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  • Federal court: “Shocking evidence” of racial bias in DeKalb parks dept.

    Federal court: "Shocking evidence" of racial bias in DeKalb parks dept.
    August 3, 2009 --

    Former DeKalb County parks director Becky Kelley presented “shocking evidence” of an overt pattern of racial bias by then-CEO Vernon Jones and others, a federal appellate court ruled Friday. Four current and former parks employees thus will get their day in court, or increased leverage to settle their claims out of court.

    Trash talk from ex-DOT chair: Audit findings ‘absurd,’ Perdue’s comments “irresponsible”

    Trash talk from ex-DOT chair: Audit findings 'absurd,' Perdue's comments "irresponsible"
    August 3, 2009 --

    David Doss of Rome, former chairman of the state Transportation Board, got riled up the other day about the state auditor’s findings of financial mismanagement at DOT. So he wrote AtlantaUnfiltered to share a piece of his mind. Auditors said DoT spent billions of dollars that it did not have, which Doss labels “absurd.” And he chided Gov. Sonny Perdue for using the term “Enron accounting” to describe DOT’s cash management procedures. Read his post …

    Homeowners: PATH trail-builders should repay $8M to DeKalb

    Homeowners: PATH trail-builders should repay $8M to DeKalb
    August 3, 2009 --

    The trail-building PATH Foundation owes more than $17,000 for homeowners’ legal bills after disturbing a DeKalb County forest and stream without necessary permits, a judge ruled recently. Now, the homeowners say, PATH should pay $8 million more. That’s how much DeKalb has paid PATH for projects awarded without competitive bidding.