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Tuscaloosa Business News - 2009-11

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Online sales offer boost to businesses - By Patrick Rupinski Staff writer

Laura Spurlin stayed busy Monday taking customer calls, filling orders coming into her store’s Web site and running to the post office to mail Internet-generated purchases. 4696
November 30th, 2009
Decision on Mercedes C-Class line could be made today -

About 10,000 workers at Mercedes-Benz’s plant just outside of Stuttgart, Germany, gathered Monday to ask management not to send production of its C-Class Mercedes cars to Tuscaloosa County... 4695
November 30th, 2009
Police: Suspect in deaths of officers not in house - The Associated Press

Authorities say a suspect in the slaying of four police officers who were gunned down in a coffee shop was not found in a Seattle house. 4694
November 30th, 2009
For-profit colleges haul in gov’t aid - By Justin Pope The Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. | Students aren’t the only ones benefiting from the billions of new dollars Washington is spending on college aid for the poor. 4693
November 30th, 2009
Iran plans 10 nuclear sites, defies U.N. - By Ali Akbar Dareini The Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran | Iran approved plans Sunday to build 10 industrial scale uranium enrichment facilities, a dramatic expansion of the program in defiance of U.N. demands that it halt enrichment and a move that is likely to significantly heighten tensions with the West. 4692
November 30th, 2009
Man shot in neck; police not sure how it happened - From staff reports

TUSCALOOSA | Police are still unsure how a man was shot in the neck while standing on his back porch Friday night. 4691
November 30th, 2009
AIDS outreach program holds awareness event - By Lydia Seabol Avant Staff Writer

TUSCALOOSA | The South has become a hotbed for AIDS cases, particularly among blacks. According to statistics from the Alabama Department of Public Health, in 2008 there were 15,283 cases of HIV/AIDS in Alabama. Of those cases, blacks accounted for 63.4 percent. 4690
November 30th, 2009
UA researcher studies shark skin to aid flight - By Adam Jones Staff Writer

TUSCALOOSA | Consider the shark. Ferocious, yes, but also a speedy and precise swimmer. For instance, the shortfin mako shark slices through the water with efficiency unseen in anything made by man. It can travel in bursts close to 50 miles per hour in the water and turn one way while turning the other without straightening or stopping. 4689
November 30th, 2009
Church spends Sunday helping community -

When heading out into the community Sunday morning, members of the Capstone Church didn’t know what would happen. They knew they were called to do more than sit and listen during a worship service. They knew several places around town where they could serve, but outside of that it was a leap of faith. 4688
November 30th, 2009
Police looking for man in Wash. shootings - By Gene Johnson The Associated Press

PARKLAND, Wash. | A man with an extensive criminal past - whose 95-year prison sentence was commuted in Arkansas nearly a decade ago - was being sought Sunday as a “person of interest” in a deadly ambush on four police officers who were gunned down inside a coffee shop. 4687
November 30th, 2009
Dickens returns to downtown Northport - By Mark Hughes Cobb Staff Writer

Northport’s 20-year-old Dickens Downtown, while feeling the financial pinch like everyone else, will not cut back on snow, music, decor or street snacks, and certainly not on Queen Victoria. 4686
November 30th, 2009
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November 29th, 2009
Group promotes Black Belt art - By Ashley Boyd Staff Writer

For three years, the nonprofit organization Black Belt Treasures has helped the region promote its artists and craftsmen. 4684
November 29th, 2009
Tax inequity suit in federal court - By Dana Beyerle Montgomery Bureau Chief

MONTGOMERY | A federal lawsuit challenging Alabama’s property tax system as unconstitutional because the system allegedly denies blacks their right to an adequate education would increase state taxes on property nine times if the suit is successful. 4683
November 29th, 2009
Galilee Baptist Church emerges stronger after 2006 arson - By Brett Bralley Special to The Tuscaloosa News

White has been a member of Galilee Baptist Church, a church in Panola, since she was 7. Her grandfather was a preacher there. 4682
November 29th, 2009
AROUND TOWN: November 28 -

November 28th, 2009
Giant Moon Pie to once again grace Mobile’s sky -

MOBILE | City officials say Mobile’s giant Moon Pie in the sky will return on New Year’s Eve and the crowd will get a closer look at it this time. The Press-Register reported Friday that the papier-mache Moon Pie will be lifted at midnight at Mobile Landing just south of Cooper Riverside Park. 4680
November 28th, 2009
Jefferson County homicides on pace to decline -

BIRMINGHAM | Jefferson County police officials say the homicide rate in unincorporated portions of the county is on pace to decline this year. Sheriff Mike Hale told The Birmingham News that the seven homicides reported this year compared with 13 last year represents a job well done by officers. 4679
November 28th, 2009
Decatur smoking ban panel to meet, minus appointees -

DECATUR | A committee formed to review Decatur’s two-year-old smoking ordinance will move forward without appointments from two city councilmen. City Attorney Herman Marks says he plans to brief the committee Thursday, providing its members copies of the ordinance and any other material they might request. 4678
November 28th, 2009
Troopers: Semmes man 3rd to die in holiday wrecks -

BIRMINGHAM | State troopers say a Semmes man has become the third person to die in a traffic crash during the Thanksgiving holiday. Troopers report that 27-year-old Jeremy Michael Evans was killed at 5:25 a.m. Friday when his 1998 pickup was struck by an 18-wheeler in Mobile County. 4677
November 28th, 2009
Man dies at home in Thanksgiving Day fire -

ONEONTA | An elderly man died in a Thanksgiving Day house fire in Blount County. Blount County Sheriff Loyd Arrington says 71-year-old Marvin Allen Dailey died in the early morning fire at his home on Blount County 29 in the Straight Mountain community. Arrington says an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of Dailey’s death. 4676
November 28th, 2009
Santa gets up early for breakfast at FIG - By Ashley Boyd Staff writer

Breakfast with Santa? That's one of several projects being organized by the Tuscaloosa Civinettes and the nonprofit organization Project Blessings to help raise money for families in need. 4675
November 28th, 2009
Elder care added to UAB medical curriculum - By Jeff Hansen The Birmingham News

With a ballooning population of older people, the UAB School of Medicine is changing its curriculum to ensure every medical student learns about caring for the elderly. 4674
November 28th, 2009
Study examines rural AIDS patients - By Whitney Hobson Special to the Tuscaloosa News

New cases of HIV/AIDS are continuing to shift from urban centers toward rural communities in the South, where in Alabama it brings a wave of stigma and difficult questions that those diagnosed must answer. 4673
November 28th, 2009
Arriving early, using patience pays off for shoppers - By Jason Morton Staff writer

In life, being a champion takes commitment. It takes dedication. It takes a willingness to make extreme sacrifices in order to achieve the desired goal. The same, it would seem, holds true for the Black Friday shopper. 4672
November 28th, 2009
U.N. agency says Iran must freeze nuclear project - By Helene Cooper and William J. Broad N.Y. Times News Service

The U.N. nuclear watchdog demanded Friday that Iran immediately freeze operations at a once-secret uranium enrichment plant, a sharp rebuke that bore added weight because it was endorsed by Russia and China. 4671
November 28th, 2009
Teachers incorporate cell phones into lessons - By Christine Armario The Associated Press

Ariana Leonard’s high school students shuffled in their seats, eagerly awaiting a cue from their Spanish teacher that the assignment would begin. 4670
November 28th, 2009
Panel: Higher ed needs up to $501M more - By Dana Beyerle Montgomery Bureau Chief

Higher education institutions in Alabama will need up to $501 million more next year from the Legislature in order to make up two years’ worth of lost revenue, according to an Alabama Commission on Higher Education committee. 4669
November 28th, 2009
In the nick of time - By Tommy Deas Executive Sports Editor

The University of Alabama football team arrived late to Jordan-Hare Stadium for Friday’s Iron Bowl. 4668
November 28th, 2009
Tuscaloosa turns out for Black Friday shopping - By Jason Morton Staff writer

TUSCALOOSA | In life, being a champion takes commitment. It takes dedication. It takes a willingness to make extreme sacrifices in order to achieve the desired goal. The same, it would seem, holds true for the Black Friday shopper. 4667
November 27th, 2009
Shoppers take advantage of Black Friday sales - By Jason Morton Staff writer

In life, being a champion takes commitment. It takes dedication. It takes a willingness to make extreme sacrifices in order to achieve the desired goal. The same, it would seem, holds true for the Black Friday shopper. 4666
November 27th, 2009
AROUND TOWN: November 26 -

THURSDAY ARTS Crimson Pride Barbershop Chorus rehearsal: 7 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 605 Lurleen Wallace Blvd. N. Men of all ages who love to sing are invited. Call 205-758-3169. COMMUNITY Thanksgiving meal: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Salvation Army, 2902 Greensboro Ave. Volunteers needed. 4665
November 27th, 2009
AROUND TOWN: November 27 -

FRIDAY COMMUNITY Sheriff’s community meeting: 6 p.m. at Myrtlewood Elementary, 14701 Gainsville Road in Fosters. Sheriff Ted Sexton and deputies will be present to hear residents’ suggestions and concerns on how the Sheriff’s Office can improve and become more efficient. 4664
November 27th, 2009
T-TOWN: Police: Man killed for $120 -

Police in Saraland say an Alabama National Guardsman was beaten and stabbed to death in a robbery that netted about $120 in cash. 4663
November 27th, 2009
Iran seizes lawyer’s Nobel Peace medal - By Nasser Karimi and Ian MacDougall, The Associated Press

Iranian authorities have confiscated Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi’s medal, the human rights lawyer said Thursday, in a sign of the increasingly drastic steps Tehran is taking against any dissent. 4662
November 27th, 2009
Americans watch parades, feast on turkey in space - By Deepti Hajela The Associated Press

Giant balloons, floats, marching bands and clowns with confetti brought smiles to hundreds of thousands of revelers eager to catch a glimpse of a parade as steeped in Thanksgiving Day tradition as turkey and pumpkin pie. 4661
November 27th, 2009
Hamsters the 20009 craze toy craze - By Mae Anderson The Associated Press

When Lori Fowlkes first saw robotic Zhu Zhu Pets toy hamsters in September, she remembers her kids started jumping up and down and saying “Please! Please! Can we buy them?” 4660
November 27th, 2009
Birmingham mayor pro tem election process questioned - The Associated Press

Officials in Birmingham are examining the legality of the vote that made Steven Hoyt mayor pro tem of Alabama’s largest city. 4659
November 27th, 2009
Smithsonian to display Tuscaloosa painter’s artwork - By Ashley Boyd Staff Writer

Tuscaloosa painter Betty Ward has been selected from painters around the world to participate in the Smithsonian Institution Society of Decorative Painters Ornament Project. 4658
November 27th, 2009
Store sets aside holiday profits for 8-year-old Tuscaloosa girl with cerebral palsy - By Emily Johnson Special to The Tuscaloosa News

During this holiday season, the Linen Closet will contribute portions of its sales to Kylie Spinks, an 8-year-old Tuscaloosa girl who has cerebral palsy. 4657
November 27th, 2009
Veterans enjoy holiday meal at VFW - By Brian Reynolds Staff Writer

Patients from the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center joined their brothers-in-arms for a Thanksgiving meal Thursday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6022. 4656
November 27th, 2009
Tuscaloosa Riverwalk project will be delayed - By Robert DeWitt Staff Writer

Linking the two ends of the Riverwalk in the next phase of the project, which includes a new farmers’ market, will be delayed because federal money has not come through. 4655
November 27th, 2009
UA music instructor performs in Afghanistan - By Whitney Hobson Special to The Tuscaloosa News

On a day when most people sat down to enjoy a turkey dinner with their family, Beth Gottlieb, a percussion instructor at the University of Alabama, wasn’t sure where she would be, except that it was somewhere in Afghanistan. 4654
November 27th, 2009
Police to launch anti-theft campaign -

The Tuscaloosa Police Department will launch its fifth annual Lock It or Lose It campaign this week. 4653
November 26th, 2009
Man accused of firing gunshots at visitors -

A Tuscaloosa man was accused Wednesday of firing shots at two visitors to his home in the North Hampton subdivision. 4652
November 26th, 2009
President to talk curbing CO2 emissions at Copenhagen - By H. Josef Hebert The Associated Press

Putting his prestige on the line, President Barack Obama will personally commit the U.S. to a goal of substantially cutting greenhouse gases at next month’s Copenhagen climate summit. He will insist America is ready to tackle global warming despite resistance in Congress over higher costs for businesses and homeowners. 4651
November 26th, 2009
Some of Salvation Army’s kettles now credit, debit ready - By Kristen Wyatt The Associated Press

There could be less jingle in the Salvation Army’s hallmark red kettles this season. The charity is testing kettles that take debit and credit cards. 4650
November 26th, 2009
Reunited group helps feed needy for the holiday - By Stephanie Taylor Staff Writer

The food giveaway was coordinated by Century 81, a group that formed at Central High School in 1981 and continued until 1987. Members recently reconnected and, along with new members, decided to become a service, as well as social, organization. 4649
November 26th, 2009
Reports indicate economic recovery may stick - By Jeannine Aversa The Associated Press

WASHINGTON | A flurry of good news this week - including falling jobless claims, stronger consumer spending and higher new-home sales - suggests that the economic rebound, modest though it is, might just be here to stay. 4648
November 26th, 2009
People rally to help hurt dog - By Stephanie Taylor Staff Writer

Donations have poured in to a Tuscaloosa veterinarian’s office for an injured boxer rescued by a young couple Monday night. 4647
November 26th, 2009
Church being rebuilt after fire will be upgraded - By Wayne Grayson Staff Writer

Before cleaning crews and heavy machinery pushed the charred remains of their church into the pit not 100 yards away, a group of women dug through what was left of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church to see if anything of value could be salvaged. 4646
November 26th, 2009
One mine rescuer remains at DCH - By Jason Morton Staff Writer

One of eight Brookwood coal miners who were overcome during a rescue attempt Tuesday at Brookwood Mine No. 7 remained at DCH Regional Medical Center in good condition on Wednesday. 4645
November 26th, 2009
Northport studies intersection change - By Lydia Seabol Avant Staff Writer

The intersection of Union Chapel Road and Alabama Highway 69 can sometimes be precarious, with two red lights close together and an intersection that is askew. 4644
November 26th, 2009
Retailers hope months of preparation will pay off - By Patrick Rupinski Staff Writer

Shoppers heading to stores early Friday morning will likely see well-stocked shelves and merchants with plenty of holiday cheer. They won’t see are the months of planning and work that retailers go through to prepare for the holiday shopping season. 4643
November 26th, 2009
Church rebuilds after fire - By Wayne Grayson Staff Writer

Before cleaning crews and heavy machinery pushed the charred remains of their church into the pit not 100 yards away, a group of women dug through what was left of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church... 4642
November 25th, 2009
Donations for injured dog pour into vet's office - By Stephanie Taylor Staff Writer

Donations have poured in to a Tuscaloosa veterinarian’s office for an injured boxer rescued by a young couple Monday night. 4641
November 25th, 2009
Group of Central High alums host food giveaway - By Stephanie Taylor Staff Writer

A food giveaway was coordinated by Century 81, a group that formed at Central High School in 1981 and continued until 1987. Members recently reconnected and, along with new members, decided to become a service, as well as social, organization. 4640
November 25th, 2009
Investigators look into North Hampton neighborhood shooting -

Investigators have not yet charged three people involved in a shooting at a home in the North Hampton neighborhood early Wednesday morning. 4639
November 25th, 2009
Ingram makes SI cover - By Chase Goodbread Sports Writer

Mark Ingram’s growing list of 100-yard performances has kept the University of Alabama running back in the Heisman Trophy race... 4638
November 25th, 2009
AROUND TOWN: November 25 -

WEDNESDAY Thanksgiving meal: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., East Tuscaloosa Community Soup Bowl, at Alberta United Methodist Church, 2101 10th St. E. Thanksgiving baskets: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., YMCA Benjamin Barnes Branch, 2939 18th St. Hosted by Century 81 organization. THURSDAY ARTS 4637
November 25th, 2009
Information sought on missing man, 52 -

TUSCALOOSA | Police are searching for a man whose family reported him missing earlier this month. Kelvin Dennis Hinton, 52, was last seen Sept. 27 in the Fosters Ferry Road area, said Officer Brent Blankley, Tuscaloosa Police Department spokesman. His family reported him missing on Nov. 15, he said. 4636
November 25th, 2009
Motorcycle club's ride will raise money for children -

TUSCALOOSA | The Back Road Riders Motorcycle Club will host the 20th annual Christmas Ride for Kids on Dec. 5. The ride is sponsored by the club along with the Tuscaloosa Police Department, the Police Athletic League, the Tuscaloosa Salvation Army and the King Hubbard Lodge of the FOP. 4635
November 25th, 2009
Singalong set for Dec. 5 -

For the seventh year, The Tuscaloosa News will host its kickoff to the season, the Holiday Singalong in Capitol Park, 1-3 p.m. Dec. 5. And, yes, it will end in time for you to catch the 3 p.m. kickoff for the SEC Championship game. 4634
November 25th, 2009
Penalties for timber theft could increase in Alabama - By Dana Beyerle Montgomery Bureau Chief

The Alabama Forestry Commission is considering strengthening timber theft regulations, but the state trade group representing the forest products industry says only the Legislature can enact the proposed changes. 4633
November 25th, 2009
Food drive hauls in 100,000 fewer pounds than last year - By Whitney Hobson Special to the Tuscaloosa News

The annual Beat Auburn Beat Hunger food drive at the University of Alabama usually results in thousands of pounds of nonperishable food that is donated to the West Alabama Food Bank each year. 4632
November 25th, 2009
Charges filed in 2008 slaying - By Jason Morton Staff Writer

Katie Warren said she never lost hope that one day she would be able to put a face to the person accused of killing her brother. 4631
November 25th, 2009
City wants bill to prevent Bryce move - By Robert DeWitt Senior Writer

The Tuscaloosa City Council formally asked Tuesday that the Tuscaloosa County legislative delegation introduce a bill that would ensure that Bryce Hospital stays in Tuscaloosa. 4630
November 25th, 2009
Obama promises to ‘finish the job’ in Afghanistan - By Anne Gearan and Jennifer Loven The Associated Press

Signaling he’s decided on new troop levels for the Afghanistan war, President Barack Obama said Tuesday he intends to “finish the job” on his watch and destroy terrorist networks in the region. 4629
November 25th, 2009
Officials probe mine death - By Stephanie Taylor Staff Writer

Low oxygen levels in Jim Walter Resources Mine No. 7 in Brookwood may have contributed to the death of a coal miner late Monday night, according to a preliminary investigation. 4628
November 25th, 2009
No need for scrub brush at Butterball’s turkey boot camp - By Emily Fredrix The Associated Press

Workers at Butterball’s turkey-tips hotline are used to oddball situations: The woman who cleaned out her turkey with a scrub brush and asked if that was OK to do. (You don’t need to do that.) 4627
November 25th, 2009
Auburn isn’t all that bad - the city, that is - By Mark Hughes Cobb Staff Writer

It must seem a little like Orpheus or Hercules descending into the underworld, for all you I-hate-Auburn fans visiting the “Loveliest Village on the Plains,” hoping to snatch a victory - and a perfect season - from within your own personal vision of hell. 4626
November 25th, 2009
Deputies find 255 pounds of marijuana during traffic stop - By Jason Morton Staff Writer

Arek, the newest addition to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office team of drug sniffing dogs, led deputies to 255 pounds of suspected marijuana on Monday. 4625
November 24th, 2009
One man dead, at least four hospitalized after collapsing of heat exhaustion in Brookwood mine - Staff report

One man is dead and another headed for DCH Regional Medical Center after both collapsed of heat exhaustion while inspecting the extreme boundaries of Brookwood Mine No. 7, said a spokesman for Jim Walter Resources, the owner of the mine. 4624
November 24th, 2009
AROUND TOWN: November 24 -

TUESDAY ARTS 'On the Verge': 7:30 p.m. in Chichester Theatre on the University of Montevallo campus. Free. Call 205-665-6230. Terrific Tuesday: 1:15 p.m. in Alabama Power Recital Hall at Shelton State Community College, Musicale Voice, Piano, Percussion students of Shelton State Community College: Free. Call 205-391-2277. 4623
November 24th, 2009
Thanksgiving closings -

Wed. Thur. Fri. Garbage pickup Tuscaloosa No No No Northport No No No Waste Mgt Yes No one day behind Veolia office Yes Yes Yes Rumsey office Yes No Yes Alabama Power open closed closed Alagasco open closed closed ABC stores open closed open City schools closed closed County schools closed closed 4622
November 24th, 2009
Two arrested in Gordo on drug charges -

GORDO | Gordo Police arrested two men this weekend on drug charges. Rachied Keiun Doughty, 24, was not home when officers performed a search warrant at his home in Gordo Housing Authority on Friday afternoon, said Chief Todd Hall. 4621
November 24th, 2009
Northport’s trash pickup schedule -

The city of Northport trash pickup for this week: n Monday: Crews picked up Monday and today’s routes. n Today: Crews will pick up Wednesday route. n Wednesday: Crews will pick up Thursday route. There will be only one garbage pickup this week. 4620
November 24th, 2009
Hydrants to be flushed this week -

TUSCALOOSA | The city and Ed Love Water Plant will flush fire hydrants in and around the area of Forest Lake, Hargrove Road, and Hackberry Lane this week. Flushing may cause a temporary discoloration in the water. 4619
November 24th, 2009
Free vessel safety checks to be Dec. 12 -

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, West Alabama flotilla, will conduct free vessel safety checks at Hide-A-Way Harbor and Eagle Cove marinas on Dec. 12, from 9 a.m.-noon for boats participating in the Christmas Afloat Parade and other interested boaters. 4618
November 24th, 2009
Five accused of burglarizing Gordo High -

GORDO | Police in Gordo have arrested three teenagers who they say burglarized Gordo High School earlier this month. The 16- and 17-year-olds were charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief, said Gordo Police Chief Todd Hall. 4617
November 24th, 2009
CSP accepting housing waiting list applications -

Community Service Programs of West Alabama is accepting applications for the waiting list for CSP Village Apartments, housing for the elderly and people with disabilities. There are one-bedroom units available. Residents must be 62 years old or older or have a disability with mobility impairment. Some units have grab bars and are... 4616
November 24th, 2009
Riley agency heads fuss about gubernatorial candidates - The Associated Press

Two agency heads in Gov. Bob Riley’s administration have traded barbs on Facebook over a candidate for governor who is critical of Riley. 4615
November 24th, 2009
Toys for Tots challenge wraps up Wednesday - By Felipe da Silva Special to The Tuscaloosa News

Wednesday is the last day to donate new and unwrapped toys for the “Toys for Tots” campaign between the Tuscaloosa Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau. 4614
November 24th, 2009
EPA looks into road project - By Jason Morton Staff Writer

Environmental agencies are investigating a complaint that the Buttermilk Road widening project is taking a toll on the environment. 4613
November 24th, 2009
Local farmer recognized by Kiwanis - By Patrick Rupinski Staff Writer

Mark Landers grew up on a farm back in the days when many families in rural Alabama had maybe 40 acres to raise a crop and livestock to supplement the family’s wages from jobs in town. 4612
November 24th, 2009
Food bacteria discovered - By Adam Jones Staff Writer

It’s a killer without discrimination. And if the cards are dealt just right, it could also help out in the kitchen. 4611
November 24th, 2009
FBI wants public’s help in civil rights killings - By Shelia Byrd The Associated Press

Over the last three years, the FBI scoured faded documents, interviewed aging lawmen and tracked down witnesses from killings that occurred decades ago, many of them involving white police officers who shot black men or teenagers. 4610
November 24th, 2009
More than 1,000 line up to see Palin in Birmingham - The Associated Press

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin completed a Birmingham-area book signing where she was greeted by hundreds of fans chanting her name. 4609
November 24th, 2009
Rec center will open later than planned - By Lydia Seabol Avant Staff Writer

The $10 million Faucett Brothers Park recreational center is now expected to open in early 2011, later than originally planned. 4608
November 24th, 2009
More road trips expected this year - By Stephanie Taylor Staff Writer

More people will be making holiday road trips this year, according to estimates by AAA. 4607
November 24th, 2009
Debt threatens to turn shoppers into Scrooges - By Jeannie Aversa The Associated Press

A lot more Americans are feeling stressed out by debt this holiday season, raising the glum likelihood they’ll behave like Scrooge rather than Santa. In fact, fully 93 percent say they’ll spend less or about the same as last year, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll. 4606
November 24th, 2009
AROUND TOWN: November 22 -

ARTS Voice recital with Alysia Nailor, mezzo-soprano, and Lee Johnson, baritone: 3 p.m. in the Alabama Power Recital Hall at Shelton State Community College. The program will include arts songs, arias and musical theater selections. Susan Goode will accompany the singers. Free. Call 205-391-2344. COMMUNITY 4605
November 23rd, 2009
AROUND TOWN: November 23 -

ARTS “On the Verge”: 7:30 p.m. in Chichester Theatre on the University of Montevallo campus. Free. Call 205-665-6230. University of Montevallo University Chorus/Chamber Singers: 7:30 p.m. in LeBaron Hall on the University of Montevallo campus. Free. Call 205-665-6230. 4604
November 23rd, 2009
Two Riley agency heads trade barbs on Facebook - The Associated Press

Two agency heads in Gov. Bob Riley's administration have traded barbs on Facebook over a candidate for governor who is critical of Riley. 4603
November 23rd, 2009
SC gov faces 37 charges he broke state ethics laws - Jim Davenport, Associated Press Writer

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford faces ethics charges he broke state laws more than three dozen times by violating rules on airplane travel and campaign money, according to details of the allegations released Monday. 4602
November 23rd, 2009
More expected to travel this holiday season - By Stephanie Taylor Staff Writer

More people will be making holiday road trips this year, according to estimates by the AAA. 4601
November 23rd, 2009
Stabbing may be ruled self-defense -

TUSCALOOSA | Tuscaloosa Sheriff’s deputies were called to the emergency department at DCH Regional Medical Center about midnight Sunday because there was a 26-year-old being treated for stab wounds to the abdomen, said Capt. Loyd Baker, commander of the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit. 4600
November 23rd, 2009
Ala. man among veterans honored for Vietnam act - By Tiffany Green The Cullman Times

SMITH LAKE | Wayne Patton doesn’t consider himself a hero, but in a dense jungle on March 26, 1970, he sure acted like one. “I don’t have one ounce of hero in me,” Patton said. “I was just doing my job. I was apprehensive about what was next. I didn’t know what to expect.” 4599
November 23rd, 2009
Thousands of new, odd creatures found in ocean - By Cain Burdeau The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS | The creatures living in the depths of the ocean are as weird and outlandish as the creations in a Dr. Seuss book: tentacled transparent sea cucumbers, primitive “dumbos” that flap ear-like fins and tubeworms that feed on oil deposits. 4598
November 23rd, 2009
Centrist Dems want changes on health bill - By Julian E. Barnes Tribune Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON | Only a day after Senate Democrats voted to move into a historic debate on overhauling the nation’s health-care system, key centrists made it clear Sunday that the party is still a long way from delivering on its promise to provide near-universal insurance coverage and contain medical costs. 4597
November 23rd, 2009
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