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Former Vice-President Joe Biden, center-right, places his hand on Doug Jones, center-left, during Biden's speech endorsing Jones for his bid for U.S. Senate.
Photo by Patrick Johnson / Student Media Production Manager

Bella Tylicki, Community Reporter

By 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, a line of people began to circle the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex awaiting the arrival of U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones and his noteworthy endorser, former Vice President Joe Biden, for a rally supporting the Democrat and his bid for election. Only 1,000 rally-goers were allowed into the cozy venue to hear Biden vouch for Jones, though many others flooded to the venue for their chance to see the duo.

Nearly half the crowd grasped campaign signs reading “courage ends hate.” This theme permeated the rally, a nod to Jones’ accomplishments as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama.

Jones, whose career has been highlighted by events such as the prosecution and conviction of the bomber of a Birmingham abortion clinic and the two Klansmen responsible for the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, preached the need for consistency and leadership.

“When you’re on the right side of history and the right side of justice, you can do anything,” Jones said.

Biden echoed this sentiment for Jones, noting that since his time as a law student, Jones has treated people with dignity, regardless of socioeconomic status, age, race or gender.

Much of Biden’s speech was story-telling about character and justice. He juxtaposed the political climates of today and the days when he was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1973. He said it was a time when politics where characterized by democratic discussion instead of bigoted polarization.

“There is political gold in being honest and straightforward,” Biden said, reiterating his belief that Jones will bring that gold back to Alabama.

The special election, which will take place on Dec. 12, pits Jones against Republican Roy Moore.

Bella Tylicki can be reached at btylicki@uab.edu and on Twitter @_belty_.

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LEFT: Alec coffman, UAB alum, and Chelsea Spann, senior, look to the basketball court for Wednesday night's Hoops After Dark. RIGHT: Claire Dean flaunts her neon green necklace at Hoops after Dark.
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Lauren Moore, Campus Reporter

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The Hoops After Dark event was held Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Bartow Arena.

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Crowd gathers for Jones, Biden rally at BJCC

BIDEN DOUG SHOULDER

Former Vice-President Joe Biden, center-right, places his hand on Doug Jones, center-left, during Biden's speech endorsing Jones for his bid for U.S. Senate.
Photo by Patrick Johnson / Student Media Production Manager

Bella Tylicki, Community Reporter

By 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, a line of people began to circle the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex awaiting the arrival of U.S. Senate candidate Doug Jones and his noteworthy endorser, former Vice President Joe Biden, for a rally supporting the Democrat and his bid for election. Only 1,000 rally-goers were allowed into the cozy venue to hear Biden vouch for Jones, though many others flooded to the venue for their chance to see the duo.

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Opinion: Randall Woodfin thinks Birmingham can’t wait for change

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Randall Woodfin stands on the platforms of improving Birmingham’s education, neighborhood revitalization, small businesses and public safety.
Photo by Ian Keel / Photo Editor.

Randall Woodfin, Mayoral Candidate

In Birmingham, we make history. Everyday people in our city are called to pursue extraordinary feats for the sake of something greater than themselves. You and I call this place home, but around the world, Birmingham is synonymous with progress and change.

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Mayor William A. Bell stands near the home dugout of Region’s Field, which was completed in 2013 under his advisement.
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William A. Bell, Mayor

The City of Birmingham has experienced a renaissance like no other under my administration, but what I have found is that the change is so widespread that many do not remember the Birmingham of 7 years ago, before I took office. My immediate plan 7 years ago was to stabilize the City’s finances, change the image of the City in the national headlines and attract amenities and jobs to the City to allow us to push more money into our neighborhoods.

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