North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

June 17, 2013

NJN/am for Monday, June 17

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Okay, it’s Monday again, but you can do this…

Weather: Skies go “boom.” Showers and thunderstorms will be scattered throughout the area today mainly in the afternoon and onward into the night. Highs will be in the upper 80s, with lows in the lower 70s with rain chances of 60 percent throughout. More of the same is due on Tuesday.

Moving up the ladder. An Internal Revenue Service supervisor based in Washington has now admitted she had knowledge of the agency targeting Tea Party and other conservative political groups for added scrutiny. The Associated Press reports that Holly Paz, who was a high-level deputy in the IRS section that determines tax-exempt status of applicants, said she reviewed a number of applications from such groups, contradicting earlier IRS statements that such scrutiny came from low-level operatives in the Cincinnati office.

“I think he’s a traitor.” Former Vice President Dick Cheney had strong words for Edward Snowden, the federal contractor who released details of widespread surveillance of U.S. citizens by the National Security Agency. Cheney was interviewed by Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, where he said he thought Snowden’s leaks were “one of the worst occasions” of damage to counter-terrorism efforts.

Sports: Yes, Phil, again. England’s Justin Rose won his first major as he was victorious at the 113rd U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club near Philadelphia, finishing with a 1-over-par 281. But perhaps just as notable was who finished second. Phil Mickelson, was led the championship after three rounds, faltered down the stretch and tied for second with Jason Day at 3-over; it’s the sixth time “Lefty” has been the runner-up, an Open record. Tiger Woods finished tied for 32nd at 13-over, one of his worst scores relative to pat in a major… NBA: The San Antonio Spurs are a game away from another championship, as they took Game 5 of the NBA Finals with a 114-1904 win. The Spurs now lead three games to two, as the series moves to Miami on Tuesday night, where the Heat must win to force a seventh game… NASCAR: Greg Biffle won his second straight Sprint Cup race at Michigan, cruising to the checkered flag after Jimmie Johnson cut a tire and hit the wall. It was the 1,000th win for Ford in NASCAR’s top series.