Waid Jones

City of Montevallo establishes trial program for public transportation

A Montevallo Area Express bus stops outside Napier Hall. Photo by Waid Jones As students move back onto the University of Montevallo’s campus, they may notice signs proclaiming, “It’s time to ride.” These are signs denoting the pickup locations for the City of Montevallo’s new pilot program for a bus system called Montevallo Area Express, or MAX for short. This experimental program took its maiden voyage on Monday, Aug. 13, just a week before students began returning to the University.   The bus system is a partnership with the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority to provide public transportation for Montevallo. The...

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Dr. Patton arrested for DUI

Dr. Michael F. Patton was arrested by the Montevallo Police for driving his golf cart under the influence of alcohol, at the corner of Oak Street and North Boundary Street on the night of April 11. Patton was taken to the Shelby County Sheriff’s office where he was processed and released that same night. Patton, 56, is a professor of philosophy in the University of Montevallo’s English and Foreign Language Department, and is the program coordinator for the Philosophy and Religion Minor at UM. Patton is well known around campus for hosting the Life Raft Debate, as well as having been the co-owner of popular coffee and used book store Eclipse with his wife Cheryl. This is Patton’s first arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol, and the second instance of a UM staff member being arrested for a DUI in the last six months. Earlier this year former University of Montevallo police chief, Chad Adams, resigned after being asked for comment regarding the charge by Shelby County Reporter. The Alabamian staff reached out to Patton for comment, but he has yet to...

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Zuckerberg testifies before a joint session of Congress

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate judiciary and commerce committees on Capitol Hill. Photo by Oliver Douliery In a joint session of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees, senators questioned Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, about his company’s information sharing practices and the data firm Cambridge Analytica. Senate leaders attempted to understand the social media giant’s place in an ever growing and complicated market, and determine if legislative measures are needed to protect social media users’ privacy and data. Legislators also began to examine what those measures might look like. Lawmakers attempted to wade through the complex...

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Opinion: Shut up and report the news

I want to start by saying that I am a Democrat; I’ve volunteered for Democratic campaigns, I am the vocal millennial that the Republican Party hates. That doesn’t, however, change the fact that a Fox News anchor, Laura Ingraham, recently crossed a very important line. My political alignment doesn’t change that a news anchor decided to attack someone merely for having an opinion. On Feb. 15, the Cleveland Cavaliers’, Lebron James, and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant, did an interview with Cari Champion. During this interview James was asked a simple question, “How would you describe the climate for an athlete with a platform now-a-days and want to talk about what’s happening in our world?” He responded by criticizing the current president saying, “the number one job in America the appointed person is someone who doesn’t understand the people,” adding that Trump doesn’t seem to care about those he represents.James said that kids growing up now can’t really look up to this president, later adding that, “while we can’t change what comes out of that man’s mouth, we can alert people that watch us and that listen to us that this is not the way.” His response to this would trigger a rant on the part of Ingraham which was not only reprehensible and disgusting, vile and racist or any other myriad of adjectives but shows that this...

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13 indicted in Russian meddling investigation

Robert Mueller looks on during a news conference in the rose garden of the White House on June 21, 2013, in Washington D.C. Photo by Oliver Doulery A Grand Jury recently handed down an indictment of 13 Russian Nationals and three Russian companies for meddling in the 2016 Presidential Election Cycle. The 37-page indictment details the ways in which the Internet Research Agency, and two other companies, spent millions of dollars and employed hundreds in an attempt to conduct what it called “information warfare against the United States of America.” President Donald Trump, claiming to be vindicated by these...

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