North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

May 23, 2013

NJN/am for Thursday, May 23

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— It’s Thursday, and the song of the day is “Pomp and Circumstance”…

Weather: Cooler. You may see some patchy fog this morning, but other than that it will be sunny with highs in the middle 60s. Winds pick up tonight and temperatures start to fall, with a low in the upper 50s. Friday will be very comfy, with highs in the upper 70s.

Graduation Day. Most local high schools will hold their commencement ceremonies today, with Mortimer Jordan's starting at 2 p.m. and Gardendale's at 6, both at the Gardendale First Baptist Chirch north campus. Hayden holds their ceremony at their football stadium at 6; Corner and Locust Fork do the same at 7. Fultondale High holds their ceremony at Fultondale Elementary at 7. Pinsn Valley holds off until Friday, starting at 4 p.m. at Cathedral of the Cross in Center Point. (Tabernacle Christian held their graduation on Tuesday.)

“You people will never be safe.” Those chilling words came from the man who was one of two who apparently hacked to death an unarmed British soldier on a street in the Woolwich section of London, while they shouted Islamic slogans. He then spoke into a camera held by a bystander, still clutching a blood-covered meat cleaver while the blood of his victim covered his hands. The man and his accomplice were later gunned down by London police; the two survived and are now hospitalized. Authorities are treating the attack as an act of terrorism.

Congress not done with IRS executive. The chairman of a House committee investigating the Internal Revenue Service and its targeting of Tea Party and similar groups says that Lois Lerner, who was in charge of the division that grants tax-exempt status to organizations. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said that Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights when she first gave an opening statement defending herself in testimony Wednesday, and then invoked the Fifth. Lerner refused to answer the committee’s questions, causing Issa to give her the heave-ho after a while.

Sports: Fine-Gone — really. Sports-talk radio leviathan Paul Finebaum will be announced today as ESPN’s latest personality. The former Birmingham Post-Herald and later syndicated columnist (carried by The North Jefferson News), whose radio show dominated local airwaves until he was unceremoniously dumped by WJOX at the end of his contract earlier this year. According to a report in The New York Times, Finebaum will move his show to ESPN Radio, which will be simulcast on the news SEC Network, and will also appear frequently on ESPN’s family of networks. He will reportedly leave Birmingham and move to Charlotte, where the SEC Network will be based. No word on which station in the Birmingham market will carry his show… Football: Pinson Valley will be well-represented at the AHSAA North-South All-Star Game at Montgomery in July. Coach Matt Glover will be an assistant for the north team, and three of his senior-to-be players — defensive backs Jeffrey Blair and Mondeno Gibson, plus running back Aris Freeman — will be on the roster.