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Top News Links: Thursday, Nov. 5

"Mister Sid" has finally called it a day

Sidney Richardson, 90, retired last week from Gadsden's Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. plant, 72 years after he was hired. Richardson was the longest-serving hourly Goodyear employee for the corporation worldwide. More than 9,000 employees have been hired at the plant since Richardson, as attested by his time clock card - No. 0912. New employee cards have passed the 10,000 mark. He was the only remaining employee with a "zero" number. – AL.com

G Mommas Cookies misses Super Bowl shot

Selma entrepreneur Robert Armstrong is out of the running in a nationwide contest for a free Super Bowl commercial. His company, G Mommas Cookies, was one of 10 finalists in the Small Business Big Game competition put on by Intuit Quickbooks. But G Mommas did not make the top three, announced Tuesday during the Quickbooks Connect entrepreneurial conference in San Jose, Calif. – AL.com

Tuscaloosa next on Comcast data cap list

Comcast is further expanding its Internet data caps to Tuscaloosa as well as new markets in four other southern states. The cable company is rolling out more caps as the Internet becomes an increasingly popular way to watch TV. Streaming video eats up more data than surfing the Internet and reading email. Comcast this year became a company with more Internet than TV customers. – AP/Miami Herald

Poultry companies called out for poor wages

Poultry farm conditions are being scrutinized by a rights group, but this time the campaign is trying to change how the workers are treated, rather than the animals. Oxfam America has launched a campaign calling on major U.S. poultry producers, who employ thousands in Alabama, to publicly pledge to improve compensation, working conditions and labor rights for their workers. – Chicago Tribune

Kentucky interest acquires 13 Wendy’s stores

Wendy’s of Bowling Green, Kentucky has acquired 13 Wendy’s restaurants in the Huntsville market. The franchise already operates four locations in the Huntsville area, bringing their total to 17. Wendy’s of Bowling Green now operates a total of 55 restaurants in four states — Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Alabama. – Gannett

Castle Lanterra acquires Heights of Skyland

Castle Lanterra Properties has completed the acquisition of the Heights at Skyland. The 304-unit apartment community is off Skyland Boulevard in Tuscaloosa. Multi Housing Advisors arranged the transaction. “This is a value-add opportunity in a stable and growing market that needs high quality affordable housing,” said Elie Rieder, owner of CLP. – News release

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