Friday's here and the weekend is near...
Weather: There's a 30-percent chance of scattered thunderstorms today, but sunny skies return for the weekend and beyond. Highs will be in the upper 80s, lows in the middle and upper 60s.
Traffic: It’s business as usual today on Corridor X progress. No other construction delays around, says ALDOT.
Helping those in need: Birmingham Police is collecting bottled water for the elderly and the homeless as temperatures begin to soar this sumer. Officers will be at the entrance of Boutwell Auditorium today, 8-2 p.m., to collect donations. Bottles can also be left at the curb.
Carjacking death: A man who sheriff's deputies believe was the victim of a carjacking was found dead in a Center Point street Thursday evening. Chief Deputy Randy Christian says that the carjacking was reported around 7:45 p.m. near the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Center Point Parkway. The victim's name has not been released; the suspect is still at large.
Sports: Birmingham's Michael Thompson leads the U.S. Open after the first round, hitting four birdies on the second nine to card a 4-under 66 at San Francisco's Olympic Club. There's a five-way tie three shots back for second place, led by Tiger Woods. Nick Watney is part of that group, after hitting a double eagle — an albatross, as it's called elsewhere in the world — by holing out his second shot from the fairway on the par-5 17th. It's only the third known double eagle in Open history, but the second at a major this year (Louis Oosthuizen at The Masters).... Basketball: LeBron James was big with 32 points and 12-for-12 at the foul line, including two free throws to ice the game with 7.1 seconds left as the Miami Heat won Game 2 of the NBA Finals by a 100-96 score at Oklahoma City. James also got away with a foul as the Thunder's Kevin Durant drove for a shot to try to tie the game late. The best-of-seven series moves to Miami, tied at a game apiece.