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Randy Tatano: Student at a lousy football college

I attended the University of Connecticut, located in the middle-of-nowhere town of Storrs. Which we all referred to as “Snores” since it was a boring place with nothing to do.

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Randy Tatano: Politicians off-camera

As someone who has met and interviewed dozens of politicians in my career, I’m often asked what these people are really like. It’s not too often you get a peek behind the curtain, as many are always in campaign mode.

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Randy Tatano: How 9/11 answered a lifelong question

We all remember what we were doing on specific days of historical significance. The day JFK was assassinated. The day the space shuttle Challenger exploded. And September 11, 2001.

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Randy Tatano: My near-death experience

I did not see Elvis. I did not find out who killed JFK. Nor did I learn the whereabouts of Jimmy Hoffa. It wasn’t one of those near-death experiences

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Randy Tatano: An Auburn fan’s greatest revenge

First, before you make any assumptions about where this story is going, please note that I did not attend Auburn or Alabama and don’t watch college football. (I know, sacrilege.) I’m an NFL guy. That said, pretty much everyone I know is a fan of one school or the other.

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Randy Tatano: How to personally fund the police

I’ve been around cops since I was a kid. Right off the bat, we learned police officers were the good guys and that if you did something really bad, you might end up in a horrible place called jail.

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Randy Tatano: Jay Leno's garage

Back in the day, before late night shows turned into political lectures devoid of humor, comedy was something people would look forward to before turning in. No matter how bad your workday was, you could count on Johnny Carson to make you laugh.

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'People have to be involved': New conservative grassroots organization focuses on information

Dedicated to educating the public on everything from political candidates to disaster survival, South Alabama Liberty has been growing exponentially since it started with eight friends in an Enterprise restaurant about a year and a half ago.

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Escambia County Schools new CFO using technology to save tax dollars

Escambia County Schools hires new CFO to bring system up-to-date.

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Randy Tatano: Old school shaving

When a beautiful woman tells you to, “Take it off, take it all off” I was sold in sixty seconds Of course, no gorgeous woman appeared in the bathroom while I lathered my face with Noxzema. Teenage boys are so gullible when it comes to a pretty face. (So are adult men, but that’s a story for another day.)

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First-ever “Sweet Grown Alabama Day” spotlights local farmers

You don’t get musicians and inflatable rides for kids at the grocery store, but they’re included this Saturday at some farmers markets for Sweet Grown Alabama Day. The inaugural event will introduce consumers to the benefits of buying locally grown produce, which helps to support Alabama’s farmers.

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Mobile County Schools stepping up with new awareness campaign in midst of violence crisis

It’s a new awareness campaign targeted at schools, where violence among young people can be a problem.

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Randy Tatano: The Hollywood divorce

Everyone has a father. Not everyone has a Dad. We often hear about the fact that many children don’t have a father figure in their lives. Divorce is more common than it was when I was a kid and my parents split up. Back then, coming from a single parent household was not the norm, especially in a Catholic neighborhood. And things were different when it came to the kids.

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Randy Tatano: Becoming a male shopaholic

You’ve probably heard women say, “It’s not just the bargain, it’s the hunt.” Well, for me, it’s both. It’s the quest to find a deal that sounds too good to be true but actually exists.

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Randy Tatano: The Cheapskate Awards

If you’ve worked in the private sector for any length of time, you’ve no doubt run into a cheap boss. One who squeezes every penny until Lincoln screams. While many simply follow a budget dictated by corporate, I’ve had a few who took things way too far.

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'Nowhere to go but up': A unique 40th reunion at W.S. Neal High School

When Hugh Fountain was announced as the new head football coach for W.S. Neal High in East Brewton, it carried significance that went beyond sports. It reunited two men who had been friends since kindergarten. Because Fountain and Principal Todd Williamson are both alumni of the W.S. Neal class of ’82.

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Randy Tatano: Priscilla Presley rocks!

 About 10 years ago I was one of the producers of a television segment on Elvis, which would feature an interview with his ex-wife, Priscilla, who was returning to Graceland on the anniversary of his passing. While I didn’t know everything about Elvis, I was very familiar with Priscilla from her days on the TV show Dallas.

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Officials in south Alabama city say discolored water is safe but warn water emergency could be declared

Blazing hot weather and little rain have occasionally left residents of Fairhope seeing discolored water coming out of the tap. While it’s perfectly safe to drink, the reason is simple.

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Randy Tatano: Dad's radio days

Back in the day (those of us who are “of a certain age” say that a lot), you could fix electronics. If the TV had a problem, you could pull out the tubes, take them to the neighborhood store that had a tube tester, plug in each one, and find the bad one. Then buy a replacement, pop it in, and you’re back in business watching a picture off the rooftop antenna in spectacular black-and-white. Back in the day you could also build electronics. Which reminds me of the coolest thing I ever did with my Dad.

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Randy Tatano: Snake on a plane

Snake on a Plane. No, not the movie. And not a real snake. Kenny Stabler.

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School resource officers: The first line of defense

Considering the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, making schools safer seems to be near or at the top of everyone’s to-do list.

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Randy Tatano: Amber Alert - Bring back the gentleman

Full disclosure right up front: I didn’t care about the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard trial. I didn’t watch a single story on television or read one in print. But wow, did I see social media blow up over the verdict!

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Randy Tatano: Hiring at your 'conveyance'

If you’ve ever been in a position to hire someone, you’ve no doubt had an eye roll moment. I’ve had several. They range from bizarre things on resumes to weird wardrobe choices for an in-person interview.

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Book worms: South Alabama 5th graders write book & hold book signing for parents

There’s one book Flomaton Elementary fifth-graders will definitely be reading this summer, and not because it’s homework.

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A local look at the upcoming hurricane season

Hearing that the hurricane season will be “busier than normal” makes Alabama residents a little nervous. And it has our local meteorologists preparing for storms like the rest of us stock up on batteries and bottled water.

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Blanchard and Burdette make gubernatorial campaign stops in south Alabama

Gubernatorial candidates Lew Burdette and Lindy Blanchard made a stop in south Alabama this week.

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Randy Tatano: My 80s makeover

My mom was a fanatic when it came to how I dressed. I’d be heading off to play baseball, and she’d stop me. “Your t-shirt is all wrinkled!”

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