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Supremes reinstate dismissed DeKalb fire captain

Supremes reinstate dismissed DeKalb fire captain
January 9, 2012 --

A DeKalb County fire captain won his job back today as the Georgia Supreme Court ruled CEO Burrell Ellis must abide by decisions of a hearing officer, the county’s Merit System Council and a Superior Court judge. Capt. Sell Caldwell III was one of several firefighters who were dismissed after a fatal 2010 house fire in Dunwoody.

Jan. 8

January 8, 2012 --

Tax lien issues plague Fulton County Police chief off public safety board after questioning Deal appointment Wild hog supper: Trough for lobbyists? Fired YDC employee had history of misconduct

Jan. 7

January 7, 2012 --

Mayor says he’s keeping $57K donated by airport bidders just before bid process Trooper had history of wrecks prior to fatal crash DeKalb superintendent sidelines finance chief 2nd criminal case moves forward against ex-Cobb EMC chief 5 teachers cleared in APS cheating scandal

No ‘magic shield’ protects agencies targeted by investigators

No 'magic shield' protects agencies targeted by investigators
January 5, 2012 --

Exactly three years ago today, I requested records of credit card statements for former Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill. A week or two later, after someone let it slip that the sheriff’s office had a bank account that other county officials didn’t know about, I asked for those records too.

I’m still waiting. Legally, though, there’s no valid reason that I should be.

Jan. 5

January 5, 2012 --

Georgians on the hook for failed ethanol facility Grand jury will hear corruption charges against ex-Clayton Co. sheriff ATL airport contracts still stirring protest 2 resign, 2 fired in Albany CRCT scandal

Atlanta developer at center of Cayman Islands payoff probe

Atlanta developer at center of Cayman Islands payoff probe
January 5, 2012 --

Investigators have reportedly questioned Atlanta’s Stan Thomas about possibly illicit payments tied to development of a proposed Cayman Islands resort. Thomas has been in the headlines in recent years for his relationship with former Gov. Sonny Perdue and the somewhat spectacular collapse of his real-estate empire. Now, according to news reports, Royal Cayman police say they are investigating allegations that Thomas paid Cayman premier McKeeva Bush as much as $375,000 in 2004.

Drug companies reduce payments to doctors as scrutiny mounts

January 4, 2012 --

Some of the nation’s top medical schools cracked down on professors who give paid promotional talks for drugmakers last year, and the firms themselves cut back on such spending in the wake of mounting scrutiny. ProPublica first published its Dollars for Docs database in October 2010 listing payments to doctors from seven drug companies. When we updated it this September — with data from five additional companies — spending by some of the firms was down.

Jan. 2

January 2, 2012 --

State pays a bundle in unused leave Cuts threaten death row cases Ethics complaint rattles Forsyth ethics board