Articles By: Francie Johnson

Musicians struggle from streaming

Imagine you’re a musician playing in a cramped, dimly lit dive bar. Suddenly, a man walks up to you, says he’s with a major record label and offers you a record deal. Fast forward a few years, and you’ve got a chart-topping album, your songs play on radio stations nationwide, and you sip champagne while swimming in a pool of […]

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DUI means more than losing one’s license

It’s a question that many students have been asked after a night of drinking, a simple question that only requires a one-word response: “Are you good to drive?” The response could mean the difference between spending the night on a friend’s couch and spending the night in jail – or worse. According to data released by the Centers for Disease […]

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NPR journalist finds home in Tuscaloosa

NPR journalist finds home in Tuscaloosa

Not many people can say they’ve spent an evening with Prince in his Los Angeles mansion, written a novel with Tori Amos or eaten bacon with CeeLo Green. Then again, not many people are Ann Powers. As NPR Music’s critic and correspondent, Powers dedicates much of her life to figuring out why music makes people tick. “I love music, and […]

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Students profit through Etsy

The “starving artist” archetype is nothing new. In fact, many of the world’s most celebrated artists fell victim to it. In his lifetime, Vincent van Gogh only sold one painting. When Johannes Vermeer died, he left his family in debt. Claude Monet lived much of his life in poverty. Luckily for today’s “starving artists,” the Internet has made it easier […]

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Downtown Revival: City still considers entertainment districts

Downtown Revival: City still considers entertainment districts

A state law that passed in May 2012 allows cities of a certain size to create districts with relaxed open container laws, making it legal for individuals to purchase alcoholic beverages, bring them outside and carry them around within the confines of the district. According to this law, Tuscaloosa could create up to two such districts. Shortly after the state […]

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