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February 6, 2014

The Times' Morning Update for Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

Early weather and community news

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CULLMAN — Today’s tidbits:

Tomorrow begins the 2014 Winter Olympics, officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games, or the 22nd Winter Olympics, are scheduled to take place Friday to Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia, with some events held in the resort settlement of Krasnaya Polyana.

Here are some past Olympic sports now discontinued:

• Military patrol (a precursor to the biathlon) was a medal sport in 1924. It was also a demonstration sport in 1928, 1936 and 1948.

• In figure skating, an event called Men's special figures was on the program only once in 1908.

• Skijöring (skiing behind horses): 1928.

• Winter Pentathlon (X-country & downhill skiing/pistol/fencing/horse riding): 1948

• Dog Sled Racing: 1932

• Curling: 1932 & 1988

• Ice stock sport (a German variant to curling): 1936 & 1964.

• Military Patrol: (Led to Biathlon in 1960) 1928,1936,1948

• Bandy: (Soccer on ice) 1952

• Short track speed skating started as a demonstration sport in 1988, before becoming a full sport from 1992 onwards.

• Speed skiing: 1992

• Synchronized skating: 2002

• Snowshoeing: 2002

Of course, other than Bandy, I don’t miss any of the above listed sports!

Oh, and happy birthday to G.I. Joe! He is 50 this year.

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. U.N. CHIEF DENOUNCES ATTACKS ON GAYS

Ban Ki-moon condemns attacks and discrimination against homosexuals, an issue that has overshadowed preparations for the Sochi Olympics.

2. HOW PONTIFF MAY RESPOND TO U.N. REPORT ON ABUSE

In a first, Vatican officials suggest Pope Francis may sanction bishops for having covered up for abusive priests.

3. FEARS OF SLOWDOWN SHARPEN FOCUS ON HIRING

A robust U.S. jobs report Friday would help soothe those jitters.

4. HOW HAGEL IS DEALING WITH ETHICAL LAPSES IN MILITARY

The defense secretary orders Pentagon leaders to “put renewed emphasis on developing moral character and moral courage in our force.”

5. WHAT THE FALLOUT IS FROM LATEST NORTHEAST STORM

Hundreds of thousands of residents may be without power for days as utility crews work feverishly to restore electricity.

6. FAA TO EXAMINE AIRPORT TOWERS

AP’s Jessica Gresko finds the agency will probe the lightning protection systems at hundreds of towers after a bolt injured an air traffic controller in Baltimore.

7. CALIFORNIA TOWN’S WATER SHORTAGE STOKES FEARS OF FUTURE

With the Golden State in an extreme drought, water supplies in some northern rural areas are imperiled as reservoirs dwindle and local streams dry up.

8. PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN REMEMBERED

Broadway theaters dim their lights in memory of the Tony Award-nominated actor as members of the theater community hold a candlelight vigil.

9. LOOK WHO’S TURNING 50

G.I. Joe, called the world’s first action figure, is being celebrated by collectors and the toy maker that introduced it just before the Vietnam War.

10. WHO’S EXPANDING ITS NFL COVERAGE

CBS wins the NFL Network’s rights to air eight Thursday night games next season.

 

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