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GADGETRON: Google+ first impressions - There's no questioning Google's monolithic presence on the Web. The company offers quality email, document editing, picture storage, calendar, blogging and news services, to name just a few, and all for free. They even created their own browser and operating system to run all these things in. 13209
June 30th, 2011
Alabama, Kentucky students partner to help tornado relief - The University of Alabama’s Student Government Association on Thursday donated 240 blankets to Project Blessings, a local nonprofit organization. The SGA received the new blankets three weeks ago from an organization called Wrap Up America, which provided them thanks to monetary donations from students at the University of Kentucky. 13208
June 30th, 2011
Trent Richardson not injured in hit and run - University of Alabama football player Trent Richardson was the victim of a hit-and-run and menacing at a downtown Tuscaloosa night spot early Wednesday morning. The 19-year-old junior running back was not injured, and is not pressing charges. 13207
June 30th, 2011
Gambling trial jury hears casino owner's calls - The jury in Alabama's gambling corruption trial has heard tapes of phone calls between indicted casino owner Milton McGregor and indicted legislative employee Ray Crosby, where McGregor told Crosby what changes he wanted made in a pro-gambling bill. 13206
June 30th, 2011
Bank robber pleads guilty - The Montgomery man who robbed the same Cadence Bank in Tuscaloosa three times pleaded guilty to federal robbery charges on Wednesday. Nathan H. Jenkins Jr., 49, pleaded guilty to stealing $46,989 from the Bank of Tuscaloosa on North McFarland Circle, the Cadence Bank and a bank in Auburn. 13205
June 30th, 2011
Around Town June 30 - 13204
June 30th, 2011
American Red Cross consolidating in Alabama - 13203
June 30th, 2011
Audit raises issues for Birmingham schools - 13202
June 30th, 2011
Linden bans fireworks - 13201
June 30th, 2011
Former chief justice hurt in horse-riding accident - Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who has formed a committee to explore a possible run for president, suffered several broken ribs in a horse-riding accident at his farm near Gadsden in Etowah County. 13200
June 30th, 2011
Publics repair ideas sought for tornado recovery - The group tasked with creating a plan for Tuscaloosa’s recovery from the April tornadoes is ready to hear directly from the public. 13199
June 30th, 2011
Report says 1 in 3 suffer lasting pain - 13198
June 30th, 2011
FBI ties McGregors calls to vote-buying scheme - 13197
June 30th, 2011
Workshop expert lists keys to tornado recovery - Representatives of Tuscaloosa and Jefferson County local governments, neighborhoods, community agencies, businesses and faith-based organizations met on the University of Alabama campus Wednesday afternoon for the first of a two-day workshop on reconstruction in the aftermath of the April 27 tornadoes. 13196
June 30th, 2011
Program to plant trees in storm-damaged areas - For every dollar donated to the National Arbor Day Foundation, the conservation group plans to donate a tree to tornado-affected areas of Alabama, including Tuscaloosa. 13195
June 30th, 2011
Former Sulligent High coach guilty of 14 sex charges - 13194
June 30th, 2011
Layoffs will extend beyond Partlow - 13193
June 30th, 2011
Sue Bell Cobb resigns as chief justice - MONTGOMERY | Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb said Wednesday that she is resigning effective Aug. 1 to spend more time with her family after serving more than four years as the state’s first female chief justice. Cobb made the announcement from the bench in the Alabama Supreme Court chamber with her husband, Bill Cobb, at her side. She read for about 15 minutes from a statement and then walked out a rear door without answering any questions from news reporters. She said she regretted resigning at a time when the state court system faces funding shortfalls and has had to lay off staff and delay some trials. “I desperately wanted to depart leaving the system on better financial footing than when I came,” Cobb said. She cited the need to be a “better wife, mother and daughter” as a reason for stepping down. “My mother is 87 and my daughter, Caitlin, is 15. Another statewide race at this point in time would require me to raise millions of dollars while constantly endeavoring to appear and remain impartial and would require me to sacrifice precious time which I could be spending with my family,” Cobb said. Cobb said she was frustrated that she had been unable to persuade the Legislature to change the way Alabama elects judges. Cobb prefers a nonpartisan system. She will make about $150,000 a year in retirement, according to Retirement Systems of Alabama records. Cobb is currently the only Democrat on the Supreme Court and among Alabama’s 19 appeals court judges. It will be up to Republican Gov. Robert Bentley to appoint someone to serve as chief justice for the remaining 18 months of Cobb’s term. She urged Bentley to appoint an experienced trial judge, “someone who understands that the most important aspects in people’s lives are impacted by the court system.” Bentley said in a statement that he had no timetable for appointing a new chief justice, but would do so as soon as possible once Cobb leaves office. “My goal is to find someone with the judicial and administrative experience needed for this important position,” Bentley said. Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead said the GOP was planning to target in the 2012 elections winning the chief justice’s seat and presidency of the Alabama Public Service Commission, currently held by Democrat Lucy Baxley. Those are the only statewide offices in Alabama not currently held by Republicans. “It’s always been our plan to target the chief justice position and this doesn’t change our plans at all,” Armistead said. “We’ve made that known from the very beginning.” Armistead said he admires Cobb for putting family considerations ahead of political plans. “I respect and admire the fact that she wants to spend more time with family,” he said. Alabama Democratic Party chairman Mark Kennedy said Cobb has shown an ability “to stretch the dollar” during the budget crisis. “She has worked tirelessly to help further cost-cutting reforms such as modgel drug courts,” said Kennedy, a former Supreme Court justice. “I can certainly appreciate the magnitude of the challenges she had faced. During the past session, Cobb pushed hard for the Republican controlled Legislature to pass legislation reforming Alabama’s sentencing procedures, which she said would have saved the state millions. Kennedy criticized the Legislature for rejecting the sentencing reform legislation. “The Republicans’ crippling budget cuts and unwillingness to take up desperately-needed sentencing reforms have made administering the court system nearly impossible,” Kennedy said. Lori Owens, an associate professor of political science at Jacksonville State University, said statewide Democrats are an endangered species, but statewide elected females are not. “The deficit is elected Democratic females. There are Republican females,” she said. Currently, 11 of the 31 statewide elected positions are held by women, including Cobb. The only remaining Democratic female is Baxley. “We’ve gone from a solid Democrat state to having a competitive two-party system to now solidly Republican,” Owens said. She said Democrats still hold most of the local offices. “It is becoming more problematic to run as a Democrat in this state,” she said. “I think the state Democratic Party is trying to shift and reignite their base that’s left in the state.” Cobb was elected chief justice in 2006, defeating then Chief Justice Drayton Nabors to become the only Democrat on the high court. She has been a judge in Alabama for 30 years, serving as a district judge in Conecuh County and as a judge on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. Supreme Court Justice Jim Main, who served as finance director under former Gov. Bob Riley, said Cobb’s announcement caught him by surprise. “I didn’t know about this until this morning,” Main said. “She has done a good job administering the court system.” Montgomery Bureau Chief Dana Beyerle contributed to this report. 13192
June 30th, 2011
Retired plumber passes through Tuscaloosa in mule-drawn wagon - The mule-drawn wagon traveled McFarland Boulevard at a leisurely four miles an hour Wednesday morning, leaving a lot of puzzled motorists in its wake. 13191
June 30th, 2011
Crimson Cafe shuts its doors - 13190
June 30th, 2011
Mule-drawn wagon plods by curious Tuscaloosa motorists - A mule-drawn wagon traveled McFarland Boulevard at a leisurely four miles an hour Wednesday morning, leaving a trail of mule droppings and puzzled motorists in its wake. John McComsey, 64, accompanied by his girlfriend and riding partner Marilyn Follis, passed through Tuscaloosa on a 2,500-mile mule-drawn road trip that they said should take them six months to complete. 13189
June 29th, 2011
Tuscaloosa to choose sole ambulance provider - 13188
June 29th, 2011
All-volunteer group spearheads cleanup effort - It's the little details of a life that make clearing tornado debris significant to AmeriCorps volunteer Kiera DeNoyer. "The craziest thing is going through the debris and finding pieces of people's lives, things like pictures or resumes or someone's medications," said DeNoyer, standing in a clearing Tuesday near 44th Court Northeast where a home once stood. 13187
June 29th, 2011
Sheriffs, top lawyers discuss new law - About a dozen Alabama sheriffs met Tuesday with the head of the Justice Department’s civil division to discuss the state’s new immigration law. 13186
June 29th, 2011
Drugs cited in University of Alabama player's death - University of Alabama football player Aaron Douglas died from multiple drug toxicity, according to a report from the Duval County Medical Examiner's Office. 13185
June 29th, 2011
Alabama Supreme Court Justice Cobb to resign - 13184
June 29th, 2011
Around Town June 29 - 13183
June 29th, 2011
Art show to help storm-stricken family - A benefit art show will be held for a Tuscaloosa family who lost their home and their mother in the April 27 tornado. 13182
June 29th, 2011
Central, Oakdale students can transfer - Parents of students who are attending schools that failed to meet Adequate Yearly Progress goals can transfer their child to another school. 13181
June 29th, 2011
Postal worker charged with stealing mail - A letter carrier for the United States Postal Service has been charged with stealing, delaying and destroying mail. 13180
June 29th, 2011
Project will close part of Hargove Road today - 13179
June 29th, 2011
Train derails in Hale County - A train derailed just south of Akron in Hale County on Tuesday. 13178
June 29th, 2011
League plans to hold event in Tuscaloosa - 13177
June 29th, 2011
Magician plans daredevil stunt for fair - Tuscaloosa magician Curt Anderson is willing to face seven of man’s greatest fears for his hometown. 13176
June 29th, 2011
Policy may help eighth-graders earn extra credit - The Tuscaloosa City Board of Education on Tuesday approved the first reading of a new policy that would allow eighth-grade students to earn high school credit for taking high school-level courses. 13175
June 29th, 2011
APT to close its Montgomery bureau - State budget cuts have forced Alabama Public Television to close its Montgomery operation, an APT spokesman said Tuesday. 13174
June 29th, 2011
Lawyers say Riley is unable to testify - Former Gov. Bob Riley’s attorneys have told a federal judge that he won’t be immediately available for possible testimony in the bingo corruption trial because of injuries he suffered in a motorcycle wreck Sunday in Alaska. 13173
June 29th, 2011
Train derailed in Hale County - 13172
June 28th, 2011
Hoffman named SEC Female Athlete of the Year - Hoffman was named the Southeaster Conference's Female Athlete of the Year today, adding to an already impressive stockpile of awards. A senior captain on the 2011 NCAA Champion Crimson Tide, Hoffman was voted in by the SEC's athletic directors. 13171
June 28th, 2011
Nonprofit groups can apply for grants - 13170
June 28th, 2011
Traffic stop results in arrest of illegal aliens - 13169
June 28th, 2011
Woman, 60, charged with sexual abuse of a child - 13168
June 28th, 2011
Man shot earlier this month died Friday - 13167
June 28th, 2011
Alabama lawmaker dies after battle with cancer - 13166
June 28th, 2011
Casinos grossed millions on some days - 13165
June 28th, 2011
Infant who died in tornado remembered as a cheerful baby girl - 13164
June 28th, 2011
Mays named principal of Hillcrest High - By Jamon Smith Staff Writer 13163
June 28th, 2011
Ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich convicted at retrial - Rod Blagojevich, who won two terms as Illinois governor before scandal made him a national punch line, was convicted Monday of a wide range of corruption charges, including trying to sell President Barack Obama’s Senate seat. 13162
June 28th, 2011
Court overturns ban on selling kids violent games - The Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional to bar children from buying or renting violent video games, saying government doesn't have the authority to “restrict the ideas to which children may be exposed.” 13161
June 28th, 2011
Riley hurt in Alaska motorcycle wreck - Former Gov. Bob Riley was in fair condition Monday after a motorcycle wreck in Alaska on Sunday, and is expected to fully recover, his son and officials said 13160
June 28th, 2011
Violent crime up slightly in county - Violent crime increased slightly in 2010 in Tuscaloosa County compared with 2009, while the statewide rate declined. Property crime decreased in the county, exceeding the statewide downward trend. 13159
June 28th, 2011
Storm-related overtime costs city nearly $2 million - The city of Tuscaloosa has paid its employees nearly $2 million in overtime since two tornadoes struck in April. Much of that expense is expected to be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and insurance, Mayor Walt Maddox said. 13158
June 28th, 2011
Former governor Riley injured in motorcycle accident in Alaska - 13157
June 27th, 2011
Sound Off: June 26 - 13156
June 27th, 2011
Gambling trial puts spotlight on legislator fees - 13155
June 27th, 2011
High-profile cases led to tort reform - Tort reform proposals have cropped up periodically for decades in Alabama, but the issue became more prevalent after Republican Guy Hunt became governor in 1987 and the business community began pushing harder for changes. 13154
June 27th, 2011
GOP helps pass tort reform legislation - Tort reform had proved so elusive in Alabama during the past decade that the business lobby had all but given up on it. 13153
June 27th, 2011
Tunes for Tuscaloosa attracts crowd, despite heat - Despite the near 100-degree heat Sunday afternoon, a crowd attended Tunes for Tuscaloosa, a concert featuring well-known artists that benefits tornado relief. 13152
June 27th, 2011
Two months after the April 27 storm, survivors work to rebuild - Two months after a massive tornado destroyed her home, Gayle Barger lives in a government-issued mobile home, and she's grateful for it. No longer sleeping in hotels or her car, Barger can now lay down at night on her land, even if it's not in the home she lived in for 26 years. 13151
June 27th, 2011
COMMUNITY EVENTS: June 26 - 13150
June 26th, 2011
CLUB MEETINGS AND EVENTS: June 26 - 13149
June 26th, 2011
BIRTH: June 26 - 13148
June 26th, 2011
MILITARY NEWS: June 26 - 13147
June 26th, 2011
COLLEGE NEWS: June 26 - 13146
June 26th, 2011
Deaths of ex-Partlow patients probed - The Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program is investigating the deaths of two former patients at the W.D. Partlow Developmental Center within the last month after they were recently released from Partlow into community-based care. 13145
June 26th, 2011
Ham radio operators meet to sharpen skills - On Saturday, the Amateur Radio Club participated in a simulation called Field Day that each year closes out the American Radio Relay League’s Amateur Radio Week. 13144
June 26th, 2011
How to help - 13143
June 26th, 2011
LEND A HAND: Red Cross opens new training center at mall - The West Alabama chapter of the American Red Cross has opened a new training center in University Mall to help prepare residents for everyday emergencies and large-scale disasters. 13142
June 26th, 2011
PET OF THE WEEK: June 26 - 13141
June 26th, 2011
SCHOOL NEWS: June 26 - 13140
June 26th, 2011
Committee prepares to divvy out $1.75 million Tuscaloosa Disaster Relief Fund - 13139
June 26th, 2011
Salvaging our forests: Alabamas losses from April tornadoes estimated at more than $266 million and could get higher - 13138
June 26th, 2011
Tuscaloosa's McFarland Mall could have new tenants, new look - Within the next 18 months, McFarland Mall could have new look, new tenants and a new name. That’s the time frame Stan Pate, the mall’s owner, said he is looking at to bring a new shopping experience to Tuscaloosa. “We will be calling it Encore Tuscaloosa,” he said last week. The name “Encore” evokes a comeback, Pate said. 13137
June 26th, 2011
AROUND TOWN: June 25 - 13136
June 25th, 2011
Sheriff to increase use of social media - The Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office will soon increase its use of social media sites to communicate with the public. 13135
June 25th, 2011
William Tunnell to run for county office - It didn’t take long for a candidate to jump into the race for the Tuscaloosa County Commission seat that two-term Commissioner Don Wallace plans to give up next year. 13134
June 25th, 2011
Summer autism program has new home - After its church was severely damaged by the April 27 tornado, the Arts ’n Autism summer camp program had to relocate to First Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa. The two-week program started earlier this week and will run through July 1 13133
June 25th, 2011
Free legal help offered to tornado victims - Legal Services Alabama will provide free legal help to tornado victims and municipalities applying for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 13132
June 25th, 2011
Local clergy join in protest of immigration bill - A new state law cracking down on illegal immigration is being met with opposition by some churches. Numerous churches and immigration group will sponsor an interfaith candle march at Birmingham’s Linn Park at 6:30 p.m. today. 13131
June 25th, 2011
City now lacks shelter for homeless - Before the April 27 tornado, almost 300 people were classified as chronically homeless in Tuscaloosa County, living outdoors, in shelters, in vehicles or staying with relatives or friends. 13130
June 25th, 2011
UA to hold combined commencements for spring, summer grads - Shortly after the April 27 tornado, UA cancelled final exams and its May 7 spring commencement ceremony and announced that it would hold a combined ceremony in August. A few weeks ago, it sent a survey to spring graduates asking if they planned to attend. 13129
June 25th, 2011
Rare reptile bones, shark teeth found in Greene County dig - 13128
June 25th, 2011
Peter Falk, TV's rumpled Columbo, has died - The best way to celebrate Peter Falk's life is to savor how Columbo, his signature character, fortified our lives. Thanks to Falk's affectionately genuine portrayal, Lt. Columbo established himself for all time as a champion of any viewer who ever felt less than graceful, elegant or well-spoken. 13127
June 24th, 2011
UA to hold three commencements for spring, summer grads - Shortly after the April 27 tornado, UA cancelled final exams and its May 7 spring commencement ceremony and announced that it would hold a combined ceremony in August. A few weeks ago, it sent a survey to spring graduates asking if they planned to attend. 13126
June 24th, 2011
FEMA extends deadline for tornado relief - Gov. Robert Bentley says federal authorities have granted his request to extend the deadline for Alabama residents to register for federal disaster assistance after the April tornadoes. 13125
June 24th, 2011
Loss of shelter complicates Tuscaloosa's homeless situation - Before the storm, the Salvation Army shelter housed approximately 60 to 70 homeless on any average night, offering two hot meals a day to the people who stayed there. But that all changed when the tornado tore through the Salvation Army’s shelter on Greensboro Avenue, leaving it a wreck of twisted metal and broken windows. 13124
June 24th, 2011
Magazine seeks tornado stories - Southern Living magazine is seeking people who were affected by the April tornado to share their stories. Those who are willing to have their stories recorded on photo and video are invited to participate. 13123
June 24th, 2011
Bridge inspection will affect part of I-20/59 - The Alabama Department of Transportation will conduct a bridge inspection on Interstate 20/59 northbound at the Old Moody Swamp Road overpass at milepost 69 today. The inspection will require a lane closure, beginning near the Joe Mallisham Parkway interchange at Exit 68, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Motorists should expect a 10-15 minute delay. 13122
June 24th, 2011
Greensboro Avenue traffic to be detoured - GFC Construction will close Greensboro Avenue between Hargrove Road and 20th Street weekdays through July 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. 13121
June 24th, 2011
Illegal immigrants 'come out in reform push - The high-stakes movement of young illegal immigrants declaring that they’re “undocumented and unafraid” got a boost this week when a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist revealed he’s been living in the country illegally. 13120
June 24th, 2011
U.S. and allies to tap oil reserves - 13119
June 24th, 2011
Gilley testifies in gambling trial - On the stand Thursday, casino developer Ronnie Gilley portrayed himself as a poor guy who built a successful real estate company and was aiming to create the country music capital of the world before falling victim to political naivete. 13118
June 24th, 2011
Brierfield man indicted for capital murder - A Bibb County grand jury has indicted a Brierfield man on capital murder charges in the shooting death of his wife 12 years ago. 13117
June 24th, 2011
Bids taken to demolish two schools - The Tuscaloosa City Board of Education received bids for the demolition of the old Westlawn Middle School and tornado-wrecked Alberta Elementary School at a work session Thursday evening. 13116
June 24th, 2011
Chicago fugitive arrested in Brent - One of Chicago’s most wanted fugitives was arrested Thursday in Brent. 13115
June 24th, 2011
State school board approves raises for some - The state school board on Thursday approved step raises for about 15 percent of the Alabama Community College System’s 10,210 employees. The average annual increase will be about $1,000, said two-year system Chancellor Freida Hill. The total cost of the pay raises will be $3.7 million per year. 13114
June 24th, 2011
Metro Animal Shelter hit by burglars - Cash and medication worth thousands of dollars that had been donated to the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter after the April 27 tornado have been stolen. 13113
June 24th, 2011
City BOE pleased with superintendent finalists - The Tuscaloosa City Board of Education wasted no time selecting Tony Burks II and Paul McKendrick as the finalists for the Tuscaloosa City School System's next superintendent. 13112
June 24th, 2011
Corn crop likely a casualty of drought conditions - A line of thunderstorms and clouds that swept across West Alabama on Tuesday and Wednesday brought some relief from drought conditions but probably not enough to save the area's corn crop. “It won't take us out of any drought,” said Scott Unger, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Birmingham. “It could be enough to keep the grass from browning up for a while.” 13111
June 24th, 2011
Country Crossing casino owner takes witness stand - County Crossing casino developer Ronnie Gilley has taken the witness stand to testify against his former co-defendants in Alabama's gambling corruption trial. 13110
June 23rd, 2011
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