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Dec. 31, 2007
Be it resolved that ... area residents share their resolutions for the new year. Restricted to subscribers.

Who should be hired as the new head football coach for the University of South Alabama Jaguars?

Dec. 30, 2007
Massingberd, laureate for the departed, dies.

In Alabama, football is more than a game; it's culture, religion, politics and business. 

Dec. 28, 2007
Peggy Noonan: Be reasonable; sizing up the presidential candidates.

Dec. 26, 2007
Why would big-time plaintiffs lawyer Dickie Scruggs allegedly try to bribe a judge in a small-potatoes fee dispute? In an interview, the plaintiff in the case offered a conceivable answer to the most puzzling question posed by Scruggs’s federal bribery indictment — but he also posed some fresh riddles as well.

Who should be hired as the new head football coach for the University of South Alabama Jaguars? 

Dec. 25, 2007
State Sen. Hank Sanders: 'Hope and fear -- if Obama loses, will his failure be our failure?'

Dec. 24, 2007
Mohammed set to overtake Jack as the most popular boy's name in the United Kingdom.

Dec. 22, 2007
Schoolhouse Rock: D.C. education chief says school choice shouldn't be reserved for the rich.

Dec. 19, 2007
State Sen. Hank Sanders: 'How can they have a Christmas parade in Minter, Ala.?

Steve Flowers: UA 'Machine' has spawned many state leaders.

Dec. 18, 2007
Bulletin: Mobile attorney Michael Youngpeter is Gov. Bob Riley's choice to fill an opening on the Mobile County Circuit Court bench, replacing ex-Circuit Judge Herman Thomas, according to sources close to Riley. The governor picked Youngpeter over two other finalists submitted for consideration by the local Judicial Selection Committee -- Randy Crane and E.J. Saad.

After leaving a Mobile County Republican Executive Committee meeting Tuesday evening, the 50-year-old Youngpeter said, "As I told the committee, I worked for (the late Mobile attorney and Circuit Judge) Bill McDermott out of law school. He was my mentor. I always thought, as did he, that the highest achievement, the highest calling for a lawyer was to sit on the bench toward the end of a legal career. He truly believed that, and I believe it, too. So when this opportunity came and I was approached about putting my name up, Bill McDermott's words came back to me and I decided to do it." 

Youngpeter said he was "deeply gratified and honored" to be named and, given the quality of his competition, relieved because his selection was "no sure thing."  


The vexing world of air service in a marginal market. But local officials, business leaders set meeting with low-fare wunderkind Southwest Airlines. Subscribers only.

Against the Tide: Mobile real estate market booms, counter to national downturn. (Editor's note: The article erroneously places a Hyundai plant in Mobile. The factory is near Montgomery.)

Dec. 16, 2007
Count your blessings this Christmas.

Dec. 14, 2007
Ron Paul: 'Compassionate conservatism' is just another way to say 'Big government today, big government tomorrow, big government forever.' 

Peggy Noonan on GOP primaries: Have faith all ye' hopefuls.

Garage Majals: The glamorous future of parking.

Dec. 12, 2007
Steve Flowers: Yes, Virginia, there is a 'machine' at Alabama.

State Sen. Hank Sanders: On a mission to transform Alabama's 'Black Belt.'

Dec. 11, 2007
Where, oh where, does Mayor Larry live? Where, oh where, has he gone?

Dec. 10, 2007
Riley rolls out "First Class" voluntary pre-kindergarten plan.

Dec. 8, 2007
Who should be hired as the new head football coach for the University of South Alabama Jaguars?

Interesting stats on this and that.

Dec. 7, 2007
The Political Round-Up: Eagles, Spartans or Bears, oh my!; Mobile to score economic TD?; Shoppers be aware; Jaguars need pigskin pro; Gassing up the right way; Doings on the bayou. Subscribers only.

On the GOP presidential trail: The Book of Romney. How Romney came to give The Speech. Huckabee not Reagan's heir.

Dec. 6, 2007
State Sen. Hank Sanders: Opening long shut doors.

The Science of Gore's Nobel: What if everyone believed in global warming because everyone believed in global warming?

Dec. 5, 2007
The Political Round-Up: Weak dollar equals strong ally; investigate and arrest or vice versa; green eggs and red ham; Go fish; Here come da' judge; 60 Minutes for Siegelman; The royal treatment. Subscribers only.

University of Alabama Business School hitting on all cylinders, according to Dean Barry Mason.

Dec. 4, 2007
Mobile, 'surprisingly,' is poised to be a top performer in U.S. real estate market.

The USA Center for Real Estate has new reports on the Mobile and Baldwin metro area.

Dec. 1, 2007
Defining double-dipping can be simple or slippery.

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