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The Terminal | Birmingham AL's hub

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Nice piece by Andre Natta on the revolving door of directors at BJCTA. Many of them appear to have gone on to bigger and better things despite the fact that many of them were forced out in Birmingham. Which begs the question ....

The Terminal | Birmingham AL's hub: We decided to take a quick look at the list of individuals who’ve served since 1994 – all nine of them. Why? Because the official National Transit Database website helped make it easy to do so…

Asian market's appetite for turtle meat threatens Alabama's terrapins | al.com

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Asian market's appetite for turtle meat threatens Alabama's terrapins | al.com: Two Auburn herpetologists have warned the state Conservation Advisory Board that the state’s turtle populations are under siege. Craig Guyer, an Auburn professor, and Jim Godwin, with the Alabama Natural Heritage Program, said the market for turtle meat is fueled by demand in Asian countries where native populations have been decimated by years of overharvest. In addition, some turtles native to Alabama bring hundreds of dollars apiece when sold as exotic pets.

Taylor Energy wells still leaking in Gulf after 8 years | al.com

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Taylor Energy wells still leaking in Gulf after 8 years | al.com: A cluster of leaking wells in the Gulf may have released as much as 1.2 million gallons of oil since 2004, when they were damaged during Hurricane Ivan, according to a report from the Skytruth environmental group.

Mike deGruy, world famous undersea filmmaker from Mobile, dies in helicopter crash | al.com

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Mike deGruy, world famous undersea filmmaker from Mobile, dies in helicopter crash | al.com: A Mobile native, deGruy was best known for his work filming the wreck of the Titanic with director James Cameron and for his Emmy-award winning camerawork for the BBC series "The Blue Planet." He filmed everything from killer whales leaping from the water to snatch baby seals to boiling thermal vents more than a mile underwater.

Mindful Eating as Way to Fight Bingeing - NYTimes.com

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Mindful Eating as Way to Fight Bingeing - NYTimes.com: Today’s experiment in eating, however, involves becoming aware of that reflexive urge to plow through your meal like Cookie Monster on a shortbread bender. Resist it. Leave the fork on the table. Chew slowly. Stop talking. Tune in to the texture of the pasta, the flavor of the cheese, the bright color of the sauce in the bowl, the aroma of the rising steam.

Alabama congressional delegation ranked among the worst by League of Conservation Voters | al.com

Alabama congressional delegation ranked among the worst by League of Conservation Voters | al.com: The League of Conservation Voters focused on 35 votes from last year on issues such as offshore drilling, flood insurance, renewable energy, air pollution, endangered species and the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency. Members who voted what the group labeled as the "pro-environment" position most often scored the highest.
Alabama's average score in the U.S. House was 21 out of 100. Only 13 states, mostly in the western plains, scored lower.

‘We the People’ Loses Appeal With People Around the World - NYTimes.com

‘We the People’ Loses Appeal With People Around the World - NYTimes.com: In 1987, on the Constitution’s bicentennial, Time magazine calculated that “of the 170 countries that exist today, more than 160 have written charters modeled directly or indirectly on the U.S. version.”

A quarter-century later, the picture looks very different. “The U.S. Constitution appears to be losing its appeal as a model for constitutional drafters elsewhere,” according to a new study by David S. Law of Washington University in St. Louis and Mila Versteeg of the University of Virginia.

The Great Divorce - NYTimes.com

The Great Divorce - NYTimes.com: Since then, America has polarized. The word “class” doesn’t even capture the divide Murray describes. You might say the country has bifurcated into different social tribes, with a tenuous common culture linking them.

2012 red snapper season will be shortest season ever | al.com

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2012 red snapper season will be shortest season ever | al.com: The shortened season will continue to put pressure on a Gulf charter fleet that relies on red snapper as its main draw.