If laughter is the best medicine, a group of local comedians can write you a prescription to Comedy Whatever, a weekly showcase aiming to promote and develop Mobile’s comedy scene. In the new issue of Lagniappe, we take a closer look at the comedians joining forces to make Mobile a regular stop for regional and national talent on the Gulf Coast tour circuit. The new exposure may also help take some local careers to the next level. In Bay Briefs, police response times are under investigation after a man with a knife invaded a local business and a lawsuit filed this week accuses shipbuilder Austal USA of submitting false time reports to the U.S. Navy. We also have a story about downtown businesses going out of business and one that plans to relocate. As flu season reaches its peak, Cuisine takes a look at what foods and beverages can lift your spirit as multiple symptoms try to drag you down. We also have the latest on various cook-offs in Mobile for the month of March including the annual benefit for the American Cancer Society this weekend. In Artifice, changes have come to Cathedral Square, arguably the epicenter of the city’s art scene. In music, veteran singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen is bringing 18 albums worth of material to his show at the Saenger Theatre March 6. Last but not least, Boozie reports from a galaxy far, far away. Thanks for supporting your favorite weekly newspaper! LAGNIAPPE IS ONLINE AND ON STANDS NOW!
Four members of the Bayou la Batre City Council went through more than $29,000 worth of regular bills by hand Thursday evening in what one council member called a “diligent and stringent” effort to better track the city’s finances.
Councilwoman Annette Johnson, who last week sternly requested more financial details from city staff members, led the meeting — one that was not attended by Mayor Brett Dungan, his assistant Wanda Overstreet, Councilwoman Ida Mae Coleman or the city’s legal counsel.
Following the recommendations of city staff, the Mobile Planning Commission approved at least three notable developments this afternoon. Perhaps most visible would be the redevelopment of the former Old Shell Road School in Midtown into a moderately sized apartment complex.
Real estate developer Pace Burt, who has shown interest in the property since the Mobile County Public School System vacated it 2010, returned to the Commission with a smaller plan than was initially pitched in February 2013.
Despite rumors of shake ups and even possible cancellations, AeroFest organizers today during a press conference ensured the multifaceted festival is still going as planned and preparing for its inaugural debut on Friday, March 20 and Saturday, March 21 at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley Field.
A dramatic scene played out last week in Tillman’s Corner when an armed intruder wielding a knife stormed into a local business. But what was most frightening for company employees was an apparent disconnect during calls to 911 and the amount of time police took to respond to the escalating situation. (more…) Continue Reading →
The beginning of March brought the closure of two downtown businesses, while another plans to temporarily close at the end of the month. The Sav-A-Lot grocery store at the intersection of Government and Broad streets closed Saturday, after about 13 years in business. (more…) Continue Reading →
Last this afternoon Alabama’s Supreme Court issued a writ of mandamus ordering the state’s probate judges to cease issuing same sex marriage licenses immediately, which would appear to be in defiance of previous federal rulings from U.S. District Judge Ginny Granade, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. (more…) Continue Reading →
The Mobile City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday on a resolution that would help preserve Mobile’s black history. The resolution will not only support the creation of a civil rights park, but will also support the preservation and enhancement of Africatown and the Dora Franklin Finley African American Heritage Trail. Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s Chief of Staff Colby Cooper told councilors that the administration would work to get the city recognized as a National Heritage Area through the National Parks Service. The designation requires a vote of Congress, Cooper said, but would give the city an opportunity at $150,000 to $1 million dollars to maintain the heritage trail, Africatown and a civil rights park. The designation would also give the city access to National Park Service advisers. Continue Reading →
A lawsuit brought against Austal USA in June 2014 was unsealed by a federal judge Tuesday — revealing multiple allegations of falsified claims submitted to the U.S. Navy, which contracts Austal to build two ships in its fleet. Three claims suggest the shipbuilder knowingly violated the False Claims Act, which the plaintiffs — some of whom are former employees — say “is widely practiced” at Austal via the Labor Metrics software the company uses to report back the Navy. (more…) Continue Reading →