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Hurricane Sally causes ‘catastrophic,’ ‘life-threatening’ flooding, leaves nearly half a million US households without power: ‘Just a nightmare’

Hurricane Sally made landfall in the Gulf Coast in the wee hours Wednesday morning, bringing with it “catastrophic” and “life-threatening” floods and knocking out power to nearly half a million U.S. homes.

The storm, moving slowly inland, made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, at 5:45 a.m.as a Category 2 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph, the Weather Channel reported. Sally is moving north and east and is projected to continue on that trajectory throughout the rest of the day. Its maximum sustained winds have decreased to 80 mph.

A tornado watch has been issued for southeast Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, and southwest Georgia until 7 p.m.

The National Weather Service office in Mobile, Alabama, issued a flash flood emergency warning early Wednesday, declaring “a severe threat to human life & catastrophic damage from a flash flood” and urging people to seek higher ground.

WTVY-TV in Alabama
reported “significant damage” to the beach and an expectation of “life-threatening flash-flooding” throughout Gulf Shores. CNN’s Ed Lavandera reported transformers are blowing up in Mobile, knocking power out for hundreds of thousands of people.

Estimates from utility tracker poweroutage.us suggest more than 500,000 homes in Alabama and Florida are now without power.

Pictures of the damage in Gulf Shores were shared by WALA-TV reporter Tyler Fingert, taken near Highway 59 and Beach Blvd. They show structures along the beach destroyed, buildings suffering damage, and debris left by the storm surge covering the streets.

In Pensacola, more than two feet of rain has caused severe flooding. Videos shared on social media capture streets under water as storm surge rips through the city.

“We believe that this is an epic proportion flooding event,” Escambia County Public Safety Director Jason Rogers
told WEAR-TV. “There is extremely high water, moving water that is very dangerous. We don’t believe that we have yet seen the worst of the flooding.”

“We anticipate the evacuations could literally be in the thousands,” Sheriff David Morgan, of Escambia County told CNN.

Emergency services and first responders are working with the federal government, including FEMA and the U.S. Coast Guard, to engage in rescue operations.

The greater danger from Hurricane Sally is not in the strength of the storm, but in its reported 3mph speed as it moves inland. Heavy and sustained rainfall will continue to cause flooding.

“It’s not common that you start measuring rainfall in feet,” National Weather Service forecaster David Eversole in Mobile said, speaking to the New York Times. “Sally’s moving so slowly, so it just keeps pounding and pounding and pounding the area with tropical rain and just powerful winds. It’s just a nightmare.”

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Police arrest suspected thief after she reportedly bragged about her crime on Facebook Live

Police busted a woman accused of stealing prescription pills in Mobile, Alabama, last week after she reportedly bragged about the theft on Facebook, authorities said.

Brieana Allen, 25, might have gotten away with her alleged crime if she hadn’t felt the need to boast about it on social media.

According to WALA-TV, police responded to a late-night call Wednesday, Aug. 19, reporting an altercation near the 2600 block of Dauphin Island Parkway. Upon arrival, officers reportedly spoke with a male victim who claimed that he had been robbed by Allen and that she had taken prescription pills from his vehicle.

He then told officers that Allen had posted a Facebook Live video bragging about the incident.

At this point, Allen actually called police to another location to tell them her side of the story, but when officers arrived they said they found the stolen prescription pills inside her purse.

Allen was promptly arrested and now faces charges of unlawful breaking and entering a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, and illegal possession of prescription drugs.

At the time of this article’s publication, the live video allegedly posted by Allen could not be found on her Facebook account and was likely removed by the user.

Another post indicates that she has retained a lawyer to fight the charges, but this information has not been confirmed.

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Another sheriff gives kudos to homeowners for exercising their Second Amendment rights, defending their home against intruders

Yet another sheriff had high praise for homeowners who exercised their Second Amendment rights and successfully defended themselves against intruders.

What are the details?

Homeowners in Garden City, Alabama, were awakened early Monday morning by four suspects breaking into their residence, the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office said.

But the quartet were promptly met by the homeowners who had armed themselves for the occasion, the sheriff’s office added. Suddenly, the uninvited guests decided they couldn’t stay a second longer and took off, authorities said.

One of the homeowners followed the foursome, and the sheriff’s office said there was an exchange of gunfire — with one of the suspects getting shot and later being transported to a regional hospital.

Sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Hanceville Police Department managed to detain three of the suspects — including the shot intruder. The fourth suspect fled in a vehicle but was shortly after located and arrested, authorities said.

Kudos from the sheriff

The sheriff’s office indicated there’s no further danger to the community — and gave kudos to the homeowners for arming themselves.

“This is a great example of citizens utilizing their Second Amendment rights and protecting themselves and their family,” Sheriff Matt Gentry said. “I have often stated that law enforcement can be minutes away when you only have seconds to defend yourself and your family. That’s why we at the sheriff’s office are proponents of not only having a weapon for self defense but also being proficient in how to use it.”

Anything else?

It’s a sentiment that’s common among sheriffs — and it was just echoed by the sheriff of Pasco County, Florida, who sang the praises of a homeowner who protected his family against a gunman who’d broken into their Land O’ Lakes home Aug. 8.

“He was defending himself and his family,” Sheriff Chris Nocco said of the homeowner, who ended up fatally shooting the intruder. “Any loss of life is tragic, but the victim was utilizing his Second Amendment rights to protect himself and his family … I can’t imagine the fear that they were going through, but I’m very happy [about] the fact that he was able to defend himself …”

Nocco added that “when their lives were on the line, when that door was being kicked in, they utilized their Second Amendment rights, and they’re safe because of it.”

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‘Can’t touch this’: Alabama principal preps students for school reopening with viral MC Hammer parody

An Alabama high school principal’s effort to prepare students for returning to school amid COVID-19 restrictions has gone viral, after he created a parody of MC Hammer’s “You Can’t Touch This” to explain the new rules while declaring: “It’s the CDC, not me!”

What are the details?

Dr. Quentin Lee, the principal of Childersburg High School, dropped the video on his YouTube channel last week, where it has already amassed more than 5.2 million views. Lee wrote the lyrics himself, conveying his message while mimicking the 90s rapper’s iconic moves.

The clip shows him enforcing social distancing and sanitation guidelines in jest, preparing students for what is to come as Alabama schools start reopening this week. Childersburg is slated for return later this month.

In the video, Lee is shown “armed” with a can of Lysol and a thermometer, as he raps, “COVID! Is stressing me, all the updates from the CDC. Lysol, can’t be found, I’ve looked all around this town — I’ve had no luck, and these are the things, huh, you can’t touch.”

He replaces “STOP! Hammertime” with “STOP! Sanitize.”


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In reaction to the overwhelmingly positive response he has received, Lee told Alabama Newscenter, “We are working tirelessly to make sure school is a place where students can be accepted, loved, and clean. Everybody needs love, regardless of political party or ethnic background. If we can allow people to laugh and forget about their problems, then we’ve accomplished that.”

Lee’s “Can’t Touch This” parody is a follow-up from his initial coronavirus response via video from April, wherein he pretends he’s preparing to deliver a heartfelt original song before screaming at the top of his lungs in anguish.


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Tommy Tuberville defeats Jeff Sessions in GOP runoff for Alabama Senate seat

Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville has beaten former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the Republican primary runoff to challenge Alabama Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in the November general election.

What are the details?

Business Insider reported that the race was officially called for Tuberville citing Decision Desk HQ, and RealClearPolitics indicated that the former head coach was ahead with 62.5% of the vote compared to Sessions’ 36.5% with 60% of the precincts reporting.

The defeat means Sessions has lost the opportunity to take back the U.S. Senate seat he held for 20 years before giving it up in 2017 to serve as attorney general for President Donald Trump.

Tuberville will face Sen. Jones on Nov. 3, and the Democrat is considered incredibly vulnerable considering President Trump won the state by 27 points in 2016.

President Trump endorsed Tuberville in the race against his former AG, and publicly condemned Sessions several times since he announced his candidacy last year. Sessions fell out of favor with the president after recusing himself from overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

After the results were announced Tuesday, President Trump tweeted, “Wow, just called! @TTuberville – Tommy Tuberville WON big against Jeff Sessions. Will be a GREAT Senator for the incredible people of Alabama. @DougJones is a terrible Senator who is just a Super Liberal puppet for Schumer & Pelosi. Represents Alabama poorly. On to November 3rd.”

GOP strategist Angi Stalnaker explained to ABC News ahead of Tuesday’s results, “This race is not about Jeff Sessions versus Tommy Tuberville. It is about Jeff Sessions versus Donald Trump.”

Stalnaker added, “This is an election without a candidate — Tommy Tuberville has been largely quiet and unseen for weeks now.”

The Hill reported that “the runoff comes months after the state’s Republican primary in March, where Sessions received 31.6% of the Republican primary vote and Tuberville garnered 33.4%. Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) came in third with 25% of the vote.”

What’s next?

A recent poll conducted by Auburn University at Montgomery showed that Tuberville is favored in the November general election against Jones, 44% to 35%. That same poll showed Republicans favored Tuberville over Sessions in the runoff, 47% to 31%.

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Five Guys employees who refused to serve police have been fired, suspended

A Five Guys restaurant in Alabama has fired or suspended employees who refused to serve police officers.

Three officers of the Daphne Police Department went to a Five Guys restaurant on Tuesday. The cops entered the burger joint and realized there was a mandatory mask policy at the restaurant, so they reportedly went back to their vehicles to retrieve face masks, according to AL.com.

However, once they went to place their order, several employees turned their backs to the police officers and refused to serve them.

The Five Guys restaurant in Daphne, Alabama, has since fired or suspended the employees who denied service to the police officers.

“Five Guys and the Daphne, AL franchise want to thank the Daphne Police Department for their support in working together toward a resolution,” the restaurant said on Facebook. “The actions the Daphne, AL franchise have taken include termination and suspension of the employees involved.”

“The store has temporarily closed for further education and customer service training with a representative from the Daphne Police Department,” the post continued. “As we uphold our commitment to fair, respectful, and equal treatment for all customers, please know that the actions and sentiments of a few employees in Daphne, AL do not represent Five Guys or the local franchisee.”

The Five Guys corporate office released a statement:

Five Guys and the franchisee are actively investigating the situation and are committed to getting to the bottom of it. However, no matter what the details are, we do not want these police officers, or any customer, to feel disrespected or slighted in anyway. We apologize to those officers and also want to make it clear that Five Guys and its franchisees are committed to fair, respectful, and equal treatment for all customers. We will continue to investigate the matter.

The Daphne Police Department released a statement Wednesday:

The Daphne Police Department appreciates the outpouring of support from our community and from supporters of Law Enforcement across the country. We also want to thank Five Guys on a corporate and local level. We have been working through this situation and there has been total cooperation. The Daphne Police Department does not think that the actions of a few employees represents Five Guys as a whole.

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Alabama officials say students are throwing ‘COVID-19 parties’ where they bet cash on ​who will catch coronavirus first

In recent years, there has been no shortage of potentially dangerous internet challenges that featured potential Darwin Award winners. There was the cinnamon challenge, salt and ice challenge, condom snorting, car surfing, and eating Tide Pods.

The latest example of young people throwing caution to the wind is college students reportedly hosting “COVID-19 parties” where the “winner” is whoever gets infected with the coronavirus first and receives a cash prize. This is a perfect example of sometimes when you win, you really lose.

There were reports that college students in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, were throwing parties where attendees bet on who would catch the coronavirus first. To increase the stakes in the game of Wuhan Roulette, people who tested positive for COVID-19 were purposely invited.

“They put money in a pot and they try to get COVID. Whoever gets COVID first gets the pot. It makes no sense,” Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry told ABC News. “They’re intentionally doing it.”

City officials first believed that the coronavirus shindigs were just a rumor, but soon found out that these pandemic parties were sadly real.

“We thought that was kind of a rumor at first,” Tuscaloosa Fire Chief Randy Smith told City Council members on Tuesday. “We did some research. Not only do the doctors’ offices confirm it but the state confirmed they also had the same information.”

Smith did not reveal which school the students attend. Tuscaloosa is home to the University of Alabama, Shelton State Community College, and Stillman College. Smith also did not indicate whether or not actions would be taken against the students for attending the sick soirees.

“It makes me furious, furious to the fact that something that is so serious and deadly is being taken for granted,” McKinstry said. “Not only is it irresponsible, but you could contract the virus and take it home to your parents or grandparents.

“It’s nonsense,” McKinstry said. “But I think when you’re dealing with the mind frame of people who are intentionally doing stuff like that and they’re spreading it intentionally, how can you truly fight something that people are constantly trying to promote?

“We’re trying to break up any parties that we know of,” McKinstry said.

Alabama residents are ordered to quarantine for 14 days if they test positive for COVID-19. Those who break the quarantine face a fine of up to $500.

Alabama saw 1,149 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, increasing the total number to over 40,000 and more than 17,000 active cases. There are over 2,100 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Tuscaloosa County and 39 deaths.

So much for higher education.


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Birmingham cancels contracts with church after pastor ‘liked’ social media posts from  Charlie Kirk

The pastor of Alabama’s largest church became the target of activists after a Birmingham teacher complained about him “liking” social media posts by Charlie Kirk, president of conservative group Turning Point USA.

Now, authorities in Birmingham are punishing the church and the community, by canceling contracts the church had held for years.

What are the details?

High school English teacher Jasmine Faith Clisby noticed last month that Pastor Chris Hodges of the Church of the Highlands “liked” several media posts made by Kirk. So, she voiced her concern on Facebook, and then told AL.com, “I would be upset if it comes off as me judging him. It’s not that. I’m not saying he’s a racist. I’m saying he likes someone who posts things that do not seem culturally sensitive to me.”

Clisby went on to tell the outlet, “One of the things Kirk harps on is white privilege being a myth.” She added, “I found something troubling. I can’t see into Pastor Chris Hodges’ heart.”

Pastor Hodges — who is part of the Evangelicals for Trump Coalition — founded the 60,000-member Church of the Highlands, and has reportedly apologized no less than three times to his congregation over his social media activity since the teacher complained.

In one sermon, the pastor said, “White supremacy or any supremacy other than Christ, is of the devil. Some have even brought our church or even me into question. They’re wondering, where do you really stand? I think some saw something on social media that questioned my character. And, I’ll own it, by the way, but that is not what I believe.”

Now, the Birmingham Board of Education has canceled the leases it held for years allowing the church to utilize space in two high schools for Sunday worship services as part of its 20 branch campuses across Alabama.

The Birmingham Housing Authority also severed ties with Church of the Highlands and Christ Health Clinic — an independent non-profit which is funded by the church and was the first in the state to offer widescale COVID-19 testing.

Despite the backlash, Pastor Hodges says his church and the clinic will continue to support the school district and to offer free services to public housing residents.

In a statement to AL.com, Hodges said:

Jesus Christ teaches us to love our neighbors. In these complex times we want to do more than ever to listen, love and serve our city. We want to thank the Birmingham Housing Authority for the opportunity they provided us to serve them over the years. We continue to support their work and encourage others to do the same.

What did the social media posts say?

According to AL.com:

One meme shared by Kirk featured a photo of Donald Trump standing alongside Muhammad Ali and Rosa Parks, with the caption, ‘The racist Donald Trump in the 1980s,’ next to a photo of Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam in a photo of two men wearing blackface and a KKK costume in a 1984 yearbook photo for Eastern Virginia Medical School. The caption for the second photo was ‘Progressive Leftist Ralph Northam in the 1980s.’
Clisby also shared a screen shot of that post with Hodges as one of those who ‘liked’ the post on social media.

Another screen shot showed Hodges liking a post about former President Barack Obama playing golf beneath a quote from Michelle Obama urging people to stay home except for essential activities. Another screen shot shows Hodges liking a photo of Kirk donating blood above the sentence, ‘We all must do our part to defeat China Virus.’

In reaction to the controversy, Charlie Kirk told Fox News, “I have had wonderful times of fellowship with Chris in the past and think he is a gifted ambassador for Christ. I didn’t ask him to like my posts, he did so on his own. I will never apologize for stating irrefutable facts, and nor should he.”

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President Trump continues pummeling Jeff Sessions, but this time he punches back

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired back at President Donald Trump over the latest personal insult aimed at supporting his competitor in the Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat.

The president endorsed former college football coach Tommy Tuberville over his old attorney general and has openly berated Sessions for recusing him in the Department of Justice investigation into Russian election interference.

“3 years ago, after Jeff Sessions recused himself, the Fraudulent Mueller Scam began. Alabama, do not trust Jeff Sessions. He let our Country down. That’s why I endorsed Coach Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville), the true supporter of our #MAGA agenda!” the president tweeted on Friday.

While Sessions has faced the slings and arrows of public insults from the president in the past with nary a word of protest, he finally issued a response in his defense.

“Look, I know your anger, but recusal was required by law. I did my duty & you’re damn fortunate I did. It protected the rule of law & resulted in your exoneration. Your personal feelings don’t dictate who Alabama picks as their senator, the people of Alabama do,” said Sessions in his own tweet.

Sessions went after Trump’s favored candidate in a second tweet.

“Tuberville’s a coward who is rightly too afraid to debate me. He says you’re wrong on China & trade. He wants to bring in even more foreign workers to take American jobs. That’s not your agenda and it’s not mine or Alabama’s. I know Alabama. Tuberville doesn’t,” he added.

Sessions’ response might be his last gasp in the runoff competition for the Republican nomination on July 14. In a poll published on Thursday, he fell far short of the commanding 24% point lead by Tuberville.

Here’s more about the race for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat:


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Federal judges stop states from suspending elective abortions during coronavirus outbreak

Federal judges blocked orders in Texas, Alabama, and Ohio that sought to include abortion within bans on non-essential surgical procedures during the coronavirus emergency, the Hill reported.

In order to preserve personal protective equipment for potential increases in cases of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, states have suspended non-essential surgeries. Some hospitals have faced shortages of critical protective equipment such as masks, gloves, and gowns.

Some conservative states have chosen to include abortion in those orders, while some liberal states like New York and Virginia have deemed abortion essential.

Monday, federal judges sided with the opinion that abortion was essential and that banning it would cause too much potential harm to pregnant women.

“The benefits of a limited potential reduction in the use of some personal protective equipment by abortion providers is outweighed by the harm of eliminating abortion access in the midst of a pandemic that increases the risks of continuing an unwanted pregnancy, as well as the risks of traveling to other states in search of time-sensitive medical care,” U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel wrote in the Texas case.

Yeakel issued a temporary restraining order and wrote that the inclusion of abortion in the non-essential surgery bans violated the Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade, which established the right to a pre-viability abortion.

Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups sued Texas, Ohio, Alabama, Iowa, and Oklahoma over the inclusion of abortion in their bans.

“Abortion is essential healthcare, and it’s a time-sensitive service, especially during a public health crisis,” Amy Hagstrom Miller, president and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health, said, The Hill reported. “Many people are already financially insecure and futures are uncertain. We applaud today’s ruling, which will allow us to do what we do best, provide safe and compassionate abortion care to those who need it.”

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President Trump endorses runoff opponent of Jeff Sessions, his former attorney general

President Donald Trump spurned his former attorney general in a tweet on Tuesday endorsing his primary runoff opponent in the race for Alabama’s seat in the US Senate.

The president issued the stinging rebuke of Jeff Sessions via a tweet.

“Tommy Tuberville (@TTuberville) is running for the U.S. Senate from the Great State of Alabama. Tommy was a terrific head football coach at Auburn University,” Trump tweeted.

“He is a REAL LEADER who will never let MAGA/KAG, or our Country, down!” he added.

“He will be a great Senator for the people of Alabama,” he said in a second tweet. “Coach Tommy Tuberville, a winner, has my Complete and Total Endorsement. I love Alabama!”

The president had been openly critical of Sessions when he was the attorney general after he recused himself from the investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 election. In one missive on February 2018, Trump tweeted that Sessions was “DISGRACEFUL!”

Sessions has tried to align himself to the president’s agenda despite Trump’s personal rancor.

After Sessions failed to garner a majority in the Alabama primary, the president fired off a critical tweet mocking him.

“This is what happens to someone who loyally gets appointed Attorney General of the United States & then doesn’t have the wisdom or courage to stare down & end the phony Russia Witch Hunt,” he tweeted.

“Recuses himself on FIRST DAY in office, and the Mueller scam begins!” he added.

Polls show Tuberville either in the lead or even with Sessions, but the president’s explicit endorsement may put him over the top.

Tuberville and Sessions will face off for the Republican nomination on March 31 and the winner will face Democrat Sen. Doug Jones for Alabama’s seat.

Here’s more on the Sessions Tuberville race:


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Joe Biden sweeps most of the South as Super Tuesday numbers continue to roll in

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden took a commanding early lead on Super Tuesday, nearly sweeping the South as numerous outlets named him the victor in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Texas remains in play, with early results showing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) as the favorite.

What are the details?

As of this writing, RealClearPolitics showed Biden winning with 53% in Virginia with 100% of precincts reporting, 39% in North Carolina with 61% reporting, 41% in Tennessee with 32% reporting, 62% in Alabama with 47% reporting, 35% in Arkansas with 41% reporting, and 38% in Oklahoma with 93% reporting.

In each of those states, Sen. Sanders came in second place, leaving questions over how much longer the campaigns of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will last in the race.

In Texas, the race was too close to call as of 10:30 p.m. EST, with Sanders in the lead with 28% to Biden’s 24.6% at 25% of precincts reporting.

Biden’s delegate count at the time was 312 to Sanders’s 210. That leaves Texas as a major state to watch, with 228 delegates at play.

Anything else?

Biden was also the projected winner in Minnesota on Tuesday night, one of the states (along with Oklahoma) that Sanders won in 2016 against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Alabama man accused of slashing ‘Baby Trump’ balloon ordered to get counseling and do community service

A court ordered an Alabama man who reportedly slashed a “Baby Trump” balloon at a football game last year to get counseling and do community service in an effort to get the charges against him dropped.

The Associated Press reported Friday:

If Hoyt Hutchinson, 32, finishes the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney’s diversion program without any other infractions, the case and charges against him could be removed from his record. Hutchinson will also be required to pay $3,500 to the group that rents out the inflatable for the damages.

Hutchinson is accused of deflating the diaper-clad “Baby Trump” during a University of Alabama football game the President attended in November. The 20-foot-tall inflatable, commonly used as a protest symbol, was set up in a nearby park.

After Hutchinson’s arrest, the Tuscaloosa Police Department put out a statement on Facebook that said the suspect “attempted to flee the area” but that police “apprehended the suspect and took him into custody on a charge of Criminal Mischief First Degree.”

In the wake of his arrest, a GoFundMe page raised tens of thousands of dollars in order to help Hutchinson “pay legal fees and restitutions,” according to The Hill.

“It comes a point when you gotta take a stand,” Hutchinson later told the “Rick & Bubba Show” of his thinking. “We don’t have two parties anymore. We have good versus evil. When you got one party that says it’s OK to kill babies and by the way, this is the first time I’ve ever seen a liberal get mad about chopping up a baby.”

WIAT-TV reported Thursday that the court-ordered counseling and community service were part of Tuscaloosa County District Attorney’s Second Chance program, which is a pre-trial diversion program. Hutchinson was charged with first-degree criminal mischief related to the widely covered slashing.

The Alabama deflation wasn’t the first run-in a large, inflatable likeness of the U.S. president in a diaper has had with a sharp object. In June, a woman stabbed a “Baby Trump” blimp in the back at a protest near the House of Commons as Trump was visiting the United Kingdom.

“The president of the United States is the best president ever, shame on you!” the woman said after the stabbing, according to Mashable.

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Bill to ban performing transgender procedures on? minors moves forward in Alabama Legislature

A bill to prohibit doctors from performing transgender medical treatments on minor-aged children moved ahead in two committees of the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday, bringing it another step closer to becoming law.

Introduced last week, the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, which is sponsored by Republican state lawmakers Rep. Wes Allen and Sen. Shay Shelnutt, would “prohibit the performance of a medical procedure or the prescription or issuance of medication, upon or to a minor child, that is intended to alter the minor child’s gender or delay puberty” and would make doing so a class C felony under state law. It does, however, make exception in the case of procedures “undertaken to treat a minor born with a medically verifiable disorder of sex development.”

According to a story at AL.com, the bill is now ready to be considered and voted on in both of the state’s legislative chambers:

The Alabama House Health Committee approved Allen’s bill [Wednesday] morning after 10 people spoke at a public hearing on the measure, five in favor and five against. They included medical professionals on both sides and people with first-hand experiences on both sides. The committee approval moves the bill in line for consideration by the full House.

Several Democratic lawmakers on the committee opposed the bill, which was approved on a voice vote.

The Senate Health Committee followed with a public hearing on Shelnutt’s bill that included some of the same speakers and some different speakers. Both hearings drew overflow crowds. The Senate Health Committee approved Shelnutt’s bill on a 10-1 vote, sending it to the full Senate.

The findings section of the bill says, “Studies have shown that a substantial majority of pre-pubescent children who claim a gender identity different from their biological sex will ultimately identify with their biological sex by young adulthood or sooner when supported through their natural puberty,” and adds, “The continued performing of these therapies upon children constitutes a public health risk.”

“These patients are children who have not reached physical or mental maturity,” Allen said in announcing the bill last week, according to the Yellowhammer News. “It is irresponsible to permanently mutilate them at their request or at the request of their parents. We don’t allow minors to enter into contracts, buy alcohol or get a credit card because they aren’t capable of making those decisions and we should not allow them to do this either.”

And, naturally, transgender advocates are opposed to the measure. In a statement opposing the bill, Human Rights Campaign Alabama State Director Carmarion D. Anderson criticized “anti-trans legislators” for “targeting transgender and non-binary youth, spreading misinformation and using vicious, harmful rhetoric to advance an extremist agenda,” the Associated Press reported.

A similar bill was introduced in South Dakota last month; it passed in the House but ultimately failed in a GOP-led state Senate committee.

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Man forces his way into family’s home in middle of night. But Dad has a gun and shoots intruder four times — once in the head.

A man forced his way into a family’s home in Elmore County, Alabama, about 4:45 a.m. Monday — after which the father grabbed a handgun and went to investigate, authorities told the Montgomery Advertiser.

“I got a young couple in their 20s; daddy, momma, and a young child at home when daddy hears a commotion in the front of the house,” Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin told the paper regarding the incident in the Flatwood community.

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At that point the father came face to face with Charles Virgil Bowne, 39, in the living room, Franklin told the Advertiser, after which Bowne ordered the homeowner to give him his property.

Charles Virgil BowneImage source: Elmore County Sheriff’s Office

“Mr. Bowne then makes a move like he’s going into his front pocket and the homeowner fires several times,” the sheriff added to the paper.

The suspect was shot in the head, shoulder, bicep, and left leg, Franklin told the Advertiser.

What happened next?

The sheriff said Bowne was taken by helicopter to a hospital with life-threatening wounds, the paper reported. The Alabama News Network said he was in critical condition.

“There was evidence of forced entry into the home,” Franklin told the Advertiser. “We searched Mr. Bowne and didn’t find a weapon, but we did find a crack pipe tucked into his sock.”

Franklin told WFSA-TV it appeared Bowne was under the influence, but it was unclear what substance it may have been.

Another incident

The sheriff added to the paper that less than 24 hours earlier another neighbor filed a complaint against Bowne for allegedly entering his bedroom about 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

“This neighbor said he woke up to find Mr. Bowne standing over his bed,” Franklin told the Advertiser. “Mr. Bowne drew back his fist several times while yelling ‘What’s up?’ at the man, making a motion like he was going to strike the man. Mr. Bowne was lucky he wasn’t shot Sunday morning.”

Image source: WFSA-TV video screenshot

Bowne lives in the neighborhood and recently was released from an Indiana prison on theft charges, the sheriff told the paper.

Franklin added to WFSA that Bowne will be charged with first-degree burglary if he survives.

What will happen to the homeowner who shot Bowne?

Franklin said the homeowner who shot Bowne likely won’t face charges, the Advertiser said.

“We certainly won’t be pursuing any charges against the man,” the sheriff added to the paper. “This man was defending his home and his family. We still operate from the premise in Elmore County that a man’s home is his castle. The grand jury will review the case, but we don’t expect charges to be coming.”

WFSA said the homeowner knew Bowne but only casually.

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Alabama Democrat introduces bill requiring men to get vasectomies after age 50 or after third child

An Alabama Democratic lawmaker is retaliating against the state’s pro-life law by introducing a bill that would require all men to get a vasectomy shortly after turning 50 years old, or after the birth of their third child, according to Yellowhammer News.

State Rep. Rolanda Hollis filed House Bill 238 in an attempt to place reproductive restrictions on men since the state voted to criminalize abortion. Because the law in Alabama (which is not in effect due to legal obstacles related to Roe v. Wade) makes the killing of unborn children illegal, Hollis apparently believes that men should not be able to father children after a certain point in life.

“Under existing law, there are no restrictions on the reproductive rights of men,” the bill’s synopsis reads. “This bill would require a man to undergo a vasectomy within one month of his 50th birthday or the birth of his third biological child, whichever comes first.”

The bill specifies that the vasectomy must be obtained at the man’s own expense.

The bill is clearly an attempt to make a point about so-called reproductive rights and not a legislative proposal with a serious chance at passage, and the apparent comparison of a vasectomy to an abortion is imperfect, to say the least.

Alabama’s law criminalizes the performing of an abortion on the basis that a child in the womb is deserving of the same right to life as a child outside the womb, and that an abortion unjustly ends a human life. The law does not require a woman to pay for an invasive, life-changing procedure. In fact, it does the exact opposite.

In theory, a law requiring men to get vasectomies after a third child or after age 50 would hinder the reproductive rights of women nearly as much as men, considering women may also want large families or may desire to have children with a spouse or partner who is 50 or older.

During debate over Alabama’s abortion law last year, Hollis made another comparison when she read a poem titled, “If my Vagina was a Gun,” to express her opposition to the law.

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