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March 14, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Thursday, March 14, 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 will have a patch crew at Briarcliff Dr. NE, 1st Ave. SW, and Elizabeth St. NE.



Weather:



Today, mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight, partly cloudy, with a low around 38. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph.



Best bets:



Heartland Quilters Guild: The Guild will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1310 St. Joseph Dr. NW, Cullman 35055. Refreshments offered.



OA: Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 4:45 p.m. in the Carriage House at Grace Episcopal Church. Info: 724-376-2124 or 256-352-1143.



Benefit rummage sale: A rummage sale to benefit Daystar House Inc., a United Way agency, will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today; and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 15, at 410 13th St. SE, Cullman 35055, weather permitting. Amongst other items, decorative indoor and outdoor plants will be available for purchase.



CHS to present Disney’s Aladdin: Cullman High School’s Fine Arts Department will give their last performance in the current auditorium before renovations begin. Disney’s Aladdin will be at 7 p.m. March 14-15. No Saturday show. Cost is $10/adult; $5/students and children. Tickets at door.



CRMC Hosts State of the Hospital community luncheon: Join CRMC President/CEO Jim Weidner from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in CRMC’s Colonel Cullman Room in Professional Office Building 2 as he presents information on the current State-of-the-Medical Center. Learn more on the improvements the medical center is making to ensure patient safety and the highest quality medical care. Cost of this program is $5 for WomenFirst & SeniorChoice members and $8 for others. For reservation information, contact CRMC’s Marketing Department at 256-737-2600 or reserve your spot online at www.crmchospital.com.



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. ‘END OF THE EARTH’ REJOICES AT POPE’S SELECTION

“It’s a huge gift for all of Latin America. We waited 20 centuries,” says Jose Antonio Cruz, a Franciscan friar in Puerto Rico.

2. SURPRISES FROM BERGOGLIO’S BIO

He chose to live in a simple apartment, rather than an opulent church estate. For years, he rode the bus to work. And as a youth, he loved the tango.

3. HOW A CHARITY FOR VETERANS SEEMS TO HAVE SPENT ITS MONEY

Investigators say execs of the Florida organization bought boats, beachfront condos, and Maseratis, Ferraris and Porsches.

4. SYRIAN BLOODLETTING MOUNTS

Though abuses by the Assad regime remain far more widespread, rebels are killing captives and suspected informers with impunity.

5. WHAT MORE WORKING MOMS WANT

Full-time jobs, a survey shows. The finding probably reflects the lackluster economy.

6. BEYOND THE GALAXY

Samsung — a rising Apple competitor — will unveil the successor to its popular smartphone today.

7. THE MAN WHO SECRETLY RECORDED ROMNEY’S ‘47 PERCENT’ COMMENTS

Bartender Scott Prouty tells MSNBC he struggled for weeks before deciding to release the video shot at a private fundraiser.

8. WHY MONARCH BUTTERFLIES ARE DYING OFF

Some experts blame pesticides that kill milkweed, the insects’ main food, for the dramatic decline.

9. COMING THIS MONTH: FREE TV

The weeklong experiment by Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company, offers viewers a chance to get acquainted with series they might not have followed.

10. LA’S PLAYOFF HOPES TAKE A HIT

The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant will be out indefinitely with a badly sprained ankle.