It's Wednesday, and you're halfway through another week…
Weather: Warming trend. We will see temperatures gradually increase daily through the weekend, with highs today in the middle 70s and lows tonight in the middle 40s. No rain is expected until Sunday.
Trafford mayor defeated in runoff. Incumbent Robert Niblett lost his seat in Tuesday’s runoffs to challenger Clint Daniels 115-65. In Gardendale, incumbent District 1 city council member Peggy Tumlin was beaten by challenger Allen Jerkins, 315-269. And in Fultondale, one incumbent council member survived his runoff, while another former council member regained his old seat. Darrell Hubbard beat back the challenge of Jimmy Lay 588-524, while Greg Morris defeated Thomas “Tip” Blizzard 560-540.
Romney noses ahead. The Republican presidential nominee took a narrow lead over President Obama in the Real Clear Politics average of major national polls. The average shows Romney favored by 48.0 of those surveyed, and Obama by 47.3 percent. It’s the first time the GOP candidate has led the RCP average since summer.
Sports: Stewart picked for all-star team. Fultondale quarterback/safety ArDarius Stewart was chosen for the Alabama team for the annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game on Dec. 15 in Montgomery. Stewart was chosen as a defensive back, and is one of three Crimson Tide commitments to play … College football: Former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced Tuesday to serve from 30 to 60 years in prison for his conviction on charges he sexually assaulted young boys during and after his tenure with the Nittany Lions. It’s effectively a life sentence for Sandusky, age 68… Baseball: The Giants held off elimination in their National League Division Series with the Reds, winning 2-1 in 10 innings thanks to an error by Cincinnati’s Scott Rolen. And in the American League, Oakland lives to play another day, thanks to a 2-0 shutout of the Tigers.