August 27, 1989 |
The way Mayor Joe Smitherman tells it, he and other white leaders got tired of seeing Selma blasted for its segregationist past, tired of television showing the old films of state troopers and sheriff's deputies assaulting civil rights marchers with clubs and electric cattle prods at the Edmund Pettus Bridge on "Bloody Sunday." They got tired of hearing about young people who, when asked if they know about Selma, would reply: "Yes, didn't something bad happen there?"
April 28, 2011 |
Officials on Thursday stepped up emergency relief efforts after the fiercest band of tornadoes in decades tore a gaping wound through Alabama and at least five other Southern states, causing hundreds of deaths and a wide band of destruction. "This may be the worst natural disaster in Alabama's history," Gov. Robert Bentley told reporters during a day when his state's death toll began in the dozens and quickly rose to at least 194. With the loss of life reported in Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia and Kentucky, the toll stood at about 280 by mid-afternoon.
June 28, 2006 |
Harper Lee, author of the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," has written a rare published item -- a letter for Oprah Winfrey's magazine on how she became a reader as a child in a rural Alabama town. The 80-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner quit giving interviews about 40 years ago and, other than a 1983 review of an Alabama history book, has published nothing of significance in some four decades. That makes her article for O, the Oprah Magazine, something of a literary coup.
April 12, 1989
Bobby Humphrey, the all-time leading runner in Alabama football history, will give up his last year of eligibility to enter the National Football League supplemental draft, the Birmingham News reported. Humphrey will appear at a news conference today, but school officials said they have not been told what he has decided. However, the newspaper quoted sources as saying Humphrey, who would be a fifth-year senior, decided against returning for the 1989 season after learning he could not get enough insurance coverage to make it worthwhile if he suffered a career-ending injury.
May 5, 2001 |
A judge upheld the largest jury verdict in Alabama's history, $3.4 billion in punitive damages against Exxon Mobil Corp. for deliberately underpaying the state for natural gas royalties. "Exxon engaged in egregious, intentional fraud by which it sought to deprive Alabama of hundreds of millions of dollars, probably well over $1 billion," Circuit Judge Tracy McCooey wrote in an order.
July 9, 2011 |
Alabama's new law cracking down on illegal immigration, widely considered the toughest such law in the nation, was challenged in federal court Friday by opponents who argued that many of its provisions — including bans on knowingly driving illegal immigrants and renting them property — were unconstitutional. The law signed by Republican Gov. Robert Bentley last month is one of a number of recent bills approved by state lawmakers frustrated by what they say is Washington's failure to address the presence of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. Thus far, however, federal courts have temporarily suspended portions of laws in Arizona, Utah, Indiana and Georgia, including those sections giving police broader immigration enforcement powers.