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Alabama State Bar News

Board of Bar Commissioners at ASB headquarters for their orientation. President Rich Raleigh speaks about the tasks ahead of them.

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President-Elect Lee Copeland speaking about the opportunities for lawyers within the bar at today’s BBC orientation.

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Executive Director Keith Norman speaking about the history of the bar.

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The Alabama State Bar is the statewide regulatory organization of lawyers in Alabama responsible for admissions, discipline and continuing…

The largest cast iron statue in the United States is in the South. Do you know where in the South? Take a look here and learn more about Vulcan Park and Museum, a perfect place to spend your Southern Weekend:

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Birmingham Metro Area residential sales in May up 5% from prior year: YTD Sales up 10%

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By Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE)

Sales: According to the Greater Alabama MLS, the Birmingham metro area* residential sales totaled 1,295 units in May, an improvement of 4.8 percent or 49 units from the same period last year. This represents the best sales results for the month of May since 2007Year-to-date sales through May are up 9.7 percent from 2014.

Two more resources to review market: Quarterly Report and Annual Report

Forecast: May sales were .8 percent or 1 unit above of our monthly forecast. ACRE’s year-to-date sales forecast through May projected 5,282 closed transactions while the actual sales were 5,260 units, a cumulative variance of .4 percent.

Birmingham Metro Area residential sales improved 5% from last May. Inventory has declined 46% from the May 2007 peak. Infograph courtesy of ACRE. All rights reserved.

Alabama Center for Real Estate (ACRE)

Supply: The Birmingham area housing inventory in May was 7,135 units, a decrease of 4.4 percent from May 2014 and 45.9 percent from the month of May peak in 2007 (13,183 units).

May inventory in the Birmingham metro area increased 3.4 percent from the prior month. This direction is consistent with seasonal patterns & historical data indicating that May inventory on average (’10-’14) increases from the month of April by .7 percent.

According to the Greater Alabama MLS

Birmingham Bar to receive Local Bar Award of Achievement

Birmingham, AL. – The Birmingham Bar Association will receive the Alabama State Bar Local Bar Award of Achievement at the State Bar’s annual meeting in Point Clear, AL, on Thursday, July 16, 2015. The Award recognizes local bar associations for...

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Photo from an #Alabama summer taken in 1930. It is from the retrogravure section of The Birmingham News/ Birmingham Age-Herald. The description reads:

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“The hotter the weather, the more girls from Birmingham head off to the water for a refreshing swim. Here is a group at the Cahaba Golf and Country Club pool ready for their daily dip.”

 

Birmingham’s Jazz in the Park series 2015 with free concerts; see remaining schedule here

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By Mary Colurso | mcolurso@al.com

Jazz in the Park returns for its sixth year, presenting free concerts in Birmingham and nearby cities. Sixteen shows are on the agenda, most set for Sundays at 6 p.m-9 p.m. The exception is July 4, which falls on a Saturday.

Here’s the schedule announced by organizer Magic City Smooth Jazz

June 28, Daniel “Jose” Carr and On Purpose feat. Dwight Houston, East Lake Park, 1st Avenue North and 84th Street.

July 4, Birmingham Heritage Band and Darryl Evan Jones, Railroad Park, First Avenue South between 14th and 18th streets.

July 5, Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame All-Stars and Julian Vaughn, Beacon Park, 5309 Beacon Drive, Irondale. 

July 12, RAW Jazz Trio and Willie Bradley, Helena Amphitheater, 4151 Helena Road.

July 19…

All Fathers get in FREE* to the Birmingham Zoo

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All Fathers Receive FREE* Admission for Father’s Day!

Sunday, June 21

In recognition of Father’s Day, all fathers get in FREE* to the Birmingham Zoo with the purchase of a full-price child’s admission ticket. Throughout the day, guests can feed the lorikeets in the new Schaeffer Eye Center Lorikeet Aviary**, ride the new Wild Slide**, enjoy a Schaeffer Eye Center Wildlife Show, watch the Red Diamond Sea Lion Splash Show, experience Predator Zone, and much more! In honor of the Zoo’s 60th Anniversary, the first 60 fathers to enter the Zoo will receive a FREE

Alabama Department of Public Health News

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Show your support for National #MensHealthWeek and #ShowUsYourBlue this Friday! Together, we can raise awareness about men’s health.

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What are the best cities for veterans to live?

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USA TODAY NETWORK George Altman, Military Times

For years, maybe decades, members of the military have lived where the U.S. government has told them to live.

So when that discharge paperwork comes through, how do they decide where to go?

Among large cities, Virigina Beach, Va., ranked No. 1 for best places to live, with Colorado Springs, Colo., and San Antonio, Texas, in second and third place, respectively.

Whereas Alexandria, Va., ranked No. 1 for medium cities and Arlington, Va., followed in second place. Centennial, Colo., came in third for vets in medium cities, according to the rankings.

And as far as small cities, Glen Burnie, Md., topped the list. Bethesda, Md. and Ellicott City, Md., were named second- and third-best destinations.

Many veterans don’t stray far from the military bases they were assigned to, government data indicates, and some will return to cities they were previously stationed.

That’s probably a big factor behind a veteran population in San Antonio, Texas, at more than 100,000, said Bob Murdock, director of the city’s Office of Military Affairs.

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“When they were assigned here at one time or another, they had a very positive experience with the community,” Murdock said. “We are very proud of the moniker that we are Military City USA.”

For Military Times’ first-ever Best for Vets: Places to Live feature, we considered the sorts of military- and veteran-specific culture and services that can lead city vet populations to swell into six figures, as well as economics and livability factors, such as traffic and crime.

A total of 577 places, as designated by the Census Bureau, were considered as part of the project. Only 75 — divided equally into large, medium and…

UAB Named Among Top for Cancer Care in the United States

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Source: UAB News

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital has received a 2015 Women’s Choice Award for being named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care, acknowledging its excellence in patient care and cancer research, especially for women.

Women’s Choice Award is a consumer advocacy group that helps women make the best choices when it comes to products and services. In terms of health care, WCA has recognized an elite group of about 340 hospitals, out of 1,300 that were analyzed, as America’s Best Hospitals for Cancer Care.

“It’s important to us at UAB to provide the highest level of care to all our patients, and it’s an honor to be a choice among women,” said Edward Partridge, MD, director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center. “We know that women are usually the decision-makers when it comes to health care decisions in a home, and it is a distinct honor to be trusted by them.”

UAB Hospital was selected based on being accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer…