It's Monday, and just 12 days to The Most Epic Iron Bowl Ever...
Weather: Cooling off. The front that brought dozens of tornadoes to the Midwest came through metro Birmingham late Sunday night with little more than a wind gust or two. Today will be breezy with highs in the middle 60s. Colder tonight with lows in the lower 40s. Mostly sunny and a little cooler still on Tuesday.
Deadly Sunday in the suburbs. Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies had to deal with two separate homicides yesterday. One involved a shooting at a house on Kathy Circle between Clay and Pinson at about noon; a man is charged with shooting his wife and her sister. The wife was killed, while her sister was wounded and hospitalized. The suspect was later caught on I-59 by Trussville Police. The identities of the victims and the suspect have not been released yet. Later in the day, a man in the Letson Farms development near McCalla called 911 and said he had stabbed his wife. She was found dead inside the house; her husband has been taken into custody.
Mount Olive annexation supporters to meet. The group “MO Matters” will host a meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the Gardendale Civic Center's Camelia Room to discuss an effort to annex all or part of the unincorporated community into Gardendale, so that children can continue to attend Gardendale schools when the new city school system is formed. The meeting comes in the wake of last week's referendum in Gardendale, where an additional property tax was approved to pay for the system, which will break away from the Jefferson County Schools.
Tornado outbreak kills six. Several dozen tornadoes struck communities in Illinois and Indiana on Sunday afternoon, with at least two twisters estimated to reach EF-4 on the Enchanced Fujita scale. One hit the town of Washington, Ill., flattening entire neighborhoods, while another killed two people in the rural hamlet of New Minden, and three others did in Massac County in southernmost Illinois, between the county seat of Metropolis and Paducah, Ky. Severe weather also forced a two-hour delay and an evacuation of the NFL game at Chicago's Soldier Field between the Bears and the Baltimore Ravens.
Sports: Six pack. Jimmie Johnson won his sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup points championship Sunday, as he placed ninth in the year-end race at Homestead-Miami. Johnson is now behind legends Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr., who each won seven championships... College football: Answered prayer. You might have heard already that Auburn won its Saturday game over Georgia with a miracle catch by Ricardo Lewis, unless you've been in a cave for the last three days or so. That win, coupled with Alabama taking down Mississippi State, sets up what may be one of the biggest Iron Bowl games in the history of the storied series – assuming, of course, that the Crimson Tide takes care of UT-Chattanooga this Saturday. Already tickets for the big game are showing up in online exchanges for a minimum of $400 each, with StubHub listing tickets on the 50-yard line at $3,000 – and we're still more than a week away.