Sports Commentary: Why Wimbledon Still Thrills

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The unassuming hero of Jonas Karlsson's clever, Kafkaesque parable is the opposite of a malcontent. Despite scant education, a limited social life, and no prospects for success as it is usually defined, he's that rarity, a most happy fella with an amazing ability to content himself with very little. But one day, returning to his barebones flat from his dead-end, part-time job at a video store, he finds an astronomical bill from an entity called W.R.D. He assumes it's a scam. Actually, it is more sinister-- and it forces him to take a good hard look at his life and values.

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Donald Trump picked a military town, Virginia Beach, Va., to give a speech Tuesday on how he would go about reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs if elected.

He blamed the Obama administration for a string of scandals at the VA during the past two years, and claimed that his rival, Hillary Clinton, has downplayed the problems and won't fix them.

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The season for blueberries used to be short. You'd find fresh berries in the store just during a couple of months in the middle of summer.

Now, though, it's always blueberry season somewhere. Blueberry production is booming. The berries are grown in Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan and the Pacific Northwest — not to mention the southern hemisphere.

But in any one location, the season is still short. And this means that workers follow the blueberry harvest, never staying in one place for long.

More than 4 in 10 working Americans say their job affects their overall health, with stress being cited most often as having a negative impact.

That's according to a new survey about the workplace and health from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

While it may not sound so surprising that work affects health, when we looked more closely, we found one group was particularly affected by stress on the job: the disabled.

If you've stepped foot in a comic book store in the past few years, you'll have noticed a distinct shift. Superheroes, once almost entirely white men, have become more diverse.

There's been a biracial Spider-Man, a Muslim Ms. Marvel, and just last week, Marvel announced that the new Iron Man will be a teenage African-American girl.

Joining this lineup today is Kong Kenan, a Chinese boy who, as part of a reboot of the DC comics universe, is one of four characters taking up Superman's mantle.

On Tuesday, an international tribunal soundly rejected Beijing's extensive claims in the South China Sea, an area where China has been building islands and increasing its military activity.

The case before the international tribunal in the Hague was brought by the Philippines, challenging what's widely seen as a territorial grab by Beijing. The tribunal essentially agreed. Beijing immediately said the decision was null and void and that it would ignore it. There are concerns now that the tribunal's decision could inflame tensions between the U.S. and China.

The deaths last week of three African-American men in encounters with police, along with the killing of five Dallas officers by a black shooter, have left many African-American gun owners with conflicting feelings; those range from shock to anger and defiance. As the debate over gun control heats up, some African-Americans see firearms as critical to their safety, especially in times of racial tension.


President Boyd

Feb 4, 2014

Alabama State University's first female president has assumed her new duties.  Students, faculty and staffers welcome Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd Monday as she moved into her office at ASU's Councill Hall. 

Tax Credit

A federal judge in Montgomery has promised to rule quickly on whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging Alabama's new tax credits for families that move their children from failing public schools.  U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins on Monday heard from attorneys for the Southern Poverty Law Center which has sued on behalf of eight children in poor, rural counties.  The judge also heard from the State Attorney's General's Office which is seeking to have the lawsuit dismissed. 

GOP Runoff

Voters in Elmore and Coosa counties will decide the outcome of a GOP runoff in Alabama House District 31.  Timber farmer Mike Holmes and Wetumpka car dealer Jimmy Collier are competing to replace Barry Mask who resigned last year.  The special election was scheduled to be held last Tuesday, but had to be delayed one week due to the winter storm.  Voters in parts of Jefferson and Mobile counties also picking candidates to fill seats in the Alabama House. 

Farm Bill

More than two years of delays are expected to end today as the U.S. Senate sends the compromise, five-year farm bill to the president for his signature.  Much of the cost of the bill is for the food stamp program, which is being trimmed one percent.  Also, director farm subsidies are being eliminated.  GOP Congresswoman Martha Roby of Montgomery said the farm legislation addresses specific needs for Alabama farmers and foresters. 

Reward Money

The CrimeStoppers program is offering reward money to the individual who can assist Montgomery Police identify two males who robbed a Family Dollar store on East Boulevard.  The armed robbery occurred on the morning of January 5th at 10:36 a.m.  CrimeStoppers said one suspect has three tear drop tattoos below his right eye.  If you can help authorities, call CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP.