It’s Friday, and time for the last long weekend of the summer…

Weather: As much of a disaster for folks in Louisiana that Tropical Storm Isaac was, it’s turned out to be largely a non-event for metro Birmingham. We’ll see a few showers as the depression that is the remnant of Isaac moves through Arkansas. Highs will be in the middle 80s today with lows in the lower 70s, with a 60 percent chance of rain. The Labor Day weekend will have highs around 90 and lows in the lower 70s, with a slight chance of rain each day.

“I accept your nomination.” Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is now the official GOP nominee for president, after giving his acceptance speech to the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Thursday night. Romney took a jab at Barack Obama by reprising words from the president's 2008 nomination acceptance by telling the GOP delegates, “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.”

Go ahead — make my chair. Before Romney’s address, actor/director Clint Eastwood had his own speech that included a special guest of sorts — an empty chair that sat beside his podium, which Eastwood addressed as though Obama was sitting in it. “And when somebody does not do the job, we got to let them go,” he said to the chair, to the delight of party faithful.

Sports: D-stroyed. ArDarius “D” Stewart, the Fultondale quarterback/free safety who’s headed to the University of Alabama to play football next year, made life very difficult for former Crimson Tide quarterback Andrew Zow on Thursday night. Stewart threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores — including a 65-yard dash in which he exploded down the home sideline — as Montevallo, under first-year coach Zow, was ripped by the Wildcats by a 64-28 score. Stewart ran for 151 yards on six carries, and was 7-for-10 passing for 130 yards. Dante Stanley ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns on nine rushes…. SEC football: At Nashville, Marcus Lattimore had two touchdowns and 110 yards, as ninth-ranked South Carolina had to stage a comeback to beat Vanderbilt 17-13 in the opening game of the 2012 season. Lattimore put the Gamecocks ahead for good with 11:25 left.

We'll be off for Labor Day. See you on Tuesday.


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