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July 12, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Friday, July 12, 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:



Sunset Drive is closed today; no traffic delays otherwise in the city. Maintenance is being performed throughout Cullman today; drivers cautioned to watch for roadside workers.



Weather:



Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. North wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 64. North wind around 5 mph.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.

Saturday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 68. Southeast wind around 5 mph.

Sunday: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday night: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 71.



Best bets for today:



Arc of Cullman County: The Arc will meet at 10 a.m. today at CCCDD Day Hab building, 1807 Beech Ave. SE, Cullman 35055.



NTQG: The Nimble Thimble Quilt Guild will meet at 9:30 a.m. today at the Cullman County Museum, 211 2nd Ave. NE, Cullman 35055. Visitors welcome.



Alumni to hold concert, silent auction and carriage rides: Eva School will be have in concert, the Flashbacks Show Band, a multi-dimensional band playing hits from the '60s through modern day. They will appear from 7 to 9 p.m. today, in the school gymnasium, 20 School Road, Eva 35621. Tickets are $20 for limited reserved seating; $15 general admission. Concessions will be available. All proceeds will benefit the Alumni courtyard at the school. Silent auction will take place at this time. Also, horse-and-carriage rides will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. July 12, at the school. Info: Shirley Arnett at 256-784-9489 or text to 256-590-3567.



Looking ahead:



Trauma Prevention program for teens: Cullman Regional Medical Center in partnership with the Cullman County District Court Offices are offering the Trauma Prevention program for teens. The program, which is usually offered only to those area teen drivers who have received a minor traffic violation, is opening up the July 13 class to community teens who want to become better educated about the significance of safe driving. The next class will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 13. in CRMC’s Colonel Cullman Room in Professional Office Building 2 Community Education Center (1912 Alabama Highway 157, Cullman, AL 35058). You may register by calling 256-737-2600 by Friday, July 12. The cost of this class is $25 per person.



Paddleboard fundraiser: Paddle at the Rock, a paddleboard race, will be held at Silverock Cove on Smith Lake at 9 a.m. July 13. Paddlers must bring own boards. There is a 6-mile elite race, a 3-mile rec. division race and a 1-mile open race.

Entry fee is $35 and includes an event T-shirt. Proceeds to benefit The Bell Center in Birmingham, a program that helps developmentally disabled children from birth to 3 years of age.

Paddlers can register online at www.active.com/water-sports/crane-hill-al/paddle-at-the-rock-2013 or go to Active.com and enter Paddle at the Rock. info: Tommy Cost at 256-736-3002 or Susan Cost at 256-338-1084.



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. DECISION LOOMS FOR ZIMMERMAN IN TEEN SHOOTING

A Florida jury could start deliberating today after the defense argues that Zimmerman never meant to kill Trayvon Martin. Jurors could convict him of murder or manslaughter.

2. LAST MINUTES IN THE ASIANA COCKPIT

The AP’s Joan Lowy reports the plane descended from 4,500 to 600 feet in four minutes, and pilots tried to speed up under 500 feet.

3. BOSTON STRANGLER SUSPECT TO BE EXHUMED

Police want to explore a DNA link between Albert DeSalvo, widely believed to have been the notorious 1960s serial killer, and one of the 11 victims.

4. EGYPT INVESTIGATES OUSTED LEADER’S JAILBREAK

Prosecutors want to know whether Mohammed Morsi escaped prison during the 2011 revolution with help from Hamas.

5. WHERE YOUR DNA IS

Countries around the world, led by Britain and the U.S., are holding genetic material of millions of citizens in the name of fighting crime and terrorism.

6. FARM BILL VOTE SETS UP FOOD STAMP FIGHT

The House passed a scaled-back bill without the program, launching a debate about domestic food aid in the U.S.

7. WHERE SNOWDEN IS LOOKING FOR HELP

The NSA leaker plans to meet today with a Russian official of Amnesty International while he negotiates for asylum.

8. HUNDREDS MAKE INDONESIA PRISON BREAK

More than 200 were at large, including nearly 20 convicted terrorists.

9. HOW MUCH ARSENIC IS IN APPLE JUICE

The FDA set a new limit of 10 parts per billion, about the same amount of the poison that is in regular drinking water.

10. DEEN DUMPS LEGAL TEAM

In the latest fallout over her admission she used racial slurs, the food personality is hiring new attorneys to represent her in a discrimination lawsuit.