Good Day Alabama for October 17, 2013 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Alabama for October 17, 2013

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for October 17, 2013:

JEH JEH LIVE- Jeh Jeh was live this morning from RailRoad Park at the site of this Saturday's Fare Food Allergy Walk. The walk takes place Saturday, October 19th at Railroad Park-17th Street Plaza. Free parking is available along the outer perimeter of Railroad Park, along 1st Avenue South, you can also use Parking Lot D located on 18th Street and 1st Avenue South at a cost of $2.00. Registration Begins at 8:00am and the walk ceremony is at 9:00am. The walk goal is $10,000.  The Birmingham Barons' mascot, Babe Ruff will be there along with an awesome balloon artist and great music. To register log in to A t-shirt will be provided to each adult who has raised $100. Youth will receive free t-shirts. Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in 3 children in the United States or roughly two in every classroom. Food allergy is a life-altering and life-threatening medical condition that affects up to 15 million Americans, and there is no cure. FARE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was formed in 2012 as the result of a merger between the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network and the Food Allergy Initiative.

- The North Central Alabama H-I-V Prevention Network wants to educate and bring awareness to HIV/AIDS in Alabama. Bridget Warren, HIV Coordinator with the Alabama Department of Health, joined us with a quilt that was made during past events. The North Central Alabama H-I-V Prevention Network is working with the NAMES Project Foundation for The AIDS Memorial Quilt to memorialize and honor those loved ones who have died of AIDS. It hopes people will come out to memorialize those lost to HIV/AIDS by  creating new 3 foot by 6 foot panels for the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Each year The Quilt is displayed in hundreds of venues around the country to raise awareness and to educate against this horrific disease.  North Central Alabama HIV Prevention Network has conducted 3 panel workshops, Girls Inc., Lawson State Community College- Bessemer and UAB 1917 Clinic.  The next Quilt Panel Workshop will be October 22nd at Miles College at the newly built French Center from 10am - 4pm. You don't have to know how to sew to participate and some materials are provided.  

KARIM SHAMSI BASHA- Karim Shamsi-Basha joins us with his new book "PAUL and me: A Journey to and from the Damascus Road - From Islam to Christ." The book is about his journey from Islam - the religion he was born into in Damascus, Syria - to Christianity.  It's a journey that took 12 years.  His sister still lives in Syria, she was denied a visa to the States.  The publisher, Solid Grounds Christian Books, reports higher sales numbers than it has ever had with any of the 300 books it has published. The book starts with the event that started his journey - the ruptured annuerism he encountered photographing a fire at the Independent Presbyterian Church on Highland Avenue on April 8th, 1992. He survived what kills most people and he wanted to know why.  Four years later he did.  He converted but could not claim Jesus Christ as his Savior because he did not want to be saved and leave his family behind. 12 years later he realized it is about Jesus and himself, and he was able to completely surrender his life. Now he speaks at churches everywhere from Oregon to Texas to Illinois. He enjoys telling his story of love - the love story that saved his life. For complete information, visit
Karim Shamsi Basha is an award-winning writer and photographer. He was born in Damascus, Syria in 1965, and immigrated to the United States in 1984 to study Engineering at the University of Tennessee. He in fluent in both Arabic and English. His work as a journalist has been published in magazines all over the world including: National Geographic Traveler, Sports Illustrated, People, Time, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Portico, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Parenting just to name a few. He has traveled on assignments to countries including: China, France, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Turkey, Italy, and Chile. In 2001, he founded Portico magazine in Birmingham, which quickly became the fastest growing magazine in the state. He was a professor of Photojournalism at Samford University in Birmingham for ten years. He has three books published. The first, 'the Beauty Box,' was a coffee-table book about beauty parlors in The South. The second, 'Shelter from the Storm,' is a collection of portraits of the homeless accompanied by their quotes. This book was commissioned by the Salvation Army and has received worldwide accolades. The third, 'Home Sweet Home Alabama,' shows Alabama as one of the most beautiful and friendly states to live in. Karim's work has also been shown in galleries around the country.

EARTHQUAKE DAY- Today is 10-17 and at 10:17am people were being asked to participate in a drill that's happening all across the central U-S. This is the fourth year for the great shakeout earthquake drill. Joining us via Skype this morning was Alabama's FEMA Director, Art Faulkner. During the self-led drill, participants will practice how to "Drop, Cover, and Hold On". Following FEMA's National Preparedness Month in September, Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills are occurring nationwide in more than 40 states and territories.   More than 12 million people are expected to participate in drills on October 17.  In addition to the safety drills, many participant take extra steps to become more prepared for earthquakes. In the central U.S., scientists estimate that there is a 25-40 percent possibility of a damaging earthquake occurring within a 50 year window.  
Endorsed by emergency officials and first responders, the proper response to an earthquake is to:  
-        Drop to the ground
-        Take Cover under a sturdy table or desk if possible, protecting your head and neck
-        Hold On until the shaking stops

CLARE LIVE- Clare Huddleston was live this morning from the base of the 117th air refueling wing in Birmingham with a look at how the government shutdown has impacted furloughed workers in Alabama.

PET OF THE WEEK- A representative from the Shelby County Humane Society introduced us to a pet that needs a forever home. For adoptions, call (205) 669-3916 extension 22 or visit You can adopt Rain.

OUR HOUSE- Amanda LeBlanc is one of the south's finest organizing experts. This morning she showed us how to organize our bathrooms. For more ideas, visit

ALABAMA GOURD SOCIETY- The Alabama Gourd Festival is this weekend! Lynn Morino joined us with the details. The Alabama Gourd Festival will be held October 19 & 20, 2013 at the Cullman Civic Center in Cullman, AL. Show hours are 9 am - 5 pm on Saturday and 10 am - 4 pm on Sunday. Admission is $3.00 for adults and free for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Come see the beautiful, original pieces of gourd art. Learn how the artists achieve their special techniques with the many free demonstrations throughout the weekend. If you're not satisfied with just watching, you can participate in a class where you will actually be able to make your own beautifully crafted gourd.  You won't want to miss the exhibition room where each of our gourd artists and growers has entered a juried competition. You will enjoy seeing the unusual raw gourds, from the smallest to the largest, and everything in between! You will be amazed at the talent and creativity of the artists. For more information, please visit or call (256) 355-4634.

DAVID RAGAN- Nascar Driver David Ragan was in the studio this morning talking about this upcoming race at Talladega this weekend. The events for Friday October 18th includes the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Autograph Session and NCWTS Polk's Meat Qualifying. On Saturday is the NSCS Foodland/Food Giant Qualifying and Fred's 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Sunday is the Talladega Experience featuring Dale Earnhardt Jr. Denny Hamlin and Danica Patrick and the Camping World RV Sales NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Talladega Superspeedway is considered the "Wild Card" of all the races that make up the Chase for the Sprint Cup because of the track's unpredictability. That unpredictability has led to many shake-ups in the point standings since the Chase was started in 2004. This year's race at Talladega is the sixth race in the Chase. College students can save big with Talladega's $19 ticket offer that gives buyers access into the College Infield Hospitality Tailgate Area for races on Saturday and Sunday, with free food and drinks on Sunday. Allison Grandstand two-day tickets are $49, and kids 12 and under sit free Saturday and Sunday with a paid adult! Talladega Superspeedway continues to offer over 15,000 FREE campsites in three conveniently located overnight parks. All day parking on Talladega Superspeedway property remains free. Tickets are available at or 1-877-Go2-DEGA

Tomorrow on Good Day Alabama, Jeh Jeh gets pepped up for high school football at a big pep rally! It's race weekend, we take you to Talladega Superspeedway for the latest on this weekend's events. Need a good laugh? A Comedy Club Stardome Comedian joins us in the studio. Join us for all this and much more on Good Day Alabama!

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