• Heroin is back

    Mark Linn - Staff Writer

    Heroin RGBA heroin epidemic is sweeping through Alabama. Heroin deaths have more than doubled in the last year alone, according to, a trend that experts say is not likely to end soon.

    There were at least 129 confirmed heroin deaths in 2014, as compared to 58 in 2013. In 2012, there were 57 deaths, which was more than double the previous year. Shelby and Tuscaloosa counties have witnessed similar spikes, as have many communities nationwide, reported.
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  • Alabama legislature should support craft beer and free markets


    OP EDAlcohol is a highly regulated product, as it should be. Laws that crack down on underage drinking or drunk driving are reasonable public policy concerns. Even the three-tier system, a sometimes-maligned regulatory structure that protects bars and package stores from being strong-armed by suppliers, was developed with the public interest in mind.

    Then there are alcohol laws which make no sense and only serve to stifle the growth of the rapidly expanding brewing industry in Alabama.
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  • Earth Month: Where have we been? Where are we going?

    Casey Marley - News Editor

    EarthFest 3TreeCampus RGBUAB sustainability efforts was named Tree Campus USA (Photo by Casey Marley). On April 9, students lined up on the Campus Green to meet vendors from eco-friendly area businesses that discussed their initiatives while serving food to UAB Earth Month Festival attendees.
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  • Crazy Cute Animals: Our guide to picking the perfect pet

    Emmett Christolear - Managing Editor

    Odette PhotoCourtesyofRebeccaGraberCheck out all the cuteness in our print edition (Photos submitted by pet owners).The benefits of owning a pet are numerous. Not only are they adorable, but they can provide stress relief and companionship. Once you have decided you want a pet, it may be hard to figure out your next step.

    If you live in an apartment, be sure to ask your landlord about pet policies before you start looking. Some landlords only allow certain kinds of pets or pets of a certain weight and below. Be sure to clarify with your landlord, as well, about the pet fee; always confirm the price so there is no confusion later on.
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