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February 13, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Wednesday, Feb. 13, 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 patching crew will work on 4th Ave. SE and 7th Ave. SE.



Weather:



Today: A 20 percent chance of rain before 1 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. West wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 33. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.



Looking ahead:



Get your tickets for Empty Bowls! First United Methodist Church in Cullman will hold the 10th annual chili dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, in the church’s Hearin Hall. Tickets are $10 at Cullman Caring For Kids, First United Methodist Church, or St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church. There’ll be a silent auction — and live music with The Revelations, The Potentials, Enell Baker and Shannon Green. All proceeds will benefit the Cullman Caring For Kids Food Bank.



Life Church’s annual fundraiser: The Run, Bike, Skate and Walkathon will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Sportsman Lake Park. All proceeds will go to send a team for relief work in Haiti this summer. For each person that obtains $25 in pledges, they will receive a free T-shirt. Also, balloons, face painting and food. For information, contact the church office at 256-297-1115.



For Kids’ Sake Variety Show: The Cullman Regional Medical Center Foundation proudly announces the 13th Bownes Memorial For Kids’ Sake Variety Show at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Wallace State Community College Betty Leeth Haynes Student Center. The doors open at 1:30 p.m. Program direction and event support for the 2013 Variety Show is provided by a variety of individuals, the community and members of the CRMC Service Guild. Admission is $5 in advance and $10 at the door. Purchase tickets in advance from any performer or from the CRMC Foundation Office, located on the first floor of CRMC Professional Office Building I near Subway or online at www.crmchospital.com/foundation/FKS. Info: CRMC Foundation at 256-737-2604 or 256-737-2565 or visit online at www.crmchospital.com/foundation.



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. HOW CALIF. MANHUNT FOR EX-COP PLAYED OUT

A single gunshot was heard from a mountain cabin before it went up in flames — and a charred body was found inside.

2. JOB 1 FOR OBAMA: CREATING JOBS

In his State of the Union address, the president calls increasing employment his “North Star.”

3. WHAT NORTH KOREA GAINS FROM NUKE TESTS

The blasts put young leader Kim Jong Un and his advisers right where they want to be: at the center of the world’s attention.

4. PAPAL CAMPAIGN GETS UNDER WAY

The race for the Vatican’s top post has one strict taboo: No one can openly seek the job.

5. HAGEL CLEARS FIRST HURDLE

A sharply divided Armed Services Committee votes 14-11 to send Obama’s pick for defense secretary to the full Senate.

6. COMCAST BUYING UP NBCUNIVERSAL

Completing the deal for the owner of NBC should make Comcast less vulnerable to rising TV programming costs.

7. ENGINE FIRE CRIPPLES CRUISE SHIP

Passengers say luxurious vessel has become a “shantytown” in the Gulf of Mexico, with lousy ventilation and non-functioning toilets.

8. WHEN TREATMENT MIGHT BE WORSE THAN THE DISEASE

A study of older people with small kidney tumors found they lived longer if doctors monitored the growths instead of operating right away.

9. TOP DOG CROWNED AT WESTMINSTER

The 5-year-old affenpinscher Banana Joe edged a 20-month-old English sheepdog to win best in show.

10. WHY WRESTLING GOT THE AX AT THE OLYMPICS

The sport ranked “low” in several categories, including popularity with the public at the London Games and the global TV audience.