My father spent his career sitting in the corner office of the bank where he was a branch manager. Sometimes as a child, I would impatiently wait on him to finish with a customer before he would look up and nod, indicating I could enter and get a quarter for some candy, or I could relay a me…

In our nation’s capital, just inside the doors to the White House at the East Wing entrance, hang two large framed photographs. They are images of the president of the United States walking alongside some of the pillars of America’s civil rights movement. That photo was taken last year in Se…

I didn’t get to do a lot of original reporting in 1985 as a clerk on United Press International’s sports desk in New York. My job was to move copy and box scores to our client newspapers as fast as possible, and so every night I took dictation from sportswriters around the country – at baseb…

Last August, while most of the attention in our state’s capital city was focused on the upcoming second special session and looming budget crisis, Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Col. Jeff Dunn came to me with an idea. He shared a vision for solving Alabama’s lingering, danger…

In 2014, as I prepared to spend a week in Alabama reporting a story for the magazine I work for, I felt vaguely uneasy. I’m an immigrant from Britain who has spent most of her more than 30 years in the United States in liberal coastal cities and now lives in New York. I wasn’t sure how I’d b…

Soon, Bill and Virginia Love of Anniston — so very much of it, of this peculiar, beautiful, still-magnetic place — will load provisions into their Volvo station wagon, take a last look around at their lakeside home of nearly 40 years and those ancient, resolute hills of pine and hardwood tha…

NEW YORK — You’d think, given Donald Trump’s national ubiquitousness, that Manhattan would be overrun with all things Trump the Politician, an endless supply of T-shirts, lapel buttons, posters, hats and placards. But that’s not the case.

ROME, Ga. -- Centered here on a grassy plot, where Broad Street and 1st Avenue meet, a rusting link between this Georgia river city and Anniston remains as it has for untold decades. Down below is the Etowah River. Up ahead, beneath the sun, is Myrtle Hill, one of the seven rises that make t…

The Alabama Legislature has returned to Montgomery for its 2016 regular session. With a sense of deja vu, lawmakers who couldn’t pass a budget last year have started discussions about how they will do so this spring.

The executive actions on guns unveiled Monday by President Obama drew predictable praise from gun control advocates and bile from gun-rights supporters and Republican lawmakers, including some who called his actions “unconstitutional.”

The Speak Out section of The Star’s editorial page remains one of the newspaper’s most popular features. We’re glad that’s the case. A vibrant community newspaper is only made better when its readers take part in the discussions of the day. And, boy, did you do that in 2015.

PARIS — Before a SWAT team stormed a tenement in the Belgian city of Verviers in January, police used listening devices to monitor their targets inside: Belgian jihadis who had returned from Syria to attack a local police station in the name of the Islamic State.

In 2006, Alabama lawmakers passed a bill aimed at punishing parents who turned their kitchens and garages into do-it-yourself meth labs, exposing their children to toxic chemicals and noxious fumes. Support was bipartisan, the vote was unanimous, and the bill was quickly signed into law.

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