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Peter & Julia White, Southern Center for International Studies: $271,796

September 21, 2009 --

This couple’s combined salary represented 11 percent of all expenses in FY2007, as the Southern Center ran a deficit of nearly $1.2 million, tax records show. They made much more in the two previous years: $484,781 with benefits in FY2006 and $459,006 with benefits in FY2005.

Sept. 20

September 21, 2009 --

City leaders fiddle as crime fears flair … The harm in pharmacy misfills … Risky loans fueled bank’s last fall …

Sept. 19

September 19, 2009 --

Lawmaker tried to block U.S. attorney pick 5 executives out in Facility Group housecleaning N.J.: No care for Grady dialysis patients Man claims he was held in Floyd County Jail 6 months after release date Clayton County principal loses certification, still working

Sept. 18

September 18, 2009 --

Study: Legislators’ portfolios perform abnormally well … Grady dialysis patients may not get care in other states … Questions surround developer’s donation to Richmond County commissioner … East Point mayor cleared of allegations of lying Oglethorpe County school money misused … Glynn County grand jury faults DA’s office … After a year, Rockdale ethics study […]

Sept. 17

September 17, 2009 --

Opinion: Atlanta is polluting aquifers, violating Safe Drinking Water Act Report: Bad lending worse for blacks, Hispanics … Perdue cuts ACORN contract … Gender-bending fish found in Savannah River … Did East Point mayor lie on qualifying form? Judge’s temporary order keeps Grady dialysis clinic open … Opinion: Gwinnett school system tries to cow charters […]

Rep. Hugh Floyd files financial disclosure; 15 other lawmakers still delinquent

Rep. Hugh Floyd files financial disclosure; 15 other lawmakers still delinquent
September 17, 2009 --

Hugh Floyd, a state legislator from Norcross, filed a disclosure of his personal finances a week ago, two months after the deadline set by state law. That still leaves 15 legislators who haven’t filed their 2008 disclosures, which were due July 1; five of them have not filed their 2007 reports, either. Why is this important? It’s not, unless you want to know whether your elected officials are keeping a proper distance between the public interest and their own private interests.

Bill Myers, Gwinnett fire chief: $135,000

Bill Myers, Gwinnett fire chief: $135,000
September 16, 2009 --

Gwinnett’s new fire chief, George W. “Bill” Myers,” will start at an annual salary of $135,000 under an employment contract that takes effect Saturday. His pay range, though, extends upward to $177,914. Also, he’s eligible for a take-home car or a car allowance of $4,160 a year.

Will ATL fans take maglev train to Braves games?

September 16, 2009 --

Ever wonder why MARTA’s rail line doesn’t run near the Atlanta baseball stadium where tens of thousands of fans gather 81 times a year? Me too. Now, as my pals at Atlanta Unsheltered reported yesterday, MARTA is in early discussions with a private firm about using magnetic levitation trains to shuttle Braves fans to home games.

Sept. 16

Sept. 15

September 15, 2009 --

Gwinnett DA seeks special grand jury for county land deals Eaves seeks council seat 20 years after bribery conviction Roberta police officers serve jail time on weekends, but still on force weekdays State inquires on Albany taxpayers group

Iraq water bribes net 17-year sentence for Fort McPherson official

September 14, 2009 --

A former Fort McPherson official was sentenced to federal prison today for taking bribes to steer $66 million in contracts to provide water to U.S. troops in Iraq. Richard E. Long, 63, of St. Augustine, Fla., was convicted in February of accepting $549,700 in bribes from Mack S. Smith to help Smith’s company win the Army’s business. Long got 17 1/2 years, while Smith, also convicted in February, got 12 1/2 years. I wasn’t there, but I can pass on the news release …

MARTA legislative panel butts heads with GM (and each other)

MARTA legislative panel butts heads with GM (and each other)
September 14, 2009 --

MARTA’s general manager and its chief legislative overseer locked horns today over the transit agency’s plan to spend up to $400,000 on outside lobbyists. Then, state Rep. Jill Chambers butted heads with a member of her MARTA Oversight Committee. Chambers grilled MARTA officials this morning about several million dollars in spending that she regarded as unnecessary. When Sen. Doug Stoner objected to her tone, Chambers cut off his microphone. “I’m very disappointed in us as a committee,” Stoner said. “We’re playing games.”