The Sunrise News Sampler
- This season at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater appears to be off to a great start, with John Mayer coming on April 25th and Earth, Wind, and Fire performing on Father's Day, June 16th. While the John Mayer show is almost sold out, tickets to see Earth, Wind, and Fire won't go on sale until Friday, April 12th.
- Topping the headlines this morning is a story about Democratic State Representative Joseph Mitchell of Mobile, who referred to a white constituent's ancestors as incestuous slave owners. House Speaker Mike Hubbard says Mitchell will not face punishment and that neither he nor most other legislators share Mitchell's views.
- Also in Mobile, Principal Alvin Daily of LeFlore Magnet High School began suspending students over dress code violations early this week. Nearly 100 students were suspended for offenses such as leaving their shirt tails out or sagging pants.
- Former candidate for Alabama agriculture commissioner Dale Peterson has been charged with third-degree theft of property after being accused of eating cashew nuts at a Sam's Club in Hoover, puttint the empty can back on the shelf, and walking out without paying. Peterson is said to have committed a similar crime less than six months ago.
- Today, hundreds of pilgrims have walked the traditional Good Friday procession in Jerusalem's Old City that retraces Jesus' steps, hoisting wooden crosses and chanting prayers to mark the crucifixion. Later today, there will be a Mass at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity.
- It was 40 years ago today that the last U.S. combat troops left Vietnam.
- In sports news, Miami lost to Marquette yesterday, Syracuse beat Indiana, Ohio State beat Arizona, and La Salle lost to Wichita State.