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A. Reginald Eaves

A. Reginald Eaves
September 6, 2009 --

A. Reginald Eaves, now a candidate for the Atlanta City Council, hit the headlines three decades ago over a police cheating scandal. He hit the slammer 10 years later after a federal jury convicted him of taking bribes as a Fulton County commissioner. For the curious, we have dug up the parole board’s 1998 decision that allows Eaves to vote again and run for office (but no guns, Reggie).

Sept. 6

September 6, 2009 --

Despite big savings, schools furlough teachers Quitman County residents allege mistreatment by sheriff’s deputies

Gerald Weinberg, Muscular Dystrophy Association CEO: about $412,000

Gerald Weinberg, Muscular Dystrophy Association CEO: about $412,000
September 6, 2009 --

For decades, civic-minded Americans have connected Labor Day with a worthy cause – Jerry’s kids, the telethon sponsored by the Muscular Dystrophy Association and hosted by entertainer Jerry Lewis. Few of them know Gerry’s salary — Gerald C. Weinberg, that is, MDA’s president and CEO. Weinberg earned a salary of $308,846 during a short, nine-month fiscal year in 2007. Pro-rated for a full year, his salary worked out to about $412,000.

Eye on the bailout: FHA faces mounting challenges

September 5, 2009 --

By PAUL KIEL, ProPublica

Among the crowd of government agencies that have rushed to aid the economy, the Federal Housing Administration often gets overlooked. And yet, along with Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the FHA has played a huge role in preventing a complete housing collapse. All together, those three currently buy or guarantee more than 90 percent of mortgages. But the FHA is facing mounting losses and, The Wall Street Journal reports, it may soon be forced to notify Congress that its reserves have slipped below the mandated level. What will happen at that point, nobody seems to know.

Sept. 5

September 5, 2009 --

FBI launches Augusta bribery inquiry Augusta sued over records access Covington police chief cleared of accusations Carrollton school board member says nepotism law doesn’t apply to him GBI focuses on Pendergrass City Hall money issues

College Park ordered to pay $156K+ in reverse-bias case

College Park ordered to pay $156K+ in reverse-bias case
September 4, 2009 --

A federal jury ruled today that race played a role in 2004 when College Park fired a white department head. The jury awarded Christopher Jones, the city’s former director of economic development, $75,000 each in punitive damages from Councilmen Charles E. Phillips Sr. and Tracey Wyatt, plus attorney’s fees. The award is less than a proposed $740,000 settlement. But the city’s legal fees could add $1 million or more to its tab.

Latest tab for Dunaire bullying investigation: $389,161

Latest tab for Dunaire bullying investigation: $389,161
September 4, 2009 --

DeKalb County schools have paid attorney Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore $389,161 to investigate bullying at Dunaire Elementary School. The latest summary of payments, released today, shows the school district paid Moore:

May 12, 2009 — $ 3,423
June 5, 2009 — $166,955
July 13, 2009 — $128,628
Aug. 18, 2009 — $ 90,155

Total — $389,161

Glenn Stephens, Gwinnett County administrator: $253,600

Glenn Stephens, Gwinnett County administrator: $253,600
September 4, 2009 --

Glenn Stephens, the new Gwinnett County administrator, signed a five-year contract this week worth $1.3 million. He’ll start with a base salary of $228,000 plus perks. The county will also pay the premiums for a 20-year term life insurance policy, but the contract does not specify the amount of the coverage. Read on and download the contract, if you like.

Sept. 4

September 4, 2009 --

Gwinnett developers charged with failing to disclose campaign donations Despite state efforts, ethanol fails to gain against gasoline in Georgia Cherokee County poultry facility fined by OSHA

6 to 9 years later, still no trial date for alleged $40K theft from ATL stadium authority

September 4, 2009 --

Two years ago, Davetta Johnson Mitchell was accused of stealing $40,000 of public money six to nine years ago. When she will go to trial – if ever – is anybody’s guess. Last week marked the second anniversary of her indictment for writing allegedly unauthorized checks to herself when she ran the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority. It took years to seek criminal charges, prosecutors say, because the authority’s records under Mitchell were a shambles. “They were not organized in any way,” assistant district attorney Kellie Hill said. “They were simply boxes of paper.”

Sept. 3

September 3, 2009 --

Dozens of poor defendants still without lawyers Georgia buys cars despite budget moratorium Energy officials worry species designation could hurt power Oops! Stimulus funds repave Atlanta road twice Social Circle police chief resigns, 1 officer fired

Federal jury to get reverse-bias case, could cost College Park big bucks

Federal jury to get reverse-bias case, could cost College Park big bucks
September 3, 2009 --

(UPDATE: Jurors got the case Thursday and deliberated for three hours or so. They’ll resume at 9:30 a.m. Friday.)

More than a year ago, the city of College Park rejected settling a fired employee’s reverse-discrimination lawsuit for $740,000. Now the city is in federal court, where a jury’s pending decision will determine whether that was a good call. Christopher Jones, the city’s former director of economic development, sued in 2005 after a three-member majority of the City Council voted to let him go.