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August 23, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Friday, Aug. 23, 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:



Cullman City Street Department’s patch crews will be working on 5th St. SE, 5th Ave. SE and 3rd Ave. NW. Sunset Drive is still closed; drivers should seek alternate routes.



Weather:



Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 a.m. Partly cloudy, with a low around 67. Calm wind.



Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Saturday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 68.



Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.

Sunday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 66.



Best bets for today and beyond:



Chamber’s Fourth Friday Luncheon: The Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce’s Existing Business Committee will host the Fourth Friday Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. today, at the All Steak restaurant’s banquet room, 323 3rd Ave. SE, Cullman 35055. Speaker will be Cliff Vaughn, filmaker with Red Clay Pictures, who filmed documentary “Brother Joseph and the Grotto.”

Lunch is $15/person for members; $20 for “future” members. Reservations required; contact the Chamber office at info@cullmanchamber.org or by calling 256-734-0454.



Cordage from natural fibers class: The Cullman Fiber Guild will sponsor a class on make cordage from natural fibers Saturday, Aug. 24, at Peinhardt Living History Farm. Instructor will be Daniel Hessler. Info: Carolyn Johnson at 256-734-0850 or bjohn781 at aol.com.



Farm Y’all: This farm-to-fork festival will be held 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, at the Festhalle Market Platz near Cullman’s Warehouse District. There will be local food, celebrity chefs, musical entertainment and contests, and vendors for cold drinks, chicken, produce for sale and homemade ice cream. Admission is free, so y’all come! Also, a giant watermelon contest will be held; local kids to participate in giant pumpkin weigh-in.

For more information, visit www.farmyall.com or contact the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce at 256-734-0454.



10 Things to Know for Today

By The Associated Press

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

1. WIKILEAKER: ‘I AM CHELSEA MANNING’

The soldier, just sentenced to prison, wants to live as a woman and undergo hormone treatment — creating a whole new set of complications for the military.

2. NASDAQ TRADING HALT PUTS PRESSURE ON EXCHANGES

Three-hour outage highlights risks of computer-driven trading and technological vulnerability of markets.

3. FRESH DISCONTENT IN EGYPT

Islamists remain incensed that Morsi is still in captivity. Now reformists are angry that Mubarak has been released.

4. UN SAYS ONE MILLION SYRIAN CHILDREN ARE NOW REFUGEES

Syrian kids facing child labor, early marriage and potential sexual exploitation in neighboring countries.

5. HOW LATEST WITNESS IN BO XILAI’S TRIAL HELPED PROSECUTORS’ CASE

Videotaped testimony from the disgraced politician’s wife bolstered bribery allegations against him.

6. IDAHO WILDFIRE DISRUPTS VACATION FOR THE RICH AND FAMOUS

Sun Valley’s jet-set are being whisked away in their private planes to escape the incessant blaze.

7. HYPERLOOP TRAVEL IDEA DRAWS DREAMERS, INVENTORS

The race is on for everyone to polish blueprints of the ultra-fast capsule mode of transportation.

8. WHY FINANCIAL SANCTIONS ARE HURTING IRANIANS

Freeze on Tehran’s oil revenues is causing high inflation and cutting into the nation’s foreign reserves.

9. WHO WILL PLAY BATMAN IN ‘MAN OF STEEL’ SEQUEL

Ben Affleck will play the Dark Knight opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in superhero mash-up.

10. RYAN BRAUN COMES CLEAN

The suspended Milwaukee Brewers slugger admits taking performance-enhancing drugs during his NL MVP season of 2011.