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Feds: Ex-DeKalb deputy chief Donald Frank took bribes

May 19, 2010 --

Donald E. Frank, former deputy police chief for DeKalb County, was arraigned today for allegedly accepting two bribes from a small business owner. Prosecutors said Frank, 46, solicited the bribes from co-defendant Amin Budhwani, 46, in October 2008. The indictment describes each of the alleged bribes as “something of value of $5,000 or more.” Frank, who was demoted to lieutenant last year, was placed on administrative leave without pay.  UPDATE: DeKalb County announced today (May 26) that it has fired Frank.

Whistleblower sues to stop another BP rig from operating

May 19, 2010 --

A whistleblower filed suit Monday to force the federal government to halt operations at another massive BP oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, alleging that BP never reviewed critical engineering designs for the operation and is therefore risking another catastrophic accident that could “dwarf” the company’s Deepwater Horizon spill. Former project control supervisor Kenneth Abbott alleged that BP never confirmed systems and equipment on the Atlantis platform were built as intended and didn’t properly file the documentation that functions as an instruction manual for rig workers in the case of a blowout or other emergency.

May 19

May 19, 2010 --

Georgia tops US in coal imports Critics: Ga. Power’s conservation programs fall short Eye of IRS on UGA Barrow tops House in tax-paid messages to constituents Secretary of State hopefuls blame Kemp in tech glitch GBI raids Upson County commissioner’s funeral home Gwinnett court takes different tack for probation contract Kia supplier Sewon America faces […]

Top 10 ways NOT to spend your campaign money

Top 10 ways NOT to spend your campaign money
May 19, 2010 --

#10: Renewing your medical license …

A tip on making ends meet in a tough economy: Find ways to get someone else to pay your personal expenses. That’s how U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey does it. In November, his campaign fund paid $400 to the State of Georgia Medical Board for “renewal fees.” UPDATE: The congressman conceded Thursday that his campaign had made an “administrative error” and said he had reimbursed his campaign. Click here and WXIA-TV’s Jon Shirek will tell you all about it.

Dr. John H. Klippel, Arthritis Foundation CEO: $432,083

Dr. John H. Klippel, Arthritis Foundation CEO: $432,083
May 19, 2010 --

Jack Klippel has done well in the last six years at the Atlanta-based Arthritis Foundation, nearly doubling his total compensation as the organization’s revenue has fallen by about half.