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  • Oct. 4

    October 4, 2009 --

    Georgia hospitals rated ‘weak’ No government body is making sure Imperial rebuild minimizes sugar dust hazards Atlanta water, sewer rates among nation’s highest Judge Marvin Arrington responds to allegation of lenient sentencing Atlanta police answer questions about Eagle raid Hall County SPLOST money pays for workers Lawrenceville mayor admits guilt in voting controversy

    Oct. 3

    October 3, 2009 --

    Carrollton mayor’s rental agreement criticized Eric Johnson releases tax returns, pledges to put assets in blind trust if elected Marietta mulls limiting Web postings by elected officials St. Marys councilman & airport manager involved in altercation NYT: Polling firm’s reprimand rattles news media

    Steven Hatchell, National Football Foundation CEO: $408,537

    October 2, 2009 --

    That salary’s a couple years old, but that’s how much the Irving, Texas-based National Football Foundation paid its CEO in 2007. The foundation last week announced plans to move its College Football Hall of Fame to Atlanta.

    Former U.S. attorney joins State Ethics Commission

    Former U.S. attorney joins State Ethics Commission
    October 2, 2009 --

    Sonny Perdue on Thursday named former U.S. attorney Kent Alexander, now general counsel at Emory University, to one of five seats on the State Ethics Commission. Alexander’s appointment gives the commission a full membership as it prepares to name a new executive secretary to replace Rick Thompson, who steps down in a few weeks. The commission expects to interview finalists for the job at its Oct. 15 meeting.

    Oct. 2

    October 2, 2009 --

    Ethics group seeks new law for Atlanta politics Barrow’s plan concerning mercury limits for Olin Corp. on hold Outgoing member: DeKalb ethics board ‘ineffective’ Opinion: Storm runoff systems ignored Topless club owner: Gingrich group rescinded award Georgia bank’s wealthy clients speeded failure Dodge sheriff pleads not guilty; voter fraud probe continuing Federal bill could define […]

    Picower’s Madoff take estimated to be $7.2 billion

    Picower's Madoff take estimated to be $7.2 billion
    October 1, 2009 --

    For a man who cherishes his privacy, the attention Jeffry Picower received on Thursday must have made him wince. On the same day that Forbes revealed he had earned a coveted spot in the magazine’s list of the 400 wealthiest Americans, a new court filing added $2.1 billion to the $5.1 billion he is alleged to have earned from his participation in Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.

    Oct. 1

    October 1, 2009 --

    Tempers flare over DeKalb school district’s legal services DeKalb schools suffer maintenance neglect countywide Federal judge rejects plan for Georgia’s mental hospitals; ‘harmful & unsafe’ conditions continue AGCO settles Iraq kickbase case for $20M+ 3 million tires at Georgia dump to stay put Outstanding ATL water bills reach $811,000 Panel: Fayette commissioner violated ethics Olens: […]

    Ex-Conyers official gets prison for embezzling $130K for waterslide, Xmas decor

    Ex-Conyers official gets prison for embezzling $130K for waterslide, Xmas decor
    September 30, 2009 --

    Kristi Kirkus Wilson pleaded guilty in June to embezzling $130,000 that she spent on a waterslide, a barn, outdoor Christmas decorations and other home improvements. Today, a federal judge ordered Wilson, former executive director of the Conyers Housing Authority, to pay it all back and serve 18 months in prison.

    Ex-Rep. Roger Byrd: 20 years’ probation + $210K restitution

    Ex-Rep. Roger Byrd: 20 years' probation + $210K restitution
    September 30, 2009 --

    Former state Rep. Roger Byrd pleaded guilty Aug. 18 to two counts of theft by taking and was ordered to pay $210,000 in restitution. Byrd got 20 years on probation, but no prison time if he repays the money within 30 months. (If not, he would go to prison for 4 1/2 to 5 years.) Prosecutors said Byrd took $100,000 from the Jeff Davis County Development Authority and another $100,000 from a relocated manufacturer that folded after less than a year, leaving the authority mre than $2 million in debt.

    Best of ATL: Unfiltered named ‘best muckraker’ by Creative Loafing

    September 30, 2009 --

    Atlanta Unfiltered has been named “best muckraker in lean media times” by Creative Loafing. I’m humbled. It’s a privilege to do this work. Six months ago, my biggest doubt was whether I could crank out enough material. That seems to be working out. The financial support … not so much.

    Donations or volunteers are always welcome. But Unfiltered may also be the place for you to advertise your cause or business. It’s a way to reach some of Atlanta’s most intelligent and discerning readers — and to keep me neck-deep in the muck.


    Sept. 30

    September 30, 2009 --

    Vick to repay $416K to pension plan Clayton County Commission chairman accused of inappropriate touching Millions of gallons of sewage going into Ocmulgee

    High court: DeKalb voters must approve arts center bonds (Sembler, too?)

    High court: DeKalb voters must approve arts center bonds (Sembler, too?)
    September 29, 2009 --

    The Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday that DeKalb County’s development authority needs voter approval to sell bonds to pay off debt on a new performing arts center. But the impact of the decision could be much broader, requiring a public referendum for virtually any bond issue, including a controversial proposal to help the Sembler Co. complete its Town of Brookhaven mixed-use project with tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks.