Herd immunity: what you need to know from UAB’s Dr. Suzanne Judd

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UAB epidemiologist Dr. Suzanne Judd speaking on herd immunity. Photo via UAB

Have you heard about herd immunity? As the US continues to fight the coronavirus pandemic, hope (and vaccines) are on the way. Keep reading to learn the latest from Dr. Suzanne Judd, an epidemiologist at UAB, about herd immunity in the US and Alabama.

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How to celebrate Black History Month in Birmingham + surrounding cities

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Students from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute’s (BCRI) Legacy Youth Leadership Program at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Photo courtesy of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Every February we celebrate Black History Month—a time to reflect, celebrate and honor the achievements of African Americans. What was originally “Negro History Week,” turned into a month-long celebration of Black history because DUH! Black is beautiful, courageous, inspiring and so many other adjectives that I don’t have room to list. Before I start bragging about my heritage, here’s how you can observe the month in Birmingham and around Alabama.

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The space shuttle in Huntsville is about to get a major glow up

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The Pathfinder space shuttle is getting ready for some restorations. Photo via the US Space & Rocket Center’s Facebook

Ready for blast off! Huntsville’s US Space & Rocket Center has plans to give the iconic full-size replica of the space shuttle a face lift. After years of weathering, let’s take a look at the history of this Alabama landmark and what’s in store.

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Alabama ranks above New York + California as 7th for top business climate

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Alabama beat out several states with major city hubs for a spot in the top 10 business climates. Photo via Unsplash

Site Selection, a national publication focused on economic development, ranked Alabama as number seven for top business climates in the U.S. This is the first year Alabama has cracked the top 10, tying with Arizona and beating out New York, California and Tennessee for the spot.

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Aviate’s Jet Setter Collection turns your summer go-to into an essential fall-winter accessory, featuring a fashion photo shoot at Railroad Park

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Views of downtown Birmingham make Railroad Park THE spot for fall photos. Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

What’s lightweight, goes with anything and looks killer with a high ponytail? Your favorite baseball cap, of course. But as your wardrobe gets cozier for fall and winter, the summer go-to can look a little out of place. Fortunately, Aviate, the Birmingham-based, nationally loved lifestyle apparel brand, has the answer: the Jet Setter Collection. Even better, profits from the collection benefit the No-Shave November organization all month long.

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Meet Neowaste and Moovmo, 2 Birmingham-based Alabama Launchpad winners set to transform their industries

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Neowaste co-founders Fernando Valentin and Jessica Findley. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

“Since the beginning of human history, man has buried his waste in a hole in the ground.” That was Jessica Findley’s opening line in her $100,000 prize-winning pitch at the Alabama Launchpad Startup Competition in Huntsville last September. “We still do that today,” said Findley, co-founder and CEO of Neowaste. “One of the only places we haven’t innovated is waste management, which is so damaging to our environment.” But she is helping to change that.

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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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Bring back Sunday supper with the 3-course Pork Chop Dinner for $34.95 at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Birmingham

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Take a break from the kitchen and gather the family for an unforgettable feast. The three-course Sunday Supper Special at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille features the Famous 7-Finger Pork Chop, a choice of six salads and a dessert trio for only $34.95.* Check it out on Sundays from 4 to 9 p.m. at Perry’s in Birmingham, and don’t forget the reservations.

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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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