Welcome to the Mobile Bay Times, an e-zine devoted to the people, places, issues and history of the area around Mobile Bay. Please check back for regular updates, features and commentary. Click to : to Mobile Bay Times . July 29, 2005 the United States. Americans perplexed and anxious about relations with Muslim world (Embargoed for release on Aug. 3) Historic WWII tugboat donated to maritime museum in Arkansas. Neumann sworn in as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan. Tony & Tacky: When adults try to be hip & X#@$*!X^% Barney, the foul-mouthed parrot. Mobile Airport Authority gets $2.5 million to improve runways. Atlanta city councilman offers to quit for $100,000. Lawmakers increasingly use revolving door to launch lucrative lobbying careers. Congressional incumbents off to a roaring start in campaign fundraising. HUD replaces New Orleans housing board with veteran public housing specialist. Amid punishing heat wave, U.S. power industry breaks all-time record for electricity demand. Opt-out notice rule for insurance and credit solicitations takes effect Aug. 1. U.S. Muslims issue fatwa against terrorists. (Surprise, surprise: Fatwa is bogus .) Families don't sit down to eat together anymore. Something has been lost. July 27, 2005 Final Energy Bill: Too little energy , too much pork. MR spectroscopy helps identify cancerous breast tumors. Study of Chinese economy released. Jobs in the green industry. Computer game simulation helps Special Forces learn adaptive thinking and cultural awareness. July 26, 2005 Assessment of Mobile economy a mixed bag of weaknesses, a bright spot or two, worries and potential. Consultants give county commission first phase of economic study. When it comes to education loans, Uncle Sam wears dunce cap in market economics. Supreme Court case involving free speech could have major implications for whistleblowers and the public. Safety up in the air with plane traffic around nation's capitol and the Big Apple. Existing home sales smash record again, up 2.7 percent in June. States should follow North Carolina 's lead when it comes to hog lagoons. Interior secretary reassures Florida solon Bush not planning to shift Gulf waters from Florida to Louisiana. July 25, 2005 Today the Mobile County Commission is expected to get the first part of an analysis of the local economy. Term limits for Supreme Court justices? Orange alerts cost nation's transit systems $900,000 a day. Long lost photographs shed new light on Scopes trial. Patriot Act un-American , says Vermont congressman. Connecticut legislator also questions the act's merits. Liberty in the balance, says Georgia representative. Alabama Democrat backs act. Florida solon scents Bush plot to shift Gulf waters from Florida to Louisiana. July 22, 2005 Discovery of tunnel under U.S.-Canadian border leads to arrests of drug smugglers. Lawsuit charges Gulfport, MS courts with using county jail as debtors' prison. New study reveals 724,000 Americans rely on eBay sales for income. Delay's support among colleagues drying up in face of criticism. Feds to propose new energy rules for SUVs, pick-ups and mini-vans. New device counters terrorism, keeps troops alive. July 21, 2005 Police captain seeking City Council seat. Manufacturers back states' use of taxbreaks to lure economic development. What a World: Government officials rewarded for lying , punished for telling the truth. July 20, 2005 NOW calls Roberts an extremist , says he's not interested in 'fairness and equality,' would flush Americans hard-won rights. Field of Beams: Novel program uses polarized light pulses to reveal crop health. Testimony on Navy's destroyer program, big cost overruns seen as likely. More than 125 lawmakers now co-sponsor measure to make English the nation's official language. Glycemic index may be next new wave among nutrition nuts. What every European should know about global warming. Union of Concerned Scientists takes a different view. Retail group expects 8 percent slide in back-to-school spending as demand for computers cools. July 19, 2005 Report analyzes administrative expenses and compensation patterns for 10,000 grant-making foundations. Dark chocolate may reduce blood pressure, improve insulin resistance. National Sheriffs Association backs federal animal-fighting legislation. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes hunting, fishing in six national wildlife refuges, including Alabama. Unmarried and Single Americans Week: Facts from the U.S. Census Bureau. July 18, 2005 Incumbent City Councilman Thomas Sullivan 's bid to win a fifth term as the District 2 representative will not come easily. The qualifying deadline looms and City Councilman Fred Richardson has no opponent in sight in District 1. Still, an incumbent must prepare for a campaign. District 4 City Councilman Ben Brooks appears well-positioned to win re-election. City Councilwoman Connie Hudson's re-election seems as sure a bet as girl scouts selling cookies. Volcanic Politics: Congress considers setting up a race-based government for Native Hawaiians. Gang violence down 73 percent over past 10 years. BRAC recommendations fail to consider impact of closing military bases on National Guard, Reserve. Guard chief vows to minimize adverse effects on guardsmen. Sept. 1 deadline set for FDA to act on 'over-the-counter' sale of 'morning after' pill. July 15, 2005 With five announced candidates, the race for the District 7 seat on the Mobile City Council will be hotly contested. Here's an early look at the campaign's financing. Disgruntled Phillies fan/spammer gets four years in stir. Former Mexican foreign minister demands open border, billions in exchange for cooperation in war on terror. Emily eyeing Mexico-Texas border. Analysis suggests radio-tv vouchers would increase competitiveness in congressional races. Report released on improving U.S.-Turkish cooperation on Iraq. July 14, 2005 July 13, 2005 The latest in the topsy-turvy world of the race to succeed John Peavy as the District 7 representative on the Mobile City Council. Did Mobile City Council President Reggie Copeland endorse John Peavy for mayor during a recent press conference? Local Democrats will have an "Ol' Timers" Picnic in Municipal Park Friday, July 22 at 5 p.m. to honor past party stalwarts. Emily appears headed to Yucatan. Entrepreneurs scoff at rising oil prices. Study says losing a military base need not hurt a community's economy. Puerto Rico cops busted for being drug lords' escorts, muscle. Menopause symptoms may return if hormone therapy stopped. July 12, 2005 Is it 'to be' or 'not to be' for real estate developer Rick Collins in his deliberations over a second City Council, District 7 race? Local Democratic Party leaders to meet Saturday. Bush orders federal aid in Alabama's recovery from Hurricane Dennis. Minorities occupy 21.2 percent of television news staff jobs. Ability, not disability, at heart of California to Hawaii yacht trek . July 11, 2005 Dennis a Dud : Alabama coast breathes sigh of relief, gets awfully early wake-up call. Consumer group warns of post-hurricane dangers. Underwater sand avalanches linked to sea level changes in the Gulf of Mexico. Aspirin too often overlooked as prevention for heart attacks. Guantanamo Bay commanding officer relieved of duties. Employment growth continues for 25th month. July 7, 2005 The Mobile County Republican Executive Committee will elect several new members when it meets Monday, July 18. Democratic leader may swap Roe v. Wade to get trial lawyer on Supreme Court. Reporter jailed for refusing to reveal source of story she never wrote. Journalists' group decries sentencing. Lugar bill protecting reporters awaits hearing before Senate Judiciary Committee. Mississippi congressman joins national effort to help criminal offenders expunge their records. July 6, 2005 Judge orders light shone on shadowy mayoral tactics. July 5, 2005 Local real estate developer Rick Collins , once seen as the likely favorite in the District 7 City Council race this summer, instead announced that business commitments would prevent him from running. Is Collins' decision final? His answer is surprising. California hospitals required to submit price list. State motor fuel tax rates. July 2, 2005 Seasonal bottlenecks crimp summer travel plans. Bush's Iraq Speech : Long On Assertion, Short On Facts.
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