It's Friday – yay! It's going to rain – booooo...
Weather: Strong storms possible. There's a slight risk of severe thunderstorms Friday, mainly during the afternoon, with high winds, heavy rain and intense lightning possible. Highs will be in the middle 80s, with rain chances of 60 percent. Rain chances diminish in the evening down to 30 percent, with lows near 70. Scattered showers and storms will continue through the weekend, with highs in the upper 80s and lows in the lower 70s.
Five finalists. The Gardendale Board of Education now has five candidates from which to choose its very first superintendent. The Alabama Association of School Boards presented the results of their search. The list includes four sitting superintendents and one assistant superintendent, from as near as Tuscaloosa and as far as central Illinois. The board will begin interviews of the candidates next Thursday.
New plans for Bagley, Corner schools. The Jefferson County Board of Education has started the process of realigning grades at the two schools. If the plan is approved by the board, Corner Middle School will become home to classes in grades five through eight, while Bagley will house kindergarten through fourth grade. Corner gets the older kids because it has better facilities for middle school sports, left over from the not-so-recent past when the facility also had high school grades; they moved to a new school down the road two years ago.
Sports: Heat can't handle the, uh, heat. An electrical malfunction that knocked out air conditioning at the AT&T Center in San Antonio caused problems for the visiting Miami Heat in the first game of the NBA Finals. LeBron James left the game in the fourth quarter with severe muscle cramps and did not return, and during his absence the Spurs took control and came away with a 110-95 victory. Game 2 is Sunday... Horse racing: California Chrome will attempt to become the first horse to win Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown in 36 years on Saturday, when he runs in the Belmont Stakes in New York. Eleven horses will run in the 1½-mile classic, with Chrome established as the 3/5 odds-on favorite in the morning line. Expect those odds to drop even more by post time at 5:52 p.m. TV coverage begins at 3:30 (NBC-13).