Try to find common ground with the new issue of Lagniappe, where we explore the implications of a racially charged fatal police shooting in Mobile that left a 19-year-old dead and a host of unanswered questions. Despite the city's $2 million investment on body cameras for officers just last year, there is no video of the incident or how it unfolded. There appears to be no question the suspect was armed, but what happened in the moments prior to the shooting is ripe for debate. In Bay Briefs, we examine the city's tax incentive plan for a billion-dollar development company who is putting a stake in the struggling Bel Air Mall. There is also the story of an adoption contested by the natural father of a child whose mother told him the baby died in childbirth. Cuisine travels to west Mobile to sample the soups, salads and sliders at Micheli's. Arts has an update on the campaign to replace a long lost bust of Cudjo Lewis in Africatown and music has a conversation with versatile keyboardist Red Young about his long career and varied collaborations before his show June 26. Commentary touches on bias and internet shaming, sports has a roundup of summer action and business discloses the deal for a new convenience store in Crichton. Don't miss Boozie's gossip from Gumbo Key and this is the last week to get those Nappies 2016 ballots in! Voting ends June 29! The new issue of Lagniappe is online and on stands now!
A Mobile man is continuing a three-year fight to regain custody of his son, who was placed for adoption without his knowledge after his ex-wife faked the child’s death in 2013.
The case is another disputed adoption overseen by Mobile County Probate Judge Don Davis and attorney Donna Ames — both of whom were involved in the adoption of Kimberly Rossler’s son, Elliot, which gained national attention last year.
About three weeks after the Mobile Planning Commission approved plans for a Publix shopping center in Midtown — what some called a failed test case for the Map for Mobile planning framework — the city’s zoning consultants are looking at ways to give the comprehensive plan more teeth. According to Mayor Sandy Stimpson, there will potentially be a two-year delay before the zoning overhaul adopts corresponding ordinances. “We’ve laid out the vision, but there are no tools to implement it,” Stimpson said.
After more than eight months in operation, GulfQuest National Maritime Museum officials are not making attendance numbers public. Museum spokeswoman Diana Brewer said the numbers would be released in September when GulfQuest has been operational a full year. “We have not gone through the tourist season … ,” Brewer said, explaining a year’s worth of data will allow GulfQuest’s “new type of attractions” and “new concept” to take hold.
Mobile’s Spring Hill College was placed on probation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) last week due to financial instability reported in recent years. The announcement was made last week that four smaller, private colleges were found to be in violation of Comprehensive Standard 3.10.1 of the Principles of Accreditation, which requires schools accredited through SACS maintain “a recent history of financial stability.” (more…) Continue Reading →
The Mobile City Council on Tuesday approved $7.5 million in sales tax rebates to help Rouse Properties LLC renovate the nearly 50-year-old Shoppes at Bel Air. By a 5-2 vote, the council agreed to rebate up to $500,000 in sales taxes per year for 15 years if the mall reaches a minimum tax revenue baseline. Councilwoman Bess Rich and Councilman C.J. Small dissented. (more…) Continue Reading →
The Daphne City Council is ready to levy fines for the unlawful distribution of handbills, most notably the Press-Register’s advertising circular Gulf Coast Life, with a new ordinance, but councilors aren’t sure who to fine when the new rules are broken. (more…) Continue Reading →
Baldwin County Commissioner Tucker Dorsey’s decision not to order flags lowered to half staff in the wake of Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando, Fla. has drawn criticism in national media, including a recent article posted on CNN’s website. (more…) Continue Reading →
Mayor Sandy Stimpson has targeted 17 mature live oak trees downtown for removal, claiming in a June 13 letter to the Mobile Tree Commission “it is or may become reasonably necessary to do so to prevent a public hazard or to provide efficient or economical service to the public.”
Stimpson further alleges the oaks are undermining sidewalks, creating tripping or obstruction hazards, and threatening the integrity of the foundation of the History Museum of Mobile, a building listed as National Historic Landmark in 1974. (more…) Continue Reading →