North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

February 25, 2013

NJN/am for Monday, February 25

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Another Monday, another week…

Weather: Not again! Yes, that’s rain in the forecast once more. We’ll start to see rain after noon, with some storms possible; it will be windy but severe weather is not likely. Highs will be in the middle 50s. Showers and storms continue tonight and finally end Tuesday morning. Lows tonight will be in the upper 40s, and highs Tuesday in the middle 50s.

The battle over sequestration. President Obama and the Republican majority in the House of Representatives are pushing their fight over automatic cuts in federal funding down to the wire. The Obama administration released a list of what it claims will be cut from each state, including $177 million in cuts to civilian employees of the military, resulting in furloughs. More than $11 million would be cut from school funding, and Head Start would lost funding for about 1,100 students, the administration said. Meanwhile, journalist Bob Woodward — of Watergate’s “Woodward and Bernstein” fame — is claiming that the whole idea of sequestration came from the White House, saying Obama “owns sequestration,” according to a report by Politico.com.

And the Oscar goes to... “Argo,” which won the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday night. The movie is about the rescue of U.S. diplomats during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Daniel Day-Lewis won the best-actor Oscar for playing the title role in “Lincoln,” and Jennifer Lawrence was named best actress for her role in “Silver Linings Playbook.”

Sports: Great day for J.J. Jimmie Johnson held off a last-lap charge by Dale Earnhardt Jr. to win the Daytona 500. That fact was almost lost in all the fuss over Danica Patrick, who started the race on the pole and finished eighth — but she got hung out in the wrong line during Earnhardt’s late run, dropping back from third. Nonetheless, Patrick’s car ran well, and she never dropped below 11th place all day… Prep sports: If the rain holds off, there’s a full slate of games for local schools today. In softball, Corner hosts Pinson Valley (rescheduled from a rain-out last Thursday), Gardendale is at Springville, Hanceville is at Mortimer Jordan and Locust Fork is at Appalachian. In baseball, Locust Fork plays a doubleheader at Susan Moore and Hayden is at Oak Grove. And in boys’ soccer, Gardendale hosts Clay-Chalkville.