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APD adopts transgender interaction policies

APD adopts transgender interaction policies

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Police Department has established new policies for officer interaction with people who are transgender or intersex.

Police Chief George Turner said the policies will go into effect at the end of November, which gives officers time to be trained on them.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed called the new policies "another step forward in our efforts to celebrate diversity."

"I commend the Atlanta Police Department for their commitment to equal and respectful treatment of Atlanta's transgender, intersex and gender non-conforming individuals, citizens and visitors," Reed said.

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Some highlights of the new guidelines include:

* Treating transgender/intersex people in a manner appropriate to the gender with which they identify

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Aurora Theatre casting children for 'Les Misérables'

Aurora Theatre casting children for 'Les Misérables'

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -– The search is on! Aurora Theatre is seeking child actors to star in its annual production of Les Misérables.

With the help of Synchronicity Theatre, Aurora is looking to cast two young girls and one young boy to play young Gavroche, young Eponine and young Cosette. Auditions will be Saturday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Synchronicity Theatre in Midtown Atlanta.

Interested children must be or appear to be between the ages of 7 and 11, and should be no taller than 4 feet 8 inches. Girls of Asian or Pacific descent are suggested for the role of young Eponine.

RSVP to audition at casting@auroratheatre.com. Children should bring headshots and resumes, or recent pictures and summaries of experience (if headshot/resume are not available) to their auditions.

Atlanta Public Schools names new chief academic officer

Atlanta Public Schools names new chief academic officer

ATLANTA -- Atlanta Public Schools announced Monday it has hired Dr. Carlton D. Jenkins as its new chief academic officer.

APS Superintendent Meria Carstarphen nominated Jenkins for the job. The city's board of education approved her recommendation.

"I look forward to being a part of Atlanta, APS and a strong team that is dedicated to supporting students and leading our teachers and staff to academic success for all our students," Jenkins said in a statement.

Dr. Jenkins brings more than 25 years of education experience to APS. He is credited with transforming Michigan's Saginaw Public Schools District, increasing its graduation rate by more than 14 percentage points and reducing the dropout rate by 4.9 percentage points over four years.

Tickets for Disney’s NEWSIES Atlanta premiere on sale Oct. 19

Tickets for Disney’s NEWSIES Atlanta premiere on sale Oct. 19

ATLANTA -– Disney Theatrical Productions and Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta have announced that tickets for the highly anticipated Atlanta engagement of Disney’s NEWSIES will go on sale to the public on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m.

The Tony Award-winning production will begin performances at the Fox Theatre on Tuesday, January 20 for a limited one week engagement through Sunday, January 25 as part of the 2014/2015 Broadway in Atlanta series. In Atlanta, NEWSIES will play Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Beginning Sunday, Oct. 19, tickets will be available by visiting foxtheatre.org/newsies, calling 1-855-285-8499 or visiting the Fox Theatre Box Office (660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308). Orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by calling 404-881-2000.

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Fulton County observes Fire Prevention Week

Fulton County observes Fire Prevention Week

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Fire Rescue Department will be holding several events throughout the community in observance of Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11. This year’s theme is “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month!”

Join Fulton County Fire Rescue at one of the following events to learn more about smoke alarms and fire safety:

Fulton voters can request absentee ballots through Oct. 31

Fulton voters can request absentee ballots through Oct. 31

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Some Fulton County voters may prefer to vote absentee by mail. To request an absentee ballot, registered voters may fax or mail a written request or go online to request an absentee ballot application. Voters can vote absentee by mail for any reason. Citizens can request an absentee ballot through Friday, Oct. 31. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

A request letter should include the name and date of the election, the voter’s name, address as registered, date of birth and the voter’s signature. The letter can be faxed to 404-730-8839 or mailed to Fulton County Voter Registration, Attn: Absentee Ballot, 130 Peachtree Street SW, Suite 2186, Atlanta, GA 30303. Absentee ballots may also be requested in person at one of the three Fulton County Government centers:

Keri Hilson will always be a pretty girl who rocks

Keri Hilson will always be a pretty girl who rocks

ATLANTA -- It’s been almost four years since we’ve heard any new music from Keri Hilson, but she doesn’t seem to be making any apologies for taking her time to create a new album.

Instead she teases her Keri Krew on Instagram by posting a photo of a song she recorded on her iPhone voice memo, titled "I Can’t Love You (No More)." In between working on a new album Keri seems to be enjoying life with her boyfriend, NBA player, Serge Ibaka; hanging out with friends; and cooking.

There’s no doubt we want Miss Keri to hit us with a new catchy song, but we love how she always lives out her pretty girl empowerment anthem, showing the world she’s more than a pretty face–she’s got skills.

Read the full story at Tastemakermag.com.