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Sept. 26

September 26, 2009 --

Politicians use UGA trademark without permission Judge clears way for Grady Hospital dialysis to close From behind bars: Former Sen. Walker still hopes for freedom

Phantom school districts tagged for stimulus $$$

September 25, 2009 --

By JENNIFER LaFLEUR/ProPublica

Hillcrest Rural Schools in north-central Kansas is set to get nearly $7,000 in federal stimulus money to help its disadvantaged students. Only one glitch: The district doesn’t exist anymore. It closed in 2006 when it was merged into another nearby district.

Advisors: BeltLine leaders leaving us out of the loop

September 25, 2009 --

Atlanta’s BeltLine redevelopment project may be about to short an affordable housing fund by more than $9 million, a citizen oversight group says. And, members of the citizen advisory committee contend, the BeltLine leadership isn’t sharing information early or often enough for them to know how well the $2.8 billion endeavor is proceeding.

Sept. 25

September 25, 2009 --

Victims, families respond to Imperial Sugar investigation Clayton County principal shakeup over cellphone sex video Corps denies Lake Lanier water releases added to flooding … GDOT to pay for $1,500 road signs from federal stimulus funds … Bookman: Reserving interstate lanes for the affluent … Watchdog tells Atlanta candidates to stop e-mailing city employees …

Gwinnett impanels special grand jury to investigate land deals

Gwinnett impanels special grand jury to investigate land deals
September 24, 2009 --

Gwinnett County judges have created a special grand jury to investigate land purchases by county government, including parks and sites for libraries, highways and baseball. D.A. Danny Porter said he has already assembled details of 41 parkland buys since 2005, to be followed by particulars on purchases for libraries, rights of way and other property — “probably” including the $5 million purchase of 12 acres for the minor-league Gwinnett Braves’ stadium.

Report: Poor upkeep, evacuation planning led to 14 deaths at sugar plant

September 24, 2009 --

Poor maintenance and safety procedures contributed to 14 deaths after a series of violent explosions at a sugar plant near Savannah, federal regulators said today. Imperial Sugar Co. allowed combustible levels of sugar dust to accumulate, failed to train workers for evacuations and did not warn them properly about the February 2008 fires. Emergency notifications came only by 2-way radios and cell phones. “Many workers had to rely on face-to-face verbal alerts in the event of an emergency.”

Sept. 24

September 24, 2009 --

Audit: Freedom Bank grew too fast before failure, regulators too slow A Strategic Vision poll — and a letter of censure No takers to run state golf courses

Sept. 23

September 23, 2009 --

Former Dodge County sheriff indicted GAO report says labs not safe enough Staff-to-inmate sex abuse allegations up in federal prison Augusta pastors rally around Commissioner Beard

Allison Vulgamore, Atlanta Symphony president: $628,592

Allison Vulgamore, Atlanta Symphony president: $628,592
September 22, 2009 --

Allison Vulgamore, who’s reportedly leaving Atlanta next summer to take the helm of the Philadelphia Orchestra, earned $597,669 plus nearly $31,000 in benefits for the year ending May 31, 2008, according to tax forms filed by the Woodruff Arts Center. Other notable FY2008 compensation at the arts center: — Cecylia Arzewski, concertmaster ($578,436) — Robert […]

Another Fulton County jailer pleads guilty

Another Fulton County jailer pleads guilty
September 22, 2009 --

A former Fulton County jailer pleaded guilty today to lying about the death of a mentally ill inmate. Derontay Anton Langford, 33, admitted lying to a federal grand jury investigating the March 2008 death of inmate Richard Glasco (left). Former detention officer Curtis Jerome Brown Jr., accused of the beating that led to Glasco’s death, and another former deputy are scheduled to go on trial next month. Langford faces a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. Look for Langford to be a witness if it goes to trial.

Sept. 22

September 22, 2009 --

Beltine’s feasibility rides to forefront Cobb school board slapped with restraining order over cell tower Activist group names Deal a corrupt congressman Augusta forum details public access, records rights

LegiStorm unveils searchable database of Congressional earmarks

LegiStorm unveils searchable database of Congressional earmarks
September 21, 2009 --

A new, searchable database lets you sift through $20 billion in congressional pork, also known as earmarks, for the last two fiscal years. The data shows Georgia collected $2.1 billion of the national total. Just looking at “solo” sponsorship, U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop led Georgia’s congressional delegation with $46.9 million directed to the state in FY 2008 and 2009.