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July 8, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Monday, July 8, 2013

Early weather, traffic and community news

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:



Traffic:



Mitchell Road, between U.S. Highway 31 (2nd Avenue, N.W.) and Childhaven Road N.E. will be closed Monday, July 8, and Tuesday, July 9, for repair and paving work near the railroad.



Weather:



Today: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 1 p.m. Patchy dense fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, partly sunny, with a high near 86. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 a.m. Patchy dense fog after 1 a.m. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 71. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.



Best bets for today and beyond:



Operation Help: Mental Healthcare of Cullman is seeking donations for their emergency assistance fund. Due to the current economic conditions, they are seeing more unmet critical needs than ever before. Staff members who learn that a client is living without heat or water, or has no way to fill a prescription for their mental illness, often rely on this fund to help out — that assistance has now been stretched to the limit. This fund is used only to lend emergency support to an individual for basic, necessary needs.

Those who’d like to help may do so by sending their donations to: Mental Healthcare of Cullman, P.O. Box 2186, Cullman, AL 35056. Please include your phone number with your check. Your donation is tax deductible and much appreciated! You will receive a letter of receipt in response to your gift. Info: Mental Healthcare of Cullman at 256-734-4688.



Christian Women’s conference: Abundant Grace Church will host a women’s conference, Authentic Women, at 6 p.m. July 12 and at 8:15 a.m. July 13, at the church at 708 9th St. SE, Cullman 35055. Registration packets available upon request or register at www.agccullman.com. Info: Sharon Ellis at 256-339-3833. Door prizes, books and “Authentic Women” T-shirts are available. Lunch provided.



Give blood; chance to win TV: Visit a donor center or bloodmobile this summer and all LifeSouth blood donors will be entered into a drawing for a big screen LED TV. There will be a drawing in July and August, and donors are entered every time they donate. Make plans to help save lives with LifeSouth this summer.



Summer at Hurricane Creek Park: Hurricane Creek Park is now offering group rates for their First Time Rock Climbing program. This rock climbing program allows first-time or experienced climbers the opportunity to climb under professional guide, John Wesley McCrary. Group rates are available for youth groups, summer camps, business retreats, company picnics, Boy and Girl Scouts, and other groups. Time slots are available throughout the week. This program is also offered to the public on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for just $25; call ahead to register.

A wilderness survival course is also available to learn and test skills of fire making, finding water, and more. The class is also offered on Sunday afternoons and a reservation is required in advance. Info: Hurricane Creek Park at 256-734-2125 or email to rocjoc8@yahoo.com.



10 Things to Know for Today

By The Associated Press

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about today:

1. 40 KILLED, HUNDREDS WOUNDED IN CAIRO ATTACK

A ministry official says gunmen targeted supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi holding a sit-in outside a military building. 

2. CRASH PILOT HAD LITTLE EXPERIENCE WITH BOEING PLANE

The pilot was guiding a 777 into the San Francisco airport for the first time, and tried unsuccessfully to abort the landing after coming in too slow.

3. RECORDS ON BIN LADEN RAID PURGED

The AP’s Richard Lardner reports the nation’s top special operations commander moved the records from Defense Department computers to the CIA.

4. RISING DEATH TOLL EXPECTED IN CANADA DERAILMENT

About 40 people were still missing a day after the runaway train ignited explosions that destroyed a district in downtown Quebec and killed at least five.

5. WHAT HACKERS WANTED FROM SOUTH KOREA

A California research firm says they were targeting South Korean and U.S. military secrets with malware they’ve been sending through the Internet for years.

6. WIFE OF SECRETARY OF STATE AILING

Teresa Heinz Kerry, heir to the Heinz ketchup fortune, was hospitalized in Boston in critical condition for an undisclosed illness.

7. ANOTHER COUNTRY BACKS SNOWDEN’S ASYLUM REQUEST

Cuban President Raul Castro threw support behind Venezuela and Bolivia, which agreed to provide the NSA leaker refuge.

8. IMMIGRATION TOPS AGENDA AS CONGRESS RETURNS

Student loans and the farm bill are also key unresolved disputes.

9. DISGRACED EX-GOVERNOR EYES COMEBACK

Eliot Spitzer, who resigned as New York’s governor in 2008 in a prostitution scandal, is planning to run for New York City comptroller this year.

10. TENSE FINAL GAME BEFORE MURRAY BREAKS WIMBLEDON STREAK

He blew three championship points and fended off three break points before defeating Novak Djokovic, becoming the first British Wimbledon champion since 1936.