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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