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  • Stanford Study Reveals California Pensions Underfunded By $1 Trillion Or $93k Per Household

    12/03/2016 7:06:36 AM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Dec 2, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier today the Kersten Institute for Governance and Public Policy highlighted an updated pension study, released by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, which revealed some fairly startling realities about California's public pension underfunding levels. After averaging $77,700 per household in 2014, the amount of public pension underfunding for the state of California jumped to a staggering $92,748 per household in 2015. But don't worry, we're sure pension managers can grow their way out of the problem...hedge fund returns have been stellar recently, right? Stanford University’s pension tracker database pegs the market value of California’s total pension debt at...
  • Reinstituting earmarks could benefit region (BARF)

    12/03/2016 1:04:05 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Altonna Mirror ^ | November 27, 2016 | Altoona Mirror editorial board
    Earmarks again are a topic in Congress, and people in this part of Pennsylvania shouldn’t condemn them. Back in the 1970s, when highway construction was booming around the biggest population centers of the Keystone State, places like Altoona, Johnstown, Ebensburg and Bedford were told that once those projects were completed, work would begin on their roadway needs.But as the large-scale projects around Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Erie were completed, the promises that had been made to Blair County and other smaller-population areas, didn’t materialize because of alleged money shortages.The message seemed to be: “We’ll get to you sometime, but for...
  • Alabama Death Row Inmate Ronald Bert Smith Asks US Supreme Court to Stop Execution

    12/02/2016 9:15:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    al.con ^ | 12/2
    An Alabama inmate on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stay his upcoming execution to consider whether a judge should have been able to give him a death sentence when the jury recommended life imprisonment. Ronald Bert Smith is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection next Thursday for the 1994 slaying of Huntsville convenience store clerk Casey Wilson. A jury recommended life imprisonment without parole by a 7-5 vote, but a judge sentenced Smith to death.
  • Why People Lost Their Minds When A Brooklyn Store Played ‘Sweet Home Alabama’

    11/29/2016 1:59:33 AM PST · by vannrox · 59 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 23NOV16 | By David Marcus
    Culture Why People Lost Their Minds When A Brooklyn Store Played ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ Upscale progressives have gotten used to tuning out the voice of the Trump voter. But there's an America out there that they can no longer ignore. By David Marcus By David MarcusNovember 23, 2016 Three days after the election, my wife and I were shopping at the Fairway Market in Red Hook, Brooklyn. For those unfamiliar with it, Fairway is a less corporate, more co-op version of Whole Foods, offering pretty produce and exotic cheeses that don’t come cheap. The mood in the store was...
  • Crimson Tide Finish Undefeated Regular Season With Another Dominant Win

    11/27/2016 7:36:58 PM PST · by blam · 11 replies
    ESPN News ^ | 11-26-2016 | Ivan Maisel
    Ivan MaiselNovember 26, 2016 TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- On the same Saturday that Ohio State and Michigan played perhaps the most heart-stopping of their 113 games, No. 1 Alabama closed out the only undefeated regular season among the Power 5 conferences with all the drama we've come to expect from the Crimson Tide this season. That is to say, none. Alabama is powerful. Alabama is dominant. Alabama is much better than its archrival, a game but beat-up No. 13 Auburn, and the 30-12 final score failed to reflect the one-sided nature of the 81st Iron Bowl. Top-ranked Alabama completed its first...
  • Why People Lost Their Minds When A Brooklyn Store Played ‘Sweet Home Alabama’

    11/23/2016 9:28:12 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 105 replies
    Three days after the election, my wife and I were shopping at the Fairway Market in Red Hook, Brooklyn. For those unfamiliar with it, Fairway is a less corporate, more co-op version of Whole Foods, offering pretty produce and exotic cheeses that don’t come cheap. The mood in the store was glum. As in most of Brooklyn, people stared ahead, moving slowly, still in shock from the political earthquake of Tuesday night. After getting our Brazilian Arabica ground for drip (I know, I should really use a French Press), Libby and I walked towards the organic maple syrup. That’s when...
  • Venezuela’s Nemesis Is a Hardware Salesman at a Home Depot in Alabama

    11/22/2016 2:19:30 PM PST · by oblomov · 29 replies
    WSJ ^ | 20 Nov 2016 | ANATOLY KURMANAEV
    HOOVER, Ala.—Public Enemy No. 1 of Venezuela’s revolutionary government is Gustavo Díaz, a Home Depot Inc. employee in central Alabama. On his lunch breaks from the hardware section, Mr. Díaz, 60 years old, does more than anyone else to set the price of everything from rice to aspirin to cars in his native Venezuela, influencing the inflation rate and swaying millions of dollars of daily currency transactions. How? He is president of one of Venezuela’s most popular and insurgent websites, DolarToday.com, which provides a benchmark exchange rate used by his compatriots to buy and sell black-market dollars. That allows them...
  • Teenager Kills Veteran by lighting him on fire.

    11/21/2016 8:00:47 PM PST · by WhatNot · 71 replies
    AL.com ^ | 8/18/2016 | Carol Robinson
    A teen neighbor of an elderly Korean War veteran found burned to death in the back yard of his North Birmingham home is now charged in the brutal slaying.
  • Alabama Democratic Party Statement on Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

    11/19/2016 12:28:19 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 56 replies
    Democratic Party of Alabama ^ | 11/18/2016 | Nancy Worley
    Donald Trump’s choice of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III for U.S. Attorney General is deeply disturbing. Our nation does not need an Attorney General with a history of hostility toward civil rights law, as well as disdain for voting rights activists overseeing civil rights and voting rights enforcement. Sessions was considered too racist to be a federal judge in the 1980’s. At that time, he was the second nominee in fifty years to be rejected by a U.S. Senate committee. At a critical time in our history when voting rights are in jeopardy and voter suppression has become a principal electoral...
  • In Alabama, Jeff Sessions Desegregated Schools and Got the Death Penalty for KKK Head

    11/18/2016 2:58:53 PM PST · by grundle · 21 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | November 18, 2016 | Mark Hemingway
    Now that Jeff Sessions is Donald Trump's pick for attorney general, you're going to hear a lot of people dig up old accusations that Sessions is a racist. In fact, CNN did so last night. However, between the nature of the accusations and Sessions's actual record of desegregating schools and taking on the Klan in Alabama, it strains credulity to believe that he is a racist. These accusations all center around the bruising judicial nomination process Sessions went through in 1986. Ronald Reagan had tapped Sessions to serve on the federal bench and the Senate judiciary committee ultimately rejected him...
  • Sessions dogged by old allegations of racism

    11/19/2016 12:32:24 AM PST · by detective · 48 replies
    CNN ^ | November 18, 2016 | Scott Zamost, Curt Devine and Katherine Noel
    Jeff Sessions, the first US senator to endorse Donald Trump, has been one of the President-elect's top supporters so it's no surprise that he is being considered as a potential Cabinet member. But with the new attention on Sessions -- who has emerged as the top candidate to be the next attorney general, according to a transition official, setting up a potential Senate confirmation hearing -- old allegations of racism against the Alabama Republican are sure to haunt him.
  • Trump's attorney general pick is about to come face to face with decades-old allegations of racism

    11/18/2016 1:08:02 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 84 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 11/18/2016 | Allan Smith
    Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama is about to face a wave of intense scrutiny as he seeks confirmation to become attorney general and head the Justice Department in President-elect Donald Trump's upcoming administration. Trump said Friday that it was an "honor to nominate" a "world-class legal mind" to the position. Sessions said, should he be confirmed, that he will give "all my strength to advance" its "highest ideals" and will be dedicated to "fairness and impartiality." But Sessions is likely to face heavy examination over his overall record, as well as decades-old allegations of racism that are now certain to...
  • With Jeff Sessions as AG, Here's Who Should Fill Open Senate Seat

    11/18/2016 1:01:34 PM PST · by 198ml · 11 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 11/18/16 | Chris Pandolfo
    Should Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Al. (C, 78%) be appointed attorney general in president-elect Donald Trump’s administration, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) will need to appoint a short-term replacement to serve in the U.S. Senate and set a date for a statewide special election to fill the seat.
  • If Jeff Sessions leaves the Senate, who replaces him?

    11/18/2016 9:52:14 AM PST · by House Atreides · 82 replies
    www.al.com ^ | November 14, 2016 | Cameron Smith
    "...If Sessions heads to the Trump administration, he would leave behind a coveted seat in the United States Senate. Governor Bentley would appoint Sessions's replacement in the short-term and set a date for a statewide election to fill the seat. Given the importance of the seat, we certainly shouldn't rush this. Bentley ought to appoint someone with an eye toward an election being held during the 2018 midterms. Special elections are expensive and often feature low turnout. With most of us experiencing campaign exhaustion, it's prudent to set the election during a normal cycle. So whom might Bentley appoint if...
  • Breaking: Trump Offers Attorney General Job To Senator Jeff Sessions!

    11/18/2016 4:23:01 AM PST · by CWW · 158 replies
    WSFA ^ | 11-18-2016 | CWW
    Montgomery Alabama television station WSFA is reporting that President – elect Trump has offered the position of United States Attorney General to Senator Jeff Sessions. This would be an awesome pick. Senator Sessions previously has saved as a U.S. Attorney, as Attorney General for the StTe of Alabama, and as a Senator for Alabama for multiple terms.
  • Donald Trump Selects Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

    11/18/2016 5:45:08 AM PST · by Rockitz · 246 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 18 Nov 2016 | Charlie Spiering
    President-elect Donald Trump will tap Sen. Jeff Sessions to be his Attorney General, according to Bloomberg News and the New York Times. Sessions, the first U.S. Senator to endorse Trump, was rumored for a number of positions in Trump’s cabinet, including Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense but it appears that the former Attorney General of Alabama has been selected for the highest law and order position in the administration. Sen. Ted Cruz was also rumored for the position after he was spotted at Trump Tower, meeting with the president elect. The official announcement from Trump’s transition team...
  • SPLC chief Richard Cohen named in bar association complaint

    08/12/2016 8:21:37 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 3 replies
    WND ^ | Aug 11, 2016 | Bob Unruh
    A key player behind what has been described as an orchestrated attack on conservative justices on the Alabama Supreme Court is now, himself, on the defense after being named in an Alabama Bar Association complaint for allegedly making “unethical statements” about his targets. The complaint, of which WND obtained a copy this week, names Southern Poverty Law Center chief Richard Cohen The complaint filed by lawyers Trent Garmon and Holly Garmon was submitted to the Alabama State Bar Disciplinary Commission and alleges Cohen repeatedly has violated Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 8.2, which states, “A lawyer shall not make a...
  • Boeing to shift 2,400 jobs away from Huntington Beach facility by 2020

    11/16/2016 8:06:54 AM PST · by EveningStar · 46 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | November 16, 2016 | Margot Roosevelt and Greg Mellen
    Boeing will shift more than 2,400 jobs out of its Huntington Beach facility over the next four years, the aerospace giant announced Tuesday, slicing in half the number of workers at the sprawling campus. A nationwide streamlining of operations at the company’s Defense, Space & Security division will result in the transfer of 300 Huntington Beach jobs to its Seal Beach facility and 1,600 positions to its plants in Long Beach and El Segundo. Another 500 jobs will move to St. Louis. And an additional 400 will move to Huntsville, Ala., from Huntington Beach and other facilities around the country.
  • MAN BUYS YARD SIGN TO PRESSURE SEX OFFENDER TO MOVE

    11/12/2016 8:32:03 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    ABC7 ^ | 11Nov201611/12
    <p>A feud in one neighborhood has reached a boiling point, after one man bought a billboard to pressure a registered sex offender to move in Robinwood, Alabama.</p> <p>Jeb Lessley had the billboard made at a local business for $160. It shows Raymond Martin's mugshot and lists his address and charges, including second-degree rape and sodomy for a 2013 conviction involving an underage girl.</p>
  • Trump Ahead in Alabama 56% 37%

    Trump killing Hillary in bamalan.
  • Supreme Court Puts Alabama Execution on Hold in 1982 Murder

    11/03/2016 8:36:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/3 | David Beasley
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a last-minute hold on the Alabama execution of a man convicted of murder for the 1982 slaying of his girlfriend's husband. Thomas Douglas Arthur, now 74, has been on death row for more than three decades having been convicted of shooting to death Troy Wicker as he slept, court records showed. Prosecutors said Arthur's girlfriend, Judy Wicker, paid him $10,000 to kill her husband. Alabama had sought to execute Arthur despite questions about its death penalty process following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in January that struck down a Florida law giving judges...
  • Army says 2-star general committed suicide on Alabama base

    10/30/2016 1:17:06 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 68 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | October 29, 2016 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – The Army said Friday it has determined that suicide was the cause of death of a two-star general who was found dead in his home on a military base in Alabama. Maj. Gen. John Rossi was found dead July 31 at Redstone Arsenal, two days before he was to assume command of Army Space and Missile Defense Command.
  • Alabama's bypass to the beach, a 'top priority' project, revived with BP money

    10/21/2016 7:45:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    AL.com ^ | October 5, 2016 | John Sharp
    With $65 million in new money thanks to the state's BP settlement, the long-beleaguered U.S. 98 project in coastal Alabama has a new life, but officials are proceeding cautiously.It was nearly a decade ago when a previous U.S. 98 project was shut down amid lawsuits and accusations surrounding sediment from the construction site that ran off into the waterways supplying a majority of the Mobile region's drinking water."The job has been redesigned," said Vince Calametti, ALDOT's Southwest Region's chief engineer. "There was an environmental assessment, and it will have to be re-evaluated. It will be one of the first things...
  • I-22 finally connects Birmingham to Memphis

    10/16/2016 11:13:05 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Alabama News Center ^ | June 20, 2016 | Tom Cosby and Barry Copeland
    Hidden among all the recent great news affecting Birmingham’s amazing rebirth is the story of the long-awaited opening of I-22, or Corridor X. That’s a shame, because no single success in our recent past may prove to be more important and have greater long-term favorable impact on this region than today’s ribbon cutting. Since the days of the Roman Empire and the famous Appian Way, roads (and particularly crossroads) have always played a critically important role in the economic growth and prosperity of cities. In the earliest days of our country, waterway intersections were the places where communities grew into...
  • Four black men are arrested 'for beating a white Alabama high school student over Facebook posts

    10/12/2016 10:37:09 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 41 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 10/12/2016 | Snejana Farberov
    Police in Alabama have arrested four black men in connection with the beating of a white Alabama high school student who had posted pro-Blue Lives Matter Comments in support of cops. In a statement, Sylacauga Police Chief Kelley Johnson says four recent Sylacauga High School students were arrested Tuesday following the September 30 attack against 17-year-old Brian Ogle. Ogle's mother, Brandi Allen, says her son responded to students wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts at his school with Blue Lives Matter. He was hospitalized with serious head injuries. Two of the four suspects, 20-year-old Quartez Walker and 19-year-old Bobby Brown, were...
  • Gov. Bentley, AL lawmakers denounce Trump following controversial comments

    10/09/2016 9:02:04 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 103 replies
    WSFA 12 Montgomery, AL ^ | 9 Oct 2016 | WSFA Staff
    MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, United States Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) and Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) denounced Republican candidate Donald Trump on Saturday following a controversial recording that emerged this week. Recordings obtained by the Washington Post caught Trump on a live microphone speaking to Billy Bush, who worked for Access Hollywood at the time, talking about making sexual advances on women, one of whom was married. Trump has since released an apology in regards to the comments made in 2005, but many GOP lawmakers have expressed their disapproval, including U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan. Gov. Bentley...
  • Mother: Son beaten after football game, hospitalized for pro-police views

    10/04/2016 5:55:28 PM PDT · by digger48 · 14 replies
    WISH ^ | 10-4-16 | Brittany Bivins and Haley Townsend Rhinehart
    SYLACAUGA, Ala. (WIAT) — Tensions continue to mount in the community after a teenager was brutally attacked after a Friday night football game. Sylacauga Police confirm a fight stemming from that attack broke out at the school at lunch today. We’ve been working all day to get more information on the assault that led 17-year-old Brian Ogle to be hospitalized after being transported by lifeflight to UAB with critical injuries. Police say it happened over a fight when a group of students wore “Black Lives Matter’ t-shirts on Patriotic Day during homecoming week. Ogle’s mother tells us her son was...
  • Hurricane MATTHEW [Chart Moving Westward]

    10/03/2016 2:09:53 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 60 replies
    www.nhc.noaa.gov ^ | 03 October 2016 5:PM EST | Staff
  • Alabama Teen Brutally Beaten for Pro-Police Views; Mother Calls It ‘Hate Crime’

    10/03/2016 1:46:45 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/03/16 | KATHERINE RODRIGUEZ
    <p>An Alabama teen was brutally beaten after he posted pro-police comments on Facebook in the aftermath of recent police shootings.</p> <p>Brian Ogle, 17, is in critical condition with a fractured skull and trauma to his brain,WBMA reported.</p> <p>Allen said he was targeted because of his pro-police comments on Facebook after students wore Black Lives Matter shirts to Sylacauga High School last week.</p>
  • Alabama Teen Beaten Into Critical Condition After Posting ‘Blue Lives Matter’

    10/03/2016 12:09:56 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 73 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 1:27 PM 10/03/2016 | Christian Datoc
    A 17-year-old Alabama high school student is in critical condition after being assaulted this weekend. According to Sylacauga Police Chief Kelley Johnson, Brian Ogle was assaulted in an Ace Hardware parking lot following Sylacauga High School’s homecoming game on Friday. When authorities arrived on the scene, they discovered Ogle beaten and bleeding from the head. He was airlifted to the University of Alabama Birmingham Hospital where tests revealed three skull fractures and trauma to his shoulder. Ogle remains in critical condition.
  • Mother identifies Sylacauga HS student beaten in possibly racially motivated attack (BLM)

    10/03/2016 6:53:53 AM PDT · by brucedickinson · 32 replies
    WBRC ^ | 10-01-2016 | Clare Huddleston
    A 17-year-old Sylacauga High School student is recovering at UAB Hospital after police say he was attacked following the Homecoming football game Friday night. Brandi Allen, the victim's mother, identified her son as Brian Ogle. Johnson says one or more black teens assaulted Ogle, a 17-year-old white teen. When officers arrived, they found him bleeding from his head. Medics took him to the Coosa Valley Medical Center in Sylacauga and he was then airlifted to UAB Hospital where he is in critical condition recovering from head injuries. Allen says her son suffered a broken skull in a few places and...
  • Alabama’s Top Judge Suspended

    09/30/2016 10:25:25 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | Sep 30, 2016
    Alabama’s top judge has been suspended from the bench for defying the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling. Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended for the rest of his term, effectively removing the state’s highest-elected judge from the benc
  • Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore suspended for rest of term

    09/30/2016 9:27:57 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 39 replies
    AL.com ^ | 09/30/2016 | Kent Faulk
    Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended from the bench for telling probate judges to defy federal orders regarding gay marriage. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ) issued the order Friday suspending Moore from the bench for the remainder of his term. "For these violations, Chief Justice Moore is hereby suspended from office without pay for the remainder of his term. This suspension is effective immediately," the order stated. The court found him guilty of all six charges of violation of canon of judicial ethics. Moore's term is to end in 2019. Gov. Robert Bentley will...
  • Alabama Rep. Ed Henry stands by Tweet referring to Bill Clinton as "likely a rapist."

    09/28/2016 7:58:34 AM PDT · by kevcol · 22 replies
    WAAY ABC 31 ^ | September 27, 2016 | Bill Young
    <p>Hillary Clinton's sexism allegations against Republican Alabama State Representative Ed Henry, a Republican out of Hartselle, doubled down Tuesday on his position regarding a Tweet sent after last night's Presidential debate where he said that former President Bill Clinton is likely a rapist.</p>
  • Alabama Selling Bonds Backed by Deepwater Horizon Settlement

    09/21/2016 10:21:20 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 3 replies
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  • Clown Facebook post, warnings put more Alabama schools on lockdown

    09/19/2016 8:00:19 PM PDT · by Mariner · 17 replies
    Alabama.com ^ | September 19th, 2016 | By Carol Robinson
    Two more Alabama schools were on lockdown today after a social media posts and phoned-in threat warned "clowns" might show up at two Birmingham area schools. Irondale police Officer James Lewis, a school resource officer, said a student reported to police that a Facebook post hinted at the possibility of clowns showing up on campus at Shades Valley High School. "There was no threat,'' Lewis said. Birmingham police said Holy Family Cristo Rey High School in Ensley received a call that a clown was coming to the school to lure children to the woods. Police found nothing, said Sgt. Bryan...
  • Alabama pipeline leak: What we know so far about the spill, gas shortages and more

    09/18/2016 5:43:49 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 55 replies
    AL.com ^ | 9-18-2016 | Dennis Pillion
    On the morning of Sept. 9, an inspector with the Alabama Surface Mining Commission was performing a routine monthly check of an old coal mine in Shelby County when he noticed "a strong odor of gasoline" as well as a sheen on the surface of one of the retention ponds. The gasoline he was smelling came from Colonial Pipeline's Line 1, an underground pipeline three feet in diameter that normally pushes 1.3 million barrels of gasoline per day from refineries in Houston to distribution centers across the Southeast and along the eastern seaboard. That 36-inch line, built in 1963, has...
  • Appeals Court blocks Kansas, Alabama, Georgia on voter ID rule

    09/10/2016 10:34:41 AM PDT · by PROCON · 40 replies
    reuters ^ | Sep. 10, 2016 | Eric Beech and Brendan O'Brien
    A U.S. Court of Appeals on Friday blocked an effort by Alabama, Georgia and Kansas for voters to furnish proof of citizenship when registering at the polls, which opponents say disenfranchises voters, especially minorities. The decision effectively strikes down a rule that requires voters in the three states to provide proof they are United States citizens. Elsewhere, voters only need swear that they are citizens in order to cast a ballot. "With just weeks to go before a critical presidential election, we are grateful to the court of appeals for stopping this thinly veiled discrimination in its tracks," Chris Carson,...
  • Woman recants domestic violence claim that factored into Jovon Robinson's dismissal at Auburn

    09/09/2016 2:05:31 PM PDT · by SSS Two · 22 replies
    AL.com ^ | September 08, 2016 at 6:28 PM | James Crepea
    A woman recanted her claim that former Auburn running back Jovon Robinson physically assaulted her by smashing her head in a door, causing injuries to her knees, shoulder and face, later telling school officials she lied about the incident that factored into his dismissal from the football team, according to documents and interviews with AL.com. Emails sent from the accuser, whose identity is being protected by AL.com, to Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and between Auburn's football coach and the university's Title IX coordinator were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The accuser and Robinson also...
  • Dozens of Nigerian students suing historic black college for 'treating them like animals' [tr]

    09/08/2016 10:04:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 8, 2016 | Liam Quinn
    More than 40 Nigerian students are suing Alabama State University for allegedly incorrectly using millions of dollars in scholarship funds provided by their country's government and discriminating against them. Godsgift Moses, Promise Owei, Savior Samuel, Success Jumbo, Thankgod Harold, and 36 other students filed their claim in federal court, alleging the school took advantage of them because they were 'black foreigners', according to the Daily Beast.
  • Black voters sue over Alabama's method of electing judges

    09/07/2016 1:25:43 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 7, 2016 | Kim Chandler
    A civil rights group challenged Alabama's practice of electing appellate judges by statewide vote on Wednesday, saying the result is all-white courts in a state where one in four people is African-American. The lawsuit filed on behalf of NAACP's Alabama chapter and four black voters in Montgomery federal court argues that at-large judicial elections in Alabama violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act by diluting the voting power of African-American citizens. [Snip] "In 2016, Alabama's appellate courts are no more diverse than they were when the Voting Rights Act was signed more than 50 years ago," said Kristen Clarke,...
  • Alabama ACLU sues government, claiming pro-Muslim discrimination

    09/02/2016 6:23:20 PM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/31/16 | Eugene Volokh
    From the complaint in Allen v. English: Plaintiff Yvonne Allen is a devout Christian woman who covers her hair with a headscarf as part of her religious practice. In December 2015, Ms. Allen sought to renew her driver license at the Lee County driver license office, where officials demanded that she remove her head covering to be photographed. When Ms. Allen explained her religious beliefs, the County officials responded with a remarkable claim: They admitted that there was a religious accommodation available for head coverings, but contended that it applied only to Muslims. The ACLU press release adds: Lee County’s...
  • ...HERMINE HEADED FOR THE FLORIDA GULF COAST...

    08/31/2016 2:42:57 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    National Hurricane Center ^ | 08-31-2016 | NOAA
  • Midland City mayor denies she made racially charged Facebook comment

    08/25/2016 4:50:46 PM PDT · by Coronal · 20 replies
    Dothan Eagle ^ | Aug 25, 2016. | Jimmy Sailors
    Midland City Mayor Patsy Capshaw Skipper said she hasn’t been able to use her Facebook account for several weeks and did not post a racially charged comment about the woman who won Tuesday night’s mayoral election. A screenshot of Skipper’s Facebook page, which was not viewable by those not on her friend’s list, showed a short exchange from Skipper’s account and another person. When asked about the results of the election, the reply on Skipper’s Facebook account included the racially charged comment.
  • Coal towns hit by layoffs to get job grants from US gov't

    08/24/2016 7:52:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 24, 2016 5:26 PM EDT | John Raby
    Communities in nine U.S. states that have been hard-hit by coal layoffs are being promised more than 3,000 jobs in several industries through a multimillion-dollar federal grant. Officials for the Appalachian Regional Commission and other agencies announced the 29 projects totaling nearly $39 million Wednesday at a news conference in Huntington, West Virginia. The investments are expected to create or retain more than 3,400 jobs in agriculture, health care, manufacturing, technology and other industries. The projects are intended to help communities in Texas and in eight Appalachian states: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. …
  • Senator Jeff Sessions Refutes Recent Media Reports of Trump Immigration Position Reversal

    08/21/2016 2:52:42 PM PDT · by drewh · 7 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | on August 21, 2016 | by sundance
    Following a Hispanic outreach meeting by the Trump campaign numerous media outlets began reporting that Donald Trump was changing his position on immigration, specifically deportation of illegal immigrants. The Trump campaign immediately rebuked the false media reports last night. Senator Jeff Sessions appeared on Fox News this morning to continue asserting the campaign message that illegal border crossing will be halted, deportation of illegal aliens will be enforced and there is no substantive change to Donald Trump’s immigration position. The media loves to use the term “deportation force” to manufacture an narrative of a new controversy. However, there is already...
  • Five Dead, Including Pregnant Woman, in Alabama Mass Killing

    08/21/2016 12:52:33 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 18 replies
    NBC ^ | 8/21/16 | BY EMMA MARGOLIN AND MATTHEW GRIMSON
    27-year-old man is being charged with six counts of capital murder for the slaying of five people, including a pregnant woman, in southern Alabama early Saturday morning, the Mobile County District Attorney's Office said Sunday. The Mobile Sheriff's Office has identified the five victims as Robert Lee Brown, 26; Chelsea Marie Reed, 22; Justin Kaleb Reed, 23; Joseph Adam Turner, 26; and Shannon Melissa Randall, 35. They were found Saturday afternoon inside a house in the city of Citronelle, about 30 miles northwest of Mobile.
  • Teen charged with capital murder after lighting elderly veteran on fire

    08/19/2016 7:32:59 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 57 replies
    Tribune Interactive ^ | August 18, 2016 | Megan Miller
    BIRMINGHAM – A teenager has been charged with capital murder after dousing his elderly neighbor in gasoline and lighting him on fire. Thomas Sims, 18, was already awaiting trial in connection with an armed car jacking early this year, according to al.com. Sims is now charged with the murder of 85-year-old Gene Emory Dacus. Authorities report the capital murder charge stems from the theft of Dacus’s truck, and detectives are searching for another suspect as well. Officers responded to the 2300 block of 33rd Avenue North on Wednesday to investigate a person on fire. Officers found the victim, who is...
  • Massachusetts candidate named Alabama school superintendent

    08/13/2016 11:10:53 AM PDT · by lyby · 25 replies
    The Opelika Auburn News ^ | August 11, 2016 | AP
    State school board members are looking to an outsider to lead Alabama public schools, naming the former Massachusetts education secretary as the next school superintendent over candidates who have worked extensively in state classrooms.
  • Burglar dies after AL homeowner catches him breaking into house, duct tapes mouth, ties him to tree

    07/31/2016 8:45:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | July 31, 2016 | The Associated Press and Staff
    Authorities said a suspected burglar is dead after an Alabama homeowner tied him to a tree after catching the man breaking into his home. Washington County Sheriff Richard Stringer said 68-year-old Nathanial Johnson caught 31-year-old Cleveland Jones Gully breaking into the back door of his home, about 60 miles north of Mobile, on Friday just before midnight, AL.com reported. Johnson, who told deputies his home had been robbed previously, had set up a trap that night in an effort to stop any more burglaries from taking place at his mobile home....