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M.B. Pell

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Staff Writer

M.B. Pell is a staff writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from M.B. Pell

"We [the city of Atlanta] are overbuilt on housing."

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals estimates 200 animals will be spared annually as the result of former President Bill Clinton adopting a vegan diet.

"We spend less on defense today as % of GDP than at any time since Pearl Harbor."

Roughly 700 Georgians die needlessly each year because they are too far from a trauma center.

Says "in Canada, the number of CT scan machines per 1,000 people is like one-tenth of what we have here in this country. That's why people have to wait."

"The Georgia Lottery Corp. has only once in the past 16 years paid out the agreed upon 35 percent of proceeds to the account which funds the HOPE scholarship."

The hour of sleep you lose during the change to daylight saving time might initially pose some health risks.

"Democrats have now become the party of the [Atlanta] metro area and of blacks."

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Groggy? Daylight saving may be hazardous to your health

Still recovering from daylight saving time? Brace yourself. PolitiFact Georgia research shows that the time change may be hazardous to your health.

With truth scarce, pants burn

The truth was scarce in Georgia politics last week.

PolitiFact Georgia’s scribes struggled to find scraps of truth in statements on the reapportionment process, Gwinnett schools, Muslims in a potential Cabinet for presidential candidate Herman Cain, and trauma centers.

But it was nearly for naught. We gave three Barely Trues and one Pants on Fire. It was the second time Cain’s britches have burned since he began hinting at his presidential ambitions.

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Call the doctor! Truthiness in critical condition

Truthiness was in critical condition at PolitiFact Georgia last week.

Our team published three fact checks in a row on health care. The first from presidential hopeful Herman Cain on CT scans flat-lined. One by U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia on Internal Revenue Service agents and the health care overhaul was DOA.

Another by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about hospital care survived and is in good condition.

Even on issues outside of health care, truthiness looked at least a little bit puny. A claim by Donald Trump that the U.S. no longer builds bridges needed major surgery, as did a statement by MARTA’s chairman that the transit system is getting safer.

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PolitiFact checks run gamut

Last week, the trusty Truth-O-Meter took on everyone from President Barack Obama to a metro Atlanta Republican flirting with a presidential run to a University of Georgia student activist.

And we threw in the governor for good measure.

You can find our fearless engine of truthiness Sunday through Friday in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and online.

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From booze to schools, Truth-O-Meter does it all

From Sunday booze to overpriced oil, from streetcars to schools, PolitiFact Georgia’s Truth-O-Meter covered it all last week.

Were you curious whether loosening restrictions on Sunday alcohol sales would lead to more drunken driving? Did Gov. Nathan Deal’s changes to the popular HOPE scholarship make Georgia stingy on education?  Is President Barack Obama doing enough to keep oil prices down?

Is there anything the Truth-O-Meter can’t do?

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