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March 19, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Early weather, traffic and community news

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

Traffic:

The Cullman City Street Department will have patch crews out at 2nd Ave. NE, Broadway Dr. SW, Arnold St. NE, and 4th St. SE.

The Cullman County Road Department will be out and about collecting downed limbs and branches. County Engineer Jon Brunner says that there are no road closures reported at present.

Weather:

Today, sunny, with a high near 62. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight, partly cloudy, with a low around 34. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Best bets:

City Board of Education: The Board will meet at 6 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room, 301 1st St. NE, Cullman 35055.

Therapeutic bowling night: Cullman Parks and Recreation’s Therapeutic program invites all individuals with disabilities and their immediate family (individual with disability must be present) to bowling night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the cullman Bowling Center, 1710 Tally Ho St. SW, Cullman 35055. Cost is $4/bowler. Reserve lanes (required) by 4 p.m. day of: Hollie Guiterrez at 256-734-9157 or Rhonda Davis at 256-962-2208.

VFW Tuesday night dance: A country dance will be held at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at the VFW, 112 Veterans Ave., Cullman 35055. Concessions available — no alcohol or smoking allowed. Public welcome. Stoney Lonesome Band will be entertainment. Info: Jeanette Caples at 256-287-0221. Drawing for door prizes. Special gift for those who bring most guests with them for the dance. $5 at door to cover rental of building. Info: David Caples at 256-287-0221.

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. POPE IS INSTALLED BEFORE THOUSANDS

Francis began his ministry with the ring symbolizing the papacy and a wool stole symbolizing his role as shepherd of 1.2 billion Catholics.

2.  CYPRUS PROPOSES NEW BAILOUT PLAN

Deposits below 20,000 euros wouldn’t be taxed in a new draft bill to secure an international rescue of the company’s troubled banks.

3. WAVE OF BOMBINGS ON 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF IRAQ WAR

At least 56 people and more than 200 were wounded in the attacks, mostly by car bombs.

4.  THE 100-YEAR COSTS OF WAR

The AP reports the government still makes monthly payments to Civil War veterans and spends more than $40 billion a year compensating survivors of other wars dating to 1898.

5. LOW EXPECTATIONS FOR OBAMA’S MIDEAST TRIP

U.S. officials say the president hopes to support both Israelis and Palestinians, but has no new plan to bring them to negotiating table.

6.  PLANNED MASS ATTACK ENDS IN SUICIDE

A Florida college student pulled a fire alarm to bring students out so he could kill them with explosives, but killed himself as police closed in.

7. VOTE NEARS TO AVERT GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN

The full-year funding bill that averts a shutdown after March 1 budget cuts is likely to clear Congress this week.

8. WHO STOLE $500 MILLION IN ART FROM BOSTON MUSEUM

The FBI says it has solved the decades-old mystery and knows who the thieves are, but won’t identify them and still can’t find the missing paintings.

9. GRIM STAT FOR ALZHEIMER’S SUFFERERS

A new report says one out of three seniors dies with the mind-destroying disease or other types of dementia.

10. THE MATHEMATICS OF MARCH MADNESS

An NCAA tournament bracket presents more than 9.2 quintillion (a 9, followed by 18 zeroes) possible combinations.

 

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