Two teens killed at separate parties

JONESBORO - A day after a 14-year-old was killed by gunmen firing into a crowd outside a birthday party in nearby Conley, another teenager was killed in what police say was a similar but unrelated incident at a party in Jonesboro.

Several fights broke out at the Jonesboro home Saturday night, and partygoers ran outside, where two armed men - one wearing fatigues and carrying an assault rifle - began firing into the crowd, said Clayton County police Capt. Jeff Turner.

Larry Bishop Jr., 18, of Jonesboro, was shot several times and died the next day at an Atlanta hospital, Turner said. Two 16-year-olds and a 20-year-old man also were wounded.

Police believe the shooting may have been payback for a fight between gang members at Mundy Mill High School on Friday, Turner said. One of the students was cut on the mouth and needed stitches.

The shooting doesn't seem related to an incident about 26 hours earlier in which 14-year-old Krystal Williams was fatally shot in the back of the head, Turner said.

Girl dies when bus collides with car

ATLANTA - A MARTA bus driver faces charges after a bus collided with a Toyota Celica in southeast Atlanta, killing a 10-year-old girl and injuring her mother.

Mallory Mahony died at Grady Memorial Hospital on Saturday, several hours after the wreck, said Atlanta police Sgt. John Quigley.

Mallory and her mother, Katie Mahony, were driving along Park Avenue when bus driver L.J. Holder, a nine-year employee with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, cut across Mahony's lane and hit the Celica head on, Quigley said.

Holder, 42, of Rex has been charged with failure to yield and second-degree homicide by vehicle, Quigley said. Holder has been suspended with pay until the Atlanta police and MARTA finish their investigations.

Jackson to hold voting rights rally

ATLANTA - Saying the protections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act could be in jeopardy, the Rev. Jesse Jackson announced plans for a ''massive'' protest march in Atlanta on the anniversary of the law's signing.

Jackson said the Aug. 6 event will feature a march from the tomb of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park and is inspired by concerns that President Bush will seek to alter the 40-year-old law that protects voting rights among minorities and others.

''This is a monumental moment in American history,'' said Jackson, the founder of the Rainbow-PUSH Coalition.

The Voting Rights Act outlawed literacy tests and other impediments to voting by minorities.

While the act is a permanent law and the right to vote regardless of race is protected by the 15th Amendment, certain provisions of the act have to be renewed to remain in effect.

- From wire reports