NOON NUGGETS: Friday, April 26, 2013

Posted: April 26, 2013

With Wire Reports

WEATHER: Scattered clouds and 60 degrees at noon in downtown Winchester. Clearing out this afternoon with a high of 64. Partly cloudy and 41 tonight.

The weekend starts off well with a partly cloudy Saturday near 70. Sunday's temperature may be a touch cooler, but there is a 30 percent chance of rain.



Rare Gathering of Living Presidents

The opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas provided the backdrop for a rare get together of living presidents. Presidents Obama, George W. Bush, Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and Carter and the first ladies were on hand.
 
HEADLINES: Bill to end airport delays headed for House vote

Boston Marathon bombing suspect out of hospital

Authorities say bomb suspects planned NYC attack

Tax-free Internet shopping in jeopardy

Spending cuts may deep-six crucial flood gauges

Military grooms new officers for war in cyberspace

Obama consoles families, survivors of Texas blast

Rare 1913 nickel fetches over $3.1M at auction

Obama: Abortion foes want return to 1950s

MIDDAY STOCKS: Stocks are mostly lower at midday following weak earnings from Amazon.com, Expedia and other companies and a report of slower growth in the U.S. economy than economists were expecting.

The Dow Jones industrial average was flat at 14,700 as of noon Friday.

The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index fell six points to 1,579, a decline of 0.4 percent. The Nasdaq composite was down 16 points at 3,273, a loss of 0.5 percent.

IN SATURDAY'S STAR: What would be the impact on City of Winchester if Frederick County government offices move out of the downtown area and into the county.

VDOT officials will ask CTB members next month how they want to proceed with improvements to the heavily congested section of I-66 corridor west of the Capital Beltway. Changes are coming, and they’ll affect local commuters who use the highway.

SOMETHING STRANGE: NY college crew team finds giant floating 'head'

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Anyone lose a giant head made of Styrofoam and fiberglass?

That's what officials at an upstate New York college are asking after the men's crew team found the unusual object floating in the Hudson River.

Officials at Marist College in Poughkeepsie say the team was practicing earlier this week when the coach spotted a large object floating near the river's west bank. He hooked a rope to it and towed it to the team's dock on the east bank.

The object turned out to be a 7-foot-tall replica of a man's head made with Styrofoam and fiberglass. The head has the appearance of a Greek or Roman-style statue.

College officials believe it's a theater prop, but so far no one has come forward to claim the giant head.

WEEKEND CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

SPORTS:
TODAY

Baseball
Clarke County at Central, 7

Softball
Clarke County at Central, 7

Boys' Soccer
Sherando at Liberty, 7
Central at Clarke County, 7

Girls' Soccer
SVCA at Highland View, 4
Clarke County at Central, 7

Boys' Tennis
James Wood at Handley, 4:30


SATURDAY
Girls' Tennis
Handley vs. E.C. Glass, 10
Handley at Western Albemarle, noon

Track and Field
Handley, Millbrook, Sherando, Clarke County at Apple Blossom Invitational (James Wood), 9 a.m.