Some badly needed good news
The most notable of those in Alabama was the revelation that Birmingham News reporter Brett Blackledge landed a Pulitzer Prize in the investigative reporting category for his outstanding coverage of the state's two-year college scandals, just as I hoped he would. (He originally was nominated in the public service category, but the contest organizers moved the entry elsewhere.)
It was the first Pulitzer for a state newspaper since The News' last win in 1991, when the paper claimed the editorial writing award. More importantly, it's an indication that quality, hard-hitting journalism is alive and well in Alabama.