It’s Friday, and we’re all ready for a three-day weekend…
Weather: Rain, again. The chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms has returned to our forecast. It will be partly sunny and hot with a 20 chance of rain and a high in the lower 90s. The rain chance continues through tonight with a low in the lower 70s. The same forecast holds for Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day, with rain chances inching up a bit each day.
The Brits say no. If President Obama decides to launch an attack against Syria for using chemical warfare, he can’t expect help from the Britain. The House of Commons voted down a measure introduced by Prime Minister David Cameron that would endorse military action. The measure was defeated by 13 votes, and came after Cameron had called the body back to London for an emergency vote during summer recess.
Early release. Former Jefferson County Commissioner Chris McNair was released from a federal prison hospital in Minnesota, after serving about two years of a five-year sentence. McNair, whose daughter was killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing 50 years ago, had his sentence shortened because of failing health. McNair was convicted of public corruption in the county sewer system scandal.
Sports: Now it’s for real. The AHSAA begins regular-season football play tonight. The NJN Big Game of the week sees Gardendale travel to Minor. Elsewhere, Mortimer Jordan is at Pleasant Grove, Fultondale goes to Montevallo, Pinson Valley heads to Oneonta (the second-ranked team in Class 4A), Corner hosts Munford, Hayden goes to Sylacauga, and Locust Fork hosts New Hope. In eight-man play, Tabernacle Christian seeks its first win in three games as the Torches play at Evangel Family Christian in Montgomery… NFL: The league has reached a settlement with dozens of retired players that would pay for the lingering effects of concussions. The league will pay about 4,500 players $675 million over 20 years, half of it in the first three years, and another $75 million for continuing medical care. Meanwhile, most teams finished off their pre-season games Thursday night, with the Atlanta Falcons going 0-4 thanks to a 20-16 loss to Jacksonville… Baseball: Brian McCann’s three-run blast in the third inning was all the Braves needed, as they defeated Cleveland 3-1 to sweep the series. Kris Medlen got the win with seven scoreless innings of work. In the minors, Montgomery beat the Barons 7-2 in the opening game of the regular season’s final homestand.
The North Jefferson News office will be closed on Monday for Labor Day. We'll see you Tuesday, unless news breaks.