TOUCHDOWN! Get ready for the annual North versus South football showdown in the new issue of Lagniappe, where we speak with players and organizers ahead of this weekend’s Reese’s Senior Bowl. For both marquee college football players and those who’ve built up their professional skills under the radar, the Senior Bowl provides an opportunity to take their game to the next level. The Senior Bowl, a unique Mobile institution for more than 60 years, provides a week-long event that brings in some of the biggest names in college football and highlights players on the fringe of breaking into the NFL. In Bay Briefs, the City of Mobile is shopping Central Fire Station to private developers, and a lawsuit over riverbed rights is moved to federal court. Over in Baldwin County, we speak to a public school teacher, who claims racism is behind her recent termination. In Cuisine, Andy wades into uninviting waters of a gluten-free diet and delivers a recipe even grandma would be proud to serve. Artifice has more on the resignation of Bob Burnett, who’s been at the helm of the Mobile Arts Council since 2003, and in our music feature, we speak to husband and wife duo Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst, who are gearing up to bring their unique folk, rock and country act Shovels & Rope back to Mobile Jan. 23. Last but not least, Boozie has the first Senior Bowl sightings and a report on a recent episode of “Cops,” in which the Mobile Police Department was featured. Thanks for supporting your favorite weekly newspaper! LAGNIAPPE IN ONLINE AND ON STANDS NOW!
U.S. District Court Judge Callie Granade, who on Friday effectively overturned Alabama's ban on gay marriage, today ordered a 14-day stay on the judgment, passing further action to Atlanta's 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. In an order that again acknowledges Attorney General Luther Strange's lack of a sufficient legal argument, Granade also determined the stay would not sufficiently harm the public interest.
Same-sex couples across Alabama are celebrating this evening after a federal judge effectively overturned the state’s long-standing ban on gay marriage, but the couple at the center of the case in Mobile has been legally married for six years.
Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand made headlines earlier this year when they filed suit against the state and others after Searcy’s attempts to adopt McKeand’s biological son failed in both the Mobile County Probate Court and the Alabama Civil Court of Appeals.
U.S. District Court Judge Callie S. Granade of Alabama’s Southern District effectively overturned the state’s ban on gay marriage today, finding that the constitutionality of the “Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment” and the “Alabama Marriage Protection Act” were unconstitutional on equal protection and due process grounds.
Mobile County is looking to continue its land acquisition program, and pending an upcoming vote by commissioners, the next parcel could bag the county and its residents a few acres of waterfront property on Dead Lake. (more…) Continue Reading →
The Mobile County Public School System will break ground on the new $22 million Citronelle High School today at 10 a.m.
The much-anticipated school will front U.S. 45 at Centre Street and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2016, according to Rena Philips, supervisor of marketing and partnerships with the Mobile County school system. (more…) Continue Reading →
Mobile police are asking the public to help find a man wanted for biting off a portion of a woman’s ear earlier this week. According to police, a domestic violence call on Sunday led authorities to a home on S. Dearborn Street, where a physical assault had been reported. Upon arrival, a female victim told officers her child’s father, 35-year-old Tarrick Tramaine Richardson, had assaulted her by biting half of her ear off. The police are currently looking for Richardson, who has an outstanding warrant for domestic violence. Anyone with information as to Richardson’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Mobile Police Department at 251-208-7211. Continue Reading →
Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Bordenkircher is asking a federal judge to allow correspondence between Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie and her attorney to be used as evidence against her in an upcoming public corruption trial. (more…) Continue Reading →
Changes to zoning requirements for above-ground oil storage tanks could either protect a historic Mobile neighborhood from being consumed by the shadow of industry, or could negatively prohibit industrial opportunities in and around the port, depending on who you ask. Representatives from both sides will have a say when the Mobile Planning Commission’s subcommittee on above-ground oil and petroleum storage tanks holds a public hearing at 2 p.m. next Thursday, Jan. 29 in the Government Plaza auditorium. (more…) Continue Reading →
Special Baldwin County Circuit Court Judge George Elbrecht denied two post-trial motions last week brought by a Fairhope resident seeking relief from an earlier judgment in favor of the city regarding parklands adjacent to his Mobile Street home. (more…) Continue Reading →