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March 27, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Early weather and community news

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

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



Weather:



Today will be sunny, with a high near 52, a bit warmer than of late. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the morning.

Tonight, it’ll be mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Calm wind.



Of note:



Bates Masonic scholarship available to senior students: Cullman County seniors in both city and county schools may now apply for the $1,000 Bates Masonic Scholarship through your schools’ counselors.



At the Cullman County Museum:

• April guided walking tours will be offered free of charge each Saturday in April, through the historic downtown area. Each tour begins at 10 a.m. and lasts about an hour.

• Family searches: Cullman County Museum is offering to the public, free access to Ancestry.com, available Monday, Wednesday and Friday, by appointment only. Contact Julie Burks at 256-739-1258 for reservations. Bring your USB device/jump Drive, paper and pencil to save your findings.

• Cullman StrawberryFest 2013 will be May 9-11 at the Festhalle Market Platz and the museum at 211 2nd Ave NE, Cullman for live music, arts and crafts show, car show, antique tractor display, concessions and local produce. Musical entertainment to include Three On A String, MP4theband, The Hit Men, Roy Crawford and the Cullman County Bluegrass, Mean Mary, Street Level, Round 2, and more. Free admission.

For more information on any of these activities, contact Julie Burks at 256-739-1258.



Relay For Life team signup: The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Cullman County gives everyone in the community a chance to help the organization save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Register your team today by visiting relayforlife.org/cullmanal or by calling 800-227-2345.

Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, faith based and civic organizations, and anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against cancer are invited to take part in this exciting team event. Relay For Life takes place from 7 p.m. on May 3 until 7 a.m. May 4 at Cullman County Fairgrounds.

Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. Relay brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools and faith-based groups all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.



Lifeguard classes: The Cullman City Parks and Recreation Department will offer Lifeguard classes at the Wellness and Aquatic Center in Cullman from April 1-18 (Monday-Thursday) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. A second class will be held April 22-May 10 at the Aquatic Center (same times and days apply each week). Registration for either time frame is now ongoing at the Aquatic Center.

Cost is $200 registration fee and includes all certifications, CPR, etc. Participants must be at least 15 years old. Lifeguarding classes do not guarantee a job at the center, but does meet the qualifications to do so at any pool or aquatics facility.

For information, contact the Center at 256-775-7946 or visit the website: www.cullmanrecreation.org.



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. DAY 2 FOR GAY MARRIAGE IN SUPREME COURT

The justices will consider the law that prevents legally married gay couples from receiving a range of federal benefits.

2. NORTH KOREA RATCHETS UP TENSION

Pyongyang says it has cut off a key military hotline with South Korea that allows cross border travel to a jointly run industrial complex in the North.

3. PETRAEUS’ MEA CULPA FOR EXTRAMARITAL AFFAIR

The former CIA chief and general says he deeply regrets “the circumstances that led me to my resignation” and “caused such pain for my family, friends and supporters.”  

4. RECORDS IN GABBY GIFFORDS’ CASE BEING RELEASED

Hundreds of pages of police reports in the investigation of the Tucson shooting rampage that seriously wounded the former congresswoman mark the public’s first glimpse into the documents.

5. WHAT THE “GANG OF EIGHT” ARE UP TO

Senators including John McCain and Charles Schumer tour the Arizona-Mexico border and will outline the latest on efforts to reform the nation’s immigration policies and protect U.S. borders.

6. MIXED MARTIAL ARTS CATCHES EYE OF LAWMAKERS

Michigan is one of about a dozen states where amateur mixed martial arts shows are legal but unregulated  and that may be about to change.

7. HEALTH CARE REPORT COULD CAUSE OBAMA A HEADACHE

Insurers will pay an average of 32 percent more for medical claims on individual health policies under his overhaul, a study says.

8. WHICH STATE HAS THE NATION’S TOUGHEST ABORTION LAW

North Dakota’s governor signs a measure banning the procedure as early as six weeks into a pregnancy — any time a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

9. DISABILITIES CAN’T SLOW THESE SURFERS

Dozens of disabled people in Rio de Janeiro are conquering the waves with specially modified surfboards.  

10. HOW MISBEHAVING COACHES MAKE OUT

An AP review of infractions cases since 2000 found that some coaches who run afoul of NCAA rules fare better than others.