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July 12

July 12, 2009 --

Millions in aid to Atlanta to go unused? Pension cuts often miss top executives

DeKalb blog: ‘Decrepit … disgusting’ conditions at Cross Keys HS

DeKalb blog: 'Decrepit ... disgusting' conditions at Cross Keys HS
July 11, 2009 --

Cross Keys High School was scheduled for a complete makeover in SPLOST II, the DeKalb school system’s last cycle of projects funded by local sales taxes. Other projects ran over budget, and Cross Keys was passed by. Now, DeKalb County School Watch has posted a commentary and photo essay on conditions on the campus, including homeless squatters, classrooms and grounds in disrepair, and antiquated equipment. 

July 11

July 11, 2009 --

Perdue rips Atlanta school chief in CRCT cheating Cobb BOE minutes show 55 illegal votes Cobb board has voted in secret several times, records show Oglethorpe superintendent alleges misuse of funds, ‘coverup’ in resignation letter

PAC Watch: Special-interest groups chip in $1M+ to GA races

July 10, 2009 --

Special interests have plunked more than $1 million into statewide and legislative races in Georgia so far this year, the latest financial disclosure reports show. Health-care interests gave more than $375,000. Other big donors: Development interests, beer and liquor, lenders and lobbyists.

GA Democratic Party reports 11% dip in fund-raising

GA Democratic Party reports 11% dip in fund-raising
July 10, 2009 --

The Georgia Democratic Party collected about 11 percent less in the first half of 2009 than in the same period in 2007. The party has raised about a hair over $600,000 this year. Anne Cox Chambers (right), who owns the biggest share of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV through Cox Enterprises, is among the biggest donors.

July 10

July 10, 2009 --

High-priced F-22 fighter has major shortcomings Delta fined $375K for ‘bumping’ passengers

Police oversight board looks to mayor and chief for cooperation

Police oversight board looks to mayor and chief for cooperation
July 9, 2009 --

Should Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington discipline officers who won’t cooperate with a citizen oversight board? We may find out next week, when board members sit down to hash things out with Pennington and Mayor Shirley Franklin.

Disbarred McDonough attorney admits $2 million Ponzi scheme

July 9, 2009 --

News release from the U.S. Attorney in Atlanta: STEVEN H. BALLARD, 53, of McDonough, Georgia pleaded guilty today in federal district court to committing a real estate investment scam that lasted over five and a half years and defrauded over a dozen victims in Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.

July 9

July 9, 2009 --

Shooting suspect caught after fleeing interrogation room Audit questions Forsyth Election Board Hudgens foundation sues SunTrust over $8M investment Oxendine returns $120K in contributions

Burkhalter tops Richardson in campaign fund-raising

Burkhalter tops Richardson in campaign fund-raising
July 8, 2009 --

Rep. Mark Burkhalter, not House Speaker Glenn Richardson, appears to be the Georgia Legislature’s top campaign fund-raiser for 2009. The Johns Creek Republican, who serves as speaker pro tem, collected $94,250 in campaign funds for the first six months of 2009. Richardson reported raising $88,150 in the same period.

Judge refuses to block release of Kathryn Johnston file

Judge refuses to block release of Kathryn Johnston file
July 8, 2009 --

A Fulton County judge this morning refused to block an oversight board’s access to investigative files in the fatal 2006 police shooting of Kathryn Johnston. Atlanta police turned over the files Tuesday to the city’s Citizen Review Board. The International Brotherhood of Police Officers tried to stop transfer of the files, but Superior Court Judge Wendy Shoob told the IBPO’s lawyer today that his timing was off.

Cagle’s supporters give back $517K to lt. gov. campaign

July 8, 2009 --

July 8, 2009 — Casey Cagle refunded more than $1 million in campaign donations after dropping out of the Georgia governor’s race in April. Then, often on the same day, hundreds of contributors gave more than a half-million dollars back to support Cagle’s re-election as lieutenant governor.