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Oct. 31

October 31, 2009 --

Controversial Emory researcher Nemeroff leaving Columbus postmaster suspended during criminal probe Environmentalists cry foul over new EPD boss Doctors resign from AAFP over Coca-Cola alliance David Poythress and the failure of American United Bank Columbus City Council defends locking door

Oct. 30

October 30, 2009 --

Family of woman killed in APD raid seeks sanctions Corps’ summer dredging killed sea turtles Georgia is an easy grader, according to national review GBI report on shooting of Lavonia pastor to remain confidential Election shenanigans afoot in Lithonia council race Discrimination claims investigated in Barrow Technical college makes mistake on stimulus jobs

U.S. magistrate tosses case, rules 4 Red Dogs were ‘less than candid’

October 29, 2009 --

Federal prosecutors have dropped firearms charges against a convicted felon after a magistrate found four Atlanta police officers were “less than candid” about the circumstances of his arrest. The officers said they stopped Kelvin Bryant’s car in October 2008 after smelling marijuana smoke coming from his car, and that they radioed a dispatcher for a tag check before they pulled him over. U.S. Magistrate Linda Walker, in an Oct. 15 ruling, said she did not believe them. Find out why…

Car dealers protected from new consumer protection agency

Car dealers protected from new consumer protection agency
October 29, 2009 --

Last week, the House Financial Services Committee voted to establish a new Consumer Financial Protection Agency. The agency would have broad authority – but thanks to fierce lobbying, it’ll also have big gaps. Consumer advocates point to an exemption for auto dealers as one that’s particularly worrisome.

DeKalb ethics board gets quorum — finally

DeKalb ethics board gets quorum -- finally
October 29, 2009 --

DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis appointed Bobbie Kennedy Sanford and Isaac Blythers to the county’s board of ethics on Wednesday, giving the long-neglected panel enough members to actually have a quorum and do its business. Chairwoman Teri Lee Thompson had been complaining for more than a year that the board could not function unless it got some new appointees. “It’s like we exist, but not really,” she said.

Oct. 29

October 29, 2009 --

Savannah diocese settles abuse for $4.3 million WSB-TV investigates unqualified aircraft mechanics Borders charges former rival with shakedown University furlough day hits low-pay workers too Cobb visitors bureau CEO fired after opposing office takeover plan Griffin judge to hear Carroll County chairman’s recall appeal Okefenokee Humane Society cut corners in changing bylaws, critics say

Advocates: Where was CDC for milestone in chronic fatigue syndrome research?

October 28, 2009 --

Looks like the CDC’s chronic fatigue syndrome research group, led by Dr. William C. Reeves, may have some ‘splaining to do today in Washington. A possible research breakthrough — the discovery of a correlation between CFS and a retrovirus related to the AIDS virus — has fired up the medical community in recent weeks. “This is going to create an avalanche of subsequent studies,” Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease expert at Vanderbilt University, told the New York Times this month. But will the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention play a role in that research? It hasn’t so far.

Oct. 28

October 28, 2009 --

Atlanta scrambles to spend $30M in federal aid Two-year prison term for ex-Madison County court clerk Fayetteville bypass lawsuit threatened

Ex-APD major charged with sneaking cellphone to inmate son

Ex-APD major charged with sneaking cellphone to inmate son
October 27, 2009 --

(UPDATE: The indictment says the contraband was a cellphone and battery. Williams is free on a $5,000 signature bond.)

Former Atlanta police Maj. Pearlene Williams, once Chief Richard Pennington’s chief of staff, was indicted today in DeKalb County on two felony counts. Williams, a 28-year APD veteran, was charged with violating her oath and furnishing prohibited items to an inmate. Her son, Muhammad Kareem, 22, was jailed until recently in DeKalb for a 2007 pawn shop killing. He is now serving a life sentence in a state prison for murder.

Oct. 27

October 27, 2009 --

AARP sues over gas pipeline surcharge Conyers mayoral candidate pleads guilty to felony Carroll commission chairman admits, settles election law violation Marietta council candidate owes $70,000 in back taxes Handel, Evans reach ethics compromise

Oct. 26

October 26, 2009 --

Former exec: Imperial Sugar quit shutting down plant for annual upkeep

Oct. 25

October 25, 2009 --

Georgia ignores ban on vendor gifts Federal stimulus is saving Georgia jobs — not creating them State regulators monitor amusement rides