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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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | May 31, 2012 | 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...