Good morning, readers, take a look at what’s going on today and this weekend:
Today: Sunny, with a high near 56. Northwest wind around 5 mph.
Tonight: Clear, with a low around 34. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph after midnight.
Best bets for today:
Muscadine/blueberry pruning workshop: The Hands-on Muscadine and Blueberry Pruning Workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today, at the North Alabama Horticultural Research Center in Cullman. The workshop will include lunch. Topics covered will include: Selecting and Caring for Your Pruning Equipment, Muscadine Pruning, and Blueberry Pruning. Info: Extension Agency at 256-737-9386.
Alabama gamebird health and production workshop: A gamebird health and production workshops will be conducted today to provide information to quail, pheasant and chukar producers and shooting preserve operators. Biosecurity concerns and current health trends in gamebirds will be discussed along with topics on ventilation, house environment and strategies to improve flight feather quality.
The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center, 1742 Tally Ho Street, Cullman 35055. Although there is no charge for the seminar, interested gamebird producers or enthusiasts should make reservations because limited seating is available. For directions or other information, contact the Cullman County Extension office at 256-737-9386.
March 13 is National Earmuff Day. Chester Greenwood, who sported larger-than-most ears, invented these, but he called them Champion Ear Protectors. Either way, this invention is for all ages and does protect the ear. Designs today include animal and cartoon characters, to fuzzy, streamlined, and even one that wraps over the ears and is attached to a face mask to keep the nose and mouth warm. I even saw one that looked like hamburgers!
10 Things to Know for Today
By The Associated Press
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. MALAYSIA DISPUTES REPORT THAT MISSING PLANE KEPT FLYING
The country’s defense minister denies a newspaper report that engine data from the missing Boeing 777 indicated it may have kept flying for hours after its last communication.
2. DEATH TOLL NOW AT 6 IN NYC APARTMENT BLAST
The rescue efforts have been hampered by cold, rainy weather, and the massive piles of debris.
3. TRAGEDY AT SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST
Police say two people were killed after a drunken driver crashed through barricades set up for the festival on a crowded street. More than 20 others were hurt, five critically.
4. WHO’S AT RISK IN PAKISTAN’S BIGGEST CITY
In Karachi, 44 police officers were killed in the first two months of the year. Authorities blame the Pakistani Taliban and affiliated militant groups.
5. WHY A JUDGE DISMISSED CHARGES AGAINST INDIAN DIPLOMAT
The ruling says the envoy — whose arrest and strip-search in New York City caused an international flap — had diplomatic immunity.
6. IT’S ALL IN A NAME
A trademark dispute for the Schlafly family: Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly doesn’t like the last name being used for a brewery co-founded by her nephew.
7. MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT GM RECALL
The automaker initially excluded the Saturn Ion from a recall for faulty ignition switches, despite fatal crashes involving the car.
8. WHERE HOLDER STANDS ON DRUG SENTENCING
The attorney general is supporting a plan that would shorten prison terms for some non-violent drug traffickers.
9. RENEGADE ‘JEOPARDY’ CHAMP DETHRONED AFTER 12-DAY REIGN
Arthur Chu caused an uproar for his aggressive style of play, but finished with zero dollars in the latest edition.
10. FORMER NFL STAR IN COURT FOR BAIL HEARING
Darren Sharper, a former NFL All-Pro safety, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting women.