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Wade on February 2009


A look back at all things and people and events 2009 …

Video: Excerpt from “In Broad Daylight/Fight Club,”
featuring Birmingham homicide detectives in “The First 48”

Feb. 4 | Wade on Birmingham goes microblogging via Twitter with @WadeOnTweets, changing the way news tips come into this site and breaking news and other features are announced. And in less than a year, close to 1,600 followers are keeping up with the latest headlines in real time.

Feb. 5 | Crime pays, sort of, as Birmingham’s finest appear in new episodes of reality docudrama, “The First 48.” The A&E show followed homicide detectives as they pursued leads and suspects in one of America’s deadliest cities. Check it out in the video above.

Catherine Pfitzer - Sidewalk Moving Picture FestivalFeb. 11 | Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival starts anew, beginning with the firing of executive director Catherine Pfitzer. If it happened at Sidewalk, Wade on Birmingham brought it to you first throughout 2009.

Feb. 17 | Birmingham begins the slow march into digital television, starting with Alabama Public Television, CW21 and My 68. The remaining local stations would follow suit some 4 months later.

Feb. 26 | Jason Mraz becomes the first performer announced for May’s Schaeffer Crawfish Boil, a Wade on Birmingham exclusive. It would become a year of success for the boil, but disastrous for other longtime Birmingham music festivals.

“Survivor” at a glance | Feb. 12: J.T. and Debbie start out in opposing tribes, and J.T. survives first Tribal Council … Feb. 19: J.T. forms a game-changing alliance with Stephen; Debbie survives her first Tribal Council  … Feb. 26: J.T. keeps his tribe full with fresh fish; Debbie survives another Tribal Council.

See all of our February coverage.

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Haiku flashback

in a field of dirt (Feb. 11)

Out there, somewhere, is
a vegetable garden just
before it pokes up.

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365 days of Birmingham’s best and worst: Wade on 2009

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