OrangeYouGlad I didn’t say Boo?!


I know people always assume “the holidays” start at Thanksgiving, or at least in America, but really it starts with Halloween. No joke. You can’t just expect to find cranberry sauce the day before the Turkey Day–so here are the holidays starting October 1–complete with an advent calendar. Here we get a glimpse of creepy … Continue reading

Tornado tragedy remembered


Today marks the one year anniversary of the April 27 Alabama tornadoes. Please pause to reflect on how valuable life is and how to help. The regular Friday Fun column will resume next week.

Joran van der Sloot Update: Peruvian judge sets May hearing


I had followed this story for a while with interest as this is a local story, but recently news has been slacking off. Now Peruvian officials have set a hearing to decide if van der Sloot will face extradition to the US for his extortion charges. He already serves time in Peru for the death … Continue reading

Alabama immigration law puts Pelham High School’s ‘Charlie Brown’ play on hold


In light of Birmingham News columnist Joey Kennedy’s musings yesterday here is a look at how damaging Bob Bentley’s brilliance (choke) is to Sweet Home Alabama.

Free press, free speech are too scary for some people


My friend Joey Kennedy was at the Word Factory, better known as The Birmingham News,  yesterday when he had an epiphany. Take a look at this comical self-parody of how the times don’t always go a changin’.

The Judges Results…


I am proud to say that the work in the showcase is going to be awesome! We’ve got some real talent and I only see it getting bigger and better. I would like to thank each of our judges: Marion Powers, Sara Cannon and Anna Dembo.

Beer law revisions yield to local brewery


Kaleidoscope reporter Eric Roberts brews a good tale about one of Birmingham’s favorite beer makers. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley legalized taprooms at Microbreweries this year which made the craft beer industry in the state that much easier. The act allows microbreweries to sell alcohol without any limits on the selling of other food or drink … Continue reading

From Scratch Design constructs creative clutter


Welcome to the first named edition of local legends! From now one I’m going to incorporate one project from peers, colleauges, or just plain competition located within the Birmingham metro area. There’s a lot more to this town’s art, design or media scenes and its about time someone showcased it! Unofficially the first edition can … Continue reading

Immigrant exodus could hurt Tuscaloosa rebuilding effort


Dennis Pillion of al.com reports on the now-stunted storm repair due to a soon-to-be shortage of laborers from new Alabama legislation. Consitutional reform anyone? I predicted that our new “goobernator*” would do something the moment I heard his swearing in speech. I just didn’t think he’d be this reckless, this stupid or this powerful enough to … Continue reading

UAB employees show their pride


My friends at Kaleidoscope found this video from the medical side of campus. I laughed until tears welled in my eyes, but that may have to do an eye infection. Enjoy! UAB employees show their pride | Inside UAB.

The Today Show, Paula Deen stops by UAB


The Today Show’s Al Roker rolled into the Magic City with 10 truckloads of relief items for survivors of the April 27 tornbados that swept through the state. Food Network celebrity Paula Deen and her family joined the NBC weatherman on campus in front of the Alys Stephens Center while the Gospel Choir performed. The … Continue reading

Alabama storyteller shared past, prose


I moved to Alabama as a kid, and my first taste of Alabama history was through local literary legend Kathryn Tucker Windham’s collection “13 Ghosts of Alabama and Jeffrey.”  The stories were rich and captivating, and through them there was a snapshot of past life of the characters and the culture in which they lived. I … Continue reading

Alabama storytelling legend Kathryn Tucker Windham dies at 93


The Birmingham News’ Alec Harvey honors the local author as the final chapter of her life closes. Kathryn Tucker Windham, a journalist and historian whose later-in-life storytelling career turned her into an Alabama legend, died today. She was 93. Mrs. Windham died in her Selma home surrounded by family and friends after a year of … Continue reading

Windham exhibit displays local life


The Birmingham Museum of Art recently opened “My Land, My People” an exhibit featuring the photographs of the well known journalist Kathryn Tucker Windham. “Well she is something of a state treasure. It is actually her 90th birthday this year so it’s a great time to celebrate her work and since we are an art … Continue reading

When a monster came to Alabama


Birmingham’s own Kyle Whitmire, of the blog Second Front, featured on CNN.COM. We knew the threat was real when little pieces of Tuscaloosa began to drop on Birmingham. For such a violent storm, there was very little rain. Instead, paper receipts from businesses 50 miles away and strangers’ family photos flitted through the air.

FB page connects victims with memories


MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Across the south, Facebook users are helping tornado victims pick up the pieces of their lives in a unique way. The storms scattered photographs, receipts, newspaper clippings and other tokens of the past for miles. Thanks to a Facebook page created by Patty Bullion, users are sharing the items they have … Continue reading

Students rally despite finals frenzy


UAB’s Hill University Center was a flurry of activity this afternoon, and not over panic from finals. Clothes, food, water and other suplies were dropped off and packed up to deliver to those in need. Kaleidoscope has set up an online database detailing information for victims and volunteers. 

Interactive maps of tornado activity


According to this map two tornadoes touched down a quarter of a mile from my parents house, one on my high school, and people were trapped at the Piggly Wiggly roughly two blocks up from the school. View interactive map here. Click here for the story index from al.com covering statewide tornado coverage.

Alabama tornadoes possibly one of five deadliest sprees in U.S. weather history


The ominous giant tornado swept through Tuscaloosa and toward Birmingham, leveling homes, raining debris and swirling its way into weather record books. The terrifying, live-on-TV tornado, along with dozens of other deadly storms across the state, made Wednesday, April 27, 2011, the deadliest tornado day in Alabama since March 21, 1932, and possibly one of … Continue reading

Tornadoes sweep Tuscaloosa


Nasty weather in Alabama today. The campus power never goes out for long. There are too many hospitals. Stay safe!