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May 21, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Tuesday, May 21, 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 retaining wall at 4th Ave. and 3rd St. SE; the patch crew will work at 4th Ave. NE, Lakeview Dr. NW and Pansy St. NW.

Weather:

Today: Sunny, with a high near 86. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. Southeast wind around 5 mph.

Best bets:

Cullman City board of education: The Board will meet at 6 p.m. today at the Cullman City Board of Education board room, 301 1st St. NE, Cullman 35055; work session following.

Knapsacks For Kids: First United Methodist Church in Cullman will continue to help feed school age children through the summer months with a program called Knapsacks For Kids. Donations are accepted at the church office, 320 3rd Ave. SE, Cullman 35055. Another fundraiser is Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A from 4 to 8 p.m. today. Patrons at the restaurant may mention FUMC and their Knapsacks For Kids and a donation will be made to that program.

Patient discharge education tool class: Cullman Regional Medical Center and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) are partnering to present information about e-Health and the “Good to Go” Patient Discharge Education Tool which utilizes iTouch devices to help CRMC patients and/or their caregivers better understand how to care for themselves once they get home from the hospital.

Class is from 10 a.m. to noon today at the Ave Maria Room at CRMC. Space is limited; preregistration is required by May 20 at 256-737-9386 or email to selfela@aces.edu.

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. OKLAHOMA TORNADO FLATTENS NEIGHBORHOODS, KILLS DOZENS

At least 20 of the 51 victims of the storm were children caught in an elementary school in the eye of the storm, with a death toll expected to rise.

2. AP PHOTOGRAPHER: ‘ALL I COULD SEE WAS DESTRUCTION’

Sue Ogrocki photographed children being pulled from the wreckage of the school, “a heaping mound of rubble too big to be a home.”

3. A RARE AND DEADLY COINCIDENCE

Monday’s powerful storm followed roughly the same route as a killer twister that slammed the region in 1999.

4. EX-IRS CHIEF TO ANSWER CONGRESS ABOUT TEA PARTY TARGETING

Former commissioner Douglas Shulman is testifying before a Senate committee about what he knew about the singling out of conservative groups.

5. THE PATH THAT LED TO A $1.1 BILLION PAYDAY

David Karp dropped out of high school, then created Tumblr, which has been acquired by Yahoo in a blockbuster deal.

6. JODI ARIAS FACES HER JURY

She is the only witness in her defense as the Arizona jury decides whether to sentence her to death for stabbing and shooting her onetime boyfriend.

7. CLOSING THE CASE ON MISSING UTAH MOM

Officials said they believe Susan Powell’s brother-in-law was “heavily involved” in getting rid of her body, but said they couldn’t solve the 3  1/2-year-old case.

8. CHINESE FISHING BOAT RELEASED BY NORTH KOREA

The boat with 16 fishermen aboard was seized for ransom two weeks ago, but was let go without money exchanging hands.

9. EX-DICTATOR’S GENOCIDE CONVICTION OVERTURNED

Guatemala’s top court ordered a new trial for Efrain Rios Montt three days after he was convicted for his role in massacres of Mayans during the country’s civil war.

10. FOUNDING MEMBER OF THE DOORS DIES AT 74 Keyboardist Ray Manzarek helped form the seminal ‘60s band after meeting then-poet Jim Morrison in California.

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