UA In the News — April 19

Growing feral cat population prompts student action
ABC 33/40 (Birmingham) – April 18
Delbert Canterberry of Tuscaloosa feeds 30 feral cats a day off 15th Street. “The Lord provided. I told him three years ago, ‘if you give me the money to feed them I’ll feed them’. And I’m still feeding them,” Canterberry explained. He traps them, gets them neutered, then releases them. “If we didn’t do that we would have another 1,000 cats,” Canterberry said … Dr. Jeffery Parker teaches a psychology class at The University of Alabama. He said there are more than 6,000 feral cats living in Tuscaloosa’s alleys, storm pipes, and fields. His students are working with high schoolers at Tuscaloosa County High to create Trap-Neuter/Spay-Release Week (TNR Week) in Northport and Tuscaloosa April 17 through April 22. “This will decrease the population of feral cats over time,” UA psychology student Christine Roesch told ABC 33/40 News concerning the spay and neuter project.
Another Soaker – How To Avoid Becoming a Lightning Statistic
Minneapolis Star-Tribune (Minnesota) – April 18
The extended outlook? Partly to mostly with a chance. The long-range forecast is a riddle wrapped in an enigma, but new Doppler technology allows us to make a much more accurate short-range, 0 to 3 hour “Nowcast”. If you don’t have a basement the safest place to ride out a tornado is a small, interior room on the ground floor. The more walls between you and the tornado, the better. People have survived tornadoes by hiding in their bathtubs, with a mattress above their heads … “There have been other efforts to attempt that, but the mobile home industry and mobile home park owners have put up a lot of resistance to it,” namely citing high costs, said Laura Myers, who studies tornado disasters and responses as executive director of the Center for Advanced Public Safety at the University of Alabama…”

Earth Day celebration to be held at Moundville Archaeological Park
Crimson White – April 18
From snakes and lizards to butterflies and moths, this Earth Day University of Alabama Museums and Moundville Archaeological Park are doing things a little bit different. In both analyzing all the various plants and animals that inhabit the Tuscaloosa community and celebrating Mother Nature, University of Alabama Museums will host their first ever “BioBlitz” this Saturday from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.. “We’ll have some volunteers that will give various guided walks throughout the park,” said John Friel, the director of the UA Museum of Natural History. “We’re encouraging people to take pictures of the things they find interesting and submit it to our website where we’ll combine all of the data and analyze it.”

Free legal clinic offered
Tuscaloosa News – April 19
A free legal clinic will be held from 3-5 p.m. Thursday at the Tuscaloosa Public Library’s main branch, 1801 Jack Warner Parkway NE. The clinic is open to low-income Tuscaloosa County residents who face civil legal challenges. The clinic lawyers will be available to answer questions about domestic violence and divorce, custody and visitation issues, landlord and tenant issues, wills and estates and debt, bankruptcy and foreclosure issues. The clinic is sponsored by the Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program, working in cooperation with the Tuscaloosa County Bar Association, the University of Alabama School of Law and Legal Services Alabama.

University of Alabama honor societies induct 2 area students
Decatur Daily – April 18
Alexander Van Wagnen, of Athens, was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society and the Mortar Board honor society during the Tapping on the Mound ceremony April 7 at the University of Alabama. Jeffrey Krout, of Cullman, was inducted into the University of Alabama’s Blue Key Honor Society during the Tapping on the Mound ceremony April 7.

Ex-U.S. attorney to join law school
Tuscaloosa News – April 19
Former U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance will join the University of Alabama School of Law as a visiting lecturer in August. As a distinguished visiting lecturer in law, Vance will teach in the areas of criminal justice reform, criminal procedure and civil rights. “I am delighted that Joyce Vance will be joining the School of Law,” said Mark E. Brandon, the law school’s dean. “Her knowledge and experience — both as U.S. attorney and in private practice — will make her a valuable presence in the classroom and a tremendous resource for our students. She will also be a splendid colleague.”

PREVIEW: The University of Alabama to host Alabama Literacy Summit
Crimson White – April 18
The University of Alabama will be hosting the Alabama Literacy Summit as a part of the Regional Education Laboratory Southeastern Literacy Event tomorrow. The National Center for The Literacy Council of West Alabama estimates that one in four Alabamians is illiterate. There are more than 92,000 illiterate adults in central Alabama alone, according to the same source.

Alabama GOP left to regroup after Gov. Bentley debacle
Sol News – April 18
As we reported then, Sharman’s report copiously documented Rebekah Mason’s extraordinary influence on the Governor and how Bentley subsequently created an “atmosphere of intimidation” in his office and misused state resources to hide their affair. Bentley resigned Monday after he was charged with ethics violations in connection with his rumored affair with Rebekah Caldwell Mason and amid an impeachment hearing. Although it lifted the restraining order, the court asked for briefs to be submitted by Monday afternoon … “We’ve had one very important chapter ended, but there remains quite a lot of loose ends to be tied up”, said Bill Stewart, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Alabama. Marshall replaces Luther Strange, whom Bentley appointed to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, who is now President Donald Trump’s attorney general.
The Village Sun Times – April 19

UA prepares for A-Day
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – April 18
This weekend’s annual Spring scrimmage looks to be an eventful day for Alabama football fans. This being the 11th A-Day under Coach Nick Saban’s direction, fans are invited to celebrate a decade of dominance with the Crimson Tide. The fun begins at 8:00 a.m. with the Mercedes Benz fan fest.

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