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January 31, 2014

The Times' Morning Update for Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

Early weather and community news


The Cullman Times

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



Weather:



Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. South wind around 5 mph.



Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.



Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 57. Southeast wind around 10 mph.



Saturday night: A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, with a low around 48.



Sunday: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 55. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.



Sunday night: A 50 percent chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 33.



Best bets for today:



Formal gown consignment sale: The Fairview High School Key Club will hold a formal gown consignment sale for girls birth through adults, today and Saturday, in the school auditorium, 841 Welcome Road, Cullman 35058. Cost to participate is $10. Key Club will keep 25 percent of all sales for the school.

For your contributer number and information, contact Felicia Carden at 256-796-2931.



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.



Special concert at monastery: The Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center will hold a concert featuring Linn Maxwell, soprano, in a performance of “Hildegard of Bingen and the Living Light” at 7 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Monastery Chapel. Tickets are $20 at the Retreat Center office or at the door. Info: retreat center at 256-734-8302; retreats@shmon.org or www.shmon.org.



‘Dessert tasting - then dinner’ fundraiser: Want to have your cake before dinner and eat it, too? Well, the Sardis Baptist Church’s mission teams decided you should get that chance. The teams are raising funds for a mission trip and are offering a dessert tasting evening - before dinner. Just drop by the Trimble Community Center (7744 County Road 813, Cullman 35057) from 2 to 7 p.m. and enjoy as many desserts as you’d like - for only $1 a taste. Then, enjoy a Swamp John’s dinner for only $10/plate. Bring family, bring friends and bring your appetite.



Looking ahead:



Republican breakfast: Cullman County Republicans will meet for breakfast ($8) at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Elks Lodge, 1609 Brantley Ave. NW, Cullman 35055.



Turkey shoot: Hanceville Quarterback Club will hold a turkey shoot at 8 a.m. Feb. 1 (and 8) on Highway 31 south of Domino’s Pizza in Hanceville. Cost is $4/meat (ham/turkey); $5/money shot. All proceeds to go to the Hanceville Quarterback Club.



Did you know?



A current Seattle hotdog craze is the addition of cream cheese. No matter what else you put on your dog, cream cheese makes it Seattle style. This brings the hotdog to a whole new level. It’s a simple recipe: Bun, cream cheese, then hotdog! Wonder how they eat them in Philadelphia?



I’ve recently been put wise to the love of green chili in Denver. Seems to be a widespread specialty that is definitely worth trying. Here’s a good recipe from denvergreenchili.com:



Old Fashioned Colorado Green Chili

Prep time: 1 hour

Cook time: 2 hours

Serves: 8-10

This is a very meaty, very slightly thickened chili – thin for Colorado style chili. If you like really thick chili, use 4-5 tbsp. flour rather than 3 and/or reduce the water.

2 lbs. cubed pork

1 tbsp. minced garlic (about 2 cloves)

1/4 tsp pepper

3 tbsp. flour

2 cups diced fresh tomatoes (you can substitute 1 14 oz can)

14.5 oz can chicken broth

1 cup water

2 1/2 cups diced green chiles (about 20 chiles)

2 cups diced onion.

Salt & pepper to taste.

Instructions

Brown pork in skillet with garlic and pepper. Add flour and brown as well.

In crockpot, mix pork, garlic, tomatoes, water, green chiles and onion. Simmer for at least 2 hours. Water can be added to thin down and flour can be added to thicken.

You can also cook it in a large pot on the stove at low heat.

Hint: Let simmer at least an hour before tasting and modifying by adding chiles, more tomatoes, garlic, etc.



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. AP EXCLUSIVE: NAVY YARD GUNMAN LIED CONVINCINGLY TO DOCTORS

Veterans Affairs evaluators concluded Aaron Alexis had no mental health issues, documents obtained by AP show.

2. VICTIMS OF BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING HAVE RANGE OF REACTIONS TO  RULING

“It shows that if you are going to terrorize our country, you are going to pay with your life,” one says of government’s decision to seek death penalty.

3. HOW EXTRADITION COULD PLAY OUT IN AMANDA KNOX CASE

U.S. State Department would evaluate a request from Italy, and both law and politics would factor into decision.

4. AP EXCLUSIVE: INSIDE PAKISTAN ARMY’S BOMB SCHOOL

Rebecca Santana is first reporter inside facility where instructors teach Pakistani forces the clever places militants hide homemade bombs. 

5. SECURITY EXPERTS WORRY ABOUT SOFT TARGETS IN SOCHI

Olympic venues are tightly guarded, but Islamic militants could target vulnerable areas in or outside the sprawling resort.

6. AP FACT CHECK: HOW BAD THE NSA SECURITY LEAKS WERE

Top U.S. intelligence chief says they were the worst, but some historians cite more devastating intelligence breakdowns the past century.

7. WHERE CARS LACK AIR BAGS AND CRUMPLE EASILY

Some of India’s most popular small cars fail crash tests because of a lack of safety requirements and little regulation.

8. 10 SUPER BOWL COMMERCIALS YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

The Salt Lake City School District apologizes and says it’s investigating why elementary students owing money on their accounts had their meals tossed.

9. WHAT COUNTRY VENEZUELA’S YOUNG PEOPLE ARE FLEEING TO

Its economy recovering from Europe’s financial crisis, Ireland has emerged as the top choice of students seeking opportunities abroad.

10. WHY BILL DE BLASIO WON’T BE AT THE SUPER BOWL SUNDAY

Even though it’s being played in his own backyard, the new NYC mayor says he’ll watch at home rather than foot the bill for the high-priced game.