NOON NUGGETS: Friday, March 15, 2013

Posted: March 15, 2013

With Wire Reports

Here's your midday look at what's making news in Winchester and all around, plus your weekend forecast and a glimpse at what's coming up.

WEATHER: It's clear and 49 degrees in Winchester at noon. It will become partly cloudy and breezy with a high of 54 this afternoon. Overcast then a chance of rain overnight with a low of 39. The temperature will not rise much during the day Saturday, only a high of 41, and a 90 percent chance of rain. Much the same Sunday with a chance of snow and a high of 41.
 

From Rescue to Recovery

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man and a woman are presumed drowned after they were dragged away by a fast-moving, icy river in Sioux Falls as they tried to save a 6-year-old child.
Sioux Falls Fire Chief Jim Sideras says the boy was climbing on rocks Thursday evening when he fell into the frothing water. The boy's sister jumped in to save him but was swept away. A man also jumped in to help but he disappeared into the freezing water.
 

MIDDAY STOCKS: U.S. stock markets are lower in midday trading, threatening to end the longest winning streak for the Dow in nearly 17 years.

A spike in gas prices drove up a measure of U.S. consumer costs in February by the most in more than three years.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 31 points to 14,508 at noon Friday. That's a decline of 0.2 percent. The Dow rose for the tenth straight day Thursday to close at 14,539. The last time the Dow knocked out 10 straight days of gains was November 1996.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell nearly two points to 1,561. It's four points away from the record high it reached in October 2007.

The Nasdaq composite fell six points to 3,252.

HEADLINES: US clergy sex victims want change from new pope

Md. poised to be 18th state to ban death penalty

Fla. gambling arrests may close veterans shelter

GOP Sen. Portman of Ohio now supports gay marriage

Politician's rise highlights NYC parade dispute

Tenn. university proposes fracking on its own land

ND bills could make abortion rules strictest in US

Worker who set fire to sub sentenced to 17 years

Detroit emergency manager warns against bankruptcy

'Breaking Bad' brings tourists to Albuquerque

ODD NEWS: Iowa officer stops speedy SUV, helps deliver baby

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City police officer pulled over a speeding SUV — then helped the driver and his passenger deliver a baby.

When Officer Kevin Wolfe stopped the vehicle Sunday night, the driver jumped out and yelled, "Sir, we're delivering a baby right here, right now!"

Wolfe said that by the time he reached the passenger door of the SUV, the baby's head and arms were already out. He assisted in the final stages of the delivery and wrapped the child in a blanket before escorting the family to a hospital.

The episode was captured by Wolfe's dashboard camera.

Police spokeswoman Vicki Lalla said Wolfe didn't issue a speeding ticket and so did not take down the parents' names.


IN TODAY'S STAR: A Stephens City man was shot and killed by police Wednesday night in Martinsburg, W.Va., after allegedly stabbing an officer. STORY

It appears that more than 60 current and former Frederick County Sheriff's Office deputies are nearing a settlement with the county in a lawsuit involving overtime pay. STORY

A city resident's appeal of a zoning board's ruling against him has been tossed out of court on a technicality and will require him to close the used car dealership he operates from his home. STORY

SATURDAY IN THE STAR:
Our Civil War series continues with a feature on the exploits of Confederate spy Belle Boyd.

Twenty-seven students will compete in the 36th annual Regional Spelling Bee on Wednesday night at Daniel Morgan Middle School. Three of the spellers are from the Estep family spelling dynasty.

The Kernstown Battlefield Association reversed an earlier decision and has now decided to allow the cross-country teams at  Handley High School and Shenandoah University to continue practicing and hosting meets on the battlefield.

WEEKEND CALENDAR: Full Calendar

SPORTS:
TODAY
Baseball

Warren County at Clarke County, 5
Musselman (W.Va.) at James Wood, 7
Softball
Warren County at Clarke County, 5
Musselman (W.Va.) at James Wood, 6
Boys’ Soccer
Clarke County at Warren County, 7
James Wood at Kettle Run, 7:30
Millbrook at Briar Woods, 7:30

Girls’ Soccer
Warren County at Clarke County, 7
Kettle Run at James Wood, 7:30
Boys’ Tennis
Musselman (W.Va.) at James Wood, 4
Warren County at Millbrook, 4:30
Girls’ Tennis
James Wood at Musselman (W.Va.), 4
Millbrook at Warren County, 4:30

SATURDAY
Baseball

Briar Woods at Millbrook, 11 a.m.
Sherando at Brentsville, 12
Softball
Spotswood Tournament
Handley vs. Charlottesville, 11 a.m.
Handley vs. Spotswood, 2
Girls’ Soccer
Handley at Charlottesville, 2:30