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Month: June 2014

“Reenacting the Wrong Side of the Mississippi Freedom Summer”

This past weekend marked the fiftieth anniversary of the heinous murder of civil rights activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner near Philadelphia, Mississippi during the evening of June 21-22, 1964. This is a brief review of the two weeks surrounding that crime through the eyes of Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Claude Sitton, an Atlanta native and Emory University graduate, whose reports… Read More ›

Breathing Fire at the Environment

NASA charts the record temperatures of May 2014  Washington Post      A Rare Win  The summer of 2014 begins with a rare bit of encouraging news on the environment, coming from an unlikely source: that bastion of conservative casuistry, the U.S. Supreme Court.  SCOTUS has largely affirmed that yes, the Clean Air Act is… Read More ›

Understanding the Craft Beer Renaissance in the ATL

  One of the newest beers in Atlanta, the Serpent Bite, its taste rendered schematically by Orpheus Brewing    Buy Local   Nowhere does the locavore imperative carry more weight than in Asheville, North Carolina.  The so-called Appalachian Shangri-La or “Paris of the South” flourishes not merely via conventional tourist attractions like the Biltmore Estate… Read More ›


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