The top ten stories of 2005 in Alabama:
acquitted of all criminal fraud charges in a widely followed trial in Birmingham. The jury acquits Scrushy despite a parade of former company officials testifying he led a two-point-seven (b) billion dollar accounting fraud at the medical services chain.
were recalled in memorials upon the deaths of Rosa Parks and Vivian
Malone Jones and the kickoff celebration of the 50th anniversary of
the Montgomery bus boycott.
Olympic Park. The unrepentant Rudolph's plea is accompanied by his
disclosure of hidden explosives in North Carolina mountains.
killings of three Birmingham police officers and three members of the Fayette police department. Two defendants are sentenced to die in Birmingham -- after the jury recommended life without parole for the shooter -- and one in Fayette, where the "Grand Theft Auto" video game allegedly was a factor in the crime.
his Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse rotunda,
mounts a campaign for governor in the GOP primary against Governor
Bob Riley, setting up a possible fight between the religious right
and business interests.
in several states.
in one of the worst mass homicides on record in Alabama, the
methodical shooting of six members of his teenage girlfriend's
family at their rural Rutlege home.