Viral video of truck nearly running over cyclists shocks Birmingham. Here are helpful cycling tips to stay safe.

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Cyclists rolling out of Railroad Park on a either a 30 or 60-mile route.

Let’s be upfront about this. Riding a bike in Birmingham can sometimes be  very dangerous and that is just plain wrong.

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Blaze means business. A sneak peek of the Blaze statue in front of the new UAB Collat School of Business building

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Blaze statue and Ken Jackson in front of the UAB Collat School of Business. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Blaze, UAB’s iconic mascot, has found a home in front of the new UAB Collat School of Business building.

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Binge-watching?  Episodes of public television’s Discovering Alabama are available online

Screenshot of Dr. Doug Phillips host of Discovering Alabama. From the episode titled Sipsey Wilderness.

Forget Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime. If you looking to do some serious binge-watching, checkout episodes of Alabama Public Television’s  Discovering Alabama.

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UAB School of Dentistry named one of the top dental schools in the world

UAB School of Dentistry students with John Lytle Wilson’s art work in the background at Magic City Dentistry.. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

According to the ShanghaiRanking’s 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry has been named one of the world’s top 25 dental schools.

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Alabama Wildlife Federation Governor’s Conservation Awards honor Birmingham’s own Wendy Jackson and Wenonah High School

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Wendy Jackson, second from the right next to Governor Kay Ivey receiving Conservationist of the Year award. Photo from Alabama Wildlife Federation Facebook page.

Earlier this month, several Birmingham conservation leaders were honored at the Alabama Wildlife Federation Governor’s Conservation Award banquet, including former longtime Freshwater Land Trust Executive Director Wendy Jackson and students from Wenonah High School.

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Give back to your community. Join the Freshwater Land Trust adopt-a-trail initiative

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Leadership of Dynamite Hill-Smithfield Land Trust. They were the first organization to adopt a trail this spring and have completed a couple of very impactful cleanups on their adopted trail, Enon Ridge. Photo courtesy of Freshwater Land Trust.

Want to give back to your community? Adopt-a-trail.

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For the 8th year, Remy Fund continues to positively benefit the lives of animals and humans they touch

Ken Jackson with Remy. Photo by Beth Franklin of Hand in Paw.

Last week, the Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services announced it is distributing $50,000 in grants to 11 companion animal (dogs, cats and horses) nonprofits serving Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Blount and Walker counties.

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Despite a 5-fold return on investment, Forever Wild needs your help. See what you can do now.

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Fishing in Alabama. Photo courtesy of Department of Conservation and Natural Resources by Matt Ragland

Last year, on the 25th anniversary of the Forever Wild program, a study found that for every $1 invested in land conservation by the Forever Wild program, there is a $5 return on that investment in natural goods and services. That includes benefits such as wildlife habitat, flood control, and clean water.

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O’Carr’s, Hot & Hot Fish Club and Gianmarcos among restaurants receiving 95 and above inspection scores this past month

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Entrance to Hot & Hot fish Club. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Several popular Birmingham neighborhood restaurants, including Hot & Hot Fish Club and O’Carr’s received 95 and above on their health inspection scores over the past 30 days.

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Buy local! Hueytown Harvest and the Bessemer Farmers Markets provide fresh farm vegetables and more.

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Peaches, squash and more. Photo via Hueytown Harvest

Want to try a farmers market, Western Jefferson County? Check out the Hueytown Harvest Farmers Market this Saturday morning (August 4) and Bessemer Farmers Markets during the week.

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Traffic congestion, poor roads, safety and lack of public transit top Birmingham regional concerns about transportation

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Participants at the Draft Regional Bicycle Network Open House, photo by Pat Byington

Earlier this week, the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham (RPCGB) released their findings from a region-wide survey about transportation needs. Traffic congestion, poor roads, safety and lack of public transit topped the list of concerns.

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United Way 2-1-1 Connects Central Alabama never takes a day off to help people in need

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United Way 2-1-1 Connects Central Alabama. Photo courtesy of United Way of Central Alabama.

Falling on hard times happens when you least expect it. You lose your job and can’t pay the rent or the electric bill. You need shelter after a storm or tornado damages your home. There is a crisis in your life, and you just need someone to talk to. You desperately need help. That’s when you call the United Way 2-1-1 Connects Central Alabama.

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