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Montgomery: The mayor on Tuesday criticized a state law forbidding the majority-black city from removing or altering a Confederate monument as well as a new proposal to fine cities $10,000 a day for violations. “We’re saying protect something that is a slap in the face to black residents of this city, that are 74% of this city, the fourth-blackest city in America. You want to have a statue that is commemorating relegating black people to being property and slaves,” Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin told reporters. Birmingham faces a $25,000 fine for erecting a wooden box obscuring the inscriptions on a 52-foot obelisk honoring Confederate veterans. The mayor made the comments in Birmingham on the same day lawmakers in Montgomery debated a proposal to increase the fines for violating the law.


Anchorage: A veteran long-distance musher has won the 2020 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. Brent Sass crossed the finish line Tuesday afternoon in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, to win the 1,000-mile race, the Anchorage Daily News reports. Sass, 40, also won in 2015 and 2019. “This was a slog, there’s no doubt,” he said at the finish line. “I’ve run 13 Yukon Quests and broke trail 10 times more (in this one) than in any of the other races put together.” Michelle Phillips of Tagish Lake, Yukon, finished second four hours after Sass. Sass got down on the ground and rolled in the snow with one of his wheel dogs before standing up and working his way down the line, petting each dog. He fed them all steak chunks, starting with leaders Morello and Woody, the latter of whom had never been a leader before, Sass said.

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