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Archive for April, 2007

Models, Inc.: Re-pose off

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Even supermodels-in-training need a break. And thus, the “America’s Next Top Model” clip show.

Whee.

At least Tyra gave us some new clips of our current and departed contestants, including Top Five finalist Dionne Walters of Montgomery and long-long-lost Samantha Francis of Pinson.

All the photos, after the jump …
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small town, big town

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Friendly face pops up
to head out after return
from small town to big.

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caught mapping

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Wrong turn leads to roads
not untaken. Long shortcut
adds hours to drive.

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such was the life that was

Monday, April 30th, 2007

More stuff happens to
me than can be captured in
an endless word stream.

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beached wails

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Shoreline reveals bad
amalgam of bared bodies
in need of clothing.

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field trip frenzy

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Chaperones wrangle
gang of adolescents in
vain. Hormone surplus.

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handout burnout

Monday, April 30th, 2007

Getting enough sleep,
nutrition, exercise and
love? Sorry, all out.

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EXCLUSIVE: Abbott to run for mayor

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

valerie abbott

Valerie Abbott, city council member since 2001, will run for mayor of Birmingham. She joins only one other declared candidate, attorney Patrick Cooper, in this year’s campaign.

Abbott began exploring a possible candidacy earlier this year, sending out letters to gauge financial backing. Earlier this evening, she said that while fund-raising continues, she has decided to run and will formally announce in mid- to late May.

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the gaia next time

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

In case you missed Earth
Day, warm spell continued while
we drove everywhere.

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Heads up: Prize patrol

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

brett blackledge

Two-year college finally pays off. Well, not in a degree, but in the highest journalism prize in the land. Last week, Birmingham News reporer Brett Blackledge won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for his exhaustive (and still ongoing) series on corruption in the state’s two-year college system.

He said to Editor and Publisher, “If you look at (the series), it’s still good, but it’s basic daily stuff, and that’s the affirmation to me — that this very regular basic work that so many of us do every day can be honored with an award like this.” The week before, he won a state AP award for the same series.

His reporting career started in New Orleans, then to Jackson, Miss., Tulsa, Okla., Washington and Mobile. The newspaper matched his $10,000 prize with another $10,000. Congratulations on a job well done!

Also, the last Alabamian to win a Pulitzer? Think back to 2002 … Mountain Brook native Diane McWhorter won for her book, “Carry Me Home : Birmingham, Alabama: The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution.”
The Birmingham News: News’ Blackledge wins Pulitzer for college corruption series

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stay the coarse

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

To redefine sloth
takes little effort as we
remain steady on.

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photocamp focus

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Unconference yields
unignorance, unboredom
and understanding.

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Wade’s 1,000th on Birmingham

Friday, April 20th, 2007

The journey of a 1,000 posts begins with one sentence, and apparently pauses for a mangled cliche.

This unremarkable snippet is post No. 1,000 on Wade on Birmingham. We celebrate with statistical trivia:

  • 252: days needed for first 500 posts
  • 309: days needed for second 500 posts
  • 95,081: rank on Technorati at post No. 500
  • 69,782: current rank on Technorati
  • 203: posts on my personal site, WadeKwon.com

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eyes wide halfway

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Eyelids fall and I’m
off to another land and
I fall for your eyes.

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the moving target

Friday, April 20th, 2007

A lil’ ADD
goes a long way. So does a
lil’ intense focus.

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