The race is on in the new issue of Lagniappe, where we speak to state Democrats and Independents who are distancing themselves from Washington politics to try to gain a foothold locally. Alabama’s Democratic party isn’t poised to make significant gains in November’s general election, but state and local hopefuls still believe GOP alternatives have a relevant platform. In Bay Briefs, an economic impact study sheds light on windfall provided by the proposed I-10 bridge construction and the Gulf Shores City Council reaches a five-year agreement with Hangout Fest. We also have updates from this week’s Mobile City Council and Commission meetings, and our business column details the 951 Government St. renovation set to include 40 apartments with a first-floor commercial space. In Cuisine, Andy dishes on the White Knight of kitchen condiments—mayonnaise. If you think Miracle Whip is mayo you’re wrong, and if you think aioli is mayo you’re wrong again. In Artifice, find out what happens when an arts pundit becomes part of a provocateur’s project, and in Music, we feature Lisa Mills who, dissatisfied with her 9-year-old album “I’m Changing,” returns to the studio to make things right. A CD re-release party is scheduled Oct. 17 at Gulf City Lodge. Last but not least, Boozie has details on a new movie being filmed in the Port City and all of your oh-so-tasty gossip from the Widespread Panic show in Biloxi this past Sunday. Thanks for supporting your favorite weekly newspaper! LAGNIAPPE IS ONLINE AND ON STANDS NOW!
Alabama’s Speaker of House, Rep. Mike Hubbard of Auburn, was indicted today by a Lee County grand jury tasked earlier this year with investigating public corruption in state republican’s legislative supermajority.
The 23-count indictment was released today and included four counts alleging Hubbard used his position as the “chairman of the Alabama Republican Party to obtain personal gain” and voted for multiple pieces of legislation that violated state code due to a “conflict of interest.”
Three members of the History Museum of Mobile’s Board of Directors resigned in protest after a meeting Oct. 6, when the board voted to hire an attorney to fight the city for financial information and for the waving of the facility’s admission fee.
David Smithweck, Wayne Sirmon and Lisa Young each cited a strained relationship between the board and the city as one of the reasons for their resignations.
A five-year legal battle came to an end Friday, after the Alabama Supreme affirmed a lower court’s decision to allow the children of Leroy Hill to take control of his coffee business and ranch in Grand Bay from his second wife. The court unanimously affirmed a previous decision by Mobile Circuit Court Judge James Wood that found the coffee company and $40 million estate belonged to Hill’s children and not his second wife, Debbie Hill. “It was such a remarkable case,” VInce Kilborn, attorney for Hill’s children, said. ”The clients were so deserving. It’s the most difficult, but most rewarding case I’ve ever had.” (more…) Continue Reading →
The first indications of the Admiral Semmes Hotel makeover were seen today. The Atlanta-based national hotel liquidation company Hotel Content Liquidators LLC. (HCL) is selling all hotel furniture directly from the Admiral Semmes Hotel. Items to be offered include guestroom, lobby, bar, restaurant, banquet furniture and related accoutrements. The sale opened to the general public today at 10 a.m. and will continue for 15 days, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The final day to grab a deal on merchandise discounted up to 80 percent of cost is Oct. Continue Reading →
After Mobile Police announced Oct. 10 they were searching for a possible law enforcement impersonator related to the roadside abduction and murder of 29-year-old David Kyles, police arrested another man, unrelated to the case, and charged him with impersonating a peace officer. According to officials, 29-year-old Gregory Kohn pulled over a vehicle west of Eliza Jordan Road and indicated to the driver that he was a law enforcement officer. Kohn detained the driver and passengers of the vehicle until police arrived, MPD spokesman Officer Terence Perkins said. It was not clear at press time how authorities were called to the scene. Continue Reading →
As of last week, the Drug Enforcement Agency changed medicines containing the popular painkiller hydrocodone from a Schedule III to a more tightly controlled Schedule II drug, putting it in the same class as similar medicines like Demerol, OxyContin and Percocet. For patients using the widely distributed medicine, that means doctors will no longer be able to call in those prescriptions to pharmacies or include automatic refills without a predetermined date in a single perception. It’s been widely reported the change would require patients to see a doctor before a prescription could be refilled, but Special Agent Matt Barden with the DEA said that’s not the case. (more…) Continue Reading →
The World Leisure Congress not only failed to provide a revised number of guests to Mobile for its first meeting on U.S. soil, but the city was left responsible for a $125,000 bill after the event left town. (more…) Continue Reading →
According to a press release, doctors with the Mobile County Health Department Tuesday afternoon evaluated a patient who reported having gastrointestinal symptoms. The patient also reported having been in contact with people who traveled from the Republic of Congo more than 45 days ago. Because of the patient’s reported symptoms and other factors, health officials decided the individual should be further evaluated by infectious disease specialists at an area hospital. A spokesperson for the University of South Alabama later confirmed the patient had been admitted, but “did not meet the Centers for Disease Control screening criteria, and there is no risk for Ebola.” “I commend our fire rescue and emergency workers for their response,” said Dr. Bernard Eichold, Health Officer for Mobile County. Because of federal privacy laws, no other information can be provided about the patient. Continue Reading →