Shortstop to second baseman duo leads Birmingham to City flag football playoff win

Birmingham flag football coach Jim Rose also coaches the softball team. Twelve of his flag football players play softball, so it was no surprise that shortstop Jessica Rose, playing quarterback, was having fun throwing the ball to second baseman Bella Gonzalez, playing receiver. Twice they combined on touchdowns in No. 7-seeded Birmingham’s 22-14 win over Bell on Wednesday in a first-round game of the inaugural City Section Open Division flag football playoffs.

‘For real football, it was real good.’ No. 2-seeded Crenshaw survived with a 6-0 win over Sun Valley Magnet. Kaydion Bennett had 68 yards receiving for Crenshaw. Birmingham will play at Crenshaw on Nov. 8 in the quarterfinals. Eagle Rock advanced with a 44-14 win over Westchester. Haylee Weatherspoon scored four touchdowns, including an interception return, and Teiya Hermida threw three touchdown passes. Eagle Rock will face Franklin, a 21-20 winner over University.

Randall Woodfin: More than ever, Birmingham can’t afford to lose Birmingham-Southern CollegeBSC meets the eligibility requirements, has sufficient collateral to back it, has a financial restructuring plan that makes sense, and has a reasonable timeline for repaying it. Read more ⮕

Mobile City Council confirms first Black fire chief in city historyJohnny Morris, Jr. was confirmed as the next chief of the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department, the first Black chief in the city’s history. Read more ⮕

Johnson, Chicago City Council spar over plan to use site near Marina City for migrant housing  Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson says he will travel to Washington, D.C. to push for more federal assistance for migrants arriving in the city, but he is facing… Read more ⮕

City of Dallas explores options to make biking in city saferSeveral Dallas City Council members expressed a desire for city staff to create a connected system that will allow more people to use bicycles as a way to get around, and not just for recreation. Read more ⮕

City of Fort Worth bars two people from attending city council meetings after multiple disruptionsSaid Ross: ‘[We’re] putting Arlington on the map and letting everyone know we’re the place to do these types of things — World Cups, Super Bowls, World Series.’ Read more ⮕

Oakland to offer parking discounts to encourage going outOakland city leaders are planning a program to offer discounted and protected parking in the city. Read more ⮕