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2017 Nappies feature fresh talent, unvanquished faves

A June 2017 announcement about recent Moroccan discoveries doubled the apparent age of homo sapiens, back to about 300,000 years ago. Among the evidence in the dig site was the control and manipulation of fire, handmade tools and the first Nappie awards for some of...

The tastiest Nappies of 2017

Photo of Chef Chris Rainosek via Yelp You have spoken. The 2017 Nappie Awards are in the can and you, dear reader, spread the love more this year than ever. Very few nominees found themselves winning multiple awards, something I believe may be due to a voting system...

Special news series and investigations

The slow rise and quick fall of GulfQuest

The $60 million GulfQuest National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico closed in November 2016, after just 13 months in operation. Although it reopened with limited hours several months later, Lagniappe's series of news stories, investigations, commentary and reviews raised questions about its feasibility before the doors even opened.

The resignation of Gov. Robert Bentley

Gov. Robert Bentley resigned on April 10, 2017 after pleading guilty to two misdemeanors related to campaign financing. Bentley had also been under fire for more than a year after intimate recordings between he and his political advisor Rebekah Caldwell Mason were captured and released by his ex-wife and former First Lady Dianne Bentley.

Mobile Housing Board

Despite plans for multimillion-dollar redevelopment projects, the Mobile Housing Board of Commissioners has been beset by financial shortcomings and dilapidating infrastructure. From reprimands from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and a lawsuit from former employees to the recent resignations of a longtime commissioner and executive director, the board has continued with plans to update its affordable housing stock.