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From Paris to Birmingham: French design, details create standout home

The owners say this Birmingham home is French — drawn from France’s southern Provence area — and many of the home’s details support that. Wochit
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They call this corner of Birmingham “the San Francisco district” with its wandering streets, houses perched on the sides of hills and small city lots.

This house plays that hand out fully — three stories tall, a steep-cobblestone driveway up to the garage, a cobblestone path farther up to the front door, limestone stairs and a finely manicured little piece of land that uses every square yard.

But its owners go further. They say it’s French — drawn from France’s southern Provence area — and many of the home’s details support that.

The architecture is French Provincial — with a flat front, mansard roof, raised terrace and Juliet balconies.

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Report: Clemson WR Hunter Renfrow apologized to Alabama DB for losing temper

Hunter Renfrow was the hero for Clemson in last season’s College Football Playoff national title game.

Renfrow, a former walk-on receiver, caught the go-ahead touchdown pass for Clemson with one second remaining, knocking off Alabama 35-31 to give the Tigers their first national championship since 1981.

But during the game, something strange happened, according to The Athletic’s Matt Fortuna: Renfrow got mad.

Blame Tony Brown.

The Alabama cornerback trash talked Renfrow all night. Eventually, Renfrow lost it.

“How about you guard me then, Renfrow snapped,” Fortuna wrote.

“And then I immediately felt bad,” Renfrow said. “And it took me like three plays to get up the courage to say: OK, I’m sorry. I should not have said that.

“Because if we were going to win, I wanted to win the right way an...

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Kitten takes free 700-mile ride in tour bus wheel housing

A kitten nicknamed Axle hitched a ride in the wheel arch of a tourist coach – for nearly 700 miles.

The four-month-old ginger kitten is understood to have got trapped in the vehicle in south west England but wasn’t discovered until it reached the north of the country four days later.

In between it went on a nationwide tour that took in Lands’ End, London, Windsor and Birmingham before ending up in Cumbria.

He was eventually set free after a mechanic investigated unusual noises a driver heard coming from underneath the coach.

Axle is now being cared for by vets who have issued an appeal to reunite him with his owner.

( © Oakhill Vets / SWNS.com)

The cat was finally recovered on Monday afternoon and a large crowd gathered to watch him being pulled free from the wheel.

Driver Bill Henderson s...

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Study: Salary you need to afford a home in Birmingham metro

The downtown Birmingham skyline is seen from Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013. (Mark Almond/malmond@al.com)

Homebuyers in the Birmingham metropolitan area need to make, at least, $41,717.33 a year to afford to purchase a median-price home, according to a new analysis from HSH.com.

Despite being one of the affordable metros in the U.S., homebuyers in the Birmingham metro saw an increase of more than $3,000 in the required salary during the second quarter of the year, the website stated. Home prices grew by 12.62 percent in a quarterly comparison.

If homebuyers put 10 percent down instead of 20 percent, the required salary increases to $48,645.87, according to HSH.com

The Birmingham metro still remains one of the 25 least expensive of the 50 largest metro areas in the...

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Cricket set to be left out of Birmingham’s 2022 Commonwealth Games bid

Cricket will not be included as part of Birmingham’s bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, according to politicians in the city.

The sport had been expected to feature in Birmingham’s plans should they be awarded the Games due to the involvement of Warwickshire County Cricket Club chief executive Neil Snowball, who also served as head of sports operations at the London 2012 Olympic Games, in the bid.

They were also considering the sport as part of their initial attempt at securing the hosting rights for the 2026 Games.

However, it has now been claimed that Birmingham 2022 will omit the sport from their proposals.

Ian Ward, deputy leader of Birmingham City Council and chair of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games Steering Group, claimed the reason behind the decision to exclude the sport was be...

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Birmingham one of 13 U.S. cities dedicated to ending spread of AIDS by 2030

(Erin Edgemon | eedgemon@al.com)

Birmingham is one of 13 cities in the United States to join the Paris Declaration to end the spread of AIDS by 2030.

Mayor William Bell signed a declaration last week pledging to dedicate local resources in the fight to end AIDS.

State agencies, local organizations and the University of Alabama at Birmingham are partnering to achieve the following goals by 2020: 90 percent of people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 90 percent of those who know their status will be engaged in care and on antiretroviral therapy (ART); and 90 percent of those on ART achieving full viral suppression, UAB stated in a release.

Partners include the city of Birmingham, Alabama Department of Public Health, Jefferson County Department of Public Health, Birmingham AIDS Outr...

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How To Survive Your Move To Birmingham Apartments

Moving to Birmingham apartments can be extremely stressful for everyone, and that’s especially the case if you don’t prepare ahead of time for your move. Though you can’t eliminate all moving anxiety, the fact is that there are a few ways to make the process go seamlessly!

*Make sure you save up enough money for your move so you don’t have to worry about rent, going to work right away, and decorating your place. Birmingham apartments are a great place to live, but you need to be able to pay your rent on time and turn your new apartment into a home. It’s a good idea to have about three month’s rent for backup!

*Have a bed and linens ready to install to ensure your first night at your new place is reassuring and isn’t filled with anxiety...

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Luther Strange: People of Alabama are fed up with lying politicians

U.S. Senator Luther Strange speaks at the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce Washington Update Luncheon at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Ala. Wednesday May 31st. (Bob Gathany / bgathany@AL.com)

By U.S. Senator Luther Strange

The people of Alabama are fed up. They are tired of politicians who lie to them, and they are sick of elected officials who’ve been in Washington so long they’ve forgotten why they ran in the first place. Washington, D.C., as President Trump has put it, has become a swamp where the public good is far from most politicians’ minds.

What I see in Washington reminds me of what I saw in Montgomery when I was first elected Alabama’s Attorney General...

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£246 Million Battery Technology Investment To Be Launched By Business Secretary In Birmingham

The first phase of a £246 million Government investment into battery technology is being launched.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said the aim is to ensure the UK leads the world in the design, development and manufacture of electric batteries.

Known as the Faraday Challenge, the four-year investment round is a key part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. It will deliver a programme of competitions that will aim to boost the research and development of battery technology.

Birmingham’s car industry and universities are engaged in research to make electric batteries more efficient, more compact and longer lasting to power our vehicles of the future and lessen the economy’s dependence on oil, as well as boost our economy.

The West Midlands has already launched a bid to open a national ba...

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Neighborhood Voices: Crestline

Hunter Williams speaks about the recent wave of crime in his area, and what he would like to see done about it.

Image courtesy of Google Maps.

Weld’s “Neighborhood Voices” series features interviews with the presidents of each of Birmingham’s 99 neighborhood associations about the strengths and challenges facing their communities. If you are a neighborhood leader and would like your neighborhood to be included, you can reach out to us at sam@weldbham.com.

The Crestline neighborhood sits east of Birmingham as a suburb of Mountain Brook, just south of Interstate 20 and Montclair Road and north of Old Leeds Road. Crestline borders the city of Mountain Brook and Birmingham’s Eastwood neighborhood. According to the Birmingham Housing Survey, the population of Crestline is 3,154...

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