Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Maggie Lee

Atlanta-based freelance reporter/writer Maggie Lee specializes in quality of life topics, Atlanta's international communities and general reporting. She covers Georgia economic development and the Chinese community as a stringer for China Daily and chronicles life in Georgia's most diverse county for the DeKalb Champion. In 2008, she traveled to Beijing as the sole Paralympics correspondent for Around the Rings, a trade publication. The metro native studied International Affairs at Georgia Tech, followed by a graduate degree in Southeast Asian studies from the University of Singapore.

Editor's note: It's warmer today in Florida, where spring training commences, than it is here in the Peach State. If you're driving there, the Georgia roads you travel are also becoming the home of repairs that have come to a halt because the state can't afford to get the job done. Our Legislative reporter Maggie Lee writes today of the possible creation of a new state agency to keep traffic flowing, an agency that would take a lot of power from the current Department of Transportation, which some see as dysfunctional. Columnist Hollis Gillespie thinks honor is in short supply at the Capitol. Except when the firefighters are there. And if our baseball writer Paul Kaplan had his way, Alex Rodriguez, self-confessed steroid abuser, should be on his way out of spring training and into a new line of work. He's unfairly altered the game, Kaplan writes, and that's just not acceptable.

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Today's GONSO

Governor Takes the Road to Streamlining Transportation Agencies

by Maggie Lee
The state is considering a different way to manage transportation. The governor wants to do it with a new division that would absorb two agencies and drain power from the Department of Transportation.
Full Story

The Capitol is not on Fire

by Hollis Gillespie
Gold Dome bon vivant Hollis Gillespie took a look around the Capitol this week and thinks our legislators could use a dose of honor, something firefighters show the public every day.
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Steroids? You're Outta Here!

by Paul Kaplan
Alex Rodriguez fessed up about his use of steroids. Public confession may be good for his soul but it's not enough to repair the damage he's done to baseball by artificially altering the game. Send him off the mound and into the locker room. For good.
Full Story

Tomorrow's Budget
More nuclear power in Georgia? It's 'pro America,' sponsor says
by Maggie Lee
Gov. Perdue's Transportation Shuffle
by Lyle Harris
View to a Georgia Kill: A New Book Looks at Leo Frank on Film
by David Lee Simmons
Vouchers recognize the fact that one type of school doesn't fit all students' needs
by Lisa Baron

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