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  • Thousands of Americans trek to Alabama to witness woman who 'can see the Virgin Mary'

    07/10/2012 6:22:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 10, 2012 | Staff
    A visit from a Croatian woman who claims to see the Virgin Mary on a daily basis drew thousands of people to a small Alabama town this week. Many people travelled for days to be near the self-proclaimed visionary while one Washington woman even sold her home to take the trip. Despite skepticism of prominent Catholics, the faithful said they trekked to Sterrett with hopes of hearing a message from the mother of Jesus, witnessing miracles and receiving direction about how to follow their faith. The woman at the center of the gathering, Marija Pavlovic Lunetti, said she saw the...
  • Wendy Fisher's teenage daughter saw her mother gunned down

    07/09/2012 7:04:16 PM PDT · by suthener · 132 replies
    al.com ^ | Monday, July 09, 2012, 12:00 PM | Brendan Kirby, Press-Register
    MOBILE, Alabama -- The fatal gun shot that cut down a single mother of two Saturday night occurred in front of her teenage daughter, family members said today. The daughter, who asked that her name not be used, said she was standing in her front yard when her mother, Wendy Fisher, ran across the street to retrieve their dog. Fisher yelled at a passing car to slow down because it nearly hit the pet, the daughter said. At that point a black man with short hair got out of the car, she said. The daughter said she is not sure...
  • Unemployment Rate Dropped In Every State That Elected A Republican Gov. In 2010

    07/08/2012 10:59:34 AM PDT · by PROCON · 26 replies
    biggovernment.com ^ | July 8, 2012 | Tony Lee
    In 2010, influenced by the Tea Party and its focus on fiscal issues, 17 states elected Republican governors. And, according to an Examiner.com analysis, every one of those states saw a drop in their unemployment rates since January of 2011. Furthermore, the average drop in the unemployment rate in these states was 1.35%, compared to the national decline of .9%, which means, according to the analysis, that the job market in these Republican states is improving 50% faster than the national rate.
  • Body of nude man found in flipped pickup truck in Jefferson County [AL] driveway

    07/01/2012 5:40:28 AM PDT · by notsofastmyfriend · 32 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | June 30, 2012 | Carol Robinson
    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Alabama - The body of a naked man was found in a truck upside down in a driveway of a western Jefferson County home today. Jefferson County sheriff's Sgt. Jack Self said the case is a suspicious death investigation. Deputies about 11:40 a.m. were dispatched to the home in the 2100 block of Alliance Road on a report of a traffic accident there. Because the sheriff's office no longer works traffic accident investigations, the call was passed on to the Alabama State Troopers. A short time later, the Birmingport Fire Department notified sheriff's officials that there was a...
  • Home invasion suspect charged in separate robbery(AL)

    06/22/2012 7:40:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    myfoxal.com ^ | 21 June, 2012 | Melynda Sides
    BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A home invasion suspect who escaped from authorities at a hospital before being captured a few hours later now faces robbery charges for a separate incident. Birmingham Police have obtained two robbery warrants against Deandre Miles, a 19-year-old from Birmingham. The latest charges are in connection to an April 20 robbery on Indian Summer Drive, a community off of Pinson Valley Parkway. Police say Miles and his accomplice robbed a homeowner and a contractor who were meeting for a home repair estimate around 2:30 p.m. on a Friday afternoon. The homeowner had a surveillance video system...
  • Home invasion suspect [shot by homeowner] captured following Sunday escape during hospital release

    06/19/2012 9:54:32 AM PDT · by kevcol · 22 replies
    The Birmingham News ^ | June 18, 2012 | Carol Robinson
    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- A 19-year-old home-invasion suspect who escaped while being released from the hospital Sunday was captured early today, still wearing his handcuffs and hospital gown. Deandre Miles, shot in the chest in Pinson Friday, was captured about 1 a.m., but not without incident. Authorities said when his mother brought him to meet with lawmen, he tried to push her out of the car, and then run over two deputies. He was subdued, and now is in the county jail. Jefferson County sheriff's Chief Deputy Randy Christian said deputies and U.S. Marshals met with Miles' mother about midnight Sunday,...
  • Homeowner shoots suspect during robbery attempt(AL)

    06/15/2012 6:47:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    cbs42.com ^ | 15 June, 2012 | NA
    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Just before 2:30pm Friday afternoon, deputies were dispatched to investigate a report of a home invasion on Jupiter Drive in Pinson. The homeowner told deputies that he had noticed two men acting suspiciously in front of his home and watching him while he worked in his garage. When he went to put some tools in his truck, one of the men approached him wearing a mask and pointing a gun. A second armed man then entered the house. The homeowner drew his own hand gun, pointed it at the suspect and fired. Both got into a car...
  • Two former AU players reported dead in shooting (MSNBC, Al Sharpton MIA on black-on-black violence)

    06/10/2012 10:09:10 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 54 replies
    News Courier ^ | 6/10/12 | Associated Press
    Several people were shot at an apartment complex near Auburn University when a fight broke out during a pool party, authorities and a witness said Sunday. -snip- Turquorius Vines, 23, said he was at the pool party Saturday evening at the University Heights apartments with one of his friends. He said he and his friend were approached by two other men who started arguing with them over a woman. Vines said he punched one of the men, while his friend hit both of the men over the head with a bottle.
  • Alabama Bans U.N. Agenda 21 Sovereignty Surrender

    06/07/2012 7:44:52 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 38 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 7, 2012
    Property Rights: Few have heard of Agenda 21, the U.N. plan for sustainable development that tosses property rights aside. But Alabama has, and it recently secured a victory as important as that over union power in Wisconsin. After Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's stunning triumph over the excesses and abuses of public-sector unions, the London Telegraph's James Delingpole, an indefatigable opponent of global warming fraud, opined in a piece titled, "How Wisconsin And Alabama Helped Save The World," that we should take note of "an equally important but perhaps less well-publicized victory won in the Alabama House and Senate over the...
  • Man, 72, shoots intruder(AL)

    06/06/2012 11:44:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    tuscaloosanews.com ^ | 4 June, 2012 | NA
    A 72-year-old man shot an intruder at his home in Holt early Monday morning. The man told investigators that he was awakened by a 27-year-year old man pounding on his back door at 2 a.m. The younger man knocked him to the ground and forced his way inside when he opened the door, said Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit commander Capt. Loyd Baker. The suspect ran back into the yard when he realized another person was inside the home, Baker said. The resident retrieved a gun and fired a shot at the suspect, Baker said. No charges had been filed...
  • ASK US: What does the law say about carrying unconcealed weapons?(AL)

    06/04/2012 2:22:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    blog.al.com ^ | 3 June, 2012 | Chris Welch
    Q: What are the state and local laws regarding open carry of weapons? A concealed carry permit is required to carry a concealed handgun on your person or GUNS.JPGThe Birmingham News/ File PhotoPistols on display at a gun shop in Birmingham a loaded handgun in your vehicle. What are the laws regarding having a holstered handgun visible in public? Let's assume we are all smart enough to know that you can't openly carry a loaded gun into the courthouse, a bank, or a school. If open carry is legal, what venues are exempt? A: Brent Patterson, investigator with the Madison...
  • Tough times for Alabama Democrats

    06/04/2012 11:10:10 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 10 replies
    http://www.politico.com ^ | 6/3/12 | CHARLES MAHTESIAN
    The Democratic Party’s troubles in the Deep South are by now well known, but to get a good flavor of how dismal the landscape looks in Alabama at the moment, consider this passage from a Birmingham News story today about the early outlook for the 2014 governor’s race. Ask veteran Democratic politicians who they think might run for governor in 2014 and you get mostly empty stares or belly laughs, like the one Rep. John Rogers, D-Birmingham gave when he was asked the question. "What Democrat is going to run for governor?" Rogers asked. "Well, maybe me and I think...
  • Louisiana House approves bill banning abortions after 20 weeks

    06/03/2012 5:02:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/01/12 | Kathy Finn
    Louisiana House approves bill banning abortions after 20 weeksBy Kathy Finn Fri Jun 1, 2012 7:50pm EDT NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The Louisiana state House of Representatives on Friday unanimously approved a bill that would prohibit abortion beyond 20 weeks after fertilization unless the mother's life is in danger. Georgia a month ago became the seventh state to ban most or all abortions after 20 weeks. Alabama, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska and North Carolina also have such restrictions. Under the Louisiana measure, doctors who violate the 20-week provision could face up to two years in prison.
  • Huntsville store clerk shoots and kills robber(AL)

    06/01/2012 4:47:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    waaytv.com ^ | 31 May, 2012 | NA
    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAAY) - Huntsville Police say a clerk at Atlantis Corner shot and killed a robber Thursday night. Police responded to the convenience store at 1176 Old Monrovia Road just before 9:00 p.m. Police say a masked man armed with a handgun demanded cash from the store clerk. The clerk then shot the man. Officials say the man died at Huntsville Hospital. We will update you as more information becomes available
  • Alabama Fights a UN Land Grab

    05/31/2012 7:56:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 31, 2012 | Townhall.com Staff
    Editor's Note: This column was authored by Justice Gilpin-Green Individual rights must take a backseat to community interests. Sound familiar? That’s probably because it’s been the ideology that American presidents have been agreeing to since 1992. Enter Agenda 21, the 40 chapter document from the United Nations that establishes environmental “principles” at local, national, regional, and international levels-and the object of Ayn Rand’s nightmare. Defined these days as “sustainable development,” Agenda 21 seeks to transform humanity with “new global ethics.” At the most basic level, beyond the soft words like “sustainability” and “eco-friendly environments”, Agenda 21 takes away private property...
  • Why Davis Is Leaving the Democrats

    05/30/2012 5:49:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    Commentary ^ | 05.30.2012 | Seth Mandel
    @SethAMandelYesterday, Alana noted the latest fallout from Cory Booker's critique of the Obama administration on "Meet the Press" and the subsequent, utterly ridiculous "hostage" video he recorded after the Obama campaign reminded him that independent thinking is strongly discouraged in the Democratic Party. Booker's communications director, Anne Torres, resigned, citing “different views on how communications should be run.”It wasn't clear whether Torres objected more to Booker's defense of capitalism or the cringeworthy apology video–which would have been embarrassing for any communications shop to have on its record–or whether this was merely the last straw in a simmering dispute (possibly about...
  • 2012 Legislative Wrap Up

    05/30/2012 1:02:39 PM PDT · by mtnwmn
    Alabama Eagle Forum ^ | May 12, 2012 | Brooklyn
    The big story of the 2012 Alabama legislative session isn’t what passed, but what didn’t. The session began with two big, controversial issues–charter schools and immigration reform–on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Alabama being one of the few states in the union without a charter school law, a handful of Alabama legislators had made passing such a law their top priority. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Alabama already has the toughest immigration law in the country and there were a lot of people committed to weakening it.
  • In Alabama, strict immigration law sows discord

    05/30/2012 11:06:00 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 30, 2012 | Daniel Trotta and Tom Bassing
    He was afraid his seasonal migrant workforce might not return for the summer picking season, opting to stay away rather than risk running afoul of Alabama's stringent immigration law. The crew he awaits is picking the Florida harvest. "I had to cut back my planting not knowing if the labor is going to be available," said Copeland, 47, who planted just two-thirds of his 30 acres on the far side of Straight Mountain in northeastern Blount County. "I don't know what we're going to do if they run every illegal out of here. It's going to be hard to stay...
  • Auto Jobs: Sign of the Times

    05/30/2012 9:29:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 4 replies
    CNBC ^ | 05-30-12 | By: Phil LeBeau
    It should not come as a surprise with unemployment over 8% that good paying jobs in manufacturing are harder than ever to land. At the Hyundai plant in Montgomery, Alabama more than 20,000 people have applied for one of the 877 job openings. The surge of people applying may seem unusual, but it's not. Take a look: Last summer Ford had more than 18,000 people apply for one of 1,800 jobs at the retooled Louisville plant. That plant will open and start building the Edge SUV in mid-June. In 2011, more than 41,000 applied for one of the 1,300 positions...
  • Former Dem Rep. Artur Davis switches to GOP

    05/29/2012 9:43:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/29/12 10:31 PM ET | Cameron Joseph
    Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis of Alabama is officially leaving the party for the GOP, he announced Tuesday. "Wearing a Democratic label no longer matches what I know about my country and its possibilities,” Davis wrote on his website after lamenting that "this is not Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party". … Davis has been rumored as a possible GOP congressional candidate in Northern Virginia, and in the statement he doesn't rule out the possibility, although his long statement indicates if he runs it could be for either the House or the statehouse and would be in 2014 or afterwards. The one-time...
  • Penn. Democratic leader defects to GOP, cites Catholic faith as reason.

    Jo Ann Nardelli, a state committeewoman and founding president of the Blair County Federation of Democratic Women, has switched her political affiliation to the GOP, citing her Catholic faith and President Obama’s embrace of gay marriage as reasons. During a press conference last week, Nardelli cited President Obama’s recent announcement in support of gay marriage as a central reason for her defection, endorsed Mitt Romney for president and changed her party registration to Republican, The Altoona Mirror reported.
  • Tracey Grissom 'shot ex-husband dead after he made an obscene gesture at her'

    05/29/2012 10:02:13 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 91 replies
    gadailynews.com ^ | May 16, 2012 | Lena Sullivan
    A woman shot and killed her husband because he made an obscene gesture at her, according to police. Tracey Grissom, 30, from Northport, Alabama, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of her husband Hunter Daniel Grissom, 28. Sheriff Ted Sexton says the couple had a history of domestic violence. According to the arrest warrant, Grissom was driving to work when she saw her ex-husband at a boat landing. She stopped to take a photo of him for litigation related to their divorce. Sheriff Sexton says several witnesses watched as the man made an obscene gesture and the woman...
  • Former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis now a Republican

    05/29/2012 9:44:27 PM PDT · by bigbob · 6 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5/29/12 | Neil Munro
    Former Alabama Democratic Rep. Artur Davis has turned in his Democratic Party card as he prepares to register for the GOP in Virginia. The switch was rumored for some time following his departure from Democratic politics in 2010. Davis left political circles after his unsuccessful run for governor in Alabama. He lost in the 2010 primaries, and generating hostility from some fellow Democrats who disliked his effort to avoid identity politics. The winning Democrat was trounced by the Republican candidate in the general election. “If I were to run [for office], it would be as a Republican … [because] wearing...
  • The Sidewalk [ 1 woman, 700 babies saved]

    05/28/2012 4:38:46 PM PDT · by rhema · 5 replies
    LiveAction ^ | 5/22/12 | Lindsey Frechou
    A light drizzle falls from the gray sky as Vicki Klein walks along the crooked sidewalk, bundled up in her raincoat and scarf to stay warm on the chilling January afternoon. She reaches the end of the sidewalk and turns around, retracing her steps once again for what might be the hundredth time today. The sidewalk has uncut grass on one side and a parking lot on the other, filled with seven cars. Vicki is careful not to cross the line that separates the sidewalk and the parking lot. She doesn’t want to cause any trouble. The rain continues, but...
  • Alabama Media Group: Changes coming to your newspapers, and your online coverage, this fall

    05/27/2012 2:22:47 PM PDT · by suthener · 18 replies
    al.com ^ | Friday, May 25, 2012 | al.com staff
    A new digitally focused media company — the Alabama Media Group, which will include The Birmingham News, the Press-Register of Mobile, The Huntsville Times and al.com — will launch this fall to serve readers and advertisers across the state, according to Cindy Martin, who will become president of the new organization. Break The Alabama Media Group will dramatically expand its news-gathering efforts around the clock, seven days a week, while offering enhanced printed newspapers on a schedule of three days a week. The newspapers will be home-delivered and sold in stores on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays only.
  • Robber shot by Enterprise barber shop owner(AL)

    05/24/2012 5:25:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    dothaneagle.com ^ | 23 May, 2012 | Matt Elofson
    Police in Enterprise are looking for a Dothan man in connection with the robbery of a barber shop, which ended with the barber shop owner shooting the robbery suspect in the thigh. According to information from Enterprise police, the incident happened around 7 p.m. Monday at Creative Hair Masters located at 2950 Rucker Boulevard. The barber shop owner told police that two men came into the shop and asked for haircuts. One of the men pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money and jewelry from the owner, who grabbed his own gun and fired at least one round at...
  • Sen. Reid Blocks Ban on $4 Billion Illegal Immigrant Tax Credit Loophole

    05/23/2012 6:35:07 PM PDT · by blueyon · 37 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/23/2012 | Wynton Hall
    A bill that would close an IRS tax credit loophole that allows the IRS to funnel over $4 billion to illegal immigrants is being held up by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV). Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, has been vocal in his disdain for the blatant misuse of taxpayer monies: I’m disappointed that the Majority Leader objected to our effort today to prevent billions in tax credits from being wrongly sent to illegal immigrants claiming they have dependents, many of whom do not live in...
  • GOP’s Worst Nightmare: Electoral Stalemate, Constitutional crisis

    05/23/2012 7:04:42 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 42 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 23, 2012 | Michael Medved
    This column originally appeared in THE DAILY BEAST. In looking ahead toward the November election, Republican strategists should take proactive steps to avoid a damaging, dangerous conclusion to the presidential race and to prevent the very real chance that Mitt Romney will win the Electoral College even while losing the popular vote badly to Barack Obama. The problem stems from the lopsided margins President Obama will surely pile up in a few uncontested states with big populations, including California, New York, Illinois and Massachusetts. Mr. Romney, meanwhile, will prevail by comparable margins in only relatively small states: Utah, Idaho, the...
  • Artur Davis reportedly considering Republican House bid in Virginia

    05/22/2012 8:08:00 PM PDT · by TheBigB · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/22 | Rachel Weiner
    Former Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) might run for Congress in 2014 — possibly as a Republican. BuzzFeed reports that the conservative Democrat is looking at challenging Rep. Gerry Connolly (D) in 2014. The Fix reached out to Davis via email and the man who sought the 2010 Democratic nomination for governor in the Yellow Hammer State was very careful to leave the door open to another bid — possibly from the other side of the partisan aisle. “I do receive encouragement from friends to join the Republican Party and to get into politics in the [northern Virginia] area, but I...
  • Judges' plans for lavish $1 million Hawaii conference bring scrutiny

    05/21/2012 1:01:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 21, 2012
    On the heels of the scandal surrounding one government agency's lavish Las Vegas conference, federal judges in the western U.S. circuit are catching flak from Congress for a planned Maui getaway that could cost taxpayers more than $1 million. The Maui meet-up is scheduled for August under the banner of the 2012 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, and will include judges, attorneys, staff and "special guests" from various federal courts spread across nine western states -- including judges on the California-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. While in Hawaii, the guests are scheduled to stay in the upscale Hyatt Regency Maui...
  • Mass. governor calls Alabama immigration policy 'hysterical and poisonous;' compares it to Jim Crow

    05/11/2012 7:45:52 AM PDT · by kevcol · 43 replies
    al.com [AL] ^ | May 02, 2012 | Debbie M. Lord
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick compared Alabama and Arizona immigration policies to McCarthyism and Jim Crow in a speech Monday to students at Tufts University, according to a story on Boston.com. “The actions of various states to take matters into their own hands have been ham-fisted, self-defeating, and even racist,’’ Patrick was quoted as saying. The tone of Patrick’s speech Monday - he called much of the debate surrounding immigration reform “hysterical and poisonous’’ - has struck some state lawmakers and immigration policy specialists as more vehement than previous speeches, the story said. “The public discourse about immigration is as toxic...
  • DA meets with mother of [thug] Ja'Quares Walker; activist says questions remain [of course]

    05/10/2012 7:02:44 PM PDT · by kevcol · 34 replies
    al.com [AL] ^ | May 08, 2012 | Jeremy Gray
    BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Shortly after holding a press conference this afternoon to say that authorities are not giving her the information she deserves about the shooting death of her 13-year-old son, Latonya Walker met with Jefferson County District Attorney Brandon Falls. Falls said Walker had not contacted him before she and community activist Frank Matthews held today's press conference. Falls said he met with her and Matthews today for 45 minutes. Normally, Falls said, the DA's office will not contact family members after a decision made not to file charges in a case. They never meet with family's of defendants...
  • Lawmakers Push Bill To Ban Criminals From Suing Victims(AL)

    05/07/2012 9:02:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    whnt.com ^ | 6 May, 2012 | Nick Banaszak
    Imagine the horror of having your home or business plundered by thieves. Not a good feeling, but even harder to fathom that the bad guys who did it could end up suing you in court. State lawmakers say an existing legal loophole allows thieves to file civil lawsuits against home and business owners if they end up getting injured while intruding. But a bill working its way through the Alabama State Legislature would put an end to the practice. If approved, House Bill 46 would grant immunity to property owners from civil lawsuits by criminals in almost all circumstances. State...
  • Gun problem is a First Amendment issue

    05/07/2012 8:40:36 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    al.com ^ | 6 May, 2012 | John Archibald
    It's a Clint Eastwood kind of country, a go-ahead-and-make-my-day-and-age. I get it. I do. With the blessing of the founders and the High Court, you have the undisputed, undefeated right to bear-hug all the arms you want. I don't want to take your guns. I'm not trying to outlaw your guns. And I wouldn't pry them from your cold dead hands if I could. But Lord knows -- even Charlton Heston's ghost knows -- we need to talk about guns. Because the biggest threats to the Second Amendment are not the anti-gun, tree-hugging Greenpeace hippies. The biggest threats to responsible...
  • Funeral One Day After Investigators Say The Killing Is Justifiable [Ja'Quares Walker]

    05/06/2012 2:20:52 PM PDT · by kevcol · 43 replies
    abc3340.com [AL] ^ | May 5, 2012 | Cory McGinnis
    BIRMINGHAM - AL - Family and friends are in mourning, the funeral service was held at Living Stone Temple church, community members tell me they're not too happy that no arrests have been made. During the service, Walkers family was overcome with emotion during the ceremony and had to step outside. Many mourners wore red, black and white t-shirts with walker's picture saying "In loving memory of Tez". Dr. Al B. Sutton Jr. led a sermon preaching out the book of mark and had a direct message to young adults as well as the parents in the building. "Our son's,...
  • DOJ: Ala. immigration law harming Hispanic students

    05/04/2012 11:01:15 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies
    wsfa.com ^ | May 4, 2012
    In a letter to the State Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice, the DOJ said that absences among Hispanics tripled immediately following the enactment of the immigration law. The DOJ's investigation concentrated on the Section 28 of the law, which requires school districts to collect information on immigration status from students at the time of enrollment. However, the law does not ban undocumented immigrants from attending school. In the letter the DOJ said attendance records show that while absentee rates for other student groups remained static before and after the enactment of Section 28, absentee rates and withdrawals from school increased sharply...
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Aaron's 499 at Talladega - Sunday 5/6/12 @ 1200 ET on FoX

    05/03/2012 11:36:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 152 replies
    NASCAR.com ^ | 5/3/12
    Talladega. 2.66 miles of what some call some mighty mean track.. See Ya There! This thread dedicated to our armed forces and coalition forces. God Blessings on our nation and allies and prayers of comfort to the families of our fallen patriots.
  • Slain teen Ja'Quares Walker's mom in shock at shooting

    05/03/2012 7:30:57 AM PDT · by JustaDumbBlonde · 249 replies
    The Birmingham (AL) News via al.com ^ | May 2, 2012 | Carol Robinson
    The mother of a 13-year-old boy fatally shot when police say he tried to rob a couple said she is in shock that her son is dead -- and even more so at the circumstances surrounding his death. "I don't want it put out like he was a bad person or a mean person, because he wasn't," Latonya Walker, 38, said Tuesday. "This is not him, not who he was. Anybody that knew Ja'Quares knows that." Birmingham police said Ja'Quares Cortez Walker was in a car that pulled into the parking lot of the gated Skyview Condominiums at 407 Skyview...
  • Man charged with making terroristic threats following standoff

    05/01/2012 11:15:17 AM PDT · by Jemian · 10 replies
    WSFA TV ^ | May 1, 2012 | Toygar Ayla
    Auburn authorities have released the name of the suspect who held up officers in a 10-hour standoff. Investigators say 24-year-old Ahmed Sherif Elbagdadi was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, discharging a firearm within city limits and making terroristic threats. The standoff began after Auburn police received a call for shots fired just before 7:00 Monday evening. A passing motorist reported hearing a gunshot and seeing a man pointing a gun toward the street near the area of East University Drive and East Glenn Avenue. When officers arrived on the scene, they heard a gunshot from a home in the...
  • High court's stance could spur immigration laws

    04/28/2012 9:30:36 AM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/28/12 | DAVID CRARY
    Emboldened by signals that the U.S. Supreme Court may uphold parts of Arizona's immigration law, legislators and activists across the country say they are gearing up to push for similar get-tough measures in their states. "We're getting our national network ready to run with the ball, and saturate state legislatures with versions of the law," said William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration. "We believe we can pass it in most states." That goal may be a stretch, but lawmakers in about a dozen states told The Associated Press they were interested in proposing Arizona-style laws if its key...
  • Victim’s sister: Mobile, Ala. black-on-white beating sparked by theft, not basketball

    04/26/2012 1:46:08 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 26, 2012 | Chuck Rudd
    The sister of a white Mobile, Alabama man who suffered severe head trauma during a beating by approximately 20 black neighbors on Saturday spoke exclusively to The Daily Caller, saying that the incident started after one of her children witnessed some of the eventual assailants stealing an item from a neighbor’s porch — not, as some media outlets have reported, following a disagreement about a pick-up basketball game in the street. Ashley Parker, whose brother Matthew Owens is clinging to life after the assault, said Owens was attacked after her 21-year-old daughter witnessed a group of African-American youth moving from...
  • Career Criminal Arrested In Matthew Owens Beating (video)

    04/25/2012 12:51:29 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies
    wkrg.com ^ | April 25, 2012
    MOBILE, Alabama -- Wednesday 2:25 p.m. Terry Rawls did not say a word to News 5 and other media outlets as police took him from police headquarters to a patrol car. Rawls has an extensive criminal history in Mobile and Baldwin counties including assault, burglary, theft and cocaine possession. Rawls lives on Delmar Drive at the same house where we talked to an angry mother who claims the kids are the real victims.
  • If You Don’t Look Like Obama’s Son, No One Cares

    04/25/2012 11:27:55 AM PDT · by yoe · 14 replies
    Power Line ^ | April 23, 2012 | John Hinderaker
    The news story is horrifying: after a trivial encounter with a group of youths who were playing basketball, a man in Mobile, Alabama, was set upon by a gang of twenty men armed with brass knuckles, chairs, pipes and paint cans. The victim, Matthew Owens, was attacked on his own front porch and beaten within an inch of his life. He is in critical condition and may die: As the gang walked away after assaulting Owens, one of them said, “Now that’s justice for Trayvon.” (Jim Treacher) comments: Hey, that’s what he gets for having a similar skin color to...
  • It’s Not ‘Walking While White,’ It’s the Rodney King Syndrome (Moonbat spins Alabama mob beating)

    04/24/2012 7:59:04 PM PDT · by Qbert · 41 replies
    Taylor Marsh.com ^ | April 24th, 2012 | Taylor Marsh
    “Justice for Trayvon” mob beatings are now a rising cause for the right, with a horrific crime leaving one man in critical condition. Elevating “walking while white” is the most absurdly tortured false equivalency someone can hoist as an answer to George Zimmerman killing Trayvon Martin. But that’s what Erick Erickson was happy to legitimize when he drew attention to this post via Twitter.And this is the third racially-motivated attack in which the attackers explicitly cited “Justice for Trayvon” as a motivation or excuse for the brutal attacks. 1. The Baltimore Beating. This was the videotaped gang attack on a...
  • Beating of Alabama man not seen as hate crime, despite claim 'Trayvon' invoked

    04/24/2012 1:07:41 PM PDT · by massmike · 80 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 04/24/2012 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A racially charged beating of a white Alabama man by a throng of African-Americans is not being investigated as a hate crime, despite one witness' claim that she heard an assailant exclaim: "Now that's justice for Trayvon." Matthew Owens, of Mobile, Ala., was assaulted with baseball bats, paint cans and other weapons at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday after telling a group of children to stop playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive, according to Ashley Rains, public information officer for the Mobile Police Department. After the children left the area, a group of adults armed with weapons returned and...
  • 'Now thats Justice for Trayvon' Mob Beats Man to Bloody Pulp

    04/24/2012 5:37:08 AM PDT · by maggief · 108 replies
    FOXNews ^ | April 24, 2012
    MOBILE, Alabama -- According to police, Owens fussed at some kids playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive about 8:30 Saturday night. They say the kids left and a group of adults returned, armed with everything but the kitchen sink.
  • (White) Man Beaten By (Black) Mob, In Critical Condition

    04/24/2012 5:27:36 AM PDT · by Frenetic74 · 140 replies
    WKRG.com News 5 ^ | April 23, 2012 | WKRG Staff
    20 people, all African American, attacked her brother on the front porch of his home, using "brass buckles, paint cans and anything they could get their hands on." One of them said "Now thats justice for Trayvon."
  • Man Beaten By Mob, In Critical Condition

    04/23/2012 9:59:25 PM PDT · by Lil Flower · 8 replies
    Wkrg News 5 ^ | 04/23/2012 | staff reporter
    Mobile police need your help to catch a mob that beat Matthew Owens so badly that he's in critical condition. According to police, Owens fussed at some kids playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive about 8:30 Saturday night. They say the kids left and a group of adults returned, armed with everything but the kitchen sink. Police tell News 5 the suspects used chairs, pipes and paint cans to beat Owens.
  • Man Beaten By Mob, In Critical Condition (one of them said "Now thats justice for Trayvon.")

    04/23/2012 5:33:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 245 replies
    wkrg.com ^ | April 23, 2012 | WKRG Staff
    MOBILE, Alabama -- Mobile police need your help to catch a mob that beat Matthew Owens so badly that he's in critical condition. According to police, Owens fussed at some kids playing basketball in the middle of Delmar Drive about 8:30 Saturday night. They say the kids left and a group of adults returned, armed with everything but the kitchen sink. Police tell News 5 the suspects used chairs, pipes and paint cans to beat Owens. Owens' sister, Ashley Parker, saw the attack. "It was the scariest thing I have ever witnessed." Parker says 20 people, all African American, attacked...
  • Alabama leads job recovery, but Obama touts Michigan

    04/23/2012 8:20:58 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 17 replies
    http://dailycaller.com ^ | April 23, 2012 | Neil Munro
    Two states — Michigan and Alabama — are jointly leading the nation in the difficult race to force down unemployment rates. Both states have reduced their unemployment rates by 2 points since last March, putting them well ahead of most other states, such as California (down 0.7 points), Florida (down 1.7 points) or Nevada (down 1.6 points). But President Barack Obama has ignored Alabama’s recovery while repeatedly boosting Michigan, whose unemployment rate of 8.5 percent is well above the 7.3 percent rate in Alabama. In fact, Obama has boosted Michigan with his massive multi-billion dollar auto bailout, and hampered Alabama...