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Amazon donates wish list Items and holiday gifts to Mobile families

SUBMITTED — Amazon hand-delivered $15,000 of needed materials to the Boys and Girls Club of South Alabama. Items included toys, rain jackets, hygiene products and other essential items. After the unveiling of the donation, children and families had the chance to pick out items, participate in holiday activities and visit with Santa Claus. This donation is part of Amazon’s national holiday tour. In addition, Amazon will donate $1 to the National Alliance to End Homelessness for every mile our trucks travel during the...

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Crickets

Editor: In response to “Why Alabama’s ‘major’ newspapers don’t speak for Alabama” (Nov. 29), I would like to share my own personal experience with the Press-Register. I wrote four editorials on topics ranging from the environment to health care to the Press-Register and never received so much as an acknowledgement from the paper that they received them. Curious as to whether they received them, I called the paper and left a voicemail of inquiry. They never returned my call with an answer. I respect the right of the Press-Register to publish what they wish and told them so. None of my editorials were published, but you would think that they would have the common courtesy to say, “thank you for your letter.” I agree with your article that Alabama’s major newspapers have lost touch with the diversity of topics and opinions that the people of this state have. I have read editorials that proclaimed “bullets hurt,” and another about how this state is a bunch of hypocrites without one example to support their argument. It seems more like sensationalism than informative, thought-provoking journalism to me. Thomas Habib Eight...

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Drinking the Kool-Aid

Editor: Matt Lauer, Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Al Franken and many more puppets are all being forced by their handlers to commit public humiliation rituals, all for the sake of somehow casting a shadow of doubt on the Hon. Judge Roy Moore, who (in my humble opinion) will undoubtedly be the winner in the upcoming U.S. Senate special election. There will be a couple more public humiliation rituals by other media and or political puppets between now and election day (Tuesday, Dec. 12) in order to perpetuate this myth that the Hon. Judge Roy Moore had somehow miraculously fooled every single person he ever met, every day of his life for about the last (say) 40-odd years. People have known about the above-mentioned sick list’s proclivities since the dawn of time, yet Moore’s accusers suddenly manifest just in time to somehow prevent him from earning compelling subpoena power as my next U.S. Senator from the great state of Alabama. As one of his soon-to-be constituents, I look forward to watching future Sen. Roy Moore explain to the world why perversion cannot become the law of the land, a cross the Hon. Judge Roy Moore has carried his whole career, standing up for what’s good and decent in this country. And now the people of the great state of Alabama are standing behind the Hon. Judge...

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Lagniappe: December 6 – December 12, 2017

Head to the polls with the latest issue of Lagniappe, where we examine the issues setting apart Roy Moore and Doug Jones a week before the election. Despite allegations of sexual misconduct, Moore recently gained the endorsement of President Donald Trump. Jones meanwhile has been emphasizing voter turnout. In Bay Briefs, we have a story about how Mobile County is considering spending additional revenue from offshore oil leases. There’s also an interview with the new director of the Mobile Housing Board. Commentary includes closing arguments and observations in the Senate campaign. Cuisine visits Jersey Mike’s sub shop, arts speaks...

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Baldwin voters have option to reinstate 1 mill school tax

By John Mullen Kevin Spriggs carries the reputation of a staunch anti-tax proponent he solidified during the battle to raise and renew taxes for schools in the failed “Build Baldwin Now” campaign. But an idea from Spriggs might help get a 1 mill tax renewal earmarked for schools passed. “To me, I was just stating the obvious,” Spriggs, a Daphne businessman, said. “It was odd to me to have a vote like that and it not be a straight majority vote.” SAMPLE BALLOT — BALDWIN COUNTY He asked county school officials why just that one part of the school...

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Music Listings: December 6 – December 12, 2017

WED. DEC 6 Blind Mule— Comedy Open Mic Bluegill— Matt Neese Blues Tavern— Art, 8p Callaghan’s— Phil and Foster Cockeyed Charlie’s— JJ Fairhope Brewing— Neil Dover, 2p// Rhonda Hart, 6p/// Johnny Barbato, 7p//// Wes Loper, 10:15p Felix’s— Rebecca Barry Duo Lulu’s— Adam Holt, 5p Saenger— A Christmas Carol THUR. DEC 7 Big Beach Brewing— Chad Davidson Band, 6:30p Bluegill— Brent Loper Blues Tavern— McNab Bro Duo, 8:30p The Bone and Barrel— Adam Holt, 7p Callaghan’s— Charlie Young Cockeyed Charlie’s— JJ Felix’s— Grits N Pieces Flora Bama— Wes Loper, 1p// Dueling Pianos, 4:20p/// Not the Real Band, but the Real...

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New book documents Tuskegee Airmen’s enduring legacy

By Mike Thomason/Contributing Writer While most think of the Tuskegee Airmen as a combat fighter pilot unit, they were much more than that, and led the way to the modern integrated United States armed forces. Established during World War II as part of the Army Air Corps just months before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Tuskegee Airmen have become one of Alabama’s most famous military units. Serving in the nation’s segregated military, its original officers were white, while its men and women were black. Author Daniel Haulman is a retired Air Force colonel and chief of the Organizational History Division of the U.S. Air Force Research Agency at Maxwell Field in Montgomery. Haulman has written several other books on the Tuskegee Airmen over the years, and this volume is something of a summing up of his work and that of other authors. “The Tuskegee Airmen Chronology” provides a great overview of the history of black airmen, pilots and aircrew. It reminds us that men were being trained in all aspects of combat service, in various single-engine fighters and twin-engine light to medium bombers throughout the war. Units of the Tuskegee Airmen were training to bomb Japan when the atom bombs abruptly ended the war in August 1945. When the several all-black units were replaced by integrated units in the newly created Air Force in 1947 and the entire...

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Calendar of Events: Dec 6 – Dec 12, 2017

Holiday Events Providence Tree Lighting Providence Hospital will celebrate the 33rd anniversary of its annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the hospital’s main lobby. A reception will follow. Call 251-266-1335. Elfapalooza Mobile’s chance to break the Guinness World Record for most elves in one place (Bienville Square). To be a part of the official count, come wearing red and green, an elf hat and pointy ears! Friday, Dec. 8, 5-7 p.m. Christmas in Daphne On Friday, Dec. 8, the Daphne Christmas Parade rolls at 6:30 p.m. south along Main Street through Olde Towne...

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