All posts by Rebecca Burns
A best foot forward
As unemployment surged during the Great Recession, Marietta-based MUST Ministries responded with nuts-and-bolts job training. MUST is the only nonprofit of its type to have alliances with OSHA and the National Safety Council for certification for specialized jobs like forklift operation.Read more
For giving young readers confidence (and cuddles)
As soon as eight-year-old Alexandra Gutierrez kicks off her sparkly pink Hello Kitty shoes and plops down on the paw-print blanket in a back room at the Alpharetta branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Echo the beagle settles down at her knee.Read more
For connecting Atlanta’s past with today’s global struggles
Almost a decade ago, the Center for Civil and Human Rights was conceived to underscore the relevance of the midcentury American civil rights movement to contemporary political and humanitarian struggles. Commendably, the organizers stuck with that vision.Read more
Many of the bar’s are able to construct a narrative, but the full story can only be found in its people
Manuel Maloof opened his eponymous tavern in 1956 with conversation as a founding principle. “Where else can a guy who makes $50 a week and a guy doing $200,000 a year sit next to each other and find out what each other is thinking?” He banned live music or even a jukebox “because those things keep people from talking to each other.” As he told this magazine back in 1968, “A tavern ought to be a place where people from all over can come in and say what’s on their mind.”Read more
A tour of the iconic bar’s rooftop chicken coop
Brian Maloof speaks of chickens with a combination of reverence and zeal. For several years, he has been having visions of chickens; they would come to him in dreams, while he was praying, when he’d hear the Big Chicken mentioned on the radio. “I just kept seeing chickens everywhere,” says Maloof, the owner of Manuel’s […]Read more
Emory doctor: “We owe them the right to receive the best medical care.”
In the next few days, two American missionary healthcare workers infected with the Ebola virus will be transported to Atlanta to be treated at Emory University Hospital. In a live-streamed press conference this afternoon, Dr. Bruce Ribner, an Emory Healthcare infectious disease specialist, said that, to his knowledge this is the first time that patients […]Read more
Glen Donaldson was inspired abroad and created his first dream home in 2007
While traveling in Europe, Glen Donaldson saw houses crafted from old shipping containers and was intrigued. But back home in Atlanta—where rail lines carry more than a million boxcars a year—he couldn’t find anything similar. So Donaldson located an affordable lot in an area where zoning permitted modern houses, secured an architect, and designed his dream home.Read more
Researchers predict the formation of a mega region. Welcome to Char-lanta, y’all.
Here’s my new favorite fact about our sprawl: the 28-county region that the U.S. Census bureau considers to be metro Atlanta has a bigger land area than the entire state of Massachusetts (8,376 square miles vs. 7,800).Read more
Recapping election night predictions, commentary, and spin.
As polls were closing in Georgia yesterday, “everyone” was predicting that Jack Kingston, the longtime congressman, would edge out David Perdue, cousin of Sonny and former Dollar General CEO. Which goes to show, that the conventional wisdom only goes so far. A social media recap of one of the most suspense—and surprising—midterm runoff election results in recent memory:Read more
Plus, misappropriated street art, a foul-ball suit against the Braves, and the mayor’s Twitter blocks.
Hall belonged to a movement of reformers who believed that the values of the marketplace could resuscitate public education. She approached the job like a business executive: she courted philanthropists, set accountability measures, and created performance objectives that were more rigorous than those required by No Child Left Behind, which became law in 2002. When a school met its targets, all employees, including bus drivers and cafeteria staff, received up to two thousand dollars. She linked teacher evaluations to test scores and warned principals that they’d be fired if they didn’t meet targets within three years. Eventually, ninety per cent were replaced. She repeated the mantra “No exceptions and no excuses.”Read more