Atlanta VA employees reassigned pending investigation of racially charged messages

11:00 am Aug. 17, 2017

The VA reassigned the head of the agency’s national health enrollment office in Atlanta and another employee pending the outcome of an investigation into racially charged messages that included mention of sending people to “the ovens.”

The move comes after a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News this week about the messages between HEC Director Angel Lawrence and program analyst Nathan Jaco.

Lawrence earns $125,132 directing the

VA executive who exchanged offensive messages earns $100K+

12:58 pm Aug. 15, 2017

The VA executive who exchanged unprofessional and offensive instant messages with another VA employee earned $96,586 last year, according to the latest federal salary data available.

But that was before Angel Lawrence was elevated last fall to the top job at the national Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta. Past directors of the center were at a GS-15 pay grade that pays between $125,132 to $161,900, according the 2017 federal scale

VA health enrollment system in disarray, audit finds

12:04 pm Aug. 10, 2017

Filing an application for enrollment is the first step veterans must take to gain access to health care at the more than 150 VA hospitals across the country. But a scathing new federal review finds the health enrollment system overseen by a national VA office in Atlanta is in disarray.

Poor oversight and mismanagement of the enrollment system resulted in delays to health care access for some veterans and likely denied

Hundreds of police officers fired for misconduct, then rehired, report says

3:44 pm Aug. 3, 2017

More than 450 police officers across America fired for misconduct were rehired by their departments who were forced to take them back, according to a Washington Post investigation published Thursday.

The Post examined records since 2006 from 37 of the largest local police agencies in the country. The study found officers who violated the public trust won their jobs back after they appealed the termination and the department was forced

America’s oldest women’s college with no history to share? Wesleyan College scrubs website amid criticism of racist past

10:40 am Jul. 19, 2017

Wesleyan College in Macon is the oldest chartered college for women in America and pride in this history is critical to the story the school has told itself for generations.

But since revelations of its links to the Ku Klux Klan and decades of racist initiation rituals came to light in an AJC article last month, school leaders have struggled with how to incorporate this troubling past into the college’s

New Youtube video draws attention to Caroline Small police shooting

11:00 am Jul. 18, 2017

The Caroline Small police shooting case in south Georgia is drawing fresh attention and outrage thanks to a new Youtube video about the case.

Just months after Small’s family appeared out of options and suspended its effort to have the fatal shooting case reopened, Youtube video entrepreneur John Lordan has produced a 43-minute video that has introduced the brutal shooting to thousands of new viewers across the country.

“This case deserves

Georgia women’s college with links to Klan: ‘It’s time we admit and accept our failures.’

12:00 pm Jun. 26, 2017

Wesleyan College’s incoming President Vivia Fowler personally apologized for the school’s racist past in a video shared via email with alumnae Monday, acknowledging that leaders have ignored the school’s disturbing history for too long and that “it’s time we admit and accept our failures.”

Fowler’s statement sharpens efforts to reconcile for the Macon women’s college’s historic links to the Ku Klux Klan and ties to slavery. The school issued