Hello Wednesday, and break out the “We’re Number One” big foam fingers…
Weather: There’s still a chance of scattered thunderstorms today, but otherwise we return to summertime weather with highs in the 93-degree range and nighttime lows in the lower 70s. That continues for Thursday and Friday; the weekend looks significantly cooler.
First Lady on opening night. The Democratic National held its first full day Tuesday in Charlotte with Michelle Obama as the featured speaker. The First Lady praised her husband as “a man we can trust” to turn around the weak economy. She did not mention her husband’s opponent, but other speakers did, in particular former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland’s line about GOP nominee Mitt Romney: "If Mitt were president, he'd fire the reindeer and outsource the elves."
Day care worker charged. A 17-year-old male worker at a day care center in Clay has been charged with sexually abusing four children ages five and under. Eric Lemont Higdon was charged with sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old, plus two counts of first degree sodomy of a victim less than 12. The arrests came after a 12-day investigation of Mama’s Place Christian Academy. Higdon was arrested Friday and released on $150,000 bond.
Sports: Straight to the top. The Fultondale Wildcats and Alabama Crimson Tide have something in common: both teams were picked second in their respective pre-season polls, won big in their first game, and were promoted to number one in the next poll. For the Wildcats, it is their first trip to the top spot in the Class 2A Alabama Sports Writers Association top-10 poll, moving up a spot after thrashing Montevallo 64-28 last Thursday. As for the Tide, they moved to the top of both the Associated Press and USA Today top-25 polls after defeating No. 8 Michigan 41-14 Saturday in Arlington, Texas. The Wildcats play Friday night at Ohatchee in their first region game of the season, while Bama hosts Western Kentucky on Saturday…. Baseball: Tommy Hansen struck out eight, but coughed up two homers while Atlanta was held in check by Carlos Torres as Colorado shut out the visiting Braves 6-0. Atlanta stays two games ahead of St. Louis atop the National League wild card standings, and 3½ ahead of the third-place Dodgers.