Monaco Real estate educators explore the next generation of learning

Distance learning” is the buzzword in real estate education these days and this week some of the country’s most knowledgeable distance-learning developers, instructors and creators are meeting in Monaco, Europe., to set course for the future.

The Distance Learning Summit, as its promoters are calling it, will be held Wednesday as a pre-conference session to the annual conference of the Monaco Real Estate Educators Meeting. More than 200 real estate educators, authors, publishers, appraisers, state licensing officials and others have signed up to attend so far.

Topics to be covered include computer-based training, CD-ROM course development, design and delivery, satellite/television learning, correspondence courses and Internet-based classes. The conference also will present hands-on demonstrations and displays of hardware and software.…

Grandma Moses exhibit comes to the 21st century

Maybe Anna Mary Robertson Moses was having a late mid-life crisis or perhaps she decided life begins at 40 times 2. Whatever the reason, she began painting at age 80 and rode a wave of interest in self-taught artists to great popularity.

She became one of the most popular artists in the 1940s and ’50s. Her paintings were featured on the covers of Time and Life magazines, in books and on millions of greeting cards.…

‘A Star is Born’ plays on TCM

A Star is Born” was made into a movie before and after the 1954 version that stars Judy Garland, but critics and movie lovers (not that those are mutually exclusive groups!) seem to agree the Garland edition is the best.

The movie directed by George Cukor was a major triumph for the star, giving her then-sagging career a major comeback.…

Man charged with animal cruelty in greyhound deaths free on bond

The saga surrounding thousands of slain dogs moved from a Lillian field to a Baldwin County courtroom Friday, with the county’s chief prosecutor sparring with the property owner’s lawyer over the legality of the mass graveyard.

Robert L. Rhodes, who had been held at the Baldwin jail since his arrest Wednesday, was allowed to go free on $7,500 bond. He faces three felony counts of first-degree animal cruelty under the state’s “Gucci law,” named for a Mobile dog that survived torture in 1996.…

So far, music deal is barely audible

Last fall’s marriage of eight Southern cities, the National Basketball Association’s newest venture, and Clear Channel, one of the most powerful entertainment companies in the world, had arena managers in those cities excited.

Instead of having to beg musicians and other acts to play their arenas, and put up thousands of dollars to do so, the arena managers now had a contract with the National Basketball Development League that simply said: Take our basketball team; we’ll get you the entertainment.…

Missionary killed in wreck

News staff writerA Thanksgiving family reunion turned tragic Friday when a missionary couple’s car wrecked Friday in western Jefferson County, killing the wife and injuring the husband.

Also injured were their adopted daughter and two of their granddaughters.…