North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

July 18, 2013

NJN/am for Thursday, July 18

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Good Thursday morning to you…

Weather: More rain possible. The storms that moved through very early this morning worked over the atmosphere pretty well, which should keep down the chance of more showers today; still, there’s a 40 percent chance of scattered showers today. Highs will be in the lower 90s with nighttime lows in the lower 70s. More of the same is due on Friday.

Alternate juror: I agree. An alternate juror in the George Zimmerman case told the Fox affiliate station in Orlando that he also thought that Zimmerman was not guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter in the killing of Trayvon Martin. “Juror E54,” whose real identity was shielded from viewers, said that he believed it was the defendant who was heard screaming in the recording of the 911 call to police, not Martin.

One-year-old child dead in Homewood. The girl was apparently left inside an SUV outside her parent’s business for about three hours, and is believed to have died from excessive heat. The owner of another business nearby said that the parents, who operate a nail spa, were in hysterics after they realized the child had been left inside the vehicle. A police investigation is ongoing.

Sports: Overslept — yeah, that’s it. Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel told reporters at SEC Media Days in Hoover yesterday that he left the Manning Family passing camp a few days ago because his cell phone had died and he overslept. The Aggie sophomore denied being hung over, but refused to give any other reason for his departure. Meanwhile, new Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn made his Media Days debut, and appears to have gotten into a war of words with new Arkansas coach Bret Bielema over whether Malzahn’s hurry-up offensive scheme is “safe” for the defense. “When I first heard that, to be honest with you I thought it was a joke,” Malzahn said of Bielema’s proposed rule changes that would slow down the game so defenders could substitute more freely. Alabama coach Nick Saban faces the media this morning.