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July 19, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Friday, July 19, 2013

Early weather and community news

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

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



Weather:



Today: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Heat index values as high as 97. South wind around 5 mph.

Tonight: Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Mostly clear, with a low around 70. Southwest wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.

Saturday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 10am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Southwest wind around 5 mph.

Saturday night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. South wind around 5 mph.

Sunday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. South wind around 5 mph.

Sunday night: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71.



Best bets for today and beyond:



Bunco, spaghetti fundraiser: Hanceville Assembly of God, 402 Shady Lane Dr. SW, Hanceville 35077, will hold a Bunco tournament at 4 p.m. Saturday at the church. Also, a spaghetti dinner will be served. Cost is $20/person (meal and tournament). Also, raffles and door prizes. All proceeds to benefit the church building fund. Info: Jean Heaton 256-734-0319 or 256-339-3875.



Swamp John’s fundraiser: Mt. Vernon FCM Church, 3115 County Road 1069, Vinemont 35179, will hold a Swamp John’s meal from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday with all proceeds benefitting church needs.



VFW Saturday night dance: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2214 will have a dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday 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 Randy McGraw at 256-590-9405.



New motorcycle club: Local motorcycle riders have formed a new chapter of the Southern Cruisers Riding Club (SCRC). The Blount County SCRC, Chapter 483, is open to all riders in Blount, Cullman and surrounding counties with all makes of motorcycles who want to enjoy safe group riding and make new friends. The chapter is the newest of 30 chapters in Alabama.

The Southern Cruisers Riding Club is a free, family-oriented motorcycle national riding club that uses the web to communicate and focuses on the enjoyment and fellowship of riding motorcycles while doing so safely. There are no fees, dues or meeting requirements.

The new chapter will hold an organizational meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday at About Bikes, a motorcycle shop located at 9014 US Highway 31 across from the Top Hat restaurant in Blount Springs.

Interested riders may call Tommy Brown at 205-647-8075 or John Dimmock at 205-383-5243 or email hastemakergoldwing@gmail.com or jdharleyrider@yahoo.com. More information about the SCRC is also available on the national website, http://www.southerncruisers.net/, or the Chapter 483 website, http://bcsc.forumotion.com/.



Book sale: A book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, at the Guy Hunt Library, 60 Lions Park Road, Holly Pond 35083, with all proceeds benefitting the library’s needs.



Fairview alumni to meet at Chesley Oaks: The Fairview Alumni's Golf outing will be at 8 a.m. July 20, at Chesley Oaks golf course. Members are $25; non-members are $50. Includes golf, lunch, T-shirt and prizes. For more information, contact Chesley Oaks at 256-796-9808.



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. ONCE MANUFACTURING CAPITAL, DETROIT HAS NEW LABEL

The city became the largest in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy, after a long decline in population and its auto industry.

2. AFTER ROLLING STONE COVER, NEW LOOK AT TSARNAEV

A police photographer released pictures of the Boston Marathon bomb suspect after his arrest in a boat to counter images he felt glamorized him.

3. MASSIVE PROTESTS PLANNED IN EGYPT

Allies of ousted president Mohammed Morsi will rally against the military coup that overthrew him two weeks ago.

4.  KREMLIN CRITIC RELEASED DAY AFTER HIS CONVICTION

Alexei Navalny was freed pending appeals, after prosecutors said keeping him in custody would deny his right to run for mayor of Moscow.

5. MARTIN’S PARENTS IN ‘SHOCK’ AFTER ZIMMERMAN VERDICT

“Was he racially profiled? I think that if Trayvon had been white, this would never have happened,” father Tracy Martin said.

6. PANAMA DETAINS EX-CIA STATION CHIEF

Robert Seldon Lady was convicted in absentia in Italy in 2009 in the abduction of an Egyptian terror suspect from a Milan street. He’s never been in Italian custody.

7. A DEMAND THAT ISRAEL RECOGNIZE PALESTINE BORDER

The condition came out of a stormy meeting in Jordan with John Kerry, in a monthslong bid to mediate Middle East peace talks.

8. GROWING FIRE EVACUATES CALIF. TOWN

About 6,000 residents of Idyllwild, two miles from Palm Springs, were told to get out of the way of the 35 square-mile quickly spreading blaze.

9. WHERE THE NORTHEAST HEAT WAVE IS GOING

AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein says the high-pressure system is moving backward from east to west — a rare weather phenomenon.

10. WHO WAS SNUBBED AT EMMY NOMINATIONS

Perennial nominees Julianna Margulies, Michael C. Hall and Jon Cryer were shut out. AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and HBO’s “True Blood” were apparently too edgy.