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February 25, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Monday, Feb. 25, 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:



The Cullman City Street Department’s patch crew will work at these sites: Sheraton Road, Dialsdale Drive and 4th Ave. SE.



Weather:



Today :Showers likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61. East wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Tonight: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Low around 46. Southeast wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.



Upcoming events:



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



Sign up for the Equalizers self-defense class: The Cullman Police Department’s Equalizers class will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 and Tuesday, March 5 at the Cullman Wellness and Aquatic Center. Officer Cindy Rohrscheib will be instructor for this class for women ages 13 and older. Cost is $25/household for student manual, free to those who already have the student manual. All need to register to ensure your space in the class. Forms available at the Aquatic Center or by email: cindyr@cullmanpd.com or call Officer Rohrscheib at 256-736-4703. Many techniques taught and applied during the class. For more information, visit www.equalizerwomen.com. Also, a RadKIDS safety program for boys and girls in elementary school (grades 3, 4, and 5) is available. Churches and other groups wanting to host a RadKIDS summer camp, may contact Officer Rohrscheib.



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. ‘ARGO,’ ‘LIFE OF PI’ BIG OSCAR WINNERS

Ben Affleck’s CIA thriller won best picture, while “Life of Pi” won four trophies, including best director for Ang Lee. 

2. STATE-BY-STATE FALLOUT FROM BUDGET CUTS

The White House detailed the impact from $85 billion in cuts set to take effect at week’s end.

3. A DATE FOR END OF CASTRO ERA

Raul Castro says he will step down as Cuba’s president in 2018.

4. ASSIGNING BLAME FOR GULF OIL SPILL

A trial begins today to determine how much in damages oil giant BP and other companies should pay for the 2010 disaster.

5. HORSE MEAT SCANDAL HITS IKEA

Furniture retailer pulls its Swedish meatballs from shelves in Britain, Ireland and several European countries after Czech authorities detect horse meat in packages labeled as being made of pork and beef.

6.  POPE BENEDICT CHANGES THE RULES

In one of his last acts as pope, the pontiff signs the document allowing for an earlier start to the conclave that will elect his successor.

7. ANOTHER STORM HEADED TO CENTRAL US

Blizzard warnings were in effect in Kansas after up to a foot and a half of snow fell there last week.

8. SETH MACFARLANE PRAISED AS IRREVERENT OSCAR HOST

“Macfarlane’s strategic misbehavior furnished welcome relief,” AP Television Writer Frazier Moore says.

9. TRIPS AND FALLS AT THE OSCARS

Best Actress winner Jennifer Lawrence stumbled on her way to the podium, and injured presenter Kristen Stewart hobbled onstage.

10. POUR ON THE OLIVE OIL

A five-year study finds people who ate Mediterranean-style diets had a 30 percent lower risk of cardiovascular problems.