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May 24, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Friday, May 24, 2013

Early weather, traffic and community news

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CULLMAN — Clothing giveaway: Fairview United Methodist Church, 1100 Wesley Ave. N, Cullman 35058, will hold a free clothing giveaway from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; hotdogs and drinks provided.

VFW Saturday night dance: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2214 will have a dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturdays at the VFW. Music will be provided by the Boogie Night band. The cost is $5 per person. VFW building rentals are available Fridays. Info: Commander Jerry Willibey at 256-347-0807.

OA: Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Carriage House at Grace Episcopal Church. Info: 724-376-2124 or 256-352-1143.

Memorial Day celebration at Veterans Park: The Cullman VFW Post 2214 will host a ceremony to honor our nation’s war dead at 10 a.m. Monday at Veterans Park on Sportsman Lake Road (inside Sportsman Lake Park). Special guest speakers will include Sons of the American Revolution, Senator Paul Bussman and Representatives Mac Buttram and Randall Shedd and area veterans. The memorial celebration will include 225 American flags planted on the Highway 31 median from Vinemont to Highway 69, south of town, as well as on the graves of all veterans in the City of Cullman Cemetery.

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. WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO GO DOWN WITH THE I-5 BRIDGE IN WASHINGTON STATE

All Dan Sligh saw was a “big puff of dust” and then the water as a section over the Skagit River collapsed. “I hit the brakes and we went off .. you hold on as tight as you can.”

2. WHAT OBAMA SAYS ABOUT HIS COUNTERTERRORISM POLICY

President Barack Obama defends the use of drones and hints at giving law enforcement more authority to seize communications.

3. HOW STORM SURGE KILLS AND HOW TO PREVENT DEATHS

The National Hurricane Center is offering easier-to-understand maps and advice about the abnormal rise of sea water during storms.

4. DECISION ON JODI ARIAS’ FATE POSTPONED

The jury charged with deciding whether Jodi Arias will get the death penalty or life in prison for murdering her ex-boyfriend gives up, meaning the penalty phase of the trial must start over.

5. WHAT’S NEXT AFTER BOY SCOUTS’ ACCEPTANCE OF GAY SCOUTS

The Boy Scouts of America have voted to allow openly gay boys and teens, drawing praise from more liberal factions, but some conservatives are threatening to defect.

6. UNIONS FRET OVER IMPACT OF HEALTH CARE LAW ON MULTIEMPLOYER PLANS

Labor unions were among the new health care law’s strongest supporters, but they now worry whether the law might result in less coverage for their members.

7. TRAVEL INDUSTRY HOPES FOR FEW BUMPS IN ROAD FOR SUMMER SOJOURNS

The forecast for summer travel is showing steady improvement over last year, but consumers might still see higher lodging and transport costs.

8. MANDATING SHELTER FROM THE STORM?

Requiring storm shelters in tornado-prone Oklahoma might sound like a great idea, but local authorities say many can’t afford them, and bristle at government mandates.

9. WHEN PLASTIC IS NOT SO FANTASTIC

Two California legislators introduce a bill that would require manufacturers to figure out how keep plastic out of state waterways.

10. HOPS FOR HEROES

Craft brewers around the country are teaming up raise money for military families through the sale of a specially-brewed beer.

 

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