NOON NUGGETS: Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Posted: April 2, 2013

With Wire Reports

WEATHER: It's clear and 40 degrees at noon in downtown Winchester. It will remain clear and cold today, with a high of 46 and a low tonight of 30. Partly cloudy and 46 on Wednesday.

Then it starts to warm up. Mid-50s for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, before reaching into the 60s on Sunday and into the beginning of the next week.

Whose Eggs Are These?
 
A clutch of goose eggs sit in their nest next to the lake where sculpture students were launching their latest project, Sgt. Quackers, a 9 foot tall styrofoam and fiberglass duck, Monday at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

(AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Self)
 
 

MIDDAY STOCKS: Stocks are trading at record highs again following strong reports on auto sales and factory orders.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 92 points, or 0.6 percent, to 14,665 at midday Tuesday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 rose nine points, or 0.6 percent, to 1,571. The Nasdaq composite rose 22, or 0.7 percent, to 3,261.

Chrysler said it sold more cars and trucks in March than in any month since the Great Recession began. Its sales rose 5 percent, while U.S. sales for GM and Ford rose 6 percent.

HEADLINES: High-skilled visa requests likely to exceed supply

Obama proposes $100M for brain mapping project

Sifting of Sept. 11 debris for remains begins anew

Conn. lawmakers unveil bipartisan gun control plan

Ga. city council votes to require gun ownership

Colorado officials to do review after prison error

Release for man convicted in '70 deadly Ariz. fire

NY state sen. arrested in alleged mayor race plot

Ohio man who sexually assaulted baby seeks mercy

'BUCKWILD' star found dead with 2 others in W.Va.

SOMETHING STRANGE: Pa. inmate denies hiding phone in prosthetic leg

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania jail inmate says he didn't sneak a cellphone into the lockup in his prosthetic leg, though he acknowledged having it for a year as he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

 

Instead, 28-year-old Christopher Greer, of Uniontown, tells a judge the phone was in his cargo shorts when he reported in 2011 to serve a sentence for driving on a suspended license.

Greer says he kept the phone because inmates at the Fayette County lockup 40 miles south of Pittsburgh must pay $4 per call.

Greer pleaded guilty Tuesday, but the warden doesn't believe Greer smuggled the phone in either his pocket or his leg, as county detectives charged. Brian Miller says both would have been searched too thoroughly for that.

IN TODAY'S STAR: A Warren County grand jury has indicted the former head of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging for allegedly bilking money from the organization. STORY


On Aprils Fools' Day, Lenny Millholland said that it's not joke: He's retiring as the city's sheriff at the end of the year. STORY

Nine fire companies from Frederick County and Winchester responded Monday afternoon to the Miller Milling Co., where a fire was reported in one of the silos that stores wheat for the pasta manufacturing process. STORY

Meet local student-athletes Hannah McKiernan and Keith Hummer.

COMING FOR WEDNESDAY'S STAR:
For the first time in its 64-year history, the Henry and William Evans Home for Children in Winchester is housing homeless children referred by area school districts.

Hawthorne House in Winchester has been added to the Virginia Landmarks Register.

LOCAL MEETINGS OF NOTE: Winchester City Council/School Board Ad-Hoc meeting. 6:30 p.m., Rouss City Hall.

SPORTS:
Today

Baseball
SVCA at Leesburg Christian, 4:30
Sherando at Millbrook, 5
Central at Clarke County, 5

Softball
Central at Clarke County, 5

Boys' Soccer
Sherando at Brentsville, 7
Clarke County at Central, 7
Briar Woods at Millbrook, 7:30

Girls' Soccer
Central at Clarke County, 7
Millbrook at Briar Woods, 7:30

Boys' Tennis
Central at Millbrook, 4:30
Warren County at Clarke County, 4:30

Girls' Tennis
Millbrook at Central, 4:30
Clarke County at Warren County, 4:30