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BirmingYappings: February 12, 2016

From hot topics to hot mess and everything else in between, these are just some of things people are yappin’ about in the ‘Ham this week.

AIR JORDIN

On Fat Tuesday, Central Alabama Pride, the organization responsible for the Birmingham’s LGBT pride events, announced acclaimed pop singer Jordin Sparks will be the 2016 headliner for PrideFest. The 26-year old singer made history for being the youngest winner of FOX’s American Idol, capturing the coveted title in season six. Her many Top 40 hits include her “Tattoo,” “One Step at a Time,” Battlefield” and her duet with Chris Brown, ”No Air.” In film, she played alongside the late Whitney Houston in the 2012 remake of Sparkle. Last year, Sparks released her third LP, Right Here, Right Now. PrideFest will be held at Sloss Furnaces on June 12.

HEAVY MARKS

Last week, the longtime manager of Al’s on Seventh dropped a bomb on us all regarding his unexpected departure from the Lakeview gay bar. “ Mark [Cummings] has been an integral part of not only the success of Al’s but a strong voice echoing the needs of the community. We wish our friend the best where ever life takes him,” a message read on the Al’s on Seventh’s Facebook page. Cummings returned to this week on social media with a bit of good news announcing his latest place of employment, as bar manager at B&O Warehouse.

FAR INTO THE COSMOS

After thirty years of operations, Cosmo’s Pizza — a popular eatery known for its neon lights in Five Points South — will be closing its doors at the end of this month. According to owner Leisa Bunn, the business would close mainly because of “taxes and other things we don’t have the money for.” She told Weld of Birmingham that there was an obvious decline in business in Five Points South since many customers began to shift eastward toward Avondale and Lakeview. Its last day is February 28.

ROTARY ROOTER

The highly-anticipated Rotary Trail facing 20th Street South will officially open on April 6, according to reports made this week in local news. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Birmingham, the new “railroad cut” greenspace and extension of Railroad Park will include park benches, an amphitheatre, boardwalks and other amenities. The 46-foot sign, modeled after the historic “Birmingham: The Magic City” that faced the condemned Terminal station, will be lit up for the public for the first time on opening day.

ALL IN LOVE IS FAIR

After the shuttering of one of its largest employers with its Walmart Supercenter last month, Fairfield — a town of 12,000 residents — is looking to Birmingham for some much needed TLC. The city is in desperate need of cash, and its mayor has even suggested harder times in months to come. A possible solution to annex into Birmingham is being shuffled around in watercooler conversations. Some are opposed to the idea, while others feel it could be a sweet victory for Birmingham. According to analysts, the annex is possible. They also believe the acquiring of Miles College would be a major boost for the Magic City. On top of that, the city’s population will jump to 225,000, keeping Birmingham in the lead for being the state’s largest city.

I’ve mentioned before (in a few Q&A’s) that I subscribe to alerts (such as Google Alerts) on Blac Chyna’s name to keep up-to-date. And I’ve mentioned, too, that the list of highly contradictory and/or ridiculous headlines and articles that show up are insane. Sometimes, I glare at them in frustration. Other times I laugh at the stupidity. 

I was thinking maybe (when I get a real ridiculous bunch) of posting up an #intodaysnews section so you could all laugh with me. Or get mad with me. Whichever applies.

Are any of my followers interested? Or should I stick with the regular content?

Rain or Shine makes Commissioner’s Cup debut vs Star

Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, fresh from another Final Four showing, make their debut in the Oppo PBA Commissioner Cup by taking on old rival the Star Hotshots in a Petron Blaze Saturday Special at the Philsports Arena.

Tip off is at 5:15 p.m. with the Elasto Painters again showing up with Wayne Chism in tow.

“Chism is okay. He arrived early and he came in game shape. He didn’t gain weight. He’s really like his old self,” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao of their returning reinforcement, winner of the Best Import award in the previous Commissioner’s Cup.

Chism and his teammates, however, have to step up with Paul Lee and Jeff Chan out on injuries at least in the first two weeks of the tourney.

Lee, still recuperating from a knee injury, and Chan, nursing an injury to his elbow, won’t be ready to play until March.

The recovery of Raymond Almazan and Jericho Cruz from their own health problems provides the Elasto Painters some relief.

In their first game after a third-place finish in the Philippine Cup, the E-Painters will be up against the Hotshots whom Guiao considers among the tough playoff contenders in the tourney.

“The Hotshots with their old import Denzel Bowles, siguradong laban yan,” said Guiao.

The Hotshots dominated the Meralco Bolts through the first three quarters before tapering off and subsequently suffering an 86-90 loss on opening day.

“The talent in that team is there. Basically, it’s just a matter of getting used to their new coach and new system. Once they settle down, the ability and the potential of the team will come out. The first conference was just feeling out. They can now be judged on their true worth,” Guiao said.

A conference removed under the tutelage of coach Tim Cone, the Hotshots barely made the playoff play last conference and didn’t go deep, eliminated by the Ginebra Kings in the quarters.

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Congress Pushes Back on Army Plan to Cut Tens of Thousands of Troops
Senators on the Armed Services Committee said Thursday it was time to rethink the Army's planned drawdown amid growing threats abroad, including the Islamic State group and Russia.

WASHINGTON – Senators on the Armed Services Committee said Thursday it was time to rethink the Army’s planned drawdown amid growing threats abroad, including the Islamic State group and Russia. The senators’ comments were followed later in the day by 12 House lawmakers filing a bill to block any manpower cuts.