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Archive for August, 2017

nursing home rescue

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

The residents are
evacuated safely,
but what of the cats?

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11 trillion gallons

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Noah looked at the
flood, gasped and swam for safety
away from Houston.

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the innings that pass

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

They paid almost no
attention to the game while
lost in tender gaze.

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The Birmingham channel: Say so long to summer

Monday, August 28th, 2017

A look at Birmingham in videos …

Nonprofit group Member Political Advocacy and Campaign Team conducts training in February at Birmingham-Southern College. The event included Birmingham chapters of Black Lives Matter and Showing Up for Racial Justice. From Howard Garcia.

Taking a tour of Sloss Furnaces. From SquirmyFeet Explores.

Consultant Rich Grehalva discusses “Change to an Elder Culture” at a 2014 TEDxBirmingham Salon in Trim Tab Brewing in Lakeview. From Rich Grehalva.

St. Petersburg, Fla., rock band Frostfang performs “Desert Waves” in July at the Syndicate Lounge on Southside. From Jared Caprio.

Running at Veterans Park in Hoover (our vertical video of the week). From Rance Reed.

A World Changers mission team spends a week in July in Birmingham working on a house. From James Savage.

Promo for Mission Serve mission trips in Birmingham. From Mission Serve.

Trains in Irondale. From Brickbuilder711.

Counting Crows performs “A Long December” earlier this month at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre (our other vertical video of the week). From Mikey Bookout.

Interview with Birmingham painter Sarah Webb. From Summer Classics.

Meet Marn Hoe Chong, a Samford student from Malaysia. From Samford Admission.

“A Day in the Life of a Samford Student” promo for Samford University. From Samford Admission.

Hanging out with Ralph Waldo Beeson, a founding donor of Samford. From Samford Admission.

Rockin’ in Lakeview. From Eduardo Spock.

Highlights from the second annual Served Back-to-School Rally and backpack giveaway earlier this month at Urban Attic in East Lake. From DeffMind Film Production.

A look at sweet tea, filmed in part in Birmingham. From Neoteotihuacan.

Promo for free biweekly Pop-Up Pilates in the Park classes, from 6 to 7 tonight at Homewood Park. From WellDunn Entertainment.

Zip-lining at Red Mountain Park. From Adrian Christian H. Opinion.

Birmingham fun includes Vulcan, Steel City Pops and Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. From Olivia Morris.

Bike flip! From Ricky Rogers.

Vlogging while driving about unsafe driving (our other other vertical video of the week). From the Adventures of Kara Marionette.

Behind the scenes at the JCC Maccabi Games opening ceremony earlier this month at UAB’s Bartow Arena. From Billy Goat.

Dallas’ winning goal against Denver in soccer at the JCC Maccabi Games. From JCC Dallas.

Singing in church. From Alexander Popov.

Birmingham rock band Wray performs earlier this month at the Nick on Southside. From the Nick Bham.

Fishing for bass. From John Sieweke.

Birmingham trivia. From Simply4Me.

On preparing wills. From Christopher Reid.

Highlight reel for senior lacrosse goalie Nico DePaoli from Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Ga., during July’s Birmingham-Southern Pantherlax Showcase. From Nico DePaoli.

Commercial for Cahaba Cycles. From Meredith Anderson.

Flooding downtown. From Timbo a k a Sledge.

Promo for working at WVTM-13. From Hearst Television Careers.

Spanish band La Voz del Desierto stops by EWTN in Irondale in July. From La Voz del Desierto.

Promo for the Embers to a Flame Conference in January at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Vestavia Hills. From Briarwood Presbyterian Church.

Dance party (our other other other vertical video of the week). From Catedratico DJ.

More dancing. From Catedratico DJ.

Stormy evening (our final vertical video of the week). From Ron Whit.

Barons second baseman Toby Thomas makes a diving catch against the Jumbo Shrimp’s David Vidal earlier this month at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. From Minor League Baseball.

Drone footage of downtown. From Nathan “Smokey” Williams.

Driving through downtown on I-20/59. From Nica Envíos USA LLC.

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a city underwater

Monday, August 28th, 2017

The rain would not stop.
Streets, homes, cars flooded, buried.
The rain would not stop.

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#sundayread for August 27, 2017

Sunday, August 27th, 2017
a captivating read

Photo: J. Stimp

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normalizing the new normal

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

The new normal is
not new nor normal. It is
fascism renewed.

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harvey, wallbanger

Saturday, August 26th, 2017

The hurricane tore
through the gulf to pummel the
coast and its neighbors.

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accounting migraine

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Cash flow barely a
trickle, struggling to make the
figures keep in shape.

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conversational flow

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

I like how she pelts
me with questions, plus answers
all the ones I ask.

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the knight at the end of this book

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Each new page brought her
closer to the past, finding
love in the castle.

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Vote 2017: Birmingham municipal election results

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Vote 2017Happy Election Day again after only 8 days. Results from today’s races in Birmingham …

Voter turnout was 27 percent, compared to 21 percent in 2013, 15 percent in 2011*, 26 percent in 2009* and 45 percent in 2007.

*Special mayoral elections.

  • I = incumbent
  • Winner in red | runoff opponents in green

Runoffs take place Oct. 3.

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Vote 2017: Only 81 vying for Birmingham’s 19 slots

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017
Give Us the Vote

Photo: Adam Jones (CC)

Polls are open till 7 tonight as citizens elect a mayor, a city council and a board of education.

Vote 2017Q: Where do I vote?

A: Call the city clerk’s office at (205) 254-2290.

Or Search Your Polling Place on AlabamaVotes.gov. This PDF list has the all the polling locations.

Note: District boundaries changed in 2011; check for your correct district on this PDF map.

Wade on Birmingham:
election results tonight

Remember, if you have problems at your polling place:

  • Notify a poll worker immediately.
  • 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).
  • E-mail us at Vote2017[at]wadeonbirmingham.com.

Q: What can I expect to see on the ballots?

A: Check out this sample ballot along with the list of all candidates.

You’re voting for Birmingham mayor, and for your district, a city council representative and a board of education member.

If needed, runoffs take place Oct. 3.

Are you voting today? Tell us in the comments.

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More Vote 2017 coverage.

reflect to deflect

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

A chunk of rock casts
a mighty shadow with help
from a nearby star.

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Vote 2017: Birmingham election free-for-all

Monday, August 21st, 2017

On Tuesday, Birmingham voters return to the polls for a second time in a week. Up for grabs are the mayor, the city council and board of education.

Vote 2013Elsewhere, Mobile will vote in its municipal elections, and Lincoln will decide on Sunday alcohol sales.

The candidates:

Mayor:

  • Patricia Bell
  • William Bell (I)
  • Randy Davis
  • Ervin Philemon Hill II
  • Trudy Hunter
  • Carl “Jr.” Jackson
  • Lanny E. Jackson
  • Donald T. Lomax
  • Frank Matthews
  • Fernandez “Brother Sims” Sims
  • Randall Woodfin
  • Chris Woods

For city council (by district):

  • 1: Sherman Collins Jr., Lashunda Scales (I).
  • 2: Lawrence Conaway, Kimberly Jeanty, Stephen Murphy, Kim Rafferty (I), Deanna Reed, Jordan Thompson, Hunter Williams, Tyrone Williams
  • 3: Valerie Abbott (I), Rowan Henderson, Ryan Jones.
  • 4: Mary Jean LaMay, William Parker (I), Qunelius Pettway, Sergio Williams.
  • 5: Johnathan Austin (I), Dorothea Crosby, Chris Davis, Darrell O’Quinn, Erica Robbins, Jeremy Schatz, Robert Walker.
  • 6: Keith Mims, Sheila Tyson (I), Keith Williams.
  • 7: Titus Battle, Hosea Lewis, Lonnie Malone, Jay Roberson Jr. (I), Jeffery Rowser.
  • 8: Steven Hoyt (I), Lynette Peters, Gerri Robinson, Adlai Trone.
  • 9: Angene Coleman, Eric Hall, John Hilliard, Wendell Major, Roderick Royal, David Russell, Reginald Swanson, James Williams Jr.

For board of education (by district):

  • 1: Bennie M. Holmes, Douglas Lee Ragland, Keith Rice, Cedric Small, Jerry Tate.
  • 2: Brandon McCray, Terri Michal.
  • 3: Mary Drennen Boehm, Larry J. Contri.
  • 4: Amber Courtney, Daagye Hendricks (I), Edward Maddox.
  • 5: Buford L. Burks, Eloise Manning Crenshaw, Martha McDowell, David T. McKinney, Michael “Mickey” Millsap, Andrea D. Mitchell, Aaisha Muhammad, Angela Scoggins-Watson.
  • 6: Cheri Gardner (I), Ervin Philemon Hill.
  • 7: Wardine Alexander (I), Patricia Spigner McAdory, Walter “Big Walt” Wilson.
  • 8: Patricia Bozeman-Henderson, D. Tyrone Silmon, Sonja Q. Smith, Antwon Womack.
  • 9: Sandra Brown (I), Lawrence Jackson.

I = incumbent

The Birmingham municipal election takes place Tuesday. Runoffs take place Oct. 3.

Sample ballot for 2017 Birmingham municipal election
(download PDF ballot)

Also:

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