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Iron Bowl: Alabama's 2012 seniors could be in a class all by themselves

(The Birmingham News/Mark Almond) TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The Senior Day ceremony that Alabama will stage before its Iron Bowl game Saturday against Auburn won’t be a long one. The group that will be recognized isn’t a large one. But if the Class of 2012 is lacking in quantity, it ...

In The Loupe: Birmingham The best pictures of the week ending Oct. 26, 2013

Mark Almond showed a flying history lesson in WWII aircraft visiting the Shelby County Airport. Mark and Tamika Moore teamed up for a parade to party view Magic City Classic weekend. Frank Couch watched runners jump and shout from zombies hiding in Red Mountain Park and the ...

The Boost: Catch two films in Birmingham tonight, including a climate change Sundance winner, or ju...

Enlarge Mark Almond | malmond@al.com Traffic is shown in a time-exposure on I-20/59 through downtown Birmingham, Ala., Monday, June 10, 2013. The Alabama Department of Transportation plans to replace the bridges and relocate exits. (Mark Almond/malmond@al.com) Downtown Birmingham ...

The Boost: From Schaeffer Crawfish Boil to Lux Somnia, Birmingham has a packed weekend ahead

Enlarge Mark Almond | malmond@al.com Dancers spin illuminated hoops to form lighted artwork outside of the Alys Stephens Center at UAB during the Lux Somnia (Light Dreams) digital art and music festival in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, May 2, 2013. (Mark Almond/malmond@al.com) Light ...

The Boost: The Jamestown colonists went all Donner party on each other

Enlarge Mark Almond | malmond@al.com Supporters of immigration reform march at Linn Park in Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday, May 1, 2013. (Mark Almond/malmond@al.com) March and Rally For Immigration Reform: May 1, 2013 gallery (16 photos) Jamestown cannibals: In 2007, I visited the ...

Things to do near Regions Field: Visit Railroad Park, Good People Brewing Co., Peanut Depot, more

Enlarge Mark Almond | malmond@al.com Regions Field is seen from the Children's Of Alabama parking deck in Birmingham, Ala., Friday, March 29, 2013. Most of the lights were on Friday. (Mark Almond/malmond@al.com) Regions Field After Dark: March 29, 2013 gallery (9 photos) ...

Grading the Tide: 2012 regular season (an expended report card)

(The Birmingham News/Mark Almond) Overall: The weekly grades averaged to 3.46 on a 4.0 scale. Like the offense, that’s a fraction from an A. This unit received A’s in nine of 13 games, but in its biggest games, it received a C (LSU), D (Texas A&M) and B (Georgia). Grade: B Defensive ...

NFL draft stock rising for two Alabama junior defensive stars

(The Birmingham News/Mark Almond) TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – The 2013 NFL draft still is six months away, and another strong group of Alabama seniors is positioning itself for consideration. So is a group of juniors, led by two players with rising stock: cornerback Dee Milliner and linebacker ...

Birmingham's Railroad Park wins major award

(The Birmingham News/Mark Almond) BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Birmingham's Railroad Park edged out parks in New York City, Portland and Calgary to win the Urban Land Institute's Urban Open Space Award, the institute announced today. It's a major accolade for the two-year-old, $22 million ...

Plane crashes east of downtown Birmingham (gallery and video)

Enlarge Mark Almond | malmond@al.com A Sirrus SR-22 light aircraft is shown after crash landing in a field near 28th Street and 2nd Ave. North about 12:12 p.m. in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012. The plane is equipped with a parachute recovery system. The pilot was uninjured and ...

Role Tide: Multiplicity is the strength of a strong defensive line

(The Birmingham News/Mark Almond) TUSCALOOSA, Alabama – Where other teams seem to have constants on their defensive lines, Alabama has variables. And those variables seem to have variables. First-and-10? There’s a trio for that. But not just one. Second-and-12? There is specialty ...

Photo gallery from Alabama's first preseason practice

Enlarge Mark Almond -- The Birmingham News Alabama Coach Nick Saban instructs defensive back Travell Dixon during the first practice session for the 2012 season in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. (The Birmingham News/ Mark Almond) Alabama Football Practice: Aug. 3, 2012 ...

5 questions as Alabama prepares for preseason camp

(The Birmingham News/Mark Almond) TUSCALOOSA, Alabama - Alabama will go into the 2012 college football season with a rebuilt secondary, but when a primary question going into preseason camp pertains to a second-team spot, it probably is a good sign. There indeed are questions about a ...

Birmingham Christmas tree is lighted in the rain (gallery)

Register now for free, or sign in with any of these services: Enlarge Mark Almond | malmond@al.com The Birmingham Christmas Tree is shown in Linn Park in downtown Birmingham, Ala., Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. (Mark Almond/malmond@al.com) Birmingham Christmas Tree Lighting: Dec. 4, 2012 ...

What they're saying around the SEC on Monday (links)

Enlarge Mark Almond | malmond@al.com Tennessee Coach Derek Dooley speaks during the SEC Football Media Days at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala., Thursday, July 19, 2012. (The Birmingham News/Mark Almond) SEC Media Days - Tennessee: July 19, 2012 gallery (33 photos) BIRMINGHAM...

Birmingham Education Foundation summit outlines challenges and opportunities for city schools

Enlarge Mark Almond | malmond@al.com Craig Witherspoon, Birmingham school superintendent, speaks during an education forum sponsored by the Birmingham Education Forum at the Carver Theater in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. (Mark Almond/malmond@al.com) Birmingham ...

Alabama International Auto Show kicks off today in Birmingham (photos, video)

Alabama International Auto Show kicks off today in Birmingham (photos, video) Enlarge Mark Almond | malmond@al.com A 2013 Mini Cooper S Coupe is shown at the Alabama International Auto Show at the BJCC Wednesday Nov. 7, 2012 in Birmingham, Ala. The event begins Thursday and runs through ...

Vandy program on upswing as it faces Houston

Mark Almond | AP Houston cpach Tony Levine watches practice in Birmingham, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Houston plays Vanderbilt in the BBVA Compass Bowl NCAA college football game Saturday. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mark Almond) MAGS OUT MARK ALMOND | AP Houston coach Tony Levine works ...

Vandy regroups, tops Houston 41-24 in Compass Bowl

Mark Almond | AP Houston wide receiver Deontay Greenberry dives into the end zone for a third-quarter touchdown against Vanderbilt in the BBVA Compass Bowl college football game at Legion Field at Birmingham, Ala., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/AL.com, Mark Almond) MAGS OUT ...

Once dying, Birmingham is suddenly hot

(The Birmingham News/Mark Almond) MAGS OUT Photo: AP In a June 10, 2011 photo, people sit on a hillside during a... In an April 6, 2013 photo Erynias Tribe bellydancers dance to the music of Juka Tribe at the Darter Festival in Railroad Park in Birmingham Ala. Long haunted by ...

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