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January 18, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

Early weather, traffic and community news

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

Traffic:

Interstate 65 is closed from the 3-10 entrance to the 3-14; both north- and southbound lanes, due to icy road conditions.

The Cullman City Street Department will be salting at public buildings and walkways.

Weather:

Icy roads this morning, proceed with caution; later, sunny with a high of near 50 today; tonight clear with a low around 30. Calm wind.

Of note:

Cullman County and City schools are closed today - the blood drive at Hanceville will be rescheduled.

Best bets:

CCSF: The Cullman City Schools Foundation will meet at 3:15 p.m. at the Central Office, 301 1st St. NE, Cullman 35055, for a long-range planning session. All officers/directors should plan to attend. Info: Dawn Klinger at 256-590-3159.

Republican Women: The Cullman County Republican Women will meet at 11:30 a.m. at Grumpy’s restaurant, 402 5th St. SW, Cullman 35055. Guest speakers will be candidates for State Representative District 11. Guests may attend. Info: Brenda Horn at 256-709-5898.

Storytelling with Nina Reeves: Ms. Reeves will tell fairytales, folktales, and Appalachian folk tales from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 (confirmed with Rachel Dawsey), at the North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center at 1714 Tally Ho St., Cullman 35055. Cocoa, desserts offered. Cost is $2/person or $5/family; with all proceeds paying for the cost of refreshments. Info: Rachel Dawsey at 256-297-1044.

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. FOR ARMSTRONG, NOT AS EASY AS RIDING A BIKE

Lance Armstrong acknowledges in a TV interview what he has lied about repeatedly for years: He used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France a record seven times.

2. ALGERIA STANDOFF NOT OVER

Britain says the hostage crisis “remains ongoing” after an Algerian raid on the gas plant to wipe out Islamists and free captives from at least 10 countries turned deadly.

3. HOW THE GROUNDING OF 787s MAY IMPACT BOEING

The maker of the technologically advanced Dreamliner faces an uncertain future, depending on how fliers react to its mechanical woes.

4. WHAT NEW TOOL THOSE WITH FOOD ALLERGIES HAVE

Legal challenges under the federal disabilities law. And that could impact menus offered by schools, restaurants and anyone else that serves food.

5. WHY THE GOP WANTS TO DO AWAY WITH THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE

After back-to-back presidential losses, Republicans in key states want to change the rules to make it easier to win — and the proposed change appears to be gaining momentum.

6. ACID ATTACK ON FORMER BALLET STAR

Sergei Filin, artistic director of the world famous Bolshoi Theater’s ballet troupe, was splashed and may lose his eyesight.

7. OBAMA’S UNPRECEDENTED MOVE TO KICKSTART AGENDA

The president’s political organization is being turned into a nonprofit group — funded in part by corporate money — to mobilize support behind his second-term agenda.

8. A SOMBER REOPENING FOR COLORADO MOVIE THEATER

Some Aurora victims recount how gunman James Holmes massacred 12 people; others refuse to even set foot in the former Century 16 theater.

9. WHAT WOULD MAKE PALESTINIANS DESPONDENT IF NETANYAHU’S REELECTED

They fear the Israeli hardliner’s plans for settlement construction over the next four years could prove fatal to their dreams of a state.

10. NOTRE DAME STAR PERPETUATED TALE OF “GIRLFRIEND”

An AP review finds that Manti Te’o talked about his doomed love in interviews not once but twice after the day he and the university say he learned that she never existed.

 

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