NOON NUGGETS: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Posted: March 7, 2013

Here's what's making news in Winchester and all around at noon.

WEATHER:
It is currently 42 and overcast in Winchester at noon. Breezy the rest of the day with gusts near 30 mph. High of 44. Partly cloudy and 28 tonight with windchills around 20. Much the same Friday, partly sunny and breezy with a high of 44. Clear and a low of 25 Friday night.

It warms up for the weekend, though. Clear and 54 on Saturday, mostly cloudy and 61 on Sunday.

HEY, BUDDY, A LITTLE SPACE?

Taxidermist Sonny Engle of Canton, Ill., takes a close look at a display of deer mounts at the All Outdoors Show at Elmwood High School in Elmwood, Ill.

(AP Photo/Peoria Journal Star, Ron Johnson)

 

STOCKS: Stocks indexes are heading for a fifth straight gain after the government reported another drop in claims for unemployment benefits, the latest sign that the job market is improving.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 46 points at 14,324 shortly before noon EST Thursday. The Dow barreled through a record high Tuesday and has been adding to those gains.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose three points to 1,544. The Nasdaq composite rose nine points to 3,231.

The market got a boost after the Labor Department reported that the number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell by 7,000 last week, driving the four-week average to its lowest in five years.

HEADLINES: Arkansas adopts US's most restrictive abortion law

Snowstorm spares DC, heads toward New England

Calif. exotic animal park lion kills Wash. intern

Boehner says Obama outreach is hopeful sign

Cash can bribe dieters to lose weight, study finds

Chavez's try to be savior of poor floundered in US

At Arizona's border morgue, bodies keep coming

General: Many of Ghadafi's weapons unaccounted for

Prosecutor: NY cannibal plotter was ready to act
Senate committee approves gun trafficking bill


TODAY IN THE STAR: For all the hype leading up to Wednesday's snow storm, and even though the area received 8 to 15 inches of snow, most residents wondered what all the fuss about. SNOW


For the first time since the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley opened in 2005, it addressed the same-sex relationship of its major benefactor in a new exhibitthat opened Tuesday. EXHIBIT

A Winchester grand jury handed up indictments at its February session. INDICTMENTS

A neglected pony that opened hearts and wallets is "doing great" after receiving life-saving surgery PONY


IN FRIDAY'S STAR: Since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut in December, school resource officers have helped tighten security and are working with each other to find ways to improve school security in general.

Del. Beverly Sherwood, R-Frederick County, is facing some local criticism on two fronts: her support of the transportation package that raises fees and taxes and what some call her unresponsiveness to constituents.

Clarke County's girls basketball team is two wins from a Group A state championship. The Eagles' semifinal match-up with Central (Wise) tips off at 12:15 p.m. Friday at VCU. We preview the game.

LOCAL MEETING OF NOTE: Clarke County Board of Supervisors budget work session. 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Joint Government Center, 101 Chalmers Court.
 

ODD STORY OF THE DAY: Who's laughing now?

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man says he didn't know it was a crime to laugh.

Robert Schiavelli of Rockville Centre, on Long Island, was slapped with two summonses for "disturbing the peace."

Police responded to his home on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 after receiving complaints from his next-door neighbor that his loud laughs could be heard across the driveway.

The 42-year-old was charged with acting "in such a manner as to annoy, disturb, interfere with, obstruct, or be offensive to others."

At his arraignment Tuesday, a judge declined to dismiss the charges.

Schiavelli said his neighbor often taunts him due to his disability. He deals with it by laughing him off.

Schiavelli suffers from seizures and neurological impairments.

The neighbor didn't respond to requests for comment.

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