NOON NUGGETS: Thursday, April 11, 2013

Posted: April 11, 2013

With Wire Reports

Your midday look at headlines, weather and more for Winchester and beyond.

WEATHER:
It's 81 degrees andsunny at noon in downtown Winchester. Temperatures are expected to reach near 90 again today, but there is a 30-percent chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. Low tonight of 59.

Thunderstorms likely on Friday with a high of 81 as we start to cool down from the summer-like temperatures. Partly cloudy and pleasant this weekend with highs in the mid-60s each day. The low Saturday night, however could fall below 40.



After a long, cold winter the cherry blossoms were a little late to bloom, but the warmer weather has helped them pop out just in time for the end of the Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend in Washington, D.C. In case you can't get to the Tidal Basin to see them, here are the cherry blossoms framing the Jefferson Memorial.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

 
MIDDAY STOCKS: Retail stocks are leading the market higher in midday trading after several of those companies turned in better sales reports for March.

It was the fourth day of advances on Wall Street.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 56 points, or 0.4 percent, to 14,859 at midday. It jumped 128 points the day before.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up six points, or 0.4 percent, at 1,593.
The technology-heavy Nasdaq composite index inched up one point, just 0.05 percent, to 3,298.

HEADLINES: Airlines are struggling this year to get planes to the gate on time.

U.S. carriers in January and February only saw 80.3 percent of their flights arrive on time, the government reported Thursday. That's down from a record 84.9 percent during last year's storm-free winter.

Mother Nature hasn't been as cooperative. The percent of flights canceled this February doubled to 2.4 percent from 1.2 percent in the same month in 2012.

ALSO: At least 6 people hurt when bus overturns in Texas

Gun control bill clears first hurdle in Senate

Infrared camera in wild aimed at Montana owl nest

Obama extends congrats to University of Louisville

Ga. firefighters 'relieved' hostage ordeal is over

Texas college knife attack suspect waives hearing

Severe storms hits Midwest with snow, ice, winds

North Korea's leader showing he's in charge

Hagel defends proposed cuts in defense spending

Implanted 'bracelet' helps treat chronic heartburn

SOMETHING STRANGE: Goat's head delivered to Wrigley Field

CHICAGO (AP) — Goats that previously appeared at Chicago's Wrigley Field were alive and kicking.

But not Wednesday, when a goat's head was left in a box outside the home of the Cubs. The box was addressed to team chairman Tom Ricketts.

Ricketts is currently in negotiations with city officials and neighborhood business people about the $300 million renovation of Wrigley Field.

Cubs spokesman Julian Green says staff at Wrigley Field discovered the package and immediately called police.

Chicago legend says a restaurant owner allegedly cursed the Cubs when they wouldn't let his pet goat into Wrigley Field.

TODAY IN THE STAR: Lindsey Cole still had chemical in her hair when Cut & Dry Salon on berryville Avenue in Winchester went up in flames Wednesday afternoon. STORY

Trips through the heart of the downtown Winchester will be rerouted for awhile, but cafes soon will return to the Loudoun Street Mall. STORY

IN FRIDAY'S STAR:

LOCAL MEETING OF NOTE:

SPORTS:
Today

Baseball
James Wood at Sherando, 7

Softball
Sherando at James Wood, 6

Boys' Soccer
Handley at Millbrook, 7
Sherando at James Wood, 7

Girls' Soccer
Millbrook at Handley, 4
Manassas Park at SVCA, 5
James Wood at Sherando, 7

Boys' Tennis
Handley at Millbrook, 4:30

Girls' Tennis
Millbrook at Handley, 4:30