It’s that time of the week again, folks, and Lagniappe is hot off the press! In the latest issue, we explore the high rates of violent crime among local teens and take an in-depth look at Mobile County Juvenile Court Judge Edmond Naman’s recently launched program, known as Gun Court, for young offenders charged with gun crimes. Our cover-story author Casandra Butler Andrews speaks with Naman who began conducting informal research as early as 2008 to figure out exactly who among juveniles were committing these crimes and determine how he and the courts could put a stop to violence among at-risk groups. In our ever-informative Bay Briefs, we discuss the Mobile Housing Board’s proposed Housing Transformation Plan 2020, which could cost as much as $439.5 million. We also have all the details on why a Hardee’s restaurant is causing such a ruckus in Daphne and why a judge’s ruling will lead to the shortest red snapper season in history. Cuisine dishes out a rave review on Pho 88, a restaurant that actually makes you want to eat your broccoli. In the art world, Artiface tells us why BIG things are happening at Space 301 and our music feature details the sweet new sounds happening at the University of Mobile. As always, whether rain or shine, Boozie has all of her oh-so-tasty gossip as “voluntarily induced impairment” obviously runs aplenty in Mobile. Apparently, a band was unable to fulfill its obligation at an area volunteer fire department party due to said impairment. Phew! This weekly thing sure keeps us busy, but we wouldn’t have it any other way! Until next week!
Mobile Police Chief James Barber is hoping to get approval to replace about 100 vehicles in the department’s fleet, some of which are 20 years old. The Mobile City Council will vote Tuesday on a plan to allow Barber to use $3.2 million in the department’s capital budget to buy about 100 cars to replace the aging vehicles. Barber said the capital money comes as a result of reorganization within the department, as a result of the MPD’s strategic plan that resulted in about a $5 million cut to the general fund.
Three Republicans will face off during the June 3 Republican primary for state House District 102, although qualification questions swirl around one of the candidates. Chris McNeil, a small business owner from Semmes, will seek the GOP nomination against nursery owner Jack Williams, of Georgetown, and Constable Anthony Clarkbanks. (more…) Continue Reading →
Much to the dismay of many sport fisherman and charter boat owners, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council recommended an 11-day season for recreational red snapper fishing this year. The decision on the season, which begins June 1, isn’t officially finalized, but is likely to get shorter before it gets longer. (more…) Continue Reading →
The Mobile Housing Board’s failing score on a recent federal assessment is a reflection of a large number of vacant units, not shortcomings in management or other issues, according to Dwayne Vaughn, the board’s executive director. (more…) Continue Reading →
An audit released by the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts on March 21 found the University of South Alabama had violated Alabama’s Competitive Bid and Public Works laws two times in fiscal year 2012. (more…) Continue Reading →