Friday, August 17, 2012

Remainders: Red & Black back in students' hands, Balfour, and crime galore

Posted By on Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 5:38 PM

It appears the Red & Black, the award-winning, independent student newspaper serving the University of Georgia, is now back under student control. Also: the board member, a career ad guy who penned the controversial WTF memo overhauling editorial standards, has resigned. Whether staffers who quit the paper in protest will rejoin remains unknown. And what the hell was with the scuffle earlier?

The day before Atlanta Beltline Inc. CEO Brian Leary was ousted for inappropriate purchases with taxpayer dollars, state Sen. Don Balfour, R-Snellville, skated away with a $5,000 fine from the Senate Ethics Committee for billing taxpayers for mileage while he was on lobbyist-funded trips. Unlike Leary, Balfour's elected, which means he's a helluva lot harder to fire. That is, unless voters want him out come November.

It's been a rough few days for public safety in Atlanta. Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard thinks a restaurant owner who was shot and killed in northwest Atlanta might have been targeted because she was scheduled to testify. And a Virginia-Highland convenience store owner was shot and killed during a robbert attempt. And those are just two recent crimes.

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