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January 13, 2014

The Times' Morning Update for Monday, Jan. 13, 2014

Early weather, traffic and community news

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — Good morning, readers, here's your morning update:

Traffic:



The Cullman City Street Department’s patch crew will be working on 1st Ave. SE and 8th Ave. SE.



Weather:



Today: Showers, mainly after 10 a.m. High near 54. South wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.



Tonight: Showers, mainly before 1 a.m. Low around 36. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.



Best bets for today:



NARFE: The Cullman NARFE Chapter 744 will meet at 11 a.m. at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse, 1720 Cherokee Ave. SW, Cullman 35055. Topic: Upcoming activities. All retired federal employees and spouses are urged to attend as well as current employees.



OA: Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Carriage House at Grace Episcopal Church. Info: 724-376-2124 or 256-352-1143.



Of note:



Animal transport volunteers needed: The Cullman County Animal Shelter's foster pets program is currently in need of volunteers who would be able to transport animals to vet appointments at 8 a.m. Those who'd like to volunteer should call the shelter at 256-734-5448 or online at cullmananimalshelter@co.cullman.al.ushttp://cullmananimalshelter@co.cullman.al.us.



The Times seeks nominations for 2014 Unsung Heroes: The Cullman Times is seeking the community's nominations for our annual list of Unsung Heroes that will be published in our 2014 Profile edition.

Do you know someone who deserves recognition for civic or church work, community service or dedication to an activity or organization? If so, please nominate them as an Unsung Hero.

We're seeking the people who display unselfish acts of kindness, courage or generosity that make Cullman County a better place to live and work.

To nominate someone for the recognition, write us a note that describes what the person does or did that is so special. You cannot nominate yourself. We will choose six to eight for publication in Profile 2014, which is scheduled for March. We will take their photographs and invite them and the people who nominated them to a reception sometime in March.

Mail your suggestion to: Editor, 300 Fourth Ave. SE, Cullman, AL 35055 Attn: Unsung Heroes; or e-mail to dpalmer@cullmantimes.com; or fax them to 256-736-2972. You can also drop off your suggestion at the newspaper weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to Sallee Chandler. All nominations are due in The Times office by 5 p.m. Feb. 28, 2014.



Today’s tidbits:



On this day in 1863, Thomas Crapper bestowed the flushing toilet on a pedestal to a grateful public — no more outhouses! Thank you, Tom, best invention, ever!



In 1942, Henry Ford patents a method of constructing plastic auto bodies.



In 1966, Patrick Dempsey was born. Yay! Also, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (1961), and Orlando Bloom (1977).



In 1994, Tonya Harding's bodyguard, Shawn Eric Eckardt and Derrick Brian Smith arrested and charged with conspiracy in attack of skater Nancy Kerrigan. Tonya co-hosts a magazine show today.



In 1995, 26 HNL teams unanimously ratify agreement to end NHL strike — whew!



In 1995, America3 becomes first all-female crew to win an America's Cup race.



In 1999, basketball player Michael Jordan announces his retirement only to return in 2001. Maybe he just needed a break...



In 2002, U.S. President George W. Bush fainted after choking on a pretzel, prompting people everywhere to remember to chew, then swallow.



In 2012, Cruise ship Costa Concordia runs aground at Isola de Giglio, Italy, with at least 15 deaths.



In 2013, Argo wins the Golden Globe awards for best drama and best director!



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. RUSSIA: ASSAD MULLING PRE-CONFERENCE MOVES

Syria may open humanitarian access and a prisoner exchange in the run-up to a peace conference with the opposition.

2. STATE MEMORIAL, FUNERAL FOR SHARON

The late prime minister is remembered as a fearless warrior and bold leader who devoted his life to protecting Israel’s security.

3. NOT AT ALL WHERE YOU WANT TO BE

A Southwest Airlines jet from Chicago lands 124 passengers at the wrong airport near Branson, Mo. — and on a shorter runway.

4. PROTESTERS TRYING TO SHUT DOWN CENTRAL BANGKOK

Their efforts — peaceful so far — could last weeks as they campaign to overthrow the democratically elected prime minister.

5. SUPREME COURT WEIGHS PRESIDENT’S RECESS POWER

The high court is refereeing a dispute between Obama and Republicans over temporary appointments when the Senate is away.

6. HOW MICHELLE OBAMA DESCRIBES HERSELF

The first lady reaches a milestone Friday and she’s already celebrating — saying she’s “50 and fabulous.”

7. TRANSPLANTED WOMBS RAISING HOPE IN SWEDEN

Doctors say nine women involved in the major experiment will now try to become pregnant.

8. WHY FORD IS MAKING A BIG CHANGE TO F-150 PICKUP

The 2015 model of the popular truck will be built mostly of aluminum — not steel — so it’s more fuel-efficient and nimble.

9. WHO GLITTERED AT THE GOLDEN GLOBES

“American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave” win best movie awards, while Tina Fey and Amy Poehler strike gold as hosts.

10. A-ROD IN COURT TO FIGHT SUSPENSION

The 14-time baseball All-Star accused in a performance-enhancing drugs probe will have to sit out all of the 2014 season unless an arbitrator’s ruling is overturned.