Another Thursday in the summertime…
Weather: Could be wet again. We had heavy rain and flash-flooding issues yesterday, and there’s a potential for more of that today and Friday. Highs will be around 90 degrees and nighttime lows in the lower 70s, with a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms. The rain chances will decrease a bit over the weekend.
Bank robbers still at large. The search continues for two suspects who robbed the Morris branch of Peoples Bank on Wednesday afternoon. Police Chief Brian Cochran said that two robbers — one wearing a hoodie, the other a face mask and sunglasses — robbed the bank during the lunch hour, taking an unknown amount of cash from the vault. Three employees were unhurt. The robbers left in a silver or gray Dodge Charger. The FBI are joining Morris police in the investigation.
Dueling superintendents. The Birmingham Board of Education fired Supt. Craig Witherspoon, but Alabama State Superintendent Tommy Bice overruled the board. Nonetheless, Witherspoon was locked out of his office yesterday, and it took an injunction from Circuit Judge Scott Vowell to get access again. Witherspoon has sued the board, saying he was improperly dismissed; Vowell said that he was likely to win that suit, one of the reasons he agreed to the injunction.
First Lady visits. Michelle Obama visited Birmingham on Wednesday, largely for a fund-raiser for her husband’s presidential campaign. Attendees contributed from a few hundred to upwards of $30,000 to participate. The First Lady also visited a recreation center in Pratt City to witness reconstruction progress since last year’s tornado.
Sports: Chizik is Chizik, Smith and Miles are — well... The 2012 edition of SEC Media Days went through its second day on Wednesday, with Auburn coach Gene Chizik saying that the Tigers’ win in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl to end last season is a springboard for the coming year. But the unflappable Chizik was upstaged by LSU’s Les Miles, who talked about his appearance in a video-game commercial, and Arkansas coach John L. Smith, who took over after Bobby Petrino was fired. When asked if he’d like to serve beyond his current 10-month contract, Smith responded, “Well certainly! Do I look stupid? Don’t — don’t answer that question.” The three-day media gathering ends today, with Alabama’s Nick Saban leading off at 8:30 a.m.