It’s Friday, your gateway to a great weekend…
Weather: Stormy. We’re in for thunderstorms throughout the day — not the normal summer scattered kind, but a 100 percent chance we’ll get hit. Some storms may be severe with lightning, strong winds and heavy rain. Highs will top out around 86, with lows tonight near 69. The rain chance tapers off to 40 percent tonight. Scattered storms resume for the weekend, then clearing skies Monday.
Davis switches conventions. Four years ago Artur Davis, then a Democrat congressman from Birmingham, seconded the nomination of Barack Obama for president at the Democratic convention. Now, having left the House of Representatives, the city and the party, Davis will once again speak at a political convention for its presidential nominee — but this time it will be for the Republicans. Davis is a scheduled speaker at the Republican National Convention in Tampa later this month, where he will announce his support for nominee Mitt Romney. It may be the first time that a politician has spoken at one party’s convention in support of its presidential candidate, then at the opposition party four years later to defeat the nominee he previously supported.
Biden will stay. Despite a series of verbal gaffes on the campaign trail in recent days, President Obama decided yesterday that Vice President Joe Biden will stay on as his running mate in the 2012 race. Obama was under pressure from some figures within the party to replace Biden with someone such as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Biden’s latest controversial comments came before a largely African-American audience in Danville, Va. On Tuesday; he said that if Romney followed through on relaxing regulatory restraints on banks — “unchained,” in Biden’s words — then the policies would “put y’all back in chains.”
UAB president steps down. Carol Garrison announced that she will leave the position she’s held for 10 years as soon as a replacement is found. Garrison took over UAB in 2002 after serving at the University of Louisville.
Sports: Football kicks off. The Alabama high school football season officially got underway Thursday night, as AISA power Bessemer Academy, ranked second in pre-season polls, was upset by Restoration Academy 28-20 at Birmingham-Southern College. Local action starts tonight, as Tabernacle opens its eight-man season at Gardendale’s Moncrief Park against Tuscaloosa Christian…. Tyrann “Honey Badger” Matthieu, who was kicked off LSU’s team last week for violating team rules, has entered a rehab clinic in Houston and will not play this season, his father told a New Orleans TV station… Baseball: It was Chipper Jones Bobblehead Night at Turner Fan, and the Braves veteran did not disappoint. He hit a pair of homers, the second of them also his 2,700th career hit in his 40th multi-homer game, as Atlanta shut out the Padres 6-0. The Braves are four games in back of Washington in the NL East, but on top of the wild-card standings.