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Some docs get big payments from drug firms

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 9:11pm

One Augusta physician got more than $150,000 in payments, food and travel from drug and medical device manufacturers, and a dozen others got at least $12,000, according to records released under the Affordable Care Act. But the top earning physician said that reimbursement for a number of trips on behalf of diabetes drugs is a necessary part of educating colleagues and is “highly regulated” by federal agencies.

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Educator misconduct unwanted reality in most school districts in state

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 9:07pm

 

The abusers have been teachers, coaches and Junior ROTC instructors.

They’ve had sex with students at school and off campus, and many called it consensual.

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Smith's accusers say trauma from school days lingers

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 9:02pm

The women are 16 years apart in age but remember high school in some of the same ways.

That sinking feeling in their stomachs when their band director would brush up behind them, pushing his groin into their backs. The way he would flick his tongue in circles at them from across the band room. His hugs that were an excuse to fondle their breasts and buttocks.

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Commission to hear Sentinel contract renewal pitch

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 7:55pm

While civil suits against the private probation firm are pending before the Georgia Supreme Court, State Court Judge Richard Slaby returns to an Augusta Commission committee Monday to seek renewal of Sentinel Offender Services’ annual contract.

The state’s high court last month heard oral arguments in the 13 Augusta-based cases, which alleged Richmond and Columbia county probationers were falsely arrested and jailed without going before a judge for failing to pay fees - in effect, jailed for being poor.

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Pardon Our Mess: Tree limbs in pond

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 6:49pm

WHERE: Pond on the 3800 block of Maddox Road

 

WHAT: Fallen trees and limbs from February’s ice storm remain scattered across the pond. Maddox Road resident Ralph Atwell said tree limbs were never cleared from the pond.

“I live across the street from the pond and it doesn’t look very good right now.” Atwell said. “A lot of trees fell during the ice storm and it would be nice to see it cleaned up. I’ve seen some beavers help out a little bit, but they can’t get it all.”

 

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Man smashes register, leaves with money

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 5:58pm

A man entered an Augusta sandwich shop late Friday and left with a portion of the cash register, authorities say.

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies were called to Baldinos Giant Jersey Subs at 3336 Wrightsboro Road about 9:30 p.m., according to an incident report. Witnesses said a black male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black cargo pants, black Nike shoes and a white T-shirt tied around his face ordered an employee to “open the register.”

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Aiken motorcycle wreck kills Harlem man

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 1:10pm

A late-night wreck Saturday killed a Harlem man in Aiken Coun­ty.

According to a statement from the Aiken coroner, Joe Dansby, 65, died about 11:30 p.m. in a motorcycle crash.

Dansby was traveling southeast on Highway 278 near Tinker Road when he lost control of his Honda 1300 motorcycle while rounding a turn, the statement said. He was believed to be traveling to the Charles­ton area.

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Augusta couple seek to expose sexual assault allegations against former Josey band director

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 12:30am

 

The case had been closed for more than a decade by the time Jesse and Doris Wil­lard first heard the allegations.

A high school band director, revered by the community for bringing the marching band to national fame, accused in 2001 of touching female students on their breasts and buttocks and pressuring many for sex.

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