Good Thursday morning to you…
Weather: Rain, maybe, tomorrow. But for now, we have to suffer through another typical Alabama hot-and-humid summer day. Highs will top out around 97, with lows tonight in the middle 70s as a front dips down from the north. That front will give us a 50 percent chance of scattered storms on Friday. We return to the usual pattern for the weekend.
Scrushy is sprung. Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy is a free man. His federal prison sentence for a corruption conviction ended yesterday, and he was released from home confinement. Scrushy had been in a federal prison in Beaumont, Texas until April, when he was moved to a halfway house. Scrushy and his family will now live in suburban Houston. Scrushy was convicted of bribing former Gov. Don Siegelman with a $500,000 contribution to his effort to set up a state lottery, in return for a seat on a state board that governs hospitals.
Romney gains in polling. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has moved ahead of Democrat incumbent Barack Obama in two major polls. Romney outpolled Obama 46 percent to 45 in the Gallup seven-day rolling average of 3,050 likely voters; that poll has a margin of error of two percent either way. In the Rasmussen Reports daily tracking poll of 1,500 likely voters (3 percent margin of error), Romney is ahead 47-44.
Sports: USA women win in soccer. The opening ceremony of the Olympics has yet to take place in London, but soccer gets a head start and the defending gold medalist USA women’s team is off to a good beginning, thanks to a 4-2 win over France in Glasgow, Scotland. The French scored twice in the first 15 minutes, but the Americans came back with a vengeance, with a pair of goals by Alex “Baby Horse” Morgan. Abby Wambach and Carli Lloyd also scored…. Baseball: Juan Francisco got in the lineup as Chipper Jones took a day off, and made the most of his appearance with a home run and three RBIs as the Braves won in Miami by a 7-1 score. Atlanta is 4½ games in back of first-place Washington in the National League East.