GARDENDALE — Good Thursday morning to you...
Weather: Drying out – maybe. There will be partly sunny skies today with a 20 percent chance of scattered showers through tonight, with highs in the lower 80s and nighttime lows in the middle 60s. Rain chances increase for Friday to 60 percent.
Count one out. One of the five candidates for the Gardendale City Schools superintendent's job has withdrawn his name from consideration. Randy Wilkes, who was the superintendent of the Crenshaw County school system, has backed out after being named to a similar post with the Phenix City Schools. That leaves four candidates to be interviewed for the Gardendale job, a process that starts tonight at 6:15 at the Civic Center. First up tonight will be Dr Michael Daria, who's currently the assistant superintendent of the Tuscaloosa City Schools.
Kimberly takes the night off. The Kimberly City Council, whose meeting was moved from its regular time on Tuesday to tonight because it couldn't get a quorum on Tuesday, will not meet tonight after all for the same reason. No make-up date has been set; the next regularly-scheduled meeting is a week from Monday.
Cantor steps down. After his historic defeat in the Virginian Seventh Congressional District primary, incumbent Rep. Eric Cantor announced Wednesday that he will step down from his post as majority leader in the House. His resignation will take effect July 31. Cantor lost to Tea Party-backed challenger Dave Brat by 12 percentage points in Tuesday's election. It is the first time in U.S. history that a member of the House leadership has been beaten in his party's primary.
Sports: Still alive. The New York Rangers avoided being swept on home ice in the NHL Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday, thanks to a stellar effort from goalie Henrik Lundqvist, whose 40 saves helped the Rangers beat Los Angeles 2-1 in Game 4. Martin St. Louis scored the winning goal for New York, and fans at Madison Square Garden held their breath on a potential tying goal late in the game, when the puck squirted between Lundqvist's pads, but skidded to a stop in slushy ice just short of the goal line. The Kings lead the series 3-1; the finals return to the Staples Center on Friday night... Elsewhere in sports it's a big day, as soccer's World Cup gets under way in Brazil with the host team taking on Croatia (ESPN, 2 p.m.). Game 4 of the NBA Finals series tips off tonight in Miami, with San Antonio holding a two-games-to-one advantage in the series (ABC-33/40, 8 p.m.). And golf's national championship begins today, as the U.S. Open tees off at Pinehurst, N.C. (ESPN, 8 a.m.; NBC-13, 2 p.m.).