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Looking good in 2010: calendars for charity

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Picture of Health 2010 calendar - Birmingham Bombshells

A Picture of Health calendar: September 2010

Say, do you know when Arbor Day takes place next year?

With these two new charity calendars, you’ll never have to ask again.

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Picture of Health 2010 calendar - Birmingham Bombshells• The Picture of Health 2010 calendar comes from photographer Angela Karen of Birmingham Bombshells. It features volunteers from the Birmingham area.

Part of the $20 price benefits the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation, a Birmingham-based organization. On the cover at left is Laura Crandall Brown, an ovarian cancer survivor and Karen’s friend.

It’s available at area bookstores and coffee shops, and online.

Update Dec. 15: Laura Crandall Brown died on Dec. 14 from ovarian cancer, reports Angela Karen.

On Dec. 16, the models will be at the Wine Loft downtown, 2200 First Ave. N., from 7 to 9 p.m. to sign calendars. Door prizes will be available. A portion of the proceeds go to the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Admission is $10, which includes a drink ticket, or $20, which includes a drink ticket and calendar.

Picture of Health 2010 calendar - Birmingham Bombshells

The 12 models for A Picture of Health calendar

Video: Behind the scenes of the calendar shoot
for A Picture of Health

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Picture of Health 2010 calendar - Birmingham Bombshells

Hazel, left, and Brooke from the Brave Beauties 2010 calendar

• The Brave Beauties 2010 calendar features firefighters from Birmingham, Gardendale and Pelham. Firefighter Nina Taylor started the project in 2004.

All proceeds from the $23 calendar will go to Special Toys for Special Kids, a Birmingham charity that provides toys and educational devices for special needs children.

It’s available for order online.

Video: Brave Beauties’ calendar signing

unable to escape its melody

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Over and over
the piano sounds out the
notes heard just by me.

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just a little more effort

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Some more writing here,
some more cleaning all around.
Who needs any sleep?

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the iron bowl in 17 syllables

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Tradition, empty
malls, rivalry, crimson white,
orange blue, braggin’ rights.

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the view from the shore

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

From rude beginnings,
a prosperous, kind, violent
nation came to be.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

The Sexy Pilgrim wishes you a steamy Thanksgiving! (You’re welcome.)

you may say

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

I’m a dreamer. I’m
not the only one. I hope
someday you’ll join us.

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visions of cranberries

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

The table is set.
Soon, Tom Turkey will bring feasts
to all good children.

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Your best Black Friday bargains in Birmingham

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Our pal Christie has been working overtime pulling together all of the Black Friday deals around Birmingham on Birmingham Bargain Mom.

Black Friday 2009Here are our favorites to help you save time, money and stress during the post-Thanksgiving madness …

Dollar General Thanksgiving discounts: Why wait till Friday when you can save on Thursday? DVD players for $20, 5MB digital cameras for $25 and more.

Freebies! Target has free reusable tote bags, Costco has free cookbooks, and Sam’s Club has free breakfast. Um, yes, yes and … pass.

Payless ShoeSource coupon for buy one, get one half off: The coupon is available online, and a bonus coupon is available via special text message.

Bass Pro Shops: Hooded sweatshirts for $10, Under Armour shirts for $39.99 and Garmin Nuvi 255 GPS navigator for $99.99  Open Thanksgiving, too.

Also: FatWallet has a comprehensive list of all Black Friday deals, which we’ve put into this Google Doc.

If you know of other Black Friday bargains, leave a comment.

Photo by lordcolus / CC BY 2.0

City food drives need your help

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Two opportunities to help feed the growing numbers of needy families this holiday season …

Video: Donations down, clients up at Jimmie Hale Mission

You can donate cash or start a donation drive for the Jimmie Hale Mission.

Also, you can donate non-perishable foods for the City of Birmingham’s food drive at any Birmingham Public Library location, police precinct, fire station or City Hall through Monday.

Update: More ways to help at Food Revival.

Iron Bowl 2009: Alabama and Auburn vs. Black Friday

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

For the second year in a row first of two years, the Iron Bowl will be on a Friday. No. 2 Alabama will visit Auburn for the 74th matchup.

Iron BowlAlabama comes in with perfect 11-0 record and ticket to the SEC Championship Game vs. No. 1 Florida on Dec. 5 in Atlanta, just like in 2008. If the Tide holds steady under coach Nick Sabam, the team is heading for the BCS National Championship Game against No. 3 Texas.

Auburn is holding on with a respectable 7-4 record under new coach Gene Chizik. The bowl-eligible Tigers could be headed to the Liberty, Music City or Outback Bowl in the post-season.

The game airs at 1:30 p.m. on CBS 42 and also streams live online at the CBS Sports site.

What’s good for CBS may harm Alabama retailers looking for a Black Friday surge. Said one furniture store owner:

“We are going to open at 8 a.m. and close 30 minutes before the game starts to let people watch the game, but yet still have time to come in and purchase something.”

Of course, if you hate football, it’s the perfect time to shop. (But you probably stopped reading when you saw the helmets.)

So, who’s gonna win the big game? Educated and wild guesses welcome.

BREAKING – Vote 2009: Four mayors over 6 weeks

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Wade on Birmingham - Vote 2009The timeline of mayors …

  • Oct. 28, 2009: After less than 2 years in office, Birmingham mayor Larry Langford loses office upon conviction in federal court. City council president Carole Smitherman automatically becomes interim mayor until …
  • Today: The new council is sworn in. First task: Pick a council president. The council chooses Roderick Royal over Smitherman, which now makes him interim mayor for the next 2 weeks until …
  • Dec. 8: Special election day to pick a new mayor. Since Royal isn’t running, the voters will choose the fourth mayor in 6 weeks.


Also, Steven Hoyt was selected council president pro tempore over Johnathan Austin. Hoyt and Smitherman are both running for mayor.

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More Vote 2009 coverage.

Vote 2009: Campaign scoreboard – 14 candidates, 1 arrest

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

We’re not sure whether to file this under Vote 2009 or Crime Watch

Jimmy Snow - arrest mugshotJimmy Snow, candidate for mayor, was arrested for disorderly conduct Saturday night. Snow says he was campaigning at a Lakeview bar, denies any wrongdoing and claims the police used unnecessary force when arresting him.

Also, he also admits to drinking but says he wasn’t drunk. Snow added that someone was trying to sabotage his campaign.

OK, new rule if you’re running for mayor of Birmingham: If you’re going to get arrested, try to wait until after you’ve been in office awhile.

Snow’s background hasn’t been clear, that is, until the Birmingham News seemed to stumble upon his profession: a cook at Franklin’s Homewood Gourmet who makes the restaurant’s Pound Cake with Key Lime Cream from his mom’s recipe. He’s also owner of Green Door Health Foods in Mountain Brook.

Update: From the police arrest report:

The incident happened at 11:45 p.m. Saturday at Joe’s on Seventh. Snow entered without paying cover charge.

A police officer working off-duty at the club told Snow he would have to show identification and pay the cover. Snow then grabbed hold of the bar and began screaming, “I don’t have to pay. I’m running for mayor, and I don’t have to go anywhere.”

Officers had to wrestle Snow to the ground where he was handcuffed. Police took Snow first to UAB Hospital “because he stated he was crazy,” but he was evaluated and released. He was then taken to Cooper Green Mercy Hospital, where he refused treatment for minor scrapes on his arm.

Update Nov. 25: Two days before his arrest, the police were called to intercede in another incident involving Snow

On Thursday night, at the Hot and Hot Fish Club on Southside, a restaurant em­ployee claimed an intoxicated Snow struck him. The victim, an acquaintance, said Snow twice tried to talk to him while he was on the phone, and said that when he didn’t respond, Snow used an open hand to hit the phone, causing “severe pain to the ear.”

(Favorite comment from the AL.com site: “If only there were an herb of some sort that could calm him down …”)

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More Vote 2009 coverage.

Vote 2009: Birmingham Roundtable debate invites five mayoral candidates

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

A group calling itself the Birmingham Roundtable has scheduled a debate for Dec. 3, but has invited only five of the 14 candidates for mayor.

Wade on Birmingham - Vote 2009How did the Roundtable form?

A few weeks ago, a lively debate about the future of Birmingham politics broke out at downtown’s Surin West. The result? A group of young, working Alabamians decided to make their voices heard and organize a debate of the five leading candidates.

This informal group, led by Tracie A. Todd, included young African-American lawyers, grassroots organizers, bankers, teachers, politicians and business professionals. The group has coined itself the Birmingham Roundtable … dedicated to engaging young adults in the political and civic communities.

Birmingham Roundtable mayoral candidate debate

  • When: 6 p.m. Dec. 3
  • Where: Vulcan Conference Room, Highland Conference Center, 2012 Magnolia Ave. [map]
  • Format: debate. Organizers invited Emory Anthony, William Bell, Patrick Cooper, Stephen Hoyt and Carole Smitherman; so far Anthony, Bell and Hoyt have accepted.
  • For more information: See the Urbanham.com story or e-mail organizer Tracie A. Todd at tracietodd9@hotmail.com.

Other upcoming forums:

The election takes place Dec. 8.

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Vote 2009: The ‘Cooper Rap’ video and more campaign oddities

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

You know it’s going to be a weird holiday week when the first thing you see Monday morning is “Cooper Rap,” a pro-Patrick Cooper music vid. Birmingham comedy troupe Vacant Overload Manifesto produced the parody spot.

The group claims no association with the Cooper mayoral campaign, and vice versa.

Update Nov. 24: Vacant Manifesto contacted us with more information. The group — Michael, Adam and Michael — makes videos for fun and entertainment: “We certainly didn’t think the ‘Cooper Rap’ would generate such a response. We thought it was a very funny idea, but we sort of threw it together over the weekend, and didn’t realize what it would do.”

The group can be found on YouTube, Twitter (@VacantManifesto) and Facebook.

Video: “Cooper Rap” by the Vacant Overload

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It gets even weirder when a sharp-eared listener remembered the source: “Ninja Rap,” a Vanilla Ice cut from the soundtrack to the 1991 sequel, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze.”

Video: “Ninja Rap” by Vanilla Ice

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As a bonus, we include this little gem from Eric McGinty of Birmingham rock band the Exhibit(s). It’s actually a holdover from the 2007 campaign, a little ditty advocating our mutual friend Jim for mayor (who wasn’t even running).

But Eric updated it for 2009: Check out the ending, where you’ll see bios from … our series, Birmingham’s Biggest Crooks.

Video: “Vote for Jim”

If you spot any other wacky campaign videos for this season, let us know in the comments.

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