Birmingham, Alabama mayoral candidate interview: Randall Woodfin

It’s time for another Birmingham mayoral candidate interview. This is the second one in my series, and it features Randall Woodfin. My last one featured Randy Davis.

Although the Jefferson County Election Commission has until June 23 to officially call the upcoming Birmingham municipal election set for August 22, potential candidates are already blazing their own campaign trails.

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IndyCar roars into Birmingham with former champions in preparation for April race

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Defending race winner Simon Pagenaud practices at Barber Motorsports Park for the April 21-23 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, via INDYCAR Photo – Chris Jones

Verizon IndyCar Series driver Simon Pagenaud looks at the race track at Birmingham’s Barber Motorsports Park, with its numerous sweeping turns and occasional fast straightaways, and is reminded of the motorcycle course near his hometown in France.

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AT&T’s cyber seniors technology program bridges the generations and helps ensure Alabama is connected – at every age.

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As part of AT&T’s continuing efforts to boost internet adoption across the state, the Alabama State Department of Education and the Alabama Chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) announced the Wenonah High School chapter of FCCLA won the #ATTCyberSeniors video competition.

Pictured: Ahmad Johnson, Denise Young Rucker and Terri Williams

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Birmingham Bakeries: Part 1

So you want to ruin someone’s diet.  The good news is that this is a great city to cheat on a diet with. The bad news is that you might not know the best spots.  We’re here to help, with a series of guides to bakeries around Birmingham!  (Because if you’re going to cheat on the diet, why not make sure the whole office cheats, too?)  This round, we’re focusing on Downtown – the urban center.

the view from Edgar’s Bakery – via Yelp

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“BE Calm and BE AWESOME” $1000 at a time – The Awesome Foundation Birmingham Chapter

First recipient of a $1000 grant from the Awesome Foundation – Birmingham Chapter – Team Alabama Solar Decathlon SURVIV(AL) House

Can you make a difference $1000 at a time? That is exactly what The Awesome Foundation is doing globally and here in Alabama.

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Civitan Club of Birmingham marks 100th anniversary

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Few companies and even fewer people live to be 100 years old, but the Civitan Club of Birmingham—the original club of Civitan International—celebrated that milestone birthday with a reception at UAB. Their official birthday is March 17, 2017. Members of the club hosted guests and media at the Civitan International Research Center (CIRC) on March 9th to bring awareness to the good work researchers are doing at the center.

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Birmingham 11th graders get coached on interview skills. Rotarians get coached on students.

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Students interviewing with Rotarians Fred McCallum, AT&T, and Eileen Markstein, of Markstein

Foundation, (ED) was directing traffic in and out of the Harbert Center like it was an airport.  Approximately 200 11th graders representing all 7 Birmingham city schools came prepared to get coaching on interview skills from local Rotarians.  Mock interviews were set up at tables, one on one, between student and Rotarian.

 

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Volunteers preparing thousands of plants for Birmingham Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale

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The Herb Volunteers at Birmingham Botanical Gardens  are a diverse and amazing group of individuals who grow 50% of the nearly 10,000 herb plants offered at Spring Plant Sale. These 20+ volunteers also design, plant and maintain the formal Herb Terrace within the Garden. Herb volunteers meet every Wednesday morning throughout the year.

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For a few Alabama residents, solar is so good! Part 3 of 3

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The Trescotts’ home in Blount County is one of only about 10,000 in the state of Alabama that is equipped with a solar power system, via Rick Trescott

While Alabama lags far behind much of the nation in terms of solar energy policies and usage – a situation we examined in the first two parts of this series – there are a few state residents determined to let the sun shine in to their homes.

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A new hope in the fight against genetic disorders

A model of a DNA strand. The real thing isn’t this colorful – Rehosted from uab.edu

UAB announced last Thursday a plan to learn more about and potentially reduce the risk of genetic diseases.  The project will be conducted at a statewide level, recruiting a representative sample of Alabama residents.  Dean of UAB School of Medicine Selwyn Vickers, M.D. says the knowledge gained during the Alabama Genomic Health Initiative “will potentially rewrite our understanding of the burden of disease on our population.  This project can have tremendous impact on the residents of Alabama and stimulate economic development in the state.” Continue reading “A new hope in the fight against genetic disorders”

So what is our government actually doing?

shamelessly ripped straight from aarp.net – our skyline is beautiful

In the past, I’ve written about some out-there plans by our local and state governments, like the attempt to bring back tax deductions for renovating historic buildings or the motion to allow golf cart taxis on certain Birmingham streets.  It’s great to hear about what’s going on in the moment, but how did these resolutions turn out?  Let’s take a look!

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