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November 15, 2012

NJN/am for Thursday, November 15

Hope you have a terrific Thursday…

The Mann for the job. His wife Denise wanted a little larger reception, perhaps back home in Gardendale. But Oscar Mann wanted it simple and short, and so it was when he was sworn in as the newest member of the Jefferson County Board of Education on Wednesday. Mann took the oath of office from Family Court Presiding Judge Brian Huff one of Mann's former students. Mann graduated from the old Warrior High and has served in jobs from bus driver to assistant principal in the JefCoEd system. Mann also served a term as a Gardendale city councilman, who ran for mayor and lost to Othell Phillips in 2008. Mann ran unopposed for the seat; he replaces Karen Smith Nix of Gardendale, who did not seek re-election. Ronald Rhodes of Corner will also start another term today when the new board meets for its first session.

Weather: A teensy bit warmer. We will be ever-so-slightly warmer than yesterday, with sunny skies and a high that may reach 60. Nighttime lows should still be in the upper 30s, maybe just 40. Friday will pretty much be the same, maybe a couple of degrees warmer, and ditto that for Saturday and Sunday.

Want a job? Don’t smoke. The UAB Health System has announced that they will no longer hire job applicants who smoke. Starting next July 1, job seekers will be tested for nicotine, as well as the other usual narcotics, in their pre-employment drug-screening program. In fact, the policy applies to any tobacco use, including non-smoking use.

Petraeus to testify after all. After his resignation Friday over an extramarital affair, it looked like former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus would not testify in a Senate hearing over the attacks on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that left an ambassador and three others dead. But now Petraeus has decided he will indeed testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday. Chairwoman Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) confirmed Petraeus’ appearance to CBS News on Wednesday. The hearing will be held behind closed doors.

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