Noon Nuggets: Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Posted: March 5, 2013

With Wire Reports

WINCHESTER WEATHER: A WINTER STORM WATCH is in effect from 6 p.m today until midnight Wednesday night/Thursday morning. Heavy, wet snow with accumulations of 10-15 inches is possible for the Winchester area. Wind gusts of 35 mph are also possible.

It's currently 48 degrees with scattered clouds at noon in Winchester. Things begin to deteriorate this afternoon, first with rain before changing to snow this evening. Snow and rain overnight with up to 7 inches of snow possible by morning. Low of 32 and winchdchills in the mid 20s. More snow through the day Wednesday, a high of 34 and windchills near 20. Another 4 inches possible during the day and 2 more into the evening.


Today is the 50th anniversary of Patsy Cline's death. The Winchester-area native and country music legend was 30 when she died in a plane crash in Camden, Tenn.

MIDDAY STOCKS:  The Dow Jones industrial average is trading at an all-time high.

The index surged past its previous record set in October 2007, gaining 145 points to stand at 14,273 at midday Tuesday. That's a gain of 1 percent.

The index is now up nearly 9 percent for the year, capping a remarkable comeback since the depths of the financial crisis. The Dow has doubled since bottoming out at a 12-year low in March 2009.

Tuesday's gains were driven by industrial and technology stocks. IBM, United Technologies and 3M led the Dow higher.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 16 points, also 1 percent, to 1,541. The S&P is also within striking distance of its record close of 1,565. The Nasdaq composite gained 43 points, or 1.4 percent, to 3,225.

HEADLINES: Winter clings on with Upper Midwest snowstorm

Violent past for suspect in NY crash; family dies

Calif. woman dies after nurse refuses to do CPR

Colorado lawmakers advance gun control bills

Defendant won't testify at NYC cannibal-plot trial

Struggling LA picks new mayor in low-profile race

Musher gives up lead, rests after blistering run

Ex-DEA heads: Feds should nullify state pot laws

TODAY IN THE STAR: An Inwood, W.Va, woman who stars on the reality television show "Gypsy Sisters" pleaded guilty to an assault charge Monday in Winchester Circuit Court, Mellie Stanley was fined and banned from a city restaurant. STORY

The recently concluded General Assembly battle over potholes and taxes has spilled into the 2013 election. Del. Joe May will face a nomination challenege to keep his 33rd District seat from Loudoun County businessman Dave LaRock.

Meet Shenandoah University athletes Colin Fowler and Liz Bereit. FOWLER | BEREIT

The Winchester area battens down the hatches for the first major snowstorm to hit the area since the snowpocalypse of February 2010 dropped more than 2 feet of snow.

City school, government officials discuss where the new John Kerr Elementary should be built.

ODD STORY OF THE DAY: 106-year-old Mass. man gets high school diploma

BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — Fred Butler was married for 65 years, raised five children, served in the Army during World War II and worked for years for the local water department, but the fact he never earned a high school diploma always bothered him.

Not anymore.

The 106-year-old was awarded his honorary diploma Monday during an emotional ceremony attended by school officials, state lawmakers and Beverly Mayor Bill Scanlon.

"I thank everybody who is responsible for this," he said, wearing a mortar board hat and tassel and holding the prized document in his hands. "I certainly appreciate it."

Butler dropped out of school before the ninth-grade to accept a full-time job at a print shop to support his mother and five younger siblings.

Fred Butler's only concern was that he hadn't earned it.

Scanlon put that concern to rest. "It's a long time to wait for your diploma," Scanlon said, "but you've obviously earned it very well."