Thursday, so far so good…
Weather: Fair today, not tomorrow. It will be a sunny and warm day today after some patchy morning fog burns off. Scattered showers and storms will start to move in overnight, and Friday will have more storms. Highs today in the lower 90s, nighttime lows in the lower 70s, and highs Friday in the upper 80s. Scattered showers will hang around for most of the weekend.
Romney stops by for some money. Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney visited Birmingham on Wednesday, where he held a fund-raising dinner at The Club atop Red Mountain. Romney took a few rhetorical swipes at his opponent, President Obama, during the dinner. The campaign raised about $2 million.
Guard wounded in D.C. attack. A gunman disguised himself as an intern to get inside a Christian conservative lobbying group in Washington, then opened fire with a handgun. A security guard inside the Family Research Council building stopped the gunman, but was shot in the arm in the process. Witnesses said the shooter shouted disparaging remarks about the Council’s policies before opening fire. The Associated Press identified the shooter as Floyd Corkins II, who was a volunteer for gay and lesbian groups. (The FRC opposes non-traditional marriages.)
Sports: Perfection yet again. Before this season began, there had been 20 perfect games pitched in the whole history of Major League baseball. So far this season there have been there, with the latest coming Wednesday as Seattle’s Felix Hernandez went 27 up, 27 down against visiting Tampa Bay for a 1-0 win. It was also the sixth no-hitter of the season, with three coming at the Mariners’ home park… Giants slugger Melky Cabrera, the MVP of this year’s All-Star Game, has been suspended 50 games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Cabrera tested positive for testosterone, listed as a performance enhancer…. Soccer: Every time the U.S. men’s team played Mexico south of the border in the past, the home team has won every time, except for one scoreless draw. That streak ended in an international friendly Wednesday at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, as Orozco Fiscal scored in the 80th minute, taking a back-heel pass in the six-yard box from Terrence Boyd and putting the ball in from three meters out for the 1-0 win. The U.S. record in Mexico is now 1-23-1.