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Washing Machine Alabama News
Randy Tatano: 'Smart' appliances – the rise of the machines

Whoever came up with the original concept of “smart” devices had to be a fan of the “Terminator” movies. Because if these things are smart, they wouldn’t break down constantly and drive us insane.

Columbus Alabama News
Randy Tatano: Politically incorrect Christopher Columbus

America has always been known as a melting pot. But sometimes if you turn the heat up on a pot too much, everything dissolves. Including the traditions and the ability to laugh at ourselves.

Shutdown Alabama News
Randy Tatano: The fine print of a government ‘shutdown’

The phrase “your tax dollars at work” may as well be “your tax dollars on vacation” whenever there’s a government shutdown.

Unisphere Alabama News
Randy Tatano: Bring back the World’s Fair

Since Congress loves wasting cash on useless stuff, why not blow a billion or 10 on something unique that Americans can actually enjoy for our tax dollars?

Summer Alabama News
Randy Tatano: Summer heat is a tradeoff

“Why do we endure this heat every year?” My answer is the only one a Yankee can give: “Anything beats shoveling snow.” 

Board Games Alabama News
Randy Tatano: More fun than a barrel of monkeys

Try rolling the dice with your family by playing an old-fashioned game. You might be surprised that the kids find it a lot more enjoyable than a phone.

Carlee Russell Alabama News
Randy Tatano: How does the media select missing persons for coverage?

People get emotional and care a great deal about pretty things that are broken. And the media knows this. Especially when it comes to missing persons. 

Sound Freedom3 Alabama News
Randy Tatano: ‘Sound of Freedom’ isn’t remotely political

In our current climate, everything is political, so now a story that showed the good guys winning is now a negative. Even a movie that doesn’t have a hint of an agenda … other than saving children.

Wedding Gifts Alabama News
Randy Tatano: 'Boost Bags' are the ultimate wedding gift

The North and South have two very different traditions when it comes to wedding gifts. 

Ice Cream 2 Alabama News
Randy Tatano: Newsflash — It’s hot in the summer

I really don’t need to tell anyone in Alabama it’s going to be hot this summer. You can just step outside. No reporter required.

Ice Cream Alabama News
Randy Tatano: Eating ice cream 101

As summer heats up, here's a few facts about our favorite frozen dessert.

Professional man Alabama News
Randy Tatano: How to get a job without applying

Have we, as a society, gotten so far beyond casual in our dress that even wearing khakis and an oxford shirt is now the equivalent of a tuxedo? Do basic business casual clothes send me directly to management? 

Cat and Kittens Alabama News
Randy Tatano: Stray cats sale — feed one, get four free!

There are plenty of people out there who do a lot more than I do for animals, running animal rescue organizations or fostering sick pets. I just thought I’d share the wonderful feeling you get when you save an animal.

Alfred E Neuman Alabama News
Randy Tatano: Snappy answers to stupid questions

“Mad Magazine” and its "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions" is no longer around, but stupid questions still are.

Hot dog Alabama News
Randy Tatano: The menu in the press box

Of all the press box food I’ve experienced, most has been very good. Auburn definitely had the best menu (sorry, Alabama fans, but this is about food, not football) with a really tasty buffet.

Easter Eggs Alabama News
Randy Tatano: The Easter April Fools’ Day gag

The key to a great April Fools’ Day story is believability; it must look as if it’s actually true before the punch line. 

Palmetto bug Alabama News
Randy Tatano: The Deep South’s welcome wagon of bugs

As Sergeant Al said in the movie “Die Hard,” we’re gonna need a boatload of screen doors.

Michele Collier instructs Connie Reeves from the Central Office (left) and Janet Brantley from Flomaton Elementary (right) Alabama News
Complete transparency coming to Escambia County Schools

More than ever, parents want to know exactly what’s going on in their child’s school.

Communion Alabama News
Randy Tatano: First communion boot camp

Every religion has its traditions. Growing up Catholic, the big event for a kid is your first holy communion.

Gas Stove Alabama News
Randy Tatano: Hands off my gas stove!

Of all the stupid things the church of climate change has targeted, taking away gas stoves takes the cake.

Donuts Alabama News
Randy Tatano: Happy Valentine’s Day – Here’s your donut

Valentine’s Day. The time of romance, cupid, hearts, flowers and candy. But Valentine’s Day reminds me of donuts. Donuts and “The Poop Cruise.” 

Soup Alabama News
Randy Tatano: Goodbye to Italian penicillin

These days, the worldwide Italian community mourns the passing of number 155, pastina, which is just about the smallest pasta known to man.

TV Reporter Alabama News
Randy Tatano: Why February TV news is strange

You might think February, May and November are simply three months of the year. But in the world of television, they’re known as “sweeps months.”

Mardi Gras Alabama News
Randy Tatano: Mardi Gras … I just don’t get it

In Mobile, life seems to come to a screeching halt, revolving around Mardi Gras for a few weeks. When I got a job in Mobile, I was assigned to cover my first Mardi Gras parade. I had no idea what to expect.

Gas Station Alabama News
Randy Tatano: Those were the good ol’ days

Young people apparently have no idea how different life was before the advent of technology turned this country into one ruled by Skynet. So I started thinking of all the great stuff from the “good old days” that no longer exists.

Basketball Court Alabama News
Randy Tatano: Death on an Alabama basketball court

The death of an athlete in any sport is rare, but after the very visible collapse of Damar Hamlin, the potential for it is front and center in minds across the country.

New Year Alabama News
Randy Tatano: Resolutions society needs

Here are the suggested New Year resolutions that should cover everyone in some shape or form.

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