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Oct. 11

October 11, 2009 --

Fulton County: 40 accused of murder but not in jail Blame for disaster might not determine outcome of Imperial Sugar lawsuits

Oct. 10

October 10, 2009 --

F-22 dead, but Georgia gets defense earmarks anyway Audit: Fulton County’s handling of 2008 election was ‘back room debacle’ Ethics panel members report neglect in DeKalb Opinion: Marietta bonds raise debt — and questions EPD to give UGA approval on incinerating medical waste Lawsuit says Augusta inconsistent on bids rules

Marietta chiropractors charged with $11 million insurance scam

October 9, 2009 --

Two Marietta chiropractors allegedly tried to scam insurers for $11 million by billing for physical therapy when they actually were providing massages and other services. Andrew Sokol, 41, and his wife, Julie Weisberg, 35, were arraigned on fraud charges today in federal court. The couple’s WellnessOne clinics allegedly drummed up business by waiving co-pays and giving patients gift cards, frozen turkeys, gift bags and catered lunches. All this resulted in “the patients being compensated … while paying nothing for the massages and chiropractic adjustments they received.”


Oct. 9

October 9, 2009 --

MCG takes oversight of mental health hospitals Deal’s partner says they ditched state business over safety, moral concerns Broun bill would let hunters import polar bear trophies Georgia DOT drops federal stimulus road signs Judge, DA claim immunity from suit by man jailed for 6 months past release date Defense: Evidence withheld in ex-Forsyth County […]

Contractors in Iraq are hidden casualties of war

Contractors in Iraq are hidden casualties of war
October 9, 2009 --

By T. CHRISTIAN MILLER/ProPublica Reporting from Central Point, Ore. – A nurse rocked him awake as pale dawn light crept into the room. “C’mon now, c’mon,” the nurse murmured. “Time to get up.” Reggie Lane was once a hulking man of 260 pounds. Friends called him “Big Dad.” Now, he weighed less than 200 pounds […]

Oct. 8

October 8, 2009 --

Former Carrollton councilman indicted on two misdemeanor charges 3 Polk County officers resign amid steroid use investigation

Oct. 7

October 7, 2009 --

Gwinnett judge who signed land deal vacates office Football Hall of Fame deal includes $1 million ‘break-up’ fee Deal opts out of business with the state Tort reform challenged over emergency room care Gas line project, surcharges OK’d for Atlanta Gas Light Carroll County rents FEMA office space from Carrollton mayor Corps outlines remedies for […]

State Ethics Commission names 3 finalists for top job

October 6, 2009 --

The State Ethics Commission has named three finalists for its top administrative job: Cassandra Lawson, employee relations manager with the state Department of Juvenile Justice; John Truslow, associate director for the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility at Georgia State University’s business school; and David Von, executive vice president of HomeCoast Capital LLC. Read the news release …

Milton Little Jr., United Way of Metro Atlanta CEO: $435,962

Milton Little Jr., United Way of Metro Atlanta CEO: $435,962
October 6, 2009 --

The United Way would not disclose CEO Milton Little‘s salary when the AJC wrote about compensation for his predecessor, Mark O’Connell, in 2007. Now the organization has filed tax forms reporting Little’s 2008 compensation as nearly $436,000, including benefits and $77,000 in expenses.

Oct. 6

October 6, 2009 --

Atlanta councilman fined $25K for not registering charity Jury awards pavers $150M over faulty DOT tests UGA struggles to find and keep female faculty Bill would require judges’ recusal over campaign donations Some Grady dialysis outpatients run into early snags Johnson: Oxendine’s new rules for explosive dust could kill jobs Carroll Commission chairman admits violating […]

University execs’ deferred pay, often hidden, tops $7 million

University execs' deferred pay, often hidden, tops $7 million
October 5, 2009 --

When Wayne Clough left Georgia Tech last year, he drove off  with $1.8 million in deferred pay, behind the wheel of a 2007 Lexus hybrid SUV given to him by the school’s foundation. Carl Patton and Michael Adams have received similarly sweet deals. All told, 10 University System executives have pocketed or accrued more than $7 million since 2004 in deferred pay. Officials say furloughs will not affect the amounts.

Auditors: ATL owes $3.9M for mishandling of housing funds

Auditors: ATL owes $3.9M for mishandling of housing funds
October 5, 2009 --

Blown deadlines and sloppy contract oversight may cost Atlanta another $3.9 million in federal housing money. Atlanta messed up $6.8 million in funding commitments, or nearly two-thirds of all funding examined, federal auditors say. Planning and Community Development Commissioner James Shelby asked HUD to take extenuating circumstances into account, but HUD’s Inspector General was unmoved.