The Bham Now guide to the 2018 midterm elections on November 6, including how to register to vote in Birmingham

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The deadline to register to vote in Alabama is October 22. Here is the link to register! Also, more information about who’s running for governor, along with statewide and local seats up for grabs in Birmingham.

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3 things we learned from the Booker T. Washington Elementary school students who participated in Walk to School Day in Birmingham

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Nicholas, a pre-schooler at JCCEO holds a stop sign to help his older classmates stay safe while walking to school. Photo by Jen Daniel for Bham Now

Partners from Children’s of Alabama, the United Way of Central Alabama, FedEx, SAFE Kids Alabama, the City of Birmingham, Safe Routes to School, the Alabama Department of Transportation and Alabama Partners for Clean Air hosted its annual Walk to School Day celebration on Oct. 10, at Washington K-8 in Titusville. Here’s how we all learned to stay safe while getting to school on time and ready to learn.

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Try this easy Rotel cheese dip recipe that uses Two Mamas Salsa from the Piggly Wiggly on Clairmont Avenue in Birmingham

Easy, cheesy dip made with a salsa from Alabama. Photo by Jen Daniel for Bham Now

Everybody loves Rotel cheese dip, but this one has a twist. It features Two Mamas mild salsa that’s made in Alabama. You can find it at the Piggly Wiggly on Clairmont Avenue in Birmingham.

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3 things to know about being an extra in the movie ‘Embattled’ that’s filming in Birmingham, including how you can do it, too

Birmingham resident Kristina O’Quinn shakes hands with Stephen Dorff, who is starring in the film. Photo via Kristina O’Quinn

Want to know what it’s like to be an extra in a film, including how to audition? Here are the details from a Birmingham local who spent two days on the set of “Embattled”.

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4 things to know about AT&T’s rollout of fixed wireless internet, as they expand it to rural Jefferson county and across Alabama

AT&T’s fixed, wireless internet service means broadband connectivity for rural Alabama. Photo for Bham Now

Fixed wireless internet is here for rural parts of Jefferson county that don’t have access to broadband. That’s good for customers, but AT&T hopes it’s good for business investment in Birmingham and across the state, too.

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Help your child navigate social media and mental health at Children’s of Alabama on Friday, October 5

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There’s a lot to learn about being online. Photo via Bham Now

We need to better understand how to help our kids navigate the digital world while helping them grow into happy, healthy and confident individuals. While that might seem like a tall order, Children’s of Alabama has just the seminar for you on October 5. Register here.

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A new entertainment space called Massie’s on 2nd is coming to 2nd Avenue North, right next to Rogue Tavern

Another place to hear live music in Birmingham is always a win. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Rogue Tavern owner Travis McGriff hopes to open his 6,000 square-foot entertainment venue in October. Live music? Weddings? Parties? In Birmingham? We’re in. Bring it, Massie’s on 2nd!

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3 things to know about Birmingham’s updated master plan, including how you can get involved

Get Healthy on the Railroad cooking classes at Railroad Park. Photo via Railroad Park, Blue Cross Blue Shield

Do you have a vision for the downtown Birmingham area? If you missed the recent public-information sessions for the city’s updated master plan that’s underway, that’s OK! You can still share your input and participate in the planning process.

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Here are 3 reasons why the Ford Mustang is the perfect car to drive around Birmingham, according to ‘GT Matt,’ Adamson Ford’s muscle-car expert

You can drive away in a Ford Mustang today. Photo by Jen Daniel for Bham Now

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Come rev some engines in Birmingham with GT Matt and get behind the wheel of an automobile that knows how to handle the road, especially in Birmingham. Matt is the Mustang Man at Adamson Ford, and he knows why drivers keep coming back to America’s classic performance car. Hint: vroom vroom!

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New Hotel Indigo in 5 Points South opens with a themed bar called the Rx Lounge that’s a throwback to the building’s medical history in Birmingham

Bar Supervisor at the Rx Lounge, Victoria Lawson, showing us the bar’s supply of flavored bitters in test tubes. Photo by Jen Daniel for Bham Now

Located at 1023 20th St South in Birmingham, Hotel Indigo recently completed a $5 million renovation to feature 63 rooms that are pet friendly. The boutique hotel also features the Rx Lounge, with a design nod to the building’s history as the Medical Arts Building.

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3 things Birmingham needs to know about the teen vaping epidemic, including ‘JUULing’

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The FDA recently categorized adolescent use of e-cigarettes as an epidemic. Photo for Bham Now
Does your child or friend use e-cigarettes? Vaping can be a trendy thing for adolescents to try. One look at #JUUL on social media chronicles an alarming trend among teens. You might not know because it’s easy to hide.

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As Birmingham and Homewood kick electric scooters to the curb, Bird introduces 4 tech products to ‘help local governments incorporate and manage e-scooters’

Bham Now staffers Wade Cline and Cody Short take two Bird scooters for a ride in Southside. Photo by Jen Daniel for Bham Now

Bird hopes its new GovTech platform will placate Birmingham, Homewood and all the other municipalities where the company operates in the U.S. Local governments can access it for free. Is this the answer to our scooter woes?

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Expect traffic delays this week, Birmingham drivers, as ALDOT continues work on Interstates 59/20 and I-65

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Rendering of Malfunction Junction in Birmingham after ALDOT completes its bridge project. Graphic by ALDOT

Next week lanes and ramps are closing on both I-59/20 and I-65. Here are the details, Birmingham drivers.

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Bird wants to take over Birmingham with electric scooters, and the $2 billion company doesn’t seem to care about regulations

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Bird scooters parked in front of the Clubhouse on Highland. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Yeah, it’s more of a world-domination thing with Bird electric scooters. Why? To get people out of cars. Electric scooters are a thing, people. They’re everywhere!

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