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6:30 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Arafat's Grave Opened, Samples Taken To Be Tested For Poison

Palestinians walking in front of a mural of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in Gaza City earlier today.
Mohammed Abed AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 13, 2012 7:36 am

Claims that former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was poisoned with a radioactive substance before his death in 2004 are now literally being put to the test.

Arafat's grave was briefly opened today so that samples could be taken from his remains.

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Arts & Life
6:00 am
Tue November 27, 2012

New Book to Feature Alabama Dishes

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Alabama's tourism agency has a new book for people who love food.


The Alabama Tourism Department is offering a 128-page, hardcover book titled "Alabama Food" that goes on sale Dec. 3.


The book features more than 225 dishes from restaurants around the state. It's based on a tourism promotion that highlights Alabama's home-grown restaurants.


The book features food products from around the state. It has sections devoted to farmers markets, farms, food festivals, and wines and craft beers.

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Arts & Life
5:56 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Commodores Headline Mobile's Moon Pie Drop

The Commodores are headlining Mobile's Moon Pie Drop on New Year's Eve.
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Mobile's annual Moon Pie Drop on New Year's Eve will feature the Commodores and a laser and fireworks show.


City officials say the free outdoor celebration will start with Mardi Gras-style parade at 7:30 p.m. Then several bands, including Mobile's own Wet Willie Band, will perform before the Commodores hit the stage at 11 p.m.

For the fifth year, a 12-foot-tall electronic Moon Pie will descend from the 34-story RSA BankTrust building at midnight. A laser and fireworks show will welcome in 2013.

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Casino Raid
9:01 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Alabama Gambling Machines To Be Destroyed

Electronic bingo machines in the 2009 raid of White Hall Entertaiment Complex in Lowndes County can be destroyed.
Credit Liz Lawley / Flickr

A judge has ruled that the state attorney general's office can destroy the gambling machines seized in Alabama's first casino raid in 2009.

Circuit Judge Bob Vance ruled Monday after American Gaming Systems, Eclipse Gaming, Bally Gaming and Nova Gaming said they no longer wanted the machines because they are outdated. Former Gov. Bob Riley's gambling task force seized about 100 machines from White Hall Entertainment Center in Lowndes County on March 19, 2009.

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Arts & Life
9:21 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

Chopin, whose Ballade No. 1 in g minor is one of the "musical moments" that inspired a New York Times series.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 12:29 pm

  • In the New York Times this week, Anthony Tommasini has a series in both print and video about those microcosmic musical moments like "a fleeting passage, a short series of chords, some unexpected shift in a melodic line — when something occurs that just grabs us." What links these diverse bits from Chopin to Puccini to Mahler together?
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Arts & Life
9:17 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Michel Van Der Aa Wins The Grawemeyer Award For Music

Dutch composer Michel van der Aa, winner of the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.
Marco Borggreve courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 9:33 pm

Up-close, a multi-disciplinary work by Dutch composer and director Michel van der Aa that combines a piercing cello concerto with an enigmatic silent film, has won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. The prize, which carries with it $100,000, was announced this evening by the University of Louisville, which sponsors the honor.

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Arts & Life
9:16 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Old Newspapers, New Perspectives On The American Revolution

Courtesy of Sourcebooks

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 6:33 am

Time has a way of condensing major historical events into a few key moments, with one-dimensional, legendary figures at the forefront. In his new book, author and archivist Todd Andrlik gives life and depth to one such event — the American Revolution. He uses newspaper reporting from that era to provide a sense of the Revolution as it actually unfolded.

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Arts & Life
9:08 am
Mon November 26, 2012

In 'Titian,' New Perspective On An Italian Master

Agostino Carracci Library of Congress

Originally published on Wed November 21, 2012 6:03 am

He may not have a Ninja Turtle named after him, but Tiziano Vecellio of Venice — Titian, to English speakers — has a claim to being the most enduringly influential painter of the Renaissance, even more than his Roman contemporaries Michelangelo and Raphael. Something about him drives his fans to excess. Peter Paul Rubens painted nearly two-dozen copies of Titian's work; Anthony van Dyck bought 19 Titians for his own collection. Velazquez and Rembrandt worshipped him.

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Arts & Life
9:03 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Missy Mazzoli: A New Opera And New Attitude For Classical Music

As a young classical composer, Missy Mazzoli borrows music and business strategies from the indie rock world.
Stephen Taylor

Originally published on Sat November 24, 2012 3:36 am

Missy Mazzoli, a 32-year-old composer from Brooklyn, says she never wanted to write an opera until she read the journals of Isabelle Eberhardt, a Swiss adventurer from the turn of the 20th century. Oddly enough, Mazzoli first learned about Eberhardt while listening to NPR. Years later, she stumbled upon the explorer's journals in a bookstore.

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Arts & Life
5:47 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Auburn Fires Gene Chizik After 3-9 season

Auburn fired head coach Gene Chizik after a 3-9 season without any Southeastern Conference wins.
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Auburn has fired coach Gene Chizik.


Auburn announced Sunday that Chizik was dismissed two years after leading the Tigers to their first national title since 1957. The Tigers closed with a 49-0 loss to No. 2 Alabama that was the second-most lopsided Iron Bowl game ever and worst since 1948.


The move came after a 3-9 season without any Southeastern Conference wins. It was the most losses by an Auburn team since an 0-10 season in 1950.

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Arts & Life
5:43 am
Mon November 26, 2012

NWS: 2012 Below Average Year for Twisters in Ala

Forecasters say 2012 is a below-average year for tornadoes in Alabama, at least so far.


While Alabama has 40 tornadoes in an average year, the National Weather Service says only 32 tornadoes occurred in the state through Thanksgiving.

If no more twisters occur this year, 2012 will end with the state's lowest tornado total since 1999, when 23 occurred. But November and December are considered a secondary tornado season for the state.

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Arts & Life
9:31 am
Sun November 25, 2012

Book Program to Benefit Black Belt Schools

A University of Alabama program plans to give more than $5,000 worth of books to at least five schools in Alabama's Black Belt region in December.

The Tuscaloosa News reported that schools in 18 counties can apply for the "Book Bonanza" program conducted by the university's School of Library and Information Studies.

The program began in 2009. Each school typically gets between $1,000 and $1,500 in new fiction and non-fiction books. University officials will make the awards in December based on need.

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Arts & Life
9:16 am
Sun November 25, 2012

SEC Championship Tickets Spiking for Ala. vs. Ga.

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Tickets to the SEC Championship football game in Atlanta next weekend continued to climb as Georgia and Alabama each demolished their archrivals.

By early Saturday evening, after Georgia's 41-10 win over Georgia Tech and with Alabama leading Auburn 42-0, the cheapest ticket on StubHub.com was $324. That doesn't include shipping and handling. Those add-ons would push the price closer to $400.

And don't think that would get you nice seats, either. That's just for seats just a few rows from the top of the Georgia Dome in the corner of the end zone.

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Arts & Life
8:50 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Mayors of Auburn, Tuscaloosa Place Bets on Game

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox
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The mayors of Auburn and Tuscaloosa have something riding on the outcome of this year's Iron Bowl.

Auburn Mayor Bill Ham and Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox made a friendly wager on Saturday's game between Auburn University and the University of Alabama.

Ham will make a contribution to the city of Tuscaloosa's tornado recovery fund if the No. 2 Crimson Tide beats unranked Auburn.

Maddox will make a donation to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lee County if the Tigers pull off an upset and defeat Alabama.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Deck The Halls!

Credit Ben Garney

'Tis the season to deck the halls with boughs of holly and lots of other pretty things that we enjoy; but our pets may see the decorations as potential toys. 


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