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Attorney General wants Hale circuit judge off bench for 90 days without pay - By Dana Beyerle Montgomery Bureau Chief

MONTGOMERY | Attorney General Troy King today challenged the sanctions the Court of the Judiciary imposed on Hale County Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins and requested his suspension from the bench for 90 days without pay. 2966
July 31st, 2009
Man arrested for attempting to lure children into car - Staff reports

A man accused of attempting to lure children into his car earlier this week was arrested Friday morning. Brandon Tucker Marshall, 21, was arrested at his home on Martin Road in Northport after investigators located his car outside the house, said Sgt. Andy Norris, spokesman for the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. 2965
July 31st, 2009
Teachers will get no state money for school supplies - By Jamon Smith Staff Writer

From the 2006 to 2008 fiscal years, teachers in the Tuscaloosa city and county school systems received an annual stipend from the Alabama 2964
July 31st, 2009
House approves $2 billion more for 'cash for clunkers' - Ken Thomas, Associated Press Writer

The House voted overwhelmingly Friday to rush $2 billion into the popular but financially strapped "cash for clunkers" car purchase program, heeding calls from consumers eager to keep taking advantage of thousands of dollars in incentives. 2963
July 31st, 2009
'Midsummer' deals with love's rocky path - By Mark Hughes Cobb Tusk Editor

It's a measure of Shakespeare's art that rough courses flow together, in the end, in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' one of The Bard's most successful and beloved comedies. 2962
July 31st, 2009
Around town 7/31 -

FRIDAY COMMUNITY 2961
July 31st, 2009
Identity released in fatal accident -

State troopers have identified the man who was struck and killed by a truck while walking across Interstate 20/59 on July 23. 2960
July 31st, 2009
AHSAA awarded top-flight tourney -

MONTGOMERY | The Alabama High School Athletic Association on Thursday announced it will host the 2009 T-Mobile National Basketball Tournament. 2959
July 31st, 2009
UA offers online help for ‘tweens’ - By Mary Cypress Howell Special to the Tuscaloosa News

From Hannah Montana to Hogwarts and Hollister, the interests and behaviors of the 9- to 13-year-old demographic known as “tweens” can be hard on both the middle-schoolers and their parents. 2958
July 31st, 2009
Sumter towns to get sewer service - By Brian Reynolds Staff Writer

After several years of planning and the cooperation of more than a dozen entities, work will soon begin to bring sewer service to a portion of Sumter County. 2957
July 31st, 2009
Lobbyist pleads guilty to bribing mayor - By Jay Reeves The Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM | A lobbyist who pleaded guilty Thursday to paying thousands of dollars in bribes to Mayor Larry Langford will likely testify for prosecutors in Langford’s upcoming federal trial. 2956
July 31st, 2009
Black Presbyterian group holds meeting at Stillman - By Adam Jones Staff Writer

TUSCALOOSA | Stillman College is playing host to a convention for the National Black Presbyterian Caucus this weekend, bringing about 200 members from around the country. “The college has rolled out the red carpet,” the Rev. Karen Brown, chairwoman of this year’s conference, told the group at its opening session Thursday afternoon. 2955
July 31st, 2009
Area’s home foreclosure rate remains low - By Patrick Rupinski Staff Writer

The Tuscaloosa metro area had one of the lowest foreclosure rates in the country during the first half of the year. Tuscaloosa metro was ranked 200 among 203 metro areas nationwide by RealtyTrac Inc, a California-based online company that tracks foreclosures. 2954
July 31st, 2009
Life sentence given in attack with hammer - By Stephanie Taylor Staff Writer

A man who nearly killed his ex-girlfriend with a hammer two years ago told her in court Thursday that he was sorry before he was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole. 2953
July 31st, 2009
Judicial board punishes Wiggins - By Dana Beyerle Montgomery Bureau Chief

The Court of the Judiciary today censured Hale County Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins, saying his role in a voter fraud investigation involving his relatives was “a serious breach of the Canons of Judicial Ethics and an intentional act of misconduct.” 2952
July 31st, 2009
Bicyclists ride to inspire and help raise money for people with disabilities - By Ashley Boyd Staff Writer

Pi Kappa Phi fraternity members who are bicycling across the country this summer stopped Thursday in Tuscaloosa to spread a message of hope for people with disabilities. 2951
July 31st, 2009
Cold beer, calm words from Obama, prof and cop - BEN FELLER Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - With mugs of beer and calming words, President Barack Obama and the professor and policeman engulfed in a national uproar over race pledged Thursday to move on and try to pull America with them. 2950
July 30th, 2009
Wiggins gets 90-day pay suspension and a public reprimand; returns on Monday - By Dana Beyerle Montgomery Bureau Chief

The Court of the Judiciary today censured Hale County Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins, saying his role in a voter fraud investigation involving his relatives was “a serious breach of the Canons of Judicial Ethics and an intentional act of misconduct.” 2949
July 30th, 2009
Tuscaloosa to get 12 more police officers - By Stephanie Taylor Staff Writer

Nearly $3 million in Grants through the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Service will fund pay and benefits for entry-level police officers for three years. 2948
July 30th, 2009
Brasfield sentenced to life for hammer attack - By Stephanie Taylor Staff Writer

A man who beat his ex-girlfriend with a hammer, nearly killing her two years ago, said he was sorry for what he did before he was sentence to serve life in prison. 2947
July 30th, 2009
Lobbyist admits paying bribes to Birmingham mayor -

An Alabama lobbyist has agreed to plead guilty to paying thousands of dollars in bribes to Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford, who is awaiting trial in the scheme. 2946
July 30th, 2009
Alabama leaders call for new state-level water talks - Ben Evans, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Pressure mounted on Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to embrace new water negotiations with Florida and Alabama as lawmakers said the dispute is best resolved by the governors. 2945
July 30th, 2009
DA subpoenas records of former State House worker in firing review - By Dana Beyerle Montgomery Bureau Chief

MONTGOMERY | The Montgomery County district attorney on Wednesday subpoenaed records of a former House of Representatives worker whose case has opened a review of employee procedures, a state legislator said. 2944
July 30th, 2009
Former Gov. John Patterson has heart bypass operation - By Dana Beyerle Montgomery Bureau Chief

MONTGOMERY | Former Gov. John Patterson underwent heart bypass and valve replacement surgery on Wednesday and is expected to fully recover, his son said. Albert Patterson said his 87-year-old father experienced chest pains several days ago and was urged to check into a hospital, which he did. 2943
July 30th, 2009
Ala. leaders call for new state-level water talks - By Ben Evans The Associated Press

Pressure mounted on Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to embrace new water negotiations with Florida and Alabama as lawmakers said the dispute is best resolved by the governors. 2942
July 30th, 2009
SEC Network goes digital in August - The Associated Press

The SEC Digital Network, which commissioner Mike Slive mentioned during his speech at Media Days last week, was announced Tuesday and will be launched in August. 2941
July 30th, 2009
United Way chairman follows his family’s path - By Mary Cypress Howell Special to the Tuscaloosa News

TUSCALOOSA | With Marlin Moore Sr. as chairman of the United Way of West Alabama’s first fundraising campaign in 1946, the agency - then known as the Tuscaloosa Community Chest - exceeded its goal by raising more than $63,000. 2940
July 30th, 2009
Residents say man approached children - By Stephanie Taylor Staff Writer

NORTHPORT | Law enforcement officials are conducting extra patrols in the Huntington Place and Carolwood neighborhoods after receiving a call about a man approaching children. 2939
July 30th, 2009
Bibb schools subject of federal complaint - By Dana Beyerle Montgomery B

MONTGOMERY | Bibb County’s school system is one of three state systems accused of improperly shortening school day lengths for students with disabilities, according to a federal complaint filed by a disability advocacy group. The complaint has been filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. 2938
July 30th, 2009
Compromise with ‘Blue Dogs’ sets up vote on health care - By David Espo The Associated Press

WASHINGTON | After weeks of turmoil, House Democrats reached a shaky peace with the party’s rebellious rank-and-file conservatives Wednesday to clear the way for a vote in September on sweeping health-care legislation. Bipartisan Senate negotiators reported progress, too, on a bill said to extend coverage to 2937
July 30th, 2009
Jail backlog includes 48 murder cases - By Stephanie Taylor Staff Writer

TUSCALOOSA | James Scott Largin is accused of killing his parents, Jimmy and Peggy Largin, in their Woodland Hills home in March 2007. 2936
July 30th, 2009
Experts link tanning beds to cancer - By Lydia Seabol Avant Staff Writer

Adam Lewis, owner of Tanning Oasis in downtown Tuscaloosa, said the recent research was “a joke.” “Tanning is just like anything on the face of the planet; it’s all about moderation,” she said. 2935
July 30th, 2009
Officers on the lookout for man approaching children - By Stephanie Taylor Staff Writer

NORTHPORT | Law enforcement officials are conducting extra patrols in the Huntington Place and Carolwood neighborhoods after receiving a call about a man approaching children. 2934
July 29th, 2009
Georgia water use up slightly after rules lifted - Greg Bluestein, Associated Press Writer

Water use in north Georgia has risen slightly since the state relaxed strict outdoor water restrictions put in place amid a historic drought, as water wars between Alabama, Florida and Georgia continue 2933
July 29th, 2009
Inmate escapes from Bessemer correctional facility -

Authorities at the Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer are looking for an inmate who escaped this morning. 2932
July 29th, 2009
Judge Wiggins asks for leniency from Court of Judiciary - By Dana Beyerle, Montgomery Bureau Chief

MONTGOMERY | Hale County Circuit Judge Marvin Wiggins today said he did not willfully violate judicial ethics rules and he asked the Court of the Judiciary for mercy, saying he has suffered enough by not being able to sit as a judge while charges were pending. 2931
July 29th, 2009
Program may help get violent cases to court faster - By Stephanie Taylor Staff Writer

Tuscaloosa County District Attorney Tommy Smith hopes that a new pre-trial diversion program will help ease some of the backlog in Tuscaloosa's jail and courts. 2930
July 29th, 2009
Alabama getting 114 new officers because of grants -

MONTGOMERY | Alabama cities and counties are getting enough federal stimulus money to hire 114 police officers. Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder announced the law enforcement grants for all 50 states Tuesday. The grants will employ more than 1,000 officers nationwide for three years. 2929
July 29th, 2009
State House pot find spurs calls for review - By Dana Beyerle Montgomery Bureau Chief

Members of a legislative council who oversee the state House of Representatives want another review of the discovery of more than two pounds of marijuana in a State House office three years ago. 2928
July 29th, 2009
Special session won't address education - By Dana Beyerle Montgomery Bureau Chief

A House member wants Gov. Bob Riley to include a proposed fix to the ailing prepaid college tuition plan in a special session the governor may call next month. 2927
July 29th, 2009
Teenager recovering after fall from silo - By Stephanie Taylor Staff Writer

A 15-year-old boy was seriously injured after falling from the ladder of a silo late Monday night. 2926
July 29th, 2009
Program finds summer employment for 225 students - By Jamon Smith Staff Writer

With the current economic climate, summer jobs for high school and college students have been scarce. 2925
July 29th, 2009
Reservoir will create new lake in Fayette - By Patrick Rupinski Staff Writer

Construction of the long-awaited Tom Bevill Reservoir in Fayette County will start in September, resulting in the creation of a new 1,977-acre lake within the next three to five years. 2924
July 29th, 2009
City gains control over riverfront properties - By Wayne Grayson Staff Writer

Piece by piece, the federal government is handing control of riverfront properties back to the Tuscaloosa community. 2923
July 29th, 2009
24% of Alabama kids living in poverty - By Lydia Seabol Avant Staff Writer

Almost a quarter of Alabama's children live in poverty, according to a national Kids Count study released Tuesday. 2922
July 29th, 2009
UA states its case in NCAA appeal - By Christopher Walsh Sports Writer

Claiming an 'abuse of discretion,' the University of Alabama took a strong stance in its appeal with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, arguing that the Committee of Infractions' order to vacate 21 wins by the football program should be reversed. 2921
July 29th, 2009
Loop Road repair delayed - By Adam Jones Staff Writer

City officials expect the current phase of Loop Road improvements to be completed in early October, about three months later than originally planned. 2920
July 29th, 2009
Brett Favre says no to a comeback with the Vikings - JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Sports Writer

Brett Favre has handed the Minnesota Vikings one more loss. 2919
July 28th, 2009
Alabama appeals NCAA textbook sanctions - By Christopher Walsh Sports Writer

The University of Alabama has filed its appeal with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, regarding the Committee of Infractions ruling to vacate 21 wins by the football program. 2918
July 28th, 2009
Teenager hospitalized after falling from grain silo -

A 15-year-old was hospitalized Monday night after falling from a grain silo in Northport. The teenager fell about 30 feet from a ladder on the silo in the 100 block of 31st Street around 11 p.m. Northport Police Chief Robert Green scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m. to release details about the accident. 2917
July 28th, 2009
Judiciary Committee OKs Sotomayor for high court - Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Associated Press Writer

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday voted to approve Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice over nearly solid Republican opposition, paving the way for a historic confirmation vote next week. 2916
July 28th, 2009
AROUND TOWN: July 28 -

COMMUNITY Tuscaloosa Farmers Market: 6 a.m.-noon at the corner of Jack Warner Parkway and Greensboro Avenue. Homegrown vegetables, fruit, flowers and other items. Call 205-349-0368. GOVERNMENT 2915
July 28th, 2009
Greensboro intersection closed through Monday -

TUSCALOOSA | The city Department of Transportation will close the intersection of Greensboro Avenue and Sixth Street through Monday to install a decorative traffic signal. 2914
July 28th, 2009
Section of 36th Street to be closed through Wednesday -

TUSCALOOSA | Cardwell Inc. will close 36th Street between 35th Street and 68th Avenue from 8 a.m. today to 5 p.m. Wednesday for the Royal Pines drainage project. 2913
July 28th, 2009
Athens police arrest man on child abuse charges -

ATHENS | Police have arrested an Athens man and charged him with child abuse for injuries that sent his infant son to the hospital. Police responding to a call Sunday from the child's mother found the 4-month-old with bruises on his arm and face and a swollen lip. 2912
July 28th, 2009
Suspect in Fla. killing to be extradited from Ala. -

BREWTON | A southern Alabama sheriff has told a newspaper that a man accused in the killing of a Florida panhandle couple has been cleared for extradition to Florida. 2911
July 28th, 2009
Troopers increase patrols to save lives - By Mary Cypress Howell Special to The Tuscaloosa News

This week last year, there were 18 traffic fatalities in Alabama - the highest number of state trooper-worked fatalities during one week in 2008. 2910
July 28th, 2009
Ag board jobs cleared up after audit - By Dana Beyerle Montgomery Bureau Chief

Four members of the state Board of Agriculture and Industries appear to be serving incorrectly because records do not clearly indicate which seats they hold, according to a report by state auditors. 2909
July 28th, 2009
Northport names 2 new members to board - By Lydia Seabol Avant Staff Writer

The Northport civil service board grew from three to five members Monday night to comply with new state legislation. 2908
July 28th, 2009
New UA dorm nearly ready - By Adam Jones Staff Writer

As move-in day approaches, workers are busy preparing the University of Alabama's newest dorm for students. 2907
July 28th, 2009
Woman accused of dismembering baby - The Associated Press

A woman used a knife and two swords to dismember her 3½-week-old son and ate parts of his body, including his brain, before stabbing herself in the torso and slicing her own throat, police said Monday. 2906
July 28th, 2009
Riley: Special session will not address school cuts - By Bob Johnson The Associated Press

Superintendents of two small school systems said Monday that they want legislators to find additional money or savings to help them deal with the worst cuts to education funding in almost 50 years. 2905
July 28th, 2009
Housing market may be making comeback - By Alan Zibel and Alex Veiga The Associated Press

New home sales rose last month at the fastest clip in more than eight years as buyers eagerly took advantage of bargain prices - a clear sign, economists said, that the real estate market may finally be bouncing back. 2904
July 28th, 2009
UA not one of top 20 party schools - By Adam Jones Staff Writer

Either students at the University of Alabama aren't partying as much as they used to, or students at other schools are throwing better parties. 2903
July 28th, 2009
Greene County bingo facility faces hurdles - By Jason Morton Staff Writer

From erosion and wastewater controls to fire hazard requirements, a new bingo hall under construction here is facing a flurry of bureaucratic hurdles. 2902
July 28th, 2009
Cash for Clunkers program is off to a running start - By Patrick Rupinski Staff Writer

New car sales were slow in June, but business in Tuscaloosa showrooms has perked up this month, helped in large part by the Cash for Clunkers program. 2901
July 28th, 2009
New dorm nears completion - By Adam Jones Staff Writer

As move-in day approaches, workers are busy preparing Ridgecrest South, the University of Alabama’s newest dorm for students. 2900
July 27th, 2009
Tuscaloosa cyclist wins second state road race - By Becky Hopf Special to The Tuscaloosa News

Make Simpson, who co-owns Tuscaloosa’s VeloCity with his wife Gina, recently won his second Alabama Cycling State Road Race Championship. 2899
July 27th, 2009
Alabama drops off annual list of top party schools - By Adam Jones Staff Writer

Students at the University of Alabama either aren’t partying as much as they used to. Or else students at other schools are throwing better parties. 2898
July 27th, 2009
Sen. Sessions to oppose Sotomayor's nomination - Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Associated Press Writer

The senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Monday he'll vote against Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, siding with his party's leaders against the judge who's on a fast track to becoming the first Hispanic justice. 2897
July 27th, 2009
Around town 7/27 -

MONDAY ARTS 2896
July 27th, 2009
Motorist arrested in fatal hit-and-run -

NORTHPORT | Robert Glen Rich Jr., 39, of Northport died at DCH Regional Medical Center on Saturday after he was hit riding his motorcycle. 2895
July 27th, 2009
Information sought on woman missing two years -

TUSCALOOSA | Investigators are asking again for tips about a missing woman on the second anniversary of her disappearance. 2894
July 27th, 2009
Two men in custody after shooting into car - By Adam Jones Staff Writer

In the culmination of an ongoing dispute, two people were shot sitting in a car in Holt early Sunday morning, leaving a woman in critical condition at DCH Regional Medical Center, according to police. 2893
July 27th, 2009
Viewers still discovering Alabama’s wonders - By Tommy Stevenson Associate Editor

TUSCALOOSA | “Discovering Alabama,” the University of Alabama’s Emmy-nominated public television series about the natural wonders of this state, is celebrating its 25th year on the air and the more than 80 programs it has produced. 2892
July 27th, 2009
VA Medical Center makes waiting room a playroom - By Lydia Seabol Avant Staff Writer

TUSCALOOSA | As crews at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center renovate parts of the hospital, they have made waiting rooms more comfortable and home-like with features such as sofas and flat-screen TVs. 2891
July 27th, 2009
New church holds preview services at movie theater - By Jamon Smith Staff Writer

TUSCALOOSA | There aren’t any movies showing at Cobb Theater that start at 10 a.m., but the theater’s doors have been open at that time the past two Sundays. Inside, there’s the typical upcoming movie promos in the lobby, but between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon, there are a few things extra. 2890
July 27th, 2009
Drug incident at Ala. Statehouse upsets legislators - The Associated Press

MONTGOMERY | An Alabama Statehouse worker kept his job for nearly two years after he was questioned about leaving marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a lawmaker’s office, and some legislators are calling for an investigation and a review of personnel practices. 2889
July 27th, 2009
Smaller subsidies mean cutbacks at Tuscaloosa Housing Authority - By Robert DeWitt Senio

Fewer public housing units will mean less government subsidy for the Tuscaloosa Housing Authority, executive director Ralph Ruggs said... 2888
July 27th, 2009
Central Primary School -

1510 Dinah Washington Ave. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 THE BASICS Phone: 205-759-3570 Fax: 205-759-3755 Web site: www.ces.tusc.k12.al.us Mascot; school colors: baby falcon; red, white 2887
July 26th, 2009
Ala. residents pay millions for nuclear waste disposal - By Dana Beyerle Montgomery Bureau Chief

MONTGOMERY | Alabama electric customers have paid $746 million into a federal nuclear waste storage fund, money the nuclear energy industry is asking Washington to stop collecting because the storage plan is on hold. 2886
July 26th, 2009
Nuclear power option revived - By Dana Beyerle Montgomery Bureau Chief

MONTGOMERY | After decades in political and environmental exile, nuclear power could re-emerge as a component of the nation’s effort to achieve energy independence - but there are mixed signals from Washington about the controversial power source. 2885
July 26th, 2009
Crime falls in Alberta, Rosedale Court - By Stephanie Taylor Staff Writer

TUSCALOOSA Michelle Collins hasn’t been robbed or burglarized since she moved into a home in the Alberta area of Tuscaloosa last month. She hasn’t been kept awake late at night by wailing police sirens. 2884
July 26th, 2009
UA still researches possible Bryce buy - By Adam Jones Staff Writer

TUSCALOOSA | Despite the expectation that the University of Alabama would have a response by now, UA administrators have yet to say whether they think buying the Bryce Hospital campus is feasible under conditions proposed by mental health officials. 2883
July 26th, 2009
70 years and going strong - By Wayne Grayson Staff Writer

A little more than 70 years ago, Carl Ireland walked 4 miles to a house revival. And when he got there, he was introduced to the rest of his life. 2882
July 26th, 2009
Births -

n Alayna Grace Akers, daughter of Amy Taryn Akers of Tuscaloosa, was born July 10 at DCH Regional Medical Center. Grandparent is Malia Facio of Moundville. n 2881
July 25th, 2009
Around town 7/25 -

SATURDAY ARTS 2880
July 25th, 2009
State ranks third lowest in women in Legislature -

MONTGOMERY | According to a new report by the National Conference of State Legislatures, Alabama ranks third lowest among the states in the percentage of women serving in the state Legislature. Alabama’s Legislature is 12.1 percent female. Oklahoma is next to last at 11.4 percent, and South Carolina is last at 10.0 percent. 2879
July 25th, 2009
Ex-Bibb correctional officer sentenced to year in jail -

A former Bibb County Correctional Facility correctional officer will serve a year in jail after pleading guilty to smuggling marijuana and the painkiller hydrocodone into the facility last year. 2878
July 25th, 2009
Vance police officer unhurt in wreck -

A Vance police officer was not seriously injured in a wreck on U.S. Highway 11 North near Evergreen Church Road just after 8 p.m. Thursday night. 2877
July 25th, 2009
Pedestrian killed on I-20/59 still not identified -

TUSCALOOSA | Investigators with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences still haven’t identified a man who was killed while walking across Interstate 20/59 early Thursday morning. 2876
July 25th, 2009
Teens learn to widen their horizons - By Jamon Smith Staff Writer

TUSCALOOSA | Seven weeks ago, 15-year-old Pierre Williams didn’t know proper dining etiquette. He didn’t know how to speak appropriately and courteously or how to tie a necktie. But that was seven weeks ago. 2875
July 25th, 2009
Judge allows probe to continue - By Adam Jones Staff Writer

A Calhoun County circuit court judge has allowed a probe into whether the president of Jacksonville State University plagiarized another student’s dissertation while a student at the University of Alabama 10 years ago. 2874
July 25th, 2009
Riley cuts education budget, again - By Dana Beyerle Montgomery Bureau Chief

MONTGOMERY | For the second time this school year, Gov. Bob Riley declared proration in the Education Trust Fund because of declining revenues. The effect of the cuts in the remaining fiscal year’s Education Trust Fund was increased Friday from 9 percent to 11 percent, but mitigated by the release of money in the rainy-day fund. 2873
July 25th, 2009
Murder-suicide linked to two deaths - By Wayne Grayson Staff Writer

Authorities have determined that two people found shot to death near Studdards Crossroads in Fayette County on Thursday afternoon were killed in an apparent murder-suicide, said Barry Corkren, chief deputy of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department. 2872
July 25th, 2009
Huge collection of mint 19th-century antiques available - By Lydia Seabol Avant Staff Writer

EUTAW For almost 150 years, a tall secretary desk made of rosewood and bird’s-eye maple has been at home in the Kirkwood mansion in Eutaw. It was purchased new by Kirkwood’s original owner, cotton mogul Foster Mark Kirksey, shipped from New York to Mobile and likely sent upriver to Eutaw. 2871
July 25th, 2009
Best Buy to open in Fall - By Patrick Rupinski Staff Writer

TUSCALOOSA | The old Circuit City facade is gone at Midtown Village as workers this week get ready for the city’s first Best Buy store. Best Buy, one of the country’s largest consumer electronics retailers, has signed a lease with Cypress Equities to occupy the old Circuit City space. It is expected to open in the fall. 2870
July 25th, 2009
5 stores to open in ’09 - By Patrick Rupinski Staff Writer

War is brewing in Bama country, and it may reach a fever pitch this fall. That’s when a second Bama Fever store will open almost directly across the street from the state’s first Bama Fever store. 2869
July 25th, 2009
Alabama governor increases education cuts to 11% -

Gov. Bob Riley has increased cutbacks in the state education budget because of declining tax collections. 2868
July 24th, 2009
Stillman picked to finish next last in conference - By Andrew Carroll Sports Writer

ATLANTA | When the Stillman College football team gathers for fall camp, first-year head coach L.C. Cole won't be thinking about a preseason poll. 2867
July 24th, 2009
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