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Did jealous rage lead ex-girlfriend to allegedly kill gay East Point police officer?

Fulton County prosecutors said an apparent jealous rage led Danielle Parker to shoot and kill her ex-girlfriend, an East Point police officer, over the Fourth of July weekend.

At a preliminary hearing today, Fulton Judge Karen Smith Woodson found probable cause on counts of malice murder, felony murder, felony assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony against Danielle Parker, charged with killing Crystal Parker, a decorated East Point corporal who Officer of the Year for 2010-2012. A bond hearing is set for Aug. 7.

Danielle Parker, who sat in during today's preliminary hearing wearing a blue Fulton County jail jumpsuit and shackled at the wrists and waist, is accused of killing East Point Cpl. Crystal Parker during the early morning hours of July 4; Crystal Park's body was discovered July 7. Danielle Parker was arrested and charged with the killing on July 9. Her defense attorney is Stanley Constant.

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AIDS Vigil, Commitment Ceremony highlight week leading into Atlanta Pride

Atlanta Pride Commitment Ceremony

As the Atlanta Pride Committee puts the finishing touches on the main event, set for Oct. 13-14 in Piedmont Park, there are plenty of official opportunities to celebrate in the week leading up to the festival. The annual AIDS Vigil and Commitment Ceremony are two traditions sure to draw throngs, while an expanded schedule of lead-up nightlife events helps raise funds.

“We’re working fast and furiously to make sure all of the logistical elements are in place, from fencing to port-potties, signage to t-shirts. You know, the really sexy part of running a festival!” jokes Buck Cooke, Atlanta Pride’s managing director.

Atlanta Pride, the Southeast’s largest LGBT event, brings entertainers, vendors, nonprofits and thousands of LGBT people and allies to Piedmont Park for two days of entertainment and empowerment.

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Pre-Pride events

AIDS Vigil, Commitment Ceremony highlight week leading into Atlanta Pride

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Pride: Commitment Ceremony an evolving tradition

In recent years, the Pride Commitment Ceremony was held in Piedmont Park on Saturday evening. This year, the celebration moves to a different day, the Thursday before Pride, and a new location, the W Midtown A...
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Atlanta Pride to overlap Jewish holiday

Rabbi Josh Lesser at the Atlanta Pride Commitment Ceremony

When Atlanta Pride announced yesterday that this year’s festival will be held Oct. 8-9, several community members were quick to point out the scheduling conflict with the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

“When I first heard the news, I was terribly disappointed,” Rabbi Josh Lesser of Congregation Bet Haverim said in a phone interview. “Yom Kippur is the most holy day of the year.”

Lesser said that James Parker Sheffield, executive director of the Atlanta Pride Committee, has reached out to Atlanta's LGBT Jewish community and will work toward providing Jewish-specific events that recognize the community at this year's Pride.

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Commitment Ceremony celebrates partners

Pride offers the chance for couples to take their relationship to a deeper level by hosting an interfaith commitment ceremony on Saturday evening.

Rabbi Joshua Lesser of Congregation Bet Haverim and Rev. Josh Noblitt of St. Mark’s United Methodist church will lead this year’s service in the Piedmont Park Pavilion.

In his third year of leading commitment ceremony, Lesser has married more people than he will ever know as 100 couples braved cold wet weather last year and even more participated the year before.