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Burned out: the celeb chef craze is overdone

I was reading a Bloomberg article today about the downfall of the celebrity chef restaurant. Call me a hater, say I’m jealous, accuse me of ill feelings toward those who have “made it” in the high-profile world of food peddling, but I will openly admit this is...

Red Clay, clean water

Photo | Red Clay Brewing Co. Named for the 53 miles of Alabama’s coastline, 1 percent of all sales of Red Clay’s 53 Kölsch will be donated to the Alabama Coastal Foundation. When Opelika’s Red Clay Brewing Co. decided to put out a summer seasonal brew this year, it...

Special news series and investigations

RESTORE Act

For damages caused by the BP oil spill in 2010, Alabama will receive $2.3 billion of a total settlement agreement valued at $18.5 billion. Of that, $1.3 billion of the state's share will be allocated to environmental and economic damages, while the remaining $1 billion will be distributed into the state’s general fund over the next 18 years — an amount equalling $55.5 million per year.

Wastewater treatment crisis

More than 23 million gallons of sewage has spilled in the Mobile-Baldwin county area this year, according to Mobile Baykeeper. In a special series of reports, Lagniappe is exploring why Mobile is struggling with an aging sewer and stormwater infrastructure and how Baldwin County is racing to keep up with explosive population growth.

Mobile Housing Board

For decades, the Mobile Housing Board of Commissioners has been beset by financial shortcomings and dilapidating infrastructure. But with a new executive director and changing membership, the board is continuing to move forward with plans to update its affordable housing stock.