Tag: Alabama

Thinking of Traveling in the U.S.? These States Have Travel Restrictions

Americans are planning millions of trips this summer within the United States, according to a forecast released by the AAA last month. But packing a face mask and hand sanitizer aren’t the only things these travelers need to consider, as a third of states have restrictions in place for visitors, from mandatory testing to quarantine […]

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US Army Probing How Completely Accurate Description of ‘MAGA’ as ‘Covert White Supremacy’ Was Included in Racial Inclusivity Workshop

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) Someone told the truth on a U.S. Army base, and folks (Army leadership) are not happy about it! Advertisement As CNN reports, a graphic was distributed at an Army base in Alabama this week describing Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again” as a form of “covert white supremacy.” […]

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A Little Help From My (Black) Friends: A Reboot of The Wonder Years Featuring a Black Family Is Coming to ABC

Lee Daniels, left; Saladin Patterson, center; Fred Savage, rightPhoto: Ron Eshel/Invision/AP, Andy Drew , Courtesy 20th Century Fox TV “What would you do if I sang outta tune?” Well, if I do it in front of a Black family, I’ll probably get roasted—followed by being accused of clapping on the 1 and 3. Advertisement Speaking […]

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A Trump-Backed Senate Candidate’s Hedge Fund Disaster

President Trump’s favored Senate candidate in Alabama, Tommy Tuberville, is known for his career as a college football coach. But he also had a brief stint as co-owner of a hedge fund. It did not go well. A little more than a decade ago, after departing from Auburn University where he was head coach, Mr. […]

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Splitting 5-4, Supreme Court Grants Alabama’s Request to Restore Voting Restrictions

WASHINGTON — By a 5-to-4 vote, the Supreme Court on Thursday blocked a trial judge’s order that would have made it easier for voters in three Alabama counties to use absentee ballots in this month’s primary runoff election. The court’s brief, unsigned order gave no reasons, which is typical when it rules on emergency applications, […]

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College Students In Alabama Are Apparently Throwing COVID-19 Parties Complete With Cash Prizes

If someone invites you to a “COVID-19 party,” you need to run. Seriously. And believe it or not, that little absurdist nugget of practical advice might actually prove useful to you in the coming days. Because CNN reports that students in the state of Alabama — primarily in the Tuscaloosa area, home to the University […]

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Inquiry Prompted by Trump’s Hurricane Dorian Claim Is Being Blocked, Investigator Says

WASHINGTON — The Department of Commerce is preventing the release of an investigation’s findings into whether it coerced the head of a federal agency into supporting President Trump’s erroneous claim that Hurricane Dorian would hit Alabama last year, the department’s inspector general said on Wednesday. In a memo to Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross Jr., […]

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The Fall of Jeff Sessions, and What Came After

Listen to This Article Audio Recording by Audm To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android. For several months before he fired Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump had telegraphed that his attorney general would leave following the 2018 midterm elections. Still, Justice Department aides were surprised […]

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Mayor Resigns for His Facebook Comments About Alabama Football’s Black Lives Matter Video

Photo: Shutterstock I’m honestly starting to think Facebook won’t crack down on racists because they’re the company’s target demographic. Seriously, how many stories have you read about a mayor/police officer/random white guy who works at the post office losing his job because of something racist posted on Facebook? Mark Chambers, a mayor of a small […]

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FBI Finds No Hate Crime Committed In Bubba Wallace’s Garage

Photo: Chris Graythen (Getty Images ) Controversy ensued last weekend when NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace reported finding a noose in his garage stall. Wallace was partially responsible for NASCAR banning the Confederate flag from its events and the noose was initially believed to be a response to that event. Advertisement According to The Washington Post, […]

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FBI Finds No Hate Crime Committed In Bubba Wallace’s Garage

Photo: Chris Graythen (Getty Images ) Controversy ensued last weekend when NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace reported finding a noose in his garage stall. Wallace was partially responsible for NASCAR banning the Confederate flag from its events and the noose was initially believed to be a response to that event. Advertisement According to The Washington Post, […]

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After 7 Are Killed in Alabama, Two Men Are Arrested in Oregon

Two men accused of killing seven people in northern Alabama this month have been arrested in Oregon and are awaiting extradition on capital murder charges, the authorities said. The men, John Michael Legg, 19, of Danville, Ala., and Frederic Allen Rogers, 22, of Hartselle, Ala., were arrested on Sunday, accused of fatally shooting four men […]

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NASCAR Investigating Noose Found in Bubba Wallace’s Garage

Days after the only black driver in NASCAR’s top racing series sported a “Black Lives Matter” message and celebrated the organization’s banning the Confederate flag, a noose was found on Sunday in his garage stall at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, officials said. “Today’s despicable act of racism and hatred leaves me incredibly saddened and serves […]

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The Walls of the Church Couldn’t Keep the Trump Era Out

WILLIAMS, Ala. — In early 2017, a pastor in the Alabama countryside named Chris Thomas prepared to give his Sunday sermon. President Trump had been inaugurated the week before, and the new administration was already making headlines with a travel ban that included refugees from Syria. Mr. Thomas knew of no one in his congregation […]

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NASCAR’s Confederate Flag Ban Faces a Test in Alabama

ATLANTA — Mike Harmon has spent much of his life driving the stock-car courses of the South, which also means that he has spent much of his life speeding past Confederate flags. “It’s just something that you’re used to seeing at the racetrack,” said Harmon, who grew up in Alabama and first drove in a […]

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Supreme Court Stays Execution of Texas Inmate Over Issue of Spiritual Adviser

The Supreme Court stayed the execution of a Texas inmate on Tuesday, about an hour before it was to occur, in response to his lawyers’ argument that his religious liberty was violated when he was denied a request to have a Christian chaplain present during his execution. The inmate, Ruben Gutierrez, who was scheduled to […]

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Over 2,000 Black People Were Lynched From 1865 to 1877, Study Finds

In the fall of 1870, Guilford Coleman, a black man, was abducted from his home in Alabama, beaten to death and thrown into a well for having voted at a political convention to nominate a Republican governor. The message was received, according to local newspaper accounts: Those in favor of Reconstruction dared “not canvass the […]

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NOAA Chief Violated Ethics Code in Furor Over Trump Tweet, Agency Says

WASHINGTON — The head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration violated the agency’s code of ethics in the fall when he rebuked employees for contradicting President Trump’s inaccurate claim that a hurricane would hit Alabama, NOAA said Monday in a report. Neil Jacobs, NOAA’s acting administrator, “engaged in the misconduct intentionally, knowingly, or in […]

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Hair Salons Reopen, and Americans Rush Back

Few professional encounters require prolonged bouts of close contact like appointments at hair or beauty salons. This makes beauty, nail and barbershops potentially high-risk hubs of infection for the coronavirus, which has killed almost half a million people worldwide since the start of this year. And yet, across the United States, customers are clamoring to […]

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Video Shows Cops Brutalize Black Business Owner Who Called 911 Over Robbery

Source: YouTube / Youtube A Black business owner was attacked by police officers after calling them over a robbery. According AL.com, the incident happened nearly three months ago on March 15, however, surveillance video of the attack was uploaded to social media over the weekend. The clip shows a cop walk into Star Spirits & […]

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Confederate Statue Debate Is Reignited by George Floyd Protests

As protests against racism and police violence spread across the nation, demonstrators in at least six cities focused their anger on symbols of the Confederacy, seizing the opportunity to mar statues and monuments that have ignited debate for years. Many of the monuments were vandalized with spray paint; protesters tried to topple others from their […]

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Returning, and Awakening, to the Beauty of Rural Alabama

With travel restrictions in place worldwide, we’re turning to photojournalists to help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet’s most beautiful and intriguing places. In this week’s installment of The World Through a Lens, Scott Baker shares a collection of photographs from his hometown in Alabama. In March, decades after I’d moved away, I […]

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‘I Am Very Serious About Them Losing Their Life’: Alabama Mayoral Candidate Calls for Public Hanging of Drug Dealers

Photo: Shutterstock An Alabama mayoral candidate—in the 21st century—wants to bring back public hangings as punishment for drug dealers. Advertisement According to AL.com, James Earl Ray…sorry…Michael Ray James, who is running for mayor in the small city of Sylacauga, is calling for the execution of repeat drug dealers by way of hanging. James has made […]

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Alabama Sheriffs Are Refusing to Enforce Governor’s ‘Safer at Home’ Order

Screenshot: Gov. Kay Ivey announces “Safer at Home” order at press conference on April 28. WAFF 48 (YouTube) Alabama sheriffs are responding to the state’s order to keep establishments such as dine-in restaurants and churches closed by…refusing to do their jobs. Advertisement According to AL.com, Republican sheriffs in several Alabama counties have said they will […]

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Octavia Spencer Donates Breathing Monitors To Hospitals In New York And Alabama Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Actress Octavia Spencer is focused on supporting health care workers who are on the front lines of fighting the coronavirus pandemic. According to NBC News, she donated breathing monitors to hospitals in New York and Alabama. The shortage of breathing machines in states that have been hit the hardest by COVID-19 has been an issue […]

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Camper on Closed Disney World Island Is Charged With Trespassing

It had the makings of an adventure straight from Disney’s “Swiss Family Robinson” — being on an uninhabited island and living off the land. But for one Alabama man, the adventure — on a former island attraction at Walt Disney World in Florida — was short-lived and ended in an arrest. The man, Richard J. […]

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Octavia Spencer Donates Respirators to Hospitals in Alabama and New York

Photo: Frazer Harrison (Getty Images) Octavia Spencer is doing her part to make sure lives are being saved amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The Oscar-winning actress is reportedly donating respiratory monitors to hospitals in her home state of Alabama and the epicenter of the illness, New York. Advertisement “Seeing what is happening in the communities that […]

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Coronavirus Infected 9 People in One Black Family. 3 Died. They Still Have Trouble Getting Tested

Photo: Shutterstock First, it came for his son. Tyrone Posey says his wife, 51-year-old Phacethia Posey, began researching coronavirus as soon as the deadly disease started making the headlines. It became more urgent when their son, Tyrone Posey Jr. became the first member of the family to contract the invisible pathogen that would eventually kill […]

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At Least 1 Dead as Severe Weather Sweeps Through the South

At least one person died after severe weather brought hail and storms through Alabama and other Southern states on Sunday and Monday, the second consecutive weekend that dangerous storms swept through the region. In Alabama, where there was significant damage from wind and hail, the authorities said there was one fatality attributed to the storm. […]

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Huntsville Man Mows Lawns, Provides Care Packages Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

In the midst of the global health crisis, there are uplifting stories that illustrate the power of community. According to Atlanta Black Star, Huntsville, Alabama resident Rodney Smith Jr. is on a mission to help the city’s most vulnerable groups amid the pandemic. “I’m just mowing and doing what I love to do best: helping […]

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