By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
— It's Friday, and there's lots to do this weekend – as long as a storm stays away...
Weather: Watching Karen. The system is now a tropical storm and has a name, but it is still not well-organized enough to strengthen into a hurricane, in all likelihood. Meanwhile, expect fair skies today and Saturday with highs near 86 degrees and nighttime lows in the middle 60s. Karen should graze the metro area on Sunday, bringing showers and some storms, but nothing severe. It will be fair and cooler on Monday.
Troubled. That's the word authorities are using to describe Miriam Carey, the 34-year-old woman from Stamford, Conn. who was killed Thursday when she tried to ram security barricades with her black Infiniti car at both the White House and the U.S. Capitol. Carey went on a chase down Constitution Avenue after first trying ram her way into the presidential residence; she was finally stopped and killed by police in front of a Senate office building. One Capitol Police office was injured when his car hit a pop-up security barrier in the street. Carey may have been suffering from postpartum depression after the birth of her daughter, who was in the car during the ordeal; one report by NBC News says that Carey thought she was being stalked by President Obama.
Like beans? There's a whole mess of 'em being cooked tonight in Pinson, as the annual Alabama Butterbean Festival gets underway. Opening ceremonies take place tonight at 6, with fireworks later at around 9:30 – the start time is flexible to give fans a chance to get back after Pinson Valley plays football at neighboring Center Point. Things get back underway again Saturday morning, with one-pound bags of dry beans handed out to the first 5,000 people. Organizers told the Pinson City Council on Thursday night that they expect at least 40,000 attendees over the two days. Elsewhere, the Gardendale Elementary School Fall Carnival takes place tonight from 5 until 9 at the Civic Center.
Sports: Friday night lights. Time for Week Six of the high school football season, and the NJN Big Game tonight is at Center Point as they host Pinson Valley. Last week the Eagles knocked off McAdory, then the top-ranked team in Class 5A, and the winner of tonight's contest will be the favorite to win the top playoff seed in Region 6. In other games, Gardendale travels to Lawson Field near Irondale to play Huffman, Mortimer Jordan hosts Moody and Fultondale is at Pleasant Valley, to name a few... College football: Tide assistant suspended. Cory Harris, a strength and conditioning assistant coach, was suspended by the school after officials discovered he had made a short-term loan to safety HaHa Clinton-Dix, who himself was suspended indefinitely earlier this week. Such loans are considered impermissible benefits by NCAA rules; this violation would be considered minor with fer repercussions for the Alabama program... Baseball: Braves fall. The Los Angeles Dodgers took the first game of their NL Division Series with a 6-1 win over the Braves. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw struck our 12, as Atlanta struggled defensively. Elsewhere, St.Louis routed Pittsburgh 9-1 in their series opener; Carlos Beltran smashed a three-run homer in that game.