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Where to next for Birmingham area skaters?

photo - jflint/Flickr

Photo: Untitled. jflint/Flickr.

That’s the question being asked by many of them as they learned that the skate ramps they’d recently created on the site of the old Terminal Station – and next to the 5th Avenue North on ramp to I-20/59 – had been removed early yesterday by the Alabama Department of Transportation.  The makeshift ramps had been constructed as a result of the dismantling of the Homewood Central Park skate ramp this summer.

Gas prices update

With approximately 25% of the country’s oil refineries located along or near the path of Hurricane Ike, these rising prices may be around for a few days. We’re seeing several reports following the early ones we mentioned earlier today

We’ve just heard via Twitter that gas in Bluff Park is at $4.49/gallon. If you could put gas prices that you see during your evening commute in our comments section, we’d appreciate it (as well as everybody else who visits The Hub).

Last day for ticket amnesty, take two

If you’ve been sitting around for the last month upset that you didn’t pay your long overdue parking tickets back in July during the amnesty period, we’d like to remind you that the city extended the deadline until today.

That’s right, you can feel relaxed as you head to your game later this week if you’re not worried about a boot on the car.

So head over the city’s online payment center or run over to the courthouse and wipe that slate clean.

While you’re there, you may want to pay ours…

Photo: Untitled by megnificence/Flickr

Keeping L.R. Auditorium closed down

Birmingham City Council filed a request for a temporary restraining order, asking a judge to keep a downtown teenage hot spot closed for good.

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Michael Graffeo will hold a hearing on the request Thursday.

The L.R. Hall Auditorium was closed last week, under the advisement of Mayor Larry Langford and Police Chief A.C. Roper. They have called the venue a public safety threat, saying there have been numerous police calls and hundreds of complaints of vandalism and gunshots.

Thanks, Lou

Birmingham is mourning the loss of a native son and a pioneer this morning as word continues to spread about the passing of Lou Zaden, owner of Lou’s Pub and Package Store, on Thursday. He had just celebrated the business’ 21st anniversary last week.

Funeral arrangements have been announced; The visitation and the funeral will be held at Saint George Melkite Greek Catholic Church, 425 16th Avenue South. The visitation is Sunday from 5 until 7 p.m. The funeral will be Monday at 10 a.m.

UPDATE: Pay your overdue tickets today

UPDATE: 8.1.2008, 2 p.m.

Apparently City Hall’s feeling generous as the parking amnesty program is being extended until August 29.

Today’s the last day of the City of Birmingham‘s amnesty program for folks with long overdue parking tickets.

Time out on overdue parking tickets. acnatta/

Time's up on amnesty for overdue parking tickets. acnatta/

If you think you owe money for a past due ticket or other minor traffic violation and you don’t want to pay the fines associated with those tickets, you may want to visit the city’s municipal court building downtown (directions – FYI: it will cost you to park your car in the lot there as well as around the building, so bring change) or pay on the city’s website.

It’s time to name a giraffe again

Giraffe baby imageFor the second time in two years, visitors to the Birmingham Zoo will have a chance to vote in order to name a new giraffe. If you didn’t already know, a female reticulated giraffe was born on Monday. The newborn  and her 8-year-old mother, Juno, are doing well. The zoo’s hoping you’ll come out before August 13, visit the newborn and that while you’re there, cast your vote for her name. Forms will be available in the zoo’s membership office. The winner will be announced on August 15 on their website and the lucky person will win a behind the scenes tour for five people of the zoo’s Savannah area (including giraffe feeding), giraffe adoption in the winner’s name (including giraffe fact sheet, giraffe plush doll and photo) and a Birmingham Zoo t-shirt.

Last summer, Students in Ramsay High School’s Interact Club, a service and leadership organization sponsored by the Rotary Club, chose the name Jalil, meaning Honored One, for a male giraffe that had arrived last spring from San Francisco.

Photo credit: Birmingham Zoo