News MIDDAY UPDATE: Athens group wants to protect landmarks; Clayton school board members to take stand today; Pakistan violence flares after Musharraf resigns

Some Athens residents are working to create a historic district and protect landmarks more than 50 years old.

The 11-member committee of University of Georgia and Athens-Clarke officials met Monday to set its agenda for Milledge Avenue. The well-traveled street also is home to fraternity row.

The committee will focus on preservations, zoning and parking. Members are looking to other college towns for guidance.

County ordinances call for large parking lots at fraternity and sorority houses to handle members. But planning director Brad Griffin says those rules aren't working because most Greek organizations cannot meet the standards without paving over laws and gardens.

The committee also hopes to extend a ban on demolitions and major renovations which expires in October.

– Associated Press

Clayton school board members to take stand today

Members of the embattled Clayton County school board are getting a chance to defend their reputations.

Several members are expected to take the stand today in the third day of a state administrative hearing on whether they should be removed from office. During 20 hours of testimony over two days last week, witnesses detailed alleged unethical and illegal behavior by board members.

The hearing was requested by Gov. Sonny Perdue last month after a group of Clayton County residents petitioned him to unseat board members for alleged violations of state laws. The residents say that the board's actions put the district's accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in jeopardy.

The district is expected to find out from SACS next week if it's made enough progress to keep accreditation.

– Associated Press

Pakistan violence flares after Musharraf resigns

Leaders of Pakistan’s ruling coalition discussed today how to replace former President Pervez Musharraf and what to do with the man who ruled for nine years, while militant violence underscored the challenges facing the country.

Another potentially divisive issue on the agenda is how to restore judges Musharraf fired in a desperate attempt to cling to power. The meeting ended abruptly and no progress was announced.

The retired army general resigned Monday in the face of impeachment threats from the fragile ruling coalition, which is packed with his foes. He is believed to be in his army-guarded residence near the capital, Islamabad.

How the government deals with his succession — and whether it leads to a power struggle — is a looming question at a critical time.

The militant threat is spreading in Pakistan’s northwest — with clashes between the army and insurgents killing at least 29 people since Musharraf’s exit — adding to uncertainty about the new government’s approach to tackling extremist violence. Unlike Musharraf, who took a hard line against the insurgents, the coalition has sought to negotiate peace treaties with tribal leaders in the restive northwest to curb the violence.

The country is also facing soaring inflation, chronic power shortages and a host of other economic problems.

Law Minister Farooq Naek said today that the government had not struck an immunity deal with Musharraf, though supporters and foes suggested he had sought guarantees that he would not face criminal prosecution or be forced into exile.

– Associated Press


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