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Heads up: It’s reigning men

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larry langfordOnce upon a time, Mayor Larry Langford wanted to give computers to all the good little boys and girls across the kingdom city. So he gathered up a million dollars to distribute through his charity. Only the bad ol’ charity instead gave $10,000 to Langford, $28,000 to his buddy John Katopodis and another $30,000 to untrained computer technician/Playgirl centerfold/gay porn star Ryan Idol.

This ain’t a fairy tale, but the sordid details from depositions [Langford | Katopodis] in a lawsuit filed by HealthSouth against Katopodis, who ran the charity in question created by then Fairfield mayor Langford. Today, the Birmingham city council tabled any further action on buying cheap laptops for schoolkids — also to be run by Katopodis — until answers appear.

No wonder, as Katopodis has had quite a history with HealthSouth and unsubstantiated claims, but thanks to his friendship with Langford, has no problem asking for more public funds for his buddy Frank Stuart Sr. and his shady outfit Stuart Consulting Group.

Should Langford be judged by the company he keeps? The questions he evades? The public dollars he casually tosses around? Or the hubris that flies in the face of the holiness he promotes so fervently?
Birmingham News: Suit challenges Langford’s first computer charity

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6 Yips for “Heads up: It’s reigning men”

  1. Ginny
    Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 1:09 am
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    I myself would like to hire some pornstars for clerical and light housekeeping. Craigslist?

  2. Wade
    Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 7:25 am
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    Try City Hall.

  3. Ginny
    Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 8:33 am
    3

    So, if Wiki’s correct, “While Idol was working in the gay adult industry, escort service manager David Forest alleges that he managed Idol’s career as an escort, with Idol allegedly bringing in $1,500 for a four hour session,” then Kato *may have* bought about 80 hours of sweet, sweet love.

    Minus whatever he gave Ryan for a shopping spree on Rodeo drive, of course.

  4. Andie
    Thursday, January 29, 2009, 10:28 pm
    4

    so you shook hands with the porn star?

  5. Wade
    Friday, January 30, 2009, 10:18 pm
    5

    Nope, but you still have a couple of guesses.

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