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Jan. 31

January 31, 2010 --

Blakely peanut illness: Little has changed since scare ATL bank leaves trail of flipping, fraud Trouble on death row UGA spends big on mansion as Adams lives elsewhere Investment managers’ bonus pay stokes anger Bibb principals had problems at previous jobs Dirt controversy erupts in Crawford County

Jan. 30

January 30, 2010 --

Feds seek to oversee GA mental hospitals MARTA: Mechanic overrode safety feature on escalator Opinion: Marietta’s tax giveaway crosses line Questions suggest financial excess on judicial review commission State’s House hawks get their wings clipped DOT turmoil could cost Georgia $22M Ethics complaint filed against Macon council member Feds: Cumberland Island resident violated federal injunction

DeKalb dismisses 4 firefighters who left scene of fatal blaze

January 29, 2010 --

DeKalb County terminated four firefighters Friday for neglect of duty after finding they had left the scene — without leaving their trucks — of a reported fire that killed an elderly Dunwoody woman.

Embattled judge: Is he a Southern gentleman, or incompetent?

January 29, 2010 --

Jan. 29, 2010 — A system that allows non-lawyers to dispense justice in much of rural Georgia has become a central issue in the possible removal of Twiggs County Probate Judge Ken Fowler. The judge’s lawyer blamed Fowler’s mistakes on a lack of training. But former Attorney General Mike Bowers told the commission that Georgia cannot be “sympathetic for incompetence.”

Jan. 29

January 29, 2010 --

Oxendine: Give State Ethics Commission its independence Augusta judge rules hearing, jail sentence unlawful in private probation case North Carolina invests, wins rail money; Georgia doesn’t Cobb school board in the dark on grand jury investigation Navy sued to halt training near endangered whales

Firefighters left without knocking on door at fatal Dunwoody blaze

January 28, 2010 --

DeKalb fire officials left the scene of a fatal Dunwoody house fire Sunday without knocking on the door to check the address, investigators say in a report released today. Investigators said the address for Ann Bartlett’s home was not visible from the street. House numbers on either side were visible, which “should have provided a clue of the location of 1687 Houghton Court North.” But no one walked up Bartlett’s driveway to check.

6 unfilled bank examiner jobs: $276,461

January 28, 2010 --

Gov. Sonny Perdue says Georgia can save that much next year by keeping six bank examiner jobs vacant. Maybe the thinking is that Georgia doesn’t need as many bank examiners because Georgia doesn’t have as many banks as it used to. Or, on the other hand, maybe we’d have more banks if it had more bank examiners.

Jan. 28

January 28, 2010 --

Perdue yanks bonds over DOT accounting flap AG candidate in federal court — as the defendant DeKalb board member wants school investigation ATL man arrested for catching cop on Facebook? UGA’s last-place ranking in minority enrollment inaccurate Board member, superintendent finalist in Dougherty have undisclosed business tie Opinion: Dougherty school chief choice tainted Family blames […]

Embattled mid-GA judge: ‘I was just as lost as I could be’

January 28, 2010 --

A middle Georgia  judge belittled and argued with defendants, misstated points of law and improperly ordered jailers not to shorten inmates’ sentences for good behavior, witnesses told a judicial oversight panel in Atlanta today. Twiggs County Probate Judge Kenneth Fowler and his lawyer blamed much of the alleged misconduct on his lack of legal training. “When I first took office, I was just as lost as I could be,” Fowler testified.

Debt-ridden DK official says she spent $69K out of pocket on campaign

Debt-ridden DK official says she spent $69K out of pocket on campaign
January 28, 2010 --

Sharon Barnes Sutton’s paycheck was garnisheed in 2008 after she missed payments on her Lexus. Gwinnett County issued four arrest warrants for her over $1,000 in bounced checks in 2007. And she lost her $162,000 Stone Mountain home a few months ago when she couldn’t keep up with the mortgage. Still, Sutton reported spending $69,000 of her own money to run for the DeKalb County Commission, campaign records show. All this on a $43,000 schoolteacher’s salary.

Jan. 27

January 27, 2010 --

DeKalb schools chief: Pope associates made money off of system Troy Davis attorneys say DA withheld exculpatory evidence Officers did not follow policy on warrants against DeKalb commissioner 7 lawmakers didn’t take furlough days Madison EMS workers dodge punishment for falsifying timecards Marietta mayor pitches ethics code change Claims of racial, gender bias in Barrow […]

Jan. 26

January 26, 2010 --

Lobbyists: No need to bring sexy back ‘Loser pays’ may be price of ethics reform in Capitol Ending seclusion and restraint in GA schools Report: Oxendine should have taken hunting class Feds: Atlanta needs to pick up pace on foreclosure program Burkhalter issued about 30 appointments as speaker ATL judges grilled over dismissed cases 4 […]