CULLMAN — Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
The Cullman City Street Department will have an asphalt patching crew working on 10th St. SE and 2nd Ave. SE.
Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 23. North wind around 5 mph.
Calling all “Ozzies”, auditions are today! The national theater group, Missoula Children’s Theater, will be coming to Cullman for a weeklong rehearsal and presentation of “The Wizard of Oz”, with a cast of 50-60 Cullman area children. Auditions will be at 3:30 p.m. at McGukin Civic Center in Cullman. Open to children in grades k-12, and 50 actors; all must be committed to practicing from Tuesday through Friday after school and from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, when two performances will be given. Those chosen for the play will pay a $20 fee, which includes two parents tickets good for each show. Info: McGukin Civic Center at 256-734-9157 or email Wade Harbison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bosom Buddies support group: This support group will meet at 6 p.m. in CRMC’s Ave Maria Room, POB 2, 1912 Highway 157, Cullman 35058. Guest speakers are Scott Lockridge of the Scott Lockridge Foundation and Rhonda Neal, RN of CRMC’s Nurse Navigation Program. Info: Mary Dyer at 256-734-8729.
Lifesouth blood drive: CRMC will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Info: Lifesouth at 888-796-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.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. OBAMA TAKES OATH TO LEAD DEEPLY DIVIDED NATION
The 17th president to win re-election faces a weak economy and a partisan Congress in his second term.
2. DOZENS OF BODIES PULLED FROM SITE OF ALGERIAN STANDOFF
The death toll topped 80 at the terrorist siege at a natural gas plant in the Sahara.
3. MINISTER RECALLS MLK’S WORDS OF NONVIOLENCE AT NEWTOWN
The Rev. James A. Forbes says the civil rights leader’s words “are needed now more than ever” after the deadly school shooting.
4. ‘FAST-TRACK’ TRIAL BEGINS FOR INDIA GANG RAPE SUSPECTS
Five men were due in court less than a month after the assault and killing of a student aboard a moving bus in Delhi.
5. HOW ‘BRAIN PACEMAKERS’ MIGHT SLOW ALZHEIMER’S
Currents from tiny wires inserted into holes drilled in a patient’s skull could offer hope for staving off dementia.
6. INDICTED MEGAUPLOAD FOUNDER LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
Half a million users registered for Kim Dotcom’s “Mega” site in 14 hours.
7. SON FACES MURDER CHARGES IN NEW MEXICO FAMILY SLAYING
Police say the 15-year-old killed his Fire Department chaplain father, mother and their three children aged 2 to 9.
8. WHY SOME CAN’T CALL OUT SICK IN A NASTY FLU SEASON
More than 40 million Americans work for companies that don’t pay for sick leave, as New York City considers a proposal to mandate it.
9. WHY OBAMA CAN THANK HIP-HOP
John Legend, who was honored at the Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball along with MC Lyte and Doug E. Fresh, says the genre played its part in electing America’s first black president.
10. COACHING BROTHERS TO FACE OFF IN SUPER BOWL
John Harbaugh’s Baltimore Ravens will play younger brother Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers in New Orleans on Feb. 3.