North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

October 10, 2013

NJN/am for Thursday, October 10

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Good Thursday morning to you...

Weather: It bears repeating. Mostly sunny again; a high will reach 80, with lows tonight in the upper 50s. No change expected until next Tuesday.

Still not working. We're 10 days into the start of Obamacare, and the website that is supposed to be the centerpiece of the program, www,healthcare.gov, still isn't working. DigitalTrends.com blames the problem on poorly written computer codes that simply can't handle the incoming traffic, and The Washington Post says that the number of people who have successfully signed up for ObamaCare so far is very low and many visitors are being locked out entirely – all this for a website that appears to have cost taxpayers more than $600 million. Meanwhile, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has given up its effort to try to de-fund ObamaCare, and instead are now tying the spending bills they have passed to a one-year delay in implementing ObamaCare for individuals – the same delay that President Obama unilaterally granted businesses for implementation.

Your questions, please. Supporters of the effort to form a new Gardendale school system will hold the first of two public forums tonight, where residents can ask questions of those who put together the feasibility study for the system as well as its pro-forma budget. The forum takes place at the Gardendale Civic Center's main exhibition hall, and begins at 6:30 p.m. Another similar forum takes place in a couple of weeks.

Sports: Julio officially out. The Atlanta Falcons officially confirmed Wednesday that wide receiver Julio Jones is be out for the rest of the season, thanks to a foot injury in Monday night's loss to the Jets. Jones will have surgery on the foot Monday. Baseball: Cardinals advance. Adam Wainwright threw a complete game, striking out six as St.Louis won the fifth and deciding game of their NL Division Series 6-1 over Pittsburgh. Matt Adams and David Freese each smashed two-run homers for the Cards, who will face the Dodgers in the League Championship Series beginning Friday. Meanwhile, Oakland and Detroit play game 5 of their AL Division Series tonight, with rookie pitcher Sonny Gray starting for the A's and Justin Verlander for the Tigers (7 p.m., TBS).