Happy Friday, people of Birmingham! Let’s get you all caught up to start today off on an informed note, shall we? It’s mighty cold out there, and I hope everyone is driving safely on these slick roads. Be careful. Speaking of being careful, be on the look out for a new phone scam that has been circulating in the community. Basically, a scammer impersonates a police officer to try to take your money. Also in the news today, staffing shortages at the BWWB might actually affect your bill. See how below.
First, today’s weather:
Mostly sunny and chilly. High: 41 Low: 28.
Here are the top stories today in Birmingham:
- As I was saying above, the Birmingham Police Department sent out a warning Thursday to residents about a new phone scam that has been circulating among the community. (Birmingham Patch)
- On the anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol in 2021, see where the cases of Alabama residents arrested in the incident currently stand. (Birmingham Patch)
- See how COVID-19 staffing issues at the Birmingham Water Works Board could affect your next bill. (AL.com)
- The City of Birmingham announced today that it is suing the Southern Comfort Motel in west Birmingham because of “drug-related nuisance.” (AL.com)
- This is a really cool story. Nationally acclaimed hip-hop artists Shaheed and DJ Supreme have launched an educational initiative thhat teaches kids the foundations of hip-hop music. (Birmingham Patch)
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Today in Birmingham:
- Comedian and actor D.L. Hughley is at the Stardome Comedy Club. (7 p.m.)
- Prog-rock legends Styx are performing live at the Alabama Theatre Friday night. (7 p.m.)
- Come see a tribute to Van Halen as the band “84” plays at Iron City. (8 p.m.)
- Revel in Dvorak’s acclaimed New World Symphony, a composition based on the vast expanses of the American West at the Alys Stephens Center. (Details)
From my notebook:
- Check out some Birmingham-area homes for sale. (Birmingham Patch)
- Here is your guide to 12 amazing Birmingham farmers markets open this winter (Bham Now)
- WBHM bids farewell to Janae Pierre. (WBHM)
- James Spann: “always has great photos on his Instagram. Check out this rainbow over Birmingham Thursday morning. (Instagram)
- Legacy Arena modernization and Protective Stadium construction are helping drive tourism through 2022 and beyond. Check out these and other new Birmingham area developments. (Instagram)
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Thanks for following along and staying informed! See you all tomorrow for another update.
— Michael Seale
About me: I am a lifelong Alabama resident with more than two decades of media under my belt. I have worked for a daily newspaper, a weekly newspaper, a monthly magazine, a television station and a couple of radio stations. I also tried my hand at marketing for a little while. But I love writing news. This opportunity to bring Patch to Birmingham is a chance for my hometown to benefit from a new – and better – way to read and receive news.