Author Archives: GLORIA TATUM

KSU E-voting Breach More Serious Than Public Was Informed

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(APN) ATLANTA — A recent interview with Logan Lamb, 29, the man who breached highly sensitive election data in Georgia, published by the Politico news service, reveals that the reported breach–involving the Kennesaw State University Center for Election Systems (KSU CES) website–is much more serious than the University previously stated.   http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/06/14/will-the-georgia-special-election-get-hacked-215255   The so-called “hacker” was Internet security employee, […]

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Worth County Sheriff’s Office Violates Students in Drug Search

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(APN) ATLANTA — Sheriff Jeff Hobby’s office in Worth County near Albany, Georgia, inappropriately and apparently unlawfully searched almost 900 students at Worth County High School for illegal drugs.   On April 14, 2017, some forty uniformed officers from five law enforcement agencies invaded the school and put the school on lockdown for four hours.   Police dogs were used […]

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PSC Comm’r. Moves for Georgia Power to Stop Collecting Nuclear Tax

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(APN) ATLANTA — Georgia Public Service Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald (District 4) filed a motion to give Georgia Power ratepayers a break by asking the company to suspend collecting the nuclear construction tax, or CWIP.   But it had as much chance as a snowball in hell of being honored by the PSC or Georgia Power.  The Commission voted to […]

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Atlanta Mayor, Council Stall on Decriminalization of Cannabis

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — Facing pressure from Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed, Central Atlanta Progress, and other organizations, the City Council of Atlanta has stalled on legislation that Councilman Kwanza Hall (District 2), a Mayoral candidate, introduced nearly three months ago, to lower the municipal penalties to a fine and eliminate the possibility […]

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Citizens Fight Developer Land Grab in Atlanta Public Park (UPDATE 4)

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(APN) ATLANTA — Concerned citizens living near Peachtree Hills Park, an eight acre park near Atlanta’s Lindbergh MARTA Station, are up in arms about a developer’s plans to use the public park land for private gain.   Neighborhood advocates are saying this plan–already approved by the City Council of Atlanta– sets a dangerous precedent.   Ashton Woods, a private developer, […]

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Clarkston Rethinks its Relationship with ICE, Passes Non-detainer Policy

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(APN) CLARKSTON — The City Council of Clarkston, Georgia, has passed a non-detainer policy on May 02, 2017 that prohibits the federal agency Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from arresting people in Clarkston with a “detainer request” or an “administrative immigration warrant.”   ICE must obtain a legal judicial warrant and show probable cause that authorizes an individual’s arrest and […]

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Health Care Protests Held in Atlanta after TrumpCare Passes U.S. House

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(APN) ATLANTA — People have organized and held numerous protests throughout Metro Atlanta since the U.S. House passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA or “TrumpCare”), an Orwellian-named bill that would gut numerous protections of the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”).   On April 27, 2017, the U.S. House narrowly passed the AHCA, after President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise […]

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Ratepayers Push Vogtle Cancellation at PSC Nuclear Hearing, VCM 16 (UPDATE 1)

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Thursday, May 11, 2017, ratepayers packed the sixteenth Vogtle Construction Monitoring (VCM) hearing, demanding that the Georgia Public Service Commission and Southern Company cancel their plans to complete two new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle.   This VCM report covers the period between July 01, 2016 and December 31, 2016.   Atlanta Progressive News has covered […]

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Democratic Socialist, kamau, Elected to South Fulton City Council

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(APN) ATLANTA — On April 18, 2017, the voters of the City of South Fulton, the newly created city in south Fulton County, elected a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist, khalid kamau, to the District 6 South Fulton City Council seat.   His name is lower-cased in the Yoruba African tradition to show that community is emphasized over the individual.   While […]

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20 Computer Experts Issue Letter to Kemp on E-Voting Unreliability

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — On March 14, 2017, some twenty computer experts from across the U.S. sent a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, urging Kemp to immediately move to verifiable elections, after approximately sixteen years of faith based E-voting with no paper record in the State of Georgia.   https://www.verifiedvoting.org/verified-voting-letter-to-georgia-secretary-of-state-brian-kemp/ […]

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Activists Seek Emergency PSC Hearing to Reconsider Vogtle Reactors 3, 4

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Glenn Carroll, Director of Nuclear Watch South (NWS), filed a request for an emergency public hearing with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to seek relief for ratepayers from the Construction Work in Progress (CWIP) tax on customers’ electric bills.   Georgia Power ratepayers have been paying in advance for the construction […]

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Eleby Won’t Be Railroaded for I-85 Collapse, Attorneys Insist

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(APN) ATLANTA — Basil Eleby, 40, the homeless man who is accused of starting a fire that caused a portion of Interstate 85 to collapse in Atlanta, has some of the best legal minds defending him plus a growing coalition of 25 diverse community and civil rights organizations that have raised concerns about his case.   Almost immediately after the […]

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Five Arrested by GSU during Sit-in Protest for Turner Field CBA

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(APN) ATLANTA — On Monday, April 10, 2017, a five hour sit-in by Georgia State University (GSU) students, including members of United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS); and members of the Turner Field Benefits Coalition, which sought to demand a meeting with GSU President Dr. Mark Becker, ended with five people being arrested for refusing to leave the building.   The […]

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Tent City at Turner Field Enters Day Nine, CBA Demanded

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With additional reporting by Matthew Charles Cardinale   (APN) ATLANTA — Activists with the Turner Field Community Benefits Coalition (TFCBC) drew a line in the sand on April 01, 2017, when they created a Tent City at the gates of the now-former Turner Field.   The tents are there to dramatize the crisis that is happening to residents who live […]

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