Happy Hump Day to you…
Weather: Still gorgeous. Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but it will be sunny and warm today, clear and cool tonight. Highs will be in the middle 80s today and tomorrow, with nighttime lows in the lower 60s. There’s a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms this weekend.
Two killed in crash. A male driver and his female passenger died when their Lincoln Town Car swerved into the median and struck a support pole for an electronic message sign on I-65 just south of Walkers Chapel Road in Fultondale. The two victims — James Earl Robinson and Lois Coleman Robinson, both of Huntsville — were declared dead on the scene by first responders. The sign was scheduled to be removed overnight, and the support gantry will come down later this morning, which may result in delays.
Heroin use, deaths growing. The drug of choice in north Jefferson County may no longer by methamphetamine, but heroin. A North Jefferson News investigation showed that at least five people have died of heroin overdoses in the area in the past year, three of them in Gardendale alone. The drug is relatively cheap, as low as $10 for a single dose.
Sports: Dramatic way to punch playoff ticket. Freddie Freeman sent the Atlanta Braves into the post-season with a walk-off home run for a 4-3 win Tuesday night. The win gives the Braves at least a spot in the wild card game. They still have a chance of catching Washington for the division title; the Nationals are four games ahead… Pro football: The NFL admitted that Seattle receiver Golden Tate should have been called for offensive pass interference in his controversial game-winning touchdown catch Monday night against Green Bay. But the league refused to overturn the call and change the game’s outcome, arguably the most controversial call made by replacement referees in the regular season’s third week… High school football: Two weeks ago, Fultondale was the top-ranked team in AHSAA Class 2A. Today, they are nowhere to be found in the top 10 of the Alabama Sports Writers Association poll after losing two straight games. The Wildcats got just three 10th-place votes.