• Superstorm Sandy made landfall yesterday, leaving at least 16 dead and an estimaged 6.2 million customers without power over 13 states. However, hurricane specialists say that there's more to come, as the system has merged with a wintry cold front and is likely to produce heavy rain in the East for the next two or three days, adding to more flooding, which has already put a halt to the subway system that could take up to four days to pump out. In addition a fire that has destroyed over 2 dozen homes in New York is said to have been indirectly caused by Sandy.


  • The Alabama Education Association plans to lobby to get teachers and school support personnel a 10% raise over the next two years if the money is available.


  • In local news, at 3 this afternoon, the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama will honor civic leaders at Government Plaza. The 2012 Civic Hall of Fame inductees includeTimothy Mize Parker, Jr, Sam Moore Phelps, Catherine Johnson Randall, Bernice Hudson Washington, and Zelpha Storey Wells. This is a free event.


  • The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, the City of Tuscaloosa, and the University of Alabama have created ,The Edge, a collaborative effort to help early-staged businesses by providing a number of services to help the businesses succeed. There is still space available, and applications can be found at tuscaloosachamber.com/theedge or at the facility at 800 22nd Ave.


  • It could be days before some airline passengers can get to their intended destinations. Flight-tracking service FlightAware says more than 13,500 flights worldwide have been canceled for yesterday and today combined, and at least 500 have been scrapped for tomorrow because of Superstorm Sandy.


  • Next Tuesday, the Stillman College Choir will present an uplifting Spirituals and Gospel Concert at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church on the Stillman campus. The program, which begins at 7, is one of numerous Homecoming events and will include a performance by the Award-Winning Central High School Choir.