North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

February 12, 2013

NJN/am for Tuesday, February 12

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Good Tuesday morning to you…

Weather: Still soggy. The National Weather Service has continued its flash flood watch through this afternoon, as rain continues to fall over saturated ground today. As another system moves through Alabama after lunch, rain will become heavy at times, with perhaps one to two inches today. Highs will be in the middle 50s with lows in the middle 40s. Skies will clear tomorrow.

Benedict XVI to step down. For the first time in nearly 600 years, a sitting pope will resign from the Holy See. Pope Benedict XVI announced his decision in a speech given in Latin to a small group of cardinals on Monday. The former Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, 85, said he no longer had the vitality to continue the job, The Wall Street Journal reported. Popes normally serve until death; the last to resign was Gregory XII in 1415, who stepped down to settle a dispute among those who claimed the Throne of the Fisherman. Cardinals are expected to convene to elect a new pope before Easter.

Kim Jong-Nuke. North Korea confirmed early Tuesday that it fired a nuclear device in an underground test, sparking a wave of criticism of the United Nations as well as China, North Korea’s last remaining ally. The UN Security Council is calling an emergency meeting for Tuesday to consider further sanctions against the hard-line communist country.

Sports: Indians, Blue Devils win. Pinson Valley won its first Class 5A boys basketball area championship in more than a decade on Monday night, edging host Center Point 57-56. Not far away, Mortimer Jordan had a much easier time, dispatching Walker with relative ease for its Area 14 title. Both the Indians and Blue Devils will host sub-regional playoff games on Friday night. The Indians’ girls did not fare as well, as No. 2 Center Point rolled to the area championship… College softball: If you’re a Mortimer Jordan fan who was hoping to see two pairs of former Blue Devil players square off against each other on Tuesday, we have some bad news. South Alabama, which rosters Blair Johnson and Alyssa Linn, was scheduled to play at top-ranked Alabama, where Haylie McCleney and Danae Hays are starters. But rain has forced the game to be called off; no word on if it will be rescheduled.