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Archive for January, 2010

oh, stop

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

“Did you hear about
Fred?” “Fred rules!” “What’s this I hear
about Fred?” “Get him!”

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a rush ahead to the blood

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Smell that? It’s the scent
of a good story waiting
to be told to all.

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the road to success

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

The road to success
looks nothing like a highway.
Yet the path is worn.

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a reporter’s secret

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

He never goes home,
never stops calling, writes and
rewrites with gusto.

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no punching at the dinner table

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

As satisfying
as it could be, please refrain
from feast fisticuffs.

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a dare-to-be-great situation

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Buy, sell or process?
As long as you get paid a
princely, tidy sum.

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the 39th parallel

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Cross this border to
see beyond the mists of youth.
Gaze into more life.

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stains of history

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Swiftly the currents
of events rush by, little
understood for now.

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rebooting birmingham again

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

The reset button
is faded and worn, having
been used quite a bit.

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BREAKING – Vote 2009: William Bell wins mayor’s race over Patrick Cooper

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

William Bell will be the next mayor of Birmingham.

Jefferson County commissioner William Bell defeated attorney Patrick Cooper in today’s Birmingham mayoral runoff election. Bell marks the third time in a row in which the underdog mayoral candidate in Birmingham’s general election upset the leader in the runoff.

Wade on Birmingham - Vote 2009Bell received 25,354 votes, or 53.6 percent, while Cooper picked up 21,979 votes, for 46.4 percent. Voter turnout was 41 percent, much higher than in December’s general election.

Bell will succeed acting mayor and city council president Roderick Royal, who succeeded Carole Smitherman in the same capacity, who took over after former mayor Larry Langford was convicted in October in federal court.

Currently serving on the county commission, Bell previously served on the city council as its first black president and as interim mayor. He ran for mayor in 1999, 2003 and 2007. During this campaign, Bell touted selling the Birmingham Water Works for $200 million that went to school improvements, known as the Bell Plan.

Bell will serve the remaining 2 years on Langford’s term, until the next regular election in 2011.

Video: Bell’s victory speech

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Vote 2009: One last vote to cast

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Wade on Birmingham - Vote 2009It comes down to today, the runoff election to select Birmingham’s mayor for the next 2 years. After …

  • 83 days since then mayor Larry Langford’s conviction, removing him from office,
  • 14 candidates,
  • 45 posts on Wade on Birmingham,
  • 2 acting mayors,
  • 1 candidate arrested,
  • and another found dead,

we are down to two finalists, Jefferson County commissioner William Bell and attorney Patrick Cooper.

Voting takes place until 7 tonight.

Where to vote: Call Jefferson County at (205) 325-5550. Or try AlabamaVotes.gov and click on “Search Your Polling Place.”

Join us tonight for election results
on Wade on Birmingham.

Remember, if you have problems at your polling place:

  • Notify a poll worker immediately.
  • Obtain a complaint/evaluation form (or download jpgs of pages 1 and 2). Print it, fill it out, copy and mail it.
  • Call the state attorney general at 1-800-831-8814 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Wednesday or fill out this online form.
  • Call the secretary of state at 1-800-274-VOTE (8683) or visit her site, StopVoterFraudNow.com.
  • And tell the probate court for Jefferson County (205-325-5203).
  • Leave a comment below.

Additional stories:

  • William Bell
    • Dec. 6 | Up close with William Bell
    • Dec. 9 | William Bell on the runoff
  • Patrick Cooper
    • Dec. 5 | Up close with Patrick Cooper
    • Dec. 9 | Patrick Cooper on the runoff
  • Both candidates
    • Jan. 12 | The strutinizing of Bell and Cooper
    • Jan. 15 | Bell, Cooper face off in last televised debate
    • Jan 18 | Mayoral candidates take callers’ questions

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a matter of service

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Do not expect good
service until you give good
service unprompted.

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Vote 2009: Mayoral candidates take callers’ questions

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Wade on Birmingham - Vote 2009Birmingham mayoral candidates William Bell and Patrick Cooper have answers. At least, they did when each one took callers’ questions separately for an hour Friday on WBHM (90.3 FM) Friday.

You can hear their responses below, in case you still haven’t decided …

William Bell:

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Patrick Cooper:

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And last but not least, a shout out from Vacant Manifesto during a WBHM “Tapestry” interview (at the 1:45 mark) …

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The runoff election takes place Tuesday. Look for results Tuesday evening on Wade on Birmingham.

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habits

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Let’s do the same thing
a thousand times because it
takes little effort.

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return of the bug

Monday, January 18th, 2010

Even after flu
vaccine, cootie shot, body
succumbs to sickness.

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