9 Children’s of Alabama programs ranked among the best in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report

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Photo of Children’s of Alabama, by Pat Byington for Bham Now

When it comes down to ranking our nation’s colleges and hospitals, U.S. News and World Report is considered one of the finest evaluators. That’s why it’s big news when nine pediatric specialty services at Children’s of Alabama have been named among the nation’s best by the popular prestigious publication.

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115 U.S. flags retired over the weekend at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church

In Homewood, members of Boy Scout Troop 237 from Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church and Rick Lange, Faithful Navigator of the Monsignor Frank J. Wade Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus Assembly (center), stand ready to begin the flag retirement ceremony at OLS. Photo courtesy of Our Lady of Sorrows

This past Saturday, the day before Flag Day, more than 115 frayed and faded United States flags and one United States Marine Corps flag were properly retired, thanks to the patriotism of two groups at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church (OLS). 

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Reopening update: Vulcan Park and Museum, Topgolf, Birmingham Botanical Gardens and more are back

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View of Birmingham, AL from the top of Vulcan. Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum

The Magic City’s biggest attractions continue to open up.  Last week, it was the Birmingham Zoo and Vulcan Park and Museum.  This week, Topgolf and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens are reopening on Monday, June 15th.

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Here are Alabama’s next 10 natural wonders and how you can help protect them

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White-topped pitcher plants and Forever Wild’s Splinter Hill Bog. Photo by Billy Pope.

Twenty-three years ago, the Alabama Environmental Council (AEC) ushered in one of the greatest periods of conservation in Alabama history. What did designating 10 Natural Wonders across the state achieve? Take a look.

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Week-long Juneteenth celebrations begin with 2nd annual parade at Kelly Ingram Park on June 13

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1963 Foot Soldiers meeting with 2019 Foot Soldiers in Kelly Ingram Park. Photo courtesy of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Mark your calendars Birmingham.  The National Juneteenth Observance Foundation of Alabama and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute have scheduled numerous Juneteenth events beginning the morning of Saturday, June 13th a parade and ending with a solemn candlelight vigil on June 21. 

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Birmingham extends face covering rule to July 3, while Jefco allows entertainment venues to open

Nourish team preparing for delivery (left to right): Daniel McGill, Mary Drennen. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

The Birmingham City Council is continuing its efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by extending its face covering rule to July 3rd. Meanwhile, late last week the Jefferson County Department of Health let lapse its guidance that prohibited certain entertainment venues from opening.

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Birmingham mourns passing of longtime United Ability CEO Gary Edwards

Dr. Gary Edwards (in the white shirt) celebrating the 70th anniversary of United Ability with the adults at our LINCPoint Adult Day Program. Photo courtesy of United Ability

Yesterday, United Ability announced the passing of Dr. Gary Edwards, their beloved Chief Executive Officer for nearly 38 years.

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Birmingham Zoo returns this week! Check out the status of several Magic City attractions

June 29, 2019 is the official Grand Opening of the Birmingham Zoo’s Arrival Experience and Welcome Plaza.The new entrance is the culmination of Phase 2 of the Renew the Zoo Capital Campaign. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The Magic City’s most visited tourist attraction, the Birmingham Zoo, returns this week on Thursday, June 11th for general admission patrons.

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University Tacos to expand into former Lucy’s Coffee & Tea space

Jesus and Gabriel Miranda University Tacos owners. Photo by Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Everyone was sad to see Lucy’s Coffee & Tea permanently close last week, but at least another local family-run small business is taking over the legendary coffeehouse’s spot—next door neighbor University Tacos.

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Putting the pieces back together. What you can do now to help.

Alabama Power building on the morning of June 1, 2020, after three days of peaceful protests and a night of unrest. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

On June 1, 1871, 149 years ago, Birmingham was founded. On May 25, 2020 George Floyd was killed, on camera, by police officers in Minneapolis, sparking a national and international outcry. Today, city residents woke up to the sight of broken glass, graffiti and damaged walls.

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Birmingham pleas for peace at “World is Watching Rally” ignored by a few

Birmingham City Councilman John Hilliard with members of the city council. Photo by Kristina O’Quinn

Earlier today, Birmingham held an emotional rally for justice and peace in response to nationwide riots and the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police. The event was held at Kelly Ingram Park, site of the Children’s Crusade, a turning point in the Civil Rights movement 57 years ago. 

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United Way’s Priority Veteran program expands its services thanks to additional VA funding

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Lula Skowronek, Director of Priority Veteran. Photo courtesy of United Way of Central Alabama

As a result of the drastic national economic downturn, Central Alabama’s veterans and their families need our help now more than ever.

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