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May 31, 2013

NJN/am for Friday, May 31

Hello Friday, nice to see you…

Weather: Typical summertime. Today will be sunny and warm with a 30 percent chance of isolated showers in the afternoon and a high in the middle 80s. Tonight’s low will be near 70. The same forecast holds for Saturday, but on Sunday we’ll see numerous showers and thunderstorms. We’ll clear out by Monday.

More charges for airplane shooter. Jason McCay had already pleaded guilty in federal court to shooting at a restored World War II-era Stearman biplane at Campbell’s Field near Hayden, but now he faces more serious charges in state courts. McCay has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and will be arraigned next month n Blount County District Court, according to district attorney Pamela Casey. McCay was sentenced to a year’s probation after being arrested last year by an FBI anti-terrorism task force; he confessed to shooting at the plane, which was on its first flight after a lengthy restoration by owner Fred Campbell.

You bet your knaidel! The third time was the charm for Arvind Mahankali, a 13-year-old contestant in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The Bayside Hills, N.Y. youngster won by correctly spelling “knaidel,” a word taken from Yiddish that means a small lump of dough. (It fooled our word processor’s spell-checker, too.) Mahankali had finished third in the event the last two years. He’s the sixth straight Indian-American to win and the 11th in the last 15 years, according to the Associated Press; his family hails from Hyderabad in southern India.

Sports: That’s why he’s King James. LeBron James scored more points in the third period than all of the Indiana Pacers, pushing his Miami Heat to a 90-79 win in the fifth game of the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals. James’ effort sparked a 20-point turnaround for the Heat, who take a three games to two advantage in the series. Game 6 is at Indianapolis on Saturday… Football: Eddie Lacy is now a Green Bay Packer. The former Alabama running back, who was picked by the Pack near the end of the second round of the draft, signed with the team this week Terms were not disclosed.

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