NOON NUGGETS: Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Posted: April 9, 2013

With Wire Reports

Here's what's happening in Winchester and beyond at noon on Tuesday.

WEATHER:
It is 79 degrees with scattered clouds in downtown Winchester at noon. We are at about the high for today as our warming trend continues. After a low of 57 tonight under partly cloudy skies, expect temperatures around 82 on Wednesday and Thursday. Partly cloudy on Wednesday and a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms on Thursday.


You Want My Leg to Do WHAT?? 

Lena Hecker, 6, of New York, is evaluated by faculty member Katrina Killian (left) and faculty co-chairman Kay Mazzo during an audition for 6-year old ballet hopefuls at the School of American Ballet.  (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

 
MIDDAY STOCKS: Stock indexes are edging higher in another day of indecisive trading on Wall Street.

The Dow Jones industrial average rose 18 points to 14,632 shortly before noon Tuesday. The index alternated between small gains and losses in early trading. The Dow is up 11.6 percent from the start of the year.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose a point at 1,564. The Nasdaq composite was up a point at 3,224.

J.C. Penney plunged 11 percent to $14.20 a day after the company fired its CEO and brought back his predecessor to lead the troubled department store chain. Mike Ullman was CEO for seven years until November 2011.

HEADLINES: Obama to nominate labor board members

Air Force begins grounding combat aircraft

Storm closes Wyo. highways., delays Denver flights

Newtown sends out the last post-shooting donations

Gambling parlors spent widely on Fla. officials

Police: 6-year-old accidentally shot by 4-year-old

NTSB probes case of texting helicopter pilot

IRS takes steps to combat identity theft

Maryland lawmakers pass medical marijuana bill

Families lobby on gun bill, Dems face key decision

SOMETHING STRANGE: Ewes-ful: Paris hires sheep to mow city lawns

PARIS (AP) — Will tourists soon see flocks of baaing sheep at the Eiffel Tower and bleating ewes by Notre Dame cathedral?

That could be the case, since Paris City Hall this week installed a small flock of sheep to mow the lawn at the city's gardens, replacing gas-guzzling lawnmowers.

Four woolly ewes — shipped in from an island off the Brittany coast — are currently munching the grass surrounding Paris Archives building. The number of sites doing that could expand from October in and around Paris.

Motorless and independent, the four-legged workers contentedly munch day and night — oblivious of the France's strict 35-hour work week.

"It might sound funny, but animal lawnmowers are ecological as no gasoline is required, and cost half the price of a machine," said Marcel Collet, Paris farm director. "And they're so cute."

TODAY IN THE STAR: Potential changes to the Millwood Avenue-Jubal Early Drive corridor have received a vital endorsement, and a state panel could determine the fate of the controversial project as early as next week. STORY

Music therapy is helping some semniors restore harmony the their lives. STORY

Winchester School Board has approved its fiscal year 2014 budget, which calls for a 2 percent salary increase for all employees. STORY 

Meet James Wood student-athletes Fae Schweitzer and Owen Bales.

IN WEDNESDAY'S STAR:
Proposed FDA safety regulations are frustrating apple growers. Hear what local orchardists think.

Frederick County will vote on its next fiscal year budget.

Some Shenandoah University students want to know what's on your bucket list and they have created a forum downtowsn to let you express your view.

LOCAL MEETINGS OF NOTE: Winchester City Council, 7 p.m. at Rouss City Hall AGENDA | PREVIEW

Frederick County Board of Supervisors, 7 p.m. at Frederick County Administration Building AGENDA

SPORTS:

Today
Baseball
SVCA at Mountain View, 3:30
Manassas Park at Clarke County, 5
Handley at James Wood, 5:30
Kettle Run at Sherando, 6
Skyline at Millbrook, 7

Softball
Skyline at Millbrook, 5
Manassas Park at Clarke County, 5
Handley at James Wood, 5:30

Boys' Soccer
Kettle Run at Sherando, 7
Clarke County at Manassas Park, 7
Warren County at James Wood, 7:30

Girls' Soccer
SVCA at Wakefield Country Day, 5:30
Manassas Park at Clarke County, 7
James Wood at Warren County, 7:30

Boys' Tennis
Clarke County at Central, 4:30

Girls' Tennis
Central at Clarke County, 4:30