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Gardendale 35, Carver-Birmingham 21: Rockets QB Michael Crowder accounts for four TDs

Gardendale coach Matt Plunkett

won its second straight game, beating Carver-Montgomery (3-1) 35-21 tonight as quarterback Michael Crowder accounted for four touchdowns.

Crowder finished 10-of-20 passing for 201 yards and touchdown passes of 78, 7 and 41 yards and added a 3-yard touchdown run, and Conner Howell caught five passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns for the Rockets (2-2).

Key sequence: Crowder threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Bailey Parsons in the second quarter, and Jason Brooks added a 3-yard run midway through the second quarter for a 28-7 lead. Carver never fully recovered.

Stat of the night: The two teams combined for 25 penalties for 205 yards. Gardnedale has 16 penalties, including four for unsportsmanlike conduct, for 115 yards...

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Paint Yourself A Birmingham AL Experience At One Of These Top Restaurants

When I say Birmingham, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it is the song, Paint Me A Birmingham. That song is stuck in my mind and to me synonymous with riding in my uncle’s car on country back roads. We were in Kentucky at the time, but I’ve been to Birmingham a couple of times, have you? There are some great places to eat there as you can imagine. Let’s get to looking at some of the best restaurants in Birmingham AL.

You might think of Birmingham the same way I do, an Alabama city with a rustic country appeal. Did you know that it’s actually the most populous city in the state? That’s right, and there are over 700 restaurants to choose from. The first one we are going to look at is El Barrio, and it is located on 2nd Avenue North...

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Why a Birmingham man wants to be called ‘Elephant Man’

An elephant hello: ears back and trunk up. Photo by Kelsey Freeman.
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There’s never been a neighborhood in Birmingham that’s gone through a more drastic transformation than Avondale.

A few years ago some people outside the community would have been afraid to get out of their cars.

Now there are individuals and families from Mountain B...

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No, Birmingham doesn’t need to pay for a new arena

From 2015: Over the past five years, they have allocated money toward improving the appearance of 87-year-old Legion Field. Though structurally sound, it has needed some attention aesthetically, Mayor William Bell said. (Kelsey Stein | kstein@al.com)

Every time I bring it up, people accuse me of hating Birmingham. Or UAB. Or sports. Or progress. Or concerts. Or hope.

But here we go, one more time for the people in the back.

I’m thrilled that the Birmingham Hammers are being bumped up to the United Soccer League and I’m happy for UAB fans that their football team is returning, but…

The last thing Birmingham needs is a new publicly financed stadium.

If the market wants to provide a privately financed stadium or a stadium paid for by UAB student fees, please do.

Ham-fisted Mayor William Bell ...

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Progressive Challenger Wants Birmingham To Be ‘Frontline Resistance To Trump Policies’

Randall Woodfin, 36, is challenging Birmingham Mayor William Bell. If Woodfin wins, he would be the youngest mayor in the city’s history.

WASHINGTON ― A mayoral race in Birmingham, Alabama, is not normally the kind of thing that liberal activists in New York City and Washington, D.C., get excited about.

But these aren’t ordinary times. With President Donald Trump in the White House and all but one congressional special election on the books, the progressive wing of the Democratic Party is turning its attention to down-ballot races in unexpected areas like Birmingham.

Randall Woodfin, a 36-year-old school board member and city prosecutor, landed on the national progressive radar when he picked up the influential endorsement of Our Revolution ― the political organization created to carry o...

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An Easy Way To Travel Affordably To Birmingham Alabama

Will you be traveling into the state of Alabama soon? If you are heading into Birmingham, this is a great place to start. It’s a wonderful city, one that is immersed in American history, where you can learn a lot about our country. There are also wonderful places to stay. You can book all of this and hence online, choosing your flight, hotel, and your car long before you ever arrive. Traveling affordably is easy if you are traveling from quite a distance. Here are the tips you need to save money on all of your travel plans.

How Most People Save Money When They Travel To Birmingham

Traveling to Birmingham is going to be an exciting trip if you have never been there before. If you are coming from out-of-state, you will likely be coming in by plane...

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Planning your honeymoon can be one of the most exciting things surrounding your wedding. It gives you a chance to relax after all the craziness of wedding planning and fully enjoy being newlyweds. When deciding where to go, there are a few
things to consider.

Go somewhere neither of you has been before. You’ll make incredible memories as you experience a new destination, culture, food, and more together. Pick a spot that has activities similar to what you like to do for fun at home on the weekend. If you typically are active and don’t enjoy sitting around, a beach destination with nothing to do but sit under an umbrella might not be the best choice. If you still want a beach destination, choose an island that has adventure activities, like St...

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Muslims In Birmingham Celebrate Eid Amid Increased Security

More than 100,000 people bowed in prayer in Birmingham’s Small Heath park at the start of Eid al-Fitr on Sunday amid heightened security, with armed police present for the first time in Celebrate Eid’s seven year history.

Row upon row of men prostrated themselves to touch their foreheads to the ground, with small boys following the actions of their fathers and grandfathers. Those in wheelchairs and on crutches, the old and the infirm bent as far they could to follow the prayer rituals.

Women prayed in a separate section, often in extended family groups. Some wore niqabs, most wore hijabs, many had hennaed hands and wore their finest clothes. Even babies in strollers were dressed to impress.

Celebrate Eid is Europe’s biggest festival to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan, hosted by t...

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Will Birmingham Pass A Law Protecting The Lgbtq Community?

The Birmingham City Hall is shown in Birmingham, Ala., Monday, August 5, 2013. (Mark Almond/malmond@al.com)

Equality Alabama is asking Birmingham to join more than 200 cities and counties around the nation and pass an ordinance protecting the LGBTQ community from discrimination.

"LGBTQ people in Birmingham are being discriminated against and have no legal protections in employment, housing, and public accommodations, Equality Alabama executive director Alex Smith said in a statement. "That means you can get married on Saturday then on Monday be fired from your job, evicted from your home, or denied service because you’re LGBTQ. No one should be discriminated against because of who they are or whom they love."

The organization, who addressed the Birmingham City Council during its regular me...

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Would You Like To Try Out Some Of The Best Birmingham AL Restaurants?

We have found Birmingham AL, and you know what time it is, not tool time, restaurant time. What restaurants do I have to show you today? Well, Birmingham is full of them, so I am going to have to be a little picky. Let’s go ahead and see what’s out there as you enjoy spending time in one of the best cities that Birmingham has to offer.

Saw’s Soul Kitchen is the first one, and I just had to pick this one because it serves up soul food. I have to be honest about the main image I am seeing on a top travel site though. It is a little bit lacking when it comes to what I would be looking for when it comes to soul food. However, that is just one plated choice entree and sides, and there is plenty more to discover. Enjoy burgers, trout, coconut cake and more.

Next up is Hot & Hot Fish Club, and y...

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