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. Advertisements

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

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

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.

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!