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August 15, 2013

NJN/am for Thursday, August 15

Good Thursday morning to you…

Weather: Cool-ish. A high temperature in the lower 80s almost rates as “brisk” this time of year, but that’s what we’ll have today with highs barely breaking 80. Tonight’s lows will be in the upper 60s. There’s still a 30 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms. Friday will be much the same.

The investigation begins. Personnel from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived yesterday afternoon to begin the process of finding out what made a UPS Airbus A300 cargo jet crash Wednesday morning just short of the runway at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport, killing the pilot and co-pilot. Little is known yet, but we do know that there were no distress calls made by the crew to the control tower. The area where the plane crashed was cleared of houses several years ago for safety and noise-abatement reasons, but the plane is reported to have clipped the tops of trees at some nearby houses. The jet was returning from its nightly round trip from Birmingham to the UPS Worldport sorting hub in Louisville.

Strange substance possibly threatened Strange. The Montgomery office of Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange was evacuated Wednesday, after a secretary opened an envelope containing a suspicious white substance. A hazmat team decontaminated six people, but postal inspectors said the substance appeared to be harmless. No one else was affected, including Strange, who gave employees the rest of the day off while Investigators worked.

Sports: Braves stop Phils. Another big game for Chris Johnson, who drove in three runs as Atlanta beat Philadelphia 6-3 on Wednesday. Jason Heyward hit a solo homer, and Craig Kimbrell recorded his 28th straight converted save. Meanwhile in the Southern League, Birmingham’s game at Jacksonville was rained out with no score in the second inning; they will play the game today… Tennis: It was just two months ago that Marion Bartoli won the ladies’ singles at Wimbledon. But yesterday, after a loss at the Western & Southern Open near Cincinnati, the 28-year-old French player announced she would retire, saying she could no longer play through continuous pain. Bartoli’s win at Wimbledon was her first major title — and now, it appears, her only one.

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