With Turkey Day coming and going, it is time for us to look forward to the next holiday. In any other state, that would be Christmas, but in Alabama, it’s the Iron Bowl -- the one day when your best friend, neighbor or even spouse can become your worst enemy, if he or she is wearing the wrong colors. For folks outside the state, it’s hard for them to understand why we are so passionate about a football game. But in ‘Bama, most of our parents start indoctrinating us right about the time our umbilical cords are cut. It can get ugly — really ugly — at times, but there is also something beautiful about this rivalry. Lagniappe’s inaugural “Iron Bowl Smackdown,” we asked local Alabama and Auburn alums to tell us why their university, football team and fan base is superior to their rival’s. The assertions and/or accusations in these essays are not necessarily factual and they should be taken for what they are…just some good old-fashioned Tide and Tiger trash talk. Let the games begin…
Be sure to read our Bay Briefs for a feature on Burton LeFlore's financially-strapped congressional campaign in the weeks before the general election, an update on the Police Explorers story as the Police Department kicks off a formal investigation and a look at the Common Core educational debate.
Cuisine makes a visit to Food Pak on Old Shell Road, Artifice ganders at Mobile Museum of Art's Beaverbrook collection and Music catches up with songstress Nora James Struthers before her show at Callaghan's Dec. 4. All this and more, plus our favorite local tweeter makes another inappropriate decision that has journalists everywhere asking, really? Happy Thanksgiving! We're online and on stands now!
A six-month moratorium against oil and petroleum storage tanks seemingly had the support of every Mobile City Councilor during the Dec. 10 regular meeting, but they still pressed pause on the idea for at least three weeks. Councilmen Fred Richardson and Levon Manzie sponsored a proposed ordinance that would temporarily halt the issuance of permits for companies looking to locate oil and/or petroleum storage facilities within a designated area of the city.
The Alabama Supreme Court today upheld a ruling in favor of a Baldwin County car dealer who was ethnically slandered by a competitor in Pensacola, leading to “conservative” losses of $7.1 million in sales, according to an economist who testified at the original, four-day trial in 2011. There, after three hours of deliberation, a Mobile County jury awarded Shawn Esfahani, the owner of Eastern Shore Toyota, $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.
Fifteen years ago Hamburg, Germany’s downtown looked like Mobile. Today it’s a vibrant place where people want to live and it features high-end designers like Gucci and Chanel. What was the catalyst to transform the city?
The Mobile Police Department are investigating three early morning deaths as an apparent double homicide and suicide. According to a press release, on Dec. 10 at approximately 4:45 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of University Boulevard in reference to multiple people shot. Upon arrival, police discovered one male and one female deceased on scene. A third male subject was transported to a local hospital for life-threatening gun shot wounds, where he later died. Continue Reading →
A cyclist discovered lying in the middle of Springhill Avenue Thanksgiving night most likely fell and was not struck by a vehicle, according the Mobile Police Department. A reporter passing by the scene at approximately 9 p.m. Nov. 28 noticed an unresponsive man with a bloody face lying in the road but still straddling his bike. Although the call was dispatched as a bike versus vehicle, the cyclist regained consciousness minutes later and told responding officers he could not recall whether he fell or was struck by a car. Police spokeswoman Ashley Rains said the department did not assign a case number because the victim’s injuries were not severe and he appeared intoxicated. Continue Reading →
Mayor Sandy Stimpson is going to Hamburg, Germany to participate in an international aerospace forum and job recruiting trip just a few weeks after taking over the city’s top job. Stimpson left Dec. 1 and will join local and state business leaders at the Aviation Forum 2013. Stimpson will also be one of the featured speakers before an audience of global aerospace experts and company executives. The mayor will tour the Airbus production facility in Hamburg and meet with the company’s top European executives for an update on its progress in Mobile, where Airbus is constructing its first U.S. assembly plant. Continue Reading →
There were a few things I was prepared to ask about the new documentary “America’s Amazon,” before writer and co-producer Ben Raines hosted a screening for Lagniappe’s staff earlier this week. Despite positive reviews coming from its initial public premiere at the Fairhope Film Festival Nov. 8, I was skeptical that a film with a run time of a little less than an hour could adequately testify to the nature of its subject, the 300-square mile Mobile-Tensaw Delta, which covers more than a quarter million acres between the Causeway to as far north as Grove Hill. But, having been an avid reader of Raines’ environmental reporting during his 13 years at the Mobile Press-Register, which ended earlier this year when he accepted a position as executive director of the Weeks Bay Foundation, I knew he was capable of telling a good story. Yet as you would expect from a reporter working a beat, the tales would often unfold incrementally and as good reporting often does, create more abstract questions that remained unanswered. Continue Reading →