CULLMAN — Good morning, readers, take a look at what’s going on today:
The Cullman City Street Department’s patch crew will be working at 3rd Ave. and Elm Drive SE; and a crew working on the parking area on 4th Ave. SE, pipe installation is ongoing åon Veigl Ave. SW and Warnke Road NW.
Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the morning.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8 p.m. Patchy fog after 5 a.m. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 66. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.
Best bets for today:
USDRC meeting: The U.S. Disaster Relief Command meets at 6:30 p.m. today the last Monday of each month at Good Hope Town Hall, 134 Town Hall Drive, Cullman 35057. Volunteers are needed. Those interested are encouraged to attend. Info: Lt. Col. Dan Raley at 256-347-4732.
Therapeutic free swim: Cullman Parks and Recreation’s Therapeutic program invites all individuals with disabilities and their immediate family (individual with disability must be present) to a free swim from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Aquatic Center, 1636 Field of Miracles Dr., Cullman 35055. Info: Hollie Guiterrez at 256-734-9157 or Rhonda Davis at 256-962-2208.
City jam session: The Cullman City Parks and Recreation Senior Spirit Program offers a free jam session from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Donald E. Green Senior Center every Monday. All musicians are welcomed. Light refreshments offered. Info: Angie Jochum or Catherine Hasenbein at 256-734-4803.
Public hearing in Vinemont: An open public hearing for the Town of South Vinemont will be at 3:30 p.m. today, at the town hall, 36 Patton Drive, Vinemont 35179. Citizens are invited to hear about the Community Development Block Grant Application.
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. OBAMA PICKS VA CHIEF
If confirmed by the Senate, Robert McDonald, a former Proctor & Gamble executive, would succeed Eric Shinseki, who quit last month as head of the struggling agency.
2. ISLAMIC STATE DECLARED
The vast territory straddling Syria and Iraq that has been seized by an al-Qaida splinter group will be established as a state, the group announces.
3. REPORT SAYS PISTORIUS WAS NOT MENTALLY ILL WHEN HE SHOT GIRLFRIEND
The murder trial of the former Olympic athlete resumes in Pretoria after he underwent psychiatric examinations for a month.
4. PAKISTAN LAUNCHES GROUND OFFENSIVE AGAINST TALIBAN
After evacuating half a million civilians, the army began its long-awaited operation in North Waziristan, the sanctuary for terrorist groups.
5. OPERATOR OF SUNKEN KOREAN FERRY HAS QUESTIONABLE SAFETY RECORD
The company was responsible for five earlier crashes which should have been enough for regulators to suspend its license.
6. BELGIUM BRINGS TOUGH DEFENSE TO CLASH WITH U.S. ON TUESDAY
So far, the Belgians haven’t conceded one goal in open play at this World Cup.
7. WHO RARELY GETS FIRED
House and Senate lawmakers may be wildly unpopular, but more than halfway through the party primaries, the score is incumbents 291, challengers 2.
8. WHY VROOM! MIGHT BECOME SOUND OF THE PAST
More manufacturers — even Harley-Davidson — are making or planning to make electric motorcycles.
9. WHOSE BOOK WON’T BE SOLD IN CHINA
A Chinese book importer is scrapping plans to distribute Hillary Clinton’s State Department memoir, “Hard Choices,” because it found some of its content sensitive.
10. UKRAINE WITHDRAWS FROM BIDDING FOR 2022 WINTER GAMES
Three cities--Oslo, Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan--are now vying to host the games that no one seems to want.