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Click to:                        to Mobile Bay Times or by mail. Al Gore went to way too much trouble to allow this opportunity to pass.

Aug. 29, 2008
Steve Flowers: As we approach Labor Day I am reminded of the prominence that organized labor played in Alabama politics in bygone years.

Aug. 28, 2008
Denver Diary: Pat Edington, Part 2.

The Political Round-Up: Pots of gold and will the center hold? Collier calls annexation meeting; Obama speaks tonight, local Dems set open house; Lawyer tribal wars.

Michael Zak: Most history books written by Democrat professors downplay the fact that the "worst president ever" was a Democrat. Did the Democrats nominate him? No, he was the 1864 Republican nominee for vice president.

Aug. 27, 2008
Denver Diary: Darby Luxenberg, Part 2.

Poll: Sheriff Sam Cochran's all-time favorite law enforcement show is ...?

Jefferson County finances in the toilet. Creditors warm to 50 cents on the dollar.

Scott Hunter knows about replacing a legend.

Aug. 26, 2008
Merceria Ludgood resigns from Mobile County Commission.

Denver Diary: Mobile Democratic stalwarts Pat Edington and Darby Luxenberg on doings at the Democratic National Convention -- Pat's 10th convention and Darby's first. Pat, Part 1; Darby, Part 1.

Generation Obama Mobile sets DNC Watch Party at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 at Martini's in downtown Mobile.

On the issues.

State Treasurer Kay Ivey calls on Mobile County residents to claim their orphan property.

Aug. 25, 2008
A cuppa Joe or Biden Time: The view from Alabama.

At Table. It Was A Gas. By M.B.T. Gastronome.

Joe Biden's Promises To Keep: Who said that? Did I say that?

Aug. 24, 2008
In Jersey, Biden just a regular Joe.

Does Obama risk victory by courting landslide?

Southerners defeated the Confederacy, not Lincoln or Union army, says professor.

With roads crumbling, murder rate rising and the stench of bankruptcy in the air, Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford says, 'Let the games begin and, uh, could I bum one of those menthols you're smoking?'

The forever war.

Aug. 23, 2008
Illegal immigrants fleeing U.S., straining Mexico's social services, depressing wages, boosting unemployment.

Poll: The most financially healthy municipality in Mobile County is ... (answer Friday).  

Aug. 22, 2008
Intel's break-through on wireless power has world-changing potential.

T. Boone's a slick one.

Aug. 21, 2008
The Political Round-Up: Don't tread on me; Fanning the embers; Take your time; Book 'em, Dano?; Location, location, location.

Steve Flowers: GOP State Sen. Scott Beason "the new king of mean in Alabama" fails and GOP congressional hopeful Jay Love plays on as Elections '08 roll on.

Grand jury hears from developer who did business with Bessemer.

Aug. 20, 2008
'Energy independence' is a pipe dream.

Georgia school off Lake Forrestt Road can't see the Forrest (as in Confederate war hero Nathan Bedford Forrestt), goes for the trees (as in forest).

Aug. 19, 2008
The Political Round-Up: Ballot brouhaha bubbles on; A shot of Rye; Local Segall fund raiser set; Sheridan at the bar; Beach buzz.

Dr. Doom: On Sept. 7, 2006, Nouriel Roubini, an economics professor at New York University, ... warned the United States was likely to face a once-in-a-lifetime housing bust, an oil shock, sharply declining consumer confidence and, ultimately, a deep recession.

Aug. 18, 2008
China's 'Bird's Nest' stadium: The center stage of the 2008 Olympics in China is an amazing stadium from both a   technical point of view and an artistic point of view. It is a great achievement.

Aug. 17, 2008
Poll: Which segregation is a greater shame, Mardi Gras or churches?

Aug. 15, 2008
The Political Round-Up: 'This is about jobs, mainly mine;'
Tanker battle just a tune-up for city council race?; As The Tanker Turns; Dot i's, cross t's or smash melons; Tinkering at City Hall; The Big 5-uh-oh; Lobbyist? Where'd that come from?; Patience on trial; Jenkins to Montgomery.

Illinois man gets $56.5 million for telling the truth.

Aug. 14, 2008
Steve Flowers: Straight from central casting, Jack Hawkins has the look of a governor. Artur Davis the answer to state GOP prayers. 

Aug. 13, 2008
Miller Hamilton, New Orleans firm join forces.

A coach's game.

Aug. 12, 2008
Declaration of bankruptcy a stumbling block in Bronner/RSA's acquisition of Jefferson County's financially-strapped sewer system.

Birmingham lawyer Thomas Wells Jr. installed as president of the American Bar Association -- Minority recruiting will be top priority.

GOP House leader promises Love key committee assignments.

Paul Davis: Riley pressures UA to give ground in Bryce negotiations.

Aug. 11, 2008
Michael Zak: A young, inexperienced orator captures the Democratic presidential nomination and squares off against the war hero and senior statesman nominated by the Republicans. Speaking as if from a pulpit, in a style learned from fiery preachers, the magnetic newcomer had the crowds swooning. The year? 1896, of course.

Why isn't Obama crushing McCain?

Windmill plan offers slim energy pickins'.

Scientists in U.S. one step closer to cloak rendering people invisible.

Al Gore: Do as I say, not as ...

Aug. 9, 2008
McCain: A long, strange trip to the White House?

Aug. 8, 2008
In Alabama's 2nd Congressional District, is everything made for Love? Not necessarily, as Democrats' prospects are Bright.

Survey says Alabama now ready for a black governor.

Identify Mobile landmarks and win $2,500, fight HIV/AIDS.

Poll: As a kid, what was your favorite movie candy?

Aug. 7, 2008
All politics is local, and it doesn't get any more local than small town elections. Municipal elections in Mobile County.

Steve Flowers: State's congressional campaigns suggest Alabama out of step with rest of nation.

Raising the Barge: Barring any setbacks, a marine salvage crew will bring up the barge that has been spilling fuel oil into the Mississippi River for more than a week. A look at the salvage operation, its complexities and how it all started.

Aug. 6, 2008
The Political Round-Up: Iz zee chat out of un sac?; Bottoms up at B-Bob's; Lobbyists in for a licking?

Aug. 5, 2008
All politics is local, and it doesn't get any more local than small town elections.

'European' tankers for the U.S. Air Force? Sacre Bleu!

Lowell Barron: "Hell's bells, Occifer, a Hayul's angel was after me. Yeah, the Hell's Angels, I tell ya! Maybe Sonny Barger himself! Come to find out, says Barron, it was an off-duty, hot-head cop or ex-cop who is now a DJ ('Stop in the Name of Love ... before you break your car?") who didn't let that stop him from writing the state legislator two traffic citations. Cop/ex-cop/DJ says he's actually a radio station owner who left full time policing but still enforces the law part time. 

Aug. 4, 2008
The New Orleans Index Anniversary Edition: Three Years After Hurricane Katrina.

Aug. 3, 2008
Yesterday's criminals colorful; today's younger and deadly dull.

At Table. Los Casadores. By M.B.T. Gastronome. I found myself in extreme west Mobile at afternoon rush time, hungry, and desiring Mexican food.

Steve Flowers: When we Alabamians change political course, we go from one extreme to the other.

Aug. 1, 2008
Obama opposed to reparations to descendants of slaves.

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