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April 8, 2013

NJN/am for Monday, April 8


Monday morning, back to the grind…

Weather: Spring has sprung at last. It looks like we are finally rid of winter, and the next three days will see absolutely gorgeous weather with his in the middle to upper 70s and nighttime lows near 60. However, things could turn ugly on Thursday as a system bringing possible severe weather moves through. We’ll keep an eye on the system as it comes closer, and forecasts become more confident.

Aldi comes to Fultondale. City officials will break ground Tuesday morning on a new Aldi grocery store, to be located on Morris Avenue at Walker Chapel Road. The chain, based in Germany, features limited selections of items that are mainly store brands, in stores smaller than typical supermarkets, but also with significantly lower prices. The Fultondale location, expected to open in late summer, will be the seventh in metro Birmingham.

Surprise! City Council President Stan Hogeland thought he was attending yet another opening ceremony for Gardendale’s youth baseball program on Friday night, just as he did many times in his old job as superintendent of the Parks and Recreation Department. What he didn’t know was that Mayor Othell Phillips and other officials had something else in mind — the naming of the Peewee League field in Hogeland’s honor. The sign bearing his name was unveiled by Phillips and by Dale Hyche, who took over for Hogeland as superintendent. Ironically, Hogeland played baseball on that very same field a number of years ago.

Sports: Titles on the line. The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball championships will be decided over the next two nights, and if you are a University of Louisville fan, you’re in Cardinal Heaven this week. Coach Rick Pitino is looking to make history, as a victory over Michigan tonight in Atlanta would make him the first person to coach championship teams at two different schools. He won at Kentucky in 1996 — think of it as the hoops version of the same coach leading both Alabama and Auburn to national titles. And on Tuesday, the Cardinal women will play Connecticut for the women’s championship in New Orleans. UofL has made it this far once before in 2004, when they were beaten by UConn. That feat by the Huskies marked the only time that one school won the men’s and women’s titles in the same season — something Louisville seeks to do this week… IndyCar racing: Ryan Hunter-Reay won the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama in front of a near-capacity crowd at Barber Motorsports Park. Scott Dixon was second yet again; he’s been the runner-up all four times this race has been held… Softball: A big win for Corner, as they took the championship of the Bob Jones Invitational on Saturday over a field of nearly four dozen teams from several states. The Yellow Jackets beat Baker of Mobile, ranked eighth in Class 6A, by a 4-2 score in the finals. Pitcher Madison McCormack won four games for Corner on the final day. The Jackets beat Hewitt-Trussville in the semifinals, while the Honeybees defeated No. 5 (5A) Mortimer Jordan.

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