Good Tuesday morning — hope you got some sleep through the thunder…
Weather: Storms diminish. The storms that moved in during the overnight hours have dissipated or moved on, and we go back to the usual July pattern of hot and humid days with scattered afternoon storms. Highs today will go back to the middle 70s, nighttime lows around 72, and the chance of rain is about one in four. The pattern holds for the next three days.
Wanted man on the run. Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies continue to be on the lookout for Eudres Braxton, who left a woman and a small child inside a burning car after he fled to elude a police chase on Saturday near Bessemer. Braxton is a black male, age 37, and weighs about 125 pounds. He has multiple outstanding warrants in addition to charges stemming from the chase. If you know of Braxton’s whereabouts, call the Sheriff’s Office at 325-1450.
No mor txtng. Wednesday is the day that Alabama’s new law against texting, instant-messaging and emailing while driving takes effect. The law calls for a $25 fine on the first offense, $50 on the second and $75 on the third. Alabama is now the 38th state to adopt such a ban.
Sports: Gold in the pool for USA. Teenager Missy Franklin won the gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke Monday night, swimming the fourth fastest time ever. Matt Grevers took gold and Nick Thoman silver in the 100-meter backstroke. Meanwhile, the U.S. women’s basketball team made short work of Angola, winning 90-38…. High school football: There’s no throngs of fans waiting for coaches and players to autograph posters and such, but Metro High School Football Media Days — expanded to two days this year — are in full swing at the Gardendale Civic Center. Gardendale coach Chris Fancher talked Monday morning about his team’s improved off-season conditioning program; Mortimer Jordan, Fultondale and Corner take their turns today.