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January 19, 1987 | United Press International
Guy Hunt, Alabama's first Republican governor since Reconstruction, was inaugurated today, marking the end of the era of George C. Wallace, whose last act before leaving office was to swear in his son as state treasurer. In a speech in front of Alabama's white-domed Capitol, not far from the spot where Wallace once proclaimed "segregation forever," Hunt pledged an administration of legal and social reform.
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April 28, 2011 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
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.
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SPORTS
January 3, 2006 | From the Associated Press
As soon as the ball left Jamie Christensen's foot, the only way to describe his 45-yard field-goal attempt was "ugly." It was low, it was wobbly and it had a sideways spin that seemed certain to make the ball hook left even if it had enough oomph to reach the crossbar. Then it twirled just inside the bottom left corner of the goalpost, giving No. 13 Alabama a 13-10 victory over No. 18 Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl, ending a two-game losing streak.
SPORTS
January 3, 2006 | From the Associated Press
As soon as the ball left Jamie Christensen's foot, the only way to describe his 45-yard field-goal attempt was "ugly." It was low, it was wobbly and it had a sideways spin that seemed certain to make the ball hook left even if it had enough oomph to reach the crossbar. Then it twirled just inside the bottom left corner of the goalpost, giving No. 13 Alabama a 13-10 victory over No. 18 Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl, ending a two-game losing streak.
NEWS
August 27, 1989 | JACK NELSON, Times Washington Bureau Chief
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?"
NATIONAL
April 28, 2011 | By Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 28, 2006 | From the Associated Press
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.
SPORTS
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.
BUSINESS
May 5, 2001 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
June 25, 1986 | Associated Press
Atty. Gen. Charles Graddick, saying he feared his narrow victory over Lt. Gov. William J. Baxley in a Democratic gubernatorial primary might be stolen, ordered ballots impounded today but said he was confident that he would become George Wallace's successor.
NEWS
August 27, 1989 | JACK NELSON, Times Washington Bureau Chief
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?"
NEWS
January 19, 1987 | United Press International
Guy Hunt, Alabama's first Republican governor since Reconstruction, was inaugurated today, marking the end of the era of George C. Wallace, whose last act before leaving office was to swear in his son as state treasurer. In a speech in front of Alabama's white-domed Capitol, not far from the spot where Wallace once proclaimed "segregation forever," Hunt pledged an administration of legal and social reform.
SPORTS
July 5, 1994 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Greg Gumbel will replace Jim Lampley as the host of NBC's "NFL Live" pregame show, the network announced. When Gumbel was signed last month, NBC said he would be used as a play-by-play announcer on NFL football. But Gumbel and Lampley have switched roles, with Lampley taking over Gumbel's play-by-play spot. NBC spokesman Ed Markey said the change was made because of Lampley's HBO conflicts and also because Lampley, who lives in Los Angeles, had to make weekly trips to New York.
NEWS
June 2, 1993 | ERIC HARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Thrust into the office of Alabama governor after its previous occupant, Guy Hunt, was convicted on ethics charges less than six weeks ago, Jim Folsom surprised nearly everyone with the speed with which he set about making his mark. Promising that his time in office will be a period of activism and reform, the 44-year-old Democratic governor swiftly announced that he would call a special legislative session to revamp the state's education system.
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