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November 10 — Chad, Collin, and Amy here - it's the midweek Rough Draft.

☀️ A high of 73° today. Chance of rain Tomorrow, but sunny all weekend.

💔 Max Cleland, a former U.S. senator and leader of the Veterans Administration, died Tuesday at the age of 79.

Prior to his career in politics, the Georgia Democrat served in the United States Army in Vietnam, where he lost both legs and one arm in a grenade explosion. He earned a Silver Star and a Bronze Star for his actions in combat.

🎖 With a nod to Cleland's service, tomorrow is Veterans Day. Ceremonies honoring our veterans — past and present — are taking place the metro area.

‣ Dunwoody will hold its Veterans Day ceremony at Brook Run Park starting at 10 a.m.

‣ At 11 a.m., the Atlanta History Center's annual ceremony takes place at Veterans Park in Buckhead.

‣Discover the stories of soldiers, civilians, and actors of "The Great War," WWI, at Oakland Cemetery. (11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)

🩸 The Red Cross is urging all eligible people to donate blood. The current blood supply is reportedly the lowest the Red Cross has seen this time of year in more than a decade. Find a donation site here.

🆘  Last week, a 16-year-old girl reported missing from Asheville, N.C. was rescued when she used a new distress signal — tucking her thumb into her palm before closing her fingers over it — to indicate that she needed help. The signal, created by the Canadian Women’s Foundation, has spread via TikTok over the past year.

📺 Variety reports that Netflix will adapt Tom Wolfe's novel "A Man in Full," which plumbs racial tension as it skewers Atlanta’s high society, into a limited series.
📸 Today's Instagram nod goes to @millerunionchef Steven Satterfield, who fed a living legend last night at his Brady Ave. restaurant that's celebrating 12-years today. More about @mickjagger in our weekend music picks below. 

🕖 Today's Draft is stories ➼

• An app to de-escalate police encounters
• Runoff early voting dates set 
• Weekend music
• Avondale Estates
• Coffee 

Have a great day! See you Friday.
1. TurnSignl aims to de-escalate police encounters

🚨 The Minneapolis-based tech startup TurnSignl has created a new app with the goal of de-escalating encounters between motorists and the police. The app was recently rolled out in Georgia, and nearly a dozen attorneys have signed on to advise drivers on how to interact with law enforcement if they are pulled over in a traffic stop.

TurnSignl connects the user to an attorney via phone, and records the encounter with police. The lawyer gives real-time legal advice to the user during the interaction with law enforcement.

The founders created the app after watching multiple traffic stops go wrong, including that of Philando Castile, who was shot seven times at close range by a St. Paul, MN policeman.

Memberships come with a bumper sticker (above) to alert an approaching police officer that the driver has the app.
2. It's runoff season

🗳️ Fulton and DeKalb counties certified the Nov. 2 election results this week, and set the dates for early voting in the Nov. 30 runoff.

Both counties will have an eight-day early voting window from Nov. 17-24.

The City of Atlanta has ten races on the runoff ballot, including a rematch between Felicia Moore (above left) and Andre Dickens (right) to see who becomes the city’s next mayor.

‣ Fulton residents have early voting hours from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (including Sat. and Sun., Nov. 20 - 21) Early voting locations are here.

‣ DeKalb County early voting: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 20; and noon - 5 p.m. on Sun., Nov. 21. Early voting locations are here.

‣Absentee ballots must be requested for the runoff even if you voted absentee in last week’s general election. The deadline to return absentee ballots is Nov. 19.

➡ Atlanta Intown and Reporter Newspapers have this guide to the Mayoral, City Council, and School Board runoff elections.
3. Rough Draft's weekend music picks

🔊 There's a full weekend of music lined up, including a two-night stand by Drive-By Truckers, Keb' Mo', and a sold-out Dinosaur Jr. show. Oh yeah, and the Stones.

Thu., Nov 11
🎲 The Rolling Stones @ Mercedes-Benz

Fri., Nov. 12
🖤 Subsonics, Magnapop, Randy Michael & Nikki Speake @ The Earl
🎶 The Magnetic Fields @ City Winery
🎻 Geneva Lewis: Violin "Homage to the Blues" @ Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
🎸 Drive By Truckers (above) w/ Buffalo Nichols @ Variety Playhouse (also Saturday).

Sat., Nov. 13
🎸 Dinosaur Jr. w/ Ryley Walker @ The Masquerade (Heaven) 
🎤 No Touch, Nev Amour, Kulture Krisis, DJ Derski, and Handi Capitalists @ The Earl
🥁 Dopapod @ Terminal West
🎤 Jelly Roll @ Coca-Cola Roxy

Sun., Nov. 14
🔵🎶 Keb' Mo' w/ the Brother Brothers @ City Winery (6:30 and 9:30 p.m.)
🤘 Cloak, Sadistic Ritual, and Demiser @ The Earl 
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4. Your Next Home Could Be in… Avondale Estates?

🚇 Where is it?
Just past Decatur, you can get to Avondale Estates by car in about 22 minutes from downtown, or hop on the MARTA Blue line east to Avondale Station.

👑 What’s with the Tudor-style buildings?
Originally called Ingleside in the 1890s, pharmaceutical magnate and Anglophile George Francis Willis bought the entire town in 1924, renamed it Avondale Estates after Stratford-upon-Avon (the birthplace of Shakespeare), and created the downtown to resemble an English village.

🧇 What’s the Waffle House connection?
The original scattered, smothered, and covered restaurant opened at 2719 East College Ave. in 1955. The building is now the Waffle House Museum. Other popular eateries include breakfast joint Rising Son, Venezuelan food at Arepa Mia, and pub grub at The Stratford.

🐕 Are they building a park downtown?
That’s the new Town Green, which broke ground over the summer. The two-acre space at North Avondale Rd., Oak, and Lake streets will have an event lawn, performance stage, playground, dog park, and more.

🏠 How much are homes?
A condo goes for around $160,000, but be prepared to pay $500,000 to more than $1 million for a single-family home in this sought-after community.
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5. Coffee Spotlight: BUZZ Coffee

☕ Over the last two-and-a-half years, BUZZ Coffee and Winehouse has become a Southwest Atlanta destination. Nestled along Cascade Rd., the shop's laid-back atmosphere is perfect for chatting with friends, making conversation with new acquaintances while checking out the artwork on the walls, or grabbing a coffee on the go.

A sign in the display case boasts that they're "Proudly serving Stumptown Coffee,” which yields a rich, deep black cold brew — one of the tastiest iced coffees in the city. The espresso, cappuccino, Cubano, and other drinks on the menu follow suit, and are excellent fuel after a day of exploring the nearby Cascade Springs Nature Preserve.

The pastry case and lunch menu offer salads, sandwiches, light snacks, and baked goods.

Pro tip: Check out the avocado and mozzarella on focaccia.

🍹 Signature cocktails bear the names of nearby neighborhoods such as the Cascade Heights (manzanilla and soda), Adams Park (sherry, red vermouth, and orange bitters), and SWATS (sherry and bloody mary mix).

The wine list offers easy-drinking, everyday wines. There's sparkling, crisp and buttery white, and juicy reds — wines for socializing, not musing.

Be sure to check out Rough Draft's guide to local coffee as we continue to profile the metro area coffee scene. What’s your favorite coffee shop? Drop us a line on Instagram and let us know!
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