Let's see. Why so fab?
•Mark Warner, the former governor of Virginia and current wannabe national Democrat, visits Springfield to speak at Jackson Days. As a presidential contender, Warner is less-than-sizzling, but Dems are already riding high. The weekend schedule of events can be found here.
•Thursday night bad weather fizzled. Friday forecast calls for temps in the 70s and no rain.
•The Springfield Cardinals are back in action, opening the season with a loss at Hammons Field but bringing Bob Gibson to throw out the first pitch.
•Speaking of the Cards, it's Red Out Friday on Park Central Square. Win free stuff, meet some players, all that. If you wear red you get 10-percent off food at the Springfield Brewing Company or Trolley's. Insiders know that means you'll get incredibly mediocre food for less.
•Final technical glitches being solved in "Street Talk." Speaking of the show, a reminder to click here and take our survey on race relations. Voting closes this weekend.