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  • At 5:00 this evening, the Benjamin Barnes Branch of the YMCA will hold an open house for its new children’s resource center in the former Weaver-Bolden building. The center will provide computer courses, mentoring, tutoring and many other programs. The children’s Christmas party will also be held this evening.


  • In state news, authorities in Baldwin County are investigating whether 58-year-old Stephen Bryan, who was recently shot by police, was suicidal. Bryan is said to have discussed suicidal thoughts with family and friends before being shot Sunday morning.


  • In other news, instead of demanding permanent borrowing authority, President Obama is now asking for a new debt limit that would last for two years, putting any renewal fight beyond the politics of a midterm election. This is among the concessions he’s making in a new offer aimed at finding a way to avoid the “fiscal cliff” of tax increases and spending cuts next month.


  • In entertainment news, according to the Hollywood Reporter, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” could relaunch online next month.


  • According to our daily, yesterday, Tuscaloosa City Schools honored 43 teachers at its first Apple Awards. William Flowers from University Place Middle School, Kathy Perkins from Verner Elementary, Jennifer Hines from Central High, and Nancy Reed from Northridge High were selected as the system’s best of the best.
  • In state news, Alabama’s homeland security agency is formulating a strategic plan for preventing and responding to shootings that might happen at various kinds of buildings, such as the school shooting in Connecticut.
  • Toyota has been slapped with a more than $17 million fine by the US government for failing to quickly report problems to federal regulators and for delaying a safety recall. This fine, stemming from a June recall of floor mats in some Lexus vehicles, is the fourth levied against Toyota in the past two years for similar infractions.
  • In sports news, Duke is back at the top of the AP’s college basketball poll, replacing Indiana, which fell to sixth following an overtime loss to Butler on Saturday.

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