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BAY BRIEFS

The Mobile County Communications District railed against Harris Corp. for dragging its feet on a lucrative radio contract.

COMMENTARY

U.S. Sen. Luther Strange recently released a doozy of a campaign ad.

BUSINESS

Iron Hand Brewing will be the newest brewpub on the local landscape, recently executing a lease to operate in the former Waterfront Rescue Mission

CUISINE

KEVIN LEE Associate Editor/Arts Editor klee@lagniappemobile.com ANDY MACDONALD Cuisine Editor fatmansqueeze@comcast.net STEPHEN CENTANNI Music Editor scentanni@lagniappemobile.com

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Louisiana-based Ralph & Kacoo’s on the Causeway offers an expansive menu with something for everyone, and live gators for the kids.

COVER

Local officials and anglers are outraged after the federal government set a three-day red snapper fishing season.

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ARTS

Makalani Theatre Ensemble is staging “Beyond Therapy” at midtown’s Center for Joyful Living.

MUSIC

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It’s not just about the headliners! Hangout Fest 2017 will provide ample opportunity to experience new music on smaller stages.

FILM

“The Founder” is not the kind of movie you breathlessly insist everyone watch, but our reviewer can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t find it interesting.

MEDIA

Mayor Stimpson’s campaign gets reefer madness at WKRG for their coverage of a pot ordinance.

SPORTS

The 23rd annual L’Arche Football Preview features University of Alabama Athletic Director Greg Byrne and Auburn University Athletic Director Jay Jacobs.

STYLE

Boozie heard wedding bells, tasted melted cheese and dropped the TenSixtyFive lineup last week in Mobile Magnified!

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GOING POSTAL To the editor: Nice piece on the elites! (“The rest of Alabama’s Story” by Ashley Trice 5/4/17) Have you ever heard of anyone retiring to the North; East Coast; West Coast? Have you ever heard of anyone wintering to the East

or West Coasts? Why does the population of South Baldwin County rise during the winter months? I’ll be they eat grits too! Tom Terrell Mobile

To the editor: I loved this article ((“The rest of Alabama’s Story” by Ashley Trice 5/4/17)! Very well written and I totally agree: those on the East and West Coasts just don’t get us and don’t care if they do. Only thing I would change? War Eagle!!! Barbara A. W. Jordan

CORRECTION: The May 11 issue of Lagniappe published the wrong photo for the 37th annual Le Beautillion Militaire. The 2017 Beaus are pictured below.

Photo courtesy of Cynthia Tucker | Back row, from left: Tyrque Dowdlan, Tylan Ward, Tyler Rice, Kameron McWilliams, Tavarez Jones, Adam Thomas, Nicholas Sims, Jabori Reiss, Treylen Williams , Ryan Johnson, Zachary Petty. Middle row, from left: Zachary Portlock, Myron James, Joshua Gwinn, Mylan Stennis, Thomas Dixon, Michael McGowan, Earnest McReynolds, Jay Payne, Nicholas Henry, Tyler Richard, Joshua Peoples. Front row, from left: De’Anthony Washington, Bradley Flott, Joseph Little, Tamaurice Smith, Brandon Hinton, Fre’Nando Woods, Isaac Smith, Antonio Darrington, Braylen Cathcart.

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BAYBRIEF | MOBILE COUNTY

‘No sense of urgency’ FOUR YEARS IN, 911 OVERHAUL STILL INCOMPLETE BY JASON JOHNSON

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fter seeing its projected completion date last September pushed back to November, then January and again to March, the $40 million enhancement to Mobile County’s 911 radio system still isn’t complete and most likely won’t be until July at the soonest. Last week, board members at the Mobile County Communications District (MCCD) joined consultants overseeing the multi-milliondollar endeavor in criticizing Harris Corp., the main contractor building the new system, for lacking “a sense of urgency” to complete the project. “I still feel [Harris] does not have enough resources allocated to this project, and that was one of the major impacts,” Jeya Selvaratnam of Tusa Consulting told the board. “A project like this, you cannot remote-control it from the corporation forever. [Harris] does not have proper planning with timelines, nor when there is a delay do they do hold people accountable for things like that.” In his monthly address to the board, Selvaratnam went on to air a number of grievances with Harris, suggesting that the company, which is based in Melbourne, Florida, needs to have personnel on location in Mobile County more frequently than it has in the past. Notably, a representative from Harris was not present at the May 11 MCCD meeting, though Dirk Young, CEO of Hurricane Electronics, was. Selvaratnam said there have been other, more important steps in the four-year process where Harris has been reluctant to work with those “on the ground” handling the day-to-day installation of the new system. “Next week, we are going to have a coverage test — a very important factor on a radio system — and Harris subcontracted to somebody else and their engineers or project managers involved in the project — none of them were planning on being here,” he added. “I insisted that, ‘one of y’all have to be here to start the coverage test,’ and reluctantly, the project managers have agreed to be here, but I shouldn’t have to go and tell them what they have to do on a project such as this.” As Lagniappe has reported, MCCD’s contract with Harris has been controversial ever since the agency initially tried to forgo a required bidding process in favor of using a pre-approved state contracting list to award the $40 million project directly to Harris as a solesource contract in 2013. Tusa Consulting worked with MCCD at the time but was later terminated before being rehired as concern among the board members prompted an internal investigation leading to a $5 million reduction in the cost of Harris’ contract in 2015 — one that delayed the project several months. Yet, in spite of that, Harris has been continually paid for its work — receiving 36 monthly payments of $55,417.50 from September 2013 through August 2016 as well as much larger “milestone payments” as specific work was completed throughout the course of the project. With just one remaining “milestone payment,” board Director Charlie McNichol said MCCD has no plans to pay the $841,750.01 it owes Harris until the system is fully opera-

tional and deemed acceptable by the board, though even he admitted that was a “miniscule” bargaining chip considering what Harris has already collected from the contract. “I’ve thought since I came to be involved in this that the last payment really is miniscule compared to the size of the project,” McNichol said. “I don’t know how that happened because I wasn’t involved with how it was structured, but we’re going to hold to it tight until we’re up and running.” Currently, Hurricane Electronics is in the process of installing mobile and portable radios to be used by law enforcement and emergency management agencies once the new 911 system is operational. The largest user group — the Mobile Police Department — is scheduled for installation this week. According to McNichol, MCCD is also still waiting for Harris to complete a “no-cost change order” the company agreed to after Tusa consultants discovered microwave antennas on the new system towers weren’t designed to withstand wind speeds from even mild hurricanes. Though Harris agreed to beef up the antennas’ durability, Selvaratnam said he was still waiting on contractual language from Harris about the those design changes despite having requested them “repeatedly.” However, the consultants with Tusa aren’t the only ones who’ve have been concerned about Harris’ commitment as the lengthy project draws closer to a close. The board elected to send a letter to Harris about a projected timeline and other issues after similar concerns were echoed by first responders involved with the implementation of the new system and McNichol himself. “We’re in a programming stage, which takes time, no question, but there’s just not a sense of urgency — in our opinion — on Harris’ part to wrap this thing up,” McNichol said. “They will after this letter.” Lagniappe reached out to a Harris media contact but had not received a response as of this publication’s press deadline. Being “the closest thing [Harris] had to the representative” at the meeting, Young said planning the implementation of the new system around holidays and events such as Mardi Gras, which typically cause high call volume for first responders, had been part of the delay. “There are things that will have the effect of causing the project as a whole to kind of lose its momentum and slow down a little bit. I know that sounds like we’re making excuses, but those are valid dates and things that we look at during implementations,” he said. “That said, we’re underway, the system’s underway and performing, and we’re in the midst of getting everybody moved in that direction.” In response, board member Trey Oliver said he understood the challenges that come with changing over a radio system serving more than 400,000 people, but added MCCD never made any excuses when it came time to pay Harris and Hurricane for their services. “As a local, I know you’re absolutely right — not much gets accomplished during Mardi Gras around here or on holidays,” he said. “At the same time, without trying to sound coy, those darn payments sure were paid on time.”

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BAYBRIEF | MOBILE

Hail to the chief CITY COUNCIL CONFIRMS NEW LEADER FOR MOBILE FIRE-RESCUE DEPARTMENT BY DALE LIESCH

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fter more than three years without a permanent leader, Mayor Sandy Stimpson has a fire chief in place. With municipal elections looming, the Mobile City Council unanimously confirmed Mark Sealy as Mobile Fire-Rescue chief at Tuesday’s regular meeting. Councilors had only positive things to say about the MFRD veteran with more than 25 years of experience. “I am really pleased to see this item on our agenda,” Councilwoman Bess Rich said. “The men and women of the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department deserve a chief who is a visionary, but who also understands the system because they’ve come from the system. Someone who understands the system is an ideal selection.” Sealy, a Mobile native, said his experience in many different areas of the department will help “bridge the gap” between personnel and management. That belief was part of a strategic plan Sealy submitted as part of the fire chief application process. He was nominated by Mayor Stimpson on Friday, May 12. Councilman C.J. Small congratulated Sealy, and asked that he focus on bringing more diversity, including women, into the department. Bringing in more diversity starts with better community outreach through recruitment, Sealy responded. Recruitment is an area where the department could improve, he said. Sealy has spoken to new recruits in the past who said not enough people know about available jobs in the department. To rectify this, he wants to establish a recruiting team for the department. The team would “get the word out on how great the job is,” he said.

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While Sealy stopped short of saying the MFRD had a morale problem, he did note that more than three years without a confirmed chief at the top can produce fractures in the organization. “There’s no problem,” he said. “Morale could always be better.” Dewayne Patrick, president of the Mobile Firefighters Association, said having a chief in place should immediately help morale. “When you don’t have a leader in a department in a city the size of Mobile, issues arise and nobody can fix them,” Patrick said. “It felt like a spiraling drain. There was no light at the end of the tunnel.” While he believes recruiting could be better, Sealy said it’s too early to determine if the department should hire more firefighters. He said he’d take a look at hiring and study the department’s allocation of resources when he takes office. Patrick believes the department needs to hire as many as 75 to 100 new firefighters in order to fix safety issues he feels is a top priority. “We need to hire,” he said. “We’re losing people left and right … and we need to keep up with it.” Hiring more firefighters would end what Patrick calls “riding short,” or staffing trucks with three firefighters instead of four. The administration has previously said it has “right-sized” the department to get firefighters where they need to be in a more efficient way. The issues with riding short and with brownouts — where stations are temporarily taken offline — began after the city cut overtime, Patrick said. Hiring more firefighters

would eliminate the need for both strategies. Sealy was selected with help of a committee comprising Public Safety Director James Barber, Bloomberg I-Team Executive Director Jeff Carter, Montgomery Fire Chief Miford Jordan and local management consultant Dan Lumpkin. Lumpkin said the selection process was thorough. The group started with 13 local applicants and pared it down to five finalists, based upon the strategic plans each candidate submitted. From there, the committee conducted face-to-face interviews with each finalist before deciding who Stimpson should nominate. For Lumpkin, a chief candidate would have to show strong leadership in order to be selected. “Leadership is critical,” Lumpkin said. “We were looking for background and experience, someone who’d walked a mile in the shoes of those doing the job.” Lumpkin said Sealy was selected because of his leadership skills. Now that he’s confirmed, however, Sealy will have to move from his home in Fairhope. By law, Mobile’s fire chief and police chief must live within the city limits. Sealy was made aware of this stipulation before agreeing to take the job, city spokeswoman Laura Byrne said Monday afternoon. According to probate records and Google Maps, Sealy’s home is about a 39-minute drive from Central Fire Station in downtown Mobile. While there is no time frame for his relocation, he said he and his family would be looking to move this summer. Barber, now public safety director, moved to Mobile from Baldwin County after he was confirmed as police chief in 2013. At the time, Barber told councilors he would voluntarily move back to Mobile. Former Public Safety Director Richard Landolt also moved to Mobile from Fairhope after he was approved to the city post. He resigned early this year and Barber was appointed to replace him. Lumpkin, whose office is in Fairhope, said he was aware of the “rule” that the city’s police and fire chiefs have to live within the city, but said he’d personally be in favor of lifting it. He added each of the candidates were alerted of the rule before a selection was made. Prior to joining MFRD, Sealy served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He has a bachelor’s degree in fire science, a paramedic license and numerous technicianlevel certificates, among which is the Alabama Smoke Divers certificate, which Stimpson said is only held by one-tenth of 1 percent of firefighters in the state. Sealy is currently enrolled in the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Since Stimpson has been in office, Mobile Fire-Rescue Department has had two interim chiefs — Randy Smith and Billy Pappas — but neither had been put up for confirmation. Administration officials previously confirmed a belief that neither candidate had enough votes from the City Council to win confirmation.


BAYBRIEF | MONTGOMERY

Crunch time

LEGISLATURE PASSES BUDGETS BY LEE HEDGEPETH

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his year’s regular legislative session is coming to an end and, as is often the case, its last days have amounted to capital crunch time. With unavoidable issues such as electoral redistricting and a governor’s potential impeachment having already eaten up many of lawmakers’ 30 annual working days, state senators and representatives worked in the session’s final hours to tie up loose ends when it came to other controversial legislation, including a bill mandating insurers cover a particular type of autism therapy and a bill authorizing prison construction. While earlier this year it appeared a potential impeachment of former Gov. Robert Bentley would consume the session, the embroiled executive’s resignation and misdemeanor plea deal following the fallout from his admittedly inappropriate relationship with a top aide precluded that possibility. With impeachment worries out of the way, lawmakers were able to pass both the state’s general and education trust funds budgets, although details of the latter were being finalized as of press time. Those budgets — which total nearly $8 billion combined — reflect level funding of most state agencies despite requests for increases, with a couple of exceptions. A slight increase for the state’s law enforcement agency, ALEA, in the state’s general fund will go toward hiring new officers, although the funding bump was more than 18 times less than what ALEA had requested. “This budget funds the core functions of state government while protecting taxpayers from any tax increases,” said Sen. Tripp Pittman, who heads the Senate committee overseeing the general fund. “The increase for the ALEA will put an

additional 30 state troopers on the roads, making our highways safer.” The only increase in the education budget came for pre-K, which saw a funding bump of around $13.5 million. Budgets aside, legislators also focused on other, more controversial issues during this regular session. One of the major issues facing the Legislature this year was redrawing many of the state’s electoral districts, which were ruled unconstitutional by a federal court. GOP lawmakers, who, according to the court, racially gerrymandered the state’s election map following the 2010 census, now must redraw — lawfully — the voting boundaries. That hasn’t proven easy, however, because of the opposition of Democrats, who say the newly proposed map — like the previous one — inappropriately dilutes black voting power, particularly around Jefferson County. That opposition led House Democrats to ask for the reading of the entire 500-plus page redistricting bill, a process that ending up taking nearly two entire legislative days, even when read by computer, as is the modern custom with longer bills. Although the bill eventually passed in the House of Representatives, it had yet to pass the Senate as of press time. Another piece of legislation — one mandating insurers cover a particular type of autism therapy — also garnered headlines when Sen. Pittman, a Baldwin County Republican, initially refused to report the bill out of his committee, which had passed the legislation with little dissent. While the bill also passed the House 100-0, Pittman’s opposition to the bill may still be its undoing, as an amendment he offered to the legislation may effectively kill the proposal for this year.

BAYBRIEF | DAPHNE

Building boom DAPHNE COUNCIL CONSIDERS LARGE RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS BY JANE NICHOLES

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ublic hearings on several real estate developments that together would change the Daphne landscape dominated the City Council’s meeting Monday night. A handful of residents raised objections to aspects of the projects, which were seeking various approvals such as pre-zoning or annexation, and some had sent letters. A council vote could come at the June 5 meeting on all projects except Fred Corte’s property located southeast of County Road 13 and Corte Road, which was postponed at the request of the developer. Nor are the projects up for final passage, as zoning changes and planned unit development approval are still needed from the Planning and Zoning Commission and the council. The largest development is Jubilee Farms, with 914 residential lots southeast of Alabama Highway 181 and Austin Road. The developer, Bertolla Properties LLC, projects it will take 15 to 20 years to build out the subdivision that would also include trails, parks, a club and pools. Jubilee Farms is also studying traffic patterns for possible improvement as its own residents start building there. Mayor Dane Haygood said he understands why people living near the project might object

to it, but added Jubilee Farms could simply choose to stay in the county. “We probably have the most stringent standards in the county,” Haygood said. On the other side the city, a property owner near the city’s residential high-rise district seeks to have the district expanded south to develop an eight- or nine-story residential highrise with parking underneath. City Councilman Joel Coleman has already objected in writing to the expansion in part because the original district has yet to see a high-rise development and because the addition encompasses some residences while potentially moving high-rises closer to residential areas to the south. Cheryl Stovall, with WHLC Architecture in Fairhope, said being able to build “up” on the property overlooking Mobile Bay would make a residential project feasible. Mark Gillespie, a citizen concerned about the permanent visual impact of high-rises in Daphne, objected to the idea. “I would not want Daphne to turn into Gulf Shores North,” he said. Also preparing for a June 5 vote are annexation and pre-zoning for S. Hickory Inc. north of the Creekside subdivision.

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BAYBRIEF | COURTS

‘Gunned down like a dog’ LAWSUIT CLAIMS SARALAND POLICE SHOOTER MURDERED BY COP BY JASON JOHNSON

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he grandparents of the man who shot and critically wounded officer Jackie Tucker last year have filed a lawsuit against the Saraland Police Department and several others, alleging Matthew Blake Richardson was murdered by police. In a sprawling complaint filed without legal counsel, Alton G. Richardson Jr. and Virginia L. Richardson laid out a number of allegations against local law enforcement, media outlets and medical professionals who treated their grandson — a 27-year-old they described as a “severely mentally ill person.” Blake Richardson died on Dec. 21, 2016, after opening fire on Tucker and her partner, Ron Hannah, who were responding to a domestic disturbance call at a residence he shared with his grandparents on Martha Alleyn Drive in Saraland. According to police, one of the shots Richardson fired struck Tucker in the head, critically wounding her. Hannah then dragged her to safety while returning fire toward Richardson — striking him once with a nonfatal shot that penetrated his arm and passed into his rib cage. In January, Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich called a press conference, where she and Saraland Police Chief J.C. West said state autopsy results suggested Richardson “committed suicide” by shooting himself in the head with a “.40-caliber Glock.” In the lawsuit filed this month in Mobile County, Alton Richardson agreed his grandson died from a fatal .40-caliber gunshot wound to the head. However, he claims the family has evidence suggesting Blake couldn’t

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have pulled the trigger himself with a wounded arm. “Other opinions exist that there were two .40-caliber bullets fired into Blake’s head less than one-half inch apart, fired through a sheet with Blake’s blood spattered on the sheet found on his bed over 20 feet from where he bled down. It would have been impossible to raise his arm from the chest arm wounds or for him to throw the bloody sheet on his bed,” the complaint reads. “Allowing Matthew Blake Richardson to suffer for three and one-half hours, then throwing a sheet over his head and firing two .40-caliber bullets into his head side by side is murder.” Taking his accusations further, Richardson suggested the actions of those involved in the investigation following Tucker’s shooting give “the appearance of a conspiracy to cover up the killing” of his grandson. Named in the suit are the city of Saraland, West, Rich, the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, three other cities Richardson alleges sent officers to his property on the day of the incident and multiple local news outlets that reported details of the case as they were released by authorities. The day after Blake Richardson’s death, Alton Richardson told reporters his grandson had “been on psychiatric medication for seven years, but recently his doctor stopped his medication” — a comment consistent with claims in the lawsuit about a doctor who treated Blake Richardson from 2010 until shortly before his death. Richardson claims the doctor prescribed his grandson Xanax for years until “she cut off his medication seven

days before his death” based on a purportedly unauthorized release of “medical records from Springhill Medical Center.” Those records allegedly showed “Matthew Blake Richardson was using alcohol.” The hospital is also named as a defendant in the case. While all of the nearly two dozen defendants are mentioned in the initial complaint, Richardson focused specifically on Rich, who gave a number of public statements to the media as the investigation into the incident unfolded. Among other things, Richardson described Rich as “a cold-hearted person” and “a Nancy Grace form of prosecutor” — comparing her to the television host and former Georgia prosecutor. So far, there hasn’t been a response from any of the defendants, though an initial hearing has been scheduled for later this month before Mobile County Circuit Judge Ben Brooks. As a pro se filing — meaning they are not working with an attorney — the

ALLOWING MATTHEW BLAKE RICHARDSON TO SUFFER FOR THREE AND ONE-HALF HOURS, THEN THROWING A SHEET OVER HIS HEAD AND FIRING TWO .40-CALIBER BULLETS INTO HIS HEAD SIDE BY SIDE IS MURDER.” Richardsons’ chances of a legal victory are reduced. Nevertheless, the family is demanding a jury trial and seeking compensatory and punitive damages. Reached by phone, Virginia Richardson declined initially to comment forthis report, saying she and her husband would review their options before speaking publicly about the lawsuit. In emails to Lagniappe, a public information officer for the Saraland Police Department declined to comment. Likewise, Rich kept her statements on the lawsuit brief. “I am being sued,” she wrote. “So, I am unable to comment at this time other than to say the case is closed and there is no open investigation with our office.” Tucker’s current condition wasn’t disclosed by police in Saraland out of respect for the family’s privacy, though based on their last update, she was transported from USA Medical Center in Mobile to a rehabilitation facility in Georgia in late January.


BAYBRIEF | MOBILE

Little leniency

PROPOSED ORDINANCE CHANGES DON’T AFFECT FINES OR SENTENCES BY DALE LIESCH

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he Mobile City Council on Tuesday tabled an ordinance sponsored by Mayor Sandy Stimpson that would allow the city’s police officers more latitude in dealing with suspects accused of minor charges, such as possessing marijuana for personal use. Currently someone arrested for a minor offense, such as second-degree marijuana possession, would be taken into custody and transported to Metro Jail before being released on their own recognizance, Public Safety Director James Barber said. Under the proposed changes, someone suspected of a minor offense would be given a citation and could either plead guilty by paying the $100 fine, or go through the court system as usual, he said. “The purpose of the ordinance is to keep officers on the street,” Barber said. “It just gives the officers another option.” Barber said the process would be similar to receiving a traffic citation. Loitering, second- and third-degree criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct, minor in possession, public intoxication, public lewdness, possession of drug paraphernalia and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle are charges that would apply to the proposed ordinance. The City Council tabled a vote on the ordinance and will convene a meeting of the Public Safety Committee on the topic next month. In comments made during the meeting, Stimpson said he supported bringing the proposed ordinance to the Public Safety Committee. He added that some media coverage of the ordinance had “erroneously tagged it” as several different things, but that it is simply a way to improve public safety. “It’s not about being soft on crime,” he said.

“It’s the opposite. It allows officers to take more time out on the streets.” In other business, the council delayed a vote on an appeal of an April Planning Commission decision to allow St. Luke’s Episcopal School to add stands, a press box and lights to a combination football and soccer field on campus. The main concerns from residents in adjacent communities were over the lights being used and the impact those lights would have on the residents’ quality of life. Bob Peter, a Regency Oaks resident, said those opposed to the lights believe the Planning Commission’s decision was arbitrary for a number of reasons. For instance, he said the commission ignored a recommendation that would’ve forced St. Luke’s to diminish the level of light in some areas. While the standard laid out in the city’s ordinance is no more than .2 footcandles for the nearest property owner, in some areas near the proposed site of the field the footcandles measure as many as 6. Other nearby residents complained about possible noise from the field. James Brandyburg, a supporter of the field and father of a rising senior football player, told councilors the school would comply with all the regulations set forth. The Planning Commission did stipulate that the lights in the field must be off within 15 minutes after a game has ended. The field also can’t be used more than 65 nights during the school year. The council reallocated a total of $150,000 for a parks and recreation master plan. The council also authorized a lease agreement with Cobalt Realty that would allow the city to move the MPD’s second precinct to the Tillman’s Corner Square shopping center.

BAYBRIEF | BALDWIN COUNTY

Not so fast

BCSS ASSISTING CORPS WITH FISH RIVER SURVEY BY JANE NICHOLES

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o, Baldwin County Sewer Service has not started running a sewer line under Fish River. The presence of BCSS personnel and equipment on the Honey Road side the river Tuesday morning alarmed residents who are trying to get the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to hold a public hearing on a BCSS proposal to put a sewer line under the river. Turns out, the BCSS equipment was there at the request of the Corps, said Jennifer Williams, spokesman for BCSS. The Corps received so many comments about the history of the area, including historical photos, that it decided an archeology survey was in order. The Corps had an archeology crew on site for the survey, but asked BCSS to provide some equipment to help clear the site, Williams said. “We’re not digging anything up,” she said. BCSS posted an explanation for the work on its Facebook page and its website. “We are not

doing any work towards boring Fish River, and this does not mean that we will definitely bore the river in the future. We hope to be able to announce how those customers will be served going forward in the next two weeks,” the company said. BCSS serves just under 100 customers on the west side of Fish River through lines that connect to Fairhope’s sewer system. That arrangement is scheduled to end in July when an agreement that resulted from a lawsuit settlement expires. BCSS has said it sought the Corps permit because Fairhope terminated the agreement and it needed to go under the river to connect with sewer lines leading to its treatment plant outside Malbis. However, both sides have said they hope to work out an alternative solution. Residents have objected on the grounds of possible environmental damage if the sewer line ever leaks underground.

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BAYBRIEF | MOBILE COUNTY

A family affair

HUSBAND AND WIFE DETECTIVE DUO RECEIVE TOP ACCOLADES BY JASON JOHNSON

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n the witness stand a few weeks ago, Mobile homicide detective Kenneth Gillespie testified to tracking an accused murderer until he eventually led authorities to the location of his mother’s body in rural Baldwin County. What didn’t make it into the record, though, was how much his wife likely heard about the investigation as authorities spent weeks monitoring their prime suspect. “A lot of people whose spouses aren’t in law enforcement, they can’t really go home and talk about how somebody was brutally murdered because, honestly, it would traumatize their wife,” Gillespie said. “Whereas my wife is in the same line of work, and she’s been around that stuff.” That’s because Kenneth’s wife is Kristen Gillespie, a 17-year law enforcement veteran and currently a detective with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Department. Not only are the Gillespies both detectives, their respective employers think they’re both worthy of accolades. Earlier this month, Kenneth was named MPD’s Officer of the Year while Kristen took home the title MCSO Deputy of the Year after being named Deputy of the Month four times in 2017. Kristen started working with MPD in 2000 before transferring to MCSO in 2004, where she’s worked as a detective on everything from burglaries, domestic situations, thefts, assaults and financial crimes. Kristen told Lagniappe she’s been around law enforcement since childhood. “I have an uncle that’s a retired police chief from Illinois, and a lot of other family that were in law enforcement. It’s just always intrigued me,” she said. “I was also on the safety patrol when I was in elementary school,

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which was where students would go out during school traffic and make sure cars stopped and kids were dropped off and picked back up safely.” Kenneth found a slightly different path into law enforcement, starting as an assistant EMT and riding ambulances with Mobile County EMS. However, because of the overlap with the areas served by MCSO, that’s also how he eventually met his wife. The pair got married in 2006, not long before Kenneth enrolled as a cadet in MPD’s police academy. The Gillespies have been married 11 years, during which Kenneth has risen through the ranks to join detectives in MPD’s homicide unit. “In the cases I handle, the victims can’t really speak out to tell their side of the story, and that’s one of the things that drive me — trying to get justice for their families,” he said. “Nothing we can do is going to bring back a loved one, but trying to figure out who did it and hold them accountable for their actions can definitely help them emotionally.” Like other couples, the Gillespies talk about work when they get home in the evenings, and often “bounce ideas off each other” about suspects or difficult cases. Because their jurisdictions can overlap, Kenneth said, there’s no reason they can’t share information about an investigation. “There’s been occasions where people in my department will come to me and say, ‘Get up with your wife and ask her about this’ or they’ll ask her, ‘Can you get with your husband and tell him I got this information on a case?’” Kenneth said. “That’s one thing that makes our relationship a little more valuable to both departments.” However, sharing the same profession — especially one as demanding as law enforcement — can make it challeng-

ing to shut out work when it’s time to relax. Specifically, Kristen mentioned a cruise the couple took, accusing Kenneth of working off the clock. “You were texting,” she told him. “He has two phones, and he never put them down.” As detectives, the Gillespies deal with dangerous situations regularly. However, Kenneth said having experience actually helps alleviate some of the worry other law enforcement spouses have. They also make sure to keep in contact with one another, even if they’re out working in the middle of the night. “We’re definitely concerned about each other when we’re out working in dangerous areas, but with us both having a little more knowledge about things, we know they’re working together with other people and not out there by ourselves,” Kenneth said. “She knows the guys I work with, and I know the people she works with. We keep open lines of communication.” As for their awards this year, the Gillespies said they’re very proud of each

ON THE WITNESS STAND A FEW WEEKS AGO, MOBILE HOMICIDE DETECTIVE KENNETH GILLESPIE TESTIFIED TO TRACKING AN ACCUSED MURDERER UNTIL HE EVENTUALLY LED AUTHORITIES TO THE LOCATION OF HIS MOTHER’S BODY IN RURAL BALDWIN COUNTY. ” other. While Kenneth joked that Kristen wasn’t named MCSO’s Deputy of Month until after they got married, he said his wife seriously deserves to be recognized for “how hard she works” and “how much she puts into her cases.” “Every day, I see how she takes them personally,” he added. “Just this weekend, she was working a domestic and went above and beyond because she cares about the victim in that case, and she cares about what happens to her.” As for Kenneth’s Officer of the Year designation, Kristen said much of the same — a deserved award was given to “a very good investigator” who “really cares about his cases.” “I wish I could be more like you,” she told Kenneth. “You are very intelligent, and very caring. Now, you need to bring that home and be a little more caring to your wife.”


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COMMENTARY | DAMN THE TORPEDOES

Fake news played large in Luther’s ad ROB HOLBERT/MANAGING EDITOR/RHOLBERT@LAGNIAPPEMOBILE.COM

AT THIS POINT IT SEEMS PRETTY CLEAR THE VISION OF LUTHER STRANGE AS A CORRUPTIONFIGHTING LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER IS GOING TO BE RAMMED DOWN ALABAMIANS’ COLLECTIVE THROATS AS HE TRIES TO STAY IN HIS ILL-GOTTEN SEAT. ”

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Second Amendment, abortion, the BP settlement — but there’s really no way Strange can make the claims he cleaned up Montgomery and played a major role in the investigation/prosecution of Hubbard or Bentley. Even Valley Times should know those claims are demonstrably false. At this point it seems pretty clear the vision of Luther Strange as a corruptionfighting law enforcement officer is going to be rammed down Alabamians’ collective throats as he tries to stay in his ill-gotten seat. And he’s going to have the money to do that, as the Republican National Senatorial Campaign Committee has already made it well known Strange is the candidate they will back in the election, even threatening to punish political consultants who run campaigns for his opponents. While Strange may portray himself as a good ol’ boy, a blue-collar guy who fights political corruption, the reality remains that he’s a former D.C. lobbyist whose raw political aspirations have been laid bare by the way he handled the Bentley scandal. If the first of Big Luther’s campaign ads can be used as a guideline, we’re in for a lot of outlandishness over the course of this election. I’m sure Strange’s biggest hope for winning is managing to land in a runoff with Roy Moore. But if things don’t ultimately work out for BL in this race, he can at least fall back on being editor of fake news at the Valley Times.

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didn’t know better after watching the commercial, you might think we no longer need Batman, Superman and your favorite parish priest — we got us some Luther! To say this ad is dishonest isn’t really giving its makers full credit. Whoever put this 1-min-30-second tribute to slick political BS together deserves whatever money Big Luther dumped on them and a few expensive Cuban cigars to boot. It starts off with BL driving a white pickup truck smeared with what looks like Grey Poupon mustard, but I guess is supposed to be mud. He’s punching in the code at the car wash as the voice-over tells us BL was sent to the state capital to “clean up political corruption, and Big Luther Strange kept his word, fighting corrupt Montgomery insiders and special interest.” As BL washes his truck, three guys in suits — no doubt the alluded-to corrupt politicians and insiders — are drenched in soapy water and begin writhing around as if they’ve been sprayed with hydrochloric acid. We’re treated to some kind of creepy shot of BL holding up a badge, and then the real fun begins. Often politicians may take flattering newspaper headlines from real, existing newspapers and use them in ads to give the viewer the general idea some newspapers had gone to the trouble of writing good things about the candidate. I guess for Big Luther such headlines didn’t exist, so his ad team made up a fake newspaper called Valley Times — and the folks at Valley Times LOVE writing positive headlines about BL. Maybe the editor is a Big Luther relative. The first banner headline — the kind generally reserved for alien landings and nuclear war — tells us “STRANGE WILL INVESTIGATE BENTLEY.” All

caps. Big dang deal. It’s really a heck of a scoop for the news team at Valley Times, especially since Big Luther consistently dodged the issue of whether his office was investigating Bentley when asked whether he should be interviewing for a job with the governor. The next big Valley Times story is “LUTHER STRANGE SAYS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OUT OF CONTROL” as the voice-over begins ticking off the list of Strange’s major accomplishments, starting with fighting big government and gay marriage. The fake accomplishments and fake headlines keep rolling along. Soon there’s a huge Valley Times headline about the conviction of House Speaker Mike Hubbard, which gives Luther credit for his prosecution and conviction. Never mind that Strange had to recuse himself from Hubbard’s prosecution because of their business dealings. The Valley Times also blasts “BENTLEY RESIGNS, PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX COVERUP” while the announcer gives BL credit for the investigation leading to Bentley’s resignation. OK, I hate to criticize a storied newspaper like Valley Times, but I’m pretty sure Bentley pleaded guilty to campaign issues, not a sex coverup. I’m also pretty sure Strange had recused himself from the investigation he refused to admit existed. Perhaps we can all discuss Big Luther’s role in some of the other matters brought up in the commercial — Obamacare, the

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egular readers of this column may have noticed by now that I have some serious issues with former Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange’s attempt to become the duly elected U.S. Senator representing this state in Congress. Specifically, I think it’s pretty clear “Big Luther” went over to meet Gov. Robert Bentley and ask the Luv Guv to appoint him senator at the very same time his office was investigating our lovesick chief executive. On almost every planet in the known universe what Strange did is unethical and politically smells like a dead skunk. So I’ve come to feel like Big Luther is kind of a big liar and willing to put his own political desires before the truth or doing what’s right. And last week he released his first campaign ad that absolutely proves my feelings correct. The basic gist of the ad is that Strange went to Montgomery and ran all the crooked politicians out of town, while at the same time fighting the Obama agenda and making sure babies weren’t aborted. If you

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COMMENTARY | THE HIDDEN AGENDA

Weeding through the headlines ASHLEY TRICE/EDITOR/ASHLEYTOLAND@LAGNIAPPEMOBILE.COM

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he real news is crazy enough. There is absolutely no need for anyone to manufacture it. But yet, it seems our social media feeds and airwaves are constantly blinking with flashy headlines that at the very least make an already bad story seem worse, or at worst are intentionally misleading or just downright untrue. In the fast-paced, click-bait covered world we now live in, many folks don’t take the time to read beyond a 140-character tweet or even a six-word headline. And because of that, people get all worked up over something and start attacking an issue (and then each other) over topics that should not really require an extra dose of blood pressure and/or anti-anxiety medication. And this constant state of having our cyber chests all puffed out and ready to go occurs over topics arising from a white house on Pennsylvania Avenue to a glass plaza on Government Street right here in Mobile. The Mobile City Council introduced an ordinance this week that would give officers the discretion to write tickets for some minor offenses rather than having to go through the time-consuming process of throwing the offender in the back of the police cruiser and hauling them down to Metro to be processed. The offenses include such things as public intoxication, disorderly conduct and failure to obey an officer, among others — including possession of marijuana 2nd degree — which got everyone all worked up when WKRG posted a story on its Facebook page with a headline that said Mayor Sandy Stimpson was seeking to “decriminalize marijuana.” In fairness, some of the other local stations also referred to it as decriminalization and used graphics featuring pot plants. WKRG used Stimpson’s head next to a large pot leaf. (Hey, at least they didn’t Photoshop his head on a “Half Baked” poster I guess.) For those who actually read the WKRG story, it did give the full context but the misleading headline on the post gave folks the false impression Mobile would soon become the next Amsterdam, with Mayor Stimpson possibly growing dreads and passing the dutchie to the City Council on the left-hand side. Furthermore, a poll WKRG conducted with a choice of “Just legalize it” gave the false impression that was also a possibility being considered by the council. This did not go unnoticed by Mayor Stimpson, who by all accounts has not started sporting a rasta cap and listening to Snoop Dogg just yet. His campaign sent out an email directly slamming the station, saying it was “disappointing that WKRG is more concerned with producing click-bait than accurate news.” Ouch. I guess we should all just be grateful it was a story about Mobile. My pet peeve is when all of the local TV stations post headlines from other markets trying to make you think it is happening here, with headlines like “Man accused of marrying an ear of corn.” Dang it! I should have known that was from Nebraska,

not Wilmer. Duped again! (For full disclosure, I just totally made up that headline. #fakenews) But I digress. Anyway, the pot story got more than 600 shares (at last check). And predictably, people totally ignored what the ordinance actually calls for and just started debating whether or not marijuana should be legalized, which is totally NOT what this is even about. Sigh. Once again, this measure would simply give the officers the DISCRETION to write a ticket for these offenses if they felt a trip to Metro wasn’t warranted. The officer would be able to judge this on a case-by-case basis. The penalties and fines would ultimately be EXACTLY the same for the offenders. “Under the current system, officers are required to make a custodial arrest of individuals committing these minor offenses, which necessitates the officer coming off the street as he or she drives the individual to the jail for processing. Additionally, under the current system, the arresting officer must be present at all court appearances, which often only end in a fine. This new criminal code cuts down on the number of custodial arrests significantly, allowing our police officers to stay on the streets and increasing patrol for the citizens of Mobile, without changing the punishment for these offenses,” the statement from the mayor read. As the law stands now, even when they do take offenders down to the jail for these offenses, they bond out almost immediately. So, really, what is the point? It is just a massive time suck for the officers. This is simply about streamlining the process. Again, the punishments and fines are the same. This is a great idea that has worked well in other cities. This will keep officers out on the streets fighting far more dangerous criminals. I know I am far more concerned about carjackers and armed robbers than a dude with a doobie in his pocket. (Say that three times fast.) This is not going to make our city become the number one travel destination of the Cheech and Chong fan club. Anyone who tries to twist this into that false narrative for clicks or political purposes is being disingenuous. And sadly, these news stories may very well give the impression that it is legal to smoke weed on the streets of Mobile now. (“Oh I’m sorry officer, I swear I saw on the news where it was decriminalized. I think I even voted in an online poll!”) This issue does not need to be treated so haphazardly by the media. I am hopeful the council will not be deterred by the faux frenzy on social media created by an unfortunate headline. The ordinance has been tabled for further consideration by the council, but it should ultimately be passed unanimously. Because it just makes good sense. The only things that should go “Up in Smoke” are these horribly misleading headlines and the ridiculous amount of bureaucratic red tape our officers are forced to “weed” through every day.

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COMMENTARY | THE MONTGOMERY MINUTE

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ith a special election to permanently fill Jeff Sessions’ U.S. Senate seat set for later this year, Alabamians need to get acquainted with the state politicians that could be running the show come Election Day. Below are some of the top contenders for the office and a bit of insight on each. Luther Strange — Appointed by former Gov. Robert Bentley to replace now-U.S. Attorney General Sessions, Strange is the seat’s incumbent. Although his tenure in the nation’s top legislative body has been marred by his dubious appointment to the office by a corrupt politician he was supposed to be investigating, Strange has already garnered significant electoral advantages from his incumbency. For example, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, a powerful campaign group, has said they’ll protect Strange’s incumbency by any means necessary, even threatening GOP consultants considering working for other candidates. Ed Henry — Alabama House Rep. Ed Henry is about as different a Republican from Luther Strange as you can get. Henry, instead of cuddling up with Bentley and his Montgomery minions, publicly attacked them and spearheaded the impeachment effort. Henry is also clearly a political beast, though, often sponsoring ultraconservative, and many times symbolic, legislation. He has spoken out against Strange and his perceived deal with Bentley to secure the Senate seat, saying Bentley himself had told Henry Strange was “corrupt” and “had to go.” Roy Moore — Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is no new face in Alabama politics. Moore has twice been booted from his position as the state’s top judge. On the first occasion, Moore was removed from office after ignoring a federal court order to remove a

statue of the Ten Commandments from the state judicial building in Montgomery. After being elected again to the same office years later, Moore issued an order advising the state’s probate court judges they need not follow the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision affirming the right to marry regardless of sexual orientation. Moore was indefinitely suspended for that move, and eventually resigned his position formally in order to run for the U.S. Senate. Randy Brinson — Brinson, president of the Christian Coalition of Alabama, has formally entered the race. A physician, Brinson has long been active in political circles, founding a religiously focused voter turnout group called “Redeem the Vote” in 2003. A member of the University of Mobile Board of Trustees, Brinson is one of the Senate race’s lesser-known candidates. Del Marsh — If there’s a candidate with any measure of the establishment political and financial backing needed to beat Strange, it’s Del Marsh. An Anniston Republican, Marsh is the top Senate Republican in the state and a favorite of the business community. Although Marsh hasn’t formally announced his intention to run as of press time, he’s definitely sending strong signals. When he found out the NRSC would oppose any candidate not named Luther Strange, he flew to Washington, D.C., to confront them. “It’s very clear that Washington wants to pick Alabama’s senator,” Marsh said of the race, “and I’ve said before it should be the people of Alabama who make that decision. I went up to Washington and talked with several people and told them the same thing. I just wish they could back off a little bit because it’s unfortunate.” Mo Brooks — While not necessarily the best known among those running for the Senate seat, current U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks is certainly not unknown in political circles

COMMENTARY | THE GRIOT’S CORNER

The power of a story BY KEN ROBINSON/CONTRIBUTING WRITER

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n our beloved sister city of New Orleans, an act of true political courage is being carried out — the courage to face truth and respond rightly to it. What is it? The decision by the mayor and the City Council, with support from various community groups, to remove Confederate monuments from public display. In any city — or society for that matter — monuments and statues help frame and tell a story about it. Accordingly, the location and visibility of such objects speak to the veneration, importance and prominence a people have attached to a particular monument or statue. Generally, the greater the visibility, the greater the pride in and reverence of the person or event being commemorated. Though silent, their presence speaks powerfully to residents and visitors alike: What you see represents who we were and what we value. For the leaders of New Orleans, the message the monuments being removed sent and the stories they told don’t represent the values the city holds dear. As New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu noted, “We must always remember our history and learn from it. But that doesn’t mean we must valorize the ugliest chapters, as we do when we put the Confederacy on a pedestal — literally — in our most prominent public places.” He’s right. It may be a contentious issue in the South, but historians are largely in agreement about the cause of the Civil War: slavery. No serious scholar of history disputes this. By the middle of the 1800s, America was a firestorm of controversy and conflict between North and South due

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to one overriding issue: slavery. The historical record is clear. The Compromise of 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 and “Bleeding Kansas,” the Dred-Scott Supreme Court decision of 1857, John Brown’s raid at Harper’s Ferry in 1859, the Democratic Party Convention split in 1860 and the final straw for many Southerners — the election of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency in November 1860 — lined up like a row of dominoes collapsing as events made their way to a violent climax between North and South. The connecting thread between them all — slavery. Slavery is referred to as America’s original sin. Yet, as the esteemed historian James McPherson noted in “Battle Cry of Freedom,” his authoritative work on the Civil War, “Slaveholders did not consider themselves egregious sinners. And they managed to convince most non-slaveholding whites in the South (two-thirds of the white population there) that emancipation [freeing the slaves] would produce economic ruin, social chaos, and racial war.” Southern slaveholders, as well as political leaders, had no desire to seek absolution over a “sin” that allowed them to be the suppliers of three-fourths of the world’s cotton. Such market domination generated enormous wealth for Southern elites, and “King Cotton” would be preserved at all costs. South Carolina, the first state to bolt from the Union in December 1860, declared in its “Declaration of the

inside and outside the state. He has on several occasions garnered both local and national news coverage with his sometimes over-the-top comments. For example, Brooks has repeatedly said a “war on whites” exists in America, a comment he defended even at the press conferences announcing his run for the U.S. Senate. Brooks also recently made headlines when he said those without pre-existing conditions should reap the rewards of “living good lives,” while others should pay more. “My understanding is that [the GOP health care law] will allow insurance companies to require people who have higher health care costs to contribute more to the insurance pool,” he said. “That helps offset all these costs, thereby reducing the cost to those people who lead good lives ... they’re healthy, they’ve done the things to keep their bodies healthy. And right now those are the people — who’ve done things the right way — that are seeing their costs skyrocketing.” There are, of course, many people who have pre-existing conditions through no fault of their own. But who needs nuance? Not Mo Brooks, whose 10 p.m. press conference in Mobile announcing his Senate bid may not have been the best of PR moves. Robert Kennedy Jr. — Confused? Me too, and so is Alabama Democratic Party Chairperson Nancy Worley, who oversees those filing for the Democratic primary. Worley says she’s unsure who Kennedy — who mailed in the requisite paperwork and $3,400 qualifying check — actually is. “All I remember seeing is Mobile County at the top and I looked at the name and thought, ‘boy, is this a familiar name in politics,’” Worley told inquiring members of the press. “We don’t normally have this kind of mystery candidate filing with us.” Doug Jones — The other Democrat in the race — the one we actually know about — is Doug Jones, a former U.S. Attorney most famous for his successful prosecution of the Ku Klux Klan members who perpetrated the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham that killed four young girls. Alabama’s U.S. Senate primary election will be held Aug. 15, with a runoff on Sept. 26 if necessary. The general election to permanently replace now-AG Sessions in the U.S. Senate will be Dec. 12.

Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union”: “Those [Northern] States have assumed the right of deciding upon the propriety [right or wrongness] of our domestic institutions [slavery]; and have denied the rights of property [slaves] … recognized by the Constitution; they have denounced as sinful the institution of slavery; they have permitted the open establishment among them of societies [abolitionist groups], whose avowed object is to disturb the peace and eloign the property of the citizens of other states.” In its address “to the People of the Slave-holding States of the United States,” leaders in South Carolina appealed to their slaveholding brethren to follow their lead. In one Southern state secession convention after another the call to leave the Union was predicated on the maintenance and defense of the “Peculiar Institution” (a Southern euphemism or term for slavery) and the incredible profits this Peculiar Institution made possible. Primary source, after primary source, after primary source show that is the historical record. The resulting war took the lives of more than 600,000 young men, the deadliest war in American history. It left tens of thousands to live out the remainder of their days as amputees. Its total economic cost exceeded $5 billion. It should forever serve as a cautionary tale. It’s a war that should forever be remembered. The crucial question, though, is how should it be remembered? The majority of Southern soldiers fought for their homes, for their land, for their families. However, the instigators of the war, the leaders of the Confederacy, understood precisely the motivations behind the formation of the Confederate States of America and the chief benefit victory over the North would give them: continued and uninterrupted control over its slave labor force. The Confederate cause was not noble, nor was it just. Do we venerate, hold in esteem and lift up on a pedestal in public squares such leaders for our modern-day citizenry to see and admire daily? Or do we place such monuments and statues in museums and on battlefields? This issue is not about political correctness, but about owning up to historical correctness and the actions we need to take as a result. It’s important because the stories we believe about ourselves, and tell about ourselves, are important. They should be grounded not in romanticized myths but in truth, no matter how ugly. To take the sting out of defeat, leaders began to ennoble a cause lacking nobility, to attempt to glorify a movement that was the antithesis of liberty and equality, political values we hold so dear.


COMMENTARY | THE BELTWAY BEAT

Don’t bank on scandal ending Trump’s presidency BY JEFF POOR/COLUMNIST/JEFFREYPOOR@GMAIL.COM

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f there is one thing Republicans have had to learn over the last eight years, it’s that there is no single magic bullet that can immediately end a presidency. Oh sure, some have tried. The most notable effort was to question Barack Obama’s birthplace, which never made much sense given his mother was a United States citizen and presumably maintained some sort of residence. Nonetheless, that effort predictably failed. There were others — the Fast and Furious scandal, Benghazi, the IRS slow-walking tax-exempt statuses for conservatives, wiretapping journalists, etc. Nothing ever brought Obama down. And, although many hoped it would result in the thenpresident’s removal, most knew those “scandals” were at best longshots. The same was true with President George W.

grew louder last week after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. The claim is that Trump dismissed him because Comey would not end his investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties with Russia. Instead of the usual crackpot left-of-center Democrats like Rep. Maxine Waters of California, we started to hear the word “impeachment” in more mainstream settings. Specifically, academia and the pundit class have started to throw around the possibility of impeachment. “[B]ecause impeachment is our system’s last resort for someone who treats himself or herself as above the law, [the] most relevant thing is whether this president, by his recent course of action — on top of his violations of the foreign corruption or Emoluments Clause — this president has shown that he cannot be trusted to remain within the law,” Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe said in a TV appearance on Sunday in regard to Trump’s dismissal AFTER RICHARD NIXON AND WATERof Comey. “And our Constitution’s last resort GATE, BOTH THE RIGHT AND THE LEFT for situations of that kind HAVE BEEN OBSESSED WITH FINDING THAT ONE is to get the person out of office.” THING TO END A PRESIDENCY, EITHER BY RESIGNAbsolutely, Trump is ING IN DISGRACE OR BY OVERCOMING THE INan unconventional president, and that could be his SURMOUNTABLE LIKELIHOOD OF IMPEACHMENT undoing. If the rulebook was tossed out for him to BY THE U.S. SENATE. win the election, then the rulebook may as well be Bush. Take the Iraq war. The American public tossed out for how he leaves office. was sold on that war through either bad intelBut you have to admit, as unpopular as he is, ligence or a lie, depending on your point of to even get to Trump being removed from office view. It resulted in the deaths of more than 4,000 before January 20, 2021, is a heavy lift. Americans long after Bush stood in front of a For starters, the Democrats would have to banner proclaiming “Mission Accomplished.” make major gains in the House and Senate in Add to that all the other efforts to undermine the 2018. Obviously, that part is a real possibility Bush presidency — Halliburton, the so-called given the enthusiasm is on the Democrats’ side Valerie Plame scandal, Abu Ghraib and Hurricane and traditionally the ruling party struggles in midKatrina.  term elections after a new president is elected. Bush was still elected to two terms. Sure, the All it would take is a simple majority in the last two years were rough as Republicans lost House to get the ball rolling on impeachment. control of Congress. But that did not end his Once it gets to that point, it would take a twopresidency prematurely. thirds vote of the Senate to remove the president. Bill Clinton — Whitewater, Travelgate, Vince The Democrats may pick up some seats in the Foster. Oh yeah, Monica Lewinsky and impeach- Senate, but the idea of getting to 67 is practiment. Still a two-term president. cally an impossibility. You have to go back to George H.W. Bush There are 23 Democratic seats, eight Repubfor the last one-term president, and arguably his lican seats and two seats held by independents biggest problem was going back on his “no new (Sens. Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders taxes” pledge — not exactly something rising to of Vermont, both of whom caucus with the the level of scandal. Democrats) up for election in 2018. After Richard Nixon and Watergate, both If the Democrats hold the 23 seats and keep the right and the left have been obsessed with King and Sanders, then sweep the other eight finding that one thing to end a presidency, either GOP seats, which would mean winning in places by resigning in disgrace or by overcoming the like Texas, Utah, Mississippi and Nebraska, the insurmountable likelihood of impeachment by the Senate goes 54 Dems plus the two independents U.S. Senate. and 44 for the Republicans.  So, despite this widespread, ironically That still does not get you to two-thirds. bipartisan preoccupation with using scandal as Otherwise, Democrats would have to bank on a weapon for ouster, it has been 43 years since winning some Republican votes on an impeachNixon’s resignation. And we are still looking ment conviction. for the next Watergate scandal to unseat a sitting If you are disgruntled and want Trump out president in the middle of his term. of office, don’t get your hopes too high that this With President Donald Trump, why should we or any scandal will take him down outside of an expect it to be any different? election. Learn from the mistakes of 2016 and On schedule, the rumblings for impeachment look to 2020.

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BUSINESS | THE REAL DEAL

Iron Hand Brewing opening in DeTonti Square BY RON SIVAK/COLUMNIST/BUSINESS@LAGNIAPPEMOBILE.COM

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ron Hand Brewing will be the newest brewpub on the local landscape, according to a news release. Owner Rebecca Williams recently executed a lease with State Street Land LLC to operate her brewpub in the 4,051-square-foot ground floor of the former Waterfront Rescue Mission building at 206 State St., within the historic DeTonti Square neighborhood in downtown Mobile. The name Iron Hand Brewing is derived from the namesake of the neighborhood. Henri DeTonti, the 17th century French explorer, lost a hand in battle and had it replaced with a hook, according to Williams. After that, his men started calling him Iron Hand DeTonti.  Head brewer Ben Ross has been a craft beer aficionado since the 1990s. Ross began experimenting with various beer styles as a home brewer and recently won two awards for his Pumpkin Ale at Ye Olde Brothers Brewery’s Emerald Coast Spring Break Challenge, a home brewing competition in Navarre, Florida. Ross’s Pumpkin Ale won “Best Specialty Beer” and “Best Overall Beer,” beating out 70 other contestants from across the Southeast.  Renovations of the 1927 historic building are ongoing and an opening is anticipated in late summer or early fall. The developer of the facility is Lafayette Land Co., managed by chief operating officer Christopher G. Huffman. Robert Maurin is the architect and David Shearer is historical consultant for the project. Updates on progress can be found on the Iron Hand Brewing Facebook page. The building features a full commercial kitchen and cafeteria that will be converted into the brewery. The brewpub will offer menu items paired with its beer and also incorporate beer into its recipes. The menu will feature American

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pub fare such as burgers and fries, and also offer British pub fare such as bangers and mash. David Dexter and Heather Huffman of NAI-Mobile brokered the lease transaction.

More commercial real estate moves

Safelite Fulfillment Inc. has leased a 4,000-square-foot industrial building at 105 County Road 32 in Summerdale. Angie McArthur with Stirling Properties represented the tenant. Daryl Cleworth with Merrill P. Thomas worked for the landlord. Threaded Fasteners Inc., founded in Mobile in 1979, recently announced it is finalizing the move from its 358 St. Louis St. property, which it has occupied since 1990. The 50,000-square-foot downtown building was recently sold to the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation as the future home of Innovation PortAL. The building will be repurposed for the tech incubator, according to Threaded Fasteners corporate counsel Brian Pugh. Threaded Fasteners’ 16 employees handling counter sales and inside sales will be incorporated into the 80,000-squarefoot home office facility alongside national distribution center employees and upper management. The company is located at 3200 Crichton St., directly behind Riley Stuart Supply off of Western Drive. Mellow Mushroom recently opened its third Mobile eatery, at 2409 Schillinger Road in West Mobile, to massive foot traffic, according to local owner Chad Hicks. Firstweek sales numbers vaulted the new store to fifth place overall among the Atlanta-based chain’s nearly 200 locations, followed up with a seventh-place ranking in week two of operations. “This is the first time that I was able to build a restaurant

from the ground up. The theme of this one is a pirate ship,” Hicks said. The new building is about 5,000 square feet, sits on roughly an acre of property and has created almost 40 new jobs in the area. The midtown and Old Shell Road locations were also recently listed among the Top 25 in guest satisfaction surveys in the franchise, according to Hicks. Payroll Vault recently opened a second location in Baldwin County, according to operations manager Cadie Gaut. The locally owned franchise has leased a 1,000-square-foot office space at 757 Nichols Ave. in Fairhope, adjacent to The Warehouse Bakery Co. Haint Blue Brewing Co. exercised its option to purchase the historic Crystal Ice warehouse, located at 806 Monroe St. in downtown Mobile, for $175,000. The company has been leasing the 7,000-square-foot property since April 2016, according to John Peebles with NAI-Mobile, who represented the seller. Hamilton & Co. worked for the buyers.  Mobile Pediatrics Clinics LLC has purchased its 6,000-square-foot office building at 6321 Piccadilly Square in Mobile for $650,000. Angie McArthur with Stirling Properties represented the seller. Jill Meeks with Stirling Properties worked for the buyer. Southland Capital Realty Group was the referring firm. According to Charlie Christmas of Christmas Properties, a Mississippi developer picked up roughly 1.9 acres off Satchel Paige Drive in McGowin Park for $975,000. Plans are in place to build a Hilton-brand hotel property. Christmas worked for the buyer and real estate broker Joe Little III represented the seller, McGowin Properties Limited. A 4,000-square-foot industrial building was recently purchased by Davis Family Investments LLC. The property is located in Commercial Park at 7831 Bullitt Drive in Mobile. Jill Meeks with Stirling Properties worked for the buyer. Bob Cooper of BHHS Cooper Commercial represented the seller. The company will use the location to facilitate its ground delivery business for FedEx in the Mobile area. Jill Meeks with Stirling Properties reported enrG-IV LLC, a hydration spa and functional medicine clinic, has leased some 1,375 square feet of retail space located at 3099 Loop Road within Loop Road Shopping Center in Orange Beach. The spa opened for business this month. Meeks managed the transaction. Lewis Brock of Colonial Life Insurance has leased 1,000 square feet of office space at 6304 Piccadilly Square Drive in Mobile. Elizabeth Drews of Naborhood Realty & Development Inc. represented the landlord. Jill Meeks with Stirling Properties worked for the tenant. The anticipated opening date is June 1, 2017. Buns in the Sun has moved to Loop Road Shopping Center, 3099 Loop Road in Orange Beach, and is leasing 1,780 square feet of restaurant space. The eatery is a new concept featuring Asian steamed buns with a Southern flair and plans to open June 1. Jill Meeks with Stirling Properties handled the transaction. Some $250,000 was paid by a Baldwin County Circle K, located at 2021 Gulf Shores Parkway, for a plot of land adjacent to the store. Plans are in place to expand and upgrade the retail location. Tim Herrington with Herrington Realty represented the buyer. Beth Pierce of Beth Pierce Real Estate worked for the seller.


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FIREHOUSE SUBS ($)

HOT SUBS, COLD SALADS & CATERING 6300 Grelot Rd. • 631-3730

FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES ($) $10/PERSON • $$ 10-25/PERSON • $$$ OVER 25/PERSON

COMPLETELY COMFORTABLE ALL SPORTS BAR & GRILL ($) 3408 Pleasant Valley Rd. • 345-9338

AL’S HOTDOGS ($)

CLASSIC HOTDOGS, GYROS & MILKSHAKES 4701 Airport Blvd. • 342-3243

ATLANTA BREAD COMPANY ($-$$) SANDWICHES, SALADS & MORE. 3680 Dauphin St. • 380-0444

BAKE MY DAY ($)

OLD-FASHIONED SOUTHERN BAKE SHOP 156 N. McGregor Ave. • 219-7261

BOB’S DINER ($)

GOOD OLD AMERICAN COOKING 263 St. Francis St. • 405-1497

BUCK’S DINER ($)

CLASSIC AMERICAN DINER 58 N. Secion St. Fairhope • 928-8521

CAFE 219 ($)

SALADS, SANDWICHES & POTATO SALAD 219 Conti St. • 438-5234

CAMELLIA CAFÉ ($-$$$)

CONTEMPORARY SOUTHERN FARE 61 Section St. • Fairhope • 928-4321

CAMMIE’S OLD DUTCH ($) MOBILE’S CLASSIC ICE CREAM SPOT 2511 Old Shell Rd. • 471-1710

CARPE DIEM ($)

DELI FOODS, PASTRIES & SPECIALTY DRINKS 4072 Old Shell Rd. • 304-0448

CLARK’S KITCHEN ($-$$)

SANDWICHES, SOUTHERN CUISINE & CATERING 5817 Old Shell Rd. • 343-0200

CHAT-A-WAY CAFE ($)

QUICHES & SANDWICHES 4366 Old Shell Rd. • 343-9889

CHICK-FIL-A ($)

BURGERS, MILKSHAKES & FRIES 4401 Old Shell Rd. • 447-2394 4663 Airport Blvd. • 300-8425 5319 Hwy 90 • 661-0071 1225 Satchel Page Dr.• 378-8768

FOOSACKLY’S ($)

FAMOUS CHICKEN FINGERS 29181 US Hwy 98 • Daphne • 375-1104 7843 Moffett Rd. • 607-6196 1109 Shelton Beach Rd. • 287-1423 310 S. University Blvd. • 343-0047 2250 Airport Blvd. • 479-2922 7641 Airport Blvd. • 607-7667 2558 Schillinger Rd. • 219-7761 3249 Dauphin St. • 479-2000

1880 Industrial Pkwy. • 675-2999

CREAM AND SUGAR ($)

HOMEMADE SOUPS & SANDWICHES 65 Government St. • 208-6815

JIMMY JOHN’S ($)

SANDWICHES, CATERING & DELIVERY TOO 6920 Airport Blvd. • 414-5444 9 Du Rhu Dr. • 340-8694 62 B Royal St. • 432-0360

JOE CAIN CAFÉ ($)

PIZZAS, SANDWICHES, COCKTAILS 26 N. Royal St. • 338-2000

JONELLI’S ($)

1252 Govenment St.• 301-7556 HOME COOKING 4054 Government St. • 665-4557

LICKIN’ GOOD DONUTS ($) 3242 Dauphin St. • 471-2590

LODA BIER GARTEN ($) MAMA’S ($)

SLAP YOUR MAMA GOOD HOME COOKING 220 Dauphin St. • 432-6262

MARS HILL CAFE ($)

GREAT SANDWICHES, COFFEE & MORE 1087 Downtowner Blvd. • 643-1611

MARY’S SOUTHERN COOKING ($) 3011 Springhill Ave. • 476-2232

6358 Cottage Hill Rd. • 725-6917 AUTHENTIC IRISH PUB 101 N. Bancroft St.• 990-5100

D’ MICHAEL’S ($)

MIKO’S ITALIAN ICE ($)

D NU SPOT ($)

MOMMA GOLDBERG’S DELI ($)

GREAT DESSERTS & HOT LUNCH 23 Upham St. • 473-6115

DEW DROP INN ($)

CLASSIC BURGERS, HOTDOGS & SETTING 1808 Old Shell Rd. • 473-7872

DUNKIN DONUTS ($)

DONUTS, COFFEE & SANDWICHES 1976 Michigan Ave. • 442-4846 3876 Airport Blvd. • 219-7369 505 Schillinger Rd. S. • 442-4845 29160 US Hwy 98 • 621-2228

E WING HOUSE ($)

HOTDOGS SANDWICHES & COOL TREATS 3371 Dauphin Island Pkwy • 300–4015 SANDWICHES & MOMMA’S LOVE 3696 Airport Blvd. • 344-9500 5602 Old Shell Rd. • 287-6556

MONTEGO’S ($-$$)

FRESH CARIBBEAN-STYLE FOOD & CRAFT BEER 6601 Airport Blvd. • 634-3445 225 Dauphin St. • 375-1576

MOON PIE GENERAL STORE ($)

107 St Francis St #115 • RSA Bank Trust Building

MOSTLY MUFFINS ($) MUFFINS, COFFEE & WRAPS 105 Dauphin St. • 433-9855

NEWK’S EXPRESS CAFE ($)

15 N Conception St. • 433-2299

OVEN-BAKED SANDWICHES & MORE 1335 Satchel Page Dr. Suite C. • 287-7356 7440 Airport Blvd. • 633-0096 30500 State Hwy 181 #132 • 625-6544

FATHOMS LOUNGE

O’DALYS HOLE IN THE WALL ($)

195 S University Blvd. Suite H • 662-1829

EUGENE’S MONKEY BAR ($) SMALL PLATES AND CREATIVE COCKTAILS 64 S. Water St. • 438-4000

FLOUR GIRLS BAKERY ($) 809 Hillcrest Rd. • 634-2285

REGINA’S KITCHEN ($-$$) ROLY POLY ($)

ROSHELL’S CAFE ($)

2906 Springhill Ave. • 479-4614

ROYAL KNIGHT ($)

MCSHARRY’S ($-$$)

DELISH BAKERY AND EATERY ($)

R BISTRO ($-$$)

JERSEY MIKE’S ($)

DAUPHIN ST. CAFE ($)

22159 Halls Mill Rd. . • 648-6522

PUNTA CLARA KITCHEN ($)

ROSIE’S GRILL ($-$$)

COFFEE, BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DESSERT 351 George St #B • 405-0003

PHILLY CHEESE STEAKS, GYROS & MORE 7101-A Theodore Dawes Rd. • 653-2979

BAKERY, SANDWICHES & MORE 750 S. Broad St. • 438-1511 4464 Old Shell Rd. • 342-8546 107 St. Francis St. Suite 102 • 438-2261

JAMAICAN VIBE ($)

AUTHENTIC SUB SANDWICHES 7449 Airport Blvd. • 375-1820

562 Dauphin St.• 725-6429

OLD SHELL GROWLERS ($) GROWLER STATION AND BITES 1801 Old Shell Rd. • 345-4767

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WEDGIE’S ($)

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE ($$$)

THAI & SUSHI 5369 D Hwy 90 W • 661-5100

WILD WING STATION ($)

SAGE RESTAURANT ($$)

THAI KITCHEN & SUSHI BAR 960 Schillinger Rd. S • 660-4470

GOURMET GRILLED CHEESE 5955 Old Shell Rd. • 287-6134 1500 Gov’t St. • 287-1526

YAK THE KATHMANDU KITCHEN ($-$$)

WRAPS & SALADS 3220 Dauphin St. • 479-2480

MIND-BLOWING ISLAND FOOD 3700 Gov’t Blvd. Ste A • 602-1973

312 Schillinger Rd. • 633-9077

POLLMAN’S BAKERY ($)

HOOTERS ($)

3869 Airport Blvd. • 345-9544 5470 Inn Rd. • 661-9117 28975 US 98 • Daphne • 625-3910

ROYAL SCAM ($$)

COFFEE AND DONUTS 759 Nichols Avenue, Fairhope • 928-7223

THE WINDMILL MARKET ($)

SANDWICHES, SUBS & SOUPS 2056 Gov’t St. • 476-2777

SEAFOOD & SANDWICHES 212 ½ Fairhope Ave •Fairhope • 928-4100

WAREHOUSE BAKERY & DONUTS ($)

CHICKEN FINGERS, SALAD & SANDWICHES. 1165 University Blvd. • 202-0959

GUMBO SHACK ($-$$)

MICHELI’S CAFE ($)

HOT LUNCH, DAILY MENU (INSIDE VIA) 1717 Dauphin St. • 470-5231

PDQ ($)

334 Fairhope Ave • Fairhope • 928-2399

PUB FOOD AND DRAFT BEERS 251 Dauphin St. • 287-6871

CONNECTION FROZEN YOGURT ($)

BAR FOOD 271 Dauphin St • 438-9585

GULF COAST EXPLOREUM CAFE ($)

119 Dauphin St.• 307-8997

CHICKEN SALAD CHICK ($)

CHICAGO STYLE EATERY 1222 Hillcrest Rd. • 461-6599

PAT’S DOWNTOWN GRILL ($)

FOY SUPERFOODS ($)

JUDY’S PLACE ($-$$)

CHI-TOWN DAWGZ ($)

ORIGINAL SANDWICH AND BAKE SHOP 42 ½ Section St. • Fairhope • 929-0122 102 Dauphin St. • 405-0031

FUDGE, PRALINES & MORE 17111 Scenic Hwy 98 • Fairhope • 928-8477

107 St. Francis St. • 415-1700 3244 Dauphin St. • 476-0320 3215 Bel Air Mall • 476-8361 4707 Airport Blvd. • 461-9933 435 Schillinger Rd. • 639-1163 1682 US HWY 98 • Daphne • 621-3215 30500 AL 181 • Spanish Fort • 621-3020 CHICKEN SALAD, SALAD & SOUP 2370 S. Hillcrest Rd. Unit R • 660-0501 5753 Old Shell Rd. • 408-3236 1802 US Hwy 98 Suite F• 625-1092

PANINI PETE’S ($)

SANDWICHES, SOUTHWEST FARE, 7 DAYS 1203 Hwy 98 Ste. 3D • Daphne • 626-2440 LUNCH & DINNER 3004 Gov’t Blvd. • 287-1220

ROYAL STREET CAFE ($) HOMEMADE LUNCH & BREAKFAST 104 N. Royal St. • 434-0011

SALLY’S PIECE-A-CAKE ($) BAKERY 5638 Three Notch Rd.• 219-6379

85 N. Bancroft St. Fairhope • 990.8883

HOME COOKIN’ LIKE MOMMA MADE. 2804 Springhill Ave. • 473-4739

THE TRELLIS ROOM ($$$)

STEVIE’S KITCHEN ($)

SANDWICHES, SOUPS, SALADS & MORE 41 West I-65 Service Rd. N Suite 150. • 287-2793

SEAFOOD, ASIAN & AMERICAN CUISINE 69 St. Michael St • 375-1113

BACKYARD CAFE & BBQ ($) BAR-B-QUING WITH MY HONEY ($$)

CONTEMPORARY SOUTHERN CUISINE Battle House Hotel, Royal St. • 338-5493

A FAVORITE BARBECUE SPOT 5456 Old Shell Rd. • 343-0001

COTTON STATE BBQ ($)

DOWNTOWN LUNCH 101 N. Conception St. • 545-4682

DICKEY’S BARBECUE PIT ($-$$) BBQ AND MORE Jubilee Sq.Ctr. Hwy 90, Daphne • 210-2151 McGowin Park Ctr. Satchel Paige Dr. • 471-1050 7721 Airport Blvd. • 380-8957

DREAMLAND BBQ ($)

RIBS, SANDWICHES & GREAT SIDES 3314 Old Shell Rd. • 479-9898

MEAT BOSS ($)

5401 Cottage Hill Rd. • 591-4842

MOE’S ORIGINAL BAR B QUE ($)

SAUCY Q BARBQUE ($)

CUPCAKE BOUTIQUE 6207 Cottage Hill Rd. Suite B • 665-3003

CUISINE OF INDIA ($$)

MODERN GASTROPUB INSPIRED BY JAPANESE KITCHEN 455 Dauphin St • 433-0376

CASUAL FINE DINING 104 N. Section St. • Fairhope • 929-2219

SERDA’S COFFEEHOUSE ($) SIMPLY SWEET ($)

SAISHO ($-$$)

TAMARA’S DOWNTOWN ($$)

BRICK PIT ($)

AWARD-WINNING BARBQUE 1111 Gov’t Blvd. • 433-7427

SMOKEY DEMBO SMOKE HOUSE ($)

THE WASH HOUSE ($$)

FOOD PAK

FOOD, WINE & MORE 5150 Old Shell Rd. • 341-1497

POUR BABY

WINE BAR, CRAFT BEERS & BISTRO 6808 Airport Blvd. • 343-3555

FIREHOUSE WINE BAR & SHOP 216 St Francis St. • 421-2022

RED OR WHITE

323A De La Mare Ave, Fairhope • 990-0003 1104 Dauphin St.. • 478-9494

ROYAL STREET TAVERN

LIVE MUSIC, MARTINIS & DINNER MENU. 26 N. Royal St. • 338-2000

SOUTHERN NAPA

BISTRO PLATES, CRAFT BEERS & PANTRY 2304 Main St. • 375-2800

THE VINEYARD

FALAFEL? TRY SOME HUMMUS 7 SPICE ($-$$)

HEALTHY, DELICIOUS MEDITERRANEAN FOOD. 3762 Airport Blvd. • 725-1177

A PREMIER CATERER & COOKING CLASSES 1880-A Airport Blvd. • 450-9051

4861 Bit & Spur Rd. • 340-6464

BRIQUETTES STEAKHOUSE ($-$$)

AUTHENTIC TURKISH & MEDITERRANEAN 3702 Airport Blvd. • 461-6901

DAILY SPECIALS MADE FROM SCRATCH 57 N. Claiborne St. • 694-6853

ABBA’S MEDITERRANEAN CAFE ($-$$) ISTANBUL GRILL ($)

JERUSALEM CAFE ($-$$)

THE GALLEY ($)

CHUCK’S FISH ($$)

MOBILE’S OLDEST MIDDLE EASTERN CUISINE 5773 Airport Blvd. • 304-1155

THE HARBERDASHER ($)

CORNER 251 ($-$$)

MEDITERRANEAN FOOD AND HOOKAH 326 Azalea Rd • 229-4206

THE PIGEON HOLE ($)

DAUPHIN’S ($$-$$$)

OPEN FOR LUNCH, INSIDE GULFQUEST 155 S. Water St • 436-8901 113 Dauphin St.• 436-0989

SOUTHERN COOKING & THEN SOME 1716 Main St. Daphne • 222-4120

THE SUNFLOWER CAFE ($) INSIDE VIRGINIA’S HEALTH FOOD 3055 A Dauphin St • 479-3200

THYME BY THE BAY ($-$$)

33 N Section St. • Fairhope • 990-5635

TIME TO EAT CAFE ($)

DOWN-HOME COUNTRY COOKIN 7351 Theodore Dawes Rd. • 654-0228 13665 N. Wintzell Ave. • 824-1119

TIN ROOF ($-$$)

SOUTHERN CASUAL FAMILY DINING 10800 US HWY 31 • Spanish Fort• 621-4995

TP CROCKMIERS ($)

AMERICAN RESTAURANT & BAR 250 Dauphin St. • 476-1890

THREE GEORGES CANDY SHOP ($) LIGHT LUNCH WITH SOUTHERN FLAIR. 226 Dauphin St. • 433-6725

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE ($)

GREAT SMOOTHIES, WRAPS & SANDWICHES. Du Rhu Dr. • 378-5648 570 Schillinger Road • 634-3454

UNCLE JIMMY’S DELICIOUS HOTDOGS ($)

2550 Dauphin Island Pkwy S. • 307-5328

SEAFOOD AND SUSHI 551 Dauphin St.• 219-7051 HIGH QUALITY FOOD & DRINKS 251 Government St • 460-3157 HIGH QUALITY FOOD WITH A VIEW 107 St. Francis St • 444-0200

DUMBWAITER ($$-$$$) 9 Du Rhu Dr. Suite 201 167 Dauphin St. • 445-3802

FIVE ($$)

GREAT FOOD AND COCKTAILS 609 Dauphin St. • 308-3105

KITCHEN ON GEORGE ($-$$)

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN FOOD 351A George & Savannah St. • 436-8890

LAUNCH ($-$$)

HIGH QUALITY FOOD & DRINKS 251 Government St. • 432-8000

MAGHEE’S GRILL ON THE HILL ($-$$) GREAT LUNCH & DINNER 3607 Old Shell Rd. • 445-8700

NOBLE SOUTH ($$)

LOCAL INGREDIENTS 203 Dauphin St. • 690-6824

NOJA ($$-$$$)

INVENTIVE & VERY FRESH CUISINE 6 N. Jackson St. • 433-0377

OSMAN’S RESTAURANT ($$) SUPREME EUROPEAN CUISINE 2579 Halls Mill Rd. • 479-0006

HIBACHI GRILL & ASIAN CUISINE 309 Bel Air Blvd • 470-8033

HIBACHI 1 ($-$$)

2370 Hillcrest Rd. Unit B • 380-6062

ICHIBAN SUSHI ($)

LIQUID ($$)

TILMO’S BBQ ($)

GRILLED STEAKS, CHICKEN & SEAFOOD 720A Schillinger Rd. S. S2. • 607-7200 901 Montlimar Dr • 408-3133

GOLDEN BOWL ($)

WINE, BEER, GOURMET FOODS, & MORE. 720 Schillinger Rd. S. Unit 8 • 287-1851

SUNSET POINTE ($-$$) THE BLIND MULE ($)

THAI FARE AND SUSHI 2000 Airport Blvd. • 478-9888

KAI JAPANESE RESTAURANT ($-$$)

DOMKE MARKET

SUGAR RUSH DONUT CO. ($) AT FLU CREEK 831 N Section St. • Fairhope • 990-7766

FUJI SAN ($)

A LITTLE VINO

UPSCALE WINE BAR 9 Du Rhu Dr. S 201 • 287-7135

BAY GOURMET ($$)

LUNCH BUFFET 3674 Airport Blvd. • 341-6171

JAPANESE & CHINESE CUISINE 3959 Cottage Hill Rd • 666-6266

DROP DEAD GOURMET

4701 Airport Blvd. • 408-3379

3966 Airport Blvd.• 343-5530

17111 Scenic HWY 98 • Point Clear • 928-4838

3758 Dauphin Island Pkwy. • 473-1401 FAST BBQ W/ DRIVE-THRU 3249 Dauphin St. • 652-3508

CHARM ($-$$)

CHINA DOLL ($)

‘CUE

BBQ, BURGERS, WINGS & SEAFOOD 19170 Hwy 43 Mt. Vernon. • 839-9927

BENJAS ($)

INSIDE THE MOBILE MARRIOTT 3101 Airport Blvd. • 476-6400

VON’S BISTRO ($-$$)

COFFEE, SMOOTHIES, LUNCH & BEERS. 5460 Old Shell Rd. • 344-4575 COFFEE, LUNCHES, LIVE MUSIC & GELATO 3 Royal St. S. • 415-3000

EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE & TASTE 271 Glenwood St. • 476-0516

AUTHENTIC FOODS FROM HIMALAYAN REGION 3210 Dauphin St. • 287-0115 400 Eastern Shore Center • 459-2862

BARBEQUE & MUSIC Bayfront Park Dr. • Daphne • 625-RIBS 701 Springhill Ave. • 410-7427 4672 Airport Blvd. • 300-8516

SATORI COFFEEHOUSE ($)

GUMBO, ANGUS BEEF & BAR 72. S. Royal St. • 432-SCAM (7226)

KAN ZAMAN ($-$$)

MEDITERRANEAN SANDWICH COMPANY ($)

GREAT & QUICK. 3702 Airport Blvd. • 308-2131 274 Dauphin St. • 545-3161 2502 Schillinger Rd. Ste. 2 • 725-0126 6890 US-90 • DAPHNE • 621-2271

MINT HOOKAH BISTRO ($) GREAT MEDITERRANEAN FOOD. 5951 Old Shell Rd. • 450-9191

OLLIE’S MEDITERRANEAN GRILL ($-$$) MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT & HOOKAH 1248 Hillcrest St • 634-9820

TAZIKI’S ($-$$)

MEDITERRANEAN CAFE 1539 US HWY 98• 273-3337

FAR EASTERN FARE ANG BAHAY KUBO ($$) 4513 Old Shell Rd.• 473-0007

BAMBOO STEAKHOUSE ($$) SUSHI BAR 650 Cody Rd. S • 300-8383

BANGKOK THAI ($-$$)

DELICIOUS, TRADITIONAL THAI CUISINE 28600 US 98 • Daphne • 626-5286 3821 Airport Blvd. • 344-9995

BANZAI JAPANESE RESTAURANT ($$) TRADITIONAL SUSHI & LUNCH.

QUALITY FOOD, EXCELLENT SERVICE 5045 Cottage Hill Rd. • 607-6454

AMAZING SUSHI & ASSORTMENT OF ROLLS. 661 Dauphin St. • 432-0109

RICE ASIAN GRILL & SUSHI BAR ($) 3964 Gov’t Blvd. • 378-8083

ROCK N ROLL SUSHI ($$)

273 S. McGregor Ave • 287-0445 6345 Airport Blvd. • 287-0555 940 Industrial Pkwy • 308-2158 6850 US HWY 98 • Daphne • 753-4367

SAISHO ($$)

6455 Dauphin St. • 433-0376

STIX ($$)

610240 Eastern Shore Blvd. • 621-9088

TASTE OF THAI ($$)

9091 US-90 Irvington • 957-1414

TOKYO JAPANESE STEAK HOUSE ($$) UPSCALE SUSHI & HIBACHI 364 Azalea Rd. • 343-6622

WASABI SUSHI ($$)

JAPANESE CUISINE 3654 Airport Blvd. S. C • 725-6078

FROM THE DEPTHS BAUDEAN’S ($$)

FRIED, GRILLED, STEAMED & ALWAYS FRESH 3300 River Rd. • 973-9070

THE BLUEGILL ($-$$)

A HISTORIC SEAFOOD DIVE W/ LIVE MUSIC 3775 Hwy. 98 • 625-1998

BONEFISH GRILL ($$)

ECLECTIC DINING & SPACE 6955 Airport Blvd. • 633-7196

BOUDREAUX’S CAJUN GRILL ($-$$) QUALITY CAJUN & NEW ORLEANS CUISINE 29249 US Highway 98 Daphne. • 621-1991

CRAVIN CAJUN/DIP SEAFOOD ($) PO-BOYS, SALADS & SEAFOOD 1870 Dauphin Island Pkwy • 287-1168

ED’S SEAFOOD SHED ($$)

FRIED SEAFOOD SERVED IN HEFTY PORTIONS 3382 Hwy. 98 • 625-1947

FELIX’S FISH CAMP ($$) UPSCALE DINING WITH A VIEW 1420 Hwy. 98 • 626-6710

FISHERMAN’S LEGACY ($) DELI, MARKET AND CATERING. 4380 Halls Mill Rd. • 665-2266

HALF SHELL OYSTER HOUSE ($)

30500 AL-181 • Spanish Fort • 206-8768 3654 Airport Blvd. • 338-9350

LUCY B. GOODE ($$)

GULF COAST CUISINE, REINVENTED 200 E. 25th Ave. • Gulf Shores • 967-5858

LULU’S ($$)

LIVE MUSIC & GREAT SEAFOOD 200 E. 25th Ave. • Gulf Shores • 967-5858

MUDBUGS AT THE LOOP ($) CAJUN KITCHEN & SEAFOOD MARKET 2005 Government St. • 478-9897

RALPH & KACOO’S ($-$$) THE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 1595 Battleship Pkwy. • 626-0045

R&R SEAFOOD ($-$$)

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CUISINE THE REVIEW

A filling farewell feast at Ralph & Kacoo’s BY ANDY MACDONALD/CUISINE EDITOR | FATMANSQUEEZE@COMCAST.NET

RALPH & KACOO’S 1595 BATTLESHIP PARKWAY SPANISH FORT 36527 251-626-0045

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name like Ralph & Kacoo’s is easily recognizable in these parts. If you live on the Gulf Coast, you’re bound to have heard the name, seen or even visited the Baton Rouge location or perhaps the New Orleans restaurant, which has been closed for a while now. Now there’s one in Bossier City, Louisiana, and Lufkin, Texas, along with our very own Causeway spot. Near the mid-bay interchange in the former Lap’s on the Causeway fortress, Ralph & Kacoo’s has called Mobile its home for a couple of years now. This is also the restaurant group’s first waterfront property. I’ve been a couple of times since its opening but never gotten the chance to review it. I needed a little boost for a going-away dinner for Special Agent 549, so I thought it a great idea to kill two birds with one stone. Agent 549 has accepted a top-secret mission that is sure to put us out of touch for at least a while. One more dinner would do us some good. So would the Causeway fresh air. We sat outside and I ordered a Budweiser ($3.75). The agent, off-duty of course, had a Sea Glass pinot noir ($8.50). I wasn’t feeling up to the wine tonight because I knew I was having oysters on the half shell ($10.99 per half dozen). When interrogated for information, our waiter Seth was happy to find out the origin of these beauties. Turns out they were from Bayou La Batre, local fare for which some are happy to pay a premium price. Sizable and almost brown in color, these are a completely different flavor from those milky white ones that come from, say, Plaquemines Parish or Louisiana waters. It’s hard to say better, but different, and one of the many reasons I choose to live here. Agent 549 was feeling spicy and chose the Firecracker Shrimp ($9.99), which wasn’t very spicy but still very enjoyable. A little bit of heat kept the battered-and-fried shrimp from being too sweet in the syrupy sauce. This is a dish the young ones could enjoy, should they be more adventurous than the usual kid’s menu. Adults will love it as well. We sure did. With the appetizers out of the way, there was a lot of talk about what our last meal together would be. Agent 549 was eyeing the stuffed bell

Louisiana-based Ralph & Kacoo’s offers an expansive menu with something for everyone, and live gators for the kids. pepper. Even the Chicken Breaux Bridge with its crawfish tails and andouille was a temptation. But we needed seafood, so it was seafood we got. I figured my best route was the Shrimp Trawl ($21.99). What more could a boy ask for when you have fried Gulf shrimp, stuffed shrimp, boiled shrimp and shrimp au gratin with a Cajun-stuffed baked potato? An extra order of coleslaw ($1.99), of course! I was a little thrown off about what was what. I found the fried shrimp and stuffed shrimp easily. The boiled shrimp weren’t peeland-eats as I’d suspected they’d be. Maybe they were the ones scattered about the top of the au gratin, which was good, but soupier than other causeway versions of old. I’m a little more accustomed to a layer of burnt cheese atop a ramekin of viscous seafood, but what do I know. The shrimp stew must have been what was over the rice. The whole thing was very enjoyable, just a little hard to define. The coleslaw was an excellent addition. The Cajun-stuffed potato was something I can take or leave. Agent 549 chose the winning dish of the evening. When it was disclosed that the fish of the day was red snapper, the only answer was to have it served Pontchartrain ($20.99). If you’ve never had Pontchartrain you are missing out. Shrimp and jumbo lump crabmeat with tomatoes are served over delicately sautéed fish with lemon butter wine sauce. I was privy to the leftovers of the sizable

fish, and even cold it was fantastic. As a side item the agent never turns down a chance at french fries. These were not so great, more of the soggy limp variety, but were a good complement when covered in my coleslaw. Some of us may tend to turn up our noses at what we perceive to be a chain restaurant, but I don’t really hold Ralph & Kacoo’s to that label. With an expansive menu there are bound to be some things you may not like, but you can bet your bottom dollar there is something you will. There is a reason this restaurant has been around since the 1960s, so don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. The gumbo is a bit different, if I remember correctly from my previous experiences, yet a good change of pace. More than 10 different side items give you plenty to choose from. As a bonus there are alligators downstairs viewable from the balcony, if your children misbehave and you are into threats. I will say the doggy bags were full. We left with a good amount of food and no room for dessert. It was time for one last celebratory drink at Callaghan’s with the incomparable duo Phil and Foster, with special guest Gram Rea sawing on the fiddle. The bittersweet evening was filled with meeting friends and goodbyes. Parts of it were grand while others were sad. It’s tough seeing someone go, but things don’t always turn out the way we want them. Take care of yourself, Agent 549, wherever your mission may take you. You will be missed.


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CUISINE | WORD OF MOUTH

The Haberdasher sports stellar new menu items BY ANDY MACDONALD/CUISINE EDITOR

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owntown Dauphin Street’s The Haberdasher started as a little cocktail bar that served a handful of tacos. Who would have thought a couple years later they would have one of the most interesting menus on the strip? The latest additions/subtractions should have you going wild for Mobile’s best bar food, as specials like the Scotchman’s Egg and avocado fries have become permanent options. Lamb lollipops with caramelized onion gravy and feta cheese already have me carving out some time for a visit. The tacos are no longer available, but the arepas are larger and stuffed with more goodness than ever. More flatbreads, more burgers (don’t panic, they are keeping the PFG) and sandwiches are waiting for you, such as a BLT, hot chicken sliders (saints be praised) and Grandma’s Grilled Cheese with ricotta, mozzarella, Gouda and feta. I’m not sure whose grandma this is or where she’s from. Look out, boys and girls. The downtown game has been “stepped up.”

Crawfish boil to benefit ACS

Sunday, May 21, the 4th annual “Suck It, Cancer” crawfish boil benefiting the American Cancer Society hits the grounds of Fairhope Brewing Co. at 2 p.m. Come enjoy the flavor and suds as six cooking teams battle it out for the coveted Crawfish Trophy. The top boiler wins by popular vote of the hungry attendees. DIP Mudbugs will provide all 1,000 pounds of crawfish for the teams. The $10 entrance fee goes directly to ACS, and Fairhope Brewing will generously donate another dollar per pour.

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“We’ll have that first wave of the 1,000 pounds of crawfish available right at 2 p.m. and the competition heats up from there,” said managing partner Brian Kane. “This is a great event all the way around. The teams have a great time cooking, the patrons enjoy the crawfish and beer, and it all benefits a really worthy cause in the American Cancer Society.” As if pinching tails, sucking heads and swilling suds isn’t enough, live music will aid the digestion beginning at 2 p.m. with This Side of 49, followed by East LA Fadeaway at 5 p.m. Join the fun and support the cause at 914 Nichols Ave., just east of U.S. Highway 98.

Fuzzy’s adds new fixtures

If you haven’t paid a visit to Fuzzy’s Taco Shop on Old Shell Road across from the University of South Alabama campus, you must not be a taco fan. The college hot spot is bringing back some favorites that were limited-time-only dishes for permanent spots on the menu. Jalapeño-Cilantro Queso is the spiced-up version of Fuzzy’s regular cheese dip. Jalapeño Bottle Caps may be the best snack ever. Crisp jalapeño slices are battered, fried and topped with Fuzzy Dust. How can you beat that? Serve it with house-made avocado ranch dressing. Wow! Fuzzy’s Burrito Bowls are oft-requested items also coming back for good. A choice of fajita chicken drizzled with salsa or beef or veggies with chimichurri are served on a bed of black beans and rice with all the trimmings. Give it a shot. Wash it down with a marg’. Recycle!


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COVER STORY

Abbreviated red snapper season has Gulf Coast up in arms BY JANE NICHOLES/REPORTER

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hen folks on the Alabama Gulf Coast heard the announcement of a three-day red snapper season for recreational fishing in federal waters, they reacted as if Coach Nick Saban had announced that the Crimson Tide could only play for three quarters this season. Five congressmen from Gulf Coast states lined up to call for an extension of the season, including U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne of Fairhope. An outraged Orange Beach City Council promptly passed a resolution suggesting 46 days over several weekends would be much more reasonable. The Baldwin County Commission passed a similar resolution Tuesday morning, and the Dauphin Island Town Council was set to do the same that night. One councilman had received a call from Bayou La Batre about possibly following suit. Recreational anglers and commercial fishermen, along with federal and state regulators, have long battled over who should have the right to fish where and when. For years, the feds have consistently cut the number of days recreational anglers can have access to federal waters, leading to more arguments about

how many red snapper are actually out there. But the onerous three-day limit, coupled with President Donald Trump’s use of executive orders and directives to overrule federal agencies, seems to have generated more organized resistance. “First, I am hopeful that under President Donald Trump we can get some relief. President Trump is a big believer in rolling back regulations and getting the government out of the way,” U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne wrote in a recent column. “There is no better example of big government micromanagement and failure than the Red Snapper issue. “With a new director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which oversees the National Marine Fisheries Service, I hope we can get back to longer seasons, more local data and a balanced system that actually works.” The letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was signed by Byrne, Congressmen Garret Graves (R-Louisiana), Randy Weber (R-Texas), John Carter (R-Texas) and Steven Palazzo (R-Mississippi). It said, in part, “Our recreational fishermen are being penalized by NOAA for a statistical anomaly. Currently, NOAA’s

data says that recreational fishermen exceeded last year’s quota by 129,906 pounds. However, 129,000 pounds represents less than .02 percent of the recreational quota. This decision has no bearing on the health of the stock, and there is no chance NOAA is representing the number with any degree of accuracy.” Contradictory data collected among federal and state authorities is one of the major points of contention in determining how to regulate red snapper. Gene Fox is a Dauphin Island councilman, the 2014 president of the Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo and an occasional recreational fisherman himself. “All the data agree that there’s plenty of these fish out there,” he said. “There are some people who think there’s too many of these fish out there, that they’re harming the environment by having too many of them.” Recreational fishermen like to schedule vacations around fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, and they like red snapper, Fox said. “It’s a good fish to catch and it’s fun. That’s why we get people to plan their vacations on the Alabama Gulf Coast, whether it be Dauphin Island or the beach, Gulf Shores or Grand Bay. It’s an essential part of our tourism mission.”


COVER STORY the sky is falling. Fox calls the limit “a horrible example of Troy Frady is a charter boat captain federal overreach.” in Orange Beach who has his complaints Why would a recreational angler schedule about federal regulators. But “Capt. Troy” a vacation trip to coastal Alabama and pay all has served in a number of state and federal the expenses involved to catch a maximum of capacities involving fisheries management. He two red snapper daily on June 1-3? admits that he agrees with federal regulators He or she probably wouldn’t, Fox said. on some issues, and thinks the way the federal Recreational anglers do have access to state government counts fish is more scientifically waters, but the best snapper and best snapper based than how the states do, which is largely fishing conditions are thought to be in federal through reporting programs. waters, in part because of the depth and numBut Frady admits unresolved conflicts bers of reefs. among federal and state authorities make it Typically, anglers will load up a fishing difficult to collect accurate data. For example, boat with gas and provisions for a whole day Alabama allows 66 days of red snapper fishand might go as far as 30 miles offshore. ing in state waters while Texas allows red They’ll find many different species of fish, snapper fishing year-round. including snapper, or they might find king “The news media is blowing it all out of mackerel, a less attractive fish, along with the proportion and sensationalizing the three-day snapper. “The snapper are just a piece of a season,” he said. bigger picture but they are a really important In fact, Alabama charter boats have 49 piece of it,” Fox said. days to operate in federal If fewer people visit waters, from the Friday Dauphin Island because before Memorial Day unof fishing restrictions, that til July 31. Recreational damages the economy. boaters can operate in Another drawback of the state waters as well with short season is no margin ALABAMA CHARTER no three-day restriction. of error for anglers. A bad But here’s the catch, weather day practically BOATS HAVE 49 DAYS according to Frady: decimates a three-day “There are an estiseason. TO OPERATE IN FEDERAL mated 3 million recre“We’re afraid that even ational fishermen in the if there’s bad weather WATERS, FROM THE FRI- Gulf of Mexico who are in those three days, that harvesting red snapper in people are going to go DAY BEFORE MEMORIAL an area nine miles from anyway,” Fox said. “And shore. That is not capable they’re going to put themDAY UNTIL JULY 31. of sustaining that much selves, their families and fishing pressure. And no first responders in danger, fish stocks can be found, after they tried to catch to the point where they snapper for only three are having trouble recovering. days when they probably wouldn’t have done it “Basically, you take 3 million people, you at any other time.” keep them close to shore; they catch everyFurther trouble could be caused by traffic thing that’s in there. And the fish stock, in my jams and crowded boat launches, he said. professional opinion, is not strong enough to Last week, about 100 people attended a repopulate that nine-mile area of coastline.” special meeting of the Orange Beach City Because fish don’t observe state lines or Council where a resolution calling for an federal boundaries, one can’t say for sure extended recreational red snapper season was whether a fish counted in Alabama actually passed. Orange Beach contends state data on came from Florida or which side of the state the actual number of snapper in the Gulf are line it was on when caught. closer to being right than are federal numbers. The federal government would prefer conThe council also made observations similar to sistent regulation throughout the Gulf. States Fox’s about the impact of three days of high maintain they know their own waters best and traffic on highways and waterways. ought to be allowed to regulate fishing as they The council proposes the recreational see fit. season be extended to 46 days over a series What no one really knows is how many red of weekends. snapper are swimming the Gulf of Mexico. Not everyone on the Alabama Coast thinks

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ART ARTIFICE

Makalani Theatre Ensemble stages ‘Beyond Therapy’ BY KEVIN LEE/ARTS EDITOR/KLEE@LAGNIAPPEMOBILE.COM

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imes change; faces, too. But the essence of our overall story remains. Makalani Theatre Ensemble is shifting location and personnel in its fourth year. The annual production is departing its previous home in the University of South Alabama’s Laidlaw Performing Arts Center for midtown’s Center for Joyful Living (60 N. Ann St.). What won’t change is the focus on small casts and thoughtful stage plays. That was the point when USA drama instructors Keone Fuqua and Christopher Peck formed Makalani less than five years ago. The pair took turns at directing and acting. That’s changed for the upcoming production of “Beyond Therapy.” “Chris is in Denver now and Keone is going back and forth each day to [William Carey University in] Hattiesburg, so I think it was a little bit of a time crunch for everybody,” director Cory Olson said. Makalani stage manager Nadine Brooks made Olson an offer in February. Their longtime friendship and professional familiarity greased the skids. “We worked together last fall on ‘[A] Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Mobile Theatre Guild. We’re both on the board over there. We’ve both directed other things in town and respect each other’s work,” Olson said. Those previous projects included his directing shows at both Joe Jefferson Playhouse and MTG in recent years. He also did some direction in Shreveport, Louisiana, before

relocating to Mobile. Then there was Olson’s time behind the cameras in Bulgaria. A Peace Corps stint 10 years ago took him to Eastern Europe, and near its conclusion someone approached him about producing and directing a short-lived TV show. Of course he accepted For Makalani, Olson didn’t hesitate in looking toward playwright Christopher Durang, since he recently helped steer JJP toward Durang’s “Vonya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” While this new piece revolves around the quirks of the dating world, it isn’t altogether comedy or drama. “It’s maybe not the typical Makalani show, since in the

THE SIX-PERSON CAST INCLUDES SEVERAL SEASONED VETS OF THE MOBILE AREA THEATER SCENE AND ONE WITH SOME OFF-BROADWAY NOTCHES ON HIS BELT. ” past they’ve stayed a little more on the drama and this is a little bit lighter. To me, Makalani is much more actordriven and focused on the players, which this is. Plus, nobody else in Mobile is going to do this, just because of

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Never too late to learn at MMoA

Art classes are a fixture at the Mobile Museum of Art, running throughout the year and providing ample opportunity for adults and children alike. An array of disciplines and crafts will be taught throughout early summer. Some examples: • Lydia Host and Angie King will teach Figurative Clay Sculpture; Tuesday, June 6, through Friday, June 9, in three-hour classes beginning at 10 a.m. Classes will feature a live model. If you register by May 22, you can get an early bird price.

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• Angie King will teach Creating a Clay Building; Tuesday, June 6, through Friday, June 9, 5:30-8 p.m. A special rate is offered for those registering by May 22. • King and Elizabet Elliott will teach Weaving on a Lap Loom; Wednesday, June 28, 5:30-8 p.m. • Lydia Host will teach Beginning Watercolor; Wednesday, July 5, through Friday, July 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Some supplies are included; the rest will be provided by the participant as per the instructor supply list. • Matthew Thompson will teach Expanded Tools for Drawing; Monday, July 17, through Friday, July 21, 1-4 p.m. The course focuses on transforming photographic images into largescale drawing through tools such as grids and projectors. The class will work up to a 4-by-4-foot drawing. A supply list will be provided upon enrollment. • Aubrey Edwards will teach Digital Photography Techniques; Saturday, July 22, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class will provide an introduction to shooting on manual mode, exposure elements and internal light meter. There will be an in-class lecture, a walking tour with shooting and critique.

These are just some of the classes offered. Full descriptions and pricing can be found at mobilemuseumofart.com. Also, remember classes in MMoA’s Summer Art Camp 2017 for ages 8-11 and ages 12 and up begin June 12. Parents may enroll with their child in the 12-and-up classes. A registration form and full description of the curriculum can be found at mobilemuseumofart.com.

MAC grant deadline looms

Mobile Arts Council is offering four $1,000 grants to individuals or organizations working in any medium. The funds may be used for special projects or operating support. Organizations should show a consistent track record of high achievement, public service and managerial competency. Individual recipients can use funds for new art, to improve skills or to enhance their careers. Applicants must be a MAC member. Deadline for applications is Friday, June 2, at 5 p.m. The application form and more information can found at mobilearts.org or obtained by calling 251-432-9796.

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If you’re looking for new digs and want to help a local cultural outfit, Church Hill Apartments (1111 Church St.) in Oakleigh might be an answer. The newly renovated complex has a deal where new apartments rented before May 31 can result in a donation to Mobile Opera from Ole Bay Realty. For more information, call 844-210-7184.

the subject matter and the language,” Olson said. The story opens with Prudence and Bruce meeting over a restaurant table in response to each other’s newspaper personal ads. There’s the customary awkwardness, the probing and missteps until we discover Bruce is a cohabitating bisexual looking for something new. Cue a harried retreat to their respective therapists and things grow more farcical. The shrinks, it seems, are as neurotic as their patients. Olson said Durang’s post-script directions are explicit about the actors playing their roles straight and not verging toward purposeful comedy. The humor is evoked by the emotional tension, the uncomfortable way we relate to it and simply the writing itself. “I think a lot of his writing is inspired by Chekhov. People always said Chekhov’s plays are dramas or tragedies, and he always called them comedies. Now, there’s no tragedy, but there’s definitely some tension and strife in this,” Olson said. Set in the 1980s, the play has a few period-specific aspects: the personal ads in newspapers, the recent staging of “Equus” and other bits. They only serve to underscore the universality of its emotional landscape. “We’re still doing the same things, just with different technology. I think it’s a fun way of looking back and seeing how dating life has evolved and hasn’t, how the personal ad has evolved to what it is now. Now we have pictures and we can swipe left or right, but even back then there was lying and catfishing,” Olson said. The six-person cast includes several seasoned vets of the Mobile area theater scene and one with some Off-Broadway notches on his belt. Olson is especially tickled at one aspect of their background. “Getting to direct other directors is always fun, plus it helps to have some input from people who have done it before,” Olson chuckled. They’ve been in rehearsal since early April. Without access to a full-time performance space — the Center for Joyful Living will be converted for the show — they’ve taken to apartments and other spots for those run-throughs. Set to run May 18-20 and 25-27 with an 8 p.m. curtain, tickets are $15, $13 for students and military. Group rates are available. The director thinks attendees will find something familiar in the play. He did. “Things in the show I’ve experienced myself but you keep trying and trying through these dating nightmare scenarios. There are some wonderful awkward moments in there, everything from feet on the dinner table to your boyfriend’s boyfriend’s mother calling in the middle of your date,” Olson said.


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The Suffers’ welcoming party BY STEPHEN CENTANNI/MUSIC EDITOR | SCENTANNI@LAGNIAPPEMOBILE.COM

BAND: THE SUFFERS DATE: FRIDAY, MAY 19, 12:30 P.M. VENUE: SURF STAGE

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he Surf Stage will open Hangout Fest with a blast of sweet, versatile grooves from Houston band The Suffers, who pride themselves on being purveyors of what they call “Gulf Coast Soul.” According to vocal powerhouse Kam Franklin, this trademark sound is a reflection of the collective musical personality of the band. All the members are Houston natives influenced by the city’s variety of cultures. While the band’s sound is built upon a foundation of soul, overall there’s an obvious classic rhythm and blues influence. This concept is strengthened by a songwriting process Franklin describes as truly collaborative. “When you hear us, you’ll hear everything from gospel to traditional soul music to jazz to reggae to salsa to Latin percussion,” she said. “It’s just a mix of everything. We decided to call it Gulf Coast Soul, because that is a true representation of what it is that we do.” A few months ago, The Suffers took a run through Europe. Franklin says there was quite a bit of apprehension in the days leading up to the tour. With no European record deal or distribution, The Suffers thought their shows might draw meager crowds. However, online music sources such as Spotify and Pandora as well as word of mouth helped make the European tour so successful, the band can’t wait to return. “Right now, we’re trying to figure out a way to get back there before the end of the year,” Franklin said. “It was a life-changing experience for us, and it changed how we, as a band, approach

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our performances.” The Suffers will warm up Hangout Fest with cuts from their 2016 self-titled debut. The band plans to head back into the studio at the end of this month for initial work on their next album. Afterward, they will complete the effort in a series of sessions throughout the remainder of the year. Franklin says the band hopes to release their sophomore effort

in 2018. However, those attending Hangout Fest 2017 will have a chance to preview some of the new material, which she describes as “a good time.” “Hangout is such a diverse collection of artists that it’s really impossible to have a bad time,” she said. “I think we’re playing pretty early on Friday, so we’re basically going to be the welcoming party and get people excited and feeling good and happy.”


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Missio prepared to flip the bird BY STEPHEN CENTANNI/MUSIC EDITOR | SCENTANNI@LAGNIAPPEMOBILE.COM

BAND: MISSIO DATE: FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2:45 P.M. VENUE: FITZ’S STAGE

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lectronic music is one of the Hangout Fest’s mainstays. Over the years, the epic beach party has included some of the biggest names in the genre. Missio, the Austin, Texas-based duo comprising Matthew Brue and David Butler, takes pride in not only its rhythmic beats but also its vocal content, which features insightful lyrics. Even though their home base is known for indie rock and alt. country, Missio is a shining ambassador of Austin’s small and overlooked electronic scene. “I wouldn’t say that it’s [Austin’s electronic scene] nonexistent, because there are pockets and niches of it,” Butler said. “We’re definitely a little outside the box of what Austin is known for. More and more people are getting into it. Hopefully, a little scene will start to pop up, but it has yet to be seen.” Six months ago, Missio’s electronic anthem “Middle Fingers” slowly began spreading through the masses with an online presence and its steady rotation on Sirius XM’s Alt. Nation channel. The track’s electronic grandeur is accented by a perpetual, subtle pulse of bass, and its honest message tackling the sometimes illusory personalities to which social media has given birth. RCA Records also took notice and signed Missio to its roster. Since then, the duo has been touring while enjoying their newfound and rising success. “Six months ago, we were at the point in our career where we could go left, or we could go right,” Brue explained. “We really didn’t know what was going to happen where we were at with the

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team around us. To be six months past that point and have all this success that we’ve had in the past five months has been insane and overwhelming, to say the least. I can speak for both of us when I say that we’re both incredibly grateful for all the opportunities that we’ve experienced so far.” Missio’s Hangout Fest performance will serve as the duo’s album release party for their debut full-length, “Loner.” Butler describes the album as lyrically dark, focusing on “struggling through dark points” that plague life. He also says this album will give fans

Be your own boss

a more extensive look into Missio’s sound, which he says is an “aggressive” mix of hip-hop and grunge rock. While images of heavy guitars may come to mind, Butler says this perception is far from the truth. Missio is an electronic band that takes on the genre with a rock ‘n’ roll attitude. “We bring energy,” Butler said. “We both really love playing live and feed off the crowd. All of our music are these giant anthems. It kinda creates this little cycle of energy. Whatever the crowd gives us, we’ll give it right back.”

On the glide path

BAND: MONDO COZMO DATE: SATURDAY, MAY 20, 12:30 P.M. VENUE: FITZ’S STAGE

BAND: WARPAINT DATE: SUNDAY, MAY 21, 7:30 P.M. VENUE: MERMAID STAGE

Enter the world of Mondo Cozmo, the brainchild of Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter/producer Josh Ostrander. Ostrander, who has spent time performing with bands such as Laguardia and Eastern Conference Champions, jokingly says this latest persona was created because he was “tired of digging holes.” Mondo Cozmo allows Ostrander the freedom to work at his own pace and be the sole decision-maker. “It’s just nice that it’s just me,” he said. “Coming from a band situation that I’ve been in forever, [now] I get to make my own decisions. Things move a lot faster, I guess. I don’t have to get four other people to agree on it. From doing a photoshoot to playing a song or writing a song, it’s easier for me right now. I like it.” Being the boss has not been without its complications. When it came to choosing backing musicians to tour, Ostrander was filled with apprehension and uncertainty. However, the recruitment process was a positive experience that has turned his live show into what he calls “a beast.” “[The live show] has become the best part of it,” Ostrander said. “I think it’s so cool, because I had this fear of putting together this band. Now, it’s become its own thing. It’s amazing.” Ostrander’s Mondo Cozmo project is a fresh singer-songwriter experience adrenalized by rock ‘n’ roll. Ostrander has spent the past year providing a steady stream of singles acting as harbingers for a full-length album. This method of creation and composition has allowed anthems such as “Shine” to live up to its name online and on the radio. Ostrander revels in the song’s success. “To see the reactions that this song has gotten … when I wrote that song and recorded … and for people to gravitate and

Don’t leave early — Warpaint will close out the Mermaid Stage Hangout weekend. The group specializes in an innovative and hypnotic form of indie rock laced with shoegaze overtones. In 2008, Warpaint released its debut EP “Exquisite Corpse,” which was mixed by John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame. Shortly after its release, Chili Peppers bassist Flea introduced drummer Stella Mozgawa to the band. Mozgawa is an accomplished session musician who has worked with such artists as Kurt Vile, Regina Spektor, Kim Gordon and Tom Jones. Even though she stays busy with session work, Mozgawa says Warpaint is her “biggest creative outlet” and completes her needs as an artist. “Being in a band and writing music with people and having that collaborative experience is different from just playing drums on a record,” Mozgawa said. “It’s a lot more involved and intimate in a way. I think that I would get bored if I was just a session musician, and I would get bored if I was just in a band. I need both to be satisfied.” Warpaint will entertain the Gulf Shores audience with cuts from its latest release, “Heads Up.” According to Mozgawa, the album captures the spirit of Warpaint’s live show more than any of its previous releases. “Before, we were so adamant to not put anything on the record that we couldn’t play live,” she said. “The moment that we decided to break that rule, we ended up with a record that sounded a little more live. It sounds a little more aggressive. The drums are a little crunchier and the sounds are a little more aggressive and intense than previous albums. Maybe that’s what helps match it with the live show.” The Mermaid Stage’s intimacy should be the perfect setting for experiencing Warpaint. Artists ranging from Michael Franti to J. Roddy Walston & the Business have used the stage to provide some of Hangout Fest’s most memorable performances. Warpaint’s set should be no different.

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find hope or positivity, I think that it’s so cool that it came from something that wasn’t great,” Ostrander said. “It’s so empowering. I just love it.” Mondo Cozmo fans will soon get their hands on a fulllength album, which Ostrander says is complete. As far as a release date, he says it might be sometime around his Lollapalooza perfomance in August. Until then, Hangout Fest will provide the perfect opportunity to hear both the singles that have already been released and the album that is yet to come. As far as his beachside set, Ostrander promises to give the crowd “everything,” with a lot of sweat and energy.


Charleston’s SUSTO is fine today BY STEPHEN CENTANNI/MUSIC EDITOR | SCENTANNI@LAGNIAPPEMOBILE.COM

BAND: SUSTO DATE: SATURDAY, MAY 20, 4 P.M./SUNDAY, MAY 21, 12:30 P.M. VENUE: BMI STAGE (SATURDAY)/FITZ’S STAGE (SUNDAY)

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usto” is a Latin American term for a condition where the soul is separated from the body. The symptoms of susto include fear, anxiety and depression. SUSTO is also the name of a musical project from Charleston, South Carolina-based singer-songwriter Justin Osborne. Plagued by a breakup, debt and family issues, Osborne used his own personal separation to put together a track list of folk rock that became SUSTO’s self-titled debut. Even though the debut featured a full band, SUSTO had no core lineup, and Osborne took to the road promoting the effort as a solo artist. Things have changed greatly. These days, SUSTO tours the country as a full band in support of a new full-length called “& I’m Fine Today.” Mingling indie rock with alt. country, this effort showcases the evolution of SUSTO’s sound while maintaining Osborne’s candor as a lyricist. Earning praise from both fans and critics, “& I’m Fine Today” has also allowed the band to tour extensively as a headliner and as an opener for bands such as The Head & The Heart, Band of Horses and The Lumineers. “It feels like we’re a real band now, if that makes any sense,” Osborne said. “It’s been such a great year and a half. We had a great year last year, getting to play a lot of festivals for the first time and opening up for people. We did our first support stuff last year. Having the record come out has given us this whole new momentum.” While things seem to be moving forward for the band, Osborne admits he still experiences pessimism from time to time. Touring and maintaining life back home has been a challenge, he says.

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However, his hometown friends have been very supportive of his ambitions. “The whole process of experiencing susto, based on my understanding of the term, led to this incredible path that has been amazing and fun,” Osborne said. “I do not have anything to complain about. I’m living it all, and we’re having a great time on the road.”

The world can expect to hear a lot more from SUSTO. According to Osborne, the band has enough material for “two to three” more albums. “We have material, and it keeps coming,” Osborne said. “We also have a record right now that we know that we can hang onto and play for a while. We might look at some time next year, but it depends on when we get time off from the road.”

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On the mend BY STEPHEN CENTANNI/MUSIC EDITOR | SCENTANNI@LAGNIAPPEMOBILE.COM

BAND: STRAND OF OAKS DATE: SUNDAY, MAY 21, 2:45 P.M. VENUE: MERMAID STAGE

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hen he first started the band Strand of Oaks, frontman/guitarist Timothy Showalter filled his first two albums with sounds critics associated with folk rock or Americana. The advent of his third effort, “Dark Shores,” heralded a delicate artistic evolution for the songwriter, as rock began to dominate Showalter’s repertoire. His 2015 release “HEAL” completed this rock ‘n’ roll transformation. Strand of Oaks’ latest effort, “Hard Love,” continues Showalter’s immersion into rock. However, critics have yet to remove the folk and Americana labels from his music. While he enjoys Americana rock bands such as Uncle Tupelo and Sun Volt, Showalter wonders when the music industry is going to let him be a full-fledged member of the rock community. “We’re here doing these full-on metal shreds on some days,” Showalter explained. “I’m like, ‘I don’t think that this is very Americana anymore’ when we do this 25-minute prog jam. People are looking for the path of least resistance. If it says ‘folk’ or ‘Americana’ and I have a beard, people are like, ‘Oh! That’s what this guy is!’” Even though his musical focus may have shifted, Showalter still continues to line his rock arrangements with perceptive lyrical content. His latest single, “Radio Kids,” should provide a modern-day anthem for members of Generation X and the era of the cassette. While modern technology allows the public to snatch singles effortlessly from online sources,

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“Radio Kids” is a nostalgic trip into the ‘80s and ‘90s, when millions of teenagers held vigils by the stereo, waiting for that desired song to hit the airwaves in an effort to capture one beloved song. A guitar riff served as the catalyst for this musical trip into the past. “[The song] sounded like the late ‘80s and early ‘90s when I was doing the same thing that you were talking about,” Showalter said. “It came real quick, thinking about staying up late and having that tape. You had the big cassette tape that maybe had one record, and then you would change it over again and again until it was warped. I thought about that memory, and it felt right with the way the music was going.” The track is emphasized by one of the mediums chosen for “Hard Love.” As Showalter began to receive mock-ups of the album from his label, Dead Oceans, they surprised him with a cover art layout for the cassette version of “Hard Love.” Showalter says he was so “out of the loop” he didn’t realize cassettes were an option for a contemporary music release. Needless to say, he was pleasantly surprised. “When they whipped it up and sent me a copy of the cassette, I put it on my cassette player and it sounded better than the CD, and just as good as the vinyl,” Showalter said. “I couldn’t believe it. I’m always going to put things on cassette now.” According to Showalter, Strand of Oaks’ music thrives in a festival environment. He says the tracks on “Hard Love” become “really good and bigger” in this setting. Strand of Oaks will give Hangout Fest a dose of “straightforward rock ‘n’ roll” with a powerful delivery. “Just the way that the songs are arranged or put together, it lends itself to being outside or in a theater,” Showalter said. “We love big stages and running around and having a good time.”

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AREAMUSIC LISTINGS | May 18 - May 24 THUR. MAY 18

Alchemy— Messa w/Witchcryer, 10p Beau Rivage— ZZ Top, 8p Big Beach Brewing— Big Daddy McKorkendale, 6p Bluegill— Chris Powell Blues Tavern— Cosmic Bullet Cockeyed Charlie’s— JJ Dority’s Bar and Grill— Fat Man Squeeze Fairhope Brewing— Bluegrass Jam Felix’s— Jeri Flora Bama— Alan Rhody, 2p// Zachery Diedrich, 5p/// Dueling Pianos, 5:30p//// Dave McCormick Band, 6p//// Mark Sherrill, James Daniel, Chris Newbury, 6p//// Mario Mena Band, 10p//// Alabama Lighting, 10:15p//// Lee Yankie and the HellzYeah, 10:30p Hangout— Hangout Music Festival Listening Room— Darrin Bradbury Lulu’s— Lefty Collins, 5p McSharry’s— Lite Travelers, 7:30p Old 27 Grill— Songwriter’s Night, 6:30p Tacky Jacks (Orange Beach) — Marty McIntosh, 6p

FRI. MAY 19

All Sports Bar & Billiards— DJ Markie Mark, 10p Beau Rivage— ZZ Top, 8p Bluegill— LeeYankee, 12p// Rebecca Barry Duo, 6p Blues Tavern— John Hall Trio Cockeyed Charlie’s— LeeYankie and the HellzYeah, 10p Dority’s Bar and Grill— Lauren Murphy Fairhope Brewing— The Grundy Family Experience Felix’s— Blind Dog Mike Flora Bama— Jay Hawkins Trio, 1p// Clinton Gregory and Co., 2p/// Wes Loper, 4p//// Jack Robertson Show, 5:30p//// Birdies Boyz, 6p//// Jason Abel Project, 6p//// Mel Knapp, 6p//// Tim Kinsey, 9p//// Brian Hill Band, 10p//// Logan Spicer and Tony Ray Thompson, 10:15p//// TheVegabonds, 10:30p Golden Nugget— Johnny Rivers, 8p Hangout— Hangout Music Festival Hard Rock (Live) — Supercharger, 9:30p IP Casino— The Cult, 8p Listening Room— Kim Richey Live Bait— Brandon Styles, 7p Lulu’s— CoConut Radio, 5p Main Street Cigar Lounge— Twang Gang, 8p McSharry’s— DJ Blue, 10p Moe’s BBQ (Daphne) — The Tree-Oh, 8p Moe’s BBQ (Foley) — The Porch

Ninjas Moe’s BBQ (Mobile) — Joshua Stephen Ward O’Daly’s— Gene Murrell,Tony Edwards and David White, 10p Old 27 Grill— Mudbug Slim, 6:30p Tacky Jacks (Gulf Shores)— Destiny Brown, 5:30p Tacky Jacks (Orange Beach) — Damien Lamb Duo, 6p Traders— Soulshine

SAT. MAY 20

Big Beach Brewing— Roadside Glorious, 6:30p Blind Mule— Hotstops w/ Sergio and The Satin Dogs and AsVultures Circle Bluegill— Matt Neese, 12p// Lucky Doggs, 6p Blues Tavern— Red Clay Strays Callaghan’s— Phil & Walon Cockeyed Charlie’s— DJ Chill, 10p Dority’s Bar and Grill—Yeah Probably Fairhope Brewing— Sylvester Band Felix’s— Three Bean Soup Flora Bama— Brian Hill Trio, 1p// JoJo Pres, 1p/// Funkajamarama, 2p//// Newbury Gathering, 2p//// Brittany Grimes, 4p//// Brandon White, 5p//// Jack Robertson Show, 5:30p//// Big Muddy, 6p//// Jezebel’s Trio, 6p//// Mario Mena Duo, 9p//// LeeYankie and the Hellz Yeah, 10p//// Birdies Boyz, 10:15p//// The Vegabonds, 10:30p Hangout— Hangout Music Festival Hard Rock (Center Bar) — Supercharger, 9:30p Hard Rock (Live) — Queensryche,8p Listening Room— The Soul Sisters ft. Shannon Labrie, Lisa Mills and Kyshona Armstrong Live Bait— Brandon Styles, 7p Lulu’s— Delta Reign Duo, 5p McSharry’s— DJ Chi, 10p The Merry Widow— Blow House Brass Band, 9p Moe’s BBQ (Daphne) — Joshua Stephen Ward Moe’s BBQ (Foley) — David Chastang Moe’s BBQ (Mobile) — Harrison McInnis and Ryan Balthrop Old 27 Grill— Harry Sherman, 6:30p Pirates Cove— LeeYankee, 5p Soul Kitchen— All That Remains, Wild Fire, 8p Tacky Jacks (Gulf Shores)— Jimmy Lee, 12p// Lefty Collins, 5:30 Tacky Jacks (Orange Beach) — Jason Justic Duo, 12p// Beave and Cleave, 6p Top of the Bay— Even Still Traders— Doobious Wind Creek Casino— Jamey

Johnson, 8p

SUN. MAY 21

Alchemy— Sergio Rangel, 3p Bluegill— David Chastang, 12p// K-Mac, 6p Blues Tavern— John Hall Trio Callaghan’s— The Deslondes Dority’s Bar and Grill— Rock Bottom with Stan Foster Felix’s— Bobby Butchka Flora Bama— Smoky Otis Trio, 12p// Songs Rusty, 1:30p/// Al and Cathy, 2p/// Dave McCormick, 2p//// David Dunn, 5p//// Lucky Doggs, 5:30p//// Perdido Brothers, 6p//// Whyte Caps, 10p//// Dallas Moore, 10:15p Hangout— Hangout Music Festival Hard Rock (Center Bar) —Yeah Probably, 8p Listening Room— Ryan Balthrop and the Southern Windown Art Exhibit Lulu’s— Cadillac Attack, 5p McSharry’s— Trad Irish Music, 6:30p Moe’s BBQ (Foley) — Lefty Collins, 6p Old 27 Grill— Barry Gibson, 11:30a Tacky Jacks (Gulf Shores)— Lisa Christian, 2p Tacky Jacks (Orange Beach) — Gerry Gambino Duo, 11a// Beave and Cleave, 11a

MON. MAY 22

Felix’s— Marty McIntosh Flora Bama— Christina Christian, 2p// Zachery Diedrich, 5:30p/// Cathy Pace, 6p//// LeeYankie and the Hellz Yeah, 10p//// Petty and Pace, 10:15p Lulu’s— Brent Burns, 5p

TUE. MAY 23

Bluegill— Shea White Butch Cassidy’s— Warren Wolf & Jimmy Roebuck Cockeyed Charlie’s— Jordan Bramblett Felix’s— Bryant Gilley Flora Bama— Curtis Shumate, 5:30p// Perdido Brothers, 6p/// T. Bone Montgomery, 6p//// JoJo Pres, 10p//// Al and Cathy, 10:15p Lulu’s— Jimmy Lumpkin, 5p

WED. MAY 24

Blind Mule— Comedy Night, 10p Bluegill— Les Hall Felix’s— Quintin Berry Flora Bama— Neil Dover, 2p// Logan Spicer, 5:30p/// Rhonda Hart and Jonathan Newton, 6p//// Kyle Wilson Band, 10p//// Mario Mena Duo, 10:15p Lulu’s— Sugarcane Jane, 5p

TENSIXTYFIVE INITIAL LINEUP ANNOUNCED BY STEPHEN CENTANNI/MUSIC EDITOR

The TenSixtyFive festival will return for a third year, providing the Azalea City with a free and fantastic lineup of bands on multiple stages throughout downtown the weekend of Sept. 29 through Oct. 1. On May 12, the initial lineup for this year’s festival was announced. Judging from this first round of performers, it’s safe to say TenSixtyFive’s organizers have made it their mission to make this festival bigger and better each year. Garage rockers Cage the Elephant will serve as one of the festival’s headliners. St. Paul & the Broken Bones will bring their modern soul sounds to Azalea City fans. Blackberry Smoke’s Southern-fried alt. country should be a crowd pleaser, while Judah & the Lion will fill the streets of downtown with its trademark “folk hop ‘n’ roll” sound. Hometown favorites Wet Willie will return to help the crowd “Keep On Smilin’” with its homegrown blues and soul. Riley Green and Muscadine Bloodline will be representing Alabama’s modern country scene. Birmingham’s Riverbend will use its Southern power pop to win new fans in Mobile. Stay tuned to Lagniappe for future lineup announcements.

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Entertaining story of the birth of an American icon

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FILMTHE REEL WORLD

BY ASIA FREY/FILM CRITIC/AFREY@LAGNIAPPEMOBILE.COM

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he drama of the well-made biopic “The Founder” comes down to two dueling versions of the proverbial American dream, told through the lens of a business that’s often shorthand for America itself: McDonald’s. It began as a family business, which is one version, and it ends up as the global phenomenon we know today. Bickering over the presence of a Coca-Cola advertisement on a sign signifies how quaint the true founders were, and how far from its founding principles it is today. Michael Keaton stars as Ray Kroc, a peripatetic salesman always chasing the next big thing, from a kitchen gadget mocked as a “Murphy bed for your kitchen” to an 8-cup milkshake maker. When a sweet little California restaurant puts in a shockingly large order, Kroc drives across the country to see this McDonald’s in person. The highlight of the film occurs when Kroc takes the McDonald’s brothers out to dinner, and listens to their story of how they developed a restaurant with food that is so very fast. The brothers are portrayed by two fantastic actors, Nick

Offerman and John Carroll Lynch, and it’s simply fascinating to witness how they maximized their process, rehearsing it on a tennis court with their staff. Also, the viewer becomes invested in this restaurant as the brainchild of these two men, and not the man who begs them to let him franchise their idea, Kroc. Keaton is a fast-talking powerhouse throughout, and the film is strong because it is also ambiguous. Even though we suspect that, since the film is called “The Founder” (singular) but we’ve met two men named McDonald, some dirty dealings could be on the horizon, Keaton and his costars keep it interesting. The McDonald’s brothers can be difficult, and sometimes Kroc seems like a salt-of-theearth hard worker. And sometimes he doesn’t. There could be many different responses to Kroc’s brand of ambition, and even some ironic echoes in today’s world. The screenwriters might not have intended Keaton’s vicious description of himself as “winning” to be quite as pointed as it now comes across, but his character seems very real in that he is believably unsympathetic.

This film is well paced for a story relying on a good bit of explanation about real estate holdings and other business matters, but I learned just enough to make me feel smart about the origins of McDonald’s. It also helps that there’s the built-in spoiler for anyone watching the film; we know how the whole business enterprise ends. A lesser-known subject might not have worked as well for a true story treatment. Kroc’s relationship with his wife adds dimension to his character, and she is nicely underplayed by Laura Dern. Her complaints fill in a great deal about Kroc’s pattern of behavior. Even more telling is the new woman who catches his eye, the always-welcome Linda Cardellini, playing a female more suited to his speed of ambition. “The Founder” is not the kind of movie you breathlessly insist everyone watch, but I cannot think of anyone who wouldn’t find it interesting. People ask me all the time to recommend nonviolent movies, and now I have a solid option. You’ll see nothing happen, good or bad, that will keep you up at night, but you will find yourself thinking about it after it’s over.

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FROM LEFT: MIchael Keaton plays Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers’ innovative fast food eatery, McDonald’s, into one of the biggest restaurant businesses in the world. In Ridley Scott’s latest “Alien” film, the crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination. NEW IN THEATERS ALIEN: COVENANT

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A teenager who’s lived a sheltered life because she’s allergic to everything falls for the boy next door. Cobb Pinnacle 14, Regal Mobile Stadium 18, AMC Mobile 16, AMC Jubilee Square 12

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS MAY 18, 2017 - MAY 24, 2017

GENERAL Career fair Virginia College in Mobile will host a career fair Thursday, May 18, 9-11 a.m. at 3725 Airport Blvd. Call 251-343-7227. Alabama Law Enforcement Memorial Service Local law enforcement personnel who died in 2016 will be honored in an annual event that has been held for more than 50 years. Featuring Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall. Thursday, May 18, at 10:30 a.m., Public Safety Memorial Park, 2301 Airport Blvd., Mobile. Fairhope farmer’s market The city of Fairhope will host an outdoor farmer’s market Thursdays, 3-6 p.m., through Nov. 2, behind the Fairhope Public Library, downtown on Bancroft Street. Call 251-929-1466. Free skin cancer screening On Friday, May 18, 8-11 a.m., free skin cancer screenings will be hosted at Thomas Hospital, Fairhope; Atmore Community Hospital, Atmore; North Baldwin Fitness Center, Bay Minette; and Fox 10 news station, Mobile. Call 251-4353939. Free car seat checks Nationally certified child passenger safety technicians from USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital will provide free inspections of children’s car seats from 9 a.m. until noon on Friday, May 19, in the parking lot of Babies”R”Us in Mobile. Call 251-415-1274. 1940s radio show

Daphne Sunset Concert Series Featuring the E.B. Coleman Orchestra. Sunday, May 21, 6 p.m. at Bayfront Park, 6200 Bayfront Park Drive. West Mobile Farmer’s Market West Mobile Farmer’s Market, sponsored by Christ United Methodist Church, is every Tuesday, 3-6 p.m., on the west side of church property, 6101 Grelot Road, Mobile. Call 251-342-0462. Brown Bag in Bienville Every Wednesday through May 31, join friends in Mobile’s Bienville Square from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for lunch and live music. Providence Farmer’s Market Shop the Farmer’s Market every Wednesday now through July 12, 2-5 p.m., in Lot F at Providence Hospital. Call 251631-3501. Dauphin Island Boardwalk Talks Boardwalk Talks are held the first and third Wednesday of each month at 11:15 a.m. at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd. Call 251-861-2141. Midtown Optimist Club Join Midtown Optimist Club every Wednesday at noon for lunch at Azalea City Golf Course. Call 251-348-3542. Toastmasters Do you want to deliver a speech like a pro or gain leadership skills to advance your career? Toastmasters International meets regularly at six locations in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Visit www.toastmasters. org for more information.

“Thunder on the Bay” The event highlights Fort Gaines’ integral role in the Battle of Mobile Bay. Come to Dauphin Island and experience a living history day for the whole family on Saturday, May 20. Call 251-861-6992. Market in the Park Mobile’s downtown farmer’s market is now held in Mardi Gras Park on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. until noon. Come enjoy, music, food, beverages and more.

On the Verge …” Theatre 98 in Fairhope presents “On the Verge; or, The Geography of Yearning” by Eric Overmyer, May 19-21; Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Visit theatre98.org. “The Music Man” Chickasaw Civic Theatre concludes its production of “The Music Man” this weekend. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Visit cctshows.com or call 251457-8887.

MUSEUMS Live at the Museum Shouts & Murmurs will perform original music Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. $10 admission, wine and beer by donation. Call 251-208-5200. Tea for Two Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. the Fairhope Museum of History hosts a tea with a lecture on Fairhope history. The May 23 speaker will be Gary Wolf. Call 251929-1471.

Thursdays at MMoA Every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Mobile Museum of Art offers free admission to all visitors. No reservations are necessary. MMoA is at 4850 Museum Drive. Call 251-208-5200.

SPORTING EVENTS/ACTIVITIES Dauphin Island Regatta The rescheduled 59th annual Dauphin Island Race will be held Saturday, May 20, on Mobile Bay. Three days of events are online at bucyc.com. Mobile BayBears The Mobile BayBears are back in action at Mobile’s Hank Aaron Stadium. The team hosts Birmingham for a five-game home stand May 24-28. Call 251-479-BEAR. Weekly 1K/5K Every Thursday evening at 6 p.m., join Red Beard’s Outfitter and Cortlandt’s Pub in the Spring Hill Village Shopping Center for a 1K or 5K run and walk. No cost to participate. Bridge lessons The Mobile Bridge Center offers free bridge lessons each Tuesday at 6 p.m. at 1510 University Blvd. Arrive a few minutes early to register. Call the Bridge Center at 251-666-2147, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Polo for Paws Join The Haven on Sunday, May 21, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., for a day filled with fun for the entire family as the Point Clear Polo Club hosts Polo for Paws. A portion of proceeds will be donated to The Haven. Call 251-929-3980. Trivia night Test your trivia skills while raising money for the Mobile Medical Museum. Tuesday, May 23, at OK Bicycle Shop, 661 Dauphin St. Starting at 7 p.m. raffle tickets will be sold to win prize baskets and gift cards during trivia.

Fairhope’s founding There is quite a story behind the 1894 founding of Fairhope. Learn more at the Fairhope Museum of History, 24 N. Section St. The museum is open daily (except Sunday and Monday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 251-929-1471.

Dumas Wesley Plane Pull 2017 Pits teams against an Airbus aircraft weighing more than 130,000 pounds. Teams compete to pull the plane 12 feet in the shortest amount of time. Saturday, May 20, 9 a.m. at Brookley Aeroplex, 1891 9th St., Mobile. Visit dumaswesley.org. In celebration of the U.S.S. Alabama’s 75th anniversary, Battleship Memorial Park will hold “On the Air: A Tribute to Bob Hope and Radio Stars of the 1940s” on Saturday, May 20, at 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com or in the gift shop at Battleship Memorial Park. Call 251-433-2703.

Mobile Mystery Dinners A performance of “The Case of the Maple Tree Murder” will take place Sunday, May 21, 5:30 p.m. at Azalea Manor. Tickets include dinner and unlimited wine. Advance reservations are required; call 251-865-7398.

Little Discoveries “Outside the Box,” aimed at children age 6 and under, explores how innovation and creativity can lead to a world of possibilities, starting with a simple cardboard box. Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Call 251-208-6893 or email jholland@ exploreum.com.

“Windows to the Sea” “Windows to the Sea” is a new permanent exhibit at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab Fitness and athletics classes Estuarium. Visit disl.org. New fitness classes are in progress at Palmer Pillans Middle School. To register “Shipwreck! Pirates and Treasure” or for more information on classes A new, highly interactive exhibit at offered, call 251-463-7980 or go to GulfQuest features more than 500 authentic communityactivitiesprogram.com. artifacts recovered from deep-ocean shipwrecks. Visit www.gulfquest.org. Dance and art classes New dance and art classes are in “Christenberry: In Alabama” progress at Palmer Pillans Middle School. On the occasion of Alabama’s To register or for more information on Bicentennial Celebration, this exhibit classes offered, call 251-463-7980 or go to honors artist William Christenberry’s communityactivitiesprogram.com. exploration of themes related to his native state. Mobile Museum of Art, 4850 Museum Drive. Extended through July 9. Ballroom dance Call 251-208-5200. Azalea Ballroom Dance Club hosts dances the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Via Health, “Faces of Africa” Fitness & Enrichment Center, 1717 The History Museum of Mobile exhibit Dauphin St. Call 251-623-9183 or visit “Faces of Africa: A Mystical View of Tribal azaleaballroomdanceclub.com. Heritage” runs through Monday, July 31. Call 251-208-7420. Ballroom dance The Moonlight Chassé Ballroom Dance “Drugs: Costs and Consequences” Society hosts dances the first and third The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Monday of every month, 7-9:30 p.m. at Center and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Hot Wheels Skating Rink in Daphne. Email Administration team up to present a powerful interactive exhibit of the effects of cassief13@aol.com. drugs on individuals and society. Through August. Visit exploreum.com. WORKSHOPS

FUNDRAISERS NRA dinner Join the Friends of NRA for dinner Thursday, May 18, at 5:30 p.m. at Battleship Memorial Park. Money raised goes toward the support of shooting sports, gun safety and conservation. Call 251-753-1020 or visit friendsofnra.org.

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Suck It, Cancer! Annual crawfish boil competition with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. Sunday, May 21, 2 p.m. at Fairhope Brewing Co., 914 Nichols Ave.; $10 for all you can eat.

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ACT tutoring Get to really know the ACT and learn tips, tricks and valuable test-taking skills. Classes meet the four Saturdays leading up to the June 10 ACT test. Classes are held at Palmer Pillans Middle School. Visit communityactivitiesprogram.com.


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MEDIA MEDIA FRENZY

Stimpson campaign blasts WKRG pot coverage

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BY ROB HOLBERT/MANAGING EDITOR/RHOLBERT@LAGNIAPPEMOBILE.COM

THE NEW YORK TIMES CROSSWORD PUZZLE DUALITY QUALITY

BY NATAN LAST, FINN VIGELAND AND THE J.A.S.A. CROSSWORD CLASS / EDITED BY WILL SHORTZ ACROSS 1 Like the 30 Rock building 5 Word said three times while smacking the forehead 9 Jests 14 Tyrion Lannister of “Game of Thrones” and others 18 It may be whiffed 19 Rose’s love on old Broadway 20 Little racer 21 Lady Gaga’s “____ This Way” 22 “I know my girl enjoys her youth / When this fine sound escapes her mouth” 25 Golden calf, e.g. 26 Texter’s “Wow!” 27 Galley propeller 28 Pretext 29 Ends 31 2008 Obama catchword 33 Place for a pie to cool 34 Half of a score 35 “____ et veritas” 37 “Right now, it’s fine, no five-star food, / But this dessert will soon be good!” 43 Some ancient writings 45 Cry to a cop 46 Injure badly 48 Spa accessory 49 Some Wall St. deals 50 Kylo ____ (“Star Wars” villain) 51 Part of an underground network 54 Shangri-la 55 Chump 56 Off-week, in football 57 “This mensch looks up and shouts ‘Delish!’ / While downing snacks with real relish” 59 Actor Elgort of “The Fault in Our Stars” 61 Due + sei 62 Robert of “Tender Mercies” 63 Acronym for a class taught over the Internet 66 Veranda 68 Wise 69 Skin dyes 71 Gefilte-fish fish 72 Tassel movers 76 “Your will to serve must be mature / To be this keeper of nature” 78 “Stop right there!” 80 Intimidate 81 Places 82 Like Uncle Sam 83 “____ all good” 84 “Al ____ Lado del Río” (2004 Oscar-winning song) 85 Food items often served with 76-Down 87 Goofs 88 “Just be cool”

90 Hooter or honker 92 “Go down this hallway: There’s a couch / If what you seek’s relaxing touch” 95 “See-saw, Margery ____” (old nursery rhyme) 96 Backing 98 Begged 99 Reporters’ group 100 French title 102 Bygone NBC drama 104 Carry the day 105 Go “boohoo” 108 Primary imperative? 109 “This may have been the umpire’s doing; / Now sliding home is easy going” 113 Oct. pennant race 114 Cry of jubilation … or guilt 115 Hoist 116 Color of el mar 117 Old pop 118 New York county with Lake Placid 119 “Why don’t we?!” 120 Award category word DOWN 1 Blockhead 2 Cheese sometimes paired with pinot noir 3 Suckers’ succors? 4 URL suffix 5 Job with spreadsheets 6 Ride offerer 7 Russian peace

8 Home to King Philippe 9 Nudges, in a way 10 Post-marathon feeling 11 Word before or after “down” 12 Upright 13 “The Iron Lady” star 14 Animal avatar of Thoth 15 “Kate Upton strikes an alpine pose / And belts this out, with naught to lose” 16 One working on the board? 17 “Celebrity Jeopardy!” show, briefly 20 Artisans’ group 23 Kachina-doll makers 24 “____ Lang Syne” 30 Overly fussy 32 ____ of Solomon 33 P.R. task 36 Chinese city known for its terra-cotta warriors 37 Light wood 38 ____ studies (college major) 39 Butter in South Asian cuisines 40 [!!!!] 41 Identify 42 Three-pointer shooter, usually 44 Funny Amy 47 “Peanuts” boy 51 Start printing 52 On, as a horse 53 Astronomer’s sighting 56 Like some light wood 57 Keystone officer 58 Drooping 60 Boston college 64 Force on Earth, informally

65 Vessel often stowed upside down 67 Blue symbol of Delaware 69 “I have this duty on my farm / To look as chickens keep eggs warm” 70 Throng 73 Not blown up 74 Rapper topper 75 Bulked up, in modern lingo 76 Party bowlful 77 Gillette ____ Plus 78 “://” preceder 79 Fantasy-fiction readers, e.g. 81 Condition once called “shell shock,” for short 83 Wasted 84 ____ buco 86 Ottoman’s partner 88 Not go out of date, say 89 In unison 91 Dead man walking? 93 Divvy up 94 Country star Jackson 97 Goes over 101 Arnaz of 1950s TV 102 First sentence of a news story 103 “The Adventures of ____” (European comics series) 104 Float in the air 106 Weight 107 Wallop 108 Jones of CNN 110 Family girl 111 Go (for) 112 Test site

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KRG viewers Monday night caught a top story saying Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson was sponsoring an ordinance that would “decriminalize” second-degree marijuana possession, as well as a number of other minor offenses. By Tuesday morning the mayor’s campaign had issued a press release criticizing the station’s coverage of the proposal and essentially labeling it an attempt to gain viewers and web clicks at the cost of accuracy. “Yesterday afternoon, WKRG ran a misleading headline suggesting Mayor Stimpson was seeking to ‘decriminalize’ marijuana. It’s disappointing that WKRG is more concerned with producing click-bait than accurate news,” the press release read. The ordinance would still leave simple marijuana possession, public lewdness and a fistful of other “minor” offenses as illegal offenses, but it would give officers the discretion to determine whether an arrest is warranted or if the matter could be handled through a citation. The matter went before the City Council Tuesday morning and was tabled for further consideration. Stimpson Campaign Manager Candace Cooksey had more to say about WKRG’s coverage Tuesday afternoon. “It’s just half-baked journalism — a sad example for reporting from an outlet that has a bigger responsibility to its viewers. When a station spends time writing sensationalist, click-bait headlines instead of doing due diligence on a story, it’s the public who suffers,” she said. The reaction from Stimpson’s campaign was uncharacteristically strong, especially for a mayor who has enjoyed overwhelmingly positive press coverage. Even Council President Gina Gregory, a former WKRG reporter, joined in and publicly chided inaccurate coverage at Tuesday’s public

meeting, although she did not mention a news source by name. WKRG News Director Chris Best did not respond to emailed questions about the matter prior to press time, but the station’s website still carried an article Tuesday afternoon claiming the ordinance “would decriminalize several minor offenses.” An email sent to WKRG employees Tuesday morning by Best and provided to Lagniappe by an insider suggested the mayor’s complaints had been heard to some degree, even if there is disagreement about the word usage. “Please don’t say ‘the mayor says he wants to decriminalize.’ He adamantly says it’s not decriminalization. We can call it that because that’s what it is. But wording it this way is unfair,” Best wrote at 7:05 a.m. in a message with the subject line “Pot.” While several dictionary definitions of “decriminalize” say the word means to make something that was illegal no longer so, there are also instances available of a more casual usage of the word suggesting criminal penalties had been lessened for certain offenses. The Stimpson campaign’s press release, however, claims “the penalties would be no less severe under this ordinance.” Stimpson insiders also took issue with a photo of the mayor’s head next to a large pot leaf that was used in WKRG’s story. While the mayor’s campaign directly took on WKRG, the city’s other TV news stations also declared the ordinance a “decriminalization” of marijuana. A search Tuesday afternoon showed Local15 had an article headlined “Mobile Mayor to introduce ordinance decriminalizing marijuana.” The linked story, however, had been removed. Fox10 still featured an article Tuesday afternoon under the headline “Mobile mayor proposes decriminalization of minor offenses.”


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SPORTS UPON FURTHER REVIEW proud of Nick and his accomplishments, just as we are of all our graduates who are out in the world making a difference.” Bollettieri graduated from Spring Hill in 1953 with a degree in philosophy. The Badgers inducted him to their athletic hall of fame in 1994, and the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame named him to its ranks in 2009. BY J, MARK BRYANT/SPORTS WRITER/SPORTS@LAGNIAPPEMOBILE.COM/TWITTER @GOULAGUY While growing up in Pelham, New York, Bollettieri played football, not tennis. “In my junior year at Spring Hill College in Mobile, my uncle, who was a ootball fans! Don’t get depressed about your “We look forward to another fantastic football evening very good tennis player, took us to a club to play,” he recalled in an interview. favorite college team not breaking out their helmets with our customers, guests and friends all coming together “Later, I made the tennis team at Spring Hill.” and pads for the next few months. You can get all of for a great cause,” said Bobby Gwin, president of DEX After serving in the U.S. Army, Bollettieri enrolled at the University of Miyour gridiron wishes fulfilled on Thursday, May 25, Imaging of Alabama. ami Law School before eventually quitting to become a tennis coach. In 1978, when the 23rd annual L’Arche Football Preview kicks off “Our audience will be entertained and well-informed for he founded the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida. It was the first fullat The Mitchell Center on the campus of the University of the upcoming season by the end of the night,” Savage said. time sports academy in the world to combine intense training on the court with South Alabama. The Football Preview is a major fundraiser for L’Arche a custom-designed academic curriculum in a boarding-school environment. Serving as featured speakers this year will be Greg Mobile, a Christian community where people with and This method helped him to coach 10 top-ranked players in the world and Byrne and Jay Jacobs, athletic directors at the University without intellectual disabilities share life together in a to help thousands of other students. Some of his most famous players include of Alabama and Auburn University, respectively. permanent, family-like environment. L’Arche is an interAndre Agassi, Monica Seles, Jim Courier, Kei Nishikori, Anna Kournikova, Also confirmed for the event are Joey Jones, University national federation of communities. Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. of South Alabama head coach; Tim Brewster, Florida State ‘L’Arche’ is French for “the ark,” a meaningful place In 1987, he joined forces with IMG to turn his tennis camp into a multi-sport University tight end coach/recruiting coordinator; Dave of refuge. L’Arche Mobile was established in 1974 and training facility, now known as IMG Academies. Located on a 300-plus acre Aranda, Louisiana State University defensive coordinahas grown to include 23 people with special needs and campus in Bradenton, Florida, IMG Academies trains more 13,000 junior, coltor; Phil Savage, Reese’s Senior Bowl executive direc55 Team Members. For more information about L’Arche legiate, adult and professional athletes annually in numerous sports from more tor; Charles Davis, FOX Sports/NFL Network analyst; Mobile, please visit www.larchemobile.org. than 80 countries. Taylor Zarzour, SiriusXM College Sports Nation host; and WNSP’s Randy Kennedy. Tennis legend has local roots Fly like an Eagle “L’Arche Mobile is excited about this year’s lineup of The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has announced Honors don’t always come on an athletic field. Sometimes they come as a guest speakers,” said Marty O’Malley, director of L’Arche its 2017 Men’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame induction result of hard work and good deeds. That was certainly the case for three memMobile. “We appreciate everyone taking the time to share class. One name on the list was first exposed to the sport bers of Boy Scouts of America Troop 147 who have been recognized as Eagle their insights into college football.” in Mobile. Scouts: Benjamin Smith, son of Amy and Mike Smith and a senior at McGillJacobs, who has been at Auburn 14 years, has seen the Nick Bollettieri is being recognized in the “contribuToolen Catholic High School; Robert Anderson, son of Lynn and Stanley school claim a dozen national championships under his tor” category. He will join players James Blake (Harvard Anderson and a senior at St. Stanislaus High School; and Daniel Lane, son of watch, including a school-record four titles in 2005-06. University) and Matias Boeker (University of Georgia) and Tracy and Dan Lane and a senior at St. Paul’s Episcopal High School. Byrne took over the Crimson Tide program this year after coaches Francis Baxter (University of Central Oklahoma) To earn the rank of Eagle, the Scout must meet several requirements, includserving as athletic director at the University of Arizona for and Bill Otta (Saddlebrook College) on Thursday, May 25, ing achieving a specific number of merit badges, holding leadership positions, seven years. during the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Champi- participating in outdoor activities, completing overnight campouts with the Doors open to The Mitchell Center at 5:30 p.m. for onships at the University of Georgia. unit and attending Scout camps. Each candidate must also complete a service sponsors and 6 p.m. for the general public. The evening “We are very happy Nick Bollettieri has been recogproject that helps a charitable organization. Only 4 percent of boys entering the will include a silent auction, dinner and the program of nized with this tremendous honor,” said Jim Hall, director Scouts achieve the rank. speakers. Tickets cost $50 per person or $400 for a table. of athletics at Spring Hill College. “Nick has obviously The ceremony took place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Troop 147, and its The dinner is co-sponsored by DEX Imaging and Reese’s had a storied career and this recognition of his impact predecessor Troop 17, have awarded the Eagle Scout rank to 100 boys since the Senior Bowl. within the tennis world is well deserved. We are quite mid-1930s.

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TAURUS (4/20-5/20) — After hearing about a high school student who died from an overdose of caffeine from only three drinks, you’ll try to quit the substance cold turkey. Ironically, because of your newfound lethargy, you’ll be profiled by police as a suspect using real drugs. GEMINI (5/21-6/21) — Catching the tail-end of a nightly sportscast, you’ll realize you don’t know anything about the NBA playoffs. Thankfully, you’ll discover an app called “Is LeBron James playing right now?” that will let you easily determine if basketball season has ended or not. CANCER (6/22-7/22) — Despite the apparent severity of the insult, you’ll forgive someone for calling you the wrong person’s name in bed. After all, it was opposite day, and your unsolicited stories and observations were cause for exhaustion. LEO (7/23-8/23) — After local media misreport a story about a new city ordinance, you’ll mistakenly assume all crime is legal within the city limits. You’ll have too much of a conscience to commit a felony, but you’ll steal every doughnut you see for an entire day. VIRGO (8/24-9/22) — You’ll begin to lose sleep after a local high school installs “solar-powered” lights at its new football field. “Solar-powered” doesn’t mean fueled by the sun; instead, the lights will have the luminosity of the sun. You really should attend more Planning Commission meetings. LIBRA (9/23-10/22) — You’ll decide to run for mayor of Mobile on a platform to make Smokey the Bear the city’s new fire chief. On a related note, you’ll promise to sponsor an ordinance to make McGruff the police chief and Ben Matlock the city attorney. SCORPIO (10/23-11/21) — You’ll wind up in an HR conference preparing for the Fuse Project’s Dragon Boat Race after becoming overly competitive and screaming obscenities at coworkers in time with a rowing drumbeat. You won’t lose your job, but you won’t be able to compete anymore. SAGITTARIUS (11/22-12/22) — Failing to achieve that beach body for Hangout Fest, you’ll shave a six-pack of abs into your torso hair. The ladies won’t be impressed, but it’ll lead to a deal with Gillette to advertise their new line of extra large and curvy razor blades. CAPRICORN (12/23-1/19) — Always the competitor, you’ll enter the rescheduled Dauphin Island sailboat race this weekend with your pedal-powered kayak. After you make landfall dehydrated and starving on the Yucatan Peninsula next month, you’ll hitch a ride home on the Carnival Fantasy. AQUARIUS (1/20-2/18) — Seeing a lucrative business opportunity due to the abbreviated red snapper season, you’ll open your koi pond to recreational fishermen. Experiencing overwhelming success, you’ll prepare your fish tank for the 2018 commercial shrimping season. PISCES (2/19-3/20) — You’ll learn the hard way about fake news when you’re stopped with a small amount of marijuana next week. Despite reports Mobile would “decriminalize” the herb, you’ll still be roughed up and cuffed, with the pavement BREAKING your fall like hot clickbait from WKRG. ARIES (3/21-4/19) — Wintzell’s will ban you from its restaurants after you sample too many brews at the Good People Tap Takeover. While the staff may find it funny when you yell “I’m shucked up,” their minds will change as you repeat the joke a fifth time … shirtless … on the bar.


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Cheese-whizzing around town BY BOOZIE BEER NUES/SOCIAL BUTTERFLY

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usy, busy, busy. Those are three words to describe last week. I mean, I had something every night, then it was the weekend and time to party! Once we got over the rain Friday we had the most beautiful weekend, so of course on Sunday we had to celebrate mom in the best way, drinks and a boat ride. Let’s just say it was more Sunday funday and mom was just along for the ride, but don’t tell her that. So cheers to sunny blue skies and surviving another week!

Cheese, please

The inaugural Mobile Grilled Cheese Meltdown was held on Thursday, May 11, in Cathedral Square. With tickets costing just $5, the people flocked like seagulls at the beach (or rats to a cheese factory?)! The Downtown Mobile Alliance said it never expected so many people, with an estimated 300-400 in attendance! With the surplus of people, it meant longer lines and some competitors running out of grilled cheeses, but the crowd didn’t seem to mind since they still got to enjoy the nice weather. Boozie got there a little late (Sorry – I was getting my own cheese (board) on at Red or White) so I didn’t get to try that many, but that was mainly because I didn’t want to stand in line. Between the two grilled cheeses I did try, I know why one won and the other didn’t. The one I didn’t care for had brie on it, which I feel is risky move. People either love brie or hate it, so my advice would be: skip the brie. The other grilled cheese I had was from the Battle House and after one bite, I understood why they won first place in the People’s Choice category. They served up their grilled cheese on Texas toast with multiple cheeses, a sauce that gave it a kick and maybe some meat. To be honest, I ate it so quickly I didn’t examine the contents. A few of Boozie’s friends said it was a little too spicy for them, but it perfect for this ol’ gossip gal. A crowd favorite from my group was Moe’s Original BBQ. They said Moe’s’ grilled cheese had some type of jam with pimento cheese. I didn’t get the chance to try it but I do love a good grilled pimento cheese sandwich. Now that I have told you one winner, I might as well tell you the others! For the Classic category in third place was The Cheese Cottage, in second place was Newks and in first, which the announcer said was surprising since it was a non-food venue, Heritage Homes was the winner. For the Gourmet category, in third place was The Cheese Cottage, Heritage Homes in second and Brickyard in first! For People’s Choice, we had Noble Events in third, O’Daly’s in second and Battle House in first. Heritage Homes kept their grilled cheese simple with a smoked cheddar cheese with grilled Conecuh sausage. In my book, anything with Conecuh can’t taste bad, even

all my Yankee cousins love it! For a home builder to place first and second, it sounds like their new name could be Heritage Home Cookin’! Now, I am sure you are wondering what this Cheese Cottage place is? I sure was; I mean, I love cheese and if I had been missing out on a cheese store I was going to be mad. Anyways, The Cheese Cottage is new to downtown, they expect to open their doors in August or September and will serve cheese boards, cured meats, sandwiches and, of course, wine, umm yum! Can you say girls’ night out! If you missed this first Grilled Cheese Meltdown, don’t whine about it, The Urban Emporium said they will for sure be hosting a second and maybe even something in the fall! So get those spatulas ready and find the perfect recipe!

Going to the chapel

Wedding season is full swing. I swear every weekend there are more and more weddings. While at O’Daly’s Friday night, Boozie spotted two different couples celebrating their upcoming nuptials. One couple must have just had a party because they were wearing bride and groom headbands. The other couple was getting married on Saturday so pianist Gene Murrell also of 92 ZEW fame invited the bride to the stage so he could sing her a “special love song.” He started off with “Chapel of Love,” and the crowd loved it as they sung along, but then they started noticing Gene changing the words! I don’t remember it exactly, but something along the lines of “everyone thinks you’re getting married because you’re pregnant.” The bride was a good sport and laughed it off. Next, Gene invited the groom on stage and sang “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-dot Bikini,” once again changing the words and emphasizing the words “teenie weenie.” Like his bride, he laughed then got to dancing. Congrats to both couples! Maybe one day I’ll find love in a bar! And I’ll definitely have Gene play at my reception.

Party on

The TenSixtyFive Party Animal has once again been spotted! This time he comes bearing news of TenSixtyFive’s 2017 lineup! This is going to be the year you don’t want to miss, with bands including Cage the Elephant, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Blackberry Smoke, Judah & The Lion, Wet Willie, Riley Green, Riverbend, Muscadine Bloodline and more! Oh, and it’s still free! Not much to complain about since you get to see great bands at no cost to you. So mark your calendars for Sept. 29 through Oct. 1, when it will be time to party! Well, kids, that’s all I’ve got this week. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous or just some plain ol’ grilled cheese lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!

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LAGNIAPPE LEGALS | 251.450-4466 | legals@lagniappemobile.com PROBATE NOTICE OF ESTATE ADMINISTRATION PROBATE COURT OF MOBILE COUNTY, ALABAMA Estate of: GLADYS EZELL ROBINSON, Deceased Case No. 2017-0304 Take notice that Letters Testamentary have been granted to the below named party on the 8th day of May, 2017 by the Honorable Don Davis, Judge of Probate of Mobile County Probate Court, Alabama and that all parties having claims against said estate should file the same with the Probate Court of said county within the time allowed by law, or they will be barred. JANICE ROBINSON THOMAS and GREEN THOMAS JR. as Co-Executors under the last will and testament of GLADYS EZELL ROBINSON, Deceased. Attorney of Record: JEROME C. CARTER Lagniappe HD May 18, 25, June 1, 2017.

NOTICE OF ESTATE ADMINISTRATION PROBATE COURT OF MOBILE COUNTY, ALABAMA Estate of: PEARLIE D. JOHNSON, Deceased Case No. 2017-0188 Take notice that Letters Testamentary have been granted to the below named party on the 8th day of May, 2017 by the Honorable Don Davis, Judge of Probate of Mobile County Probate Court, Alabama and that all parties having claims against said estate should file the same with the Probate Court of said county within the time allowed by law, or they will be barred. MECHELE JOHNSON PICHON as Executrix under the last will and testament of PEARLIE D. JOHNSON, Deceased. Attorney of Record: PRO SE Lagniappe HD May 18, 25, June 1, 2017.

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF MOBILE COUNTY, ALABAMA CASE NO. CV-2017-000083 ESTATE OF BERNIE LEON NEWBERRY Letters Testamentary on the estate of said deceased having been granted to the undersigned on the 5th day of May 2017, by the Honorable James C. Wood, Circuit Court Judge of Mobile County, notice is hereby given that all persons having claims against said estate are hereby required to present the same within time allowed by law or the same will be barred. Ginny Newberry Personal Representative. Deena R. Tyler P. O. Box 6 Mobile, AL  36601 Lagniappe HD May 18, 25, June 1, 2017

NOTICE OF ESTATE ADMINISTRATION PROBATE COURT OF MOBILE COUNTY, ALABAMA Estate of: MARIE CELINE KAHALLEY, Deceased Case No. 2017-0294 Take notice that Letters Testamentary have been granted to the below named party on the 2nd day of May, 2017 by the Honorable Don Davis, Judge of Probate of Mobile County Probate Court, Alabama and that all parties having claims against said estate should file the same with the Probate Court of said county within the time allowed by law, or they will be barred. DEBORAH MARIE KAHALLEY KALIFEH as Executrix under the last will and testament of MARIE CELINE KAHALLEY, Deceased. Attorney of Record: BRAXTON C. COUNTS Lagniappe HD May 11, 18, 25, 2017.

NOTICE OF ESTATE ADMINISTRATION PROBATE COURT OF MOBILE COUNTY, ALABAMA Estate of: M.B. BLAKENEY, Deceased Case No. 2017-0783 Take notice that Letters Testamentary have been granted to the below named party on the 1st day of May, 2017 by the Honorable Don Davis, Judge of Probate of Mobile County Probate Court, Alabama and that all parties having claims against said estate should file the same with the Probate Court of said county within the time allowed by law, or they will be barred. JAMES MCWHORTER and LAURIE OWEN as Co-Executors under the last will and testament of M.B. BLAKENEY, Deceased. Attorney of Record: MELISSA POSEY FURMAN Lagniappe HD May 11, 18, 25, 2017.

NOTICE OF COURT PROCEEDING April 18, 2017 Case No. 2015-0200-3 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF MOBILE COUNTY, ALABAMA Estate of JAMES E. KNIGHT, Deceased On to-wit the 24th day of July, 2017 at 2:00 PM in COURTROOM 1, THIRD FLOOR, Mobile County Government Center

Annex, 151 Government Street the court will proceed to consider the FINAL SETTLEMENT as filed by TERESA KNIGHT. NOTICE is hereby given to all parties in interest who may appear and contest same or file a proper responsive pleading thereto if they then think proper. DON DAVIS, Judge of Probate. Attorney: HENDRIK S. SNOW 50 ST. EMANUEL ST, MOBILE, ALABAMA 36602. Lagniappe HD May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2017

NOTICE OF COMPLETION STATE OF ALABAMA COUNTY OF MOBILE NOTICE OF COMPLETION In accordance with Chapter 1, Title 39, Code of Alabama, 1975, NOTICE IS HEREBY given that Mobile Glass, LLC, has completed the contract for Mobile Museum of Art-Replace Insulated Glass Panels & Door Seals, 4850 Museum Drive, Mobile, Alabama 36608, MU-248-16. All persons having any claim for labor, material or otherwise in connection with this project should immediately notify the Architectural Engineering Department, City of Mobile, P.O. Box 1827, Mobile, Alabama 36633-1827. Lagniappe HD May 18, 2017

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Notice is hereby given that the University of South Alabama (Owner) will accept sealed Bids for the following Work: HOT WATER PIPING REPLACEMENT TO STUDENT HOUSING PHASE III University of South Alabama Mobile, Alabama USA JOB NO. 17-36 USA BID NO. 7042801 Bids will be received and clocked in at 2:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Room AD245 of the USA Administration Building, on the Main Campus of the University of South Alabama. Bids will not be accepted after the time indicated herein and will be returned unopened. A cashier’s check or bid bond payable to the University of South Alabama in an amount not less than five (5) percent of the amount of the bid, but in no event more than $10,000 must accompany the bidder’s proposal. Bid Documents shall be available only through the USA Purchasing Office. Contact as follows: University of South Alabama Purchasing Department 307 University Blvd, N., AD245 PH# (251) 460-6151 FX# (251) 414-8291 (rbrown@southalabama. edu) Bids must be submitted on Proposal Forms furnished in the Bid Documents or copies thereof. The preceding is an abbreviated advertisement. The complete advertisement may be obtained from the location listed above. A Pre-Bid Conference will be held at 10:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in Room AD023 of the Administration Building. Those in attendance will include the Owner, Engineer, and Consultants. Contract bidders, subcontractors and suppliers are encouraged to attend. A tour of the Project site is scheduled immediately after the conference All questions concerning the Project should be submitted in writing to the Project Manager at the address listed below. 307 University Blvd. N., AD001 Mobile, AL 36688 PH# (251) 460-6165 FX# (251) 461-1370 dstrain@ southalabama.edu Lagniappe HD May 18, 25, June 1, 2017

ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Notice is hereby given that the University of South Alabama (Owner) will accept sealed Bids for the following Work: CENTRAL UTILITIES PLANT ROOF REPLACEMENT University of South Alabama Mobile, Alabama USA JOB NO. 16-51 BID NO. 7022101 Bids will be received and clocked in at 2:00 p.m. local time from Prequalified Contractors on Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Room AD245 of the USA Administration Building, on the Main Campus of the University of South Alabama. Bids will not be accepted after the time indicated herein and will be returned unopened. A cashier’s check or bid bond payable to the University of South Alabama in an amount not less than five (5) percent of the amount of the bid, but in no event more than $10,000 must accompany the bidder’s proposal. Bid Documents shall be available only through the USA Purchasing Office. Contact as follows: University of South Alabama Purchasing Department 307 University Blvd, N., AD245 PH# (251) 460-6151 FX# (251) 414-8291 (rbrown@southalabama.edu) Bids must be submitted on Proposal Forms furnished in the Bid Documents or copies thereof. The preceding is an abbreviated advertisement. The complete advertisement may be obtained from the location listed above. A Pre-Bid Conference will be held at Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. local time, in Room AD 023 of the Administration Building. Those in attendance will include the Owner, Engineer, and Consultants. Contract bidders, subcontractors and suppliers are encouraged to attend. A tour of the Project site is scheduled immediately after the conference All questions concerning the Project should be submitted in writing to the Project Manager at the address listed below. 307 University Blvd. N., AD001 Mobile, AL 36688 PH# (251) 341-3860 FX# (251) 461-1370 rcorrigan@southalabama.edu Lagniappe HD May 11, 18, 25, 2017

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FORECLOSURES FORECLOSURE NOTICE Default having been made by the herein referenced Grantees in the terms of that certain Vendor’s Lien Deed executed on April 3, 2015, by Chad O. Bahm and Tracy D. Harper, as Grantees to Iras Development Company, Inc., a Alabama corporation, as Grantor which said Vendor’s Lien Deed was recorded in the Office of the Judge of Probate, Mobile County, Alabama, in Real Property Book LR7249, Page 1019, and said vendor’s lien having been last assigned to W. Austin Mulherin, which assignment was recorded in the office of the Judge of Probate Mobile County Alabama in Real Property Book LR7258, Page 734, and default continuing under said Vendor’s Lien Deed, by virtue of and pursuant to the power of sale contained in said Vendor’s Lien, the following described real property will be sold at public outcry, for cash, to the highest bidder, in front of the North entrance of the Courthouse of said County, located at 205 Government Street, Mobile, Alabama 36644, during the legal hours of sale, on June 8, 2017. Lot 59, as per plat of TIMBERLAND, Unit III as recorded in Map Book 92, Page 16, Probate Court of Mobile County, Alabama, including a 1994 (14x70) Redmon Mobile Home Serial No. 14714577 Said sale is made for the purpose of paying said Vendor’s Lien debt and costs of foreclosure. W. Austin Mulherin Holder of said Vendor’s Lien WILLIAM B. JACKSON, II STOKES & CLINTON, P.C. Attorneys for Lienholder Post Office Box 991801 Mobile, Alabama 36691 (251)460-2500 Lagniappe HD May 4, May 11, 18, 2017

NOTICE OF SALE The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on June 16, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at 4763 Lott Rd., Eight Mile, AL 36613. 2011 Nissan Murano JN8AZ1MU3BW057164 2007 Ford Taurus 1FAFP56U17A191757 2009 Dodge Charger 2B3KA43D59H552955 Lagniappe HD May 11, 18, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on June 16, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at 558 S Wilson Ave., Mobile, AL 36617. 1991 Chevrolet Caprice 1G1BL53E6MW122961 2007 Chrysler Sebring 1C3LC46K47N592265 Lagniappe HD May 11, 18, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on June 16, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at 1627 Navco Rd., Mobile, AL 36605. 1995 Chevrolet Caprice 1G1BL52W3SR170634 Lagniappe HD May 11, 18, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on June 16, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at 7960 Two Mile Rd., Irvington, AL 36544. 2008 Honda Odyssey 5FNRL38728B062482 2003 VW Passat WVWRH63B93P447311 Lagniappe HD May 11, 18, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on June 16, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at 4911 Lott Rd., Eight Mile, AL 36613. 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier 1G1JC52F257145235 Lagniappe HD May 11, 18, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on June 16, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at 508 N Craft Hwy. Chickasaw, AL 36611. 1997 Newmar Kountry 3FCMF53G9VJA10036 Lagniappe HD May 11, 18, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on June 16, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at 2571 Government Blvd., Mobile, AL 36606. 1997 Dodge Ram 1500 1B7HC16Y6VJ547692 Lagniappe HD May 11, 18, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on June 16, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at 2408 Sans Souci Rd., Mobile, AL 36605. 2004 Honda VFR800 JH2RC46184M600664 2005 Mercedes C230 WDBRF40J95F664631 Lagniappe HD May 11, 18, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on June 16, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at 2008 Hathcox St., Mobile, AL 36617. 2013 Dodge Dart 1C3CDFBA4DD321682 Lagniappe HD May 11, 18, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on June 16, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at 8213 Kingsridge Rd., Theodore, AL 36582. 1992 GMC Sierra 1GTDC14Z6NE501766 Lagniappe HD May 11, 18, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on June 16, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at 8877 Magnolia Trace Dr., Grand Bay, AL 36541. 2003 Ford LGT Convt. 1FTRW076X3KB69743 Lagniappe HD May 11, 18, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on June 16, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at 1050 N Hickory S., Loxley, AL 36551. 2002 Dodge Ram Truck 1D7HA18N42S638660 2003 Mazda 6 1YVFP80C335M41749 1996 Chevrolet ‘S’Truck 1GCCS19W0T8130709 1999 Pontiac Grand AM 1G2NE52T5XM704178 Lagniappe HD May 11, 18, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on June 16, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at 52394 Lot B McKinley Rd., Perdido, AL 36562. 2000 Chevrolet Blazer 1GNDT13W7Y2314847 Lagniappe HD May 11, 18, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on June 23, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at 7960 Two Mile Rd., Irvington, AL 36544. 2003 Dodge Ram Truck 1D7HA18N23S286003 Lagniappe HD May 18, 25, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on June 23, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at 2406 St Stephens Rd., Mobile, AL 36617. 1998 Buick Century 2G4WS52M0W1614055 Lagniappe HD May 18, 25, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on June 23, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at 2719 Moot Ave., Mobile, AL 36606. 2012 Yamaha YZFR6BW JYARJ16E2CA025991 Lagniappe HD May 18, 25, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on June 23, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at 7880 Crary Station Rd., Semmes, AL 36575. 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1GCEC14X05Z347230 Lagniappe HD May 18, 25, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on June 23, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at 18786 Old Brady Rd., Bay Minette, AL 36507. 2004 Mercury Monterey 2MRDA20234BJ17732

Deadline for legal advertising in Lagniappe HD is every Monday at 3 p.m. Lagniappe HD is distributed each Thursday.

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The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on June 23, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at 82 Plantation Pointe Rd., Fairhope, AL 36532. 2005 Honda Civic 1HGEM22015L062033 Lagniappe HD May 18, 25, 2017

The following unclaimed vehicle(s) will be sold on June 23, 2017 - Time - 12pm, if not claimed - at 105 Border Circle East, Mobile, AL 36608. 1988 Saab 900 YS3AT76L4J7041982 2007 Volkswagen Passat WVWJK73C37P066007 Lagniappe HD May 18, 25, 2017

THESE ABANDONED VEHICLES WILL BE SOLD ON 06/22/2017 AT 9AM AT 5781 THREE NOTCH RD MOBILE AL. 36619 HONDA   1HGCD713XRA028657 FORD      1FMYU03134KB55644 TOY         JTMZD33V076041336 CHEV      1GTCS14R7M8544816 JEEP       1J4G258S1XC593950    Lagniappe HD May 18, 25, 2017

Lagniappe HD offices are located at 1100B Dauphin St. Mobile, AL 36604. For more information or to place your ad call Jackie at 251-450-4466. Or email at legals@lagniappemobile.com


RESOLUTION WHEREAS, the Mobile County Commission has previously established polling centers for all Mobile County elections; and WHEREAS, the Turnerville Community Center, the polling site for Precinct No. 6, has been determined to be too small for continued use; and WHEREAS, the Mobile County Commission accordingly finds and determines that there exists a necessity for relocating the polling site in question; and WHEREAS, a plan for alleviating the above conditions has been created for and studied by the Mobile County Commission;

RESOLUTION WHEREAS, the Mobile County Commission has previously established polling centers for all Mobile County elections; and WHEREAS, the New Generation International Church, the polling site for Precinct No. 64, has been determined to be unsuitable for continued use; and WHEREAS, the Mobile County Commission accordingly finds and determines that there exists a necessity for relocating the polling site in question; and WHEREAS, a plan for alleviating the above conditions has been created

for and studied by the Mobile County Commission; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mobile County Commission authorizes and approves the permanent relocation of the polling site for Precinct No. 64 from New Generation International Church, 998 Dauphin Island Parkway, Mobile, Alabama 36605 to St. Monica’s Catholic Church, 1131 Dauphin Island Parkway, Mobile, Alabama 36605. ADOPTED this 4th day of May, 2017. STATE OF ALABAMA } COUNTY OF MOBILE }

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mobile County Commission authorizes and approves the permanent relocation of the polling site for Precinct No. 6 from Turnerville Community Center, 11230 Celeste Road, Saraland, Alabama 36571 to Turnerville Baptist Church, 13882 Roberts Road, Chunchula, Alabama 36521. ADOPTED this 4th day of May, 2017.

WHEREAS, the Mobile County Commission has previously established precincts and polling centers for all Mobile County elections; and WHEREAS, The Mug, the polling site for Precinct No. 60, is no longer available for continued use; and WHEREAS, there is no other facility in Precinct No. 60 adequate and suitable for use as a polling center;

and WHEREAS, the Mobile County Commission accordingly finds and determines that there exists a necessity for altering the boundaries of Precinct No. 60 so as to incorporate a site suitable for use as a polling site and, also altering the boundaries of the abutting Precinct 54; and WHEREAS, a plan for alleviating the above conditions has been created for and studied by the Mobile County

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and the official seal of the Mobile County Commission on this 5th day of May, 2017. John F. Pafenbach

STATE OF ALABAMA } COUNTY OF MOBILE } I, John F. Pafenbach, County Administrator, certify that the foregoing is a true and

Don Davis Judge of Probate Lagniappe May 11, 2017

I, John F. Pafenbach, County Administrator, certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the resolution adopted by the Mobile County Commission in regular meeting convened the 4th day of May, 2017. IN WITNESS WHERE OF, I have hereunto set my hand and the official seal of the Mobile County Commission on this 5th day of May, 2017. John F. Pafenbach Don Davis Judge of Probate Lagniappe May 11, 2017

Commission; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Mobile County Commission authorizes and approves the alteration of the boundaries of Precinct No. 54 and Precinct No. 60, as shown on the map attached as Exhibit A, and as more particularly described in Exhibit B; and further authorizes and approves the relocation of the polling site for Precinct No. 60 from The Mug, 5817 Grelot Road, Mobile, Alabama 36609 to Regency Church of Christ, 501 South University Boulevard, Mobile, Alabama 36609. ADOPTED this 4th day of May, 2017. RESOLUTION

correct copy of the resolution adopted by the Mobile County Commission in regular meeting convened the 4th day of May, 2017.

STATE OF ALABAMA } COUNTY OF MOBILE } I, John F. Pafenbach, County Administrator, certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the resolution adopted by the Mobile County Commission in regular meeting convened the 4th day of May, 2017. IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and the official seal of the Mobile County Commis-

sion on this 5th day of May, 2017. John F. Pafenbach Don Davis Judge of Probate Lagniappe May 11, 2017 Exhibit B Precinct 54 Beginning at the most northerly point of Precinct 54, thence southerly along W I 65 Service Road S to the intersection of Pleasant Valley Rd.: thence westerly along Pleasant Valley Road to the intersection of Azalea Rd.; thence northwesterly along Azalea Road to the intersection of Bolton Branch Creek: thence westerly along Bolton Branch Creek to the intersect of Thornton Pl.; Thence northerly along Thornton Pl.to the intersection of Springdale Rd; Thence westerly on Springdale Rd. to the intersection of Bolton Branch Creek , thence meandering westerly, then northerly, then northwesterly along Bolton Branch Creek to the intersection of S University Blvd.; thence northerly along S University Blvd. to the intersection of Airport Blvd.; thence easterly along

Airport Blvd to the aforementioned point of beginning. Precinct 60 Beginning at the most westerly and northerly point of Precinct 60,the intersection of Knollwood Dr. and Grelot Rd. ; thence easterly along Grelot Rd. to the intersection of S University Blvd.; thence northerly along S University Blvd. to the intersection of an unnamed attributary of Bolton Brach Creek; Thence meanders easterly and southerly to Bolton Brach Creek; thence meander southwesterly along Bolton Branch Creek to the intersection of S University Blvd.; thence easterly along S University Blvd.; thence southeasterly along Unnamed Local Road, thence southwesterly along Jack Logan Ave N , thence southerly along Logan Ave , thence southerly along Steve St. W, thence easterly along Steve St. S , thence along Aurelia St: thence southerly along Zack Logan Ave W , thence easterly along Panorama Blvd.; thence southerly along University Blvd. S.; thence southwesterly along Cottage Hill Rd.; thence northerly along Knollwood Dr. to the aforementioned point of beginning.

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