North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

September 19, 2013

NJN/am for Thursday, September 19

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Hello, Thursday...

Weather: Soggy weekend ahead. It will be mostly sunny today and Friday, with highs in the upper 80s and nighttime lows in the upper 60s. Rain chances enter the picture Friday night, and we could see two to three inches of steady, heavy rain on Saturday.

Next step against S.W.A.T.S. The two men who run the controversial gym and sports-supplement company in Fultondale are scheduled for their first day in court this morning. Prosecutors will appear in Judge Caryl Privett's court in Birmingham to show why the injunction to close S.W.A.T.S. should be made permanent. Investigators for Attorney General Luther Strange shut down the company last week, claiming that Mitch Ross and Chris Key were defrauding customers with their therapeutic spray made from deer antler velvet extract, as well as a cap claimed to help heal from concussions.

Kidnapped Georgia girl found safe. Police in suburban Atlanta found Ayvani Perez in safe condition Wednesday at a home in Conyers, Ga., about 36 hours after intruders broke into her family's house and snatched her away in an apparent robbery attempt. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that two suspects are in custody, and that one of them was once arrested the same time as the girl's mother on marijuana charges, though the charges against the mother were quickly dropped.

Sports: Down to two. The Braves cut their magic number to clinch the division title after a 5-2 win over Washington on Wednesday. Dan Uggla and Jason Upton smashed home runs in the sixth inning to come from behind. Rookie staring pitcher Alex wood was ejected after getting into an argument with umpire C.B. Bucknor.; manager Fredi Gonzalez also got tossed after Bucknor called balled four for a bases-loaded walk. The Braves open a series this afternoon at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs, needing just two wins and/or two Nationals losses to clinch... Boxing: Ken Norton Sr. died Wednesday at age 70 of congestive heart failure. The former heavyweight champion is best remembered for three epic bouts with Muhammad Ali, the first of which he won by breaking Ali's jaw. He was on the losing end of a fight against Larry Holmes that is widely regarded as one of the best bouts ever. His son, Ken Norton Jr., was a linebacker for Dallas and San Francisco in the NFL and now is a position coach for Seattle.