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[PHOTOS] A look at 15+ of the newest murals around Birmingham

One of my personal faves around town. Photo via Chaise Sanders for Bham Now

If you drive through Birmingham one thing is certain—the streets are decorated with pieces of art you may not even notice. Here are some of the most recent murals we’ve seen around town lately, including a 100-foot long piece in Selma. Which ones are your favorites?

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9 of the spookiest spiders you’ll find creeping through Alabama right now—from a Samford professor

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A tarantula just hanging out on a leaf. Photo via Bham Now

Move over ghosts and goblins—spiders in Alabama can be even spookier than imaginary creatures. We reached out to Dr. Drew Hataway, an arachnologist at Samford University, to find out about 9 of the spookiest spiders you can find in the Birmingham area this season. Keep reading for all the details.

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Former AT&T City Center to be redeveloped as The 600, an upcoming luxury apartment tower [Photos]

The upcoming rooftop patio of The 600. Rendering via TSW Planners, Architects, Landscape Architects, first published in the Birmingham Business Journal

One of Birmingham’s tallest buildings has new owners with big plans. The 1960’s-era, 30-story former AT&T City Center is planned to be renovated as a new luxury multi-family apartment building, known as “The 600”.

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Mary and Gary share their experience as Red Cross Volunteers during Hurricane Sally

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Gary and Mary Mattingly, two Red Cross volunteers. Photo submitted

After Hurricane Sally tore across the Gulf Coast, volunteers from the American Red Cross had boots on the ground as soon as possible to aid those affected by the storm. We spoke with Gary and Mary Mattingly, a husband and wife volunteer team, to hear their story.

Want to make a difference with the American Red Cross? Click here to give blood, make a donation or fill a virtual or “boots on the ground” volunteer position.

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3 trends to get your home ready for fall + where to shop them in Birmingham

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There’s no such thing as too many textures. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

Decorating for fall is something I look forward to each year. Beyond lighting seasonally scented candles, there’s so much you can do to warm up your home as the weather cools down. Here are three ways to get your home ready for fall, plus tips from a local interior designer on how to incorporate this season’s trends into your space.

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5 lake homes near Birmingham that will make your jaw drop this fall

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This is where I would want to spend all my time. Photo via ARC Realty

Now that we’re in the perfect weather season, who doesn’t long for a lake home? Whether you’re wanting room to spread out, a place to enjoy the great outdoors or a spot for entertaining, we’ve got you covered. Plus, if you need to upgrade the windows and doors in your lake home, Pella’s got you covered. Keep reading for all the details.

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UAB creates promising inhaled monoclonal antibody for COVID-19

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A new COVID-19 treatment is on the horizon. Photo by Ousa Chea via Unsplash

We’ve heard a lot about upcoming vaccines that will help lower your chances of getting the COVID-19 virus. But what if you do contract it? Are there at-home treatment options available? With UAB taking the reins, there appears to be some promise on the horizon—and it comes in the form of an inhalant. 

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Birmingham is 1 of 4 cities in the US where you can participate in StoryCorps’ One Small Step—sign up today

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Two participants in a StoryCorps One Small Step interview (in pre-COVID times). Photo via StoryCorps

Tired of hating people because of politics? Starting today, October 21 through 2021, we have a really unique opportunity to build bridges across our divides. StoryCorps has chosen Birmingham as one of four cities across the US for their One Small Step initiative, and they need our help. Their goal: to reconnect a divided America. Interested? Hop over here to sign up today.

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5 restaurants to try for your next date night in Birmingham + what to order

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Photo via Cafe Dupont on Facebook

When’s the last time you got dressed up and went out for a delicious date night meal? If you’re looking for an excuse to treat yourself, consider visiting one of these 5 spots in Birmingham. Keep reading for more details, including what to order when you go.

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BSC is hosting virtual book clubs facilitated by experts, and you’re invited

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Now this looks like my kind of reading spot. Photo via BSC

2020, the year of virtual… well, everything. There’s no better way to fill your emptier-than-usual schedule than by learning something new, and Birmingham-Southern College is making it easy. Get all the deets on their virtual book clubs right here.

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