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May 5

May 5, 2010 --

Creative Loafing’s 2010 Golden Sleaze Awards Judge’s alleged relationship with public defender prompts conflict questions ATL firefighters accused of cheating Planned coal ash rules could affect Plant Scherer WellPoint being investigated by state

N. Ga. judge faces public reprimand for cussing out cops

May 5, 2010 --

A North Georgia judge faces a public reprimand next week, apparently for verbally abusing and threatening several GBI agents. Superior Court Judge Kristina Cook Graham faces the music at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Chattooga County Courthouse, the Judicial Qualifications Commission announced today. She presides in the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit, where the slogan is “Wisdom, Justice and Moderation.”

Oil companies pay a pittance in penalties to offshore drilling regulators

Oil companies pay a pittance in penalties to offshore drilling regulators
May 5, 2010 --

The fines that oil companies have paid for offshore drilling safety violations are dwarfed by their profits. Fines against BP have been the equivalent of a rounding error. From 1998 through 2007, BP paid less than $580,000 in penalties for its 12 safety violations. Last quarter, the British oil giant turned a profit of $5.6 billion.

Departing lawmakers have $1.3M in campaign cash to burn

May 5, 2010 --

Thanks to House Speaker David Ralston, departing Georgia lawmakers have $1.3 million in campaign cash to distribute as they see fit this year — to political parties, PACs and other candidates. House Bill 920, if it had passed, would have required that those lawmakers pass the money on to charity, or return it to the original donors. Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill last week to allow citizens to donate money to the state treasury. Wonder how many of them will follow through on that?