North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

December 3, 2012

NJN/am for Monday, December 3

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

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Good Monday morning ­— and Tide fans, has your heart stared beating again yet?…

Weather: One more great day. We’ve had a run of great weather for the past few days, but today will end that streak. Today will be sunny and warm with a high around 75, and a nighttime low in the middle 50s. Rain rolls in Tuesday, with storms possible at night, but highs still in the 70s.

Bell too close for comfort to shooting. The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is now handling the case of a shooting incident in downtown Birmingham Friday night near the 22nd Street exit off I-20/59, in which Mayor William Bell was closer than he would have liked. According to multiple reports, Bell was in an SUV along with his two-man Birmingham Police security detail when they stopped at an intersection at Eighth Avenue North. Shots were fired by occupants of a car across the intersection at a third vehicle; the security detail went into pursuit, telling Bell to keep low. The detail and other police eventually shot two of the three people involved and caught the other on the Interstate. Names of the suspects have not been released.

Sports: Can the BCS game measure up to SEC title bout? The Alabama Crimson Tide were five yards and a few seconds away from seeing their hopes for a second straight BCS Championship Game berth die, but Georgia couldn’t get the ball into the end zone as time expired Saturday, giving the Tide a dramatic 32-28 victory in the SEC Championship Game. And on Sunday, the BCS folks made it official — Bama will face No. 1 Notre Dame in the national championship in Miami on Jan. 7… Pro football: Family, friends and teammates of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher are still trying to figure out what caused him to snap and kill his girlfriend in a hail of gunfire Saturday morning, then go the Chiefs headquarters and kill himself in front of coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli. Despite the tragedy, the Chiefs went ahead with Sunday’s game, and beat Cam Newton’s Carolina Panthers 27-21, ending an eight-game losing streak… College basketball: Former Utah coach Rick Majerus died Saturday, after losing a long battle with heart disease. Majerus coached the Utes to an NCAA championship game in 1998, where they lost to Kentucky. The rotund, quotable coach had last coached at Saint Louis University, but was sitting out this season because of his health.