North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

August 20, 2013

NJN/am for Tuesday, August 20

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Good Tuesday morning to you…

Weather: Over and over. It’s yet another repeating pattern of partly sunny days with highs in the lower 80s and a chance of scattered showers and storms (40 percent today, 50 percent Wednesday). Tonight we’ll still see some isolated storms with a low near 70.

Cooke joins the race. Dr. Stan Cooke is taking on another Republican heavyweight in a primary election. This time, the Kimberly pastor will run for lieutenant governor against incumbent Kay Ivey. Cooke will make his official announcement this morning on the steps of the State Capitol in Montgomery. In 2010, Cooke ran against longtime GOP Sixth District Congressman Spencer Bachus, who defeated the challenger easily.

U.S. senator to renounce his citizenship. But Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is not fleeing the states for a foreign land. Cruz holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Canada, due to the fact that he was born in Calgary to a Cuban father and American mother. When the Dallas Morning News revealed his dual status, Cruz — a Tea Party favorite whose recent trip to Iowa stirred talk of presidential aspirations — said he would renounce his Canadian citizenship, telling the Washington Post that he never believed he had such status in the first place since he never took any action to claim it.

Sports: Take a break. Birmingham Barons manager Julio Vinas put on quite a show late in Sunday’s game with the Tennessee Smokies, as he got in a loud argument with the umpire over balls and strikes, kicked dirt all over home plate after being ejected, and threw a batting helmet. The crowd loved it, but the Southern League did not, suspending Vinas for three games. Meanwhile, the Barons’ summer swoon continues, as the Smokies won 9-2 Monday night at Regions Field to hand the home team its fifth straight loss. They’ll both go at it again tonight; first pitch is 7:05… High school football: Local teams continue to prep for the new season, and tonight at 7 Corner will host “Meet the Yellow Jackets,” featuring all their football teams from varsity down to park teams. Play begins with jamboree exhibition games this Friday night.