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Latest bridge proposal looks to toll all drivers, replace Bayway
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The latest plan for a new Mobile River Bridge and Bayway includes a $2.50 toll for two-axle vehicles, a $40-per-month pass for daily commuters and a number of free options.  Under the newly submitted plan, the state would own the infrastructure and the toll would be removed when the project is paid off. The plan […] The post Latest bridge...
Mobile to host World Games flag relay event
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The city of Mobile will take part in the run up to the World Games when it hosts a flag relay to celebrate the games on Monday, June 27. The city will host an event called “The Team RWB Old Glory Relay to the World Games 2022 by Airbus at 9 a.m. at Mardi Gras […] The post Mobile to host World Games flag relay event appeared first on Lagniappe...
Mobile added to four-team Major League Football ‘Core Four’
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Major League Football (MLFB), a new offseason professional football league, announced Thursday it has selected Mobile as the fourth and final home city for its inaugural season that begins. Aug. 9. Mobile joins previously announced Canton, Ohio, Little Rock, Ark., and Virginia Beach, Va., as MLFB’s “Core Four” – cities selected, according...
It’s the Devil — Feat. Lynn Oldshue
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Lagnia-POD S2, Ep24 This week’s Lagniappe features special guest and Lagniappe contributor Lynn Oldshue who is authoring a yearlong series called “It’s the Devil” which is deep-dive into the drug epidemic in South Alabama. We discuss: • How cracking down on Mobile’s pill mills created a vacuum for its drug problem to take off. • […]...
Who let the nuts out?
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To the editor: Who let the dogs out remains a mystery, but we’re reasonably certain the NUTS were released by the “Nutcracker In Chief,” Comrade Trump. MyPillow Nut, Mike Lindell, let loose his outrageous claim that Dominion voting machines, “were manipulated and hacked in a manner that caused votes for one candidate (Trump) to be […] The...
‘Wow’
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To the editor: Mr. Tillman (“Letter to the Editor,” 6/15/22) offers that President Biden (No more drilling including offshore. No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill period. It ends.) is the most centrist! Further, that Nancy Pelosi, who tore up the State of the Union address on national TV, and that Chuck […] The post ‘Wow’...
Way too early 2024 and beyond Alabama political outlook
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For the most part, the 2022 election season ended Tuesday. Yes, technically, it will be officially official after the Nov. 8 general election. However, for the most part, the suspense and intrigue of 2022 ended with the slate of Republican and Democrat candidates, who, in our one-party gerrymandered state, will cruise into office depending on […]...
More ’80s movie sequels, please
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As a child of the ’80s, I’m inordinately excited about the new “Top Gun: Maverick” summer blockbuster. Why? I’m not getting a cut of ticket sales and to be perfectly honest, I’m not really even much of a Tom Cruise fan. I’ve always thought the original was cheesy in an over-the-top way, but still saw […] The post More ’80s movie...
Local Mai Tai lovers launch tiki-themed podcast
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Podcast hosts Roy Clark and Ben Hoeb visit Austin, Texas’s Tiki Tatsu-Ya. Photo courtesy Ben Hoeb.   There’s an underground tiki bar in Daphne that’s so exclusive only a few dozen people even know about it. Inside, some of the area’s biggest tiki lovers gather over mugs of Painkillers to talk about surf movies, vintage […] The post Local...
Johnson, Hummel get wins
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Michael Johnson of Mobile took top honors in the Regular Division and Chris Hummel of Birmingham was the top performer in the Senior Division of last weekend’s Lite Scratch Tour stop at Rock Creek Golf Club in Fairhope. The tournament, a two-day, 36-hole event played Friday and Saturday, found Johnson shooting a 3-under-par 69 in […] The post...
Talent rules Lagniappe All-Area baseball teams
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Left: Gulf Shores’ Case Hager (via Twitter) | Right: Bayshore Christians’ John Malone (Mike Kittrell)   The Lagniappe 2022 All-Area baseball teams — the Class 1A-5A and Class 6A-7A divisions — are blessed with a lot of talent, as is the case in this area year after year. Those earning a spot on this year’s […] The post Talent rules...
Registration now open for Alabama’s alligator hunt
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Photo | American alligator. By Billy Pope/ADCNR.   The Alligator mississippiensis — commonly known as the American alligator — can trace its origins back 37 million years.  The first Spanish explorers to Florida were not sure what they had come upon, naming the creature “el largarto” for “the lizard.” Although Louisiana and Florida...
As I lay dying
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I am on vacation this week. So naturally, I am thinking a lot about … death. Not death in the horrifying or sad way. Death in the best way possible. These morbid vacation thoughts are coming from a place of perfection. We are in Cape San Blas, Florida, this week, which is called the “Forgotten […] The post As I lay dying appeared first on...
Alabama primary runoff turnout on target, SOS says
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Other than some polling places opening late, Alabama’s primary runoff election on Tuesday went off without a hitch, Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill told Lagniappe Wednesday morning. Statewide turnout was 12.7 percent with more than nearly 464,600 votes cast out of 3.65 million registered Alabama voters. In Mobile County, out of 308,710...
Shirey takes District 100
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Mobile optometrist Mark Shirey will replace retiring State Rep. Victor Gaston in District 100, after winning the Republican primary runoff on Tuesday.  Shirey said he was “overwhelmed” after defeating Pete Kupfer with 62 percent of the vote.  “I had a good plan, ran a good race,” he said in a phone interview. “The volunteers did […]...
Council approves partnership to pay homeless to pick up litter
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The Mobile City Council, on Tuesday, unanimously approved a partnership with Ransom Ministries that would help the city fix its litter problem and provide work for individuals without housing.  The two-month pilot program would pay five men staying in the Waterfront Rescue Mission overnight shelter about $9 per hour to pick up litter throughout...
These college football teams are no longer scary
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Mike Farrell of MikeFarrellSports.com, refers to himself as the godfather of recruiting. He may or may not be in a position to make you an offer you can’t refuse, but he is a respected commentator on all things college sports. So, when he recently came out with his list of 15 college football teams that […] The post These college football teams...
Conflict of interest claims arise from local psych provider’s relationship with state board
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Mental health monopoly?  Local officials and others concerned about the state of mental health care in Mobile, Washington and Baldwin counties are questioning an apparent conflict of interest between the area’s largest provider of psychiatric services and the board tasked with determining where state money for the area is spent. AltaPointe...
Former MPD officer’s death inevitable, Washington County sheriff says
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Questions remain concerning the death of former Mobile Police Department (MPD) officer Robert Harris while in the custody of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Harris, who left the police force in March, was arrested at midnight on June 10 in McIntosh after a confrontation with local police and an off-duty MPD corporal on the roadside […]...
T-Mobile's latest perks starting Tuesday: 25 cents off a gallon of gas, free streaming on flights
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Wireless carrier T-Mobile announced new perks for customers, including deeper gas discounts and free connectivity and streaming on flights.
Mobile council denies downtown affordable housing project
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Citing concerns over parking and the appropriateness of such a project in the downtown area, the Mobile City Council unanimously voted down a plan to use $8 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act funds to redevelop the former Gayfer’s building across from Bienville Square into 95 affordable apartment units.  The decision means New...
Wallace Tunnel fire brings I-10 traffic to halt Monday night
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A four-vehicle accident erupting into a vehicle fire in the westbound lanes of the George Wallace tunnel brought Interstate 10 traffic to a standstill Monday night. According to Mobile Police Department (MPD), the incident occurred around 5:30 p.m. on June 20 and one vehicle caught fire, sending smoke billowing out of the tunnel entrance and […]...
Mobile firefighters sue city over pay disparity claims
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A local firefighter advocacy group has sued the city of Mobile and the Mobile County Personnel Board over raises mainly for police officers it says breaks state pay parity laws.  The lawsuit, filed on June 17 by the International Association of Firefighters Local 1349, better known as the Mobile Firefighters Association, accuses the city of […]...
Jury vindicates SHC soccer player accused of rape
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A Mobile County jury has sided with a Spring Hill College (SHC) graduate accused of rape and returned a not-guilty verdict on all counts Thursday afternoon. Vassil Kokali, 23, an Italian national and former member of the Badger’s soccer team, was accused by fellow SHC student Audrey Cox of rape. Kokali was arrested last year […] The post Jury...
Former Vigor head coach McKenzie to land Murphy job
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On Thursday, four schools in the Lagniappe coverage area were looking for new head football coaches. Following a couple of announcements on Friday, one rather surprising, the number of coaching vacancies was down to just two. Vacancies have apparently been filled at Murphy and Williamson, leaving only Satsuma and Vigor still in search of head […]...
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