Rep. Bill Dukes, D-Decatur, told a Decatur-Morgan County group visiting the Statehouse that there is a reason he manages to keep excess weight off his trim frame. "My family and friends tell me I'd rather talk than eat," he said, as quoted by M.J. Ellington.
Places to eat
Hartselle natives Alan Dobbs and Geoffrey Slate recently opened the upscale Icon Restaurant and Bar in the newly renovated Tutwiler Hotel in downtown Birmingham.
Danielle Komis says that when the co-owners were asked what their favorite restaurants are in North Alabama, Geoffrey quickly named Decatur's Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q, and Alan chose All Steak in Cullman for its famous orange rolls.
State legislators were back home in their districts on spring break last week, and most said they didn't plan any fancy trips, just daily trips to the office.
Decatur Republican Sen. Arthur Orr had a more creative way to describe his work as a corporate attorney at Cook's Pest Control, M.J. reports.
"I'll just be killing bugs," Arthur said.
One confused bird
A mama dove that raised one family in a neglected hanging plant thought she had a good thing going.
She returned to lay a second clutch of eggs in the basket outside a patio door. This time, though, she didn't count on a cold snap. The predicted freeze had the homeowners moving plants in and out. They accidentally bumped the basket, sending it swaying.
The eggs stayed put, but the dove flew off willy-nilly. She hit her head on the patio ceiling over and over before perching, seemingly addled, on a garden arch.
At bedtime for the homeowners, she had not returned to the nest. She was back the next morning, however. Her head looked scalped, but her eyes were beady. Will the eggs hatch? Melanie Smith says she'll let you know.
Just as a police car parked by the interstate will make you slow down, a falcon — even a fake one — will deter pigeons from gathering.
Pigeons pollute Liverpool, England, according to The Associated Press.
The City Council there is buying 10 Robops — robotic birds of prey — for $4,000 each.
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