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12:45 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

The Books That Mattered: A Reader's Memoir

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“The Books That Mattered: A Reader’s Memoir”

Author: Frye Gaillard

Publisher: NewSouth Books

Pages: 206

Price: $27.95 (Cloth)

A few writers, even in mid-career, will deny that they read anything much. Faulkner denied, disingenuously, that he had read Joyce’s “Ulysses,” for example, probably for fear readers would feel he had been unduly influenced by Joyce’s stream-of-consciousness experiments.

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Arts & Life
7:57 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Bird Watchers Observe How April Tornadoes Change Migration Patterns

Birder Paul Franklin spots something in Birmingham's Botanical Gardens.
Maggie Martin/APR News

"Hi!" shouts Becky Collier, a 4-H program coordinator in West Alabama.

The kids in the audience unenthusiastically shout "hi" back.

“That was pathetic," says Collier.  "We’re going to try that again! HELLO!"

“HELLO!”

“That is how not to greet people when you’re birding, okay?" says Collier. She’s holding a presentation on birds of prey, or raptors, for a large group of kids this morning. The raptor demonstration is part of the launch of the West Alabama Birding Trail in Pickens County.

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Arts & Life
7:54 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Alabama Power Workers Mobilize for Storm

Authorities say more than 500 power workers from Alabama are heading north along the East Coast to help restore power as Hurricane Sandy makes landfall.


Alabama Power Co. spokesman Mike Jordan says the company mobilized a force of 365 people Friday and those workers were scheduled to be in the Washington, D.C. area by Sunday.

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Arts & Life
7:51 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Freedom Rides Museum to Receive National Award

Freedom Rides Museum in Montgomery is receiving a national award.
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The Freedom Rides Museum in the old Greyhound Bus Station in Montgomery has been selected for a national historic preservation award.


The National Trust for Historic Preservation is presenting the award Friday in Spokane, Wash. It recognizes the groups behind the museum: the U.S. General Services Administration, the Alabama Historical Commission, the Greyhound Bus Station Advisory Committee and the U.S. Middle District Court of Alabama.

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Arts & Life
7:43 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Ala Shelters Not Offering Black Cats for Adoption

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Some animal shelters in Alabama say they're not offering black cats for adoption this week because of fears they'll be abused during Halloween.


Colbert County animal control director Tommy Morson tells the TimesDaily (http://bit.ly/VwW84A) his agency won't adopt black cats the week of Halloween. He calls it an unwritten policy.

Florence animal control officer Delbert Rhodes says workers at the city shelter sometimes keep black cats in the back of the facility, away from public view, during this season.

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Arts & Life
7:38 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Cuban Orchestra to Perform in Alabama During Tour

The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba will perform at the Opelika Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday.
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The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba will perform in Alabama this week.


The Cuban group will play at the 1,100-seat Opelika Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday during its first tour of the United States and Canada.


The 75-member orchestra has been traveling the United States by bus since Oct. 16. It's playing in other cities including Chicago, New York and Kansas City, Mo.

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Arts & Life
6:36 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Deer Hunts Getting Under Way at Huge Ala Park

Bowhunters can begin killing deer in Alabama's largest state park this week in a program designed to reduce the number of the animals living on the suburban acreage.

The hunt begins Thursday at Oak Mountain State Park, located in the Birmingham suburb of Pelham.

Limited numbers of hunters will be allowed in parts of the park through Jan. 31, but only on weekdays with the exception of three weekends in January.

Golfers, bikers, hikers and others will still be allowed to use the 10,000-square-foot park during the hunt.

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Arts & Life
6:32 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Ala Waiting on Millions in FEMA Twister Payments

Homes in this Hillcrest neighborhood in Tuscaloosa, AL are among the thousands lost in the April 2011 outbreak in Alabama.
Credit Maggie Martin/APR News

Alabama is still waiting on more than $70 million in payments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency linked to the deadly tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011.

Art Faulkner, director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, says the state already has received $112 million from FEMA.

The state is eligible for and expecting $185 million in all. But Faulkner says the payment process can take a while on larger projects, such as replacing the four schools that were destroyed by twisters.

Faulkner says more payments are coming.

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Arts & Life
10:09 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Selma Sued Over Work at Confederate Monument

Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest
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(Information in the following story is from: Times Journal, http://www.selmatimesjournal.com/ )

A Virginia company is suing the city of Selma and its police chief over the stoppage of work on a Confederate memorial in a Selma cemetery.

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Arts & Life
1:05 pm
Sat October 27, 2012

Ala. Civil Rights Institute Gets $100,000 Donation

A visitor looks at an exibit honoring Rosa Parks at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
Birmingham News/Emma Tannebaum

The Birmingham Civil Rights institute has received a $100,000 donation to help it mark next year's 50th anniversary of the sit-ins, marches and boycotts that brought national attention to segregation in 1963.

Credit Birmingham News/Emma TannenbaumA visitor looks at an exhibit honoring Rosa Parks at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.Edit | Remove

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Arts & Life
9:20 am
Sat October 27, 2012

Detection Dogs Converge on Ala for Trials

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Dogs with a knack for sniffing out items are gathered in Alabama this weekend for an unusual event.

Dog handlers and their animals will be in Birmingham on Saturday and Sunday for the first K9 Nose Work trials held in the Southeast.

Such events were started by the National Association of Canine Scent Work as a way to highlight dogs' detection abilities.

Dozens of teams will participate in a competition where the animals find certain odors hidden in cars, containers and outdoor spaces.

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Pets
8:45 am
Sat October 27, 2012

Pets and Halloween - Maybe Not Such a Great Combination

Pumpkin Dog
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As we celebrate a holiday that usually means a lot of fun and maybe even some excitement for us humans, remember that our pets may not be quite as enthusiastic about the festivities.



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Tuscaloosa Safe Rooms
3:32 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

FEMA To Fund Community Safe Room In Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa will get money from FEMA to fund a community safe room.
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A nearly $500,000 federal grant is being used to build a community safe room in Tuscaloosa.


An announcement released Friday says the shelter will house as many as 300 people in Tuscaloosa, where more than 50 people died in the April 27 tornado outbreak last year. It will be located at the city's transportation building.


The money is coming from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


Another $640,000 grant will be used for an emergency generator for waste water treatment facilities.

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Arts & Life
9:06 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Public Radio Pays Tribute to 35 Years of 'Car Talk'

Tom and Ray Magliozzi at the Annual WBUR Gala Celebrating 35 years with the Car Talk hosts.
Mary Flatley for Liz Linder Photography

Originally published on Thu October 25, 2012 1:28 pm

On Monday, October 15, NPR Member Station WBUR celebrated 35 years of Car Talk at their Annual Gala in Boston. Tom and Ray Magliozzi (known to some as Click and Clack) were present to be toasted and roasted by NPR colleagues Robert Siegel, Nina Totenberg and Scott Simon among others.

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Arts & Life
9:03 am
Fri October 26, 2012

An 'Orchestra' Lacking Harmony

The real Palestine Symphony Orchestra, subject of Aronson's documentary.
Pro-Or

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 8:51 am

Near the end of the 19th century, an 8-year-old Polish Jewish violin prodigy moved to the capital of European classical music: Berlin. Bronislaw Huberman was more than accepted. He was hailed throughout the continent and endorsed by one of his favorite composers, Johannes Brahms. Yet Huberman is now best known for leading an exodus from Europe, a story told by Josh Aronson's documentary Orchestra of Exiles.

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