tobacco on athletic fields. ➤ Alpharetta: Bans smoking at sports fields. ➤ Kennesaw: Bans smoking in all city parks. Endres mystery in new phase By MARCIA LANGHENRY At a tiny churchyard in a hauntingly familiar scene, law enforcement officers set up a command post under a picnic pavilion and fanned out for a search last week much the way they did 20 months ago at another small brick church a few miles away. On that day, April 15, 2004, Patrice Endres was being sought. This time, she was being found. The discovery of her remains Tuesday opens a new chapter in the mystery of what happened the day the young business owner was abducted from her salon in a quiet community in northwest Forsyth County. Since then, there has been no physical evidence linking anyone to the crime. A convicted killer’s confession, doubted by some initially, is even more suspect now that Endres’ remains have been found an hour’s drive away from where he said he had disposed of her body. Investigators have moved the missing persons case files from Forsyth County to Dawson County and reclas - sified it a homicide. “It’s obvious you have a situation involving foul play, so you proceed with that,” said John Bankhead, GBI spokesman. On Friday, a team of five investigators from the two counties and the GBI began to comb back through stacks of reports of interviews and dead-end leads. But this week, the best chance of finding a clue will be in an annex of the GBI Crime Lab in Decatur. Searchers on their hands and knees combed the woods behind Lebanon Baptist Church on Kelly Bridge Road Now classi ed as homicide, case moves to Dawson FORSYTH COUNTY With the discovery of Patrice Endres ’ remains, authorities have renewed their call for information from citizens. ➤ Please see ENDRES, ZH10

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