Thursday morning briefing: A cancer fighter, strike up the band and a giant killer

Good morning. Sit back and relax with a cup of coffee and enjoy the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing.

For a cause

Sid Savage of Portales is ranked among the top five fundraisers in the state in the fight against cancer.

He’s in a statewide contest through today, trying to raise even more money for the Portales Relay for Life Team.

Savage works at James Polk Stone Bank in Portales.

He relays for his mom, a breast cancer survivor.

Here’s more info (click on his name under participants list) and a link to his website:

http://relayforlife.org/portalesnm

Question of the day

If you were going to be stuck on a deserted island, which five books, movies, people and foods would you take along?

Whoa Wilson…please join the conversation in our comment section below.

Strike up the band

“Tops in Blue,” a U.S. Air Force musical production, is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at Greyhound Arena in Portales.

The entertainers are members of the Air Force and perform worldwide. Admission is free and open to the public.

Information: http://www.topsinblue.com

Today in history

On this day in 1927, Robert Kearns, who won multi-million dollar judgments against Chrysler and Ford for using his concept without permission, is born in Gary, Ind.

Kearns’ invention, the intermittent windshield wiper, enabled wipers to move at timed intervals, rather than constantly swiping back and forth.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/inventor-who-won-suits-against-auto-giants-is-born

Weather

Today — Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph.

Tonight — Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid to upper 30s. Southwest winds 10 to 20 mph after midnight.