North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

April 30, 2013

NJN/am for Tuesday, April 30

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Good Tuesday morning…

Weather: Still in a fog. More patchy fog in the early morning hours, then sunny and warm with a high in the lower 80s. Lows tonight will dip to about 62. More of the same is forecast for Wednesday.

Now boarding for — space? Things went well in the test flight of SpaceShipTwo, billionaire Richard Branson’s prototype spacecraft that will eventually take private passengers beyond the atmosphere. The spacecraft was taken by carrier plane over the Mojave Desert, then fired its engines and flew for 16 seconds at speeds of Mach 1.2, the Reuters news service said. It’s the first of numerous tests for the six-passenger spacecraft operated by Virgin Galactic. Already the company is selling rides at $200,000 a pop.

Surrendered. A man who gave police and sheriff’s deputies the slip in Adamsville on Friday has turned himself in. Jeremy Nevitt, 22, is accused of robbing a Piggly Wiggly store in Mountain Brook on Wednesday. Lawmen thought they had Nevitt trapped inside his mother’s house, only to find after eight hours that he was not inside. Nevitt has since been released on bond.

Sports: Out. For the first time, a male athlete still active in one of the four major American team sports has admitted that he is gay. Jason Collins, an NBA center who last played in limited duty for the Washington Wizards but is now a few agent, made the admission in an article for Sports Illustrated. He’s not the first openly gay athlete by any means — there’s Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova in tennis, Greg Louganis in Olympic diving, and many other lesser names mainly in individual sports… Prep soccer: Two local teams remain in AHSAA playoff action and will play tonight. Gardendale, in its first trip ever to the Class 6A second round, will travel to Hewitt-Trussville. In Class 5A, Pinson Valley goes for another trip to the finals in Huntsville, as they begin post-season play tonight by hosting Paul Bryant… NFL: The New York Jets cut Tim Tebow on Monday, after trying to trade him to another team proved fruitless. The one-time college phenom took only 77 snaps for the Jets in a highly-publicized trade from Denver. He still has options in the Canadian Football League, where his rights are held by Montreal.