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Ex-president gets laughs at Hyundai
In Montgomery for the Hyundai grand opening Friday, former President Bush got the crowd of 4,000 laughing with tales from his presidency. Then as he prepared to leave the lectern, the former chief executive opened his jacket to reveal a full-color American flag lining.
He again caught the audience's attention as about 40 dignitaries from the United States and Korea lined up onstage to cut the traditional grand-opening ribbon.
Hyundai spokesman Kerry Christopher gave careful instructions on how the group should cut on the count of five. Several young women held the ribbon in a sharp, straight line for the cutting crew. The spokesman began the count: "one, two ...," and then the elder Bush cut the ribbon. Two large strips of ribbon went down, instead of 40 fluttering sections of color.
Proving the ivory-billed woodpecker was not extinct required more than persistence for former Decatur resident Bobby Harrison, who now lives in Madison County.
He told Paul Huggins he probably saw a dozen water moccasins each day while he and Tim Gallagher paddled their canoe through Arkansas swamps.
Bobby came across two men from Ohio who had heard of the woodpecker sighting and arrived with all the gear for the wild. But they had hardly hit the water when they saw their first moccasin and turned tail.
Fans far and wide
Monday night on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," Jay noted that women in Kuwait were finally getting the right to vote.
He showed film of a Kuwaiti woman at the polls, then zoomed in on what was supposedly her ballot.
She wrote in Bo Bice's name and drew a heart beside it.
At the time, three "American Idol" contestants were in the running, but Jay chose Bo.
No place like home
Bo's grandmother, "Granny Madge" Schofield of Somerville, traveled to Hollywood a couple of weeks ago to cheer the singer.
She told Ronnie Thomas that the best thing about Hollywood "was getting home. I'm no city girl. I felt like kissing the dirt when I reached Alabama soil."
"Granny Madge" conceded, however, that "I liked it for three days. But there's too much traffic for me, too many people for me."
Do all roads lead to Flint? They do if you're District 3 Councilman Gary Hammon or one of his colleagues, whom he routinely harangues about issues in his district and Flint in particular.
The council voted unanimously Monday to allocate up to $25,000 to build walking trails behind Woodmeade Elementary School, cut low limbs and clean out the underbrush — a project Councilman Ronny Russell pursued for more than five years.
"Ronny assured me that the trail will extend to Flint and Burningtree," Gary said, drawing a few laughs.
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