Good Thursday morning to you…
Weather: Air quality problems. The Department of Environmental Management has issued a Code Orange air quality alert for Jefferson and Shelby counties. Those with asthma and others sensitive to ground-level ozone and associated pollutants should limit outdoor activities. Today will be sunny with a high in the upper 80s, with tonight’s low in the middle 60s. Expect a repeat performance on Friday.
Motion filed for Greer. The attorney for former Gardendale pastor Dr. Terry Greer has filed requests with Jefferson Circuit Court, seeking to have him moved to a rehabilitation center at UAB. Henry Lagman’s motions state that Greer is in continuing depression as a result of the Jan. 10 killing of his wife and attempted killing of his daughter, as well as a car wreck and fall from a deck at the church parsonage before that. Lagman wants Greer to be removed from the county jail, where he has been held without bond since his release from UAB hospital in March, where he was treated for self-inflicted stab wounds. A hearing will be held before Judge Tommy Nail on Sept. 16.
Committee approves Syria strike. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved a resolution authorizing President Obama to use military force against Syria, in retaliation for that nation’s use of chemical weapons against its own people. The vote was 10-7, with Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., voting “present.” The vote was not along party lines, as five Republicans joined two Democrats in opposition, while two Republicans joined eight Democrats in favor. A House committee takes up the issue next, where it is expected to face bipartisan opposition. Meanwhile, Obama is facing criticism for backing away from his “crossing a red line” principle, saying in a news conference in Sweden, “I didn’t set a red line; the world set a red line.” Critics on both the political left and right accused Obama of backtracking on his original red-line statement made back in August 2012, where he said that using chemical weapons would be his “red line” that would make him “change his calculus” on how to treat Syria and president Bashar al-Assad.
Sports: Dodging the broom. The New York Mets avoided a series sweep by the Braves with a 5-2 win Wednesday at Turner Field. Freddie Freeman hit a solo homer to right field in the eighth inning, his 19th home run this season. Andrew Brown and Lucas Duda went yard for the Mets. Atlanta’s magic number to clinch the division stays at 10 as they head to Philadelphia. Meanwhile in the minors, the Birmingham Barons start their Southern League championship series tonight at Regions Field against the Tennessee Smokies. Game One begins at 7:05 p.m.