5 key moments that shaped environmental history in Birmingham since the first Earth Day

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Volunteers at W.E. Putnam Middle School’s Audubon-Datnow Forest Preserve. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Happy Earth Day Birmingham! On this day, April 22, 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated not only here in the Magic City, but across the planet. 

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Bham pardons 15,000+ people for single marijuana possession convictions

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Mayor Woodfin introduces the Pardons for Progress initative in November 2019. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin released a statement announcing a blanket pardon for individuals with closed single marijuana possession convictions in the city of Birmingham between 1990 and 2020. This action will pardon more than 15,000 people simultaneously.

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Bill to allow up to 15 entertainment districts in Birmingham, awaits final OK

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On June 22, 2020, Avondale became Birmingham’s 4th designated entertainment district. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Legislation that would allow up to 15 entertainment districts in the city of Birmingham awaits final approval in the Alabama House of Representatives.

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Tropicaleo, popular Puerto Rican eatery, is temporarily closing, cites labor shortage

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Tropicaleo in Avondale. Photo via Cheyenne Trujillo for Bham Now

Tropicaleo, the popular Puerto Rican and Latin American-inspired eatery on Crestwood Boulevard closed its doors temporarily on Monday citing lack of trained food service staff.

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More places offering COVID-19 vaccine throughout the Birmingham area

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Parker High School employees got vaccinated in preparation for opening as a mass vaccination site. Photo via UAB News

The number of places and opportunities to get a COVID-19 shot are growing dramatically in Birmingham. Here is a rundown of newly announced locations offering vaccines we learned about just this week.

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Gov. Ivey, park supporters launch movement to improve Alabama State Parks

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Governor Kay Ivey at Oak Mountain State Park, April 15, 2021. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, supporters of the Alabama State Parks Foundation, local corporate leaders and others gathered at Oak Mountain State Park on Thursday, to announce efforts aimed at investing millions of dollars into much-needed park improvements.

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Are you ready for some football? Magic City Classic, A-Day games on Sat. April 17

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2019 Magic City Classic. Alabama A&M University Marching Band spelling out Cup Cake in memory of Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Looking for a football fix? This Saturday, April 17th, football fans hit the trifecta with three springtime games including the annual McDonald’s Magic City Classic presented by Coca-Cola and the Alabama and Auburn A-Day games. Here are the details.

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American Airlines adds summer nonstop flight from the Magic City to the Magic Kingdom

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American Airlines is adding a summer nonstop flight to Orlando. Photo via Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport Facebook page

Break out your Mickey Mouse ears Birmingham! American Airlines is launching a new summertime  nonstop Saturday service between Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM) and Orlando International Airport (MCO).

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Bryant-Jordan Scholarship Program has awarded $11M+ to high school scholar-athletes. See why it matters.

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Coach Ralph “Shug” Jordan and Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. Photo via ASHOF

This month, for the 36th year, the Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Scholarship Program rewarded high school senior student-athletes from every corner of Alabama for a job well done.

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United Ability’s abiliTEE Golf Classic is all about two hand waves and fist bumps

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The Fleury family. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

If you are a golfer participating in United Ability’s annual abiliTEE Classic Golf Tournament, April 22nd at Robert Trent Jones Oxmoor Valley, be prepared to receive some awesome two-hand waves, fist bumps and smiles.

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Chez Fonfon is open for indoor dining, and what’s next for Bottega & Highlands

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Cameron Westbrook and Pardis Stitt at the entrance of Chez Fonfon.

This week, on Instagram Chez Fonfon announced they are reopening for indoor dining. We got so excited, we rushed over to Five Points South to get an update from Pardis Stitt, on the Stitt family of restaurants – Chez Fonfon, Bottega’s and of course the James Beard Award- winning Highlands Bar & Grill.

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Girls’ high school flag football to kickoff in Alabama, Fall 2021

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Jan 25, 2020; Orlando,Florida, USA; Teams from around the U.S. participate in the play off day of games with Pro Bowl members as special coaches in the NFL Flag Football Championships. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-Reining Champs

It’s official. Girls’ flag football is Alabama’s newest sanctioned high school sport.

The announcement was made last week at the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) 13th Annual Principals’ and Athletic Directors’ Conference. Helping pave the way for the new sport is a partnership between the Atlanta Falcons, NFL FLAG and AHSAA

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Alcohol delivery bill receives final OK, awaits Governor’s approval

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Six packs at the Piggly Wiggly in Mountain Brook. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

The Alabama Senate voted 28-0 on Tuesday to concur with House changes to the alcohol delivery bill. The legislation now awaits Governor Kay Ivey’s signature.  If approved the new law will go into effect on October 1st.  

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