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Alabama woman dressing dogs for Halloween to help find forever homes

Cute doggies? Check. Cute costumes? Check.

Adorable way to let people know about rescue dogs? Check, times a gabillion.

Huntsville resident Sara Alavi has been fostering rescue dogs until they can be adopted. And to help find those forever homes, Alavi created the Instagram page @dearpups. “I created the page to share some fun images of my own rescue dogs and some of my fosters in hopes that they might get adopted,” she said, although she says has been lax in keeping it updated in the past.

Now she’s found an awwww-inspiring way to keep her page current: During October, she is posting photos each day of her dog, Nelly aka Jellybean, and some of her fosters wearing Halloween costumes. She is calling the challenge Nellyween and so far it includes costumes like Ruff Bader Ginsburg, Eve, Carol Baskin, and even the famed dress from Carol Burnett’s parody of “Gone with the Wind.” She said she looks forward to suggestions from followers of creative costumes.

“I have always sewn and created Halloween costumes for my dogs throughout the years. The costumes are usually something current to do with pop culture and I look for inspiration all year,” Alavi said. “Three years ago, my best friend challenged me to do a costume for each day of the month of October. I figured if there is ever a year to do it, this would be the year. I figured people could use a smile (or laugh). And, thankfully, I have an incredibly tolerant dog who humors me. Being cold-natured, she can usually be found wearing clothing anyways and, in fact, gets upset when she has to change for laundry day.”

Alavi says Nelly’s breed is a “pomchillon,” her own name for “a mix between a pomeranian, chihuahua and papillon.”

“It’s a pretty

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Renovation of Bryant-Denny showcases Alabama extravagance, pride

There wasn’t a nicer on-campus stadium for college football in the entire country than the one in Tuscaloosa.

That’s what I thought about Bryant-Denny before the $107 million renovation. Now? Now, I understand the psychology of those Egyptian pharaohs of old. They wanted eternal homes worthy of not just kings, but gods amongst men.

No. 2 Alabama reopens its palace of Southern power on Saturday with a 2:30 p.m. home game against No.13 Texas A&M. It’s a fittingly symbolic matchup of wealth and extravagance. Texas A&M might have the most money of anyone in the SEC, and the Aggies’ Kyle Field is an experience more than place, but Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium is a monument to an entire state’s uncompromising, unapologetic love for college football.

We do it better than anyone, for good or ill.

Bryant-Denny Stadium is a house of worship, a source of dreams and a place of business. It’s where Tennessee goes to die every other year, and where Crimson Tide glory lives forever. It’s where Paul Bryant built a legacy, and Nick Saban enriched it and made it something better.

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Without guilt or journalistic compromise, I can say that I share in that love of Alabama football even without being a fan of Alabama football. Same goes with Auburn. I’m a proud Alabamian, and for me those teams represent the greatness we can achieve as a state when we work together.

It sure is a complicated love, though, and that seems especially true after this past summer. That’s why I want to reflect for a moment, and pause and say thank you.

On Saturday, I’m going to sit in a brand new press box that was

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Alabama nursing homes to allow limited in-person visits

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Wednesday the resumption on Oct. 2 of limited in-person visits to nursing homes more than six months after they locked down in response to coronavirus.

Each nursing home resident will be allowed one caregiver or visitor at a time. Nursing homes can only permit indoor visits if they have not had a positive coronavirus case in two weeks, according to the Alabama Nursing Home Association. Facilities can limit the total number of visitors at one time and masks and social distancing will be required.

The Alabama Nursing Home Association provided the following guidance to family members:

· Do schedule an appointment to visit with your loved one

· Do use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before, during and after your visit

· Do wear a mask covering your mouth and nose during your entire visit in the facility

· Do maintain social distance of at least six feet from staff and residents

· Do keep out of areas that are not designated for visitation

· Don’t remove your mask while in the facility

· Don’t leave the designated visitation area

· Don’t come to the facility without an appointment

· Don’t come to the facility if you have any symptoms – coughing, sore throat, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of sense of taste or smell – even if you attribute these symptoms to some other cause (allergies or cold).

More than 6,000 nursing home residents and 3,000 staff members in Alabama have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since March. The facilities often house sick and elderly people at high risk of complications and death from the virus. But families have become increasingly concerned that policies designed to protect vulnerable residents have caused cognitive and physical decline as they struggle with isolation and loneliness.

“It’s important for nursing home residents

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