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Alabama to expand COVID vaccine to people with health conditions, people 55 and older March 22 - AL.com
Alabamians with certain conditions including heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes and people age 55 and older will be eligible to receive a COVID vaccine on March 22.
Alabama will begin offering COVID-19 vaccines to anyone age 55 and older, and anyone over 16 with certain health conditions, including heart disease, kidney disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes and more beginning March 22. Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris made the announcement during a press briefing Friday morning in Montgomery, saying the state would also offer the vaccine to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and additional categories of essential workers listed under Phase 1C of the states vaccine plan. We have been concerned that many people at high risk and others engaged in close contact work have not been eligible to receive the vaccine yet, but with the additional vaccine supply we are better able to meet the needs of Alabama residents, Governor Kay Ivey said in a news release. Starting March 22, individuals can be assured of receiving the shots they have been patiently waiting to get. Alabama has distributed more than 1.2 million doses of the vaccine as of numbers reported Friday morning, with more than 760,000 Alabamians having received at least one dose of the vaccine. Thats an amazing amount of work done by an amazing group of people, Harris said. On March 22, people with the following conditions will be eligible for the vaccine:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or cardiomyopathies; immunocompromised state
- Solid organ transplant
- Obesity, BMI greater than 30
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 1 and 2 diabetes
- Other medical conditions as determined by your medical provider
- Transportation and logistics
- Waste and wastewater
- Food service (includes restaurant staff)
- Shelter and housing (construction)
- Finance (bank tellers)
- Information technology and communication
- Public safety (engineers)
British police officer arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, murder in Sarah Everard case - AL.com
Police said late Wednesday detectives believe they have found human remains in woodland in Kent. Police had not yet confirmed the identity of the remains.
Britains Metropolitan Police said they arrested a police officer on suspicion of kidnapping and murder in connection with a woman who went missing in London last week. The force said Wednesday the fact that the man was a serving officer was shocking and deeply disturbing, but sought to reassure Londoners that abductions from the citys streets remain rare. The force said the man, who is in his 40s, was arrested late Tuesday in Kent, southeast of London, as part of the investigation into the disappearance of Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old marketing executive who vanished while walking home from a friends apartment in south London on March 3. Police said late Wednesday detectives believe they have found human remains in woodland in Kent. Police had not yet confirmed the identity of the remains. The suspect was a serving officer in the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command, police said, and was responsible for patrolling diplomatic premises such as Parliament, Downing Street and embassies in London. The force did not specify where he had worked. He was first arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, and on Wednesday he was further arrested on suspicion of murder and a separate allegation of indecent exposure. The officer wasnt on duty at the time of Everards disappearance. Police didnt say whether he knew Everard. The force said he was arrested along with a woman in her 30s, who was held on suspicion of assisting an offender. Both suspects remained in custody. Commissioner Cressida Dick, who heads the Metropolitan Police, said the news that a serving officer was arrested on suspicion of Everards murder sent waves of shock and anger through the public and the force. I speak on behalf of all my colleagues in the Met when I say we are utterly appalled at this dreadful news, she said in a televised statement. Sarahs disappearance in these awful and wicked circumstances is every familys worst nightmare. I know Londoners will want to know that it is thankfully incredibly rare for a woman to be abducted from our streets. Earlier, Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave said the arrest of an officer was both shocking and deeply disturbing. The case was fast-moving and hundreds of officers were working around the clock on the investigation, Dick said.
Alabama stars explain emotional moment when they cut down the nets - AL.com
Watch the full scene as Alabama basketball players cut down the nets to celebrate the SEC title after beating Auburn.
Its been a while since Coleman Coliseum finished a season with naked rims. After beating Auburn 70-58 on Tuesday night, the nylon was distributed among just about everyone connected with the Alabama basketball program. Even Nate Oats youngest daughter had some in the seats after both nets were clipped from the rims to celebrate Alabamas first SEC regular-season title since 2002. It was an emotional moment for the seniors whove been through the highs of an NCAA tournament win as freshman to an ugly NIT loss and coaching change a year later. Oats said he saw tears in Alex Reeses eyes as they celebrated with the few thousand allowed in the arena for the final home game of the season. Fan favorite Herbert Jones had all kinds of thoughts in his mind as he snipped his piece. It took me back to the days, the tough losses on the road or at home, Jones said. Getting picked to the NIT, all of that was just going through my head cutting down the nets and knowing we deserve to cut down those nets. The work we put in, all of that was going through my head. Just two years ago, an ugly 80-79 NIT loss to Norfolk State on the same floor created an ugly scene. Fans booed coach Avery Johnson as he exited for what turned out to be the final time. Stars like John Petty had to be convinced to return after Oats took over. The Huntsville product face another crossroad after last season when the NBA Draft was an option. Ultimately, he came back to Alabama for whats been a dream season in Tuscaloosa. I thank God every day that I wake up that I made this decision because in my heart and in my mind, this is the most right decision that Ive made in my life, Petty said Tuesday night. Everything that we went through this year and still going through, all the wins, ups and downs, I dont regret it at all. This has been the best four years of my life just with everything -- maturity and everything -- cutting those nets down, it just all went through me. Alabama (20-6) has one more regular-season game at Georgia before entering postseason play. Oats said hell give the team a full day off Wednesday before getting to work on the 1 p.m. CT Saturday tip in Athens because its been a grind the last few weeks. He knows how special this moment is for a program thats struggled through mediocrity for more than a decade. Oats deflected the spotlight to his players because he plans on coaching for another 20-25 years and doesnt plan on this being the last net hell clip. They only get one chance at this thing, Oats said with one of the nets on the table at his side. Im just really, really happy to see the excitement, the joy and everything on their face. I can see how emotional Reese was and I was happy for him. Michael Casagrande is a reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @ByCasagrande or on Facebook.
Winter storm warning issued for northwest Alabama - for the second time this week - AL.com
A mix of snow, sleet and ice expected starting later this afternoon.
Northwest Alabama will be under a winter storm warning for the second time -- this week -- later today. The National Weather Service in Huntsville and Birmingham have issued winter storm warnings for their northwest counties, and a few counties farther south have a winter weather advisory. Another weather system is expected to bring a mix of snow, sleet and ice to the region starting later this afternoon. The National Weather Service in Huntsville said up to 2-3 inches of snow and sleet and up to a tenth of an inch of the dreaded ice will be possible starting later this afternoon, mainly for northwest Alabama. The north Alabama winter storm warning will go into effect at 4 p.m. today and last until 6 a.m. Thursday for Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Lawrence and Limestone counties. That includes the cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, Tuscumbia, Russellville, Red Bay, Moulton, Town Creek and Athens, among others. The National Weather Service in Birmingham has also issued a winter storm warning for its northwest counties of Lamar, Marion and Winston. It will be in effect from 1 p.m. today until 9 a.m. Thursday. The weather service said up to 2 inches of snow and sleet will be possible as well as up to a tenth of an inch of ice. There is also a winter weather advisory in effect for the central Alabama counties of Fayette, Pickens and Walker. It will be in effect from 1 p.m. today until 3 a.m. Thursday. The weather service said up to an inch of snow and sleet and a light glaze of ice will be possible in the advisory area. Forecasters added that some very light snow and sleet accumulations may be possible in far northern Sumter and Tuscaloosa counties as well as the higher elevations in northern Blount and northern Cherokee counties, but at this time temperatures are expected to be above freezing in those locations with limited impacts. The weather service warned that travel would be very difficult this afternoon and tonight in the warning and advisory areas. The rest of Alabama is only expected to get a cold rain today, but the weather service will be watching temperatures closely. One to 2 inches of rain will be possible for the rest of the state through tonight. Theres no winter precipitation expected in south Alabama, but the weather service in Mobile has a hard freeze warning in effect for Choctaw, Washington counties in southwest Alabama until 9 a.m. Those same counties could face strong to severe storms later today.
Auburn athletics community reacts to Gus Malzahn’s UCF job - AL.com
From coaches to players, the Auburn community expressed their feelings about Gus Malzahn's new job as UCF's football coach.
Minutes after UCF football coach Gus Malzahn opened up his introductory press conference, Auburn basketball Bruce Pearl coach tweeted out BOOM! Minutes after that, Pearl started his own press conference. Before he discussed the upcoming basketball game between Auburn and Mississippi State, he took a minute to explain that BOOM! was indeed a congratulations to his friend Malzahn rather than a recruiting announcement (Malzahn always tweeted out a boom after Auburn received a commitment). UCF is getting a great coach and a better man, Pearl said. As much as anybody, Im happy for the student-athletes there because hes going to make a difference in their life. So happy for Gus. Pearl wasnt the only one to express his pleasure that Malzahn had landed in a good place after being fired from Auburn in December 2020. Former and current Auburn players whom Malzahn coached shared the news across Instagram and Twitter after Malzahn was hired Monday. Some simply shared UCFs posts while others added a message. Heres how people reacted: Daniel Thomas, former Auburn safety, current Jacksonville Jaguar Darius Slayton, former Auburn wide receiver, current New York Giants receiver Roger McCreary, senior Auburn cornerback McCreary started his junior year under Malzahn. He could have declared for the NFL Draft but decided to come back for a senior season despite the coaching change. He quickly retweeted the news about Malzahns new job, sharing the video of Malzahn and his wife landing in Orlando, Fl. Former linebacker Deshaun Davis also retweeted UCFs Twitter announcement. Multiple players shared UCFs welcome post on their Instagram stories. These players include senior running back Shaun Shivers, former wide receiver Anthony Schwartz, sophomore wide receiver Kobe Hudson, sophomore wide receiver JaVarrius Johnson, senior safety Smoke Monday and sophomore offensive lineman Keiondre Jones. Former quarterback Devin Adams added a message. Former Auburn quarterback Devin Adams reacts to the news that his former coach Gus Malzahn will take over the UCF football program on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. Other players chose to share the picture of Malzahn holding up a UCF jersey with his name on it. The players who did so include former safety Jamien Sherwood, junior linebacker Owen Pappoe, former wide receiver Eli Stove, senior linebacker Zakoby McClain and sophomore defensive lineman Colby Wooden. Sophomore running back Tank Bigsby shared a message along with the post. Auburn running back Tank Bigsby reacts to the news that his former coach Gus Malzahn will take over the UCF football program on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. Related articles: Gus Malzahn was set to sit out a year. Now he believes UCF is getting the best version of him Gus Malzahn, UCF could be a perfect marriage Auburn - Mississippi State game to feature some of nations best young players
Birmingham skyline has cameo in ‘SNL’ opening monologue - AL.com
A large photograph of the Birmingham skyline had a cameo during Dan Levy’s opening monologue on “Saturday Night Live” Saturday.
A large photograph of the Birmingham skyline had a cameo during Dan Levys opening monologue on Saturday Night Live Saturday. Levy led viewers on a comedic backstage tour of the iconic SNL set in New York, joking about COVID-19 preparations and interacting with cast members like Kenan Thompson. Toward the end of the monologue, Levys father, actor Eugene Levy, surprises his son, stating that he had flown in from Los Angeles for the taping. But the elder Levy, continuing the monologue gag, expresses dismay over having to be kept in an isolation box as a coronavirus safety concern. The scene plays out in front of a sizeable photograph of the Birmingham skyline that appears to have been used in a prior episode of the NBC sketch show. Printed faintly along the far-right side of the photograph are the words Alabama Ads (Doug Jones) Air Date 12/9/17. No reference is made to the image, and its unclear why it was in the background of the shot. Levy, the breakout star of the Canadian sitcom Schitts Creek, hosted SNL for the first time Saturday night. Singer Phoebe Bridgers was the musical guest.