Tuscaloosa banning use of tobacco products on municipal property, Camp Shakespeare Extreme

Jul 8, 2015

The City of Tuscaloosa is banning the use of tobacco products on all municipal property. A-P-R’s Stan Ingold has more…

Officials say that tobacco products including smokeless e-cigarettes will be banned at all facilities, grounds and parking areas that are owned or leased by the city. Officials say the ban goes into effect January first.

City officials say the ban is meant to protect against the dangers of secondhand smoke, littering and to help foster a healthier environment. Officials say the City of Tuscaloosa will also offer smoking cessation help to municipal workers.

The University of Alabama implemented a campus smoking ban in January, and school officials said smoking cessation help would also be offered at the Student Health Center.

Federal prosecutors say a north Alabama woman has pleaded guilty in a more than $550,000 tax fraud scheme.  Authorities say 49-year-old Angelique Harris of Madison pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft of government property and money laundering.

Prosecutors say Harris forfeited a luxury car worth roughly $45,000 that she bought with money she stole in the scheme.

A sentencing date has not been set for Harris.

Camp Shakespeare Extreme runs all week at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery.

The camp teaches junior high and high school students a more in-depth look at things like character, stage movement and voice.

Greta Lambert is the director of education and outreach at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She says it’s kind of like a college conservatory acting class where they study scenes and monologues.
“All of these activities give kids such a great understanding of what goes on with the theatre. It helps them in later life and it gives them confidence in the ability to express themselves artistically and to kind of think outside the box creatively.”
Lambert says all of their tasks are in a fun atmosphere of theatre games and activities. The camp welcomed students from across the state in Prattville and Wetumpka and also from Maine, Boston and Florida.