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July 26, 2013

NJN/am for Friday, July 26

It’s Friday, but do try to get some work done to keep the boss happy…

Weather: Warm today, rain tomorrow. We will stay sunny and warm today, but rain starts to move back in tonight and Saturday, clearing again on Sunday. Highs today will be near 90, with tonight’s low in the upper 60s with a 20 percent chance of scattered storms. Rain chances bump up to 50 percent on Saturday with a high in the middle 80s. Sunny skies are back on Sunday with highs in the upper 80s.

A century in prison. Curtis Thornton, the Warrior man convicted of four counts of arson and two lesser charges while serving as an officer with the Birmingham Police Department, was sentenced to 100 yreas in jail on Thursday. Thornton was found guilty two weeks ago of setting fires to houses in Warrior and in Ensley. Judge Clyde Jones sentenced Thornton to four 20-year terms and two 10-year terms, all to be served consecutively.

Fultondale, Home Field owner battle in court. The long legal battle continued Thursday in Jefferson Circuit Court, as the city moved to have a lawsuit by Home Field Sports Grill owner John Douglas thrown out by summary judgment. Douglas has been fighting with the city and Mayor Jim Lowery over the rebuilding of his business after the April 2011 tornado; he claims the city has wanted his property for redevelopment long before the storm hit. Judge Tom King will rule on the motion on August 8; if denied, trial is scheduled for September 9.

So a bear walks into a bar… literally. A black bear decided that dumpster cuisine wasn’t enough, so he sauntered into a bar in Estes Park, Colo. See the rest here (hat tip: WSMV, Nashville).

Sports: Braves fall. Reliever Kameron Loe gave up three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as the host Mets beat Atlanta 7-4. Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman had homers for the Braves.

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