In the Loop

  • UGA Won't Punish Student-Activist Adam Veale Over Protest Arrest


    Photo Credit: Laura James

    Adam Veale speaks at a rally at the Arch on Friday, backed by Adam Lasilla (who was arrested alongside him at a demonstration in favor of expanding Medicaid) and Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Melissa Link (right).

    Adam Veale was one of a dozen protesters who knelt down on the Georgia Capitol steps, held out their arms to be handcuffed and were led away to jail.

    They were part of a Mar. 2 Moral Monday protest urging the state government to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid to the hundreds of thousands of Georgians who earn too much money to qualify for the current program, but not enough to purchase health insurance on the private market, even with Obamacare subsidies.

    Not only does Veale face a disorderly conduct charge—his court date hasn’t been set, and he’s hopeful it will be dropped—but the University of Georgia sophomore political science major faced university discipline as well. He turned down an “informal resolution” (sort of a plea deal) involving community service and a black mark on his permanent record, and so faced a disciplinary hearing today.


  • Oconee County Employees Forbidden From Speaking to the Press

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    Photo Credit: Lee Becker

    Oconee County Administrative Officer Jeff Benko has issued a directive to county department heads telling them not to make statements to “the press” without clearing those statements in advance with him.


  • UGA Student Faces Disciplinary Hearing Over His Arrest at a Protest

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    A University of Georgia student is facing disciplinary action related to a Moral Monday protest at the state Capitol last month.

    Adam Veale was arrested, along with fellow Athenians Tim Denson and Adam Lasilla, at a Mar. 2 demonstration urging the state government to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid.

    Veale’s hearing is scheduled for 8 a.m. Friday. Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Melissa Link, state Sen. Vincent Fort (D-Atlanta), Georgia NAACP President Francys Johnson, Denson and other Moral Monday protesters and Athens for Everyone members are testifying on his behalf.


  • Police Want Help Solving an Eastside Shooting

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    Athens-Clarke County police are asking citizens for help finding the people responsible for gunfire at an Eastside apartment complex.


  • Leslie Petch Lee Named Interim Medical School Dean


    Leslie Petch Lee has been named interim campus dean at the medical school located on the University of Georgia campus, effective May 13.

    The UGA medical school is affiliated with the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) under the formal name of Georgia Regents University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership.

    “There is a strong consensus that Dr. Lee, who has served as a leader at the partnership campus essentially from its beginning, is a terrific choice for interim campus dean,” said Dr. Peter F. Buckley, dean of the Medical College of Georgia at GRU.


  • Athens Power Rankings for the Week of Apr. 20

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    Photo Credit: Joshua L. Jones

    Welcome to Athens Power Rankings. In the spirit of sports rating systems, through painstaking analysis, we rank the top movers and shakers in the Classic City each week. Who's hot? Who's not? Find out below.


  • It Was a Violent Weekend in Athens

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    I don't know if the rain was making everybody stir crazy or what, but it seems like there were way more assaults than usual in Athens over the weekend. All information was taken from Athens-Clarke County police reports.


  • Tell GDOT You Want More Passenger Rail in Georgia


    Do you want to see more mass transit in Georgia? If so, today's the last day to comment on the state Department of Transportation's State Rail Plan.

    According to GDOT's draft plan, "stakeholders expressed a significant level of interest," in intercity passenger rail—including expansion into east Georgia— significant support" for commuter rail in urban areas and to connect employment hubs, and "a high level of support" for investing in rail.


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