NOON NUGGETS: Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Posted: March 13, 2013

With Wire Reports

WEATHER: It's 44 degrees with scattered clouds in Winchester at noon. Rain or snow showers are possible today with no accumulation today with a high reaching 50. Partly cloudy and 30 tonight. Temperature only up to 40 on Thursday under partly cloudy skies.

No real warming trend on the horizon. The average high temperature for today is 59 and the high isn't expected to eclipse that over the next 10 days.

Coaster or Water Ride?

The sun rises in Seaside Heights, N.J., recently behind the Jet Star Roller Coaster which has been sitting in the ocean after part of the Funtown Pier was destroyed during Superstorm Sandy. The private owners of the amusement pier that collapsed in Seaside Heightsare working with insurers to devise a plan to dismantle the ride and get it out of the ocean. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)



MIDDAY STOCKS: Stocks are mixed on Wall Street despite an unexpectedly strong increase in U.S. consumer spending last month.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down eight points to 14,441 shortly before noon Eastern time Wednesday. The index rose for an eighth straight day Tuesday, the longest streak of advances in more than two years.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index was unchanged at 1,552. The Nasdaq composite fell one point to 3,241.

Americans spent at the fastest pace in five months in February, boosting retail spending 1.1 percent compared with January. That's better than economists expected.

HEADLINES: Fla lt gov quits; tied to firm under investigation

GOP stakes out budget differences with Obama

Military sexual assault victims detail humiliation

Celeb credit files frozen after data posted online

Ohio crash cautionary tale for families with teens

Suspect in death of grandparents caught in Oregon

Colo. judge enters not guilty plea for Holmes

Insurers warn of overhaul-induced sticker shock

Trial to begin in Ohio school football rape case

Obama says American pope would be effective

TODAY IN THE STAR: Chesty XIV, an English bulldog born in Frederick County, will report for duty in a few weeks as the Marine Corps mascot. STORY

Encouraging signs continue to emerge as the local housing market rebounds from its collapse of five years ago. STORY.

Valley Pike:
Part 2 of Adrian O'Connor's columns on ACC Player of the Year Erick Green as his college basketball career at Virginia Tech winds down. STORY


Local Boys' Soccer Preview. STORY

Musselman  (W.Va.) at Handley, 5:30
Millbrook at Briar Woods, 6
Sherando at Brentsville, 7:30
Millbrook at Loudoun Valley, 5
Sherando at Brentsville, 6
Jefferson (W.Va.) at Handley, 7
Boys' Soccer
Sherando at Brentsville, 7
Millbrook at Heritage, 7:30
Girls' Soccer
Brentsville at Sherando, 7
Woodgrove at Millbrook, 7:30
Boys' Tennis
Washington (W.Va.) at James Wood, 4
Sherando at Brentsville, 4:30
John Champe at Clarke County, 4:30
Girls' Tennis
Washington (W.Va.) at James Wood, 4
Brentsville at Sherano, 4:30

ODD STORY OF THE DAY: Pa. borough renovations silence Perry Como statue

CANONSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Perry Como has laryngitis.

Well, not really, because the cardigan-wearing crooner died in May 2011. But Como, or rather, the stone statue of him in his western Pennsylvania hometown of Canonsburg, has been silenced.

The borough has piped in Como's music 12 hours a day since installing a sound system in late 2002 to boost tourist interest in the statue in the center of the borough, about 15 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. Canonsburg, which is also hometown to Bobby Vinton, bills itself as "American's Small Town Music Capital."

But, for now, Como has been silenced until sometime this spring because of renovations to the borough building.

Borough manager Terry Hazlett says, "He's got laryngitis."

Hazlett says, "I hope to have Perry singing full-time again by the end of April."