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The Birmingham News Backfile (4/27/1993-Current)

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Did You Know?

Rather than a Did You Know this week, how about a Do You Know. Do you know what famous modernist architect designed the Basilica Sagrada Familia in Barcelona that was started in 1882 and remains unfinished today? Do you know the NFL’s all-time leading point scorer? In terms of assets, do you know what was the largest ever corporate bankruptcy in the U.S.? The answers are Gaudi, Morten Anderson, and Lehman Brothers, respectively. These are just three of the many questions BPL’s Trivia Team answered correctly to win Alabama's Brightest trivia competition. How'd you stack up against the BPL Trivia Team?


Representatives from Impact Alabama and members of BPL's Trivia Team (green shirts) from left to right: Danny Dorroh, Tobin Cataldo, Jaclyn Hogan, Jared Millet, Marybeth Newbill, and Jim Pate
Representatives from Impact Alabama and members of BPL's Trivia Team (green shirts) from left to right: Danny Dorroh, Tobin Cataldo, Jaclyn Hogan, Jared Millet, Marybeth Newbill, and Jim Pate

BPL Wins Alabama’s Brightest Trivia Competition

Congratulations to BPL’s Trivia Team for winning not one, but TWO $10,000 awards in the annual Birmingham’s Brightest trivia competition! Presented by Impact Alabama and sponsored by Protective Life Corporation, the first competition, held at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, drew over 70 Birmingham-area businesses and organizations, with over 650 individuals in attendance. The state-wide contest on April 18 netted an additional $10,000. Team members beat out Mobile’s Hargrove Engineers + Constructors, Montgomery’s Alabama Arise, and Huntsville’s Dynetics Inc. All four teams were the winners of their respective city competitions. The total of $20,000 will go to BPL’s sponsor in this endeavor, the Friends of the Birmingham Public Library. Thank you, Friends! ...learn more

WORD UP! 2012 winners from left to right: Eboni Wallace (Tarrant), first place
winner; Derrick McKenzie (Hewitt-Trussville), second place winner; Jeramie
Scott (Woodlawn), third place winner; Justin Wright (Shades Valley), third
place winner.
WORD UP! 2012 winners from left to right: Eboni Wallace (Tarrant), first place
winner; Derrick McKenzie (Hewitt-Trussville), second place winner; Jeramie
Scott (Woodlawn), third place winner; Justin Wright (Shades Valley), third
place winner.

Tarrant High Student Claims Grand Prize in Poetry Slam


WORD UP! is an annual poetry slam for high school students who are enrolled in schools, or home schooled, in Jefferson County. At the event held on Sunday, April 1, Eboni Wallace walked away with the grand prize. Eboni is a 10th grade student at Tarrant High School. Also stepping onto the stage to receive cash awards were second prize winner Derrick McKenzie, a 12th grade student at Hewitt-Trussville and two winners who tied for third place, Jeramie Scott, a 10th grader at Woodlawn High, and Justin Wright, an 11th grade student at Shades Valley High School. Other schools represented by the more than 25 participating students included the Alabama School of Fine Arts, A.H. Parker High, Spain Park, and Wenonah High. The slam was sponsored by the Birmingham Public Library (BPL). ...learn more

Celebrate Earth Day on April 12

Earth Day is a day in which the events occur world-wide to increase environmental awareness and to appreciate the natural environment. Earth Day falls on April 22 this year. Many counties celebrate it on different days, some having an Earth Week, but most celebrate on April 22 as well.

The name and concept of an Earth Day was first discussed at a UNESCO conference in 1969 in San Francisco. The next year was the first official celebration of Earth Day. The celebration of Earth Day helped raise environmental issues in the United States and the world, and helped lead to the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970 by President Richard Nixon. ...learn more



April 20, 2012
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