Homeland Security funding a test of GOP’s political maturity

Back in November, after the Republican Party claimed control of both chambers of Congress, Mitch McConnell assured us that the party would finally demonstrate to the American people that it is capable of the hard work of governing. As a test of that political maturity, he offered a promise: Whatever happened, the Department of Homeland […]

Too much or too little school discipline? Data often at odds with teacher, parent experiences.

Nothing brings out the blog skeptics as reports on disparities in how schools dole out student discipline, the focus a new report released this morning. The disparity in school discipline is an important issue and one that needs to be better understood. It’s also a complex issue because many parents and teachers contend they are […]

All work and no play makes kindergarten a grind, no matter when kids turn 5

 Instead of free play, they will face pressure to read and write, ready or not. Many parents will be informed at their first parent-teacher conference that their child is not interested in reading, something the parents likely already know. Yet parents will be surprised to hear it’s a problem. After all, this is only kindergarten. […]

Today’s school closings and openings: Sometimes, you can’t win

No matter if schools closed or opened today, there were unhappy parents and teachers. School districts are criticized when they close and when they open. (AJC photo) Deciding when to close Georgia schools due to weather is an imprecise science. Fulton closed Friday, much to the chagrin of parents since the day turned out to […]

Three Taverns Head Brewer, One of 3 Belgian Brewers in America

Photo Credit: Andrew Thomas Lee   It’s a big deal for a Belgian to leave his country and brew beer in America, but that’s exactly what Three Taverns Brewery’s head brewer, Joran Van Ginderachter did. Since the age of 16, the Belgian has had an interest in beer production- in fact, he wrote his high school […]

Diner, “Pallookaville Junior,” Atlanta Dairies updates

Diner set to open soon Barring further delays, Diner, the new ’50s-style breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant from “angry chef” Ron Eyester, is set to open in the next week or so at the corner of Market and 19th streets in Atlantic Station. It was originally scheduled to open in July 2014, then pushed back […]

Behind the Scenes: Yalla’s Soda Goddess

There’s been a lot of buzz happening with Todd Ginsberg’s latest restaurant, Yalla. And while the Middle East street food served at Krog Street Market is incredibly tasty, it’s their house sodas that have captivated us. Kathryn Fitzgerald is the woman behind these non-alcoholic, forward-thinking beverages that are equal parts bubbly, herbaceous and healthy. We […]

Loretta Lynn plays Chastain Park Amphitheatre

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An event-filled weekend in Atlanta

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NeNe Leakes unveils her Nethia shoe

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