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Nov. 4

November 4, 2009 --

STIMULUS WATCH: Pay raises counted as saved jobs Why violent suspects go free without posting bond Forbes; Atlanta ‘the most toxic’ U.S. city PSC opens investigation of bus company carrying Morehouse band Racial profiling alleged in suspensions at Cobb’s Wheeler High School Police chief of Sparks arrested in Lawrenceville Judge: Evidence lacking to oust Pendergrass […]

Charles Cary, Teachers Retirement System chief investment officer: $430,148

November 3, 2009 --

Cary was one of a dozen folks at the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia who made more than $200,000 in 2007-08. They include …

Legislative wannabes ignore disclosure requirement

Legislative wannabes ignore disclosure requirement
November 3, 2009 --

Candidates for the Georgia Legislature must disclose certain info about their personal finances within 15 days of qualifying for office. Apparently, no one explained that to Ron Dodson or Donzella James. Disclosure forms ask for basic information about a candidate’s job, business and real estate holdings and those of their spouses. The general idea is that voters can find out whether a politician’s public and private interests conflict. Legislators this year delined to raise the penalty for not filing, which remains at 75 bucks.

DeKalb gives Parsons ‘full responsibility’ for school construction — at least for now

DeKalb gives Parsons 'full responsibility' for school construction -- at least for now
November 3, 2009 --

Parsons, the engineering and construction firm, will oversee DeKalb County schools’ $466 million construction program for the next six weeks. After that, who knows? Parsons and Jacobs Project Management Co. will be paid $644,150 for their trouble. The firms in June won a contract for “supplemental” management, but Superintendent Crawford Lewis gave Parsons “full responsibility” for the program in an Oct. 22 letter. The company takes the reins from chief operations officer Patricia Pope, whose office is under investigation by DeKalb prosecutors.

Nov. 3

November 3, 2009 --

Gwinnett appraiser, law firm in land deals linked PSC: Buses carrying Morehouse band may have operated illegally Georgia banks left out of rescue efforts, group says United Healthcare fined $750K Clayton schools can keep accreditation “Able” Mable Thomas pocket $1,500 from Norwood

Audit: MARTA made $15 million from risky AIG-backed leaseback deals

November 2, 2009 --

MARTA’s risky venture into complicated leaseback transactions with insurance giant AIG and others has turned a $15 million profit, at least so far, state auditors said today. Dozens of U.S. transit agencies took part in the leaseback deals, which offered a profit for MARTA and a tax shelter for the investors. The deals seemed safe until AIG lost its AAA credit rating a year ago, leaving MARTA on the line to pay termination fees that could have totaled hundreds of millions of dollars.

Guy F. Riekeman, Life U. president: $753,106

Guy F. Riekeman, Life U. president: $753,106
November 2, 2009 --

Guy Riekeman made a healthy $318,038 in 2005-06 as president of Life University in Marietta. But he’s done even better for himself since then, earning more than three-quarters of a million dollars in 2007-08.

Nov. 2

November 2, 2009 --

Secret Atlanta bond deal led IRS to middleman financing in the dark Flood maps still don’t match reality Is government’s foreign student tracking system in trouble? New mental health director faces difficult task, critics Richmond County schools audit sports spending for fairness

DK schools replacing Pat Pope as SPLOST construction manager

DK schools replacing Pat Pope as SPLOST construction manager
November 2, 2009 --

Patricia Pope, DeKalb County schools’ embattled chief operations officer, is officially out as the district’s construction manager, at least temporarily. Officials have insisted Pope is still the system’s COO even as a criminal investigation of school construction programs has ramped up. Pope may still be COO, but a new interim construction boss, Barbara Colman, is named in a proposal to be presented tonight to the DeKalb Board of Education.

Nov. 1

November 1, 2009 --

Complaints against Georgia judges turn into lengthy probes Former Gov. Barnes does about-face on lobbyists