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7:30 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Calera Band Marching in Obama's Inaugural Parade

The Calera High School Eagle Band will perform in President Obama's inaugural parade.
caleraeagleband.com

The Calera High School Eagle Band is headed to Washington to march in President Barack Obama's inaugural parade.

Band director Ryan Murrell said he sent a video to the inaugural committee in November, and the Calera band got picked to represent Alabama in the parade.


This is not Murrell's first inaugural parade. He participated in the parade for President George W. Bush in 2001 as a student at Homewood High School.


About 140 Calera band members are making the trip to Washington, along with staff and chaperones. They will return on Tuesday.

Arts & Life
6:41 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Ala Thawing Out From Snowy Blast

North and central Alabama are trying to get back to normal after a winter storm dumped as much as 4 inches of snow on the area.


Dozens of school systems, businesses and government offices planned to open late Friday to let roads thaw out after an overnight freeze. The delays extended from the Tennessee line as far south as metro Birmingham.


But many people won't forget about the storm for a while.

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Arts & Life
9:14 am
Thu January 17, 2013

StoryCorps Griot Project Comes to UAB

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham collected several interviews with African-Americans in the area and is sharing 10 of them tonight during an open house at UAB’s Digital Media Commons. UAB students collaborated with the StoryCorps Griot Initiative for the project. “Griot” is a West-African word meaning “storyteller.” Rosie O’Beirne is director of digital media and learning at UAB. She says the process began two years ago.

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Arts & Life
5:46 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Up to 4 Inches of Snow Possible in Parts of Ala.

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Forecasters say they expect two to three inches of snow to accumulate in parts of Alabama, with some isolated amounts of up to four inches.

Much of the state -- including large parts of northern and central Alabama --- was under a winter storm warning Thursday morning.


National Weather Service officials said periods of heavy snow will be likely, with the heaviest snow falling Thursday morning.

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Alabama Weather
5:29 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

NWS Says Snow Could Follow Rain, Watch Issued

Snowfall is possible for much of the northern part of the state starting Wednesday night.
Credit http://www.srh.noaa.gov/bmx/ / National Weather Service

Forecasters say the rain that's been soaking north Alabama for days could turn into snow before it ends.


The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch for much of the area, saying parts of north Alabama could receive 1 to 4 inches of snow.


Forecasters say snow could begin overnight Wednesday and continue possibly into Friday in some places.


Forecasters say the biggest threat is northeast of Birmingham, particularly in higher elevations.

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Arts & Life
7:52 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Rains, Flooding Threat Continues in Alabama

A snapshot of today's forecast.
www.srh.noaa.gov

Rivers are rising and flooding continues to be a threat as rain keeps falling in Alabama.


A flood warning is in effect for most of northern and western Alabama, and a flood watch covers the rest of the region.


The National Weather Service says as much as 1 inch of additional rain could fall Wednesday, increasing flooding problems since the ground already is saturated with water.

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Arts & Life
7:18 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Ala Tourism Posters Boast 4NAROW for Football

The BCS Coaches' Trophy was on display a Wal-Mart and Academy stores in the state.
fox43.com

Tourism officials are offering new posters to mark the state of Alabama's run of four consecutive college football titles.

Small posters that say "4NAROW" will be available starting Thursday at state welcome centers and tourism offices.


The mini-posters resemble Alabama car tags and refer to the consecutive Bowl Championship Series crowns won by the University of Alabama and Auburn University.

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Arts & Life
9:03 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Love Of Football May Kick America Down The Path Of Ruination

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey lies motionless after he was hit while attempting to catch a pass during a Sept. 23, 2012, game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Heyward-Bey suffered a concussion and neck strain and spent the night in the hospital under observation.
Hector Amezcua AP

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 4:37 am

This may sound far-fetched, but football reminds me of Venice. Both are so tremendously popular, but it's the very things that made them so that could sow the seeds of their ruin.

Venice, of course, is so special because of its unique island geography, which, as the world's ecosystem changes, is precisely what now puts it at risk. And as it is the violent nature of football that makes it so attractive, the understanding of how that brutality can damage those who play the game is what may threaten it, even as now the sport climbs to ever new heights of popularity.

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Arts & Life
4:19 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Porn Industry Turned Off By L.A. Mandate For Condoms On Set

The Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation says a county law requiring condom use at porn shoots is necessary to protect actors from sexually transmitted diseases.
Damian Dovarganes AP

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 6:54 pm

In November, more than 1.5 million Los Angeles County voters passed the Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act. The new law orders porn actors to wear condoms during sex scenes.

"The porn industry has been sending a very bad message by saying the only kind of sex that's hot is unsafe," says Michael Weinstein, CEO of the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which sponsored the measure.

Sitting in his office, just over the hills from the nation's porn film capital, Weinstein says the new law was meant to protect both performers and those who watch the movies.

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Arts & Life
3:54 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

More Than 80 Killed In Blasts At Syrian University

More than 80 people are dead after twin blasts at a university campus in Syria's largest city.

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Arts & Life
3:54 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Don't Be Fooled By New York; Gun Control Faces Long Odds In States, Too

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs New York's new gun-control law Tuesday in Albany, N.Y.
Mike Groll AP

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 5:41 pm

If you didn't know any better, you might think that even if new gun control proposals from President Obama become stalled in Washington's gridlock, the states will rush in to fill the void.

After all, under its Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York has responded to December's Newtown tragedy by passing legislation banning assault weapons and making it harder for seriously mentally ill individuals to legally obtain firearms.

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Arts & Life
3:46 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Did Prosecutors Go Too Far In Swartz Case?

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 6:54 pm

Criticism is raining down on prosecutors in Massachusetts after the suicide of computer genius Aaron Swartz, who helped to develop innovations like RSS.

Swartz, 26, had been facing trial on 13 felony charges for allegedly breaking into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology network and accessing millions of documents. Friends and family argue Swartz was the victim of Justice Department overreach. But legal experts say the case is more complicated than that.

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Arts & Life
2:45 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Newtown Prompts Gun Buybacks, But Do They Work?

A police officer holds an assault weapon turned in during a gun buyback in the Van Nuys area of north Los Angeles on Dec. 26.
Joe Klamar AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 12:42 pm

In the weeks since the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., communities across the country have wanted to do something about gun control, and many have turned to an old standby: buybacks.

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Arts & Life
2:37 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Law Expands Kids' Dental Coverage, But Few Dentists Will Treat Them

Health care reform should make it easier for many children to get routine dental checkups that are covered by insurance.
Terry J Alcorn iStockphoto.com

Kids may not exactly jump for joy to learn that the health care overhaul makes it easier for them to get their teeth cleaned, filled and straightened.

Tooth decay ranks as the No. 1 chronic disease in children, and better dental insurance coverage could help address the problem. But many children's health advocates worry that there won't be enough dentists available to meet the need.

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Arts & Life
2:33 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

'NRA Practice Range' App Sparks Outrage, Questions

A screen image from "NRA: Practice Range."
MEDL Mobile

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 4:45 pm

The appearance Monday of a new iPhone/iPad app called "NRA: Practice Range" is causing controversy. Critics say release of the game one month after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., was callous. And they're also incensed that it's tied to the NRA, which has pinned part of the blame for mass shootings on violent video games.

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