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  • Nov. 8

    November 8, 2009 --

    Emory’s name doesn’t ensure its high standard Schools with suspicious scores get rewards Misused fees lead state to lose funds

    Nov. 6

    November 6, 2009 --

    DeKalb officials delay closing schools to get more input Salmonella victims upset no one prosecuted yet Report: Most Georgia congressmen are millionaires Blitch sentencing date set Mounting inmate lawsuits put pressure on Camden County

    2nd Polk County deputy pleads guilty, faces federal prison

    November 6, 2009 --

    A second former Polk County deputy faces prison for crimes involving the sheriff’s department. Kenneth Lane Gravett, 42, of Cedartown pleaded guilty today to mail fraud for filing a false theft report so he could collect an insurance claim on his Harley Davidson. Last month, Joshua David Lowe, 25, was sentenced to 21 months in prison for beating a jail inmate who had been strapped into a restraint chair. Read the news release on Gravett’s plea…

    Ponzi schemes: McDonough lawyer to prison, Hoschton broker pleads guilty

    November 5, 2009 --

    Federal prosecutors announced action in two unrelated Ponzi schemes this afternoon: Former McDonough attorney Steven H. Ballard, 53, was sent to prison for five-plus years for a scam that netted more than $1 million, and former Hoschton mortgage broker Edward William Farley, 47, pleaded guilty to fraud charges involving more than 150 victims and $20 million in losses. Farley will be sentenced in February. Read the news releases…

    Nov. 5

    November 5, 2009 --

    Feds implicate Troutman Sanders real estate chair in $50M kickback scheme Hired as a man, fired as a woman State powerless to audit prepaid cell phone companies SACS: Clayton schools closer to full ‘operational’ status Glynn County court still inundated wih DUIs Norcross logistics firm accused of racial promotion bias, federal labor law violations

    Oversight panel: APD officers refuse cooperation, chief unresponsive

    Oversight panel: APD officers refuse cooperation, chief unresponsive
    November 4, 2009 --

    Ten Atlanta police officers have refused to cooperate with investigations of alleged misconduct, and Chief Richard Pennington has failed to respond to a call for discipline in a case of excessive force against a lesbian couple, an oversight panel said in a letter released today.

    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.