Birmingham enacts first “shelter in place” ordinance to combat COVID-19 in Alabama

“Evidence is overwhelming that Jefferson County and beyond has been experiencing rapid community spread of COVID-19.” ~ Sarah Nafziger, co-chair of the UAB Emergency Management Comittee at March 24, 2020 news conference with the City of Birmingham. Screenshot of the news conference on YouTube taken by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Yesterday, the Birmingham City Council approved the first “shelter in place” ordinance to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Alabama. The order goes into effect immediately and runs until April 3.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook joins Birmingham civic leaders to launch “Ed Farm.” Here are the details.

Tim Cook. Photo by Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Apple CEO Tim Cook, along with Mayor Randall Woodfin and Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Lisa Herring, joined civic leaders throughout Birmingham to launch the Education Farm (Ed Farm)—a ground-breaking education initiative focused on innovative learning strategies.

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Here’s what you need to know about Birmingham’s new $1.50 corner-to-corner microtransit ride service in a Mercedes van.

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Need a ride? No problem. On Tuesday, December 3rd, the Magic City will offer its first on-demand ride-share service! This corner-to-corner service will cost users only $1.50 each way. Transportation will be provided in a Mercedes van.

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We saw the true meaning of the Magic City Classic when the Alabama A&M band spelled out “Cupcake”

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

The mood at the Thursday press conference for the 78th Annual Magic City Classic was somber.  The evening before, after a week of Amber Alerts and searching, Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, a little 3 year old girl who had been abducted from a birthday party was found dead in a landfill.

Birmingham was heartbroken.

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Historical marker memorializing lynching victims dedicated at Sloss Furnaces

Unveiling of theJefferson County Memorial Project (JCMP) historical marker at Sloss Furnaces, September 9, 2019. Photo courtesy of Birmingham Mayor’s Office

On September 9th, the Jefferson County Memorial Project (JCMP) dedicated a historical marker memorializing lynching victims, Tom Redmond and Jake Mckenzie at Sloss Furnaces. Both men worked at mines owned by the Sloss-Sheffield Iron and Steel Company.

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Ultimate guide to Birmingham’s Freedom Fest. 12 acts. ‘Funnymaine’, American Idol’s Ruben Studdard and more

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You don’t want to miss this one. The first ever Birmingham Freedom Fest – a new music festival – will take place in the Birmingham Civil Rights District, Saturday, July 27. Here’s what you can expect and why you need to go.

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Ultimate guide to Birmingham’s Freedom Fest. 12 acts. 8 panels. Mayor Woodfin, ‘Funnymaine’, American Idol’s Ruben Studdard and more

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You don’t want to miss this one. The first ever Birmingham Freedom Fest – a new music and empowerment festival – will take place in the Birmingham Civil Rights District, Saturday, July 27. Here’s what you can expect and why you need to go.

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Birmingham senior Jillian Jolly accepts $300,000 full ride to Yale University with help of citywide program

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin congratulates Ramsay High School senior Jillian Jolly for her scholarship to Yale University. They are joined by Jillian’s mother, Jacqueline Harrell. (Photo by Daniel Roth, City of Birmingham)

Ramsay High School senior Jillian Jolly is going to Yale in the fall. Find out how the College Choice Foundation, an Alabama-based nonprofit, helped the 18 year old from Birmingham achieve her lifelong goal of attending the school of her dreams, all on a full ride scholarship.

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The goodness of Birmingham was on full display at Hands On Birmingham’s IGNITE Awards

Winners of Hands on Birmingham’s 3rd Annual IGNITE Awards. Photo courtesy of United Way of Central Alabama

Hands On Birmingham Director Benga Harrison describes the IGNITE Awards, our community’s premier annual volunteer awards celebration, as the one day we take to – “celebrate and honor the goodness of Birmingham.”

Indeed, it is.

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Birmingham and Brookings Institution aim to make city a national model for ‘inclusive innovative economy’

City of Birmingham, Brookings Institute and business leaders announce multi-year partnership. Photo by Pat Byington for Bhamn Now

Mayor Randall Woodfin was joined on Tuesday by officials with the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and local civic and business leaders to announce a multi-year partnership with Brookings to help boost the economy in Birmingham.

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Birmingham warming station will be opening November 26-28. Learn how you can help.

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Mayor Randall Woodfin greeting a visitor to the Warming Station at the BJCC on Christmas Day, 2017. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

With temperatures plunging into the 20s Monday and Tuesday night, the city of Birmingham will be opening their warming station at Boutwell Auditorium.

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