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June 3, 2013

NJN/am for Monday, June 3

Monday again, back to the grind…

Weather: Sunny. Clouds will be gone by midday, with highs in the middle 80s and lows tonight in the middle 60s. Clear and warm on Tuesday, with highs in the upper 80s

Rumors of his death were exaggerated, but not greatly. A Birmingham television station mistakenly reported the former Jefferson County Commission President and Birmingham Mayor Larry Langford had died in prison, but they were not far from the truth. Langford’s wife, Melva, confirmed that her husband is alive but very sick, and family friend and former radio personality Frank Matthews described Langford as “gravely ill” to another station. Langford is imprisoned in the Federal Medical Center in Lexington, Ky. He is serving a 15-year sentence for public corruption, and is scheduled for release in 2023.

Another robbery in broad daylight. Gardendale Police are looking for a man who held up the new Dollar General store on Fieldstown Road at Phillips Drive on Saturday afternoon. The suspect is described as a black male, 6-foot-4 with a slim build. The robbery is the second of a business during broad daylight in the city in the past week, after a Papa John’s Pizza on Decatur Highway was robbed last Monday. It’s also the second time that a Dollar General in north Jefferson County has been robbed recently; the store on Pinson Valley Parkway just south of Jefferson State Community College was also robbed during daytime hours on May 24.

Sports: Tide wins men’s golf crown. Gardendale’s Trey Mullinax was one of four Alabama players who won their matches in the finals of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship near Atlanta on Sunday, leading the Tide to a 4-1 win over Illinois. Mullinax won 1-up over Charles Danielson; the two were all square after 17 holes, but Mullinax two-putted from 60 feet out while Danielson couldn’t get up and down from off the green. The title comes after a last-hole loss in the finals last year, and it’s the first NCAA championship for a men’s team from Alabama in a sport other than football… Baseball: Mortimer Jordan’s Garrett Suchey has been named player of the year by the Jefferson County Schools Baseball Coaches Association. Shane Chappell, the first-year coach at Pinson Valley, was picked as coach of the year, while Indians pitcher Colby Wingard was selected as pitcher of the year….  Soccer: The U.S men’s national team celebrated the centennial of the national governing body with a big win over Germany. The Americans won 4-3 in the friendly match at Washington, D.C., with Clint Dempsey scoring two goals in five minutes’ time against the second-ranked team in the world. Meanwhile, the top-ranked U.S. women’s team also won a friendly against Canada at Toronto by a 3-0 score.

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