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February 8, 2012
Must-read of the week: The Washington Post’s “Capital Assets” series
In case you haven’t seen this, the Post’s coverage of how members of Congress are directing spending to places where it benefits them personally is pretty impressive. Examples: Sen. Richard Shelby helped push more than $100 million in earmarks to help rebuild Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and much of that money went to nicen up an area directly around an office building he owns in the city, which has risen in property value as development has increased. (Watch the video; it syncs up with a map of Tuscaloosa.) He’s not alone. Congressmen around the country directly or indirectly benefited from millions in spending that, at the very least, might give them a nicer view around their property — or in other cases, benefited their family members. The Post did a lot of great work on this piece, and it shows. source
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In case you haven’t seen this, the Post’s coverage of how members of Congress are directing spending to places where it benefits them personally is pretty impressive. Examples: Sen. Richard Shelby helped push more than $100 million in earmarks to help rebuild Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and much of that money went to nicen up an area directly around an office building he owns in the city, which has risen in property value as development has increased. (Watch the video; it syncs up with a map of Tuscaloosa.) He’s not alone. Congressmen around the country directly or indirectly benefited from millions in spending that, at the very least, might give them a nicer view around their property — or in other cases, benefited their family members. The Post did a lot of great work on this piece, and it shows. source

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10:01 // 2 years ago
April 29, 2011
I have never seen devastation like this. It is heartbreaking. This is something I don’t think anyone has seen before.
President Barack Obama • Discussing his reaction to the damage in Tuscaloosa. The president, flanked by Michelle Obama and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley. The storms have killed at least 310 — 210 in Alabama alone — and left hundreds injured, along with tearing up a huge chunk of a number of towns across the South, especially in Tuscaloosa. “We can’t bring those who’ve been lost back,” he said. “They’re alongside God at this point … but the property damage, which is obviously extensive, that’s something we can do something about.” For their sake, let’s hope so. source (viafollow)
15:45 // 2 years ago
April 28, 2011
Catastrophic storms, tornados wreak a historic toll
The carnage in context: Obviously, it’s tough to quantify the costs in property damage, land damage, and the hideous trauma that has been thrust upon so many, and in the case of the trauma it’ll probably never be. That said, in terms of the most irreversible damage done, lives lost, we at least know this much — this was a big one by America’s standards. With the death-toll grimly ticking upwards as hours roll by, this will be at least the 7th largest loss of life by storm in American history, and that could easily change in the following days. Our thoughts are with them. (photo by Dusty Compton, from the Tuscaloosa News’ photo gallery) source
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The carnage in context: Obviously, it’s tough to quantify the costs in property damage, land damage, and the hideous trauma that has been thrust upon so many, and in the case of the trauma it’ll probably never be. That said, in terms of the most irreversible damage done, lives lost, we at least know this much — this was a big one by America’s standards. With the death-toll grimly ticking upwards as hours roll by, this will be at least the 7th largest loss of life by storm in American history, and that could easily change in the following days. Our thoughts are with them. (photo by Dusty Compton, from the Tuscaloosa News’ photo gallery) source

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14:42 // 2 years ago
Actually, I was zoomed out to try to get the whole tornado, and I still couldn’t catch it, the whole thing. I mean, we were probably maybe 200 to 300 yards away from it.
University of Alabama employee Christopher England • Describing how he was able to get this video — you know the one, the one with the heavy breathing. England, speaking from one of the now-greatly-damaged areas he filmed, was in one of the strongest, safest buildings in the entire region — Coleman Coliseum, the campus’ men’s basketball complex — while filming the clip. England filmed for a minute and a half before things got too dangerous and he fleed for safety. Speaking of being near the destruction, he noted: ”It’s kind of surreal to be down here now and kind of seeing it, because this is the first time I’ve seen it.”  source (viafollow)
10:40 // 2 years ago

Death toll from tornadoes, storms in South absolutely insane

  • 213+ people killed by storms throughout the South
  • 131+ were killed by severe storms in Alabama alone
  • 32+ were killed by severe storms in nearby Mississippi
  • 12+ people were killed by storms in Georgia
  • 30+ people were killed by the storms in Tennessee
  • 8+ people were killed as far north as Virginia source

» An unprecedented toll: In Alabama in particular, where Tuscaloosa took incredibly strong damage from the storm and many died in Birmingham, officials were still trying to wrap their heads around the disaster. “I would be pretty sure about saying we’ve never had 128 people die in one day,” said Yasamie August, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency’s information manager. (The number’s jumped since she spoke.) “It’s going to be difficult to get an accurate count of damage or injuries at this point. Many people can’t get to a hospital.”

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10:29 // 2 years ago
April 27, 2011

Tuscaloosa tornado raw video: This eight-minute clip, shot by Alabama weather enthusiast Mike Wilhelm, follows the storm for an extended period. “We were just east of the McFarland Boulevard Exit on I 20-59,” he writes. In other news, Obama just signed a state of emergency declaration in Alabama.

23:01 // 2 years ago

Tuscaloosa tornado in action: Today in videos which scare the crap out of us, this. The breathing on the clip only adds to the tension of what’s getting pulled through the lens. We could not imagine.

22:36 // 2 years ago
More damage in Tuscaloosa: A photo of a greatly damaged McDonald’s in the city. The level of damage we’ve seen is just unimaginable. (via @Swagga2Stoopid, who has also posted pictures of a damaged Krispy Kreme and a damaged Milo’s)

More damage in Tuscaloosa: A photo of a greatly damaged McDonald’s in the city. The level of damage we’ve seen is just unimaginable. (via @Swagga2Stoopid, who has also posted pictures of a damaged Krispy Kreme and a damaged Milo’s)

21:43 // 2 years ago
producermatthew:

The aftermath of a strong, mile-wide tornado that struck Tuscaloosa, Alabama Wednesday evening. More than 20 people have died and over 100 people have been admitted to area hospitals according to local media reports. [via yfrog]

producermatthew:

The aftermath of a strong, mile-wide tornado that struck Tuscaloosa, Alabama Wednesday evening. More than 20 people have died and over 100 people have been admitted to area hospitals according to local media reports. [via yfrog]

21:20 // 2 years ago

missmaestra:

I just got a text from Stacey “Tuscaloosa is gone.”

Harrowing stuff. We’ll be watching what happens. (EDIT: MissMaestra says she got her photos and such from the TWCBreaking Twitter account..)

21:16 // 2 years ago