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Occupy Wall Street founder hopes to form new political party

From his Vancouver office, Kalle Lasn, who many consider to be the de-facto founder of the Occupy Wall Street movement, recounted the true origin of the group and what he believes it should and will become. Lasn is the founder and editor of Adbusters magazine, a Canadian-based anti-consumerist publication that has a long history of political activism. The story of Occupy Wall Street begins in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.


UA student gets credit for becoming involved in protest

While many UA students watch the Occupy Wall Street protests from afar, one has jumped onto its front lines and is receiving class credit for doing so. Henry Perkins, a junior in New College, has been receiving credit for his occupation of Zuccotti Park since October and is embracing the opportunity. "I'm sort of the luckiest guy in town,” Perkins said.  “I saw what was happening on the Internet and knew that I needed to be there.” Perkins is politically progressive and was sympathetic to the fledging movement during its infancy. "It was a week into it when I decided to go,” Perkins said from New York.


Cain wins straw poll

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain visited the University of Alabama Saturday, Oct. 29, for the West Alabama State Straw Poll as part of his tour of the state of Alabama. The straw poll was held in the Bryant Conference Center, and the participating audience was comprised mainly of supporters of Cain and fellow Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, who sent a delegate to speak on his behalf.


Welfare-related drug tests prove controversial

Legislators across the nation proposed drug testing this year as a new hurdle for welfare benefits. Now, the state of Alabama may follow suit. According to a report by the Associated Press, Alabama lawmakers may have a bill in the works that will mimic drug-testing legislation Florida legislators passed this year, which requires welfare candidates to pass a drug test before they can receive cash benefits from the state. Rep.


Bravo country music star comes to Tuscaloosa

When Karen Waldrup, a country musician and contestant on Bravo’s first season of Platinum Hit, came to Tuscaloosa to play the Heroes in the Storm concert at Bryant-Denny Stadium last July, she said she couldn’t believe what she saw. “I’d seen what happened on the TV like the rest of the country, but when I got into our van and drove around the city, that’s when it really hit me,” Waldrup said. “It was then that I knew I had to do something to help, but I wasn’t sure what.” While Waldrup was surveying the damage from her van, which included information about her tour on its sides, she said a woman stopped them and asked if she could purchase one of her CDs. “It was then that it hit me,” Waldrup said.