Willoughby Mariano

Willoughby Mariano is on the AJC's watchdog team and an expert on housing and criminal justice issues. Contact her at wmariano@ajc.com.

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Atlanta firm won $156M FEMA bid despite botched contracts
 Atlanta entrepreneur Tiffany Brown had no experience delivering large-scale disaster aid. Her company Tribute Contracting, LLC, had a history of flubbing small federal contracts. Yet days after Hurricane Maria made landfall, the Federal Emergency Management Agency put her in charge of delivering more than 30 million emergency meals to...

Posted: 18 days ago

Atlanta entrepreneur Tiffany Brown had no experience delivering large-scale disaster aid. Her company Tribute Contracting, LLC, had a history of flubbing small federal contracts. Yet days after Hurricane Maria made landfall, the Federal Emergency Management Agency put her in charge of delivering more than 30 million emergency meals to...
Tiny Atlanta firm won $156M FEMA contract despite previous problem
 Winning a $156 million Federal Emergency Management Agency contract was a stroke of good fortune for Atlanta entrepreneur Tiffany Brown. Brown’s Tribute Contracting, LLC, employed no one but her. She had no experience delivering large-scale disaster aid. A federal agency stopped awarding Tribute certain contracts after a botched order...

Posted: 18 days ago

Winning a $156 million Federal Emergency Management Agency contract was a stroke of good fortune for Atlanta entrepreneur Tiffany Brown. Brown’s Tribute Contracting, LLC, employed no one but her. She had no experience delivering large-scale disaster aid. A federal agency stopped awarding Tribute certain contracts after a botched order...
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7:09 PM Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Dawgs, Tide mum about concussions, AJC survey finds
 Oddsmakers and fans alike can parse reams of statistics for Monday’s football championship between the University of Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide. But one on-the-field stat that neither team has revealed is the number of concussions sustained by its student athletes. The AJC sought concussion data from 62 Division...

6:05 PM Thursday, Jan. 04, 2018

Oddsmakers and fans alike can parse reams of statistics for Monday’s football championship between the University of Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide. But one on-the-field stat that neither team has revealed is the number of concussions sustained by its student athletes. The AJC sought concussion data from 62 Division...
College football concussion stats vary widely among teams
 The number of concussions reported by college football athletic programs surveyed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution varied widely — from 1 to 32 per year. On the high side, Georgia Tech reported that its Yellow Jackets football players garnered a total of 32 concussions in calendar year 2014, and Georgia Southern's...

1:12 PM Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

The number of concussions reported by college football athletic programs surveyed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution varied widely — from 1 to 32 per year. On the high side, Georgia Tech reported that its Yellow Jackets football players garnered a total of 32 concussions in calendar year 2014, and Georgia Southern's...
Tracking concussions can help college athletes, but many schools don’t
 Despite the risks of head injuries, the University of Georgia and many top-tier athletic programs still fail to systematically track by sport the concussions their athletes sustain, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution survey of 62 programs found. The AJC’s analysis of NCAA Division I, II and III schools found that about 1 in 6 athletic...

5:00 AM Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017

Despite the risks of head injuries, the University of Georgia and many top-tier athletic programs still fail to systematically track by sport the concussions their athletes sustain, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution survey of 62 programs found. The AJC’s analysis of NCAA Division I, II and III schools found that about 1 in 6 athletic...
Botched response turns airport outage into city embarrassment
 One thing was clear from the start: Something went terribly wrong. Firefighters arrived beneath Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Sunday at 1:04 p.m. to find black smoke and toxic fumes choking a utility tunnel as long as 4,000 feet. They tried to peer inside, but it was impenetrable. “In my 28 years, I&rsquo...

5:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017

One thing was clear from the start: Something went terribly wrong. Firefighters arrived beneath Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Sunday at 1:04 p.m. to find black smoke and toxic fumes choking a utility tunnel as long as 4,000 feet. They tried to peer inside, but it was impenetrable. “In my 28 years, I&rsquo...
Zero communication
 His family missed their flight for a Hawaiian vacation because of Sunday’s Atlanta airport nightmare. So the exasperated dad hammered out a list of questions and emailed them to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution — questions that speak to the excruciating ordeal suffered by tens of thousands of travelers, and how the city left them...

1:28 AM Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017

His family missed their flight for a Hawaiian vacation because of Sunday’s Atlanta airport nightmare. So the exasperated dad hammered out a list of questions and emailed them to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution — questions that speak to the excruciating ordeal suffered by tens of thousands of travelers, and how the city left them...
Suit: Atlanta public housing land deal ‘seethes of illegality’
 The Reed administration has launched a new salvo in its acrimonious feud with a prominent developer over public housing land. On Friday, the city of Atlanta sued Integral Group co-founder and CEO Egbert Perry and the former head of the Atlanta Housing Authority, accusing them of colluding in a racketeering scheme to defraud the city of property...

9:54 PM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

The Reed administration has launched a new salvo in its acrimonious feud with a prominent developer over public housing land. On Friday, the city of Atlanta sued Integral Group co-founder and CEO Egbert Perry and the former head of the Atlanta Housing Authority, accusing them of colluding in a racketeering scheme to defraud the city of property...
Guess who the feds are feeding Cheez-its for dinner?
 One Baby Ruth: 32 grams of sugar One pack of Airheads candy: 9 grams of sugar A bag of Cheez-Its: 320 milligrams of sodium A tin of Armour BBQ Potted Meat: 1,300 milligrams of sodium The federal government paid this company for boxes of these meals, which contain more than an entire day’s recommended intake...

6:38 PM Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

One Baby Ruth: 32 grams of sugar One pack of Airheads candy: 9 grams of sugar A bag of Cheez-Its: 320 milligrams of sodium A tin of Armour BBQ Potted Meat: 1,300 milligrams of sodium The federal government paid this company for boxes of these meals, which contain more than an entire day’s recommended intake...
Puerto Rico food aid from Ga. contractor sparks outrage
 When families in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico asked for food, a Georgia company answered the call with candy bars. Baby Ruths, to be exact. Also fruity Airheads candies. Cheez-Its and pop-top tins of barbecue flavored potted meat came on the side. Photos of this box of disaster relief food — labeled as “meal modules&rdquo...

10:54 PM Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

When families in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico asked for food, a Georgia company answered the call with candy bars. Baby Ruths, to be exact. Also fruity Airheads candies. Cheez-Its and pop-top tins of barbecue flavored potted meat came on the side. Photos of this box of disaster relief food — labeled as “meal modules&rdquo...