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Did partisan $$$ swing non-partisan mayor’s race?

Did partisan $$$ swing non-partisan mayor's race?
September 12, 2010 --

Countless Atlantans volunteered for Kasim Reed last fall, helping a second-place candidate win the top job in city government. But, in a tight nonpartisan race, partisan campaigning may have been the critical ingredient that vaulted him past Mary Norwood. The Georgia Democratic Party spent at least $165,000 to attack her and contribute to an unprecedented 8 percent jump […]

Sept. 11

September 11, 2010 --

DeKalb Co.employees double-dipping Fired 911 operator sues Fulton Co. for $10.5M Some MARTA debt downgraded EPD proposes end to reporting of ‘non-major’ spills

Sept. 10

September 10, 2010 --

Sanford Bishop steered scholarships to family Disabled Georgians sue over program cuts DeKalb: ‘Accreditation is safe’; lawmakers not so sure State Board of Education adopts governance, ethics standards Still no sale of Golf Hall property DA names special prosecutor for Warner Robins councilman

Feds reducing deportation risk for many undocumented immigrants

Feds reducing deportation risk for many undocumented immigrants
September 10, 2010 --
As the Obama administration tries to increase the number of criminals it deports, it’s lowering the risk of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants who’ve lived in the country for long periods without committing crimes. The new approach might also undermine a controversial program that allows several metro Atlanta sheriffs to detain and process illegal immigrants for deportation.

Citizen panel: 24 ATL cops mistreated Eagle Bar patrons

September 9, 2010 --

Police should take action against 24 officers for improperly detaining dozens of patrons at the Atlanta Eagle gay bar in a 2009 raid, a citizen oversight panel said tonight. Recommendations for discipline should wait while investigators determine officers’  levels of blame, the Atlanta Citizen Review Board decided. But several members agreed when board chair Joy Morrissey said the maximum possible penalty  — a three-day suspension — would not be enough. “Amen,” one member added.

Sept. 9

September 9, 2010 --

Firm linked to Barnes did state business ATL overhauls beleaguered water dept. in wake of billing fiasco Perdue names Teilhet to lead troubled public defender system Judge upholds Fayette commissioner’s ethics violations Questionable commuting expense costing ATL taxpayers Rockdale candidate has history of court cases Workers voice ills outside Augusta VA hospital Warner Robins mayor […]

Opinion: Time’s a-wastin’ on fund to preserve and create jobs

Opinion: Time's a-wastin' on fund to preserve and create jobs
September 9, 2010 --

Clare Richie, senior analyst for the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, warns of the consequences if Congress fails to extend a program that’s created 16,000 jobs in Georgia. The program for needy families expires Sept. 30.

Sept. 8

September 8, 2010 --

Ex-peanut exec back to work after salmonella case DeKalb schools won’t release accreditation papers Attorneys dispute effect of voter ID law Cornelia bank doomed by real estate, lax management Complaint: Police captain ‘cut shirt to reveal bra & cleavage’ ATL’s watershed commissioner resigns Warner Robins audit process raises questions Douglasville judge takes heat for tossing […]

Sept. 7

September 7, 2010 --

Federal court vacancies in Atlanta remain unfilled Disclosure on late Warner Robins mayor’s funds long overdue Few use tracking tool to verify immigrants

Sept. 6

September 6, 2010 --

Mercer, Wesleyan flunk feds’ test of financial responsibility

Summerhill non-profit sues founder after IRS audit

Summerhill non-profit sues founder after IRS audit
September 6, 2010 --

Infighting and tax troubles threaten the future of a citizens’ group founded to improve the Summerhill community near Turner Field. The Summerhill Neighborhood Development Corp. has sued its founder, former state Rep. Douglas Dean, alleging he secretly pledged the nonprofit’s property to back $2.4 million in bank loans — now in default — to benefit a private developer. The non-profit, according to the suit, “now faces the very real possibility of losing substantially all of its real property assets.” In addition, federal tax records list $470,000 in unsecured, interest-free loans from the non-profit to Dean and his wife, and $50,000 to the group’s new CEO. Dean says those payments were reimbursements of money he loaned the non-profit over the years. IRS auditors could find little or no documentation for those debts.