• James Hood, one of the first two black students at the Univerisity, died at his Gadsden home yesterday at the age of 70. Mr. Hood and Vivian Malone(-Jones) first walked the halls in 1963, but Mr. Hood later returned in 1997 to earn a doctorate.

 

  • While the Islamist militants in Algiers, Algeria claim to have killed 35 hostages, government officials still don't know how many really were killed and how many are still alive. Dozens were said to have been held from the US, Britain, Japan, and at least seven other countries. However, some hostages, including Americans, have escaped.

 

  • The Alabama House Republicans have announced an agenda for the upcoming legislative session, which includes a measure aimed at slowing down Obama administration efforts to stiffen gun control regulations through federal laws or executive orders.

 

  • In other political news, Republicans who control legislatures in states that supported President Obama's reelection want to switch the winner-take-all method of allocating Electoral College votes to a proportional division. Democrats are outraged and say it's an attempt to rig the vote.

 

  • A new AP-GfK poll suggests that 53 percent of Americans think the country will face a major economic crisis if the debt limit isn't raised and the US defaults on its bills.

 

  • In entertainment news, "Dear Abby" columnist Pauline Friedman Phillips died Wednesday at the age of 94 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Her daughter, Jeanne Phillips has been the columns sole authors for years.