By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
— Here comes Monday again…
Weather: Improving. After a very chilly overnight, it will be sunny and warmer today with highs in the lower 70s. Tonight’s low will fall to near 50. Temperatures climb through the week, reaching the upper 80s by Thursday with sunny skies throughout the week.
Unhappy Mother’s Day in Big Easy. A Mother’s Day “second line” parade — a New Orleans tradition where revelers follow behind a brass band, or “first line” — turned tragic when gunmen opened fire. No one was killed but 19 people were injured, three critically. Three suspects were seen running from the scene, but no one has been caught yet.
Benghazi controversy gaining momentum. It is a time-worn saying in Washington that the cover-up is usually worse than the original misdeed — Watergate being a prime example. Now that sentiment is being applied to the handling of the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, where the ambassador and three others died. Congressional hearings began last week and are expected to continue for several more weeks. Committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said that neither President Obama nor former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were targets of his committee’s investigation, but that they have concerns over talking points that were heavily “scrubbed” before the Obama administration sent United Nationals Ambassador Susan Rice out to the Sunday television news-show circuit, where she said the attacks were caused by those inflamed by an obscure anti-Muslim video on the Internet.
Sports: And then there were two. Hayden and Corner are moving on to the AHSAA state softball tournament later this week, after each made it through their regional qualifier tournaments over weekend. Corner breezed through its Class 4A South Central qualifier in Troy, winning its first three games; they beat Calera 7-3, Beauregard 8-1 and Holtville 10-1. The fifth-ranked Yellow Jackets will take on No. 4 Sardis in the first round Thursday morning at 9, with their second game at 1:30 p.m., win or lose; a second-round matchup with top-rated Alabama Christian is a distinct possibility. Meanwhile in the North Central Regional at Tuscaloosa, Hayden took the long way to get its ticket punched for the Class 5A state finals. After losing to McAdory in a game that began late Friday night and was suspended to resume early Saturday, the Wildcats marched through the loser’s bracket without allowing another run by opponents in three games. They defeated McAdory again 5-0 in the finals. It’s the Cats’ first trip to Lagoon Park since the late 1990s. Gardendale, Locust Fork and Fultondale were knocked out earlier in the tournament. Fifth-ranked Hayden begins play Friday at noon against Shelby County; a win puts them against the victor of No. 3 Southside-Gadsden and Saraland that evening… Baseball: Pinson Valley was given an early exit in the state semifinals of the Class 4A baseball playoffs, losing Saturday’s doubleheader at Hartselle by scores of 7-2 and 10-0, the latter game in six innings… Soccer: It was déjà vu all over again, as Pinson was knocked out of the Class 5A semifinals in Huntsville for the second straight year by St. Paul’s Episcopal. This time it was much closer, as the teams were tied 1-1 after regulation and extra time; the Saints won in a penalty-kick shootout, 2-1. Hunter Middleton scored in regulation, and Giovanni Molina scored in the shootout.