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Steve Stewart

Rec complex is looking like Wal-Mart

With soccer tournaments seeking Jack Allen Recreation Complex as a host site and attracting more people to the area, local residents may wonder whether a downside exists.

More people equals more vehicles, which equals a crowded parking lot. And, as Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, “there’s the rub.”

Randy Riehl, chairman of the Parks and Recreation Board, relayed his parking experience at Jack Allen, Catherine Godbey reports.

Randy arrived at the complex in time for a soccer game, but 30 minutes later he was watching it from his car. He was in a line of cars that sat idle, waiting for a parking spot to come free.

“It was like being at Wal-Mart,” Randy said.

Good guys in black

“Men in Black” brings to mind clever guys in black outfits battling insidious evil, as portrayed in a couple of movies.

Melanie Smith thought it clever for a retreat at St. Bernard Abbey to borrow the name. Monks at the Cullman abbey dress in black and seek to do good.

The “Men in Black” high school vocation retreat will be Friday through Sunday. It is for Catholic young men who believe God is calling them to the priesthood or religious life. Call (800) 722-0999.

Age-old conflict

Eric Fleischauer reports that his ninth-grade son, John, has struggled a bit to study as much as he should in science.

He always seems to be able to find something more pressing when it comes time to open the textbook.

Recently, the distraction that presented itself was helping out at church.

After enduring a lecture, John had an ironclad response.

“Dad, this is the traditional conflict between science and God. I’ve thought about it, and I choose God.”

Point of order

At a State Board of Education meeting, Vice President David Byers, R-Birmingham, asked a procedural question for two-year college system attorney Joan Davis.

David wanted to know whether the same board member could make a motion to approve the list of search committee members for a college presidency, and then move to amend one name on the list.

Joan said yes.

“In the Senate we used to filibuster our own bills. I don’t see why not,” quipped Chancellor Bradley Byrne.

He was a member of the state Senate until he moved to his current job in May, M.J. Ellington notes.

After-dinner treat

Serendipity 3, a New York restaurant, has created a $25,000 dessert that includes top-grade cocoa, edible gold and shavings of a luxury truffle.

It’s served in a goblet with a band of gold decorated with 1 carat of diamonds, The Associated Press reports. There’s also a gold spoon that diners can take home.

This Frrrozen Haute Chocolate is the most expensive dessert in the world, according to Guinness World Records.

To see a video of this exclusive and (we certainly hope) delectable creation, visit

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