NOON NUGGETS: Friday, March 1, 2013

Posted: March 1, 2013

With Wire Reports

HERE'S WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE WINCHESTER AREA AND BEYOND AT NOON ON THE FIRST DAY OF MARCH.

WINCHESTER WEATHER: I
t's currenlty 38 degrees and overcast in Winchester at noon. Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of snow and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 45. Breezy again today. Partly cloudy with a low of 28 tonight. Partly to mostly cloudy this weekend with highs each day around 42.
 

ALONG FOR THE RIDE

Male chimpanzee Ooh-ouu joins a Dusit Zoo staff member riding on a bicycle at the zoo in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, March. 1, 2013. Visitors can meet with more than 1,600 animals of various types of domestic and international wildlife at the zoo. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
 
 

MIDDAY STOCKS: Stocks are edging lower in midday trading as a deadline for avoiding government spending cuts looms with no solution in sight.

The Dow Jones industrial average was down 23 points at 14,032 as of midday Friday. The Dow and other indexes started lower and were wavering between small gains and losses in later morning trading.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell three points to 1,511. The Nasdaq composite fell eight points to 3,152.

Energy stocks led the market lower as the price of crude oil fell to its lowest level of the year. Exxon Mobil and Chevron were among the biggest losers in the Dow.

HEADLINES: Obama: We will get through cuts

Workers anxious as cuts set to take effect

Florida man swallowed by sinkhole under bedroom

Prosecutors: Cop used NYPD laptop in cannibal plot

Video shows paid sex act by Maine Zumba teacher

Vegas fugitive arrested at Los Angeles apartment

SpaceX rocket launched but problem with thrusters

Local history buffs munch on muskrat in Michigan

Leaving NKorea, Rodman calls Kims 'great leaders'

Obama urges justices to overturn gay marriage ban

ODD STORY OF THE DAY:  Calif. mayor puts lock-picking class in newsletter

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The mayor of a California city struggling with a spike in burglaries and other crimes is apologizing for promoting a class about how to pick locks in her newsletter.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said Wednesday she understood the reaction of people who were upset about a listing for the lock-picking class. She said she will do a better job reviewing listings in the future.

The class — offered through the website, workshopweekend.net — was geared toward people who misplace their keys. But it didn't go over well with some residents given the city's crime woes, including a more-than 40 percent jump in burglaries last year.

IN SATURDAY'S STAR
All about apple butter. Find out how Shawnee Canning Compnay makes 4,000 pint jars and 3,000 half-pint jars.

Winchester's Gross Domestic Product Continues to grow each year.

Shenandoah's Student Government Association president was impeached for hazing.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS


SPORTS: High School Basketball
Today
Group A Division 2 Girls' State Quarterfinal

Clarke County vs. Lancaster, 5:30 p.m. at ODU

Saturday
Group AA Division 4 Boys' State Quarterfinal

Millbrook vs. Grafton,  12:30 at ODU

Group AA Division 3 Boys' State Quarterfinal
Handley vs. Bruton, 2:45 p.m. at JMU

VIDEO OF THE DAY