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Top News Links: Friday, October 27

Harold Furniture buildings get new life

 The historic Harold Furniture buildings on Birmingham's 2nd Avenue North are being redeveloped into luxury loft apartments, office and retail space. Nequette Architecture & Design purchased the interconnected buildings at 2255 and 2227 2nd Ave. N last year "to keep the neighborhood growing," said Louis Nequette. – AL.com

Business shut down over state gambling complaint

A north Alabama business must close until a judge rules on a lawsuit claiming it operates illegal gambling machines, a decision the state cited Thursday as a move toward ending illegal games. A court order filed late Wednesday said River City Entertainment in Lacey Springs and the state had reached an agreement while a judge considers claims that the business operates illegal electronic gambling machines. – AP/Seattle Times

Harper Lee letters fetch thousands at auction

A batch of letters hand written by "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee has sold for more than $12,000. A statement from the Los Angeles-based Nate D. Sanders Auctions says 38 letters from the deceased novelist to friend Felic Itzkoff went for $12,500 in a sale held Thursday night. The letters span the period from December 2005 to May 2010 and include a note written on Jan. 20, 2009, the day Barack Obama was inaugurated as the nation's first black president. – AP/USN&WR

Survey: Mobile, Montgomery vie for cheapest storage space

SpareFoot, the largest online marketplace for self-storage, offers tools so you can visualize trends within the industry including everything from storage unit pricing to consumer preferences and behavior. The website shows Mobile and Montgomery to have the best storage rates, while Tuscaloosa has some of the highest rates. – SpareFoot

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