Friday, February 1, 2013

First Slice 2/1/13: Fulton deals with election woes, tampering

Posted By on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 8:18 AM

1. One of the downsides of running for president and not pulling a win,: Republican Newt Gingrich's campaign rounded out 2012 with $4.7 million in debt following his relatively brief bid for the White House last year.

2. Milwaukee is taking one from Atlanta's playbook when it comes to implementing a new streetcar system. Like Atlanta, Milwaukee city officials decided not to pay for the relocation of utility lines that need to be moved to accommodate the new transportation system. But utility companies including Georgia Power, whih has already started to relocate some lines here in the ATL, say it's an unresolved issue and hope to seek compensation for the work from the city.

3. A Smyrna woman scared away some would-be burglars yesterday morning after hearing a rock crash through a back window. She said crime has picked up in neighborhood over the past 18 months, including two burglaries this week, and she plans to bring it up to the homeowners association. Cobb County Police spokesperson Sgt. Dana Pierce said it was likely truants. "Adults will kick in the door," he told the Marietta Daily Journal. "Kids go around the back."

4. Someone altered Fulton County voting records following the presidential elections in November. Election review officials are still trying to figure out the scope of the problem, what sort of impact it may have, and who's responsible. The AJC also has a rundown of "recent Fulton elections embarrassments" dating back to 2008.

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