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Outwrite's plight: "We can't just close the doors. We've got to give the community a chance to help."

Posted By: Richard Eldredge · 8/18/2011 12:00:00 AM
The tattered, weathered sign flapping limply on the corner speaks volumes about what's currently going on inside Outwrite Books. Last spring, owner Philip Rafshoon issued an "open letter to our community." The missive was meant as a rallying cry to inform supporters that the city's most visible LGBT business on the corner of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue was in trouble in the age of eBooks. This month, the 18-year-old business announced its first-ever fundraiser set for tonight at chef Riccardo Ullio's new Escorpion Tequila Bar and Cantina from 7 p.m. until close. Ullio will be donating 20 percent of the evening's sales to Outwrite for planned renovations and improvements.
While some longtime Outwrite shoppers immediately circled the date on the calendar, others wondered aloud on Facebook and Twitter why a for-profit business needs a fundraiser. Rafshoon himself has largely stayed publicly mum on the details of Outwrite's current ...

Charter schools

Posted By: Doug Monroe · 8/12/2011 10:00:00 AM
One of the most important questions parents ask in deciding what schools their children should attend is: Will my child be safe? My daughter attended a public middle school in Atlanta and had a wonderful experience—except for the fact that she was hurt twice by boys. One hit her in the ear with a snowball so hard that the snow impacted inside her ear. Another choked her until a teacher pulled him off of her. I went to the school and met with the principal, but as far as I know the boys were never punished.

For high school, I decided to send her to a private school. Not just for safety, although that was at the top of the list, but for the best education possible. I wasn’t the only one. Among the parents at the school I chose were then-mayor Bill Campbell and then-congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. President Obama ...

Manuel's Tavern seeks Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport expansion

Posted By: Richard Eldredge · 8/4/2011 11:14:00 AM
One of the city's busiest watering holes is looking to expand to the world's busiest airport. In a press release this week, Manuel's Tavern owner Brian Maloof announced that the 55-year-old Poncey-Highland institution is participating in a pair of bids seeking to add a Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport location to the family-run business.
According to the release, Manuel's Tavern is party to a proposal by Take-Off Concession, LLC for space in Concourse A, a proposal that also includes a Figo, a Jujubee's Italian Yogurt and a Domino's Pizza. It is also a party to a proposal by Creative Food Group, LLC for a space on Concourse D in a deal that includes Herschel Walker Sports Pub, Crosby & Hatch (a concept by Atlanta chef Ford Fry), Vino Volo and a Subway.
In the release, Maloof states: "Our plan is to bring to Hartsfield-Jackson the charm and character of Atlanta ...

Teaching teachers

Posted By: Doug Monroe · 7/26/2011 12:00:00 AM
I started teaching in a Brooklyn middle school near Coney Island in September 2007, after six weeks of training. On my first day as a real teacher, a paraprofessional with a Panamanian accent stood in the door of my classroom, crossed himself, and called out, "The power of Christ compels you!"  I recognized the line from The Exorcist. He stepped aside to let a class of wild seventh-grade boys boil into the room and I wondered what I had gotten myself into. I still wonder.
It's fair to say that six weeks did not prepare me to teach in an inner-city school. But it was the deal I signed up for when I became a New York City Teaching Fellow. Over the next two years I earned a master's degree in special education, attending class at night while teaching all day. Going back to college at age sixty was ...
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