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Florida ‘Monkey Whisperer’ Is Charged With Illegal Animal Sales

Capuchin monkeys are small, boisterous and smelly. They “soak their hands and feet in urine to leave a scent,” according to the World Wildlife Federation. They are also smart. Researchers have said that the capuchin monkeys exhibit a level of intelligence, smartly selecting effective tools to help them crack open palm nuts for eating. After […]

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In Minority Communities, Doctors Are Changing Minds About Vaccination

Like many Black and rural Americans, Denese Rankin, a 55-year-old retired bookkeeper and receptionist in Castleberry, Ala., did not want the Covid-19 vaccine. Ms. Rankin worried about side effects — she had seen stories on social media about people developing Bell’s palsy, for example, after they were vaccinated. She thought the vaccines had come about […]

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Body Bags Placed Outside Alabama Courthouse to Protest Confederate Monument, Flag

Photo: Graeme Dawes (Shutterstock) An Alabama courthouse has been the site of months of protests regarding the Confederate monument and flag that are displayed outside. The protesters have intensified their efforts by placing prop body bags outside the courthouse. Advertisement According to CNN, the bags were placed outside the Marshall County Courthouse in Albertville by […]

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For a Civil Rights Hero, 90, a New Battle Unfolds on His Childhood Street

In January 2019, the Jefferson Circuit Court ruled in favor of the city, arguing that the state law violated a municipality’s right to free speech. That fall, however, the Alabama Supreme Court unanimously reversed that ruling, effectively ending legal challenges to the act at the state level. ‘I knew we were breaking the law’ Nevertheless, […]

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Now Airing on the Local News in Tennessee: Ads for Georgia Candidates

He estimated that Georgians make up about 10 percent of his viewers. His station has seen millions of dollars in political spending anyway. “In a year where we had a pandemic, it’s certainly unexpected and welcomed,” Mr. Ellis said. Stations make the most money off super PACs. While candidates are protected from price-gouging under federal […]

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Why Georgia Runoff Ads Are Running on Tennessee’s News Stations

He estimated that Georgians make up about 10 percent of his viewers. His station has seen millions of dollars in political spending anyway. “In a year where we had a pandemic, it’s certainly unexpected and welcomed,” Mr. Ellis said. Stations make the most money off super PACs. While candidates are protected from price-gouging under federal […]

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Amazon Workers Near Vote on Joining Union at Alabama Warehouse

Thousands of workers at an Amazon warehouse near Birmingham, Ala., moved closer this week to holding a vote on whether to form a union, a milestone at the nation’s fastest growing large employer and a coup for organized labor, which has tried for years to make inroads at the e-commerce giant. After three days of […]

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Worker Ran Illegal Winery in Alabama Sewage Plant, Sheriff Says

A municipal worker in Alabama was arrested after he was caught running an illegal winemaking operation inside a sewage treatment plant, the authorities said. The employee, Allen Maurice Stiefel, of Fyffe, Ala., was charged with unlawful possession of an illegally manufactured alcoholic beverage, a misdemeanor, and use of official position for personal gain, which is […]

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Alabama Sheriff’s Office Posts ‘Thugshot’ Xmas Tree and Is Shocked When People Don’t Think It’s Funny

Photo: Shutterstock Apparently, law enforcement officers in Mobile, Ala., don’t know how to read a room. Or at least that seems to be the case for deputies with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, whose idea of lighthearted holiday humor was to post online a photo of a Christmas tree decorated with mugshots as ornaments and […]

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Terminally Ill Man Calls to Confess to 1995 Murder, Alabama Police Say

The call came in to the switchboard and was transferred twice before Detective Sean Mukaddam, a violent crimes investigator in Decatur, Ala., who specializes in cold cases, finally picked up the phone. The man on the other end of the line had a tip, so to speak. “‘I want to confess to a murder that […]

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On a Summer Night in Selma, an Eerie Carnival Comes to Town

Ghost stories aren’t necessarily meant to frighten — often, they’re ways to explain to ourselves the living’s unresolved matters of the heart: old ambitions, old loves, old hatreds. T’s Nov. 15 Travel issue is dedicated to such tales, and includes three short stories inspired by place and written exclusively for the magazine. Below is “The […]

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In Alabama, Poverty and the Coronavirus Are a Double Blow

My story starts in Lowndes County, Ala., a place that’s been called Bloody Lowndes because of its violent, racist history. It’s part of Alabama’s Black Belt, a broad strip of rich, dark soil worked and inhabited largely by poor Black people who, like me, are descendants of slaves. Our ancestors were ripped from their homes […]

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Alabama Voters Decided It’s Time To Update Their Racist Constitution

The Alabama State Capitol building is seen on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in Montgomery, AL. (Elijah Nouvelage for The Washington Post via Getty Images) Voters in Alabama have decided that it’s finally time to make some major changes to the state’s nearly-120-year-old state constitution, striking racist, sexist and otherwise problematic language from the document. This week […]

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Racial Tolerance Was on the Ballot—and Won

The defining story of the 2020 election is, of course, Joe Biden’s apparent victory over Donald Trump. Though Democrats fell short of a once-in-a-generation landslide victory, they convinced a substantial majority of voters to reject an irredeemable racist. But voters across America, from reliably blue states in the Northeast to ruby-red bastions in the South, […]

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Alabama Voters Approve Measure to Strike Racism From the State’s Constitution…But a Lot of Alabamans Are Still Racist AF

Alabama Capitol buildingPhoto: Shutterstock On Tuesday, Alabama voters showed that many of them are genuinely interested in living in the 21st century by approving an amendment that could start the process of removing 119-year-old racist language from the state’s constitution. Advertisement From the Montgomery Advertiser: As of 10:48 p.m., Amendment 4 had 878,300 yes votes […]

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The Supreme Court’s Attack on Alabama Voters With Disabilities

Last week, the Supreme Court acquiesced to another attack on the voting rights of all Americans. In a 5-3 decision, the court blocked a trial judge’s ruling permitting Alabama counties to offer curbside voting as a reasonable accommodation to disabled voters. People with disabilities represent over 95 percent of Covid-related deaths in Alabama. Now, they […]

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Alabama Will Vote on Removing Racist Phrases From State Constitution for the Third Time in 20 Years

Alabama Capitol BuildingPhoto: LightInThisWorld (Shutterstock) Hopefully, the third time is the charm for a measure to remove racist language from Alabama’s state constitution. Advertisement WRBL reports that an effort to “recompile” Alabama’s constitution is currently underway, with a measure to authorize lawmakers to do so on the state’s ballot this year. This is the third […]

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Supreme Court Bars Curbside Voting in Alabama

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a trial judge’s ruling that would have allowed, but not required, counties in Alabama to offer curbside voting. The vote was 5 to 3, with the court’s more conservative members in the majority. The court’s brief, unsigned order gave no reasons, which is typical when it rules […]

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How Nick Saban Made It to Alabama’s Kickoff on Saturday

A private jet, the crimson “A” of the University of Alabama painted on its tail, lifted off from Tuscaloosa, Ala., around daybreak Saturday with extraordinary cargo: cellular debris collected from the nose of Nick Saban, the football coach. Three days earlier, Saban had announced that he had tested positive for the coronavirus. Now, still in […]

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Nick Saban Is Being Tested for the Virus. The Runaway Train of College Football Keeps Rolling.

The news that Alabama Coach Nick Saban tested positive this week for the coronavirus gave an uppercut jolt to big-time college football, which is doing all it can to continue with its season — pandemic be damned. What will the jolt change? So far, after announcing the positive test, Saban has said he feels fine. […]

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Tommy Tuberville’s Financial Fumbles

Tommy Tuberville, the Republican candidate for Senate in Alabama, is running in large measure on his experience in college football’s Southeastern Conference, known as the S.E.C., where he coached Auburn University. But he has had experience with another S.E.C., the Securities and Exchange Commission, and other financial regulators. A review by The New York Times […]

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In a Small Alabama Town, Suddenly All Politics Is National

MONTEVALLO, Ala. — Perhaps no one was more surprised to learn that Joyce Jones wanted to defund the police than Joyce Jones herself. On Aug. 11, Ms. Jones was in the final stretch of her campaign for mayor of Montevallo, a town of 6,674 people in central Alabama, when she appeared in a candidate forum […]

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Who the Hell Is Morgan Wallen, the Country Singer Who Got Dropped From ‘SNL’?

In-depth explainers on the pseudo-celebrities we are regrettably qualified to tell you about. On Wednesday, country singer Morgan Wallen made headlines by announcing he’d no longer be performing on Saturday Night Live. The show canned him for violating its COVID-19 protocols, a decision they made after videos of Wallen ripping shots in a bar, making […]

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Gulf States Brace for Hurricane Delta

States along the Gulf Coast were under storm warnings and watches on Thursday as Hurricane Delta, which mostly spared Mexico on Wednesday, churned north, prompting mandatory evacuations and other preparations in a region that has wearily endured multiple hurricanes and tropical storms in an especially active season. Early Thursday morning, Delta, now a Category 2 […]

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I’m a Liberal in Alabama. Here’s What It’s Like Campaigning for Doug Jones.

AUBURN, Ala. — Since August, I’ve been in charge of Senator Doug Jones’s campaign sign delivery for greater Lee County, which is in the eastern part of Alabama. I receive a list of people who have requested signs from the senator’s headquarters, in Birmingham. I then spend a lot of time on Google spreadsheets and […]

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An Iron Bowl Question Stumped ‘Jeopardy!’ Contestants And College Football Fans Were Furious

The Iron Bowl is one of college football’s most beloved and highly-anticipated events each year. It’s also responsible for one of the wildest endings in the history of the sport. This is why a lot of sports fans were shocked when a question about the annual contest blanked Jeopardy! contestants on Thursday night. The beloved […]

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Victim in 1963 Alabama Church Bombing Seeks State Restitution

Even though it has been more than 50 years since Ku Klux Klansmen bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., Sarah Collins Rudolph said remnants from the blast could still be found in her body. She lost her right eye and still has a piece of glass in her left eye from when […]

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Not Saying America Is Racist or Anything, but Over 240 Schools Are Named After Confederate Leaders

Photo: Mccallk69 (Shutterstock) Over the summer, cities and states scrambled to respond to the protests that erupted in the wake of George Floyd’s death from police violence. Among the many symbolic gestures was the renaming of schools named after Confederate leaders. Advertisement According to CNN, the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) has found that over 240 […]

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