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Serena Williams Says ‘Countdown Has Begun’ to Retirement

By Howard Fendrich Associated Press Saying “the countdown has begun,” 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams announced Tuesday she is ready to step away from tennis so she can turn...

Legendary Alabama Sportswriter Rubin Grant Honored With 49 Other Icons

Solomon Crenshaw Jr. For The Birmingham Times Rubin Grant vividly remembers the advice he received from his city editor during his news writing internship at Montgomery’s...

Meet Greg Gratton, Owner of Birmingham’s Legendary Green Acres Cafe

By Ryan Michaels The Birmingham Times After classes ended at his Birmingham middle school, Greg Gratton and his brother went straight to work. “We would come ,...

Birmingham boasts an extraordinary musical legacy over 150 years

By Chuck Chandler Alabama News Center In 1989, Erskine Hawkins, Sun Ra and The Temptations all played at Birmingham’s inaugural City Stages music festival. Tickets that...

Biz Markie, known for classic rap song ‘Just a Friend,’ dies

By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr. AP News LOS ANGELES (AP) — Biz Markie, a hip-hop staple known for his beatboxing prowess, turntable mastery and the 1989 classic...

Alabama Attorney Fred Gray Represented Civil Rights Giants, Becoming One

By Chuck Chandler Alabama Newscenter Few people can say they knew Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks when that internationally celebrated pair were average citizens. Fred D. Gray Sr. can. The...

At age 96, Birmingham Business Legend Dr. Jesse J. Lewis Sr....

By Barnett Wright The Birmingham Times Legendary businessman Dr. Jesse J. Lewis Sr. smoothly makes the 20-minute drive from Birmingham’s historic Smithfield neighborhood, where he lives,...

Esteemed Civil Rights Organizer C.T. Vivian Laid To Rest In Atlanta

Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The nation paid its final respects Thursday to the Rev. C.T. Vivian, a pioneer of the Civil Rights Movement who...

John Lewis remembered by Birmingham-Area Leaders as an Icon, Hero 

By Barnett Wright The Birmingham Times Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin, Alabama Senator Doug Jones and U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Alabama were among the hundreds of leaders...

John Lewis, Lion of Civil Rights and Congress, dies at 80

By Calvin Woodward and Desiree Seals Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement whose bloody beating by Alabama state...

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