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Parent claims bullying by Cobb schools
 Either Cobb County schools have among the best behaved students around, or they are fudging statistics on bullying. That’s the contention of lawyers representing a boy they say was falsely accused of fighting and charged with felonies. The teen-aged son of Jorge Santa was the victim of bullying, they say, adding that the school district...

11:13 PM Friday, Jan. 11, 2019

Either Cobb County schools have among the best behaved students around, or they are fudging statistics on bullying. That’s the contention of lawyers representing a boy they say was falsely accused of fighting and charged with felonies. The teen-aged son of Jorge Santa was the victim of bullying, they say, adding that the school district...
AJC Analysis: Absentee voting pitfalls tripped thousands of Ga. voters
 When Bartow County resident Shelly Hamner filled out her absentee ballot for the November general election, she had her husband check her work. “I’ve never really done absentee before,” she said. “I said, ‘Make sure I did this right. I don’t want it to be rejected.’” Georgia’s absentee...

4:30 PM Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018

When Bartow County resident Shelly Hamner filled out her absentee ballot for the November general election, she had her husband check her work. “I’ve never really done absentee before,” she said. “I said, ‘Make sure I did this right. I don’t want it to be rejected.’” Georgia’s absentee...
How Georgia’s electorate changed in 2018
 During the campaign for Governor, Democrat Stacey Abrams made a big effort to register new voters and reach out to minorities. Republican Brian Kemp sought to build off Donald Trump’s 5-point win 2016 win and continue Republican dominance in statewide races. The electorate shifted in ways that helped both campaigns and raises the possibility...

4:59 PM Friday, Nov. 30, 2018

During the campaign for Governor, Democrat Stacey Abrams made a big effort to register new voters and reach out to minorities. Republican Brian Kemp sought to build off Donald Trump’s 5-point win 2016 win and continue Republican dominance in statewide races. The electorate shifted in ways that helped both campaigns and raises the possibility...
Harassed — then investigated
 She thought the Governor’s Task Force commander had invited her to a Savannah conference for her legal expertise. Then state patrol Capt. Eddie Williams had drunkenly invited her to his bedroom during a late-night bus ride, the woman alleged in a sexual harassment complaint, and he did nothing as his rowdy subordinates tried to pull...

9:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018

She thought the Governor’s Task Force commander had invited her to a Savannah conference for her legal expertise. Then state patrol Capt. Eddie Williams had drunkenly invited her to his bedroom during a late-night bus ride, the woman alleged in a sexual harassment complaint, and he did nothing as his rowdy subordinates tried to pull...
AJC EXCLUSIVE: Women working in GA prisons endure harassment, groping — by male guards
 Lewd insults. Groping. Never-ending sexual propositions. That’s what women working in Georgia’s prison system say they endure every day. Dealing with incarcerated criminals, the women knew going into the job that they could face men trying to intimidate them, or worse. But dozens of women’s accounts in state records aren&rsquo...

11:00 AM Friday, Oct. 26, 2018

Lewd insults. Groping. Never-ending sexual propositions. That’s what women working in Georgia’s prison system say they endure every day. Dealing with incarcerated criminals, the women knew going into the job that they could face men trying to intimidate them, or worse. But dozens of women’s accounts in state records aren&rsquo...
Hundreds of Georgia absentee ballots at stake in court battle
 A court order issued Thursday despite objections by Secretary of State Brian Kemp and other elections leaders could affect several hundred Georgia absentee ballots  — once the legal wrangling plays out. U.S. District Court Judge Leigh Martin May’s restraining order stops officials across the state from rejecting absentee ballots...

10:05 PM Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

A court order issued Thursday despite objections by Secretary of State Brian Kemp and other elections leaders could affect several hundred Georgia absentee ballots — once the legal wrangling plays out. U.S. District Court Judge Leigh Martin May’s restraining order stops officials across the state from rejecting absentee ballots...
Georgia’s voters become more diverse ahead of this year’s election
 Georgia’s registered voters became more racially diverse this year, continuing a long-term demographic trend among the electorate. White voters are still the majority in Georgia, but their collective influence is slowly waning each election year, according to voter registration data from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office...

6:20 PM Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

Georgia’s registered voters became more racially diverse this year, continuing a long-term demographic trend among the electorate. White voters are still the majority in Georgia, but their collective influence is slowly waning each election year, according to voter registration data from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office...
She said she’d been sexually harassed. Then she got fired for it.
 The woman said she wasn’t even looking to file a formal complaint. But griping to her supervisor about how the leader of an elite environmental cleanup team had passed her over for a promotion, the words slipped out of her mouth. “You know, I should have reported him for sexual harassment,” the woman said, “but I just...

4:00 AM Saturday, Sep. 22, 2018

The woman said she wasn’t even looking to file a formal complaint. But griping to her supervisor about how the leader of an elite environmental cleanup team had passed her over for a promotion, the words slipped out of her mouth. “You know, I should have reported him for sexual harassment,” the woman said, “but I just...
State’s weak response to sexual harassment makes reporting risky
 Emboldened by #MeToo, a half dozen state emergency management employees came forward about a supervisor putting his hands on women who didn’t want to be touched, making locker-room jokes they didn’t want to hear. His punishment: A talking-to. No written reprimand. No disciplinary action. “It sent the message that that kind...

9:37 AM Friday, Sep. 21, 2018

Emboldened by #MeToo, a half dozen state emergency management employees came forward about a supervisor putting his hands on women who didn’t want to be touched, making locker-room jokes they didn’t want to hear. His punishment: A talking-to. No written reprimand. No disciplinary action. “It sent the message that that kind...
Atlanta paid $21,000 to bury beloved staffer. But was it legal?
 When a beloved deputy commissioner in Atlanta’s Public Works Department died in 2013, Mayor Kasim Reed wanted to help the family by paying for the funeral and related expenses. He then handed the bills to taxpayers. Legal defense for Atlanta judge’s ethics case climbs to $56K
Atlanta’s corruption probe-related legal bills...

1:46 PM Monday, Aug. 27, 2018

When a beloved deputy commissioner in Atlanta’s Public Works Department died in 2013, Mayor Kasim Reed wanted to help the family by paying for the funeral and related expenses. He then handed the bills to taxpayers. Legal defense for Atlanta judge’s ethics case climbs to $56K Atlanta’s corruption probe-related legal bills...
Mum’s the word on how this Georgia government agency handles sex harassment cases
 In Georgia, state government departments and agencies are told they can handle sexual harassment claims in a way that fits their culture. But this freedom can result in outcomes that leave victims disillusioned. Too often that was the case at the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, an AJC examination found. In...

3:22 PM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

In Georgia, state government departments and agencies are told they can handle sexual harassment claims in a way that fits their culture. But this freedom can result in outcomes that leave victims disillusioned. Too often that was the case at the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, an AJC examination found. In...
In #MeToo era, state employees wonder ‘what about me’
 Her boss at the agricultural lab touched her lower back so much, she dreaded going to work. In the emergency management office, women were subjected to a supervisor’s repeated crude comments about sex, as well as shoulder rubs and his fingers in their hair. At the home mortgage office, a man rubbed the lower back and upper buttocks...

3:21 PM Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018

Her boss at the agricultural lab touched her lower back so much, she dreaded going to work. In the emergency management office, women were subjected to a supervisor’s repeated crude comments about sex, as well as shoulder rubs and his fingers in their hair. At the home mortgage office, a man rubbed the lower back and upper buttocks...
Experience the Battle of Atlanta for its 154th anniversary
 One-hundred fifty-four years ago this weekend, men in uniforms of blue and gray hurled themselves at one another violently at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. Cannon fire drowned out the rumblings of the trains at the Inman Park-Reynoldstown MARTA station. And at Westview Cemetery, the sounds of rifle volleys shattered the respectful silence. Well...

10:30 AM Friday, Jul. 20, 2018

One-hundred fifty-four years ago this weekend, men in uniforms of blue and gray hurled themselves at one another violently at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital. Cannon fire drowned out the rumblings of the trains at the Inman Park-Reynoldstown MARTA station. And at Westview Cemetery, the sounds of rifle volleys shattered the respectful silence. Well...
South and Southwest Georgia counties public swimming pool inspections for 2018
 Want to know the track record of the pool you’re planning on taking the kids to this weekend? Search our repository of public swimming pool inspection data for more than 40 counties near Columbus and Albany and elsewhere in south and southwestern Georgia. (Not all the counties have public swimming pools, however, so not all of them...

10:28 PM Thursday, May. 24, 2018

Want to know the track record of the pool you’re planning on taking the kids to this weekend? Search our repository of public swimming pool inspection data for more than 40 counties near Columbus and Albany and elsewhere in south and southwestern Georgia. (Not all the counties have public swimming pools, however, so not all of them...
Savannah-area and coastal Georgia counties public swimming pool inspections for 2018
 Want to know the track record of the pool you’re planning on taking the kids to this weekend? Search our repository of public swimming pool inspection data for counties near Savannah and along the Georgia coast: Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven. The inspections in our dataset go...

10:08 PM Thursday, May. 24, 2018

Want to know the track record of the pool you’re planning on taking the kids to this weekend? Search our repository of public swimming pool inspection data for counties near Savannah and along the Georgia coast: Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Screven. The inspections in our dataset go...
Augusta- and Dublin-area counties public swimming pool inspections for 2018
 Want to know the track record of the pool you’re planning on taking the kids to this weekend? Search our repository of public swimming pool inspection data for counties in the Augusta and Dublin areas: Bleckley, Burke, Candler, Columbia, Dodge, Elbert, Emanuel, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Laurens, Lincoln, McDuffie, Montgomery...

9:52 PM Thursday, May. 24, 2018

Want to know the track record of the pool you’re planning on taking the kids to this weekend? Search our repository of public swimming pool inspection data for counties in the Augusta and Dublin areas: Bleckley, Burke, Candler, Columbia, Dodge, Elbert, Emanuel, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Laurens, Lincoln, McDuffie, Montgomery...
Macon-area counties public swimming pool inspections for 2018
 Want to know the track record of the pool you’re planning on taking the kids to this weekend? Search our repository of public swimming pool inspection data for counties in the Macon area: Baldwin, Bibb, Butts, Crawford, Dooly, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Macon, Monroe, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, Taylor, Twiggs and Upson.   The inspections...

9:32 PM Thursday, May. 24, 2018

Want to know the track record of the pool you’re planning on taking the kids to this weekend? Search our repository of public swimming pool inspection data for counties in the Macon area: Baldwin, Bibb, Butts, Crawford, Dooly, Houston, Jasper, Jones, Macon, Monroe, Peach, Pulaski, Putnam, Taylor, Twiggs and Upson.   The inspections...
Southern Atlanta Metro area public swimming pool inspections
 Want to know the track record of the pool you’re planning on taking the kids to this weekend? Search our repository of public swimming pool inspection data for counties along the south side of the Atlanta Metro area: Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Newton, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding and Troup. (Not all of those counties may have...

8:23 PM Thursday, May. 24, 2018

Want to know the track record of the pool you’re planning on taking the kids to this weekend? Search our repository of public swimming pool inspection data for counties along the south side of the Atlanta Metro area: Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Newton, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding and Troup. (Not all of those counties may have...
North Georgia counties public swimming pool inspections
 Want to know the track record of the pool you’re planning on taking the kids to this weekend? Search our repository of public swimming pool inspection data for counties in North Georgia, including Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Franklin, Gilmer, Gordon, Habersham, Hart, Lumpkin, Murray, Rabun, Union, Stephens, Towns, Walker...

7:59 PM Thursday, May. 24, 2018

Want to know the track record of the pool you’re planning on taking the kids to this weekend? Search our repository of public swimming pool inspection data for counties in North Georgia, including Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Franklin, Gilmer, Gordon, Habersham, Hart, Lumpkin, Murray, Rabun, Union, Stephens, Towns, Walker...
Northern Atlanta Metro area public swimming pool inspections for 2018
 Want to know the track record of the pool you’re planning on taking the kids to this weekend? Search our repository of public swimming pool inspection data for the counties on the northern side of the Atlanta Metro area: Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Hall, Haralson, Paulding and Pickens.  The inspections in our dataset...

6:58 PM Thursday, May. 24, 2018

Want to know the track record of the pool you’re planning on taking the kids to this weekend? Search our repository of public swimming pool inspection data for the counties on the northern side of the Atlanta Metro area: Bartow, Carroll, Cherokee, Dawson, Forsyth, Hall, Haralson, Paulding and Pickens.  The inspections in our dataset...
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