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Vote 2008: Mayors old and new

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Barry McCulley is out. The three-term Homewood mayor was trounced by council member Scott McBrayer by nearly a 3-to-1 margin in today’s municipal elections.

Tommy Joe Alexander won re-election for Irondale mayor with 60 percent of the vote, beating three challengers, including former mayor and convicted extortionist David Krider.

Up to five other incumbent mayors are also out in Argo, Brighton, Clay, Leeds, Lipscomb and West Jefferson. Mayors in Columbiana and Fairfield could be in runoffs on Oct. 7.

The new officials take office Nov. 3.

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past and present

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

The days and months and
years pile up, until you’re left
with what could have been.

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a long political season

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Maybe we could vote
tomorrow and end the long
stream of ads, pundits.

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Vote 2008: Town by town

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Polls are open, as voters pick their city leaders in 40 municipalities in Jefferson and Shelby Counties.

In Homewood, incumbent Barry McCulley faces a challenge from council member Scott McBrayer. (The council members all Seven council members ran unopposed for re-election.)

In Irondale, incumbent Tommy Joe Alexander is running against council members Joan Ratchford and John Schoen, as well as former mayor David Krider. During his second term, Krider resigned, plead guilty to extortion and served two years in prison. Oy.

Polls close at 7 tonight.

Look for results on Wade on Birmingham tonight after polls close.

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toss, turn, repeat

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

So much is riding
on this, as eyelids refuse
to close for slumber.

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the stadium village

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Stuffy warehouses
feed on wandering strangers
beneath the forum.

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Heads up: Olympian update 3

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Trey HardeeTrey Hardee of Vestavia Hills is out of the running for a medal in the decathlon. The Olympic hopeful was in fourth place after seven events, but failed earlier today in three attempts at the pole vault at his starting mark, 4.7m. He’s currently in 26th place out of 27 finalists.

In the ninth event, the javelin throw, he has a DNS, or “Did Not Start.” The final event, the 1500m, takes place later this morning (or evening in Beijing time).
NBCOlympics.com: Men’s Decathlon standings

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Heads up: Olympian update 2

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Deontay WilderTuscaloosa’s Deontay Wilder lost to Clemente Russo of Italy earlier today in the heavyweight boxing semifinals. Both he and Cuba’s Osmai Acosta Duarte (who lost his semifinal bout) take home bronze medals from the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

He didn’t score a point until the eighth round, saying “Guys with my experience don’t do that well against guys like that.” It was Team USA’s worst Olympic performance ever in boxing.

More Olympics results to come …
Associated Press: Deontay Wilder earns bronze medal in Summer Olympics

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post-modern corporate riddle

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

What’s worse: being axed,
facing the ax, or grinding
through a sucky job?

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unmasked worry

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Scrunchy face makes for
tension frowns and furrowed ruts
betraying uncalm.

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the little girl in me

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

I want a pony,
one I can call “Princess” and
feed carrots by hand.

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Heads up: Olympian update

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Deontay WilderAt the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Deontay Wilder advanced to the heavyweight boxing medal round after defeating Mohammad Arjaoui of Morocco on a judge’s decision Sunday [video]. The two had tied at 10 each after 10 rounds on Sunday.

The Tuscaloosa native faces Clemente Russo of Italy on Friday (2 a.m. CDT airing live on CNBC, 3 p.m. Beijing time). The winner moves on to the gold medal round, while the loser fights for takes home a bronze. Wilder represents Team USA’s last hope, as it has always earned at least one medal in boxing each time it has participated.

More Olympics results to come …
Huntsville Times: Deontay Wilder wins, advances to medal round

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sing along

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Make up the lyrics
and forget the ones that come
originally.

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modern movie magic

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Great cinema comes
when theater avoids rings,
chatter and glitches.

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Heads up: The league of extraordinary Olympians

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Margaret HoelzerThree Alabamians and members of Team USA are competing in Beijing in the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Decathlete Trey Hardee of Vestavia Hills doesn’t compete until next Thursday and Friday. Tuscaloosa’s Deontay Wilder won his heavyweight match against Algerian Abdelaziz Touilini on Wednesday and boxes in the quarterfinals at 8 a.m. CDT Sunday (airing on tape delay between 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday on CNBC).

But Huntsville native Margaret Hoelzer wrapped up her competitions this evening (or Saturday morning Beijing time) at the Water Cube. After picking up the bronze in the 100m Backstroke on Tuesday, she earned a silver medal in the 200m Backstroke [video], edged out by Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe, her roommate at Auburn. (Look for video to be added soon.)

More Olympics results to come …