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Bill targets school board ethics standards

March 22, 2010 --

The fallout from Clayton County schools’ recent meltdown, in all likelihood, will drift down on Georgia’s 179 other boards of education this summer. Lawmakers are nearing final approval of a bill, to take effect July 1, that would set minimum ethics standards for local school boards and empower the governor, in some cases, to remove members who can’t adhere to them. Read on …

March 21

March 21, 2010 --

Legislative leaders sign off on ethics reform with loopholes New questions about how Pat Pope awarded DeKalb school projects

March 20

March 20, 2010 --

Broken words: Father still waiting for Army’s report on son’s death Army revokes $333M contract for Fort Benning hospital Autopsy cites meds, alcohol in Warner Robins mayor’s suicide Bill would bar furloughs at schools with cash reserves Parents sue district, principal over bullied son’s death Dead inmate’s estate sues former Fulton County sheriff, jailers Indicted […]

March 19

March 19, 2010 --

Atlanta parking patrol a pain for some motorists Press group opposes change in open meetings law Top earners at UGA may see cuts in salaries Officers and rescue worker indicted in separate cases Barrels found buried at suspected dump site at state park Georgia bill sets framework for major tax changes

Ethics Board: Delta discussions off-limits for ATL’s new COO

March 18, 2010 --

Atlanta’s chief operating officer, Peter Aman, must disqualify himself from discussing city business involving Delta Air Lines or any other client of his consulting firm, the city’s Board of Ethics said tonight. But, the board said, he’s fine if he wants to talk to Delta about budget issues or other matters that affect all tenants at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Negligence claim vs. deputies revived in courthouse shootings

Negligence claim vs. deputies revived in courthouse shootings
March 18, 2010 --

Survivors of the 2005 Fulton County Courthouse shootings have made a sufficiently strong case to revive their lawsuit alleging negligence by security officers, the Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled. Court workers contend sheriff’s deputies did little or nothing to step up security around inmate Brian Nichols and compromised courthouse safety by misusing sick leave and leaving their posts for a breakfast run.

March 18

March 18, 2010 --

Bill targets per diem, but not for lawmakers Tax system overhaul emerges at state Capitol Bad day for public safety — three law officers, one EMT indicted Opinion: Access laws need legal remedies to work better Should DeKalb firefighter get his job back? Hall County Commission responds to allegations GBI & DA discuss possible Hall […]

March 17

March 17, 2010 --

Two candidates for governor had teaching certificates suspended — for misconduct with female students Stephens Co. deputy who shot pastor had no arrest power With dollars scarce, lobbying is intense DeKalb prosecutor closes probe of ex-Clayton police chief ATL Citizen Review Board frustrated with mayor, APD Alpharetta councilman exonerated, ethics charge dropped Citizens contact GBI […]

Lawyers: Was DeKalb schools’ Pat Pope a bigamist?

Lawyers: Was DeKalb schools' Pat Pope a bigamist?
March 16, 2010 --

MULTIPLE CHOICE: When did Pat Pope, a central figure in the criminal investigation of DeKalb County school construction contracts, divorce her first husband?

  • 2001
  • 2003
  • 2006 (after marrying husband #2)

NOT-SO-HELPFUL HINT: At one time or another, she’s cited each of those years as the correct date.

Bill: 1 government paycheck should be enough for lawmakers

Bill: 1 government paycheck should be enough for lawmakers
March 16, 2010 --
Rep. Bob Smith may be the Maytag repairman of the Georgia General Assembly. He’s taken on the lonely task of trying to cut off the second government paycheck collected by some of his colleagues. If lawmakers are truly interested in ethics reform bills, says the six-term Republican, “this has to be one of them.”

Insurance attorney takes state’s top ethics job

Insurance attorney takes state's top ethics job
March 16, 2010 --

Stacey Kalberman, an attorney specializing in insurance regulatory issues, will become Georgia’s top ethics enforcer next month. Kalberman, 45, will replace Rick Thompson, who stepped down as executive secretary of the State Ethics Commission in October.

March 16

March 16, 2010 --

Teachers least likely to erase test answers