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Senator dislikes Agnes Scott study of feces-flinging chimps

Senator dislikes Agnes Scott study of feces-flinging chimps
December 22, 2011 --

An Agnes Scott College researcher has found that chimpanzees that are good at throwing feces have better communications skills than those who aren’t. Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, however, thinks taxpayers shouldn’t have footed the bill to find that out.

Oct. 14

October 14, 2011 --

ATL mayor wants new direction at Housing Authority Task Force for the Homeless sues Emory University Augusta investigating fire dep’t for porn use, vehicle misuse Outrage on the Ogeechee Prosecutors pull DUI plea deal for Clayton Co. commissioner 11 ATL educators sanctioned Cobb EMC board already seeing a changing of the guard

Autism researcher indicted for alleged $1M CDC fraud

Autism researcher indicted for alleged $1M CDC fraud
April 13, 2011 --

A Danish autism researcher allegedly bought a home, a Harley, a Honda and other items by fraudulently billing a CDC grant program for more than $1 million, federal prosecutors said today. Prosecutors said this afternoon that a federal grand jury had indicted Poul Thorsen, 49, on 13 counts of wire fraud and nine counts of money laundering in connection with the scheme.

Walter Broadnax, ex-Clark Atlanta U. president: $1,149,666

Walter Broadnax, ex-Clark Atlanta U. president: $1,149,666
November 16, 2010 --

Walter Broadnax more than doubled his compensation in 2009, making him the best-paid university president in Georgia and one of 30 nationally to top $1 million at private schools. That total reportedly includes an undetermined amount of retirement and bonus pay.

2010 public records compliance audit: Closer, still no cigar

2010 public records compliance audit: Closer, still no cigar
November 11, 2010 --

Public officials laughed, snarled and stalled when asked to release documents under the Georgia Open Records Act, a new audit has found. Overall, the 2010 Georgia Student Sunshine Audit reports that public institutions did a better job this year handling requests for public records. Still, one in five university students were denied access to documents that clearly should be public, the audit reported. The most frequent withholders of records, the students said, were … universities.

New bike paths spur ethics charge against DeKalb board member

August 12, 2010 --

A top DeKalb economic development official has a conflict of interest because he also heads a group that’s received $8 million in county payments, the DeKalb ethics board was told Wednesday night. McBrayer “is very clearly receiving a benefit from the PATH Foundation,” which has collected $8 million from DeKalb since 2004, said Brian Daughdrill, lawyer for a neighborhood group that lodged a complaint. But McBrayer’s lawyer, Elizabeth Branch, said those restrictions apply only to for-profit businesses, not non-profits: “Being a non-profit makes all the difference in the world.”

Guy F. Riekeman, Life U. president: $753,106

Guy F. Riekeman, Life U. president: $753,106
November 2, 2009 --

Guy Riekeman made a healthy $318,038 in 2005-06 as president of Life University in Marietta. But he’s done even better for himself since then, earning more than three-quarters of a million dollars in 2007-08.

Former U.S. attorney joins State Ethics Commission

Former U.S. attorney joins State Ethics Commission
October 2, 2009 --

Sonny Perdue on Thursday named former U.S. attorney Kent Alexander, now general counsel at Emory University, to one of five seats on the State Ethics Commission. Alexander’s appointment gives the commission a full membership as it prepares to name a new executive secretary to replace Rick Thompson, who steps down in a few weeks. The commission expects to interview finalists for the job at its Oct. 15 meeting.

DeKalb CEO’s campaign fund nearly wipes out 2008 debt

DeKalb CEO's campaign fund nearly wipes out 2008 debt
July 13, 2009 --

Burrell Ellis has just about paid off his $700,000-plus campaign for DeKalb County CEO. Now, it’s time to start thinking about 2012. His latest financial disclosure report shows Ellis has collected $132,514 from campaign donors since winning an August 2008 runoff, allowing him to retire most of his campaign debt.