Morning Reads: Transportation bill draws ire, Kerry for prez, NC coaching legend passes

International
From the AP: 10 things to know for Monday

National
What really happens if Homeland Security shuts down?
Kerry for president again?
Trayvon’s dad: Fight gun violence in black communities

Local
Georgia Aquarium CEO says dolphin abuse video is likely doctored
Who will fill DeKalb’s open seat on the BOC?
Controversy over proposed transportation bill

Sports
North Carolina coaching great Dean Smith is dead

For your entertainment …
Rosie splits from her wife … and The View
Red carpet at The Grammys

13 comments

  1. Noway says:

    More evidence that Climate Change/Global Warming is and has always been a hoax! I guess it’s SETTLED SCIENCE now…LOL! Whatever are the Socialists going to do?!
    “The fiddling with temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever…”
    ‘In the business and trading world, people go to jail for such manipulations of data’

    • saltycracker says:

      We should be a lot more concerned with inadequate or bad research on dealing with diseases, bacteria, viruses and non-native plant and animal life bring spread around the US and world.

      One maybe not on the radar: citrus greening disease from China which may wipe out the multi-billion dollar citrus industry in the US.

      Or fraudulent research that was the basis of the vaccination scare now haunting measle sufferers, turned out the discredited study was paid by lawyers looking for a class action lawsuit.

  2. saltycracker says:

    In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one part of the citizens to give to the other.
    Voltaire (1764)

  3. Rambler14 says:

    Can’t imagine the cities in North Fulton would be very happy about a conversion from 3 cents + a % of 3 cents from Fulton to a % of 6 cents from Fulton.

  4. Will Durant says:

    Gwinnett schools will rake at least $228K in fines doled out in the first month of camera enforcement for driving by school buses with their stop signs out. Sounds like a no-brainer until you see that is only half of the fine amount of 456K as Redflex Holdings receives $228K as well. Redflex was chosen even though they have now been proven to have paid $2 million in bribes in Chicago alone for their redlight cameras. The squealer and one time top salesmen for Redflex claimed to the feds that he had knowledge of millions spent in bribes in 13 states including Georgia.

    http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/news/2015/feb/09/gwinnett-county-schools-handing-out-several/

    • Charlie says:

      Perhaps more importantly, has anyone ever answered the question as to where in Georgia’s constitution/code are school systems allowed to issue citations? Especially ones from third party operators using cameras?

      That’s not a rhetorical question. I know we’ve posted it on here a few times but I’m not sure that question was ever answered. Given how difficult it is to operate a red light camera in Georgia legally, I’m finding this one difficult to understand.

  5. Will Durant says:

    Not sure because IANAL but it appears that unlike most of Georgia’s other traffic laws this one was codified as a “civil monetary penalty” as opposed to a criminal offense:
    system.gocampaign.com/file/515389

    It means you don’t get the 6 points on your license and insurance companies are also not informed of the violation. But, and its a big but, you only get two outs, if the owner of the vehicle submits a signed, notarized, etc. stating they were not the operator and rats out the actual perpetrator. The second out is if you can show the vehicle was reported stolen prior to the Kodak moment. There are no provisions for equipment failure or if the bus driver has deployed the stop sign illegally, etc.

    It appears a certified peace officer employed by a law enforcement agency authorized to enforce this Code has to give the the okey dokey but it doesn’t say to whom they must be employed. It boils down to what we used to call a racket.

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