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May 20

May 20, 2010 --

Half-century Harris Neck land dispute goes bitter again CRCT probe finds some erased doodles DeKalb complex is a danger to residents, official says Cobb school board makes key promotion in secret Superintendent puts kibosh on Fayette ethics brawl

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.

May 18

May 18, 2010 --

Lockheed withheld discovery documents in trade secrets case Hacking made easy at Ga. Secretary of State’s Web site Ky. nursing home chain pays $1.25M jury award Judge dismisses suit by man jailed 6 months past release date Citizen board given power to subpoena ATL police Houston County hospital CEO fired without explanation Columbus Parks & […]

May 17

May 17, 2010 --

Ga. cut teacher scholarships while expanding awards at private colleges Report: GM plant proposal raises questions Carroll County faces $108K environmental fine Feds seek eviction, fine for Cumberland Island builder

Nahmias chides State Bar — again — for flimsy discipline

Nahmias chides State Bar -- again -- for flimsy discipline
May 17, 2010 --

The Georgia Supreme Court, for the second time in two months, has told the State Bar to get tougher with lawyers who break the rules. In a unanimous decision, the high court today rejected a reprimand for a lawyer who used falsified documents in a personal injury case. Justice David Nahmias, in a 17-page concurring opinion, picked apart Nerrylle Manning-Wallace’s account of her actions and the bar’s rationale for going along with a reprimand for her.

Cop oversight panel seeking subpoena power — and more

Cop oversight panel seeking subpoena power -- and more
May 17, 2010 --

A citizen oversight panel could learn today whether it may compel Atlanta police officers to appear to answer investigators’ questions. The Atlanta Citizen Review Board, at the instigation of member Rod Edmond, may file suit to force officers to cooperate if it does not get subpoena power. Maybe even if it does. UPDATE: On a 13-1 vote, the City Council today granted the board subpoena power and require the police chief to discipline officers who won’t cooperate with it.

May 16

May 16, 2010 --

Fayette deputy discovered judge, defense attorney in subdivision Opinion: Is public body serving as Cobb Chamber’s private piggybank? Small Georgia banks bet too big on Atlanta Wealthiest Ga. candidate insists on disclosure State stands by youth facility operator after sexual assault

May 15

May 15, 2010 --

Allegations show Griffin Circuit judiciary system run amok Study: Delta rarely rewards frequent flyers Thousands of non-profits lose their tax status today Official: Injured athlete waited 17 minutes for ambulance