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Author: Gabriel Tynes

One street in midtown where Republicans, Democrats, independents coexist

Democrats in Alabama these days are typically the ones who feel out of place. The state hasn’t endorsed a Democratic president since Jimmy Carter in 1976, and since Republicans took over the Legislature in 2010, more Democrats are feeling like small blue dots in an overwhelmingly red state. But the Senate election Dec. 12, which pits an unpopular Republican in Roy Moore against a moderate Democrat in Doug Jones, has the underdogs feeling emboldened. Perhaps nowhere is this as evident as in midtown Mobile, where Jones campaign signs are as ubiquitous as historical markers on housing facades. One street...

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Neediest family stays positive despite hardships

Renishia Franks has had her ups and downs. She was a standout student at Vigor High School, where she graduated with honors in 2011. She still displays the trophies she won as a member of the Wolves basketball team, along with a photo of herself on the freshman homecoming court. But lacking guidance, she quickly fell into ambivalence and casual drug use after high school. She briefly enrolled at Bishop State Community College before her first pregnancy, but with an unsupportive partner found higher education too difficult to pursue. More recently, with a second child nearing 4 years of...

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District attorney disputes report naming Mobile County as death penalty ‘outlier’

Last August, Harvard University’s Fair Punishment Project released a study naming Mobile County as one of 16 nationwide “outliers ” in death penalty cases — counties that imposed five or more death sentences between 2010 and 2015. In that time, the study noted, Mobile County (population 415,395) sentenced eight defendants to death, placing it on the list alongside such counties as Riverside in California (population 2.63 million), Maricopa in Arizona (population 4.16 million) and Clark in Nevada (population 2.11 million). But in the two years since, juries in Mobile County have placed another three capital murder convicts on death row,...

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Utilities manager disputes Baykeeper’s sewage spill estimate

At the conclusion of a tour of Daphne Utilities’ wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) on D’Olive Creek last month, General Manager Danny Lyndall pointed out one of the walls in an employee break room. It’s covered with about 20 awards from professional organizations. There are a few others piled up on a filing cabinet nearby. “We’re running out of room to hang them,” he said. There are awards for water quality, pollution control, distribution, recycling efforts and employee performance, among other things. When the plant works, Lyndall stressed, it’s one of the best in Alabama, if not the nation. But...

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Mobile Baykeeper intends to sue Daphne Utilities over ‘fraudulent’ spill reporting

Mobile Baykeeper notified Daphne Utilities of its intent to sue yesterday in response to alleged “fraudulent reporting activity [that] has continued for many months or years with management’s knowledge and direction.” The nonprofit environmental organization took action after an August sewage spill reportedly discharged 1 million gallons of untreated wastewater into D’Olive Creek but was reported as “zero” gallons by the utility. Baykeeper also notes at least four other issues that may form the basis of a lawsuit. The Clean Water Act requires a 60-day notification period before filing a citizen’s suit against a utility in federal district court....

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Man pleads not guilty in offshore stabbing incident

According to court records, Christopher Shane Dreiling, a 42-year-old from Oxford, Alabama, pleaded not guilty in federal court this morning to an offshore stabbing incident that left two of his fellow fishermen bobbing and bleeding in the Gulf of Mexico last month before they were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard. In a criminal complaint filed Aug. 21, a special agent with the Coast Guard Investigative Service claimed Dreiling (pictured above) was serving as a deckhand on the boat Billy B out of Bon Secour on Aug. 20, alongside captain Noah Gibson and crew Anthony (AJ) Love. The boat...

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Eastern Shore tug-of-war

Temperatures are reaching a boiling point in Fairhope, where Mayor Karin Wilson remains at odds with the city attorney and a majority of the City Council after three former employees and now an outspoken citizen have filed notices of claim against the city — precursors to potential lawsuits. Meanwhile, text messages between Wilson and an IT contractor were subpoenaed by the City Council last month, and their subsequent release is causing a stir, putting the mayor on the defensive. In a conversation last week, Wilson said the “leak” of the texts was the latest attempt by the City Council,...

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Stimpson gained support in most precincts despite lower turnout

According to an unofficial summary report published the day after last week’s mayoral election, 8,021 fewer votes were cast in the 2017 referendum compared to 2013, reflecting a total turnout of 36.5 percent of the city’s 136,474 registered voters. As in 2013, Mayor Sandy Stimpson won 20 of the 38 precincts — and no precinct completely flipped for either candidate this year. But in spite of the fact overall voting was down for both candidates, the deciding factor appears to be that Sam Jones actually lost support in all but three precincts in 2017, while Stimpson gained support in...

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