Wade on Birmingham

the nicer dollar store

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by Wade Kwon

The nicer dollar
store has better things on sale
and fewer crime scenes.

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Vote 2017: Birmingham municipal runoff election results

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by Wade Kwon

Video: Randall Woodfin’s victory speech

Vote 2017Another day, another mayor. Results from Tuesday’s runoff election in Birmingham.

Voter turnout was 35 percent.

I = incumbent

  • Winner in red

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the cost of doing nothing

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 by Wade Kwon

While we bicker through
the same arguments on the
same issues, folks die.

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Vote 2017: Birmingham runoffs for the heck of it

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 by Wade Kwon

Theatre District mural

Photo: Adam Jones (CC)

Let’s hit the polls one more time, Birmingham. We have some unfinished business from August.

Vote 2017Polling places are open till 7 tonight.

Q: 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.

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.

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

  • Mayor: William Bell (I), Randall Woodfin
  • City Council
    • District 2: Kim Rafferty (I), Hunter Williams
    • District 5: Johnathan Austin (I), Darrell O’Quinn
    • District 9: Earl Hilliard, Roderick Royal
  • Board of Education
    • District 1: Douglas Lee Ragland, Cedric Small
    • District 4: Daagye Hendricks (I), Edward Maddox
    • District 5: David T. McKinney, Michael “Mickey” Millsap
    • District 7: Patricia Spigner McAdory, Walter “Big Walt” Wilson
    • District 8: Patricia Bozeman-Henderson, Sonja Q. Smith

I = incumbent

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loves horses and her boyfriend, too

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 by Wade Kwon

She’s a good girl, loves
her mama. Loves Jesus and
America, too.

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The Birmingham channel: More Southern than ever

Monday, October 2, 2017 by Wade Kwon

A look at Birmingham in videos …

Promo for The Club. From Zuleida Aguirre.

Time-lapse footage of I-20/59 downtown. From Mark Almond.

Promo for the Comedy Club Stardome with Eunice Elliott. From StarDome.

Feature on the return of the UAB football program. From Uproxx.

A jaripeo bull riding competition at Rancho el Centenario in Mt. Olive (our vertical video of the week). From Adan Ortega.

At the 2015 Color Run downtown. From Mark Almond.

A simulation of a Birmingham train crossing. From NSFan98.

David Fleming of REV Birmingham talks with Chip Watts of Watts Realty about Flats on 4th on Southside. From Darlene Rotch.

Vlogging about Hurricane Irma. From Johnna Patterson.

Reciting Martin Luther King’s 1963 eulogy for the four girls killed in the bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. From Joseph Shelton Hall.

Entering Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds. From Tigh Loughhead.

Admiring the scenery (our other vertical video of the week). From Oscar Acosta.

A nighttime skateboard adventure through Birmingham. From Payton Schmitt.

Train downtown. From TrainPochi.

Birmingham’s Kyle Sullivan documents his monthlong trip to Antartica he won from polar travel company Oceanwide Expeditions. From Neoteotihuacan.

The Alabama Heat Elite eighth grade team at the Magic City Basketball League on “Twin Sports TV.” From TwinSportsTV.

The Alabama Heat Elite vs. Mystic. From TwinSportsTV.

A Venezuelan resident shares her story (our other other vertical video of the week). From Ana Carito Méndez.

Driving into UAB. From Blizzard Baby.

Drone footage of paving the Cadence Bank parking lot in Warrior. From Wright Construction Birmingham.

Autocar to build $120 million manufacturing plant in Pinson Valley adding nearly 750 jobs.

Dancing or walking or dance-walking. From Javier Cano.

Clockwise, then counterclockwise. From Javier Cano.

A Birmingham police car at the Best Buy on U.S. 280. From Rachel Marie.

Explaining TrueCoders’ mission, a downtown company offering training in coding. From TrueCoders.

Trains in Irondale. From Carson Bean.

DeJuana Thompson of Birmingham on Birmingham. From Barcelona en Comú.

Trailer for “Recovering Hope,” a documentary by Birmingham freelance videographer Drew Callner that profiles six local people fighting heroin addiction. From David Koonce.

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the crank

Monday, October 2, 2017 by Wade Kwon

Once confined to the
basement, the crabby gent ran
for a Senate seat.

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#sundayread for October 1, 2017

Sunday, October 1, 2017 by Wade Kwon

My picks for #sundayread for October 1, 2017:

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the incoherent stranger

Sunday, October 1, 2017 by Wade Kwon

She came a’babblin’
to the funeral service
with pillows for shoes.

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the instruction manual

Saturday, September 30, 2017 by Wade Kwon

Out the birth canal
and into the world and then
into the cold ground.

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the check isn’t in the mail

Friday, September 29, 2017 by Wade Kwon

The mailbox was a
yawning chasm of sordid
promises, no hope.

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be labor

Thursday, September 28, 2017 by Wade Kwon

Each hopeful waited
to put their time and their back
into a day’s work.

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before the notification bell

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by Wade Kwon

An announcement on
their relationship status
was being crafted.

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politicize everything

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 by Wade Kwon

Let no gesture go
unremarked and no statement
go undissected.

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The Birmingham channel: The great escape

Monday, September 25, 2017 by Wade Kwon

A look at Birmingham in videos …

When the movie lets out … (our vertical video of the week). From Large Marge.

Talking with Hurricane Irma evacuees in Birmingham. From WIAT-42.

A look at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. From Alabama NewsCenter.

Caught in rush hour traffic. From Amilcar Portillo

Birmingham rapper King David holds court. From King David.

Highlights from the Alabama A&M vs. UAB game earlier this month at Legion Field, marking the Blazers’ return to football after 3 years. From HBCU Gameday.

The view from the stands. From Landon Kauhn.

More from the game. From University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Feature on UAB’s Timothy Alexander. From UAB News.

At Red Mountain Park (our other vertical video of the week). From Damian Laster.

Trains in Irondale. From Carson Bean

Drone footage of an abandoned mill. From MBWalter TV.

Drone footage of Uptown, the Westin Birmingham, the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex and the downtown skyline. From MBWalter TV.

Drone footage of Vulcan and the Saturn 1B rocket in Elkmont near the Alabama-Tennessee border. From DandJjohnson.

Alcorn State vs. Florida International earlier this month at Legion Field, a game moved from Miami because of Hurricane Irma. From Covering All River Region Sports Alabama State.

On the beach at Sidebar in Lakeview. From Crooked Tree Productions.

A look at Barons’ pitcher Jordan Guerrero, a prospect for the White Sox. From Sox TV.

Promo for General Seti’s event, “The Art of Leadership During the Time of Crisis,” Saturday at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Birmingham on Southside. From Sara Suten Seti.

Visiting the Sheraton Birmingham and Uptown. From ShadowSavage Gaming.

Dancing at the nightclub (our other other vertical video of the week). From Catedratico DJ.

The squirrel family (our other other other vertical video of the week). From Rid-a-Critter Inc.

A trip to the Birmingham Zoo. From La Palmada Guerrero.

More from the zoo. From La Palmada Guerrero.

Promo for the FXmmXs Fatales Fest fund-raiser, held this past weekend. From Haleigh Black.

Promo for UNITE, a Shelby County missions camp by the Shelby Baptist Association. From SBA.

Preview of the third weekend of high school football earlier this month. From Starnes Publishing.

Highlights from the Indian sibling duo Salim-Sulaiman concert earlier this month at Samford University. From Onejamat Diamond Jubilee.

Driving on Preserve Parkway in Hoover. From Paradox Films.

A July birthday trip to Washington via the Amtrak Crescent. From Catherine Graham.

July’s Alumni Classic at Lawson State Community College in Industrial Center, featuring Ensley, Jackson-Olin, Parker and West End. From Arkadia Films.

Former UAB quarterback Sam Hunt tells a story at the UAB House Party earlier this month at Uptown (our final vertical video of the week). From Bigworm6917.

Train. From Railroad Fan Number One.

Vlog from Florida’s Corn Cob Piper. From Corn Cob Piper.

Visiting the Briary in Homewood. From Corn Cob Piper.

Kamtek auto parts plant grand opening in the Echo Highlands neighborhood. From Alabama NewsCenter.

Birmingham’s quest to land Amazon’s second headquarters. From Alabama NewsCenter.

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