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October 30, 2012

The Times' Morning Update for Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012

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:

A patching crew will be working on Rosemont Ave. and Ann St. NW today. No traffic delays expected.

Weather:

Today will be sunny, with a high near 56. Northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Keep those gloves and scarves handy; also, carry some lip balm!

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 36. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Remember your pets tonight!



Across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, Red Cross is moving disaster workers into areas that will be affected by the storm, including disaster workers from the Cullman County area. The Red Cross is working closely with government officials, as well as community partners to coordinate response efforts.

HOW TO HELP: To help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, as well as countless crises at home and around the world, make a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for and provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance in response to disasters.  Visit www.redcross.org , call 1-800-REDCROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 on your cell phone to make a $10  donation. Contributions may also be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter, at 107 2nd Ave N.E., Cullman, AL 35055 or to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.



Best bets:

The TOPS weight-loss group will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Benedictine Manor’s recreation room, 200 Janeway Drive, Cullman 35055. Info: Ginger McMinn at 256-739-3925 or Jo Schaffer at 256-734-7428.

A country dance will be held at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at the VFW, 112 Veterans Ave., Cullman 35055. Concessions available — no alcohol or smoking allowed. Admission is $5, public welcome. Stoney Lonesome Band will be entertainment. Info: Jeanette Caples at 256-287-0221. VFW building rentals are available Sunday through Friday. Info: Commander Jerry Willibey at 256-347-0807. Proceeds to go to area VFW projects.



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 Tuesday:

1. SANDY SHORTS OUT MUCH OF NYC

Across the Eastern U.S., millions are without power as a wall of water crashes ashore.

2. THE STORM’S SMALLEST EVACUEES

Twenty babies from a neonatal intensive care unit are among 200 patients moved from a Manhattan hospital when a backup generator fails.

3. NATURE’S OCTOBER SURPRISE HANDCUFFS CANDIDATES

Obama can’t afford to be caught taking his eye off the crisis. And Romney can’t risk appearing callous about threats to lives and homes.

4. ONE HMS BOUNTY CREW MEMBER DIES

Claudene Christian, rescued in the Atlantic after abandoning ship in rough seas churned up by Sandy, is pronounced dead as the Coast Guard searches for the ship’s captain.

5. A VERY REAL REMINDER OF WORLD WAR II

Sendai airport in northern Japan is closed when an unexploded 550-pound American-made bomb is uncovered during construction.

6. A GRIM MILESTONE FOR CHICAGO

With two months left in 2012, the city marks its 436th homicide, surpassing the total for all of last year.

7. THE ECONOMIC THREATS FACING THE NEXT PRESIDENT

An AP survey of 31 economists says a weaker Europe and the looming congressional tax disputes are among biggest challenges.

8. A BAN ON PROTESTS FOR U.S. ALLY

Bahrain will block demonstrations amid escalating clashes in the strategic Gulf kingdom that hosts the Navy’s 5th Fleet.

9. MICROSOFT TAKES A BITE AT APPLE

New version of the Windows Phone is meant to compete with the more-popular iPhone, as well as Android devices.

10. RECORD LOW WORLD SERIES VIEWERSHIP, BUT A SOCIAL MEDIA LANDMARK

Giants’ sweep of Tigers averages just a 7.6 rating but the finale’s 1,202,706 comments are a new high.