Monday, December 19, 2011
The fungus is a normal component of coastal marshes the world over, typically affecting 10 to 30 percent of the seed crop in any given year, according to U.S. Fish & Wildlife research on marsh communities of the Gulf Coast.
Monday, December 12, 2011
For a nation of talkers and self-confessors, we are terrible when it comes to talking about God. The discourse has been co-opted by the True Believers, on one hand, and Angry Atheists on the other. What about the rest of us?
Thursday, December 8, 2011
“You cannot out-Republican the Republicans,” Todd said in an interview last week. “We don’t have a message in this party in this state. We talk about middle class and jobs, but what have we done in the 136 years that we have been in power?”
Alabama Department of Transportation to delay construction of Northern Beltline for in-depth study of route | al.com
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
In “World Migration Report for 2011,” the International Organization for Migration, a 132-member intergovernmental body based in Geneva, warns that misinformation about migration fans “harmful stereotypes, discrimination and xenophobia.”
There will be fewer and fewer of what Virginia Woolf called “moments of being,” intense sensations that stand apart from the “cotton wool of daily life.”
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The expansion is powered by two years worth of grants totaling more than $500,000 from the Alabama Department of Environment Management. The results of the grants, which were awarded to a partnership headed by the Jefferson County Department of Health, will become more evident this month and will roll out throughout next year.
"It's just a massive expansion of recycling," said Michael Churchman, executive director of the Alabama Environmental Council, a major player in the effort.
Bagby has received several reports of the coyote and even sighted him once. Bagby believes that he is a solo older male.
"He most likely has been challenged and run out of his pack," she said."He is just wandering from place to place."
Monday, December 5, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
The drilling rig is in transit across the Gulf and could arrive off Alabama’s coast as early as today.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
“It is a fear of folks who are not like us,” said Judge U. W. Clemon, a former state senator and Alabama’s first black federal judge, now retired. “Although the Hispanic population of the state is less than 5 percent, the leaders of the state were hell-bent on removing as much of that 4 percent as possible. And I think they’ve been fairly successful in scaring them out of the state of Alabama.”
There are, of course, significant distinctions between the civil rights movement and the fight for immigrant rights. African-Americans have endured 400 years of oppression, and toppled laws created to deny their equality and to brutalize them. Unauthorized immigrants are a group who arrived by choice, mostly. They are living outside the law, and want in.
Read it here via nytimes.comThe brain has a limited capacity for self-regulation, so exerting willpower in one area often leads to backsliding in others. The good news, however, is that practice increases willpower capacity, so that in the long run, buying less now may improve our ability to achieve future goals
Monday, November 28, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Alabama's Flagg Mountain eyed as trailhead for Appalachian Trail extension along Pinhoti Trail | al.com
EXCERPT: From the old CCC-built fire tower atop Flagg Mountain, you can look out on an unobstructed 360-degree panorama: diminishing green hills and valleys playing out to the south and west, and to the north and east the rising ridges of the Appalachian Mountains, with the trees just beginning to turn to autumn colors.
In the minds of some dreamers, this dramatic view should be a first sight for hikers to behold as they set off for Maine on the Appalachian Trail. At 1,152 feet, Flagg Mountain is, according to at least one common definition, the southernmost Appalachian mountain. Heres' a complete selection of pictures taken by Birmingham News photographer Michelle Williams.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
This piece, turned around quickly after the release of Census data, bores deep down to capture a trend that is not readily apparent in the over all data.
Buried in the gloomy news the 2010 U.S. Census delivered for the city of Birmingham was at least a glimmer of hope: Two census tracts comprising downtown and UAB gained population over the past decade, a trend that can be capitalized on going forward if the city makes a concerted effort.
"There needs to be a plan," said Jeremy Erdreich, an architect involved in downtown redevelopment.
Monday, January 31, 2011
But since November, the once-clear lake is the color of creamy coffee after a construction project at neighboring Riverchase United Methodist Church in Hoover sent mud from a denuded 7-acre hillside pouring through storm sewers and into the lake.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
It was a good story and a worthy quest. Which will continue. Wreck found in Delta not the Clotilda, the last American slave ship | AL.com ...
My old friend and colleague Joe Songer at al.com has put together a list of outdoor adventures in each of Alabama's 67 counties. The...
Totally cool discovery and story by Ben Raines of al.com Wreck found by reporter may be last American slave ship, archaeologists say | A...
A famous Rick Bragg story from his early years at The Birmingham News This is a truncated version. A story was composed on a Friday afte...