AL Town Backs Down on Closing Meetings to Outsiders

The mayor of tiny Paint Rock said council meetings were being closed to the media and all other non-residents, saying, “What goes on in Paint Rock is the business of the people who live in Paint Rock.” She changed her mind after she learned that such a move would be illegal–and unAmerican.

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Renewed Alabama Food Fight Pits Sheriff vs. Hungry Inmates

Alabama sheriffs are allowed to keep any excess money used to feed inmates. But the Morgan County sheriff, Ana Franklin, has been excluded under a 2009 consent decree after her predecessor, nicknamed “Sheriff Corndog,” was jailed for contempt for feeding inmates the hotdogs on a stick twice a day–and pocketing $200,000. Franklin will make her case in federal court on Friday.

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On the Road to Selma, a Jim Crow Relic

Photos by Lynne D. Schneider Selma, Alabama—President Barack Obama and other civil rights pilgrims who visit this city to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday next month will pass a series of signs on U.S. Highway 80 that identify the road as the Walter C. Givhan Parkway. Givhan, a wealthy farmer from nearby Safford, Ala., served 38 years in the state legislature, from the 1930s until his death at age 73 in 1976. A champion of farmers, he was […]