NOON NUGGETS: Monday , March 25, 2013

Posted: March 25, 2013

With Wire Reports

It's your midday look at what's happening in wintry Winchester and other parts.

WEATHER:
It is currently 39 with light snow at noon in Winchester. Overcast with light snow in the afternoon. The temperature isn't expected to rise into the 40s. Overcast with a chance of light snow tonight, a low of 30. Overcast with a slight chance of rain or snow on Tuesday. A high of 45.

The weather advisory has been cancelled. Most accumulation reports are showing between 4 and 6 inches of snow.   

LIKE ANY EAGLE, CINDERELLA CAN FLY

Florida Gulf Coast's Chase Fieler dunks over San Diego State's Deshawn Stephens during the first half of Sunday's third-round game of the NCAA Basektball Tournament. The Eagles became just the seventh 15 seed to win a tournament game when they beat No. 2 Georgetown on Friday, then became the first 15 seed to advance to the Sweet 16 with the win over Sand Diego State.
(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

 

HEADLINES: New affirmative action case at Supreme Court

Girl, 9, walks to get help after crash kills dad

Spring snowstorm hits central states, pushes east

Memorial service planned for slain prisons chief

Tip led to arrests in Ga. baby killing

Mom of boy killed by Ala. airport sign unconscious

Police investigate death of Miss. state legislator

NYC art museum accused of duping visitors on fees

SOMETHING STRANGE:  Pa. groundhog's handler taking blame for forecast

An Ohio prosecutor who has light-heartedly filed charges against the famous Pennsylvania groundhog who fraudulently "predicted" an early spring says he may consider a pardon now that the animal's handler is taking the blame.

That's right, Bill Deeley, president of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club's Inner Circle says the animal rightly predicted six more weeks of winter but Deeley tells The Associated Press he mistakenly announced an early spring because he failed to correctly interpret Phil's "groundhog-ese."

Butler County, Ohio prosecutor, Mike Gmoser (MOH'-ser) tells the AP he's reconsidering the charges in light of the new evidence and may issue a full pardon.

The Groundhog Day celebration in Punxsutawney, a borough about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, attracts worldwide attention each year.

Deeley says the prosecutor's indictment of Phil has generated more publicity than a $10,000 ad campaign.

NUMBER OF THE DAY: $338.3 M -- The worth of a ticket that was not purchased in the Winchester area for Saturday's Powerball drawing. The winning ticket was purchased in Passaic, N.J., about 15 miles southwest of New York City. A lump sum payout owould be worth $221 M.

TODAY IN THE STAR: Danger lurks anywhere there is limestone below. A Clarke County family found that out in 1992. STORY

The Easter bunny arrived early for some local families as C-CAP gave baskets to more than 600 children  this weekend. STORY

IN TUESDAY'S STAR:
A Frederick County family didn’t quite make it to the hospital for the birth of their second child. In fact, they didn’t make it out of their garage.

With mortgages harder to get, the inventory in the local rental market is tight. Rental prices are up, too.