Noon Nuggets: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013
Here's what's happening today at noon.
WEATHER: It’s 33 degrees with scattered clouds in Winchester at noon. It will continue to clear up this afternoon, but the temperature isn’t expected to rise much, just a high of 36 and breezy. Continued clear and warmer for the weekend, however, with a high of 52 on Saturday and 50 on Sunday. Then it gets cold for the first part of next week with a high of 34 on Monday and 23 on Tuesday. Low each day in the teens.
STOCKS: Stocks are slipping in midday trading on Wall Street after a mixed batch of earnings reports from big U.S. companies left investors uninspired.
The Dow Jones industrial average was down 18 points at 13,578 shortly before midday. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell four points to 1,476 and the Nasdaq composite fell 16 to 3,120.
Merced, Calif., police say 69-year-old Pamela Gwyn was in her Chevy Blazer when for an unknown reason she failed to make a right turn and lost control of the vehicle. The SUV went through a wrought iron fence outside the apartment complex and continued about 50 feet before landing in the pool.
HEADLINES AT NOON: A man was charged Friday in the theft of his father's body from a Detroit cemetery after the corpse was discovered in a freezer in his basement.
Police say Vincent Bright, 48, had hoped his father, Clarence, 93 when he died, would be miraculously resurrected.
The crime is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Clarence Bright's body disappeared from the Gethsemane Cemetery on Monday morning, just hours before it was to be buried.
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IN TODAY'S STAR: More than five years after her son was killed by a portable soccer goal, Frederick County resident Mary Ellias made a plea to state legislators to pass a law ensuring that it never happens again. STORY
Regional Jail Superintendent James Whitley wants inmates to realize that they are behind bars. "I'm hearing now that inmates really don't like coming to jail, and that's my goal," he said. "It shouldn't be easy." STORY
LOOKING TO SATURDAY'S STAR: Smuggling cigarettes from Virginia to New York has a higher profit margin on the black market than cocaine, heroin, marijuana or firearms. A pack of cigarettes that costs $4.50 in Winchester sells for $13 in New York City because of different tax rates. Cigarette traffickers purchase cigarettes in Virginia and sell them in higher-tax states for a hefty profit -- an illegal act for a legal product.
The increased development of downtown Winchester apartments continues with the renovation of two floors at the Graichen Building and the creation of six apartments. This type of housing is part of the city's strategy to boost downtown.
Students tend to remember things they sing over and over, so a Shenandoah University graduate and her husband have launched a website that features them singing all sorts of academic items that students need to learn.
AROUND THE AREA THIS WEEKEND:
Shenandoah Conservatory's "Conservatory Collage), 7:30 tonight Ohstrom-Bryant Theatre. STORY
Bright Box Theatre hosts two events as part of soft opening. 7:30 tonight and 8 p.m. Saturday. STORY
LOCAL SPORTS SCHEDULE:
James Wood and Handley renew their longstanding basketball rivalry with a doubleheader tonight at James Wood. The Colonels girls are 9-5, 1-2 in the Northwestern District while Handley is 8-6, 1-2. Tip-off is 6 p.m. The James Wood boys meanwhile are still winless in the district (7-9, 0-3), while Handley (12-3, 2-1) is coming off its first district loss to Sherando on Tuesday.
Millbrook at Skyline, 7:30
Sherando at Liberty, 7:30
Clarke County at George Mason, 7:45
St. John at SVCA, 8
Sherando at Liberty, 6
St. John at SVCA, 6:30
Skyline at Millbrook, 7:30
Sherando at Loudoun Valley, 5
James Wood vs. Sherando, 7
Washington (W.Va.) at James Wood, 7
Millbrook at Colonial Forge, 9 a.m.
TBA at Handley, 9:30 a.m.
James Wood at Bellefonte (Pa.) Duals, 10 a.m.
Sherando at Loudoun Valley, 10 a.m.
Monticello at Handley, 7 a.m.
Sherando at Spotswood, 7 p.m.
Broadway at Millbrook, 7 p.m.
Clarke County at Madison County, 8:30 p.m.
Washington & Lee at Shenandoah, 2
Lynchburg at Shenandoah, 4