Metro news for Friday

The state ethics commission has named a top official of the state Public Defenders Standards Council and a former city official as finalists to be the agency's next executive director.

Commissioners will choose between Holly LaBerge and Jerry Presley to take the place of Stacey Kalberman, who agreed to resign under pressure but is staying on until her replacement is named. The commission must wait two weeks to make its choice.

LaBerge is the director of government relations for the public defenders council and is a former House budget analyst. Presley Owns his own public policy consulting firm and served in a variety of positions for several local governments.

Their resumes are posted at the ethics commission website, AARON GOULD SHENIN


August brings two things for colleges -- fall semester and a slew of studies ranking universities every which way.

Georgia Tech and University of Georgia earned the No. 1 and 4 positions when SmartMoney magazine ranked 50 colleges based on the median salary of graduates compared with what they paid in tuition. Median salary for Georgia Tech graduates is $57,300 and they paid $87,810 in tuition, the magazine found. UGA graduates have a median salary of $42,100 and paid $77,957 in tuition.

More information on "Payback Score": LAURA DIAMOND


The Georgia Board of Education held a public hearing Wednesday on a new set of charter school rules that provide more extensive information about the petitioning and renewal process.

The proposed rules provide more clarity for charter operators, authorizers and petitioners. They also provide more state oversight of campuses.

If approved, the three rules would replace the existing charter school rule state schools currently follow. D. AILEEN DODD


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George Mathis reveals the weird and sometimes humorous (under)world as revealed in metro Atlanta police blotters. B4


Someone in you neighborhood deserves a pat on the back. Find out who. B5