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  • 10 years ago

    New Orleans—While George W. Bush circled in Air Force One, several hundred people gathered at Jackson Square, in the heart of the French Quarter, for a rally called "Stop the Flooding." Many of those people were high school students from the ...

  • 10 years ago

    For 13 days in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the body of Alcede Jackson lay on a porch at 4732 Laurel St., wrapped in a plastic bag and covered in a blanket beneath a sign quoting the evangelist John and commending Jackson to "the loving arm...

  • 10 years ago

    1974. Kandahar, Afghanistan. Spozmay Hotel. Habib, the proprietor, has brought a tray of assorted varieties of hashish and kief to mi hermano Alabama Billy Messerschidt's garden suite—a first-floor one-room that opens onto a field of opium po...

  • 15 years ago

    Spivey's Corner, North Carolina, does have a traffic light, which is more than can be said for Plain View, its western, and bigger, neighbor. It has several, actually, all at the same crossroads. It even has a marble monument: "Welcome to Spivey's...

  • 15 years ago

    "Awesome," my new friend Jimbo says sotto voce. "Intense. Vibrant." He is describing, believe it or not, a mixed-breed dog named Alabama, a smaller version of Ole Yeller, who is in the bay pen at the sixth annual Uncle Earl's Hog Dog Trials, tryin...

  • 16 years ago

    My friend Hey Joe—as in "Where you going with that gun in your hand?"—is not happy. "Goddamn, I hate blackjack," he says passionately. We are sitting in the back room of a small hall in Birmingham, Alabama, where Joe and his two nephews ...