Q: We are confused about the settlement given to the alleged victims of Fulton County attorney David Ware. The article said that Fulton County cleared Ware of any wrongdoing, yet it paid $650,000 in settlements and attorney fees. Ware also continues his job. Is this a contradiction or did we misunderstand?
—Perry McNeal, Alpharetta
A: Fulton County paid $100,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit against Ware and has stood behind him throughout the process. Ware called the lawsuit, which was filed in November 2012, a “blackmail attempt.” Three women — a former staff attorney, a former paralegal and Ware’s former executive assistant — filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court. Fulton County hired the law firm of Greenberg Traurig to represent Ware, leading to litigation costs and attorney fees that cost taxpayers an additional $650,000.
Q: I saw where Hannah Storm recently celebrated a birthday. Where does she work now? Did she recover from the wounds she suffered in that accident?
—Doris Keith, Acworth
A: Storm, an anchor and host at ESPN since 2008, has recovered from the burns she suffered in a propane grill gas explosion on Dec. 10, 2012. There were first-degree burns on her face and neck and second-degree burns to her hands and chest. Most of her eyebrows and eyelashes and some of her hair was burned off, but she returned to work three weeks after the explosion.
“You could trace the path of the flames up my neck,” Storm told People in January 2013. “I could barely speak I was in such pain.” She turned 52 on June 13.
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