CULLMAN — Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
The Cullman City Street Department will have a patch crew working at these sites: M.H. Woodard Mtn. Dr. SW, Beth St. NW and 13th St. NE.
Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Southeast wind around 5 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. Calm wind.
Best bets for today and beyond:
CERA to meet: The Cullman Educators Retiree Association will meet at 11 a.m. today at the Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Road, Cullman 35055. Guest speaker: Angie Jochum on senior trips; lunch at noon. RSVP to Peggy McClendon at 256-747-2460.
Sacred Heart Oktoberfest meal: The Women of Sacred Heart of Jesus Altar Society will offer a German meal from 5 to 7 p.m. today, in the Family Life Center. A separate takeout line will be available. Cost is $10/adult; $5/child. Menu: German bratwurst from Frankenmuth, Mich.; potato salad, kraut, green beans, applesauce, dessert and drink. Those eating “in” will be treated to German music during the dinner hours. Public welcome.
Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing survivor, author to speak at Common Read event: Carolyn Maull McKinstry, author of "While the World Watched" will speak at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Betty Leeth Haynes Theater on the campus of Wallace State Community College in Hanceville. McKinstry survived the 1963 bombing of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, which killed four of her friends. She wrote about her experiences growing up in the Jim Crow South, the bombing and how it has affected her throughout her life. After speaking, she will be on hand for a Q&A and to sign copies of her book. For more information, visit www.wallacestate.edu/commonread.
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. WHO GETS THE BLAME IN BUDGET FIGHT
Americans are holding Republicans primarily responsible for the partial government shutdown, but the president and Democrats don’t get off easy, either.
2. OBAMA TO NOMINATE YELLEN TO REPLACE BERNANKE
She’s been vice chair since 2010 and would be the first woman to head the Federal Reserve.
3. WHAT EXPERTS SAY CAUSED HEALTH WEBSITE WOES
A requirement that consumers create online accounts multiplied the volume of online transactions, overwhelming the site.
4. TRIO SHARE NOBEL PRIZE FOR CHEMISTRY
Scientists Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel win this year’s Nobel Prize in chemistry.
5. US EXPECTED TO SLASH AID TO EGYPT
Cairo stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance as the Obama administration plans a dramatic policy shift.
6. DENVER COUPLE FACED CHARGES WITH DIFFERENT KIDS
The parents of four boys found living in filth and communicating with grunts were accused in 2006 of keeping three other children in similar conditions.
7. DIANA NYAD GETS BACK IN THE WATER
The 64-year-old who swam from Havana to Miami attempts a 48-hour swim in a NYC pool to raise money for Superstorm Sandy victims.
8. OFFICER ARRESTED IN BIKER-SUV ATTACK
An off-duty NYPD detective faces charges after he is seen on video hitting and kicking an SUV after a group motorcycle ride spiraled into violence.
9. CHRIS CHRISTIE DOESN’T RULE OUT WHITE HOUSE BID
Asked about his political future, the N.J. governor replies, “I am not going to declare tonight ... that I am or I’m not running for president.”
10. RED SOX MAKE IT TO THE ALCS
Boston beats Tampa Bay 3-1 in Game 4 and will face the winner of Thursday’s Detroit-vs.-Oakland game.