It’s Thursday, and a good morning to you…
Weather: Warming up. Still more nice weather, though slightly warmer. Today’s high should reach 88, with a nighttime low in the lower 60s. More of the same for Friday and Saturday, but a slight chance of rain returns to the forecast Sunday.
Navy deploys to Libya. In the wake of the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other diplomatic officials, the Navy has deployed warships to the Mediterranean coast off the country. Fallout from the incident continues, as evidence continues to mount that the killings were a terrorist act planned to coincide with the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. The State Department is also coming under fire for Twitter posts by its embassy in Cairo after demonstrators there tore down the U.S. flag and replaced it with an Islamist banner. The tweets tried to placate those who took offense to an obscure video by an American pastor which may have disrespected the prophet Mohammed. Additional Marines have been dispatched for additional embassy security.
The new iPhone 5 arrives. Apple fans are drooling today over the company’s latest smartphone offering, which the company announced Tuesday. The new iPhone is thinner and 20 percent lighter, but with a larger 4-inch screen with the Retina display made popular on the latest iPad. It goes on sale a week from tomorrow.
Sports: Jim Calhoun retires. A year and a half ago, Connecticut men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun was celebrating an NCAA championship. Today, he is announcing his retirement under somewhat of a cloud, leaving a team that is ineligible for The Big Dance in 2013 because of academic penalties, the highest-profile program to face such a sanction. Calhoun leaves UConn after 26 seasons with three NCAA titles to his credit; he had 873 career victories, which is sixth on the all-time list, and was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005. He battled several bouts with cancer plus a hip injury a few months ago… Notre Dame is joining the Atlantic Coast Conference — in every sport except football. The last remaining major-college independent football program will stay that way, but all of the school’s other programs will move from the Big East. Notre Dame did agree to play five ACC schools in football each year. NFL: Tonight, it’s the longest rivalry in the league, the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers. Think Alabama and Auburn, except colder and better-paid.