REPORTING PORTFOLIO

All of these stories were published in The Crimson White, the University of Alabama's student newspaper.

THE TUSCALOOSA PUBLIC LIBRARY MISSES YOU

People quarantine at home. Library books quarantine in a castle.

Behind the children’s section at the Tuscaloosa Public Library (TPL), a room called the Story Castle, once home to regular storytimes for children, is now the three-day resting place of the library’s returned items.

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ALABAMA’S UFO CAPITAL STILL HAS A STORY TO TELL

When Fred Works holds out his hands – palms down, thumbs together, index fingers touching – it’s his best attempt to approximate the shape of something he saw in the sky more than 30 years ago.

TUSCALOOSA LOCALS PROFILE THE STRIP IN NEW DOCUMENTARY

In 1865, with Confederate troops having deserted the University of Alabama campus, the Union Army set the place ablaze. That was more than 150 years ago, but Taylor Watson feels like that’s about as long as he’s been in Tuscaloosa. 

“The Yankees had just left when we got here,” Watson said. 

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INTERNS WEIGH VALUE OF EXPERIENCE WITH FINANCIAL NEEDS

For anyone looking to lose 20 pounds in just a few months, Abba Mellon has the perfect, foolproof diet. There are just a few simple rules: drink vending machine coffee, eat nothing but tacos and churros and spend most of your day working at “the happiest place on earth.”

ALABAMA HEALTH CARE FAILS TRANSGENDER STUDENTS

Cameron McCall isn’t much of a football fan, which is probably for the best, since she had to miss out on the Alabama vs. Citadel game a couple weeks ago. Instead of hiking up the spiral at Bryant-Denny Stadium, the junior majoring in biology was making a more than three-hour drive to Nashville, Tennessee to see her doctor.

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