Noon Nuggets: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013

Posted: January 15, 2013

With Wire Reports

Here's Today's Noon Update

Currently it is 38 degrees in Winchester under overcast skies. A good chance of rain and snow this afternoon with a high of 41 and a low of 30 tonight. More precipitation tomorrow with a high of 45.

STOCKS: Stocks are edging lower on Wall Street as tensions rise in Washington over increasing the country's borrowing limit. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 14 points to 13,493 shortly before noon. The Standard and Poor's 500 dropped two points to 1,468 and the Nasdaq composite index fell 13 points to 3,104.

Does Lance Armstrong's reported confession that he used performance-enhancing drugs to help win seven Tour de France titles change your thoughts of the former champion and his inspirational cancer surviving story?

U.S. NEWS HEADLINES: U.S. home prices in November extended their steady recovery from the housing bust, rising 7.4 percent compared with a year ago. It was the biggest year-over-year increase in 6½ years.

NY seals 1st state gun laws since Newtown massacre

Experts: Proposed NY gun law might hinder therapy

20 years on, Katie Beers says kidnapping saved her

Philly girl taken from school found outside city

Chicago customs seizes 18 heads meant for research

Sandy aid package moving toward House votes

Oprah: Lance Armstrong admitted doping

Obama weighing executive action on guns

Cold still threatens Calif. crops but it's easing

TODAY IN THE STAR: Two area mothers are on a quest to get armed guards added at every school in the Frederick County public school system. STORY

Counselors are in place at Sherando High School today after staff and students were notified Monday that first-year social studies teacher Roy McKenzie died unexpectedly. STORY

Apple Blossom Mall is in the final stages of its first major renovation since it opened in 1983. Mall officials are having a ribbon cutting for the refurbished food court today.

Frederick County Schools Superintendent David Sovine will present his recommended Fiscal Year 2014 budget  during the School Board meeting at 7 tonight at the FCPS Administrative Building. AGENDA

Planning Commission, 3 p.m., Rouss City Hall. AGENDA
City Council Work Session, 6 p.m., Rouss City Hall. AGENDA

Frederick County
School Board, 7 p.m. FCPS Administration Building. AGENDA

Clarke County
Board of Supervisors, 1 p.m., Joint Government Center. AGENDA
Supervisors' Public Hearing, 6:30 p.m., Joint Government Center. AGENDA 

Today's Big Game: Handley at Sherando boys' basketball, 7:30. Handley (11-2, 2-0 Northwestern District) and Sherando (9-4, 3-0) play for the early lead in the districtHandley won all three meetings last year, including a 61-54 victory in the Northwestern District Tournament finals.

Sherando, winners of seven straight, is led by senior Aaron Miller (21 ppg through last Thursday) while Handley is led by Cameron Jackson (19.3 ppg through last Thursday).

Boys Basketball
Front Royal Christian at Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy, 7
Handley at Sherando, 7:30
Washington (W.Va.) at Millbrook, 7:30
Skyline at James Wood, 7:45

Girls Basketball
Handley at Sherando, 6
Skyline at James Wood, 6
Millbrook at Washington (W.Va.), 7:30
Clarke County at Central, 7:45