Alabama Redistricting Decision Reasserts Voting Rights Act

Three federal judges in Alabama ruled that a new congressional map drawn by G.O.P. state lawmakers violated the Voting Rights Act.

#alabama, #elections, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #sewell-terrycina-andrea, #supreme-court-us, #voting-rights-act-1965

Court Throws Out Alabama’s New Congressional Map

A federal panel of judges ordered state lawmakers to redraw the lines, saying Black voters “have less opportunity than other Alabamians” to elect candidates of their choice.

#alabama, #midterm-elections-2022, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #voting-rights-act-1965

Alabama dominates college football. Get over it.

When a team is this good, we should just enjoy it.

#alabama, #college-football, #college-football-playoff-national-championship, #internal-sub-only-nl, #kick-six, #saban-nick, #tuscaloosa-ala, #university-of-alabama

As Infrastructure Money Flows, Wastewater Improvements Are Key

The new law allocates $11.7 billion for wastewater and stormwater projects. Will it get to the impoverished communities who need it most?

#alabama, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #environmental-protection-agency, #federal-aid-us, #federal-state-relations-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #lowndes-county-alabama, #race-and-ethnicity, #sewers-and-sewage, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

Last Known Slave Ship, Clotilda, Is Remarkably Well Preserved, Researchers Say

DNA may be extracted from the Clotilda, which was sunk in the Mobile River in Alabama in 1860 after it arrived from West Africa carrying 110 enslaved people, researchers said.

#africatown-ala, #alabama, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #clotilda, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #mobile-ala, #national-register-of-historic-places, #raines-ben-h, #research, #shipwrecks-historic, #slavery-historical

Hundreds of FedEx Packages Dumped in Alabama Ravine, Authorities Say

Amid the holiday shopping crush, more than 300 packages were discovered on private property. The driver, who has been identified and questioned by the police, is no longer working for FedEx, the company said.

#alabama, #blount-county-ala, #delivery-services, #fedex-corporation, #missing-packages

Woman Who Sued Walmart Over Shoplifting Arrest Is Awarded $2.1 Million

Lesleigh Nurse said she was wrongfully accused of stealing groceries from the Walmart in Semmes, Ala., in 2016. The retailer said it would appeal the verdict.

#alabama, #compensation-for-damages-law, #decisions-and-verdicts, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #mobile-ala, #nurse-lesleigh, #semmes-ala, #shoplifting-and-employee-theft-retail, #shopping-and-retail, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #walmart-stores-inc

Doyle Hamm, Who Survived a Bungled Execution, Dies in Prison at 64

The failed lethal injection for Mr. Hamm, who was terminally ill, amounted to what his lawyer said was a case of cruel and unusual punishment.

#alabama, #capital-punishment, #death-penalty, #deaths-obituaries, #hamm-doyle-lee, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #robberies-and-thefts

Killed in a 1961 Crash, ‘Unknown Boy’ Is Finally Identified

The mystery of a teenage hitchhiker, now identified as Daniel Paul Armantrout, was solved 60 years later because of advances in DNA technology and genealogy.

#alabama, #forensic-science, #gedmatch-inc, #genealogy, #missing-persons, #privacy

Claudette Colvin, Civil Rights Pioneer, Seeks to Have Her Record Cleared

Claudette Colvin refused to give up her bus seat to a white woman in Montgomery, Ala., in March 1955, nine months before Rosa Parks. Now 82, she says that justice from the court system is overdue.

#alabama, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #colvin-claudette, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #gray-fred, #montgomery-ala, #parks-rosa, #reed-steven-l

Ashley M. Jones Is Named Poet Laureate in Alabama

Ashley M. Jones, whose latest collection is called “Reparations Now!,” is unflinching in her criticism of those in power and the myriad inequalities in American life.

#alabama, #black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #jones-ashley-m, #poetry-and-poets, #poets-laureate, #writing-and-writers

At Least 4 Dead in Alabama After Heavy Rains Flood the State

A child and three adults drowned in vehicles submerged in deep water after creeks swelled in the northeast and central counties, officials said.

#alabama, #floods, #national-weather-service, #rain, #weather

Saving the Artwork of the South: Deep Investment, and a Drone

From Birmingham to Gee’s Bend, the Souls Grown Deep Foundation is directly investing in Alabama communities where artists and quilters live, work — and struggle.

#alabama, #arnett-bill-1939-2020, #art, #birmingham-ala, #black-people, #boykin-ala, #minter-joe, #museums, #philanthropy, #poverty, #quilts, #souls-grown-deep-foundation

Alabama Begins Removing Racist Language From Its Constitution

Many outdated provisions have long since been invalidated, but the language that was specifically intended to enshrine white supremacy has remained.

#alabama, #black-people, #coleman-merika, #constitutional-amendments, #monument-lab-philadelphia-pa-public-art-studio, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #race-and-ethnicity, #southern-states-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Flood Damage From Ida? Your Homeowner’s Policy Probably Won’t Cover That.

Most flood coverage is offered through a federal program, though some insurers offer extra insurance for sump pump failure.

#alabama, #content-type-service, #flood-insurance, #gulf-coast-us, #homeowners-insurance, #hurricane-ida-2021, #louisiana, #mississippi, #national-flood-insurance-program, #new-jersey, #new-york-state, #northeastern-states-us, #south-carolina, #tennessee

Legislating in the Name of God

Republican officeholders are no longer coy about their religion-driven mission to stop abortion.

#abortion, #alabama, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cuomo-mario-m, #houston-tex, #kennedy-john-fitzgerald, #law-and-legislation, #mexico, #mississippi, #religion-state-relations, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-court-of-mexico, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

Where Ida Is Going Next

Forecasters warned of flooding and tornadoes in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Monday.

#alabama, #floods, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #national-weather-service, #rain, #weather

“We are set on a path that looks disastrous”: Alabama hospitals near collapse

Scott Harris, Alabama's State Health Officer, discusses his state's vaccination data in his office on June 29, 2021, in Montgomery, Alabama.

Enlarge / Scott Harris, Alabama’s State Health Officer, discusses his state’s vaccination data in his office on June 29, 2021, in Montgomery, Alabama. (credit: Getty | ELIJAH NOUVELAGE)

Medical professionals in Alabama are sounding the alarm over the monstrous surge of COVID-19 cases that is overwhelming the state’s hospitals—which are quickly running short on staff and space.

“We are set on a path that looks disastrous,” Dr. Donald Williamson, president and CEO of the Alabama Hospital Association, said in a state medical association COVID-19 update Thursday.

Currently, Alabama is reporting around 4,000 new cases per day. Medical experts in the Yellowhammer State expect that, sometime next week, Alabama will exceed its previous record in average daily cases, which was set in January at around 4,500 new cases per day.

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#alabama, #coronavirus, #covid-19, #delta, #hospital, #icu, #infectious-disease, #masks, #pandemic, #public-health, #science, #surge, #vaccines

A Soccer Game, A Grave Insult, and a Desperate Escape

When one of Coach C’s players went way too far, there was only one thing left to do.

#alabama, #international-study-and-teaching, #keesler-air-force-base-biloxi-miss, #mobile-ala, #soccer

What is #BamaRush? Decoding RushTok on TikTok

Freshmen at the University of Alabama offered a real time look at rush season. Their TikToks became must-see TV.

#alabama, #colleges-and-universities, #fraternities-and-sororities, #tiktok-bytedance, #university-of-alabama

As Virus Cases Rise, Another Contagion Spreads Among the Vaccinated: Anger

Frustrated by the prospect of a new surge, many Americans are blaming the unvaccinated. A tougher stance may backfire, some experts warn.

#alabama, #california, #children-and-childhood, #colleges-and-universities, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #disease-rates, #government-employees, #hospitals, #new-york-city, #rumors-and-misinformation, #shutdowns-institutional, #vaccination-and-immunization, #veterans, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-science

Why Vaccinated People Are Getting ‘Breakthrough’ Infections

The vaccines are effective, but they are not a golden shield against the coronavirus, particularly not the Delta variant.

#alabama, #american-academy-of-pediatrics, #athens-ga, #bars-and-nightclubs, #boston-mass, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #democratic-party, #disease-rates, #georgia, #hawaii, #independence-day-us-july-4, #los-angeles-calif, #masks, #massachusetts, #oklahoma, #oklahoma-city-okla, #provincetown-mass, #south-africa, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

10 People, Including 9 Children, Are Killed in Alabama Crash

A sheriff said the crash was the worst he’s responded to in more than 30 years in law enforcement.

#alabama, #alabama-sheriffs-youth-ranch, #deaths-fatalities, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

John M. Patterson, Segregationist Alabama Governor, Dies at 99

He welcomed the Klan and refused to integrate schools, forging a path that would be followed by Gov. George C. Wallace.

#alabama, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #deaths-obituaries, #john-m-patterson, #ku-klux-klan, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #segregation-and-desegregation, #wallace-george-c

Former Astronaut Pleads Guilty in Crash That Killed 2 Young Girls

James Halsell Jr., a veteran of five space shuttle missions, was sentenced to four years in prison and 10 years’ probation.

#accidents-and-safety, #alabama, #halsell-james-jr, #huntsville-ala, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #tuscaloosa-ala

How Mazda Rode Out the Pandemic While Rivals Slipped

Its sales climbed, and it racked up awards for safety and more.

#alabama, #automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #automobiles, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mazda-motor-corp, #small-cars-compact-subcompact-and-microcars, #toyota-motor-corp

Alabama Lifts Its Ban on Yoga in Schools

For the first time in three decades, yoga can be taught, but the law will still bar teachers from using Sanskrit names for poses.

#alabama, #children-and-childhood, #conservatism-us-politics, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-religion, #gray-jeremy-1985, #ivey-kay, #language-and-languages, #law-and-legislation, #religion-state-relations, #state-legislatures, #yoga

Three Inmates Killed in Less Than a Week in Alabama Prisons

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the state last year, charging that its Department of Corrections did not provide adequate protections for inmates.

#alabama, #corrections-department-ala, #deaths-fatalities, #justice-department, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners

From Colombia to U.S., Police Violence Pushes Protests Into Mass Movements

In Colombia, and many other countries, security forces’ attacks on protesters have led to nationwide reckonings with injustice.

#alabama, #black-lives-matter-movement, #bogota-colombia, #brown-michael-1996-2014, #chile, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #ferguson-mo, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #pinochet-ugarte-augusto, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

James Williams, Gay Activist in India, Dies at 35

An American, he hoped to improve the representation of gay people in Indian media in the manner of “Will & Grace.” He died of Covid-19.

#alabama, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #india, #williams-james-1985-2021

Severe Weather Expected in South for Third Straight Day

At least two people have been killed, and forecasters said more tornadoes could come on Tuesday.

#alabama, #arkansas, #georgia, #national-weather-service, #southern-states-us, #texas, #tornadoes, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #weather, #wind

Damage Reported as Tornadoes Tear Across the South

The National Weather Service planned to survey damage in four Mississippi counties on Monday. Tornadoes were also reported in Georgia, Kentucky and South Carolina.

#alabama, #atlanta-ga, #georgia, #kentucky, #mississippi, #national-weather-service, #tennessee, #tornadoes, #weather

A ‘more honest’ stock market

Hello friends, and welcome back to Week in Review!

Last week, I talked about Clubhouse’s slowing user growth. Well, this week news broke that they had been in talks with Twitter for a $4 billion acquisition, so it looks like they’re still pretty desirable. This week, I’m talking about a story I published a couple days ago that highlights pretty much everything that’s wild about the alternative asset world right now.

If you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox from the newsletter page, and follow my tweets @lucasmtny.


The big thing

If you successfully avoided all mentions of NFTs until now, I congratulate you, because it certainly does seem like the broader NFT market is seeing some major pullback after a very frothy February and March. You’ll still be seeing plenty of late-to-the-game C-list celebrities debuting NFT art in the coming weeks, but a more sober pullback in prices will probably give some of the NFT platforms that are serious about longevity a better chance to focus on the future and find out how they truly matter.

I spent the last couple weeks, chatting with a bunch of people in one particular community — one of the oldest active NFT communities on the web called CryptoPunks. It’s a platform with 10,000 unique 24×24 pixel portraits and they trade at truly wild prices.

This picture sold for a $1.05 million.

I talked to a dozen or so people (including the guy who sold that one ^^) that had spent between tens of thousands and millions of dollars on these pixelated portraits, my goal being to tap into the psyche of what the hell is happening here. The takeaway is that these folks don’t see these assets as any more non-sensical than what’s going on in more traditional “old world” markets like public stock exchanges.

A telling quote from my reporting:

“Obviously this is a very speculative market… but it’s almost more honest than the stock market,” user Max Orgeldinger tells TechCrunch. “Kudos to Elon Musk — and I’m a big Tesla fan — but there are no fundamentals that support that stock price. It’s the same when you look at GameStop. With the whole NFT community, it’s almost more honest because nobody’s getting tricked into thinking there’s some very complicated math that no one can figure out. This is just people making up prices and if you want to pay it, that’s the price and if you don’t want to pay it, that’s not the price.”

Shortly after I published my piece, Christie’s announced that they were auctioning off nine of the CryptoPunks in an auction likely to fetch at least $10 million at current prices. The market surged in the aftermath and many millions worth of volume quickly moved through the marketplace minting more NFT millionaires.

Is this all just absolutely nuts? Sure.

Is it also a poignant picture of where alternative asset investing is at in 2021? You bet.

Read the full thing.


an illustration of a cardboard ballot box with an Amazon smile on the front

Other things

Here are the TechCrunch news stories that especially caught my eye this week:

Amazon workers vote down union organization attempt
Amazon is breathing a sigh of relief after workers at their Bessemer, Alabama warehouse opted out of joining a union, lending a crushing defeat to labor activists who hoped that the high-profile moment would lead more Amazon workers to organize. The vote has been challenged, but the margin of victory seems fairly decisive.

Supreme court sides with Google in Oracle case
If any singular event impacted the web the most this week, it was the Supreme Court siding with Google in a very controversial lawsuit by Oracle that could’ve fundamentally shifted the future of software development.

Coinbase is making waves
The Coinbase direct listing is just around the corner and they’re showing off some of their financials. Turns out crypto has been kind of hot lately and they’re raking in the dough, with revenue of $1.8 billion this past quarter.

Apple share more about the future of user tracking
Apple is about to upend the ad-tracking market and they published some more details on what exactly their App Tracking Transparency feature is going to look like. Hint: more user control.

Consumers are spending lots of time in apps
A new report from mobile analytics firm App Annie suggests that we’re dumping more of our time into smartphone apps, with the average users spending 4.2 hours a day doing so, a 30 percent increase over two years.

Sonos perfects the bluetooth speaker
I’m a bit of an audio lover, which made my colleague Darrell’s review of the new Sonos Roam bluetooth speaker a must-read for me. He’s pretty psyched about it, even though it comes in at the higher-end of pricing for these devices, still I’m looking forward to hearing one with my own ears.


 

Image Credits: Nigel Sussman

Extra things

Some of my favorite reads from our Extra Crunch subscription service this week:
The StockX EC-1
“StockX is a unique company at the nexus of two radical transitions that isn’t just redefining markets, but our culture as well. E-commerce upended markets, diminishing the physical experience by intermediating and aggregating buyers and sellers through digital platforms. At the same time, the internet created rapid new communication channels, allowing euphoria and desire to ricochet across society in a matter of seconds. In a world of plenty, some things are rare, and the hype around that rarity has never been greater. Together, these two trends demanded a stock market of hype, an opportunity that StockX has aggressively pursued.”

Building the right team for a billion-dollar startup
“I would really encourage you to take some time to think about what kind of company you want to make first before you go out and start interviewing people. So that really is going to be about understanding and defining your culture. And then the second thing I’d be thinking about when you’re scaling from, you know, five people up to, you know, 50 and beyond is that managers really are the key to your success as a company. It’s hard to overstate how important managers, great managers, are to the success of your company.

So you want to raise a Series A
“More companies will raise seed rounds than Series A rounds, simply due to the fact that many startups fail, and venture only makes sense for a small fraction of businesses out there. Every check is a new cycle of convincing and proving that you, as a startup, will have venture-scale returns. Moore explained that startups looking to move to their next round need to explain to investors why now is their moment.”

Until next week,
Lucas M.

And again, if you’re reading this on the TechCrunch site, you can get this in your inbox from the newsletter page, and follow my tweets @lucasmtny.

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A Union Drive at Amazon

How a small group of workers in Alabama are taking on one of the most powerful companies in the world.

#alabama, #amazon-com-inc

How a Volunteer Army is Trying to Vaccinate Black People in the Rural South

In the face of limited transportation, patchy internet service and threadbare medical care, community leaders in Alabama and Mississippi are trying to shrink the racial disparities in vaccine access.

#alabama, #black-people, #cleveland-miss, #greenville-miss, #medicine-and-health, #mississippi, #race-and-ethnicity, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #rural-areas, #southern-states-us, #tuscaloosa-ala, #vaccination-and-immunization

Getting the Vaccine Isn’t Easy for Black Americans in the Rural South

In the face of limited transportation, patchy internet service and threadbare medical care, community leaders in Alabama and Mississippi are trying to shrink the racial disparities in vaccine access.

#alabama, #black-people, #cleveland-miss, #greenville-miss, #medicine-and-health, #mississippi, #race-and-ethnicity, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #rural-areas, #southern-states-us, #tuscaloosa-ala, #vaccination-and-immunization

Small Towns Grieve After Tornadoes Across Georgia and Alabama

Dozens of tornadoes tore across Alabama and Georgia beginning on Thursday, leaving at least six dead and many neighborhoods in tatters.

#alabama, #georgia, #mobile-homes-and-trailers, #national-weather-service, #newnan-ga, #ohatchee-ala, #tornadoes, #weather

Devastating Tornadoes Batter Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee

At least six people died in storms that tore through Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

#alabama, #coweta-county-ga, #deaths-fatalities, #disasters-and-emergencies, #georgia, #newnan-ga, #ohatchee-ala, #tennessee, #tornadoes

Republicans Fear Flawed Candidates Could Imperil Key Senate Seats

Races in Missouri and Alabama, with others to come, reflect the potential risks for a party in which loyalty to Donald Trump is the main criterion for securing nominations.

#alabama, #blunt-roy-d, #brooks-morris-jackson, #elections-senate, #greitens-eric, #mcconnell-mitch, #missouri, #republican-party, #shelby-richard-c

Eric Greitens and Mo Brooks Announce Senate Bids in Missouri and Alabama

The hard-right Republicans’ entry to the races for open Senate seats heralded fiercely contested G.O.P. primaries in the two deeply conservative states.

#alabama, #blunt-roy-d, #brooks-mo, #elections-senate, #greitens-eric, #missouri, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #shelby-richard-c, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Alabama Could Allow Yoga in Public Schools After a 28-Year Ban

“It’s just exercise,” said Jeremy Gray, a state lawmaker whose bill is making its way through the Legislature. But some people still say the practice has no place in the classroom.

#alabama, #education-k-12, #exercise, #jeremy-gray, #law-and-legislation, #state-legislatures, #yoga

Why Is Space Command Moving Into Mo Brooks’s Backyard?

The congressman from Huntsville, Ala., was quick to claim that the 2020 election was stolen. His district continues to get special treatment.

#alabama, #brooks-morris-jackson, #colorado, #huntsville-ala, #johnson-lyndon-baines, #presidential-election-of-2020, #space-and-astronomy, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Biden’s Solidarity Emboldened a Liberal Push for Power in Alabama

The president’s support for the rights of unionizing Amazon workers delighted political organizers in Alabama who are hoping to build long-term Democratic momentum in a reliably red state.

#alabama, #amazon-com-inc, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

3 Alabama Professors on Leave After ‘Offensive’ Halloween Photos Surface

The photos were taken at a campus party at the University of South Alabama in 2014. One professor wore a Confederate uniform. Two others posed with a whip and a noose.

#alabama, #colleges-and-universities, #costumes, #discrimination, #halloween, #mobile-ala, #university-of-south-alabama

Kay Ivey, Alabama’s Republican Governor, Resists Calls to Lift Mask Order

By most measures, Gov. Kay Ivey is a predictable Southern Republican, but she has charted her own course on efforts to control the coronavirus.

#alabama, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #ivey-kay, #masks

Shelia Washington Dies at 61; Helped Exonerate Scottsboro Boys

She fought for decades to get their names cleared from an egregious injustice in the Jim Crow South, and created a museum in their honor.

#alabama, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #deaths-obituaries, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #scottsboro-boys, #scottsboro-boys-museum-and-cultural-center-scottsboro-ala, #washington-shelia-1960-2021

Sheila Washington Dies at 61; Helped Exonerate Scottsboro Boys

She fought for decades to get their names cleared from an egregious injustice in the Jim Crow South, and created a museum in their honor.

#alabama, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #black-people, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #deaths-obituaries, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #scottsboro-boys, #scottsboro-boys-museum-and-cultural-center-scottsboro-ala, #washington-sheila-1960-2021

Amazon and the South’s Strong Union History

Alabama is more than its shading on the electoral map.

#alabama, #bessemer-ala, #birmingham-ala, #black-people, #labor-and-jobs, #mines-and-mining, #organized-labor, #race-and-ethnicity

The Deep South Has a Rich History of Resistance. As Amazon Is Learning.

Alabama is more than its shading on the electoral map.

#alabama, #bessemer-ala, #birmingham-ala, #black-people, #labor-and-jobs, #mines-and-mining, #organized-labor, #race-and-ethnicity

The South Is More Than Its Shading on an Electoral Map

As the Amazon unionization drive reminds us, the region is home to a rich history of resistance.

#alabama, #bessemer-ala, #birmingham-ala, #black-people, #labor-and-jobs, #mines-and-mining, #organized-labor, #race-and-ethnicity