🌱 #1 Cybersecurity Program in the Nation + ARMS Helps the Homeless

Hello everybody! It’s Monday in Birmingham and I’m back in your inbox to update you on the most important things happening locally.


But first, today’s weather:

Cloudy and warmer. High: 63 Low: 47.


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Here are today’s top 3 stories in Birmingham:

  1. Birmingham Police are continuing to investigate two shootings that occurred on Saturday night and now believe they are linked. Just after midnight, the police arrived at the home of a man who had been shot. He had non-life-threatening injuries. Then, a few minutes later, the police received another call reporting more gunshots. They found a 17-year-old man and an 18-year-old man with gunshot wounds. The 17-year-old died from his injuries. (WIAT – CBS42.com)
  2. The University of Alabama at Birmingham was found to have the first in-person master’s degree in cybersecurity in the nation, according to Forbes. The list was compiled with the criteria of selectivity score, success score and request score. The master’s program helps prepare students for jobs in cybersecurity by offering internship support and research partnerships. (Alabama Press Center)
  3. Alabama Regional Medical Services (ARMS) is a Birmingham-based non-profit organization committed to helping Birmingham’s homeless population. ARMS has served the Birmingham community for over 40 years, ensuring healthcare is accessible to those who cannot afford it. The association hopes to expand its reach, estimates it will see 10,000 patients by the end of the year, up from 8,000. (WBRC)

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  • Ryan Westover is the owner and chef of Pizza Grace on Morris Avenue in Birmingham. Westover actually co-owns the restaurant with his wife, Helene Jones, who is also the operations manager. They are now widely recognized. A semi-finalist for the 2023 James Beard Award, which they describe as something akin to Emmy’s or Grammy’s, but for restaurants. (WVTM13 Birmingham)
  • The Birmingham African American Genealogy Group (BAAGG) will hold its 2023 Black Heritage Fair on February 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Linn-Henley Research Library in downtown Birmingham. This year’s edition will feature Tafeni English, director of the Alabama State Office of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and former director of the SPLC’s Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, as well as Charles Wood III, trainer teacher and director of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. (Birmingham Times)
  • A Birmingham man has a warning about buying tickets for entertainment events online. Todd Wheeles claims he was financially scammed for the Saturday screening of “Hamilton” at the BJCC. Wheeles said he, his family and friends spent over $2,000 on tickets. He is a lawyer and says it shows anyone can be scammed. He’s used third-party retailers before, but said he wanted to make sure others didn’t take advantage. (WVTM13 Birmingham)

You’re all caught up for today! See you tomorrow morning for another update.

Miranda Fraraccio

About me: Miranda Fraraccio is a writer for content creation agency Lightning Media Partners. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, where she earned degrees in writing and rhetoric and communication. In her free time, you can find her traveling, drinking tea, or doing film photography.

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