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Alabama Student Saves Lives through Organ Donation

Natalie Baine, a junior at Alabama from Roswell, Ga., passed away from injuries sustained in a car accident in Montgomery while she was returning from the BCS National Championship game in Miami, Fla. Baine was able to save the lives of four individuals across the

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Local condo manager arrested on charges of stealing from residents

A former manager for the Summit Condominiums was arrested Saturday after allegedly stealing items from residents’ apartments. Some residents didn’t know they had been robbed until they were approached by police and are not satisfied with how management is handling the situation.

“The Way Out”

After rocky past, Alabama pursues mental health reform By Mazie Bryant Contributing Writer    She was crying all the time and couldn’t explain it. Her instincts told her something wasn’t right. “I knew something was wrong with me for a long time,” said Christi Collins,

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Mental health in Alabama

In response to the lack of a mental health care system in the United States, activist and mental health advocate Dorothea Dix traveled the country, lobbying state legislatures and the U.S. Congress for the creation of a system of mental health care facilities. In 1852

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Tuscaloosa program teaches children golf, life lessons

By Michael Vine TUSCALOOSA — When Mike Shivetts took over as program director for the First Tee of Tuscaloosa in 2006, it reached 85 children. Six short years later, The First Tee reaches more than 15,000 children in Tuscaloosa County and West Alabama through its

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New Alberta Elementary may house performing arts program

Story and Photo by Casey Voyles TUSCALOOSA —  Alberta Elementary School, which was destroyed by the April 2011 tornado, may house the school system’s first     performing arts program once it is rebuilt. Crammed into the cafeteria of Tuscaloosa Magnet School on Tuesday, Nov.

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Parents express concern over Alberta school rebuilding

By Michael Vine TUSCALOOSA — Though nothing was decided for certain Tuesday night, City Schools Superintendent Paul McKendrick wanted to be certain he got one point across to the crowd of Alberta parents regarding the rebuilding of their elementary school. “We’ve got a chance to

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Tuscaloosa’s holiday plans include ice skating rink

By Caitlin Rickard TUSCALOOSA — Tuscaloosa and West Alabama residents are a City Council vote away from having an ice skating rink brought to Tuscaloosa’s Riverwalk for the winter. On Tuesday, the City Council’s Public Projects Committee agreed to move forward with an estimated $157,500

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Pulitzer Prize winner and illegal immigrant speaks at UA

By Michael Vine TUSCALOOSA — Undocumented Filipino Jose Antonio Vargas wants to start a conversation in Alabama – not just about HB-56, a controversial immigration law passed last year, but about gay rights as well. Although if you ask him, that’s not really it either.