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  • The University of Alabama has announced parking arrangements for the memorial service for Coach Mal Moore today. Parking for those with disabilities will be in the lot of Coleman Coliseum. There will be more parking available at the eastern half of the soccer lot after 1:30, with transportation provided by Crimson Ride buses. Parking will also be available at the city’s downtown intermodal facility, with shuttle prices ranging from $.50 to $1.00.

 

  • Today marks the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was killed by a single shot while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, where he’d come to lead a peaceful march in support of striking sanitation workers.

 

  • Some of those same sanitation workers are now fighting to hold on to jobs that some city leaders want to hand over to a private company.

 

  • Tomorrow, the University of Alabama will host panel discussions about the legacy of the civil rights movement during its “Where We Stand” conference, according to the Tuscaloosa News. The conference marks the 50th anniversary of Gov. Wallace’s “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door,” and the panel discussions are free and open to the public.

 

  • Alabama Senate leaders say they expect to consider a bill easing some of our gun restrictions. The bill is supported by the National Rifle Association and opposed by some sheriffs and the Business Council of Alabama.

 

  • International stock markets rose today after Japan’s central bank said it would massively expand the country’s money supply to spur inflation as part of efforts to escape its slump.

 

  • In other news, a new study by the nonprofit RAND Corporation says that Alzheimer’s takes a larger financial toll than both cancer and heart disease.

 

  • And in entertainment news, Diana Ross, Spike Lee, and Lisa Marie Presley are expected to take the stand as witnesses for the prosecution in Michael Jackson’s wrongful death suit.

 

  • Sean “Diddy” Combs’ home was swarmed by police after a hoax caller reported that a man had been shot in the home. Apparently, “swatting” is the latest fad prank.

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