Noon Nuggets: Friday, Feb. 1, 2013

Posted: February 1, 2013

With Wire Reports

Here's a look at what's going on at noon around Winchester and the world.

WEATHER: It is currently 23 degrees with scattered clouds in Winchester at noon. It will remain partly cloudy with the high reaching 30 this afternoon. It will remain windy today, with sustained winds of 25-35 mph and gusts of 40 mph. Low tonight of 18 with a wind chill of 7.

This weekend, a slight chance of snow each day with highs in the mid- to upper 30s and a low of 28 Saturday night and 19 on Sunday evening.

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STOCKS: The Dow rose higher and briefly topped 14,000 Friday, hitting a milestone not seen since before the financial crisis rocked the world economy.

The Dow Jones industrial average was up 135 points to 13,996 shortly before noon EST. Earlier it crossed above 14,000 for the first time since Oct. 17, 2007. The Standard & Poor's 500 rose 13 to 1,511. The Nasdaq composite index was up 26 to 3,166.

The government jobs report that lifted markets was mixed, but traders focused on the positive. The U.S. said it added 157,000 jobs in January, in line with expectations. Unemployment inched up to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent in December. But, encouragingly, the government also reported that hiring over the past two years has been higher than it originally thought.


HEADLINES: Locally This Hour: Frederick Home Damaged by Morning Fire. STORY

ALSO: Shriek! Texts on missing kids startle cell users

Alabama hostage standoff enters 3rd full day

US confirms attack in Turkey, issues warning

Cardinal in church sex scandal stripped of duties

Ed Koch, mayor who became a symbol of NYC, dies

Police chief: No sign of fear from slain attorney

Marine leader: Infantry skeptical about women

Law firm: Phoenix lawyer dies from shooting wounds

IN TODAY'S STAR: People who live above the Loudoun Street Mall are coping with construction in their “front yard,” which runs from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. six days a week. STORY

The Winchester Public Schools has created a task force to examine and potentially recommend changes in how much teachers are paid. STORY

A local man who pleaded guilty to exploiting and molesting a 4-year-old to make child pornography is facing 15 to 120 years in prison. STORY

Football fans are getting ready for Sunday’s Super Bowl and rabid local Ravens fans are particulary worked up for the title game.

The Young Performers Workshop at Wayside Theatre has touched the lives of more than 1,000 children.

THIS WEEKEND: Bowman BIll predicts the rest of winter. 11 a.m. Saturday, Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Road Stephens City. STORY

Shenandoah University senior dance students perform "UnLeashed." Friday-Sunday. Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre. STORY

The lively musical production "Smoke on the Water." Wayside Theatre. STORY

SPORTS: Water may be freezing outside tonight, but the pool at the War Memorial Building in Jim Barnett Park will be heated up with the Northwestern District Swim Meet. The meet was moved after snow last week. The Top five individuals and top two relay teams will qualify for the regional meet.  The meet begins at 7:30. 

Boys Basketball
Handley at Kettle Run, 7:30
Skyline at Sherando, 7:30
Millbrook at James Wood, 7:45
Strasburg at Clarke County, 7:45
Girls Basketball
Millbrook at James Wood, 6
Skyline at Sherando, 6
Kettle Run at Handley, 7:30
Girls Basketball
William Monroe at Clarke County, 7:30
Bull Run District Tournament at Clarke County, 10 a.m.
Bull Run District Meet (Manassas Park), 5:30
Men’s Basketball
Shenandoah at Guilford, 2
Women’s Basketball
Hollins at Shenandoah, 2