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March 18, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Monday, March 18, 2013

Early weather and community news

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

Weather:

Today: Showers and thunderstorms. High near 69. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

Tonight: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 1am, then a slight chance of showers between 1 and 4 a.m. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 40. Southwest wind around 10 mph becoming north after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Best bets:

Bosom Buddies Support Group: The group will meet at 6 p.m. in the CRMC Community Education Center at POB II in the Depot Room. Info: Mary Dyer at 256-734-8729.

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.

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. 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.

Science fair today and Tuesday at WSCC: The Cullman County Commission On Education will hold a science fair at Wallace State Community College. Public viewing from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 19. The awards ceremony will be at 6 p.m. March 19.

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. SYRIA OPPOSITION MEETS TO FORM RIVAL GOVERNMENT

Twelve candidates are running for the job of interim prime minister for areas the rebels control. SYRIA

2. BAILOUT PLAN SPARKS A BANK RUN

Cyprus’ residents rushed to withdraw cash ahead of a vote today on a plan that would tax deposits in the country’s banks to save it from bankruptcy.

3. A HOLLYWOOD-WORTHY ESCAPE IN CANADA

Two inmates climbed a rope into a hovering helicopter to flee a Quebec jail.

4. WHY THE STEUBENVILLE RAPE CASE ISN’T OVER

Authorities are investigating whether coaches, parents and other students broke the law by failing to report the crime.

5. OBAMA LOOKS TO JUSTICE OFFICIAL FOR LABOR SECRETARY

The president was to nominate assistant attorney general Thomas Perez to replace Hilda Solis.

6. AFGHAN OPPOSITION OPENS TALKS WITH TALIBAN

The AP’s Kathy Gannon reports opponents of Karzai hope to broker an end to the 12-year war ahead of the exit of international combat troops and a presidential race.

7. A TEST FOR CONTROVERSIAL VOTER REGISTRATION LAW

Arizona’s law requiring proof of citizenship to register goes before the Supreme Court today.

8. HOW LOST PHOTOS CAN TRACE A TORNADO’S PATH

Photos and mementoes that were blown hundreds of miles by tornadoes give researchers clues into how far storm debris travels.

9. WHY CELEBS AGAINST FRACKING MAY BE BREAKING LAW

The group campaigning against a natural gas drilling method in New York, boasting stars like Susan Sarandon, isn’t a registered lobbyist. 

10. LOUISVILLE LEADS NCAA’S DANCE CARD

Kansas, Indiana and Gonzaga also receive No. 1 seeds after a topsy-turvy season and another weekend of upsets.

 

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