Good Tuesday morning to you…
Weather: Sunny. We’re in a pattern of dry, sunny days with not-too-hot temperatures, and cooler nights. Highs today and tomorrow will be in the upper 80s, with nighttime lows in the lower 60s. No rain is in the forecast until the weekend.
Immigration law setback. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has found part of Alabama’s immigration law unconstitutional, but the rest is still in effect. The court said that the state can’t force schools to track the immigration status of students. However, the court let stand the part allowing law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of those they pull over in traffic stops. Another ruling let stand an injunction against the portion of the law that would prohibit the state from enforcing contracts between illegal immigrants and any other party.
You’re being generous. A study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy found that Birmingham ranks third of all top-50 metro areas in charitable giving. The study said that local residents gave 7.1 percent of median discretionary income, behind Salt Lake City and Memphis. Alabama was also third among the 50 states, behind Utah and Mississippi.
Phyllis Diller passes. The legendary comedienne, who made a career out of making fun of herself (and her fictitious husband, “Fang”), died in her sleep Monday morning. Diller got her big break as a contestant on Groucho Marx’s classic TV show, “You Bet Your Life,” and parlayed that into hundreds of appearances on shows with Bob Hope and Johnny Carson, movies and more. Diller was 95.
Sports: Ladies, finally. The ground may have rumbled a bit below the trees along the famed Magnolia Lane on Monday, as Augusta National Golf Club — the home of The Masters tournament — announced it would admit its first two female members. One of them is Birmingham native Condoleezza Rice, the former Secretary of State and a well-known sports fan, particularly football… Baseball: A no-hitter on Monday, but not in the majors. Instead, it was Will Lucas, who pitched a no-hitter to lead his Fairfield, Connecticut team to a 4-0 victory over New Castle, Indiana at the Little League World Series.