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July 25

July 25, 2009 --

Opinion: Atlanta airport runs roughshod over cities U.S. case against Imperial Sugar drags on Former Cobb commissioner charged with felony theft

ATL police major investigated for felony in DeKalb

ATL police major investigated for felony in DeKalb
July 24, 2009 --

Maj. Pearlene Williams, chief of staff for Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington, is under investigation in DeKalb County, where her son has been serving time for a 2007 pawn shop killing. Court records show the DeKalb district attorney opened a file Wednesday on an allegation that Williams violated her oath of office, a felony, after the DeKalb sheriff forwarded an investigative report. Neither office would discuss the case. But, a spokesman cautioned, “She hasn’t been charged. She hasn’t been indicted.”


July 24

July 24, 2009 --

Massive N.J. corruption sting targets mayors, legislators, rabbis

DeKalb school board drops Sembler suit

DeKalb school board drops Sembler suit
July 24, 2009 --

The DeKalb County school board has dropped a suit seeking to block a controversial tax break sought by the Sembler Co. But the board still wants a say on any tax abatement being considered for the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based development firm.

11 lawmakers nudged into filing financial disclosures?

11 lawmakers nudged into filing financial disclosures?
July 23, 2009 --

Eleven state legislators have filed their 2008 financial disclosures since we pointed out Monday that they had missed the July 1 deadline. Good job, guys. That’s 11 down and 26 to go. The latest filers include state Sen. Ralph Hudgens (right), now a candidate for Georgia insurance commissioner.

July 23

July 23, 2009 --

Georgia’s high school graduation rate ‘in crisis’ State worker racks up huge retirement bonus Editorial: UGA has lost credibility on biosafety Canceled DeKalb master parks plan may offer clues on future of park system

DeKalb DA: Bolton’s luxury car story ‘absurd,’ but not criminal

DeKalb DA: Bolton's luxury car story 'absurd,' but not criminal
July 22, 2009 --

Fired DeKalb police chief Terrell Bolton’s explanation for keeping two seized luxury cars at home in his garage is “absurd,” the county’s district attorney says. Police handling of the two cars might also have violated state law, DA Gwen Keyes Fleming wrote in a March 24 letter. But she said it would not warrant criminal prosecution.

July 22

July 22, 2009 --

UGA incineration draws fire (pun presumably intended) DeKalb mulling plan to charge sports leagues $100 per field, per day

July 21

July 21, 2009 --

Group threatens to sue West GA Tech College over classes for illegal immigrants Cobb school attorney wants ‘major’ changes to promote transparency Taylor: Chatham ‘hellhole’ does no good Ex-sheriff accused of stealing $63K

Kurt Stuenkel, Floyd Medical Center CEO: $901,948

Kurt Stuenkel, Floyd Medical Center CEO: $901,948
July 21, 2009 --

Kurt Stuenkel, the CEO of Floyd Medical Center in Rome earned that much (plus expenses) in FY 2007, according to Georgia Watch.

Fired DeKalb rec director had stormy 7-year history

Fired DeKalb rec director had stormy 7-year history
July 21, 2009 --

Monday’s firing of the DeKalb County recreation director, ostensibly for messing up entries for a state swim meet, actually may have been seven years in the making. Marilyn Boyd Drew was dismissed after her department missed several opportunities to enroll 67 kids in a statewide swimming competition to be held this weekend. But Drew has been accused of job discrimination, based on reverse racial bias, almost as long as she’s been running the department.

‘Model practices,’ excessive pay reported at Floyd hospital

July 21, 2009 --

Floyd County’s medical center exhibits some “model practices” in indigent care and strong community outreach, a statewide consumer group reported today. But CEO Kurt Stuenkel makes a salary comparable to some Fortune 500 executives, and the hospital charges huge mark-ups on some services — nearly 2,500 percent for anesthesiology, Georgia Watch said.