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  • Last night, the Baltimore Ravens opened an early 22-point lead and then held off a San Francisco 49′ers comeback to win 34-31 in Super Bowl 47.

 

  • Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco was named MVP after tossing three touchdowns in the Super Bowl, giving him 11 TDs and no interceptions in the postseason.

 

  • Other game highlights include a 35-minute 3rd quarter delay, caused by a power outage at the Superdome, and Beyonce’s halftime performance in which other Destiny’s Child members made a surprise appearance.

 

  • Here in Tuscaloosa, our celebrations included honoring the big wins for former Tide players Terrence Cody and Courtney Upshaw.

 

  • In other local news, police are searching for a suspect who stabbed and wounded a man at the University Manor Apartments early Saturday. Once apprehended, the suspect will be charged with attempted murder and second-degree assault.

 

  • Law enforcement in Midland City is still in negotiations with the man who killed a school bus driver before taking a 5-year-old boy off the bus and fleeing to an underground bunker. Yesterday, hundreds gathered to pay tribute to the slain driver for working to protect the children.

 

  • Just in time for Black History Month, at 11:00 today, a group of lawmakers will hold a news converence to announce legislation to exonerate the nine Scottsboro Boys, accused of raping two white women in 1931.

 

  • Meanwhile, a Detroit-area museum is planning a celebration in honor of the 100th anniversary of civil rights icon Rosa Parks’ birth. Parks was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery bus.

 

  • President Obama will travel to Minnesota today, trying to boost public and law enforcement support for his proposals of banning military style assault weapons and installing universal background checks for gun buyers.

 

  • In other news, Groundhog Day fell on the weekend this year with Punxsutawney Phil predicting an early spring, groundhogs in North Carolina’s biggest cities delivering results contradictory to each other, and Georgia’s General Beauregard Lee spotting his shadow, indicating a longer winter. With such mixed results, it’s safe to say that Groundhog Day is for entertainment purposes only. If you really want to know about the weather, consult James Spann.

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