North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

August 13, 2013

NJN/am for Tuesday, August 13

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Hello, soggy Tuesday…

Weather: Drip, drip, drip. A front will drop down from the north today, bringing with it an even greater chance of showers and thunderstorms, some of which could produce heavy rains and flash flooding. Highs will be in the upper 80s with a 70 percent chance of rain; those rain chances go down to 30 percent tonight with a low in the lower 70s. Whether or not there’s a rain chance for Wednesday depends on whether or not the front stalls out or keeps moving southward through the day.

Elderly man robbed, trapped. An 80-year-old Birmingham man went to clean up property he owns near Lassiter Mountain Raceway on Saturday, only to be robbed at gunpoint and then locked up in a storage shed. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s office said they were called early Monday after the victim’s son became concerned, went to the property and found his dad. A red Chevrolet van was stolen; the JCSO is on the lookout for it and the robber. The victim refused treatment from paramedics at the scene.

Another Obamacare delay. Reporters for Forbes Magazine and The New York Times discovered another delay in the implementation of Obamacare buried deep within the Federal Register, the official publication of new regulations by the federal government. This change delays for one year a cap on out-of-pocket expenses that those insured ­— us, in other words — would have to pay in a year. The original cap was $6,350 for an individual or twice that for a family, but the delay was granted because some insurers claimed they did not have time to implement the rule. Now there’s a higher cap or no cap at all, depending on the insurance company. It’s the second major delay in implementing Obamacare so far, and has a growing number of opponents of the Affordable Health Care Act calling for its repeal, or at least the removal of Congressional funding for it.

Sports: Death at Turner Field. A man fell from a platform Monday at the Braves game, plunging 60 feet to his death in a parking lot below. Authorities haven’t released any more information about the incident, other than to say it is apparently accidental and that the investigation is continuing. It happened during a long rain delay before the start of the Braves-Phillies game, which Philadelphia won 5-1 on the strength of a Cody Asche three-run homer. It was Phillies manager Charlie Manuel’s 1,000th win as a skipper. Elsewhere in baseball, the Barons fell in Mobile 8-2 to the BayBears, who won four games in the five-game series. Mobile scored seven of its runs in the first two innings. The Barons move on to a series at Jacksonville… College football: ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” is reporting that Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel took part in two more autograph-signing sessions, bringing the total to six in three states. The two newly-reported sessions took place just after the BCS Championship Game in Florida, and then another session in Houston shortly afterward. Again, there’s no proof yet that the Texas A&M quarterback received anything for these signings.