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November 7, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

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 61. North wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Patchy fog after midnight. Otherwise, clear, with a low around 34. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph.



Best bets for today and beyond:



CCCDC meeting: The Cullman County Community Development Commission will meet at 6 p.m. today at Garden City School.



Democrats’ luncheon: The Cullman County Democrats will meet at 11:30 a.m. today for a dutch treat luncheon at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse, 1720 Cherokee Ave. SW, Cullman 35055.



FUMC’s bazaar: Cullman First United Methodist Church’s Women’s Group will hold a bazaar from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the church’s Hearin Hall, 320 3rd Ave. SE, Cullman 35055, with arts/crafts and homemade goods. Also, breakfast and lunch for sale. All proceeds to go to the UMW’s community projects.



Midway community dance: The Midway Community Center will hold a dance at 7 p.m. today featuring the Classic Country Band. Admission is $4; all proceeds go to upkeep of community center, 164 Midway Road, Union Grove 35175.



OA: Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 4:45 p.m. today in the Carriage House at Grace Episcopal Church. Info: 724-376-2124 or 256-352-1143.



Rummage sale: The Holly Pond Civitan Club will hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the Holly Pond Town Hall, 10885 Highway 278 E, Holly Pond 35083. Proceeds to go to a scholarship fund. Info: Walt Floyd at 256-796-6814.



Substitute teacher training: Cullman City Schools will have substitute teacher training at 5 p.m. today, at the Cullman City Board of Education Central Office, 301 1st St. NE, Cullman 35055.



Shrek the Musical begins today: Wallace State Community College's Theatre Department will present Shrek the Musical Nov. 7-10 at the Betty Leeth Haynes Theater on the Hanceville campus. Shows will be presented at 7 p.m. Nov. 7-8; and at 2 p.m. Nov. 9-10. Tickets are $10/adults and $5/students.



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. GEORGE STRAIT WINS COUNTRY MUSIC’S HIGHEST HONOR

The singer is named CMA entertainer of the year, while Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift take other top awards.

2. TESTS BACK CLAIM THAT ARAFAT WAS POISONED

Swiss scientists say they’ve found evidence that the Palestinian leader was killed with a radioactive substance.

3. HOW CHILD SEATS FARED IN CRASH TESTS

More than half of boosters that went on sale this year earn a top rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

4. THOUSANDS EVACUATED AHEAD OF TYPHOON

Philippine villagers are forced to leave an area devastated by a recent earthquake as a powerful storm approaches.

5. MUSHARRAF FREED FROM HOUSE ARREST

Prison officials are withdrawn from the former Pakistani president’s home, where he had been held since April.

6. WHY ARIZONA MAN KILLED HIS GRANDMOTHER

Jason Eric Howell told police he was upset with her strict curfew rules and how much she charged him for rent, so he beat her with a shovel and slit her throat.

7. WHERE A NEW DINOSAUR SPECIES WAS FOUND

Paleontologists unveil a new species — the equivalent of T. rex’s great-uncle — discovered four years ago in Utah.

8. NEWSWOMAN SEEKS HELP FOR ALCOHOL DEPENDENCY

ABC says veteran anchor and reporter Elizabeth Vargas is in a treatment facility.

9. BIDEN DIALS THE WRONG NUMBER

The VP picks up the phone to congratulate Boston’s new mayor, but gets a different Marty Walsh.

10. DOLPHINS COACH TAKING HEAT

Hazing allegations raise questions about whether Joe Philbin and his staff were negligent in failing to stop the behavior.