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December 10, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Tuesday, Dec. 10, 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 asphalt crew will be working on Maple Dr. NW; may be some interference with traffic - drivers may want to seek alternate routes.



Weather:



Today: A slight chance of rain and sleet before 9 a.m. Mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 41. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.



Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 25. Calm wind.



Best bets for today:



Angel Tree for seniors: Southern Care Hospice has an Angel Tree with seniors’ requests for much-needed items, such as, personal care items, pajamas, clothes, etc. this holiday season. Those who’d like to adopt a senior, or to make a donation, contact Mandi Lake at 256-339-8474. Gifts should be delivered to the office at 417 Main St. NW, Hanceville 35077; or contact Ms. Lake to arrange for a pickup.



Angel Tree: Standard Furniture of Cullman, 906 Perry St. SW, Cullman, AL 35055, is again sponsoring an Angel Tree, filled with lists from children needing a special Christmas. Those who’d like to ensure a child has the Christmas of their dreams, stop by the store and select a list for a child you’d like to purchase gifts for and return the wrapped gifts by 6 p.m. today. Those who’d like to sponsor a child, but just don’t have the shopping time, the staff will be glad to shop for you; or just purchase a gift card from a local merchant for the child.



Little Black Dress charity bash: The event is sponsored by the WSCC Alumni Association and all proceeds support scholarships for women enrolled at Wallace State. This year, the soiree will be Feb. 22, 2014, at Top of the Town, with raffles, live music and dancing, fabulous food, celebrity waiters, door prizes and more. Tickets are currently on sale. Info: LaDonna Allen at 256-352-8071.



Priester Pecans: The Pilot Club of Cullman is taking orders for the famous Priester Pecans, all in a 1-pound bag for $12. Choices are pecan halves, pieces, chocolate covered halves, honey glazed halves, praline sugar halves and cinnamon sugar halves. See any Pilot Club member to order, or contact Peggy Harris at 256-734-2831 or Ann Fox at 256-287-9157. All proceeds to go to Brain-Related Disorders 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 today:

1. A CEREMONY TO HONOR MANDELA

Amid cold, driving rain world leaders and South Africans gather to remember “a global icon of forgiveness.”

2. WHO’S GOING TO WIN THE DATA WAR

As the U.S. tracks and analyzes cellphone and Internet activity in search of terrorists, it’s instigating a battle with technology companies that do much the same thing in search of profits.

3. A YEAR LATER, NEWTOWN BRACES FOR 12/14

There are 26 bronze stars that sit atop the local firehouse, one for each adult and child gunned down on an unimaginable winter day at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

4. WESTERN DIPLOMATS HEAD TO UKRAINE

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland are expected in Kiev to try to defuse the crisis.

5. CONGRESS VOTES TO RENEW BAN ON PLASTIC GUNS

But tougher restrictions, like requiring metal parts that cannot be removed, are defeated by Republicans.

6. ELIAN GONZALEZ TRAVELS ABROAD

The young Cuban boy who was the subject of an international custody fight in 2000 is on his first overseas trip since being reunited with his father.

7. VETERAN SAYS NORTH KOREA STATEMENT WAS COERCED

Former U.S. Army Lt. Merrill Newman, 85, says he was threatened with a lengthy prison sentence if he did not apologize for killing North Koreans during the war.

8. WHAT OKLAHOMA SAYS ABOUT SATANISTS’ STATUE

Legislative leaders try to ease concerns over a request by a New York-based group to erect a monument to Satan alongside the Ten Commandments at the state Capitol.

9. HOW ‘TITAN ARM’ CAN LEND A HELPING HAND

A robotic device invented by University of Pennsylvania engineering students can assist its wearer carry an additional 40 pounds.

10. ANTARCTICA’S DEEP-FREEZE RECORD

NASA satellite data reveals the icy continent hit minus 135.8 in August 2010.