Can he spell? — A shouting match over a child’s ability to count to 75 led to a harassment charge against a Decatur, Ala., teacher, who filed a counterclaim against the child’s grandmother. The incident happened after the teacher claimed that the child could not count to 75 and the grandmother claimed that the child could count to 100, a school board member said.

Landlord Of Usher — New York University is considering demolishing a building thought to have once been the home of Edgar Allan Poe. The university uses the house, in Greenwich Village, for law school offices and student workspace. Quoth Poe devotees, “Nevermore!” “This is the last tangible connection to Poe in Manhattan,” said Jeffrey Savoye, of the Edgar Allan Poe Society of Baltimore. “We’ve torn down all the other places that he lived, places that he worked, places that he visited. There’s nothing left but this house.” University officials counter that Poe moved several times a year for much of his life. An NYU spokeswoman said the school had not yet decided the fate of the building.

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