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June 25, 2013

NJN/am for Tuesday, June 25

Good Tuesday morning to you…

Weather: A familiar refrain. Once again, hot with a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Today we’ll see a 20 percent chance of rain today and 10 percent tonight, with a high around 90 and a low near 72. More of the same is on the way for Wednesday.

Deadly days for Birmingham. Five people died over the weekend and on into Monday in the Magic City, and another person was shot in the stomach at a motel just off I-20/59 at Arkadelphia Road on the city’s northwest side, and Police Chief A.C. Roper is pressing for answers as to the perpetrators and the reasons. "For the most part, they do appear to be acquaintance-based which makes them more difficult to prevent. In fact, several occurred inside residences or away from public view,” the chief said in a prepared statement.

Summer ends on September 21. That’s what the calendar says, but the Kimberly City Council reinforced that Monday night when they voted to hold developer Clint Singletary to his word that he would fix roads in his Liberty Crossing subdivision by “the end of summer.” It’s part of a long-running battle between Singletary and the council over unfinished portions of various developments.

Sports: Victory is snatched, and the Cup is held high. The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup Monday night in the most improbable way — coming from behind with two goals in the last 1:16 of the game, as they won 3-2 at Boston to win the finals series in six games. Down 2-1 and with goalkeeper Corey Crawford pulled for an extra attacker, Jonathan Toews fed a centering pass to Bryan Bickell to tie the game. Then just 17 second later, Dave Bolland scored the Cup-winning goal. It’s the second time the Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup in four seasons… High school softball: Corner coach Aaron James is leaving the school and going back to his hometown of Madison, where he will coach at the new James Clemens High. James coached the Yellow Jackets to multiple appearances in the state tournament.

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