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May 23

May 23, 2010 --

Ga. leads nation in criminal punishment: Billion-dollar burden or justice? School central offices costly Despite bank failures, Ga. sheds bank examiners

APD ignored key Kathryn Johnston witness for 9 days

APD ignored key Kathryn Johnston witness for 9 days
May 23, 2010 --

Atlanta police inexplicably waited nine days to question a key witness to officers’ misconduct in the 2006 killing of 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston, according to a new investigative report. Instead, they put on a full-court press to track down an informant who corrupt officers wanted to use as their alibi. Cris Beamud, director of a city oversight panel created after the Johnston shooting, says police should find out why it took so long.

Investigation: 2 more APD cops should be fired

May 23, 2010 --

The report says Atlanta should fire two more cops over truthiness issues.

May 22

May 22, 2010 --

Controversial N.Ga. highway project could soon move forward Caught on tape: Canton officers’ convenience store rant Insurance audit upsets faculty, staff A former ATL cop speaks out against flawed Citizen review Board

EPA weighing sanctions against BP’s U.S. operations

May 22, 2010 --

Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency are considering whether to bar BP from receiving government contracts, a move that would ultimately cost the company billions in revenue and could end its drilling in federally controlled oil fields. Over the past 10 years, BP has paid tens of millions of dollars in fines and been implicated in four separate instances of criminal misconduct that could have prompted this far more serious action. Until now, the company’s executives and their lawyers have fended off such a penalty by promising that BP would change its ways. That strategy may no longer work.

Press Club likes me, they really like me

Press Club likes me, they really like me
May 21, 2010 --

The Atlanta Press Club last night honored Jim Walls (that would be me) with an Award of Excellence in the online/multimedia category for my work on Atlanta Unfiltered. Yay for me. Other winners for investigative work were Dale Russell of WAGA-TV and Jaye Watson of WXIA.

May 21

May 21, 2010 --

Former Dome GM: There’s zero need for a new stadium Ethics Commission issues subpoenas in Oxendine probe Vital tax data disappears from Fulton County Web site Rep. Gingrey admits campaign spending ‘error’ Peachtree City fire marshal demoted Cumberland man sues U.S. Interior secretary over access Atlanta Gas Light surcharge prevails in court Medical College external […]

Budget geeks: Perdue should veto latest tax breaks

Budget geeks: Perdue should veto latest tax breaks
May 20, 2010 --

The 2010 Georgia Legislature took some positive steps to address the state’s $5 billion budget deficit, such as passing bills to raise almost $375 million in new revenues and to improve tax collections and transparency. But it also approved long-term tax cuts ($624 million a year when fully implemented) that will shift the cost of government services onto middle-class and low-income Georgians, says the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute.

May 20

May 20, 2010 --

Half-century Harris Neck land dispute goes bitter again CRCT probe finds some erased doodles DeKalb complex is a danger to residents, official says Cobb school board makes key promotion in secret Superintendent puts kibosh on Fayette ethics brawl

Feds: Ex-DeKalb deputy chief Donald Frank took bribes

May 19, 2010 --

Donald E. Frank, former deputy police chief for DeKalb County, was arraigned today for allegedly accepting two bribes from a small business owner. Prosecutors said Frank, 46, solicited the bribes from co-defendant Amin Budhwani, 46, in October 2008. The indictment describes each of the alleged bribes as “something of value of $5,000 or more.” Frank, who was demoted to lieutenant last year, was placed on administrative leave without pay.  UPDATE: DeKalb County announced today (May 26) that it has fired Frank.

Whistleblower sues to stop another BP rig from operating

May 19, 2010 --

A whistleblower filed suit Monday to force the federal government to halt operations at another massive BP oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, alleging that BP never reviewed critical engineering designs for the operation and is therefore risking another catastrophic accident that could “dwarf” the company’s Deepwater Horizon spill. Former project control supervisor Kenneth Abbott alleged that BP never confirmed systems and equipment on the Atlantis platform were built as intended and didn’t properly file the documentation that functions as an instruction manual for rig workers in the case of a blowout or other emergency.

May 19

May 19, 2010 --

Georgia tops US in coal imports Critics: Ga. Power’s conservation programs fall short Eye of IRS on UGA Barrow tops House in tax-paid messages to constituents Secretary of State hopefuls blame Kemp in tech glitch GBI raids Upson County commissioner’s funeral home Gwinnett court takes different tack for probation contract Kia supplier Sewon America faces […]