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Obama ends Iraq combat effort: Time to turn page - Opposed to the war from the start, President Barack Obama on Tuesday formally ended the U.S. combat role in Iraq as promised, declaring: "It is time to turn the page." He said the nation's most urgent priority must be fixing its own economy. 8747
August 31st, 2010
Siegelman asks appeals court to dismiss charges - Attorneys for former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman have asked a federal appeals court to dismiss all charges against him in a federal government corruption case. 8746
August 31st, 2010
International chess master instructs at Tuscaloosa VA - International chess master Michael Ciamarra brought the game to the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center Tuesday. 8745
August 31st, 2010
Tinker pleads guilty to voting violations - Former Hale County Circuit Clerk Gay Nell Tinker pleaded guilty this morning to five counts of illegal absentee balloting, a misdemeanor. 8744
August 31st, 2010
Terrorism suspect recently lived in Tuscaloosa - A man arrested in Amsterdam earlier this week who officials believe was conducting a dry run for a potential terrorist attack lived in Tuscaloosa for about three months. 8743
August 31st, 2010
AROUND TOWN: August 31 - 8742
August 31st, 2010
Guardrail repair on U.S. Highway 82 East - 8741
August 31st, 2010
McFarland intersection work may cause delays - 8740
August 31st, 2010
Annual Labor Day Parade reservations begin - 8739
August 31st, 2010
Alabama man dies after confrontation with deputies - 8738
August 31st, 2010
UA sophomore killed in auto wreck in Opp - 8737
August 31st, 2010
GOP judge gives $5,000 to Democratic candidate - Republican Supreme Court Justice Thomas Woodall gave a campaign contribution to the Democrat who is challenging incumbent GOP Justice Tom Parker in the Nov. 2 general election. 8736
August 31st, 2010
Hale voter fraud trial under way - The prosecution and defense will give their opening statements today in the voter fraud trial of former Hale County Circuit Clerk Gay Nell Singleton. 8735
August 31st, 2010
Pair caught carting off bridge parts - Two men were arrested in Northport on Friday for trying to cart off nearly 1,000 pounds of 130-year-old historic steel — pieces of the disassembled Bull Slough bridge — in broad daylight. 8734
August 31st, 2010
Public defender ‘hit the ground running’ before official swearing-in - Tuscaloosa’s new public defender, Joseph Van Heest, has had a busy few weeks on the job. 8733
August 31st, 2010
Are kids old enough to be playing adult games? - They sail solo around the world, climb the highest mountains and race around ovals at breakneck speeds. They’re kids, some not old enough to get into an R-rated movie on their own. 8732
August 31st, 2010
Area students' ACT scores lower than last year - Seniors in Tuscaloosa city and county public schools did worse this year, as a group, on the ACT college entrance exam than last year. 8731
August 31st, 2010
Flu shot urged for everyone this season - It’s flu-shot season already, and for the first time, health authorities are urging nearly everyone to get vaccinated. There is even a new high-dose version for people 65 or older. 8730
August 31st, 2010
More money for textbooks? - The County Commission on Wednesday will consider whether to reallocate part of the 1-cent sales tax for education to enable the Tuscaloosa city and county school systems to buy enough textbooks for every student. 8729
August 31st, 2010
Van Heest sworn in as public defender for Tuscaloosa - Joseph Van Heest, Tuscaloosa new public defender, was sworn into the office that handles about 3,700 cases in Tuscaloosa's district and circuit court each year. 8728
August 30th, 2010
Obama: GOP should let small business bill through - President Barack Obama exhorted Congress on Monday to make passage of a long-languishing small business aid package its first order of business when it returns next month from its summer break. 8727
August 30th, 2010
Southern governors push for more Gulf oil revenue - Alabama's and Mississippi's governors got no commitment Monday from Obama administration officials as they pressed for Gulf coast states to get a larger share of money from Gulf oil wells to help cover the risk of spills. 8726
August 30th, 2010
Around Town, 8/30 - 8725
August 30th, 2010
Florida man ruled unfit for trial in Ala. stalking case - 8724
August 30th, 2010
Westover man faces murder charge in father’s death - 8723
August 30th, 2010
Concussions send more child athletes to ERs - Emergency room visits for school-age athletes with concussions have skyrocketed in recent years, suggesting that the intensity of children’s sports has increased along with awareness of head injuries. 8722
August 30th, 2010
Obama: Post-Katrina rebuilding efforts will not be abandoned - President Barack Obama on Sunday sought to assure this city, battered by two catastrophic disasters in five years, that federal efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina would not waver even as the city struggles with the aftermath of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 8721
August 30th, 2010
Sex offenders’ home rules to be re-evaluated - After serving his prison sentence for rape, Jeffrey Seagle tried to find a place to live. But with no fixed address and no family or friends able to take him in, Alabama’s sex offender law kept him behind bars. 8720
August 30th, 2010
Fund manager says most oil spill claims lack documentation - The administrator of the new claims process for victims of the Gulf oil spill said Sunday most of the individual claims reviewed in the first week lacked the minimal documentation to be paid. 8719
August 30th, 2010
BP says it is staying to help Gulf recover - The Gulf of Mexico is resilient and will help heal itself from the worst oil spill in U.S. history, said incoming BP CEO Bob Dudley on Sunday. 8718
August 30th, 2010
Church added to Register of Landmarks and Heritage - After years of effort on the part of students, professors and its congregation, Hunter Chapel AME Zion Church was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage. 8717
August 30th, 2010
Dining Dollars lawsuit comes years after controversy began - Considering the brouhaha 14 years ago when the University of Alabama announced students would have to pay for campus-cooked food each semester, it may be surprising it took so long for anyone to challenge the school in court. 8716
August 30th, 2010
Around Town, 8/29 - 8715
August 29th, 2010
Dismissed Afghan prosecutor says he fought corruption - One of the country’s most senior prosecutors said Saturday that President Hamid Karzai fired him last week after he repeatedly refused to block corruption investigations at the highest levels of Karzai’s government. 8714
August 29th, 2010
Hwy. 90 shows signs of mixed recovery - A mother of four feels trapped in the same New Orleans public housing complex from which she was rescued when floodwaters ravaged the city. 8713
August 29th, 2010
Good Samaritan Clinic to hire new executive director - Linda Boyd of the Good Samaritan Clinic said the clinic’s mission is to fill a gap in medical care. 8712
August 29th, 2010
Performers, fans honor memory of late blues musician - Musicians and fans gathered Saturday in the late Johnny Shines' backyard to honor the memory of the blues legend. 8711
August 29th, 2010
Rally focuses on jobs, voting - Light rain during the John Anderson concert didn’t dampen the spirits of those participating in Saturday’s voter registration and pro-bingo rally in Montgomery. 8710
August 29th, 2010
San Jose State fans plan to travel coast-to-coast - They may be outnumbered by about 98,000 on game day, but a group of dedicated San Jose State fans will journey to Tuscaloosa for the Spartans’ first gridiron clash with the University of Alabama. 8709
August 29th, 2010
Festival helps build a sense of community - Between the blues and barbecue, the quilts caught many eyes. 8708
August 29th, 2010
Katrina changed the lives of local residents - Five years ago, Hurricane Katrina scattered hundreds of thousands of people across the Southeast in search of safety and shelter. 8707
August 29th, 2010
Lane closure - 8706
August 28th, 2010
Citizen of the Year - 8705
August 28th, 2010
Auburn may not be able to operate pilot school - The Federal Aviation Administration says Auburn University’s flight program can no longer train pilots because of the resignation of its chief pilot, but school officials disagree with the agency’s interpretation of the rules. 8704
August 28th, 2010
Builder puts emphasis on energy efficiency - The ubiquitous insulating foam, whose technical name is polystyrene and is actually 98 percent air created with a petroleum by-product, is now being used more extensively by homebuilders committed to producing energy-efficient, “green homes.” 8703
August 28th, 2010
Kentucky man gets 32 years in prison - A Kentucky man whose multistate crime spree two years ago included a stop in Bibb County was sentenced Thursday to 32 years in prison. 8702
August 28th, 2010
Riley: VictoryLand certificate is ‘fake' - Gov. Bob Riley's office on Friday said that an apparent certificate of appreciation issued to VictoryLand that contains his signature is fake. 8701
August 28th, 2010
Bentley, Sparks trade barbs in governor’s race - Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert Bentley said Alabama doesn’t need Democrat Ron Sparks’ education lottery plan because it’s not the government’s responsibility to pay for college. 8700
August 28th, 2010
Churches help curb criminal hotbeds - Crime is down in some of the areas targeted two years ago as the most dangerous in the city, officials say. 8699
August 28th, 2010
Low birth rate tied to economy - Forget the Dow and the GDP. Here’s the latest economic indicator: The U.S. birth rate has fallen to its lowest level in at least a century as many people apparently decided they couldn’t afford more mouths to feed. 8698
August 28th, 2010
Cuba adopts free-market laws - Cuba has issued a pair of surprising free-market decrees, allowing foreign investors to lease government land for up to 99 years — potentially touching off a golf-course building boom — and loosening state controls on commerce to let islanders grow and sell their own fruit and vegetables. 8697
August 28th, 2010
Invasion of caterpillars linked to climate factors - Dylan Till felt something crawling down his neck as he walked back to his dorm room Wednesday. Till, a UA freshman, had just finished a pick-up game of ultimate frisbee on the Quad when he noticed a caterpillar, about an inch long, moving down the back of his neck. 8696
August 28th, 2010
Waldon Tucker earns 300th victory - Fayette County High School head coach Waldon Tucker’s normal stoic demeanor betrayed him Friday night. Competing against family with a chance at history can do that to a man. 8695
August 28th, 2010
Tuscaloosa builder builds energy efficient home - Styrofoam is not just for cups and coolers anymore. 8694
August 27th, 2010
Obama to commemorate Katrina on 5th anniversary - President Barack Obama will use the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina to reaffirm his commitment to the Gulf Coast amid lingering questions over his administration's response to the BP oil spill. 8693
August 27th, 2010
Man sentenced to 32 years after multi-state crime spree - A Kentucky man whose multi-state crime spree included a stop in Bibb County was sentenced to serve 32 years in prison. 8692
August 27th, 2010
Father, son face each other tonight on football field - Father against son. Old school vs. brand-new school. One coach seeking his 300th career victory and the other seeking his first. One distraught mom. Lance Tucker will take on his father, Waldon Tucker tonight in Fayette. 8691
August 27th, 2010
AT A GLANCE: Money available to local nonprofits - 8690
August 27th, 2010
Northport man shot, but stories differ - 8689
August 27th, 2010
Pickens hospital to hold fundraiser Oct. 9 - 8688
August 27th, 2010
Agencies can apply for grants - 8687
August 27th, 2010
Police seek to ID man allegedly using stolen card - 8686
August 27th, 2010
Saturday’s pro-bingo rally to include voter drive - Bingo supporters are planning a Saturday rally and voter registration drive to dramatize the loss of jobs at bingo casinos that closed after raids by Gov. Bob Riley’s gambling task force. 8685
August 27th, 2010
Meeting to discuss fire college chief canceled - A meeting that had been set for today to possibly remove the head of the Alabama Fire College was canceled because there will not be a quorum of the board that oversees the college. 8684
August 27th, 2010
Bill opposed by legislators seen as lifeline - The federal jobs bill that most of Alabama's congressional delegation opposed is now viewed as a lifeline by state education officials who are contemplating the possibility of another year of budget cuts. 8683
August 27th, 2010
UA football fans guided to neglected parking spots - Organizers of University of Alabama game days believe there is enough parking on and near campus to handle football fans for the upcoming season. 8682
August 27th, 2010
Baumhower’s Wings U to open at Midtown - Bob Baumhower and Gennaro Lombardi have something in common. 8681
August 27th, 2010
Mercedes plans to hire 400-500 workers - Mercedes-Benz plans to hire 400 to 500 temporary workers at its Vance plant to help meet a rising demand for its sport utility vehicles. 8680
August 27th, 2010
Mercedes opens expanded body shop at Vance plant - Mercedes-Benz plans to hire 400 to 500 temporary workers in Vance to help meet a rising demand for its sport utility vehicles. 8679
August 26th, 2010
Details unclear in Wednesday afternoon shooting - A Northport man grazed by a bullet Wednesday afternoon told police that a random person shot him as he was talking to a friend. 8678
August 26th, 2010
Alabama Fire College director will not be removed - A meeting to possibly remove the head of the Alabama Fire College has been canceled because there will not be a quorum of the board that oversees the college. 8677
August 26th, 2010
Around town 8/25 - 8676
August 26th, 2010
Sentencing for former 2-year chancellor delayed - 8675
August 26th, 2010
Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway pact signed - 8674
August 26th, 2010
OSHA eyes 45-minute time lag in ammonia leak warning - 8673
August 26th, 2010
Phoenix man sentenced to 22 years for crime spree - 8672
August 26th, 2010
Council targets pushy beggars - Anyone who begs for money in Tuscaloosa had better not do it aggressively. 8671
August 26th, 2010
Alberta post office gets a reprieve - The post office branch in Alberta that has been in danger of closing will remain open — for now. 8670
August 26th, 2010
As GOP war rages, Dems look to profit - A Republican civil war is raging, with righter-than-thou conservatives dominating ever more primaries in a fight for the party’s soul. And the Democrats hope to benefit. 8669
August 26th, 2010
New kind of barbershop has opened downtown - A new barbershop has opened in downtown Tuscaloosa, but it’s no ordinary barbershop with a swirling red and white pole outside. Instead, look for big fish, deer antlers and a complimentary bar. 8668
August 26th, 2010
Tuscaloosa vies for GE plant - Tuscaloosa is among the Alabama cities contending to be the home of a $40 million coatings plant for military jet engines that is expected to employ as many as 400 people. 8667
August 26th, 2010
Saban movie premieres in Tuscaloosa Friday morning - Although it premiered in Birmingham Tuesday the documentary “Nick Saban: Gamechanger” will open Friday at the Cobb Hollywood 16. 8666
August 26th, 2010
New licensing rules aimed at counterfeiters - City officials hope that stricter licensing requirements for people reselling football and concert tickets will cut down on counterfeit ticket sales. 8665
August 26th, 2010
Tropical Storm Earl forms in the open Atlantic - Tropical Storm Earl has formed in the open Atlantic Ocean, but the system is far from land. 8664
August 25th, 2010
'Nick Saban: Gamechanger' to open in Tuscaloosa Friday - Although it premiered in Birmingham Tuesday, the documentary “Nick Saban: Gamechanger” will open Friday at the Cobb Hollywood 16 with an 11:30 a.m. showing. 8663
August 25th, 2010
Tuscaloosa in the running for GE jet engine plant - Tuscaloosa, Auburn and several other Alabama locations are in the running for a $40 million to $5 million aviation facility that would make parts for military jet engines, Gov. Bob Riley and GE officials said today. 8662
August 25th, 2010
New downtown barbershop offers more than just haircuts - A new barbershop has located in downtown Tuscaloosa, but it's no ordinary barbershop with the swirling red and white pole outside. Instead, look for giant fish, deer horns and a complimentary bar. 8661
August 25th, 2010
Three men charged in rape of 16-year-old - 8660
August 25th, 2010
Three men sought in home-invasion robbery - 8659
August 25th, 2010
Police say officer shot family's dog in self-defense - Tuscaloosa police say an officer shot a family pet Monday in self-defense. 8658
August 25th, 2010
Houston selected for bingo probe - The state Supreme Court on Tuesday appointed former Justice Gorman Houston to investigate the alleged release of confidential information about an electronic bingo opinion that went in Gov. Bob Riley’s favor. 8657
August 25th, 2010
Friends, relatives baffled by slaying - Family members describe Patricia Adair as one of those Southern women who always managed to find the good in people. 8656
August 25th, 2010
Northport to open lot to football fans’ RVs - A downtown, city-owned lot that was once the site of Northport’s Boys Club has sat vacant for the past several years — but that will change this football season. 8655
August 25th, 2010
Sherrod rejects return to Ag agency - Shirley Sherrod, ousted from the Agriculture Department during a racial firestorm that embarrassed the Obama administration, rejected an offer to return to the USDA on Tuesday. 8654
August 25th, 2010
City plans for slight growth - Mayor Walt Maddox approached this year’s General Fund and Water and Sewer Fund budgets cautiously. But he feels like he has reason to be optimistic about the future. 8653
August 25th, 2010
Red carpet rolled out for Saban premiere - The man on the marquee appeared in image only. 8652
August 25th, 2010
City school board chooses Stewart as newest member - Tuesday night's Tuscaloosa City Board of Education meeting featured a final farewell and a new beginning. 8651
August 25th, 2010
Alabama educators fear more budget cuts - Some Alabama leaders expect more education spending cuts because the Gulf oil spill damaged state tax revenues and the state economy hasn't recovered from the recession as quickly as anticipated. 8650
August 24th, 2010
Tuscaloosa man dies in apparent drowning - Divers with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office recovered the body of a 42-year-old Tuscaloosa man in an apparent drowning at Lake Elledge in Coker on Tuesday. 8649
August 24th, 2010
School board bids farewell to Tulane Duke, elects Sena Stewart - Tuesday's Tuscaloosa City Board of Education meeting was a night of a final farewell and a new beginning. 8648
August 24th, 2010
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