TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Students at Harvard University are getting a lesson about the Alabama tornado outbreak of 2011. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox will speak at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government on Wednesday. Maddox will discuss the city's response to the massive EF-4 twister that hit the city on April 27, 2011. The tornado killed more than 50 people and destroyed or damaged thousands of structures, but Maddox received generally positive reviews for his handling of the disaster. He was re-elected earlier this year.
The Crimson Tide fall to 11-1 and likely puts them in line for a berth in the Sugar Bowl. Auburn managed to top its "Immaculate Deflection" victory of two weeks ago while destroying Alabama's shot at a third consecutive national championship. Chris Davis returned a missed field goal over 100 yards for a touchdown on the final play to give the fourth-ranked Tigers a 34-28 thriller against the No. 1 Crimson Tide. Davis caught Adam Griffith's 57-yard attempt near the back of the end zone, then sprinted up the left side before cutting right with nothing but teammates surrounding him.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Mobile's new mayor is heading to Germany to meet with Airbus representatives about the company's upcoming assembly plant in the port city. Mayor Sandy Stimpson is among the local and state leaders traveling to Hamburg, Germany, for Aviation Forum 2013. Stimpson will tour an Airbus factory and meet with top European executives for an update on its progress with the $600 million manufacturing plant in Mobile. Stimpson says the trip is a chance to showcase Mobile before Airbus partners and suppliers. The group departs Sunday and will return on Thursday.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A state lawmaker has pre-filed a bill to remove the state Department of Education from the licensure and regulation processes for private schools. The Montgomery Advertiser reported Thursday that proposed legislation from Republican state Sen. Dick Brewbaker, of Montgomery, would also remove a state requirement asking that the schools carry a surety bond of at least $10,000. The proposed legislation would also shift the regulation of technical and professional schools to the Department of Postsecondary Education.
Between now and Monday, fans of Christopher Columbus can get a taste of what life was like during his 1492 voyage of discovery to the New World. Replicas of two of his vessels, the "Nina" and the "Pinta" are docked along the Tennessee/Tombigbee River in Demopolis. I spoke with Captain Morgan Sanger who was aboard the Pinta.
Morgan Sanger—“Well, it’s an educational exhibit we’ve been doing for twenty years now, and we go to school groups, and families—showing them what life was like five hundred years ago, and how good they have it now.”
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama museum is displaying an art collection available in only one other place: the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency. Birmingham's Southern Museum of Flight opened a gallery this month featuring 16 reproductions of original artwork donated to the CIA and displayed at its building in McLean, Va. Based upon once-secret events that have since been declassified, the artwork provides a rare glimpse into decades of U.S. spy work. But members of the general public can't see it because it's inside the nation's spy headquarters.
Tickets still aren't hard to find for Saturday's matchup of No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Auburn. It'll just cost you a lot of money. As of late Thursday morning, just more than 48 hours before kickoff at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium, the online brokerage firm StubHub still had almost 1,600 tickets available. The lowest price was $295, though fees would push that above $300. The most expensive checked in at $3,000 -- though that's well higher than the average even for prime locations. Predictably, how much you spend depends on where you want to sit.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama retailers are into the heart of a holiday shopping season that could mean more than $9.5 billion in sales in the state. From outlet malls near the beach to the Tennessee Valley region in the north, stores were full Friday with shoppers looking for cut-rate prices on toys, flat-screen TVs, video games and clothes. Nancy Dennis of the Alabama Retail Association says the organization is projecting 2 percent growth in retail store sales in November and December, or about $8.9 billion total.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The city of Birmingham is spending $750,000 to get rid of a downtown eyesore. The council this week approved spending the money to demolish an old hotel that's visible to motorists driving through the city on Interstate 65. The building was partially demolished after a fire in July, and now the rest of the work is supposed to be done by early 2014. The city has been working for years to get rid of the old hotel to remove blight and allow for new development. Previously known by names including Sheraton and Ramada Inn, the hotel was condemned in 2010.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - The mayors of Auburn and Tuscaloosa are putting some money on Saturday's football game between Auburn University and the University of Alabama. Auburn Mayor Bill Ham and Tuscaloosa's Walt Maddox have $100 riding on the outcome of the Iron Bowl. If Alabama wins, Ham will contribute $100 to the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative. In Auburn wins, Maddox will donate $100 to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lee County, which includes Auburn. The mayors make a bet each year, but the stakes are higher for this year's game in Auburn.
The Rosa Parks museum at Troy University is offering free admission to celebrate the 58th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Officials said Monday that the museum will offer free admission to the main Rosa Parks Museum and the Children's Wing on Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Montgomery Bus Boycott began with Rosa Parks' arrest Dec. 1, 1955. The museum is built on the site of the Empire Theatre, where Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery city bus.
Groups of 10 or more are asked to make reservations.
A controversial school board race apparently isn’t over just yet. The loser in the August election wants to take her legal challenge to the Alabama Supreme Court. Kelly Horwitz says the decision to continue fighting was a tough one to make. Tuscaloosa Circuit Judge James Roberts ruled about two weeks ago there was insufficient evidence for him to overturn the election. The judge also disagreed with Horwitz’ contention that fraternity and sorority members at the University of Alabama were bribed with alcohol to win votes for her opponent.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Alabama and Auburn are preparing for one of the biggest Iron Bowls in history. The top-ranked Crimson Tide and No. 4 Auburn meet Saturday in only the in-state rivalry's second Top-5 matchup. It's a winner-takes-the-SEC-West game between two-time defending national champion Alabama and another surprising contender. The only other Top-5 Iron Bowl matchup came in 1971. Bear Bryant's No. 3 Alabama beat No. 5 Auburn and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Pat Sullivan 31-7.