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  • Opinion: Education $$$ cut again again despite record unemployment

    Opinion: Education $$$ cut again again despite record unemployment
    May 31, 2010 --

    Thousands of Georgia teachers and other school workers — nurses, cafeteria supervisors, bus drivers and custodians — are losing their jobs due to another round of budget cuts. Salary cuts and furloughs are the new normal. Communities across Georgia are taking a big hit from the cuts. As one economist put it, “It is folly not to recognize the impact on the broader economic recovery.” Sarah Beth Gehl presents a few solutions to the school budget crisis.

    May 30

    May 30, 2010 --

    Derivatives meltdown slams metro cities Prison budget burdens Georgia Charges: DeKalb’s Reid led scam State Mutual files complaint against ethics panel

    May 29

    May 30, 2010 --

    DeKalb school construction costs top other districts Indicted DeKalb school officials cost taxpayers DoT fines Delta, AirTran for false advertising Columbus mayor orders police probe of Parks & Rec

    May 28

    May 29, 2010 --

    Graves, Rogers deny bank’s claims in loan dispute Oxendine’s lawyer upset about timing of ethics hearing Barnes bashes bailed-out banks but invests in them — and reaps their dividends DeKalb board: ‘This is not normal business’ GBI launches probe of tasing of autistic teen on Tybee Opinion: Chatham ‘green’? What a joke

    May 27

    May 27, 2010 --

    Fired Savannah State football coach alleges discrimination Georgia Chamber closes gubernatorial forum to media Shh! Georgia’s sex offender law changed last week Ex-DeKalb superintendent claims innocence DeKalb school board: ‘This is not normal business’ UGA moves to fire tenured lit professor Feds charge ex-Athens principal with embezzlement

    Bank: Candidate Tom Graves trying to evade $2.25M debt

    Bank: Candidate Tom Graves trying to evade $2.25M debt
    May 27, 2010 --

    A North Georgia bank is accusing congressional candidate Tom Graves of attempted fraud for trying to escape a $2.25 million debt. The complaint, filed last week by Bartow County Bank, alleges Graves transferred his home and adjoining properties worth $657,000 into a trust last year to protect it from the debt. For that, the bank would like punitive damages.

    Ethics hearing set for Fulton Commissioner Lynne Riley

    Ethics hearing set for Fulton Commissioner Lynne Riley
    May 27, 2010 --

    After getting the silent treatment for nearly a year, the Fulton County Ethics Board wants Commissioner Lynne Riley to answer charges that she’s not acting in the best interest of county citizens.

    Cleanup boats sent to shore as more workers get sick

    May 27, 2010 --

    All 125 commercial vessels working to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have been ordered back to shore temporarily after four workers on three separate vessels complained of headaches, chest pain, nausea and dizziness. A Coast Guard official said the smell of petroleum, heat or fatigue could be the cause. Workers were not given respiratory protection equipment because air sampling concluded that the level of chemical exposure was permissible.

    Ex-DeKalb cop charged with passing funny money

    Ex-DeKalb cop charged with passing funny money
    May 27, 2010 --

    The feds Wednesday arraigned a former DeKalb County police detective and her husband for allegedly passing counterfeit $100 and $50 bills at the Macy’s at Perimeter Mall. Lawana Clinton, 39, and husband Jason each face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Clinton was a detective at the time of the incident.

    Grand jury indicts 2 top DeKalb school officials

    Grand jury indicts 2 top DeKalb school officials
    May 26, 2010 --

    A DeKalb County grand jury today indicted former school Superintendent Crawford Lewis and Pat Reid, the district’s former chief operating officer, as well as her ex-husband, architect Tony Pope, and her secretary. The indictment alleges $80 million in fraudulently awarded construction contracts, tens of thousands of dollars in sports and theater tickets as bribes, and a taxpayer-funded stay in the Bahamas. The grand jury also charged, without elaboration, that Reid tried to blackmail Lewis.

    May 26

    May 26, 2010 --

    Major errors found in Fulton tax assessments Firm accused of governmental waste in sewage contract DeKalb judge spent $25K on travel Teacher’s suit asks court to change interviewing policies Study: Overuse threatens S. Ga. aquifer Clayton investigators: No signs of CRCT cheating APS yet to submit findings on cheating

    Thurmond skipped disclosures for 2 years; 9 others late in 2010

    Thurmond skipped disclosures for 2 years; 9 others late in 2010
    May 25, 2010 --

    Gubernatorial candidate Eric Johnson neglected to report $289,000 in state payments to his architectural firm from 1999 to 2002, the Associated Press reports. But Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond can go him one better: He hasn’t disclosed anything whatsoever since 2007. (UPDATE: On May 27, Thurmond filed the disclosures that were due in 2008 or 2009. A spokesman described the omission as “a simple oversight” and then called me an idiot.)