Friday, July 03, 2009

Great weather for at least the first half of your fourth of July holiday weekend...
Independence Day: Sun, clouds and an afternoon thunderstorm possible…High 88
Sunday - Monday: 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms...High near 80

Holiday schedule in Winston-Salem:
City Offices are closed today
Friday’s ‘Garbage pick-up’ will be on Monday

Even with gas prices down…is the economy keeping you close to home this summer? The July 4th holiday is typically the busiest time of year for auto travel. Triple A expects 37-million travelers to take a trip 50 miles or more away from home during the Fourth of July weekend.

Starting Monday…PART or the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation will begin providing bus service to the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro. The Greensboro to the Zoo and back will cost $2 dollars. More details: http://www.partnc.org/

One Marine was killed and several others were wounded yesterday in Afghanistan. Nearly 4,000 US troops are taking part in Operation Kahn-jar (or Strike of the Sword) in southern Afghanistan. The operation is designed to separate and isolate the Taliban from the civilian population.

Four North Carolina National Guard soldiers were killed in Baghdad on the last day of regular combat operations for U.S. forces in Iraq. An I-E-D or improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle, killing the four men who were assigned to the 120th Combined Arms Battalion in Wilmington. This is the North Carolina National Guard's largest single combat loss since World War II.

THE WIFE OF SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR MARK SANFORD SAYS SHE IS WILLING TO FORGIVE HER HUSBAND FOR HIS ACTIONS. Jenny Sanford saying that HER forgiveness is essential for both of them to move on with their lives, quote, "with peace, in whatever direction that may take us" The entire Sanford family (Mark, Jenny and their 4 kids) will be spending the long Fourth of July weekend in Florida with Jenny’s parents.

The new president of Oral Roberts University is moving the school forward past all of the financial trouble and controversy. Dr. Mark Rutland left his position as president of Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida to take the reins at Oral Roberts University. The university has gone from being more than 50 million dollars in debt to now reporting a deficit of less than 700 thousand dollars.

A public memorial for the late Michael Jackson has been set for Tuesday morning at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. http://apnews.myway.com/article/20090703/D996T4202.html

Check out the story about a desperate Michael Jackson who reached out to Gospel singer Andrae Crouch and his sister for comfort …just days before his death.
The story link: http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2009/s09060170.htm

MLB: Padres – Astros game was stopped for about an hour yesterday because of bees on the field. The Houston Astros beat the San Diego Padres 7-2

Wimbledon: The Williams sisters are back in the final again.

NASCAR: Daytona 500 (Saturday night…7:30pm)