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Son Kills Mom During Fight About College Grades: Cops

Tyler Blansit, 22, confessed to police

(Newser) - Mentone, a popular vacation destination on top of Alabama's Lookout Mountain, is more closely associated with the words "retreat," "paradise," and "idyllic" than with "murder." But as AL.com puts it, "that paradise was shattered Friday" when police received a 911... More »

U of Ala. Sororities Blocked Blacks: Campus Report

Sorority members are speaking out, pointing fingers at alumni

(Newser) - At least two black women were barred from pledging University of Alabama's 16 sororities—a member of the university's board says the number of women is actually higher—and one of the bigger twists to the story is that sorority members, not the pledges themselves, were the ones... More »

Alabama Student Who Defied Segregation Dies

James Hood was one of two to stand up to George Wallace in 1963

(Newser) - One of the first black students who enrolled at the University of Alabama a half-century ago in defiance of racial segregation has died. James Hood of Gadsden was 70. Then-Alabama Gov. George Wallace made his infamous "stand in the schoolhouse door" in a failed effort to prevent Hood and... More »

Easy Way to Reduce Tornado Injuries: Helmets

Grab a bike helmet if one is coming, say Alabama researchers

(Newser) - A cheap, practical, and easy way exists to reduce injuries during a tornado, say researchers at the University of Alabama: Wear a helmet. Strapping on a motorcycle, bicycle, or football helmet in a pinch could provide crucial protection, especially considering that head injuries are such a common cause of tornado... More »

Female Shooter Slays 3 on Alabama Campus

Alleged shooter is staff member at Huntsville college

(Newser) - A female employee allegedly opened fire today on the University of Alabama campus in Huntsville, killing three and injuring three others. The suspect, who works in the biology department, had just been told she would not receive tenure, reports WAFF , the NBC affiliate in Huntsville. She is in custody and... More »

US Doctors Look to Africa for Lower-Cost Treatments

Developing nations offer cheap, effective solutions for health care

(Newser) - When an AIDS clinic at the University of Alabama wanted to boost the number of patients who returned for treatment, they didn't look to programs in the rich West for ideas. They went to Zambia, where strategies for treating patients with HIV have succeeded despite widespread poverty. With US health... More »

NCAA: Alabama Must Vacate 10 Football Wins From '05-07

Team can keep scholarships, bowl win

(Newser) - The NCAA will require the University of Alabama to vacate at least 10 football victories from 2005-07 over rules violations that saw players arrange free textbooks for friends, the Birmingham News reports. The school will also be placed on 3 years’ probation, but the football program won’t lose any... More »

HIV/AIDS May Be 100 Years Old

Evidence of old strain discovered in Congo

(Newser) - The HIV/AIDS epidemic exploded in the 1980s, but new research shows HIV was plaguing the human population in Africa for a century before that. Old collections of human tissue samples from the Congo have produced evidence of old strains of HIV that may have emerged in 1908, reports Nature. More »

Katrina Tax Breaks Pay for Luxury Condos

Incentives for rebuilding are buying $1M units in Tuscaloosa, 200 miles from coast

(Newser) - Investors are using federal tax breaks designed to stimulate rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina to buy luxury condos being built near the University of Alabama’s football stadium, 200 miles from the coast, the AP reports. The Tuscaloosa developments, where units go for up to $1 million, are flourishing while much... More »

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