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Five Birmingham cops fired in beating case

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May 21 (UPI) -- Five police officers in Birmingham, Ala., were fired for allegedly beating an unconscious suspect following a crash that ended a police chase, officials said.

Alabama mayor faces bribery indictment

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The mayor of Birmingham, Ala., pleaded innocent in federal court Monday to bribery and fraud charges in connection with a multibillion-dollar sewer bond deal.

4 dead in Chicago crash, alcohol involved

CHICAGO, March 19 (UPI) -- Four people died and four others were injured Wednesday in an apparent head-on collision in Chicago that police officials suspect involved a drunken driver.

Alabama mayor focus of SEC investigation

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 11 (UPI) -- The mayor of Birmingham, Ala., is being investigated to determine if he gave favors to a local investment banking firm, the U.S. securities watchdog said.

Chicago fire kills four

CHICAGO, March 10 (UPI) -- Four people died early Saturday in an apartment fire in Chicago a block from Wrigley Field.

177 emergency calls at O'Hare in 2006

CHICAGO, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- The Chicago Fire Department reported 177 emergency calls were received from pilots bound for O'Hare International Airport in 2006.

3 dead, 3 critical in Chicago house fire

CHICAGO, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- A fatal fire on Chicago's Southwest Side has left three people dead and three others in extremely critical condition. Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford told the Chicago Sun-Times the blaze started around 10 p.m. Thursday night in a 2 1/2-st

Chicago fire kills six children

CHICAGO, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Fire killed at least six children and injured several other people on Chicago's north side Sunday.

Chicago man drowns rescuing dog

CHICAGO, April 18 (UPI) -- A 57-year-old Chicago man is dead after diving into the freezing water of Lake Michigan to rescue one of his pet boxer dogs.

Historic Chicago church destroyed by fire

CHICAGO, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A historic Chicago church -- dubbed the birthplace of gospel music -- has been consumed in a blaze thought to be caused by accident.

Fire cleanup begins at Chicago skyscraper

CHICAGO, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Eight Chicago firefighters were in serious condition Tuesday after fire struck the 29th floor of an art-deco skyscraper with no sprinkler system.

28 injured in Chicago high-rise fire

CHICAGO, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Some 300 Chicago firefighters fought a stubborn five-alarm fire Monday that injured at least 28 people in a 45-story downtown building.

Terror drill heats up for Ridge visit

CHICAGO, May 15 (UPI) -- Crews scattered debris at a Bedford Park building Thursday, creating a smoky emergency scene of a building collapse on the most hectic day of the weeklong TOPOF
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Ridge to observe Chicago terror drill

CHICAGO, May 14 (UPI) -- Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge will observe terrorism drills with Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Gov. Rod Blagojevich Thursday, officials said.
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Analysis:Black Primaries: Israel 2 Arabs 0

WASHINGTON, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The sound defeats of two five-term House incumbents -- 60-year old Congressman Earl Hilliard (D-Ala.) by a 34-year-old challenger, Artur Davis, in an Alabama De
JAMES CHAPIN, UPI Political Analyst
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Larry Paul Langford (born March 17, 1948) is the former mayor of the city of Birmingham, Alabama. He previously served on the Jefferson County, Alabama, Commission, including four years as the first African American commission president. He also served as mayor of Fairfield, Alabama, and served one term on the Birmingham City Council. Prior to entering politics, Langford was a well-known television personality, having worked for then-local ABC affiliate, WBRC TV as the community's first African American TV news reporter. In 2010, Langford began serving a 15 year federal felony sentence, the result of a highly-publicized public corruption trial in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Langford raised money and generated public interest and support for Visionland Theme Park (now known as Alabama Adventure Theme Park), located near Bessemer. The park was built largely by bond issues backed by a consortium of municipalities in the western part of the county, as well as the city of Birmingham and the county government. The park later declared bankruptcy, and was sold to Southland Entertainment Group for just over $5 million at auction.

In 2007, Langford was investigated by the SEC on corruption charges. In 2008, a lawsuit was filed against him for illegally accepting $156,000 in cash and benefits.

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