Noon Nuggets, Tuesday, February 2, 2013

Posted: February 25, 2013

with wire reports

WEATHER: It's 37 degrees at noon in the Winchester area. The day will remain sunny with a high near 46. Partly cloudy tonight with a low around 31.

For Tuesday, there's a slight chance of freezing rain and sleet before 9 a.m. then rain or freezing rain likely between 9 a.m. and noon. Rain in the afternoon. High near 39. Little or no ice or snow accumulation expected.

STOCKS:  Stocks were little changed on Wall Street Monday as investors followed developments in Italy's closely contested elections.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up seven points, or 0.01 percent, to 14,011 as of 11:23 a.m., giving up an early gain of 81 points. The Dow is within 153 points of the record high of 14,164 it reached in October 2007.

The Standard & Poor's 500 gained two points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,525 and the Nasdaq composite advanced 10, or 0.4 percent, to 3,184.

Rapping for South Korea's new president

Lee Jin-man/Associated Press
South Korean rapper PSY performs before President Park Geun-hye's presidential inauguration ceremony at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea. Park became South Korea's first female president Monday, returning to the presidential mansion where she grew up with her dictator father.
HEADLINES: High-stakes trial begins for 2010 Gulf oil spill

British Cardinal skips conclave amid accusations

Syria says it's ready for talks with armed rebels

2nd blizzard in less than week slams Plains region

Horse meat found in Ikea's Swedish meatballs

First lady presses governors on veterans' jobs

IN TODAY'S WINCHESTER STAR: The Handley High School boys'
basketball team captured the regional title Saturday by beating Loudoun Valley. The Judges move on to the quarterfinals this weekend. (STORY)

Frederick County has broken its record for the amount of materials recycled in a single year. (STORY)

Winchester Medical Center extends visiting hours now that the worst of the flu season is over.  (STORY)

IN TUESDAY'S STAR: Former Winchester Fire and Rescue Chief Frank Wright has been appointed the interim chief until a replacement for Scott Cullers, who retired as of Feb. 23, can be hired.

Clarke County School Board considers starting the school year Aug. 12 -- the same week as the county fair.



Girls' basketball
Group A, Division 2 State Quarterfinal at Old Dominion University

Clarke County vs. Lancaster, 5:30


Boys' basketball
Group AA, Division 4 State Quarterfinal at Old Dominion University at Old Dominion University

Millbrook vs. Grafton, 12:30

Group AA, Division 3 State Quarterfinal at Old Dominion University at James Madision University
Bruton vs. Handley, 2:45