Lift like a girl

As the Alabama summer sun blazes down, UA students Danielle Ra’ed and Alyssa West brace themselves to flip a 200-plus pound tire outside the Student Rec center. A few moments of struggling ensue before the tire lands on the grass with a thud and the girls stand over it, sweaty and satisfied.

“See, this is why girls in magazines use the two-pound weights,” Ra’ed said, catching her breath. “It’s so they won’t get tired during photo shoots.”

Alum returns from Appalachian Trail

It was a hot summer day and mosquitos were running rampant as UA alumnus William Wells hiked up a mountain on the Appalachian Trail. He had run out of food the day before, and he had already hiked 15 miles that day on an empty stomach. Out of the 142 days Wells spent on the Appalachian trail this spring and summer, this was when he came closest to giving up.

“I got about halfway up and just couldn’t move anymore, didn’t have the energy, didn’t wanna be out there,” Wells said. “I was like, ‘I could be home eating, in air conditioning, away from the mosquitos.’”

Changes to targeting foul, other rule changes for the 2014 football season

HOOVER - SEC Coordinator of officials Steve Shaw appeared before assembled media on day three of SEC Media Days to clarify a number of rule changes and points of emphasis for the upcoming season.

Shaw explained two major rule changes for the 2014 season, both tied to player safety.

City schools seek 53 employees before August

Recent UA graduates are prime candidates for 53 open positions within the Tuscaloosa City Schools that need to be filled soon.

Mike Daria, assistant superintendent of general administration, said the 53 teacher, administrator and support staff positions should mostly, if not completely, be filled by the first day of school on August 7.

Hot Hundred will return to campus

The Hot Hundred bike ride, with its Tuscaloosa roots and university connections, will return to campus Saturday with discounted tickets available to students.

"Really anyone can come out to experience the excitement and fun of a large group ride like the Hot Hundred," Ride Director Pixie Hicks said. "We have outstanding escort through campus and downtown Tuscaloosa by the TPD and also a local motorcycle club, the Dirty South Cruisers."


Fire college to be renovated

After serving Alabama for more than 75 years, the Alabama Fire College is undergoing renovations that total almost $2.5 million dollars to better serve the community and enhance its learning experience.

According to its catalog and student handbook, the Alabama Fire College staff implement the educational and training programs necessary to support the needs of the fire service.

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Saban, players hushed on starting quarterback

For months, the buzz around Florida State transfer quarterback Jacob Coker has been building. Coker's former coach and current Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher told in June that Coker might be the most talented quarterback in Alabama's recent history.

"Including what they've had, he's much more talented than anything they've had," Fisher said. "I don't mean to discredit the previous guys, they were all great. But this guy is extremely talented. Arm and mind."

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Mother Funk continues performing while writing material for new album

From taking the stage to working on a second album, Mother Funk, a band made up of University of Alabama students, is keeping busy.

“We will be releasing a single by the end of the year," said Josh Ferrell, guitarist and vocalist. "We are still writing material because we want our second album to be longer, and that’s where our efforts are right now.”

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Israel loses moral high ground in attacks against Gaza

Over the past week, something has happened in Israel that seems all too familiar. Armed conflict, sparked by rockets being launched from Gaza into Israel, has broken out once again. As it goes on, regular news watchers are being treated to an ever growing – and very revealing – body count.

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