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March 13, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Early weather, traffic and community news

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

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



Traffic:



The Cullman City Street Department’s patch crew will be working on 2nd Ave. SE and 1st Ave. SW. Also, a crew will be working on stump removal on 1st Ave. SW and trimming trees at Austin Ave. SW.



Weather:



Today will be sunny, with a high near 52. Northwest wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight, expect clear skies, with a low around 27. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light north in the evening.



Best bets:



Barbanel of Jews for Jesus to speak at St. John’s: Igor Barbanel of Jews for Jesus will speak at St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Interim Senior Pastor Reverend John Richter invites all to attend. Jews for Jesus uses creative methods and contemporary issues to present the message that Jesus is the Messiah to Jewish people around the world. Call 256-734-0344 (church office) to reserve your seat for this special presentation or for more information. There is no admission charge.



CERA to meet: The Cullman Educators Retiree Association will meet at 11 a.m. with lunch following at noon, at the Sacred Heart Conference Center on Convent Road. A memorial service will be held for those members who passed away this associational year. Lunch reservations: Peggy McClendon at 256-747-2460.



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. BEIJING VS. THE VATICAN

A thorny challenge for the new pope will be the repressive treatment of Catholics in China.

2. PYONGYANG GETS PERSONAL

In latest diatribe, the North dismisses South Korea’s new president with a sexist comment about the “venomous swish” of her skirt.

3. BEHIND THE NUMBERS

The AP’s Calvin Woodward shoots down the oft-repeated claim that 40 percent of gun sales take place without background checks.

4. WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE GROWING UP IN SYRIA

Some 2 million children are facing malnutrition, disease, early marriage and severe mental trauma as a result of the civil war.

5. BATTLE BREWING OVER WELFARE-TO-WORK

House Republicans say Obama is trying to gut the 1999 welfare reform law of work requirements — a claim that the administration disputes.

6. WHY OHIO CRASH PROVED FATAL FOR SIX TEENS

The SUV was crowded with more people than it was built for. The driver was unlicensed — and speeding. And no one was wearing a seat belt.

7. PATIENTS MAY LOSE THEIR PATIENCE

The daunting application for benefits under Obama’s health care overhaul may leave you asking, “What is this, 20 questions?”  Answer: At least.

8. A NEW SEASON FOR DYNASTY

George P. Bush seeks a little-known but powerful post to continue his family’s political legacy: Texas land commissioner.

9. HOW THE YOUNGER GENERATION IS SURFING THE WEB

For more and more teens, the device of choice is the smartphone.

10. FEELING THE HEAT

Miami downs the Atlanta Hawks, 98-81, for its 19th straight win, the fifth-longest streak in NBA history.