Donors replace torched Christmas tree

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - December 17, 2010

Scores of people gathered Thursday as a new cypress tree was decorated and dedicated in Linn Park. Mayor William Bell says the new tree symbolizes the city's generosity.

The old tree was destroyed early Wednesday. Officials say thieves burned it while trying to steal copper wiring off the tree.

The city didn't plan to replace it, but a group of radio stations donated a new tree. Donors and leaders from neighboring cities stepped up to provide decorations and trim it.

Police haven't made any arrests in the destruction of the original tree, which cost $7,500.

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