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UA In The News — Jan. 18-21

Gospel artist Jonathan McReynolds holds concert for Realizing the Dream weekend
The Tuscaloosa News – Jan. 19
Gospel artist Jonathan McReynolds wrapped up the Realizing the Dream weekend with a concert Sunday night in the concert hall of the Moody Music Building on the University of Alabama campus. The Chicago native has earned a reputation as one of gospel music’s rising stars. His latest album, “Make Room,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s gospel music chart.

UA students and faculty do service projects for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day
ABC 33/40 – Jan. 20
In Tuscaloosa, students and faculty at The University of Alabama cleaned up trash that accumulated on the side of the black warrior river. Also, other organizations volunteered at the Ferguson center to put together bags of donated food and drinks to deliver to the Alberta Headstart program.
The Tuscaloosa News
CBS 42 – Jan. 19

MLK Day lineup includes day of service, Boots Riley and Yusef Salaam lectures
Crimson White – Jan. 19
MLK Day of Service: A Day On – Not a Day Off What: The Center for Service and Leadership and the office of the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are sponsoring several service opportunities for MLK Day.   Who: The event is open to all.   When: Monday, Jan. 20, starting at 8 a.m.   Where: The Center for Service and Leadership lobby.

UA holds Realizing the Dream Legacy Awards Banquet
WVUA – Jan. 17
The Legacy Awards Banquet honored those who pioneered the realizing the dream motto. This weekend-long celebration will honor those who have made a difference in Dr. King’s legacy. The guest speaker for this year’s event was award winning journalist Laura Ling

University of Alabama cheerleaders earn top honors
The Tuscaloosa News – Jan. 20
The University of Alabama’s cheerleaders earned top honors Sunday during a national competition held in Orlando, Florida. In the all-girl team category, UA finished in first place during the Universal Cheerleading Association’s Division 1A competition. UA’s co-ed team finished in second place, behind the University of Central Florida.
April Noelle
Fox (Salisbury, Md.)
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Witness ‘reciprocity’ isn’t a thing – so no, there can’t be a Biden for every Bolton
SF Gate – Jan. 20
The Senate must answer just two questions at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. First, did he do either of the things the articles of impeachment allege he did: abuse his presidential power or obstruct a congressional investigation? Second, if the answer to the first question is yes, the Senate must decide whether that conduct warrants impeachment’s main penalty: removal from office.
News Times
Westport News
Stamford Advocate
The Eagle
The Washington Post
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Alabama woman says she killed her rapist in self-defense. She could spend life in prison. – Jan. 21
Brittany wrote Todd Smith’s name (no relation) on a piece of receipt paper, passed it to the gas station clerk and said that if she was found dead, he was the killer. But when the authorities were called to Brittany’s home later that morning, it was Todd who had just been shot to death. Two days later, Brittany was charged with murder, despite saying that Todd, an acquaintance, had raped and strangled her hours before she shot and killed him in self-defense. Courtney Cross, an assistant professor of clinical legal instruction and the director of the Domestic Violence Law Clinic at the University of Alabama, said there’s a gender discrepancy when it comes to successfully arguing justifiable homicide in Alabama

Prize-winning poet to give reading at UA
The Tuscaloosa News – Jan. 20
Poet Tyehimba Jess, whose book “Olio” won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, will give a reading from his work 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday at Room 205 in the University of Alabama’s Gorgas Library. He’ll deliver the Bankhead Memorial Lecture that evening, beginning at 7 p.m. in UA’s Moody Concert Hall. His Bankhead lecture is titled “Poetry’s Musical Bloodline: A Sociohistorical Soundtrack,” exploring connections between music and poetry, in particular focusing on music of the African diaspora.

UA houses the Paul R. Jones Museum of Art even though Jones was not allowed to attend UA Law School
WVUA – Jan. 19
This is Paul R. Jones. Born in 1928, he grew up in a coal and iron camp in Bessemer, Alabama. He attended Alabama State University, then Howard University and then he applied to The University of Alabama Law School. It was 1949, it was a different and difficult time. He received this rejection letter from William Adams, the Dean of Admissions that said in part, that the problem posed by your application is one of which we have long been conscious and which we from time to time been called upon in the past to meet.

Forget lifespan: Why brain scientists are focusing on ‘healthspan’
The Ladders – Jan. 21
One of the country’s largest continuing-care companies, Acts Retirement Communities, offers residents weekly social-based classes for brain fitness and memory developed by Cynthia Green, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Mount Sinai in New York City. Green said her brain health approach, available since 2015, is offered at 150 retirement communities around the country. Some of the Acts communities are participating in a two-year study about memory improvement supervised by a researcher at the University of Alabama.

Online Schools Report Publishes Ranking of Best Online Master’s Degrees in Social Work for 2020
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Jan. 20
Online Schools Report has released their ranking of the Best Online Master’s Degrees in Social Work. OSR, the new student resource site, based their ranking strictly on data, prioritizing the school’s ability to deliver an online education comparable to an on-campus degree.  These schools all display an astounding commitment to social work education. Data from the National Center for Education Statistics and the Department of Education’s College Scorecard confirm that graduates from these programs are satisfied, making good money, and in general got a quality return on their investment. In addition, these schools harnessed the power of their online delivery format to guide students to success. The University of Alabama.
SNN News
The Eagle
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