North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

March 8, 2013

NJN/am for Friday, March 8

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— It’s Friday, let’s celebrate…

Weather: Better. It finally starts to feel like spring today, with sunny skies and highs in the lower 60s. Nighttime lows will be around 40. The weekend looks much the same, but a little warmer each day; we could hit 70 on Sunday. Rain moves back in Sunday night.

All that for one word: no. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, filibustered on the Senate floor for almost 13 hours on Wednesday, all because the Obama Administration would not conclusively say that it would not attack American citizens not engaged in combat or terrorism on U.S. soil with unmanned drones. On Thursday, Paul finally got the answer he wanted from Attorney General Eric Holder, in the form of a tersely-worded letter which stated that the administration would not perform such attacks. Paul, when shown the letter during a television interview, had a similarly succinct response: “Hooray!”

Chavez corpse to remain on display. The socialist, anti-American president of Venezuela, who died from cancer Tuesday, will have his remains permanently displayed much like former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin. Chavez’s state funeral will be held today in Caracas. Meanwhile, controversy is surrounding the oil company Citgo, which flew its American flag outside its Houston headquarters at half-staff in honor of Chavez. Citgo is owned by the Venezuelan government.

Can we move along here? Republican legislators in Montgomery have filed a motion with the Alabama Supreme Court to expedite hearings over a restraining order that keeps Gov. Robert Bentley from signing the Alabama Accountability Act into law. The Alabama Education Association got a lower court to issue the original order because it believes GOP lawmakers violated legislative rules and state law in making massive changes to the original school-flexibility bill. The Supreme Court will hear the case Monday.

Sports: Indians, Rockets in county finals. Gardendale and Pinson Valley will play each other in the Jefferson County Schools Baseball Championship on Monday night. The Rockets advanced with a 6-4 win over Hueytown, while the Indians needed 10 innings to beat Pleasant Grove 4-2. Mortimer Jordan and Corner also won lower-bracket games. The Blue Devils will play for fifth place this afternoon, while the Yellow Jackets take on Oak Grove for ninth… Softball: Katie Parr struck out eight hitters, and scored the only run as tenth-ranked Hayden defeated Cullman 1-0. Caitlin Kirkland had three hits and drove in Parr.