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Northport
police
officer dies
after crash
Saban dedicates new
playground at Riverwalk
UA coach’s charity formed partnership to build site
By Stephanie Taylor
Staff Writer
A Northport police officer died early
Friday morning from injuries sustained in a car crash.
Jimmy Jason Guin, 37, died at 2:34
a.m. Friday at UAB Hospital, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Guin was driving a Ford Explorer
that was involved in
a two-vehicle crash
on U.S. Highway 43
North near Tierce
Patton Road at 6:39
a.m. Thursday. The
driver of the Nissan
Maxima was not injured.
He w a s t h row n
Northport
from the vehicle and
police ofsuffered internal inficer Jimmy
juries. A labama
Jason Guin,
State Troopers are
37, died early i nve s t i g a t i n g t he
Friday at UAB circumstances surHospital after r o u n d i n g
the
a Thursday
crash.
morning car
Guin, who went by
crash.
Jason, started work
as a Northport offi cer in 2003, said Capt. Kerry Card,
acting chief of the department. He
worked mainly in the patrol division
and was assigned to the day shift. He
was off duty Thursday.
“There is really a lot of sadness that
we’re going through at the Police Department,” Card said Friday. “What
we want to do as an organization is to
honor him and honor his memory in
an adequate fashion.”
Funeral arrangements have not yet
been made.
“Jason was an exemplary officer —
the type of individual who would go
out of his way to help people. He had
a kind heart and prided himself on always doing the right thing,” Card
said.
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University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban speaks during a dedication of the newly constructed
Nick’s Kids Playground on the Riverwalk in Tuscaloosa on Friday. Below, children play at the playground
during the dedication.
By Chase Goodbread
Sports Writer
TUSCALOOSA | A couple of years
ago, Terry Saban was walking along
the Riverwalk on the Black Warrior
River, when she stopped, turned to
a friend, and said, “This would be a
great spot for a playground.”
On Friday, the wife of University
of Alabama football coach Nick Saban sheared a red ribbon, making
the playground a reality.
And with that, the Nick’s Kids
Playground opened for Tuscaloosa
children as the latest development
along the river bank beside Jack
Warner Parkway. The Nick’s Kids
Fund, the Sabans’ charity organization benefiting children, partnered
with Alabama Forever, the city of
Tuscaloosa, A lmon Associates,
Hammill Recreation, the Junior
League of Tuscaloosa and Mike
Chambers to build the playground.
Even before the ribbon was cut, the
playground was covered with laughing children.
“It warms my heart to hear the
children playing in the back here,”
Nick Saban said. “Even though I
don’t get an opportunity to participate a lot in making all this happen,
we try to contribute in the way that
we can so that we can give to people
who have supported Nick’s Kids and
the things we do to support Nick’s
Kids to make things like this happen.”
Mayor Walt Maddox attended the
ceremony as well.
“What you see here today is action, and not words,” said Maddox.
“One of the things I have seen over
the past 19 months, as we have recovered from the tornado, is people
putting their faith into action. What
we see here are the Sabans, who
time and time again have given back
in a very powerful way.”
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TUSCALOOSA | Former University
of Alabama president Guy Bailey
has been given about 10 months to
prepare for a potential transition to
teaching in the classroom, University of Alabama System spokeswoman Kellee Reinhart said Friday.
Bailey resigned as president on
Oct. 31 after less than two months
on the job, citing his wife’s poor
health, but was classified as being
on leave through August 2013 and
will continue to draw his $535,000
salary.
Two of Bailey’s aides are losing
their jobs but will continue to draw
their salaries, which were a combined $246,000, for several months,
Reinhart said.
With Bailey having tenure as an
English professor, however, which
was granted when he was hired as
president, he can return to the university in a teaching position once
his leave expires. If Bailey joins the
English department, he will receive
a salary equal to that of the highestpaid professor in that department,
Reinhart said. She could not confi rm what that amount would be, but
according to a database of UA salaries compiled by The Tuscaloosa
News in December 2011, the highest paid professor in the department
made about $160,000 and the average salary in the department was
about $110,000.
If he does not return to the classroom, his leave will end, she said.
It is not uncommon for a resigning
chancellor or president to be given
time to prepare for a transition,
Reinhart said. Several sections in
UA’s faculty handbook focus on the
different types of leave available for
faculty members, as well as administrators returning to a faculty position.
The faculty handbook discusses
generally how long a faculty member must be employed by the university before being granted leave. It
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Stuart Gaffney, left, and John Lewis, same-sex partners for 22 years,
huddle outside of the federal courthouse in San Francisco on Jan.
11, 2010. The U.S. Supreme Court decided Friday to hear the appeal
of a ruling that struck down Proposition 8, California’s measure that
banned same sex marriages.
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turned to same-sex marriage Friday
in a big way, by agreeing to review a
California ballot measure that banned
it and a federal law that blocks benefits
for married same-sex couples.
In an ambitious move, the justices
agreed to second-guess a lower court’s
decision striking down California’s
Proposition 8. Simultaneously, they
agreed to consider challenges to the
federal Defense of Marriage Act,
which blocks same-sex married couples from receiving a host of federal
benefits.
The separate cases, to be heard next
year, will thrust the often-divided high
court into hot political territory and
tricky constitutional terrain.
It “tees up the fundamental question
of whether the Constitution’s promise
of equality for all persons applies to
gay men and lesbians when it comes
to marriage,” declared David Gans,
the civil rights director of the Constitutional Accountability Center, which
supports gay marriage.
Meeting in a private session Friday
morning, justices had to pick and
choose among 10 different appeals
that deal in some fashion with samesex marriage. Eight of the appeals
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